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JEWELS OF JORDAN

Hiking the spectacular landscapes of a forgotten country.

Jordan is a hospitable and historic land and home to many of the most spectacular sites of the Middle East; the Red Rose City of Petra; rocky shores of the Dead Sea; the beauty and tranquillity of Wadi Rum. This is a majestic and captivating country.

We’ll explore the capital Amman, with its colourful bazaars, ancient citadel and museums, and visit the best preserved Roman city in the Near East at Jerash, with its spectacular temples and forum.

We will take a dramatic walk from the hot springs at Ibn Hammad, en route to our campsite at Dana, and from where we walk to a stunning Eco lodge at Feynan. We’ll explore the spectacular canyon and sand dunes of Wadi Rum, enjoying the quiet and colour of the desert, and visit the Red Rose city of Petra, set deep inside the narrow gorge with its walls rising two hundred metres from the desert floor. Petra is the iconic picture of Jordan and we fully explore the ancient site.

En route to Madeba, we’ll see the mighty crusader castles at Shobak and Kerak and have the opportunity to swim (or float!) in the Dead Sea, and visit Mount Nebo, from where Moses viewed the Promised Land. At Madeba, we’ll see the ancient mosaic map of the Holyland.  This is a journey through history, seeing a fascinating country at its best.

Please note: The December departures follow a slightly different itinerary. Please ask for details or see our website.

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Our sister brand Chapters Experience Holidays is born of the success of our walking holidays and now encompass activities that even more closely complement the destinations we offer.




WALKING GRADES


Grade 5 walks will be full days, of up to 6 hours, and could involve as much as 750m of ascent and descent, paths are mostly good, but there may be some steep and rough ground. Some walks will be less demanding but equally rewarding. Departures with a sightseeing element will be accompanied by a local guide for a minimum of half a day. The Pioneer grade indicates that the local conditions, facilities, and transport could be basic and holiday itineraries may change at short notice - but the experience will be well worth it!




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When we visit

Winter

Length of stay

12 nights

Price from

£ 2499

"very interesting and well worth visiting Jordan"
November 2015
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    23 Dec 2016
    Nights
    12
    Grades
    Grade 5/SS/P
    Depart From
    London (Heathrow)
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  • Itinerary & Map
    23 Dec 2016 - 04 Jan 2017

    Day 1 - Amman
    Fly from London Heathrow to Amman, arriving at approx. midnight. After clearing immigration, we transfer by road to our Amman hotel for 3 nights’ accommodation.

    Day 2 - Amman
    Start the day at a relaxed pace with an itinerary briefing, followed by a tour of Amman including the Citadel, Roman Amphitheatre and downtown Amman. The sights and sounds of a Middle Eastern capital city is a feast for your senses!

    Day 3 - Amman
    Travel by road to the Roman city of Jerash where we visit the Forum, the street of Columns and the Temple of Artemis. This well preserved city is considered one of the best in the world. We will also make a visit to Ajloun to see the castle and perhaps enjoy a local walk. We return to Amman for dinner.

    Day 4 - Dana
    Leaving Amman today, we travel south to the Dana Nature Reserve, with a beautiful and dramatic walk en route (approx. 3-4 hours over rocky ground). Starting at the hot springs of Ibn Hammad, we’ll enter a sandstone gorge of abundant vegetation and hanging gardens. You should expect to get your shoes wet as much of the walking is in a perennial stream. We overnight at Dana for one night in campsite accommodation.

    Day 5 - Feynan
    We’ll take a hike from the Nature Reserve to Feynan and stay at the Feynan Eco Lodge for 1 night’s accommodation. Our accommodation is a fine example of an eco-experience using solar power, sourcing local ingredients for meals where possible and employing local villagers to work in the Lodge. Watching the sunset and evening star gazing are perfect ways to end the day.

    Day 6 - Wadi Rum
    After making a short stop in Aquaba, Jordan’s only coastal city and port, we continue with our journey towards the spectacular desert of Wadi Rum. We change from the coach to jeeps for the journey across the sand dunes to our Bedouin camp for our night under the stars. The colours of the desert change as the sun sets and the stars come out. Dinner, which has been cooked underground, over hot charcoals, is eaten around the camp fire. An extraordinary experience!

    Day 7 - Petra
    We spend the morning exploring the lunar landscape of Wadi Rum, travelling by jeep and walking through the canyon and climbing the sand dunes, ccompanied by a local Bedouin guide. Continue on to Wadi Musa the main town for Petra, where we stay for 4 nights’ accommodation.

    Day 8 - Petra
    A full day exploring the magnificent Red Rose city of Petra. We’ll see the magnificent Treasury carved in pink stone, the Roman Theatre, Corinthian and Palace Tombs. This afternoon we’ll walk to Wadi Farasa and climb to the High Place of Sacrifice with excellent views from the summit.

    Day 9 - Petra
    We’ll visit a Neolithic village and Little Petra today, once the main trading site of Nabatean times, with its Byzantine church and Royal Tombs. We’ll also have the opportunity to climb up to Ad Deir monastery – up 800 steps where you will have a magnificent viewpoint.

    Day 10 - Petra
    Today’s walk is at the very top of our D+ grade. Our walk takes us from Petra to Jebel Haroun (Aaron’s Mountain) and the round trip will take approximately seven hours with an ascent of about 500m. At the top of Jebel Haroun, at 1350m the highest peak on the mountain surrounding the bowl of Petra, there is the very modest shrine commemorating the death of Aaron, Moses’ brother. We can enjoy the panoramic views before heading back to our hotel.

    Day 11 - Madaba
    We leave Petra today and make our way northwards along the Desert Highway. We’ll make a stop at the crusader castles of Kerak and Shobak en route to Madeba. Here we see the famous mosaics of the Holyland. We stay in Madeba for 2 nights’ accommodation.

    Day 12 - Madaba
    This morning we take a walk to the Herodium fortress of Machereus and stop for a swim (or float!) at the Dead Sea, and finish our day viewing the Holy Land from Mount Nebo. We return to Madeba and enjoy a farewell dinner in local restaurant.

    Day 13 - -
    Transfer to Amman Airport for check-in and our return flight to London Heathrow.


  • Accommodation
    Faynan Eco Lodge

    The majority of our accommodation is in hotel stays where rooms are en-suite twin bedded and single rooms and have the usual facilities including telephones and TVs. 

    One hotel that deserves a special mention is the Feynan Eco Lodge. Set in the heart of the Dana Biosphere Reserve, the solar powered lodge offers the most developed eco experience in Jordan made possible, in part, by the Jordanian Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature, and a real chance to disconnect from the modern world. 

    The hotel, while simple in style and facilities, offers warm Bedouin hospitality and where possible locally sourced excellent vegetarian food, with many traditional Jordanian specialities. Enjoy being close to the mountainous landscape whilst unwinding in the tranquil courtyards and terraces or resting in your candlelit en-suite room. There is a lot on offer at the lodge to learn about the local culture and environment, such as star gazing on the roof terrace. As it is an eco-lodge the rooms have no electricity points, but you can recharge at the lobby where free internet is also available.

    “Feynan, a shining star among the green lodges worldwide.” – Forbes magazine.

    At Wadi Rum we stay at a Bedouin desert Camp offering a “back to nature” experience. The tented accommodation with dinner that has been baked in the ground offers a wonderfully special and authentic experience. For more information please see the Holiday Information sheet.

     

  • What's Included
    • Return flights and transfers.
    • Local travel for walking and sightseeing excursions.
    • Half board en-suite accommodation.
    • Services of a dedicated leader.
    • All entrance fees.

  • Holiday Highlights
    • A delightful gorge walk from Ibn Hammad through abundant vegetation and hanging gardens.
    • Explore the awe inspiring Red Rose City of Petra.
    • Watch the stars appear in the clear night sky from our desert camp in Wadi Rum.
    • Enjoy a night at a stunning Eco-lodge.
    • Exploring the Dana Nature Reserve with its array of flora, fauna and extensive wildlife.

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    Please note: The December departures follows a slightly different itinerary.

  • Travel Information & Regional Departures
    • Arrival transfer by road (c45mins).
    • Flights Heathrow–Amman (c5hrs 15mins), Royal Jordanian.
    • UK add-on flights from £150 return, British Airways.
    • Upgrades Business Class available, please ask for a competitive quote.

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When we visit

Winter

Length of stay

12 nights

Price from

£ 2499

"very interesting and well worth visiting Jordan"
November 2015
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