Mystical Jordan Trip: March, 2019

Jordan: Mystical Desert Wonders

March 22nd - 31st, 2019

Petra, one of the 7 Wonders of the World

Petra, one of the 7 Wonders of the World

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!

Friday, March 22nd

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.

Roman ruins in Jerash

Roman ruins in Jerash

Traditional Jordanian food

Traditional Jordanian food

A night market in Amman

A night market in Amman

Saturday, March 23rd

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.

Sunday, March 24th

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 ecolodges 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

Monday, March 25th

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

Tuesday, March 26th

Enjoy a roughly 2 hour jeep tour that 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. At each stop you have the opportunity to hike and scramble and explore in your own time. Later this day descend 1,000m to the lowest point on earth, at 400m below sea level. Enjoy a day relaxing at the Dead Sea, floating in the salty waters, rest by the pool or pamper yourself with spa treatments.

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

Overnight in the Dead Sea.

Desert hiking!

Desert hiking!

Wadi Rum jeep safari

Wadi Rum jeep safari

Tea time in Wadi Rum

Tea time in Wadi Rum

Wednesday, March 27th

Spend the day floating and relaxing at the Dead Sea at one of the resort hotels. 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.

Overnight in Amman.

Thursday, March 28th

After breakfast, get on the bikes and cycle all the way south along the Dead Sea Highway with an amazing scenery of the beach coast as you bike along. After cycling, you will be transferred to Amman. Cycling distance: 33.7 km +404 m / -405 m

Optional evening Arabic cooking class.

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

Friday, March 29th

Head north to walk through history in Jerash, 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.

Saturday, March 30th

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

Airport for departure.

 

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