Experiences

Engage all your senses through authentic activities offering insight into true Jordanian culture.

We designed these signature Experience Tours for those who wish to discover Jordan through active participation. Let us take you to our favourite places, have you meet, talk, eat and cook with local people, and show you why we love this country in a tangible way.

Baking Bread

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Fresh bread is an integral part of Jordanian life. No meal is considered complete without bread. The smell of fresh bread baking is one that stimulates the senses. Join the locals in Petra and let them show you traditional breads with techniques that have been passed down the generations.

On arrival you will meet your Chef for the bread making experience and be served Jordanian tea. Then it’s time to roll up your sleeves and get ready to make bread.

After you have tried your hand at the art of making bread you will get a chance to eat the product of your labour. Sitting down with your host, the Chef, and any of the Chef’s family members that are around, you will be served a traditional meal of Galayah Bandoora. This is time for you to learn how to eat like the locals. You will be shown how to tear the bread you have made, and use it to scoop up the Galayah. Other traditional sides such as labeneh, zait and zaatar will accompany the Galayah and the freshly made bread. More tea will be served.

The whole experience takes around 2-3 hours.

Be A Shepherd

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Come spend some time with a shepherd tending to their flock. It’s a chance to experience a way of life that hasn’t changed in centuries; a time to marvel in the beauty of traditions and customs passed on through the ages.

In the hills around Petra and Wadi Musa, shepherds head off at first light, with the flock falling into line, each with their place. They move to the steady, melodic clanging of the bells of the donkey and lead sheep. Along with the bleating of the sheep and gentle guttural “Hey, Hey” of the shepherd it creates a “symphony of the hills”.

Your local English speaking host will meet you at your accommodation, or arranged meeting point. You will be transported in a 4×4 vehicle to the location of the flock. Here you will meet the shepherd.

The shepherd will demonstrate how the sleep move to the clanging of the bells and for younger members of the experience they might like to have a turn riding the donkey.

Watch the shepherd expertly milk a few sheep. The fresh milk will be heated over a fire, and with plenty of sugar added, you get the opportunity to taste this sweet drink. A pot of Jordanian tea will also be freshly brewed if the milk isn’t quite to your taste.

Enjoy the tranquility of the surrounds before being transported back to your accommodation.

This experience will last approximately 1-2 hours.

Become a Jordanian Chef

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With the Jordanian hospitality being legendary it is not surprising that food plays a big role in everyday life. To taste the food will tantalise your taste buds, but we invite you to go further. Take a journey with us to learn local meals with the best teachers possible, the people themselves.

Jordanians believe that to cook beautiful food you must feel inspired and content. You will be invited into your “Chef’s” home. Here you will learn how to create and cook your meal surrounded by the warmth and smiles that is Jordanian hospitality.

Your local English speaking host will meet you at your accommodation, or arranged meeting point, and accompany you to the location of your experience.

On arrival you will be greeted by your Local “Chef” for the Become a Jordanian Chef Experience. You will be served Jordanian tea on arrival.

Your Chef will assign tasks to you as the preparation for the meal gets underway. Enjoy the energy in the kitchen as you work together and take the chance to get to know your host as you chat with them about their life.

Try as you might your host won’t let you help clean up, so sit back and enjoy spending time with the host’s family whilst the meal is cooking.

Then it will be time to enjoy the wonderful meal that you have just prepared. You will sit down with your host, your “Chef”, and any of “Chef’s” family members who are around, and eat until you think you are full. Only, the local family will insist that you eat more! Al-ḥamdu lillāh is a phrase you will want to remember, as saying this when your host is insisting you eat yet another serving will save your very satisfied stomach. You will be met with the response of Sahtein (to your health).

Jordanian tea will be served to finish off the experience. Your local host will then arrange for you to go back to your accommodation.

Become a Jordanian chef experience takes around 3-4 hours.

Cooking in the Great Jordanian Outdoors

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Warm weather heralds the start of BBQ season and on weekends local families pack up everything bar the kitchen sink and head out into the countryside. This is a cultural experience not to be missed. There is nothing quite like enjoying a meal outdoors, in the magnificent surrounds of Little Petra or similar locations. Soak up the friendly atmosphere, delight in the aromas of the meal cooking over the open fire and see the local families relax and enjoy their time together.

Your local English speaking host will meet you at your accommodation, or arranged meeting point, and accompany you to the location of your experience.

On arrival you will meet your host family. Chat and learn about Jordanian culture while your meal is cooking. Enjoy being outdoors and explore on foot the surrounding area.

You will sit down with the family and eat until you think you are full. Only they will insist that you eat more! Al-ḥamdu lillāh is a phrase you will want to remember, as saying this when your host is insisting you eat yet another serving will save your very satisfied stomach. You will be met with the response of Sahtein (to you health) from your host.

Jordanian tea will be served to finish off the experience. Your local host will then arrange for you to go back to your accommodation.

This experience takes approximately 2 hours.

Dining in the Great Jordanian Outdoors

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This is the ultimate destination dining experience. In a stunning location, in the surrounds of Petra, you will learn to cook a traditional Jordanian Meal. Enjoy the flavors that cooking over an open fire impart.

Your local English speaking host, who will double as your “Chef”, will meet you at your accommodation, or arranged meeting point.  You will be accompanied to your outdoor cooking location.

Your Chef will assign tasks to you as the preparation for the meal gets underway. Enjoy cooking in the beautiful outdoors as you get to know your host. Try your hand at learning the names of the ingredients in Arabic which is sure to impress your guests when you recreate the meal once you are back home.

There will be time to explore whilst you are waiting for your meal to cook. This is a great opportunity to take some photos.

It will then be time to enjoy the wonderful meal that you have just prepared. Hot from the fire you will want to lick your plate clean to enjoy every last morsel.

Jordanian tea will be served to finish off the experience. Your local host will then arrange for you to go back to your accommodation.

This experience takes around 3-4 hours.

Farm Day

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Immerse yourself in nature with a hands on farm visit. A short distance outside of Petra lies the village of Jarba, well known by the locals for its rich lands and plentiful ground water making it perfect for growing a wide variety of produce.

Depart from your Petra accommodation mid morning, arriving at the farm just in time for morning snack and a freshly brewed pot of Jordanian tea. Get to know your English speaking host and the farm workers before lending a hand with farm life.

Depending on the day and season of your visit, you may find yourself assisting with harvesting, preparing the land for planting or tending to the trees that stand so beautifully. There may also be the opportunity to help with the day to day handling and care of the farm’s livestock.

Your host will prepare you an appetising lunch, which where possible will be made with produce you have helped pick from the farm. Enjoy a relaxing afternoon on the farmhouse terrace, continue lending a hand to the farm work or wander the property to explore.

In the late afternoon you will depart the farm and return to your Petra accommodation. If you are travelling with young children please let us know beforehand so we arrange some extra special farm activities for them.

This is a full day experience.

Wadi Rum: overnight in the desert

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A trip to Wadi Rum, a place that seems more like the planet Mars than Earth, is an unforgettable experience: the towering rocks, the narrow gorges, the dusky-red sand… all in all a place in which you can be entranced by the world’s landscapes.

While the experience is one nobody could regret or forget, each traveller has different preferences in terms of specifics of a visit. For those of you staying in the desert overnight, something we highly recommend as part of an experiential trip, your personal desires for the manner in which you pass your night are particularly important.

The night sky in Wadi Rum is unlike any other: the Milky Way glistens brightly, illuminating the desert with a supernatural glow, and shooting stars can be seen flying across the sky.

Some people prefer to camp out under this canopy of twinkling light, sleeping on the sand, whereas others prefer to stargaze awhile, before retreating to the comfort of a Bedouin tent.

We have compiled a variety of the best options for a night in Rum split into three categories: authenticity, comfort and luxury, for you to peruse and choose the one best suited to you as an individual.

Click here to find out more.

Aqaba, located at the very south of Jordan, is a city right on the glittering blue coast of the Red Sea.

The gulf of Aqaba is home to an amazing array of marine life, from sea turtles to whale sharks, which travelers can discover through the variety of activities on offer here.

Scuba diving, snorkeling, glass-bottomed boating and more, whatever your style- be it in or on the water- the magnificent treasures of the deep are yours to explore.

Homestay in Ajloun

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With our home-stays in Ajloun, you experience life as Jordanians live it.

 

Our trusted local guide who helps us with hikes in the North hosts you; you will eat with the family a meal that has been hand prepared by the household, and stay the night in a traditionally furnished room.

 

The family will introduce you to local culture and tradition, as well as delivering a true display of Jordanian hospitality.