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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 Nabatean civilizations, to the timeless splendour of the Dead Sea, Jordan is a unique destination offering breathtaking and mysterious sights, delicious food, wonderful people and rich history.
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Not included: Airfare to and from the Amman Queen Alia Airport (AMM), alcoholic beverages, guide gratuities, $15 exit tax (this is typically included in your airline tickets), Dead Sea spa treatments and mandatory travel insurance.
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 consist 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 8.7 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 in double-occupancy rooms with an ensuite bathroom. While at the hostel, which we will have all to ourselves, you will be sharing a room and a bathroom with up to 4-5 people per room. The Milky Way Camp Bedouin camp in Wadi Rum will be be hard-sided tents with 2 people per tent (think glamping). 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. You will be sharing the bathrooms with people from other groups and they are mixed gender. 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 hostel 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.
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