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Trips and Tours to Wadi Rum

About Wadi Rum

With a vast, silent landscape of ancient riverbeds, pastel coloured stretches of sandy desert and amazing rock formations known as jebels, the desertscape of Wadi Rum encompasses some of the most stunning scenery in all of Jordan. Wadi Rum possesses unspoiled natural beauty forged by millions of years of geological formation, erosion and evolution. Split by networks of canyons and ravines, spanned by naturally formed rock bridges and watered by hidden springs, the jebels (essentially mountains) offer awesome opportunities for scrambling, rock climbing and trekking. Optional excursions aboard 4x4 vehicles allow visitors to view the surrounding scenery up-close.

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Although arid and essentially a desert, the Rum is far from depopulated. Indeed, the region is home to the semi-nomadic Bedouin who live in great goat hair tents, tending their herds of sheep and goat and preserving an ancient lifestyle. British soldier T.E. Lawrence, renowned especially for his liaison role during the Arab Revolt of 1916-18 and whose vivid personality and writings made him the object of fascination throughout the world, waxed lyrical about the Rum area, describing it as ‘vast, echoing and godlike’.

Much of the epic ‘Lawrence of Arabia’ starring Peter O’Toole was filmed here in the early 1960s, prompting afterwards the arrival of tourism to Jordan which has continued with the recent release of 'The Martian' starring Matt Damon. The otherworldly vistas of Wadi Rum and the burnt red sands lends itself perfectly to the role of Mars without the unfathomable distances involved.

Wadi Rum Tours

Here are some popular itineraries that include a visit to Wadi Rum. Alternatively, if you would like to include a visit to Wadi Rum on a bespoke touring itinerary to Jordan, take a look at our tailor-made holiday planning section.

View of the city | Amman | Jordan

Egypt & Jordan Discovery

14 days FROM R77,320
A Byzantine basilica | Amman | Jordan

Lawrences Arabia 5 star

9 Days FROM R53,400
The Siq | Petra | Jordan

Passage to Petra

6 days FROM R22,890
Treasury | Petra | Jordan

Totally Jordan

8 Days FROM R24,684
Meteor Shower | Wadi Rum | Jordan

Perseids Meteor Shower

8 days FROM R31,450
Wadi Rum | Jordan

New Year's in Wadi Rum

8 Days FROM R31,450
Driving in the Wadi Rum Desert | Jordan

Self Drive Jordan

8 days FROM R22,700
A Byzantine basilica | Amman | Jordan

Lawrences Arabia

9 Days FROM R49,500
Dome on the Rock | Jerusalem | Israel

Road to Jerusalem

11 days FROM R43,937
Wild oryx | Jordan

Jordan Wildlife & Nature

12 days FROM R69,900
Visit the Monastery in Petra on our Jordan tours

Temples, Tombs, Treasury

14 days FROM R36,900
Lady above the Treasury in Petra | Jordan

Pyramids to Petra

15 days FROM R43,600

Pyramids to Petra with Cruise

15 days FROM R49,800
Treasury | Petra | Jordan

Road To Jordan

16 days FROM R40,400
Treasury | Petra | Jordan

Road to Jordan with Cruise

16 days FROM R46,200
Wadi Rum rock arch | Jordan

Festive Road to Jordan

16 days FROM R45,100
The Treasury | Petra | Jordan

Pyramids, Petra, Promised Land

19 Days FROM R61,000
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