Discover Jordan with donkeys and bedouins!
Images of the ancient Nabataean city of Petra, carved from the rock over a thousand years ago, have long been most people’s first impression of Jordan. While Petra is indeed one of the most stunning attractions in the Middle East, Jordan offers so much more for the modern traveller and for families with children.
A well-travelled bridge between sea and desert, east and west, the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan is a land of mesmerizing beauty and contrasts, from the Jordan Valley, fertile, ever changing, to the remote desert canyons, immense and still. We offer the visitors to explore splendid desert castles with donkeys and bedouins, gaze in awe at the haunting wilderness of Wadi Rum.
After trekking we suggest a bath in the restful waters of the Red Sea.
Duration: 8 days / 4 days trekking
Departure: all year
Price: from $3592 per person in double / twin room, discounts for children
- Accommodation as per program in a double/twin bed rooms in hotels or in dome tents in campings
- Meals as per itinerary, water included
- Transportation as per itinerary by a private A/C vehicle
- Meet and assist upon arrival
- local Bedouin escort for the hiking days (day 2, 3, 4)
- local English speaking guide in Petra (3 hours)
- Sightseeing and entrance fees as per itinerary
- Donkeys and local escort on days 2,3 and 4
- Free collective visa to Jordan (full passport details must be received 14 days before arrival) – law is subject to change with no notice.
- flight to / from Amman
- departure taxes (Jordan 10 JD pp roughly $15 pp at land borders if visited Jordan for more than 1 night). Airport tax is usually included in air-tickets. Taxes are subject to change with no notice.
- meals not mentioned in program and drinks during the meals
- travel insurance
- tips and personal expenses
- anything not mentioned under “the prices includes”
Arrival at Queen Alia International Airport - AmmanAccommodation
Overnight in Amman 3 stars hotel.
Arrive at Amman Airport where local guide will meet you and will assist with immigration, transfer to your hotel.
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.
Free time for dinner (not included) and overnight.
Amman - Gbour Whedat, hike with donkeysAccommodation
Overnight in wilderness camp in Gbour Whedat.
After breakfast departure from Amman heading to Shobak, Furon area (approx. 3 hours).
On this day we will start hiking from Furon past Ras Al-Feid towards Ghbour Whedat. Today we will witness astonishing views into the some of the most remote and wildest corners of Jordan. Contouring the Sharah Mountains, follow a trail of mostly clear Bedouin shepherd paths. The sheer peeks of black mountains overlooking our trail and steep precipitous drops of the canyons below make this day absolutely spectacular. We will gradually climb up the hills to enjoy more of the spectacular views over the desert below
Meals: Lunch box, dinner at the hotel.
Ghbour Whedat - Little Petra, hike with donkeysAccommodation
Overnight at a Bedouin Camp in Little Petra.
After yesterday’s very remote hike, today while we approach Little Petra, we will see signs of increasing human habitation. Along the way we will pass Bedouin camps, sheep pens, and small agricultural plots.
In this region between Ghbour Whedat and Little Petra we will also pass Nabatean ruins, some of which may include wine and olive presses, aqueducts and other ancient water infrastructures.
We will need to abandon the donkeys before entering into the canyon as there are scrambelling bits that the donkey cannot do, we will be meeting the donkeys again after visiting Little Petra, believed by archaeologist to be a “suburb” of Petra, and meant to house traders traveling along the silk road connecting Africa to Asia, Europe and Arabia. Visiting Little Petra, we will see rock carved facades, houses and other ancient buildings carved into the sandstone canyon.
Meals: Lunch box, dinner at the hotel.
Little Petra - Petra, hike with donkeysAccommodation
Hotel in Petra
After breakfast it’s time to start your hike. Enter Petra via ‘The Back Door’ avoiding most of the tourists. Good paths brings you down to 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.
Meals: lunch in Basin restaurant, free dinner (not included).
Petra - Wadi RumAccommodation
Overnight in Wadi Rum, beduin tents.
Head back into the Nabatean Red Rose city of Petra for a second visit. Enter the city through 1.2KM 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, Romanstyle theatres, temples, sacrificial altars and colonnaded streets.
In the afternoon transfer by Jeep to Wadi Rum where you will enjoy the wilderness of a sunset in the enchanting desert. Enjoy the hospitality of the Bedouins and a quiet night under the stars.
Driving distance: Petra to Wadi rum – Approx. 2 hours.
No donkeys from this day onwards.
Meals: lunch in local restaurant, dinner in hotel.
Wadi Rum Jeep tour - Dead SeaAccommodation
hotel near Dead sea
Enjoy a roughly 3 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 transfer to the Dead Sea, 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.
Driving distance – Approx. 4 hours 15 mins.
Meals: free time for lunch and for dinner (not included).
Dead Sea - AmmanAccommodation
Hotel in Amman
In the morning tranasfer to Amman. Free time for visiting the old city of Amman, exploring the Citadel and the Roman Theatre, two of the most popular archaeological sites in the city. Then walk through the old markets viewing Al-Husseini Mosque and stop at a local restaurant to taste authentic Falafel and Hummus.
From Dead Sea to Amman is approximately 1 hour drive.
Meals: lunch in local restaurant, free time for dinner (not included).