Most Inspirational Moment
The highlights are different for all of us...I choose seeing the sunset on a camel in Wadi Rum. My son's highlight was snorkeling in the Red Sea. And one of my daughters' preferred moment was the mule ride in Petra...admittedly after climbing 900-1200 steps up to the monastery (and down again!), it was heavenly to have a ride back to the treasury.
Thoughts on Group Leader
Alla(din), our guide, was incredibly knowledgeable and very open to any questions. He gave excellent advice (for example to do the camel ride in Wadi Rum and not in Petra) and really helped to make our trip a very memorable one. He certainly added value to the whole experience.
Advice for Potential Travellers
Yes. We hired a medium sized boat with our group for snorkeling in Aqaba. The minimum group size is 10 and it cost 35 JD per person. BBQ, towels and snorkeling equipment were included. Although this is optional, I would highly recommend it...it was one of the highlights of our trip.
We brought sleeping bags for the one night's camping in Jordan, but in May it certainly doesn't get very cold in the desert, so they were not really used.
Our children were fine with all the food, but if you have got very fussy eaters, you may want to take some snacks (like oat bars or fruit bars) to keep them going.
Jordan is indeed very relaxed about clothing styles...you only need to cover shoulders and knees in churches and on religious sites. Bikinis are perfectly acceptable when visiting public swimming areas, although you will also see a lot more traditional clothing around you.
Although the weather in Amman was a pleasant 25 degrees, Aqaba is substantially hotter. Be prepared for some serious heat there if you travel in summer!