You'll start your Jordan journey in the vibrant capital of Amman with its ancient Roman archaeology and hip neighborhoods. Our first excursion takes us south for a float and mud bath in the Dead Sea before lacing up our boots on Jordan’s spectacular hiking trails from Little Petra to Petra and on to the ochre desert landscapes of Wadi Rum. You'll see the infamous Theatre along with other ancient Nabatean carvings along the trails. We'll experience genuine Bedouin hospitality through our desert camp stay and home cooked meals before driving north to the Ajloun Forest Reserve. We'll visit the ancient Greek & Roman ruins of Umm Qais overlooking the Sea of Galilee and experience numerous social enterprises on Jordan’s Meaningful Travel Map, including a women’s soap-making cooperative and a community-run cooking project - traditional Jordanian cooking class included! We finish up our journeys with a wine tasting and farm-to-table cuisine back in Amman and will say our goodbyes to new friends at our favorite spot with unparalleled views of the city.
Your host Ashley Blake is an avid traveler and cultural consultant with a background in tourism, entrepreneurship and project management. She is a fluent Spanish speaker with conversational Portuguese skills and is just starting to study Arabic. Ashley has worked and traveled in 45 countries across Latin America, Asia, Europe, the Middle East and Africa including tours she has designed and led in Spain, Germany, Ecuador, Peru, Nicaragua, Morocco, Croatia and China. Ashley is passionate about connection, communication and coordination in order to link others with the opportunities and experiences that promote self-growth and community engagement. Ashley explored Jordan with our local guide Jawad in 2019 and is super excited to bring people to this incredibly safe, beautiful and hospitable destination filled with expansive wilderness, friendly locals, and ancient history.
Your journey starts today upon arrival at Amman’s Queen Alia International Airport (AMM). You'll be transferred to your boutique hotel in the heart of the bustling capital. Settle in, take a rest or explore the neighborhood before our evening Welcome Dinner of Jordan’s spectacular regional cuisine. Get to know new travel buddies and your spectacular local guide, who will brief you on our next week together before a good night's rest.
This morning we'll explore the Old City of Amman, visiting two of its most iconic archeological sites, the Citadel and the Roman Theater learning all about the history of the region. Our private driver will then take us down to the Dead Sea to float in the salty water and cleanse your skin with a detoxifying mud bath. We’ll then take the Jordan Valley Highway all the way south the magical UNESCO Heritage site of Little Petra, also known as Beidha, where the ancient Nabataeans carved impressive façades in the sandstone canyon walls. Our locally-run Bedouin camp host will greet us, where we’ll have full-structured tents with beds and shared bathroom facilities for the night. You'll have a delicious home-cooked meal complete with music and festivities under the stars.
This morning it’s time to lace up the hiking boots for our 12-mile hike to Petra. We take the route through the “back door” on the Wadi Muthlim trail, following the sandstone mountains of Wadi Ghurab. This path follows a Nabataean route out of the valley flanking the final mountain on a natural rock terrace before we reach a hidden plateau with unparalleled views of the Wadi Siyyaqh chasm. Just after, we’ll reach The Monastery, one of Petra’s many famous carved sites. After al stop for tea and lunch at a Bedouin café we'll descend all the way down to the town of Wadi Musa, our home for the night. The evening is free to explore, relax and enjoy incredible Middle Eastern cuisine at one of the many local restaurants in town.
This morning we start with the famous walk through the long, narrow gorge that leads to the iconic Treasury site of Petra. The grounds are massive, and we’ll spend the next few hours hiking through their elaborate rock-cut tombs, the Roman-style theaters and temples, sacrificial altars and colonnaded streets. In the afternoon we’ll drive to the ochre desert of Wadi Rum, which means “high” and “low” for its flat sandscapes and towering buttes. Our driver will take us to a small village where we’ll hop into trucks and navigate through the sand to our second Bedouin tent experience. We'll enjoy another homemade feast and hospitality, ample amounts of desert-style herbal tea, and brilliant views of the stars.
After our Bedouin breakfast, we’ll hop back in the trucks to traverse the sand to Jordan’s highest peak, Um Ad Dami. At 5900 feet, you’ll get to see a whole new perpective with the border of Saudi Arabia to the south and Jebel Rum to the north. Even though the round trip hike to the top is less than two miles, the 1300 foot gain requires about 3 hours. After, we’ll enjoy a desert lunch before heading north to the Ajloun Forest Reserve. Established by Jordan’s Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature, this small but important reserve serves as a captive breeding ground for the extinct Roe Deer and is a protected habitat for many bird species. You can also find Jordan’s national flower, the Black Iris, here as well as evergreen oak, carob and wild pistachio, which have all been important to locals for their food and medicinal value. We’ll stay at an eco lodge on premise and learn about the incredible projects the organization has in place to support the local environment and community through sustainable tourism development initiatives.
We’ll start the day with an easy 2-3 mile morning hike to enjoy the beautiful views of the Ajloun reserve before visiting several social enterprise projects in the area. We’ll first stop at The Soap House, a local women’s manufacturing initiative focusing on specialty soaps made by hand from olive oil and flower essences. We’ll get to tour the workshop, view the soap-making process and chat with the women. We'll then visit The Biscuit House, a similar initiative where the women produce all-natural cookies and healthy snacks. For lunch, we’ll head to another community project at Bait al Baraka for a super local meal with based on sustainable agriculture and foraging. After we'll visit the Greek and Roman Umm Qais with views overlooking the Jordan Valley and the Sea of Galilee. The ruins have an impressive history as one of the Decapolis cities and Umm Qais is known as the home of many classical poets and philosophers, who once called it the “New Athens.” We’ll finish off the day back in Amman with another side of Jordan, its wines. We’ll enjoy a tasting while we learn about the different grapes and terriors before a free evening on your own. We suggest a progressive meal of street-style falafel or schwarma, and take time to shop for mementos along Rainbow Street in Jabal Amman or chill with a drink on one of the city’s many terraces.
Today we'll hop just outside the city to Jerash, the best example of a Roman provincial city in all of the Middle East. We’ll visit the impressive Forum, Roman colonnaded street, the Nymphaeum and the Artemis Temple. Next we'll stop in a small town called Souf to visit our community partner, Khayraf Beit Souf. This women’s cooperative will brief us on our next few hours: cooking! We'l learn how to make a local jam and take part in making several key traditional Jordanian dishes using local ingredients like eggplant, tomato, sumac, za’tar and tahini. After our feast, we’ll return to Amman and visit the Wild Jordan Center which sources artisan crafts from around the country. You'll have some free time before our Farewell Dinner at Amman’s first farm-to-table, vegetarian friendly restaurant that uses only organic and seasonal ingredients. Say goodbye to your new friends and dream about more adventures to come!
You can depart any time today from Amman’s Queen Alia International Airport (AMM). Check out is at 11:00 and if you depart late you can leave your bags at the hotel before your transfer according to your flight schedule.
7 nights 3-star hotel, Bedouin camp experience and eco-lodge stay
Daily breakfast + 5 dinners + 4 lunches
Airport transfers on arrival & departure days Private van transit between all excursions
More than 25 miles of hiking with our local guide along the Jordan Trail and at the Ajloun Forest Reserve
Jordan Pass that provides your entry to Little Petra, Petra and Wadi Rum
A visit to the Dead Sea, the lowest point on earth, to float and take a mud bath
Bedouin cam desert experience with homemade meals, music under the stars, and cultural education
Multiple visits to women’s cooperatives including soap making, jam-making and cookies + Cooking class with a local women’s cooperative using local ingredients
Visit to the Citadel & Roman Theatre in Amman, the Greek & Roman ruins of Umm Qais and the Roman provincial city of Jerash
Wine-tasting experience in Amman
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