Is anyone going to Jordan on 29th March? Has anyone been before and can tell me what it's like? I've never travelled to the Middle East before, so any help/info/advice much appreciated. Thanks
I'll pack plenty!!
..,.for long sleeved tops, thermals and wet wipes! Thanks for the tips. See you at the end of March. I really must get organised....
I also am going on the March 29th tour of Jordan. However, I will be arriving in Amman a few days before the tour starts (March 26). Does anyone have advice on inexpensive but clean hotels in either Amman or Madaba?
My Lufthansa flight arrives in Amman at 2 AM ( I know it is an ungodly hour!!) Any suggestions on transport into town at that hour?
Does anyone on this tour have further travel plans in the region after the tour? My plans are to go on to Israel and the Greek Islands.
Victoria, BC, Canada
I got back five days ago from the Week in Jordan trip. My advice to you would be head for Madaba rather than Amman, far nicer town and both are the same distance from the Airport. Also I don't know exactly which tour you are on, but mine started in Madaba. There's plenty to do their but check your trip dossier so you don't double up on things.
By the end of March the tempratures will have risen. Wondering around Petra on the 12th Feb it was long trousers, shirt, fleece and windproof jacket. It was only ever warm if you were in direct sunlight, you get in the shade and or wind and you knew it. Jordan has just had one of it's coldest Winters, it dropped to -12C according to Khaled our guide at one point; and we still saw snow lying around on the edge of the desert highway, quite surreal.
You will also need warm clothing for the time in Wadi Rum, again it will be warmer when you get there, but driving along at 30 to 40 km/h in the back of open topped landcruisers and you do feel the cold wind rushing past you.
Another useful thing is that if you are on the group tourist visa you do not need to pay the 20 Dinars exit tax. As you are doing your own entry, remember to keep the 20D set aside. Tuck it into your passport on your first night is what I would do.
It's a fantastic country, you'll have a wonderful time ... enshala!!!
Thanks for the comments/advice.
I plan on visiting the eastern desert castles during my visit to Jordan before or after my Exodus tour in late March- early April. Does anyone have any comments/advice on these destinations, and whether to use tours/taxis, etc? Should it be done in more than one day? If so comments on accommodation?
Thanks for this. I've bought the anti-bacterial handgel (a mere 45p from Asda!), and am in search of a bandana - which is a great tip thankyou. I'm in the process of throwing things in the vague direction of my rucksack!
...I'll pack rubbish! Thought I'd be organised - for a change. It makes work bearable if I can stare at the pile of packing, knowing I'm off soon(ish)! Starting to get itchy feet now....
Wondered what essentials I should be taking with me but see that someone else has asked the question already. Thanks.
Have been walking in Morocco in March before and got away with shorts but wasn't sure about Jordan.
Hello everyone. It looks like I will be joining 7 others in the Wadi Rum and Petra trek later this month but not knowing any of you, I wondered whether we should all try to meet up at Heathrow for a pre flight drink or a bite to eat. I am not at all familiar with the airport, so if someone can make a suggestion as to where to meet up , I would be very greatful.
I look forward to meeting everyone and very much look forward to the trip.
Sounds like a good plan to me! Sadly I don't know Heathrow airport either. I'm arriving about 1pm to park up, deposit my bag, and chill out with a drink. If anyone knows a noteable coffee shop/bar we can find easily in terminal 3 departure lounge then we could meet up there? I've got long red hair - so I'm usually easily spottable!
Yes - it does sound like a good idea.
From memory, I think there is an O'Neill's bar in Terminal 3 which should be easy to find? Perhaps see you there?
I'm connecting from Terminal 5 - no idea how that will go two days after it opens!
Hi Jackie and Lisa
Thanks for responding to my earlier message.
O'Neills bar sounds good to me. My National Express coach arrives very early into Heathrow (prior to 11am) so I will float around until we can check in. I have an Exodus holdall from a previous trip with them, so please don't be frightened to approach me if you see me wandering around aimlessly.
I look forward to meeting you and others on the 29th. Meanwhile I am off to the Travel Agents to get my Jordanian Dinars
Hi Richard & Lisa & anyone else who wants to join us! I'll meet you in O'Neills, terminal 3. I'll be there from around 1.30pm ish. I'll have a small red rucksack, red hair, travelling alone and will be looking for an exodus bag! Good luck with terminal 5 - it certainly looks very flash on telly! And good luck with the Jordanian dinars - you don't get too many for your quids!!
Will be looking out for you! I've never travelled through Heathrow before. I'm assuming a short queue to deposit the rucksack, a pleasant amble through security, and maybe a relaxing drink before one embarks on the punctual plane.......or maybe not....!!! ; )
See you at the airport!
Just checked out a few things with those nice people at Exodus.
They say that taking £GB or $US is fine, as we can change money at Airport and Hotels, so no trip to the Post Office for us! Also, they confirmed that whilst on trek, wearing shorts will generally be OK, which, if anybody has been checking the weather, is very good news as it's currently over 30 degrees in the S of Jordan. Long pants for strictly religious sites only.
As for any thoughts about passing through Heathrow being easy, they need filing away in the " And then I woke up" bin!!!
Will see you all there.
I'm due in Terminal 5 at 1.15pm and then have to connect but suspect (as every flight I've been on recently has been delayed), I will be last minute so will be the harassed looking, short dark haired female with rucksack in need of a glass of something!
...we're gonna melt! I might up the ole suncream factor somewhat! Good news about shorts though. Now to find a pair that fit.....
...we may be on different trips. I'm on AXW (the week in Jordan). If that's a different trip I'll still be in O'Neills at 1pm ish though, suitably harassed having fought with the M25!
I read your recent message and am sorry you will not be on our trip. In common with Steve and his partner, I am on the TXR trip and, with only a few days to go now, am very much looking forward to it. I chose the trip because I like a good walk and need to shift some weight put on over Christmas. Still I am sure you are in for a wonderful time and am sure we can all enjoy a drink or two at the airport.
I have just collected my Dinars - got 130 of them for Just over £106. All my gear is ready but I will leave the packing until Friday evening.
See you all Saturday,
I need to shed all the Easter eggs I've happily munched my way through! Like Steve suggests, I guess its more cost effective to have us all on the same flight. Sorry I won't be with you (although I am looking forward to a float in the Sea!) but I'm definitely up for that drink on Saturday at the airport. I have a pile of stuff thrown in a pile ready for packing. Just hope it's all useful stuff and I haven't forgotten anything!!
See you on Sat. Jackie
Yes - was in a panic about T5 but have just booked a BMI flight into Terminal 1 to avoid the pain. I travel through Heathrow most weeks and don't want to take any chances! I don't want to miss the trek as I've also overdone the Easter eggs!
So will see you all tomorrow.
Good move!! BBC say it's still a nightmare at T5.
Only 24 hours to go and the chaos of Heathrow - I can't wait.
I will be the bald headed geezer standing at O'Neills bar with a pint of bitter in his hand.
See you all tomorrow,
...and I'll be the red-haired woman with a glass of wine in her hand, stood next to you! For those passing through Terminal 5 I hope they've sorted out the chaos. Apparently it's quicker if you don't take any luggage with you! Guess they forgot that people tend to take luggage on holiday. D'Oh! ; )
Hello Wadi Rum trekkers. It's a lot colder here. Hope you all got home without too many hassles. Thanks for the great company and all the laughs on a great trip. Downloaded some great photos, and posted a few on the TXR website for you to look at.
Ann & Steve
Hope you all had a great time in Jordan and didn't frazzle! What a fantastic country (even from a cool air-conditioned coach! ; )). We spent a couple of days in the Wadi Rum desert and it was just fabulous. Lovely to meet you all, and sorry we didn't all end up on the same trip. Did any of you manage to sample the Petra beer (8%)?? I'm now busy sorting through the brochure deciding where to go next....! When I've worked out how to load up my photos I'll add some to the website. Will look out for yours.
To load photos, go to your "My Exodus" page, click on "My Photos" and create an album. You can then upload photos (I think it's a total of about 30Mb per album) to the new album.
Glad you enjoyed your trip, and hope you had lots of WOW moments like we did! The problem with having a good holiday is always looking for the next one, and of course, paying for it. Happy travelling!
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