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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 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!
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 in campsite accommodation.
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 Dana 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.
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, 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.
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.
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
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 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 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.
Transfer to Amman Airport for check-in and our return flight to London Heathrow.