EXPLORE JORDAN

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Trip Highlights
Tour details
Itinerary
What's included
Itinerary Changes
Terrain
Condition Grading
Accommodation
Starting point and getting there
Food, Weather
Gear checklist
Currency & Banking
Passports, Visas

A fascinating mix of natural oddities and ancient wonder, Jordan packs an incredible amount of awesomeness into a small package and has so much to offer for the curious traveler. This oasis of peace in the Middle East, is home to five cities of the Roman Decapolis, five UNESCO world heritage sites and Petra, jewel in the crown of Jordan’s antiquities, which has been declared as one of the “new” Seven Wonders of the world. Despite its rich heritage, Jordan is not only for history buffs but also a great destination for nature and hiking enthusiasts. Jordanian people are some of the friendliest in the world and the food is to die for. During this trip, step back in time in the sweeping sands of the country, live it up in cosmopolitan Amman, trek to remote hilltop villages, experience the rock-cut magnificence of Petra, explore the mystic desert landscapes in Wadi Rum and float in the mineral-rich waters of the Dead Sea.

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

  • Experience the wow-factor of the ancient city of Petra, one of the “new” seven wonders of the world
  • Get away from it all while hiking along craggy clifftops to tiny Bedouin villages
  • Walk in the footsteps of TE Lawrance and camp out in the desert of Wadi Rum
  • Float on a sea of salt, at the lower point on earth

TOUR DETAILS

  • Days/Nights: 9 days / 8 nights
  • Single supplement: Cost based on request. Availability limited.
  • Condition grading: Moderate

ITINERARY

DAY 1

Arrival in Amman and welcome dinner

Arrive at Amman Airport, where we will meet you, assist with immigration and then transfer you to your hotel. Amman is one of the oldest cities in the world, inhabited since the bronze age. While neighboring medieval cities Damascus and Cairo are steeped in rich antiquity, the city is largely a modern construction but retains its character and history. In the afternoon we will meet at our hotel and after a brief orientation meeting, we’ll set off to explore this lively city. To conclude the night, we will have our first dinner together in a traditional restaurant while getting to know each other in eager anticipation of our adventure.

Overnight in Amman, Toledo Hotel
Dinner included
Driving distance:
Queen Alia International Airport to Amman 30 km / 45 min

DAY 2

Hike from Dana to Mansoura

In the early morning, the group will be picked up from the hotel in Amman for the drive to Dana Biosphere Reserve. Our trekking journey starts with hiking through the diverse landscapes of the Reserve, which includes four distinct ecozones, and is thus accommodating an astonishing diversity of plants, birds, and other animals. First, we’ll follow a trail along the mountains overlooking Dana Valley, and then descend into al-Khashasha Valley where our wilderness campsite awaits us. Sleeping beneath the starts takes on a whole new meaning in Jordan. Deep in the desert far from any contaminating sources of light pollution, the night skies shine with celestial brilliance.

Overnight in wilderness camping at Mansoura
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included
Hiking distance: 16 km / Hiking Duration: 6 hr
Elevation gain & loss: 260 m & 690 m
Driving distance:
Amman to Dana biosphere reserve 200 km / 2 hr 30 min

DAY 3

Hike from Mansoura to Furon

According to an ancient Arab proverb, “the deeper you go into the desert, the closer you come to God”. Regardless of your religious or spiritual convictions, Jordans deserts have a magnetic draw that is irresistible to hikers and trekkers. Well rested, we will leave the campsite in the early morning, and head towards Furon. Today‘s hike is challenging but extremely rewarding. We will start ascending through the mountains for approximately an hour before getting a glimpse of the beautiful Sharah Mountains and the wide Wadi Araba Desert. That outstanding view will accompany you all the way to your campsite in Al Furon. Enjoy a cup of tea and the great view from the campsite while passing the time until your well-earned dinner.

Overnight in wilderness camping at Furon
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included
Hiking distance: 15 km / Hiking Duration: 6 hr
Elevation gain & loss: 563 m & 170 m

DAY 4

Hike from Furon to Ghbour Whedat

Jordan has been traversed over the ages by countless groups including early hunters and gatherers, Greek soldiers and Roman legions Christian and Islamic missions and nomadic Bedouin. In fact, many of the country’s most famed hiking trails have been laid down over the course of several millennia yet have changed little since the dawn of antiquity Today we will explore some of the most remote and wildest corners of the country. Contouring the Sharah Mountains, follow a trail of mostly clear Bedouin shepherd paths. The sheer peeks of black mountains overlooking our trail and steep precipitous drops of the canyons below make this day absolutely spectacular. We will gradually climb up the hills to uncover more of the breathtaking views over the desert below before reaching our wilderness campsite in Ghbour Whedat.

Overnight in wilderness camping at Ghbour Whedat
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included
Hiking distance: 17 km / Hiking Duration: 7 hr
Elevation gain & loss: 750 m & 920 m

DAY 5

Hike from Ghbour Whedat to Little Petra

Today we will hike towards Little Petra, believed by archaeologist to be a "suburb" of Petra, and meant to house traders traveling along the silk road connecting Africa to Asia, Europe and Arabia. Along the way we will pass Bedouin camps, sheep pens, and Nabatean ruins, some of which may include wine and olive presses, aqueducts and other ancient water infrastructures. When we reach Little Petra, we will see rock carved facades, houses and other ancient buildings carved into the sandstone canyon.

Overnight in Bedouin camp at Little Petra
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included
Hiking distance: 14 km / Hiking Duration: 6 hr
Elevation gain & loss: 610 m & 560 m

DAY 6

Hike from Little Petra to Petra

There’s nothing else like Petra, a city of rose-colored stone, carved out by the Nabataeans in the 3rd century BC and voted one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. After breakfast it's time to start your hike towards there and enter via ‘The Back Door’ avoiding most of the tourists. We will follow pleasant tracks amidst sandstone mountains, which guard the approaches to Petra and eventually a Nabataean route out of the valley and towards a natural rock terrace which has been ‘improved’ for the safety of walkers. Even so, it still narrows slightly before reaching a hidden plateau high above the impressive chasm of Wadi Siyyagh. Just beyond, carved into the cliff face, ‘The Monastery’ suddenly comes into view. Nabataean steps will lead us down into ancient Petra, passing ‘The Treasury’ and through the famous ‘Petra Siq’ to Wadi Musa.

Overnight in Petra, Petra Moon hotel
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included
Hiking distance: 15 km / Hiking Duration: 5 hr
Elevation gain & loss: 496 m & 519 m

DAY 7

Travel from Petra to Wadi rum

Like the surface of Mars, the vast and beautiful Wadi Rum desert is a captivating quiet and empty place. And that’s part of the charm. In the morning after breakfast, drive from your hotel in Petra and head there, where you will be taken on a jeep tour that will allow you to travel around Wadi Rum’s valleys, rolling dunes, and deep gorges. The jeep will drive back to your camp where you will enjoy the silence, the stars and the night in the desert.

Overnight in Wadi Rum, Rainbow Camp
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included
Driving distance:
Petra to Wadi Rum 115 km / 2 hr

DAY 8

Float in the dead sea and farewell dinner

After breakfast, you will proceed to the Dead Sea, the lowest point on earth. Once you arrive, you can enjoy floating in the Dead Sea, one of the world’s great natural experiences. Floating is the right word for it; with an eye stingily high salt content it is virtually impossible to swim in the viscous waters of a sea that is 415m below ‘sea level’. After floating, trying out the "magical" Dead Sea mud and soaking up some sun, you will head back to the capital.

Overnight in Amman, Toledo Hotel
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included
Driving distance:
Wadi Rum to Dead Sea 223 km / 4 hr
Dead Sea to Amman 60 km / 1 hr

DAY 9

Say farewell in Jordan or continue on your own

Breakfast is at your leisure at the hotel and following that, your Tripin Adventures trip in Jordan concludes. There is going to be a transfer from our accommodations in Amman to the international airport for return flights home or you can continue your explorations of this marvelous country.

Breakfast included
Driving distance:
Amman to Queen Alia International Airport 30 km / 45 min

WHATS INCLUDED

Price includes:
Free collective visa to Jordan for groups staying 2 nights and more ( full passport details must received 14 days before arrival ). Law is subject to change without any notice
All accommodations as listed (or similar) based on double occupancy
Hotel taxes and service charges
Mattress and blankets provided for the 3 nights in wilderness
All transportation during the trip
Individual airport Pick up & Drop off
Donkey for safety measures on days 2, 3 and 4
Entrance fees to the sites mentioned in the itinerary
Services of a guide throughout the tour
Adventure expert on hiking days only
All water while hiking and with meals in restaurants and hotels
All activities mentioned in the program
Transport and handling of one reasonably sized suitcase and one carry-on per person

Included meals:
Breakfast, lunches and dinners as indicated in the itinerary

Not Included:
Domestic and/or international air fare Medical expenses
Travel or emergency evacuation insurance
Gratuities for leader/guide or driver
Alcoholic beverages and meals other than those outlined in itinerary
Other items of a personal nature
Exit tax from Jordan (10 JD / $15 pp at land borders)
Any Covid-19 related additional measures
Supplement costs will be added if the Gov applies the New COVID rules and regulations to 2022 Trips. (for example: Transportations depending on bus capacity new rules, extra guide if needed, PCR tests for Guides and Drivers)
Αnything not mentioned in above program

ITINERARY CHANGES

We are constantly updating our unique itineraries based on new information and experiences available. The walks, accommodations, and visits listed may be adjusted. The itineraries presented are subject to modification and change by Tripin Adventures. We reserve the right, without penalty, to make changes in the published itinerary whenever, in our judgment, conditions warrant, or if we deem it necessary for the comfort, convenience, or safety of participants, anything not mentioned in above program.

TERRAIN

This trip level is Moderate and is suitable for most people that are in fairly good physical condition. The itinerary includes walking tours in cities and villages, and five days with moderate hikes of 5-7 hours. Although the paths are quite well-kept the terrain often tends to be very stony and rocky. You will mostly be walking on footpaths, mountain trails and on some tarmac roads and be prepared for few steeper passages.

CONDITION GRADING

Moderate
Trips designated “Moderate” are more active and require a bit more endurance. Hikes and treks include occasional steep ascents. Trip members should be experienced hikers in good physical condition, capable of walking 5-7 hour.

STARTING POINT AND GETTING THERE

Starting point is: Amman.

Getting There & Away: Queen Alia International Airport (AMM) is Jordan's main and largest airport and is located in Zizya 30 kilometres south of the capital city, Amman.

FOOD

On the crossroads of Arab caravans, bringing spices from India and rice from Egypt, Jordan’s hybrid cuisine has absorbed many traditions from its neighbors. While a blend of varied spices gives Jordanian food its uniquely layered flavor profile, a few standout ingredients create the backbone of many of its most iconic dishes. Eating in Jordan is primarily a social experience, whether conducted over a chat in Amman’s café or sitting in cross-legged silence in a Bedouin tent. As a rule, our groups tend to eat together to enable you to taste a larger variety of dishes and enjoy each other’s company. There's no obligation to do this though. Wherever possible we will cater for dietary needs for any included meals, but there may be times when those with special requirements may need to provide their own. Note that alcohol and soft drinks are not included.

WEATHER

For a small country, Jordan has an extraordinary range of climates. With around 90 percent of the country covered by desert, summers are scorching. However, always be aware of cold nights – Wadi Rum's sands plummet to 4°C in winter. The best time to visit is in spring (March to May), when wildflowers put on a spectacular display, and autumn (September to November), when the daytime temperatures are not too extreme.

GEAR CHECKLIST

Jordan in spring and fall has a temperate climate. Base your clothing on the “layering system”, if it is hot you can “peel off” layers quickly, if it is cooler and windy you can quickly “dress up”. The lighter you travel, the easier you travel. Use your best judgement and pack as lightly as possible. You will appreciate light luggage towards the end of your trip.
Please consider taking along the following items on your trip.

OFFICIAL PAPERS

  • Valid passport
  • Airline tickets

LUGGAGE

  • Duffel bag or rolling luggage
  • Daypack to carry camera, water bottle and snacks etc.
  • Luggage locks and tags

OUTERWEAR

  • Midweight polar fleece sweater
  • Rain jacket and rain pants, or poncho

CLOTHING

  • Hiking shorts
  • Casual clothing made of light-weight fabrics
  • T-shirts
  • Long-sleeve shirt
  • Hiking pants, loose and easy to move in
  • Underwear
  • Swimsuit

CLOTHING ACCESSORIES

  • Sun hat or baseball cap

FOOTWEAR

  • Lightweight and supportive hiking boots, broken-in with good ankle support
  • Beach sandals
  • Casual, comfortable shoes for evening

ACCESSORIES

  • Sunscreen and lip protection
  • Sunglasses and retainer strap
  • Beach towel

OPTIONAL ACCESSORIES

  • Security pouch or money belt
  • Trekking poles or walking staff
  • Camera, memory and batteries
  • Reading and writing materials
  • Watch with alarm or travel alarm
  • Travel pillow
  • Motion sickness remedies
  • Personal first-aid kit
  • Insect repellent (lowrisk)
  • Electric adapter plug/converter

This is not a fixed list, but more of a guideline, so feel free to add and remove items as you see fit.

CURRENCY & BANKING

The Jordanian Dinar is the national currency of Jordan and its abbreviation, or currency symbol, is denoted by JOD. The dinar has smaller denominations or subunits. In particular, one dinar is equal to 10 dirhams, 100 qirshes, and 1,000 fils.
The country of Jordan pegged their local currency to the U.S. dollar, at a fixed exchange rate of 0.7090 for every dollar, to create stability in their financial system.

PASSPORTS

You must have a passport valid for at least 6 months beyond the conclusion of your trip. Please make sure that you have blank pages in your passport for your visa (if required), entry and exit stamps (one for each). Please make a copy to take with you in the event yours is lost or stolen and keep it separate from your actual passport.

VISAS

Jordan issues visas to U.S. citizens for a fee at most international ports of entry and at most international land border crossings upon arrival. If you hold another passport, please check online http://visacentral.com/visas.php

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