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- Explore Wadi Rum's mystic desert
- Sleep right in the desert
- Visit the ancient Petra
- Float in the Dead Sea
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Start in Amman and end in Madaba! With the in-depth cultural tour Explore Jordan, you have a 8 day tour package taking you from Amman to Madaba and through Amman, Jordan and 5 other destinations in Jordan. Explore Jordan is a small group tour that includes accommodation in a hotel as well as an expert guide, meals, transport.
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- RRWritten on July 10, 20163.5 - GoodI prefer to travel independently whenever possible, but there are certain spots in the world where an organized, group tour works better due to concerns such as local transportation or safety. Recently, I was able to get a bit of time away from my client and did not have time to plan an individual journey. I elected to visit a spot or two that would work best on a tour. After scouring sites for potential trip(s) that would fit into the time I had available, I chose two handled by G Adventures (a company that I did not know previously due to my choice to usually travel independently). One trip was to Jordan (Explore Jordan tour) and the other was to India (Golden Triangle tour). I was highly pleased with the Explore Jordan tour, but disappointed by the Golden Triangle tour. As I sit here and write this review and ask myself the reason, I can say that it was the difference was primarily because of the tour guide (or CEO, as G Adventures calls them). The Explore Jordan tour guide, Zuhair Zuriqat, exhibited strong leadership, was well being organized & professional, and he handled changing situations very well. It was Ramadan during the time of my trip which means that hours and conditions varied, often with no advance notice, and Zuhair was able to successfully navigate the rough landscape to the pleasure of the tour participants. He also was presented with a couple of unique “challenges,” that almost seemed like plants to see how a tour guide could handle them. I am pleased to say that Zuhair succeeded with flying colors. Since I am not a veteran of many organized group tours, I admit that I took Zuhair’s accomplishments a bit for granted. I gained an increased appreciation for Zuhair after completing the Golden Triangle tour and seeing a tour guide who lacked the leadership capabilities of Zuhair, seemed less than prepared, and took minimal interest in helping tour participants with the optional activities. The tour participants, who were veterans of organized group tours, spoke rather highly of G Adventures, so I do hope that preponderance of G Adventures tour guides are similar to Zuhair. As far as other things on the trip, I found the Grand Palace Hotel to be lacking in consistent attentiveness of the staff. Some of the staff (mostly the younger staff members) were quite good, but others could not have cared less about the guests. Hotel Petra Moon was quite decent and the location was excellent. Ramada Dead Sea scheduled a rather loud and late event that was very much of a sound intrusion (read, no way of sleeping through it), but once I finally reached the manager on duty, I was able to get my room changed. The time spent at the Rahayeb Desert Camp was a highlight, but it is in the desert and there is not air conditioning in the tents (or anywhere else), which is just something of which to be aware. Due to Ramadan, we were not able to get into the National Museum in Amman, and Zuhair was able to substitute a visit to Little Petra for us. I am very appreciative of this and would strongly encourage G Adventures to figure out how to make Little Petra a part of the regular itinerary. The time spent at the various locations was adequate, or at least as adequate as the number of days in the trip would allow. If I had it to do again, I would have figured out how to add a second day at Petra. But that is a me thing, and nothing against G Adventures. There was one shopping stop during the trip. I know that many organized tours have way too many “merchandise opportunities,” so I am grateful that there was only the one stop, which was of a reasonable length and was at a location that helped the local people in Jordan. I am not much of a person for local foods, so I brought a good amount of things in my suitcase and kept myself fed well enough. While the taste of local cuisine is truly appreciated by most people on an organized tour, I did wish that there were a few more choices that would meet my palate. I am not into spending much of my time gushing about imaginary friends, so I appreciate that this tour did not emphasize too many of the “Jesus sites.” Yet for those delusional people who want such things, there was enough to keep them satisfied. Still, I would have very much preferred to have visited Kerak Castle, rather that the rather boring Mt. Nebo, on the drive from Amman to Petra. If anyone is doing the Explore Jordan trip, I would encourage them to get into Amman a bit early so that they can add a tour of the so-called “Desert Castles.” They are the main sites in Jordan (except Kerak Castle) that are not part of the Explore Jordan tour. It only takes about 6 hours to do, and is well worth it. The tour does not include the Roman Theater either, and it is also worth a look if time allows. But you will get a good view of the Roman Theater from above when the tour goes to the Citadel, so you will not feel cheated for not visiting it. Jordan exists in a tough neighborhood of the world, but I found the Jordanian people to be good folks and felt safe most of the time that I was there. As with anything today, you always need to be careful, but I would not avoid visiting Jordan because of the wars in a couple of its neighboring countries (but keep aware of events after I write this review, as things can change quickly). An upside for those visiting Jordan today is that, because of the state of that corner of the world, tourism numbers as very depressed. That means for someone visiting Jordan, there is not the crush of tourists that you would find elsewhere.Show detailed ratings
- GGGeorgeWritten on April 8, 20145.0 - ExcellentAn excellent tour for the price if you are prepared to use budget hotels, which I found to be comfortable and clean. The small, private nature of some of the hotels added to the cultural experience and were welcomed. The tour itself met all my expectations and the itinerary as advertised was an accurate description, though it failed to describe the pure wonderment of the sites visited! Our Tour Leader Mohammed was very knowledgeable, sociable and helpful. He always went the extra mile to make our visit to his country memorable and must be a strong candidate for 'guide of the year' (he did not suggest we say this, honest!). I certainly am considering which Intrepid tour to take next!Show detailed ratings
- ÉloWritten on March 25, 20135.0 - Excellenttour was absolutely fantastic, just wished we had spent at least one more night in Wadi Rum. tour leader Mohammed was great, he knew everything about Jordan and its history.and had always great advice. would definitely recommend the tour and especially the tour leader.Show detailed ratings
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- Day 1: Amman
- Day 2: Wadi Rum
- Day 3: Wadi Rum
- Day 4: Petra
- Day 5: Petra
- Day 6: Madaba
- Day 7: Madaba
- Day 8: Madaba
AccommodationRated Excellent by past passengers
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Covering a total distance of approx 638 km.
- Amman (Jordan)
- 269 km
- Wadi Rum (Jordan)
- 82 km
- Petra (Jordan)
- 89 km
- Dana Nature Reserve (Jordan)
- 134 km
- Jerash (Jordan)
- 64 km
- Madaba (Jordan)
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