The Lost City of Petra Family Holiday

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Trip code: 
FMJ
Ways to Travel:
Guided Group, Tailormade Adventures
Activity:
Family
Min age:
5
Group size:
4–20

Explore the 'Lost City' of Petra, camp in the desert and float in the Dead Sea

Jordan, with its spectacular desert scenery, archaeological treasures and Dead and Red Seas, is an ideal destination for a varied and exciting trip. Petra is indisputably one of the most fascinating sites in the world. Hidden for centuries, it wasn't until a Swiss explorer 'discovered' it in 1812 that the 'Lost City' finally became known to the western world. We will also experience the fabulous scenery in the desert at Wadi Rum, where we spend a night camping out under the stars. A trip to Jordan would not be complete without a soak in the salty waters of the Dead Sea and a chance to swim or snorkel over the coral of the Red Sea.

Highlights

  • Explore the 'Lost City' of Petra
  • Camp in the desert
  • Float in the Dead Sea
  • Time on the beach

Key information

  • 7 nights comfortable hotels all en suite, 1 night private camp with running water and plumbed WC
  • Travel by air-conditioned minibus and 4x4 jeep
  • Flights direct with Royal Jordanian

What's included

  • All breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 dinner
  • All accommodation (see below)
  • 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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Children sightseeing, Petra, Jordan

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Itinerary

  • Day 1

  • Day 2

    Drive to the Dead Sea and float in the salty water; explore Madaba's mosaics

    There is free time to relax this morning before heading south to the Dead Sea for a memorable 'float' in the thick saline waters. We then head to Madaba where we spend the afternoon. Known as 'The City of Mosaics', Madaba is best known for its spectacular 6th century mosaic map of Jerusalem and the Holy Land. We will stop at Mt Nebo on the way, according to the Bible this is the final resting-place of Moses; from here he looked out onto the Promised Land. Thousands of years later, you can do the same.
    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 3

    To Petra via the castle at Kerak along the dramatic King's Highway

    Today we have a spectacular drive down the King's Highway, which winds its way up and down many 'wadis' (valleys). We stop en route at Kerak, a formidable Crusader castle that overlooks a long, winding road down to the Dead Sea. It is a prime example of the Crusaders' outstanding ability to construct impregnable defensive fortifications in the 11th - 13th centuries. Amazingly, after 850 years a great deal of the structure remains intact including dungeons, passages, refectory and kitchens all for you to explore. We then head south to reach Jordan's premier historical site and one of the world's most outstanding ancient cities, Petra.
    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 4

    Full day to explore the incredible rose red city of Petra

    The whole day is spent at Petra, the 'Rose-red city, half as old as time', which was hidden for centuries until the Swiss explorer Burkhardt made his great discovery in 1812. Petra was founded by the Nabateans, an Arab tribe which arrived here in the 6th century BC and is an incredible site to explore. Building at Petra began in the 3rd 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 mystical Petra we must begin by walking down the Siq, the narrow chasm providing the only entrance to the city, and come out directly in front of iconic El Khazneh, the Treasury. 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 is El Deir, the Monastery, a vast structure with its superb facade topped by a huge urn that rivals the Treasury. You will have an informative guided tour providing background and historical information about this incredible site and some time for independent exploration.
    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 5

    To Wadi Rum including a 4WD excursion; overnight in the desert under the stars

    We now join the modern desert highway and make our way to Wadi Rum, 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. Night skies can be spectacular here and we take a four-wheeled drive vehicle far into the desert for an exciting desert adventure. We camp here for the night after enjoying the unique hospitality of a Bedouin family at a semi permanent campsite and we experience the desert at its best.
    Basic Camping

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 6

    Drive to Jordan's premier beach destination, Aqaba

    Beyond Wadi Rum, the road drops sharply through dramatic scenery to Aqaba, Jordan's port and holiday resort, famous for some of the most beautiful coral reefs to be found anywhere in the world. Our hotel is based in Aqaba city centre, close to many restaurants and shopping places. Over the next two days we have time to lounge on the beach, swim, go snorkelling around the coral or relax by the hotel pool.  Your transport and entrance to a beach are 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. 


    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 7

    Free to snorkel, swim, relax or explore Aqaba's markets

    Today you have some extra time to enjoy what Aqaba has to offer or, alternatively, just to relax at the beach. There are several good restaurants in Aqaba, along with a vibrant market that really comes alive in the evening.  Transport and entrance to the private beach is included.
    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 8

    Return to Amman; afternoon optional visit Roman site of Jerash

    The day begins with a fairly long (approx. 4 hours) drive back to Amman. This afternoon you have free time; those with enough energy may like to take a taxi to explore Jerash, that was one of the ten wealthy, self-governing cities of the Decapolis, or visit Bethany beyond the Jordan, where Jesus was said to have been baptized.
    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 9

Trip Notes

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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 are included, as are lunch and an evening meal in Wadi Rum.

Throughout the trip your leader will facilitate meals; these are usually taken 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 10-18 JOD pp. Allow about £200-250 (approx. US$320-400) to cover these meals (obviously this will be less for children). 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.

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, temperatures can approach freezing or below zero at night in the desert. There are even occasions when it snows in Jordan during winter.
In the chart below, the first figure is the average number of wet days in a given month and the second and third figures are minimum and maximum average temperatures in centigrade in Amman.

Is this trip for you?

Activity level 1: Leisurely

There are a few things that we advise you take into consideration before booking onto this trip. The night in the Wadi Rum will be spent in a private camp with a fixed and chemical toilet and a shower. Mattresses, blankets, pillows and towels are all provided. Although quite basic, a night in the desert is exciting and memorable and should be approached with a sense of adventure.
The food in Jordan can be a little spicy and uses flavours that children may not be used to. Please bear this in mind when ordering in restaurants. It is possible to find food that avoids this but the meals may lack a little variety. Although this is a cultural trip, some days (such as the one in Petra) can be long and tiring. The walk up to the Monastery is by a series of steps and this can be arduous for kids. 
The drive from Madaba to Petra represents another long day. The leader will try and break the drive up as much as possible.
It can be hot in Jordan, please ensure that your children are well protected from the sun. During the winter months warm clothes will be needed.

Call for general departures:
020 8772 3936
Call for tailormade trips:
020 8772 3874
Trip Notes

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Accommodation

Hotels & Camping

The infrastructure and accommodation standards in Jordan are generally good. Throughout this tour we use comfortable, mid-range hotels with en suite facilities, Wifi and air-conditioning. We normally use a 3/4-star hotel in Amman, 3-star central hotel in Petra, a 3-star hotel in Aqaba and one night at our private camp in the Wadi Rum desert. Our permanent private camp offers an experience of Bedouin hospitality you will never forget. Traditional style tents are equipped with basic beds and blankets. There are plumbed toilets and a shower on site.

Call for general departures:
020 8772 3936
Call for tailormade trips:
020 8772 3874
Trip Notes

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  • Reviewed August 2018
    Gillian Potter

    Jordan - worth a visit

    This was our first exodus holiday. It isn’t worth experiencing although I would advise arriving one day earlier to enable a rest day after a late travel day and an early start to the Dead Sea. Petra and the wadi rum was amazing and would love to return to spend more time there. The hotels were very comfortable other than the last one in Amman which was very poor but exodus responded to complaints and we were moved.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Looking over the holy land. Staying in the wadi rum watching shooting stars and eating amazing food and visiting wadi rum train station with the steam train - would have loved to have spent two days in the wadi rum and two days in Petra. Making the climb to the monastery in Petra, most unexpected reward after the climb.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    The group leader was friendly and knowledgable.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Don’t buy pack lunches they are not worth it and not nice.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    The coach is comfortable with WiFi so the kids never complained :). The hotels had free WiFi, the only place with no WiFi is in the wadi rum. The Dead Sea was too warm in August to spend long in however there was a nice swimming pool by the Dead Sea. A safe and enjoyable way for a family to see Jordan.
  • Reviewed April 2018
    Vicky Maguire

    I want to go back!

    Last week we floated in the Dead Sea, snorkelled in the Red Sea, rode camels, camped in the Wadi Rum, looked out over awesome canyons and amazing landscapes, marvelled at mosaics, drank mint tea with the Bedouin, were driven through the desert in a 4x4, run down sand dunes, ate more houmous than you can shake a piece of flat bread at, and, of course, explored the wonders of the Lost City of Petra. We felt completely safe and welcome the entire time and have made new friends and memories that will last a lifetime! Go with an open mind, be prepared to take the rough with the smooth - the hotels are not 5 star - the Petra Palace Hotel is far from palatial (someone in our group joked that it was probably discovered at the same time as Petra) and the Golden Tulip at Aqaba lost its shine years ago - but we didn't come to Jordan to sit in hotels. The only real downside to it all is coming home! Last night my 13 year old said to me, "We were a bit worried about going on this holiday, but I"m so glad we did but I"m sad it's all over!".

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The first glimpse of Petra at the end of the Siq; making it up the 900 steps to the Monastery without dying and then walking that little bit further at the top and looking out over the Rift Valley.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Knowledgeable, patient, funny, good rapport with both adults children in the group.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    If you tell the souvenir sellers at Petra that you will look at their wares "on the way back down" they won't forget you - I am now the proud owner of 7 fridge magnets! Read the book "Married to a Bedouin" by Marguerite van Geldermalsen alongside your trip - it adds another dimension. Oh, and cultivate a love of houmous!

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Shokran!
  • Reviewed April 2018
    Vicky Maguire

    I want to go back!

    Last week we floated in the Dead Sea, snorkelled in the Red Sea, rode camels, camped in the Wadi Rum, looked out over awesome canyons and amazing landscapes, marvelled at mosaics, drank mint tea with the Bedouin, were driven through the desert in a 4x4, run down sand dunes, ate more houmous than you can shake a piece of flat bread at, and, of course, explored the wonders of the Lost City of Petra. We felt completely safe and welcome the entire time and have made new friends and memories that will last a lifetime! Go with an open mind, be prepared to take the rough with the smooth - the hotels are not 5 star - the Petra Palace Hotel is far from palatial (someone in our group joked that it was probably discovered at the same time as Petra) and the Golden Tulip at Aqaba lost its shine years ago - but we didn't come to Jordan to sit in hotels. The only real downside to it all is coming home! Last night my 13 year old said to me, "We were a bit worried about going on this holiday, but I"m so glad we did but I"m sad it's all over!".

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The first glimpse of Petra at the end of the Siq; making it up the 900 steps to the Monastery without dying and then walking that little bit further at the top and looking out over the Rift Valley.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Knowledgeable, patient, funny, good rapport with both adults children in the group.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    If you tell the souvenir sellers at Petra that you will look at their wares "on the way back down" they won't forget you - I am now the proud owner of 7 fridge magnets! Read the book "Married to a Bedouin" by Marguerite van Geldermalsen alongside your trip - it adds another dimension. Oh, and cultivate a love of houmous!

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Shokran!
  • Reviewed April 2018
    Andrew Hicks

    The Time of Our Lives

    Though I have travelled to about seventy countries, Jordan with Exodus offered me one of the best weeks of my life and I and my twelve year old will be absorbing the experience for a long time to come. A haven of peace in a troubled region, it is so important that we go to Jordan and support such wonderful people in building their tourism industry. Petra and Wadi Rum were high points, though you somehow have to make it to Jerash, the Roman city north of Amman. Our guide, Sami, organised it for us and we were taken there on the usual tour bus. I will always remember him. He was such a good guide, not just for running the mechanics of the trip but because he was so a charismatic figure, a serious scholar of all he was showing us, a superb story teller and so good at relating to the kids. At Wadi Rum he even bought a football for them and they had an amazing time. Thanks to him for making it perfect.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Jerash.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    See above.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    The minimum age is five but I would think twice about taking a child under eight. It's hardly leisurely. (And I took a six month old baby to the Philippines and to Kashmir when she was one... portable at that age!)
  • Reviewed April 2017
    Ashley De

    Magical Trip

    A one-of-a-kind trip, in the very capable hands of first rate guide.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Sand Storms in Wadi Rum and night trip to Petra were unforgettable.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Wael was a credit to your company, and was particularly good adapting the pace and content of the tour to fit the needs of two families with 7 year olds.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Don't be affraid to step out of the air conditioned buses and see some of the real Jordan. You will lose out if you just eat in hotels and don't sample charms of downtown Amman. Guide was very helpful in getting us off the beaten track.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    While we want to be very positive about our review - about our guide in particular - the accomodation in Aqaba was poor. Rooms dirty and were not cleaned during our staff, breakfast chaotic and staff less than helplful. We weren't expecting 5 star treatment, but the hotel did take the edge off a wonderful trip.
  • Reviewed April 2015
    Nicola Harpin

    The Lost City of Petra

    Most definitely a holiday to remember. Our guide, Zuhair was excellent and given the constraints placed upon him by Exodus, the trip was on the whole an ideal way to travel to the region with a young family. The main disappointment was the lack of genuinely local experiences. The shops we stopped at were of the service station variety. The restaurants we ate at were of the chips and coke variety. The Bedouins we took tea with were happy to welcome us as part of a steady stream of tourists passing through their tent, where commercial goods were available to buy as you exited. The trip was fun and extremely well organised but smacked of a commercially focussed enterprise and not as an opportunity to experience the real Jordan. Visits to Petra (make sure you include the additional walk to the Monastry. The walk up the steps is as memorable as the experience at the top) and the river Jordan site are a must, along with the Wadi Rum desert experience. Aqaba however did not add anything, other than cost, to our trip. We couldn't shake the very loud western pop music, even on the boat trip. An insufficient number of childrens lifejackets (we only found this out mid journey) and no snorkelling equipment for children, proved without doubt that this was an 18-30 party boat and not a family enterprise. The best experience we had of the real Jordan was our last night in Amman. Jump in a taxi, head down town and just drink in the city. Souks, shisha, hustle & bustle and super shops for spices, sweets etc and tea at Café Jafra is a must. Enjoy the stress free, well organised and efficient guided tour, but make the most of the "unscheduled" hours of the trip to see Jordan, beyond the tour bus.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Ancient history - Petra - just mesmerising Recent history - the River Jordan - just a few metres of water separating the borders of Jordan and Isreal. Quite humbling.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Excellent. The constant narrative, in excellent English, was very welcome and very well received by all ages. Maybe a few too many religious facts for the younger ones but there were a lot of long drives and a lot of religious sights to visit. Traditional Jordanian stories in contrast with current affairs and the history of the region kept us enthralled throughout the trip.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    We travelled in March/April. There was no need for solid footwear, my 13 year old spent the week in flip flops. In Petra, there was a significant difference in the quality of the Turkish bath experienced by the females in the group compared to the men. For the same price, the men were given a far more lengthy and comprehensive time in the baths. I would question the value of the baths for ladies. Don't fill your luggage with towels. They can be hired wherever you are although I don't remember being given towels at the desert camp.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    There were no swimming pools in the hotels in Amman and Aqaba. Not too much of a problem for us as we were travelling in in March / April, but in summer,particularly in Aqaba, I can imagine that with a young family this would be a real disadvantage.
  • Reviewed February 2015
    Gareth Cook

    The Lost City of Petra

    This is an excellent trip, Petra is astounding, the Wadi Rum is achingly beautiful and peaceful and the array of life in the crystal clear waters of the Red Sea just amazing. The Dead Sea ranks amongst one of the weirdest experiences of my life!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Petra has to be seen to be believed, I just wasn't prepared for the scale and the colours. For once in my life I made my boys, 15 & 17, climb to the top of something (a good hour’s very steep hike in the searing heat) without them being disappointed by the sight that awaited. George who had gone on ahead as usual, came running back to tell us, Wow! you're not going to believe it, it is so worth it! A monastery as big as a cathedral on the top of a Mountain surrounded by endless desert, there are no words, you have to go and see it!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Salah was a fantastic guide, a very proud Jordanian who not only looked after us in a practical way but gave us a fascinating insight into his country and people. Our driver Mamdoor also went out of his way to make sure we were always comfortable.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    We all made an effort to respect the fact that we were visiting a Muslim country during Ramadan by dressing conservatively and not making a show of eating and drinking during the day. I feel this was very much appreciated. The food was great everywhere and kept our hungry teenage boys very happy.
  • Reviewed June 2014
    Francisca Oxley

    The Lost City of Petra

    An amazing trip....can I go again please? We went with our three kids, aged 11, 6 and 5. They all had a wonderful time and could name many highlights...from rides on camels, mules and horses (yes, all three!!!), to snorkeling in the Red Sea or climbing rocks in the desert!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The highlights are different for all of us...I choose seeing the sunset on a camel in Wadi Rum. My son's highlight was snorkeling in the Red Sea. And one of my daughters' preferred moment was the mule ride in Petra...admittedly after climbing 900-1200 steps up to the monastery (and down again!), it was heavenly to have a ride back to the treasury.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Alla(din), our guide, was incredibly knowledgeable and very open to any questions. He gave excellent advice (for example to do the camel ride in Wadi Rum and not in Petra) and really helped to make our trip a very memorable one. He certainly added value to the whole experience.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Yes. We hired a medium sized boat with our group for snorkeling in Aqaba. The minimum group size is 10 and it cost 35 JD per person. BBQ, towels and snorkeling equipment were included. Although this is optional, I would highly recommend it...it was one of the highlights of our trip. We brought sleeping bags for the one night's camping in Jordan, but in May it certainly doesn't get very cold in the desert, so they were not really used. Our children were fine with all the food, but if you have got very fussy eaters, you may want to take some snacks (like oat bars or fruit bars) to keep them going.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Jordan is indeed very relaxed about clothing styles...you only need to cover shoulders and knees in churches and on religious sites. Bikinis are perfectly acceptable when visiting public swimming areas, although you will also see a lot more traditional clothing around you. Although the weather in Amman was a pleasant 25 degrees, Aqaba is substantially hotter. Be prepared for some serious heat there if you travel in summer!
  • Reviewed January 2013
    Anonymous

    THE LOST CITY OF PETRA - FAMILY HOLIDAY

    Perfect half term trip for families with a great balance of sights to see, breaks for some DIY exploring and fun. Jordan has a beautifully barren landscape hiding some amazing sites that will stay with us always. We loved the Dead Sea, Petra, Wadi Rum camping, Jerash, sitting on the bank of the River Jordan and cruising on the Red Sea.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Emerging from the ancient gorge approach in darkness after the thirty minute walk to see the majesty of the Treasury at Petra lit by hundreds of candle lanterns was breathtaking. An experience that neither Hollywood or You Tube could spoil. Quick to correct, my daughter advises that the best bit was riding camels at Wadi Rum having slept under the stars by the camp fire. This trip really does have something for everyone.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Our great group leader was a Palestinian refugee generous with his knowledge and life experiences. He really rounded out our experience giving us so much more than just historical background. Most importantly, given the age range of children and parental interests within the group, our guide was able to set a great pace - never rushed and able to fill the gaps when we finished things early.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Recommended for all interests and ages. We travelled in October 2012 and the weather was perfectly warm hot rather than hot hot. There are a couple of longer drives so a pack of cards in addition to the ubiquitous iPod / mp3 player really helped time pass. Food was delicious throughout. Our daughter couldn't get the hang of the breakfast buffets where the food choices were not familiar and I wish I had bought some more familiar "back up" snacks for her. Hats needed all round. Wouldn't recommend low cut tops or short shorts for Mums or Dads - dress is conservative - occasional inappropriate dress choices didn't cause an issue but I definitely felt more comfortable with covered shoulders/upper arms and knees! Children are welcome everywhere and were able to run wild climbing and exploring. Our long blond haired seven year old daughter did attract a little more local attention than the boys in the group but not in an excessive way. Final piece of advice...don't hesitate this is a great trip.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    I don't think you can wrong booking an Exodus trip - the other families in the group were all different but we got along famously. We have talked about booking an Exodus trip together next year!
  • Reviewed October 2012
    Anonymous

    THE LOST CITY OF PETRA - FAMILY HOLIDAY

    Amazing to think that floating in the Dead Sea didn't make it in to our top 3 activities for the week. It was trumped by 1. Sleeping under the stars by a camp fire in Wadi Rum, 2. Snorkelling in the life size fish tank that is the Red Sea and 3. Petra by candle light - magical.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Experiencing sleeping outdoors under the shadow of the towering rock faces of Wadi Rum and being able to clearly see all the stars, including the Milky Way next to the warmth of the camp fire. And then wake up for a camel ride. And to be able to able to share this exparience with your children.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Ala was a good and informative leader who seemed to know everyone, everywhere. Most things ran smoothly and when they didn't Ala was able to rustle something up. His knowledge of the sites and history was excellent but he didn't always participte in all of the activities with the group.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Jordan wasn't particularly cheap and eating out (except some places in Aqaba) was quite pricey. There is quite a bit of travelling and a couple of packs of cards were essential. Ipods were also a god send - especially as a couple of the hotels had free wi-fi.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    What was refreshing was the ability to see fabulous historic sites and for there to be few health and safety restrictions/signs. This allowed the kids to run free and explore castles, Petra and the cliffs of Wadi Rum. The kids absolutely loved the freedom and this allowed the parents to discover things at their own pace and take the time to hear about the history without impatient kids. Our group ranged from children aged 7-14 and the activities allowed them to mix well and discover what being a kid used to be like - learning from playing outdoors.

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  • 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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