Amman After My Own Heart
Ahlan Wa Sahlan! Welcome to Jordan. Stretch your legs at the awesome Mt Nebo, do the floaty thing at the Dead Sea, check out the red-rock ancient city of Petra and channel Lawrence of Arabia on a Wadi Rum desert safari.The Bedouins follow an honour code that says everyone who enters their tent must be offered shelter and food for three days. Even enemies. They're basically the nicest people in the world.
Hit up crazy Cairo. Peace out pyramids!
Day 1 - AmmanAhlan Wa Sahlan! Welcome to Jordan.Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 6:00pm on Day 1.You can arrive at any time as there are no activities planned until this important meeting; please ask the hotel reception where it will take place. If you can't arrange a flight that will arrive in time, you may wish to arrive a day early so you're able to attend. We'll be happy to book additional accommodation for you (subject to availability).As there's very little time spent in Amman on this itinerary, it's worth arriving a day or two early to explore the sights.
Day 2-3 - PetraTravel by minibus to Mt Nebo (approx 1.5 hrs).Mt Nebo is the spot where the prophet Moses is said to have seen the 'promised land' and is supposedly buried. Explore this sanctuary and view the remarkable mosaics of the 4th-century church. On a clear day, the views over the Dead Sea to Israel are spectacular.Transfer to the Dead Sea (approx 30 mins).A Dead Sea float is a must do of any trip to Jordan. Here at the lowest point on Earth (420 metres below sea level) the water is seven times saltier than a normal ocean at 30% salinity - making it the second saltiest lake in the world after Lake Asal in Djibouti. This means that you are extremely buoyant and seem to float on top of the water rather than in it.The mud here is supposed to have healing properties and many visitors like to cover themselves from head to toe for a beauty mud bath. We stop at a private beach with pools and a gentle slope to the water. Towels are available for hire. Don't forget to pack your swimwear for today.Make a stop at the crusader castle of Kerak where we have time to explore the evocative ruins and to discover the legends of the 12th-century battles between the Crusaders and the Muslim armies led by the Arab hero, Saladin (Salah ad-Din).Continue on to Petra (approx 4.5 hrs).Breakfast
Day 4 - Wadi RumFollow in the footsteps of Lawrence of Arabia with a short drive (approx 2 hrs) to the extraordinary desert scenery of Wadi Rum.A 4-hour jeep safari takes us through some of the most beautiful and sublime desert scenery on the planet, a true highlight of this trip.Wadi Rum is full of weird and beautiful lunar-like rock formations. Traces of ancient civilisations can be seen in the many carved inscriptions found throughout the Wadi Rum area, from pictographs to Thamudic, Nabataean and Arabic texts. The most enduring monuments in Wadi Rum, however, are those carved by nature - the natural rock bridges, towering rose-coloured sand dunes and scattered rocky peaks.Sleep in a simple desert camp where you'll have the choice of sleeping under a camel hair tent or out under the stars.Breakfast | Dinner
Day 5 - Red Sea Beach CampBoard a ferry to cross the Gulf of Aqaba and continue your journey to Egypt (approx 2 hrs). Please note that you'll be travelling on this ferry unaccompanied by a group leader. You'll be met by your Egyptian leader on arrival in Nuweiba.The fast ferry can be cancelled without notice. On some trips we have to take the slow ferry which can take anywhere between 3-5hrs.The ferry crossing can be rough on occasions and those who suffer from sea sickness may want to prepare themselves. Please note this ferry crossing sometimes experiences delays and patience is required. Due to adverse weather conditions there's a possibility the ferry will be cancelled, forcing us to stay an extra night in Aqaba. The ferry itself is modern with western-style toilets on board.Travel by van to our Red Sea beach camp (approx 30 mins).This is a harsh and barren land of sprawling windswept plains and rugged mountains, but it's also home to some fantastic beaches. The tiny settlement of Sawa Camp is reminiscent of its Sinai neighbours, Dahab and Sharm el-Sheik, before mass tourism arrived. Thankfully Sawa Camp is still a hidden gem for our groups. Set on one of the only stretches of fine golden sand along this coast, this is a place that you'll be raving about to your friends for years to come.Breakfast
Day 6-7 - DahabTake a short drive to Dahab, where the rest of the day is free to take in the many treats the village has to offer; cafes, seafood and snorkelling in the Red Sea. Dahab is famous for its drop-offs, spectacular coral reefs that plunge vertically into the deep blue depths below.Visit the Greek Orthodox monastery of St Catherine (optional), built around the burning bush that spoke to Moses. The monastery was built over 1,400 years ago by the Roman Emperor Justinian to protect the monks and hermits residing in the area. A site of Christian pilgrimage since the 4th century, it's the oldest Christian monastery in continuous existence. The monastery is named for the martyr Saint Catherine, who lived in the 3rd century, and whose relics were found at the summit of Mt Catherine (Jebel Catherine).'Please note that the Saint Catherine Monastery is closed to visitors on Public holidays and Sundays, and it may not always be possible to visit. Please speak with your leader about viewing the monastery on an alternative day.Breakfast
Day 8-9 - CairoFly to Cairo from Sharm El SheikhWonderfully chaotic and always colourful, Cairo is a fascinating mixture of modern city and ancient wonders.As this trip doesn't include time to explore the sights of this fascinating city, we strongly recommend that you spend a few extra days in Cairo or join one of our Egypt-specific trips.There are no activities planned for the final day and you are able to depart the accommodation at any time. Please check the 'Finishing Point Hotel' section for checkout times and luggage storage possibilities.Breakfast
What to Know
An experienced English-speaking local tour guide (leader/guide in Jordan), all transportation, accommodation and meals as indicated.
- International flights, arrival & departure transfers, entrance fees, visas, airport taxes, additional meals, drinks, optional sightseeing tours, insurance, tips and items of a personal nature.
Trip Dates and Prices
Start Date – End Date Trip Status Price 05 Sep 2015 - 13 Sep 2015 Fully Booked US $1,445 Contact Us 03 Oct 2015 - 11 Oct 2015 Fully Booked US $1,600 Contact us 31 Oct 2015 - 08 Nov 2015 Available US $1,405 Book Now 14 Nov 2015 - 22 Nov 2015 1 place left US $1,545 Book Now 12 Dec 2015 - 20 Dec 2015 Available US $1,390 Book Now 26 Dec 2015 - 03 Jan 2016 2 places left US $1,485 Book Now 02 Jan 2016 - 10 Jan 2016 Fully Booked US $1,445 Contact us 13 Feb 2016 - 21 Feb 2016 Available US $1,390 Book Now 05 Mar 2016 - 13 Mar 2016 Available US $1,390 Book Now 09 Apr 2016 - 17 Apr 2016 Available US $1,450 Book Now 24 Sep 2016 - 02 Oct 2016 Available US $1,500 Book Now 08 Oct 2016 - 16 Oct 2016 Available US $1,500 Book Now 19 Nov 2016 - 27 Nov 2016 Available US $1,390 Book Now 17 Dec 2016 - 25 Dec 2016 Available US $1,390 Book Now
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Entrance fees are not included and are paid as you go along.