Jordan is famed for its ancient past but its present is pretty darn compelling, too. The natural and man-made wonders of Petra and Wadi Rum have been drawing travellers here for ages, but the rough-hewn grandeur of Jordan has remained a secret known only to the boldest of thrill-seekers. Trek the rocky hills to isolated villages along the trails near Ajloun, hike down canyons towards the Dead Sea, and discover the Dana Biosphere Reserve. See for yourself why Jordan is a secret we just couldnt keep to ourselves any longer.
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After learning more about the tour and plans for the following day, choose to head out for an optional dinner at a local restaurant with the CEO and traveling companions.
Travel to the undiscovered Jordan and head north to the Ajloun Nature Reserve for a full day of trekking.
After breakfast, head north out of Amman to the lesser known region of Ajloun. The most common image of Jordan is that of an arid land covered in desert. Enjoy a short trek in Ajloun Nature Reserve. Transfer up to Ajloun passing through areas surrounded by woodland, olive groves, and strong oak trees. A hidden gem in Jordan, the area's natural beauty is impressive.
Spend the morning hiking, abseiling, and wading through streams in Wadi Mujib before enjoying a float in the famous Dead Sea.
Begin today with a short bus ride to Wadi Mujib, and spend the morning hiking, abseiling, climbing, and walking down to the Dead Sea.
From Wadi Mujib, continue the short distance to the Dead Sea. There is access to the beach from here. Enjoy time to bathe in the salty waters or cover yourself in mud from the sea that supposedly has healing powers.
In the winter (November-March) a dry trail is available called the Ibex Trail (3-4 hrs), and in the summer (April-October) visitors can hike a wet trail called Mujib Canyon Trail (4 hrs). These trails both offer spectacular scenery surrounded with very different conditions for canyoneering.
Overnight at the Dead Sea.
Head to the impressive Dana Biosphere Reserve and trek through this unique landscape. Transfer to Petra for the night and opt to pay a late night visit to Petra to observe the site illuminated by candlelight.
Another of Jordan's hidden gems, the Dana Nature Reserve is an oasis among the golden expanse of the desert. Take a guided walk through the reserve, following the Feathers Canyon Trail, which leads past Nabatean tombs to a breathtaking siq. Dana is a diverse environment containing a wide variety of plant life, including many that are endemic to the reserve. There are also several endangered species here to keep an eye out for.
Trek through gorges and canyons from Little Petra to the main attraction: the rose-rock city of Petra. Enjoy a guided tour of this magnificent World Heritage Site.
Take the next two days to explore the site of Petra. First, head over to Al Beidha, also known as Little Petra. This site is literally hidden away in a mountain and is a miniature version of Petra, containing a number of notable tombs. It offers a glimpse of Petra without the crowds.
After exploring this site, make the short trek over to Petra itself. The trail is approx 5km (3.1 mi) between the sites. The excitement builds when first glimpsing the Monastery from a vantage point high above the ruins of Petra. The rest of the day is free to explore the site, before heading back through the siq to the hotel.
Approx travel times: Wadi Rum to Amman, 3.5 hrs
Enjoy a free morning exploring Petra before continuing to Wadi Rum in the heart of Jordan's desert. Continue by 4x4 to a Bedouin desert camp in the Deisah desert and enjoy a traditional meal while learning more about the ancient Bedouin culture and history before bunking down under the stars.
After breakfast, have the morning free to visit Petra again. The site is large, but you can set your own pace depending on the weather and the interests of the group.
After the Nabatean ruins, drive to Wadi Rum, a vast, silent landscape of ancient riverbeds and the largest and most magnificent of Jordan's desert landscapes. There may be time this afternoon for a 4x4 trip into the desert.
On arrival, head to a comfortable tented camp at Dissah Oasis in Wadi Rum Desert. Enjoy a traditional meal for dinner and learn more about this ancient culture. Be sure to keep a look out at the night sky; the absence of city lights means that the opportunities for star gazing are really impressive.
Enjoy some extra time to explore the desert, before heading back to Jordan's capital for the evening.
Wake up in the desert. Setting off from the camp, head to Khazaly Canyon and cross the Little Bridge and Lawrence Spring before returning to camp. In the afternoon there is time to relax at the campsite.
In the evening, return to Amman.
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Trip Name: Jordan Multisport
Duration: 8 Days
From Price: $1,399
Supplier Tour ID: DJJA/142685
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