The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, which once captivated ancient travelers, continues to amaze a whole new generation of travelers. From the haunting starkness of Wadi Rum, to the teeming center of urban Amman, the majestic ruins of ancient civilizations of Roman and Nabataean civilizations, to the timeless splendor of the Dead Sea, Jordan is a unique destination offering breathtaking and mysterious sights, delicious food, wonderful people and rich history.
|March 14 to March 23, 2023|
|$3995.00 - FULL|
Not included: Airfare to and from the Amman Queen Alia Airport (AMM), 2 lunches, alcoholic beverages, guide gratuities, $15 exit tax (this is typically included in your airline tickets), Dead Sea spa treatments.
NOTE: Travel insurance is NOT included, but it is required for this trip.
The trip is rated 2. Prior to beginning the trip, participants should be walking regularly at a brisk pace 3 to 4 days a week for 35 - 45 minutes. This trip consists of walking through ruins, hiking along dirt trails, and rocky paths with occasionally uneven footing for 3 - 5 hours per day. Please note that Day 5 includes a hike that is 8 miles and is more typical for trips that are rated 3. The hike is mostly downhill. For this trip you should be working out at the upper end of these ranges. Rating: 1  3 4 5.
This trip is designed as an exploration of the natural beauty and and culture of Jordan. We will be hiking or walking 1-5 hours a day along the Jordan trail as well as through historic sites. We will be with local experts who will take us off the beaten path, to see the real highlights of the region, meet the people, experience their hospitality, and taste delicious food. We will walk through 4 biosphere climates in the Dana Nature Reserve as we walk to the Feynan Ecolodge. We will explore the night sky with our Bedouin guide who will share the names and the mythical stories behind each group of stars. We will take the road less traveled to enter the ancient city of Petra. We will spend the night in Wadi Rum tucked in the sandy plains of the desert surrounded by the beige, pink and orange sandstone rock towers. We will float in the Dead Sea the world's saltiest sea and lowest spot on earth or just relax at our resort accommodations.
The accommodations will vary as much as the landscape. On some nights you will stay in modern hotels, eco-lodges in double-occupancy rooms with an ensuite bathroom. There will be "Glamping" at the Bedouin camp in Wadi Rum, which will be hard-sided tents with 2 people per tent. Each tent is equipped with beds, linens, pillows and comfortable duvets. The camp has common bath house with 2 showers, 4 toilets and 3 sinks and hot water is provided by solar panels. At the Dead Sea you will be staying at modern resort hotel. Single accommodations are available for an additional cost but are not available at the home-stay and at the Wadi Rum Camp. If interested and available select this option when you register.
Below is the proposed itinerary for the trip. As is true on any adventure travel trip, plans for any specific day may be modified due to weather considerations, unforeseen circumstances, new opportunities, and group interests.
I've never been to a country like Jordan, so I really didn't know what to expect other than what I had read (including the entirety of Lawrence in Arabia and Married to a Bedouin). In places, the desert reminded me of the National Parks in Utah and hiking in Arizona. I loved the quirky places we stayed (and really happy and surprised to have a bathroom in all of them). Petra has been on my bucket list for years and it did not disappoint. I wish we could have gotten up higher on some of the steps, but I realize that would have been a separate guide and may have been difficult. The museum in Petra was awesome, so I'm glad I made time for that. It was also interesting to be able to talk to some of the locals, both men and women, about their society. I really appreciate the small groups that AGC has so we can meet the locals and gain access to places where larger groups can't access. I also really like the combination of hiking and culture.
Just an amazing destination and really nice group.
I fulfilled my dream to visit Petra and enjoyed the great group of women I traveled with. Extra bonuses were the visits to the class and restaurant owned by women and the lunch at the women's cooperative. These gave opportunity to a bit of interaction with the Jordanian women. Zooming around the desert at Wadi Rum was awesome.
People, hike between Little Petra and Petra, Wadi Rum, Feynan - star watching
Diversity of terrain, ancient history, ruins, landscape, new foods, cooking classes, group dynamics, guides, friendly citizens, camel ride, Wadi Rum, the Dead Sea were all highlights and pleasant surprises.
Being able to see Petra--one of the seven wonders of the world--and other major historical sites (the Citadel in Amman, the amazing Roman ruins in Jerash) as well as staying in the deep red desert of Wadi Rum (in a luxury tent no less) would have been enough. But what made the trip even better was the fabulous group of women who were fellow travelers. And of course guide extraordinaire Deb Huntington!
travelling internationally after so long at home, travelling with my BFF, seeing Petra
1. Hike from little Petra to Petra 2. Hike Dana Biosphere (except started to late in the day). 3. Overnight at eco lodge after above hike. 4. Morning free to return to Petra solo. 5. Overnight at Wadi Rum.