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Petra

A Week in Jordan

9 days
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$2,879 NZD
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Activity level:
Leisurely / Moderate
Activity Rating - Leisurely/Moderate
Trip code: 
AXW
Ways to Travel:
Guided Group, Private Group Adventures
Activity:
Culture
Group size:
4–20
Ages:
16+

Visit the stunning highlights of Jordan

Jordan is an ideal destination for a one-week adventure. Bursting with things to see and do this trip includes the best of what this magnificent country has to offer, visiting all the major sites of interest. We will have two full days to explore the so called 'rose-red city' of Petra and to take a guided visit around Jerash, one of the best preserved Roman cities in the Middle East. There is time to 'float' in the salty waters of the Dead Sea and snorkel (optional) over the beautiful coral reefs of the Red Sea. We will also experience the fabulous scenery in the desert at Wadi Rum, where we take a 4WD excursion into the more remote regions and camp out like the Bedouin.

Highlights

  • Discover Petra's secrets, with two full days at the rose-red city
  • Experience Bedouin life at a desert camp in Wadi Rum
  • Stroll through the ancient streets of Roman Jerash
  • Put your feet up and float in the tranquil Dead Sea
  • Visit Mt Nebo, claimed to be Moses' burial site

Key information

  • 7 nights 4 - 5 star & comfortable hotels,1 night private desert camp
  • Travel by air-conditioned bus and 4WD in Wadi Rum
  • Group normally 4 to 20 plus leader. Min age 16 yrs
  • Countries visited: Jordan

What's included

  • All breakfasts, 2 dinners
  • All accommodation (see accommodation section)
  • All transport and listed activities
  • Tour leader throughout
  • Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)
  • Arrival & departure transfers

What's not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Single accommodation (available on request)
  • Visas or vaccinations
Call for general departures:
0800 643 997
Call for private group trips:
0800 643 997
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Sustainable Travel

People, Places & Planet

We work hard to create trips which improve life for the people and places we visit, and look after the planet we explore. Find out more about our sustainable travel ethos and practice here, and find out about the work of the Exodus Travels Foundation here.

In Jordan we are very proud to work with a local partner who received the Travelife Partner award in July 2021. Travelife is a certification system dedicated to achieving sustainable practices in the global tourism industry. In order to receive the award our Jordanian partner had to comply with over 100 criteria related to Corporate Social Responsibility. The Travelife standard is formally recognised for full compliance with the UN Sustainable Tourism Criteria.

Some sustainable travel highlights of this trip include:

People

How this trip helps improve life for local communities.

  • The use of a local guide means our customers will be well informed about local traditions, and cultural and social sensitivities.
  • This trip brings income and opportunity to the destination community through the inclusion of locally-owned hotels and restaurants, the emphasis on eating locally produced food and support of other local enterprise.
  • The hotels we stay in are dedicated to hiring local staff, this helps to benefit the surrounding community by providing employment opportunities and income alternatives where they may be otherwise hard to come by.
  • This trip stays one night in Wadi Rum desert at the Exodus Private camp which is owned and managed by a local Bedouin family. This not only provides a source of income for the family but is a wonderful opportunity for our guests to interact with local people and share aspects of their traditions.
  • In Wadi Rum we also do a jeep safari which provides another source of income for local people.
  • This tour encourages guests to visit local cafes and restaurants and use markets to purchase traditional crafts.

Places

How this trip helps protect and conserve local landscapes and nature.

  • Read about our commitment to nature protection and restoration here including our rewilding commitment for every customer who travels.
  • By travelling in a small group, led by a local guide, we ‘tread lightly’ to minimise our impact on local resources and the environment.
  • On this trip we visit 8 national heritage sites and the entrance fees included generates income which is used for the upkeep and development of these important monuments and nature parks.
  • Our trips adhere to ABTA’s industry-leading animal welfare guidelines to ensure the best possible practices with regard to working animals and wildlife viewing. Our animal welfare policy can be found here.
  • In Petra we do not recommend that guests ride horses or mules as we are not convinced their treatment is in line with industry-leading animal welfare guidelines.
  • We work with our partners on the ground to proactively eliminate or reduce waste, for example eliminating all single-use plastic water bottles and instead providing refills for re-usable bottles.
  • It is standard practise in Jordan to distribute left-over restaurant food to people in need.
  • Where possible on this trip paper bags are used as an alternative to single-use plastics.

 Planet

How we seek to keep the carbon footprint of this trip low.

  • Read about our climate action here, including our carbon reduction and compensation commitments.
  • Accommodation and restaurants in the itinerary use locally-sourced food which has not been transported long distances.
  • The Exodus Private camp in Wadi Rum uses solar power.
  • This trip favours locally-owned and run accommodation.

 Tips for sustainable travel on this trip

  • Leave no trace: We do all we can to ensure we leave no rubbish behind in the wild and beautiful places we visit; we ask that you do the same. If there are no recycling facilities in-country, we’d ask you to consider bringing recyclable materials home with you.
  • Plastic waste reduction: Please bring your own re-usable water bottle on this trip; filtered water will be provided where tap water is not drinkable.
  • Cultural respect:
    • Some Jordanians especially women and the elderly object to being photographed so please ask first.
    • Jordanians are very proud of their country and can be offended if you take pictures of anything ‘negative’ or suggestive of poverty. Photography in military zones and strategic areas like public buildings is prohibited.
    • Handshaking is only between members of the same sex.
    • It's polite to use only your right hand when eating something without cutlery and when handing money and small objects to someone else.
    • It is common practice to remove one’s shoes before entering a mosque or someone’s home and you should tuck them under if sitting on the floor. It is respectful for women to cover their heads with a scarf when entering a mosque. Please note many mosques are not open for tourist visits.
    • Generally men’s and women’s clothing should cover shoulders and be on or below the knee.
    • During the holy month of Ramadan Muslims refrain from eating, drinking, and smoking during daylight hours. Even chewing gum is considered haram. (forbidden). Although foreigners are not expected to follow these practises it is respectful to be discrete and not eat, drink, or smoke in general public.
    • Making the effort to fit in is invariably appreciated so being aware of these aspects of cultural respect will assist you during your travels in Jordan.

 

Itinerary

Amman
to
Dead Sea
  • Day 1

    Start Amman.

    We start at our hotel in Amman on day 1 of the itinerary.  Those on the group flights from London will arrive in the evening.  Land only clients need to provide their flight details if they would like to receive a FREE arrival transfer. Your leader will leave instructions for you at the hotel. 
    Hotel Toledo (4-star) or similar

  • Day 2

    Visit Jerash then Amman city tour

    This morning we drive north to Jerash, known as Gerasa in ancient times. This was one of the ten wealthy, self-governing cities of the Decapolis during Roman times, and was famous throughout the Roman world for the luxury of its lifestyle. Buried for centuries under blown sand, Jerash is the only city of the Decapolis to have survived, with a dramatic oval forum, colonnaded main streets which remarkably have the drains still intact, two theatres and the impressive temple of Zeus. After a good look around we head back to Amman for a city tour including the Citadel, the Roman Theatre and the old city.
    Hotel Toledo (4-star) or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 3

    Drive down King's Highway to Petra via Mt Nebo, Madaba and Kerak.

    Today is a long driving day down the King's Highway which takes us up and down huge 'wadis' (valleys). There are several stops of interest en route including Madaba, known as the city of the mosaics, Mt Nebo and Kerak, which is a magnificent fortified town. Further south we reach the magnificent city of Petra; Jordan's premier historic site and one of the world's most outstanding ancient cities.
    Amra Palace (3-star) or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Days 4-5

    Two days exploring Petra including optional hikes

    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.
    Amra Palace (3-star) or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 6

    Petra to Wadi Rum

    This morning there is the option to take a guided tour through Little Petra or you can relax at our hotel before we join the modern Desert Highway and make our way south to Wadi Rum.  The purpose of Little Petra is not clear however archaeologists believe it was probably a suburb of Petra where visiting traders on the silk route may have stayed.  Today we enter the natural world heritage site of Wadi Rum where dramatic sandstone mountains rise from the sandy desert floor 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 1962 epic film were shot.

    After checking into our private Exodus camp our Bedouin hosts take us for around a 2-hour 4x4 jeep trip to explore some of the highlights of the protected area. We go to the main popular sights, have time to sample bedouin tea and then watch the sunset from the vantage point of a rock formation.  From here we return to our camp where we enjoy Bedouin hospitality with a traditional dinner called Zarb which is cooked underground.  After dinner we learn about Bedouin culture and music through interacting with the family who run the camp. 
    Exodus Private camp (permanent Bedouin camp)

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 7

    Morning in Wadi Rum; drive to Aqaba; relax by 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 resort with transport and entrance included.  You can add to the experience by hiring snorkelling equipment and swimming over the coral reef looking out for colourful fish.  This can be arranged and paid for on the day at the resort.  (10 JD at time of publishing) You will walk along a jetty and get in from a small ladder to ensure you don't walk on the coral. There are several good restaurants in Aqaba for our evening meal together.
    La Costa Hotel (4-star) or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 8

    Drive from Aqaba to the Dead Sea with optional trip to see Bethany beyond the Jordan

    Leaving the Red Sea behind we will head to the Dead Sea (approximately 4 hours 30 minutes) which is one of the most fascinating places on earth and so called because its high salinity prevents most forms of aquatic life. There' plenty of free time to experience floating in these waters and trying the dead sea mud before cooling off in the swimming pool.

    There's also the chance to visit Bethany beyond the Jordan, the site of Jesus Christ's baptism by John the Baptist marking the beginning of the new era of Christianity. This is an optional trip that can be booked and paid for locally. The drive to the Baptism site is 10-15 minutes from the hotel at the Dead Sea and the entire visit usually lasts 1 hour 45 minutes in total, including the driving to/from the hotel. Those who do not wish to visit the site will check into their hotel in the Dead Sea.

    This evening there will be a group dinner to celebrate your time in Jordan and say your farewells. 
    Holiday Inn Dead Sea (5-star) or similar

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 9

    End Dead Sea

    Trip ends after breakfast.

    Meals included: Breakfast
Trip Notes

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Essential Info

Visas

Jordan

Visas are required by most nationalities, including British, and can be obtained at the border or Amman airport. At time of print, visa fees (usually 40JOD) have been waived for all nationalities travelling to Jordan with a tour operator and spending a minimum of 2 nights in country. Our airport representative will meet and assist you with obtaining the free visa on arrival in Jordan at Customs & Immigration. He will be carrying an Exodus sign.

For more information on the free Jordan Visa, please see the link below:
http://international.visitjordan.com/MediaCenter/News/JordanianGovernmen...

Vaccinations

Jordan

There are no mandatory vaccination requirements. Recommended vaccinations are: Polio, Tetanus, Typhoid.

Eating and Drinking

All breakfasts, 2 dinners. The dinners are included at the Wadi Rum camp and the Dead Sea resort.

When not half board we usually eat in local restaurants and the leader arranges bookings for those in the group who would like to join. We suggest you budget around 15- 20 JOD pp ( GBP £16-21, USD $21-28, CAN $27-36, AUD$30-40 at time of writing) for non-included 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 vegetarian choice. There is a good choice of seafood available when at the Red Sea. At the camp in Wadi Rum we enjoy a traditional dinner called Zarb which is cooked underground.  This consists of rice with a selection including chicken, lamb and vegetables. Vegetables are cooked separately to the meat. 

Weather

Spring and autumn are very popular in Jordan as it is cooler, around 24ºC in the day and down to 8ºC at night. Rain is more likely, however, protracted bad weather is unlikely. It is hot and dry, but not unpleasant, throughout Jordan in the summer. Daytime maximum temperatures are around 32ºC in Amman. Jerash temperatures are the same.
Wadi Rum on average in summer is around 30ºC though it can get as high as 40ºC. At night it is usually around 10ºC cooler. In winter it is much cooler and can get as low as 10ºC during the day. In the evening it is around OºC . There are occasions when there is rain or even snow in the desert. If weather conditions require it we may need to modify the itinerary or the camp location for your comfort and safety.
Aqaba is very hot when the air is still, but there is usually a breeze. Rain is unusual but possible.  
The Dead Sea air temperatures vary from around 14ºC in winter up to high 30s in summer months. The water temperature however doesn’t drop below 20ºC.

As with many countries in the world seasons can go on longer than usual so it is advisable to always check the weather of the country you are travelling to a week or two before your trip so you can pack appropriately.  

Is this trip for you?

Although this is a cultural trip, some days (such as those in Petra) can be long and tiring. To do the optional 850 steps up to the monastery or the climb up to the High Place of Sacrifice you should have a reasonable level of fitness. Your leader will be able to provide you with further advice about these hikes. It is not advisable to do the High Place of Sacrifice if you suffer from vertigo as there are some very steep narrow steps and cliffs. The leader always accompanies any one doing this option.

Whilst camping in Wadi Rum please be aware that although the campsite does have plumbed toilets and showers it is basic and hot water may be limited. Our private Exodus camp is however often mentioned as a highlight of the trip for many of our guests.

In very rare instances where local conditions require we may need to amend the order of the itinerary but we will ensure that all the elements of the itinerary are still included and site visits are of the same duration.

In very rare instances we may need to amend the order of the itinerary but we will ensure that all the elements of the itinerary are still included and site visits are of the same duration.

Please note Ramadan runs from 2 April to 1 May 2022.  Ramadan is a special time to visit Jordan as it is one of the most important times on the Muslim calendar. Each evening the streets empty while people return home to break the fast and then there is an air of festivity every evening. Our leaders and drivers choose to work at this time so we continue to run trips however please be aware their energy levels may be slightly lower. Tourist sites are still open although closing times may be earlier than usual. Your leader will know how the timings for each day need to be adapted in order to still experience all the inclusions on this trip. Restaurants may close during the day and this is also accounted for in planning meal arrangements for your group. Shops are usually open though their hours may vary and they will definitely be closed during the breaking of the fast. To fully enjoy your holiday experience at this unique time of year we suggest patience and flexibility. (In fact these are useful at any time of year on any overseas holiday.)

Following a review of all our trips we have categorised this trip as generally not suitable for persons of reduced mobility. However if you are a regular traveller on such trips, please contact customer services to discuss the trip and your personal condition.

Call for general departures:
0800 643 997
Call for private group trips:
0800 643 997
Trip Notes

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Accommodation

Hotels and Camp

We spend 2 nights in a 4-star hotel in Amman, 3 nights in a 3-star hotel in Petra, 1 night in a 4-star hotel in Aqaba and the final night in a 5-star hotel at the Dead sea.   We also have one night in a desert camp in Wadi Rum. The private camp is for the sole use of the Exodus group and offers an unforgettable experience.

Throughout the tour we use hotels with en suite facilities and air conditioning.  Some hotels have more facilities than others however it is always good to keep in mind that the star rating in Jordan is quite different to what you may expect at home.  Sometimes we may use less centrally located hotels in the interests of comfort. Accommodation in Petra is limited and demands on the infrastructure are high; this creates occasional problems with hot water and plumbing for all hotels.  In general, the hotels in Petra are of an older style and more basic in comparison with the rest of Jordan. 

At the Wadi Rum camp there are traditional style tents equipped with basic beds, sheets and blankets. There are plumbed toilets and basins, and simple shower facilities with (limited) hot water. 

Single supplements are available for this trip however cannot be guaranteed at Wadi Rum. Please enquire at the time of booking for details and up-to-date prices.

Call for general departures:
0800 643 997
Call for private group trips:
0800 643 997
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Call for general departures:
0800 643 997
Call for private group trips:
0800 643 997
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Expert Blog Entries

  • Reviewed June 2022

    Jordan is more than you expect

    The trip only lasted a week, but Jordan is not a big country, and the itinerary is well planned - busy, but with some down time - so you can fit so much in without feeling rushed. There is so much more than “just” Petra. Wadi Rum - the site for Lawrence of Arabia’s gathering of the tribes, and location for the film (and for “The Martian”, the live action “Aladdin”, and “Dune”) - is spectacular. Floating in the Dead Sea is a unique experience, and the biblical, Roman, and Crusader sites are all fascinating.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The first sight of the Treasury in Petra is always going to be a moment to remember; the biblical sites of Mt Nebo, where Moses had his view of the Promised Land, and Bethany where John baptised Jesus, are very moving, even if you are not religious; and Wadi Rum, with its historical significance and wonderful stars viewed from round the campfire, is unforgettable.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Ayyad was the perfect host for Jordan. He was kind, patient, funny, knowledgeable, and efficient, and did everything possible to ensure that all went as planned. He kept us well updated on the itinerary for each day and the next, so we knew what to expect. As well as suggesting good restaurants for dinner, he arranged a couple of excellent lunches - a picnic and a bakery visit - and generally smoothed the way, to allow us to enjoy the country to the maximum. Special thanks also due, as Ayyad was also very good at looking out for my son who has a sesame allergy, as sesame is used a lot in Jordanian food.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Late May is very hot, so make sure you drink enough water; starts are early (but then you can go to bed early too); ATMs are not as hard to find as expected; make sure you have good walking shoes - you will need them; Petra is a very large site - the Treasury is just the start - and has lots of steps to the Monastery and High Place of Sacrifice, so make sure you pace yourself.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Jordan exceeded our expectations: more friendly, more fun, the sights more inspiring - there is just something “more” every day. Go for it, and enjoy.
  • Reviewed June 2022

    Do this trip before it becomes too popular

    This was a much more interesting holiday than I thought it was going to be. The main reason I joined this trip was, of course, to see Petra - and that didn't even turn out to be my favourite part! (Wadi Rum was). There was a good mix of everything from exploring historical landmarks to enjoying some more resort-y like rest and activities. I probably can't offer anything new to what has been posted here already but I will say that for most of you this will be your only time in Jordan, so explore every opportunity - sign up for the extras. Little Petra - worth it. Camel ride - worth it. Bethany beyond the Jordan (where Jesus was baptised) - worth it. Do all of it - Jordan is a really interesting country with some great history. It will definitely make you want to get your bible out again as you visit numerous places you've only read about in the Old Testament. I would say that, despite our group getting on really well, a group size of 20 is probably too much. It does become difficult to please everyone and can become a bit frustrating. I have to take my hat off to our guide Nuwar who, over the week, managed the group exceptionally well and remained calm throughout. Top tip - best time for a photo of the Treasury at Petra is towards the end of the day. There's hundreds of people there in the morning and virtually no-one at around 4 or 5 o'clock. Also, use your second day to walk the Al Khubta trail to the viewpoint above the Treasury.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Not sure about inspired, but the most rewarding part was the climb up to the Monastery at Petra. It's a tough, sweaty walk and you have to be careful on your feet but it's absolutely worth it. It was sad to see donkeys trudging miserably up and down those steps all day, especially when carrying people who looked twice the size of the animal. I would please discourage anyone from hiring a donkey to take you up and down to the Monastery. For me, it just looked too cruel.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Brilliant group leader. Nuwar left us in no doubt that she knew an awful lot about the history of everywhere we visited and enthusiastically tried to share all of it with us. Might have been a bit much for some of us to take in but still, the enthusiasm was greatly appreciated. I always think that people overlook just how difficult a job it is to be a guide. We forget that not only do they soak up a huge amount of knowledge but they also do it in another language. Sometimes more than one. It is a tremendous skill which I think is often undervalued. Additionally, and like the best group leaders I've experienced before, Nuwar was on hand to offer advice on places to eat in the evenings and was also prepared to join in socially. At that point the leader becomes more than a guide and instead becomes a friend and it is that quality that makes the difference between a good trip and a great trip. Thank you Nuwar. I hope you bring happiness to many future groups.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    I wish I'd have gone a day earlier to have a more in depth look around Ammam before the trip started and to avoid the extremely late arrival on day one. As it happened, I couldn't on this occasion but I would recommend others to do so if they can. Take waterproof shoes or slip-ons for when you go to Aqaba and the Dead Sea. The sand is very hot and the pebbles aren't designed for people with delicate feet. The trip will involve some quick stops for lunch. Try the local food. Our leader was all too happy to pull over at recommended stops for shawarma or falaffel. There are limited places (two, officially) to buy alcohol in Petra. One is at the Cave Bar down by the visitors centre. They promote themselves as the oldest bar in the world (although that's debatable). Just in case it is, drop in for a pint so you can say you drank at the oldest bar in the world but beware, beer is about £10 a pint. For budding photographers - take a tripod into the desert with you. I tried to do a hyperlapse of the sunset and had to balance my camera in my shoe. As expected, not the best result.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    For anyone eating at a restaurant which has camel on the menu and who fancies giving it a go, I can tell you it tastes like beef.
  • Reviewed June 2022

    A Very Good Trip

    The itinerary is well thought out and the pace was good. The beauty of Petra and peacefulness of Wadi Rum have to be experienced. No words can really describe them. Our group also got along very well. It was a pleasure to travel with them. The side trips to Bethany, Little Petra, ...etc. were all interesting. Maybe they should be part of the main itinerary. Water was available on the bus but we were not always with the bus, e.g. when we were in Petra for 3 days. So we ended up buying a lot of bottled water. Hotel in Amman was barely a 3 star hotel if one is kind. Since we spent 3 nights in Petra, it would be nice if the level of accommodation is slightly improved. It was not a problem for me but one has to set the right level of expectation. Two activities that I would have liked to do but was unable to do so were: 1) night visit at Petra: there was no notice about it. When someone asked as we were approaching Petra, the guide mentioned if we were to go, we had to go that night because it was not offered every night. I couldn't go with such short notice. 2) hot air ballon over the desert: I really wanted to do this and kept asking every day about booking it. The guide kept saying he couldn't book until the day before. When he finally called, it was booked out 2 weeks from that day. I hope Exodus would offer this WAY AHEAD of the trip so the guests could book before the trip even began.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    See Petra between the gorges was amazing!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Our guide Ayyad was personable, knowledgeable, friendly and helpful.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    See above on night visit to Petra and hot air ballooning. Middle Easterners like to bargain so you can try bargaining for everything. In fact, you are expected to bargain! The plugs in the Bedouin camp are ONLY British 3 prong plugs, no European plugs. So bring converters if you are not from UK. Remember to bring your own towels for that night! I went diving at Aqaba instead of snorkeling. You can arrange it by yourself ahead of time and the diver shop personnel will meet you at the gate to the beach. Sadly, the coral life is much damaged by global warming but seeing the undersea cables to Egypt was cool. If you tip for any good service, give cash. A lot of the owners take the tips from the servers if they are on the credit card. Do go outside the hotel for meals. They are cheaper and tastier than the hotel food. Petra Museum is worth a visit. Dead Sea Museum is not worth it for the display but the view is amazing. Just remember Uber will take you up there but there is no Uber coming down. So negotiate the round trip before you go up.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Thank you to everyone who made this trip fun and enjoyable.
  • Reviewed May 2022

    AXW: A Week in Jordan

    This trip exceeded my expectations! I have always wanted to go to Petra, but all the other stops proved just as wonderful. It was a fast-paced busy trip but well worth it.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    This is the kind of trip that will stay with me for a while. From the Roman ruins at Jerash, to the first glimpse of the Treasury at Petra, to the night sky with a thousand stars at Wadi Rum, to the final night at the Dead Sea with the warm sea air, it was truly an inspirational and unforgettable journey.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Muayad was amazing, and one of the best, if not the best, tour leader I have had. His love of his country shines through in everything he says and does. He has so much knowledge and was so willing to share it all with us. But, besides that, it was all the little things he did to make our trip so special. He took us to the out of the way places for lunches, snacks, etc. We had the true local flavor. We were always being surprised with little treats and special foods to try. He arranged for us to have a beautiful picnic, which ended up being a highlight for most of us on the trip. In addition, he developed relationships and jokes with everyone. He took the time to get to know each of us personally, as well as join in with us a group. He took control when needed to, and joked with us at other times. I feel very fortunate to have had him as a guide and I know that he made an already incredible trip even better.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Go!
  • Reviewed May 2022

    An amazing trip in a wonderful country!

    Jordan, spectacular Jordan. What a beautiful and fascinating country: ancient and modern history galore, archeology, glorious landscapes, delicious food and wonderful people. And camels. Oh, how I love 🐪. The trip with Exodus was absolutely first-class. Brilliantly organised and with the most superb tour leader (see below). If only the trip had been longer!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Where to start? There were so many. Was it entering Jerash (Gerasa) through Hadrian's gate, arriving at the forum and walking down the seriously impressive colonnaded cardo maximus? No, but this was still right up there in terms of sights and moments! As was the view across the Jordan Valley and the West Bank from Mount Nebo where, according to the Bible, Moses saw the Promised Land. Was it walking through the Siq, the narrow gorge that is the entrance to Petra, and, glimpsing the magnificent Treasury, lit up in the morning sun? Utterly beautiful and mesmerising - and almost the most inspirational! The most stirring and sublime of moments (in a trip full of such moments), however, was the desert splendour of Wadi Rum. The extraordinarily beautiful rock formations, sand dunes and canyons; the ancient inscriptions and petroglyphs carved on boulders and cliffs; the glorious sunset; running down sand dunes; camel riding; camping in the desert; the silence of the desert night and the vast star-filled sky.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Muayad Mesmar was absolutely wonderful. So kind, so knowledgeable, such fun. His knowledge of Jordanian and regional history was so impressive - akin to that of a history professor! At every point in the trip, at every bend in road, Muayad had fascinating stories and information to share.. be it on the Hejaz railway during the Arab Revolt, olive pressing at Crusader castles, the health properties of the Dead Sea....as well as on chickpea plants and Jordan's horned hyenas! In addition to being absolutely brilliant in his knowledge of Jordan's history, archeology, flora and fauna, landscapes and peoples, and sharing stories in such an engaging way, Muayad was also the most generous, kind and thoughtful of tour leaders. From buying us cardamon-infused coffees and Jordanian sweets on our first morning and falafels one lunchtime, to organising a picnic with a view over the Jordan Valley, replete with walnut-stuffed baby aubergines (never has there been, nor will there ever be, a more yummy picnic ingredient!), Muayad definitely went way above and beyond a tour leader's call of duty. And when I realised half-way down the King's Highway, that I'd idiotically left my passport, some cash and my Kindle back in my hotel-room safe in Amman, Muayad worked wonders, made some phone calls and, less than 24-hours later, they were delivered safely, at no cost, to the hotel at our next stop, Petra. So, not only is Muayad the best tour leader, he's also a magician.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Yes, and it's simple! Do this trip!

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Thank you for a wonderful, wonderful, wonderful trip.
  • Reviewed May 2022

    So much in a week!

    Wow what a trip. I initially booked this trip to see Petra but there is so much more of Jordan to see. Our guide Muayad went beyond expectations, from providing a picnic overlooking the “Grand Canyon” of Jordan, to where to get the best falafels in town. The night in the desert is something else. It’s a busy trip, with lots of 7.30 am starts, but would I have missed anything we did for a lay-in - definitely not. Wonderful fellow travellers as well.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    So many but the desert is up there along with that first sight of The Treasury at Petra. Also looking over at the lights of Jerusalem and Jericho from the terrace of our Dead Sea hotel.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Muayad was fantastic - went the extra mile to show us Jordan and why he loves his country so much. So many little things like giving us Turkish delight, arranging a picnic with amazing foods such as eggplants stuffed with walnuts. Took us to local stalls to buy our lunch so, instead of spending several dinars on a wrap we were paying half a dinar in places. Thank you Muayad - and I still don’t want a camel my dear!

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Just go and immerse yourself in what this lovely country has. There is a lot to cover and you may well be shattered at the end of the day but I wouldn’t have missed a thing!

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Trip was made better by great fellow travellers, the mix was brilliant.
  • Reviewed May 2022

    Magical and Special

    Visiting Jordan has been on my wish list for a long time. the days went so fast and our guide Ayyad was amazing he made everything enjoyable and was easy going with lots of breaks. the wide range of amazing food and the lovely people in Jordan always happy and welcoming to us

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    being in wadi rum during the day climbing sand dunes and exploring in the jeeps, but then at night after our amazing dinner cooked in the ground we sat outside around the fire and had tea watching the stars till early morning with our guide. seeing the treasury for the first time was an emotional experience and one not to forget. visiting the baptism site was very special as was Mount Nebo and the church there as a service was underway. I would say everything we did was amazing. Dinner with a local family in wadi musa was amazing and the food all home cooked was incredible and seeing how the whole family interacted with each other was beautiful

    What did you think of your group leader?

    our guide Ayyad was knowledgeable about all we asked and made everything fun and was always looking out for us as we had some older ladies in our group, always there with an outstretched hand in case we should need it. he immediately was making jokes and got the sense of humour that we had and we all became a little family. it was especially special as it was Ramadan and he was fasting and we experienced normal people out breaking the fast and shopping. he gave us time to shop and take pictures and was always explaining what was in the food we were eating. defiantly made lifelong friends with everyone in our group.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    defiantly book this trip even during Ramadan as you get to see many different things that you wouldn't otherwise and don't be scared to go out and explore the locations that you stay in at night

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    I felt safe and at home there and will defiantly go back!!
  • Reviewed April 2022

    Simply Superb

    Visiting Jordan has been on my bucket list for years. I have been on many trips with Exodus and this has got to be up there with the best ones! There is so much included in the one week, I just wish it had been a little bit longer. Well organised, no overly long travels, brilliant itinerary and amazing local team and leader. It would be very hard to organise a better trip than this. :) The country and the sights we saw were just beautiful, the people we met were the friendliest you could ever meet.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The itinerary is very well planned, the most important sights one would want to visit are covered. There is something for everyone: extra walking option for those that want to do more exercise, free time for those that want to do more walking or shopping, option to swim and snorkel. Spending one night at the bedouin camp is also a unique and unforgettable experience. And I have not even mentioned just submerging yourself in the fantastically rich history of Jordan every day of the trip. Superb.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Muayad is a true professional, we could not have asked for a better tour leader. He is knowledgeable, kind and very welcoming. He is very proud of his country and his enthusiasm for the job and for his country is just unrivalled. His sense of humour helped gel the members of our fairly large group (20) together very quickly. He always offered us amazing lunch and dinner options and even brought a very delicious apple pie made by his Mum! He broke up the travel with coffee breaks, that was important to me. :) He went out of his way to make sure that we all had a fantastic trip and I am very grateful for that. Thank you so much, Muayad!

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    It was colder than expected, so the down jacket I brought along with the gloves was the best decision. Also, bring a silk liner for extra warmth for the night in the bedouin tent. Book an extra day in Amman as there is just so much more to do there!
  • Reviewed February 2022

    Jordan is safe and beautiful from city to desert to beach

    I enjoyed all the trip from Amman street food and amphitheatre, Jerash which reminded me of Rome, Petra which was incredible, the desert camp amazing food and floating in the dead sea. I felt safe at all times and loved seeing the diverse range the country had to offer

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Petra was incredible and not just the Siq to Treasury the site is huge, the walk up 850 steps to the Monastery, the walk up to overlook the Treasury was incredible I'd recommend it. I also loved floating in the dead sea, a highlight of the trip and a nice end to the day

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Moyat was great, very informative, calm and organized. He also bought us local food out of his own pocket to try which was unexpected. We had a great group and we all got on really well

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Take walking boots. Take layers it can be cold then hot. Take a spare battery for your camera! The camp was freezing in February, I was expecting cold and had many layers but was still cold. If you feel the cold, take some of them hand warmer things, hat, gloves, tights are good, maybe a sleeping bag if your case allows! Food portions are huge everywhere!

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    It's really safe I didn't feel unsafe at any time. Book it as you will love it
  • Reviewed January 2022

    Simply superb

    If there is a better, more interesting trip in the whole of the Exodus portfolio, then I would be very very surprise. A week in Jordan is simply superb and I cannot recommend it high enough.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Every single day was inspirational, in fact every day had jaw-dropping moments. This trip is life-changing.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Absolutely outstanding! Clear and informative throughout the whole trip. Muayad went out of his way to ensure we were given the best possible experience whilst in Jordan, be it preparing us lunch (made by his own mother no less!), finding ATMs/raincoats or just taking us to the those most sublime spots to have lunch. Amazing man; it was an absolute pleasure to be in his company.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Jordan operates in a cash-based society and the ATMs that accept European cards are few and far between, so make sure you take plenty of cash with you.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    The trip notes do not do this trip justice. You will experience so much more than what is described in the brochure - book this trip now, you will NOT regret it.

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