Highlights of Jordan, small group tour

“Tour Jordanís natural and historical highlights and sleep under the stars in the desert on this eight day small group tour”

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Amman | Jerash | Madaba | Mt. Nebo | Kerak | Petra |optional horse riding | Wadi Rum | optional camel ride | Aqaba | Dead Sea

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Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Highlights of Jordan, small group tour

Environment

When you book this trip you get to experience the silence of the desert. One of the highlights of the tour is a visit to the protected area of Wadi Rum. The area covers 720 km 2 of dramatic desert wilderness in the South of Jordan. Wadi Rum is also described by T.E. Lawrence as a "vast, echoing moon like landscape".

There is a lot of wildlife in Wadi Rum, but visitors often don't see them all. Besides birds, insects and reptile there are also large species such as the Arabian Oryx. However, the Arabian Oryx and other species, are reduced to very low numbers. That is one of the reasons why the protected area exists now. Conservation fees are included in your entry ticket. The more visitors, the more fees will be available to conserve this stunning desert and its creatures.

A major conservation program is on the way to tackle some challenging environmental problems. To contribute our local guides and drivers ask you kindly to follow the rules and regulations and do all you can to respect the site and its people. This includes leaving no waste behind.

Community

By visiting Wadi Rum you will not only help with conserving the protected area, you will also help the people living in and around Wadi Rum. We make sure that for your desert experience only local people are hired.

Virtually all the people living in and around Wadi Rum are of Bedouin origin and, until recently, led nomadic lives relying on their goat herds. We work with the people who live in Rum Village, the only village located inside the protected area. The services they organise (such as jeep and camel tours), are organised through the Rum Tourism Cooperative. This is a locally-run society that shares the tourism between the villagers. So everyone benefits in an equal way which stimulates and encourages the interaction with tourists. And it also prevents jealousy and other possible negative problems.

You will be meeting some real local Bedouins on your desert experience, they will guide you and show you the most impressive places of the desert.

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Reviewed on 17 Apr 2018 by

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


visit to Petra and Wadi Rum

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


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 vacation 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 vacation 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.

Reviewed on 20 May 2018 by

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


It was all very good. The trip was put together very quickly and we travelled as a couple rather than a small group.

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


More recommendations on what footwear and clothing would be best for the different areas based on the time of year. The drivers were not always fully briefed on the itinerary. It would have been helpful if we had more specific written details on the daily schedule. Not all the drivers provided background information on Jordon that would have been useful as we did not have time to collect our Lonely Planet Guide. Again this may have been a result of the speed the trip was put together.

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


The hotels included international chains but again this may be a result of the speed at which this was organised. Traveling as a couple obviously had a higher carbon footprint but again this may have been a consequence of the short timeline.

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


Very good we were very impressed with Jordan.

Reviewed on 22 Apr 2018 by

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


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 travelers booking this vacation?


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

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


Yes.

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


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

Reviewed on 31 Oct 2017 by

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


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 travelers booking this vacation?


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 vacation 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 vacation overall?


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

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