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Spice Trails Of Petra TP

Visiting: Jordan
Trip Duration 8 Days
 

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Spice Trails Of PetraScores 9.2 out of 10 based on 20 reviews
(8 out of 10)

Karen

Hannover
The things we were allowed to see on this trip were beautiful and faszinating. I really enjoyed the remoteness of Wadi Rum and the wonderful mountain landscape of Petra. In Petra I prefered the parts of our walks where we hardly saw any other people. The pace of our walks were a bit too slow with too many breaks for my taste though. Our tour leader Saleh didn't allow us to walk ahead and only rarely permitted us to roam around on our own for a few minutes. This can be seen as being very caring, I found it rather restrictive and controlling at some points. Overall Saleh was a great leader though. He had a lot of knowledge about the places we went to and also told us a lot about Jordanian society. He also made sure that we were all doing fine. The food in the camp was delicious thanks to Ibrahim and his crew. A bit of a bummer were the lunch stops along the route and the dinner in Madaba though. For lunch we stopped at buffet restaurants with a dozen of other tourist coaches. The food was only average and to pricey for what was offered. I would have prefered some smaller restaurants where locals also go and not only tourists. After the trip I stayed another day in Amman and only payed 3 Dinar for a delicious meal. The many stopps at certain souvernir shops and stalls were also too much. But overall I can say that it was memorable trip that I can recommend to everyone who likes a mixture of nature, walking and culture.
Confirmed traveller: 30 December 2016
Published on: 31 December 2016

Thank you for your feedback on your recent trip to Jordan, I’m glad to hear you enjoyed your time there. However, I’m sorry that you were a little disappointed with the pace of the walks and some of the lunch stops. Both aspects can depend on the dynamics of the group, and your Explore Leader needs to make sure that all members of the group are comfortable with the pace – allowing faster walkers to go ahead as long as they are within eyesight – and that was the case during your walks. Our leaders will also choose dining venues that offer plenty of choices to cover all dietary requirements, and we know that Saleh did his best to accommodate your needs. I’m pleased it was a memorable trip for you nonetheless, and we appreciate your rating.

(10 out of 10)

Jeffrey

Rushden
I loved this trip. Wadi Rum desert was sublime in its beauty. The sandstone mountains poking out of the desert floor were huge pieces of art that had been weathered by the elements. The changing colours of the sand over the two day walk was amazing ranging from deep red to straw coloured. The four nights in the Bedouin tent was an experience I will never forget. The traditional Bedouin way of cooking with charcoal buried deep in the sand was an amazing spectacle to see when the cook dug it out. We sat and told stories at night and had such a laugh that tears ran down are faces. The guide, cooks, helpers and the tourist police man had such a great sense of humour that really made the trip a really fun time.
What can I say about Petra, it delivers everything that you imagine. If you have never been there and want to tick it off your bucket list then this is the trip to do it. Our guide, Saleh, was a mind of information and gave more than enough information about the whole site. He could answer any question that we could throw at him.
We had an option to go to a turkish bath house after a day in Petra. Take this and run with it. It is amazing. It is a welcome relief after a days walking.
The pace of the tour was moderate which was brilliant for me as I could take all the photos I wanted and never felt left behind. We went to the dead sea and had a float. If you haven't done this then it's a must. I had my arms and legs out of the water at the same time as if I was free falling. Very strange sensation. It was warm enough in December to have a float. 22 celsius water temperature.
The Roman ruins in Amman were a little unexpected. The site is vast. There is so much to see. The amphitheatre was incredible and the temple ruins spectacular. I never thought this site was going to be so good. I could have spent a whole day there.
Confirmed traveller: 29 December 2016
Published on: 04 January 2017
(9 out of 10)

Peter

Hull
An excellent trip. A very knowledgeable and hard working guide. Good accommodation and food. A well planned and full itinerary the highlights for me were the time spent in the desert in Wadi Rum, in and around Petra and at Jerash an unexpected jewel. The coach provided was comfortable and spacious and everything worked like clock work. It felt as if I had been away much longer than a week a reflection on how much we fitted in during the visit.
Confirmed traveller: 19 November 2016
Published on: 27 November 2016
(9 out of 10)

Michael

Llanfairpwll
Great tour, highly recommended. The highlights for me were the visit to Petra, particularly the long walk on the 2nd day. The walking in Wadi Rum was great as well (and nicely different from Petra). The tourist sights on the last couple of days were all well worth seeing, although a fair amount of coach travel was required.
The camping was basic (as advertised) but the camp staff were great and cooked some very nice meals. Sitting round the camp fire in the desert was a memorable experience.
I found Jordan to be a totally safe country. The Jordanians were all friendly and pleased to see us and would very much welcome more visitors...
Confirmed traveller: 19 November 2016
Published on: 23 November 2016
(10 out of 10)

Katrina

Excellent week, great itinerary and a fantastic guide who's knowledge is endless. We felt very welcome from the start. Jordan is a lovely country with friendly and hospitable people and no one should hesitate in visiting.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Confirmed traveller: 30 October 2016
Published on: 01 November 2016
(9 out of 10)

Michele

Northampton
This was an excellent trip - a good combination of walking and sightseeing. The highlights for me were walking in the desert, discovering the splendours of Petra and Jerash and floating in the Dead Sea. Saleh was a knowledgeable, enthusiastic guide to his beautiful country and Ibrahim the cook conjured up delicious picnic lunches and evening meals.
Confirmed traveller: 29 October 2016
Published on: 06 November 2016
(10 out of 10)

Butler

Surbiton
This is a fantastic trip. The highlights for me were Wadi Rum, which is a stunning place, and the trek to the Monastery in Petra. Camping in Bedouin tents was definitely an experience to remember, particularly when our tent started to dismantle itself in high winds 2 nights in a row. The food served, both at lunch time on the treks and in the evening at camp, is of a very high standard thanks to Ibrahim and his team. Saleh is extremely knowledgeable about all things Jordan and has an obvious passion for his country. He also helped us over the tricky bits on the treks. We did all the optional extras including the turkish bath (it's the only way to get clean in the middle of 4 days of camping!), the camel ride and Petra by night. If you are considering doing this trip just book it, it is certainly one of the best trips I have done and we have some fantastic memories.
Confirmed traveller: 29 October 2016
Published on: 02 November 2016
(9 out of 10)

Neil

Saltburn by the Sea
Just got back from the one week Spice Trail of Petra tour, and would heartily recommend it! From the natural splendour of Wadi Rum, to the incredible carvings at Petra to the some of the world's best preserved Roman ruins at Jerash, virtually every day was a highlight!

Our tour leader Saleh was extremely well educated regarding all of these places and definitely added to the experience!

And finally Jordan was a delight to visit (temperatures in May were fine) with no feelings of any security issues or restrictions whatsoever.
Confirmed traveller: 14 May 2016
Published on: 18 May 2016
(9 out of 10)

Julie

Hull
It's hard to pick a highlight as there were so many. Petra is incredible and the second day there, walking around the back and largely away from all the tourists was amazing. The desert was equally stunning however and the warmth of the Turkish bath after a cold, damp day is hard to beat.

Future travellers need to be aware that it CAN and DOES rain and even snow in Jordan so, as well as a waterproof, waterproof trousers could also be handy. Also, particularly at this time of year, many of us wished we'd brought our own 4 season sleeping bags instead of having to put blankets inside the ones provided. (The blanket/sleeping bag combo was warm though, so it isn't a complaint against Explore)
Confirmed traveller: 02 January 2016
Published on: 19 January 2016
(10 out of 10)

Confirmed traveller

The highlights were walking in Wadi Rum, seeing Petra for the first time and floating in the Dead Sea.Saleh went out of his way to ensure everyone had a good holiday. He was very knowledgeable and informative and very enthusiastic about his work and his country.
Confirmed traveller: 15 May 2015
Published on: 07 November 2015