Jordan Sightseeing & Hiking

Jordan Sightseeing & Hiking

The highlights of Jordan on foot – 10 Days

Overview:

10 days combining the best of Jordan’s sights and hikes.


Tour Highlights:

Home-cooked meals and overnights with local families.
Hiking in Petra and the back route to the monastery.
Hiking Wadi Rum, Dana, Feynan, Ajloun and elsewhere.
Experience the best of Jordan on foot.

Soap-House-Orjan

Day 1 – Arrival

Collection from the airport and transfer direct to your hotel. Depending upon your flight arrival time, we can offer additional activities for the day.

Overnight in Amman.

 

Day 2 – Jerash, Ajloun & Hike Ajloun to Orjan 12m (4hrs)

Head north to walk through history in Jerash, regarded as one of the most important and best preserved Roman cities in the Middle East. Then on to Ajloun and visit the castle, dominating the Ajloun skyline and built to ward off the Crusader armies at the key trade and pilgrimage intersection between Jerusalem, Cairo, Damascus and Mecca.
After visiting the castle, hike from Ajloun to Orjan, and spend the night with a local family in Orjan/Rasoun, and enjoy a homecooked meal.

Overnight in family homestay in Orjan/Rasoun

 

Day 3 – Hike Orjan to Beit Idis – 20Km (6-7 hours)

Breakfast in your homestay, then we head out of the village of Orjan on dirt tracks past olive groves and up steeply to the top of the ridge. From here we can see caves in the cliff sides and nice views back to the Ayoun villages. We continue to the Qabla ruins where we can see remains of houses, caves and quarries. We head west down the forested Wadi Zubia passing a cave spring and more ruins. We follow the fence of the Kings Hunting Lodge at Birgesh en route to the village of Beit Idis. At the end of the walk you’ll be transferred back to Amman.

Overnight in Amman

 

Day 4 – Sightseeing around Amman – Amman, Madaba and Mount Nebo.

Visit the old city of Amman exploring the Citadel and the Roman Theatre, two of the most popular archaeological sites in the city. Stop for lunch at a local restaurant to experience authentic Falafel and Hummus.
Then north to Mount Nebo and wonder at the view where Moses looked across to the Promised Land and later died and was buried. Then on to the town of Madaba and discover the amazing Byzantine mosaics excavated from throughout the town. See the ‘Madaba Map’, the oldest preserved mosaic map of the Holy Lands. On to Dana Nature Reserve.

Overnight in Dana

 

Day 5 – Hike Dana to Feynan – 15 Km, 5-6 hours.

We start at the village of Dana. We explore the village that was largely abandoned by its residents when the villagers moved up the mountain for work to the village of Qadesieh near the new road. We wander around its charming streets and visit the Royal Society for Conservation of Nature center and gift shop with local crafts. Nearby are the orchards of the village with pomegranate, figs and other trees fed by a spring in the mountain channeled to the small plots. To the West are dramatic views towards the Araba Valley in the distance. We head down Wadi Dana that cuts through multiple geological layers to our eco-lodge at Feynan, lit by candles.

Overnight in Feynan Eco-Lodge

(Note: You can extend you tour with an extra day’s stay in Feynan, and take part in the Bedouin cultural experiences and a short hike around Feynan itself)

 

Day 6 – Hike Little Petra to Petra and the Monastery – 10 Km, 6-7 hours.

Start with a 2 hour jeep transfer up through the mountains overlooking Wadi Arava and on to Beidah, also known as ‘Little Petra’, a Natufian site dating back 10,000 years. Hike across the rock plateau and through a wadi to enter Petra from the back, arriving at El Deir, the Monastery. Continue down around the back of the roman colonnade to the High Place of Sacrifice for great views across the ancient city. Weather permitting, exit via the Dark Tunnel “Wadi Muthlim”, a beautiful and narrow passage, passing through a tunnel built by the Nabataeans to divert flood water from the Siq.

Overnight in Petra/Wadi Musa

 

Day 7 – Petra Siq, The Treasury and Wadi Muthlim – 6 Km, 6-7 hours.

Start the day with perhaps the most well-travelled walk in Jordan, and deservedly so, the Petra Siq, the high canyon weaving it’s way to the entrance to the ancient Nabatean city of Petra, with the magnificent views of the Treasury. Enter the city and explore the sites and tombs.

Overnight in Petra/Wadi Musa

 

Day 8 – Jeep Safari in Wadi Rum.

Transfer to Wadi Rum, passing the Seven Pillars of Wisdom, the rock formation named after Lawrence of Arabia’s writings, enter Rum Village and start a jeep safari into the remarkable landscape of Wadi Rum, the red rock mountains jutting out of the sand. Walk across rock bridges, visit Lawrence’s house and see ancient inscriptions. Overnight with your Bedouin guide in a camp, under a camel hair tent, or out under the stars.

Overnight in Wadi Rum

 

Day 9 – Hiking in Wadi Rum.

Half day for further hiking in Wadi Rum, exploring the less travelled paths through the mountains and up to get some amazing views across the desert. Routes selected to suit the desires and ability of the group. Return to Amman.

Overnight in Amman

 

Day 10 – Departure

Free day and transfer to airport. Depending upon the time of your flight, we can arrange optional tours such as Bethany Beyond the Jordan, where Jesus was baptized.

 

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Ajloun-Greenery
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Petra-Canyon

Dates:

All our tours are private tours, so we run then whenever you want.  Just tell us the time and date you want to start. The best time to hike is from September through May, as the summer is very hot

 

Meals:

All meals from lunch on first day to dinner on last day. Lunch may be a light snack or picnic.

 

Transportation:

All tours are run in private, air-conditioned vehicles, with excellent drivers starting and ending in Amman.  Some short local transfers will be in a open back 4×4 vehicle. Luggage transfer is included

 

Accommodation:

Accommodations in a variety of possible options: local family stays; Cabins; Eco-lodge / camping.

 

Guides:

We provide local path escorts for all the hikes

 

Terms & Conditions:

Full details of our tour terms and conditions.

Petra-Little-Petra
Dana-to-Feynan

Cost:

The cost varies depending upon the number of people and specific requirements of each group, including any additional sightseeing and services required. Please contact us with your particular needs to obtain a personal offer.

Please use the form below to request your hiking tour.

You can use this form for our set hiking tours, or a custom tour. If you want our set tour, but want to add some extra sightseeing, please include the details below.

Please provide as much information about your group and requirements so we can put together a trip that meets your needs. We have been arranging trips and customising private tours of Jordan for over 50 years. We know the most interesting places and have all the local knowledge you need. Just tell us what you want to do and see, and we will put together a fantastic trip of a lifetime for you.

Jordan is famous for the splendor of Petra, the experience of the Dead Sea, the quiet majesty of Wadi Rum and of course the hospitality of its people and the Bedouin. However, there is so much more to discover.

Just let us know your desires with our custom trip planner