Dana to Petra Trek + Wadi Rum & the Dead Sea

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  • Min group size: 2
  • Max group size: 14
  • Days: 9
  • Price: $1,495
  • Difficulty: EasyModerateChallengingTough

Dana to Petra Trek + Wadi Rum & the Dead Sea

Days 9

Price $1,495 

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Summary

Join a small group of Experience Jordan Adventures on the Dana to Petra Trek - rated as one of the world’s 15 best hikes by National Geographic!

Tour Highlights

- 5-day trek from Dana Nature Reserve to the ancient city of Petra.
- Hike through breathtaking, ever-changing Landscapes.
- Explore the picturesque red-sand desert Wadi Rum.
- Float in the Dead Sea.

Itinerary

Welcome to Jordan! Take some time to arrive, check into your hotel room, and have a first experience of the delightful Jordanian cuisine. Depending on when your flight arrived, you will even have some time to explore Amman by yourself.

Amman is Jordan’s capital, and one of the oldest cities in the world. Inhabited since the Bronze Age, the city has grown into a modern city with all that you might expect. Despite this amazing growth, Amman has retained its character and traditions, and the culture of hospitality and generosity is still very present across the city.

Overnight: Hotel in Amman

At 7:30 am right after breakfast, the group will be picked up from the hotel in Amman. The drive from Amman to the starting point of the trek takes about 2.5 hours – time to get to know your fellow hikers or to take a nap. Our trekking journey starts with hiking through the diverse landscapes of the Dana Biosphere Reserve. The reserve includes four distinct ecozones and is thus accommodating an astonishing diversity of plants, birds, and other animals. First, we’ll follow a trail along the mountains overlooking Dana Valley, and then descend into al Khashasha Valley A wilderness campsite awaits us on the outskirts of the valley

Overnight: Wilderness Camping in Mansoura

Time 5-7 hrs
Hiking Distance 15 Km
Ascent: 260m
Descent: 690 m

Well rested, we will leave the campsite in the early morning, and head towards Furon. Today‘s hike is challenging but extremely rewarding We will start ascending through the mountains for approximately an hour before getting a glimpse of the beautiful Sharah Mountains and the wide Wadi Araba Desert. That outstanding view will accompany you all the way to your campsite in Al Furon Enjoy a cup of tea and the great view from the campsite while passing the time until your well-earned dinner.

Overnight: Wilderness Camping in Furon

Time 5-7 hrs
Hiking Distance 16 Km
Ascent: 563 m
Descent: 170 m

Today’s hike leads past Ras Al-Feid and towards Ghbour Whedat, through some of the country’s wildest corners.

Contouring the Sharah Mountains, we follow a trail comprised of smaller, connecting Bedouin shepherd paths. The bare peeks of black, rugged mountains overlooking the trail, and the precipitous drops of the canyons below make this part of the trek spectacular.

Gradually climbing up the hills, you will uncover more spectacular views over the barren desert below. Then, as you proceed towards the wilderness campsite, the landscape slowly becomes softer, with mushroom-like rock formations lining the way.

Overnight: Wilderness Camping in Ghbour Whedat

Hiking Distance: 17.1Km
Ascent: 750m
Descent: 920m

After yesterday’s very remote hike, we will see signs of increasing human habitation while approaching Little Petra today. Passing Bedouin camps, sheep pens, and small agricultural plots you can gain an impression of the living environment of part of Jordan’s population. We will also pass the first Nabataean ruins, including wine and olive presses, aqueducts, and other ancient water infrastructures.

Finally, we will climb up through a canyon walled with soft sandstone rocks, and then down a narrow, steep flight of stairs into Little Petra. The site, also known as Siq al-Barid (Engl. the Cold Canyon), is believed by archaeologists to be a ‘suburb’ of Petra and was probably meant to house traders traveling along the Silk Road. After some time to explore, we’ll head on to our home for the night – hot showers are waiting!

Overnight: Bedouin Camp near Little Petra

Hiking Distance: 14Km
Ascent: 610m
Descent: 560m

On our last trekking day, we will enter Petra ‘via the Back Door’, avoiding most other tourists.

Amidst high sandstone mountains, a good track leads down Wadi Ghurab. The way then follows a Nabataean route out of the valley, and skirts around the final mountain on a natural rock terrace which has been ‘improved’ for the safety of walkers. It narrows slightly before reaching a hidden plateau high above the impressive chasm of Wadi Siyyagh. Just beyond, ‘the Monastery’ suddenly comes into view.

After walking the last meters to the impressive structure, we can rest for a bit, taking in the view There also is a Bedouin café for refreshments. Then, more Nabataean steps will lead us down into the main site. We’ll make our way through a colonnaded street, past rock-cut tombs, temples, and a Roman-style theater, to finally arrive at Petra’s probably most famous building – the Treasury. Take your time to marvel at the façade’s detailed artworks. After a final look, we’ll leave the site through the Siq a narrow, high-walled canyon, and then head to our accommodation for the night.

Overnight: Hotel in Petra

Hiking Distance: 13.8Km
Ascent: 496m
Descent: 519m

After a relaxed breakfast, we leave the mountains of Petra behind and move on to Wadi Rum. Are you ready for a desert adventure?! We will meet our Bedouin hosts and set out on a 4×4 jeep safari to explore valleys and narrow gorges, discover ancient rock inscriptions, climb sand dunes and rock bridges, and generally enjoy the majestic desert landscape. At each step, you have the opportunity to hike, scramble and explore at your own pace. After viewing one of the most magical sunsets in the world, we’ll return to our camp for, dinner, an experience of the famous Bedouin hospitality, a night under the starlit sky, and – of course – countless cups of tea.

Overnight: Bedouin camp in Wadi Rum

Today, we will leave the desert and proceed to the Dead Sea, the lowest point on earth. You can spend some time floating in the salty waters, try out the ‘magical’ Dead Sea mud, relax by the pool, or pamper yourself with some spa treatments – the perfect cure if your legs are still tired and sore from all the hiking. In the late afternoon, we will hop on the bus for the last time, and follow the long, winding road up to Amman – to return to where the adventure began.

Overnight: Hotel in Amman

Sadly, all great things must come to an end. For those flying out already, it is generally recommended to leave Amman at least 4 hours prior to your departure. We wish you a safe flight, and hope you will return back home with many wonderful memories of your time in Jordan!

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Private Tour Option

*The prices below represent the tour base price for a private group. Prices may change due to other factors, such as holidays.

Group Size: Price per Person

2-5 people: $2,245 / person

6+ people: $1,495 / person

 

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Tour Extension: Red Sea & Dead Sea

Itinerary Note: For this extension, you will separate from the group on Day 8 in Wadi Rum. Instead of heading back to Amman with the group, your will start day 1 of this extension and go to Aqaba.

Day 1: Wadi Rum to Aqaba
Overnight: Hyatt Regency Aqaba Ayla Resort (5-star)
Day 2: Free day in Aqaba
Overnight: Hyatt Regency Aqaba Ayla Resort (5-star)
Day 3: Aqaba – Dead Sea
Overnight: Hilton Dead Sea Resort & Spa (5-star)
Day 4: Airport Transfer (Departure)

Full Itinerary with Extension

Day 1: Arrival
Day 2-6: Dana to Petra Trek
Day 7: Petra – Wadi Rum

(Start of Extension)
Day 8: Wadi Rum to Aqaba
Overnight: Hyatt Regency Aqaba Ayla Resort (5-star)
Day 9: Free day in Aqaba
Overnight: Hyatt Regency Aqaba Ayla Resort (5-star)
Day 10: Aqaba – Dead Sea
Overnight: Hilton Dead Sea Resort & Spa (5-star)
Day 11: Airport Transfer (Departure)

Booking note: You can book both extensions mentioned above directly as add-ons. Minimum price of 2 people.

More details on both extensions can be found in the add-ons section.

  • Meals: 8 Breakfasts, 7 Lunches, 7 Dinners. (See food tab for more)
  • Accommodation: 8-nights. (See accommodation tab for more)
  • English-speaking licensed guide on days 2-8.
  • Local hiking guide with a donkey for safety measures on days 2-4
  • Transportation as per itinerary.
  • Luggage transfers. (By pickup truck)
  • Jordan Pass – “Jordan Wanderer” (Visa & Entrance Fees)
  • Airport pick-up and drop off
  • Tips for service providers (drivers, guides, camping/ hotel staff, etc.).
  • Travel insurance.
  • Airfare.
  • Personal expenses.
  • Hiking gear.
  • Anything not mentioned in the inclusions.

Starting Location: 1st night’s hotel. (If the airport pick-up option is selected, then the starting location is at the airport.)

Ending Location: Last night’s hotel. (If the airport drop-off option is selected, then the ending location is at the airport.)

Day 1: N/A
Day 2: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 3: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 4: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 5: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 6: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 7: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 8: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 9: Breakfast

Notes:

  • Day 1: Arrive, check in to your hotel and food is on your own.
  • Day 2-8: While on this tour all meals are provided.
  • Day 9: Have breakfast, check out from your hotel, and depart to the airport.

  • Vegetarian and vegan options are available.

Day 1: 3-star hotel in Amman (twin-share)
Day 2: Wilderness Camp
Day 3: Wilderness Camp
Day 4: Wilderness Camp
Day 5: Bedouin Camp (twin-share)
Day 6: 3-star hotel in Petra (twin-share)
Day 7: Bedouin Camp (twin-share)
Day 8: 3-star hotel in Amman (twin-share)
Day 9: N/A

Notes:
Wilderness Camps:
All single travelers will be provided with their own tent for free.

Our amazing local Bedouin support team sets up the campsite during the day, so everything is prepared when you arrive. Upon arrival, enjoy some time to sit down, relax and have some tea. Then when dinner is ready, our Bedouin support will reveal the locally made feast.

In the tents, we provide foam mattresses, sheets, and blankets. So no sleeping bags are needed unless you want to bring your own.

A shower tent and a bathroom tent are provided.

Our wilderness camps provide a nice escape from everyday life, great views, good service, and some wonderful dinners. Some people may refer to it as “glamping.”

Bedouin Camps:
Rooming on a twin-share basis. So travelers booking together will share a room.

These are fixed site, touristic Bedouin Camps, staffed by locals, in Little Petra and Wadi Rum. Bathrooms are normally off-suite, with a women’s and men’s public bathroom.

The main airport (QAIA – Queen Alia International Airport) is approximately 1-hour outside of Amman.

Arrival:
Day 1 is scheduled just for your arrival and check-in.

Therefore any flight arriving on Day 1, with enough time to arrive, make it to the hotel, and get some sleep, is a good choice.

If you would like to arrive a day or so early, that’s great! You can easily book an add-on for one extra night on either end of your tour. Let us know and we can book extra nights and/or additional activities. Or feel free to arrange things on your own and join the group when it’s time.

Departure:
Day 9 is scheduled just for your check-out and departure to the airport.

Therefore a morning / mid-day departure flight on Day 9 is ideal.

It is possible to have a departure flight on day 8. If you chose to do so, we recommend a flight that departs at least after 7 pm.

Departing on Day 8 makes things a bit more rushed and more tiring. But this option may work well for people with relatively short flights, less time off, or if the airfare available just happens to be a better deal that day.

We are operating these trips during the best times of year to trek in Jordan.

Throughout the year, at the camps during the night you will want to have long pants, and a light jacket or sweatshirt.

During November, December, and February, you may also want warmer clothes like a bigger jacket, hats, gloves, and a light rain jacket.

We know we are located in the Middle East, but don’t worry – Jordan is not that hot. We don’t offer many departures in the Summer for that reason, but May has the potential to be on the warmer side. During the warmest times this trip operates, the temperature is usually not much over 35 celsius (95 Fahrenheit).

This is a 5-day trek with each day covering 14-17+ kilometers (8.5-10.5+ miles). That is five days in a row with 5-7 hour hikes.

So you should be reasonably fit to be able to enjoy this hike.

Shoes
The ideal shoe for this hike is light-weight hiking shoes.

If you only have big-clunky hiking boots and running/athletic shoes, you could take both and see what you prefer on the hike.

Hiking Sticks/Poles
Most of this hike is on good, firm ground, so hiking sticks are not required. The vast majority of people do not use hiking sticks for this hike.

However, if you like hiking with Hiking sticks/poles, or want them just in case, feel free to bring them.

During Wilderness Camping, you should not expect to have access to electric charging.

After leaving Amman on Day 2, your first good charging opportunity will be at the Bedouin Camp in Little Petra on night 5. You can charge your devices there until around 10pm when the camp turns the generator off for the night.

If you want extended access to electronic devices, we recommend bringing battery packs or you can also bring solar recharging devices.

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