Hiking Jordan

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8 days/7 nights

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DAY 1 - ARRIVAL
Welcome to Jordan, overnight in Amman.

DAY 2 - WALKING IN AJLOUN AND JERASH
Walk through a quiet Mediterranean landscape of olive groves and wildflowers in northern Jordan, enjoy a home-cooked lunch with a local family, and visit the great Roman city of Jerash.

DAY 3 - HIKE DANA NATURE RESERVE
Hike down the spectacular Dana gorge, from the highlands of the eastern plateau down into the Great Rift Valley.


DAY 4 - PETRA (MAIN MONUMENTS)
A full day to explore the tombs and temples of Petra.

DAY 5 - PETRA (OFF THE BEATEN TRACK)
Hike into Petra along a little-known Nabataean processional way, see the High Place of Sacrifice, and descend through the tomb-lined valley of the Wadi Farasa.

DAY 6 - EXPLORING WADI RUM
Go by jeep into the vast rock and red sand wilderness of Wadi Rum, hike across the sandstone mountains and dunes, camp out under the stars in the desert.

DAY 7 RELAX AT THE DEAD SEA
Float in the warm water of the Dead Sea and relax at a comfortable spa / resort hotel.

DAY 8
Departure.

 

 


Inclusions

Transport
Transportation throughout the trip using a deluxe air-conditioned private charter with driver (sedan or van or small bus depending on your group size).

Accommodations
3 star hotels (4nts), 4 star hotels / Resort (1nt), Desert camp (2nt),
Our trips are designed with shared accommodation in mind whereby travelers are paired with individuals of the same sex in twin share accommodation.

Meals
7 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Dinners according to the itinerary above.

Guides
Local Hiking Guide in Ajloun.
Local Hiking Guide in Dana.
Local Bedouin guide in Petra
Local Bedouin guide in Wadi Rum
English Speaking Licensed Guide (Applicable for 7 + group size)

Exclusions
Flights
Entrance fees
Travel insurance
Visa to Jordan
Drinks
Tips

 

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Welcome to Terhaal adventures... we hope that you enjoy exploring Jordan's hidden treasures as much as we do.

Itinerary Disclaimer

The itinerary attached is correct at the time of printing. However please note that occasionally our itineraries are updated during the year to incorporate improvements stemming from past travelers' comments and our own research. It is VERY IMPORTANT that you print and review a final copy of your Trip Details a couple of days prior to your trip, in case there have been changes that affect your plans.

Independent holidays
Travel independently, without guides. We handle all the details and hassles - all you do is have fun.

Transportation and accommodations are nothing to worry about. You will have a private charter with an english speaking driver to whom we will communicate your itinerary's route, and at each overnight location you will have your room ready. Having us worry about these logistics does not mean you are paying more for something you could have done yourself, on the contrary, we believe this will not only save your time, but also save you money.

Flexibility is the main key feature of these itineraries. We are happy to amend the program to suit your requirement may you wish to have more time at a certain location, less time at another, finish the program at a different point, etc.

Once you book your trip, we will send you a special detailed itinerary similar to this document but with more information about the exact schedule and precise directions that you need in order to lead your independent tour program as smooth as possible. However, that does not substitute having a guide book to Jordan for more information about the places you visit or places to eat, etc.

Meeting Point

Queen Alia International Airport - Amman, Jordan

Your driver will meet you as you exit customs.

Finishing Point
Queen Alia International Airport - Amman, Jordan

Your driver will pick you up from the lobby of your hotel 3 hours prior to your flight departure time.

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 77 7515 919
+962 79 554 7137

Detailed Itinerary

DAY 1 - ARRIVAL
NO MEALS INCLUDED TODAY
Your driver will be waiting at Amman (AMM) airport to take you directly to your hotel in Amman - a 40-minute drive. There are no activities planned for today. 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. There will be time to rest and settle in before you meet your cycling guide for the trip. He'll be happy to answer any questions about the journey, and to make sure you're briefed on the program for the journey ahead.

If you arrive early we encourage you to explore Amman. Jordan's capital is a real, living city, full of quirky neighborhoods, friendly people, and fabulous food. You can begin up at the citadel, where you can take in the views and explore the Roman and early Islamic ruins. Just downhill is the Roman theatre, built during the reign of Emperor Antonius but now embedded into modern Amman and still used for cultural and musical events. From here you can wander through the markets, maybe stopping in a local café to take in the street scenes, watch the old men playing backgammon, and try Arabic coffee and pastries. This is also a good chance to smoke the scented tobacco of the argeelah or hubbly bubbly.

DAY 2: WALKING IN AJLOUN, VISITING ROMAN JERASH
6KM / 2 HOURS
MEALS: BREAKFAST, LUNCH.
Today you'll walk through one of the quietest and most beautiful parts of the Jordanian highlands, Al Ayoun - a valley of olive groves, orchards, and limestone cliffs just north of Ajloun. After breakfast you'll head north from Amman to meet your local guide. Beginning at the viewpoint above the village of Rasun, you'll walk through the woods and explore the ruins of early Bronze Age dolmens and a Roman wine press. In Rasun you'll have a chance to visit income-generating projects run by local women: the Calligraphy House, where you can learn to write your name in Arabic script, and the Soap House, where you can see (and buy) hand-made olive oil soap scented with flowers and herbs. A short walk brings you to the next village, Orjan, where you will enjoy lunch in the home of a local family, including taboun bread warm from the wood oven and rural Jordanian dishes rarely found in restaurants. From Orjan you'll continue your walk on a farm track, following the stream down the valley to an abandoned water mill. After a rest and a cup of tea made on a fire, you'll head back to Amman by bus.

After lunch, a short transfer takes you to the Roman City of Jerash. Founded at the time of Alexander the Great, Jerash flourished for around a thousand years as a trade center on the road between Damascus and Petra. The city's colonnaded streets are basically intact, as is the beautiful oval forum and the gateway built to commemorate the visit of the Emperor Hadrian. The theatre, temples, baths, and hippodrome are all well preserved, and there are some wonderful Byzantine mosaic floors from the early Christian period. From Jerash you'll be driven back to your hotel in Amman.

DAY 3: WADI DANA TRAIL
14KM / 5 - 7 HOURS / TOTAL DESCENT: 850M
MEALS: BREAKFAST, LUNCH. 
After an early breakfast you head south towards Dana on the Kings' Highway, which can claim to be the oldest continuously used road in the world. For millennia it linked the civilizations of ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia, and remained an important trade route right down to Ottoman times. Since the construction of the new main road from Amman and Aqaba, the Kings Highway has become a scenic back route, twisting and turning through the hills between Petra, Kerak, and Madaba.

At Dana village you'll begin one of the great walks in Jordan - a magnificent full-day walk right down the Wadi Dana, starting at the village some 1200m above sea level and finishing in the desert lowlands at Feynan. A broad dirt track leads west from the village, dropping steeply at first and then descending more gently through the valley. This is a wild landscape but not an uninhabited one: there are Bedouin shepherds out with their goats, and you may well be invited to rest and drink sweet tea with them. A variety of wildflowers grow in the valley, especially in the springtime, and you're likely to see Griffin Vultures circling on the thermals overhead. If you're lucky you might even catch a glimpse of the Nubian Ibex that live in the reserve. Towards the end of the trail you pass the shafts of abandoned Roman copper mines, before arriving at the sanctuary of the Feynan eco-lodge.

From Feynan you'll travel by road to Wadi Musa, a lively little town that has become the base for visiting ancient Petra. You will check into your comfortable hotel for two nights. Most people just shuttle between their hotel and the archaeological site, but it's worth having a walk around Wadi Musa - it's a friendly place, and there are plenty of cafes and shops.

DAY 4: TOUR PETRA
HIKING IN PETRA - BETWEEN 5 AND 10KM, DEPENDING ON WHERE YOU GO!
MEALS: BREAKFAST.
No matter how many times you've seen it reproduced on film, nothing can really prepare you for the first glimpse of Petra. The classic entry to the city takes you through the long twilight of the siq, a narrow canyon that twists for more than a mile through the red sandstone, and then stuns you into silence with the sunlit façade of the Treasury, a monument cut into the rock some 2000 years ago with a refinement that is scarcely believable.

From the postcards, you'd think this was what you'd come to see. But it's just the beginning. Petra is a vast archaeological site, most of it still unexcavated; you could spend days exploring the ruins and still not see it all. It was built by the Nabataeans, an Arab tribe who began as tent-dwelling Bedouin but soon came to dominate the most lucrative trade of the ancient world: incense. They used the money to create this city and to build an empire that extended from the Red Sea to Damascus. They also absorbed architectural ideas from Egypt, from the Babylonians, and from the Greek cities of the Mediterranean, using them to create the hybrid culture that you see in these ruins. The Temple of the Winged Lions, the High Place of Sacrifice, the Roman theatre, the Garden Tomb, the Byzantine church - any one of these monuments would be an archaeological treasure in its own right; in Petra, you can explore them one after another, and find them all set into one of the finest desert landscape in the Middle East.

DAY 5: PETRA MADRAS TRAIL AND WADI RUM BEDOUIN CAMP
HIKING: 8KM / 4-5 HOURS
MEALS: BREAKFAST, DINNER
You'll begin today's walk following the crowds through the main gates, but almost immediately you'll leave them all behind and strike out on your own into a silent, unspoilt desert landscape. Your trail follows an old Nabataean processional route towards what was once the city's sacred center, the High Place of Sacrifice. Along the way there are traces of ancient stone steps, and eroded relief carvings of deities or ‘god blocks' cut into the rock walls. The route brings you out above the High Place of Sacrifice, from where you can see down across the whole of Petra and west towards Jebel Harun, Petra's highest peak. From here you descend through the Wadi Farasa, which has some of best temples in the city (including the Garden Tomb and the Roman Soldier's Tomb), emerging right in the heart of Petra. This is a wonderful walk, well away from the crowds, and leaves you plenty of time to explore the tombs and temples of Petra before leaving the site through the main siq.

In the later afternoon you'll head out towards Wadi Rum, meet your Bedouin guides, and go into the desert by 4x4 jeep. You'll arrive at your camp in the heart of the protected area, where there'll be time to relax and take in the sunset before enjoying a Bedouin feast of meat and vegetables cooked in the zerb, an oven of fire-heated sand and stone. 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. Your accommodation is a simple but comfortable Bedouin campsite, with a traditional goat hair tent divided into twin ‘rooms.' There are proper toilets and showers on the site (go easy on the water), as well as shaded seating areas for relaxing and dining.

DAY 6: CLIMB JEBEL BURDA AND TREK TO UM FRUTH
HIKING: 11KM / 5-6 HOURS
TOTAL ASCENT: 280M / TOTAL DESCENT: 300M
MEALS: BREAKFAST, LUNCH, DINNER
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."

By the time you wake up to the desert silence your guides will already have the kettle on the fire. We'll share an early breakfast (tea or coffee with bread, fruit, cheese, eggs, halva, cucumber, and tomato) and head off in the jeeps for a short drive to Burda rock bridge, one of Rum's most impressive geological formations. You'll follow your guide up across the warm sandstone, using your hands but never having to really climb. From a small plateau we drop into a hidden gulley and get a wonderful first view of the bridge above us. The next section is a short rock wall where your guide will use a rope to make sure you get up safely. From here you'll walk out onto the bridge (1360m) and take in views across the whole of Wadi Rum. You'll descend via a different route, crossing open slabs of sandstone and scrambling down a steep groove back to the desert floor. After the three-hour round trip we'll find a shady spot to rest and eat together.

After lunch, followed by a cup of tea and a siesta, you'll head off again for a wonderful hike through more desert canyons, passing beautifully eroded cliffs and finally reaching a smaller rock bridge at Jebel Um Fruth. You'll then transfer by jeep back to your campsite for another relaxing evening.

DAY 7: DEAD SEA
After breakfast your Bedouin hosts will drive you out to Rum village, from where you'll head north by road to the Dead Sea and check into a comfortable resort / spa hotel. Floating in the warm, intensely saline water of the Dead Sea is an unforgettable experience! This 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.

DAY 8: DEPARTURE
MEALS INCLUDED: BREAKFAST
A single group transfer will be provided from your hotel to AMM Airport - a 40-minute drive. We wish you a safe homeward journey and hope to see you again in Jordan soon.

 

Inclusions

Transport
Transportation throughout the trip using a deluxe air-conditioned private charter with driver (sedan or van or small bus depending on your group size).

Accommodations
3 star hotels (4nts), 4 star hotels / Resort (1nt), Desert camp (2nt),

Our trips are designed with shared accommodation in mind whereby travelers are paired with individuals of the same sex in twin share accommodation.

Meals
7 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Dinners according to the itinerary above.

Guides
Local Hiking Guide in Ajloun.
Local Hiking Guide in Dana.
Local Bedouin guide in Petra
Local Bedouin guide in Wadi Rum

English Speaking Licensed Guide (Applicable for 7 + group size)

Exclusions:
Flights
Entrance fees
Travel insurance
Visa to Jordan
Drinks
Tips

 

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.

Checklist
> 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
> A training shoes. This is a must to use for day-walks, cycling, etc.
> 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

Laundry
Your tour leader can point out the best places to do your laundry along the trip, but typically you can expect it to be done by the next day.

Health
It is recommended that all travelers be in good physical health prior to embarking on a Terhaal trip as all our trips are active/adventurous. We also advise all our guests to consult their doctor beforehand. Group leaders reserve the right to exclude any guest from a trip whom they believe may be of an unjustifiable risk to themselves or to the rest of the group without refund.
Physical Preparation
This is an active holiday. It involves cycling and hiking in hilly country. That will require a decent level of fitness to be enjoyable. We recommend you objectively assess your fitness level in conjunction with reading the itinerary to ensure this trip is right for you.

Safety
Jordan is generally considered to be a very safe country however we recommend that you bear the following in mind when visiting:
Be sensible how you store or carry around your passport, wallet and any valuables.
During some parts of the trip you will be given some free time to wander around on your own, relax or explore at your own leisure; at these times we recommend that you use your good judgment as to what activity(s) you choose to do. Our Group Leader / guide will be ready at all times to help you decide how you spend your time.
Please make sure you have adequate footwear and clothing for the hiking trips you will be taking. Helmets will be provided during the trips when required.

Local Culture
Jordanians are typically very friendly and welcoming of foreign guests, especially in rural areas and villages, and it is not unknown for a Jordanian to invite a foreigner he has just met into his home.

During the month of Ramadan Moslems refrain from eating or drinking during daylight hours. Business hours are shortened, including opening hours at all popular 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 month to travel to Jordan as it offers a chance to witness an enticing culture experience before and after the fast is broken.

Visas
Please make sure to consult your nearest Jordanian embassy for any visa requirement that you may be subject to.
Most nationalities are able to obtain a single-entry visa at the airport, land borders, or port in Aqaba, valid for 14 days and costing JOD10.
Departure tax
You will be required to pay a JOD5 Departure Tax upon leaving Jordan (does not apply when exiting by through airports).
Money Exchange
The Jordanian Dinar is fixed at a rate of JOD 0.709 against USD 1.
Spending Money
Each traveler has his or her own spending habits and we recommend that you consider yours when allowing for all the daily expenses you will be incurring i.e. drinking, eating, shopping etc.
Emergency Funds
Please also make sure you have access to an additional USD400, to be used when unforeseen incidents or circumstances outside our control (eg. a natural disaster) necessitate a change to our planned route. This is a rare occurrence but it is well worth being 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 leader. If you have credit card insurance your tour leader will require proof of purchase of the trip (a receipt of credit card statement) with a 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 77 7515919
+962 79 5547137
+962 77 2130935
+962 79 553 6351
Alternatively you can email emergency@terhaal.com

Your Fellow travelers
As you travel on a group trip you will be exposed to all the pleasures and maybe 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 various needs and preferences of your group – patience with your fellow travelers is sometimes required for the benefit of everyone’s travel experience. Remember too that you have responsibilities to the group. If you are requested to be at a place at a certain time, ensure that you don’t keep the rest of the group waiting. We have found time and time again that the very best trips we operate are those where the dynamics within the group work well – this takes just a little effort on your part.

Responsible Travel

We believe strongly in low impact or rather 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 and highlight the positive aspects. Jordan is a small country with little natural resources. Water scarcity is a big issue in the region so make sure you adapt a conservative attitude towards water consumption. Along the trip your tour leader will highlight such issues.

Terhaal plans its operations in a way that maximizes benefits for local communities; whenever we can, we hire staff locally in the areas where we operate, our guests stay in locally owned hotels and we attempt to organize our holidays around volunteering activities such helping farmers to harvest their apples, olives etc, and the like. Terhaal also contributes towards efforts that strengthen environmental advocacy and environmental education for 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.

Consuming alcohol or being under its influence during our hiking activities will not be tolerated.

Participation form

All Terhaal travelers are required to sign a Participation Form on day 1 of the trip. Please note that signing the form is a prerequisite of travelling with Terhaal. To read the full document, please follow this link http://www.terhaal.com/travel-jordan/adventure/participation-form.

Feedback
After your trip we hope you will send us your photos and any stories or feedback you may have. 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/travel-jordan/feedback-form. Your feedback will not only help us improve, but will also help other travelers make their decisions after reading your feedback/ testimonial.
Our blog
Our blog, Treks & Trails of Jordan (www.terhaal.com/blog), is a collection of stories posted by a variety of people that reflect the natural, environmental and cultural aspects of Jordan vis-à-vis first hand experiences.
It is also a great tool for documenting your feedback to communicate and 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 blog@terhaal.com to have it published on our blog under your name.

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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.