Welcome to Jordan and the start of your holiday! Arrive Amman, included transfer to hotel and overnight.
Amman - Dead Sea - Dana Nature Reserve. Today, we descend from the elevation of Amman to the Dead Sea for a chance to take a dip in the mineral-rich waters, before continuing to our drive through Wadi Araba to Faynan at the lower, western end of the Dana Nature Reserve. Unique in the Middle East region, Dana NR is a protected region overseen by Jordan’s RSCN (Royal Society for the Protection of Nature) combining scientific research, social reconstruction and sustainable tourism. Offering a dizzying array of resident flora and fauna, Dana NR is the start point for our trek to the Rose City of Petra. Various kinds of eagles, kestrels, falcons, cultures, wildcats, hyenas, foxes, badgers, jackals, wolves and hares inhabit the region. Our base this evening is the RSCN-run Faynan Wilderness Lodge which blends perfectly with the environment, from where we can explore the surrounding area and relish the solitude of this isolated and beautiful location. In antiquity, Faynan was an extensive copper-smelting settlement. Archaeological digs have unearthed remains of Bronze and Iron Age copper mines, remains of Byzantine churches, a Roman tower and more, which can be explored.
Wadi – a term used throughout, is a valley or watercourse and can also refer to a dry or seasonal riverbed.
Overnight: Faynan Wilderness Lodge | Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Today, we hike along the upward sloping floor of the colourful Wadi Dana through wild and desolate terrain which changes to lush, green gardens as the upper reaches closer to Dana Village are approached. Our destination is RSCN’s Dana Guest House. With an exterior and interior designed by acclaimed architect Ammar Khamash, the Guest House offers a skilful and attractive blend of traditional Jordanian style against a minimalist backdrop of stone and iron. As for the views, check out magnificent panoramas over Dana NR encompassing Wadi Dana and Wadi Araba. There will be free time to explore the old Bedouin village, long abandoned though slowly but surely being brought back to life as the tribes of the area begin to enjoy the benefits of ecotourism which the Nature Reserve and the associated handicraft projects have brought to the area. Organically produced preserves and herbs, olive-oil soap, textiles and other nick-knacks make authentic souvenirs of a stay at Dana NR.
Note - The Guest House has only 9 rooms, for a maximum capacity of 27 guests. No single rooms are available. Whilst only one of the rooms offers en suite facilities, there are a number of very clean and accessible communal showers and WCs to serve the remaining 8 rooms. The room with en suite facility cannot be requested in advance.
Overnight: Dana Nature Reserve | Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Dana Nature Reserve - Mansura. Today, we begin the trek to Petra, hiking past the area’s reforestation project and the upland wadis.
Overnight: Camping - Mansura | Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Trekking from Mansura
Continuing our trek through valleys overlooking Wadi Araba there is a small Bedouin track which runs through the valley where there are still families living in their characteristic nomadic black tents. Along the way we’ll pass unexcavated remains from the Iron Age, Nabatean and Roman eras.
Overnight: Camping | Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Oasis Secenery & Neolithic Etchings
Today’s route passes a number of Roman watchtowers and several small wadis where waterfalls and date palms flourish even in the driest seasons. We arrive at an area dotted with Neolithic remains, where we camp for the night.
Approaching from Ammareen territory, our trek takes us to Siq al Barid (Little Petra) and the Baidha Neolithic village. Continue cross-country on a little-used trail, which circumnavigates the main entry routes into the ancient city of Petra, we trek on a back route up to Ad-Deir. Better known as the Monastery, Ad-Deir has a similar rock- hewn façade to that of Petra’s famous Monastery (reached through the legendary Siq and which we’ll visit on day 8) but is the largest of all ancient Petra’s monuments. The sight of the Ad-Deir will really rate on everyone’s top five experiences during this trek. From the nearby cliff-tops, the views are simply stunning. Exiting via Wadi Turkomanieh, we transfer to our hotel in Petra’s modern-day town – Wadi Musa for a well-earned rest and overnight stay.
Overnight: Petra | Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Chief among Jordan’s many archaeological riches is the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Rose City of Petra. The city was first settled around 6th century BC by the Nabatean tribe from Western Arabia. A succession of habitation, leadership and further development followed, but as the caravan routes were gradually displaced by the advent of sea trade routes, the city’s importance declined and Petra passed into obscurity. Rediscovered in 1812, it remain on the list of many travellers. We access the hidden archaeological treasures of the Rose City on a walk through a narrow, deep siq, where the rocks finally give way to reveal the famous façade of Al-Khazneh (the Treasury). Continuing our walk, we’ll then go on to explore chunks of this fantastic once-lost city, which is full of tombs, temples, an impressive amphitheatre and a Roman colonnaded street. Camels and donkeys offer a novel way of getting around, for those that might want to take the weight off their feet.
Overnight: Petra | Breakfast
Petra - Amman airport. Hotel checkout and included onward to departure transfer from Petra to Amman's Queen Alia airport.
Prices & Dates
For all our tours and tailor-made holidays we provide you with a clear categorisation of all hotels we use. The REGIONAL CATEGORY indicates the local rating of each hotel in each respective country. We have also rated each hotel using OUR CATEGORY, which will be in line with generally accepted western hotel grading standards.
Basic hotels and simple accommodation is a no frills option with an adventurous authentic feel.
Standard accommodation equates to a Western 3-star standard, always featuring en-suite rooms and usually a restaurant.
Superior accommodation equates to a Western 4-star standard, featuring en-suite rooms and usually a restaurant and often a swimming pool and/or a fitness centre.
Deluxe accommodation equates to a Western 5-star standard, usually featuring spacious, en-suite rooms, a restaurant, swimming pool and fitness centre and an array of amenities, excellent service and customer care.
Lavish accommodation equates to a Western 5-star plus standard - the creme de la creme. Featuring spacious, en-suite rooms, a restaurant, swimming pool and fitness centre and an array of amenities, this accommodation is a cut above the rest. Sheer opulence!
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.
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.
Petra Moon Hotel, Petra
Just 300 ft from the entrance gate to Petra, the Petra Moon hotel features spacious rooms with private balconies and flat-screen TVs. It also has a roof garden with a seasonal outdoor pool. The soundproofed rooms and suites at Petra Moon come with satellite channels, a DVD player and extra-long beds. Each has air conditioning and a private bathroom. The hotel's restaurant serves a delicious selection of international meals in both buffet-style and a la carte.
Tipping is not a natural part of many Western cultures and many of us feel uncomfortable, or unsure, about when, or how much, to tip. However, in Jordan, tipping makes up a significant part of many people's wages so it's important that we get it right. For this reason we've developed a very simple system to take all the hassle out of tipping. With our 'tipping made easy' policy, a nominal pre-determined amount is collected from all group tour participants to cover tips en route. This then saves you the hassle of when and how much to tip bellhops, luggage handlers, local guides and other support staff through the tour. Our 'tipping made easy' doesn't include a tip to your group tour leader. Naturally, though, the amount is up to you as tipping is an entirely personal gesture.
We had the best time in Jordan. Our guide Abdullah, was seriously great. Knows all about geography, history, culture, nature etc.
No hassles, we will certainly look to 'on the go' in future and will recommend you all to out friends. ”