Desert to Dead Sea in Jordan

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Suitable for:
Age 30s and 40s
Activity level:
Moderate
Activity Rating - Moderate
Trip code: 
EXA
Way to Travel:
Guided Group
Activity:
Mixed-Activity
Group size:
6–16

Swap grey cityscapes for middle eastern mystique on a dazzling nine-day introduction to Jordan. Expand your mind as you delve back in time to learn about ancient civilisations. And remind yourself how good silence sounds as you sleep under the stars in a luxury desert camp and forest cabin.

Highlights

  • Swap your usual car or bike for a jeep and camel to explore Wadi Rum desert
  • Have your very own Indiana Jones adventure and discover the magical city of Petra 
  • Scramble through the canyons of the Mujib Siq Trail

Key information

  • Six nights 4 -5 star hotels, one night in forest cabins, one night in Wadi Rum camp
  • Airport transfers
  • Countries visited: Jordan

What's included

  • All breakfasts, 2 lunches, 3 dinners
  • All transport and listed activities
  • Tour Leader throughout

What's not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Visas and vaccinations
  • Tips for leaders and staff
  • Flights
Call for general departures:
056 631 86 64
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Sustainable Travel

Tourism can be a real help to local communities, providing income, positive cultural exchanges and a financial incentive to protect their natural environment. Ours is a 'total approach' to responsible tourism, covering everything from the way we plan and operate our trips to the practices of Exodus as a company. 

Learn more about what sustainable travel means to Exodus Edits here…

Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Arrive Amman, capital of Jordan

    Start your Jordan discovery in the country's capital Amman.  You'll be met at the airport and transfered to your hotel in the Sweifieh district.

    Hotel: Rum Art

  • Day 2

    Travel to the tranquillity of the Ajloun Forest

    After breakfast you'll be transported back in time with a tour of the Roman ruins at Jerash. The day continues at pace, with a hike through the Ajloun Forest Reserve, a haven for roe deer, wild boar and grey wolves. Along the way, you’ll stop at the Soap House to see how local women make Orjan soap from olive oil and herbs. At the House of Calligraphy, try writing your name in Arabic letters. Then sample local Jordanian delicacies at the Biscuit House. Tonight, you’ll check into eco-friendly cabins for a night in peaceful forest surroundings.

     Hotel: Ajloun Forest Cabins

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 3

    Drive south to magical Petra

    Leaving Ajloun after breakfast, you'll travel south through desert landscapes and stunning canyons and try local mint tea with spectacular views.  Later arrive in Wadi Musa the gateway to the mystical ancient city of Petra. Tonight, there’s the option of trying a Turkish Bath. Otherwise, settle into the Movenpick Nabatean Castle and enjoy the views of the Rift Valley from this fortress-style hotel. 

    Hotel: Movenpick Nabatean castle

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 4

    Check out the Ancient City, and climb a mountain

    Chances are you’re used to an early alarm, which is just as well - you’ll be up before dawn this morning. You’ll start by walking through the 1.2km Siq, a stunning canyon that reveals an Ancient City as the sun rises. You’ll see the Treasury, an imposing ancient tomb, then it's upwards to the High Place of Sacrifice for fantastic views over the rose-red city.  Heading down the mountain on another route we stop for tea at the Garden Tomb then hike through Wadi Farasa to our picnic lunch stop.  Hidden high in the hills is another legendary monument, the Monastery.  To get there we head up 850 stone steps which is an effort but trust us - it's worth it. After our climbing adventures it is time to wind our way back along the city streets passing the Royal Tombs and the 2000-year-old Nabataean Theatre, carved out of the mountain-side and finally we return to the Siq.  Your time in Petra is sure to be a day you will never forget. 

    Hotel: Movenpick Nabatean castle

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch
  • Day 5

    Sunset jeep safari in Wadi Rum; sleep under the stars

    Today its on to Wadi Rum, characterised by deep red sands and mars-like landscape this desert will captivate you.  After checking into your geodesic dome pod in Wadi Rum (yes, it’s as exciting as it sounds), take a jeep safari into the vastness. You’ll arrive at the right spot just in time for sunset, then return to camp for dinner under a canopy of stars. Heavenly.

    Wadi Rum UFO camp

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 6

    Early morning camel ride; swim in the Red Sea

    Take an early morning camel ride across the desert and commit the last of the captivating views to memory (and your camera phone) before the hour-long drive to the Red Sea coast. The rest of the day is spent in Aqaba, a small town on the red sea coast where you can stretch out on the beach and try snorkelling over a coral reef.

    Tonight, the nightlife of Aqaba beckons...

    HOTEL: Daytree by Hilton

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 7

    Hike in Dana Reserve; lunch with villagers

    After breakfast, its on to the 15th-century village of Dana for a hike in the Biosphere Reserve. Join local villagers for lunch before continuing to the Dead Sea the lowest place on earth (431m below sea level, to be exact). Take time to enjoy the facilities of our resort but don’t miss the experience of floating in the Dead Sea. The high salt content of the water makes swimming impossible. But it’s perfect for bobbing about it and letting your skin take advantage of the mineral-rich mud. 

    HOTEL: Hilton Dead Sea Resort

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 8

    Mujib Biosphere Siq trail

    This morning you’ll hike the Wadi Mujib Siq Trail, running parallel to the Dead Sea. You’ll wade and scramble through a gorge to reach a dramatic waterfall. If you’re lucky, you might spot some Nubian Ibex. The final afternoon is yours to unwind, maybe treating yourself to a spa treatment or another soak in the Dead Sea before your thoughts turn to the journey home.

    HOTEL: Hilton Dead Sea resort

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 9

    Transfer to the airport

    After breakfast, a transfer will return you (reluctantly, most likely) to the airport.

    Meals included: Breakfast
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Essential Info

Visas

Jordan

Visas are required by most nationalities, including British, and can be obtained at the border or Amman airport. At time of print, visa fees (usually 40JOD) have been waived for all nationalities travelling to Jordan with a tour operator and spending a minimum of 2 nights in country. Our airport representative will meet and assist you with obtaining the free visa on arrival in Jordan at Customs & Immigration. He will be carrying an Exodus sign.

For more information on the free Jordan Visa, please see the link below:
http://international.visitjordan.com/MediaCenter/News/JordanianGovernmen...

Vaccinations

Jordan

There are no mandatory vaccination requirements. Recommended vaccinations are: Polio, Tetanus, Typhoid.

Eating and Drinking

  • All breakfasts, two lunches and three dinners included
  • This trip visits local restaurants, including those serving mezze style meal. These have fast service and good quality food for the group and usually cost 10-15 JD per person
  • If you are vegetarian, main meals may be limited in choice, but mezze is almost always available in restaurants and is a filling option. 
  • As Jordan is a Muslim country alcohol is not available in all restaurants and many hotels. 

 

Is this trip for you?

  • Ajloun Forest trek is around 7km and is an easy hike and exploring Petra involves around a 10km walk. The mountain top hike to the High Place of Sacrifice requires some effort but it is well worth it for fantastic views of the whole of Petra.
  • As the Siq Trail in Wadi Mujib involves wadding through water of various levels you need to be able to swim and feel confident in the water as there is sometimes a current.  Life jackets are provided.

Following a review of all our trips we have categorised this trip as generally not suitable for persons of reduced mobility. However if you are a regular traveller on such trips, please contact customer services to discuss the trip and your personal condition.

Call for general departures:
056 631 86 64
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Accommodation

Hotels and Camping

Rum Art Hotel

A comfortable hotel in the centre of Amman that has you within easy reach of shops and restaurants.

Ajloun Forest Reserve Cabins

Cosy log cabins in the Aljoun Highlands with fabulous views. There’s no TV and no Wi-Fi in the cabins, ideal for the ultimate switch-off.

Movenpick Nabatean Castle

Standing proud on a hilltop overlooking the Rift Valley, Movenpick Nabatean Castle Hotel has comfortable rooms and a raft of facilities for a relaxing stay.

Wadi Rum UFO Camp

An unforgettable and luxury desert camp where you’ll stay in a UFO Pod with panoramic views over Wadi Rum.

Doubletree by Hilton Aqaba

A large, sleek hotel that overlooks the Gulf of Aqaba. This resort has a choice of restaurants, fitness facilities, pools and a rooftop lounge.

Hilton Dead Sea Resort

In the heart of the Jordan Valley on the eastern shores of the Dead Sea, this swish resort has modern rooms, excellent facilities and beach access.

Call for general departures:
056 631 86 64
Trip Notes

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