Jordan: Petra & the Ancient Lands

Code: JDWHW

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Activity types:

  • Culture
  • History
  • Rural peace

Level

  • Easy
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From £2,189.00 - 10 nights

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Holiday overview

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Take a journey to a country rich in history, a meeting point for great cultures and events where the remains of the Roman empire can be seen alongside many of the great sites of Biblical times, as well as relics from the Crusades and churches of the Middle Ages. Not forgetting the overwhelming ‘rose red city’ of Petra, one of the world’s most amazing sights, which will be explored in detail.

All this is combined with a stunning natural landscape of mountains, spectacular deserts, canyons and verdant gorges and the lowest place on Earth, the Dead Sea.

The Jordanians are a friendly and welcoming people and there will be time to experience some of the local culture and try the delicious varied cuisine.

Holiday highlights

  • 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

Price includes

  • 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
  • Tips

Accommodation

Stay in a selection of 4-star hotels with excellent facilities and handy locations from which to see the sights of Jordan.

In Amman we stay at the 4-star Warwick II Palazzo Hotel located, like most of the city’s hotels, in the business district.

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.

At Petra, accommodation is at the 3-star Petra Palace hotel, a family run hotel which offers wonderful Jordanian hospitality. This hotel is fully air conditioned with 180 rooms. Bedrooms are spacious with ensuite facilities, hairdryer, safety deposit box, satellite tv. There are two outdoor swimming pools, and a Turkish bath/Jacuzzi area. Restaurant and bar are also on site. 

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.

The Dead Sea Spa is 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.

Itinerary

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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.   

Day 1: To Amman - Arrival in Amman and transfer to our hotel for three nights.

Day 2: Jerash - 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.

Day 3: Al-Oyoun Trail - We 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.

Day 4: 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.

Day 5: Dana Nature Reserve - Our trail leads us 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: Petra - 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.

Day 7: Little Petra & Petra’s back trails - 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. 

Day 8: Petra & 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.

Day 9: Wadi Rum - Morning desert walk to a viewpoint on one of the many sandstone outcrops. Afternoon jeep tour on the sand dunes.

Day 10: To 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: To London - Transfer to Amman and fly to London. 

General Information

Passport

A full passport, valid for six months is required to enter Jordan.

Visas

As of June 2015 the Jordanian government have advised that there is no visa charge for people travelling to Jordan for less than 30 days. A copy of the relevant page in your passport must be sent to us approx 6 weeks before travel to ensure our local agent can arrange this on your behalf.

Health advice
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.

Climate
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.

Time difference  

GMT + 3 hours

Money
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.

Tipping
Tips are included on this holiday.

For flights information please see the Dates and Prices tab

Leaders

David Killick

David has been travelling and enjoying the outdoors since his teenage years as a potholer and later as a rock climber. He has toured in the USA, Ethiopia, Egypt, Morocco, Patagonia, many European countries, Japan, Mexico, and India, and has enjoyed independent trekking and climbing experience in Petra and Wadi Rum.

David has also lived and worked in Europe, North Africa, and South East Asia, and has a strong interest in the countries and cultures which make up the world. As a university lecturer, he set up international student exchange programmes, and has a keen interest in intercultural communication, and in exploring the everyday lives of people across the globe.

David is leading our 8 April 2017 departure.

Bob Scaiff

He has travelled extensively in the Middle East, Eastern Europe, America and Australasia on business and also on mountain walking holidays. He particularly enjoys meeting the people, the culture, visiting the historic sites and all the excitement of the Eastern spice market places. Whilst living in Baghdad for 18 months he worked on a large construction project for the Iraqi Ministry of Agriculture. A chartered engineer by profession, he has spent several years as Project Manager for a large Electrical Power Generating and construction company. He lives life to the full and enjoys music, mountain walking, water sports and membership of his local Rotary Club.

He is patient, calm, confident and resourceful as well as being firm and friendly with people who help to look after our holiday activities. He really enjoys helping to provide super holidays for guests of HF Holidays.

Bob has been leading for HF Holidays for more than 10 years in the UK, the Alps, Turkey, the Mediterranean and also in Sri Lanka.

Bob will be leading our 7 October 2017 departure.

Reviews

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1 Nov 2016, 9:18 p.m.

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As a first time HF traveller I would have appreciated a bit more guidance about what to pack for a walking holiday in a hot country.
31 Oct 2016, 5:24 p.m.

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Brochure good. Some hiccups re payment
31 Oct 2016, 3:42 p.m.

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HF gives great value with well thought-out and well organised holidays

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A superb holiday, great variety, good HF leader and local guide with excellent English, and the confidence to be flexible to meet our wishes
27 Apr 2016, 9:16 p.m.

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HF has put together a great itinerary for Jordan. Hotels were good, meals were good and everything ran on schedule. Well HF.

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Excellent local tour guides plus our group tour guide made this trip very enjoyable. Getting out and walking in the various locations gives you a chance to soak up the landscape - olive groves, Roman cities, red sand. Better than seeing it all slide by through a bus window.
27 Apr 2016, 9:57 a.m.

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A standard product - 'does what it says on the tin' so you have a good idea of what to expect. Booking process very efficient.

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Could have done with anothe day in Amman -just to visit 'downtown'. Too much time spent on the minibus with lateish evening arrivals at the hotels followed by early morning starts - so maybe the itinerary needs some rethinking. Fantastic group of people to travel with - I haven't laughed so much for years!. Excellent HF leader and main local guide - went to Jordan with HF because we have no Arabic and, as expected, we were very well looked after. Wonderful scenery and very welcoming people - would happily visit Jordan again.
22 Apr 2016, 4:32 a.m.

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Everything ran like clockwork

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Jordon was a wonderful friendly placeto visit. Petra and Wadi Rum a real highlight
6 Nov 2015, 10:28 a.m.

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Very good trip, some of the hotels were not up to standard, and some like the Eco Lodge very Twee , I could have easily done without that stay, walk there boring.
Arrived in the dark my room poky. On last full day to the dead sea, stopped at
tourist sale shop. Very expensive and a waste of our time.

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On the whole very good and interesting, local guide good. Very high temperatures
meant I found some of the walks tiring. More attention to length and height of walks
if temperatures change. We are all getting older. Good trip, would recommend to others.
30 Oct 2015, 4:37 p.m.

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The walks, visits to sights, contact with and experience of the local culture and people were superb. Both local and HF guides were excellent, knowledgeable and encouraging with that engagement.

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I will encourage as many people as possible to visit Jordan. It is hospitable and fascinating as well as safe. And they need our help, as tourists, with a major part of their economy.
30 Oct 2015, 6:50 a.m.

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A great holiday, we'll run and well organised. There were a couple of administrative slip ups that reduced my rating from excellent.

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A fascinating introduction to the Middle East and Arab culture in a very safe environment. The walking was excellent, as was the local guide, and gave us a more detailed view of the variety of landscape. If you are at all tempted please go! Jordan's tourism is suffering badly (and unfairly) from the troubles in other parts of the Middle East.
15 May 2015, 5:28 p.m.

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Eight successful holidays in UK and Europe.

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Well organised, good value for money.

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Dates & Prices

Date Description Nights Brochure price Book
8 Apr 2017 JDWHW - Petra & the Ancient Lands
(Travel included)

Flight - Outbound

ROYAL JORDANIAN (ALI

  • Depart: 8 Apr 2017, 5:05 p.m.
  • Arrive: 9 Apr 2017, 12:10 a.m.
  • Depart from: London Heathrow
  • Arrive at: Amman Queen Alia

Flight - Return

ROYAL JORDANIAN (ALI

  • Depart: 18 Apr 2017, noon
  • Arrive: 18 Apr 2017, 3:25 p.m.
  • Depart from: Amman Queen Alia
  • Arrive at: London Heathrow
10 £2,669.00 Book Now
8 Apr 2017 JDWHW - Petra & the Ancient Lands 10 £2,189.00 Book Now
7 Oct 2017 JDWHW - Petra & the Ancient Lands
(Travel included)

Flight - Outbound

ROYAL JORDANIAN (ALI

  • Depart: 7 Oct 2017, 5:05 p.m.
  • Arrive: 8 Oct 2017, 12:10 a.m.
  • Depart from: London Heathrow
  • Arrive at: Amman Queen Alia

Flight - Return

ROYAL JORDANIAN (ALI

  • Depart: 17 Oct 2017, noon
  • Arrive: 17 Oct 2017, 3:25 p.m.
  • Depart from: Amman Queen Alia
  • Arrive at: London Heathrow
10 £2,619.00 Book Now
7 Oct 2017 JDWHW - Petra & the Ancient Lands 10 £2,189.00 Book Now

Prices are per person

Information

  • Single room: £380
  • Non-member associate fee: £10 per person

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