Oman & Jordan small group holiday

“Evenly split two week tour of Oman and Jordan as part of a small guided group. Cultural discoveries and desert camps via a mid-tour flight between capitals. (Flight not included in price.)”

Highlights

Muscat, Oman | 4x4 drive in Hawiyat Najim Park | Ras al Jinz Turtle Reserve | Wadi Tiwi Wadi Tiwi | Wahiba Sands | Nizwa | Al Hamra | Jebel Shams | Amman, Jordan | Jeep safari in Wadi Rum | Bedouin camp | Seven Pillars of Wisdom | Free day in Petra | King's Highway | Kerak | Mount Nebo | Dead Sea | Jerash | Madaba |

Description of Oman & Jordan small group holiday

Experience the Middle East on an exciting two week holiday as part of a small guided group (average 10 travellers). This is a unique opportunity to compare and contrast the ancient citadels and desert landscapes of Oman and Jordan with a flight, mid-way through the tour, providing an efficient passage between the capitals.*

There's so much to be said for choosing to travel with a group as not only will you get to meet new people, from around the world, but you'll also be guided and led by local people who are born and raised in the Middle East. You really can't replicate this sort of insider knowledge and passion in any guide books which is why this particular tour really does stand out from similar trips on the Oman & Jordan circuit.

Oman is awash with historic treasures and fascinating cultural heritage with numerous examples of Islamic architecture, such as the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque in Muscat, adding to an intoxicating seven day itinerary. Outside of the capital youíll travel by 4x4 into the rough and rugged landscapes of Hawiyat Najim Park. This is your opportunity to experience life in the desert where date plantations surround traditional villages and protected green turtles choose to nest on the edge of the Arabian Peninsula. Sunset and a night in Wahiba Sands will really get you in the Middle Eastern mood before heading north to Ibra and Nizwa where ancient fortifications and traditional markets further envelope your soul in all things Oman.

Returning to Muscat youíll have reached the midway part of this two week adventure with the capital city of Jordan, Amman, just a short flight away.

More desert discoveries await in Jordan as your group of newfound friends head into the folds of Wadi Rum for another night under the stars as you bed down at a traditional Bedouin camp. Fabled mountains and the carved sandstone city of Petra provide more exciting history lessons with a free day in Petra allowing travellers to explore in their own time.

The final leg of this small group holiday heads off on the Kingís Highway to Madaba via the crusader castle at Kerak. By now youíll be fully immersed in the Middle East and what better way to rest, relax and soak up your experiences, so far, other than floating on the Dead Sea.

From the prophecies of Moses on Mount Nebo to the Greco-Roman ruins in the ancient city of Jerash, just when you thought youíd seen it all Jordan never fails to deliver. Rounding off with a full day in Madaba your Oman and Jordan holiday finally comes to a close with myriad Middle Eastern memories accompanying you on your flight home. Inshallah.

*Although the flight is not included in the price, airport transfers to and from both airports are included. Also, your group dynamics may change at this point of the trip as not everyone will be continuing from Muscat to Amman.

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Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Oman & Jordan small group holiday

Environment

In an effort to reduce single use plastic during this trip we provide reusable cloth bags to all of our travellers. Many Jordanian and Omani hotels and operators provide plastic bottles of water, making it easy to use plastic excessively, especially given the hot climate. However, we encourage our travellers to buy a large 5-10 litre bottles to refill their smaller ones. We are working with our suppliers to encourage them to do the same.

Water conservation is a hot topic in Jordan, as itís one of the driest countries in the world. Our trained tour leaders are well versed in advising travellers on initiatives to manage water consumption, and we are working with our suppliers to encourage better management of this precious commodity. This may be by way of water refilling opportunities in hotels and more signage to encourage water conservation practices. We encourage our travellers to take short showers and to never leave the tap water running unnecessarily.

As part of our responsible travel philosophy we use local forms of transport wherever possible. Where this is not possible we endeavour to ensure we are using private transport suitable for our small groups. For example, minivans instead of large coaches or buses. We will always ensure that the vehicles is an appropriate size to suit the group size. For instance, we wouldnít use a 16-seater van if we only have five people travelling with us. We also try to ensure the vast majority of our included and optional activities (such as walking the Roman ruins of Jerash, floating in the Dead Sea, exploring Petra or an Amman city walking tour) have a carbon-free footprint.

Community

This trip is run by our own local operator who shares our commitment to responsible travel, from waste and water management to ensuring we leave as minimal a footprint as possible. Our local team are trained on our global responsible travel policies and practices.

An important part of travel is mixing with the locals and experiencing real life in a destination. On this trip we stay only in locally owned hotels or guesthouses that are locally staffed, enabling the money you spend to stay within that community. We source local activities that we believe are sustainable to the economy in that they allow the flow of income from visitors to be distributed to a greater audience, rather than remain concentrated with tourism providers. This could be as simple as a meal in a small local restaurant, a home-cooked meal, a local market visit in Nizwa or staying in a Bedouin camp in Wadi Rum.

We also use only local leaders, drivers and guides. Where meals are provided, ingredients will be sourced from a local market when possible.
Locals know where the best food, souvenirs, local crafts and entertainment can be found, so they ensure any shopping opportunities, from the larger cities like Muscat, Amman and Aqaba to the small villages are authentic, showcasing Jordan's and Omanís inspiring and unique culture and crafts.

Our philosophy is to act local and that means respecting the local traditions. For instance, women will be required to wear a headscarf when appropriate and that both men and women are conservatively dressed, with arms and legs covered. We also take care to form genuine and mutually beneficial relationships with local people. An excellent example of this is in the remote Bedouin desert camp stay, where we get a taste of what itís like to live like a Bedouin, eat local food and sleep under the stars.

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