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This is a small group guided holiday. The group is usually between 4 and 16 in size, with an average of 12 like-minded clients booking individually, in a couple or as friends together.
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An overwhelming archaeological journey. I was nervous before I traveled with Syria escalating but I never felt unsafe on the tour. I felt really welcome in Jordan and I will return. I hope more people will visit. I can highly recommend this tour and if you're smart make it a two week trip and have a few days to enjoy Jordan at a slower pace on your own at the end.
Petra was simply magical and wins hands down! I particularly liked that this tour gives you 2 full days there. I didn't rush to see everything on day 1 and took the time to explore a little off the main trails and meet the local bedouin. I also loved Um Qais as it was in full spring bloom (I've never seen so may thistles outside of Scotland) Jerash is also incredible, wish I had longer to enjoy it!
Issa was a a responsible team leader, his knowledge of Jordanian history and culture was very good. He had a difficult task as we were a large group with differing interests. Issa very much focused on the history and the sights and was conscious of ensuring we saw everything on the itinerary. He was very helpful with all my queries and helped with my transfer at the end of my trip so this isn't a criticism but I did observe Issa struggled with all the organisational demands because there was so little downtime for him to organise himself.
If you can, arrive a day early, as the flight gets in after midnight and the tour starts the next morning.
Research the places on the itinerary before you travel - its information overload on the tour and there is a lot of history and no time to sit and read your guidebook.
The weather in Jordan varies from one part of the country to another so bring a warm sweater/fleece.
There are several walks over uneven/rocky terrain so do bring a pair of hiking boots or walking shoes with proper grips.
If you're a light sleeper bring earplugs as a number of our hotels were noisy
Oh and do bring a universal plug for the bath tubs as most of the hotels had a bath but no plug!
I am a big fan of Exodus and its objective of responsible tourism. I was very disappointed by the hotel in Amman at the start of the tour especially because I booked to arrive a day early and I asked for the name of the hotel before I booked my extra night. The taxi driver told me the hotel had changed on the way from the airport ie. 1am then took me to a completely different hotel. I was told Exodus would email me to explain, they never did! I am a seasoned traveller and live in central London but I was not comfortable as a woman travelling on my own at this hotel, lucky for me there was another Exodus traveller to engage with. In despair having managed for the whole day I had to demand the reception give me Issa's number and call him whilst he was finishing up on another tour to complain. My issues: The hotel was in the middle of nowhere with no facilities nearby to buy lunch or dinner. There were a bunch of local men sitting smoking cigarettes all day in the small lobby, there was a seedy very noisy nightclub under the property that played music till 4 am and my room was right above it. Imagine getting off a flight and arriving at 1 am to be shown your room with music blasting. We had to take taxis everywhere from this hotel, worse still even with a hotel card in arabic they didn't know where the hotel was to return us and promptly got lost. Had the start of my holiday not been so uncomfortable I would have given the tour five stars.
The grading of the tour is 1, having travelled previously on 2 other tours with Exodus, this tour should be grade 1-2 as you only need a reasonable level of fitness but the itinerary is compressed and there are some challenging walks in Pella and Petra.
I cannot understand why Exodus doesn't offer a 2 week tour. A couple of free days in the itinerary would have made the whole stay more enjoyable.I had a fantastic trip made better because I spent two weeks in Jordan and tacked 5 days onto my stay to make it a longer holiday. I spent three days at the Feynan Ecolodge which was amazing and a couple of days in Amman. Other suggestions to extend the tour would be a hike in the Canyon at Wadi Mujeeb and some time to walk around the arts and craft town of Madaba. Also Jerash was rushed and you could have a good 4 hours there with free time for the rest of the day.
Tour arrangements (meeting us at airport and transfer to airport at end of trip were good)
We did not receive an updated itinerary-weren't prepared to check out Days Inn first day of tour
Issa our tour was barely adequate. Difficult to understand, pronunciation very poor. Information about sites was garbled and mostly wrong. Was constantly collecting money for side trips, dinners , and tips for drivers, etc. No receipts or paperwork so quite mysterious. At end of tour collected money for water on bus which is usually free.
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A fast paced tour of an amazing country. Every day brought a new revelation that was better than the last.
Visit Petra, the site is huge and around every corner there is something amazing to see. Petra at night was fabulous and so different from seeing the site in the day time. Watching the stars at Wadi Rum was a magical experience.
Issa was fabulous. He was so passionate about his country and could not do enough for us, to ensure we saw the best and enjoyed ourselves.
There are a lot of steps ( 857 each way to fhe Monastery), so take lots of water
In a region in turmoil Jordan is safe and a great place to visit, with friendly people.
It is great to go on a glass bottom boat ride when you are in Aqaba and the sea life is magnificent. You will have a chance to snorkel and see all the colourful fish for only 15JD!
Chloe Knott - Product Manager
You should check out the Cave Bar at the entrance to Petra. It's a 2000 year old Nabataean tomb, transformed into a classy pub! This is an excellent place to wind down after a long day in Petra, sipping a beer, a cocktail or a sheesha. The place has daily live Bedouin music and also serves local style food.
Prices are high, especially by Jordanian standards, but even so it is worth it just for the experience!
Sharmil Goswami - Sales
Middle Eastern food is delicious and you're in for a treat! Kebabs and grilled meat are ubiquitous and plentiful. Local salads are fantastically fresh, with lots of flavour. Fresh bread is provided with most meals, along with lots of nut/bean based dips and humous. Drinking water, in the form of cheap bottled water, is on sale everywhere. Enjoy!
Kai Aylward - Sales
If you are on the group flights, and the group is 5 or more, then it is obtained free of charge. When the group arrive in Amman, a local representative will meet you before immigration and take you though the process. The tour leader will then meet you on the other side, once you are through. If you are not on the group flights, and are a British passport holder, it is still quite straightforward. The cost is approx 10JD (Jordanian Dinar).
Alessandra Van Dyk - Customer Operations
Jordan is fairly relaxed compared to other Middle Eastern countries and in the main tourist areas such as Petra there are no real clothing restrictions (within reason!). In the smaller villages it is advised for women particularly to be more conservative in their clothing.
Chloe Knott - Product Manager
In terms of shopping, there's lots of small souvenirs you can buy in most towns on the itinerary, but most people on my trip ended up with shisha pipes!
Kai Aylward - Sales
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