Jordan Honeymoon

COST PER PERSON:

From USD 1800

DURATION:

10 days/9 nights

TOUR TYPE:

Independent

PHYSICAL RATING:

Trip Theme:

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DAY 1 - WELCOME
Welcome to Jordan, overnight at the Dead Sea (Holiday Inn spa and resort hotel).

DAY 2 - DEAD SEA SPA
Relax by the Dead Sea, try a mineral mud bath, and float in the warm, salty water!

DAY 3 - AJLOUN NATURE RESERVE
Travel north and stay in a secluded, private eco-cabin in one of Jordan's most beautiful nature reserves, Ajloun.

DAY 4 - AJLOUN NATURE RESERVE
Optional village and mountain hike through this little-known area of Jordan, or simply relax in the nature reserve.

DAY 5 - FEYNAN ECO-LODGE
Travel south to the candle-lit, off-the-grid Feynan Eco-Lodge in the desert of the Wadi Araba. Star-gazing on the roof!

DAY 6 - PETRA (MAIN MONUMENTS)
Discover the ruins and temples of Petra at your own pace.

DAY 7 - PETRA (OFF THE BEATEN TRACK)
A free-day to explore Petra's quieter corners and secret places.

DAY 8 - WADI RUM
Travel into the red sand and rock wilderness of Wadi Rum, the Middle East's most beautiful desert landscape. Hang out by the fire on the sand with the Bedouin, and enjoy the quiet location and desert sunset.

DAY 9 - AMMAN DOWNTOWN
See the buzzing cultural center of downtown Amman with its cafes and street life.

DAY 10
Departure from Amman airport.


 


Inclusions

Transportation
Point to point transportation according to the itinerary above in a private car with an English speaking driver. Gas included. (the driver is not a guide).

Accommodation 
2nts in 4 star hotel, 2nts in 5 star hotel, 1nt in a boutique hotel, 2nts in Ajloun Reserve, 1nt in a desert camp in Wadi Rum, 1nt in an Eco lodge.

Meals
9 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch, 4 Dinners. (As per itinerary above; B= Breakfast, D= Dinner)

Activities
Sightseeing, Swimming, Jeep tour, Camel ride

Entrance fees
2 day pass to Petra, entrance fee to Wadi Rum.


Exclusions
Flights
Visa to Jordan
Travel insurance
Drinks
Tips

 

Derek Gallonay

"Thank you, Terhaal!! My wife and me had such a great time in your lovely country! The trip wich Layali worked out for us was well arranged and very varied. It was a momarable honeymoon and it was a pleasure to travel with Terhaal."

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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 groups or 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
QAI Airport - Amman

Finishing Point
QAI Airport - Amman


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 6 581 3061
+962 79 7784433
+962 77 777 9488
+962 79 553 6351

Detailed Itinerary

DAY 1 - ARRIVAL AND TRANSFER TO DEAD SEA RESORT
NO MEALS ARE INCLUDED TODAY
ACCOMMODATION: HOLIDAY INN 

Your driver will be waiting at Amman (AMM) airport to take you directly to your comfortable resort / spa hotel by the Dead Sea (a 50-minute drive). There are no activities planned for today. You'll be staying here two nights.

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 - RELAX BY THE DEAD SEA
MEALS: BREAKFAST, LUNCH, DINNER
ACCOMMODATION: HOLIDAY INN
Today you'll have the chance to relax by the pool and float in the warm, intensely saline water of the Dead Sea. 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.

DAY 3 & 4 - JERASH AND AJLOUN
MEALS: BREAKFAST, LUNCH, DINNER
ACCOMMODATION: AJLOUN WOODLAND RESERVE
Today you'll head north to discover one of the great Roman cities of the Middle East, 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.

You'll continue from here to the Ajloun Woodland Reserve, where you'll spend the next two nights in one of the beautiful, secluded eco-cabins in the woods. Ajloun reserve is a protected area forested with oak, pistachio, pine, carob, and wild strawberry trees, and is a peaceful place to rest in the shade or take in the views across the Jordan Valley. On a clear day you can even see the snow-capped peaks of Jebel esh Sheikh (Mount Hermon) in Lebanon. If you're feeling more energetic there are several marked footpaths through the reserve.

On day, three, you might wish to add in the scenic Al Ayoun trail as a day activity.

OPTIONAL - WALK THE SCENIC AL AYOUN TRAIL
12KM / 4 HOURS
INCLUSIONS: HIKING GUIDE & LUNCH / PRICE PER PERSON IN USD: $80.00
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. 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 the reserve by bus.

DAY 5 - THE DESERT AT FEYNAN
MEALS: BREAKFAST, LUNCH, DINNER
ACCOMMODATION: FEYNAN LODGE
Morning pick-up in Ajloun and scenic drive (3 hours) to Feynan. 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.

Settle in and enjoy a relaxed lunch and afternoon at the lodge. In the evening you can walk out to see the sunset over the desert. Your guides will take you on a gentle hike up to this outcrop, from where you'll be able to watch 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 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.

DAY 6 & 7 - EXPLORING PETRA
MEALS: BREAKFAST
ACCOMMODATION: BAIT ZAMAN
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 8 - WADI RUM
MEALS: BREAKFAST, LUNCH, DINNER
ACCOMMODATION: RAHAYEB BEDOUIN CAMPSITE
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 spend the morning exploring 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. After a picnic lunch in the shade, followed by a cup of tea and a rest, you'll drive on to the great red dune, where you can kick off your shoes and run down the soft, warm sand. In the late afternoon 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.

Your desert accommodation will be in a fixed Bedouin camp in a beautiful desert location. It is a comfortable camp with nicely furnished tents, king size bed, en-suite bathroom, open and shaded seated area.

DAY 9 - OPTIONAL BALLOON FLIGHT OVER WADI RUM - TRANSFER TO AMMAN

MEALS: BREAKFAST, LUNCH, DINNER
ACCOMMODATION: CANYON BOUTIQUE HOTEL
Enjoy a relaxed breakfast in the quiet of the desert morning. Before heading back to Amman, you might want to experience a magical hot air balloon flight over the desert. This is one of the great balloon flights anywhere in the world, taking you up some 3000 feet (approx 1000m) above the red sand dunes and rock mountains of Wadi Rum. Flights usually begin early in the morning and last for around an hour, but you should allow 2-3 hours for the whole experience. At 5.45am your guides will meet you at the visitors center and take you out to the starting point. The ground crew will pick you up at the end of your flight and bring you back to the visitors' center again. The balloon needs a minimum of 5 people to guarantee the flight. In case of bad weather the flight will be cancelled and a full refund will be given.

Inclusions: transport to and from the meeting point and the balloon flight
Price per person in USD: $185 (note this price is pending availability as it is based on the balloon minimum number (5 people) required to fly).

Alternatively, spend the late morning having a look round 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 10: DEPARTURE
MEALS: 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
Transportation: Point to point transportation according to the itinerary above in a private car with an English speaking driver. Gas included. (the driver is not a guide).

Accommodation:  2nts in 4 star hotel, 2nts in 5 star hotel, 1nt in a boutique hotel, 2nts in Ajloun Reserve, 1nt in a desert camp in Wadi Rum, 1nt in an Eco lodge.

Meals: 9 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch, 4 Dinners. (As per itinerary above; B= Breakfast, D= Dinner)

Activities: Sightseeing, Swimming, Jeep tour, Camel ride

Entrance fees: 2 day pass to Petra, entrance fee to Wadi Rum.


Exclusions
Flights
Visa to Jordan
Travel insurance
Drinks
Tips

Optional excursions on Day 2 and 3:    

Jerash Day tour: (Only applicable for Day 2)
Instead of heading straight to Ajloun on day 2, you could stop by Jerash to take a tour of one of the largest and most well-preserved Roman cities outside of Italy. You will then be transported to Ajloun to spend the night.

For pictures of this trip click here

Inclusions: Entrance fee to Jerash
Price per person in US$: 20


Al Oyoun Trail  

A hiking route in Ajloun. The trail starts from a high point of the mountain overlooking Rasoun village. Hike through the woods passing by ruins of ancient and primitive wineries in addition to the remains of old and small dolmans. Enjoy the handicraft of the calligraphy and soap house and experience lunch at a local family’s house.
This hike is 12 km, total hiking time is approximately 4 hrs.

For pictures of this trip click here

Inclusions: Hiking guide, Lunch
Price per person in US$: 80

Self- guided trail
You could choose to go on a self-guided trail around Ajloun reserve. Take in the beautiful scenery of the trees. You can ask about the trails at the reception area in the reserve.

 

Optional excursion on Day 9:

Hot Air Balloon Ride:
Early in the morning, you will be transported to the Hot Air Balloon meeting point. Enjoy an Unforgettable Hot Air Balloon Ride in Wadi Rum. A bird's eye view of the majestic deserts and mountains. Up to 10,000 feet high. You will then be transported back Rum village.

For pictures of this trip click here

Inclusions: Balloon captain, transport to and from the meeting point.  
Price per person in US$: 185

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 6 581 3061
+962 79 7784433
+962 77 777 9488
+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/content/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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