Walking holiday in Jordan

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Small group holidays
Small group travel is not large group travel scaled down. It is modelled on independent travel – but with the advantage of a group leader to take care of the itinerary, accommodation and tickets, and dealing with the language. It’s easy to tick off the big sights independently – but finding those one-off experiences, local festivals, travelling markets and secret viewpoints is almost impossible for someone without the insider knowledge gained from years in the field. If you’re heading off on a gap year your, perhaps – but for those with a two-week holiday, a small group tour will save valuable planning time.

The leaders are not guides – they’re not there to shepherd you around. Instead, they’ll let you know which local restaurant serves great value food – without running the risk of travellers’ tummy. They’ll allow you to avoid hour-long queues at train stations and attractions.

We like to think of small group travel as the Goldilocks option. It is independent travel without the fuss, worry and bunk beds – and organised travel without the coaches. And it’s cheaper than a tailor made tour. It’s sits somewhere in the middle – and we think it’s just about right.
What are the main benefits?
Big experiences
Have big, life-enriching experiences that would be impossible to organise without lots of time and insider knowledge.

Simplicity
Make the most of your holiday time by letting someone else do the hard work and boring logistics!

Peace of mind
Small group tours take care of the security aspects – and provide a safety net should anything unexpected happen.
Who is it ideal for?
Travellers who are short of time
If you don’t have three months to spend exploring, small groups trips let you cover more ground in less time. Your days are not spent queuing for tickets or finding hotels – so you can squeeze more into your holiday.

Solo travellers who’d like company
Likeminded travel companions plus peace of mind for those travelling alone. Single supplements are usually available – providing privacy if you want it.

Less confident travellers
Stray from the tourist trail without worrying about getting lost, and meet local people without dealing with the language barrier.
Mythbuster
“I won’t get any privacy!”
Couples and friends have private rooms, and you can choose to eat alone or not. Single supplements give solo travellers their own room.

“There won’t be any free time”
Free mornings or afternoons let you explore on your own, or just relax.

“The accommodation will be basic”
Trips are as high or low end as you like. Though off the beaten track destinations won’t have luxury hotels, this is all part of the adventure.

“I won’t like the other travellers!”
Tour operators try to create groups with a similar demographic – age, families, activity levels... Chances are, you’ll even make new friends.

“Will we be following an umbrella?”
No.
Meet a local guide
No matter how experienced your group leader, they can never make up for the knowledge gained from a lifetime in the destination. That’s why many of our trips work with local guides around the world – who invite you into their homeland with pleasure.

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Walking holiday in Jordan

Environment

The Wadi Rum Desert was named a protected area in 1998, this ensure the continued conservation and management of the unique cultural history and natural beauty of this area, protecting it from human development but also providing an important source of tourism to local economy.

We walk through the Wadi Rum Desert and experience traditional Bedouin living, sleeping in a large communal style goat hair tent, which provides the best protection against typical desert extremes of hot and cold weather. The tent is laid out with rugs, mattresses, pillows and sleeping bags and this is where each tribe would commune to eat, sleep and socialise.

Travelling on foot we follow an ancient route across the desert and into Petra. Exploring on foot not only reduces the number of vehicles around the historical sights but accompanied by our expert local Tour Leader you’ll also discover hidden treasures. Our Tour Leaders are recruited locally and are trained by us in the importance of responsible tourism with guidance given on how they can make a difference.

Conservation of water is actively promoted in Jordan. We work closely with our local suppliers to see how we can help them save water in the fragile desert environment. As there is no recycling in this area our clients are encouraged to carry water purification filters and water bottles.

Community

All accommodation that we stay in is locally owned and this not only provides direct employment within the hotel, but also has the effect of distributing money beyond to small businesses that supply the hotel and in this way money is spread throughout the region we visit.

The money generated by tourism in this area goes to support the local Bedouin and reinforces amongst the local people the importance of protecting this unique area. The communities living in and around Wadi Rum are of Bedouin origin, welcoming and hospitable they reply on tourism and are responsible for helping to develop Wadi Run as a tourist destination in a sustainable way, ensure that the culture and traditions live on.

In addition to the above, we are continually looking for ways to improve and are proud to be ‘Responsible in everything we do’. Education is key and so all staff, Tour leaders and partnering suppliers are trained in responsible and sustainable tourism. At our Head Office, we continually strive towards a sustainable and planet-friendly working environment, including having solar panels installed and a company commitment to reducing our plastic usage. As well as this, we have valuable and longstanding partnerships with UK charities Toilet Twinning and Send a Cow, plus many smaller initiatives and projects around the world. We’re members of UK travel industry bodies Tourism Concern and AITO because we believe it’s important to share our knowledge and experience, as well as learn from other operators. We acknowledge that air travel has a negative impact on our environment, so we work together with Cool Earth to offset carbon and protect our important rainforests.

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1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Petra was much larger and more spectacular than I'd expected. The walking was excellent, and the people interesting.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Gosh, where to start... I was the only person who hadn't already done a similar holiday, so was looking for information myself, which was hard to find. A few comments: 1. Jordan is dry, no alcohol, any one who tells you otherwise is wrong. We found one restaurant on one evening, but essentially forget alcohol. 2. Take wet wipes, 4 nights in a tent... take decent pyjamas, a head torch, sleeping bag liner, and ideally your favourite pillow, it makes a big difference.
3. If possible, pack snacks, the experts all had their favourite no chocolate, so not melting, protein bar type snacks or nuts. 4. Drink loads of bottled water. 5. Take loads of photos, then pool them with the group. 6. Take a kindle or iPad, it's hard to read a book in the dark, take a battery charger. 7. Sunblock, hat, scarf, long trousers, loads of t shirts and underwear, you'll need often more
than one set a day and there is no chance of washing them. 8. You will be with other people 24/7. Accept it, there's no getting away, no private space or
time. You all sleep in the same tent. 9. The guide is brilliant, but he will get tired too, again, accept it and keep smiling. 10. I downloaded the Times whenever we found free wifi. It gave me loads to read on the bus journeys, 5 hours on the first and last day. Well, that's my starter of comments. It was worth it, I'd go again, preferably with running water.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes, our guide was very intune with both locals and the environment and made efforts to support local people.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Generally excellent. I would possibly change the Petra campsite from basic to primative. I couldn't see why we had to have a chemical loo when other nearby camps had running water. It seemed an affectation rather than a requirement.

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