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Anticipated itinerary; actual route may vary.

Day 1: arrive amman

Amman CityAmman City

Our representative will meet you on arrival at Amman’s Queen Alia International Airport, assist with immigration, and transfer you to your hotel. The rest of your day is free for you to explore Amman, one of the oldest cities in the world, inhabited since the bronze age. The city is becoming quite modern, but retains a sense of history and traditional character.

Meals
Dinner
Lodging
Larsa Hotel (or similar)

Day 2: amman

Feast on the flavors of JordanFeast on the flavors of Jordan

After breakfast, spend a full day exploring Amman. Your experienced guide will start by teaching you a few Arabic greetings that will help you communicate with the Jordanians you meet during your trip. You'll learn a few more words each day. Many people speak English, but you'll get an especially warm reception when you try to use some Arabic.

Start the day with a visit to the Citadel of Hercules, which was occupied as early as the Neolithic period and where, in the Old Testament, King David arranged to have his lover's husband murdered. The citadel overlooks the amphitheater and old downtown. Next drive to Jebel Webdeh, the arts and culture district full of art galleries and local antiquities and handcraft shops.

Head to First Circle and start a walking tour on cafe-lined Rainbow street before descending colorful steps into the heart of the old city. Stop at local restaurants to sample falafel, hummus, and the Arab delicacy Kenafah, eaten at times of celebration. Continue through the streets and markets, visiting the Husseini mosque and, time permitting, the amphitheater.

End the day with a cooking experience at Beit Sitti (literally, "House of my Grandmother"), where you will learn to cook a traditional Arabic meal, then enjoy your creation.

Meals
Breakfast, Dinner
Lodging
Hotel Larsa (or similar)

Day 3: amman / mount nebo / madaba / kerak / dana

Madaba Map mosaic at the Church of St. GeorgeMadaba Map mosaic at the Church of St. George

After breakfast, you start the journey to the south, beginning with a visit to Mt. Nebo. Take in the view where Moses looked across to the Promised Land and later died and was buried. Enjoy panoramic views of Jordan, the Dead Sea, and Israel.  

Then head to Madaba to discover the amazing Byzantine mosaics excavated from the town. See the Madaba Map at the Greek Orthodox Church of St. George. This oldest preserved map of the region clearly depicts Palestine and Lower Egypt around 550 AD. 

Continue south to the ancient crusader castle in Karak, exploring the maze of stone-vaulted halls and passageways. The city of Karak was the capital of Moab and the castle dominates the skyline, providing an impressive insight into the architectural and military skills of the Crusaders.

Lastly, head to the Dana Nature Reserve overlooking the Wadi Dana. You'll have time to explore the old village and stroll around while enjoying the fresh air and views.

Meals
Breakfast, Dinner
Lodging
Dana Guesthouse (or similar)

Day 4: hike from dana village to feynan ecolodge

Hike through the Dana Biosphere ReserveHike through the Dana Biosphere Reserve

It's time to begin hiking! Your first day of hiking starts from Dana Guest House, 1200m above sea level. From here, your trekking guides will take you west into Dana Valley. The trail drops steeply at first and then levels into a more gradual descent through the Dana Biosphere Reserve towards the eco-lodge at Feynan. The reserve, Jordan's largest, includes four distinct bio-geographical zones, which means that Dana supports an astonishing diversity of birds, plants, and animals.

On your way down the valley you may see Griffin Vultures overhead, as well as hyrax and copper-blue lizards on the rocks. If you're lucky, you might even catch a glimpse of an ibex or a desert fox, or see the footprint of a wolf in the dust.

End your day at the highly acclaimed Feynan Eco-Lodge. If you'd like, you can end today (and every day of your hike) with a guided sunset walk. Today's departs from the lodge and takes you about 20-30 minutes up to a nearby hilltop, where you can enjoy freshly-made Bedouin tea and stunning views as the sun sets over the vast Wadi Araba deserts. The sunset is well worth the short walk!

Today's hike:
  • Distance: Approx. 14 km
  • Time: Approx. 6.5 hours
  • Elevation Gain / Loss: Ascend 230m, Decend 1140m
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging
Feynan Eco-lodge (or similar)

Day 5: hike from wadi feynan to furon

Enjoy classic campfires in the eveningsEnjoy classic campfires in the evenings

Today's hike is about 12 miles, and takes you from Wadi Feynan through the historic landscape around Feynan. Here, copper was mined for some 3000 years. Mining reached its peak under the Romans, when thousands of slaves died here working the mines and furnaces, and millions of tons of ore were smelted into a metal that was exported all over the empire. 

As you walk out of Feynan, you'll see the mountains of slag that are the waste product of this ancient industry, as well as ruined buildings from the Nabataean and Roman periods. Pass the entrance to Wadi Ghweir, and as you ascend up into the mountains, be sure to turn around so you can see the fantastic views that are behind you.

In the afternoon you’ll reach your camp that has been set up by our crew at Furon.

Today's hike:
  • Distance: Approx. 18.6 km
  • Time: Approx. 8-9 hours
  • Elevation Gain / Loss: Ascend 1360m, Decend 480m
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging
Camping

Day 6: hike from furon to ghbour whedat

Hiking offers captivating landscapesHiking offers captivating landscapes

Today, you will hike a little over 10 miles from Furon to Ghbour Whedat. Along the way, you will experience some of the most astonishing views of the most remote and untouched corners of Jordan.

Contouring the Sharah Mountains. you will follow a path of Bedouin shepherd trails. On the most remote sections of the trail, be prepared to encounter some infrequently traveled sections of trail that are harder to identify (but never fear; your guides know exactly where to go.) The sheer peaks of black mountains overlooking the trail, combined with steep and precipitous drops to the canyons, make this day absolutely spectacular. 

Today's hike:
  • Distance: Approx. 17.1 km
  • Time: Approx. 8-9 hours
  • Elevation Gain / Loss: Ascend 750m, Decend 920m
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging
Camping

Day 7: hike from ghbour whedat to little petra

Campsites will be waiting for you when you arriveCampsites will be waiting for you when you arrive

On today's 8-mile hike, expect to pass many historical sites such as Ba'ajah ruins, siq Ba'ajah,the Nabataeans wine and olive presses, water tanks, wells and the Nabataean rock carved facades. Make your way to Little Petra—a mini version of Petra—then continue following the relics of history, ending at the remains of a Neolithic village.

Today's hike:
  • Distance: Approx. 14 km
  • Time: Approx. 5-6 hours
  • Elevation Gain / Loss: Ascend 610m, Decend 560m
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging
Camping in Little Petra at Seven Wonders Camp (or similar)

Day 8: hike from little petra to petra

Explore the tombs built in Petra's hillsideExplore the tombs built in Petra's hillside

The anticipation has been building and the time has come...today you arrive at Petra! Enjoy a hearty breakfast, then begin your 8-mile hike towards Petra's "Back Door," a spectacular and rarely-visited entrance to this wonder of the world. 

Sturdy trails go pleasantly down Wadi Ghurab amidst sandstone mountains that guard the approach to Petra. You'll follow a Nabataean route out of the valley, in the process skirting a mountain and climbing a natural rock terrace that has been improved for the safety of hikers. You'll reach a hidden plateau high above the impressive chasm of Wadi Siyyagh, and just beyond, carved into the cliff face, "The Monastery" suddenly comes into view.

If you'd like to savor the moment and rest a bit, there is a Bedouin café at this spot serving refreshments. When you're ready, take the Nabataean steps that lead down into ancient Petra. Your route takes you through Wadi Muthlim (weather dependent) to Wadi Musa and your Petra hotel. If the weather is poor, there is an alternative route to the hotel via Wadi Al-Khayl.

Today's hike:
  • Distance: Approx. 14 km
  • Time: Approx. 5-6 hours to the Monastery, plus 3-4 hours sightseeing
  • Elevation Gain / Loss: From the beginning of the Treasury: Ascend 125m, Decend 100m, Ascend 130m
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging
Petra Guesthouse (or similar)

Day 9: petra / wadi rum

Enjoy the hospitality of the BedouinsEnjoy the hospitality of the Bedouins

Today is an exciting one—a full day to explore Petra. After breakfast, head into this Nabataean Red Rose city, one of the seven world wonders and a UNESCO World Heritage site. Enter the city through a 1km-long narrow gorge called the Siq, which is flanked either side by 80m high cliffs! Notice the dazzling colors and formations of the rocks as you walk.

Petra is massive, and contains hundreds of elaborated rock-cut tombs, a treasury, Roman-style theaters, temples, sacrificial altars and colonnaded streets. You'll have time to visit these and many other sites inside Petra, such as the High Place of Sacrifice.

Later that day, it'll be time to drive to Wadi Rum and spend the night under the stars in the peaceful desert at a Bedouin camp, enjoying the hospitality of the Bedouins.

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging
SunCity Camp

Day 10: wadi rum / jeep safari / dead sea

See Wadi Rum via a jeep safariSee Wadi Rum via a jeep safari

Today is focused on exploring Wadi Rum on a jeep safari. In this World Heritage Site, you'll see valleys, canyons, dunes and deserts, rock inscriptions, majestic mountain and landscape views, and narrow gorges. Don't worry about being carbound, though; at each stop, you have the opportunity to hike and scramble and explore as you wish.

Enjoy a simple lunch cooked in the desert in the shade of the mountains, then in the afternoon, head to the Dead Sea, the lowest point on earth.

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging
Holiday Inn Resort Dead Sea (or similar)

Day 11: dead sea / amman / depart

Floating in the Dead SeaFloating in the Dead Sea

Today's final hurrah is a float in the salty waters of the Dead Sea, which you'll do after breakfast. Or, if you prefer, relax by the pool or experience the treatments offered in the spa. When it's time, depart for Queen Alia International Airport for your international flight.

Meals
Breakfast

Price and Date Details

Land Cost:
From
$3,790
Single Supplement:
$700
The single supplement is applicable if a roommate is not available or if single accommodation is specifically requested. While single accommodation is not available on all trips, we will try and honor this request whenever possible.
Custom & private on your dates

Need to Know

Visa available on arrival at the airport for JD 40 or approximate USD $57. Water available in the vehicles during your days of touring.
 
Wilderness camping accommodation is in twin accommodation dome tents, with mattresses and blankets provided. During the camping, a ‘wash room’ tent and toilet tent will be set up at each overnight location. These are basic facilities, but allow privacy to wash and use the bathroom.
 
Duration:
11 days
The number of days, or duration, in a destination corresponds with the itinerary as published.
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Activity Level:
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Group Size:
Most custom trips can accommodate groups of any size, from one person to as large of a group as you'd like. Some exceptions apply; ask your Adventure Specialist for details.
Terms & Conditions: 

Standard

Below is a summary of our complete Trip Terms & Conditions, which explains each of the items below in more detail. 

Expenses covered

Normally, our stated land costs include the cost of all guides, leaders, permits obtained after arrival, lodging accommodations, food and entry fees as specified, and all surface transportation associated with the planned itinerary. We do our best to avoid increasing prices after receipt of your deposit, but, rarely, factors beyond our control might require us to change our prices without prior notice, even after you have signed up. 

Expenses not covered

Costs not included in the price may include: meals not indicated as included in itineraries; meals prior to arrival in starting cities; transfers, if not arriving or departing on the scheduled group flights; soft drinks, bottled water, and alcoholic beverages; medical expenses, costs of hospitalization, or evacuation from remote areas; laundry; airport departure taxes not included on your airline ticket; accommodations en route to starting cities; visas; airfares; gratuities; and insurance. 

Pricing and Payment

For most group departures, the booking deposit is $500 per person per trip, though for some trips it may be more, as noted in the trip description. The minimum booking deposit requirement for custom trips is $800 per person, and this deposit is non-refundable. A trip-planning fee of $250 per itinerary is also charged to cover costs of preparing itinerary proposals for custom trips. This fee is credited to the cost of the trip, but is nonrefundable if you do not take the trip. Custom travel during holiday seasons may require a deposit prior to trip confirmation.

For both group departures and custom trips, a second deposit of $1,000 per person is due 120 days prior to departure or at the time of booking for reservations made fewer than 120 days before departure. The balance as shown on your invoice is due 60 days prior to departure regardless of whether extensions or other arrangements are pending. Late payments may jeopardize confirmation of your itinerary and in some cases may result in additional fees. If we have not received final payment 30 days prior to departure your reservation may be canceled and subject to our Cancellation & Refund Policy stated in the complete Terms & Conditions.

We accept payments by Visa, MasterCard, American Express, or check drawn on a U.S. bank account. Payment for airfare is required at the time of ticketing. Discounts that may be available for some trips are not available toward bookings made through travel agencies.​

Airfare

We can help you secure air travel arrangements to correspond with land travel booked through Journeys International. We work with an airfare consolidator to assist in booking the flights that suit your needs. If you decide to make your own flight arrangements, you must provide Journeys International with a complete copy of your itinerary showing departure and arrival flights and times. You should plan to arrange your own air travel if you are using mileage credit or originating outside North America, but please be in touch with our office before you finalize ticketing so that we can help you to coordinate the correct arrival and departure dates and times.

Insurance

When you make your application, we strongly recommend the purchase of comprehensive travel insurance in case of emergency situations. Please contact us for a recommended policy.

Itinerary Change Fee

There will be a $40 fee for changes once an itinerary has been confirmed and approved. Additional cancellation penalties or change fees may apply as per our terms and conditions. The passenger is responsible for such fees.

From the Bird's Word Blog

The world wonder Petra: You have to see it to believe it

The giant red mountains and vast mausoleums of a departed race have nothing in common with modern civilization, and ask nothing of it except to be appreciated at their true …

Hike your way through Jordan
Hike your way through Jordan
Famous mosaic map in Madaba
Famous mosaic map in Madaba
View of the Petra Treasury
View of the Petra Treasury
You never know who you'll meet along the way
You never know who you'll meet along the way
Float in the Dead Sea
Float in the Dead Sea
Jordan hospitality awaits you at your campsites
Jordan hospitality awaits you at your campsites
Explore the passageways of Karak Castle
Explore the passageways of Karak Castle
Spend a day in Wadi Rum on a jeep safari
Spend a day in Wadi Rum on a jeep safari
Explore the tombs built into Petra's hillside
Explore the tombs built into Petra's hillside
Share stories around the campfire
Share stories around the campfire
Spend a night with the Bedouins
Spend a night with the Bedouins

Trekking to Petra

Spend five days hiking into Petra, with Amman, Wadi Rum, and the Dead Sea on either end

overview

Don't just visit Jordan; experience Jordan! On this very active trip, you'll start with an exploration of the Jordanian capital, Amman. Previously known as Philadelphia, its Roman theater reminds us of the glories of that great empire. From Amman, make your way south, beginning with Moses' view from Mt. Nebo, then the amazing Byzantine mosaics in Madaba, then a tour of the stone-vaulted halls and passageways of an ancient crusader castle in Karak, ending at the nature reserve in Dana. 

From Dana, your 47-mile hike begins! See Jordan like most visitors never do—with your boots on the ground in the most remote areas, where you'll experience the true beauty and spirit of this country. You'll spend five days hiking approximately nine miles each day, making your way through the Dana Biosphere Reserve, the historic landscapes surrounding Feynan, the Bedouin shepherd trails in the Sharah Mountains, and the ruins of Ba'ajah. Then the moment you've been waiting for... on the fifth day, enter Petra via "the back door," avoiding most of the tourists and enjoying the moment all to yourself.

After your hike is complete, enjoy a full day in Petra, followed by a jeep safari exploring Wadi Rum's valleys, canyons, dunes and deserts, with stops to hike and scramble and explore in your own way. End your trip with a relaxing float in the Dead Sea. 

Ask about customizing this very flexible itinerary on your own dates!

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overview

Don't just visit Jordan; experience Jordan! On this very active trip, you'll start with an exploration of the Jordanian capital, Amman. Previously known as Philadelphia, its Roman theater reminds us of the glories of that great empire. From Amman, make your way south, beginning with Moses' view from Mt. Nebo, then the amazing Byzantine mosaics in Madaba, then a tour of the stone-vaulted halls and passageways of an ancient crusader castle in Karak, ending at the nature reserve in Dana. 

From Dana, your 47-mile hike begins! See Jordan like most visitors never do—with your boots on the ground in the most remote areas, where you'll experience the true beauty and spirit of this country. You'll spend five days hiking approximately nine miles each day, making your way through the Dana Biosphere Reserve, the historic landscapes surrounding Feynan, the Bedouin shepherd trails in the Sharah Mountains, and the ruins of Ba'ajah. Then the moment you've been waiting for... on the fifth day, enter Petra via "the back door," avoiding most of the tourists and enjoying the moment all to yourself.

After your hike is complete, enjoy a full day in Petra, followed by a jeep safari exploring Wadi Rum's valleys, canyons, dunes and deserts, with stops to hike and scramble and explore in your own way. End your trip with a relaxing float in the Dead Sea. 

Ask about customizing this very flexible itinerary on your own dates!

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itinerary

Anticipated itinerary; actual route may vary.
  • Day 1: arrive amman
    Amman CityAmman City

    Our representative will meet you on arrival at Amman’s Queen Alia International Airport, assist with immigration, and transfer you to your hotel. The rest of your day is free for you to explore Amman, one of the oldest cities in the world, inhabited since the bronze age. The city is becoming quite modern, but retains a sense of history and traditional character.

    Meals
    Dinner
    Lodging
    Larsa Hotel (or similar)
    Show on a map
  • Day 2: amman
    Feast on the flavors of JordanFeast on the flavors of Jordan

    After breakfast, spend a full day exploring Amman. Your experienced guide will start by teaching you a few Arabic greetings that will help you communicate with the Jordanians you meet during your trip. You'll learn a few more words each day. Many people speak English, but you'll get an especially warm reception when you try to use some Arabic.

    Start the day with a visit to the Citadel of Hercules, which was occupied as early as the Neolithic period and where, in the Old Testament, King David arranged to have his lover's husband murdered. The citadel overlooks the amphitheater and old downtown. Next drive to Jebel Webdeh, the arts and culture district full of art galleries and local antiquities and handcraft shops.

    Head to First Circle and start a walking tour on cafe-lined Rainbow street before descending colorful steps into the heart of the old city. Stop at local restaurants to sample falafel, hummus, and the Arab delicacy Kenafah, eaten at times of celebration. Continue through the streets and markets, visiting the Husseini mosque and, time permitting, the amphitheater.

    End the day with a cooking experience at Beit Sitti (literally, "House of my Grandmother"), where you will learn to cook a traditional Arabic meal, then enjoy your creation.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Dinner
    Lodging
    Hotel Larsa (or similar)
    Show on a map
  • Day 3: amman / mount nebo / madaba / kerak / dana
    Madaba Map mosaic at the Church of St. GeorgeMadaba Map mosaic at the Church of St. George

    After breakfast, you start the journey to the south, beginning with a visit to Mt. Nebo. Take in the view where Moses looked across to the Promised Land and later died and was buried. Enjoy panoramic views of Jordan, the Dead Sea, and Israel.  

    Then head to Madaba to discover the amazing Byzantine mosaics excavated from the town. See the Madaba Map at the Greek Orthodox Church of St. George. This oldest preserved map of the region clearly depicts Palestine and Lower Egypt around 550 AD. 

    Continue south to the ancient crusader castle in Karak, exploring the maze of stone-vaulted halls and passageways. The city of Karak was the capital of Moab and the castle dominates the skyline, providing an impressive insight into the architectural and military skills of the Crusaders.

    Lastly, head to the Dana Nature Reserve overlooking the Wadi Dana. You'll have time to explore the old village and stroll around while enjoying the fresh air and views.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Dinner
    Lodging
    Dana Guesthouse (or similar)
    Show on a map
  • Day 4: hike from dana village to feynan ecolodge
    Hike through the Dana Biosphere ReserveHike through the Dana Biosphere Reserve

    It's time to begin hiking! Your first day of hiking starts from Dana Guest House, 1200m above sea level. From here, your trekking guides will take you west into Dana Valley. The trail drops steeply at first and then levels into a more gradual descent through the Dana Biosphere Reserve towards the eco-lodge at Feynan. The reserve, Jordan's largest, includes four distinct bio-geographical zones, which means that Dana supports an astonishing diversity of birds, plants, and animals.

    On your way down the valley you may see Griffin Vultures overhead, as well as hyrax and copper-blue lizards on the rocks. If you're lucky, you might even catch a glimpse of an ibex or a desert fox, or see the footprint of a wolf in the dust.

    End your day at the highly acclaimed Feynan Eco-Lodge. If you'd like, you can end today (and every day of your hike) with a guided sunset walk. Today's departs from the lodge and takes you about 20-30 minutes up to a nearby hilltop, where you can enjoy freshly-made Bedouin tea and stunning views as the sun sets over the vast Wadi Araba deserts. The sunset is well worth the short walk!

    Today's hike:
    • Distance: Approx. 14 km
    • Time: Approx. 6.5 hours
    • Elevation Gain / Loss: Ascend 230m, Decend 1140m
    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Feynan Eco-lodge (or similar)
    Show on a map
  • Day 5: hike from wadi feynan to furon
    Enjoy classic campfires in the eveningsEnjoy classic campfires in the evenings

    Today's hike is about 12 miles, and takes you from Wadi Feynan through the historic landscape around Feynan. Here, copper was mined for some 3000 years. Mining reached its peak under the Romans, when thousands of slaves died here working the mines and furnaces, and millions of tons of ore were smelted into a metal that was exported all over the empire. 

    As you walk out of Feynan, you'll see the mountains of slag that are the waste product of this ancient industry, as well as ruined buildings from the Nabataean and Roman periods. Pass the entrance to Wadi Ghweir, and as you ascend up into the mountains, be sure to turn around so you can see the fantastic views that are behind you.

    In the afternoon you’ll reach your camp that has been set up by our crew at Furon.

    Today's hike:
    • Distance: Approx. 18.6 km
    • Time: Approx. 8-9 hours
    • Elevation Gain / Loss: Ascend 1360m, Decend 480m
    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Camping
    Show on a map
  • Day 6: hike from furon to ghbour whedat
    Hiking offers captivating landscapesHiking offers captivating landscapes

    Today, you will hike a little over 10 miles from Furon to Ghbour Whedat. Along the way, you will experience some of the most astonishing views of the most remote and untouched corners of Jordan.

    Contouring the Sharah Mountains. you will follow a path of Bedouin shepherd trails. On the most remote sections of the trail, be prepared to encounter some infrequently traveled sections of trail that are harder to identify (but never fear; your guides know exactly where to go.) The sheer peaks of black mountains overlooking the trail, combined with steep and precipitous drops to the canyons, make this day absolutely spectacular. 

    Today's hike:
    • Distance: Approx. 17.1 km
    • Time: Approx. 8-9 hours
    • Elevation Gain / Loss: Ascend 750m, Decend 920m
    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Camping
    Show on a map
  • Day 7: hike from ghbour whedat to little petra
    Campsites will be waiting for you when you arriveCampsites will be waiting for you when you arrive

    On today's 8-mile hike, expect to pass many historical sites such as Ba'ajah ruins, siq Ba'ajah,the Nabataeans wine and olive presses, water tanks, wells and the Nabataean rock carved facades. Make your way to Little Petra—a mini version of Petra—then continue following the relics of history, ending at the remains of a Neolithic village.

    Today's hike:
    • Distance: Approx. 14 km
    • Time: Approx. 5-6 hours
    • Elevation Gain / Loss: Ascend 610m, Decend 560m
    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Camping in Little Petra at Seven Wonders Camp (or similar)
    Show on a map
  • Day 8: hike from little petra to petra
    Explore the tombs built in Petra's hillsideExplore the tombs built in Petra's hillside

    The anticipation has been building and the time has come...today you arrive at Petra! Enjoy a hearty breakfast, then begin your 8-mile hike towards Petra's "Back Door," a spectacular and rarely-visited entrance to this wonder of the world. 

    Sturdy trails go pleasantly down Wadi Ghurab amidst sandstone mountains that guard the approach to Petra. You'll follow a Nabataean route out of the valley, in the process skirting a mountain and climbing a natural rock terrace that has been improved for the safety of hikers. You'll reach a hidden plateau high above the impressive chasm of Wadi Siyyagh, and just beyond, carved into the cliff face, "The Monastery" suddenly comes into view.

    If you'd like to savor the moment and rest a bit, there is a Bedouin café at this spot serving refreshments. When you're ready, take the Nabataean steps that lead down into ancient Petra. Your route takes you through Wadi Muthlim (weather dependent) to Wadi Musa and your Petra hotel. If the weather is poor, there is an alternative route to the hotel via Wadi Al-Khayl.

    Today's hike:
    • Distance: Approx. 14 km
    • Time: Approx. 5-6 hours to the Monastery, plus 3-4 hours sightseeing
    • Elevation Gain / Loss: From the beginning of the Treasury: Ascend 125m, Decend 100m, Ascend 130m
    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Petra Guesthouse (or similar)
    Show on a map
  • Day 9: petra / wadi rum
    Enjoy the hospitality of the BedouinsEnjoy the hospitality of the Bedouins

    Today is an exciting one—a full day to explore Petra. After breakfast, head into this Nabataean Red Rose city, one of the seven world wonders and a UNESCO World Heritage site. Enter the city through a 1km-long narrow gorge called the Siq, which is flanked either side by 80m high cliffs! Notice the dazzling colors and formations of the rocks as you walk.

    Petra is massive, and contains hundreds of elaborated rock-cut tombs, a treasury, Roman-style theaters, temples, sacrificial altars and colonnaded streets. You'll have time to visit these and many other sites inside Petra, such as the High Place of Sacrifice.

    Later that day, it'll be time to drive to Wadi Rum and spend the night under the stars in the peaceful desert at a Bedouin camp, enjoying the hospitality of the Bedouins.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    SunCity Camp
    Show on a map
  • Day 10: wadi rum / jeep safari / dead sea
    See Wadi Rum via a jeep safariSee Wadi Rum via a jeep safari

    Today is focused on exploring Wadi Rum on a jeep safari. In this World Heritage Site, you'll see valleys, canyons, dunes and deserts, rock inscriptions, majestic mountain and landscape views, and narrow gorges. Don't worry about being carbound, though; at each stop, you have the opportunity to hike and scramble and explore as you wish.

    Enjoy a simple lunch cooked in the desert in the shade of the mountains, then in the afternoon, head to the Dead Sea, the lowest point on earth.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Holiday Inn Resort Dead Sea (or similar)
    Show on a map
  • Day 11: dead sea / amman / depart
    Floating in the Dead SeaFloating in the Dead Sea

    Today's final hurrah is a float in the salty waters of the Dead Sea, which you'll do after breakfast. Or, if you prefer, relax by the pool or experience the treatments offered in the spa. When it's time, depart for Queen Alia International Airport for your international flight.

    Meals
    Breakfast
    Show on a map

Price and Date Details

Land Cost:
From
$3,790
Single Supplement:
$700
The single supplement is applicable if a roommate is not available or if single accommodation is specifically requested. While single accommodation is not available on all trips, we will try and honor this request whenever possible.
Custom & private on your dates

Need to Know

Visa available on arrival at the airport for JD 40 or approximate USD $57. Water available in the vehicles during your days of touring.
 
Wilderness camping accommodation is in twin accommodation dome tents, with mattresses and blankets provided. During the camping, a ‘wash room’ tent and toilet tent will be set up at each overnight location. These are basic facilities, but allow privacy to wash and use the bathroom.
 
Duration:
11 days
The number of days, or duration, in a destination corresponds with the itinerary as published.
Comfort Level:
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Activity Level:
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Group Size:
Most custom trips can accommodate groups of any size, from one person to as large of a group as you'd like. Some exceptions apply; ask your Adventure Specialist for details.
Terms & Conditions: 

Standard

Below is a summary of our complete Trip Terms & Conditions, which explains each of the items below in more detail. 

Expenses covered

Normally, our stated land costs include the cost of all guides, leaders, permits obtained after arrival, lodging accommodations, food and entry fees as specified, and all surface transportation associated with the planned itinerary. We do our best to avoid increasing prices after receipt of your deposit, but, rarely, factors beyond our control might require us to change our prices without prior notice, even after you have signed up. 

Expenses not covered

Costs not included in the price may include: meals not indicated as included in itineraries; meals prior to arrival in starting cities; transfers, if not arriving or departing on the scheduled group flights; soft drinks, bottled water, and alcoholic beverages; medical expenses, costs of hospitalization, or evacuation from remote areas; laundry; airport departure taxes not included on your airline ticket; accommodations en route to starting cities; visas; airfares; gratuities; and insurance. 

Pricing and Payment

For most group departures, the booking deposit is $500 per person per trip, though for some trips it may be more, as noted in the trip description. The minimum booking deposit requirement for custom trips is $800 per person, and this deposit is non-refundable. A trip-planning fee of $250 per itinerary is also charged to cover costs of preparing itinerary proposals for custom trips. This fee is credited to the cost of the trip, but is nonrefundable if you do not take the trip. Custom travel during holiday seasons may require a deposit prior to trip confirmation.

For both group departures and custom trips, a second deposit of $1,000 per person is due 120 days prior to departure or at the time of booking for reservations made fewer than 120 days before departure. The balance as shown on your invoice is due 60 days prior to departure regardless of whether extensions or other arrangements are pending. Late payments may jeopardize confirmation of your itinerary and in some cases may result in additional fees. If we have not received final payment 30 days prior to departure your reservation may be canceled and subject to our Cancellation & Refund Policy stated in the complete Terms & Conditions.

We accept payments by Visa, MasterCard, American Express, or check drawn on a U.S. bank account. Payment for airfare is required at the time of ticketing. Discounts that may be available for some trips are not available toward bookings made through travel agencies.​

Airfare

We can help you secure air travel arrangements to correspond with land travel booked through Journeys International. We work with an airfare consolidator to assist in booking the flights that suit your needs. If you decide to make your own flight arrangements, you must provide Journeys International with a complete copy of your itinerary showing departure and arrival flights and times. You should plan to arrange your own air travel if you are using mileage credit or originating outside North America, but please be in touch with our office before you finalize ticketing so that we can help you to coordinate the correct arrival and departure dates and times.

Insurance

When you make your application, we strongly recommend the purchase of comprehensive travel insurance in case of emergency situations. Please contact us for a recommended policy.

Itinerary Change Fee

There will be a $40 fee for changes once an itinerary has been confirmed and approved. Additional cancellation penalties or change fees may apply as per our terms and conditions. The passenger is responsible for such fees.

Trip Extensions

There are currently no suggested extensions for this itinerary. Please ask the Destination Specialist if you'd like to customize one.

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× comfort level
Choose accommodations and amenities that fit your personal style
●○○○○ Simple
Our most natural accommodations. Bath facilities often shared, sometimes rustic.
●●○○○ Delightful
Comfortable and especially personal. Small to mid-sized lodges, typically with private bath.
●●●○○ Superior
Lodges and hotels with additional amenities, refined artistry, or extra-special settings.
●●●●○ Deluxe
Exclusive or luxury lodges, hotels, or safari camps with fine dining options.
●●●●● Uncommon
The most indulgent accommodations arranged specially for private trips.
× activity level
Match the trip’s intensity to your ability and motivation.
●○○○○ Gentle
Easy walking, with opportunities for low-key physical activity.
●●○○○ Active
Energetic exploration with optional day hikes, leisurely cycling, or light canoeing.
●●●○○ Vigorous
Day-long active excursions and options for demanding activity in varied environments.
●●●●○ Challenging
Strenuous hiking or other intense activity that may be at high altitude or over rough terrain.
●●●●● Demanding
Multi-day trekking and other activities requiring endurance or strength. Steep trails. No technical expertise necessary.
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