Sunrise in the Wadi Rum

A Week in Jordan

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Trip code: 
AXW
Ways to Travel:
Guided Group, Tailormade Adventures
Activity:
Culture
Min age:
16
Group size:
4–20

Visit the 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 labyrinthine rose-red city
  • Experience Bedouin life at a desert camp in Wadi Rum
  • Stroll through the ancient streets of Roman Jerash
  • Float in the mystical Dead Sea
  • Visit Mt Nebo, claimed to be Moses' burial site

Key information

  • 7 nights hotels, 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
Call for general departures:
020 8772 3936
Call for tailormade trips:
020 8772 3874
Trip Notes

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Itinerary

Amman
to
Amman
  • Day 1

    Start Amman.

    Start Amman.

    Standard Hotel

  • Day 2

    Visit Jerash and float in the Dead Sea.

    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 south to the Dead Sea in time for a 'float' in the saline waters. In the evening we return to Amman.
    Standard Hotel

    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.
    Standard Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Days 4-5

    Two full days to explore the expansive sights of Petra.

    Two full 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 long walk beyond the centre is El Deir, the monastery, with its superb facade topped by a huge urn (the walk up is by a series of steps). 

    On one of the days we take a walk to the High Places which only few people attempt to 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 are rewarded with wonderful views over parts of the site visited on the previous day.
    Standard Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 6

    To the Wadi Rum desert; 4WD excursion and overnight in a Bedouin camp.

    This morning we join the modern Desert Highway and make our way south to Wadi Rum, a beautiful desert area where dramatic sandstone mountains rise from the sandy desert floor. 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 1962 epic film were shot.

    We join our Bedouin guides for a 2-hour 4x4 trip to explore the highlights of the protected area. Towards the end of the day we return to our private camp, located near the small village of Disseh where we enjoy traditional Bedouin hospitality and may have the chance to sleep out under the stars.
    Basic Camping

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 7

    Morning in Wadi Rum; desert drive to Aqaba; free afternoon to relax or optional snorkelling over the coral reefs of 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 with transport and entrance included.  You can add to the experience with optional snorkelling and lunch packages which your leader will explain.  Please note there is a cost for these extras.  There are several good restaurants in Aqaba for our evening meal together.
    Standard Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 8

    To Amman; citadel tour and free time.

    In the morning we travel back to Amman on the fast Desert Highway. In the afternoon you will be given a guided tour of Amman where you will be taken to the famous Amphitheatre. Dating back to the Roman period, when the city was known as Philadelphia, it is one of the main landmarks of Jordan. Then any additional time is free to explore the city or for some last minute shopping!
    Standard Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 9

    End Amman.

    End Amman.

    Meals included: Breakfast
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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 and one evening meal in Wadi Rum 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 with a variety of good quality food for the group and usually cost 10-15 JOD pp. Allow about £200-£250 (approx. US$320-400) 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. There is also a good choice of seafood available when at the Red Sea. While camping the food provided consists in rice with a selection among chicken, lamb and vegetables.

Weather

Spring and autumn are very popular as it is cooler at around 24ºC in the day and down to 8ºC at night. Rain is more likely but protracted bad weather is unlikely. Summer in Jordan is hot and dry but not unpleasant. 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. However desert temperatures can approach freezing or below at night. There are even occasions when it snows in Jordan during winter.

Is this trip for you?

Although this is a cultural trip, some days (such as those in Petra) can be long and tiring. To walk up to the High Place of Sacrifice on day 4 or 5 you should have a reasonable level of fitness. Your leader will be able to provide you with further advice about the walk.
Whilst camping in Wadi Rum please be aware that although the campsite does have plumbed toilets and running water there are no showers and facilities are basic.

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.

Ramadan
The holy month of Ramadan runs from the 15th May to the 14th June in 2018. During this time the opening hours to sites and museums may be affected by an hour or two. The leader will be aware of this and adapt your day to accommodate this. Purchasing snacks and meals during the day may also be affected slightly. Please note that the energy levels of our local staff may be a bit lower during this period. That said, Ramadan is a special time to visit a Muslim country - each evening the streets empty for an hour while everyone breaks their fast, and there's a feeling of festivity in the air at night.

Call for general departures:
020 8772 3936
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020 8772 3874
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Accommodation

Hotels and Camp

We spend 3 nights in a 4-star hotel in Amman, 3 nights in Petra, and 1 night in Aqaba. 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.  You may find some of the hotels have more facilities 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.  All of them have been thoroughly researched and are selected for their comfort and location. In some cases we may use less central 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. The accommodation we use here is generally the most basic 3-star of the week, however it is in an excellent location.  If our preferred hotel is not available we may use a hotel of a higher standard a little further away from the centre of Petra. In this case a shuttle service to/from the hotel will be provided.

One night will be spent in the Wadi Rum desert. 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 on request. Please enquire at the time of booking for details and up-to-date prices.

Call for general departures:
020 8772 3936
Call for tailormade trips:
020 8772 3874
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  • Reviewed November 2018
    Bhavika Halai

    Excellent trip to Jordan

    Overall a great trip to Jordan. Lots of adventure, culture and a great experience. Jordan is a beautiful country with friendly people. Our tour guide, Eddie is very passionate and knowledgeable about his country and we were very happy with his service.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Petra.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Very passionate and enthusiastic

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Be sure to take yourself a torch for the night in the Bedouin camp and clothes to wrap up warm Inthe winter weather.
  • Reviewed October 2018
    Sarah Robinson

    Great holiday, but communication could have been improved

    The week was very enjoyable and there was a lot to see and it was a very varied itinerary.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Visiting Petra and seeing the Treasury for the first time.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Alaa was clearly very knowledgeable about the history of Jordan and the sites that we visited. He was very friendly and helpful if you asked him a question. He gave us the opportunity to see the sites by ourselves once he had given us an overview, which was good and made the holiday feel less rushed. The main issue I had with him was that there were a number of occasions with poor communication. For example: - He said that Dead Sea mud products were expensive at the Dead Sea resort but cheaper at a shop we stopped at later, but this was not the case and the price difference was substantial. - He didn't explain that it was possible to buy Dead Sea mud at the Dead Sea from vendors on the seafront and therefore that we should take money with us down to the sea shore, rather than put it all in the lockers 5 minutes walk away. - There was confusion about whether we needed to pack a separate bag when staying at the Bedouin tent, but our main bags were brought to the camp anyway, despite being told this was not the case. - At the Red Sea resort it was not explained that there were other options for food, rather than just paying the 11JD for the group buffet. It would have been nice to have had the opportunity to try different foods rather than just the standard bread, hummus, meat skewers etc. - We stopped at a shop during one of the drives, and Alaa didn't explain why he got out but we couldn't. However, these were minor issues and the vast majority of the week was very well organised and planned.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Have fun - it's a fantastic and fascinating country. Bring some comfy shoes for Petra.
  • Reviewed October 2018
    Sally Bruce

    A Week in Jordan

    Highlight was night in the desert. Trek round Petra also very good. Trip to Aqaba seemed a bit superfluous. Maybe cancel that and have two nights in desert camp instead? Plumbing in hotels variable in efficiency. Likewise air-conditioning on buses. Attempt to reduce use of plastic bottles laudable but unfortunately we found that we needed more than our own flask-full of water when leaving the coach for expeditions which meant we ended up buying plastic bottles as well. Could suggest having water 'on tap' in the hotel foyers as well as on the coach?

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Night in the desert

    What did you think of your group leader?

    He was very conscientious, considerate and polite.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Take lots of loose, comfortable long-sleeved garments, not your best clothes!
  • Reviewed September 2018
    Hannah Reese

    Fantastic week, thoroughly recommend

    An awe inspiring trip, with something for everyone, and covering all the key sights, sounds and tastes of Jordan. I knew I wanted to see Petra, but didn't really have any particular expectations of the rest of the tour, I was just curious to see the country. Everything was beyond my expectations, and our leader Eddie and the great group of fellow travellers really made the trip for me. This is my third Exodus trip, and they've all been very different, but equally good. We arrived into Amman late at night and were assisted through immigration and driven to our hotel. The hotel is clean and modern and very comfortable, although if you're at the back you might be woken by the call to prayer - a regular feature for the week! Day 1 was a walking tour around the ruins of Jerash which was really interesting, and then a dip in the Dead Sea and a swim in the pool above it. That evening several of us took taxis to Rainbow Street to find a restaurant for dinner (for the rest of the trip our leader Eddie took us to a different restaurant each night, also pointing out options for anyone who wanted something different). Day 2 and we left Amman with a long day of driving puntuated by stops at Mount Nebo, Arnun Valley (viewpoints and the Mujib Dam), Madaba, Kerak Castle, and finishing with dinner with a Bedouin family in their home, before checking into the hotel in Petra at around 10pm. Loo and snack stops were plenty, and between stops we were given all the info on the places we were going to see (plus jokes and stories!). Day 3 was a full day in Petra. The hotel is close to the entrance to the site, which was appreciated after a day of walking, but the rooms aren't as nice as the Amman hotel. Everything is fine, nothing major to complain about, the rooms could just do with some updating - particularly the bathrooms. In Petra we stuck together as group, walking down the Siq, seeing the big reveal of the Treasury and then along the valley. A couple of people opted not to walk the trail of 600 steps up to the viewpoint high over theTreasury, but it was well worth the climb if you have a decent level of fitness. There are two Bedouin tea tents on the way where you can take a much-needed break in the shade. That evening two of us took the option of the Turkish Bath just down the road before dinner (my tired legs appreciated the massage!), then Eddie took us all to a nearby restaurant. Day 4 was another full day in Petra, this time walking in the back way from the modern Bedouin town, and then walking around the 'nabatean neighbourhood' of cave houses. After a break for a drink, most of us set off on the climb up 850 steps through the rocks and hills to The Monastery. It was hard going in the heat, but there are rest stops on the way to buy water and snacks and plenty of amazing views to take in as you go. We ate our packed lunches in the cafe/rest stop opposite the Monastery, which is a surreal and amazing view. Having covered nearly 10 miles on each day in Petra (148 and 143 flights of stairs each day accodring to Fitbit) most people opted not to walk back in for Petra by Night, which has some very mixed reviews. Instead, after dinner a number of us headed to the Cave Bar near the visitor centre for cocktails. Day 5 and we had a lie in (there are a lot of early starts) and then left Petra, but not before exploring Little Petra and learning the history of the camel trains and the people who lived there. We stopped in town to buy lunch to eat on the bus, Eddie having pointed out the bakery, mini-markets and shawarma shop. We drove on to Wadi Rum, arriving late afternoon where we transferred to the camp in trucks/jeeps, left our luggage, went to the loo, and then set off on a 2 hour tour of the desert. The landscape is stunning and we had a great vantage point to watch the sunset before returning to camp for dinner. The tents are for two, so any single travellers are paired up with another of the same sex, as when the trip is full there aren't quite enough tents to go around. The tents are traditional woven structures with a flap across the entrance, single beds with a blanket and pillow, and a low wattage electric light from the ceiling. The loo block is a little way behing the tents and very clean, with two loos and a shower on each side. It was beautiful sitting under the stars after dinner, listening to a local musician playing traditional Bedouin music, before retiring for an early night. Day 6, and five of us had a very eary start with the optional camel ride at 5.45am. I can't recommend this enough - from the hilarity of trying to get on and stay on, to the beauty of the desert at dawn. After breakfast of omelettes back at camp, we transferred back to the bus by jeep and went to take a look at the Ottoman Railway from the time of Lawrence of Arabia -climbing aboard the steam train parked there. We then drove to Aqaba, where we had a short tour around the town by bus, stopped off for a Turkish coffee from a street vendor, and then arrived at the beach club by mid-morning. At the beach club there are several pools plus obviously a beach, all with loungers and umbrellas. You can rent snorkel gear to swim off the jetty which was fun, and you keep it for the day. Lunch was taken together with a buffet served by the main pool. After a packed itinerary to this point it was nice to just relax in the sun and the water. In the evening we checked into our hotel (fine, and has a small bar area for pre-dinner drink, but bathroom's need updating as flooding from the shower seemed to be common among all our rooms!). Eddie took us for a walk around the town including a spice stall, and the mosque, before we all went to a local fish restaurant for dinner. Day 7 and we left Aqaba to drive back up the length of the country to Amman. We stopped for photo opps overlooking the Dead Sea, to buy snacks for the journey, and to buy souvenirs at a bazaar. Arriving back in Amman early afternoon, we walked around the Roman Theatre and the Citadel before checking back into our original hotel (such comfy beds!) before heading out for a special farewell meal in a great restaurant with rooftop seating, The waiters were full of jokes and the food and atmosphere were great. Having said goodbye to our guide and driver back at the hotel, most of us then headed down the road to another hotel for a drink in the bar (most hotels, including ours, are dry). Day 8 and we transferred to the airport at 8am before flying home, with happy memories, tans, and some new friends.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Hard to say, but I think the first reveal of the Treasury in Petra, and the sense of achievement at having done the climbs to the high places and the views that you were rewarded with, would probably win out. The huge expanse of the desert at Wadi Rum, with the gorgeous sunset and sunrise and the clear stars, was just stunning. The simple relaxation of the beach day in Aqaba was also something I hadn't realised I needed until we were there.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Eddie was fantastic. He was obviously proud of his country and full of information about everything we were going to see, as well as the history of Jordan and there in general. He was always smiling and his sense of humour and his jokes and stories kept everyone entertained. As far as I could see, everything ran like clockwork and we never had to worry about anything while we were there.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Just do it! But seriously: In early September the weather was very hot, and hats and water bottles and lightweight clothing are a must. The two days Petra were the most energetic so be prepared for 7/8 hours out in the sun with a lot of stairs and walking, but there are plenty of places to have a drink or something to eat when you need a break. If you're afraid of heights (as I am) a couple of places can be a bit daunting, but I was able to do all the climbs so don't worry about it too much. Jordan was more expensive than I thought (I hadn't thought too much about it!) and lunch or dinner with a soft drink was typically 11-16 JOD ( £12-17) which adds up if you do the optional extras and also buy alchohol. Food is plentiful but if middle eastern cuisine isnt your thing, you'll probably be buying snacks! Breakfasts were the weakest meal with the hotel buffets being pretty limited. Be careful on the steps in the Roman Theatre in Amman. I was wearing my old faithful walking sandals and still slipped on the smooth limestone coming down and aquired some brilliant scrapes and bruises (thank you to Eddie for employing the first aid kit!). Clothing - I read lots of conflicting advice on what women travellers could wear. Having been there, I'd say if you're going when it's hot definitely take several pairs of loose/lightweight trousers, tshirts with capped sleeves, a large scarf you can wrap around you if you need to, and a long sleeved shirt you could throw on for modesty or protection from the sun - there isnt a lot of shade on this trip. When we went out for dinner I was aware of looks and stares, but nothing uncomfortable and we were generally made to feel very welcome everywhere we went. I think just be repsectful of where you are and you'll be fine.
  • Reviewed August 2018
    Alan Fox

    A week in Jordan

    Excellent Trip - fulfilled all my expectations - our Guide Zuhair was superb.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    on our second day in Petra spending time chilling at the tea shack by the High Place of Sacrifice.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    our group leader was Zuhair - very friendly and approachable, a mine of information and a great style of telling us about places, people and history - selected restaurants all good.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Petra is expensive - stock up on snacks at town before. Road Houses again are expensive - always barter. the 'Set meals' are fantastic - lots of mezze - but there is almost too much food so your could order off the menu if you do not want to put weight on.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Could almost have done with more excursion time in Wadi Rum.
  • Reviewed June 2018
    susan proverbs

    a week in jordon

    full on trip which was very informative and interesting.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    all sites were good especially Petra, Little Petra and camping in Wadi Rum

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Eddy was entertaining and engaging

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Lots of walking and climbing in Petra Campsite at Wadi Rum basic but a great experience
  • Reviewed June 2018
    Barbara O'Neill

    A week in Jordan

    An excellent trip, very full on but really interesting. Although the trip notes state that the trip is 'moderate' I would say it was more energetic than moderate. Lots of climbing and walking

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Camping in the Bedouin camp in Wadi Rum

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Excellent

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    June is exceedingly hot, go in March/April/May to avoid the heat

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Jordan is an amazing country and well worth a visit. I felt very safe and welcome
  • Reviewed May 2018
    alan darling

    fine, does what it says on the tin

    An amazing experience, better than expected. The 2 days in Petra were fantastic and we saw everything.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Just exploring Petra it is so vast.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    we had 2 leaders because ours could not take us because of personal reasons. Eddie our second leader was great, very knowledgeable and amusing and organised our trip brilliantly and dinners, a very important part of the holiday . Our first leader Hassan , had his own agenda, good with facts but did not help us with domestic issues.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    In April take a range of clothing it is cold in the morning.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    We did not have the best of experiences. Because we had 2 emergency leaders, our first one did not help us with where to have dinner in the evening, a very important part of the holiday and bonding with the group. He also took advantage of a new member and insisted that she collect the money for 3 events which included the guides tip ! He benefitted from this and also the payment to Petra by candle light, charging us a fee for buying the tickets which was the handed over to a MEMBER OF THE GROUP TO COLLECT and put her in a very stressful situation being in charge of the event. DO NOT ASK HIM AGAIN !!!
  • Reviewed April 2018
    julia gibson

    a week in Jordan - much more than Petra

    This is a full on trip but we covered so much. It's probably only now that I am home that I can really appreciate it all. Issa our guide was really knowledgeable and did his best to make sure we all got the best out of the trip. Mohammed, our own personal armed escort, was also a great addition to the trip although a little unnerving at first. Long travelling days were broken up by lots of stops and toilets and water were never far away. We carried our water with us on the coach in the form of two massive plastic containers so we could always top up. The weather was perfect for exploration, sunny but not too hot for Petra although Aqaba was pretty hot. Food was reasonable although a little predictable by the end of the trip. The sheer scale of Petra can only be experienced by being there and having the second day to explore at one's leisure was great. The beauty of the desert landscape in Wadi Rum took me by surprise.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Seeing the treasury emerge between a gap in the rocks then discovering its magnificence in full, and the sheer beauty and tranquility of the night time in the desert were my highlights.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    He was very knowledgeable and keen to share it with us. At times it was a bit of a route march to keep up with him, the emphasis was for you to stay with him rather than him to check on us - which led to two of us misplacing the group at one stage!

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Make sure you do dress appropriately, it is a strict muslim country and although we were told they are tolerant of visitors we felt more comfortable if covered up to a reasonable degree ( below the knee skirts/shorts and shoulders covered). Alcohol is not freely available, the cave bar at Petra saw a lot of our custom! There are a lot of steps at Petra but most places can be reached by donkey or horse, not just the monastery if you find this tough, you do need a reasonable level of fitness however.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    As with most Exodus trips it was really well organised and despite what was happening across the border in Syria we felt safe at all times. Every day brought new discoveries and wonders. This was an amazing experience I encountered by accident but am so glad I went.
  • Reviewed April 2018

    A Week in Petra

    A great week with a great bunch of people This was the trip just as I expected it - Petra being the highlight, but Wadi Rum coming a close second. Or maybe Jerash? Mount Nebo? Two disappointments - firstly Madaba where we rushed through the town to see only the Ma’daba Map (well worth it) because we had stopped off at a ceramic centre for adults with learning difficulties which turned out to be a large shop with less than half of the items being ceramics and the rest the usual ‘stuff’ you could find everywhere but here the assistants were very pushy. Secondly, Aquaba where, because we couldn’t get into our rooms, we went straight to the private beach for snorkelling, swimming etc. which is supposed to be an additional option but we were told to pay the JD20, with no options. A bit annoying as many of our group were not interested in sunbathing and swimming on a private beach overlooking Palestine on the other side of the Red Sea.a -

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Inevitably, the two days in Petra, particularly starting early on the second morning (7am), walking through the Siq and reaching the Treasury almost on our own.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Isaa was very helpful, a little earnest to begin with but loosening up by the end. He imparted an enormous amount of information, perhaps too much so! I would have preferred if we had not had to go around as a group at each site. This was particularly annoying at Kerak where we, and other large groups, prevented easy movement of couples or small family groups. Our driver, Jamal, was an amazing driver with a big friendly smile at all times. However much of a character Mohammed was, it was a bit disconcerting having a gun-totting policeman walking around with the group!

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Do make the effort to make the early start on day 2 at Petra. Do have a torch and wet wipes for the camp - it gets dark very early and the loo block, where you won’t want to spend too long, is a bit of a walk away! Do make sure you not only have your swimming costumes but also your water shoes for the private beach at Aquaba - the sand is far more uncomfortable here than at the Dead Sea.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    If you plan to spend an additional day in Amman, before or at the end of the tour, be aware that we get an awful lot done in the last afternoon namely the Jordan Museum (Dead Sea Scrolls), the Roman theatre plus 2 little museums, the Citadel, a rush through the downtown market and lunch at Hashem’s. We found Darat-al-funun (Little House of the Arts) just north of Downtown - it’s a very small art centre with peaceful, shady terraces where you can have iced coffees, smoothies etc and walk through the gardens to the ruins of a Byzantine church. You could also have a more leisurely walk around the market, stopping to buy figs, dates or some of the wonderful selection of nuts! From there walk to Rainbow Street (do ask for directions, Jordanians are very kind and will try very hard to help). Have lunch at [email protected] which is in a street off Rainbow Street, near the bottom. It has a lovely terrace cafe and despite its name, we were the only tourists!(apparently very lively at night). There’s nothing too special about Rainbow Street by day, but the gift shops offer you the chance to buy better souvenirs without the pressure of the sales staff you get at the regular stops during the trip. If this is your first Exodus trip be aware that there is no such thing as a lie-in! However, it is a wonderful chance to find out about this wonderful country - you’ll love it!

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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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