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Jewels of Jordan

The Treasury, Petra, Jordan
Amman, Jordan
Camels, Wadi Rum, Jordan
Ad-Deir Monastery, Petra, Jordan
Oval Plaza, Jerash, Jordan
Wadi Rum Landscape, Jordan
The Treasury from above, Petra, Jordan
Dead Sea, Jordan
Roman Amphitheatre, Amman, Jordan
Tombs, Ancient City of Petra, Jordan
Wadi Rum Landscape, Jordan
Incl flights, accommodation & transfers
From   £1949 £1799
8 days

Holiday highlights

  • 7 nights discovering Jordan. Click here for more information about Jordan.
  • Explore the ancient ruins of Petra, carved into the cliffs, by day and after dark.
  • Take a 4x4 jeep excursion into the desert of Wadi Rum and stay in a desert camp.
  • Feel the weightlessness of bathing in the super-salty Dead Sea.
  • Wander the city of Jerash, one of the best-preserved Roman sites outside Italy.
  • Journey the 5,000-year-old King’s Highway, and visit a crusader castle.

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  • Fly from the UK to Amman, the capital and largest city of Jordan. Upon arrival, around midnight, you will be met and escorted to your hotel in the north of the city.

  • Today, you explore Amman and the incredible Roman ruins of Jerash on a full-day tour. First, head to the highest hill in Amman, Jebel al-Qala, to discover the amazing panoramic views across the sprawling city. Sitting atop the hill is the Citadel, one of the iconic historical structures of Amman, which includes the impressive Temple of Hercules and the Umayad Palace. After some time spent here, descend to the downtown area to discover the ancient ruins of the 6,000 seater Roman amphitheatre, constructed in the 2nd century when the city was known as Philadelphia.

    You then take an hour long drive north of the city to the incredible Roman ruins of Jerash, said to be one of the largest and most well-preserved sites of Roman architecture outside of Italy. After lunch in a nearby restaurant, you enter the ruins where you learn about the importance of the city from your guide whilst exploring such sites as Hadrian’s Arch, the forum’s oval colonnade and the columns of the Temple of Artemis.

    You return to Amman in the early evening where you will have free time to relax at your hotel or, perhaps, venture out to see the city at night.

    Included Activities: Escorted tour of Amman and Jerash.

    Included Meals: Breakfast and dinner at the hotel, lunch at Jerash.

  • Today you travel from the capital city to the ancient Nabataean city of Petra, carved into the valley walls just outside of Wadi Musa. The five-hour drive will be interspersed with fascinating stops en-route.

    Leaving Amman behind, the journey follows the 5,000-year-old King’s Highway, one of the most memorable journeys in the Holy Land, passing through a string of ancient sites. Approximately an hour into the journey you visit the historical town of Madaba, known for having a variety of immaculate Byzantine mosaics depicting a range of scenes with the most famous being the large 6th century mosaic map, said to contain the oldest surviving original cartographic depiction of the Holy Land and especially Jerusalem.

    A short distance to the West is one of the most revered sites in Jordan, Mount Nebo which is mentioned in the Bible as the place where Moses was granted a view of the Promised Land. It is also the presumed site of the prophet’s death and burial place. At the summit, the city of Jericho is usually visible, and on a clear day Jerusalem can be seen.

    The journey continues south to the Fortress of Kerak, one of the largest crusader castles in the Levant, built in 1142 and strategically situated to control the trading traffic along the King’s Highway. The crusaders held out here for 100 years before the stronghold fell into Mamluk rule.

    Arrive into Wadi Musa, the base town for visiting Petra, in the early evening and check into your hotel to relax.  Alternatively, take the Petra By Night optional excursion which allows you to experience the Rose-Red City by candlelight creating an intimate atmosphere. Stroll through the mysterious Siq with its towering walls leading to the iconic and magnificent Treasury around 25 minutes’ walk away. Here, hundreds of candles will be arranged and an evening of Bedouin music and storytelling will cast you back to ancient times.

    Included Activities: Guided visits of Madaba, Mt. Nebo and Kerak Castle.

    Included Meals: Breakfast and dinner at the hotel. Lunch at a restaurant en-route.

  • After an early breakfast, start your morning tour of the ancient city of Petra. It is best to enter Petra early to enjoy the site in the cool of the morning and before visitor numbers peak.

    Carved into the rose-red Shara Mountains and dating back to the 7th century BC, Petra is a sprawling site of intricate architecture and rich history. Your guide will escort you through the winding Siq, a narrow, natural canyon flanked by towering walls that meanders to the iconic façade of the Treasury. Along the Siq there are intricate inscriptions and carvings, some of which have been worn almost smooth over the centuries. The walk through the Siq takes 30 minutes, after which you emerge to the awesome view of The Treasury. Further into the site lie the giant Royal Tombs that gaze out over the hidden valley, the Roman amphitheatre and the Great Temple.

    At the end of the morning tour you have free time to have lunch and explore the site on your own. Lunch is not included, but within Petra there are several restaurants where you can purchase simple, tasty meals and refreshments.

    From the Great Temple it is possible to walk a stepped path to a viewpoint with a fantastic vista overlooking the legendary Monastery that has been carved into the summit of a cliff. Constructed in the 3rd century and a similar design to the Treasury but on a far bigger scale, the structure’s name is derived from the crosses carved on the inside walls, which suggests its use as a church. This walk is sign-posted and the path, cut in to the ancient rock, has more than 800 steps. The trail takes roughly 40 minutes and is easily navigable. From the top of the trail you are not only rewarded with views of the façade of the Monastery bathed in the light of the afternoon, but can also appreciate views over the Wadi Araba.

    For those looking for more of a challenge, The High Place of Sacrifice offers spectacular views over the site from the altar at the peak of Jebel Madbah. This walk takes approximately 50 minutes each way from the sign-post at the amphitheatre, but from here the vantage point over the site is spectacular.

    Included Activities: Escorted tour of the ancient city of Petra.

    Included Meals: Breakfast and dinner at the hotel.

  • This morning, you bid farewell to Petra and travel southwards to the moonscape terrain of ancient riverbeds, wind-sculpted mountains, vast desert vistas and smooth pastel-coloured sands of Wadi Rum. The journey takes around two hours, and you then have time for lunch (not included) at your desert camp, with spectacular views out to the desert.

    After lunch, board a pickup truck for a tour around Wadi Rum to witness the rocky landscape that has been weathered over centuries to create weirdly shaped sculptures. Witness the ‘Seven Pillars of Wisdom’, an impressive rock formation proudly jutting out of the flat desert plain, climb a deep-red dune, stop at Lawrence’s Spring – an oasis in the desert made famous by Lawrence of Arabia’s evocative descriptions. Reminders of the wadi’s strategic position as an important artery of the Middle East trade route are revealed in various inscriptions and etchings along the canyon walls of camels and ancient text.

    Before you return to your desert camp for the evening, you spend some time at a vantage point offering fantastic panoramic views over the desert. Witness the ever-changing colours of the landscape as the sun sinks below the horizon.

    You can then relax in the tranquil setting of the desert, marvelling at the constellations of the clear night sky.

    Please note, most Wadi Rum tours are taken sitting in the back of an open pickup truck. Llama Travel does not do this as there are no seat belts or roll bars. Instead, you will sit inside, with two people in the back seats and one person in the front. In some cases, this means that it may not be possible to be in the same vehicle as other people you are travelling with.

    Included Activities: Guided desert excursion.

    Included Meals: Breakfast at the hotel. Dinner at the desert camp.

  • You may wish to take an early morning walk in the desert when the air is cooler and the light at its most beautiful. Enjoy the sunrise across the stunning landscape then after your breakfast at the camp, depart for the Dana Nature Reserve, the largest in Jordan, covering an area of approximately 300km2 and one of the country’s hidden jewels. Made up of a series of inter-connected wadis that are home to wildlife, incredible landscapes and thousands of years of history, the reserve offers a different perspective to the ancient sites visited previously.

    The reserve is a two-and-a-half hour drive north of Wadi Rum. Enjoy a gentle walk through the Dana biosphere, with good opportunities of spotting the unique flora and fauna of the region. You will navigate through winding canyons of marbled rock before reaching Dana, an enchanting 15th century stone village, where you will stop for lunch at a local restaurant with exceptional views of the valley below. The surrounding landscape is a wonderful place to escape Jordan’s cities.

    Your journey then continues for two hours towards the Dead Sea. It may be possible to see the sunset over the water as you drive the road that runs parallel to the shore. The still waters of the lake can often create a mirror-effect, reflecting the vibrant colours.

    Included Activities: Guided walk in the Dana Nature Reserve.

    Included Meals: Breakfast at the desert camp. Lunch at a restaurant in Dana. Dinner at the hotel.

  • Enjoy a day at leisure in the Dead Sea area. The unusually warm, incredibly buoyant, and mineral-rich waters have attracted visitors since ancient times, including King Herod the Great and the Egyptian Queen, Cleopatra. Experience the sense of weightlessness whilst floating in the sea and indulge in many of the local treatments.

    The hotel is positioned on the shores of the sea with direct access to the waters. Relax on the private beach or at the pool whilst soaking up the views of the sea and the surrounding mountains.

    Included Meals: Breakfast and dinner at the hotel.

  • Early morning transfer from your hotel to Amman Airport to board your return flight to the UK. On some occasions, the transfer is before breakfast is served, so breakfast will not be included on this day.

Accommodation

Accommodation in Amman

Amman International Hotel

Included
Pool, Amman International Hotel, Jordan

Standard Hotel: The Amman International Hotel is located in a quiet part of north Amman, with three restaurants, a bar and a swimming pool. Rooms are spacious and many have views over the sprawling city.

Why stay here: A comfortable hotel with good facilities in a quieter part of the city. You can sometimes see sheep grazing nearby!

Hotel facilities

  • WiFi is available throughout the hotel and is free of charge.

  • Gym and outdoor pool.

  • The hotel offers a 24-hour front desk, luggage storage and a wake-up call service.

About the room

All rooms have free WiFi, air conditioning, a TV, a telephone, ensuite bathrooms, tea and coffee making facilities, a minibar, a hairdryer and safes.

Accommodation in Petra

Petra Moon

Included
Terrace, Petra Moon, Wadi Musa, Jordan

Standard Hotel: Petra Moon Hotel is a family-owned hotel, built on the site of the original family home, reflecting the owners’ long connection with the area of Wadi Musa and Petra. There is a restaurant and rooftop pool, and many of the comfortable rooms have panoramic views across the town or towards the mountains.

Why stay here: Located just 150m from the entrance gate to Petra and 100m from the Petra Musuem, the Perta Moon Hotel is in a prime position to explore the ancient city.

Hotel facilities

• WiFi is available throughout the hotel and is free of charge.

• Roof garden with an outdoor pool.

• There hotel is dry (does not serve alcohol).

• The hotel offers a 24-hour front desk, luggage storage and a wake-up call service.

About the room

All rooms have free WiFi, air conditioning, a TV, a telephone, ensuite bathrooms, tea and coffee making facilities, a minibar, a hairdryer and safety deposit boxes. Each room has a private terrace.

Accommodation in Wadi Rum

Mazayen Wadi Rum

Included
Deluxe Double Tent, Mazayen Rum Camp, Wadi Rum, Jordan

Standard Hotel: A fixed camp in the heart of Wadi Rum offering tented cabins. This is a lovely way to experience the desert in relative comfort, with the rooms having air conditioning and en-suite bathrooms. The decoration is in a Bedouin Arabesque style, adding to the desert feel. Dinner is included in the large Bedouin tent, and there is an outdoor seating area and a campfire.

Why stay here: Sleeping in the middle of the desert, with the incredible night skies, is an unforgettable experience. The camp restaurant boasts the traditional cuisine from the Wadi Rum.

Hotel facilities

  • WiFi is available throughout the hotel and is free of charge.

About the room

All rooms have WiFi, air conditioning, a spacious ensuite bathroom and a private patio area.

Dome tents are available at a supplement.

Accommodation in Dead Sea

Holiday Inn Resort Dead Sea

Included

Standard Hotel: The Holiday Inn Resort Dead Sea is a spa resort with three restaurants, a bar, and three palm-fringed heated pools leading directly down to the shores of the Dead Sea, where you can experience the magic of floating in the ultra-salty water. Rooms are decorated in a contemporary style and each comes with a spacious balcony or terrace with Dead Sea or mountain views.

Why stay here: The hotel is the perfect place to unwind at the end of the trip, and is positioned on the shores of the iconic Dead Sea with a private beach lapped by the saline waters. Enjoy the beautiful scenery from several heated pools.

Hotel facilities

• WiFi is available throughout the hotel and is free of charge.

• 3 heated swimming pools, private beach and spa.

• 3 restaurants and a bar.

• Direct access to a private beach on the Dead Sea.

• The hotel offers a 24-hour front desk,luggage storage and a wake-up call service.

About the room

All rooms have free WiFi, air conditioning, a TV, a telephone, ensuite bathrooms, tea and coffee making facilities, a minibar, a hairdryer and safe. Each room has a private balcony or terrace.

Excursions

Petra by Night

£30

Experience a magical introduction to the ancient city of Petra by visiting after sunset. Step back in time as you meander the full-length of the Siq canyon with its towering walls, lit by over 1,500 candles that give this wonder of the world an alluring atmosphere. You emerge from the Siq to witness your first glimpse of the iconic façade of the Treasury illuminated by an array of candles arranged in the opening. Enjoy this stunning scene with a customary cup of mint tea accompanied by traditional Bedouin music and storytelling.

With incredible photo opportunities, this is the perfect way to first see Petra in the cool evening, before your full tour the following day. Entrance to Petra by Night opens at 20:30 and last for two hours, finishing at 22:30.

2022

2023

Prices include

Return flights from the UK; any internal flights; accommodation (bed and breakfast except where indicated); transfers; service of guides and local reps, UK airport taxes.

Prices do not include

Any optional excursions, travel insurance, tips.

Holidays without international flights

The above prices include return international flights from the UK. If you wish to arrange your own flights, we will reduce our prices accordingly. The reduction depends on when you travel, please call us for details.

Departure Airport

Flights are scheduled to be from London. Other airports may be possible, although a supplement sometimes applies.

Holiday Information

All the practical information you need regarding your trip is found here. From how to prepare before you leave and travelling to your destination, to advice on travelling within your country of choice.

About Your Holiday

  • Prices listed are per person and based on two persons sharing a room and include all flights from the UK and within destination, service of guides and reps (please note that tips are not included), accommodation and all transfers and excursions listed in the itinerary. Where applicable, entrance fees, taxes and charges are included in our prices at the rates advised to us at the time of preparation. An adjustment will be made to your price if any of these change before your holiday. UK airport taxes are included.

  • All the flight-inclusive holidays on this website are financially protected by the ATOL scheme. When you pay you will be supplied with an ATOL Certificate. Please ask for it and check to ensure that everything you booked (flights, hotels and other services) is listed on it. Please see our booking conditions for further information or for more information about financial protection and the ATOL Certificate go to: www.atol.org.uk/ATOLCertificate

  • In many cases, the best way to describe our holidays is flexible tours, so you can choose where to visit by combining different extensions and excursions, and which hotels to stay in. In most cases, you will be with other Llama Travellers, but not necessarily the same people throughout. This allows you to get to know like-minded people, but not have to spend all your time with the same group. If we don't have anyone else taking a particular part of a holiday, we will normally operate this just for you.

    In some cases, we operate more traditional tours, with the same Llama Travel group travelling together for the majority of the holiday, which allows land travel from one location to another. This is particularly the case for our European tours, and in this case we may have a minimum number of travellers required to operate the group.

    Excursions are usually taken together with other Llama Travel customers in groups of no more than 18 people. If we have more than 18 booked, we operate two groups. These will usually be in English, although in some places, especially on wildlife excursions, the excursions may be operated by one of our local partners, so you may be with people other than Llama Travel customers and the group may be a mix of English and other languages. In these cases, group sizes can sometimes be larger. If you would like to know the likely situation for your holiday, please ask us and we will be able to check. Transfers may be with more than 18 people.

    We get a wide range of people taking our holidays, with probably the largest group being couples aged in their forties to sixties, or even older. However, we also have a large number of customers in their twenties and thirties, especially for some of the more active holidays. What unites everyone is a sense of curiosity and a desire to discover new cultures, landscapes and wildlife. Although most of our customers travel with friends or family, we also have quite a few single travellers who are happy to mix and match as described above.

    Group Size
    Most holidays can operate with a minimum of 2 passengers, but some holidays have a higher minimum group size. If we have fewer than the minimum number of passengers, we will let you know two months before departure. In this case, we will refund you any monies paid or offer you an alternative option. It may be possible to operate the trip for fewer than 4 passengers for an additional cost.

    All holidays in Europe have a minimum group size of 4 passengers, except Iceland which has a minimum group size of 6passengers.
    All holidays in Namibia or South Africa have a minimum group size of 6 passengers.
    All holidays in Kenya have a minimum group size of 6 passengers.
    All holidays in Costa Rica and Mexico have a minimum group size of 4 passengers.

Booking Conditions

How To Book

  • To book a holiday or discuss your requirements, please call us on 020 7263 3000. We can usually confirm availability immediately, but may need to check with a supplier first.

  • You can pay your deposit by bank transfer, cheque, standard UK debit card or non-premium UK personal Visa / MasterCard credit card. Balance payments can be made by bank transfer or cheque. We do not accept cards for balance payments. We are unable to accept cash.

Before You Go

  • Adequate travel insurance is essential. We do not sell or recommend any specific policy, but good medical insurance should cover medical evacuation and repatriation. If you are going to be taking part in any activity, please ensure your policy covers you for this, especially if this involves high-altitude trekking, such as the Inca Trail.

  • To issue some tickets, we require passport details and ages when you book. If you subsequently change your passport, please let us know as soon as possible.

    Latin America

    Visas are not required in advance for British citizens for any Llama Travel Latin American destination. For British passports endorsed in any way and all other passports, please ask the appropriate consulate: Peru (020 7838 9223); Ecuador (020 7451 0040); Argentina (020 7318 1340); Chile (020 7222 2361); Brazil (020 7747 4500); Colombia (020 7589 5037); Bolivia (020 7235 4248); Costa Rica (020 7706 8844); Guatemala (020 7351 3042); Mexico (020 7499 8586), Panama (020 7409 2255).

    If you are flying via another country, especially the US, you need to comply with the appropriate immigration requirements. Please ask us for details.

    You need a full 10 year passport valid for 6 months after your return to the UK. If you renewed your current passport before the previous one expired, extra months may have been added to its expiry date. Any extra months on your passport over 10 years may not count towards the minimum period needed if you are transiting in Europe.

    There is an entry fee to enter Chile for citizens of Australia, the US, Canada and some other countries which must be paid upon arrival. There is also an entry fee for US and Canadian citizens visiting Argentina, which must be paid in advance online.

    If children are not travelling with both parents, some countries require a letter of consent to enter or depart. Please consult the appropriate consulate.

    Africa

    British nationals can enter Morocco, South Africa, Namibia and Botswana for a visit of up to 90 days without a visa. For British passports endorsed in any way and all other passports, please ask the appropriate consulate: Morocco (020 7724 0624); South Africa (020 7451 7299); Namibia (020 7636 6244); Botswana (020 7499 0031). You need a passport valid for 6 months after your return to the UK. For South Africa, you need a passport with two blank pages.

    For Zimbabwe, British nationals will be granted with a KAZA Univisa (valid for travel between Zimbabwe and Zambia and day trips into Botswana) visa, for a fee (US$ 50 per person, paid in cash). This is easiest to obtain upon arrival at the airport or border post, rather than via an agency in the UK. For British passports endorsed in any way and all other passports, please ask Zimbabwe consulate (020 7836 7755). You need a passport valid for 6 months after your return to the UK.

    For Kenya, British nationals require a visa, which must be obtained online in advance. You can apply for single entry and transit visas on the evisas website. For more information, see the website of the Kenya High Commission. Children aged 16 and below do not require a visa to enter Kenya. For British passports endorsed in any way and all other passports, please ask the Kenya consulate (020 7636 2371). You need a passport with two blank pages, valid for six months after your return to the UK.

    If children are not travelling with both parents, some countries require a letter of consent to enter or depart. Please consult the appropriate consulate. In South Africa and Namibia, children under 18 must also carry an unabridged birth certificate.

    You need a full 10 year passport valid for 6 months after your return to the UK. If you renewed your current passport before the previous one expired, extra months may have been added to its expiry date. Any extra months on your passport over 10 years may not count towards the minimum period needed if you are transiting in Europe.

    To issue some tickets, we require passport details and ages when you book. If you subsequently change your passport, please let us know as soon as possible.

    Europe

    You need a full 10 year passport valid for 6 months after your return to the UK. If you renewed your current passport before the previous one expired, extra months may have been added to its expiry date. Any extra months on your passport over 10 years may not count towards the minimum period needed.

    Jordan

    You need a full 10 year passport valid for 6 months after your return to the UK. You will need a visa to enter Jordan. The Jordan visa is included in the price of your holiday. On arrival in Amman our representatives will meet you prior to immigration and this will be provided to you free of charge. For British passports endorsed in any way and all other passports, please ask the Jordanian consulate (020 7937 3685).

  • In many destinations, you can arrange adventure activities, either through Llama Travel or through Llama Travel. If you are interested in taking any of these, please make sure you are covered by your travel insurance.

  • Some countries have strict regulations regarding the entry and exit of children under 18 when not travelling with both parents, or if the child has nationality of the country you are visiting. If you are travelling with children who are not entering or leaving the country with both parents, or if the child has nationality of the country you are visiting, please contact the consulate of the country you are visiting to check requirements.

    Countries in Africa have particularly strict requirements regarding children travelling, and in both South Africa and Namibia, children need to carry an unabridged birth certificate. Additionally, in Namibia, adults travelling with children where they are not the biological or legal guardians of those children, should be in possession of an affidavit statement from the child’s parents giving consent for their travel.

    Such requirements do change from time to time, and although we try to keep abreast of such changes and update this information, if you are travelling with children, we suggest you check current requirements carefully.

  • You will receive tickets approximately 10 days before departure, along with information on accommodation, transfers and excursions. Our agents in destination will give you final details for hotel and excursions when you arrive. Please check airline tickets carefully in case timings have changed after we issued your confirmation.

  • Cards are widely accepted in most hotel and restaurants, and cash machines are common in most destinations. However, when travelling to remote areas, it is advisable to take cash, as it is difficult to withdraw or change money. Travellers cheques are no longer widely used, so it may be inconvenient to take these.

    It is always recommended to inform your bank that you are travelling abroad and to which countries. This will allow them to authorise money withdrawals from your account when you are away. Some banks say that this is not necessary, however we would still recommend contact with your bank as in some cases people have had difficulty in withdrawing currency.

    More information on the situation regarding money, budgeting and tipping in specific countries is in the country information below.

When Your Are Travelling

  • For all wildlife excursions, please always follow the instructions of your guide, both for the animals’ welfare and for your safety. Staff are experienced at dealing with wildlife, but by their nature, excursions involving exposure to wild animals will always carry some risk.

    If you take a safari in Africa, you will be with an experienced guide at all times, who is usually unarmed. All of the game drives run according to schedule, although unexpected delays can occur, which the guide will deal with as quickly and safely as possible. Being in the wilderness means that the environment is unpredictable, so the unexpected can happen. For any excursions taken on foot, there will be a safety briefing to inform you of the possible dangers.

  • Most people who travel to the countries where Llama Travel operates experience no problems on holiday. However, as is the case anywhere in the world, crime can be a problem, especially in large cities. Tourists can appear attractive targets to criminals. To minimise the risk, use common sense. Do not display signs of wealth, such as expensive looking jewellery or cameras. Avoid empty streets, especially on your own. Take a taxi after dark. By taking sensible precautions, you should have a trouble-free holiday.

    Each country has its own standards for health and safety, but these are often not as good as in the UK. We take this into account when selecting hotels and request that they comply with all local regulations, but cannot guarantee that these are equivalent to British standards. Please take reasonable precautions to protect yourselves whilst on holiday, e.g. by locating fire exit routes.

    Please also check the Foreign Office travel advice for the countries you are visiting at www.fco.gov.uk.

  • Attitudes towards lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) travellers around the world can be very different from those in the UK.

    In Latin America and Europe, attitudes can sometimes be more conservative than in the UK, but there are not usually problems.

    In some African countries, including Zimbabwe and Kenya, same sex relationships are illegal and conservative attitudes prevail. However, hotels and lodges do not discriminate and LGBT couples can share rooms. In much of Africa, public displays of affection may attract negative attention, especially with LGBT couples, although the majority of people are friendly to visitors, irrespective of gender and sexual orientation. In South Africa, the authorities have introduced legislation which bans any discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.

    The UK Foreign Office has information LGBT travel on their travel advice for individual countries, found at www.fco.gov.uk.

Health & Fitness

  • Please consult your GP or a travel clinic about health and vaccination requirements. Advice for travellers is available at www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk.

    When travelling, stomach illnesses are not uncommon due to changes in diet. We suggest you only drink bottled water and avoid ice in drinks. If you are unsure if salads and fruit have been washed in purified water, it is best to avoid them.

    If you suffer from a disability or condition and are worried whether this will affect the enjoyment of a holiday, please call us. We will do our best to help. We recommend that you bring any medicines you require from the UK.

    If you have any health problems on holiday, please speak to our local agents or hotel staff. They will arrange for a doctor or hospital if necessary. If you do experience any problems, please seek appropriate medical attention.

    Outside of major cities, medical facilities can be basic, meaning a lengthy transfer if hospital attention is required.

    Latin America

    Yellow fever and / or malaria precautions are recommended for visiting the jungle, Iguazu Falls and some parts of Colombia, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Brazil, Peru and Ecuador. Yellow Fever certificates are sometimes required if you have recently visited a country with an infected area. Children under 6 require proof of vaccination against polio to enter Brazil. Some GPs do not recommend yellow fever vaccinations for travellers over 60 years old. If you are pregnant or planning on becoming pregnant, please speak to your GP about zika. Please seek medical advice before you travel.

    Parts of South America are at high altitude. Most visitors do not suffer major problems. However, shortness of breath is common and we advise you to take things calmly during your first day at altitude. If you suffer from a heart or lung condition, or think that you may suffer due to the altitude, please consult your GP.

    Africa

    Malaria precautions are highly recommended when visiting the Kruger National Park in South Africa, Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe, the north of Namibia, including Etosha, Botswana and Kenya. Yellow Fever vaccination is highly recommended for Kenya. Travellers entering many African countries, including South Africa and Kenya Africa, coming from a yellow fever zone must have a valid yellow fever vaccination certificate. Some GPs do not recommend yellow fever vaccinations for travellers over 60 years old.

  • For most of our holidays, age is not a concern. However, a reasonable level of fitness is required, as most holidays require some walking, sometimes on uneven ground. Even relatively mild activities can be strenuous at altitude. High altitude trekking is more strenuous than an equivalent length walk at low altitude.

Getting There

  • A holiday in Latin America or Africa inevitably means long haul flights, and usually at least one overnight sector. Air fares vary from date to date and between airlines. Our holidays are scheduled to use the most advantageous air fare. You can choose which airline you prefer, we will let you know if a supplement is payable. Levels of onboard service and facilities, such as entertainment, vary by airline and route. Please ask us for details. Flights are sometimes operated by another airline in the appropriate airline alliance.

  • Many airlines offer the option of flying from regional airports in the UK, avoiding the need to make your own way to London. Due to the timing of flights, in some cases this may involve an overnight stop in London or another intermediate airport. There is usually a supplement for regional departures. Please note that most of our flights depart from London.

  • You can upgrade to business class or premium economy on most airlines. Prices start from £199 each way for Premium Economy and £699 each way for Business Class, although sometimes airlines have special offers and prices may be lower. Call us for prices for the route and airline you are interested in.

    Premium Economy

    Some airlines offer Premium Economy cabins, which provide more comfortable seats which recline further and have more legroom. There are better meals and a bar service.

    Other airlines offer standard economy class seats with extra legroom for additional cost.

    Business Class

    Many airlines have long haul business class cabins with seats which convert into full flat beds and often have a privacy screen.

    Business Class within Europe is often similar to economy class seating, but with better meals and middle seats are often left empty.

  • Most scheduled airlines have a baggage allowance of 23kg per passenger for international flights, but internal flight allowances can be less. Exact limits can be found on airline webpages. Please bear this in mind when packing, as carrying excess baggage will normally incur an expensive additional cost payable at check in. Additionally, certain excursions have a limited baggage allowance. Where this is the case, we will advise you in advance. Llama Travel accepts no responsibility for the delay, loss or damage of luggage.

    There may be additional luggage restrictions for specific countries. In this case, details of this will be in the country information below.

  • Many airlines now charge a fee to select your seat prior to checking in for your flight, even when travelling in premium economy or business class. Alternatively, you may choose your preferred seat free of charge when online check-in opens 24 hours prior to departure or at the airport. Please ask us about the options available at time of booking.

    We all want a comfortable journey, particularly on long haul flights. If you would like a seat with some extra leg room or a larger recline please let us know. Airlines have introduced a range of “economy comfort” seats that may be purchased in advance. In some cases, these seats may only be purchased online directly with the airline once Llama Travel has issued your ticket approximately 30 days prior to departure.

    For internal flights, and for connecting flights in Europe, it is usually only possible to select seats when you check-in online or at the airport.

                        

    It may not be possible to always use online check-in systems, especially when using a codeshare flight. On occasion, your preferred seat may be changed by the airline for operational reasons such as a change of aircraft or to facilitate a disabled passenger on the day you fly and as such, Llama Travel cannot guarantee specific seats.

  • Depending on the route and the airline, if you would like to break your journey to or from your final destination, and add a stopover to your holiday, this may be possible. Please ask us for information.

  • If you are interested in arranging your own international flights, this is sometimes possible. Please ask us for details of this and any discount we can arrange for removing international flights. Please do not book your flights until we have reconfirmed all services with our suppliers and you have checked the confirmation invoice.

  • All people transiting in a third country need to make sure they comply with any immigration requirements for that country.

    This is especially the case when in transit in the UK when flying to Latin America. In this case, you must comply with US immigration requirements. It is your responsibility to ensure that you comply with these requirements before you travel. Failure to do so may result in you being denied boarding on your flight to the US and, at best, a last-minute and probably expensive re-routing avoiding the US. It is important, therefore, that you follow these procedures carefully.

    If your flight to Latin America involves a stop in the US, you will be subject to US immigration control upon entry to the US. If you qualify for the US Visa Waiver Program, you are able to avoid the need to apply for a visa, but still need to enter your details online on the US State Department website. If you do not qualify for the US Visa Waiver Program, you must apply in person at a US embassy for a US visa. Please make sure that you do this in good time.

    If you are a UK citizen and have a UK passport, you may qualify for visa-free travel. You will require a machine readable passport to qualify for the ESTA Visa Waiver Program (so you do not require a visa to enter the US). A machine readable passport has the holder's personal details (name, date of birth, nationality and passport number) contained in two lines of text at the bottom of the photo page. This appears as two lines of letters, numbers and chevrons (">>>>>") printed across the long edge of the photo page. It must be also include an integrated circuit chip capable of storing the biographic information from the data page, a digitized photograph and other biometric information.

    Please note, holders of passports indicating that the bearer is a British Subject, a British Dependent Territories Citizen, British Overseas Citizen, British National (Overseas) Citizen or British Protected Person do not qualify for travel without a visa. A passport which states that the holder has Right of Abode or indefinite leave to remain in the UK does not quality for visa-free travel.

    If you have been arrested, even if the arrest did not result in a criminal conviction, or if you have a criminal record, you will need a visa.

    If you have any doubts about whether you qualify for the Visa Waiver Program, please check with the US embassy. Full details can be found on the US embassy’s UK website at: http://london.usembassy.gov/vwp3.html

    Many European, Australian and New Zealand passport holders also qualify for the Visa Waiver Program as long as the passport is machine readable and complies with the relevant criteria. Please see the US embassy website for a list of countries which qualify for the Visa Waiver Program. It is important that you check the website of the US Embassy in the country of passport nationality for any further changes before you travel.

    Details of the ESTA Visa Waiver Program can be found on the US State Department website at

    https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov.

    In addition to the Visa Waiver Programme, the US Transportation Security Authority requires anybody flying through the United Sates to supply specific passenger information prior to their international flight.

Travelling in Jordan

  • In Jordan, the climate is usually subtropical arid, with quite cold winters due to the altitude, and sunny summers, which are hot but partly tempered by the altitude as well. Amman has a mild and dry climate with temperatures gradually increasing in the spring to highs of 23°C and lows of 11°C. Autumn temperatures straddle 15-27°C. Petra and Wadi Rum experience similar averages. The Dead Sea has an arid climate owing to its unique deep depression below sea-level. Average highs in spring are 25°C with lows of 17°C. In autumn the temperature varies from 24°C - 32°C.

    Due to the variations in weather, we recommend taking a variety of clothing, suitable for warm and cooler weather. Rain is possible throughout the year, so waterproofs are also recommended.

    Electricity in Jordan is 230V, and plugs are of the round two-pin type.

    We recommend you carry a copy of your passport with you at all times.

    Please bring any medication you may require from the UK.

  • The currency in Jordan is the Jordanian dinar (approximate exchange rate £1 = 0.94 JOD). Credit and debit cards can be used in hotels, larger shops and restaurants, and can also be used to withdraw money from cash machines. Most hotels will have a cash machine in the lobby area.

    All hotels include breakfast and dinner, and other meals are included on some tours and excursions. However, generally, you will need to arrange your own lunches. We recommend budgeting approximately £15-20 for a good lunch. Most establishments are ‘dry’, so alcoholic drinks may not be availalbe and can be expensive. Alcoholic drinks will be available at international hotels and the cost of a beer is approximately £8. Soft drinks are inexpensive and all hotels will provide a complimentary bottle of water each day.

    Throughout Jordan there are opportunities to shop for souvenirs and we advise setting aside some of your budget for this purpose.

    If you receive good service, you may want to leave a tip. This is completely at your discretion. It is standard to tip 5-10% for table service in Jordanian restaurants and to tip your guide £2 and driver £1 per day.

  • Jordanian cuisine is a mixture of the country’s diverse heritage with influences from neighbouring middle-eastern countries and local Bedouin flavours.

    A popular dish is Mansaf, a platter of meat layered with paper-thin flatbread, aromatic rice and tangy yoghurt sauce. Falafel is a staple of local cuisine, spiced, ground chickpeas shaped into balls and often served in a warm pita with fresh salad. Magluba means ‘upside-down’ and is a combination of slow-cooked rice, chicken, potatoes and vegetables cooked together and inverted on the plate. Most dishes are accompanied by plates of creamy hummus, with the local spin on the dish being Fattet Hummus which is a puree of tender chickpeas mixed with torn-up pita bread.

    Traditional libations include fresh juices, mint tea and Bedouin tea – a sweetened tea often steeped with aromatic sage. Jordan is a conservative country and many establishments are 'dry', so alcoholic drinks may not be available and can be expensive.

    The typical cost of a good-sized lunch is approximately £15-20 per person.