This adventure is one of several challenges created to support our Refugee Campaign 2017/2018. We have chosen to run this event in collaboration with the Jordan tourist board to celebrate and show gratitude to a country that has welcomed hundreds of thousands of refugees since the war began and to spread the word that Jordan remains a safe and welcoming destination.
The trip will begin with exploring the rich history and culture of Jordan and experiencing the famous hospitability and the traditional life in the local community. Experience the capital city Amman, visit Jerash, one of the most preserved Greco- Roman cities in the Middle East; and Ajloun castle, which was built to ward off the Crusader armies at the key trade and pilgrimage intersection between Jerusalem, Cairo, Damascus and Mecca. Meet the local host at the olive groves, to see the trees that have provided olives for hundreds of years. Visit our host's family home, where you will be introduced to the culture and daily life of the host community, and sample a delicious feast of traditional food cooked by his family. A great opportunity to ask questions about life in rural Jordan!
The challenge begins in Dana, from where we will cover 80km of dessert trail reaching the ancient Petra in 5 days. This trekking route is considered by National Geographic to be one of the world’s best hikes. Join us in December and see for yourself. If trekking isn't your thing then check out the rest of the challenges on our website in support of the Refugee Campaign. Thank you for your support.
Day 1: Arrival and Welcome
Meet and assist at Queen Alia International Airport and transfer to your hotel in Amman.
Day 2: Amman City Tour - Experience the Capital
After breakfast, spend a full day exploring Amman. Our experienced guide will start with teaching you a few Arabic greetings, that will help you communicate with the Jordanians you will meet on your tour. Throughout the trips, we'll add a few more words in which help for you to engage with the people you meet. Many people speak English, but you'll get a warm reception as you use some Arabic. We'll start with visiting the Citadel, where in the Old Testament King David arranged to have his lover's husband murdered. The citadel overlooks the amphitheatre and old downtown. We then drive Jebel Webdeh, the arts and cultural district passing art galleries and local antiquities and handcraft shops. We then drive to 1st Circle and start our walking tour on Rainbow street, lined with cafes, before descending colourful steps into the heart of the old city, passing Wild Jordan, a division of the Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature. Stopping at local restaurants to sample falafel, hummus and the Arab delicacy, Kenafah, eaten at times of celebration. Continue through the streets and markets, visiting the Husseini mosque and time permitting the amphitheatre. The evening will provide time to relax in the hotel or explore the various local restaurants to sample Jordanian food.
Day 3: Jerash - Ajloun - Meal in Family Home
Pick up from Amman and drive north to Jerash, one of the most preserved Greco- Roman cities in the Middle East. After enjoying the ruins and souk at Jerash, proceed to Ajloun and visit the castle, dominating the Ajloun skyline. It was built to ward off the Crusader armies at the key trade and pilgrimage intersection between Jerusalem, Cairo, Damascus and Mecca. We then head to the village of Orjan for an experience of more traditional life. Meeting our local host at the olive groves, to see the trees that have provided olives for hundreds of years. We then take a short walk to our host's family home, where you will be introduced to the culture and daily life of the host community, and sample a delicious feast of traditional food cooked by his family. A great opportunity to ask questions about life in rural Jordan. Return to Amman for the evening.
Day 4: Mount Nebo - Madaba - Kerak
After breakfast, you start the journey to the south, beginning with Mount Nebo and wonder at the view where Moses looked across to the Promised Land and later died and was buried. Then on to the town of Madaba and discover the amazing Byzantine mosaics excavated from throughout the town. See the ‘Madaba Map’, the oldest preserved mosaic map of the Holy Lands. Continue south to the ancient crusader castle in Karak, exploring the maze of stone- vaulted halls and passageways. The city of Karak was the capital of Moab and the castle dominates the skyline. The castle provides an impressive insight into the architectural and military skills of the Crusaders. Head to the Dana Nature Reserve overlooking the Wadi Dana. Time to explore the old village and stroll around enjoying the fresh air and views.
Day 5: Hike from Dana Village to Feynan Ecolodge
Your first day hiking will start from Dana Guest House, 1,200m above sea level, and head west into Dana valley with your trekking guides. The trail drops steeply at first and then levels into a more gradual descent through the Dana Biosphere Reserve towards the eco-lodge at Feynan. The reserve, Jordan's largest, includes four distinct bio-geographical zones, which means that Dana supports an astonishing diversity of birds, plants, and animals. On your way down the valley you may see Griffin Vultures overhead as well as hyrax and copper-blue lizards on the rocks; if you're lucky you might even catch a glimpse of an ibex or a desert fox, or see the footprint of a wolf in the dust. Finish at the highly acclaimed Feynan Eco-Lodge. Every day, a guided sunset walk (free) leads from the lodge on a short walk (around 20-30 min) up to a nearby hilltop, for freshly Bedouin tea and stunning views westwards as the sun sets over the vast Wadi Araba deserts. The sunset walk is well worth the visit! Total Distance: 14km
Day 6: Hike from Wadi Feynan to Furon
From Wadi Feynan through the historic landscape around Feynan, where copper has been mined for some 3000 years. Mining reached it peak under the Romans, when thousands of slaves died here working the mines and furnaces, and millions of tonnes of ore were smelted into a metal that was exported all over the empire. As you walk out of Feynan you will see the mountains of slag that are the waste product of this ancient industry, as well as ruined buildings from the Nabataean and Roman periods. As you pass the entrance to Wadi Ghweir you'll ascend up through the mountains with great views behind. In the afternoon you’ll reach the camp set up by our crew at Furon. Total Distance: 19km
Day 7: Hike from Ras Al Feid to Ghbour Whedat
On this day, you will start hiking from Ras Al-Feid towards Ghbour Whedat. You will also experience some astonishing views into the remotest wildest corners of Jordan. Contouring the Sharah Mountains and follow a trail of mostly clear Bedouin shepherd trails. On the remotest sections of the trail you are on less taken and hence harder to identify hunters’ paths. The sheer peeks of black mountains overlooking our trail and steep precipitous drops of the canyons below make this day absolutely spectacular, and will gradually climb up the hills following Bedouin shepherds paths, to uncover more of the spectacular views over the desert below. Overnight in a Wilderness camp Total Distance: 16km
Day 8: Trek from Ghbour Whedat to Little Petra
Between Gbour Whedat and little Petra you will pass many sites such as Ba'ajah ruins, siq Ba'ajah,the Nabataeans wine and olive presses, water tanks, wells and the Nabataean rock carved facades and then on to Little Petra visiting the site (a mini version of Petra). Then continue following the timeline markers through history to the remains of a Neolithic village. Total Distance: 14km
Day 9: Trek from Little Petra to Petra
After breakfast it's time to start your hike. Enter Petra via ‘The Back Door’ avoiding most of the tourists. Good tracks go pleasantly down Wadi Ghurab amidst sandstone mountains guarding the approaches to Petra. This way follows a Nabataean route out of the valley and skirting round the final mountain on a natural rock terrace which has been ‘improved’ for the safety of walkers. Even so, it still narrows slightly before reaching a hidden plateau high above the impressive chasm of Wadi Siyyagh. Just beyond, carved into the cliff face, ‘The Monastery’ suddenly comes into view, where there is a Bedouin café for refreshments if you would like. Nabataean steps then lead down into ancient Petra; your route then takes you through Wadi Muthlim (weather dependent) to Wadi Musa and your Petra hotel accommodation. If the weather is poor, there is an alternative route to our hotel is via Wadi Al-Khayl. Total Distance: 14km
Day 10: 2nd Day in Petra
After breakfast, head back into the Nabatean Red Rose city of Petra, one of the 7 world wonders and a UNESCO World Heritage site. Enter the city through 1KM long narrow gorge called the Siq, which is flanked either side by 80m high cliffs! Notice the dazzling colors and formations of the rocks. The site is massive, and contains hundreds of elaborated rock-cut tombs, a treasury, Roman-style theatres, temples, sacrificial altars and colonnaded streets. More time to visit other trails and sites inside Petra, such as the High Place of Sacrafice. Drive to Wadi Rum and spend the night under the stars in the peaceful desert, enjoying the hospitality of the Bedouins.
Day 11: Wadi Rum - Aqaba
After breakfast, you will start your desert adventure with a camel ride out into the magical mountainous desert. You will then meet you bedouin hosts and start a jeep safari exploring this World Heritage Site, traveling around Wadi Rum’s valleys, canyons, dunes and deserts, discover rock inscriptions, majestic views of mountains and landscapes and narrow gorges. At each stop you have the opportunity to hike and scramble and explore in your own time. You enjoy a simple lunch cooked in the desert in the shade of the mountains. In the late afternoon, head to Aqaba, Jordan's only port city and access to the Red Sea.
Day 12: Boat Ride, Snorkelling and Lunch
Visit the Bernice Beach Club with full use of the pools and beach access for the day and enjoy a magnificent three hours experience of coral viewing on our glass bottom yacht & snorkeling with BBQ lunch included. Overnight in Dead Sea
Day 13: Departure
Enjoy breakfast at your hotel. Time to float in the salty waters of the Dead Sea, relax by the pool, and experience the various treatments in the spa. After this relaxing finish to your tour, you'll depart and proceed to the Queen Alia International Airport
- Transfers as specified in itinerary
- Meals as specified in the itinerary
- Entrance fees
- English speaking guide and driver
- Full day jeep Safari with lunch
- Approx 1 hour Camel ride in Wadi Rum
- Boat ride in Aqaba
- Personal expenses
- Travel/Medical insurance
- Drinks with meals in restaurants
- Tips for guide, drivers and at restaurants
Making a booking
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|Wednesday 13th Dec 2017 - Monday 25th Dec 2017||£1,800|
|Tuesday 11th Dec 2018 - Sunday 23rd Dec 2018||£1,800|
|Friday 1st May 2020 - Thursday 14th May 2020||£1,995|