The Monastery at Petra

Hidden Treasures of Jordan

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Trip code: 
AXE
Way to Travel:
Guided Group
Activity:
Cultural Wonders
Min age:
16
Group size:
4–16

Explore archaeological highlights with a knowledgeable local leader

A one-week visit to Jordan is enough to take in its world famous monuments, such as Petra and Jerash, but 12 days is ideal to truly appreciate the breathtaking desert scenery and explore less well-known historic and archaeological treasures. This itinerary includes visits to several of these sites as well as offering the opportunity to see the beautiful desert landscape of Wadi Rum and snorkel in the Red Sea, ensuring enough time to relax and unwind as well as explore.

Highlights

  • Visit Jordan's desert castles, home to centuries of history
  • Explore the ancient city of Jerash and Bethany beyond the Jordan
  • Float in the Dead Sea
  • Visit to Mt Nebo, claimed to be Moses' burial site
  • Two full days in Petra, the rose-red city
  • See the Dead Sea Scrolls at the ancient Citadel in Amman

Key information

  • 10 nights hotels and 1 night private camp
  • Travel by air-conditioned minibus and 4WD in Wadi Rum
  • Group normally 4 to 20, plus leader. Min age 16 yrs

 

What's included

  • All breakfasts, 1 dinner
  • 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

Responsible Travel

At Exodus we believe in the power of Responsible Travel.

Every time we travel, we are part of a global movement that creates jobs, builds more sustainable societies, encourages cultural understanding and safeguards common natural and cultural heritage. To learn more about what Responsible Travel means to Exodus click here… 

Itinerary

London
to
London
  • Day 1

    Fly to Amman.

    Fly to Amman.
    Comfortable Hotel

  • Day 2

    Visit the castles of the 'Desert Loop' East of Amman.

    After breakfast we depart for a visit to Iraq El Amir. Set in the desert to the east of Amman is the much-famed Desert Loop, consisting of numerous palaces and minor forts dating back to the Omayyad period 661 AD to 750 AD. Our first stop is Qasr al- Hallabat. Originally Roman, this castle was rebuilt during the Umayyad period when it was elaborately decorated in mosaics, carved stucco and fresco paintings, thus transforming the castle into a palatial residence. There are about 150 inscriptions within the castle, mostly in Greek. The vast majority of these inscribed stones, which were reused as building material, belong to an edict issued by the Byzantine Emperor Anastasius (491-518 AD). A few kilometres down the road is Hammam as-Sarakh, a bathhouse and hunting lodge. The buildings have been almost completely restored, and you can see the channels that were used for hot water and steam. One hundred kms east of Amman, the oasis town of Azraq has a large castle built from black basalt, which was Lawrence of Arabia's headquarters during the Arab Revolt. Heading back towards Amman, the Qasr El Kharraneh and Qusayr 'Amra are the best preserved of the desert castles, Qusair Amra is noted for its extensive fresco paintings which cover virtually all the interior walls. The paintings include themes such as hunting, dancing, musicians, bathing scenes, cupids, and personifications of history, philosophy and poetry. We drive back to the hotel in Amman.
    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 3

    Head North to Irbid's archaeological museum, Umm Qais and Pella.

    Today we begin early as we have a long day heading north. We visit Irbid, which hosts an interesting museum. The most remarkable artefacts are the Ain Ghazal statues dated to the Pre-Pottery Neolithic period and are dated between 7500-5500 BC. In addition the museum contains a number of artefacts from the later periods. Umm Qais, in the north of the country has fantastic views of The Sea of Galilee and was once a centre of culture and arts. As one of the cities of the Decapolis, it was a centre for arts and culture and with its amazing setting it is an enchanting place. Later we proceed to Pella, once an important city in Roman times; most of the remains actually date back to the Byzantine period. Overnight in Jerash.
    Standard Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 4

    Visit the ancient city of Jerash and Ajlun Castle.

    After breakfast we visit the ancient 'Gerasa'. In Roman times this was one of the ten wealthy, self-governing cities of the Decapolis, and was famous throughout the Roman empire for the luxury of its lifestyle. Buried for centuries under blown sand, Jerash is the only city of the Decapolis to have survived to any extent, with an outstanding forum, colonnaded main streets with the drains still intact, two theatres and a most impressive temple of Zeus. Not too far away is the only Arabic castle in Jordan, Ajloun. It is perched on a hilltop and has fantastic views of the surrounding countryside. Originally constructed in 1184 AD, it was destroyed and rebuilt over the centuries following numerous wars and earthquakes. Drive for overnight at Dead Sea.
    Standard Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 5

    After a visit to Bethany beyond the Jordan, drive down King's Highway via Madaba, the 'City of Mosaics', and Mt Nebo to the Dead Sea.

    We start the day by visiting Bethany beyond the Jordan, the site where Jesus Christ was baptised by John the Baptist marking the beginning of the new era of Christianity. We then take the road south from Amman along the 5,000-year-old Kings' Highway, be prepared for one of the most memorable journeys in the Holy Land, passing through a number of ancient sites. The first town we visit is Madaba, 'The City of Mosaics '. The city, best known for its spectacular Byzantine and Umayyad mosaics, is home to the famous 6th century mosaic map of Jerusalem and the Holy Land. With two million pieces of coloured stone, the map depicts hills and valleys, villages and towns as far as the Nile Delta. Nearby is the biblical Mount Nebo where Moses was shown The Promised Land before his death and also has fantastically preserved mosaics. After a good look round we head south to the Dead Sea in time for a 'float' in the thick saline waters.
    Standard Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 6

    To Petra via Wadi al Mujib, Al Karak and Al Shawbak castles.

    Leaving the Dead Sea behind us we drive through the deep gorge of Wadi al Mujib. This massive canyon is breathtaking and is now a huge nature reserve, covering 212sq km. We arrive at Al Karak and Al Shawbak, two castles that played an important role in the Crusades. Built in mediaeval times Al Karak is the larger of the two castles, its well-preserved fortifications towering over the town offering breathtaking views. Al Shawbak, though not as well preserved is equally as impressive. Late afternoon we drive on to Petra. Overnight Petra.
    Standard Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Days 7-8

    Two full days to explore Petra.

    We have two full days to explore the UNESCO World Heritage site Petra. The 'rose-red city, half as old as time' was hidden for centuries until the Swiss explorer Burckhardt made his great discovery in 1812. Petra was founded by the Nabateans, an Arab tribe that arrived here in the sixth century BC. Building 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 as it is built along a series of chasms, rather than on a hilltop; and secondly, it is built directly into the rock - beautiful red and yellow sandstone carved into impressive facades which glow in the brilliant sunlight.

    After walking down the Siq, the narrow chasm providing the only entrance to the site, we come out directly in front of El Khazneh, the Treasury (please note that due to current Jordanian group regulations the journey to the Siq has to be taken on horseback - this is included in the entrance price. Those who prefer may walk this section but the cost of the ride cannot be refunded).

    Continuing to the centre of the city, we pass the houses and tombs of the rich citizens, and the amphitheatre. A long walk beyond the centre and up a series of steps brings us to El Deir, the Monastery, with its superb facade topped by a huge urn. Some of the exploration can be done on horseback. On one of the days we take a walk to the high places where few others visit. This can be quite arduous and is not recommended for those who are unsure of their fitness. However, those who do make it to the top will be rewarded with wonderful views.
    Standard Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 9

    Discover Little Petra en route to the Wadi Rum desert; 4WD excursion and overnight in a Bedouin camp.

    Explore Little Petra with its well preserved ruins which are hidden away in the mountains before continuing to the Wadi Rum desert, a stretch of beautiful sand and rock desert. This 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 film of 'Lawrence of Arabia' were shot. We take a four-wheel drive vehicle far into the area for an exciting desert adventure before arriving to our permanent camp and destination for the night.
    Full-service Camping

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 10

    Transfer to Aqaba for optional snorkelling over the coral reefs of the Red Sea.

    Today we transfer to Aqaba and have a free day to explore and relax. Aqaba is famous for some of the most beautiful coral reefs to be found anywhere in the world, so today is the perfect oportunity to go snorkelling in the Red Sea.
    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 11

    Morning drive to Amman; city tour including Citadel Hill, Archaeological Museum, the Dead Sea Scrolls and the Roman Theatre.

    After breakfast, drive from Aqaba to Amman to explore the ancient city. Amman has served as the modern and ancient capital of Jordan. It is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world, with a 1994 excavation uncovering homes and towers believed to have been built during the Stone Age, circa 7000 BC. The earliest written records refer to the city as Rabbath Ammon, the capital of the Ammonites in the 12th century BC. Later the city was named Philadelphia under the reign of Ptolemy Philadelphus 283-246BC. As one of the cities of the Decapolis under King Herod in 30BC major building works were conducted. The 6000 seated Roman Theatre on the citadel is testimony of Roman architecture, although extensively restored it remains a classic example. Also on Citadel Hill, just northwest of the Temple of Hercules, is the Jordan Archaeological Museum. This small museum houses an excellent collection of antiquities ranging from prehistoric times to the 15th century; see the Dead Sea Scrolls, a copy of the Mesha Stele and four rare Iron Age sarcophagi.
    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 12

    Fly to London.

    Fly to London

    Meals included: Breakfast

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 and 1 evening meal is included on this trip.

No other meals are included. Whilst staying in hotels we usually eat in local restaurants and on some occasions the leader will take those who wish, to a restaurant for a 'mezze' style meal. These allow fast service and a good quality of food for the group and usually cost 10-15 JOD pp. Allow about £250-300 (approx. US$320-480) to cover these 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 choice for vegetarians. There is also a good choice of seafood available when at the Red Sea.

Weather

Spring and autumn are very popular as it is cooler, around 24ºC in the day and down to 8ºC at night. Rain is more likely, but 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. Aqaba is very hot when the air is still, but there is usually a breeze. Rain is unusual but possible. In winter it is generally crisp and warm in the day - approximately 10-15ºC - but temperatures can approach freezing or below at night in the desert. There are even occasions when it snows in Jordan during winter.

Is this trip for you?

Although this is a cultural trip some days can be long and tiring, such as the two days in Petra. These are both long days. To walk up to the sacrificial high places, you should have a reasonable level of fitness. Your leader will be able to offer you further advice about the walk. Although it's a tiring day it is well worth the effort. Please also take the heat into consideration; although trips are planned outside of the summer heat, days in the desert can be very hot.

Accommodation

Hotels & Camp

Throughout the tour we use a mixture of comfortable, 3 to 4-star hotels with en suite facilities and air conditioning, except in Jerash where we spend the night in a more basic hotel. In some cases 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 general plumbing for all hotels. However, our hotel here is well located and offers a warm welcome. If our preferred hotel is unavailable, at times we may use a hotel of a higher standard a little further away from the centre of Petra. In this case free a shuttle service to/from the hotel will be provided.
One night will be spent in the Wadi Rum desert. Our private camp will be for the use of your group only. Traditional style tents are equipped with basic beds and blankets. There are plumbed toilets and basins, and simple shower facilities with (limited) hot water.

The single supplement is available throughout the trip on request. Please enquire at the time of booking for details and up-to-date prices.

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  • Reviewed June 2017
    Peter Harris

    Peter Harris

    So much to recommend this trip. Very full itinerary with constantly changing landscapes and a wealth of historical interest. A shame that the local tourist industry has been hit hard by political conditions in neighbouring regions but Jordan itself is very safe and nobody should be deterred from visiting.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Jerash is very impressive and Wadi Rum is spectacular, although mobs of rowdy, ill-mannered Chinese are to be avoided if at all possible. Petra, however, is sensational. If you are fit enough, attempt the Wadi al Farasa trail up to the High Place of Sacrifice - you will see scenery, tombs, etc. that 99% of visitors miss. We only encountered 6 other people on the way up.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Aladdin was very knowledgeable with excellent communication skills.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Be prepared for the heat - 40C in early June at Dead Sea and Red Sea. Have suitable footwear for rocky conditions at Petra. Local restaurants are cheap but tourist locations charge 4/5 times as much for the same thing. Alcohol is very expensive - a large beer can be anywhere from £ 8 - £ 11 or £5 for a small can ! Soft drinks are far cheaper. Exodus recommendation of about £ 350 for a 12 day trip is barely adequate.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Check when Ramadan falls ; it started just as we arrived. It means that local restaurants don't serve before sundown and some won't provide alcohol at all during this period, although it is usually possible to find a watering hole somewhere.
  • Reviewed June 2017
    Julie Bridge

    Hidden Treasures of Jordan

    Absolutely brilliant trip, well organised throughout! Visits included amazing Roman ruins, Muslim and Crusader castles as well as Petra, of course! Travelled Jordan from the very north to the Red Sea in the south, some longish drives but never more than a couple of hours without a stop of some sort - with an excellent, safe driver. Extremely knowledgeable guide who provided some extra assistance as we travelled during Ramadam.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Petra of course! We spent nine hours at the site on the first day; the (2 hour) climb to the Monastery is not to be missed, returning in the evening for a candle-lit walk to the Treasury. On the second day took the longer, but more interesting and rarely visited trail to the High Place of Sacrifice NB: strongly advised take this 3 hour trail in reverse, as recommended by our guide.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Extremely knowledgeable, especially ancient history and more recent regional politics. Lots of helpful advice at sites to ensure we not only didn't miss the 'must see' but also interesting out of the way places.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    You need plenty of spending money. Lunches and dinners usually DR10-15 each, which soon adds up. There are cheaper options in towns, except Petra, but not when you are in the middle of nowhere. And if you are desperate for a cold beer after a hot and dusty day, expect to pay DR7-9 for a pint of lager. NB: food and drink usually plus 7% tax & 10% service

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Why oh why don't the hotels provide fruit at breakfast?(Ramada, Red Sea being the exception) We stopped at fruit markets, which were plentiful and very cheap.
  • Reviewed May 2017
    Justina Mclaughlin

    Hidden Treasures of Jordan

    An overwhelming archaeological journey. I was nervous before I traveled with Syria escalating but I never felt unsafe on the tour. I felt really welcome in Jordan and I will return. I hope more people will visit. I can highly recommend this tour and if you're smart make it a two week trip and have a few days to enjoy Jordan at a slower pace on your own at the end.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Petra was simply magical and wins hands down! I particularly liked that this tour gives you 2 full days there. I didn't rush to see everything on day 1 and took the time to explore a little off the main trails and meet the local bedouin. I also loved Um Qais as it was in full spring bloom (I've never seen so may thistles outside of Scotland) Jerash is also incredible, wish I had longer to enjoy it!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Issa was a a responsible team leader, his knowledge of Jordanian history and culture was very good. He had a difficult task as we were a large group with differing interests. Issa very much focused on the history and the sights and was conscious of ensuring we saw everything on the itinerary. He was very helpful with all my queries and helped with my transfer at the end of my trip so this isn't a criticism but I did observe Issa struggled with all the organisational demands because there was so little downtime for him to organise himself.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    If you can, arrive a day early, as the flight gets in after midnight and the tour starts the next morning. Research the places on the itinerary before you travel - its information overload on the tour and there is a lot of history and no time to sit and read your guidebook. The weather in Jordan varies from one part of the country to another so bring a warm sweater/fleece. There are several walks over uneven/rocky terrain so do bring a pair of hiking boots or walking shoes with proper grips. If you're a light sleeper bring earplugs as a number of our hotels were noisy Oh and do bring a universal plug for the bath tubs as most of the hotels had a bath but no plug!

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    I am a big fan of Exodus and its objective of responsible tourism. I was very disappointed by the hotel in Amman at the start of the tour especially because I booked to arrive a day early and I asked for the name of the hotel before I booked my extra night. The taxi driver told me the hotel had changed on the way from the airport ie. 1am then took me to a completely different hotel. I was told Exodus would email me to explain, they never did! I am a seasoned traveller and live in central London but I was not comfortable as a woman travelling on my own at this hotel, lucky for me there was another Exodus traveller to engage with. In despair having managed for the whole day I had to demand the reception give me Issa's number and call him whilst he was finishing up on another tour to complain. My issues: The hotel was in the middle of nowhere with no facilities nearby to buy lunch or dinner. There were a bunch of local men sitting smoking cigarettes all day in the small lobby, there was a seedy very noisy nightclub under the property that played music till 4 am and my room was right above it. Imagine getting off a flight and arriving at 1 am to be shown your room with music blasting. We had to take taxis everywhere from this hotel, worse still even with a hotel card in arabic they didn't know where the hotel was to return us and promptly got lost. Had the start of my holiday not been so uncomfortable I would have given the tour five stars. The grading of the tour is 1, having travelled previously on 2 other tours with Exodus, this tour should be grade 1-2 as you only need a reasonable level of fitness but the itinerary is compressed and there are some challenging walks in Pella and Petra. I cannot understand why Exodus doesn't offer a 2 week tour. A couple of free days in the itinerary would have made the whole stay more enjoyable.I had a fantastic trip made better because I spent two weeks in Jordan and tacked 5 days onto my stay to make it a longer holiday. I spent three days at the Feynan Ecolodge which was amazing and a couple of days in Amman. Other suggestions to extend the tour would be a hike in the Canyon at Wadi Mujeeb and some time to walk around the arts and craft town of Madaba. Also Jerash was rushed and you could have a good 4 hours there with free time for the rest of the day.
  • Reviewed April 2017
    James Thoms

    Hidden Treasures of Jordan

    Tour arrangements (meeting us at airport and transfer to airport at end of trip were good) We did not receive an updated itinerary-weren't prepared to check out Days Inn first day of tour Issa our tour was barely adequate. Difficult to understand, pronunciation very poor. Information about sites was garbled and mostly wrong. Was constantly collecting money for side trips, dinners , and tips for drivers, etc. No receipts or paperwork so quite mysterious. At end of tour collected money for water on bus which is usually free.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Petra

    What did you think of your group leader?

    not very good.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    I tried to submit an evaluation form you emailed but wasn't able to
  • Reviewed April 2017
    Rachel Nockels

    Hidden Treasures of Jordan

    A fast paced tour of an amazing country. Every day brought a new revelation that was better than the last.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Visit Petra, the site is huge and around every corner there is something amazing to see. Petra at night was fabulous and so different from seeing the site in the day time. Watching the stars at Wadi Rum was a magical experience.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Issa was fabulous. He was so passionate about his country and could not do enough for us, to ensure we saw the best and enjoyed ourselves.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    There are a lot of steps ( 857 each way to fhe Monastery), so take lots of water

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    In a region in turmoil Jordan is safe and a great place to visit, with friendly people.
  • Reviewed April 2017
    David Stanley

    Hidden Treasures of Jordan

    This was a memorable trip and we really feel we have seen and experienced Jordan.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Hiking around Petra far surpassed our expectations. It was great to have two days there with lots of time after the group hiking tours to explore on our own. Swimming in the Dead Sea was also wonderful.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Perhaps a simple lunches could be included. We didn't really like the pricey tourist restaurants where we were taken for lunch and there were no easy alternatives.
  • Reviewed October 2016
    Mary Strachan

    hidden treasures of jordan

    this was a truly wonderful trip. Each day brought new revelations better than the day before.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    How to decide? Jerash ; Petra or the desert? Each location was so memorable that I can not decide.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Hasan was very knowledgeable and his enthusiasm was catching. He went way beyond his brief when showing us the various wonderful places we visited and gave us a global view geographically, politically and culturally. He rushed us sometimes but that was because he wanted to show us everything on the Exodus trip notes!

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    I was the oldest in the group at almost 73 and was able to do all the activities except the Monastery in Petra. Don't let age stop you. Don't worry about the desert stay; it was a mystical experience.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    the trip was so well organised that I can only say it was well worth it. If you are thinking of going you will not be disappointed.
  • Reviewed June 2016
    Katharyn Petropoulos

    Hidden Treasures of Jordan

    We were certainly not undersold by this adventure, it allowed us to enjoy the desert scenery along the highways travelled, eating watermelon while watching the sun set in the Wadi Rum, explore historic and archaeological treasures until we were on historic overload, it allowed us to meet absolutely wonderful travel companions and eat absolutely wonderful local dishes. Accommodations were comfortable to very comfortable. Breakfasts were adequate, with most of our meals being excellent. Our transport was very comfortable and the local driver was excellent.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    My most inspirational moment came when I reached the Treasury for the night program ... as I sat listening to the music being performed, saw the shadow of the Treasury in the candle light and then looked up seeing the Big Dipper star constellation ... I had to pinch myself ... as I couldn't believe I was actually there ... Then again the next day when I saw the Treasury in the sunlight being able to see all the detail ... it was unbelievable.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Our group leader in Jordan was Khaled. He was absolutely enjoyable, excellent in the history for each of the sites and being able to answer all questions that were asked, he was always keeping us entertained on our long drives, occasionally had a sweet treat for us to try and he always, always had a smile on his face which allowed us to enjoy all parts of the adventure.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Be prepared for stairs at the sites, be prepared for the heat along with the water provided by our leader I had taken my own water bottle and I had used a wet pack that went around my neck and helped me keep cool, and do not over pack - as a hand wash was dry by the next day.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    It did not matter where we went ... people did not say hello they said welcome and so we felt their warmth wherever we went. Tourism is down but from what we saw ... Jordan is a very, very safe country and so I hope you will not let what is happening in the neighbouring countries turn you away from taking this tour ... it is one adventure that you do not want to miss.
  • Reviewed June 2016
    Aida Jofre

    Hidden Treasures of Jordan

    Love it, love it, love it!!! This tour was everything we want it and more. Jordan is full of UNESCO World Heritage Sites which are great, not only because of the desert conditions, but because the Kingdom of Jordan as well as it's people recognize the cultural value. The tour takes you to the various sites in great comfort of an air conditioned bus, guided by top guides. In my case, we were guided by Khaled, a true professional whose experience of 22 yrs of guiding showed in every respect. The choice of hotels left a bit to be desired but the sites outweigh this inconvenience.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    On arriving at Petra right after checking into our hotel, we bought tickets for the 'Petra by Night' experience. My first glance of The Treasury illuminated by candlelight takes your breath away! Some musicians performed for us (although cell phone photography and selfie sticks, ruined a bit). Would love to experience it by candlelight and in total silence. (I get goosepumps just remembering about it)

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Khaled Alomar was awesome! A true professional whose 22 yrs guiding shows in every respect. Always aware of his charges, his wealth of information knows no bounds and fields all questions put to him, kept a nice pace and again was aware of those of us who lagged behind due to condition or wanting that extra photograph. Mindful of every need and accommodated every single one of us. A nice gentleman with a terrific personality with a nice smile. There is no doubt that we're being guided by the BEST.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Do not expect fresh, brewed coffee in the hotels -- go outside! Even the man in the street brews a perfect cup of coffee flavoured with cardamon ... mmm, good!!!

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Exodus -- please ensure better hotels. There were some malfunctions and outside of Amman & the Dead Sea the internet was basically non-existent. The only exception was the Ramada Resort in the Dead Sea, which was excellent.
  • Reviewed June 2016
    Muriel Rowan

    Hidden treasures of Jordan

    Most enjoyable 12 days, we found it a very interesting trip.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Petra, swimming in the Dead Sea

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Excellent

Dates & Prices

An overview of flight options

Exodus is committed to making joining our tours as easy as possible, wherever you live. We generally only block book seats from London, but this certainly does not mean that you need to fly from there. Depending on the route and airlines available, there will usually be various options available for those who want to fly from their local airport.

This page aims to provide a useful overview of the options available to our clients. However, the best flight arrangements should be tailored to your personal requirements, so please contact our Sales team for expert advice.

 

What kind of options do I have ?

1. We can book for you: Flights from anywhere in the world - not via London  

Depending on the route, this may be direct or via an overseas hub like Amsterdam, the Middle East or elsewhere. On short haul routes there may be direct flights with low cost airlines, charter flights or scheduled airlines. Exodus can book most, but not all, of these for you. The most appropriate airline may be different to that which we use for the group flight from London, but many people now travel on different airlines and meet up with their fellow passengers at the destination.

Pros Cons
  • May be the most direct route
  • Often the extra fare compared to the London flight is minimal.
  • As you will be in the hands a single airline for your entire journey, the airline will be responsible for your bags and your connections.
  • You may not be able to join the group transfers. However, we can usually arrange private transfers, or book your flights to try and coincide with the group transfers. See notes on transfer arrangements below.

 

2. We can book for you: Connecting flights from your local airport to London

Exodus can book connecting flights to London so you can join the group flight there. Connecting times will be followed according to airline advice, or as requested by clients. There are two types of fares we can use for this option: a 'through-fare' or a 'published fare'.
 
a) A 'through-fare' is where you will be in the main airline's care throughout. You change planes, but your bags are checked all the way through to your final destination. 

b) A 'published fare' ticket is completely seperate from your onward ticket from London. It is usually cheaper than a through-fare but will need to be paid for and issued as soon as it is booked. This can be a problem if your tour has not yet reached minimum numbers. On 'published fares' neither airline is aware that you have connecting flights, so Exodus is responsible for timing your connection, not the airlines involved. The tickets are also usually non changeable and non refundable.

Pros Cons
  • Depending on the fare type, Exodus or the airline is responsible for flight connections.
  • Through fare tickets can be expensive.
  • On a published fare, tickets must be issued immediately; tickets on published fares can be very difficult to change if onward flight times change; bags are not checked though to your final destination.
  • Published fares are non-refundable.

 

3. Booking some or all of the flights yourself

You can also book connecting air travel yourself, either to London, or all the way to the start point. There may be certain airlines or routes we don't have access to, so this is always an option. However, if you make your own travel arrangements you become liable for any delays, cancellations or missed connections, and Exodus is not required to offer refunds if you have trouble reaching the start of your trip.

Pros Cons
  • You might find cheaper fares, or routes not available to Exodus.
  • You are responsible for any delays or missed connections, and the cost of the tour is not protected should you miss your flight be cancelled.

 

 Notes on transfer arrangements

Sometimes it is possible to travel on a different airline to the group flight from London. Where this is the case, we need to think about ensuring you meet up with the group with minimum extra cost and hassle.

  • On certain trips, it is easy to arrive on a different flight and still meet the group at the hotel with time in hand. We can usually arrange private transfers (at extra cost) or offer advice on taking a taxi to the start hotel.
  • On other trips (especially in Europe), the transfer meets the group flight and then travels some distance to the first night's accommodation. Where this is the case, our Sales team will try to arrange flights that arrive before (and depart after) the group. However, we do have to make it clear in your final documentation that if your flights are delayed, the transfer cannot wait for you. While Exodus or our local operators will do what we can to help you reach the start point of the tour, any additional costs must be paid by the client. 

 

Next steps? 

Call our Sales team on: 0203 733 0698

Email your query: [email protected]

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