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Walk in the footsteps of the ancient Nabateans on this journey through Jordan. Follow ancient spice trails across the wild plateaus of Wadi Rum and trek to the rose-red city of Petra and beyond. Recoup with a rejuvenating dip in the Dead Sea before discovering bustling Amman on this walking trip that covers the country's highlights.
Explore Tour Leader
2 nights simple camping
2 nights premium hotel
1 nights comfortable hotel
2 nights comfortable tented camp
Trip maximum 16 Explore Average 11
Itineraries on some departure dates may differ, please select the itinerary that you wish to explore.
Our tour of Jordan starts in Amman, one of the oldest inhabited cities in the world. Home to almost half of Jordan's entire population, Amman is a fascinating city of contrasts, where the ancient and the modern collide. Get lost in the bustling souks of downtown, where you'll be tempted by falafel and baklawa stalls, or visit the hillside Roman Theatre for a taster of the city's varied history.
There are no activities planned for today, so you're free to arrive in Amman at any time. If you'd like an airport transfer, you'll need to arrive at Queen Alia International Airport (AMM), a 30-minute drive from our hotel.
For those arriving in time, our Explore Leader will give a welcome meeting at 7pm with an optional dinner afterwards. If you arrive later, you'll find the meeting information on the notice board in the hotel reception.
Toledo Hotel (or similar)
Today, we'll head south along the Desert Highway to Wadi Rum - approx. driving time 4 hours. On arrival, our bags will be taken onwards to our camp for the night, while we stretch our legs. We'll enjoy a picnic lunch before setting off on a walk through one of the most evocative landscapes in the Middle East. Home to the legend of Lawrence of Arabia (and the backdrop for the famous movie), Wadi Rum is an unreal landscape to uncover. We'll walk south, where Lawrence of Arabia once lived, and marvel at the yellow mountains towering out of the dunes, eventually reaching the highest point in the desert with a view on the 7 Pillars.
We'll continue our walk to our campsite, just as the sun begins to set. Our comfortable camp is exclusive to the Explore group and we'll share a large communal tent (with gendered compartments). There's a shared washroom with toilets and showers. You can upgrade to a private tent at no extra cost, subject to availability. Please speak to your leader about arranging one.
Today's walk covers 6.5 kilometres/4.03 miles and is expected to take around 2 hours. Note, we'll be walking some of the way on soft sand, so supportive walking shoes are a must.
Salim Camp (or similar)
Comfortable Tented Camp
This morning, we'll set off to explore more of the desert dunes. Walking in the footsteps of the early Nabatean traders, we'll follow the route that caravans of spices, silks and perfumes used to take. We'll explore the northern side of Wadi Rum, visiting the natural stone bridge, following camel footprints and spotting ancient inscriptions in the weathered pink granite mountains. After an unforgettable day trekking through stunning desert scenery, we'll return to our camp for a relaxing evening of stargazing.
Today's walk covers 17 kilometres/10.56 miles and is expected to take around 7 hours. Note, we'll be walking on soft sand and in direct sunlight, so supportive walking shoes and appropriate clothing are a must.
After breakfast, this morning there's the option of a camel ride through the canyons back to meet our bus. Those who choose not to ride will be transported by 4WD across the dunes.
Once we've all met the bus, we'll drove onwards to the rose red city, Petra. Here, we'll enter the UNESCO World Heritage Site via the twisting Siq gorge before arriving at the beating heart of the ancient city, the treasury. From there, we'll explore the royal tombs and Roman theatre before heading up to our campsite in Wadi Shamassat.
Our camp tonight is completely unique - we've been given special permission by the Petra authorities to wild camp within walking distance of the archaeological site. We'll sleep like the local Bedouins in a goat hair tent, laid out with rugs and mattresses. The camp brings us back to basics, so facilities are simple - there's a portable toilet and bowls for washing.
In the evening, there's the option to return to Petra after dinner for a candlelit tour of the city.
Today's walk covers 13 kilometres/8.07 miles and is expected to take around five hours with an ascent of 270 metres/885 feet.
Little Petra Baidah Camp (or similar)
Today, we'll head back into Petra and up to one of the site's greatest monuments, Ad-Deir (The Monastery). We'll set off from our camp across the windswept Alzantour plateau. Once we reach the rim of Jabel Almatalah, we'll take in the views of Petra's mountains before following a trail along the cliffs to the Monastery. High above the city, it's almost hidden in the mountains and provides a panorama across the ancient site.
From here, we'll begin the walk down the steps and visit the church, Alhabes Castle, before carrying on to the main tombs and the Nabatean Temple. The rest of the afternoon is free to explore at your own pace before we make the trek back to our campsite along the Wadi Alturkmanyah paths.
Today's walk covers 18 kilometres/11.18 miles and is expected to take around 7 hours. The walk to the Monastery should take around 2 hours.
This morning, we'll set off from our campsite to Little Petra via the narrow Siq Barid canyon. Once a thriving Nabatean community, Little Petra is now a canyon of carved houses, temples, and tombs.
Once we've finished up at Little Petra, we'll drive along the Desert Highway to join the King's Highway - one of the oldest trading routes in the world. Journeying onward, we'll make a stop at the crusader castle of Kerak. Built in 1896 by crusader king, Baldwin of Jerusalem, Kerak was one of a chain of fortresses used in the Holy War against Islam.
In the afternoon, we'll continue to Madaba, our base for the night. Famous for its mosaics, the town is home to the Great Map of Palestine, dating back to the 6\super th\nosupersub century.
Today's walk covers 3 kilometres/1.86 miles and is expected to take around 45 minutes along a flat route.
Mariam Hotel (or similar)
Today, we'll visit Jebel Neba, better known as Mount Nebo - the point from which Moses saw the Promised Land. We'll spend time taking in the site and the views before journeying on to the lowest place on earth, the Dead Sea.
Surrounded by barren hills, this unique body of water has a salt content of 33%, making it almost impossible to sink. Experience the mysterious feeling of floating on the calm waters before indulging with Dead Sea mud. There are shower facilities at the resort to freshen up afterwards.
After our dip in the Dead Sea, we'll continue to the ancient Roman site of Jerash. One of the best-preserved Roman ruins in the world, only 10% of the city has been uncovered since excavation began more than 100 years ago but you can still get a feel for how life in the city once was. Walk the colonnaded streets, visit the hilltop temples, explore the chariot-racing stadium, and hear your voice amplified in the ancient theatre.
This afternoon, we'll return to Amman, where we might have time to visit a Hammam.
Our tour of Jordan ends at our hotel in Amman.
There are no activities planned today, so you're free to depart at any time. If your flight is departing later in the day, luggage storage facilities are available at our hotel. If you'd like an airport transfer, you'll need to depart from Queen Alia International Airport (AMM).
Total distance : 66.5 kilometres
During April to November days are generally sunny and hot without rain with temperatures around 32°C. In spring and autumn evenings can be cool and night temperatures can drop suddenly especially in the desert. Expect cold nights in winter (December to February) when temperatures can drop to around 0 degrees. Some rain should also be expected at this time of year.
2 Pin Round
Wadi Rum - Camel trek JD20.00 pp; Petra - Petra by night JD17.00 pp; Plus return transfer from the camp to Petra welcome centre, from JD20 for a car of upto 3 people sharing, (price depends on size of vehicle and number of people).
Bring light and comfortable clothing that can be layered according to the temperature. The weather conditions can be changeable, and it can become cool, especially at night and early mornings can be very cold when camping in the desert so bring warmer layers. Tops made from wicking materials which keep you drier and warmer are recommended as a base layer, and walking trousers are preferable to trousers of heavier material such as jeans. A waterproof jacket is essential at all times in case of rain and wind. Women are advised not to wear shorts or dresses that are too revealing as this can attract unwelcome attention in the streets of Muslim towns - loose fitting trousers are ideal. Women should also cover their head and shoulders when entering a mosque and men should wear long trousers. -Breathable wind and waterproof jacket -T-shirts -Long sleeved tops -Sunhat -Long trousers -Warm sleepwear -Shorts (if you prefer to walk in them) -Swimwear and towel -Midlayer Fleece/pullover -Socks (liner and thicker pair) -Insulated jacket -Scarf
We recommend you bring lightweight walking boots with ankle support, make sure that your boots are worn-in and comfortable before the start of the trip. Also trainers or sandals for relaxing and general wear. We suggest that on international flights you either carry your walking boots in your hand luggage or wear them - should your luggage be lost or delayed, your own boots are the one thing that will be irreplaceable.
Bring one main piece of luggage and a 20-30 litre day sack is recommended. You will need to carry what you need for the day which may include a raincoat, jumper, camera, sun-cream, water and picnic lunch. On hot days you will carry fewer clothes but more drinking water. You will be carrying only your day bag during the walks and main luggage shall be transported between accommodations by car.
-Sunglasses -Sun cream -Head Torch / Small Torch (with spare batteries and bulb) -Camera -Walking poles (if you usually use them) -Personal toiletries (including anti-bacterial hand sanitiser and/or wash) -Personal first aid kit - On each walk a first aid kit is carried but you should have your own blister kit, supply of plasters, aspirin and other essentials. -Insect repellent -Small waterproof dry bag (for items such as your mobile phone) -Reusable water bottle (minimum 1 litre) - Get 15% discount on a Water-to-Go bottle www.explore.co.uk/about-us/responsible-travel/water-to-go-discount-with-explore -Sleeping bag liner (fleece will add warmth) -Pillow case Sleeping bags, blankets and mattresses are provided
Jordanian hospitality is second to none and we choose our hotels to reflect that. However, due to the recent rise in tourism, many hotels are experiencing high demand and can become full very quickly. This can unfortunately lead to lower levels of service and quality. While we try our best to make sure our chosen accommodation is available to us, it is subject to change. Refer to your final document for your departure's confirmed hotel list. Our camp in Wadi Rum is located deep in the desert. We sleep in a communal tent (with gendered compartments) that's furnished with beds and bedding. You can upgrade to a private tent at no extra cost, subject to availability. Please speak to your leader about arranging one. The camp has a toilet and shower block. At Little Petra, we have special permission to wild camp within walking distance of the archaeological sites. We're not permitted to have permanent fixtures, so there are no wash facilities, but filtered and heated water is provided for washing and there are portable toilets.
Can you drink the water?
The water quality is poor and therefore it is recommended to avoid drinking tap water during your trip.
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Jordan: Your passport should be valid for a minimum period of 6 months from the time you arrive. Visa fees are waivered for tourists of British, American, Australian, New Zealand and Canadian nationalities on arrival at an international Jordanian airport. There are however, certain conditions that each tourist of these nationalities must meet in order to gain the free visa. Most of these are already met by Explore trips; however flight information, passport details and arrival date into Jordan all have an effect on qualifying for the free visa. Please see below for the category that is applicable to your flight arrangements: The following information relates to the above nationalities travelling on flights to Jordan arranged by Explore arriving on the first day of the tour: In order to qualify for the free visa, the above nationalities must advise their passport details at least 16 days prior to your departure date to Explore and must be met by a representative who will assist with the visa process, this is already arranged by Explore as part of the transfer arrangements from the airport to the start of the tour. The following information relates to the above nationalities with Land Only arrangements arriving on the first day of the tour: In order to qualify for the free visa, these tourists must advise their passport details at least 16 days prior to your departure date to Explore and must be met by a representative who will assist with the visa process. Land Only customers of the above nationalities arranging their own flights to arrive in Jordan on the first day of the tour must advise their full flight details to Explore at least 16 days prior to your departure date. We will then arrange for the representative to meet you as part of the transfer arrangements from the airport to the start of the tour. The following information relates to the above nationalities arriving in Jordan prior or after the first day of the tour: In order to qualify for the free visa, tourists of the above nationalities must advise their passport details at least 16 days prior to your departure date to Explore and must be met by a representative who will assist with the visa process. To qualify for the free visa, you must contact Explore at least 16 days prior to your departure date to arrange and purchase a private transfer. We will then arrange for the representative to meet you as part of the transfer arrangements. Please Note: For all tourists of the above nationalities that do not advise their passport details and for all above nationalities that arrange their own travel arrangements and do not advise their flight details to Explore within the above specified timelines, the Jordanian visa fee of JD40.00 (approximately £45) will be applicable. This must be paid on arrival at an international Jordanian airport in order for individuals to gain a visa to enter the country. All other nationalities should consult the relevant consulate to determine if they are applicable for the above free visa on arrival or must gain a visa prior to departure.
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In 2024, Ramadan runs from the 10th of March to 9th of April. Read more about travelling during Ramadan.
The following 2024 departures of Walking Jordan's Spice Trails will coincide with Ramadan.
09 March 2024
16 March 2024
23 March 2024
06 April 2024