These are the major points and facts that the Travelers need to be aware of before they start their tour, so Kindly have the time to read this before you leave your country to Jordan, It is important to be aware of this:
• The tour that covers the Southern parts of that country like Petra, Wadi Rum and Dead sea involves many driving hours ( 3 hours to Petra from Amman, 2 hours from Petra to Wadi Rum, 4 hours from Rum to Dead Sea, and 1 hour from Dead Sea to Amman). Rest stop on the way is taken care of by our drivers.
• Petra is a huge site and involves a lot of walking, it is possible however to use animals like donkeys , horse carriages, Golf cart and camels but it is better to walk.
• For hiking at Petra and Wadi Rum Sport Shoes ( tennis shoes, boots, hat and sunglasses).
• Personal items are NOT provided like : Sun-Block Towels, toothbrush , hat , Slippers, Swimming clothes ( At the Dead Sea or Wadi Rum Bedouin camp ).
• Soft Jacket especially in Rum at Night - Very Warm clothes during winter time.
• Usually our tours doesn't include entry fees to sites or local tour guides - unless requested - so be aware that no tour guide is provided on the sites or in Wadi Rum unless your tour includes a tour guide \ Guided Tour.
• If your tour includes Wadi Rum, Our drivers will drop you off either at the camp or at the meeting point with the Bedoiun camp owners - our company preference, if it is inside Rum reserve. Your jeep tour -if included - will be escorted with the Bedoiun drivers of that camp next day. Sunset, Sunrise, Camels ride, ATVs and other activities at Rum are optional.
• Winter might be very cold in Jordan particularly during December and January , so bring suitable clothes ( temperature can drop below zero sometimes - Dec-Jan). It will be quite cold in the desert; so carry warm clothing and caps to cover your head and ears while traveling on the open jeeps / pickups to enjoy Wadi Rum. You may go for the camp upgrade with heating and private toilettes as an alternative option (with extra charges and if NOT a part of a group tour -This is not an upgrade option for the Group Tours selection).
• For the Package tours that includes accommodation : All the hotels that we deal with are 3+ stars hotels and usually located close to the city center and service areas like restaurants, better hotels exist for sure but they are away from service areas, so we are choosing the balance between both. Clients that book best hotels on their own are usually complaining about being away from service areas and the city center or from the visitors center at Petra
• We use modern vehicles with AC; Sedan car, Mini to large SUV or H1 Van, Sedan car is used for 1-3 persons and it can carry 3 Med size bags, if you have more bags or extra-size bags then you need to upgrade to bigger size car like SUV or H1 van with extra charges ( SUV can take 4 large bags , Van can take up to 7 large bags).
For the Travelers who are Joining one of our Small Group Tours - Not a Private tour:
• The Group Tours has fixed itinerary that can NOT be changed or adjusted with exact and specific pick up and drop off times.
• One medium size bag or backpack is allowed per traveler joining the small group tour, not enough space for large bags, so if you have large bags or many bags then private tour is more suitable for you.
• It is very important to be ready on the scheduled times particularly for pick up in the morning which is between 06:30 - 07:30 - if these times doesn't fit you or you need flexible time then this option will not work with you - go for the private tour option.
• Separate tents for separate bookings, so single travelers will get single bedroom or private tint - Not shared with others.
• The Group Tour starts and ends at Amman, It would be possible to arrange for airport drop of at the end of the tour and will cost you 50$ for a car up to 3 persons.
• Minimum age to join a group tour is 12 Years and maximum is 65 years, Seniors and Families should go for the private tour option.
• Group Tours can share the guide charges at Petra, and the sunset activity at Wadi Rum which is optional and NOT included.
Upgrade Options (For Private Tours only)
• Bedoiun camp upgrade from basic to luxury with AC and private path : 90$ PP for twin beds for two persons - 75US$ single supplement .
• Sunset / Sunrise tours at Wadi Rum will cost 25 JD for the car that can take up to 6 persons (Sometimes of the year this is not necessary and it can be done at the camp itself - but sometimes of the year it becomes far away to observe and it needs transportation (This activity can be arranged for the group tours and the travelers can share the cost of the car).
• Half an hour camel ride at Rum 20US$ pp.
• Tour guide at Petra for 2 hours 75US$.
About the Bedoiun Camps :
If your trip includes Wadi Rum; then be aware that it is scheduled to spend the night in Rum reserve in a privately owned Bedouin style camp - Authentic experience compared to the luxury camps, the camp contains Bedouin style tents with beds and enough blankets , Shared Restrooms - One for men and one for ladies with showers as well. NO AC “Air Conditioning” at the camp - so tents are NOT heated and this is not a 5 stars camp. This is calm / quiet and basic style tourist camp operated by a Bedoiun family in a good location inside Rum reserve - It would be possible for the private tours to change the camp to more luxurious one with AC and private toilets and will cost you 90$ extra charges per person and 75$ for single supplement - This option is NOT available for group tours; so if you are not fine with these rules - kindly switch to private tour and select the upgrade option. This is our company main preference camp, and we have been dealing with them mainly during the past 7 years so they are well trusted and organized.
NB: It is highly recommended to purchase Jordan Pass online before your arrival If you are spending 3 nights or more in Jordan ; you may visit Jordan Pass Site ; http://jordanpass.jo for more details. Arabian Nationalities are NOT required to Purchase Jordan pass because they don’t pay the same visa fees and entry fees at most sites.
Petra & Rum Entry Fees Are included with Jordan Pass - if purchased - Dead sea beach are NOT included with Jordan Pass and you still have to pay Entry fees of Dead Sea Beach (private sector) -30$ /person at Amman Beach / Grand East Hotel or 90$ /person at Movenpick hotel beach. First option is the basic one, nice beach with showers, bathrooms and swimming pools. If you are looking for luxury service and your tour is private then you can select Movenpick Hotel beach on trip day.
Petra : 71$ included in Jordan Pass
Wadi Rum : 7 $ - Included with Jordan Pass.
Al-Mujib Siq Trail : 30$ - Not Included with Jordan Pass
Dead Sea Beach - resort : 30$ / Other hotel resorts 90$ - Not included with Jordan Pass.
• The driver escorts you according to the booked itinerary, so he is not 24/7 at your disposal.
- • Drivers speak fair to moderate English (but not fluent English like tour guides), and they don’t have permission to escort tourists on the sites.
• For Wadi Rum camp stay : The driver will drop you off at the campsite or meeting point and will not be with you at the camp or during the Jeep tour.
• We use 4x4 local bedouin cars at Wadi Rum, and these are old vehicles with no A/C ( Old Toyota’s & trucks) driven by the Bedouins.
•Tip in Jordan is expected, appreciated and highly recommended to the guide - driver
• Your passports should be with you during the trip, especially at Petra.