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Trek Jordan: Dana to Petra & the Dead Sea

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Discover an unforgettable adventure through the hidden gems of Jordan with this 9-day trekking tour from the bustling city of Amman to the tranquil Dead Sea. Marvel at the breathtaking views of some of the most remote and wild corners of Jordan, as you hike through the diverse landscapes of the Dana Biosphere Reserve and stunning views of the fascinating Wadi Araba Desert. Experience Little Petra, where you can admire the cut-out rock tombs and learn about the ancient civilization that once thrived in this region. Head to Wadi Rum, where you will spend the night in a traditional Bedouin camp. End your journey on a relaxing note at the Dead Sea, where you can float in the salty water and rejuvenate your body and mind. Join us on this epic trekking journey through Jordan and discover the hidden treasures that await you. 
Ghbour Whedat Trails to Little PetraHikers in the remote area of JordanThe narrow passage (Siq) to PetraRuins in Little PetraThe Nabataean Tomb in PetraAd Deir Monastery TrailThe Amphitheater in PetraExperience the Dead SeaWilderness camp in JordanExplore the wonder that is Petra
Highlights
  • See Petra, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the New Seven Wonders of the World
  • Hike and marvel at the scenery of the Dana Biosphere Reserve
  • Spend your nights at a Bedouin camp at Wadi Rum
  • Ride a Jeep to travel around Wadi Rum’s Valley
  • Experience swimming and floating in the salty water of the Dead Sea
Places Visited
  • Middle East
  • Jordan
  • Al-Baydha
  • Amman
  • Dana
  • Furon
  • Kempinski Hotel Ishtar Dead Sea
  • Little Petra Bedouin Camp
  • Mansoura
  • Petra
  • Swemeh
  • Wadi Rum
Activity Level: Challenging
Requires high-intensity physical efforts that push the limits of one's fitness. May include tours with multiple days in a row of strenuous physical activity or single requiring more than 7 hours of activity. Recommended for travelers maintaining a demanding fitness level.
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Day 1: Arrive in Amman, Jordan

Welcome to Amman, the land of ancient heritage and modern marvels! As you land at Amman Airport, the team will be eagerly waiting to extend a warm welcome and assist you with immigration. Transfer to your hotel where you can rest and rejuvenate for the exciting journey ahead.

Founded in the Bronze Age, Amman is one of the oldest cities in the world, with a rich history that dates back centuries. As the city grows into a modern metropolis, it still retains its character and charm, making it a truly unique destination that offers the best of both worlds.

Depending on your time of arrival, we can arrange for a city tour that will take you through the famous landmarks of Amman, including the spectacular Roman Amphitheatre and the iconic Citadel that towers over the city. Get ready to be mesmerized by the intricate architecture and fascinating stories that surround these ancient monuments.

The transfer time from QAIA into Amman is approximately 30 minutes to an hour, depending on the traffic. 

Day 2: Amman | Dana | Hike to Mansoura

The drive to the starting point of our trek takes about 2.5 hours so you will depart early this morning from the hotel. During the drive, bond with your fellow hikers or catch a quick power nap before the exhilarating journey begins.

Our trekking adventure will take us through the wondrous landscapes of Dana Biosphere Reserve. This reserve boasts four distinct ecozones, housing a breathtaking diversity of flora, fauna, and avifauna. Our first trail will lead us along the majestic mountains overlooking the awe-inspiring Dana Valley before we make our way down into the enchanting al-Khashasha Valley. Here, we will set up a wilderness campsite on the outskirts of the valley, where we can marvel at the picturesque scenery and unwind under the starry sky. 

Hiking time: 5-7 hours
Distance: 15 KM
Ascent: 260m
Descent: 690m

Day 3: Mansoura | Furon

Bid farewell to Mansoura and set our sights on a breathtaking hike through the valleys that overlook the magnificent Wadi Araba. Our destination? The majestic Furon.

The hike may be steep and challenging, but the rewards are worth every step. As we ascend up through the mountains, we'll be treated to awe-inspiring views that will leave you spellbound. The dramatic valley we'll traverse through offers stunning vistas of the vibrant Wadi Araba Desert that will take your breath away.

After an invigorating morning, we'll take a well-deserved break at our campsite, set up by our amazing crew at Furon. The afternoon promises to be just as exciting as we continue our adventure through the rugged terrain of this beautiful region.

Difficulty Level: Difficult
Hiking Time: 5-7 hrs 
Hiking Distance: 14Km 
Ascent: 563m 
Descent: 170m

Day 4: Furon | Ghbour Whedat

Set out on the rugged terrain of Furon and trek past Ras Al-Feid towards Ghbour Whedat. Brace yourself for the breathtaking panoramas that will unfold before your eyes, as we explore some of the most remote and untamed corners of Jordan.

Traverse the Sharah Mountains and follow the well-worn paths of Bedouin shepherds. Marvel at the towering peaks of black mountains that loom above us, while the steep canyons below create a dramatic backdrop that will leave you in awe.

As we gradually ascend the hills, we will be rewarded with more stunning views of the desert below. And when the day draws to a close, we will set up camp in the wilderness of Ghbour Whedat, immersing ourselves in the beauty of the natural surroundings. 

Hiking Level: Difficult
Hiking Distance: 17.1Km
Ascent: 750m
Descent: 920m
 

Day 5: Ghbour Whedat | Little Petra

As we continue our journey toward Little Petra, the landscape begins to shift and we start to see more signs of human activity. Along the way, we'll encounter Bedouin camps, sheep pens, and small farms, all of which give us a glimpse into the daily lives of local residents.

As we approach the area between Ghbour Whedat and Little Petra, we'll be treated to a fascinating display of Nabatean ruins, including old wine and olive presses, aqueducts, and other impressive feats of ancient engineering. It's incredible to think about the level of sophistication and ingenuity required to create such complex water systems so long ago.

Today's highlight, of course, is Little Petra, a "suburb" of the legendary Petra that was once home to traders traveling along the famous Silk Road. As we explore this fascinating site, we'll marvel at the rock-carved facades, ancient houses, and other incredible sandstone structures that were crafted by skilled hands thousands of years ago.

Hiking Level: Moderate
Hiking Distance: 14Km
Ascent: 610m
Descent: 560m

Day 6: Little Petra | Petra

After a hearty breakfast, take the lesser-known route via 'The Back Door', where you'll be able to avoid the crowds and truly immerse yourself in the beauty of Petra. The well-maintained tracks will lead you through the breathtaking Wadi Ghurab, surrounded by stunning sandstone mountains that guard the entrance to Petra.

As you follow the Nabataean route out of the valley, you'll come across a natural rock terrace that has been thoughtfully upgraded for your safety. While the path may narrow slightly, don't worry - the views from the hidden plateau above Wadi Siyyagh will take your breath away.

As you continue onwards, you'll suddenly catch sight of 'The Monastery', a magnificent structure carved into the cliff face. If you're feeling peckish, stop by the Bedouin café for some refreshments before descending down the Nabataean steps and into ancient Petra.

From there, you'll exit past the famous 'Petra Siq' and into the bustling Wadi Musa, home to an array of shops, cafés, and hotels. 

Hiking Distance: 14Km to 16KM

Day 7: Petra | Wadi Rum

After breakfast, depart your hotel in Petra and head out to the mesmerizing Wadi Rum. Once you arrive, hop on a thrilling 4-hour jeep tour that will take you through the valleys, canyons, dunes, and deserts of this stunning place. Be amazed by the ancient rock inscriptions and breathtaking views of majestic mountains and narrow gorges. After an unforgettable day of exploration, return to your camp with a satisfied appetite and indulge in the mouth-watering Bedouin dinner under the twinkling stars. Spend the night in the heart of the desert and embrace the peacefulness of your surroundings.

Drive from Petra onto Wadi Rum takes around 2 Hours.

Day 8: Wadi Rum | Dead Sea

Discover the magic of the Dead Sea, the lowest point on earth, as you embark on an unforgettable adventure. After a delightful breakfast, set your sights north and prepare to be enchanted. Immerse yourself in the salty waters as you float effortlessly, bask in the warm sunshine, and take in the breathtaking views that surround you. Treat yourself to the ultimate pampering experience by indulging in the invigorating mud bath, guaranteed to leave your skin feeling refreshed and rejuvenated. Whether you opt for a relaxing day by the pool or avail yourself of the various treatments offered by the spa, the choice is yours. Book treatments directly with the spa and make the most of your time at the Dead Sea. A well-earned day of relaxation! 

The drive from Wadi Rum to the Dead Sea takes about 4 hours.

Day 9: Amman | Return Home

  • 1 Breakfast
After breakfast, you have a 1-hour transfer to the airport to catch your departing flight home. With time, enjoy one last soak before you say goodbye. Safe travels!

Accommodations

The House Boutique Suites

The House Boutique Suites
The House Boutique Suites

Jordan Wilderness Camp

Standard Tents
Standard Tents
Standard Tent

Little Petra Bedouin Camp

Little Petra Bedouin Camp

Petra Moon Luxury Hotel

Hotel Entrance
Hotel Interior
Hotel Interior

Rainbow Camp Wadi Rum

Rainbow Camp Wadi Rum
Rainbow Camp Wadi Rum
Rainbow Camp Cabins

Kempinski Hotel Ishtar Dead Sea

Hotel Exterior
Hotel Exterior
Kempinski Hotel Ishtar Dead Sea

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Included
  • 8 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 7 Dinners, 4 Box Lunches
  • 8 Nights Accommodations
  • 7 Days Locally Hosted Guide Service
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Activities as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Access to a 24-7 Emergency line while traveling
  • Professional English-speaking guide
  • Trail snacks & water
  • Airport Pick-up/Drop-off
  • Meet and Greet by representatives at the destination airport
  • All entrance fees as per program
  • 4 Hour Jeep tour in Wadi Rum
  • Support Donkey on days 2,3 and 4.
  • Free collective visa to Jordan for groups (Non restricted nationalities) staying 2 nights and more (full passport details must received 14 days before arrival) subject to change.
  • 3 Nights in the wilderness camp on FB basis (breakfast, lunch box and cooked dinner) and water during the hike.
  • Mattress and blankets provided in the wilderness camp
Excluded
  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Flight costs (please request a quote)
  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Fuel and transportation surcharges (when applicable)
  • Exit tax from Jordan. Airport tax is usually included on air - tickets. Taxes are subject to change without prior notice.
  • Emergency Exit Plan: Jeep transfer between points during the hike.

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Chance for unpredictable weather but with fewer visitors.

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Our guide and driver were very good with their knowledge and were very helpful with our questions. It was a very pleasant visit that would have been impossible to do on our own. Hotels and restaurants were fantastic. The special places we got to go to, like the kitchens, were great. Enjoyed the entire trip!
Meyer Smolen
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