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Jewels of Jordan

from £2799
Hiking the spectacular landscapes of an ancient kingdom, float in the Dead Sea, watch the starry night sky from a desert camp and discover the ancient city of Petra.
  • Product Code 29350
  • Holiday Type Pioneer Holidays, Sightseeing And Walking Holidays, Experiential Holidays
  • Grade

    Grades 1, 2 & 3 - Leisurely grades

    Grades 4, 5 & 6 - Moderate grades

    Grades 7, 8 & 9 - Challenging grades

    Grade 5
  • Holiday Duration 12 Nights

Guided Walking Holidays - Jewels of Jordan

Jordan is a captivating country, full of history and spectacular landscapes. We’ll explore the capital Amman, with its colourful bazaars and ancient citadel, as well as visit the best-preserved Roman city in the Near East at Jerash. 

We’ll take a dramatic walk from the hot springs at Ibn Hammad, en route to the Dana Nature Reserve, and walk to a spectacular Eco lodge at Feynan. Admire the spectacular sand dunes of Wadi Rum, savour the tranquillity and colour of the desert and fully explore the Rose Red city of Petra, set deep inside the narrow gorge with its walls rising two hundred metres from the desert floor.

Observe the mighty crusader castles at Shobak and Kerak, swim (or float!) in the Dead Sea. Visit Mount Nebo, from where Moses viewed the Promised Land and we discover the ancient mosaic map of the Holy Land at Madaba. 

Holiday Highlights

  • Walk the captivating Ibn Hammad gorge.
  • Discover rock tombs and The Treasury in Petra, the Rose Red city.
  • See obscure rock formations, sand dunes and beautiful night skies.
  • Explore the Dana Nature Reserve with its array of flora and fauna.
The holiday inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What's included in this holiday Items that are covered in the cost of holiday price.

      Return flights Heathrow to Amman (Royal Jordanian)
      Airport transfers.
      Half board en suite accommodation.
      Local English speaking guides.
      All entrance fees & transport costs.
Whats not included in this holiday Items that are not covered in the cost of holiday price.

  • Entrance fees to some museums and historic buildings (unless otherwise specified)
  • Personal expenses (such as your bar bill)
  • Discretionary tips
  • Optional excursions
  • Insurance
Please select Departure Date to view:

Please see Holiday Information Sheet for this holidays individual departures itinerary (located under View Departures & Book tab)

Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the outlined itinerary and advertised programme, local conditions can change due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. This may mean that routes and timings need to be amended or the order of days may change, sometimes at short notice.

This departure: Grade 5/SS

  1. Day 1

    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.

  2. Day 2

    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!

  3. Day 3

    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.

  4. Day 4

    Leaving Amman today, we travel south to the desert landscape of Wadi Rum.  En route, we'll take a walk starting at the hot springs of Ibn Hammad and 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, perhaps higher depending on recent rains. We overnight at Wadi Rum for one night in campsite accommodation. Distance: 3kms / 2+ hours / Ascent and Descent 50m. 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!

  5. Day 5

    We'll explore the lunar landscape of Wadi Rum, walking through a canyon and climbing the sand dunes. Later we transfer to the Dana Nature Reserve, where we stay at the Guest House

  6. Day 6

    We’ll take a hike from the Nature Reserve to Feynan and stay at the Feynan Eco Lodge for 1 night’s accommodation.  The nature reserve encompasses some of Jordan’s most breathtaking scenery, and became the Kingdom’s sixth wildlife reserve in 1990, thereby protecting all animals — including endangered species such as the ibex. The first hour of the walk is the the steepest and walking poles maybe useful. 14kms (9 miles); ascent 100m, descent 1000m; 5 hours. Our accommodation at Feynan 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.

  7. Day 7

    We explore the area around Feynan lodge, which was a big copper mining and smelting area during the Roman era. We explore the remains as well as hike in the dramatic desert, Jordan Valleys and nearby Wadi Ghweir. We walk for about 2-4 hours, depending on group fitness and ability.  Up to 200 m ascent/ descent. We continue to Petra, with a stop at Shobak Castle, where we stay for four nights' accommodation. Our hotel is located in the town of Petra, Wadi Musa, which is next door to the ancient site allowing easy access.

  8. Day 8

    A full day exploring the magnificent Red Rose city of Petra. Entering thorugh the Siq, we’ll see the magnificent Treasury carved in pink stone, the Roman Theatre, Corinthian and Palace Tombs. This afternoon we’ll  walk via the dramatic slot canyon of Wadi Muthlim (the dark wadi) or, if the canyon is full of water, via the High Place of Sacrifice and Wadi Farasah with excellent views from the summit.

  9. Day 9

    Starting at Little Petra today, we pass the site of  a Neolithic village and  loop around the mountain edge with views towards Wadi Araba, before arriving at Al Deir monastery – We descend approx. 800 steps back to the heart of the old city and visit the area of the Royal Tombs. t. Distance: 6kms / 2+ hours / Ascent 50m Descent 200m

  10. Day 10

    Today’s walk is at the very top of grade. Our walk takes us from Petra to Jebel Haroun (Aaron’s Mountain) and the round trip is approx. 23kms, will take approximately seven hours with an ascent of about 795m. 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. Note: There is the option for anyone not wanting to attempt the entire walk, to walk back via a jeep track from a preset point. Your group leader will be able to give you more details.

  11. Day 11

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

  12. Day 12

    This morning we take our vehicle and drive to the Herodium fortress of Machereus, where we can take a short walk and admire the views. Continue on to the Dead Sea, where we stop for a swim (or float!) , and then finish our day viewing the Holy Land from Mount Nebo. We return to Madeba and enjoy a farewell dinner in local restaurant. Note: Our visit to the Dead Sea Resort gives us approx 1/5 hours to enjoy our time there. There are lockers and towels for hire locally.

  13. Day 13

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

Travel Details

  • Return flights from Heathrow to Amman (Royal Jordanian)
  • Airport transfers by road c.45mins
  • Upgrades are available on most flights. For scheduled flights this may be Premium Economy, Business or First Class. Most low-cost carriers also have extra legroom seats.
  • If direct regional flights are not available, we can often offer add-on flights to a London airport at a competitive rate. Please ask us for details and a competitive quote.

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Our Accommodation on this holiday

Below is the accommodation featured on this holiday. If you are on a multi-centre holiday, these are highlights of the places where we stay. Please refer to your Holiday Information sheet (which can be found under View Departures & Book), for your departure date and for all your accommodation details.

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. 

Mosaic Hotel

The Mosaic City Hotel is located in the very heart of Madaba, within short walking distance from the Church of St. George which houses the famous mosaic map of the Holy Land. The hotel has 50 spacious rooms and all are equipped with modern amenities such as shower or bathtub, air conditioning and has a LCD screen TV with satellite TV channels,and mini bar.

Wadi Rum Campsite

At Wadi Rum we stay at a Bedouin desert Camp offering a “back to nature” experience. The tented accommodation, in true Bedouin style, offers dinner that has been baked in the ground and offers a wonderfully special and authentic experience.  Our in tented accommodation offers simple, yet adequate, shared, shower and toilet facilities (separated for men and women). There is no electricity at the camp after a certain time at night, so you will definitely need a torch here.