3 independent reviews for Highlights of Jordan, small group tour

Reviews for Highlights of Jordan, small group tour

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review 17 Apr 2018

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

visit to Petra and Wadi Rum

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

Would recommend giving yourself an hour or so to get lunch local style and see the souk / mosque for a real feel of Amman rather than rushing off. Hotel in Petra is lovely (request a double room coz we got a twin) - about 5 min drive from the little town near Petra entrance. Day 2 - Petra. Get in early!! We got picked up at 6:30 am and it was perfect, we walked in in complete silence. If you leave it later the tourist hoards arrive! Day 3 - 2 hour drive to Wadi Rum. We got picked up at 9am which was fine. Fyi they don't really give you much info and it would have been good to have known we were going straight into a 4 hour tour (we hadn't eaten much, didn't have much water). The tour is great and you do it at your own pace, we chilled and had tea some places and had quicker stops elsewhere. We tagged on the sunset camel ride after the tour 6-7pm (extra $25 pp - worth it) it was lovely the desert camp is basic but fine, more like canvas shipping containers than tents which means loads of space! We had an en suite one (suggest you request the same - bring your own towels). It gets cold at night so don't forget your long johns!...we had a BBQ dinner and chilled in the dining room for an hour or so (no alcohol on sale) then got an early night. I wouldn't plan to start your desert tour any earlier than 11am or you'll find yourself with quite a lot of free time in the evening (and not a gin in sight...) Day 4 - 4 hour drive to Dead Sea. We got picked up straight after breakfast at 7:30 (brekkie starts at 7 so id grab and go if I were you) and arrived just before midday. Hotel is nice, 5 mins walk or 2 mins shuttle to the sea. I booked us dinner in the Kempinski hotel along the shore - so good, def recommend it! Day 5 - we hung out at the Dead Sea until 4ish to get more sun. You'll have pretty much 'done' Amman in your first half day so would recommend doing the same. But beware, Amman traffic around 5pm is killer so it took us about 90 mins to get to the hotel. The jebel Amman district (20 min taxi from the hotel) is where it's at in Amman in terms of bars / restaurants so lots of options for a nice last night. So, overall the itinerary was spot on. The hotels were all nice, especially the Petra and Dead Sea ones. You can do additional excursions to Madaba or mount Nebo on the way to the Dead Sea from Wadi Rum but we just wanted to get some sun and chill. Maybe an idea through if you have the time. We had a great last night in Amman but another option could be to stay at the Dead Sea for the last night and go straight to the airport from there (it's pretty much the same distance).

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

Absolutely, the local company was excellent and you felt there desire to give you the best experience they could.

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

Lived up to our expectations an would thoroughly recommend it to this who want to maximise there time in Ammna, although adding a few extra days would make the trip even more enjoyable, to give you a little relaxation time.

review 22 Apr 2018

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

Petra and wadi rum camp was special but we enjoy the whole tour it was beyond our expectations.

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

To carry warm clothes depending on time of vacation as we were not prepared for such low temp.

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

Yes.

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

Very good, the guide was great, advised and supported us. We really appreciated it.

review 31 Oct 2017

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

The desert at Wadi Rum, jeep safari and overnight in a Bedouin camp - not touristy as I had feared! The people were unbelievably friendly and helpful - and not just looking for a tip as in some countries such as Egypt. That was a refreshing change.

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

We were glad to overnight at the Dead Sea resorts on the last night so it was just a 45 minute drive to the airport. That's better than ending at the Red Sea, and perhaps having to overnight in Amman.

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

Yes, up to a point. Local people benefited for sure, and I was pleased the Jordanian partner was based locally in Petra.

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

Excellent. The Jordanian tour partner was fantastic, really good itinerary and all delivered.

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