Footsteps of Lawrence - Jordan

Bedouin Trails and Dead Sea

5 star rating   9 October 2023

Natasha (this is their first In The Saddle holiday) Very enjoyable | Excellent

The Riding

How well were you matched with the right horse for your ability?
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How would you rate the variety of riding, pace or terrain?
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How would you rate the overall standard of the horses, tack and stables?
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The Accommodation

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How would you rate the standard of the food?
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Do you have any comments about the accommodation and food?

Petra Palace Hotel clean - staff a bit unhelpful
Mosaic Hotel Madaba ok - didn't see much of it
Salome Hotel Madaba lovely, very happy there
Camping at base great facilities (although we weren't told we would be there for 3 nights)

While camping (had 3 nights at a base with facilities) food was healthy and plentiful - very difficult to complain. We had pitta breads for breakfast, lunch and dinner every day. There was tomato and cucumber with every meal. There was the same lunch every day with additional fish a couple of days and a different fruit every day - all very tasty just very little variety. Dinner usually tasty veg, tomato / cucumber, rice, chicken every night (additional meat balls one night). It was tasty and delicious and plentiful and felt hygienic but a little variety would have been preferred.

In The Saddle note: I am sorry that the accommodation was different to what we had in our itinerary. Unfortunately the ride operator hadn’t informed us that you might need to stay at base for 3 nights or that you wouldn’t return to Mosaic City hotel in Madaba. I’m glad that the alternatives were acceptable.

Before Your Holiday

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Plan and prepare for your holiday?
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Feel comfortable about your transfers and what to expect?
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Do you have any other feedback for us?

I loved the holiday but the days in the desert were enough - very ready to finish on the sixth day.
The sight-seeing on either side of the riding holiday was excellent.

I paid an extra £50 for single tent but we stayed in huts 3 nights which I shared, and other nights slept outside. The people who didn't pay the extra £50 had the same accommodation so it isn't clear what the extra was for.

In The Saddle: We had informed the ride operator that you were willing to share hotel nights but would like a single tent. There is normally a £50 charge for this, but you were never actually charged anything extra.
At the fixed desert camp the rooms have twin beds and the ride operator will have considered that if you were willing to share a hotel room, then you would be happy to share a room at the fixed camp.
He has also told us that they took a tent for you but that all the group had asked to sleep under the stars - which is of course a great highlight of this trip.