7 independent reviews for Family vacation to Jordan, Journey to the Lost City

Reviews for Family vacation to Jordan, Journey to the Lost City

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review 15 Jun 2014

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

At the risk of sounding over the top with enthusiasm I would answer "All of it" to this question. We went to Jordan and returned renewed, stimulated and educated and with a new understanding of the culture, history and politics of the Middle East. This was in in no small way due to the effort and enthusiasm of our guide, Usama Awad. Are all of this companies guides as brilliant as he was? Always there, giving us information on what we were about to see, on why it was important, and how it fitted into the culture. He was willing to stay up late answering our many questions on any topic and spending time when I am sure he should have been off -duty. He arranged everything, and even the dancing, for all of the group. I speak for my husband too, who was with me, when I say we were astonished at his extensive knowledge and his ability to educate us in a way that was pure fun.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

READ the trip notes and do so in advance. Whereas we both enjoyed he trek in Dana and would have been happier with a longer trek, some of our group felt that the level of trek was not indicated in advance and felt they were not sufficiently equipped. In fact the trip notes provided in advance did suggest walking boots and this would have made it easier for some of the party. It was a beautiful part of the vacation but for those who might prefer the hotel/hostel in Dana so picturesque that spending an afternoon with a book on the terrace could be an option for anyone who might prefer less physical activity.

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

In so far as that was possible. The guide carried the water with him in order to reduce the number of plastic bottles the group would otherwise have had to purchase. He directed us to shops and businesses that support local workers and craft work. I don't think we harmed local people in the way that mass tourism can sometimes do, and wee tried to blend into the culture.

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


review 19 Apr 2013

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

Being with a group for the first time and having someone to share the experience with

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

Depending on what country the vacation is in I think that trying to speak some of the language is important as the response from the locals is one of appreciation and makes the vacation a far more rewarding experience.

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

Staying at Dana guesthouse supported a very important nature biosphere and by buying hand made merchandise in the guest house shop it helped to sustain and promote a living for local villagers.

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

It was a very inspirational vacation for me in terms of ideas for writing, which I got from Dana. When the vacation ended and the rest of the group returned to England I went back to stay in Dana village for 2 weeks and enjoyed a taste of life in remote surroundings with outstanding wildlife and some of the best walks to be had.

review 10 Jan 2009

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

This vacation was one of many senses, sights and sounds. Too many to pick a favourite. However it was just wonderful to experience cities, mountains, towns and seas all in one trip.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

Pack light, but for all kinds of weather if traveling in winter.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?

We certainly felt that we got to view and experience some of the local life, and certainly felt that our contributions to local drivers and co-operatives benefited those we met, and not some investor offshore.

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

This trip delivered everything we wanted, adventure, relaxation, new experiences - without having to think too much after a busy year, thanks to our wonderful guide.

review 1 Apr 2008

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

The two main memories are 1) the whole adventure in Wadi Rum from entering on camel, sleeping overnight in a Bedouin tent and the following days Jeep safari - even after being woken by wild camels nearly trampling down our tent, and 2) the spectacular Lost City of Petra which left us with jaw ache as each new sight was even more jaw droppingly spectacular than the previous one.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

Definitely make the climb up to the monastery in Petra - worth the climb for its magnificence and the spectacular views. Unless youíre going in winter I wouldn't bother with sleeping bags for the camp the blankets and sheets provided were adequate enough.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?

By using local hotels and guides I think we benefited the local economy rather than big multinationals. As for the environment although we were particularly careful over waste I donít think the locals have grasped this yet as the one negative image of Jordan was the amount of rubbish left by the roadside and left free to blow across the landscape.

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

A brilliant vacation which both the adults and children thoroughly enjoyed. A well organised tour, helped by a good guide and a good group of families from which we have all made some new friends. We are already looking at where we can go next year!

review 1 Apr 2008

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

Riding a camel through Wadi Rum at Sunset and arriving at our campsite in the middle of nowhere! My husband says his was "floating in the Dead Sea".

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

You will need about 800 dinahs spending money for the whole trip for drinks/lunches/dinners/souvenirs for a family of 4. Take a comprehensive first aid and medical kit.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?

Absolutely!

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

Overall it was fantastic. Everyday was something new and different. My boys (aged 9 and 11) were never bored even when we visited ruins. Our guide always made it interesting for the kids.

review 29 Oct 2007

We had a wonderful time and we all felt that this was the best vacation ever. Our guide Naieem made the trip and we have come back refreshed and full of stories and photos to show friends.

review 25 Jun 2007

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

Jerash and Petra

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

Take thin clothes and good walking boots and plastic sandals for the beach at the Dead Sea

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?

Yes

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

Good but could have been better if our Guide was committed to giving us accurate information, and stayed with us. He left us to sort ourselves out for the last 20 hours!

Read the operator's response here:

Our company prides itself on the high quality of our local group leaders and guides. We feel they give an unrivalled insight into local culture that someone who isnít native to the country simply cannot provide. This is also in line with our Responsible Travel policy of trying to keep as much money as possible in the country visited and provide employment locally. The local leaders we use are carefully selected and trained according to our guidelines. They all receive a copy of an instruction manual, written by experienced ex-leaders and travel industry staff at our company, prior to running our trips. This contains information, tips and guidance on what we expect from them and emphasises our high standards, including delivering information briefings. We will reiterate this to our leaders in Jordan and, from hereon in, you can be assured that all leaders in Jordan will be with the group until the very last minute.

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