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JORDAN ON A SHOESTRING

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Price from
US$770
(per person)
Duration
6
Days
Tour Type
Shoestring

HIGHLIGHTS

Bustling Amman, Roman ruins at Jerash, scenic Kings Highway, Magnificent Petra, Wadi Rum desert scenery, Crusader castle of Kerak, Dead Sea swim
COUNTRIES : Jordan

This great value tour of Jordan covers all the major sites including Amman, Jerash, Petra, Wadi Rum and the Dead Sea, and is the perfect introduction to amazing Jordan. Starting in the bustling capital of Amman we take a day trip out to the extensive and well preserved Roman remains at Jerash before heading across to the Dead Sea for a quick float in its salty waters - an experience you'll never forget. We then head south along the scenic King Highway towards the Petra, visiting Madaba, Mount Nebo, and the spectacular crusader castle at Kerak en route as well as driving up and down some majestic Wadis (deep valleys). Next is a full day to explore the wonderful "Rose Red City" of Petra. You'll start with a walk through the narrow, winding Siq and then wonder at the majesty of the mighty Treasury, built more than 2,000 years ago. You have a morning guided tour of the site and then plenty of time to explore further yourselves. Continuing south we stop at Wadi Rum, famous for its links with the British Army officer Lawrence of Arabia. After a 4x4 jeep safari through the spectacular desert scenery we return to Amman where the tour ends.
Upgrades to 4-star hotels, and international flights are available on request.

Private tour option

If our scheduled departure dates don't work for you, or you would prefer not to travel with a group, then we can also run this tour privately for you. Please contact us for more information and prices.

Upon arrival our staff will meet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel in Amman for the start of your trip. They'll help settle in and introduce you to the local area. The rest of your day is free. If you arrive early in the morning, then a half-day city tour of Amman is available this afternoon.

  • OVERNIGHT:
    Amman hotel
  • EXTRAS:
    Amman city tour, 4-star hotel upgrade, Single room supplement (JOSHJS), Extra day in Amman - pre-tour

After breakfast, we drive north for a full day visit of Jerash, one of the largest and best preserved Roman sites outside of Italy. It is a excellent example of Roman architecture including paved and colonnaded streets, hilltop temples, amphitheatres, spacious public squares and plazas, bathhouses, fountains and a city wall pierced by towers and gates. We continue by road to the shore of the Dead Sea where we can float and try to swim in the unique, salty waters before returning to Amman for the night.

  • OVERNIGHT:
    Amman hotel
  • MEALS:
    Breakfast

We depart Amman for a scenic drive along the King's Highway to Perta, crossing deep Wadis, olive groves, and driving through remote rural villages. En-route we see the Roman mosaics at Madaba, enjoy great views of Israel from Mt. Nebo, and visit Kerak Castle, one in a chain of Crusader fortresses built across Jordan in the 12th Century.

  • OVERNIGHT:
    Petra hotel
  • MEALS:
    Breakfast

We enjoy a full day today inside the world famous Nabatean site of Petra. Carved into the rocks and left undiscovered for centuries Petra has always been an enduring attraction for explorers. We include a guided tour of the area with plenty of free time to explore on your own. This evening you may book an optional visit to Petra for the spectacular Petra by Candlelight tour.

  • OVERNIGHT:
    Petra hotel
  • MEALS:
    Breakfast
  • EXTRAS:
    Petra by night

Today we drive towards Wadi Rum and en route visit the site of Little Petra, which was a suburb of the main city and provides a great insight into the building of the larger buildings and tombs. At Wadi Rum we enjoy Bedouin hospitality and a 4WD jeep safari through the spectacular desert scenery with its towering cliffs, bizarre rock formations and sandy dunes. At the end of the day we drive back to Amman for the night.

If you wish you can extend your tour today. One option is to just add one day to your trip by spending the night tonight under the starts in a Bedouin camp right inside the Wadi Rum reserve before returning to Amman. Alternatively, you can add 3 days by spending the night in the camp and then heading to the Red Sea for 2 nights in a 5-star resort before returning to Amman. 

  • OVERNIGHT:
    Amman hotel
  • MEALS:
    Breakfast
  • EXTRAS:
    Post-tour Wadi Rum camp & Amman Tour, Wadi Rum camp & Aqaba extension

Your time is free today until we transfer you to Amman airport for your departure flight. Alternatively you may wish to take one of a number of optional day trips. These include a half-day city tour in Amman, a full day tour to the Baptism site at Bethany and Ajloun Castle, a trip to Pella and Umm Qais, a tour of the 'Desert Castles', or a tour into Israel to visit Bethlehem and Jerusalem. We can also arrange a transfer to Tel Aviv either by flight or overland for people wanting to connect this tour with one of our Israel tours. Finally, we can also fly you to Cairo to join one of our Egypt tours. Please ask us for full details and we'll be delighted to help plan an extension to your tour.

  • OVERNIGHT:
    N/A
  • MEALS:
    Breakfast
  • EXTRAS:
    Amman city tour, Bethany & Ajloun Castle, Extra day in Amman - post-tour
Included:
  • All accommodation as stated in the itinerary in 3-star hotels (upgrades available)
  • All transport and transfers in AC vehicles
  • 24-hour airport arrival & departure transfer service
  • Services of a specialist tour guide for all sightseeing tours
  • 4x4 Bedouin jeep safari in Wadi Rum
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary
  • Entrance fees (worth approx. US$110)

Excluded:
  • International flights (available on request)
  • Visa fees (currently waived for most nationalities)
  • Travel insurance (compulsory, available from Encounters Travel)
  • Meals not indicated in the itinerary
  • Drinks, snacks, tips and other personal expenses (e.g. laundry)
  • Any other items not mentioned above
The hotels and accommodations listed below are the ones we use most often on this tour. From time to time we may exchange these for similar properties at the same level. In general, specific hotels cannot be guaranteed on our group tours, but you may select your preferred options if you are booking a tailor-made trip.
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Al Waleed Hotel
Amman, Jordan

The Al Waleed is ideally located in the centre of Amman close to one of the cities main shopping areas.


Your premier choice in the capital city of Amman, RUM Hotels "Al Waleed" is located at the heart of Sweifieh district, and just a few steps away from Wakalat street, the ultimate shopping zone which Jordanians and tourists flock to, to shop and enjoy pedestrian life.

At RUM Hotels "Al Waleed", we offer you high quality services where you can experience the modern life of Jordanians while feeling at home in Amman with professional staff at your service around the clock.

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Al Anbat Hotel
Petra, Jordan

Alanbat Hotel is located in the peaceful heart of Petra with sublime mountains and spectacular panoramic views of Petra's sunset.


Located on the main street in Wadi Musa, this hotel is just 1.9 miles from Petra. Leisure options include an outdoor pool, hammam and hot tub.

The air-conditioned rooms come with private bathrooms equipped with toiletries and hairdryers. Each room has a mini-fridge and a TV set. Some rooms include balconies.

Guests can relax in the Turkish bath and sauna, or have a massage. Al Anbat Hotel & Restaurant also provides a stone lounge with cushioned seats and shisha.

Panoramic views of the mountains can be enjoyed from the hotel's restaurant, which serves traditional local cuisine. Breakfast buffet is served every morning and there is an outdoor dining area.

The hotel is located 5 minutes' drive from the Roman Theatre and 10 minutes by car from Taybeh Village.

Our tours are designed to include all that you need to enjoy a really special time in the destination you're visiting. However, we do also offer some extra options to complement the tour and add some additional sightseeing or activities, or some extra time at either end of the tour.

All accommodation based options (e.g. Single supplements, extra nights, cruise upgrades) should be booked and paid for in advance so that we can make the appropriate arrangements. Other options may either be booked and paid for in advance or while you are on the tour, though we recommend booking in advance to ensure there are no issues with availability.

Many options are priced the same throughout the year, but some may incur single or high season supplements - full details are given on the tour reservation form or on request.

Single room supplement (JOSHJS)
Price from
US$139
per person



Single room supplement (JOSHJS)
Min numbers: 1 person

This option books a single room in all the accommodation throughout the tour. Room shares may be available but the supplement is payable if a room share cannot be arranged.


This option books a single room in all the accommodation throughout the tour. If you are a single traveller and would be happy to share a room, let us know and we will see if we can pair you up with another single traveller of the same sex. If a room share is not available when you book then we will add the single room supplement to your booking and it will be payable with your balance payment unless we have arranged a room share for you by then. If a room share is arranged after you have paid the supplement then we will refund it to you. Room shares are arranged in order of booking.

Note: The price shown is a low season price. Slightly higher prices may apply during high and peak seasons - the exact price for your dates will be shown on the online booking form and is always available on request.

Extra day in Amman - pre-tour
Price from
US$49
per person



Extra day in Amman - pre-tour
Min numbers: 2 Adults

This option adds an extra day to the start of your tour, staying in the same hotel as the main tour itself (subject to availability). Your airport arrival transfer is still included. Prices shown are per person and based on two people sharing.


This option adds an extra day to the start of your tour, staying in the same hotel as the main tour itself (subject to availability). Your airport arrival transfer is still included. Prices shown are per person and based on two people sharing.

Note: Single room and peak season supplements apply.

Extra day in Amman - post-tour
Price from
US$49
per person



Extra day in Amman - post-tour
Min numbers: 1 person

This option adds an extra day to the end of your tour, staying in the same hotel as the main tour itself (subject to availability). Your airport departure transfer is still included. Prices shown are per person and based on two people sharing.


This option adds an extra day to the end of your tour, staying in the same hotel as the main tour itself (subject to availability). Your airport departure transfer is still included. Prices shown are per person and based on two people sharing.

Note: Single room and peak season supplements apply.

4-star hotel upgrade
Price from
US$104
per person



4-star hotel upgrade
Min numbers: 1 person

This option upgrades all your hotels on the tour from 3 to 4-star. Prices are based on twin/double share, single room supplements apply.


This option upgrades all your hotels on the tour from 3 to 4-star. Prices are based on twin/double share, single room supplements apply.

Pella and Umm Qais
Price from
US$59
per person



Pella and Umm Qais
Min numbers: 1 person

Visit the ancient town of Pella and explore it's many antiquities and then take a tour of Greco-Roman city of Umm Qais with its stunning black basalt theatre, colonnaded main street and underground mausoleum.


If you are arriving in Jordan a day early we have an additional tour to Pella and Umm Qais which leaves every Monday from Amman. Pella is one of the most ancient towns in the world and a favourite of archaeologists. Pella is exceptionally rich in antiquities, some of which are exceedingly old. Besides the excavated ruins from the Graeco-Roman period, Pella offers visitors the opportunity to see the remains of a Chalcolithic settlement from the 4th millennium BC, evidence of Bronze and Iron Age walled cities, Byzantine churches, early Islamic residential quarters and a small medieval mosque. In addition to Jerash and Amman, Gadara (now Umm Qais) and Pella (Tabaqit Fahl) were once Decapolis cities, and each has unique appeal. Umm Qais is one of the most brilliant ancient Greco-Roman cities of the Decapolis. Perched on a splendid hilltop overlooking the Jordan Valley and the Sea of Galilee, Umm Qays boasts impressive ancient remains, such as the stunning black basalt theatre, the basilica and adjacent courtyard strewn with nicely carved black sarcophagi, the colonnaded main street and a side street lined with shops, an underground mausoleum, two baths, a nymphaeum, a city gate and the faint outlines of what was a massive hippodrome. Drive to hotel in Amman for overnight.

Note: You will need to add an extra night to your booking in order to book this option.

Bethany & Ajloun Castle
Price from
US$114
per person



Bethany & Ajloun Castle
Min numbers: 1 person

This one day option takes you to the recently excavated biblical site 'Bethany-beyon-the-Jordan' where John baptised Jesus Christ. You'll also visit the partially ruined, but still very impressive Ajloun Castle.


This tour takes in two important sites with very different but linked history. Your first stop is in the Jordan Valley, at a relatively recently excavated site believed to be the biblical 'Bethany-beyond-the-Jordan' where John baptised Jesus Christ. Several churches, caves and pools dating from Roman and Byzantine periods have been discovered here. Both Pope John Paul II, and Pope Benedict XVI have visited here. An electric minibus takes you from the visitor centre to your choice of one of three sites: Tell Mar Elias, the Baptism Pools and/or John the Baptist's Church. You can also walk between these, but the distances are quite long and the low lying land in the valley can lead to stifling temperatures Ajloun castle is an hour or so's drive away, which involves a long climb up from below sea level up to Jordan's highest point (around 1240m). The scenery in the region is beautiful with forested hills and olive groves. You can stop for a short walk in the Ajloun Forest Reserve if you wish. The castle itself is now partly ruined but is still huge and a very good example of an Arab/Islamic military fortress. It was built in AD 1184-1185 to control entry into the Jordan Valley, protect against Crusader attacks from nearby Kerak and Bisan, and to control nearby iron mines. There are many rooms, narrow passages and staircases to explore, and you can enjoy magnificent views over the Jordan Valley.

Note: You will need to add an extra night to your booking in order to book this option.

Amman city tour
Price from
US$64
per person



Amman city tour
Min numbers: 1 person

This half day guided city tour takes in the ancient centre of Amman, including the citadel, Roman amphitheatre, and downtown area.


This half day guided city tour takes in the ancient centre of Amman, including the citadel, Roman amphitheatre, and downtown area. This tour can be done on either the first or last day of the tour, if your flight times allow. Otherwise an extra night in Amman will be required. A supplement will apply for single travellers.

Post-tour Wadi Rum camp & Amman Tour
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per person



Post-tour Wadi Rum camp & Amman Tour
Min numbers: 1

This 1 night post-tour extension includes 1 night at a Bedouin Camp in Wadi Rum and an additional tour to Qasr Mushatta and Amman City.


This 1 night post-tour extension includes 1 night at a Bedouin Camp in Wadi Rum and an additional tour to visit Qasr Mushatta and Amman City. This extension will add 1 extra night onto the end of your tour as shown below:

Day 5 (Friday) - Today we drive towards Wadi Rum and en route visit the site of Little Petra, which was a suburb of the main city and provides a great insight into the building of the larger buildings and tombs. At Wadi Rum we enjoy Bedouin hospitality and a 4WD jeep safari through the spectacular desert scenery with its towering cliffs, bizarre rock formations and sandy dunes. You'll then leave the main group and stay at a Bedouin camp located on the desert sand beneath the cliffs right inside the desert reserve. You have some free time in the afternoon and can enjoy an optional sunset camel ride before sleeping in a comfortable tent (with full beds) or under the stars if you prefer.

Day 6 (Saturday) - After breakfast in the desert we start our drive back to Amman. Along the way we'll make a stop to visit Qasr Mushatta, one of the 'desert castles' which dates back to approximately 740CE. In the afternoon we'll take a tour of Amman's city centre, visiting the Citadel, Roman amphitheatre and bazaars. The evening is free for some last minute shopping or relaxation before your tour comes to an end tomorrow.

Day 7 (Sunday) - Your time is free today until we transfer you to Amman airport for your departure flight. Alternatively you may wish to take one of a number of optional day trips. These include tours to Ajloun Castle, a tour of the 'Desert Castles', a visit to the Baptism Site at Bethany on the Jordan, or a tour into Israel to visit Bethlehem and Jerusalem. We can also arrange a transfer to Tel Aviv either by flight or overland for people wanting to connect this tour with our Fantastic Israel tour departure which starts on Sunday.

Wadi Rum camp & Aqaba extension
Price from
US$419
per person



Wadi Rum camp & Aqaba extension
Min numbers: 1

This extension leaves the main tour after your jeep safari in Wadi Rum. You will spend the night in a comfortable Bedouin camp, located right inside the desert reserve, then next morning make the short drive to Aqaba for 2 nights in a 5-star resort.


This extension leaves the main tour after your jeep safari in Wadi Rum. Instead of returning straight to Amman, you leave the main group and spend the night in a comfortable Bedouin camp, located on the desert sands, beneath the cliffs right inside the desert reserve. Your Bedouin hosts will look after you and provide a delicious meal in the evening. Accommodation is in traditional goat hair tents with proper beds and bedding, or you can sleep under the starts if you prefer (bring a sleeping bag). Camel rides are available at sunrise and sunset, and you have free time in the afternoon to walk around and enjoy the spectacular scenery.

The next morning we leave Wadi Rum and make the short drive south to Aqaba, which sits on the northernmost tip of the Gulf of Aqaba in the Red Sea. You have 2 nights in a 5-star resort here to relax on the beach or by the pool. Snorkelling, scuba diving and glass bottomed boat trips are available to get a taste of the Red Sea's famous coral reefs and fish. Finally we return up the Desert Highway to Amman for one last night in a 4-star hotel there before we transfer you to the airport (Tuesday, Day 9).

Prices are based on a minimum of two travellers; single room and solo traveller supplements apply.

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Jordan on a Shoestring tour notes

The detailed Tour Notes below have been written to give you some more detailed information about how the tour runs, what to expect, and how to prepare for your holiday. We recommend downloading an up to date copy of these shortly before you travel in case of any changes.

We use good quality hotels rated at the Jordanian 3-star level on this tour. Local star ratings may vary slightly from international standards but we ensure we use some of the best hotels available at the level stated.

Accommodation is based on twin, triple or double en-suite rooms with air conditioning. We will endeavour to give all couples a private double room.

Our trips feature a mix of different transport options. We want you to feel like you’re really experiencing the country you’re travelling through, but at the same time we want you to finish journeys refreshed enough to enjoy the next stage of the tour. The small distances involved in Jordan mean that we use private vehicles throughout this tour. These will be minivans, minibuses or small coaches, depending on the number of travellers in the group.

The jeeps used in Wadi Rum are provided by the local Bedouins we work with, and while suitable for your desert safari, they may fall below the normal safety and quality standards for vehicles we use during the rest of our tours.

Your airport transfers are only included on the first and last day of the set tour itinerary, plus on any additional days if you book your hotel room with us. If you make your own arrangements for additional accommodation at either the beginning or the end of the tour then you will need to arrange your own airport transfers on these days.

We want to give you as much flexibility as possible when it comes to booking your holiday with us. So, to take account of people with varying travel plans, we don’t include your international flights in the main tour price. We are however very happy to book your flights for you, and our ATOL (UK flight sales license) covers all holidays booked together with a flight from the UK.

Please contact us with your preferred dates and departure airport and we’ll give you a selection of airlines, times and fares to choose from. Your airport arrival & departure transfers are included on the first and last days of the tour whether you book your flights independently or through us. Nearly all our Jordan tours start and finish at Amman airport (AMM).

We are committed to being a small group operator, as we feel this gives everyone in the group the best chance to get to know their fellow travellers and to hear and make the most of their guide. There’s no point in us providing great guides if you’ve got to peer over 30-40 shoulders to see them! So, we won’t ever put you in a 50-seater coach with 49 other people and just one guide. Most of our tours have a maximum of 12-18 travellers. However, to keep costs down, we do allow our Shoestring tours to have slightly larger groups and this tour departs with a maximum of 26 travellers.  We may also share this departure with travellers booking through other operators.

In Jordan we provide fully trained, local English-speaking guides for all of the sightseeing tours. Our local reps in all the towns and cities en-route are also at your service, and will be handling all the practical arrangements for the tour.

At Encounters Travel we only use local Jordanian guides and reps. We feel this gives you the best experience of the country and the sites you are seeing. This tour may use different guides for the tours from Amman and from Petra.  Please check our website for more details and profiles of some of our most famous local guides.

You may also like to check our 8-day Jordan Encounters tour which has a slightly higher level of hotels, includes an overnight Bedouin Camp in Wadi Rum, time by the Red Sea in Aqaba, and has a maximum of 18 travellers.

The tour price includes include entrance fees to all the tourist sites mentioned in the itinerary (worth about US$110). If you visit any sites not mentioned in the itinerary then you will need to cover the entrance fee costs.

Tipping is common practice in Jordan, as a sign of appreciation for services provided. You may therefore wish to tip your guide and driver at the end of the tour.  You should not feel obliged to tip any particular amount, and should consider your personal budget. We are often asked to provide a guide however, and can suggest that approx. USD 3-8 per person per day would be appropriate.

Passports should be valid for at least six months after your departure from the country. Please do not bring an almost full or almost expired passport. Visa arrangements are the responsibility of the traveller, and requirements are subject to change by the local authorities.

To promote tourism to the country, the Jordanian government is currently waiving Visa fees for certain nationalities (including UK, USA, CA, EU, AU, NZ, SA). When confirming your reservation with us, please could you complete all passport details on your travellers information sheet and return it to us promptly and at least 4 weeks prior to departure so that we can take steps to arrange your free arrival visa if available. The free visa offer requires a stay in Jordan of at least 2 nights if you are arriving by air, or 3 nights if you are arriving by land.

Multiple entry visas for Jordan are no longer available and you will need to arrange two visas if you are doing a combination tour (eg. with Egypt and/or Israel) that visits Jordan more than once.

If you wish to arrange your visa in advance or your stay will be shorter than described above, then a visa fee of 40JD (approx. USD 57) will be due.

Other nationalities may require a visa prior to arrival and to obtain this in advance, please contact your local Jordanian embassy or consulate or a visa agency for details. In addition, if you plan to enter Jordan via the southern Wadi Araba crossing (Eilat-Aqaba) or the Allenby Bridge/King Hussein border with Israel in the north, you will need to obtain your Jordan visa in advance as these are not available on arrival at the border.

We run regular small-group departures on this tour starting every Monday throughout the year. All departures are guaranteed to run. Departure dates & prices are on our website and in our brochure (please check the website for up-to-date prices & special offers).

If you would like to book a place on this tour, please complete the online reservation form on our website (via the Dates & Prices tab on the tour page). You can pay your deposit or full balance online, or just hold a reservation if you prefer. We will then contact you with more details about how to complete your booking. Payments may be made by debit or credit card (subject to a card processing fee), or by making a bank transfer or posting us a cheque/bank draft. Full details will be provided in your booking confirmation email. Please contact us if you would like any more information or have any questions before making a booking.

Travel insurance is compulsory on all of our tours and needs to cover personal accident & liability, medical expenses and repatriation, travel delay & abandonment. We also strongly recommend that you take out cover against cancellation and lost/stolen baggage. Personal medical insurance does not normally provide sufficient cover and is generally not suitable for travel on our tours. You will not be able to join your tour if you have not provided us with details of your insurance or if you arrive without cover in place (no refunds will be due in this event). More information...

You may arrange your own insurance, or you can take advantage of a comprehensive policy that we can arrange for you through Endsleigh Insurance which has been designed to be suitable for our tours. The policy is available to travellers of all nationalities and you do not need to live in the UK  to take out the policy. For full details of cover provided, prices and to apply for one of our policies, please complete travel insurance application form.

Note: Any country that borders the Mediterranean is considered as 'Europe' for the purposes of travel insurance (including Turkey, Israel, Egypt and Morocco). If you are doing a tour that visits one country in 'Europe' and one that is 'Worldwide' (for example, an Egypt and Jordan tour), then you need a 'Worldwide' policy. When completing the form you should enter your travel dates including any extra days involved in overnight flights or connecting travel between your home and the tour. Our policies are not able to cover any extra time or activities other than your tour and options booked with us and your travel to & from home.

If you plan to arrange a hot air balloon flight locally, or do some scuba diving during your tour, you should check the small print in your policy to make sure these are covered (these are covered in our policy). Please also check the maximum altitude that you will be reaching and that full cover including emergency evacuation is provided up to this altitude.

IMPORTANT:  We must have your travel insurance details (policy number and type of insurance) before you depart or you may not be allowed to join the tour.  If you haven't told us already, please let us know the details when you can. You should take a paper copy of your insurance policy with you as you may be asked to show this at the start of the tour.

We are a UK registered company and an ABTA Member (Y4447) and you can be confident when booking with us that your money is safe and protected.
If you book a flight departing from the UK from us with your tour, or if you live in the UK and your tour includes domestic flights, then your entire package is ATOL protected by the Civil Aviation Authority. Our ATOL number is 10467.
Additional financial protection is also provided through International Passenger Protection for passengers not booking flights.
Please see our website or booking conditions for more information.

It is impossible not to have an impact on the local environment, cultures and eco-systems when you travel. However, it is very possible to try and ensure that these impacts are as limited, or positive as possible. We are committed to ensuring that we try to leave our host countries in a better state than we found them and encourage and assist our travellers to help us with this.
The following are a few simple tips that require very little effort on your part but which will help ensure that any effect you have on the locations you visit is positive rather than negative.

  • Don’t prejudge: Things in different countries will almost certainly be different. That doesn’t make them worse or inferior, just different.
  • Communicate: Don’t expect locals to speak your language. Take the trouble to learn a few words or phrases of the local language. Don’t worry about sounding silly. Most locals are patient and accommodating and appreciate you making the effort to communicate in their language.
  • Conserve energy: Be careful not to waste valuable resources. Use local resources sparingly. Switch off lights, air-conditioning and fans when you leave the hotel room and don’t waste water. Remove superfluous packaging. Many countries have far less efficient waste disposal systems than ours. Remove packaging from newly acquired items before leaving home.
  • Don’t litter: No matter how untidy or dirty the country you’re travelling in may look to you, avoid littering, as there is no need to add to the environment's stress. Many of the countries we visit have a tough challenge dealing with rubbish and waste. Please consider taking home as much plastic waste as you can (e.g. water bottles).
  • Choose environmentally friendly products: By using environmentally friendly (bio degradable) sun creams, shampoos and detergents you can help reduce pollution.
  • Respect local customs and traditions: As you are a guest in these countries, you should also comply with the local customs. If you are friendly and well mannered, the locals will reciprocate and it will only enhance your experience. It’s important to follow dress and behaviour guidelines especially when visiting religious or sacred sites (your tour leader will advise you how best to do this).
  • If a client commits an illegal act the client may be excluded from the tour and Encounters Travel shall cease to have responsibility to/for them. No refund will be given for any unused services.

All porters are employed and equipped following guidelines set by the International Porter Protection Group (IPPG).

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The local currency in Jordan is the Jordanian Dinar (JD). You do not need to arrange to bring any Jordanian Dinar with you to Jordan as exchange facilities are available in the international airports and in most hotels, banks and bureau de changes in major towns. You should try to obtain and keep hold of small denomination notes or coins on you during the tour as these are useful for toilets, tips and small purchases. ATMs are readily available in major towns and many local shops will accept VISA/Mastercard or Amex, but may charge fees of up to 10% - check before you pay. Travellers cheques are not recommended as they can not be changed in many places now, and can incur high fees.

While in Jordan you will need sufficient funds to cover meals not included in the itinerary, drinks, snacks, souvenirs and personal expenses such as laundry. These should generally all be paid for in Jordanian Dinar, though tips for guides and drivers may be paid in hard currency (GBP, USD, EUR).

It is difficult to recommend a level of personal spending money which will suit everyone as this can differ greatly, but as a guideline, we would suggest allowing USD 15-25 per person per day as a minimum. Allow more if you plan on doing lots of shopping, or buying many alcoholic drinks.

Luggage: Suitcases, rucksacks or fabric holdalls are all fine to bring with you to Jordan. You should also bring a small daypack/bag to take out during the day. Your main luggage will normally be left in the hotel during your sightseeing trips – you will not need to carry it far, and there are nearly always hotel porters to assist.

Luggage limits: There is no luggage limit for this tour. However, most airlines restrict you to between 20kg and 25kg for your hold luggage and between 5kg and 10kg for hand luggage. Please check with your airline before travelling to the airport.

Clothing: The climate in Jordan varies widely from hot days in the summer to cool and sometimes wet days in the winter months. At night, especially in the deserts, the temperatures can drop quite dramatically. So you must pack for cool conditions. Formal dress (eg. suits & ties) is not required. Modesty rates highly in Jordan, especially for women, so to respect the local culture & people, please ensure all clothes are loose fitting and not revealing. Shorts (not hot-pants) are OK in tourist sites, as are T-shirts, but these should not show too much bare flesh (we suggest that your shoulders should remain covered). When visiting any mosques, legs and arms should be covered.

Other items: If your tour includes an overnight Bedouin camp then bedding is provided but we recommend bringing a light sleeping sheet or sleeping bag liner for comfort all year round (even with the best efforts, sand does find its way pretty much everywhere). In the winter months, or if you think you would like to sleep under the stars instead of in your tent, then we recommend you bring a sleeping bag with you as it can get very cold at night. We also recommend you bring a sun hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, a basic first aid kit, toiletries, money belt, small torch, camera & charger.

Sockets are two round pronged and 220 volts (Type C). Universal adaptors are available in most airport shops if you don’t have one already. Standard European adapters will work fine, though sometimes they may feel a little loose in the sockets. All hotel rooms have electrical sockets where you can re-charge cameras, phones etc. Hair dryers are normally available on request from the hotel reception if not in your room already.
If you have US appliances (110 volts) you will need a voltage converter as well as a plug adapter.

The time in Egypt, Jordan and Israel is GMT plus 2 hours. Daylight saving adjustments have historically been applied in some years but not others. At present it appears that there will be no daylight saving changes in Egypt 2016 and beyond, though this may change at short notice (with a resulting impact on flight times and schedules). In Jordan and Israel, daylight saving of one hour is generally applied between the end of March and the end of October, making it GMT plus 3 hours. Exact dates vary from year to year and sometimes the changes may be scrapped altogether.

You should ensure you are fully insured for medical emergencies including emergency evacuation and repatriation.

Recommended vaccinations and other health protection measures vary according to the country you are visiting and where you are travelling from. We recommend you contact your GP/medical practitioner or a travel clinic for current information on vaccinations needed for your destination.  You should ensure that you are up to date with vaccines and boosters recommended for your normal life at home, including for example, vaccines required for occupational risk of exposure, lifestyle risks and underlying medical conditions.
In addition, additional courses or boosters normally recommended for the countries in this region are:

Egypt: Tetanus, Typhoid, Hepatitis A
Jordan: Tetanus, Hepatitis A
Israel: Hepatitis A, Poliomyelitis

Malaria is not generally present unless it has been contracted abroad; you do not need to take malaria prophylactics.

More information is available here: Egypt, Jordan, Israel

Note: We are aware of some places in Egypt using ‘black henna’ instead of pure brown henna. Black henna contains a chemical dye PPD (paraphenylenediamine) which can result in severe allergic reactions and resultant scarring. To be safe we recommend avoiding any henna tattoos while in Egypt unless you are certain they are using pure brown henna.

It is important when considering and preparing to travel anywhere in the world that you have a good understanding of the country you are visiting, its laws and customs, and the possible risks and situations that may occur. This includes specific risks related to your itinerary (eg. does it involve water & can you swim, are you fit enough for the activities included), as well as more general risks such as terrorism and natural disasters.

General details and links to more information about health risks, visa requirements, money, and travel insurance are given in these tour notes. We recommend that you re-read all these before your departure as well as the small print of your travel insurance policy so you know exactly what is covered and what is not.

You should take copies of your important travel documents with you and ideally also store them online securely as a backup. Make sure that you have given us your emergency contact details and told that person where and when you are travelling. Ensure you take enough money with you and that you have access to emergency funds.

Finally, you should read through and stay updated with the current official government travel advice for your destination. We are registered partners with the UK Foreign Office's 'Know Before you Go' campaign which provides further useful and invaluable information.

'Know Before you Go' campaign

Jordan on a Shoestring dates & prices

This tour is also available for booking privately for travel anytime through the year, and we can also customise the itinerary to fit your personal requirements. Please contact us for details and prices.

Start Date End Date Price (P/P) Offer Price Note
03 Oct, 2016 08 Oct, 2016 US$770 - - Book now
10 Oct, 2016 15 Oct, 2016 US$770 - - Book now
24 Oct, 2016 29 Oct, 2016 US$770 - - Book now
31 Oct, 2016 05 Nov, 2016 US$770 - - Book now
07 Nov, 2016 12 Nov, 2016 US$770 - - Book now
14 Nov, 2016 19 Nov, 2016 US$770 - - Book now
12 Dec, 2016 17 Dec, 2016 US$770 - - Book now
26 Dec, 2016 31 Dec, 2016 US$925 - - Book now
02 Jan, 2017 07 Jan, 2017 US$770 - - Book now
09 Jan, 2017 14 Jan, 2017 US$770 - - Book now
16 Jan, 2017 21 Jan, 2017 US$770 - - Book now
30 Jan, 2017 04 Feb, 2017 US$770 - - Book now
13 Feb, 2017 18 Feb, 2017 US$770 - - Book now
27 Feb, 2017 04 Mar, 2017 US$770 - - Book now
06 Mar, 2017 11 Mar, 2017 US$770 - - Book now
13 Mar, 2017 18 Mar, 2017 US$770 - - Book now
27 Mar, 2017 01 Apr, 2017 US$770 - - Book now
10 Apr, 2017 15 Apr, 2017 US$770 - - Book now
17 Apr, 2017 22 Apr, 2017 US$770 - - Book now
24 Apr, 2017 29 Apr, 2017 US$770 - - Book now
08 May, 2017 13 May, 2017 US$770 - - Book now
29 May, 2017 03 Jun, 2017 US$770 - - Book now
05 Jun, 2017 10 Jun, 2017 US$770 - - Book now
19 Jun, 2017 24 Jun, 2017 US$770 - - Book now
03 Jul, 2017 08 Jul, 2017 US$770 - - Book now
31 Jul, 2017 05 Aug, 2017 US$770 - - Book now
14 Aug, 2017 19 Aug, 2017 US$770 - - Book now
28 Aug, 2017 02 Sep, 2017 US$770 - - Book now
04 Sep, 2017 09 Sep, 2017 US$770 - - Book now
11 Sep, 2017 16 Sep, 2017 US$770 - - Book now
18 Sep, 2017 23 Sep, 2017 US$770 - - Book now
02 Oct, 2017 07 Oct, 2017 US$770 - - Book now
09 Oct, 2017 14 Oct, 2017 US$770 - - Book now
16 Oct, 2017 21 Oct, 2017 US$770 - - Book now
30 Oct, 2017 04 Nov, 2017 US$770 - - Book now
06 Nov, 2017 11 Nov, 2017 US$770 - - Book now
20 Nov, 2017 25 Nov, 2017 US$770 - - Book now
04 Dec, 2017 09 Dec, 2017 US$770 - - Book now
18 Dec, 2017 23 Dec, 2017 US$770 - - Book now
25 Dec, 2017 30 Dec, 2017 US$925 - - Book now
01 Jan, 2018 06 Jan, 2018 US$925 - - Book now
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Posted Jun 10, 2016
Service rating : The travel was coordinated and managed nicely. Airport pick-up and drop-off were highlight.

Product : Except the first day of arrival without giving a briefing about the meeting time and gathering spot, everything else was excellent. I was a little bit lost on my first day of arrival and had to ask the hotel front desk about what time I should come down the next day to meet my group. If there can be a debriefing session, that would be nice.
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Posted Apr 15, 2016
Service rating : This was an excellent value and the guides genuinely enjoyed what they did.

Product : Quite hectic a tour. We stayed busy but we got to check a lot of our bucket list in a short period of time.
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Posted Oct 26, 2015
Best tour company I have worked with!
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Posted Oct 23, 2015
Very helpful
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Posted Oct 23, 2015
Service rating : Only downside was some of the suggested food places for lunch were very expensive compared to what you could get locally.

Product : Overall loved my trip
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Posted Oct 23, 2015
So far it has been good. Clear and easy to understand.
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Posted Aug 15, 2015
Service rating : Were very professional & I was kept up to date on all aspects of my tour.

Product : Is a great holiday for those people who have limited time but are wanting to see as much of Jordan as possible. I liked the fact that you could book the optional extras prior to going as opposed to being surprised with them during the trip.
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Posted Aug 14, 2015
Service rating : I really liked the organization of the tour.

Product : I loved Jordan. It is such a beautiful country!
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Posted Apr 15, 2015
Service rating : SO much more than just a destination selection and payment service. Thank you for all of your support and assistance. Cheers

Product : One of the best experiences of my Life.
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