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Undiscovered Jordan

Tailor Made Itinerary

14 Days From €3,938

Overview

Throughout antiquity, Jordan lay at the heart of the ancient world. Across these biblical landscapes, the armies of the Greeks and the Persians, the Romans and the Crusaders influenced some of the most pivotal moments in the history of the Middle East. This comprehensive journey takes in the natural and cultural highlights, alongside little seen gems.

A chance to explore the rich history of the Jordanian capital is followed by a stay with the local Bedouin in the Azraq Wetland Reserve....
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TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

  • Discover Jordan’s many diverse trades & traditions, from beekeeping & organic farming to basket weaving
  • Support locally-run initiatives which have been established to promote & empower local artisans
  • Stay in simple guesthouses & experience some of the country’s warmest hospitality
  • Escape the crowds & hike through the remote lands of Ajloun as well as the pilgrimage site of Jabal Haroun
  • Spend a day getting lost in the peaceful Dana Nature Reserve
  • Visit impressive desert castles and admire the beautiful mosaics at Umm Al Rasas

ITINERARY

This is a suggested itinerary. Our experts have all travelled widely in the region and will be happy to tailor any of our itineraries to suit your tastes, or build a trip from scratch.

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DAY 1: ARRIVE AMMAN

DAY 1: ARRIVE AMMAN

Welcome to Jordan! On arrival in Amman you'll be met by a Wild Frontiers representative and transferred to your hotel.

DAY 2: AMMAN  

DAY 2: AMMAN  

Established in 2001 to generate income by the women of a community near Amman, the Iraq Al Amir Women Society Centre offers handicraft workshops such as weaving, pottery, soap making and paper making, and also runs a bed and breakfast and a communal kitchen. Your visit will provide you with the chance to meet the women, to discover their work and learn the art of making various handmade products. Afterwards, the women will serve a homemade meal from their kitchen, a delicious introduction to Jordanian cuisine.

Breakfast

DAY 3: AMMAN - DESERT CASTLES - AZRAQ 

DAY 3: AMMAN - DESERT CASTLES - AZRAQ 

This morning head out of the capital to the desert castles located to the east of Amman, including Qasr Kharanah, one of the best-preserved Umayyad castles, as well as Qasr Amra, well known for its 8th century frescoes. Continue to Azraq, a unique wetland oasis inhabited since ancient times. Located in the heart of the semi-arid Jordanian eastern desert, Azraq is a seasonally flooded marshland where a wide variety of migrating, breeding and wintering birds stop during their migration between Asia and Africa.

Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 4: AZRAQ  

DAY 4: AZRAQ  

Hop on a bike today and set off from Azraq Lodge to a Bedouin tent. Be introduced to the history of the Bedouin community by a Bedouin guide over a cup of traditional coffee. You will learn about daily activities such as herding sheep and milking goats, as well as how to make laban makheed, a sour buttermilk, using a traditional leather bag before enjoying a delicious Bedouin lunch. This activity was created by the Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature (RSCN) to bring career opportunities and sustainable tourism to Azraq Wetland Reserve, as well as bridge the gap between cultures.

Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 5: AZRAQ – UMM EL-JIMAL - UMM QAIS 

DAY 5: AZRAQ – UMM EL-JIMAL - UMM QAIS 

Drive from Azraq to Umm Qais today, along the way visiting the archaeological research, cultural heritage, and community development partnership project at Umm el-Jimal. On arrival in Umm Qais, you will be introduced to some of the local trades. Weaving with banana leaves, palm leaves and straw is a tradition that spans for generations and is still alive today in Umm Qais. Sit with local artists and discover the intricate skills needed to weave a simple design.

Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 6: UMM QAIS - AJLOUN 

DAY 6: UMM QAIS - AJLOUN 

Start the morning with a visit to Yousef’s Honey Farm, located in the village, and here you can try your hand at beekeeping. Yousef is a former soldier who has spent the last 15 years keeping bees and his passion for his craft is infectious. From here continue on a tour of ancient Umm Qais, a fascinating site home to many theatres, temples, a colonnaded street and an aqueduct. After enjoying some lunch, set off for Aljoun.

Breakfast

DAY 7: AJLOUN  

DAY 7: AJLOUN  

Enjoy a wonderful day of hiking today as you explore the surrounding valleys and ridges, passing local villages and orchards and enjoying a picnic lunch along the way. There are panoramic views into West bank and Syria as well, and a selection of harder of softer trails to choose from, just discuss with your hosts and enjoy exploring this less-visited area of Jordan.

Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 8: AJLOUN  

DAY 8: AJLOUN  

Another wonderful activity today created by the RSCN, visit an organic farm where you can meet the farmers to learn more about the process of organic farming and its benefits. Take part in daily activities such as feeding the goats, milking or harvesting crops. You will then meet a local chef, who will show you the ingredients to collect from the farm for a tasty lunch. This afternoon then introduces you to the art of calligraphy, as you delve into the beauty of the Arabic language, taught by a local expert.

Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 9: AJLOUN – SALT – DANA

DAY 9: AJLOUN – SALT – DANA

Leaving the hills and orchards of Ajloun behind, you will drive to the pleasant Ottoman town of Salt. Explore this historic little town with its narrow winding streets lined with the houses of Ottoman merchants, the most beautiful of which is Abu Jaber’s mansion built between 1892 and 1906 with its fine frescoed ceilings. You will also have time to visit Salt’s Handicrafts Training Centre, which is a vocational school for young artisans who receive expert instruction in weaving and ceramics, and its shop, which helps to fund the project. Continue your journey to the Dana Nature Reserve, the first in Jordan and an area of spectacular wadis and views, taking around three hours.

Breakfast

DAY 10: DANA

DAY 10: DANA

The village of Dana is close by with its museum and craft workshops which you may like to visit, or take one of the variety of walks available in the area. The 8km White Dome trail follows the escarpments of Wadi Dana whilst passing through the village terraces and giving grand views of the Wadi.

Breakfast

DAY 11: DANA – LITTLE PETRA – BACKDOOR TRAIL - PETRA 

DAY 11: DANA – LITTLE PETRA – BACKDOOR TRAIL - PETRA 

This morning, drive to Petra and on to Little Petra, located a few miles away from the main valley, and a less-visited site with a charm all of its own. From here you then travel a short distance to the start of the Back Door Route to the main site of Petra - a spectacular, but little-known, Bedouin trail. This route offers a unique insight into two very different sides of Petra, with dramatic views and the chance to escape the crowds.

Breakfast

DAY 12: PETRA  

DAY 12: PETRA  

After breakfast hike to Jabal Haroun, a spectacular hike often missed by most visitors. The area is believed to be the biblical Mount Hor, the burial site of the Prophet Aaron, the eldest brother of Moses. A popular site for pilgrimages, this hike also offers some of the best views in the area, perfect for those returning to Petra and looking to experience another side to this vast city.

Breakfast

DAY 13: PETRA – UMM AL RASAS - AMMAN 

DAY 13: PETRA – UMM AL RASAS - AMMAN 

This morning your driver will pick you up and take you to Amman. En route stop and see the fabulous and much lesser-known mosaics at Umm Al Rasas. The site was originally a Roman garrison town but grew very wealthy in the Byzantine period which is when the finest mosaics date from. Continue to Amman where you should arrive early afternoon – leaving you the rest of day free to explore at your leisure.

Breakfast

DAY 14: DEPART AMMAN

DAY 14: DEPART AMMAN

This morning your driver will pick you up from the hotel and transfer you to Amman airport in time for your onward flight. 

Breakfast

SUGGESTED ACCOMMODATION

Accommodation listed here is intended as a guide only, to give you a taste of what we can do. Our experts can tailor any aspect of this itinerary and accommodation to suit your budget and tastes.

GUIDELINE PRICE & WHAT’S INCLUDED

UNDISCOVERED JORDAN (14 DAYS) €3,938

MEALS

As specified in the itinerary, sampling some of the country's finest cuisine.

TRANSPORT

Private air-conditioned vehicles with experienced, dedicated drivers.

ENTRANCE FEES

Tours and admission fees, including tickets specified in the itinerary.

EXPERT TEAM

Licensed English-speaking guides and a support team available 24/7.

ACCOMMODATION

As specified in the itinerary, using some of our favourite local properties.

ACCOMMODATION

Ultra - The best of the best, the ultimate indulgence
Luxury - Outstanding service and facilities, giving you the 5* experience
Premium - Excellent standards without the big price tag
Superior - Good quality service and overall comfort
Simple - No frills, basic accommodation, but often in the most exciting of places

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If you book international flights through Wild Frontiers.

This itinerary is aimed to give you an idea of what we can offer. The price shown above is based on two people travelling outside of peak periods. As this itinerary is only a suggestion and can be tailor-made to suit your interests and budget, your final price may differ.

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WHY WILD FRONTIERS?

Meet the expert, Dan

Dan is our Middle East expert, who has travelled extensively in the region.

Speak to Daniel by calling
+44 (0)20 3944 6258

The Backdoor trail to Petra is the best way to see the ancient city. It's a great hike and if you start early, you'll end up with parts of Petra almost to yourself as most tourists come in via the normal Siq route.

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