- A fabulous tour of a wonderful country. There were some fears from family and friends regarding security but at no time did I feel worried. We even had our own personal tourist policeman accompanying us! Jordan is a diverse destination with amazing natural beauty and great history and archaeology. Nowhere is this more summed up than in Petra. Whatever you have seen/read heard about this place, bin it now because its bigger, more spectacular, more beautiful and more stunning than you can ever imagine. Pack some sensible shoes because to fully get the Petra experience, you need to walk, climb steps (lots and lots!), occasionally scramble and wander around this place. The 2 days spent here were well worth it especially if you can get a early start to miss the tourist rush around lunchtime.
Earlier in the week we wandered around roman cities, crusader castles and ancient churches and stopped to look at stunning views over mountains and gorges.
The desert experience was equally good. 4wd off road, stopping to see rock art, drink tea with Bedouins and arriving at our camp for the night. The camels arrived and off we went for a couple of hours to see the wonderful desert vista from a different angle. Back to the camp for lovely food, some chat and coffee and waiting for the darkness to reveal the curtain of stars. Some slept outside on mattresses, some in chalet type accommodation and some in communal Bedouin tents. Don't forget a torch. When the lights go out, its pitch black!
Onto Aqaba for the luxury and large motor cruiser to take us to the reef for snorkelling. Towels, mask and snorkel, a meal and all soft drinks included in the price. The reef I saw was not quite Attenborough quality but better coral than I've ever seen.
Onto the Dead Sea for a bizarre weightless experience floating in the sea, then getting covered in black mud before a nice relaxing swim in the lovely pool.
Every day was a new thing to see, with several stops for point of interest, watching workers make mosaic gifts, seeing bread baked in the sand and countless other similar things. Hotels were excellent quality, transport was very comfortable, with a/c and wi fi.
Costs were kept down as most of the admission charges and tips and all breakfasts, transport etc are included in the holiday price. Meals prices are reasonable and drinks can vary hugely depending where you buy them.
The group was a good mix of age, gender, singles, couples, friends all with a story to tell and I don't think anyone felt left out or excluded and all got on very well.
Mo, our guide, was amazing - friendly, helpful, charming, funny, supportive and a walking encyclopaedia of all things Jordanian. Yes the trip is full on with little "down time" and quite a few hours in the coach but if any of you are wondering if this is the trip for you, I cannot recommend it highly enough. A massively under rated country begging to be explored.
Published on: 27 April 2017