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Hidden Treasures of Jordan

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Travel Style: You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level: Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
12 days
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Overview

Highlights

  • Visit Jordan's desert castles, home to centuries of history
  • Explore the ancient city of Jerash and Bethany beyond the Jordan
  • Float in the Dead Sea
  • Visit to Mt Nebo, claimed to be Moses' burial site
  • Two days in Petra, the rose-red city

Short Description

This 12 days trip to Jordan is ideal to truly appreciate what the country has to offer. It will give you enough time to take in its world famous monuments, such as Petra and Jerash, and explore the less well-known historic and archaeological treasures. This itinerary includes visits to several of these sites as well as offering the opportunity to see the beautiful desert landscape of Wadi Rum and snorkel in the Red Sea, ensuring enough time to relax and unwind as well as sightseeing.Explore Jordan's archaeological highlights and crusader castles

Small groups are usually defined as between 10 and 24 travelers, often less. If you're the kind of person who enjoys more intimate experiences and personal service this is a good choice. All else being equal you will pay a premium for this style vs a larger group tour.
Trip Type Small Group Tour
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Lodging Level Value - 3 star
Flights & Transport Only ground transport
Start City Amman
End City Amman

Travel Theme

Cultural

Destinations

Jordan

Cities & Attractions

Amman Dead Sea Petra

Activities

Culture History

Age Requirement

16

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Trip Includes

  • All breakfasts, 3 dinners
  • All accommodation (see accommodation section)
  • All transport and listed activities
  • Tour leader throughout
  • Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)
  • Arrival & departure transfers

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Itinerary

Flight Inclusive

Day 1 Fly to Amman.

Fly to Amman. *Standard Hotel*

Day 2 Visit the castles of the 'Desert Loop' east of Amman.

After breakfast we depart for a visit to Iraq El Amir. Set in the desert to the east of Amman is the much-famed Desert Loop, consisting of numerous palaces and minor forts dating back to the Omayyad period 661 AD to 750 AD. Our first stop is Qasr al- Hallabat. Originally Roman, this castle was rebuilt during the Umayyad period when it was elaborately decorated in mosaics, carved stucco and fresco paintings, thus transforming the castle into a palatial residence. There are about 150 inscriptions within the castle, mostly in Greek. The vast majority of these inscribed stones, which were reused as building material, belong to an edict issued by the Byzantine Emperor Anastasius (491-518 AD). A few kilometres away is the Hammam as-Sarakh, a bathhouse and hunting lodge. The buildings have been almost completely restored, and here we can see the channels that were used for hot water and steam. One hundred kms east of Amman, the oasis town of Azraq has a large castle built from black basalt, which was Lawrence of Arabia's headquarters during the Arab Revolt. Heading back towards Amman, the Qasr El Kharraneh and Qusayr 'Amra are the best preserved of the desert castles, Qusair Amra is noted for its extensive fresco paintings which cover virtually all the interior walls. The paintings include themes such as hunting, dancing, musicians, bathing scenes, cupids, and personifications of history, philosophy and poetry. We drive back to the hotel in Amman. *Comfortable Hotel*

Day 3 Head North to Irbid's archaeological museum, Umm Qais and Pella.

Today we begin early as we have a long day heading north. We visit Irbid, which hosts an interesting museum. The most remarkable artefacts are the Ain Ghazal statues dated to the Pre-Pottery Neolithic period; between 7500-5500 BC. In addition the museum contains a number of artefacts from the later periods. Umm Qais, in the north of the country has fantastic views of The Sea of Galilee and was once a centre of culture and arts. As one of the cities of the Decapolis, it was a centre for arts and culture and with its amazing setting it is an enchanting place. Later we proceed to Pella, once an important city in Roman times; most of the remains actually date back to the Byzantine period. Overnight in Jerash. *Standard Hotel*

Day 4 Visit the ancient city of Jerash and Ajlun Castle.

After breakfast we visit the ancient 'Gerasa'. In Roman times this was one of the ten wealthy, self-governing cities of the Decapolis, and was famous throughout the Roman empire for the luxury of its lifestyle. Buried for centuries under blown sand, Jerash is the only city of the Decapolis to have survived to any extent, with an outstanding forum, colonnaded main streets with the drains still intact, two theatres and a most impressive temple of Zeus. Our journey continues on to the only Arabic castle in Jordan, Ajloun. It is perched on a hilltop and has fantastic views of the surrounding countryside. Originally constructed in 1184 AD, it was destroyed and rebuilt over the centuries following numerous wars and earthquakes. Drive for overnight stay at the Dead Sea. *Comfortable Hotel*

Day 5 Visit Bethany then head to Madaba, the 'City of Mosaics' and Mt Nebo then back to the Dead Sea.

We start the day by visiting Bethany beyond the Jordan, the site where Jesus Christ was baptised by John the Baptist marking the beginning of the new era of Christianity. We then head to Madaba, 'The City of Mosaics '. Best known for its spectacular Byzantine and Umayyad mosaics, it is home to the famous 6th century mosaic map of Jerusalem and the Holy Land.  We see this historical map in the small Church of St George.   Made up of small pieces of coloured stone, the map depicts hills and valleys, villages and towns as far as the Nile Delta during the 6th century.  From here we head to the biblical Mount Nebo where Moses was shown The Promised Land before his death.  There is a purpose built church which houses some wonderfully preserved mosaics. After a good look round we head south back to the Dead Sea in time for a 'float' in the thick saline waters. *Comfortable Hotel*

Day 6 To Petra via Wadi al Mujib, Al Karak and Al Shawbak castles.

Leaving the Dead Sea behind us we drive through the deep gorge of Wadi al Mujib. This massive canyon is impressive and is now a huge nature reserve, covering 212sq km. We arrive at Al Karak and Al Shawbak, two castles that played an important role in the Crusades. Built in mediaeval times Al Karak is the larger of the two castles, its well-preserved fortifications towering over the town offer incredible views. Al Shawbak, though not as well preserved is equally as notable. Late afternoon we drive on to Petra. Overnight Petra. *Standard Hotel*

Day 7-8 Two days to explore Petra.

Two days to explore Petra, the so called rose-red city, 'half as old as time'. Petra was hidden for centuries until the Swiss explorer Burckhardt made his great discovery in 1812. It was founded by the Nabateans, an Arab tribe that arrived here in the 6th century BC. Building at Petra began in the third century BC and continued through the Roman period, financed by taxes levied on the desert caravans. Two features of Petra are unique: firstly, it is a city made defensible by being built down a series of chasms, rather than on a hilltop. Secondly, it is built directly into the rock - beautiful red and yellow sandstone carved into the most impressive facades which glow in the brilliant sunlight.  To enter Petra we must begin by walking down a narrow chasm, known as the Siq, surrounded by high cliffs on either side. Unveiled at the end of the Siq is El Khazneh, the Treasury. This is just the first breathtaking sight of a remarkable day. Continuing to the centre of the city, we pass the houses and tombs of the rich citizens and the remarkable scale of the site begins to unveil itself.  A optional walk can then be done up 750 steps to El Deir, the monastery, with its superb facade topped by a huge urn.  On the second day your guide will take you into the site for either a hike up to the High Place of sacrifice or for free time to explore the city further.  Only a few people attempt to visit the High Place as it can be quite arduous and is not recommended for those who are unsure of their fitness or are uncomfortable with heights. However, those who do make it to the top are rewarded with wonderful views over parts of the site visited on the previous day. *Standard Hotel*

Day 9 Discover Little Petra en route to the Wadi Rum desert; 4WD excursion and overnight in a Bedouin camp.

Explore Little Petra with its well preserved ruins which are hidden away in the mountains, before continuing to the Wadi Rum desert, a stretch of beautiful sand and rock desert. This is where Lawrence of Arabia and Prince Faisal assembled the Arab tribes for the attack on Aqaba in the First World War, and also where sections of the film of 'Lawrence of Arabia' were shot. We take a four-wheel drive vehicle far into the area for an exciting desert adventure before arriving to our permanent camp and destination for the night. *Full-service Camping*

Day 10 Transfer to Aqaba for optional snorkelling over the coral reefs of the Red Sea.

We wake amidst the dramatic desert scenery and then make our way on to Aqaba, Jordan's port and holiday resort, famous for beautiful coral reefs. There is time to relax on a local beach with transport and entrance included. You can add to the experience with optional snorkelling and lunch packages which your leader will explain. Please note there is a cost for these extras. There are several good restaurants in Aqaba for our evening meal together. Standard Hotel

Day 11 Morning drive to Amman; city tour including Citadel Hill, Archaeological Museum and the Roman Theatre.

After breakfast, drive from Aqaba to Amman to explore the ancient city. Amman has served as the modern and ancient capital of Jordan. It is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world, with a 1994 excavation uncovering homes and towers believed to have been built during the Stone Age, circa 7000 BC. The earliest written records refer to the city as Rabbath Ammon, the capital of the Ammonites in the 12th century BC. Later the city was named Philadelphia under the reign of Ptolemy Philadelphus 283-246BC. As one of the cities of the Decapolis under King Herod in 30BC major building works were conducted. The 6000 seated Roman Theatre on the citadel is testimony of Roman architecture, although extensively restored it remains a classic example. Also on Citadel Hill, just northwest of the Temple of Hercules, is the Jordan Archaeological Museum. This small museum houses an excellent collection of antiquities ranging from prehistoric times to the 15th century.  From here we head to the Roman Theatre in the old town. *Comfortable Hotel*

Day 12 Transfer to the airport; flight home

Transfer to the airport; flight home



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Day 1 Start Amman.

Start Amman. *Standard Hotel*

Day 2 Visit the castles of the 'Desert Loop' east of Amman.

After breakfast we depart for a visit to Iraq El Amir. Set in the desert to the east of Amman is the much-famed Desert Loop, consisting of numerous palaces and minor forts dating back to the Omayyad period 661 AD to 750 AD. Our first stop is Qasr al- Hallabat. Originally Roman, this castle was rebuilt during the Umayyad period when it was elaborately decorated in mosaics, carved stucco and fresco paintings, thus transforming the castle into a palatial residence. There are about 150 inscriptions within the castle, mostly in Greek. The vast majority of these inscribed stones, which were reused as building material, belong to an edict issued by the Byzantine Emperor Anastasius (491-518 AD). A few kilometres away is the Hammam as-Sarakh, a bathhouse and hunting lodge. The buildings have been almost completely restored, and here we can see the channels that were used for hot water and steam. One hundred kms east of Amman, the oasis town of Azraq has a large castle built from black basalt, which was Lawrence of Arabia's headquarters during the Arab Revolt. Heading back towards Amman, the Qasr El Kharraneh and Qusayr 'Amra are the best preserved of the desert castles, Qusair Amra is noted for its extensive fresco paintings which cover virtually all the interior walls. The paintings include themes such as hunting, dancing, musicians, bathing scenes, cupids, and personifications of history, philosophy and poetry. We drive back to the hotel in Amman. *Comfortable Hotel*

Day 3 Head North to Irbid's archaeological museum, Umm Qais and Pella.

Today we begin early as we have a long day heading north. We visit Irbid, which hosts an interesting museum. The most remarkable artefacts are the Ain Ghazal statues dated to the Pre-Pottery Neolithic period; between 7500-5500 BC. In addition the museum contains a number of artefacts from the later periods. Umm Qais, in the north of the country has fantastic views of The Sea of Galilee and was once a centre of culture and arts. As one of the cities of the Decapolis, it was a centre for arts and culture and with its amazing setting it is an enchanting place. Later we proceed to Pella, once an important city in Roman times; most of the remains actually date back to the Byzantine period. Overnight in Jerash. *Standard Hotel*

Day 4 Visit the ancient city of Jerash and Ajlun Castle.

After breakfast we visit the ancient 'Gerasa'. In Roman times this was one of the ten wealthy, self-governing cities of the Decapolis, and was famous throughout the Roman empire for the luxury of its lifestyle. Buried for centuries under blown sand, Jerash is the only city of the Decapolis to have survived to any extent, with an outstanding forum, colonnaded main streets with the drains still intact, two theatres and a most impressive temple of Zeus. Our journey continues on to the only Arabic castle in Jordan, Ajloun. It is perched on a hilltop and has fantastic views of the surrounding countryside. Originally constructed in 1184 AD, it was destroyed and rebuilt over the centuries following numerous wars and earthquakes. Drive for overnight stay at the Dead Sea. *Comfortable Hotel*

Day 5 Visit Bethany then head to Madaba, the 'City of Mosaics' and Mt Nebo then back to the Dead Sea.

We start the day by visiting Bethany beyond the Jordan, the site where Jesus Christ was baptised by John the Baptist marking the beginning of the new era of Christianity. We then head to Madaba, 'The City of Mosaics '. Best known for its spectacular Byzantine and Umayyad mosaics, it is home to the famous 6th century mosaic map of Jerusalem and the Holy Land.  We see this historical map in the small Church of St George.   Made up of small pieces of coloured stone, the map depicts hills and valleys, villages and towns as far as the Nile Delta during the 6th century.  From here we head to the biblical Mount Nebo where Moses was shown The Promised Land before his death.  There is a purpose built church which houses some wonderfully preserved mosaics. After a good look round we head south back to the Dead Sea in time for a 'float' in the thick saline waters. *Comfortable Hotel*

Day 6 To Petra via Wadi al Mujib, Al Karak and Al Shawbak castles.

Leaving the Dead Sea behind us we drive through the deep gorge of Wadi al Mujib. This massive canyon is impressive and is now a huge nature reserve, covering 212sq km. We arrive at Al Karak and Al Shawbak, two castles that played an important role in the Crusades. Built in mediaeval times Al Karak is the larger of the two castles, its well-preserved fortifications towering over the town offer incredible views. Al Shawbak, though not as well preserved is equally as notable. Late afternoon we drive on to Petra. Overnight Petra. *Standard Hotel*

Day 7-8 Two days to explore Petra.

Two days to explore Petra, the so called rose-red city, 'half as old as time'. Petra was hidden for centuries until the Swiss explorer Burckhardt made his great discovery in 1812. It was founded by the Nabateans, an Arab tribe that arrived here in the 6th century BC. Building at Petra began in the third century BC and continued through the Roman period, financed by taxes levied on the desert caravans. Two features of Petra are unique: firstly, it is a city made defensible by being built down a series of chasms, rather than on a hilltop. Secondly, it is built directly into the rock - beautiful red and yellow sandstone carved into the most impressive facades which glow in the brilliant sunlight.  To enter Petra we must begin by walking down a narrow chasm, known as the Siq, surrounded by high cliffs on either side. Unveiled at the end of the Siq is El Khazneh, the Treasury. This is just the first breathtaking sight of a remarkable day. Continuing to the centre of the city, we pass the houses and tombs of the rich citizens and the remarkable scale of the site begins to unveil itself.  A optional walk can then be done up 750 steps to El Deir, the monastery, with its superb facade topped by a huge urn.  On the second day your guide will take you into the site for either a hike up to the High Place of sacrifice or for free time to explore the city further.  Only a few people attempt to visit the High Place as it can be quite arduous and is not recommended for those who are unsure of their fitness or are uncomfortable with heights. However, those who do make it to the top are rewarded with wonderful views over parts of the site visited on the previous day. *Standard Hotel*

Day 9 Discover Little Petra en route to the Wadi Rum desert; 4WD excursion and overnight in a Bedouin camp.

Explore Little Petra with its well preserved ruins which are hidden away in the mountains, before continuing to the Wadi Rum desert, a stretch of beautiful sand and rock desert. This is where Lawrence of Arabia and Prince Faisal assembled the Arab tribes for the attack on Aqaba in the First World War, and also where sections of the film of 'Lawrence of Arabia' were shot. We take a four-wheel drive vehicle far into the area for an exciting desert adventure before arriving to our permanent camp and destination for the night. *Full-service Camping*

Day 10 Transfer to Aqaba for optional snorkelling over the coral reefs of the Red Sea.

We wake amidst the dramatic desert scenery and then make our way on to Aqaba, Jordan's port and holiday resort, famous for beautiful coral reefs. There is time to relax on a local beach with transport and entrance included. You can add to the experience with optional snorkelling and lunch packages which your leader will explain. Please note there is a cost for these extras. There are several good restaurants in Aqaba for our evening meal together. Standard Hotel

Day 11 Morning drive to Amman; city tour including Citadel Hill, Archaeological Museum and the Roman Theatre.

After breakfast, drive from Aqaba to Amman to explore the ancient city. Amman has served as the modern and ancient capital of Jordan. It is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world, with a 1994 excavation uncovering homes and towers believed to have been built during the Stone Age, circa 7000 BC. The earliest written records refer to the city as Rabbath Ammon, the capital of the Ammonites in the 12th century BC. Later the city was named Philadelphia under the reign of Ptolemy Philadelphus 283-246BC. As one of the cities of the Decapolis under King Herod in 30BC major building works were conducted. The 6000 seated Roman Theatre on the citadel is testimony of Roman architecture, although extensively restored it remains a classic example. Also on Citadel Hill, just northwest of the Temple of Hercules, is the Jordan Archaeological Museum. This small museum houses an excellent collection of antiquities ranging from prehistoric times to the 15th century.  From here we head to the Roman Theatre in the old town. *Comfortable Hotel*

Day 12 Trip ends after breakfast in Amman.

Trip ends after breakfast in Amman.

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A terrific trip!

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This trip is great! The varied itinerary explores all the major attractions
of Jordan, its fascinating history and culture as well as the lovely
landscape and, if course, its delicious food.
Discovering the delights of Petra - the High Places, Monastery and Treasury
are just the tip of the iceberg. There's something special round every bend!

The ancient Roman city of Jerash was also a revelation.

Then there was the whole magical Wadi Rum experience, floating and mud
bathing at the Dead Sea and snorkelling at the Red Sea.....


Zuhair knew the history of his country inside out and in particular his
guiding in Jerash and Petra particular was exceptional. He was able to use
his contacts to gain access for the group to areas not generally open to the
public and also pointed out and explained features we would most likely have
missed for ourselves. On a more personal level though he didn't make much
effort to socialise or to get to know the group as individuals.


The pace is generally quite relaxed / moderate - until you get to Petra!
You'll need good walking shoes (boots are not needed) and plenty of stamina
as well as sun hat, sun cream and sunglasses. There's very little shade to be
found. The Petra by Night optional visit was atmospheric but poor value for
money and underwhelming as you walk for over an hour for a 30 minute show at
the end of what was already a physically demanding day.

The snorkelling equipment for hire at Aqaba was really good, certainly better
than I've found anywhere else in my (limited) experience.

You may want to pack some Immodium and rehydration sachets as some in our
group had "issues"!


There's not much free time for independent exploration and at times the
itinerary seems a bit rushed, eg at Jerash and the Citadel in Amman. Overall
though this was a great trip with a great bunch of people and I'd highly
recommend it.


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An excellent adventure

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A great holiday with memorable sights.
Petra was amazing and two days well spent.


Eddie was great.


Take toilet paper and imodium. You will need both. If you drink then take
duty free with you. Drinking in Jordan is expensive and hard to find.
Almost impossible during Ramadan.

Good walking shoes for Petra. Hat is essential.


The people of Jordan are friendly and pleasant. There is minimal retail
hassle as compared with somewhere like Egypt.


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An amazing experience in Jordan

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A great trip with a full itinerary, a fascinating insight into Jordan.
Being able to spend two days in Petra and explore the site.


Eddie was helpful charming and very kind. He ensured we had an enjoyable
experience and was knowledgeable about his country. He was concerned to meet
the needs of individuals as well as the group.


Be prepared for a beautiful but extremely arid country. The itinerary is
pretty full-on, theer is not a lot of downtime on this trip and most mornings
are early starts, because there is so much to see and do.


The day after the night in the desert is very long - some of our group would
have preferred a hotel upgrade to beach front hotel rather than a transfer to
a beach resort (although the resort was lovely and quiet) with hotel check in
after dinner that night.

One of the best trips I have made, thank you Exodus.


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A fantastic trip

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A great tour. It covers so many places and sites; we felt we’d seen as much
of the country as we possibly could in the time.
1. The desert trip to Wadi Rum was simply wonderful. Loved travelling in the
jeeps. 2. walking down the Siq to the Treasury at Petra. 3. Having lunch
overlooking the Golan Heights and the Sea of Galilee. 4. snorkelling at
Aqaba. 5. the Mosaic at Madaba!!!!
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A safe country with a lot of history and a great guide

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Well organised by Exodus and our local guide "Eddie". Full and active days
with no wasted time; be prepared for early starts to get to sites before
other groups. We had decent hotels with hot water in all locations, except
of course the desert camp. We covered the whole of the western side of Jordan
and the desert loop around Amman. The east is mainly just sand. We travelled
to the Golan Heights then via the Dead Sea to the Gulf of Aqaba visiting a
sequence of forts on the way.
Lunch and Dinner venues were a mix of quick snacks and full meals, including
My Mom's Recipe Restaurant in Petra.
The obvious "most inspirational moment" would have to be Petra and the way
our guide first revealed it to us, but there was also a recurring issue
throughout the trip of how long the history of this whole region is and how
different civilizations have come through and built on or developed the
cities of their predecessors.
We spent 3 nights and 2 full days in Petra - any less would have meant
missing key parts.
Our hotel was only a very short walk from the Petra Visitors' Centre.
Jordan clearly forms a peaceful oasis in the middle of a very troubled
region; we never felt at risk or in danger.


Probably the best tour guide I have had. Knowledgeable with the practice of
knowing how much information to impart before we suffered information
overload. Eddie had a good sense of humour and his running funny stories
about Asus added a balance to the historical facts.
Eddie also made himself available at all times should anyone need him and
although there was no doubt that he kept a close eye on the group to make
sure he had not 'lost' anyone we did not feel we were being controlled or
herded as a school group might be.
I must emphasise how good his English was, it made the trip so much more
relaxed than it would have been otherwise.


Don't bother doing Petra by Night. It is a good concept and may have had
good nights in the past but the night we were there it was a clear case of
over selling of tickets and people being pushed into the front, with nothing
to sit on, blocking those of us who were seated in what should have been the
front.

Beer is expensive - 500ml costs £9 in a bar and £3 in a Liquor Store. Best
to go to the store and buy a few cans to take back to a room, don't forget
your duty free on the way out.

The night before the desert camp, and before the beach at Aqaba, make sure
that you have packed a separate small bag with the essentials as it makes
life a lot easier.


We were a group of 16, all experienced travellers, and no one was ever late
for the bus, but I would not want to see a group any larger than that.
My only negative for this trip was that the bus was uncomfortably full with
no spare seats and insufficient space for luggage. Four seats were badly
compromised by the wheel arches. Using a bigger bus may have presented
difficulties in traffic and parking so I think the number on this trip should
be restricted to no more than 14, ideally 12.
Rather than distribute/sell small plastic bottles of water Exodus used two 20
litre bottles of filtered water to top up our personal bottles, this worked
well, no one had problems with drinking the water - take a decent refillable
water bottle.

Exodus booked a day extra at each end of the tour for me, which also included
airport transfers. This worked well because the normal tour sees an arrival
at or after midnight, a transfer to the hotel, a few hours sleep, breakfast
and away. My extra day before I used to take a leisurely walk in Amman,
following the Lonely Planet walk, seeing some of the sites that are only
covered fairly quickly on the last day of the tour and some that are not
covered such as the Souks. The day after the tour I just had a relaxing day
instead of having to have an evening dinner then off to the airport at 04:00
AM.


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Jordan - Thoroughly Recommended!

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A great experience, you get to see so much, from crusader castles to the Dead
Sea and the delights of Wadi Rum.
Well this comes down to two:
- Petra, just amazing, nobody told me it was such a massive site. You will
need a couple of days at least to fully explore.
- Wadi Rum and staying over in the Bedouin camp, once again an unmissable
experience. Just don't bother with the camel ride, that's just slow and
boring.


Eddie was just great, plenty of personality and did a good job of sheparding
the group around. He did spout forth a lot history and I know sometimes his
facts weren't 100% accurate but hey I wouldn't have it any other way.


Yep the hardest part is the lack of alcohol, it's not illegal they just do
not serve it in the eateries. So beware and brace yourself for an almost dry
trip.


Another great quality of Jordan is the people they are genuinely warm and
friendly, which always helps.


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Details

Flights & Transport

Only ground transport

Group Size:

Small Group - 24 max

Maximum Number of People in Group: 16

Accomodations

10 nights hotels plus 1 night private camping
Travel by air-conditioned minibus and 4WD in Wadi Rum
Reasonable fitness required

Age Notes

Min. Age: 16

Additional Information:

  • 10 nights hotels and 1 night private camp
  • Travel by air-conditioned minibus and 4WD in Wadi Rum
  • Group normally 4 to 16, plus leader. Min age 16 yrs  

Trip ID#:

exodus-AXE

Trip Excludes

  • Travel insurance
  • Single accommodation (available on request from GBP220)
  • Visas or vaccinations

Meals Included:

Dinner: All breakfasts and 3 evening meals are included on this trip. No other meals are included. Whilst staying in hotels we usually eat in local restaurants and on some occasions the leader will take those who wish, to a restaurant for a 'mezze' style meal. These allow fast service and a good quality of food for the group and usually cost 10-15 JOD pp. Allow about £250-300 (approx. US$320-480) to cover these meals. If you are vegetarian, please note that main meals are limited in choice; however mezze is almost always available in restaurants and is a good, filling choice for vegetarians. There is also a good choice of seafood available when at the Red Sea.

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