Jordan Wildlife & Nature - 12 days
Discover the rare wildlife, stunning scenery and ancient wonders of Jordan on this 12 day private tour. Explore Jerash and the incredible Rose Red City of Petra, encounter endangered Arabian Oryx at Shaumari Wildlife Reserve and camp in the Wadi Rum desert. Float in the Dead Sea and trek through the Dana Nature Reserve in search of the Nubian Ibex.
Welcome to Jordan! On arrival at the airport you’ll be transferred to your hotel where the evening is free to relax or explore at leisure. Perhaps visit some of the vibrant souqs in bustling downtown Amman, the heart of Jordan’s capital city.
Today you’ll enjoy a full day of guided sightseeing in Amman. Visit the iconic Citadel, the National Archaeological Museum and the Roman Theatre, which dates back to the 2nd century. Learn about the history of the country at the New Jordan Museum and see the modern western side of the city, home to many malls, restaurants and cafes.
Overnight: Amman | Breakfast
Jerash & Aljoun Forest Hike
Amman - Jerash - Aljoun. Say goodbye to Amman today as you’re transferred to Jerash, the Graeco-Roman city famous for its Roman ruins. Explore the colonnaded street and the amphitheatre before you transfer to the Aljoun Forest Reserve and enjoy a three hour hike to the village of Orjan. Walk through lush woodlands of oak, pistachio and strawberry trees to Eagle’s Point - a panoramic view point. Descend to the village and meet the local women at the soap house, who create pure olive oil soap using a traditional process.
Overnight: Ajloun Forest Reserve | Breakfast, Dinner
Um al-Jimal & Shaumari Wildlife Reserve
Aljoun - Azraq. Your day begins with a visit to the Byzantine and Roman ruins at Um al-Jimal before you’re transferred to the Shaumari Wildlife Reserve. This small but important 22 kilometre square conservation area is an important haven for endangered Middle Eastern species including the Arabian Oryx and Persian Onager. There is a good chance to see some of these species as you embark on a 3 hour safari drive into the reserve. Binoculars are provided so you can spot bird species including the Imperial Eagle and the Egyptian Vulture. Your guide will also teach you the basics of animal tracking and you’ll see an exciting falconry display and the Oryx breeding enclosure. Leaving the reserve, you’ll transfer to the nearby Azraq Lodge for the night.
Overnight: Azraq Wetland Reserve | Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Azraq - Dana. Enjoy a short hike this morning in the Azraq Wetland Reserve, an excellent place to spot migratory birds and water buffalo if you’re lucky. Continue to the historic desert castle of Qasr Azraq. The castle has been strategically important since Roman times as it’s built in the Azraq oasis, the only permanent source of freshwater for 12,000 square miles. After visiting this site you’ll continue to the 500 year old village of Dana, which overlooks the incredible Wadi Dana gorge.
Overnight: Dana | Breakfast, Dinner
Dana - Feynan Eco Lodge. Enjoy a day of trekking today as you explore Dana, the largest nature reserve in Jordan. Meet local Bedouin farmers tending their goats and look out for the many species of flora and fauna that inhabit the reserve. There is a population of the threatened Nubian Ibex and the world’s largest breeding colony of the colourful Syrian Serin. Pass through four different biosphere zones, from striking mountains to the desert of Wadi Arabah, then stop for the night at the Feynan Eco Lodge (14km trek).
Overnight: Dana Nature Reserve | Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Feynan Eco Lodge - Petra. This morning you’ll explore the Roman ruins at Feynan and drive to the lesser visited site of Siq Al Barid, known as Little Petra. Reach the site through a narrow passage, similar to the famous Siq at Petra. Little Petra was once a thriving Nabatean supply post and there is evidence everywhere of its past. See temples, rock cut stairs and some of the few surviving Nabatean paintings before you continue to UNESCO-listed Beidha. This Stone Age village is more than 9,000 years old, making it one of the world’s earliest known permanent human settlements. After your visit, continue to Petra for the evening.
Overnight: Petra | Breakfast, Lunch
Today you’ll discover the incredible Rose Red City of Petra, one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. Walk down the narrow Siq to Al-Khazneh (The Treasury) and admire this spectacular tomb. Explore the Street of Facades, visit the fascinating Byzantine Museum and the Theatre, which once held a capacity of 8,500 people. There is also the opportunity to climb the 800 steps to the imposing hill-top ad-Deir (The Monastery), which is far larger than the Treasury.
Overnight: Petra | Breakfast
Petra - Wadi Rum. Return to Petra this morning for a light trek to the High Place of Sacrifice for incredible views of your surroundings and the Treasury below. This afternoon travel to the wild desert of Wadi Rum. Here you'll enjoy an exhilarating desert safari across the vast expanse of this red desert, with its amazing rock formations and rolling dunes. Reach our desert campsite and and watch the sunset before you enjoy a traditional Jordanian dinner and camp beneath a blanket of stars.
Overnight: Wadi Rum (camping) | Breakfast, Dinner
Wadi Rum - Karak - Madaba - Mt Nebo - Dead Sea. Leave the desert this morning and travel to the Crusader castle at Karak. You’ll also enjoy a tour of the town of Madaba and see the 6th century mosaic map of the Middle East, which decorates the floor of St George Church. Other highlights of the town include the Madaba Museum and the Archaeological Park. After visiting these sites continue to Mt Nebo for marvelous views over the Holy Land. Finally, descend to the Dead Sea, the lowest point on Earth.
Overnight: Dead Sea | Breakfast
Today is free to relax by the Dead Sea. Float in its famously buoyant, mineral-rich waters and enjoy a therapeutic mud bath. If you’re feeling adventurous then you may wish to join our optional excursion and go canyoning along the Siq Trail to Wadi Mujib, one of Jordan’s most remarkable natural features (April - October departures only).
Overnight: Dead Sea | Breakfast
Dead Sea - Amman. Your Jordanian adventure comes to an end today with an included transfer to the airport.
Prices & Dates
Prices shown are ‘per person’, based on a travelling party of at least 2 adults. The single supplement price needs to be added to the twin/double price if single rooms are required. If travelling solo, an additional ‘1-person’ supplement will apply.Read More
The hotels listed below are ones which we frequently use on this tour. We reserve the right to substitute these hotels to ones of a similar standard when necessary.
With friendly and helpful staff, the Toledo offers a perfect location and comfortable accommodation. Guest rooms are well appointed and all have a great view of the famous King Abdullah Mosque and several historical churches. Wi-fi is available and there is a 24 hour coffee shop for when hunger strikes! There is also a fitness centre and pool - however the hours vary for men and women so check with reception before you head down. Well located in Amman City Centre next to the bus station.
Ajloun Woodland Reserve Cabins, Ajloun Forest Reserve
In a large grassy clearing on the edge of the forest lies the beautiful Ajloun Reserve Cabins. These tastefully designed cabins are comfortable and well equipped with private bathrooms and a small terrace perfect for sitting outside and watching the world go by. Built from stylish wood and furnished to a high standard including very comfortable beds and stove facilities. (Open all year round)
RSCN Azraq Lodge, Azraq Wetland Reserve
The lodge has an authentic atmosphere with a modern twist. The fully equipped 1940s style rooms overlook the vast mud and sand flats of the Azraq Basin. The kitchen and restaurant are under the management of a local family, providing a variety of Chechen food and delights. The Azraq Lodge is open all year. The lodge, renovated from a British military field hospital, is located in the Eastern Desert and a short distance away from the Azraq and Shaumari reserves.
Dana Guest House, Dana Nature Reserve
Dana Guesthouse is a sustainable, eco-friendly camp with meals made exclusively from local produce. The beautifully styled building offers breathtaking views of the reserve, traditional Arabic food, and friendly service. The guesthouse is open all year round and perks include free WiFi in the public areas of the property and 24 hour front desk. The simply furnished yet comfortable rooms have balconies from which to enjoy the surroundings. Bathroom facilities are shared.
Feynan Ecolodge, Dana Nature Reserve
Voted as one of the best eco-lodges in the world, the Feynan Ecolodge offers a stay with a difference. Running completely on solar power and candle light, come nightfall it becomes a beautiful, romantic retreat that you won't want to leave. All guest rooms are ensuite - with hot water from the natural spring. For the ultimate in atmospheric evenings - head to the roof at night time and enjoy the endless stars overhead - truly breathtaking. The Lodge is in the Wadi Finan Bedouin area below Dana Reserve.
Edom Hotel, Petra
Just a short distance from the entrance to Petra, the Edom Hotel features a roof terrace overlooking the Bedouin village of Wadi Musa. You’ll find the air-conditioned guestrooms to be fully equipped with modern amenities, including a satellite TV, minibar and private bathroom. The hotel also offers a traditional hammam, or Turkish bath, and massage facilities, so you can unwind after a day out in the desert. But this hotel’s most unusual feature is its restaurant. Offering a range of cuisine, the cave-like restaurant is carved from stone – keeping the atmosphere of ancient Petra alive.
Rainbow Camp, Wadi Rum
A row of permanent tents in the desert make up the popular Rainbow Camp. Inside the tents are comfortable camp beds and warm bedding. Showers and toilets are close by and are cleaned thoroughly every day. Guests can relax in the communal area which is adorned with colourful rugs and cushions. The food at Rainbow Camp always gets rave reviews. Taking an evening stroll around the beautiful surroundings is a great way to work up an appetite before dinner. This accommodation is well located in the heart of Wadi Rum.
Holiday Inn Resort, Dead Sea
Graced with interconnecting palm fringed swimming pools leading to the Dead Sea, the Holiday Inn is an Arabesque style hotel. Guest rooms are elegantly furnished and benefit from complimentary high speed internet. The hotel also has an on site fitness centre and a fine choice of Spa facilities. The 24 hour sleek bar is the perfect place for a tipple at any time of the day or night. The accommodation is located on the shores of the world famous Dead Sea.