Hiking the Jordan Trail from Dana to Petra

Code: JOR/DANPET/18_19
9 Days
Autumn and Winter 2020 dates Available
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A Jordan Trail Hiking Experience

Fancy a proper dose of adventure in just a week away from home? Then join us on this expertly-led Jordan Trail walking tour.

Jordan is a traveller’s dream. Stuffed to the gunnels with history and rich with hospitality, it also boasts an embarrassment of riches – the wonders of Petra, the rugged beauty of Wadi Rum, the astoundingly clear, coral-rich waters of Aqaba and so much more. Little wonder that more and more people are heading to this fabulous (and safe) Middle Eastern country for a dose of adventure.

The Jordan Trail is now firmly regarded as one of the best long distance hiking trails in the world, and this week-long walk from Dana to Petra takes you through the best bits. Not for nothing did National Geographic recently vote it one of the best walks in the world. You’ll stay with Bedouins, cross the red expanses of the Wadi Dana Biosphere, walk through canyons, hills and valleys and get to really explore the vast ancient city of Petra, one of the Man Made Wonders of the World. And at every turn you’ll be heart-warmed and humbled by the kindness of the wonderful Jordanian people. As Anatole France said, ‘It is good to collect things, but it is better to go on walks.’

Explore Wadi Rum

The fantastic Wadi Rum scenery was used as a filming location for Star Wars, Dune and Indiana Jones. By jeep, we will follow in the hoof-prints of Lawrence of Arabia (the real one) and sleep side-by-side with the local Bedouin.

Visit Petra

No Jordan trail tour is complete without a visit to Petra. Unlike most visitors, you will enter the Monastery via the ‘back door’. Your guide will lead you across ancient Nabatean trails that follow natural rock terraces and awe-inspiring plateaus. Far away from the throng of travelling tourists – you will visit Petra at your own pace and enjoy tea-stops along the way.

There can be few places in the world with such open, warm and spirited human welcomes as you’ll find on a daily basis across Jordan. The best way to experience this country is by hiking the Jordan trail. Along the way, you will be asked in for tea, introduced to parents and offered food before even being asked where you are from. You’ll doubtless be deeply affected by this level of connection that is all too rare elsewhere.

DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATIONAmman Queen Alia International Airport
DEPARTURE TIMEPlease ensure you arrive in good time for our scheduled departure from Amman
INCLUDED
  • Accommodation in a range of homestays and hotels. These will range from simple family-run Bedouin homestays to 3 and 4* hotels.
  • All meals, breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Local airport transfers
  • A professional local guiding team including an English-speaking  guide.
  • Luggage transfers
  • Fresh filtered water + a Water 2 Go water filtration bottle, in order to reduce plastic waste
  • Professional route planning and logistics, backed by risk assessments, emergency procedures and medical support.
NOT INCLUDED
  • International Flights to and from Amman. We can organise these for you as part of the package so please advise us if you need this.
  • Entrance fees to Petra World Heritage Site
  • Guide gratuity
  • Extra daily costs for snacks, alcohol or souvenirs
  • Your personal travel insurance
  • Visas and other permits as required

Client Testimonials

Don’t take our word for it – here is what our guest Thomas had to say about the trip after he travelled the Jordan Trail with us in 2018 :

“What a brilliant adventure! A five day trek along the spellbinding Dana to Petra trail, arriving at the back door to ancient Petra… you really believe you’re discovering it for the first time. The guides were fantastic and the planning and organisation were flawless. Everything was comfortable without being “luxurious” and the Jordanian people were the very definition of hospitable. Wadi Rum has to be seen to be believed, Mars on Earth. I came back feeling healthy, fit, inspired and happy… and wanderlust has been sated, for the moment at least.”

Fixed Departures throughout the year – see Dates tab above for departures. 

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Day 1

Start Point: Queen Alia International Airport
Destination: Amman
Travel: Plane
Notes: Arrival in Amman

Arrive Queen Alia International Airport, Amman, Jordan

Flights from the UK (Royal Jordanian or British Airways direct, many other indirectly) or from your home destination will be met today and you will be transferred to our hotel for the night, a comfortable 3* in the capital city, Amman.

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Day 2

Start Point: Amman
Destination: Mansoura
Travel: Car and foot
Notes: 16 km hike: +280 metres /-1420 metres

It’s an early start today for our 2.5 hour transfer from Amman to Wadi Dana where we will begin the hike. Once we arrive, the hike will start from Dana Village, 1200 m above sea level, and head west into the Dana Biosphere Reserve. Expect to see an astonishing diversity of birds, plants and animals – including Griffin Vultures, copper-blue lizards,  ibex  and desert fox. You may even spot the footprints of a wolf in the dust. Tonight we are camping in tents in Mansoura.

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Day 3

Start Point: Mansoura
Destination: Furon
Travel: Foot
Notes: 16 km hike: +1320 metres / -390 metres

From Wadi Ghuweir we’ll ascend up through the mountains along a steep but hugely rewarding path, with views across a dramatic valley and the wide expanses of the Wadi Araba Desert. In the afternoon you’ll reach the camp at Furon and enjoy a night under canvas beneath the star-spangled desert sky.

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Day 4

Start Point: Furon
Destination: Ghbour Whedat
Travel: Foot
Notes: 17 km hike: +750 metres / -920 metres.

Today you’ll enjoy astonishing views over some of the wildest and most remote corners of Jordan. Skirting the sheer peaks of the Sharah Mountains, you’ll follow Bedouin shepherd paths as you climb into the hills, the desert spread below. Tonight you’ll stay at a wonderful wilderness campsite in Ghbour Whedat.

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Day 5

Start Point: Ghbour Whedat
Destination: Little Petra
Travel: Foot
Notes: 14 km hike: +610 metres / -560 metres

After yesterday’s spell in the wilderness, today you’ll approach Little Petra via Bedouin camps, sheep pens and small agricultural plots. You’ll also be passing Nabatean ruins, some of which include wine and olive presses, aqueducts and other ancient water infrastructures. But the jewel of today’s walk is without doubt Little Petra, believed by archaeologists to be a suburb of Petra, and a former stop-off on the Silk Road. Walking around Little Petra, you’ll see rock carved facades, houses and other ancient buildings carved into the sandstone canyon. Tonight will be spent in a lovely Bedouin Camp in Little Petra.

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Day 6

Start Point: Little Petra
Destination: Petra
Travel: Foot
Notes:  14 km hike: +496 metres / -519 metres.

One of the highlights of this walk is that you get to enter the Nabatean Red Rose city of Petra via the back door – away from the main thrust of tourists. You’ll walk through sandstone mountains and on to a hidden plateau high above the impressive chasm of Wadi Siyyagh. Just beyond, carved into the cliff face, ‘The Monastery’ (Petra’s most iconic site) suddenly comes into view. Nabataean steps then lead down into ancient Petra, one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World.  This site encompasses a massive 200 square kilometres, so there’s plenty of rock-cut tombs, Roman-style theaters, temples and colonnaded streets to explore. Tonight you’ll be in  3* hotel accommodation in Petra.

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Day 7

Start Point: Petra
Destination: Wadi Rum
Travel: Car and Foot

After an early breakfast, you’ll wave goodbye to Petra and  drive 1.5 hours across the desert to Wadi Rum. Here, you’ll enjoy a thrilling jeep tour across this spectacular ‘valley of the moon,’ with its Martian canyons, dunes and red rock formations. You’ll soon understand why T.E Lawrence loved this place so much.  Tonight you’ll be in a Bedouin camp in Wadi Rum.

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Day 8

Start Point: Wadi Rum
Destination: Amman
Travel: Car
Notes: Via the Dead Sea

After breakfast, it’s a few hours drive north to the Dead Sea, the lowest point on earth, to enjoy a float in the legendarily salty waters.  Floating is the right word for it – since the sea’s eye-wateringly high salt content makes it virtually impossible to swim. After a float you can try coating yourself in the famed Dead Sea mud before heading back to the capital, Amman. Tonight will be at a 3* hotel in Amman.

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Day 9

Start Point: Amman
Destination: Home
Travel: Foot and Car

Today you’re free to explore Amman – ancient Philadelphia (literally ‘the city of brotherly love’) – with its fantastic historical sites, old bazaars and modern malls. We’ll then take you to the airport for your flight home and wave you on your merry way.

 

TourStart DateEnd DatePrice
Hike Dana to Petra Sep 2019/09/202027/09/2020£1,695.00Taking Bookings
Hike Dana to Petra Oct1 2003/10/202011/05/2020£1,695.00Taking Bookings
Hike Dana to Petra Oct2 2017/10/202025/10/2020£1,695.00Taking Bookings
Hike Dana to Petra Nov 2014/11/202022/11/2020£1,695.00Taking Bookings
Hike Dana to Petra Dec 2005/12/202013/12/2020£1,695.00Taking Bookings

Where will we be staying?

On this expedition, you’ll be staying in some comfortable hotels in Amman and Petra, in Bedouin camps with the local people, and in wilderness tent camps. We feel that true luxury is getting to know a place and its people, rather than being measured by the thread count of the bed linen or the number of hotel restaurants.

What will the weather be like?

It depends on when you visit. Jordan is a warm country but has plenty of areas over 1000 metres altitude, so you can expect cool nights in those areas and in the deserts. In spring and late autumn there can be rain showers – the Bedouin will be gleeful about these!

That said, this is a dry country so on the whole you should plan for hot weather hiking  – around 20-30 degrees.  But have your waterproofs available for any sharp showers, and a warm jumper in case you need it at night in the desert.

I’m a solo traveller – is this for me?

Yes. More than 85 per cent of our guests travel alone as part of a group.

Do you charge single supplements – I can’t see them in your information?

Although we believe that solo travellers shouldn’t be penalized with extra charges, occasionally we cannot avoid it. This Jordan hiking trip is designed on a shared accommodation basis, but if you would prefer to have a single room wherever possible, we can do this for an extra 300 pounds per person.

What kit do I need to bring?

Once you’ve signed up to this trip we will provide you with a detailed information pack. This will detail all and any particular equipment you’ll need to pack.

How much are flights?

This is a moving feast! It depends on where you are travelling from and how you want to get there. Royal Jordanian fly direct to Amman from cities all over the world, and the price very much depends on this basis. From London it is possible to get flights for around the £300 return mark with BA or RJ. Recently some of the EU’s budget operators have also started flying there. There are flights to Amman from more then 10 European locations that connect with the UK and further afield. For these flights, it is possible to get a return flight to and from the UK (including baggage allowance) for around £160 or less. Again, we’ll send you an information pack containing all the information you need when you book your place.

If you’d like us to book your flights as part of an ATOL-protected package then let us know.

What will the food be like?

Delicious. Do not come here expecting to go on a diet. You’ll eat piles of salads, flatbreads, hummus, aubergines, tomatoes, roasted chicken, rice, baklava and halva, plus plenty of wonderful fresh fruit. Food is a core part of any cultural experience and you certainly won’t be disappointed here.

Will I have to share a room?

If you haven’t requested a single supplement then yes, at times. There may be hotels and guest houses where you will have separate rooms, and wherever possible we will arrange this, but there will also be times where we are staying at homestays or in camps when there is no option but to share rooms. This is all part of the adventure, and a reason we love to travel here. However, if you have expressly asked for a single room, and paid the single supplement then no, you won’t have to share a room.

I can’t do your dates but love the sound of your expedition – can you be flexible?

Yes. We offer set group dates for many of our expeditions, but we can organise and deliver bespoke expeditions to groups and individuals to suit your itinerary and budget. More information is available on our tailor-made tours page.

Is it a guaranteed departure?

Yes. This trip has a minimum booking of one person and is guaranteed to depart on the dates indicated above.

 

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