- Trek Ajloun and Dana Nature reserves
- float in the Dead Sea
- go canyoneering and abseiling through Wadi Mujib
- set your eyes on the Rose City of Petra
- savour a local Bedouin meal in the desert of Wadi Rum
Jordan is famed for its ancient past but its present is pretty darn compelling, too. The natural and man-made wonders of Petra and Wadi Rum have been drawing travellers here for ages, but the rough-hewn grandeur of Jordan has remained a secret known only to the boldest of thrill-seekers. Trek the rocky hills to isolated villages along the trails near Ajloun, hike down canyons towards the Dead Sea, and discover the Dana Biosphere Reserve. See for yourself why Jordan is a secret we just couldn’t keep to ourselves any longer.
Day 1 - Amman
After learning more about the tour and plans for the following day, choose to head out for an optional dinner at a local restaurant with the CEO and traveling companions. Amman is a very big city and there is not one central area to stay - hotels are spread out across various neighbourhoods within the city. For this reason, to move around the city in your free time, you will have to take a taxi, please feel free to ask your CEO for recommendations and assistance.
Day 2 - Amman
After breakfast, head north out of Amman to the lesser known region of Ajloun. The most common image of Jordan is that of an arid land covered in desert. Enjoy a short trek in Ajloun Nature Reserve. Transfer up to Ajloun passing through areas surrounded by woodland, olive groves, and strong oak trees. A hidden gem in Jordan, the area's natural beauty is impressive.
Day 3 - ‘Ajlūn
Begin today with a short bus ride to Wadi Mujib, and spend the morning hiking, abseiling, climbing, and walking down to the Dead Sea. From Wadi Mujib, continue the short distance to the Dead Sea. Known for its high salinity, opt to bob like a cork in the healing water or cover yourself in therapeutic mud. There is also the option to visit the site of Jesus' baptism. Overnight at the Dead Sea.
Day 4 - Dead Sea
Visit the Dana Nature Reserve, an oasis among the golden expanse of the desert. Take a guided walk through the reserve, following the Feathers Canyon Trail, which leads past Nabatean tombs to a breathtaking siq. Dana is a diverse environment containing a wide variety of plant life, including many that are endemic to the reserve. There are also several endangered species here to keep an eye out for.
Day 5 - Petra
Take the next two days to explore the site of Petra. First, head over to Al Beidha, also known as Little Petra. This site is literally hidden away in a mountain and is a miniature version of Petra, containing a number of notable tombs. It offers a glimpse of Petra without the crowds. After exploring this site, make the short trek over to Petra itself. The trail is approx 5km (3.1 mi) between the sites. The excitement builds when first glimpsing the Monastery from a vantage point high above the ruins of Petra. The rest of the day is free to explore the site, before heading back through the siq to the hotel. Approx travel times: Wadi Rum to Amman, 3.5 hrs
Day 6 - Petra
After breakfast, have the morning free to visit Petra again. The site is large, but you can set your own pace depending on the weather and the interests of the group. After the Nabatean ruins, drive to Wadi Rum, a vast, silent landscape of ancient riverbeds and the largest and most magnificent of Jordan's desert landscapes. There may be time this afternoon for a 4x4 trip into the desert. On arrival, head to a comfortable tented camp at Dissah Oasis in Wadi Rum Desert. Enjoy a traditional meal for dinner and learn more about this ancient culture. Be sure to keep a look out at the night sky; the absence of city lights means that the opportunities for star gazing are really impressive.
Day 7 - Wadi Rum
Visit a G Adventures supported community for a bike ride and traditional lunch before heading back to Jordan's capital for the evening.
Day 8 - Amman
Depart at any time.
- Hotels (5 nts)
- tented camp (1 nt)
- cabin in winter or bungalow in summer (1 nt).
- Wadi Rum
- Dead Sea
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