Amazing trip to Jordan
Jordan | Apr 28 - May 14, 2024

Tampa, FL | Reviewed on May 17, 2024

I have wanted to go to Jordans for almost 40 years. I have lived in the Middle East and traveled and worked in many of the countries but I never had a business reason to go to Jordan and then when I retired it just never seem to work out. I had a sudden schedule opportunity to fit in a couple weeks in Jordan and I contacted Kim Kim. I told them what I was interested in since I'm a history buff and also a seasoned amateur archaeologist. They responded almost immediately and put together a fabulous itinerary and got me a guide that just couldn't have been better.

What Kim Kim has always done well for me is to know the local market and be able to find resources. In this. In this case they put together an itinerary together with Flow Travel of Jordan travel, and found me an archaeologist as a guide. The guide, Amer Bdour, was absolutely perfect for my needs. He was well-versed in the history of the sites that we went to and since he had worked with the Archaeology Directorate he knew the archaeological history of the sites as well. Archaeology is never static, there's always new discoveries that are changing viewpoint on historical events and sites. Amer and I had some delightful conversations and debates about the wonderful sites that we visited

Petra is the big tourist draw in Jordan, and certainly the two days we spent wandering around Petra or amazing. But Jordan is much more than that. The neolithic sites go back to almost 10,000 years BCE. Historical chronology from the time of Christ onward includes amazing transformations between Nabatean, Greek, Persian, Roman, Byzantine, Crusader, and Muslim empires. It was fascinating to visit the various sites and see the evolution represented in architecture and iconography.

I also have a particular interest in TE Lawrence in the Arab Revolt during WW1. The schedule had me visiting four places where there's good historical evidence that Lawrence was there, including his office in the ancient Al-Asraq Castle. Amer understood how important that was to me and went out of his way to make sure I had enough time at these sites. I also got to talk and interact with some of the Bedouin tribe members whose tribes were part of the Arab Revolt. This is very real history to them and I remember one of the Bedouin tribesman telling me with pride that his grandfather rode with Lawrence in the attack on Aqaba on 1917.

We did include some non-historical sightseeing at Wadi Rum and the Dead Sea. I will most likely come back with my wife next time and will probably do a more nature focused trip. There's no doubt I will arrange this trip yet again with Kim Kim

Hotel Review
Petra Marriott Hotel
Wadi Musa

The trip Kim Kim arranged for me included wonderful accommodations. The only exception was the Petra Marriott. I am a Marriott BonVoy member and I stayed at Marriott before and after Petra. Those before and after hotels were great.However, I thought this hotel was not at all customer focused. It started when they put me, a single person, in a room with three beds. There's no reason for this since occupancy at hotels his way down right now to do the drop in tourism. In addition the room was shoddy; wi-Fi didn't work well, the air conditioning unit was so loud it was difficult to sleep, they gave me a room with a view of the parking lot. Twice I said something about my disappointment and in one case the management person just turned around and walked away. I don't think this hotel is representative of Marriott in general, but having run service organizations, it's in need of some different management.

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Local specialist: Amina Yanarsaeva
Amina Yanarsaeva
Local specialist in Jordan | Replied on May 22, 2024

Thank you, Doughlas, for taking the time to write such an amazing review! We put in the work to keep you and all of our clients happy.
I am glad you finally made it to our beautiful country! very happy you gave me briefing about yourself so I was able to assign a guide that will match your interests. Glad to hear that we have made the right choice for you! I am sure he had a great time with you as well.
As for Marriott, I will be defiantly sharing your feedback with them for further improvement, thank you for letting me know.
We hope to see you again soon. Have a nice day ahead!