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Jordan

The celluloid footsteps of lawrence of arabia - Trip for singles

Book From   € 499,-
GROUP SIZE: 4-24 | 8 DAYS

Jordan

Home to countless Biblical stories, lost cities, baths, and oriental bazaars, Jordan offers some of the most spectacular attractions in the Middle East. We’ll tour the Roman excavations at Jerash, and visit the fascinating ancient Nabataean city of Petra. We’ll pass though the magnificent desert landscape of Wadi Rum and the charming city of Amman. And we’ll discover not just the region but its people, some of the most hospitable in the world!

Travel documents

Travelling with the correct travel documentation is your own responsibility. Please ensure your passport is valid for a minimum of 6 months beyond the finish date of your trip.

Please check this information in good time before your trip commences as this information is always subject to change. You can check this information through a site such as this one.

If you have booked an arrival transfer with us then we can also arrange your visa. Please contact us about this. Your complete passport details and flight information will be required. If you have not booked your arrival transfer with us then you must arrange your visa yourself.



Accommodation and transport

Transport
During this trip through Jordan, we have access to a private bus, so we can stop at beautiful spots along the way. All transportation and transfers between hotels are included in this trip. Our slide show gives a good impression of the transport that Shoestring use in Jordan.

The arrival transfer from Amman airport is excluded. The return transfer from Aqaba to Amman airport is included, provided your flight time complies (see Day 7). Transportation is not included for any of the excluded (optional) excursions.

Accommodation
During the tour we stay in hotels in double/twin rooms. In Wadi Rum we sleep in tents in a simple desert camp. It is also possible to book a triple room, but this is often a double/twin room with an extra bed/mattress.
Travellers who (as many do), book alone, can share a double, or sometimes a triple room. We take into account gender when making these arrangements. If you wish to have a room for yourself only, this is possible on this tour. You would pay a single supplement (at time of booking). On this trip, a single supplement ensures a single room for all nights spent in hotel accommodation, I.e not in the desert camp.

Our slide show will give you a good idea about the types of accommodation you can expect on this trip.

Please note that groups of less than 8 people will have a combined driver/guide and that groups of 8 and more will have a driver and a separate English-speaking tour leader.

Tour leader

Our tours are led by trained, local English speaking tour leaders. We know that our travellers appreciate being accompanied by these local tour leaders who, compared to their counterparts (living outside of the destination) have more detailed knowledge of their country. He/she knows the area well, can provide background information and ensure that the trip goes smoothly. He/she knows what to do if something were to go wrong, but is not a "walking encyclopedia". Therefore we would like to refer you to study a good travel guide (book) in advance of travel.

Your tour leader understandably expects a tip at the end, if she/he has completed the job well. Shoestring pay the tour guides a wage which is higher than that of most adventurous travel companies. Our guideline for tipping is between € 1, - and € 2, - per passenger per day (the equivalent thereof).

Trip rating

This holiday is classified as Category B

The difficulty of our travels varies greatly. Added to this is the fact that travel difficulty is a very personal perception. To give an impression of the difficulty of a particular holiday we have developed a classification system.

Category A: Light travel for everyone to do. Short distances, good hotels, travel at a slow pace.
Category B: For everyone to do as well. Sometimes long distances. Good hotels and camping facilities, sometimes an adventurous overnight experience, travel at a normal pace.
Category C: Good to do for anyone who prepares themself well and is flexible. There are tougher parts of the journey, such as longer distances or walking tours. Several nights can be spent in basic accommodation.
Category D: A relatively difficult journey, travelling long distances, often primitive accommodation or tents, and challenging walking tours.

Jordan is a Category B holiday. The trip can be made by any reasonably healthy individual. In the summer the trip is considerably more difficult than during the rest of the year. Although in the cities we stay in simple medium-priced hotels, remember that you are travelling in a developing country with much lower living standards than you are used to at home. Also, roads may be temporarily blocked because of the weather or owing to their state of repair, in which case a detour is unavoidable. Some journeys are very long. A flexible and positive attitude is just as important as a good fitness level.

Nature of the trip
Bible stories, lost cities, Lawrence of Arabia, Crusader strongholds, public baths and mysterious eastern bazaars. Jordan is a country rich in history, with some of the most interesting sites in the Middle East. Roman excavations in Jerash, Petra, the fascinating old Nabataean city, the stunning desert landscape of Wadi Rum and the charming city of Amman. The area is one of the most hospitable in the world with very friendly people who will gladly invite you into their homes.

Sustainability

We know that travelling to remote corners of this planet has its effects. At Shoestring we really try to make an effort to keep our impact to a minimum. We try to avoid the use of plastic water bottles on our treks through Nepal and we do not dump our litter during our trips through Africa. All of our staff have been trained to take special care to ensure we make as little impact on the environment as possible. 

Furthermore we support a lot of local projects which are mostly related to clean drinking water or making sure that children get vaccinated against illnesses such as tuberculosis. On most tours you will be able to visit some of the projects we support through our local agents. Find out more about the different projects Shoestring are involved with, how you can make a difference and our environmental policies here

Insurance

Travel insurance, including medical repatriation insurance, is mandatory. It is not included with our packages and it is your responsibility to purchase suitable travel insurance. Make sure that it covers all the activities that you are likely to undertake, such as rafting and trekking. Many ‘free’ insurances that come with banking packages, credit cards etc, are quite often inadequate to cover you on our tours, so make sure you check the policy before you travel. You should enter your travel insurance details via your my.shoestring account and you are required to give a copy of your insurance policy to your tour leader upon arrival. Without proper insurance like this, you will not be allowed to join the tour as we will not be able to respond adequately in case of an emergency if you do not have the right insurance.

Address

Shoestring International
Entrada 223
1114 AA Amsterdam-Duivendrecht, The Netherlands.
www.shoestring.com                    

You can call us on number +31 20 6850203 or +44 (0)1306 744797 and email us at info@shoestring.com           

Opening hours Monday to Saturday 10 AM to 5 PM (Local times in Netherlands).

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