Adventure vacation in Jordan

“Discover wild beauty, ancient heritage and Bedouin lifestyle in the desert with this adventure vacation in Jordan.”

Highlights

Amman | Jerash | Madaba | King’s Highway | Petra | Shobak Castle | 4WD tour of Wadi Rum | Camel ride in the desert | Overnight in a traditional Bedouin camp | Aqaba | Snorkeling in the Red Sea | Float in the Dead Sea |

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Trip type:
Small group, 10-16 adults.
Activity level:
Full On.
Accomm:
7 nights standard hotel and 1 night simple tented camp.
Solos:
Solo travelers welcome. Single rooms available.
Meals:
8 breakfasts, 1 lunch and 2 dinners.
Included:
Accommodation, transport, listed activities, tour leader.
About this vacation company:
The founders led overland trips across Asia, Africa and the Americas in the 60s and 70s before creating this company in 1981. Today, it offers tours in 120 countries - but has never lost that pioneering spirit of adventure.
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Vacation type
Small group vacations
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, traveling 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 vacation, 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 travelers’ 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 vacation 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?
Travelers 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 vacation.

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

Less confident travelers
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 travelers 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 travelers!”
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: Adventure vacation in Jordan

Environment

As a company we aim to encourage interaction with local communities while showing respect for local culture, beliefs and traditions, as well as the importance of respecting the natural surroundings in order to protect places for generations to come.

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. This then percolates down through those they deal with. A night's camping and optional camel ride takes our groups into the protected area of Wadi Rum where they learn about the Bedouin way of life and plants which are both rare and endemic to its ecosystem.

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 Gulf of Aqaba is a place of outstanding natural beauty whose existing marine ecosystems are fragile and in danger. Our groups are well informed about the impact of interfering with this ecosystem and our tour leaders help to promote wider awareness of this locally.

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.

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.

Community

All accommodation 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.

22 Reviews of Adventure vacation in Jordan

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Reviewed on 14 Apr 2019 by

Petra and Wadi Rum were the best parts. It was great to have 2 days in Petra- one with guide and one without to explore on our own. Read full review

Reviewed on 06 Mar 2019 by

Fantastic!...our guide was tremendous, Aladdin and made sure we understood the nuances of his country. Animal welfare is important Read full review

Reviewed on 30 Oct 2018 by

There were so many highlights. Jerash was unexpectedly impressive; Petra was absolutely awesome - around every corner there was so many fantastic sights...Fabulous. Read full review

Reviewed on 06 Jun 2018 by

Discovering the amazing history of Jordan was, for me, one of the memorable parts of this vacation. In addition, the friendliness and warmth of the Jordanian people will always stay with me. Read full review

Reviewed on 15 Oct 2018 by

A lovely way to see a beautiful island guided by a passionate and knowledgeable guide. Read full review

Reviewed on 22 Jun 2018 by

Excellent experience Read full review

Reviewed on 13 Nov 2014 by

Do go! Jordan is a very friendly and safe country with amazing things to see and do. Read full review

Reviewed on 01 Sep 2014 by

Outstanding....The whole vacation was excellent; great tour guide (Mo), who looked after us all from start to finish. Read full review

Reviewed on 29 Nov 2013 by

Just take the plunge and go on this vacation. I had the best half term break ever! Read full review

Reviewed on 13 Apr 2013 by

Just what I needed - warm climate, good bunch of fellow travelers, excellent guide and wonderful country. Read full review

Reviewed on 07 Apr 2013 by

The vacation was absolutely excellent. The guide, Mohammed was a font of knowledge and such a friendly guy with great inter personal skills. There was never a question he couldn't answer. Read full review

Reviewed on 07 Nov 2012 by

The most memorable parts of the vacation were the first view of the Treasury at Petra, the camel ride at sundown in Wadi Rum, sleeping under the stars in Wadi Rum & the lovely people of Jordan. Read full review

Reviewed on 16 May 2010 by

10/10 - Was made more enjoyable by and excellent guide/representative - was so enthusiastic and helpful. Read full review

Reviewed on 13 Apr 2010 by

Vacation - excellent. Operator administration - poor. Read full review

Reviewed on 15 Aug 2010 by

The opportunity to wander around the Petra site and a taxi out to its sister site little Petra exceeded expectations, But equally memorable was a boat trip in Aquaba - in air as hot as hairdryer this was a welcome respite. The snorkel site they call the Japanese Garden was as tidy and intricate as its name Read full review

Reviewed on 14 May 2009 by

Most memorable? Petra, especially the second day when we were off the tourist route and did optional walk from Monastery to Little Petra. Read full review

Reviewed on 14 May 2009 by

Our local guide, Abdul, arranged us so that we all turned round and got that classic view through the siq at the same time. It was incredible and brought a tear to my eye. Read full review

Reviewed on 17 Mar 2009 by

Marvellous. We went to Jordan because of Petra (and Petra is staggering in its scale) but came back with so many other wonderful memories. Read full review

Reviewed on 10 Sep 2008 by

Petra was undoubtedly the most spectacular part of the vacation - It is a truly amazing place. However waking up just before dawn in Wadi Rum and watching the sun rise was the most moving experience. Read full review

Reviewed on 17 Jan 2008 by

I rate this vacation as one of my best and I have been on numerous world wide. The amount of places, activities and history we encountered was amazing. FULL MARKS. Read full review

Reviewed on 18 Sep 2007 by

Amazing - selection of places and activities, our amazing guide Ibrahim, excellent value - just excellent. Read full review

Reviewed on 01 Aug 2007 by

The silence at Petra by candlelight, in front of the Treasury, after the walk down through the siq. Beautiful and moving, a chance to reflect on all those who had passed through this area over thousands of years Read full review

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