from 1.550,00$
Book Now

08 days Jordan Light hiking trail

Not Rated

Duration

08 days and 07 nights

Tour Type

Daily Tour

Group Size

Unlimited

Languages

English

Itinerary

DAY 01: AMMAN QUEEN ALIA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT – AMMAN

Arrival at Amman airport. Handling of border formalities and transfer to the hotel in Amman with local assistant. Dinner & overnight.

DAY 02: AMMAN – WADI RUM

Breakfast, from Amman we immediately head south on the Desert Highway to Wadi Rum. On arrival we load our bags into vehicles which sets off to deliver them to our nightstop. After a picnic lunch we walk through one of the most powerfully evocative places in the Middle East, to our campsite. The legend of Lawrence of Arabia and his Arab revolt lives strongly here and scenes from the famous film were shot here - deep in the fabulous purple-black and yellow mountains that rise from the sands of the desert. We walk to southern Wadi, where Lawrence of Arabia used to live, continuing to the highest point on this day the Seven Pillars Mountains (950m). We generally arrive to the camp in the late afternoon as the hot desert sun starts to set, revealing an evening of incredibly clear skies studded with stars. The private campsite we use is intimate and for Explore's exclusive use. The camp is located away from the main road and tourist centre and within the Wadi Rum protected area with great views over the desert. The sleeping is communal in one of the large tents, a shared washroom with flushing toilets and showers is available during our stay. The rest of the evening is normally spent around a campfire, with spectacular desert stars overhead. Today's six-and-a-half kilometre walk is expected to take around two hours, along a flat route with some walking on soft sand.

DAY 03: WADI RUM FULL DAY HIKING

Breakfast, we spend the next day exploring the beautiful desert area of Wadi Rum. Starting from our desert camp, we walk in the footsteps of the early Nabatean traders. Spices, silks and perfumes were once carried along this same route. We will explore the northern side of Wadi Rum visiting the natural stone bridge, walk past sand dunes, follow camel foot prints and see inscriptions and graffiti on the weathered pink granite mountains. The desert is another world, inhabited by the Bedouin people for generations. After an unforgettable day's trekking through this remarkable desert scenery of sculpted sandstone canyons and pristine dunes, we return to our camp and enjoy another night under the star-studded sky. Today's 17 kilometre circular walk is expected to take around seven hours. Walking on mainly soft sand ascending gradually with stops for tea and lunch in the shade.

DAY 04: WADI RUM – PETRA HIKING

Breakfast, there is an optional two hour camel ride through a landscape of sandstone canyons. Non-riders are welcome to walk with the riders - quite a moderate pace, given the speed at which camels walk - or transfer ahead by 4WD to the road. The walk out if the desert descends from Wadi Rum to Edom (red) Mountains, we see the largest sand dunes area and pass the remains of Nabtain inscriptions in Jabel Elmezeet from 3rd century BC. Meeting our bus we drive northwards to Petra where our luggage is taken onto the campsite and we look forward to a day exploring this dazzling site on foot. We first enter via the twisting and colourful Siq gorge arriving at the famous Al-Khazneh (The Treasury). Continue through the heart of the ancient city climbing to the Royal Tomb and Roman Theatre before heading up to our basic campsite in the Wadi Shamassat. We have special permission from the Petra authorities to wild camp in this unique location, within walking distance of the Petra archaeological sites. This presents the opportunity to experience traditional Bedouin living arrangements in a large communal style goat hair tent, laid out with rugs, mattresses, pillows and blankets, this is where the group will eat, socialise and sleep. The camp is basic, there are no showers but a portable toilet and bowls of warm water will be provided for washing. This evening there is the option to return to Petra after dinner, for an enchanting tour of the old city by candlelight. Today's 13 kilometre walk is expected to take around five hours, descending to Edom and ascending 270 metres to the campsite.

DAY 05: PETRA FULL DAY VISIT WITH HIKE TO MONESTRY

Breakfast, today we head back to Petra to walk up to one of Petra's greatest monuments, Ad-Deir (The Monastery), set high above the city and almost hidden in the mountains. From our camp we trek across a wild and windswept plateau called Alzantour, overlooking the Wadi Araba to the ruins of Petra. Upon reaching the rim of Jabel Almatalah we are rewarded with a superb panorama over the mountains of Petra. From here we follow a trail along some spectacular ledges to arrive at the cliffs at the top of Petra where we enter via the Monastery (1,120m). This is the part of Petra which is visited the least and a unique and unforgettable vantage point offering excellent views out over the whole city. We walk down the steps from the Monastery and visit the church, Alhabes Castle, then to the main tombs and the Nabatean Temple. The remainder of the day is free to explore the site at leisure. In the late afternoon our trek follows a different route along small paths called Wadi Alturkmanyah back to our campsite. Today's 18 kilometre walk and guided tour is expected to take around seven hours, it is approximately a two hour walk to The Monastery.

DAY 06: PETRA – LITTLE PETRA HIKE – KERAK – MADABA

Breakfast, this morning we walk from the campsite to little Petra. The ruins of little Petra are approached from one end by the narrow canyon known as Siq Barid (the Cold Canyon). Inside the Little Petra valley the walls are lined with tombs and the remains of caves previously inhabited by the Nabateans. After visiting the site we drive along the Desert Highway before joining one of the oldest trade routes in the world, the King's Highway, up to the impressive Crusader Castle of Kerak, imposingly sited on a hilltop. Kerak became famous in the time of the Crusades as one of a chain of fortresses in the Holy War against Islam. The castle was built in 1132 by Baldwin of Jerusalem, a Crusader king. Later in the afternoon, we continue to the small, mainly Christian town of Madaba where we spend the night. Madaba is famous for its collection of extraordinary mosaics, including the Great Map of Palestine (6th century). Discovered in 1896, and only fragmentary, it contains a good picture of Jerusalem. This morning's three kilometre walk is expected to take around 45 minutes along a flat route.

DAY 07: MADABA - MOUNT NEBO – FLOATING ON DEAD SEA – VISIT JERASH – AMMAN

Breakfast, this morning we visit Jebel Neba, better known as Mount Nebo - the point from which Moses saw the Promised Land. From here we descend to the lowest place on earth, the shimmering Dead Sea. Surrounded by barren hills, this unique water body has an amazingly high salt content (33%) that means no animal life survives and that it is almost impossible to sink. The experience of floating naturally is unique and relaxing on the calm sea. There is also the opportunity for mud pack treatments, renowned for their precious mineral contents and their health and beauty benefits. We have access to the use of showers and washing facilities. After a float we continue ancient Jerash. Located in the Gilead Hills, it is considered to be the best-preserved city of the Decapolis, a confederation of ten Roman cities. One of the highlights of the Middle East, a triple arch gateway gives way to colonnaded streets, theatres, temples and baths. Particularly striking is the elegant forum - a fitting place to reflect on our exploration of this wonderful desert kingdom before we return to Amman. There may be time this afternoon to visit a Hamman in Amman.

DAY 08: AMMAN – AMMAN QUEEN ALIA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to the airport for departure.

Included/Excluded

  • - Meet & Assist with English Speaking representative from Flow Travel
  • - Transportation all through
  • - 07 nights’ Accommodation at the above-mentioned hotels on HB basis (breakfast & dinner)
  • - English Speaking guide all through touring days
  • - 02 hrs Jeep Safari tour in Wadi Rum
  • - 04 Lunches
  • - This tour meals can be arranged Vegetarian, Vegan, Halal and Kosher food options upon request
  • - Entrance fees to all mentioned sites
  • - Free Visa to Jordan
  • - Any tour not mentioned in the program.
  • - Any personal expenses, (Drinks on Beverage, Phone Calls, Laundries).
  • - Other meals are not included to give you maximum flexibility in deciding where, what and with whom to eat.
  • - Tips for Guide & driver
  • - Personal insurance
  • - Anything not mentioned in the including section

Tour's Location

Reviews

0/5
Not Rated
Based on 0 review
Excellent
0
Very Good
0
Average
0
Poor
0
Terrible
0
Showing 1 - 0 of 0 in total

Write a review

from 1.550,00$

Inquiry

You might also like