Jordan

Edits: Desert to Dead Sea in Jordan Trip Notes

Ways to Travel:
Guided Group, Private Group Adventures
Destinations:
Jordan
Programmes:
Exodus Edits
Trip Code:
EXA
Activity Rating - Moderate
Moderate

You are moderately fit and possess a spirit of adventure. Some previous experience is required for most activity based trips.

9 Days Flight Inclusive
9 Days Land only
Ages: 30s and 40s

Trip Overview

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.

At a Glance

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

Trip 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

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.

Min group size:
6
Max group size:
16

Itinerary

Land Only

Start City:
Amman
End City:
Amman

Land Only 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

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.

Where a solo room is available, paying for a solo room only guarantees a room for single use. It does not always mean a twin or double room will be provided for solo occupancy.

Please note that a member of the group may be allocated a solo room by default if the make-up of the group means there isn’t anyone for them to share with. Paying the supplement in advance is the only way to guarantee a solo room.

Solo supplements cannot be refunded retrospectively.

Food & Transport

Eating & 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. 

 

Joining Instructions

Full joining instructions including local emergency numbers will be sent to you as part of our Final Joining Instructions. If you do not receive these at least a week before departure, or require them earlier please contact our office or your travel agent.

Transfers Details

Included Transfers.

Exodus Edits provide FREE airport arrival transfers for any flight for this trip. The transfer will be to the Exodus Edits start (or pre-tour) hoteland will be on the date on which the tour starts/ends; transfers to other hotels in the same city and/or on different dates may attract an extra charge. Transfers may be shared with other Exodus Edits customers on the same flight, or on a flight with similar arrival times. All those taking advantage of the free airport transfers must provide full flight details for both arrival and departure in advance. There is a departure transfer included to Amman for those departing on either British Airways or Royal Jordanian.

We know that the unexpected can happen.  Your plane my get delayed, or things just don't go to plan. If you miss your tour departures, check with the hotel to see if your tour leader has left you a  message with details of how to catch up with your group. If not, call our emergency number (you will find it on the final joining instructions) and our team will help you. Don't forget that you are responsible for any extra travelling expenses incurred if you miss your tour departure. 

Flights

Remember, flights aren't automatically included in your trip. If you'd like the Exodus Edits team to help you find some good options, give us a call on +44020 8772 3837.

Location start:
Amman
Location end:
Dead Sea

What to Take

Essential Equipment

  • Small back pack for daily use
  • Refillable water bottle (water available on our bus)
  • Sun cream
  • Insect repellent for the night at the desert camp
  • Torch for desert camp
  • Good shoes for walking and lightweight walking boots for days when hiking
  • Swim wear for the Red and Dead Seas
  • Sunhat
  • Aqua shoes or flip flops for underfoot in Dead Sea which can be rocky
  • Suitable clothing and shoes (no swimwear, crocs or sandals that can come off in the current) for wading through the water in Wadi Mujib
  • Waterproof bag that is easy carry for any essentials for wading in Wadi Mujib (suggest valuables are not carried)

You will encounter a range of temperatures on these trips; in spring and autumn the days are generally quite hot (very hot in July and August), the nights are cool in the desert. Light cotton clothing is suitable for daytime use, but you may need a sweater, and for departures from the end of September onwards you should also bring a warm jacket for early mornings and night in the desert.

Please note that Jordan is a Muslim country and so modest dress is required on this trip when visiting holy sites, and rural areas (i.e. legs, shoulders and upper arms to be covered). In the larger cities and more popular destinations this is not necessary.

Water Included

Plastic bottles are a big issue in many countries where recycling isn’t yet widely available; they often end up in landfill sites or get burnt, both processes are harmful to the environment and we would like to reduce our impact here. For your trip we provide an alternative to single-use plastic bottles in order to reduce the amount of plastic used. This means that safe drinking water will be available throughout so all you need to do is bring a bottle to re-fill along the way. Please add this to your packing list!

Optional Equipment

Hand sanitiser

Practical Information

Passport

Jordan

All nationalities require a full passport that must be valid for 6 months beyond the intended length of stay. It is your responsibility to have the correct personal documents and to obtain your own visa, if one is necessary, in accordance with the regulations of the country you are to visit. The information below is primarily for UK passport holders, and other nationalities should check with their travel agent or the relevant embassies. We are not responsible for the actions of local immigration and customs officials, whether at points of entry or otherwise, and any subsequent effects.

Visa

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...

Visa regulations can change without notice: please check the current regulations in good time to obtain a visa if one is required.

There are no specific health risks on this trip.

Vaccination

Jordan

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

Travel health can often be something people forget about before going away, but a little preparation and knowledge can go a long way to help you stay fit and healthy while abroad.

As we are not qualified to answer all your questions about travel health we strongly recommend you contact your Medical Professional or a Travel Health Clinic at least 8 weeks prior to departure for up-to-date information. Please note: vaccinations that are routinely recommended to residents of the UK, North America or Australasia are not considered to form part of the travel health advice, and you should ensure these are kept up to date where necessary.

For additional information please visit: https://travelhealthpro.org.uk/countries

Exodus Edits

Local Time

Jordan's Timezone:
Asia/Amman EEST (GMT +03:00)

Electricity

Jordan's Electricity:

230 Volts. Plug types B,C,D,F,G & J; establishments often take UK plugs and/or two round pin plugs.

Money

Jordan's Currency

The national currency of  Jordan is the Jordanian Dinar (JOD).  At time of publication (February 2022) this was equivalent to approximately GBP£1.04.  US$1.41, CAD$1.79, AUD$1.98

The Dinar (JOD) is divided into 1,000 fils. Ten fils is referred to colloquially as 1 piastre, and quite frequently prices of small items are given in piastres.

ATM Availability

You can choose to either change your money in advance or on arrival at Amman airport. Here you will find both ATMs and Bureaux de Change. ATMs can also be found in the major towns and cities, such as Madaba, Petra, Aqaba and Amman. However not all ATMs will take British/ European cards so please do not rely just on your cards and bring some cash to change if possible.  Your leader will be able to advise you on changing money and ATMs. Larger shops in the cities may take credit cards, but do not rely on this. 

Extra Expenses & Spending Money

  • To cover any additional costs, including meals not cover in the itinerary, we recommend a spending budget of approximately 250 JOD. (GBP 270, USD 352, CAD 464, AUD 511 at time of writing). If you want to purchase alcoholic drinks when available then allow for more expenditure.  

Tipping

  • Our local staff are paid well and fairly for their work with Exodus Edits. If you wish to tip your group leader in appreciation of their help and friendliness, we recommend 25-28 JOD per person. (GBP £26-30, USD35-40, CAD 44-51, AUD50-57 at time of publication.)
  • For your driver and the other staff who will provide assistance during the trip we recommend around 11-14 JOD  (GBP 11-15, USD15-20, CAD19-25, AUD21-28 at time of publication) per person which will then be shared between all staff. 

Responsible Tourism

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.

 

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Important Information

On all guided trips

Although our leaders are well trained to deal with different capabilities, if they have any concerns about someone’s ability to safely partake in an activity, or their impact on other people’s enjoyment, we authorise them to take necessary action which, in some circumstances, may involve asking someone to miss that activity.

Although rarely enforced, by booking this trip you agree to section 14 of our Booking Conditions which clearly states that our leaders have the authority to do this. In these circumstances we will ensure anyone sitting out is safely provided for and offered alternative options where possible. Refunds will not be provided for activities missed and customers may be liable for additional costs incurred.

On all trips

In booking this trip you should be confident in your ability to participate in all activities described in these Trip Notes. If you have any doubt about your suitability you should call the Exodus office and ask to speak to one of the experts on this itinerary.

 

Every time that you travel abroad you should take the time to read the warnings in the essential information in the brochure.

Full joining instructions including local emergency numbers, and details of how to reach the start point, will be sent to you approximately 2 to 3 weeks prior to departure. If you do not receive these at least a week before departure, or require them earlier please contact our office or your travel agent.

The information in these Trip Notes is given in good faith. Where differences exist between the Trip Notes and our current brochure or website, the Trip Notes supersede the brochure and website. All holidays can be subject to unexpected changes; in order to enjoy them you should be prepared to be flexible where necessary. Occasionally, as stated in our brochure, it may not be possible to follow the itinerary as planned. This may be for a variety of reasons - climatic, political, physical or other. In these circumstances we will make the best possible alternative arrangements that maintain the integrity of the original itinerary.

As fuel prices, airport taxes and exchange rates fluctuate, and airlines manage their rates to match demand, it is proving harder than ever to guarantee our Flight Inclusive prices. Although we endeavour to keep our website as accurate as possible, daily fluctuations mean that our Flight Inclusive price may be out of date. For accurate prices we recommend that you contact one of our Travel Experts, or your Travel Agent.

This trip includes time by a lake, river or sea, where there may be opportunities to swim. Swimming results in more tourists deaths than any other activity. All customers should always seek local advice before deciding whether to swim, and are requested to treat the sea with extreme caution if they choose to enter the water. Details on how to keep yourself safe while swimming are shown here.

TRAVEL AWARE – STAY SAFE & HEALTHY ABROAD

 

The Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office and the NHS have up-to-date advice on staying safe and healthy abroad. For more on security, local laws, plus passport and visa information, see https://travelaware.campaign.gov.uk/

Keep informed of current travel health news by visiting https://travelhealthpro.org.uk/

Advice can change so check regularly for updates.

For all latest travel information about your holiday, please visit our Travel Safety Advice page.

How to Book

1. Check availability

Go online to check availability, or contact us by phone or email.

2. Secure your place

You can provisionally hold a place on this trip, usually for between three and seven days.

3. Complete your booking and payment

When you're ready to book, go to our website for online bookings, book over the phone or you can complete a booking form (available online or on request by calling us). We accept all major credit and debit cards, or you can pay be cheque. Book with confidence: Exodus is fully licensed and bonded as a tour operator. We hold Air Traffic Organisers Licence (ATOL) number 2582 issued and bonded with the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). We are also bonded to the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and we are members of the Federation of Tour Operators (FTO) and ABTA ‐ The Travel Association. This means you can book your Exodus holiday with confidence, as all monies paid to us for your trip are fully protected.

TRIP NOTE VALIDITY

These Trip Notes are valid from the "Current as" date on page one. They will occasionally be updated post booking and pre-departure; if there are any updates that significantly impact the inclusions or itinerary bookers will be written to separately. All customers will also receive a link to the most up-to-date version of the Trip Notes with their Final Joining Instructions pre-travel.