Petra Wadi Rum Dead Sea

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DURATION:

4 days/3 nights

TOUR TYPE:

Independent

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DAY 1 - WELCOME
WELCOME TO JORDAN, EVENING AIRPORT PICK UP AND OVERNIGHT IN PETRA

DAY 2 - PETRA
Explore the rock-cut tombs and temples of Petra before heading south into Wadi Rum where you'll enjoy a Bedouin feast and a night under the stars

DAY 3 - WADI RUM
Explore the red sand and rock wilderness of Wadi Rum before heading north to float in the warm waters of the Dead Sea.

DAY 4 - DEPARTURE 
Transfer to airport in Amman.

 


What's included

  • All accommodation - Hotels (2nt), Bedouin campsite (1nt)
  • All breakfasts, 1 lunches and 2 dinners 
  • All transports and listed activities
  • Arrival and depature airport transfers
  • A Bedouin host in Wadi Rum
  • An licensed Jordanian tour guide throughout the tour (for groups of 7+ only)

 

What's not included

  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Visas
  • Entrance fees to Petra and Wadi Rum (US$80 per person)
  • Single accommodation (available on request for a supplement of US$120)
  • Tips
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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 our hotel in Wadi Musa, Petra - a 2.5 hour drive.

If you are already in Jordan and would like to be picked up from a specific location, please let us know. 


Finishing Point

Amman - Queen Alia International Airport.
A transfer will be provided from your hotel at the Dead Sea to Queen Alia International Airport (AMM) - an 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 9778 4433
+962(0)7 9553 6351


Detailed Itinerary 

DAY 1 - ARRIVAL IN PETRA
NO MEALS INCLUDED
Your driver will be waiting at Amman (AMM) airport to take you directly to your hotel in Petra (around 2.5 hours). There are no activities planned for today. 

DAY 2: PETRA TOUR AND CAMP IN WADI RUM DESERT
MEALS INCLUDED: BREAKFAST, DINNER
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.

In the later afternoon you'll head south into Wadi Rum and drive out to 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 3: WADI RUM
MEALS INCLUDED: 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."

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 siesta, 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 afternoon your drivers will take you out of the desert and you'll head north to your hotel on the shores of the Dead Sea.

DAY 4: DEAD SEA
MEALS INCLUDED: BREAKFAST
Today you'll wake up at the Dead Sea and have the chance 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.

A short transfer (1 hour) will take you from your hotel back to Amman airport for the flight home. We wish you a safe journey home, and hope to see you in Jordan again soon.


Activities

Visit Petra
Camp at Bedouin campsite inside Wadi Rum Protected Area and jeep tour
Experience the Dead Sea


What's included

All accommodation - Hotels (2nt), Bedouin campsite (1nt)
All breakfasts, 1 lunches and 2 dinners
All transports and listed activities
Arrival and depature airport transfers
A Bedouin host in Wadi Rum
An licensed Jordanian tour guide throughout the tour (for groups of 7+ only)


What's not included

Flights
Travel insurance
Visas
Entrance fees to Petra and Wadi Rum (US$80 per person)
Single accommodation (available on request for a supplement of US$120)
Tips


What to Take

During the trip your baggage will be carried by bus and by 4WD vehicles. The only baggage weight limit is that imposed by the airline. However, we ask that you restrict your luggage to one main bag plus a small daypack. In general we recommend that you travel as light as possible as this will make transiting between airports and carrying your bag to hotel rooms a lot easier for you. You may find that wheeled luggage is more convenient on a trip of this nature.

Temperatures in Jordan can be hot, with little rain from late spring through until late autumn. The heat can become extreme during the summer months of July and August. In the months of November to March it can be cool at night, particularly in the desert where the temperatures can drop to 5C or even less. Even in the hot months out in the desert it can get cold at night.

Jordan is a predominantly Muslim country and tends to be quite conservative, so you should dress accordingly. As a general guideline, shoulders and knees should be covered at all times.

A light water and windproof jacket is useful and a hat is 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 heat.


Equipment

For this trip you will need to bring the following equipment: 

> Comfortable walking shoes for sightseeing and casual use
> Sleeping bag liner for the camping night (mattresses and blankets are provided but if you prefer you can bring a 3/4 season sleeping bag)
> A warm sweater for the nights for tours between November and March.

You may also find this checklist helpful -

> Travel documents: passport, visa, travel insurance, air tickets
> Personal medicines
> Money - credit card / travelers cheques / cash
> Money pouch
> First aid kit
> Camera
> Alarm clock and torch/flashlight (headlights are best)
> Tampons / sanitary pads can be difficult to buy in rural areas
> Lock for your bag
> Small travel towel
> Your personal hygiene kit
> Foot powder or vaseline can be useful against blisters
> Sunhat
> Sunglasses
> Sun protection lotion
> Insect repellent

 

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 9554 7137
+962(0)7 7213 0935
+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.