A fantastic trip - varied and interesting with lots to see and do. The food was terrific and the sights amazing. A week was just the right amount of time and the hotels were great!
- What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
Obviously Petra, but I actually preferred the Monastery over the Treasury. It is well worth walking up to the Monastery - it is a bit of a hard slog but the Monastery really is spectacular. There is a cafe there so you can sit and have a drink and admire the view. That was a really lovely part of the trip.
The desert was also excellent - the stars are so much better than at home, particularly if you look through binoculars. We had a camel ride in the morning which was also a highlight for me.
On our second day in Petra some of our group had a longer, guided walk with a Bedouin woman. We did not see anybody else and it really felt like we were the only people in the world! I would recommend this if you have the opportunity - the views were fantastic and it was good to get off the beaten track.
- What did you think of your group leader?
- Our leader was Danny Haddad - I thought he was excellent. He looked after the group well, was clear about all the arrangements and helped out with money changing etc. Some of us had a problem with a taxi on the very last night and, even though Danny was not with us, he helped us to sort out the situation over the phone.
- Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
I travelled in November and it was definitely helpful having a range of different clothes and layers as the temperature did vary quite a lot. Layering is the key! It was not nearly as cold in the desert as I was expecting at that time of year which was a pleasant surprise. I wore an Icebreaker top, thermal leggings and had my 4 season sleeping bag and was pretty hot!! The Bedouin are able to provide sleeping bags and extra blankets but quite a lot of people in my group seemed to have their own sleeping bag anyway.
I am not a vegetarian but the 2 vegetarians in our group did find some of the food choices a bit limited at times. For me, as a meat eater, the food was excellent. Loads of really nice kebabs! The houmous and falafel was absolutely superb.
I took sterling cash but did not change any money at Amman airport. The following morning our guide took us to a money exchange that had a better rate than the airport so I was glad I waited. I changed £200 which saw me through the entire holiday.
- Is there anything else you would like to add?
This was a fantastic trip that I thoroughly enjoyed. Jordan is a fascinating country to visit with so much history to learn about. We were very lucky with the weather in November and had blue skies and sunshine every day. On the last day we had some rain driving back to Amman but as we were on the bus it didn't matter.
There was a good balance of guided activities and free time and the hotels were really nice. I have done several trips that involved camping or quite basic hotels so it was nice to have a bit of luxury with en-suites!
This is a great trip and I would highly recommend it.