Hiking the Jordan Trail from Dana to Petra

Code: JOR/DANPET/18_19
9 Days
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Fixed Departures throughout the year – see Itinerary below for details

Fancy a proper dose of adventure in just a week away from home?

Then join us on this thrilling walk through the wonderful Kingdom of Jordan.

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.’

This is one of our partner-led trips and will be run and led by our tried and trusted Jordanian partner. We’ve been to Jordan, we’ve travelled with them, and we think you’ll love them just as much as we do.

DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION Amman Queen Alia International Airport
DEPARTURE TIME Please 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
  • Your personal clothing
  • Extra daily costs for snacks, alcohol or souvenirs
  • Your personal travel insurance including medi-evac
  • Visas and other permits as required

Drink tea with the Bedouin, experience Middle Eastern hospitality at its best, explore the little-visited parts of the legendary rock city of Petra and enjoy the ever-changing landscapes and bio-regions on this wonderful walk through central Jordan.

Dana to Petra Hiking on the Jordan Trail
2018 Dates : Sept 29-Oct 7, Oct 27 –  Nov 4, Nov 17 – Nov 25, Dec 22 – Dec 30
2019 Dates: Jan 19 – Jan 27, Feb 16 – Feb 24, Mar 23 – Mar 31, Apr 20 – Apr 28, May 11 – May 19
Guaranteed Departure. Minimum Booking = 1 person.

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Day 1

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

Amman – Wadi Ghuweir. 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, 1,200 m above sea level, and head west into the Dana Biospehere Reserve and Wadi Ghuweir. 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 Wadi Ghuweir.

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Day 3

Wadi Ghuweir – Furon. 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 in canvas under the star-spangled desert sky.

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Day 4

Furon – Ghbour Whedat. 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, we’ll follow Bedouin shepherd paths as we climb into the hills, the desert spread below. Tonight we’ll stay at a wonderful wilderness campsite in Ghbour Whedat.

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Day 5

Ghbour Whedat – Little Petra. 14 km hike. +610 metres / -560 metres
After yesterday’s spell in the wilderness, today we’ll approach Little Petra via Bedouin camps, sheep pens and small agricultural plots. We’ll also be passing Nabatean ruins; some of which may 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, we’ll see rock carved facades, houses and other ancient buildings carved into the sandstone canyon. We’ll overnight at a Bedouin Camp in Little Petra.

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Day 6

Little Petra – Petra. 14 km hike. +496 metres / -519 metres.
One of the highlights of this walk is that you get to enter the legendary ancient 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 Man Made Wonders of the World. Tonight we’ll be in  3* hotel accommodation in Petra.

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Day 7

Petra – Wadi Rum.
After an early breakfast we’ll head to the Nabatean Red Rose city of Petra, one of the Seven Modern Wonders of the World, entering it via the Siq, a 1 km long narrow gorge flanked on either side by high cliffs. It’s a pretty spectacular way to enter the city! Since Petra encompasses a massive 200 square kilometres, we’ll give you time to explore its maze of rock-cut tombs, Roman-style theaters, temples and colonnaded streets. Afterwards we’ll drive 1.5 hours to Wadi Rum and enjoy a thrilling jeep tour around its Martian canyons, dunes and deserts. Tonight will be in a Bedouin camp in Wadi Rum.

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Day 8

Wadi Rum – Dead Sea – Amman.
After breakfast, we’ll drive a few hours to the Dead Sea, the lowest point on earth, to enjoy a float!  Floating is the right word for it – since the sea’s eye-stingingly high salt content makes it virtually impossible to swim. After a float you can try coating yourself in the famed Dead Sea mud before we head back to the capital (although you might want to wash the mud off first!). Tonight will be at a 3* hotel in Amman.

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Day 9

Amman – Home
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.
Where will we be staying? On this expedition, we’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 20-30C.  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% of our expedition clients travel alone as part of our group. Do you charge single supplements – I can’t see them in your information? Although we believe that solo travellers shouldn't be penalised with extra charges, occasionally we cannot avoid it - especially on our partner-led trips. 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. We can also book your flights for you through our trade ATOL partners - please just ask us for details. 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? Yes, at times. There may be hotels and guest houses where we 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. It makes sense for light sleepers to bring good earplugs and eye-masks. 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. For this Jordanian hiking adventure, we have numerous departure dates throughout 2018 and 2019, and are planning more beyond. 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. What’s a partner-led tour? We run a range of different trips and expeditions. Our Director’s Cut tours are 100% designed by us, and are completely unique to Silk Road Adventures. You won’t find these trips anywhere else and a huge amount of research has gone into making these journeys one-offs. Examples of these are our ‘In the footsteps of Joanna Lumley’ and Amu Darya journeys. These trips are either led by one of the SRA directors, Marley or Antonia, or by a carefully picked expert on the region, such as Leon McCarron. Partner-led tours are a little different to this, in that they are designed, organised and led by one of our tried and trusted local partners. These tours are not always unique to Silk Road Adventures, and won’t be led by one of our UK team. However, this by no means affects the quality of the trip, or the level of enjoyment you’ll experience: we’ve put a great deal of time, research and Air Miles into ferreting out the best people to work with, and collaborating closely with them on these trips. We try and make it very clear what sort of trip each one is – if anything is remotely unclear please drop us a line here.

Price:£1,395.00