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JORDAN - Petra and the Ancient Lands

 


Explore the many trails around the ancient city of Petra, away from the crowds.  Experience the rich history of Jordan from before Biblical times to the Romans and Crusaders.  Float in the Dead Sea.  Spend nights under the stars, in a Bedouin camp in Wadi Rum, in the footsteps of Lawrence of Arabia.  Walk in the spectacular and silent wadis and siqs.               

2017 Dates:  April 8,  Oct 7  - 10 nights

Price:
2,189 GBP per person
  based on double occupancy without airfare.
Supplement
 for a single room  380.00 GBP    

Guided Walks:  Walks vary from a relaxed exploration of the Roman city of Jerash to an optional trail of 8 hours in the untouched canyons leading to Petra.  Most days involve moderate walking in extraordinary scenery.
  

Included: 7 nights' accommodation in en-suite rooms, 3 nights comfortable camping with full facilities.  All meals from dinner on arrival to breakfast on departure except 2 dinners.  A full program of guided walks, led by a local guide and an HF Holidays Leader.  Sightseeing, entrance fees and travel by coach or minibus.

Hotels:  In Amman, Petra and the Dead Sea we stay in 3 and 4-star hotels.  In Dana Nature Reserve and Wadi Rum we stay in a fully equipped and comfortable camps.
Itinerary:

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.


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