Hi my girlfriend and I thinking about joining a tour company for 2 week trip from Egypt to Jordan. We both prefer Independent backpacking but thinking about a tour company to get the most out of our 2 week trip. At the moment looking at possibly a Tucan travel trip. Any advice on tucan travel or other options for the middle east greatly appreciated
Hey there, Tucan run good trips but you can also check out Oasis Overland, Kumuka Worldwide and On the Go Tours who also run great trips of varying styles/budgets/time frames in the Middle East. I lived up there for a few years and I LOVED it - hope you do too! Cheers, Tania
It is rather easy to travel through Jordan and Egypt. You may want to try and plan the trip solo before spending the money on a tour. Depending on your itinerary this may be a better option. I did a similar trip starting in Amman. Then headed up to Irbid and Jerash, back to Amman, out to the desert castles. Then headed south to Madaba, Karak, Petra, Wadi Rum. Crossed the border into Israel travelled through there.Then crossed into Egypt in Taba. Headed to Dahab, Sharm el sheikh, bused to Cairo then headed down to Luxor. Back up on a Felucca and ended in Cairo. The trip was rather easy so if you would like more info, please let me know.
thanks guys for the info..though i would love to go through middle east on my own i only can take 2 weeks off work this year at one time and think joining a tour would mean getting the most out of a short trip... so will check out the companies mentioned
You might want to have a look at Intrepid's Pyramids to Petra.
I did their Middle East Adventure which followed much the same route (and continued on through Syria and Turkey over 4 weeks). It was an absolutely brilliant trip and I have no hesitation in recommending them. Maximum of 12 pax, plenty of free time, mix of ages (avg mid 20s - early 30s), local transport & clean but modest accom etc. Best of all, I'm sure I experienced things I never would have even thought of on my own.