- Petra was the obvious highlight. Having the extra day there was well worthwhile, as it gave us the opportunity to do extra walks on/around the site - especial thanks to Mo for organising that and accompanying us. Jerash was also a good excursion, although there wasn't much to see in Madaba.
I found the Wadi Rum desert experience disappointing, as we saw very little of the area - we left at 10, and arrived at the camp by 2, and then had an afternoon with nothing really to do. I had expected to spend most of the day exploring. The camp situation is hardly the remote location one might expect, next to the railway and main road and with a petrol station close by (and those trains are noisy!). The itinerary details need clarifying - it states 'your own tent available', but what this means is a specific tent for your Explore group, not, as some had interpreted it, an individual tent for those taking the single room option.
Aqaba is fine if you want to go snorkelling or to the beach, but otherwise uninteresting.
Like most Explore trips, I'd have liked an extra day to see a bit more, e.g. the other main crusader castles.
Published on: 21 October 2016