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Jewels of Jordan

from £2625
Hiking the spectacular landscapes of an ancient kingdom in Jordan.
  • Product Code 29350
  • Holiday Type Pioneer Holidays, Sightseeing And Walking Holidays, Experiential Holidays
  • Grade Grade 5
  • Holiday Duration 12 Nights

Picture a vast desert as far as the eye can see under a sky as blue as the deepest ocean. A land where Bedouins roam and where beauty is found in the most unexpected places. Cross the wild sands and desert canyons only to stumble across the lost city of Petra, carefully carved into pink sandstone cliffs. Float without a care in the Dead Sea and from your desert camp at Wadi Rum, gaze up into the night sky at the map of stars above your head.

Jordan is a hospitable, 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 walk to a spectacular 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 fully explore 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 truly a special place, with a history that dates back over 2,000 years and was once the crossroads of the trade routes between east and west.

En route to Madeba, we’ll see the mighty crusader castles at Shobak and Kerak and 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 and experiencing a fascinating country at its best.

Holiday Highlights

  • Walking the Ibn Hammad gorge.
  • Discovering the Rose Red City of Petra.
  • Gazing at the clear night sky at Wadi Rum.
  • Exploring the Dana Nature Reserve with its array of flora, fauna and extensive wildlife.
  • Floating in the Dead Sea.
  • Experiencing Bedouin culture.
The holiday inclusions and exclusions at a glance
Whats 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 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
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Please see Holiday Information Sheet for this holidays individual departures itinerary (located under Dates & Prices tab)

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 Dana Nature Reserve, with a beautiful and dramatic walk en route .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, perhaps higher depending on recent rains. We overnight at Dana for one night in campsite accommodation. Distance: 3kms / 2+ hours / Ascent and Descent 50m
  5. Day 5
    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.
  6. Day 6
    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!
  7. Day 7
    We spend the morning exploring the lunar landscape of Wadi Rum, travelling by jeep and walking through the canyon and climbing the sand dunes, accompanied by a local Bedouin guide. Later we continue on to Wadi Musa, the main town for Petra, where we stay for 4 nights’ accommodation.
  8. Day 8
    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.
  9. Day 9
    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. Distance: 6kms / 2+ hours / Ascent 50m Descent 200m
  10. Day 10
    Today’s walk is at the very top of level C. 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 750m. 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.
  11. Day 11
    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.
  12. Day 12
    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.
  13. Day 13
    Transfer to Amman Airport for check-in and our return flight to London Heathrow.

Travel Details

  • 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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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.


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23/03/2018

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£2699.00

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