Jordan Family Holiday

COST PER PERSON:

From USD 1790

DURATION:

8 days/7 nights

TOUR TYPE:

Independent

PHYSICAL RATING:

Trip Theme:

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Price note:

Base price is US$1790 per person.

Each child below 12 year of age gets a $160. 

Families with triple occupancy rooms get a $400 discount on the total family price.  

 

 

DAY 1: ARRIVAL IN THE DEAD SEA
Arrive Amman airport, transfer to hotel by Dead Sea

DAY 2: THE DEAD SEA AND FEYNAN ECO LODGE
Relax and float in the Dead Sea. Transfer to beautiful desert eco-lodge at Feynan.

DAY 3: WADI GHWEIR AND FEYNAN BEDOUIN EXPERIENCE
Desert canyon walk, meeting local Beduoin, star-gazing at Feynan.

DAY 4: HIKE INTO PETRA VIA THE BACKDOOR
See Little Petra, hike a spectacular Bedouin route through mountains into Petra.

DAY 5: WADI RUM
Explore the red rock and sand desert of Wadi Rum on foot and by 4x4 jeep.

DAY 6: TREK JEBEL AL HASCH AND ENJOY A CAMEL RIDE
Walk up Jordan's highest mountain, and trek across the desert by camel.

DAY 7: AQABA
A day to relax by the clear, warm waters of the Red Sea in a comfortable beach hotel.

DAY 8: DEPARTURE
Departure from Amman airport.

 


What's included

  • All accommodation - Hotels (3nts), Eco lodge (2nts), Desert camp out (2nts)
  • All breakfasts, 4 lunches and 7 dinners 
  • All transports and listed activities
  • Arrival and depature airport transfers
  • A licensed Jordanian tour guide throughout the tour for groups of 2 families or more (minimum group size to include a tour guide is 6 persons). If you wish otherwise, please let us know and we will provide you the cost separately.

 

What's not included

  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Visas
  • Tips
Families and Children Discount

 

  • Base price is US$1790 per person
  • Each child below 12 year of age gets a $160
  • Families with triple occupancy rooms get a $400 discount on the total family cost
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Welcome to Terhaal adventures. We've designed these journeys to help you explore the very best of Jordan. Don't hesitate to get in touch with us if you have any questions about the trip - we're here to help. Enjoy!


Itinerary Disclaimer

The holiday itinerary set out below offers a good overview of the trip, but should be taken as a general guide only. We're continually improving these tours, and it's possible we will adjust the itinerary to take advantage of new opportunities or to avoid adverse weather or difficulties with transportation. We recommend that you print out a copy of the trip details a couple of days prior to departure, in case there have been any changes that may affect your plans.

 

Independent holidays

Want to do your own thing, at your own pace? With our independent holidays you can forget about groups and guides, giving you the freedom to explore the country in your own way while we take care of the hassle.

When you've designed your ideal Jordan tour we'll arrange a private car and an English-speaking driver who knows where you're going. We'll also take care of all the hotel reservations, so you'll find your room ready whenever you arrive. All you have to do is enjoy the day.

We'll send you a personalized tour itinerary; including practical day-by-day information to make sure it all runs smoothly. We'll also recommend some of the best guidebooks to help you get the most out of your journey.

 

Meeting Point

Amman - Queen Alia International Airport (AMM). A transfer will be provided from the airport to your hotel at the Dead Sea - an hour drive.


Finishing Point

Amman - Queen Alia International Airport.
A transfer will be provided from your hotel in Aqaba to Queen Alia International Airport (AMM) - a 3.5 hour drive.

If you wish to plan an extension for your trip, please let us know and we'll be glad to assist.


Arrival Complications

We don't expect any problems (and nor should you!) but if for any reason you are unable to begin your trip as scheduled, please contact us immediately at one of the following numbers:
+962(0)7 7751 5919
+962(0)7 9755 9290
+962(0)7 9778 4433
+962(0)7 9553 6351


Detailed Itinerary 

DAY 1: ARRIVAL IN THE DEAD SEA
NO MEALS INCLUDED TODAY
Your driver will be waiting at Amman (AMM) airport to take you directly to your resort / spa hotel on the shores of the Dead Sea (40-minute drive). There are no activities planned for today. Please keep in mind that hotel check-in time is typically after 2.00pm. Early check in is not guaranteed, but if you do arrive early luggage storage is available at the hotel.

DAY 2: THE DEAD SEA AND FEYNAN ECO LODGE
MEALS: BREAKFAST, LUNCH, DINNER
This morning there'll be time to relax by the Dead Sea and to float in its warm, intensely saline water. It is an unforgettable experience! The Dead Sea is the lowest point on the surface of the earth (some 400m below sea level) and contains mineral-rich muds that have been recognized since antiquity for their curative properties. This mud costs a fortune in Europe, but in Jordan you can scoop it from the seabed and cover yourself with it! The blue water, the white salt-encrusted shore, and the red desert mountains also make this an outstandingly beautiful place.

In the afternoon you'll travel by road (2 hours) south (it's a scenic drive along the Dead Sea shore and then east into the desert) to the wild and beautiful desert of Feynan, where you'll stay in the Feynan eco-lodge.

Rated as one of the top fifty eco-lodges in the world by National Geographic magazine, Feynan's off-the-grid guesthouse is a special place to stay. The building is perfectly adapted to the climate and landscape of this desert, its water heated by solar panels and its rooms lit only by candles. Despite the remoteness of the location, this is a comfortable place to stay and makes a great base for exploring the Dana Biosphere Reserve and the ruins of ancient Feynan. The darkness of the night sky also makes this one of the best stargazing hotels on earth.

After you've settled in, you can join the lodge's expert guides on a gentle walk to watch the sunset. From a nearby hilltop you'll see the sun go down across the Wadi Araba, lighting up the red rock mountains at your back. In the last of the light you can enjoy tea made on the fire in the Bedouin camps below the rock. At this hour the men are usually bringing in their flocks from the mountain, the women are tending the evening fires, and the stars are coming out over the desert.

Back at the lodge, you'll enjoy a tasty vegetarian dinner and, if you like, go up to the rooftop terrace to watch the night sky. Feynan has some of the darkest skies on earth. On the roof of the ecolodge you can recline on mattresses, wrap yourself in a blanket against the chill, and look up at the scattered brightness of the Milky Way. This is a beautiful place to drink tea and talk, and if you ask they'll probably let you sleep up here under the stars.

DAY 3: WADI GHWEIR AND FEYNAN BEDOUIN EXPERIENCE
5KM / 3-4 HOURS. EXPECT WET FEET. 
MEALS: BREAKFAST, LUNCH, DINNER
After breakfast at the lodge you'll set off in Bedouin 4x4 pick-ups for the short off-road drive to the lower end of the Ghweir canyon. From here you'll set out on foot, following the gravel riverbed upstream into this spectacular red sandstone ravine. The path brings you to a hidden oasis of palm trees, acacia, and pink oleander flowers, all fed by natural springs. Here we'll rest and enjoy a picnic lunch before we retrace our steps and head back down to Feynan. Again, a short off-road transfer will bring you back to the eco-lodge.

In the afternoon you have a special Bedouin experience to look forward to. Modernity has almost destroyed the traditional Bedouin lifestyle, but there are still a few families who live in black goat-hair tents and maintain the old ways. From the lodge your Bedouin guides will take you out to meet one of these families. It's a great chance to talk with them, and to see first hand some of the skills that the Bedouin have developed over many generations - spinning and weaving textiles, making black kohl eye-liner, preparing Arabic coffee, baking ‘arboud' bread in the embers, and using medicinal herbs. The visit takes around 3 hours, after which you'll return to the eco lodge for the evening.

Enjoy another wonderful dinner and evening at the lodge.

DAY 4: HIKE INTO PETRA VIA THE BACKDOOR
HIKING: 14KM / 8 HOURS (INCLUDING SIGHTSEEING TIME)
MEALS: BREAKFAST, LUNCH, DINNER

Note: if you feel this hike is too long for the kids, let us know - we can arrange something less challenging and equally fun!
Enjoy breakfast at the lodge, then transfer by road to Beidha, where you walk down a quiet sandy canyon and discover the beautifully preserved Nabataean temples and reception rooms of Little Petra. You can also explore one of the oldest farming villages in the world and see the huts and grind stones and flints that were used 10,000 years ago at the beginning of human agriculture.

From here you begin your walk into Petra via a little-known Bedouin route through the mountains. The trail starts with a couple of hours' walk across open farmland before beginning to contour around the mountain, following natural ledges of pale sandstone. Huge views begin to open up across the Great Rift Valley to the west. After another hour the trail descends towards Petra and opens onto one of the city's most impressive sights: the immense rock-cut façade of ad Deir, the Monastery. You can rest and drink tea here, and explore the ruins, before following the stone steps of a Nabataean processional way down into the heart of Petra. Enjoy lunch inside the archaeological site and then spend the afternoon exploring Petra's tombs, temples, and churches. The route brings you past the Roman theatre and, towards the end of the afternoon, to Petra's most famous monument, the Treasury. From here you'll walk out of Petra along the main siq and back to your hotel in Wadi Musa.

DAY 5: WADI RUM
MEALS: BREAKFAST, LUNCH, DINNER 
After a relexed start you'll travel by road (1.5 hours) down to Wadi Rum.

Every guidebook to Wadi Rum repeats the description written by T.E. Lawrence of Arabia almost century ago, and with good reason. "The Arab armies would have been lost in the length and breadth of it," he wrote, "and within the walls a squadron of aeroplanes could have wheeled in formation. Our little caravan grew self-conscious, and fell dead quiet, afraid and ashamed to flaunt its smallness in the presence of such stupendous hills. Landscapes, in childhood's dream, were so vast and silent."

Bedouin guides from the Howeitat tribe (the same tribe that guided Lawrence) will meet you at Rum Village and drive you by jeep into this spectacular desert. You'll explore Wadi Rum's mountains and sand dunes, stopping to take in the views and to look at the inscriptions chipped into the rock over thousands of years. Around lunchtime we'll pick a shady spot and help our hosts prepare a nice picnic lunch. We'll then go on to find our camping spot at a secluded location in the desert and help the Bedouin setting up the campsite - putting up our tents, collecting firewood, lighting the fire, and setting up dinner. If you like you can then wander off to a nearby hill to watch the sunset over the desert before returning to the camp for dinner.

If you're still not tired out by the day's adventures you can stay up round the fire, talking and laughing with your Bedouin hosts and watching the night sky.

DAY 6: TREK JEBEL AL HASCH AND ENJOY A CAMEL RIDE
MEALS: BREAKFAST, LUNCH, DINNER 
HIKING: 8KM / 5-6 HOURS 
TOTAL ASCENT: 300M / TOTAL DESCENT: 320M
MEALS: BREAKFAST, LUNCH, DINNER 
Note: if this hike is too long for the kids, let us know - we can arrange something less challenging and equally fun!
This morning you'll head into the far south of the Jordanian desert, not far from the border with Saudi Arabia, to climb the spectacular Jebel al Hasch. At 1700m this is one of the country's highest mountains, but it's not a difficult or a technical climb. You begin early with an enjoyable half-hour jeep ride across the desert and then strike out on foot through a beautiful rocky valley. The trail brings you across easy slabs of sandstone and onto a sandy plateau, which you contour around and then follow a goat trail up towards the summit. There are magnificent views across the whole of Wadi Rum and south in Saudi. After taking in the views you descend through another rocky valley to get back down to the desert floor, where you'll meet up with our crew for lunch in the shade. The whole round trip takes around 4 hours.

After lunch and a rest you'll head out to meet your camels! A camel trek is a quiet, gentle way to take in the scenery of the desert, and great fun for kids. Camels are much steadier creatures than horses, so you don't need any special expertise to enjoy the ride. At the great red sand dune of Wadi Um Ishrin you'll have the chance to take of your shoes and run down the warm, soft sand.

Back to our campsite we enjoy a second magical night in Wadi Rum.

DAY 7: AQABA
After breakfast you'll drive back out to Rum village, say goodbye to your Bedouin hosts, and head down to your beach resort in Aqaba on the shores of the Red Sea. This makes a relaxing and wonderful end to your Jordan adventure.

DAY 8: DEPARTURE
MEALS: BREAKFAST
A single group transfer will be provided from your hotel to AMM Airport (3 hours). We wish you a safe homeward journey and hope to see you again in Jordan soon.


Activities

Time at the Dead Sea resort
Sunset hike in Feynan
Hike to Wadi Ghweir
Feynan Bedouin experience
Petra backtrail hike
Jeep tour
camp out
hike and camel ride in Wadi Rum
Time at beach resort in Aqaba


What's included

All accommodation - Hotels (3nts), Eco lodge (2nts), Desert camp out (2nts)
All breakfasts, 4 lunches and 7 dinners
All transports and listed activities
Arrival and depature airport transfers
A licensed Jordanian tour guide throughout the tour for groups of 2 families or more (minimum group size to include a tour guide is 6 persons). If you wish otherwise, please let us know and we will provide you the cost separately.


What's not included

Flights
Travel insurance
Visas
Tips

 

Families and Children Discount

Base price is US$1790 per person.
Each child below 12 year of age gets a $160.
Families with triple occupancy rooms get a $400 discount on the total family cost.

What to Take

You will be on the move a good deal, so pack as lightly as possible (try to stay around 10 kg /22lb). It is in your own interest as you are expected to carry your own luggage. Suitcases are definitely not recommended for our trips! It is also important that your bags can be locked, as on some buses it may be necessary to store your luggage separately from the group. The smaller your bag is the better, for when it comes to travelling its usually only the smaller bags that will fit into the storage areas. So to get maximum comfort, pack small and light! You will also need a day pack/bag to carry water and a camera. ... etc, for day walks and day trips.

Temperatures in Jordan can be hot and with little rain. This can become extreme towards and during the summer months of May to August. In the months of November to March it can be very cool at night particularly in the desert where night temperatures can drop to 5C or less. Even in the hot months out in the desert it can get cold at night.

Jordan is an Islamic nation and tends to be quite conservative so you should dress accordingly. As a general guideline, shoulders and knees should be covered at all times. The wearing of shorts is not allowed away from the beach or pool as it will restrict your entry into buildings of a religious nature and family homes. A light water and windproof jacket is useful and a hat essential. From mid-November to late February a sleeping bag is essential for your nights in the desert. At other times a sleeping sheet will suffice.
Loose, lightweight, long clothing is both respectful and cool in the predominantly hot climate.


Equipment

> Travel documents: passport, visa, travel insurance, air tickets etc.
> Health requirements arranged
> Money: travelers cheques/cash/credit card
> Money pouch
> First aid kit
> Backpack to carry your personal needs during the day(the type with a lower-back pad support and waist strap are very much recommended)
> Alarm clock and torch/flashlight (headlights are best)
> Insect repellent
> Ear plugs can be useful
> Tampons can be difficult to buy in rural areas or in the desert
> Lock for your bag
> Bedding - a bed sheet to be used over the mattress provided in the desert- the travel bed sack is even better
> Sleeping bag if you wish - mattresses and blankets are available in the desert
> Small travel towel - for use in the desert
> Your personal hygiene kit
> Toilet paper
> Eye shades
> A hiking shoes
> Foot powder or Vaseline can be useful against blisters.
> Sandals
> Light clothes; long sleeves and light colors are advisable in summer time
> A hat or head dress that also covers the neck
> Warm clothes for cooler nights
> Sun protection lotion
> Dates, fruits, or candy bars (to provide instant calories during outdoor activities)
> Water flask

 

Health

This is an active trip, and it is highly recommended that all travelers be in good physical health prior to arriving in Jordan. We also advise all our guests to consult their doctor beforehand.

Group leaders reserve the right to exclude (without refund) clients from the trip if the group leader believes that that client's own health may be endangered by the journey, or if the group leader thinks that the client's participation might compromise the enjoyment, health, or safety of the group as a whole.

 

Single Travelers

Our trips are designed with shared accommodation in mind whereby single travelers are paired with individuals of the same sex in twin shared accommodation. Forced singles are free of charge.
Single accommodation is available on request pending availability.

 

Safety

Jordan is generally considered a safe country. There is very little petty crime here, especially in rural areas. However, we recommend you take normal precautions to ensure your safety and that of your belongings, as you would for any other destination. Take good care of your passport, wallet, and other valuables. In crowded streets, keep your bag closed and in front of you. There will be free time during this trip - you can always ask your local guides for their advice about where to go and what to avoid. Please make sure you have adequate footwear and clothing for the hiking trips you will be taking.


Hospitality 

Jordanians are famously friendly and welcoming towards guests, especially in rural areas. It is quite normal for Jordanians to invite foreigners in to drink tea or have a meal in the family home. Meeting the local people in spontaneous encounters of this sort is one of the great pleasures of travelling in Jordan.


Ramadan

During the month of Ramadan, Muslims refrain from eating or drinking during daylight hours. Business hours are shortened, including opening hours at all tourist attractions. Alcohol is not permitted during daylight hours [except in 5-Star Hotels] and many restaurants will be closed. While you definitely need to expect some delays and inconveniences during this period, the month of Ramadan is a fantastic time to travel to Jordan as you'll be able to participate in the feasting and holiday atmosphere that follows the breaking of the fast as sunset each day. You'll also get to taste special sweets that are only baked for Ramadan. You do not have to fast, and no-one will expect you to; however, you should try to eat and drink discreetly, if possible, rather than in crowded public places.


Visas

Most nationalities are able to obtain a single-entry visa at the airport, at the land borders, or at the port in Aqaba, valid for 14 days and costing JOD 40. However, you should consult the Jordanian embassy in your home country to make sure you are not subject to any special visa requirements.


Departure tax

You will be required to pay a JOD 5 Departure Tax upon leaving Jordan (does not generally apply when exiting through airports, but travellers on some budget airlines may be required to pay it).


Money Exchange

The Jordanian Dinar is fixed at a rate of JOD 0.709 against USD 1.

Spending Money

It is difficult to say how much spending money you should bring as each person is different! However, you'll need some cash for any meals not included in the itinerary, plus snacks, drinks, gifts etc.


Emergency Funds

It is a good idea to have access to extra funds in case of any emergency (urgent healthcare / travel costs etc.). This is highly unlikely, of course, but best to be prepared.


Travel Insurance

Travel insurance is compulsory for all our trips. We require that, at a minimum, you are covered for medical expenses including emergency repatriation. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment, and loss of luggage and personal effects. When travelling on a group trip, you will not be permitted to join the group until evidence of travel insurance (and the insurance company's 24 hour emergency contact number) has been seen by your trip leader. If your insurance is provided through your credit card, your tour leader will require proof of purchase of the trip (a receipt or credit card statement) with the credit card in your name. Contact your bank for details of their participating insurer, the level of coverage and emergency contact telephone number.


Emergency Contact

In case of an emergency Terhaal's Amman Office can be reached on -
+962(0)7 7751 5919
+962(0)7 9755 9290
+962(0)7 9778 4433
+962(0)7 9553 6351

Alternatively you can email emergency@terhaal.com


Your Fellow Travelers

Group trips entail all the pleasures and occassionally some of the frustrations of travelling in a group. Your fellow travelers will probably come from all corners of the world and likely a range of age groups too. We ask you to be understanding of the group's needs and preferences. Patience and flexibility really help to create a relaxed and happy atmosphere. Please remember that you have responsibilities to the group. If you are requested to be at a place at a certain time, please don't keep the rest of the group waiting. We have found time and again that the best trips are those where the dynamics within the group work well - this takes just a little effort on your part. Many thanks in advance!


Responsible Travel

We believe in low impact or ‘positive impact' tourism. Broadly speaking, this means that we try to minimize the negative aspects of tourism on the local cultures and environments that we visit, while maximising the positive aspects of the encounter. Jordan is a small country with few natural resources. Water scarcity is a big issue in the region, so please go easy on the water. Terhaal designs these tours in a way that maximizes benefits for local communities. Whenever possible we hire local staff in the areas where we operate, and our guests stay in locally owned hotels. We also include some volunteering activities where appropriate, such helping farmers to harvest their olives. Terhaal also contributes towards efforts that strengthen environmental advocacy and the environmental education of Jordan's children.


A Couple of Rules

Illegal drugs will not be tolerated on our trips. Possessing or using drugs not only contravenes the laws of the land but also puts the rest of the group at risk. Our philosophy of travel is one of respect towards everyone we encounter, and in particular the local people who make your destinations such special places. Our group leader has the right to expel any member of the group if drugs are found in their possession. It is also unsafe to drink alcohol while out hiking / cycling, so please wait until you're back at the hotel to enjoy a drink.


Feedback

After your trip we hope you will send us your photos and any stories or feedback you may have. Your feedback not only helps us to improve the trips, but also helps other travelers to decide on the right tour for them. We would appreciate it if you could take a couple of minutes to complete our feedback form, just follow this link: http://www.terhaal.com/feedback-form


Our blog

Our blog - ‘Treks & Trails of Jordan' - is a collection of stories posted by a variety of people that reflect the natural, environmental and cultural aspects of Jordan. It is also a great way to give feedback and to share your Jordan experience with others. All you need to do is write one or two paragraphs about your trip with Terhaal, attach some photos if available and send it to us at this email: team[at]terhaal.com
You can find the blog here -
blog.terhaal.com

Disclaimer

The information in this document has been compiled with care and is provided in good faith. However it is subject to change, and does not form part of the contract between the client and Terhaal.