This was a trip of many highlights and one full of interest from beginning to end. The travel and accommodation arrangements were well organised and the standard of hotels was good. The Jordanian people were very welcoming and we enjoyed being part of a fantastic group - thanks guys!
- What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
There were several such moments. In chronological order -
Floating in the Dead Sea - relaxing but strangely unnerving at the same time
Walking down the Siq at Petra - and then spending 2 days exploring the rest of this amazing place
Scrambling onto a rock arch in Wadi Rum and listening to the silence there
Snorkelling over the coral reefs of the Red Sea & spotting lion fish among many others
- What did you think of your group leader?
Dougan was an excellent group leader.
He was very knowledgable about his country and keen to share that knowledge.
He has great organisational skills and no-one was ever in any doubt about what we would be doing at any time. Whilst mindful of group and invidual needs, he encouraged self reliance where appropriate and for us to look out for one another as a group. His choices of places to eat and where to get lunch were always good. Best of all, his dry humour kept everyone going on the occasions when we were starting to flag in the heat.
- Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
Try to get some reliable information about the likely night time temperature in Wadi Rum for when you plan to go. We took a sleeping bag for our departure (June 21) but it was so warm in the desert that we slept outside just in the liner - and wouln't have bothered with that but for the mozzies!
Oh, and don't forget the mozzie repellant as we did - it's never too hot for the little blighters.
The food is great, especially the mezze. Most of the places we went to were 'dry' but it's no great hardship for a few days
- Is there anything else you would like to add?
We never felt threatened at any time and even in the shops, there was no real sales pressure that you find in other Middle East countries.
If you are worried whether Jordan is a suitable place to go, don't be, as this is a very rewarding trip. Never postpone climbing your favourite mountain - even if is only up to the Monastery at Petra.