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Jordan Family Holiday

8 days Jordan, Middle East
Adventure level: 
3. Moderate
3
5
Family Holidays | Min age 5yrs
Trip code: 
ERFJ
Trip Highlights: 
Follow Indiana Jones' footsteps into the lost city of Petra
Float in the Dead Sea & explore the desert in a 4WD
Play gladiators in Jerash & visit Kerak Crusader Castle
You and your family can enjoy playing traditional games with locals
Flight Inclusive prices from
Child £1,476 Adult £1,640
Price includes flights, transfers, all accommodation and entry fees, as well as a selection of meals. More info »
Prices without flights from
Child £1,013 Adult £1,125
Price includes everything listed above, excluding flights and transfers.
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Frequently Asked Questions

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Questions related to Jordan Family Holiday

Do we get to see the gladiator show at Jerash?

Yes, it is possible to see the gladiator show as an optional during the visit (additional charge).  It lasts approximately one hour.

How long are the journeys?

There is one day where the total travelling time could be up to five hours. Journeys are broken by visiting Bedouin camps and learning about Jordan’s interesting history. It is a small country and therefore distances are never to great.

How long do we spend in Petra?

You will spend one full day in Petra. In the morning, you will have a guided tour then you will have a free afternoon to wander at your own pace.

How much walking is there on this trip?

This is NOT a walking tour and there are no treks or trails as such. However, travellers generally walk around the sites at Petra and Wadi Rum, and for this they will need comfortable sturdy shoes or boots.We recommend trail boots because trainers may get ruined and sandals would not be suitable for the hot rocky ground.

What kind of food is served for children on this trip?

Food is varied at different parts of the tour but can include a BBQ or buffet style meals. THe meals are often include food such as chicken and salad.

Questions related to Jordan

Is the exchange office at the airport open 24 hours a day?

Generally it is, but if it is not open your local guide will arrange for the bus to stop at an exchange office the following morning.

Is the water drinkable and the food safe?

We advise you only drink bottled water.

The food in Jordan is relatively safe to eat, the chance of getting sick from unhygienic food handling and preparation in Jordan are very slim.

Should tips be paid for in local currency?

Tips can be paid for in either Jordanian dinars or US dollars.

Are we able to hire sleeping bags in Jordan?

Yes, the cost is US$20 (approximately £15) per person, payable in dollars to the group leader on arrival in Jordan. In order to make sure there will be enough sleeping bags available for your trip, please let us know as soon as possible if you would like to hire one. Sleeping bags are collected in Amman and are taken around with you for the whole trip. You can also bring your own sleeping bag if you prefer, we would recommend a 2/3 season bag for May to September departures and a 3/4 season bag for  October to April departures.

What are the arrangements for camping in Wadi Rum?

Your Bedouin Camp will usually have a large open Bedouin style tent for communal sitting, eating and sleeping.  Additionally, behind the main tent, small 2/3 person ridge tents are provided for those who prefer more privacy. Mattresses, pillows, blankets and sheets are all provided.It can get very cold in the desert at night, sometimes even falling to freezing so you may wish to bring warm clothing/thermal underwear etc for your overnight stay.  If you want to sleep in the main Bedouin tent, or out under the stars (highly recommended as its a fantastic experience) you will need a sleeping bag.  You may bring your own sleeping bag.

Pit toilets and a water tank are available.  

What is Ramadan and when is it?

Ramadan is the Muslim holy month of fasting. It lasts for 30 days and during this time sites and museums are subject to reduced opening hours and there may be some limitations as to the provision of services. The impact on our trips is usually minimal and indeed this can be an interesting time to visit, as the streets are unusually lively during the late evenings. The month culminates in the celebration of Eid al Fitr, when families eat together in celebration. In 2014 Ramadan runs from 28th June to 27th July. 

Do I need a visa?

All UK passengers entering Jordan will need a visa.

Holders of EU passports should check with us at the time of booking.  The standard  single entry Visa is USD/EURO 60.00 per person upon arrival.

If you travel on our group flights (and the group is 5 or more) then you will be eligible for a group entry visa which is free. 

Visa requirements are subject to change as are costs, for the most up to date information we advise you check current legislation around four weeks prior to departure. This can be done online at www.travcour.com.

If you are not arriving on our group flights, or you have made your own travel arrangements you will need to arrange your own visa.

Questions related to Family holidays

Is there a maximum age?

No, our trips are designed to be accessible to any family with a good level of fitness. But, if you have any children sixteen years or older it's worth looking at our worldwide brochure, where trips are open to any one fourteen years and over as long as the're accompanied by someone over eighteen. If you are travelling on one of our Southern Africa tours and are aged sixty five or over you will need to provide us with a medical certificate signed by your doctor.

Who are the group Leaders on Family trips?

Our leaders are all local, speak exceptionally good English and are selected for their ability to entertain the kids as well as make sure your trip runs smoothly and take the hassle of organization away from you, the parents.

Our feedback from customers often praises the leaders more than any aspect of the tour and they really do transform your holiday from a good to an unforgettable one

 

What is the minimum age I can go on a family trip?

The minimum age is listed on the trip pages on our website.
Many trips start for children at five years, some at six, seven or eight years. There are also dedicated teenage trips (minimum age eleven). In all cases we'll look at taking younger siblings, just let us know the ages.

Is it only parents and children who are allowed on your family trips?

The more the merrier, we like to say. We welcome all parents (including single parents) and children and you’re free to bring along any aunties, uncles and family friends too. Our only rule is that there is at least one child under 18 years travelling with you. Older families should check out our worldwide trips.

At what age does the child discount stop?

Child prices apply to children who are 14 or under at the time of travel. From 15 years you are classed as an adult. 

Questions related to General Information

What's not included in the price?

Generally anything not listed in the itinerary. This includes optional tours and excursions, some meals, visas, vaccinations, excess baggage charges, porterage at hotels, insurance, international and entry/departure taxes overseas, and things of a personal nature such as drinks, tips, room service charges, phone calls, etc. As well as any new government taxes or price increases for hotels, transportation and airfares implemented after the tour programme for this brochure was costed.  

What's included within the trip price?

Everything listed within the itinerary is included; accommodation, on-tour transport, the services of a group leader and local guides, entrance fees, excursions and activities, as well as a number of meals. See your Trip Notes for full details. Transfers to and from the airport in-country are also included for those on Group Flights, as well as a mandatory ATOL Protection Charge of £2.50 which protects your booking. 

What do I take with me?

See your Trip Notes, these have a detailed packing list. On most international flights you're restricted to twenty kilograms baggage and we recommend you always pack light. Generally hard suitcases are not suitable.

If I book late is it cheaper?

No, it is not a package with charter flights and accommodation, whereas if there is spare capacity the price is reduced to ensure it fills up.

With small group adventures flights and ground arrangements are reserved separately, due to the flexibility involved. On most trips we have a contract with a preferred airline and an allocation of flights at a special rate. However from between 1-3 months before departure, depending on the airline, we have to hand back our unused allocation. Therefore we have to buy airline tickets on the open market, which can result in flight supplements.

This point is even more prevalent for family trips, where demand for flights is high during the school holidays. Therefore reserving places late is likely to include high flight supplements.

Speak to a Travel Consultant for more information, but the rule of thumb is it’s best to reserve your place earlier.  

Can I book a trip without flights?

Yes you can do this on every trip.

Can I organise a trip with just my friends or family?

Yes, just let us know your chosen trip and we can organise a private departure. Prices may vary from those given on the website, depending on the size of the group and date of departure.

What is a group adventure?

The average group size is between 6-12, although groups can be larger or smaller than this. Generally they will be of all ages and from all walks of life. However, you will have similar interests and the shared experiences on the itinerary soon bring everyone together.

What is the accommodation going to be like?

Accommodation is clean, simple and choosen for its value for money, location and atmosphere. You'll mainly stay in twin rooms which have private facilities within small, locally-run, 2-3 star hotels and guesthouses, which reflect the character of the area. Sometimes though you'll stay in larger, more comfortable hotels or occasionally rustic accommodation with basic facilities. In such we also try and incorporate unique accommodation experiences, such as a night with a local tribe, or sleeping under the stars in the desert.

There are also camping options on several of our trekking and wildlife trips, for which all equipment is provided, but it might be necessary to bring personal gear such as sleeping bags.

Accommodation commences on the first night of the "without flights" itinerary until check-out on the day of departure. Please note accommodation on all trips are subject to change.

How knowledgeable and experienced is the Group Leader in general?

The local guides undergo extensive training in all aspects of travel in the region. They are full-time professionals and are selected for their empathy and knowledge of the area you are visiting. 

 

Is there a maximum age?

All of our trips are designed to be accessible to anyone with a good level of fitness. If you are travelling on one of our southern Africa tours and are aged 65 or over, you will need to provide a medical certificate signed by your doctor.