OCTOBER 14-21, 2018
STARTING IN: AMMAN, JORDAN
ENDING IN: AMMAN, JORDAN
COST: $1,950 USD
($1,550 with Core Week)
Includes: food, internal travel, regional airfare and train tickets, transportation, accommodation, guides and entrance tickets.
Does not include: international airfare, visa fees, insurance, and personal spending.
- Swimming in the Dead Sea
- Exploring the ancient city of Petra
- Evening at Jebel al-Madhbah
- 4x4 adventure through Wadi Rum
- Living with Beduin nomads in the desert
- Sleeping under the stars
- Petra by night
DAY 1 :: SUNDAY, OCT 14, 2018 :: ARRIVE IN AMMAN, JORDAN
Today the group will gather in Amman for the beginning of the trek. We will host a modern Jordanian dinner in the city and allow everyone to mingle as we introduce the trip, our leaders, and hosts. Overnight in Amman.
DAY 2 :: MONDAY, OCT 15, 2018 :: AMMAN / DEAD SEA / WADI MUSA
After breakfast, we will check out of our hotel and visit the Amman Citadel and the Roman Theater downtown before continuing to the shores of the Dead Sea. There, we will wrap ourselves in mud and float. The dead sea is the lowest place on earth in terms of elevation and the high salinity of the water will cause you become extremely buoyant when swimming around. After lunch, we will make our way south from the Dead Sea to Wadi Elmujib to to explore what may be considered the Jordanian Grand Canyon. Wadi Elmujib is an endless a 1.5 km long slot canyon that snakes its way through the sandstone mountains. We'll hike to a large waterfall to swim in before hitting the road again for the town of Wadi Musa in the south of Jordan. We'll catch the sunset at Namaleh over looking the desert mountains at Wadi Arava. Overnight at Wadi Musa.
DAY 3-4 :: TUESDAY-WEDNESDAY, OCT 16-17, 2018 :: PETRA
We will wake up very early in the morning to enter Petra before the crowds arrive. This means we will be there as the sun rises at 6am when the gates open. Petra is magical; a city carved from the pink cliffs of Jebel al-Madhbah by the ancient Nabateans, a nomadic Arab tribe, between the 4th century BC and the 1st century AD. We will spend the next two days hiking through and exploring the wonders of this large archeological site, from the famous Treasury to the Royal Tombs and Little Petra. We'll wander through hidden caves, lesser visited locations, step into tombs cut into the mountains, see 6th century homes, and hike to the top of the Monastery to see the African Rift Valley below.
On Wednesday night, we will return to Petra for a spectacular candle lit event. We will see the ruins of Petra by night, Where over 5,000 candles light up your our path through the canyon of the Siq, the narrow gorge that snakes its way through the mountains to the stunning Treasury Monument. There, over 400 candles illuminate the facade of the Treasury and local Bedouin musicians perform around the ruins. It's magical.
DAY 5-6 :: THURSDAY-FRIDAY, OCT 18-19, 2018 :: WADI RUM
We will enjoy a leisurely morning in Wadi Musa and have a group brunch in town before continuing to the deserts of Wadi Rum. Wadi Rum is a land of stark contracts, as gigantic rock formations litter the landscape between reddish sand dunes. Here we will get a true taste for the desert. We will spend the next two days living with Beduin nomads in a desert camp, sleeping under the stars, sharing endless tea, food and shisha with our desert local hosts, and exploring the vastness of the desert off-road with jeeps.
DAY 7 :: SATURDAY, OCT 20, 2018 :: WADI RUM / DANA / AMMAN
We will likely awake with the sun in the desert and have a final meal with our Beduin hosts before taking the jeeps back to the road. We will then drive back north, stopping off in the village of Dana within the Dana Nature Biosphere to go on a light hike and meet some locals. We'll have a conclusing dinner with the whole group in Amman this evening.
DAY 8 :: SUNDAY, OCT 21, 2018 :: DEPARTURES FROM AMMAN
We’ll assist with airport transfers to Amman International Airport throughout the day. No scheduled activities.