- This is an epic trip. If you are even half thinking about booking this, just go ahead and do it! You won't regret it! It is the perfect mix of hiking, beautiful scenery, fun personalities and history (Petra!!). The 21km hike from the Little Petra camp down to the Monastery in Petra itself is stunning and was probably the highlight for me. You can also get a hot cup of tea at the main viewing point, which is a bonus (but it's not exactly a vending machine!) Saleh and all the camp staff (Mahmood and Atif) are extremely hard-working and looked after our group extremely well. Saleh is an exemplary tour leader with infectious enthusiasm. He is an excellent ambassador for his country. He is very knowledgable about his subjects, but manages to impart information in manageable chunks, so you never feel overwhelmed. It was, however, all the little extra things that he constantly did, that made the whole trip so special: asking us to listen to the call to prayer at Jerash (the most atmospheric I have ever heard), constantly picking up stray rubbish on hikes, carefully selecting people to tip (eg cleaners at Petra who we had not even noticed), very thoughtfully buying us fruit from street vendors for a truly authentic experience on a long car journey and finally, teaching us half the vocabulary of the entire Arabic language in 7 days!
Published on: 08 March 2016