Mystical Jordan Trip: April, 2019

Jordan: Mystical Desert Wonders

April 4th-12th, 2019

Petra, one of the 7 Wonders of the World

Petra, one of the 7 Wonders of the World

Join the fun in Jordan!

Join the fun in Jordan!

Bedouin camel guides

Bedouin camel guides

Jordan offers beautiful beaches; great scuba diving; fantastic food; camping, jeep safaris, and spectacular star gazing in white sand deserts; ancient Roman ruins; and Petra, one of the New Seven Wonders of the World and UNESCO World Heritage Site, yet very few travelers even consider visiting this small Middle Eastern nation. Jordan is a peaceful country wrongfully associated with the violence plaguing its neighboring countries that many people only know through it through Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade, fame. Jordan is easily one of my top 3 trips ever. So many people responded to my Jordan blog post about my adventures there cave surfing, desert camping, Red Sea diving, Dead Sea swimming, and hiking into the back entrance of Petra that I decided to plan a group trip there.

Details are still in the works but check your calendars, review the itinerary, and contact me with any questions or to let me know you're interested!

Thursday, April 4th

Arrive at Amman Airport. Amman is one of the oldest cities in the world, inhabited since the bronze age. The city is growing into a modern city, but retains its character and history.

Overnight in Amman.

Breathtaking views at every turn

Breathtaking views at every turn

Traditional Jordanian food

Traditional Jordanian food

Petra in the springtime

Petra in the springtime

Friday, April 5th

Start your visit to Jordan with a tour of the old city of Amman, exploring the Citadel and the Roman Theatre, two of the most popular archaeological sites in the city, and the Jordan Folklore Museum. Afterward visit one of Amman’s oldest neighborhoods, Jabal al-Weibdeh, passing by several art galleries, like Darat Al-Funun and Dar Al-Anda, museums, and local antiquities and handcraft shops. During the evening we introduce you to another side of Jordan by setting up a wine tasting session.

Overnight in Amman.

Saturday, April 6th

Explore 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. Visit the Shrine of the Beheading of Saint John the Baptist. Drive to Mount Nebo and wonder at the view where Moses looked across to the Promised Land and later died and was buried. Later on this day you will drive to Feynan Ecolodge, considered to be one of the top 10 rated eco lodges in the world rated by National Geographic.

Enjoy a guided sunset walk to a nearby hilltop for freshly-brewed Bedouin tea and stunning views westwards as the sun sets over the vast Wadi Araba deserts.

Overnight at Feynan Ecolodge

Sunday, April 7th

Morning activities are available, including having coffee with locals or taking an authentic vegetarian cooking class. All activity proceeds benefit the local Bedouin community. Depart Feynan and drive past Shobak for a panoramic view on the way to Petra.

Overnight in Petra.

The lesser-known path to Petra

The lesser-known path to Petra

Camels resting in the desert

Camels resting in the desert

Tea time in the desert after a day of hiking

Tea time in the desert after a day of hiking

Monday, April 8th

Explore a masterpiece half as old as time, the Red Rose city of Petra. Marvel at the beauty of the ‘Lost City’, exploring its many caves and tombs. Walk through the Siq, explore the Royal Tombs, and be astounded at the magnificent Treasury, the entrance guarding the ancient Nabatean city, now one of the Modern 7 Wonders of the World.

Drive to Wadi Rum (2 hours) and spend the night under the stars in the peaceful desert, enjoying th hospitality of the Bedouins.

Desert hiking!

Desert hiking!

Wadi Rum jeep safari

Wadi Rum jeep safari

Tea time in Wadi Rum

Tea time in Wadi Rum

Tuesday, April 9th

Leave the desert camp by jeep, driving South through fantastic scenery to the foot of the mountain. Um Ad Dami, at more than 1,800 metres, is the highest peak in Jordan, offering you a whole new perspective of the desert from its summit. To the South you can see the border to Saudi Arabia, to the North Jebel Rum (next to Rum village).

According to your ability, climbing to the summit and back to the desert floor takes approximately three hours. After which you will be transferred to your camp in Wadi Rum so as to relax and enjoy some lunch.

Before sunset, you will have a roughly 2 hour jeep tour following in the footsteps of Lawrence of Arabia, climbing sand dunes and rock bridges. The 2-hour jeep tour will allow you to travel around Wadi Rum’s valleys, canyons, dunes and deserts, discover rock inscriptions, majestic views of mountains and landscapes and narrow gorges.

Overnight in Wadi Rum.

Wednesday, April 10th

After an early breakfast, we’ll depart to the lowest place on earth. Enjoy a day relaxing at the Dead Sea, floating in the salty waters, rest by the pool or pamper yourself with spa treatments at a resort hotel. Enjoy the sunshine at the lowest point on earth, whilst trying out the invigorating mud bath to cleanse the skin. Later on this day you will be transferred to Amman.

*Drive from Wadi Rum onto the Dead Sea takes around 4.5 Hours*

Overnight in Amman.

Sunset in the desert

Sunset in the desert

Floating in the Dead Sea

Floating in the Dead Sea

Traditional Jordanian spices

Traditional Jordanian spices

Thursday, April 11th

Head north to walk through history in Jerash (1 hour drive), regarded as one of the most important and best preserved Roman cities in the Middle East. Drive to Ajloun and visit the castle, dominating the Ajloun skyline and built to ward off the Crusader armies at the key trade and pilgrimage intersection between Jerusalem, Cairo, Damascus and Mecca. Then visit a local home and savor an amazing Jordanian meal. Back to Amman to spend the night.

Overnight in Amman.

Friday, April 12th

Collection from your hotel in Amman and transfer to Queen Alia International

Airport for departure.

 

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