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Jordan Passage to Petra Trekking

Dazzling Antiquities, Bedouin Paths & the Dead Sea

 

With stunning desert landscapes and wondrous historical sights, Jordan exemplifies the magic of the Middle East! On this 12-day adventure, experience the country's highlights and its lesser-known desert routes as you hike through the Dana Biosphere Reserve and take Bedouin paths through the Sharah Mountains. Your reward for six days of epic hiking? Quiet sunset strolls, tea on the dunes, and nights under endless desert skies. Treasure every moment as you explore ancient Petra, float in the Dead Sea, and behold views across the biblical Promised Land from Mount Nebo.

  • Experience the wonders of Jordan on this incredible 12-day adventure that combines antiquity and hiking

  • Be amazed by the beautifully preserved Roman city Jerash and globally treasured, UNESCO-listed Petra

  • Enjoy luxury in nature at serene ecolodges and traditional accommodations in Bedouin desert camps

Arrive:

Amman, Jordan

Depart:

Amman, Jordan

Price: from $6,595

Duration:

12 Days

Departures:

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Group Size:

2-14 Guests

Min Age:

16 yrs

Activity:

Level 4

This trip includes hikes up to 11.5 miles on five days with significant ascents and descents and walking for sightseeing on several other days.
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  • Arrive in Amman

    Day 1

    Welcome to Jordan! Meet your MT Sobek representative at Queen Alia International Airport and transfer to your hotel in Amman. Enjoy an activity today, depending upon your flight arrival time. Later in the evening, enjoy a welcome dinner at a local restaurant.

    Accommodation: InterContinental Jordan Hotel-Amman, Jordan

    A well-known landmark in bustling Amman, the five-star InterContinental Jordan Hotel offers cosmopolitan amenities with a Middle Eastern touch, from international cuisine to spa, fitness center, two swimming pools, and excellent views. Guests also enjoy Wi-Fi throughout the hotel. Located atop one of the seven hills of Amman, the hotel boasts easy proximity to the city center and historic sites.

    Meals: Dinner

  • Discover Amman

    Day 2

    Start today at Amman Citadel, where in the Old Testament King David arranged to have his lover's husband murdered. Drive to Jebel Webdeh, the arts and cultural district, passing art galleries, antiquities, and handicraft shops. Then take a walking tour of the old city, stopping at local restaurants to sample falafel, hummus, and kenafah, an Arab delicacy eaten at times of celebration. Continue through the streets and markets, visiting the Al-Husseini mosque and, time permitting, the Roman amphitheater. Tonight experience another side of Jordan with a wine tasting and dinner.

    Accommodation: InterContinental Jordan Hotel-Amman, Jordan

    A well-known landmark in bustling Amman, the five-star InterContinental Jordan Hotel offers cosmopolitan amenities with a Middle Eastern touch, from international cuisine to spa, fitness center, two swimming pools, and excellent views. Guests also enjoy Wi-Fi throughout the hotel. Located atop one of the seven hills of Amman, the hotel boasts easy proximity to the city center and historic sites.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Journey to Jerash & Ajloun

    Day 3

    Head north to stroll through history in Jerash, regarded as one of the most important and best-preserved Roman cities in the Middle East. After absorbing the wonders of Jerash, drive to Ajloun and visit the castle, which dominates the skyline and was built to ward off the Crusader armies at the key trade and pilgrimage intersection between Jerusalem, Cairo, Damascus and Mecca. Before heading back to Amman, visit a local home and savor a delicious home-cooked Jordanian meal.

    Accommodation: InterContinental Jordan Hotel-Amman, Jordan

    A well-known landmark in bustling Amman, the five-star InterContinental Jordan Hotel offers cosmopolitan amenities with a Middle Eastern touch, from international cuisine to spa, fitness center, two swimming pools, and excellent views. Guests also enjoy Wi-Fi throughout the hotel. Located atop one of the seven hills of Amman, the hotel boasts easy proximity to the city center and historic sites.

    Transportation: 3-hour private van transfer

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

  • Head South to Mount Nebo & Madaba

    Day 4

    After breakfast, drive south to Mount Nebo and wonder at the view where Moses looked across to the Promised Land and later died and was buried. Continue to Madaba, where you discover the town's amazing Byzantine mosaics and the Madaba Map - the oldest preserved mosaic map of the Holy Land. After lunch head to the ancient Crusader castle in Karak, exploring the maze of stone- vaulted halls and passageways. Arrive at the Dana Nature Reserve overlooking Wadi Dana, and explore the old village before settling in for dinner.

    Accommodation: Dana Guesthouse-Dana Nature Reserve

    The Dana Guesthouse is perched on the edge of Wadi Dana, just steps from the trailhead for your first day's hike. A beautifully styled building, the guesthouse offers breathtaking views of the Dana Biosphere Reserve. There are nine rooms - most with private terraces - and all bathrooms are public. The guesthouse offers traditional Jordanian food and friendly service.

    Transportation: 3-hour private van transfer

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Hike from Dana to Feynan Ecolodge

    Day 5

    Begin your hike at Dana Guesthouse (4,000') and head west into Dana Valley. The trail drops steeply and then descends gradually through the Dana Biosphere Reserve. Jordan's largest reserve includes four distinct bio-geographical zones supporting an astonishing diversity of flora and fauna. Look for Griffon vultures, hyrax, copper-blue lizards, and, if you're lucky, ibex or desert fox. Finish at the Feynan Ecolodge, from where a guided sunset walk takes you to a nearby hilltop for fresh Bedouin tea and stunning views of the sunset over the vast Wadi Araba desert.

    Accommodation: Feynan Ecolodge-Wadi Feynan, Jordan

    In the heart of the mountainous Dana Biosphere Reserve, Feynan Ecolodge is an award-winning, solar (and at night candle) powered, 26-room accommodation. Beautifully and sustainably designed to fit in with its surroundings, Feynan offers guests authentic Bedouin hospitality amidst stunning natural beauty. Activities include adventuring through the untouched outdoors, sipping tea with native Bedouins, exploring local archaeological sites, or simply unwinding on the serene property.

    Activity: 4-5 hours/8.5 miles hiking with 750' elevation gain & 3,750' elevation loss

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Hike from Wadi Feynan to Furon

    Day 6

    Start early on a challenging hike to Furon. Walk through the historic landscape around Feynan, where copper has been mined for 3,000 years. As you leave Feynan, see the slag mountains that are the waste product of this ancient industry, plus ruins from the Nabataean and Roman periods. Pass through the entrance to Wadi Ghweir and ascend with great views. This is a steep and challenging section of the route, but extremely rewarding. In the afternoon, reach your camp on a beautiful, open plateau in Furon.

    Accommodation: MT Sobek Camp-Furon, Jordan

    Our camp at Furon lies on a flat plateau with open space and spectacular mountain views. Like Ghbour Whedat, the spacious tents come with thick pads, blankets, sleeping bags, and pillows to maximize comfort. Enjoy fresh food prepared by our Bedouin camping crew and relax in the peaceful landscape.

    Activity: 8-9 hours/11.5 miles hiking with 4,460' elevation gain & 1,575' elevation loss

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Hike from Furon to Ghbour Whedat

    Day 7

    After breakfast, start your hike past Ras Al-Feid towards Ghbour Whedat. Enjoy amazing views into the remotest and wildest corners of Jordan! Contouring the Sharah Mountains, follow a trail of Bedouin shepherd trails. On the remotest sections of the trail, you are walking on less traveled and harder-to-identify hunters' paths. The sheer peaks of black mountains overlooking the trail and steep precipitous drops of the canyons below make this day absolutely spectacular, with one view outdone by the next.

    Accommodation: MT Sobek Camp-Ghbour Whedat

    Escape the city in Ghbour Whedat, a dry river valley surrounded by desert vegetation and sheltered by large boulders. Spacious tents come with thick pads, blankets, sleeping bags, and pillows to maximize comfort. Our Bedouin camping crew prepares fresh food consisting of traditional local flavors and ingredients. Deeply relax in this peaceful setting by stargazing, drinking tea, or practicing yoga.

    Activity: 6-7 hours/10 miles hiking with 2,450' elevation gain & 3,020' elevation loss

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Hike from Ghbour Whedat to Little Petra

    Day 8

    Hiking between Ghbour Whedat and Little Petra (Siq al-Barid) today, pass many sights including Ba'ajah ruins, Nabataean wine and olive presses, water tanks, wells, and Nabataean rock-carved facades. Arrive in Little Petra - a mini, magical version of Petra - and then continue following the timeline markers through history to the remains of a Neolithic village. Tonight have an unforgettable desert experience as you sleep under the stars in an authentic Bedouin camp.

    Accommodation: Little Petra Bedouin Camp

    Nestled in the rocks of Little Petra, this camp welcomes guests with traditional Bedouin warmth and hospitality - serving them a cup of Bedouin tea or coffee and some local bread with olive oil and zaatar (spice). The camp is a combination of luxury and authenticity. Each tent has a private bathroom and shower, air conditioning and a panoramic glass wall with curtains. There's also a dining tent and an outdoor seating area around the fire to sit out under the stars and enjoy the glow of lanterns on the rocks and the desert moonlight.

    Activity: 5-6 hours/8.5 miles hiking with 2,000' elevation gain & 1,850' elevation loss

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Hike from Little Petra to Petra

    Day 9

    Hike along good tracks that go pleasantly down Wadi Ghurab amidst sandstone mountains guarding the approaches to Petra. This route follows a Nabataean path out of the valley and skirts around the final mountain on a natural rock terrace that narrows slightly before reaching a hidden plateau high above the impressive chasm of Wadi Siyyagh. Just beyond, carved into the cliff face, the monumental Monastery (aka Ad Deir) comes into view. Nabataean steps lead down into ancient Petra; our back-door, a route that avoids tourists and goes through Wadi Muthlim to Wadi Musa and to your hotel.

    Accommodation: Petra Marriott Hotel

    Activity: 8 hours/11.5 miles hiking with negligible elevation gain/loss

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Explore Ancient Petra & Travel to Wadi Rum

    Day 10

    Today, visit other trails and sights inside Petra including the Siq. Feeling bold? Visit less-touristic spots such as the Canyon of the Sig, Al-Khubtha Mountain or the High Place of Sacrifice, exploring ancient rock-carved ruins and climbing steep ancient Nabataean steps along the way to magnificent panoramic views. After lunch, drive to Wadi Rum and have a thrilling 4WD sunset adventure, following in the footsteps of Lawrence of Arabia, climbing sand dunes and rock bridges. Back at camp, enjoy a delicious Bedouin dinner and a starry night in the desert.

    Accommodation: Sun City Bedouin Camp Wadi Rum-Wadi Rum, Jordan

    Each Bedouin-themed tent has a private bathroom with shower, heated mattress, and colorful carpets. Activities include sunset camel rides, hot air balloon rides, and 4WD tours. And dinners of delectable, fresh, local cuisine are cooked underground!

    Transportation: 1.5-hour private van transfer

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Journey from Wadi Rum to the Dead Sea

    Day 11

    After having breakfast in Wadi Rum, drive to the lowest point on earth to float and relax in the Dead Sea. Enjoy the sunshine and views while trying out an invigorating mud bath to cleanse the skin. Come evening, enjoy a festive farewell dinner!

    Accommodation: Dead Sea Marriott Resort & Spa-Sweimeh, Dead Sea

    The Dead Sea Marriott Resort & Spa boasts a picture-perfect location on the enthralling eponymous sea's sandy shores. The hotel welcomes guests with five-star resort lodging and many amenities. The spacious, stylishly appointed rooms and suites provide wonderful views of the Dead Sea, deluxe bedding, and more. Facilities include multiple dining options, several pools, spa, bar, and beach access with an attendant and supply of nourishing Dead Sea mud.

    Activity: Float in the Dead Sea

    Transportation: 1.5-hour private van transfer

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Depart from Jordan

    Day 12

    Today bid the group and Jordan farewell, and transfer to Queen Alia International Airport for your homeward-bound flight.

    Transportation: 1-hour private van transfer

    Meals: Breakfast

Jordan Passage to Petra Trekking

Detailed Itinerary

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What to Expect

 

Why take this trip with us?

Reason #01

Experiencing Jordan is a great entree to the rest of the Middle East.

Reason #02

This trip is expertly led by local Jordanian guides-who have been leading groups through the country for many years.

Reason #03

This trip includes 6 days of remote hiking on the Jordan Trail through Bedouin settlements.

Meet your guides

Ayman Abd-Alkareem

Ayman Abd-Alkareem

Ayman grew up in Jordan's historic capital city, Amman. He studied Tourism and Archeology at university and then qualified as a licensed guide. Ayman is a passionate person: he loves his country, he loves hiking and exploring the trails, canyons and deserts of Jordan, and he loves sharing Jordan with visitors. He even helped with the scouting and mapping of the Jordan Trai! Ayman has guided thousands of visitors from various nations and backgrounds and cultures. His infectious smile and hospitable personality mean you meet him as a guide, but leave with a new friend.

Jawad Aburumman

Jawad Aburumman

Jawad Aburumman Jawad grew up in Amman, where he studied Accounting at the University of Jordan. He became a licensed guide to pursue his love for hiking and exploring the trails, canyons and deserts of Jordan. His local expertise and knowledge provides the perfect support in exploring the beautiful country.

Activities

Insightful cultural touring of Jordan's top sites with six days hiking up to 9 hours per day on Bedouin paths and mountain trails.

Lodging

A perfect blend of luxurious five-star hotels, comfortable hotels with modern amenities, and MT Sobek trail camps.

Climate

Temperatures range from lows in the mid-to-high 40's and highs in the low 60's to low 70's. There is a slight possibility of rain.

FAQ

Who will meet me on arrival?

Our MTS representative will meet you on arrival at Queen Alia International Airport in Amman.

Do I need a visa to travel to Jordan?

Yes, American citizens need a visa to travel to Jordan, but you can get one on arrival at the airport in Amman.

Do I need to follow a special dress code for Jordan?

No, there is no special dress code for Jordan, but when hiking out of respect for the local Bedouin culture, please leave immodest clothing at home.

Is there Wi-Fi at all the accommodations?

There is Wi-Fi everywhere except when camping, but the bandwidth at Feynan is not great, so you might not have strong connectivity.

Is it very hot when we're hiking in the desert?

Because of when we travel in March, April and November, the temperatures during the day are moderate and hiking is comfortable. We also leave early to avoid the heat of the day.

How do I get to Jordan?

Royal Jordanian Airlines flies nonstop from some US cities to Amman. Other airlines flying to Amman include Lufthansa, Turkish Airlines, British Airways, Emirates and Austrian Airlines.

Does this trip contribute to any local conservation efforts?

Yes! This trip stays at the award-winning Feynan Ecolodge in the Dana Biosphere Reserve, which supports the Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature to protect the biodiversity in Jordan's desert.

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Additional costs

  • $950 Single Supplement

Price Includes

  • Expert leadership from experienced adventure guides
  • Accommodations as noted in the itinerary
  • Meals as noted in the daily itinerary
  • Potable water and snacks throughout
  • 1 glass of wine or beer at dinner (except on Day 4 at Dana Nature Reserve and Day 5 at Feynan Ecolodge)
  • All tips and gratuities for support staff with the exception of your lead adventure guide(s)
  • All necessary specialty activity gear
  • All group entrance fees, activities, and ground transportation
  • Individual or small group arrival and departure airport transfers

Price does not include

  • International airfare, any airport taxes, or excess baggage charges
  • Dinner on Day 3
  • Optional tips to your lead adventure guides
  • Personal expenses such as medical immunizations, phone calls, laundry, or souvenirs
  • Airport transfers if arriving outside of Day 1 and departing outside Day 12
  • Optional travel protection
  • Wine or beer at dinner on Day 4 at Dana Nature Reserve and Day 5 at Feynan Ecolodge

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2022

Scheduled Dates

Additional costs

  • $950 Single Supplement

Price Includes

  • Expert leadership from experienced adventure guides
  • Accommodations as noted in the itinerary
  • Meals as noted in the daily itinerary
  • Potable water and snacks throughout
  • 1 glass of wine or beer at dinner (except on Day 4 at Dana Nature Reserve and Day 5 at Feynan Ecolodge)
  • All tips and gratuities for support staff with the exception of your lead adventure guide(s)
  • All necessary specialty activity gear
  • All group entrance fees, activities, and ground transportation
  • Individual or small group arrival and departure airport transfers

Price does not include

  • International airfare, any airport taxes, or excess baggage charges
  • Dinner on Day 3
  • Optional tips to your lead adventure guides
  • Personal expenses such as medical immunizations, phone calls, laundry, or souvenirs
  • Airport transfers if arriving outside of Day 1 and departing outside Day 12
  • Optional travel protection
  • Wine or beer at dinner on Day 4 at Dana Nature Reserve and Day 5 at Feynan Ecolodge

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Additional costs

  • $950 Single Supplement

Price Includes

  • Expert leadership from experienced adventure guides
  • Accommodations as noted in the itinerary
  • Meals as noted in the daily itinerary
  • Potable water and snacks throughout
  • 1 glass of wine or beer at dinner (except on Day 4 at Dana Nature Reserve and Day 5 at Feynan Ecolodge)
  • All tips and gratuities for support staff with the exception of your lead adventure guide(s)
  • All necessary specialty activity gear
  • All group entrance fees, activities, and ground transportation
  • Individual or small group arrival and departure airport transfers

Price does not include

  • International airfare, any airport taxes, or excess baggage charges
  • Dinner on Day 3
  • Optional tips to your lead adventure guides
  • Personal expenses such as medical immunizations, phone calls, laundry, or souvenirs
  • Airport transfers if arriving outside of Day 1 and departing outside Day 12
  • Optional travel protection
  • Wine or beer at dinner on Day 4 at Dana Nature Reserve and Day 5 at Feynan Ecolodge

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