Best of the Jordan Trail

14 days / 13 nights hiking the best of the Jordan Trail

Private 14 Day Tour

Overview:

The Jordan Trail offers 40 days of hiking over 600km. This tour takes in the highlights of the lush limestone north including Jerash, the Dana to Petra trek (rated as one of the world’s best hikes by National Geographic), the wonders of Petra, the sense of remoteness from Wadi Gseib to Abasiah village, and the majestic grandeur of Wadi Rum. The Jordan Trail promises to be one of the World’s great treks, and you’ll see the best of it. We arrange all the logistics, so you can just hike and enjoy the amazing scenery.

This Walk can be taken as a stand-alone trip, or as a bolt on to one of our other sightseeing tours to include the Dead Sea, Amman and more of Jordan’s sites.

Note: A good level of fitness is required please.

 

Tour Highlights:

– Trek the hills of the limestone north finishing at the impressive Ajloun castle and visit Jerash.
– Walk through the 4 biosphere climates of Dana.
– Take the rock ledge into Petra via the back route past the Monastery; take the classic route to the Treasury and ascend the Al Khubtha High Place for magnificent views.
– Journey through part of one of the longest stretches of wilderness on the Jordan Trail.
– The sheer cliffs and grandeur of Wadi Rum’s Jabal Rum, Um Ishrin and Khuz Ali Enjoy the hospitality of our Bedouin guides.

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Day 1 – Arrival to Amman

Collection from the Airport in Amman and transfer to your hotel in the capital.

 

Day 2 – Pella to Bait Idis – 14km.

We start the day with a 1.5 hour transfer to the Greco-Roman ruins of Pella with the Rest House on the hill above and the village of Tabgat Fahl below. We then trek up the side of the impressive valley of Wadi el Jirim directly behind the ruins to emerge through pine trees onto upland meadows. Still ascending the line of the valley, now called Wadi Sir, you pass the ruins of a Byzantine Church and on to the ‘Jesus Cave’ before heading for the village of Beit Idis, where the welcome of nearby homestay accommodation awaits you.

 

Day 3 – Bait Idis to Orjan – 17km .

Small lanes lead north out of the village and across the upper reaches of Wadi Sir to a road rising up though wooded countryside before descending northeast into the beautiful and thickly wooded Wadi Zubia. Dependent on the season there may be water in the stream. Following the valley up until the trees thin out, revealing the cisterns and ruins of Roman Qabla. A lane then ascends south up the hillside to where the main road is followed west before descending a wooded valley and hillside and crossing Wadi Orjan to reach Rasoun village. We continue on a short way to Orjan and our homestays.

 

Day 4 – Orjan to Ajloun Castle & Jerash – 16km.

Easy walking today, often on country lanes through the rural villages of Al Ayoun with opportunities for a pre-arranged lunch in one of Al Ayoun’s homestays. The walk then meanders over increasingly high semi-forested hills and past the ruins of the ancient church of Mar Elyas to the Islamic castle of Ajloun on its dominating hilltop with a Visitor Centre and café. Transfer to visit the ancient Roman ruins of Jerash, then a long transfer onto Dana village accommodation for the start of the second stage of our adventure.

 

Day 5 – Dana to Wadi Malaga – 22km.

From the village a good track goes down into the long valley of Wadi Dana amidst splendid sandstone scenery. Follow it down the valley passing the award winning Feynan Eco Lodge which is in an area of Roman copper mines with Roman ruins and copper smelting sites not far away. We then continue on to Wadi Malaga to enjoy our first wilderness camp. [There is an optional upgrade to stay at Feynan Eco Lodge, which would then include an 8km morning transfer to the Wadi Malaga campsite]

 

Day 6 – Wadi Malaga to Ras Al Feid – 17km, ascend 700m, 5-7 hours

After a gentle start to the morning, we steadily ascend the southern slopes of Jabal Feid, following Ras Al Feid, a mountain stream that constantly flows all year. As we ascend we can look west cross Wadi Araba with the hills of Israel/Palestine once again in the distance. After the ascent, the way opens up to peaceful Wadis and your second night of wilderness camping.

 

Day 7 – Ras Al Feid to Little Petra – 22km

We leave Ras Al Feid along rocky sandstone terrain. There are often spectacular varying views of the barren desert landscape with surprise encounters of desert vegetation and animal life. Approaching Little Petra there are signs of increasing human habitation of Bedouin camps, sheep pens, and small agricultural plots. We enter a small sandstone canyon and wind our way through to the site of Beihdah, where nearby a warm welcome awaits.

 

Day 8 – Little Petra to Petra – 14km.

Petra via ‘The Back Door’! Good tracks go pleasantly down Wadi Ghurab amidst sandstone mountains guarding the approaches to Petra. This way follows a Nabataean route out of the valley and skirting round the final mountain on a natural rock terrace which has been ‘improved’ for the safety of walkers. Even so, it still narrows slightly before reaching a hidden plateau high above the impressive chasm of Wadi Siyyagh. Just beyond, carved into the cliff face, ‘The Monastery’ suddenly comes into view, where there is a Bedouin café for refreshments. Nabataean steps then lead down into ancient Petra; our route then takes us through Wadi Muthlim (weather dependent) to Wadi Musa and our Petra hotel accommodation. If the weather is poor, there is an alternative route to our hotel is via Wadi Al-Khayl.

 

Day 9 – Petra – 14km.

From our Petra hotel, we pass through the Petra visitors centre and continue on the narrow and famous entrance to the Treasury. We then enter the Siq, exploring the ancient rock carved ruins of Facades Street before following a steep climb up ancient Nabataean steps to near the summit of Al Khubtha to enjoy the magnificent panorama overlooking the Treasury, then descending to our Petra hotel. Alternatively, we can continue on and hike up to the High Place of Sacrifice before returning to our hotel. Whichever route is taken, we will all be well satisfied with our two day exploration of one of the Seven Wonders of the World.

 

Day 10 – Wadi Gsieb to Wadi Raqiah – 14km

The day starts with a 2 hour transfer, partly along a spectular mountain road, from our hotel to Wadi Gsieb followed by a day of variety – coloured canyons and rock formations, beautiful vistas and fun sand dunes in amongst a day of several gradual ascents and descents. A special day and a memorable campsite

 

Day 11 –Wadi Raqiah to near Hummeima – 25km

From our campsite, we have a gradual ascent throughout the day from 380m to 1000m – a long Wadi combined with several narrow gorges with their varied rock formations and scattered vegetation. Views open up once more as we journey towards a mountain plateau at 1000m and Abasiah village. From there we take our transfer to Wadi Rum and arrive, in the late evening, at our Bedouin tent traditionally furnished and the famous welcome of our Bedouin friends, their delicious cooking, singing, ude playing and poetry.

 

Day 12 –Wadi Rum – 5 hours of trekking and scrambling

We wake up in the beautiful desert with its awe inspiring cliff sided mountains – the Wadi Rum UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Jordan Trail passes through Rum but today’s trek will be tailor made for the group, as there is much trekking to choose from, all awe inspiring but not necessarily on the Jordan Trail.
Please note that we do not necessarily follow the Jordan Trail in Wadi Rum.

 

Day 13 –Wadi Rum – 5 hours of trekking Jordan’s Highest Mountain

As the sun rises we enjoy our Bedouin breakfast and then take a jeep tour to the very south of Wadi Rum, as close as can be to the Saudi Arabian border. We then ascend Um Dami, Jordan’s highest mountain, an easy scramble to the top. After the descent, we enjoy a beautiful desert jeep tour back to Rum village where our transfer bus awaits to take us to our Amman hotel.

 

Day 14 –Departure from Amman

Free time to enjoy Amman on your own with all the busyness of street life before your transfer to the airport and your flight home – full of memories after a tour of a lifetime.

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Dates:

Tour dates by arrangement

 

Eco-tourism:

Please note that certain parts of this tour involves camping and living in the wilderness where the bathroom means eco-toilets – burning paper and burying waste; where strip washes means soap and a bucket with clean water in a private area; where there mostly likely is no wifi and very occasional mobile reception.

 

Meals:

FB: Starting with dinner on first day, to breakfast on last day. Breakfast and dinner in hotels are buffet meals. Homestay and Bedouin dinners are hot traditional dishes. Lunch is a pack lunch. Drinks with lunch and dinner in hotels are not included.

 

Transportation:

All transfers are run in private, air-conditioned vehicles, with excellent drivers.

 

Accommodation:

Hotel accommodation is based on 3-star hotels offering cleanliness with character. Homestays, Bedouin camps and remote campsites are with highly respected service providers. Hotel accommodation is on a twin share basis, unless you request a single upgrade. Homestay and camping accommodation is all about communal living, although camping out with Wadi Rum may include twin tents.

 

Guides:

We have English Speaking, Government-Licensed Tour guides who accompany local guides on all our tours. Also we can provide other languages speaking guides upon request.

 

Terms & Conditions:

Full details of our tour terms and conditions.

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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.

Cost includes:

  • Return transfer to Amman airport.
  • Entrance fees for all sites.
  • Transport by experienced driver in air-conditioned vehicle.
  • 4 nights hotel accommodation in a twin share room. (Single supplement applies if you want a single room); 2 homestays; 1 guesthouse; 6 campsites.
  • FB: Starting with dinner on first day, to breakfast on last day.
  • Government Licensed English speaking tour guide on days of sightseeing.
  • Porterage at hotels.

Cost excludes:

  • Visa fee to Jordan – free for groups, certain conditions apply.
  • Departure taxes from Jordan and Israsel. Airport tax is usually included on air-tickets. Taxes subject to change with no notice.
  • Personal items and drinks with meals.
  • Tips to driver & guides, hotels staff and porters.

Tour Options:

Beginning and end of tour excursions in Amman can be arranged depending upon your arrival time.


We have many add on tours for consideration on our website, either for before or after The Best of the Jordan Trail, depending what you would like to do.

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