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Jewels of Jordan

Hiking the spectacular landscapes of an ancient kingdom...

Picture a vast desert as far as the eye can see under a sky as blue as the deepest ocean. A land where Bedouins roam and where beauty is found in the most unexpected places. Cross the wild sands and desert canyons only to stumble across the lost city of Petra, carefully carved into pink sandstone cliffs. Float without a care in the Dead Sea and from your desert camp at Wadi Rum, gaze up into the night sky at the map of stars above your head.

Jordan is a hospitable, majestic and captivating country. We’ll explore the capital Amman, with its colourful bazaars, ancient citadel and museums, and visit the best preserved Roman city in the Near East at Jerash, with its spectacular temples and forum.

We will take a dramatic walk from the hot springs at Ibn Hammad, en route to our campsite at Dana, and walk to a spectacular Eco lodge at Feynan. We’ll explore the spectacular canyon and sand dunes of Wadi Rum, enjoying the quiet and colour of the desert, and fully explore the Red Rose city of Petra, set deep inside the narrow gorge with its walls rising two hundred metres from the desert floor. Petra is truly a special place, with a history that dates back over 2,000 years and was once the crossroads of the trade routes between east and west.

En route to Madeba, we’ll see the mighty crusader castles at Shobak and Kerak and swim (or float!) in the Dead Sea, and visit Mount Nebo, from where Moses viewed the Promised Land. At Madeba, we’ll see the ancient mosaic map of the Holyland. This is a journey through history, seeing and experiencing a fascinating country at its best.
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You love travel and dynamic experiences. You like to push yourself or experience something completely new because the rewards make it worth the effort. You enjoy discovering the wonders of the country, whilst at the same time finding out about yourself. Previous outdoor activity experience may be essential for some of these holidays. Some holidays may have a high degree of adventure but are not necessarily over energetic. These holidays involved a heightened sense of adventure for example on water or zip wire. Where walking is involved the climate might make walking more challenging and occasionally ascents may be up to 900m.



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    20 Oct 2017
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    12
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    Level C
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    London (Heathrow)
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    £2,599
    Date
    22 Dec 2017
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    12
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    Level C
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    Date
    23 Mar 2018
    Nights
    12
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    19 Oct 2018
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  • Itinerary & Map
    20 Oct 2017 - 01 Nov 2017

    Day 1 - Amman
    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.

    Day 2 - Amman
    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!

    Day 3 - Amman
    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.

    Day 4 - Dana
    Leaving Amman today, we travel south to the Dana Nature Reserve, with a beautiful and dramatic walk en route (approx. 3-4 hours over rocky ground). 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. We overnight at Dana for one night in campsite accommodation.

    Day 5 - Feynan
    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.

    Day 6 - Wadi Rum
    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!

    Day 7 - Petra
    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.

    Day 8 - Petra
    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.

    Day 9 - Petra
    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.

    Day 10 - Petra
    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 will take approximately seven hours with an ascent of about 500m. 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.

    Day 11 - Madaba
    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.

    Day 12 - Madaba
    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.

    Day 13 - -
    Transfer to Amman Airport for check-in and our return flight to London Heathrow.


  • Accommodation

    Amman (3), Dana (1), Feynan (1), Wadi Rum (1), Petra (4), Madeba (2). Half board in comfortable hotels plus tented accommodation at Dana and Wadi Rum and an eco-lodge at Feynan. All exciting experiences!

  • What's Included
    • Return flights and transfers.
    • Half board en suite accommodation.
    • Local guides.
    • All entrance fees & transport costs.

  • Holiday Highlights
    • Walking the Ibn Hammad gorge.
    • Discovering the Rose Red City of Petra.
    • Gazing at the clear night sky at Wadi Rum.
    • Exploring the Dana Nature Reserve with its array of flora, fauna and extensive wildlife.
    • Floating in the Dead Sea.
    • Experiencing Bedouin culture.

  • Travel Information & Regional Departures
    • Arrival transfer by road (c45mins).
    • Flights: Heathrow-Amman (c5hrs 15mins), Royal Jordanian.
    • UK add-on flights from £150 return, British Airways.
    • Upgrades: Business Class available, please ask for a competitive quote.

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Activity Level
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You love travel and dynamic experiences. You like to push yourself or experience something completely new because the rewards make it worth the effort. You enjoy discovering the wonders of the country, whilst at the same time finding out about yourself. Previous outdoor activity experience may be essential for some of these holidays. Some holidays may have a high degree of adventure but are not necessarily over energetic. These holidays involved a heightened sense of adventure for example on water or zip wire. Where walking is involved the climate might make walking more challenging and occasionally ascents may be up to 900m.



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