INCREDIBLE DISCOVERIES IN AN ANCIENT LAND
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Difficulty is measured on many factors such as distance, ascent/descent, terrain, weather and more. There's no magic formula, but from our experience we use yellow for easy, orange for medium and red for hard. Challenger holidays require a high level of fitness and stamina.
Marvel at the rock-hewn temples of incredible Petra that stretch across the cliffsides. Feel a sense of awe as you walk through the dunes in the vast Wadi Rum desert, before floating in the Dead Sea. Explore the Roman city of Jerash and the inspirational villages, valleys and orchards of the Al Ayoun Trail.
- A full exploration of the many trails around the ancient city of Petra
- Experience the rich history of Jordan, from the Romans to the Crusaders
- Enjoy nights under starry desert skies in a Bedouin camp at Wadi Rum
- Stay at the Dana Nature Reserve and walk in the gorge of Wadi Ibn Hammad
- Float in the Dead Sea
- Be greeted by warm Jordanian hospitality and sample delicious local delicacies
Stay in a selection of 3-4-star hotels with excellent facilities and handy locations from which to see the sights of Jordan.
Amman International Hotel, Amman - 3nts
A 4-star hotel, located, like most of the city’s hotels, in the business district.
Feynan Ecolodge - 1nt
At Dana Nature Reserve we stay in the inspirational Feynan Ecolodge. This is an environmentally sustainable lodge, built to support the local Bedoiun community. The lodge blends into this stunning landscape and the roof terrace provides spectacular views over the wadi. The rooms are all ensuite, and candle lit at night. Your stay here will be one of many highlights of your itinerary.
Seven Wonders Hotel, Petra - 3nts
At Petra, accommodation is at the Seven Wonders Hotel, which offers dramatic views of the town and valley of Wadi Mouse. This hotel is a newly built hotel with 38 rooms, 27 of which have balconies with seating provided. The Seven Wonders also boasts a rooftop swimming pool and covered terrace outdoor seating.
Bedouin Camp, Wadi Rum - 2nts
In Wadi Rum we stay in a traditional style Bedouin camp. The camp is designed to be as comfortable as possible for travellers without taking away from the unique experience of staying out in the wilderness for a night or two, and providing an authentic Bedouin experience. Delicious food is provided including the traditional Bedouin ‘zarb’ – meat and vegetables cooked under the desert sand.
Dead Sea Spa - 1nt
Our base for the final night of the tour located on the shores of the Dead Sea. The hotel has modern well-equipped rooms, a large spa featuring the restorative properties of the Dead Sea mud and several swimming pools for an ideal place to relax.
On occasion we may need to change the accommodation listed above. If this happens, your replacement accommodation will be of the equivalent standard or higher. In the rare instance this is not possible, we will contact you in advance.
Petra & the Ancient Lands itinerary
Walks vary from a relaxed exploration of the Roman city of Jerash to trails in the untouched canyons leading to Petra. Most days involve moderate walking in extraordinary scenery. Walks are 3-8 miles. Trails can be rocky.
Days 1-3: Around Amman
Arrival in Amman and transfer to our hotel for three nights.
The next day we travel north of Amman to the Roman city of Jerash, one of the biggest and best preserved Roman cities outside of Rome. After lunch head back to Amman to wander in the city centre by Hashemite Square and the Roman theatre.
We also walk in the timeless valleys north of Amman, on the Al-Oyoun Trail through small villages, each with its own cottage industry, fertile farmland with fruit groves and a few remnants of past cultures. This walk is a great way to see rural life in Jordan today, and we will have lunch hosted by a local family. Later this afternoon return to Amman for the night.
Days 4-5: Wadi Ibn Hammad and Dana Nature Reserve
Morning departure, stopping for a walk at Wadi Ibn Hammad, a narrow gorge with attractive plant life and spring waters. Continuing south to Dana Nature Reserve, for 1 night, to appreciate the beauty of the reserve, and sample a variety of Dana's local recipes.
The next day we follow a trail along the rim of Wadi Shagg al Kelbe, and contours the slopes of Wadi Dana. The walk leads us to the terraced gardens of Dana village where we see the old Ottoman houses and traditional lifestyle of the villagers. Later this afternoon we drive to Petra for a 3 night stay.
Day 6-7: Petra
Spend an unforgettable day exploring the pathways of Petra, with rock-hewn churches and grand buildings, small dwellings and ceremonial sites. This huge ancient city is quite staggering in scale and splendour. The walk down the narrow siq leads to the intricate yet massive façade of the Treasury and from there a short walk reveals the great scale of the site.
The following day a trail from Little Petra and its tombs and temples takes us off the beaten track and through stunning scenery surrounded by views of desert and canyons, to a quiet entrance to the ancient city of Petra. Alternatively, take some time out on your own exploration of this ancient wonder.
Days 8-9: Wadi Rum
This morning take the Madras trail to the Royal Tombs and Wadi Farasa to Petra Basin. Reach the Place of Higher Sacrifice from where there are awe-inspiring views across the whole of Petra area. Afternoon drive into the southern desert and the magnificent canyon of Wadi Rum. Arrive at the Bedouin camp for a 2 night stay with a Bedouin feast under the desert night skies.
The next day take a morning desert walk to a viewpoint on one of the many sandstone outcrops. Afternoon jeep tour on the sand dunes.
Day 10: Dead Sea
Optional morning desert camel ride before a drive back north, where we visit the mosaic church of St George in Madaba. Continue to the famous Dead Sea for 1 night on the shores of the sea with a chance to float in the waters.
Day 11: Return Flight
Transfer to Amman and fly to London.
A full passport, valid for six months is required to enter Jordan.
Irrespective of whether you are travelling on the group flight with us or independently, your visa is arranged for you. The Jordanian government have advised that there is no visa charge for people travelling to Jordan for less than 30 days, providing a minimum of 2 nights are in Jordan. Please ensure that you get your passport details to us at least 8 weeks before travel to ensure our local agent can arrange your visa on your behalf.
Laptops/Tablets in flight
The current advice which has been issued by the UK foreign office (22 March 2017) states that a number of airlines flying from Jordan to the UK will forbid the use of laptops and tablet devices in the cabin, and they must be stored in hold luggage.
Before booking, you should check with your doctor to see if any health precautions are needed. The following websites provide a wealth of information on travelling and health: www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk www.traveldoctor.co.uk
Vaccines: Diphtheria, Hepatitis A, & Tetanus vaccinations are recommended. Typhoid and Rabies are sometimes recommended too.
Jordan generally experiences warm winters with cool evenings and hot summers. The best time to visit is spring and autumn with clear, dry, sunny days and warm, but not too hot, temperatures. It can be quite cool in the evenings in the central mountains and desert around Petra and Wadi Rum.
GMT + 3 hours
The unit of currency is the Jordanian Dinar (JD). ATM machines, accepting most major credit cards, are available in Amman, but are very scarce across the rest of the country. Credit cards are accepted in most of the hotels and larger restaurants, especially in the tourist areas of Petra and the Dead Sea. Traveller’s cheques are not advised.
Tips are included on this holiday.
For flights information please see the Dates and Prices tab
Peter Snelson, aka ‘Wolfy’
‘Wolfy’, aka Peter is a Freelance Outdoors Instructor at various Local Education Authority Outdoor Adventure Centres in the Lake District, where he lives. He is involved in training & assessing Duke of Edinburgh groups to Gold Standard, & leads Youth Development Expeditions worldwide too.
He has been leading for HF Holidays for 6 years, in the UK, Europe & Worldwide.
He loves to offer groups real adventure in wild & beautiful places whether on foot, in kayak or open canoe. He is passionate about the Great Outdoors and offering the very best experiences, having fun & promoting Teamwork with whichever group of like minded people he is with!
Wolfy is leading our 7 April 2018 departure.
Alistair has been leading HF walking holidays for several years, since stopping full time work: he was previously a social work manager, charity director and then local government director. He started with guided walking holidays in the UK but has steadily spread his wings, recently leading holidays in Slovenia, Crete, and Lanzarote. He has always travelled widely, including spells living on a kibbutz in the 1970s and in the US in the 80s – to destinations including West Africa (including hitchhiking across the Sahara), Morocco, Kenya, Botswana, Eastern Europe (before the wall came down), India, Thailand, Vietnam, Russia, Canada and the US and extensively across Europe. Currently he spends a lot of time in the hills and mountains of Andalucia – when not working part-time, singing in a community choir, hillwalking, cycling and tackling two allotments….
One of his all-time favourite holidays was a self-organised trip to Jordan in 2014, which he rated as one of the friendliest and also most varied places he has visited – culturally, historically and geographically. He’s delighted to be going back and is looking forward to sharing his love of the country with you.
Alistair is leading our 06 October 2018 departure.
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Dates & Prices
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Prices are per person
- 8 nights' ensuite hotel rooms and 2 nights' camping in comfortable tented camps
- Full Board from breakfast on arrival to breakfast on departure
- A full programme of guided walks led by a local tour director, local guides and an HF Holidays' leader
- All sightseeing, and entrance fees
- Travel by air-conditioned coach/minivan
Other important information
- Single room: £380 (2017), £440 (2018)
- Non-member associate fee: £10 per person