Summary

Travel Style:
Destinations: Middle East
  • 8 Days From
    R 16500
  • Trip code: TXR
  • Activity: Walking & Trekking, Desert Treks, Point-to-Point
  • Min age: 16
  • Group size: 4 - 14
Moderate / Challenging

Enjoy a magical desert trek through Jordan

Some of the most spectacular desert scenery in the world is found in the south of Jordan at Wadi Rum, a place of dramatic beauty which provides an ideal environment for trekking. Millennia of erosion have formed wonderful mountains (known as jebels) that rise out of the desert sands, creating exciting terrain that we explore from the valley bottom to the jebel tops. Throughout the trip we will be accompanied by local Bedouin and we shall be camping as they do, under the stars. Our trip will finish with a day visit to the ancient rock city of Petra, a must for any visitor to Jordan.

Key information
  • 3 nights hotels, 1 night full-service basic camping and 3 nights semi-participatory wild camping
  • 8 days land only/ flight inclusive
  • 5 days point-to-point walking
  • Altitude maximum 1750m, average 1200m
  • Free airport transfer for any flight
Activities
  • 3 nights hotels, 1 night full-service basic camping and 3 nights semi-participatory wild camping
  • 8 days land only/ flight inclusive
  • 5 days point-to-point walking
  • Altitude maximum 1750m, average 1200m
  • Free airport transfer for any flight

Highlights

* Beautiful desert landscape of UNESCO World Heritage Site Wadi Rum * Traditional Bedouin camp * Famous rose-red city of Petra

Dates & Pricing

 
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20 Apr 2019
27 Apr 2019
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R 16500
 
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04 May 2019
11 May 2019
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R 16600
 
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14 Sep 2019
21 Sep 2019
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R 16600
 
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21 Sep 2019
28 Sep 2019
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R 16500
 
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05 Oct 2019
12 Oct 2019
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R 16600
 
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09 Nov 2019
16 Nov 2019
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R 16600
 
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15 Feb 2020
22 Feb 2020
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R 17400
 
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07 Mar 2020
14 Mar 2020
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R 17400
 
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14 Mar 2020
21 Mar 2020
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R 17400
 
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21 Mar 2020
28 Mar 2020
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R 17400
 
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18 Apr 2020
25 Apr 2020
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R 17400
 
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25 Apr 2020
02 May 2020
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R 17400
 
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02 May 2020
09 May 2020
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R 17400
 
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12 Sep 2020
19 Sep 2020
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R 17200
 
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19 Sep 2020
26 Sep 2020
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R 17400
 
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03 Oct 2020
10 Oct 2020
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R 17400
 
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31 Oct 2020
07 Nov 2020
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R 17400
 
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07 Nov 2020
14 Nov 2020
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R 17400
 
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14 Nov 2020
21 Nov 2020
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R 17400
 
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21 Nov 2020
28 Nov 2020
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R 17400

Full Day by Day Itinerary

Day 1 Land Only

Start Amman.

Start Amman. *Comfortable Hotel*

Day 2

To Wadi Rum; meet the Bedouin team and venture into the desert.

After breakfast we transfer by bus to Wadi Rum. Today we enjoy a short acclimatisation walk (2 hours) from Disseh village to the Umm el Twaggy camp, where we enjoy a dinner prepared by our Bedouin hosts and staff. Walking approx. 5km. *Full-service Camping*

Day 3

Traverse Siq el Barrah, a magnificent desert canyon with immense rock walls.

We continue the trek from Umm el Twaggy to traverse Siq el Barrah, a magnificent desert canyon with immense rock walls (5 hours). We camp in the area between two mountains Rakaa and Mharrak. Walking approx. 15km. *Basic Camping*

Day 4

Trek towards Jebel Burdah; afternoon visit the arch of Burdah with optional climb.

We begin the third day’s trek by heading to Jebel Burdah (2 hours). In the afternoon, we take a guided walk to view the arch of Burdah. Those who are comfortable with scrambling may wish to continue on and climb to the top of the rock bridge. From here there are spectacular views across this dramatic landscape. Our camp for the night will be next to Burdah. Walking approx. 10km. *Basic Camping*

Day 5

To Um Fruth rock-bridge following Khor el Ajram to the Wadi Khashkhasheh

Today we head southwest to the Um Fruth rock-bridge following Khor el Ajram to the Wadi Khashkhasheh and visit the inscriptions of Siq el Khazali, before continuing to ‘Lawrence House’ where we camp nearby. (5 hours). Walking approx. 15km. *Basic Camping*

Day 6

Leave the desert for Petra.

We leave ‘Lawrence House’ and then walk north through Wadi Um Ishrin. We continue with a Bedouin 4×4 vehicle to Disseh village before our transfer to Petra in the late afternoon. (5 hours). Walking approx. 5km. *Comfortable Hotel*

Day 7

A fascinating day visiting Petra, one of the world’s foremost ancient sites; to Amman.

This morning the excitement mounts as we set off to explore the ancient city of Petra, a UNESCO World Heritage site famed for its astonishing scale and bound to be a highlight for many. Following in the footsteps of Burckhardt down the narrow siq, you finallycatch a tantalising glimpse of El Khazneh – the Treasury – revealed in all its splendour as you come out into the open. The work involved in carving this immense façade out of solid rock defies belief. You have a full day to explore the site and see its many other splendours. In the centre of the city you will pass the houses and tombs of the more affluent citizens and also a Roman amphitheatre, preserved in remarkable condition. Beyond the city centre is El Deir, the Monastery. Its superb façade is carved into the rock and topped by a huge urn. After our visit we transfer back to Amman. *Comfortable Hotel*

Day 8

End Amman.

End Amman. **

Included

* All breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners * All accommodation  * All transport and listed activities * Tour leader throughout * Flights from London (if booking incl. flights) * Arrival & departure transfers

Food

Whilst trekking all meals are included. The 3 nights spent in hotels is on a bed and breakfast basis. You will be required to buy 2 lunches on days 2 and 7 and dinners on day 1 (depending on flight arrival time), 6 and 7. Allow about US$90 or 64JOD to cover these meals. We usually eat in restaurants where traditional food is served to allow maximum flexibility of choice, and, for those who wish, to try a ‘mezze’ style meal. If you are vegetarian, please note that main meals are limited in choice, however, mezze is almost always available in restaurants and is a good choice for vegetarians, usually costing approximately 15JOD or US$21 pp. Unlimited drinking water is provided free of charge whilst on the trek in Wadi Rum.

Trip Notes

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Map

Reviews

In a trail of the Middle East

A fantastic experience, trekking through Wadi Rum, camping with the Bedouins, nwalking in the footsteps of Lawrence of Arabia.nThe jewel in the crown of this trip was A full day in Petra ,The red rose ncity.nThe people of Jordan were warm and friendly adding to an all round enjoyable ntrip.

Rating 5
Q&A
  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
  • First sight of The Treasury, amazing.nWe set off at 6 am to beat the crowds, and was not disappointed, as we were none of the first groups there and managed to get some photos without anyone nin the background

  • What did you think of your group leader?
  • Our leader Abdallah, was passionate, knowledgeable with a wicked sense of nhumour and a cheeky grin.

  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
  • Take a hip flask, it is a job to get a drink outside of Amman

  • Is there anything else you would like to add?
  • I thoroughly recommend this trip

Amazing!

I have just returned from this wonderful week. It was such a different nexperience to anything I have every done - slogging daily through loose deep nsand (so glad I spent those weeks beforehand training hard!), wild camping in ncompletely remote desert locations, sitting round a camp fire drinking hot nthyme infused black tea, eating delicious feasts produced as if by magic by nYoussef, and much much more. Our delightful guide Abdullah gave us such ndetailed and enlightening information about Jordan and in particular about nthe Bedouin people and culture who lived in this area and the ancient nNabataeans who created the spectacular site that is Petra and ruled there for nhundreds of years. Thank you Exodus for this amazing experience.

Rating 5
Q&A
  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
  • Those wonderful morning and afternoon snacks and hot lunch and evening meals nconjured up as if by magic by Youssef. His kitchen was discreetly hidden nbehind the trucks and he and his helper brought it all out ready assembled on ntheir fold up table. Wonderful!

  • What did you think of your group leader?
  • Abdullah was so charming and an amazing leader. So knowledgeable, his ndescriptions of the culture and history of the Bedouins and Nabataeans was ninspirational.

  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
  • I found I'd taken all the wrong clothes for this time of year. Although it nwarmed up in the day, I didn't have enough warm layers for the evenings and nat night camping. Take a really good sleeping bag. Mine was a 3/4 season one nbut I was not nearly warm enough.

Trip of a life time!

I had wanted to visit Jordan and Petra for a long time and I finally got naround to booking, choosing exodus. We are an active couple and wanted a trip nthat would challenge us but we could also see the sites.nnThis trip had everything we wanted and it did not disappoint.

Rating 4
Q&A
  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
  • Wadi Rum desert is an incredible landscape. Nothing like I have ever seen. n From waking up and seeing the view from your tent to sitting around a ncampfire with your new found friends looking at the most insane starry sky. I nnever thought it was possible to see the Milky way so clearly, in wadi rum it nis.nnPetra. The whole day was amazing. Its so much more than The Treasury. We nwalked for 10 miles that day and loved every minute!

  • What did you think of your group leader?
  • Issa our group leader was great, he loved telling us stories and explaining nthe history of the area. He was so organised, so organised that every looked nso easy. There was no issues.nnI would also like to mention the brothers who looked after us from the moment nwe stayed at their Bedouin camp to wild camping for the next few days. Great nhospitality and company.

  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
  • If I were to do this trip again. Id pack half of what I took.nnI would also use an exodus sleeping bag and take a sleeping bag liner with me ninstead. I found that it was warm enough not to use a sleeping bag. We went nin early October.nnWet wipes are a must as long as long as you don't litter and a head torch is ndeffo handy when you have a call of nature at 4am in the morning.nnOoo and a battery pack for your camera when you are out in the desert, forget nyour phone theres no signal, enjoy the break!nnBlisters: Take blister plasters with you. I had a couple put plasters on nstraight away and no issues or discomfort. Catch them straight away!

  • Is there anything else you would like to add?
  • The hotel in Amman was not good and have reported this to Exodus.nnOn a fitness front: I am not a walker. I went on a few long 3 hour walks nbefore I went and found the trip not too challenging. The challenges are the nsoft sanded areas and heat. Take a hat and you will be fine. Don't be put off nyou can do it!