Trek to Ancient Petra, Jordan -

Trek to Ancient Petra, Jordan

Highlights

  • Experience the beauty and culture of Jordan on this exhilarating trekking adventure
  • Marvel at the views from Mount Nebo of the Jordan valley and the Dead Sea
  • Join the local Bedouins for a magical desert adventure and learn their customs and culture
  • Trek through wadis and arid desert, cross the dramatic mountains, sandstone canyons and wild-sculpted escarpments
  • Witness interesting archaeological landscapes and areas rich in prehistoric activity
  • Climb small hilltops for an unforgettable sunset over the desert plains 
  • Camp in Bedouin tents under a blanket of star filled skies
  • Get off the beaten track around ancient Petra and be dazzled by the famous Treasury building
  • Spend a day floating effortlessly in the Dead Sea.

Overview

This adventure trek captures Jordan’s desert landscapes at their best and culminates with the chance of exploring the famous ancient city of Petra. Jordan has welcomed travellers for centuries from camel caravans to intrepid adventurers. With its World Heritage Sites, friendly people and awe-inspiring desert landscapes, this country is a trekkers paradise. You will experience epic landscapes of weathered sandstone and reddened dunes, encompassed by a salt sea at the lowest point on earth, and trek past canyons flowing with seasonal water, oases of palm trees and explosions of springtime flowers scattered across arid hills. Your route winds its way along dramatic mountains, through spectacular wadi’s and vast ever-changing desert landscapes where you will enjoy delicious camp meals and a good night’s rest under a blanket of stars.

Finishing in Petra, the ancient Nabataean city framed by Jordan’s sandstone escarpments, it is the jewel in the crown of the country’s many antiquities. With sites flung over a vast rocky landscape and a mood that changes with the shifting light as the sun moves across the sky, this is a highlight that rewards you as a long distance trekker. Then it’s time to relax with an effortless dip in the Dead Sea or cool off in your hotel swimming pool before enjoying a delicious celebration meal on your last night in Jordan.

Costs
Registration fee: £175 per person. Non-refundable and payable on booking.
Remaining balance: £1350 per person. Payment due 4 weeks prior to departure.

 

Included before your trek
– Plenty of support from your highly experienced Adventurous Ewe team
– Pre-trip support materials – kit list, final details info doc, responsible tourism tips
– Discount code for ashmei sporting apparel, Cotswolds Outdoor, Snow & Rock retail stores, both online and in store
– All risk assessments and safety management
– Public Liability insurance
– International Passenger Protection
– Monthly payment plan on request

Included on your trek
– 3 nights hotel accommodation in Amman (3* hotel), Petra (3* hotel) and the Dead Sea (4* hotel) on a twin share basis
– 5 nights desert camping (tents, mattresses and blankets provided plus all camping equipment and set-up)
– Adventurous Ewe Expedition Leader 
– Expert English-speaking Local Bedouin Guide
– Local crew including camp crew, drivers, porters and cooks
– All transfers as per itinerary with modern air conditioned vehicle
– Transfer of main kit bag from campsite to campsite and hotels
– Support vehicle
– All meals as outlined in your itinerary
– Drinking water for the duration of your trek
– Entrance fees to Petra and National Parks

Not included in the price of the trip
– Flights to and from Amman, Jordan (these can be booked for you at an additional cost)
– Items listed on your Kit List
– Travel insurance (mandatory)
– Visa
– Any vaccinations required
– Additional drinks 
– Meals in Petra
– Tipping of local guides and crew
– Costs incurred with retiring from the trek early ie. transfers, accommodation, flight change costs, etc.

Itinerary 

Day 1

UK – Amman, Jordan
Upon arrival your local representative will meet and guide you through customs where your driver will meet you in the Arrival’s Hall of Queen Alia International Airport and transfer you direct to your hotel in Amman. On arrival you will have time to get to know your fellow team-mates and make final preparations for your trek. Your Adventurous Ewe Leader will provide a full trek briefing.

Please note, once you have booked on this trip, we will provide you with the flight information arrival time to coincide with the airport transfers to Amman. 

Included
– Transfer from Queen Alia International Airport to Amman
– Overnight accommodation in hotel (twin room share)

 

Day 2

Amman hotel – Mt Nebo – Kerak – Shobak Castle – Mansura (overnight)

After breakfast you will be transferred in an air-conditioned minibus down to Mount Nebo. At 1,000m, this mountain is a very important Christian site for it was here, on the edge of a ridge overlooking the Dead Sea, that Moses first caught sight of the Holy Land, having led his people from Sinai. Mount Nebo offers fantastic views of the Jordan valley and the Dead Sea, with the West Bank city of Jericho  visible from the summit and Jerusalem apparent on very clear days.

You will enjoy lunch near the imposing Crusader castle of Kerak. This is the largest and best-preserved of the Crusader Castles in the region. It was built in 1132 by Baldwin of Jerusalem and sits on top of a steep outcrop, an almost impregnable position. It became famous at the time of the Crusades as one of the chain of fortresses used in the Holy War against Islam. From here you will continue your road journey south enjoying the fantastic views over magnificent Wadi Araba before briefly stretching your legs at Shobak Castle. You will then arrive at Mansura where your campsite awaits and dinner will be served.

Included:
– Transfers
– Overnight camp in Bedouin tents 
– Breakfast & dinner

Day 3

Trek Mansura – Wadi Gwair – Wadi Feynan 
Today your trek will start along the impressive Shara mountains. The barren landscape then changes as you enter Wadi Gwair and wind your way through to emerge in the late afternoon in a broad valley. You will pass palms, reeds and oleander bushes that blossom in the spring. The Wadi Feinan gorge has an interesting archaeological landscape and was an area rich in prehistoric activity. Your route will take you past the remains of a late Roman citadel, copper mines, elaborate water systems and settlements with Neolithic houses, some even preserved to two storeys. The end of the day will see you trek into your campsite ready for a well deserved meal and a night camped under the stars.

Included:
– Overnight in Bedouin tents 
– Breakfast, lunch & dinner

Day 4

Trek Wadi Feynan – Hamada – Wadi Abu Sakakeen
Following breakfast in camp, your trek follows the outskirts of the Shara Mountains and through the Wadi Araba, which is like a small rocky desert called a Hamada with scattered Acacia trees. The views across the wadi, part of the Great Rift Valley, are an irresistible distraction, and looking back you will be in ore of the vast panoramic landscape which stretches for miles.

On reaching camp, there are several small hilltops to climb for an unforgettable sunset over the desert plains on which you are camping.

Included:
– Overnight in Bedouin tents 
– Breakfast, lunch & dinner

Day 5

Trek Wadi Abu Sakakeen – Wadi Feith – Agla – Gbour Whedat
Following breakfast in camp, today’s route takes you into Wadi Feith, a narrow canyon with its year round running stream. From here you will then venture down into Wadi Sahawa. The trail then heads up to your lunch spot at Tabqa Agla. After lunch you will take a Bedouin trail with beautiful views over Wadi Araba to Gabur Al Waheidat. Tonight’s camp is on a spectacular pass from which you can see the whole of the route we trekked so far giving you a huge sense of achievement. 

Included
– Overnight in Bedouin tents 
– Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 6

Trek Gabur Al Waheidat – Alfarsh – El Maisra
Following breakfast in camp, you will hike down into a fertile green valley before ascending an exposed ridge-top. The climb is short but steep and the views from the top are jaw-dropping. You are an impressive kilometre above the desert plains below. After lunch your route descends down through a wild valley and past sandstone domes and cliffs to little Petra. This gives you your first taste of the amazing Nabataean culture. There’s time to visit the Neolithic village of al-Baidah and then enjoy afternoon tea made by your Bedouin crew.

The trail then makes it way along a gravel road winding its way through the sandstone domes to camp at El Maisra near little Petra. For many today has proven the most spectacular day. Tonight is your last night sleeping in the Bedouin tents or under the blanket of the night sky.

Included
– Overnight in Bedouin tents 
– Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 7

Trek to Petra – hotel
Following your last breakfast in the desert you will continue your trek to Petra. You will enter little Petra reserve and negotiate narrow paths clinging to the side of deep canyons. You will have a whole day to enjoy Petra including a halfway guided tour of the rose-red city which is one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. Petra was carved into the Sharah Mountains by the industrious Nabataeans, who grew rich through their control of the frankincense trade routes through Arabia. Petra fell into obscurity about a thousand years ago, while its existence and location, were kept a closely guarded secret by the local Bedouin, until 1812 when the Swiss explorer John Louis Burckhardt tricked his way into the site.

Your guided tour of this unique and unforgettable site starts with a walk through the Siq, the narrow and winding fissure between towering cliffs, which you will exit through a tiny cleft to be confronted by the awe-inspiring splendour of the Treasury monument, Petra’s most elaborate ruin, sculpted into the sandstone rock. Local legend has it that this tomb once stored the gifts of the Queen of Sheba to Solomon. You will continue to explore the royal tombs, a roman theatre and the colonnaded street to name but a few of the astounding attractions on view. Walking up the 800 steps you will be greeted with an amazing view of the vast and impressive Monastery (Ed Deir) and extending to more views over the whole area.

The afternoon is free for you to further explore one of the most impressive and exciting sites of ancient history anywhere in the world. One option is that you can walk up to the High Place (Attuf Ridge), once the venue for sacrificial offerings, which gives wonderful views over the Petra Basin and out towards Jebel Harun and Wadi Sabra.

Included
– Overnight in Petra hotel (twin share basis) 
– Breakfast

Day 8

Petra Hotel – Dead Sea Hotel
Leaving the desert and the ancient city of Petra behind, you will head to the Dead Sea which is one of the most fascinating places on earth.  Here you will have free time to experience the effortless floating in the sea or simply cooling off in the hotel swimming pool.  This evening there will be a group dinner to celebrate the completion of your epic desert trek in Jordan. 

Included
– Overnight in hotel at the Dead Sea (twin share basis) 
– Breakfast and celebration meal

 

Day 9

Dead Sea Hotel – Airport – UK
Following breakfast at your hotel you will bid farewell to the sea and transfer to the airport ready for your return flight to the UK. Filled with a huge sense of pride and achievement on completing your desert trek through Jordan you will arrive home with plenty of stories to tell and new friendships formed.

Included
Airport transfer
Breakfast

 

 

Essential Information

FLIGHT BOOKINGS
Flights are not part of the package allowing you the flexibility to book a flight from your nearest UK airport and also giving you the option to extend your stay in Jordan or use any frequent flyer points that you may have. There are a couple of airlines who operate direct flights from the London Heathrow (LHR) to Amman (AMM). Check out British Airways and Royal Jordanian who have similar arrival times into Amman. We recommend using Sky Skanner to source flights to suit your requirements: https://www.skyscanner.net/ 

Once you have booked on this trip, we will send you recommended flights which will have airport transfers available for you.

Adventurous Ewe can also organise your flights through our Flight Agent if you wish. For further information, please email us at info@adventurousewe.co.uk

PASSPORT, VISA, INSURANCE & VACCINATIONS
Passport
As a general rule most countries expect that your passport has a minimum of 6 months validity remaining. Please ensure the name on your passport matches the name on your booking and airline tickets. Your passport details are required to complete your booking. Once booked on the trip you can log into the Adventurous Ewe system to update your booking with your passport details. Take a copy of the main passport pages and other important documents with you, and leave another copy at home with family or friends.

Visa
Visas are required by all visitors entering Jordan. Single entry visas valid for 1 month and can be obtained by most nationalities on arrival at the airport in Amman for approximately JOD40. It can be significantly more expensive to acquire your visa from the embassy in your home country. Please note that there are ATM’s available in Amman airport and also currency exchanges.

You can extend your visa after you arrive in Jordan up to a maximum period of 6 months. If you overstay your visa you will be fined.  If you’re entering for tourism you can get a combination of a visa and reduced cost entry to the major tourism sites by applying for a Jordan Pass online.

Visas are the responsibility of the individual traveller. Entry requirements can change at any time, so it’s important that you check for the latest information. Please visit the relevant consular website of the country or countries you’re visiting for detailed and up-to-date visa information specific to your nationality. For British citizens please visit https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/jordan/entry-requirements 

Previous travel to Israel

Evidence of a previous visit to Israel like an Israeli entry/exit stamp in your passport does not normally cause any difficulties when entering Jordan. It is, however, for the Jordanian authorities to determine the right of entry into the country. If you have any concerns, you should contact the Consulate of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan in London.

Insurance
It is a condition of joining this trip that you are insured and we require that, at a minimum, you are covered for medical expenses including emergency repatriation. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects.

When travelling on a trip, you won’t be permitted to join the group until evidence of travel insurance and the insurance company’s 24 hour emergency contact number has been sent to Adventurous Ewe or uploaded to your personal account 14 days prior to departure.

If you have credit card insurance Adventurous Ewe will require details of the participating insurer/underwriter, the level of coverage, policy number and emergency contact number rather than the bank’s name and credit card details. Please contact your bank for these details and ensure they are sent to Adventurous Ewe or uploaded to your personal account 14 days prior to departure.

Vaccinations
You should consult your doctor for up-to-date medical travel information or for any necessary vaccinations and anti-malarial requirements before departure. For up to date vaccination information please check the NHS government website ‘Fit for Travel’ at: https://www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk/destinations

Please note, some vaccinations require a course of injections therefore we recommend consulting your GP or Travel Clinic 6-8 weeks in advance of travel.  

We recommend that you carry a first aid kit as well as any personal medical requirements (including a spare pair of glasses) as they may not easily be obtained at the locations on this trip.

Travel Aware
The Foreign & Commonwealth Office and NHS have up-to-date advice on staying safe and healthy abroad. To keep informed of current travel news visit https://travelhealthpro.org.uk/

MEDICAL AND HEALTH INFO

All travellers need to be in good physical health in order to participate fully on this trip. When selecting your trip please make sure you have read through the itinerary carefully and assess your ability to cope with the style of travel. 

You should consult your doctor for up-to-date medical travel information or for any necessary vaccinations and anti-malarial requirements before departure. We recommend that you carry a first aid kit as well as any personal medical requirements (including a spare pair of glasses) as they may not easily be obtained at the locations on this trip.

Drinking water
As a rule we recommend that you do not drink tap water, even in hotels, as it may contain much higher levels of different minerals than the water you are used to at home. Generally this isn’t serious, an upset stomach being the only symptom, but it’s enough to spoil a day or two of your trip. Drinking water will be provided for the duration of your trek. Water consumption should be minimum of 2-3 litres a day whilst trekking. Rehydration satchels and diarrhoea blockers are essential items for your personal first aid kit.

SAFETY
Adventurous Ewe prioritises the safety of all of their trekkers and staff, and as such have developed a thorough safety management system. This encompasses comprehensive risk assessments and procedures together with audits of all aspects of your challenge from vehicles to accommodation to the trek activities. Your health and safety is our top priority.

Many national governments provide a regularly updated advice service on safety issues involved with international travel. We recommend that you check the Foreign & Commonwealth Office Travel advice website for their latest travel information before departure and ensure that your travel insurance covers you for all areas your itinerary covers.

Please visit: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/jordan/contact-fco-travel-advice-team

WEATHER AND SEASONAL INFO
Spring and autumn are very popular as it is cooler at around 24ºC in the day and down to 8ºC at night. Rain is more likely but protracted bad weather is unlikely. Summer in Jordan is hot and dry but not unpleasant. Daytime maximum temperatures are around 32ºC in Amman. Aqaba is very hot when the air is still, but there is usually a breeze. Rain is unusual but possible. In winter it is generally crisp and warm in the day, approximately 10-15ºC. However desert temperatures can approach freezing or below at night. There are even occasions when it snows in Jordan during winter.

In 2020, the important month of Ramadan will be in progress from 23rd April through until 23rd May, and the Eid ul-Fitr festival will be held directly at its conclusion for 3-4 days. Ramadan is a festival of sacrifice where the devout refrain from eating or drinking during daylight hours. During Ramadan, business hours are shortened, including opening hours at some tourist attractions. Alcohol is not permitted during daylight hours and many restaurants will be closed. While you should expect some delays and inconveniences during this period, the month is a fantastic opportunity to travel in a Muslim country and witness this unique period, particularly the nightly celebrations when the sun sets and the fast is broken. Please note that although the Eid ul-Fitr festival can also be a fascinating time to travel it’s a period of national holiday. Most government offices and businesses will be closed and some tourist site opening hours may be affected.

EXPERIENCE
Trekking experience and level of difficulty
You’re in for an active trip! Whilst previous experience isn’t essential for getting involved, a good level of fitness will really help you get the most out of this trek. If you can imagine yourself trekking for 5 days on the trot whilst carrying your day-pack and enjoying the delights of camping in the desert; this is the adventure for you.

If you’re already a regular exerciser, it might be an idea to up your game a little. Run those extra laps, cycle the extra mile or swim a few more lengths to make sure you’re on top form. If you’re not exercising so regularly (we’re talking 2-3 times a week here), it’s important to start in the months leading up to your departure. Your best bet would be to tackle outdoor trekking in order to get used to uneven terrain and your kit, and anything cardio based will make a huge difference (treadmill training, swimming, running or rowing). The more you are prepared, the more you will enjoy the trek.

The regions we visit on the trip are very remote and you should be prepared to spend time in areas where facilities and services are limited. Some roads are unpaved and although well-maintained they can be bumpy and dusty. Walking hours stated are given as approximates only. Timings stated include lunch and photo stops and will vary depending on the pace of your group and weather conditions.

ACCOMMODATION
Hotels (3 nights twin/triple share rooms) and desert camp (5 nights)

You will spend 3 nights in hotels. The hotels for Amman and Petra are 3-star hotels and for your final night at the Dead Sea you will stay in a 4-star hotel with a swimming pool. All rooms are on a twin share basis and have ensuite facilities. Some hotels have more facilities than others however it is always good to keep in mind that the star rating in Jordan is quite different to what you may expect at home.  Sometimes we may use less centrally located hotels in the interests of comfort. Accommodation in Petra is limited and demands on the infrastructure are high; this creates occasional problems with hot water and plumbing for all hotels.  In general, the hotels in Petra are of an older style and more basic in comparison with the rest of Jordan. 

Single room supplements are available for this trip for the hotel stays however we are unable to guarantee availability. Please enquire at the time of booking for details and up-to-date prices.

Traditional Bedouin tents will be set up at your campsite and smaller tents are provided for sleeping. You are also welcome to sleep out under the stars as well. Each campsite will be set up prior to your arrival. Whilst camping please be aware that although some campsites have plumbed toilets and running water, there are no showers and facilities are basic, however this is part of the experience and a great opportunity to switch off from the digital world. The campsites also provide you with the chance to immerse yourself in the Bedouin culture and lifestyle.

FOOD AND DIETARY REQUIREMENTS
The food provided is plentiful, often local in style and freshly-cooked, and will give you plenty of energy. Lunch will varying from a buffet-style lunch-stop to packed lunches. Dinners are generally eaten in camp or at the hotel, depending on accommodation. In some regions there may be less variety than you are used to, and in others fresh meat or produce can be harder to come by. Any meals not included are listed in the itinerary and are generally on travel / free days, giving you the opportunity to explore and try other culinary experiences! There is always something to suit different budgets.

Being vegetarian or having other dietary requirements is not usually a problem provided you let us know well in advance. Please do not expect as greater variety as you would have at home – at times you will be in very rural or remote areas and among people of a different culture who may not understand your requirements, however willing they are to help. If you know there are plenty of foods you cannot eat we strongly recommend you bring extra snacks from home so you can top up your energy supply. Please feel free to speak to us if you have any further queries or questions.

LEADERS AND CREW
Your trip will be led by a certified and experienced Adventurous Ewe Expedition Leader together with a Local Guide. Our leaders are selected for their experience in desert environments, knowledge of travel in remote areas, friendliness and approachability, sense of humour and ability to safely and effectively deal with any situation that may arise. They are also trained in expedition first aid. You are in very safe hands with your Adventurous Ewe Expedition Leader. Your Local Guide, who speaks both English and Arabic, will provide you with an understanding of the areas you trek through covering environmental and archaeological features, interesting historical facts and local customs, cultures and lifestyle info.

Your local support crew is made up of local campsite crew, drivers, porters, cooks and other support staff. Not all support crew will speak English well, but are very friendly and approachable. Your Adventurous Ewe Expedition Leader works closely with the Local Guide and crew to ensure all elements of your trip run smoothly and safely. 

Your Expedition Leader will arrange a collection of tips for the local guide and support crew at the end of your trek, and you will be provided with a guideline amount in advance. Tipping is not obligatory, but once you see how hard they work on your behalf you will be happy to donate something! All our local crew are paid wages, though a token of appreciation of their hard work is always greatly appreciated.

RESPONSIBLE TRAVEL
Adventurous Ewe is committed to delivering trips in a responsible and ethical manner and with sustainable development at its core. We respect and aim to operate our adventures and events to benefit local people, their economy and the environment!
Some of the ethical event management features embedded in our Jordan Trek are:

  • Using local crew who are qualified Guides, support crew and drivers who are all extremely knowledgeable and experienced
  • Staying in locally owned accommodation
  • Minimising plastic waste wherever possible
  • Recycling waste wherever possible
  • Operating with a ‘leave no trace’ ethos
  • As part of this event, Adventurous Ewe will make a donation to the environmental charity Cool Earth via our business partnership. To find out more please visit: https://www.adventurousewe.co.uk/cool-earth-partnership/
  • You too are welcome to make a donation to the valuable work of Cool Earth. Just £2.50 will save 10 trees and lock up 10 tonnes of CO2. Together, we can all make a difference in helping preserve this precious and wonderful planet. #ewecandoit https://www.coolearth.org/campaigns/28292/adventurous-ewe/

HOW TO BOOK
The easiest way to book your trip is online via the Adventurous Ewe website at simply click Dates and Availability. At the very end of the booking process it will give you the option to either pay the non-refundable registration fee of £175 per person or the full balance of £1525 per person. 

If you opt to pay the registration fee of £175 only at the time of booking, the remaining balance of £1350 is required to be paid no less than 4 weeks prior to departure.

For further information or if you have any queries, please feel free to get in touch with us at info@adventurousewe.co.uk or call 01492 588 069. 

Difficulty Rating
This challenge has a rating of Medium
Cost
£ 1525

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