Turkish Airlines, Accident & General, Nebo Tours Trade partners Tour of Jordan
Turkish Airlines, Accident &General, Nebo Tours Trade partners Tour of Jordan
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Tony Flynn (VP Nebo tours Worldwide) recently completed a three day tour of Jordan with trade partners from Ireland.
Tony commented. “The fam took place in early September this year and we are all praying for a quick and peaceful resolution to the current conflict in Israel and Gazza”.
The group Included Bugra Erarslan (Sales Manager Turkish Airlines) Barry Hammond (Sunway) Mike Shinnors (Holiday Experts) Scott McCarthy (Best 4 Travel) Sean Healy (Lee Travel) Sharon Thompson (Thompson Travel (NI)) Laura Laurie (Travel Solutions (NI)) Jackie Sheehan (Frosch) Amanda Biddulph (Cassidy Travel) Katie Nolan (O’Callaghan Travel) Brigitte Tyack (The Travel Suite) Maura Fahy (Fahy Travel) and Nebo Tours Guide Wael Amira.
The Nebo Tours/Turkish Airlines/Accident & General Fam departed on 01 September for a whirlwind 3 days on the ground in Jordan.
They were met upon arrival by their Guide for the trip “Wael Amira” who produced a guiding display rarely seen under such pressurised time constraints.
The group saw “The Greco Roman City of Jerash” whose highlights are Hadrians arch under which the group are photographed.
Following lunch in the amazing “Sufra Restaurant” was a visit to ‘’The Citadel” home of the “Roman Hercules Temple” and the ‘Islamic Ummyad Palace.
Here is a summary of the Fam from Tony Flynn (VP Worldwide Nebo Tours)
A welcome Dinner in the Regency Palace Hotel was presented to the group in the company of ‘Her Excellency Marianne Bolger’ – Irish Ambassador to Jordan, who expressed her delight to see a group of such esteemed agents tour operators visiting Jordan.
After dinner ther group repaired to the rooftop outdoor lounge of the Regency Palace Hotel for music, cocktails and high jinks.
Early the following morning the group visited the four Seasons hotel for a full inspection, before heading to the Dead Sea where the group indulged in floating in the Dead Sea the lowest point on earth (430 meters below sea level) followed by a Dead Sea mud body rub. After lunch and visiting some Dead Sea hotels it was off to “Mount Nebo” reputed to be the burial place of Moses and from where there are amazing views of the Jordan Valley, Dead Sea and the hills of the Holy Land.
Next stop was Madaba a town renowned for its collection of Byzantine mosaics the most impressive of which was in St George’s Greek Orthodox Church where the famous Byzantine era mosaic map of the Holy Land.
Petra was the next stop where the group of trade partners had a wonderful dinner, a few beers, good laughs and a serious nights sleep before the highlight of the trip …..Seeing Petra for the first time (nothing prepares you for it) even with a niuce and early morning strart.
It was a real early start and after a hearty breakfast the group departed for one of the most famous archeological sites in the world – Jordan’s national treasure – The Red Rose city, Petra, the capital city of the Nabatean Arabs. The city was the main thoroughfare for trading spices, frankincense and Myrrh but was abandoned in the 4th Century when it was hit by an earthquake. The city was rediscovered in 1812 and today is one of 6 UNESCO world heritage sites in Jordan where thousands of people visit every single day.
After the excitement of seeing Petra the group then had to prepare themselves for the “Wadi Rum” home of the Bedouins, where they were hosted by Abu Rami and the team at “Saraya Camp” to a fabulous lunch Bedouin style (cooked in the ground). The Wadi Rum is a colourful land with sandstone mountains and sheer cliffs that resemble a landscape from Mars. It has been a backdrop for many Hollywood movies. Sunsets are spectacular in the desert which also allows visitors to see it via a hot air balloon and dune buggies.
Visiting a selection of camps was next on the agenda, before heading to Aqaba where the group had the afternoon to chill at the private beach and some drinks at the swim up bar at the spectacular pool in the Kempinski Hotel who kindly hosted us to dinner and Day Rooms to freshen up before our transfer to Aqaba Airport for our flight home with Turkish Airlines via Istanbul.
A huge thankyou and appreciation from all trade partners goes to Bugra Erarslan (Sales Manager Turkish Airlines) and Turkish Airlines who looked after the air content in its usual professional manner. Bugra also provided the group with access to the very impressive Business Class Lounge in Istanbul International Airport for the return leg of the groups Turkish Airlines flight to Dublin direct. Accident & General supplied the Insurance cover for which we are all most grateful. A huge shout of thanks to Craig Donnelly and the Accident and General team in Ireland.