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This is a small group adult 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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A great introduction to the Middle East. The desert was stunning and Petra was fascinating.
We went in March and had the most fabulous weather which added to the joy of this trip. The Wadi Rum is just magical. We found the walks quite leisurely and spent the days gawping at the scenery and chatting to others in the group. The guided trip to the arch of Burdah was more challenging but we had a lot of help and reassurance from our guide, policeman and local staff and there was no pressure to do more than you wanted. The food was good and the tents were basic but comfortable enough. The last day of the trek started with an optional camel ride followed by a short trek then the bus to Petra for a wash and then Petra by night. Petra was a great contrast to the trek and a lovely way to end the week.
The scenery during the days and the stars at night on the trek were spectacular, so it is difficult to pick a moment of the trip.
Our group leader was very welcoming from the start. We learned a lot from him about life in Jordan and had some good stories from him at night around the camp fire. He was very attentive and patient and I felt that he really wanted us to enjoy our trip and appreciate his country. He also had a good sense of humour and got the know the foibles of the group pretty quickly.
We found the evenings in March pretty cool, so take some layers, especially for sitting gazing at the stars after dinner. Take plenty of baby wipes, a head torch, something to read and a good first aid bag in case of tummy upsets, blisters etc. It's good to have some open toed sandals for the camp site to give your feet a breather after a long day's trekking.
Do the camel ride and the hamman if you can, both were a great giggle. Do your shopping the evening you arrive in Petra town, the shops near the hotel are good and you won't have much time after that unless you miss out a bit of the tour of Petra the next day. It is also worth considering adding a trip of your own to the week to see a bit more of Jordan.
This was my first shot at any kind of camping so I was a bit apprehensive and couldn't imagine how I could cope with the lack of toilets and no running water. Don't let this put you off if it's your first time too, it's not the best part of the trip but the rest more that makes up for a couple of yucky moments. It's worth it!
Really enjoyed this trip and trek. Wadi Rum is absolutely breathtaking and Petra is something quite spectacular. There are also lots of other places to visit in Jordan if you have free time. The people are friendly also and I loved the food.
The trek through Wadi Rum was great, it really is a beautiful place. The scenery is amazing. The desert is tranquil and inspiring. I think Exodus have graded this trek well and put it as medium difficulty. Anyone with some trekking experience will be able to do this fairly easily, you just have to be weary of the heat. Also walking in sand for a long time will make the muscles tire out quicker. The hotel accommodation is excellent and the tents provided were also decent. Our group were really nice also.
Wadi Rum and Petra were both magnificent.
Sammi our group leader was excellent. He really took care of the group and had a lot of knowledge about Jordan in general. The chefs and the other supporting guides were also really nice.
Sun cream is a must.
Thanks to Exodus for arranging a great and memorable trip.
Here are some articles from Exodus staff memebers who have travelled to Jordan.
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
Comfortable walking boots or shoes are best, and make sure they are well broken in before coming! Sandals may get uncomfortable to wear during the day, as sand will get into them but will be great for the evenings when you want to relax.
Sharmil Goswami - Sales
Shorts are fine, as long as they're down to your knees (although I can't imagine you'd have anything too revealing!). Some days I also walked in light canvas/ cargo trousers as well. A light scarf is also a good idea, it guards against sun when it's hot and sand when it's windy. I had some shorts, canvas trousers and then just layers, so t-shirts, a couple of long sleeve tops and a warm jacket (it gets cold at night).
I don't think I had any problem with bugs or got bitten along the way and don't think I saw anything more exotic than flies. I didn't have any bug spray and didn't have any problems. I wouldn't bother with a mozzie net as when you're in your tent, just keep it closed. Some of us slept around the camp fire a few nights but no problems with bugs then either.
I just took sterling cash and we changed it in Jordan before leaving the city. I think I changed about £200 and that did me pretty much all the way through. You could take an ATM card to top with as well. When you're out in the desert, there's really nothing to spend your money on, so it's just Petra and a night in Amman.
If you like taking photos, or have an SLR, a polarising lens is a good idea as the sunlight can be quite strong. There's no alcohol in the desert or Petra, but you can buy beer in Amman.
You don't need walking poles as it's all flat.
It's a great trip, and Wadi Rum was much more impressive than I expected!
Brendan Phelan - Customer Operations
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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
Please note that the holy month of Ramadan will take place from the 20th of July to the 18th of August 2012 (dates can shift slightly). This is a time when followers of Islam do not eat or drink between sunrise and sunset. This can sometimes affect the opening hours of certain tourist sites. However we will ensure that that the itinerary is affected as little as possible if you travel during this period. Food and drink is available to tourists during the day.
Brendan Phelan - Customer Operations
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