In November 2018, Scenic Luxury Cruises and Tours hosted its top selling agents on a tour to Jordan. Here, Fiona Young from helloworld Port Macquarie Horton Street talks about the trip, her expectations and highlights.
What were some of your favourite highlights of Jordan?
There were plenty of highlights on this bucket-list destination, although Petra for me was the main highlight. Photos simply cannot do justice to this amazing place, which is one of the most famous archaeological sites in the world. Other highlights included Wadi Rum Desert, so desolate it really does look like Mars, and the Dead Sea, such a fun place to enjoy some down time.
What was the biggest WOW moment of the trip?
Petra – you actually have to see it to understand how amazing it is; walking down to the Treasury then along the valley to climb the 900 stairs to the Monastery was such magical experience. The Treasury is intricately decorated with characters, friezes, figures and more and is topped by a funerary urn, which according to local legend conceals a pharaoh’s treasure.
What was the most surprising element of the trip?
The most surprising element of the trip was the people and the way of life. The Jordanians are an absolutely lovely people and with tourism being their No.1 industry, they really do their best to ensure tourists have a magnificent time whilst visiting their country.
What was the food like?
The food in Jordan was fresh and plentiful, with a great variety. It was very much Mediterranean style eating. Our guide loved to tell us that “Jordanian sheep are more valuable than the Australian imports, as they have only herbs to eat, therefore are pre-marinated. Our sheep are very happy on their farms”.
What would be your top three tips for anyone considering travelling to Egypt/Jordan?
Definitely discover Jordan on a guided tour, as you learn so much more from the local guides and get to see so much more of the country.
It is important to choose the right time of year to travel. March to May and June to October are considered the best times, but you should always plan ahead and be aware of the weather. Because of the size of some of the ruins and archaeological wonders, there is a fair bit of walking – not hard, but can be extensive.
Come to us to plan your trip, so you maximise your time in Egypt/Jordan.
Whom would you like to take on a trip to Egypt and Jordan and why?
My husband and other like-minded people, just to see the look of amazement on their faces when they visit all the mind boggling sights of these extraordinary countries.