Day 1: To Amman
- Arrival in Amman and transfer to our hotel for three nights.
Day 2: Jerash -
Travel north of Amman to the Roman city of Jerash, one of the
biggest and best preserved Roman cities outside of Rome. After lunch
head back to Amman to wander in the city centre by Hashemite Square
and the Roman theatre.
Day 3: Al-Oyoun Trail
- We walk in the timeless valleys north of Amman, on the Al-Oyoun
Trail through small villages, each with its own cottage industry,
fertile farmland with fruit groves and a few remnants of past
cultures. This walk is a great way to see rural life in Jordan
today, and we will have lunch hosted by a local family. Later this
afternoon return to Amman for the night.
Day 4: Wadi Ibn Hammad and
Dana Nature Reserve - Morning departure, stopping for
a walk at Wadi Ibn Hammad, a narrow gorge with attractive plant life
and spring waters. Continuing south to Dana Nature Reserve, we
overnight in Rummana Camp, where we can appreciate the beauty of the
reserve, and sample a variety of Dana's local recipes.
Day 5: Dana Nature Reserve
- Our trail leads us along the rim of Wadi Shagg al Kelbe, and
contours the slopes of Wadi Dana. The walk leads us to the terraced
gardens of Dana village where we see the old Ottoman houses and
traditional lifestyle of the villagers. Later this afternoon we
drive to Petra for a 3 night stay.
Day 6: Petra - An
unforgettable day exploring the pathways of Petra, with rock-hewn
churches and grand buildings, small dwellings and ceremonial sites.
This huge ancient city is quite staggering in scale and splendour.
The walk down the narrow siq leads to the intricate yet massive façade
of the Treasury and from there a short walk reveals the great scale
of the site.
Day 7: Little Petra &
Petra’s back trails - A trail from Little Petra and its
tombs and temples takes us off the beaten track and through stunning
scenery surrounded by views of desert and canyons, to a quiet
entrance to the ancient city of Petra. Alternatively, take some time
out on your own exploration of this ancient wonder.
Day 8: Petra Tombs & Wadi
Rum - This morning take
the Madras trail to the Petra Tombs and Wadi Farasa to Petra Basin.
Reach the Place of Higher Sacrifice from where there are
awe-inspiring views across the whole of Petra area. Afternoon drive
into the southern desert and the magnificent canyon of Wadi Rum.
Arrive at the Bedouin camp for a 2 night stay with a Bedouin feast
under the desert night skies.
Day 9: Wadi Rum -
Morning desert walk to a viewpoint on one of the many sandstone
outcrops. Afternoon jeep tour on the sand dunes.
Day 10: To Dead Sea - Optional
morning desert camel ride before a drive back north, where we
visit the mosaic church of St George in Madaba. Continue to the
famous Dead Sea for 1 night at the Dead Sea Spa hotel on the shores
of the sea with a chance to float in the waters.
Day 11: To
London - Transfer to
Amman and fly home.