- Monday 03 April 2017
I was lucky enough to be 1 of 9 agents to go on an Adventure Tour to Jordan this March. I felt safe, comfortable and relaxed the whole time and would happily recommend Jordan as a tourist destination to anyone.
On arrival in Jordan we were met by our lovely and very knowledgeable, local tour leader Ash straight away and taken to our accommodation at the Toledo Hotel Palace. Ash was with us the whole time and was a great guide. The standard for all of our meals, breakfast, lunch and dinner, was a large buffet full of Middle Eastern options including cold and hot mezze, flat breads and falafel as well as plenty of Western options.
The first day we hit the road and had our first photo opportunity at Mt Nebo, where the prophet Moses is said to have seen the ‘promised land’ and where he’s supposedly buried. The views were amazing and we had extremely sunny weather which actually lasted the whole trip. That evening we drove to Petra and checked into the Amra Palace, which overlooked the whole town. That night we headed to a cooking class at a local restaurant where we all made our own dinner of lentil soup, cold and hot mezze and a traditional Jordanian dish of maklouba or ‘upside down dish’ which is chicken, spiced rice and roasted vegetables followed by coconut cake a very popular desert. Everyone got involved, dressing up in full chef gear and this evening was a highlight of mine. After dinner we headed to a cave bar for a night of shisha and cocktails.
The next day we spent exploring the Treasury, Monastery and other amphitheatres of Petra one of the new Seven Wonders of the World. These really were breath-taking and photos do not do it justice. It was very tiring as we walked up 800 steps surrounded by donkeys, horses, camels and locals selling you trinkets and a ride on their animal. Our accommodation for that evening was a desert camp in Wadi Rum called Captain’s Camp. We stayed in glamping style twin rooms fully equipped with electricity and own bathrooms. Dinner was eaten around a fire and we sat around drinking mint tea with more shisha.
The next morning we set off on our desert safari on the back of two jeeps. I found the landscape of the Jordan desert to be very different to the desert in Dubai which was bright, soft and with rolling dunes while the Jordan desert reminded me of the Wild West or the Grand Canyon it was rocky, hard and dusty and often flat with geckos and the odd plant. After stopping for sage tea with Bedouin locals we head onto the Dead Sea.
Once we checked into the Ramada Dead Sea Resort we quickly headed to the water and let the salt water hold us as we bobbed about in the tepid water feeling weightless covered in the healing mud. This amazing experience was then followed by an amazing good-bye dinner of cold mezze, hummus, grilled meats and breads and my favorite dessert Umm Ali which is a bread and butter pudding made with puff pastry, nuts and dried fruit. This was the best end to a great trip.
I would recommend this tour to everyone; it was extremely well run and it felt personal, safe and enjoyable.
-Raya, Shandon Travel