Jordan

Edits: Desert to Dead Sea in Jordan

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£1,499
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30s and 40s Adventures
Activity level:
Moderate
Activity Rating - Moderate
Trip code: 
EXA
Ways to Travel:
Guided Group, Private Group Adventures
Activity:
Mixed-Activity
Group size:
6–16
Ages:
30s and 40s

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.

Edits trips are for those in their 30s and 40s. We also have a range of trips for everyone, including our similar trip A Week in Jordan, or you can view our full range of Edits trips.

Edits trips are for those in their 30s and 40s. We also have a range of trips for everyone, including our similar trip Nile Cruise, or you can view our full range of Edits trips.

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:
020 3885 9106
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

People, Places & Planet

We work hard to create trips which improve life for the people and places we visit, and look after the planet we explore. Find out more about our sustainable travel ethos and practice here, and find out about the work of the Exodus Travels Foundation here.

In Jordan we are very proud to work with a local partner who received the Travelife Partner award in July 2021. Travelife is a certification system dedicated to achieving sustainable practices in the global tourism industry. In order to receive the award our Jordanian partner had to comply with over 100 criteria related to Corporate Social Responsibility. The Travelife standard is formally recognised for full compliance with the UN Sustainable Tourism Criteria.

Some sustainable travel highlights of this trip include:

People

How this trip helps improve life for local communities.

  • The use of a local guide means our customers will be well informed about local traditions, and cultural and social sensitivities.
  • This trip brings income and opportunity to the destination community through the inclusion of locally-owned hotels and restaurants, the emphasis on eating locally produced food and support of other local enterprise.
  • The hotels we stay in are dedicated to hiring local staff, this helps to benefit the surrounding community by providing employment opportunities and income alternatives where they may be otherwise hard to come by.
  • In Wadi Rum we do a jeep safari which is run by Bedouin families. This not only provides a source of income for these families but is a wonderful opportunity for our guests to interact with local people.
  • This tour encourages guests to visit local cafes and restaurants and use markets to purchase traditional crafts.

Places

How this trip helps protect and conserve local landscapes and nature.

  • Read about our commitment to nature protection and restoration here including our rewilding commitment for every customer who travels.
  • By travelling in a small group, led by a local guide, we ‘tread lightly’ to minimise our impact on local resources and the environment.
  • On this trip we visit 8 national heritage sites and the entrance fees included generates income which is used for the upkeep and development of these important monuments and nature parks.
  • Our trips adhere to ABTA’s industry-leading animal welfare guidelines to ensure the best possible practices with regard to working animals and wildlife viewing. Our animal welfare policy can be found here.
  • In Petra we do not recommend that guests ride horses or mules as we are not convinced their treatment is in line with industry-leading animal welfare guidelines.
  • We work with our partners on the ground to proactively eliminate or reduce waste, for example eliminating all single-use plastic water bottles and instead providing refills for re-usable bottles.
  • It is standard practise in Jordan to distribute left-over restaurant food to people in need.
  • Where possible on this trip paper bags are used as an alternative to single-use plastics.

Planet

How we seek to keep the carbon footprint of this trip low.

  • Read about our climate action here, including our carbon reduction and compensation commitments.
  • Accommodation and restaurants in the itinerary use locally-sourced food which has not been transported long distances.
  • This trip favours locally-owned and run accommodation.

Tips for sustainable travel on this trip

  • Leave no trace: We do all we can to ensure we leave no rubbish behind in the wild and beautiful places we visit; we ask that you do the same. If there are no recycling facilities in-country, we’d ask you to consider bringing recyclable materials home with you.
  • Plastic waste reduction: Please bring your own re-usable water bottle on this trip; filtered water will be provided where tap water is not drinkable.
  • Cultural respect:
    • Some Jordanians especially women and the elderly object to being photographed so please ask first.
    • Jordanians are very proud of their country and can be offended if you take pictures of anything ‘negative’ or suggestive of poverty. Photography in military zones and strategic areas like public buildings is prohibited.
    • Handshaking is only between members of the same sex.
    • It's polite to use only your right hand when eating something without cutlery and when handing money and small objects to someone else.
    • It is common practice to remove one’s shoes before entering a mosque or someone’s home and you should tuck them under if sitting on the floor. It is respectful for women to cover their heads with a scarf when entering a mosque. Please note many mosques are not open for tourist visits.
    • Generally men’s and women’s clothing should cover shoulders and be on or below the knee.
    • During the holy month of Ramadan Muslims refrain from eating, drinking, and smoking during daylight hours. Even chewing gum is considered haram. (forbidden). Although foreigners are not expected to follow these practises it is respectful to be discrete and not eat, drink, or smoke in general public.
    • Making the effort to fit in is invariably appreciated so being aware of these aspects of cultural respect will assist you during your travels in Jordan.

 

Itinerary

Amman
to
Amman
  • 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

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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.

Please note Ramadan runs from 2 April to 1 May 2022.  Ramadan is a special time to visit Jordan as it is one of the most important times on the Muslim calendar. Each evening the streets empty while people return home to break the fast and then there is an air of festivity every evening. Our leaders and drivers choose to work at this time so we continue to run trips however please be aware their energy levels may be slightly lower.

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:
020 3885 9106
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:
020 3885 9106
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.

Call for general departures:
020 3885 9106
Trip Notes

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