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This departure: Grade 5/SS
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.
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!
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.
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
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.
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!
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Transfer to Amman Airport for check-in and our return flight to London Heathrow.