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Jordan's Dana to Petra Trek

Starts: Madaba, Jordan
Finishes: Amman, Jordan

Visit: Madaba, Amman

Tour Type: Small Group

Accommodation: Moderate

Activity: Trekking

Overview

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This excellent trekking holiday in Jordan takes us from the Dana Reserve, southwards to the ancient 'Rose-Red City' of Petra. This trek is rapidly gaining a reputation as one of the finest in the Middle East. Six days of trekking takes us through the most rugged country in Jordan, straddling the edge of the great Rift Valley. Starting out from Wadi Feinan in the Dana Nature Reserve, this exploratory trek takes us on hunters' trails through deep gorges and across high ridges, climbing gradually from around 300 metres at Feinan to around 1100 metres at the high viewpoint above Petra. Nights will be spent camping Bedouin-style with the local guide and crew. Crossing a final escarpment, we reach the spectacular Monastery', which heralds our arrival at Petra - recently voted for inclusion amongst the world's New 7 Wonders'. This great adventure follows in the footsteps of many explorers and is a magical week of discovery, walking and above all, Jordanian hospitality.

Is this holiday for you?

On this holiday we will be trekking through a desert world that has been crossed by nomadic people and their livestock for generations. Nowadays, the area is just about accessible by 4WD vehicles and there are rough roads' to the various camping places that we will use. We will be trekking on scant trails, however, far away from the route taken by our support vehicle. The underfoot conditions will include dry wadis, open sandy desert and rocky desert known as hamada'. There are also sections of narrow trail across rocky terrain including some easy scrambling. The tracks and trails we use are generally not difficult. We will walk for an average of 5 to 6 hours on each of days 2 to 6, covering as much as 15 kilometres each day and with a reasonable amount of ascent and descent. This is a relatively short trekking holiday and at low elevation.

Highlights

    • Walk amongst sculpted sandstone following the most famous section of the Jordan Trail 
    • Explore the wonders of the 'Rose-Red City' of Petra 
    • One-week linear walking holiday through gorges and over high ridges 
    • Camp Bedouin style under the desert stars & full baggage support

Trip Details

The Trip

Product Code: 62388
Tour Type: Small Group
Accommodation: Moderate
Transport: Private
Guide Language: english

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

Includes

  • Local Jordanian tour leader
  • Bedouin trekking guide
  • Amman Airport transfers as described
  • All land transport involved in the itinerary
  • All accommodation as described
  • Meals as per the Meal Plan (7 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 6 dinners)
  • Guided sightseeing tour of Petra including entrance fees
  • Entrance fee for Dana Reserve
  • A full service on trek including food and all equipment (excluding personal equipment)

Excludes

  • Travel insurance
  • Visas
  • Some meals as per the Meal Plan
  • Airport transfers other than those described
  • Tips for local staff including the local guide and drivers
  • Miscellaneous expenses - drinks and souvenirs etc.
  • Single Supplement US$90 - Includes 2 group hotel nights (single tent not included) 
  • Single Tent US$130

Price

Price person (sharing double) $1,710 ($214/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, Dana, Wadi Feinan, Wadi Barwas, Ras El Feid, Shkaret Msei’D, Petra, Beidha, Dead Sea, Mount Nebo, Amman
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Julia  

I particularly enjoyed the trekking and being led by a Bedouin who clearly know the route and the entire environment. We also stopped for tea with some of his relations and this was a highlight. The terrain was varied and interesting. The food was always good and there was plenty of it.

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Roma M  

All my needs were taken care of. Dining under the stars at night was a fantastic adventure. Meals cooked over the camp fire by the Bedouin cook were excellent and the sweet tea flowed. I completed the Wadi Rum after Dana and highly recommended the Dana to Petra trek to folks interested in the fact I did them both. Thanks for another wonderful adventure with you!

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Vanda T  

Our guide was an exceptional trek leader. His seemingly laid back style made for a relaxed, stress free ethos. The fact that the trip ran so well is I'm sure because of his behind the scenes work

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Nicola M 

Most enjoyed the days in the mountains, rather than just crossing the Wadis. The staff was amazing and the local guide excellent.

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Jill G 

Once we were in the mountains the scenery was fantastic, particularly the route into Petra. The later camps had great views. I enjoyed the trip round Petra and the visit to the Dead Sea. It was good to end at the lovely hotel in Petra and appreciate the luxuries.

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Gail L 

The staff have always been great with communication. Whenever I had an question I got a prompt and complete response. I have to be honest I really didn't know what to expect. My husband, won this trip and until this point we had not considered a holiday to the Middle East. However I can now say that this experience has opened new doors for both of us and we are looking at our next trip with you. Amazing, awesome experience. Loved every minute

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Kari C 

Our guide was a fantastic guide, sharing with us information about everyday life in Jordan and bring to life the historical sites of Petra with his extensive archaeological knowledge. His passion for Jordan brought to life a country I knew very little about and his great sense of Humour was a joy. After only a week due to the wealth of information & knowledge that Nader shared with us I left having enjoyed a great trek whilst learning about both present day Jordan and the history of Jordan The trekking was great in extremely varied landscapes but also due to our guide's willingness to passionately share so much about Jordan an appreciation of present day Jordan and its history.

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Jonathan C 

I most enjoyed the trek route - tough, but varied and manageable. Went through some fantastic scenery. Friendly local staff (support crew and staff), and a fantastic trip leader whose knowledge was brilliant, and who managed and got on well with the whole group. Need better guidance on tipping - a good note in the dossier about what to expect did help us, however the local trip leader perhaps confused the situation a little as it didn't match what we were expecting. We had to tip on three different occasions to the different sets of staff and were left a little confused as to whether we were doing the right thing? On similar trips with different companies, the tipping guidance given in the UK matched exactly what the local trip leader said, and also the tip was handed over in one lump and then divided as per local custom.Please change the HOTEL FOR the first night (Madaba Inn Hotel). Think nearly everyone complained about the noise, not a good way to start the trip!

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David R 

Having been on other excellent trips with you, it was pretty much in line with my expectations. A great overall trip. Well-paced and perfect itinerary. Breakfast/lunch was a little basic and perhaps more variety would be welcome, but dinners were always very good. Everything went smoothly. The donkey guide Abu Zain (I think that was his name) was quite a character and added a humorous dimension. Yousef was very good. I found him to be knowledgeable, attentive and entertaining. Also a really nice, earnest guy. Most enojyed the spectacular scenery, a sense that each day was better than the last (great itinerary), relative remoteness (there was, though, another group with a different tour operator doing a similar walk), chatting within the group, dinners (particularly HOTEL food on last night and lunch at the Dead Sea resort), experiencing the Dead Sea and seeing the sun set over it. Some more variety in the breakfast/lunches might be welcome, even just the addition of crisps and perhaps some hummus on the pre-prepared roll. Also, I felt a bit uncomfortable with the tip we gave. The trip notes suggested about 40 per head but we gave 10 dinars to Abu Zain (he left a couple of days before the end) and then only 20 dinars to Yousef. The dominant sentiment in the group was that "they get paid anyway" but I felt this missed the point a bit and we should have given the full 40 (since we were all very happy with the trip). Perhaps the trip notes could better clarify the significance

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Ann W 

Our leader was an excellent leader. He provided just the right amount of information about history, the environment, culture and wild life of Jordan as well as an insight into the political situation in the area. He was flexible and accommodated the needs of the group well.The food we had whilst trekking was absolutely superb. There was a good variety of evening meals and always plenty.The support crew worked hard and ensured the smooth running of the trip.

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Jon L 

Our guide is an excellent guide. Give him a raise! Very pleasant to be around and knowledgeable. This trip went very smoothly. Your dossier described it well. I'll be doing many more trips with you!

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