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Jordan: Lost City Of Arabia

Group Tour

10 Days From A$3,876

Overview

The fabled lost city of Petra needs no introduction… hidden away in the heart of the Jordanian desert for centuries, Petra obtained a mythical status with much speculation as to whether it existed at all. When the Swiss explorer Burckhardt befriended the local Bedouins in 1812, he 'discovered' the magical city, and it finally became known to the western world.  

However, there is much more to Jordan than just Petra and on this diverse trip we’ll enjoy a incredible ...

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HIGHLIGHTS

At a glance

MEALS

9 x Breakfasts
8 x Lunches
8 x Dinners

TRANSPORT

On this tour we will use minibuses and 4WD vehicles whilst in Wadi Rum.

GROUP SIZE

Maximum: 12

CARBON CONTRIBUTIONS

A carbon-offsetting contribution to Eco Act for all bookings

EXPERT TEAM

The full services of a Wild Frontiers Tour Leader with local guides where appropriate

ACCOMMODATION

All accommodation as outlined in the itinerary

ACCOMMODATION

As an overall ethos, wherever possible we aim to use characterful accommodation that enhances the overall travel experience, not just offers a bed for the night. This can obviously vary dramatically from country to country and from trip to trip. On this trip accommodation will vary from hotels in Amman & Petra to fixed comfortable campsites in Feynan and Wadi Rum as well as homestays in the village of Orjan and As Salt and a guesthouse in Dana. Whilst staying in the homestays please note that you may be required to share with other clients in a communal dormitory style. Please note that the accommodation mentioned in the itinerary is intended as a guide only and is always subject to availability. 

ENTRANCE FEES

All entrance fees for sights mentioned in the itinerary

FITNESS RATING

Moderate / High

FITNESS RATING

LOW: You should be comfortable walking around towns and cultural sites. May include some optional walks (typically 1-2hrs).

LOW/MODERATE: May be of a long duration and/or involve numerous border-crossings. May include easy/moderate day walks (up to 2-3hrs/day). You should be relatively fit and lead a generally active lifestyle.

MODERATE/HIGH: May include several easy/moderate day walks (up to 2-4hrs/day) possibly at altitude. You should be relatively fit and lead a generally active lifestyle. Previous experience of similar trips helpful.

HIGH: May involve several days of moderate hiking (up to 3-5 hrs/day) possibly at altitude. You must be a fit and active traveller with appropriate trekking experience.

VERY HIGH: May involve several days of moderate/strenuous trekking (up to 5-7 hrs/day) possibly at altitude. You must be a very fit and active traveller with appropriate trekking experience.

Map & Itinerary

Individual departures may vary so please refer to the information in the tour specific links in the Dates and Prices section below

Jordan: Lost City Of Arabia
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COLLAPSE ALL ITINERARY DAYS

DAY 1: TOUR STARTS IN AMMAN

DAY 1: TOUR STARTS IN AMMAN

A short drive from Amman airport is the hectic capital of Jordan, Amman. Positioned between the desert and the fertile Jordan valley, it is a city of contrasts, offering plenty to encourage you to want to delve further into its downtown and urban areas. Due to the arrival times of our suggested flights, accommodation for this night is included in the tour cost. Those on the suggested group flight will arrive in the early hours of Day 2.

Art Hotel or similar

DAY 2: AMMAN - JERASH - AJLOUN

DAY 2: AMMAN - JERASH - AJLOUN

After breakfast we will head out to experience the downtown area of Amman including the many souks leading up to the Roman Theatre and Citadel. The Roman Theatre, cut into the northern side of a hill, is one of the most impressive remnants of Roman Philadelphia in Amman and is a highlight not to be missed. The Citadel, sits on the highest hill in Amman, Jebel Al Qala'a, and is the site of ancient Rabbath-Ammon. The most notable sights are the Temple of Hercules and Ummayad Palace. We will finish the city tour by visiting one of Amman's many art galleries which highlights local and regional artists. During the tour, we will also get a chance to experience street food by visiting Balat Al Rasheed cafe, known locally as an Eco Cafe, and Habiba Sweets one of the most famous places to indulge in one of the most popular desserts from the Middle East, Knafeh. From here we will then drive to Jerash to explore the extensive ruins of the sprawling Roman provincial city. The city's many monuments still retain the atmosphere of the once thriving metropolis, famous in its time for its magnificent temples, amphitheatres, and oval colonnaded forum. We then will continue to Ajloun where we will overnight with a local host family.

Village Homestay
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 3: AJLOUN - AS SALT

DAY 3: AJLOUN - AS SALT

This morning we'll hike part of the Al Ayoun Trail, a section of the famous Jordan Trail, before enjoying lunch with a local family. Along the trail there will be the chance to visit some of the traditional handicraft co-operatives. We'll then continue to our next home stay in As-Salt. Tonight we will have the chance to contribute to our dinner and help our host make the bread of which we will later enjoy.

Village Homestay
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 4: AS SALT – MADABA - KERAK - DANA NATURE RESERVE

DAY 4: AS SALT – MADABA - KERAK - DANA NATURE RESERVE

As-Salt, a former capital of Jordan, is known for its multi-faith heritage. Today we will delve into the city enjoying a guided walk around its sand-coloured buildings, which have been nominated for UNESCO's World Heritage status, churches and mosques and will finish with the souk-like streets. We will then depart to Madaba, a town once known as one of the most important Christian centres east of the River Jordan. Madaba is home to some of the most extraordinary mosaics in the Middle East including the famous 6th century map of Palestine, believed to be the oldest map of the Holy Land still in existence. We will make a visit to Madaba's famous Byzantine Church, to view for ourselves the most important relics of early Christian art. We will then continue our journey to the village of Dana, making a stop at the stunning Crusader castle of Kerak along the way.

Dana Guesthouse or similar
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 5: DANA NATURE RESERVE

DAY 5: DANA NATURE RESERVE

Today we’ll leave Dana village behind us as we set off on foot and follow the Wadi Dana Trail, walking from Dana to Feynan. The trail passes through sandstone gorges, heading downhill to Feynan, which is approximately 14km. We’ll take pack lunches with us and without doubt, while on the trail, we are likely to come across a number of Bedouin camps, where there will be chance to stop for a cup of tea. We’ve got all day for the walk so we can take our time and really enjoy the landscape and the flora and fauna of the reserve. Walking Distance: 14km 5-6 hours

Feynan Eco-Lodge or similar
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 6: DANA NATURE RESERVE - LITTLE PETRA - PETRA

DAY 6: DANA NATURE RESERVE - LITTLE PETRA - PETRA

This morning we'll drive to Little Petra. This site is much less visited than the main site at Petra, however is still fascinating and has a charm all of its own. Once a suburb of Petra, entry is through a narrow siq. The site is thought to have been a commercial area, caravans would have paused here, attracted by the huge cistern. It is also interesting in that the Bedouin are still able to sleep in the caves here, which they are not allowed to do on the main sight of Petra. Today’s hike will bring us into Petra via a spectacular, but little-known, Bedouin trail through the mountains. After visiting Little Petra we'll drive a short way to the starting point of the walk, beginning with a couple of hours’ walk across open farmland from Little Petra before following the path across the eroded sandstone. Huge views begin to open up across the Great Rift Valley to the west. After another hour the trail descends towards Petra and opens onto one of the city’s most impressive sights: the immense rock-cut façade of ad Deir, the Monastery. You can rest and drink tea here, and explore the ruins, before following the stone steps of a Nabataean processional way down into the heart of Petra. Along the way there are traces of ancient stone steps, and eroded relief carvings of deities or ‘god blocks’ cut into the rock walls. This old Nabataean processional route will then lead you downwards, turning back towards Petra and following the main siq for the classic entry into the city. This will bring you out at Petra’s most famous monument, the Treasury. This itinerary offers a long, wonderful day’s hiking around Petra, and means you can experience the two greatest approaches to the city in a single day. This evening we will have a Jordanian cooking lesson, which will be great fun and create a very special dining experience, as we all sit down to enjoy the food we’ve cooked at the end of the night. Walking distance: 14 Km approx 4-5 hours

Petra Moon Hotel or similar
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 7: PETRA

DAY 7: PETRA

Today we’ll return to Petra via the “secret road” of al-Madras, and visit the High Place of Sacrifice, Wadi Farasa, the Great Temple, Byzantine Church and Royal Tombs. There will then be time for personal exploration of one of the Middle East’s most iconic sites.

Petra Moon Hotel or similar
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 8: PETRA – WADI RUM

DAY 8: PETRA – WADI RUM

Leaving Petra behind us we strike into the desert of Wadi Rum in 4WD jeeps. With sheer sandstone cliffs and multi-coloured shifting sands this beautiful area is steeped in history. As we drive through this breath-taking landscape there will be plenty of opportunities to stop, get out of the vehicles and appreciate the desert silence and examine the remains of ancient settlements.

Fixed Bedouin camp
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 9: WADI RUM - DEAD SEA

DAY 9: WADI RUM - DEAD SEA

Departing Wadi Rum after breakfast we head towards the saline waters of the Dead Sea, the lowest place on earth. Rich in minerals and high in salt content (around 33%), the Dead Sea is one of the most remarkable bodies of water on earth and, after a chance to bathe in its saline waters. This evening we enjoy our final night and dinner in the Mujib Biosphere Reserve on the shores of the Madash peninsula with some of the best Dead Sea views along the coast, a perfect place to reflect on the incredible experiences of the past few days.

Mujib Chalets or similar
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 10: TOUR ENDS AT THE DEAD SEA

DAY 10: TOUR ENDS AT THE DEAD SEA

The tour ends this morning at the hotel. Those on the suggested group flight will be transferred to Amman Airport.

Breakfast

ACCOMMODATION USED ON THIS TOUR

Mid-Range

Good quality service and overall comfort

Mid-Range

Good quality service and overall comfort

Accommodation displayed here should be taken as a guide only. *Please refer to the Detailed Itinerary of your individual departure for more information.

PRIVATE HOLIDAYS: DATES DON’T FIT?

All group tours can be taken on a private basis.

Additional Details

Responsible Travel

Responsible travel and sustainable tourism are fundamental ideas that Wild Frontiers has been committed to since our birth. It is our strong belief that these words should not be simply ‘tagged on’ to itineraries and websites but should be at the very core of each trip, and our adventures are therefore designed with the local people, culture and eco-system in mind. We believe that a successful trip not only delivers a unique and unsurpassable journey for our clients, but that it also benefits the peoples whose lands we are privileged to visit. For more information, please see our responsible travel page.

Wild Jordan Project

On this tour we stop at the Women’s Co-operative centre in Ajloun which forms part of the Wild Jordan Project . Workshops have been set up by Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature (RSCN) managed nature reserves to promote the use the natural assets of protected areas. This in turn creates sustainable economic and social benefits for the local communities. Over 60 local women have been empowered through the workshops by providing them with employment and are helping to alleviate poverty in areas that offer few other employment opportunities. One example is Nehal Fayez, who states ‘’It’s the best job ever!” Nehal believes that being financially independent is really important in order not to be a burden on society. The Soap House is in the remote mountain village of Orjan and is reliant mostly on agriculture from its orchards that produce olives, grapes and other fruit. During our tour you will be given a tour of the workshops in Orjan including the soap house, cookie shop and calligraphy centre.

 

Getting There

If you would like us to send you a quote for the suggested tour flights or on any alternative flight that may suit you better, please let us know, noting that for our US clients, we will most likely refer you to one of our preferred partners. For this trip our suggested flights from the UK (subject to change) are shown below.

If you wish to arrange your own flights you are completely free to do so and in this case we can arrange any transfers or supplementary accommodation that you may require. However please note that if you are planning on making your own flight arrangements, we recommend that you first check with us to see if the trip is guaranteed. We then suggest that you purchase flights that are flexible and ideally refundable as due to the nature of adventure travel, itineraries and destination accessibility can change at any time. For more information, please refer to our booking conditions.
 

Flight Code Departing Arriving
RJ 112 London Heathrow (LHR) 16:05 Queen Alia Intl (AMM) 23:05
RJ 111 Queen Alia Intl (AMM) 11:20 London Heathrow (LHR) 14:45

Visas

Visas are necessary for many of the destinations we travel to and while we aim to provide you with the most up-to-date information, requirements frequently change and as such for the latest advice we advise that you check with the relevant embassies or contact our recommended visa agency, Travcour www.travcour.com 

For this tour UK passport holders currently require a visa for Jordan.

Non-UK passport holders or non-UK residents should contact the relevant embassies for individual requirements.

Further details will be sent out to you on booking, however ensuring that correct and valid visas are obtained remains the sole responsibility of the client.

Extensions

If you have more time available, why not arrive early to adjust to a new time zone or just to get a feel for the country before your tour starts? Or alternatively you might choose to allow a few extra days after the tour to relax or to undertake some further exploration.

The choice is completely yours and we can usually arrange anything from simply additional accommodation and transfers to full tailor-made itineraries.

Below is just a small sample of what you could do. Please contact the office for more details and to discuss your individual requirements.

The “Desert Castles”

To the east of Amman lie some of the country’s least known and most unusual sites, the so called “desert castles” although most of them are not castles at all and date back to the reign of the Umayyads in the 7th and 8th centuries. Allow 1 extra day.

 

 

 

Aqaba

Aqaba Marine Park makes a good alternative for diving in the Red Sea; the dive sites are generally quieter and more accessible than of those in Egypt. The diving from Aqaba offers mainly boat diving and the reefs offer a huge variety of differing coral reefs, topographies and marine habitats. Allow 2 – 3 extra days.

 

Governmental Travel Advice

Many governments issue advice which highlights potential hazards their citizens might experience when travelling abroad. We strongly suggest you refer to your country’s particular advisory site before booking and contact us if you have any queries or concerns. Click to follow links to the advice of the British Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) or the US State Department.

Non-UK citizens should consult the travel advice of their respective governments.

Key Information

CLIMATE

Jordan's climate is characterized by long, hot, dry summers and short, cool winters. January is the coldest month, with temperatures from 5C to 10C, and August is the hottest month at 30C to 35C.  About 70 percent of the average rainfall in the country falls between November and March with the summer months often being rainless.

IS THIS TRIP FOR ME?

It may sound obvious but Wild Frontiers tours are not always for everyone and it is important to us that the tour you choose is the most suitable. All our tours have a fitness rating as a guideline but you should check the day-by-day itinerary carefully. In certain instances we may ask you to complete a travel questionnaire before confirming your booking in order to ensure your suitability. Should you have any concerns about your ability to partake in any aspect of the tour then please contact the office.

KEY ASPECTS TO CONSIDER

Anyone in a reasonable state of health, with an open mind and a sense of adventure should be perfectly able to cope with this tour. All the walks are optional but in order to get the most out of the trip you should be comfortable walking in rough, open countryside. However it goes without saying that the fitter you are the greater you will enjoy the trip.

THE NATURE OF ADVENTURE TRAVEL

We feel that it’s worth pointing out that while we will always strive to stick as close to the stated itinerary as possible, it may be necessary from time to time to make changes to our itineraries or services (due to weather, political and religious influences etc.) and this can happen with little or no notice. This unpredictability can be one of the most exciting aspects of adventure travel and for many of our clients often leads to unexpected highlights as the tour-leader necessarily adapts the tour to the changing conditions. However we are aware that this lack of assuredness may not suit everyone. As such, with the greatest respect, if you are someone who needs to know that everything will happen exactly as planned, we would kindly suggest that perhaps our tours are not for you. Adventure travel can be infectious and once you’ve caught the bug, it is likely to never leave you, but especially if this is your first such tour we would strongly urge you to give us a call if you have any concerns whatsoever about your suitability for this trip.

TRAVELLING SOLO AND SINGLE SUPPLEMENTS

As a company approximately 70% of our clients are solo travellers, so it’s very unlikely you’ll be alone! Our prices are typically based on twin-share accommodation but single supplements are not compulsory for any Wild Frontiers tour. If you prefer not to pay a single supplement we’ll pair you with someone else of the same sex for you to share with throughout the trip.

On this trip, if you do opt to pay for a single supplement then please note that it will cover you for all nights of the tour apart from the village homestay on Day 3.

Please note that paying a single supplement entitles you to lone occupancy of a single room. In many cases these rooms will be of the same size as a double/twin room, but in some cases they may be smaller.
 

INSURANCE

Insurance that provides cover for emergency repatriation in case of a medical emergency is compulsory for all tours. You should be aware that due to some of the geographical areas visited and some of the activities included on certain of our trips some standard insurance policies may not always provide adequate cover. As such we strongly recommend that you purchase a policy that adequately covers your trip. If you choose to purchase the Wild Frontiers bespoke policy through Travel & General (currently available to UK residents only) then please note for this trip the minimum required level of cover will be the Standard policy. Please see the Insurance section for more details.

General Information

TOUR PRICE

All our tours are priced on a land-only basis, giving you maximum flexibility when deciding how to get to and from your tour.

DEPOSIT

A £500 (or equivalent) deposit is required to confirm your booking.

PROTECTION FOR YOUR MONEY

For further details please see our travelling with peace of mind page

WILD MILES

This tour will earn you 4530 Wild Miles

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

We believe in a completely transparent approach to pricing with no hidden extras. As such, please note that the following are not included in the cost of the tour.

Visas & Travel Insurance: Visas will always be tour/nationality dependent but travel insurance is mandatory
Tips: Always optional but some guidance will be given in the pre-departure information documents
International Flights: Please ask us for an obligation-free quote for flights which originate in the UK
Beverages & any costs of a personal nature: This will include items such as laundry and souvenirs

WILD FRONTIERS COMMUNITY

If you’re still not sure if this trip is right or just want to see get some different perspectives, then why not have a look at the wide variety of resources we have on our website? Browse our community section to read our blogs, watch videos and find out about our events. 

WHY WILD FRONTIERS?

We are frequently asked what makes Wild Frontiers different from other tour operators. Visit our Why Wild Frontiers page to find out.

INSPIRATION

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