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Hike and Explore Jordan's Wadi Rum and Petra

Starts: Madaba, Jordan
Finishes: Amman, Jordan

Visit: Madaba, Ramm, Umm Şayḩūn, Amman

Tour Type: Small Group

Accommodation: Moderate

Activity: Trekking

Overview

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Jordan's Wadi Rum and its 'rose-red City' of Petra provide a magical setting for a winter walking holiday. Rising abruptly from the desert plains, the red-ochre sandstone mesas of Wadi Rum provide one of the world's most dramatic landscapes. It was famously described by T.E. Lawrence as "Rum the magnificent... vast, echoing and God-like." In this traditional land of the Bedouin, our 5-day trek will take us on ancient trails through hidden canyons and across open rocky slopes to the summits of several of the biggest formations in Jordan, including Jebel Um Adaami (1832m), Jordan's highest peak. Throughout the holiday, some easy scrambling will be required to get to the best viewpoints including the dramatic Burdah Bridge. Four-wheel-drive vehicles will provide back-up and we will camp each night on the sands in the company of our hospitable hosts. A final highlight of this outstanding Arabian adventure holiday is our 2-day visit to the awe-inspiring 2300 year old, rock-hewn city of Petra. Here, we will make our initial approach via the back trail from Little Petra and the fantastic rock-hewn `Monastery` as we spend the whole day exploring the site, following in the footsteps of the ancient and the intrepid.

Is this holiday for you?

This holiday is a series of day-hikes in an unusual mountain area. We will walk for around 4 to 5 hours on each of the 5 days that we spend at Wadi Rum. This will involve walking on desert trails and soft sand, as well as easy scrambling on the jebels themselves. When climbing on the jebels we will usually be following routes which have been used for generations by Bedouin hunters and shepherds. The guide will carry a rope, which may be used on exposed sections to reassure group members who are not confident scramblers. The scrambling sections are usually attempted by most walkers, some sections are optional and your guide can explain the difficulty level. At the time of year that we will be visiting Jordan (winter) it will not be extremely hot, but you should expect day-time temperature upto 30 degrees centigrade. At night it can also cool down to around zero. We wild camp in the desert away from any light pollution, the stars are amazing.

Highlights

    • Winter sunshine and walking across stunning historic desert lands
    • Walk in the footsteps of Lawrence of Arabia
    • Exclusive camping within the `Rose-red City` of Petra
    • Ascend Jordans highest peak - Jebel Um Adaami (1832m)

Trip Details

The Trip

Product Code: 62390
Tour Type: Small Group
Accommodation: Moderate
Transport: Private & Local (Public)
Guide Language: english

Starts: Madaba, Jordan
Finishes: Amman, Jordan
Duration: 8 days
Physical rating: Demanding

Includes

  • An experienced English-speaking local leader
  • Airport transfers as described
  • All accommodation as described
  • All meals
  • All land transport involved in the itinerary
  • Guided sightseeing tour of Petra including entrance fees
  • A full service on trek including food and all equipment (excluding personal equipment)

Excludes

  • Travel insurance
  • Visa
  • Tips for local guide and other local staff
  • Miscellaneous expenses - drinks and souvenirs etc.
  • Single Supplement US$115 - Includes all 3 group hotel nights (single tent not included) 
  • Single Tent US$130

Price

Price person (sharing double) $1,570 ($196/day)

Deposit:

$300 per person for bookings made 56 days or more prior to departure

Full Amount for bookings made less than 56 days prior to departure

Cancellation: Super Strict

Trip Notes

Price does not include airfare (to the Trip start & from the end location)

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Jordan Madaba, Wadi Rum, Lawrence's Well, Jebel Rum, Burdah Bridge, Jebel Khasch, Jebel Um Adaami, Jebel Rum, Petra, Amman
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Richard B 

The camping places were fantastic - so remote and beautiful. The scenery and treks were great - whole area much more awe inspiring than I had thought it would be.

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Christopher and Jane C 

Very helpful office staff followed up phone calls and had excellent helpful manner. Wadi rum was dramatic and so was the trekking and Petra. We thoroughly enjoyed camping and were well looked after on the trek by our Bedouin Guide. Our companions on the trek were fantastic.

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Denise T 

Breath taking scenery and the experience of walking in the desert was truly an exhilarating experience.

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Dan Bodey & Dawn R 

Most enjoyed the quiet campsites under the stars, great variety of scenery. Jordan as a destination exceeded our expectations as a place to visit - friendly and varied.

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Mary D 

Amazing holiday. Really enjoyed it. Would certainly recommend it to others. I most enjoyed the scrambling, beautiful scenery, camp experience and the fine company.

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Margaret S 

The whole holiday was excellent from start to finish. The local crew were brilliant. Our guide is an excellent guide. He was always cheerful. He and the rest of the crew made everything fun. Most importantly for me; he gave me confidence to do all the scrambling. The whole crew did everything they could to make the trip as enjoyable as possible.

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Ian B 

Everything was excellent. I enjoyed everything!!! The Wadi Rum, day treks, the weather, the clear night sky, Petra. The holiday exceeded expectations - Very friendly local people, stunning views in the desert.

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Jode D 

What I enjoyed the most. Just walking and enjoying the company of good people. This is my fourth trip and everything worked well as usual. I would recommend you whenever a opportunity arises.

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Louise W 

I most enjoyed the education about cultural issues, meeting and conversing with the bedouins, amazing food, The guide and his company and the group dynamics.

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Sidney & Philippa H 

Our trip leaders were excellent in every way. Both had a good sense of humour. Most enjoyed the companionship of all the group: Being in the company of the Bedouins and sharing their food, and experiencing their diet; and being 'blown away' by Petra. Fantastic scenery in Wadi Rum.

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Elaine A 

Great itinerary - some real fun walks through the Jebels. I loved the pace of this holiday - it was perfect. Our guide, was excellent. A really lovely fun guy, who was always so helpful and cheery. They made the holiday so much fun - a great pairing. The guide was also a fantastic tour guide in Petra - I learned a lot. I will definitely recommend this holiday. Fantastic scenery, walks/scrambling, food and also hilarious evenings around the camp fire. I loved the scrambling with Salem. The evenings in camp with the other Trekkers and the guides was excellent fun. The guides were very entertaining. I haven't been on a trip where I have laughed so much. I have also never eaten so well! I also enjoyed the free time in the camps in the early evenings just chatting with the other trekker, watching the sunsets etc. This holiday exceeded my expectations. I didn't expect it to be so much fun. Yusuf and Salem and his team (Ali and Mohammed) were fantastic company. I loved being in the peace of the dessert - I'd have happily stayed another week! Plus a great tour of Petra with our guide. A long day but loved every minute.

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Peter M 

I rarely eulogise about anything, so it comes as shock to find myself searching for superlatives to describe how truly magnificent this journey was. Its organisation and its composition were faultless. Nevertheless I think the overriding influence on the tone of the trip and the reason why we found it so rewarding was the personal influence provided by the local agent and our guide.

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Terry  

I saw wadi rum on the film the Martian and was blown away with the scenery and it lived up to this image and then some. The day hikes were strenuous and climb on few occasions but brilliant. The desert was just awesome with views that went on forever. Petra was magnificent. The staff were really happy all the time and always helpful they were just great as was Sad am the English speaking leader. Even the wild storm in the desert didn't dim our enthusiasm with wild lightening strikes and strong winds. You just gotta see Mars but think on this is a fairly strenuous trip.

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