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review 8 May 2019

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

Our time in Petra.

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

Be prepared for a lot of driving. The amount of money needed to let you be generous with your tips. Be prepared to drink a lot of water (bottled water was always available free on our minibus). Possible variation in temperature (we expected spring but summer suddenly appeared with high day temperatures) .

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

Yes in all ways.

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

Excellent value for money, very good organisation, although only 5 days many of the wonderful historical sites were well covered without feeling rushed.

review 3 Apr 2019

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

all of it

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

be aware this can be quite exhausting few days

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

local people yes, environmental no, conservation yes

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

Great

review 1 Apr 2019

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

Petra at night - stunning! Although we had not planned to arrive later than scheduled, the fact that the walk to the Treasury was not crowded with other tourists (ie using torches and being really loud as on the way back) made the experience even more special.

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

We were really cold in Amman (end March), take warm clothes! Take shoes for the swim in the dead sea - its rocky (and sharp) in the sea, and the beach is pebbled.

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

Individual bottled water on the coach was not necessary - a main water supply would be better - to refill the same bottle.

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

Petra, Wadi Rum dessert, and swimming in the Dead Sea were unforgettable moments. Sightseeing in Amman was nowhere near as interesting.

review 24 Nov 2018

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

Our day in Petra.

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

Check the location of the hotel in Amman before deciding how many days to stay in that city (ours was very far out of the city centre which made sightseeing difficult).

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

It was not obvious how it was helping local people, aside from using local guides. From an environmental perspective, I also didn't see anything which clearly supported conservation. One thing I would flag is the way the tour gets through plastic. Unlimited small bottles of water were provided on the tour - it may be a small point but I think there could be a better way.

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

The trip was great, very enjoyable and over too quickly!

Read the operator's response here:

Thank you for your feedback about the tour. We're delighted you enjoyed it. With regard to plastics, that is something we're working on at the moment and have been trying different things. We did trial providing only large bottles of water but felt that any waste reduced was being balanced out by a large increase in wasted water. We do want to provide drinking water, and are now trialling some large water containers which people can refill their own bottles from.

review 14 Aug 2015

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

Petra was AMAZING, the site, and number of different ancient relics is unbelieveable, and truly awe inspiring to see how sophisticated they were, so long ago.

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

Make sure you spend your evenings exploring, it's all too easy to get meals in hotels, but walking into the town in Petra (it's a little walk from the hotel, but there are taxis as alternative), and taxis into Amman - it is so worth while.

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

I think this trip used local guides, and locally owned hotels very effictively, and visited local restaurants to support them. The only concern with the choice of restaurants, was that sometimes they then over inflated their prices, which was a little frustrating - a premium is fine, but i think sometimes the restaurants could be better sourced, so you are helping the local people without feeling that they are taking advantage of tourists!

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

ABSOLUTELY BRILLIANT - highly recommended - knowledge of guides Fantastic - information shared brilliantly, areas visited stunning and awe inspiring, tiring (as so much to see and do) but well worth every ounce of effort in walking!

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