Spend five days trekking along ancient Bedouin paths to the enchanting 'rose city' of Petra, filled with astounding hand-carved tombs, temples and caves. Rated one of National Geographic's 'World's Best Hikes' the trail traverses the stony desert landscape, takes you past Nabatean ruins, and winds its way up steep rocky mountain paths. Camping each night allows you to get off the beaten track and enjoy a simple way of living while your Bedouin guides offer insight into the local history and culture of this fascinating country.
Day 1: London to Jordan Fly from London to Jordan (either Aqaba or Ammam depending on flight schedules) and transfer to the hotel. Upon arrival your local guide will give a briefing about the trip and answer any questions you may have. Meals included: Dinner.
Day 2 (Sun): Wadi Feinan - Wadi Barwas Transfer to Wadi Feinan for our first day's walk across 'hamada' landscape - dry, rock-strewn desert, with little sand. There are spectacular mountain views and expansive wadis (dry valleys) as well as Byzantine and Nabatean ruins to be seen during today's trek. Tonight, you will set up camp in Wadi Barwas. Trekking approx 14km (8.7 miles) approx. 6 hours. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
Day 3 (Mon): Wadi Barwas - Ras el Feid Leaving the stony desert behind this morning, we walk around the foot of the mountains to reach an ancient Bedouin migration path that ascends steeply across rocks and small boulders, going high into the mountains. This section is challenging and takes around 3 hours, but the reward is amazing views over the stunning Wadi Araba desert. We eventually descend into Wadi el Feid for a well-deserved dip in its cool waters; a perfect place for lunch and a rest. We then walk upstream through dense foliage before reaching a dry river-bed surrounded with colorful sandstone outcrops to reach our camping spot. Trekking approx. 9.5 Km (6 miles) / 6-7 hours. Overnight: Camping. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
Day 4 (Tues): Ras el Feid - Shkaret Msa'ed This morning we retrace our route along the riverbed and gradually climb up the hills following Bedouin shepherd paths to discover some of the most spectacular scenery in Jordan! The trail continues along the wadi floor and gently climbs up into the pale coloured sandstone hills with incredible views across the surrounding mountains and canyons! Trekking: Approx. 16 Km (10 miles) /8 to 9 hours. Overnight: Camping. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
Day 5 (Wed): Shakret Msa'ed - Beida - Little Petra Along the way today, the scenery changes dramatically from deep wadis to wonderful wide open sandstone hills. The trail passes through agricultural fields and some Bedouin encampments as you enter into the ancient city of Petra. We first pass through Beida and descend into Little Petra to visit this fabulous site for a taster of the main site which we will encounter tomorrow. A short walk then takes us to a permanent campsite, uniquely located in the midst of the sandstone mountains. Trekking: Approx. 14 Km (8.7 miles) / 5 to 6 hours. Overnight: Camping. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
Day 6 (Thu):Petra Today our trail takes us across open farmland for the first two hours, and then contours around the mountain ridge to enter Petra itself, 'through the back door'! The views are impressive and after 5 days of hard trekking, the first glimpse of the top of the Monastery is literally jaw-dropping! Our route now takes us into the main site and the heart of Petra, exiting via the Dark Siq to enable us to re-enter the site through the Main Siq, and experience the most famous view of Petra - the Treasury. We then proceed with a full sightseeing tour, including the Facades Street, Urn Tomb, the Theatre, Colonnaded Street, Royal Tombs and Qasr al Bint, before leaving the site and heading to our hotel in nearby Wadi Musa for a comfortable night's sleep! Trekking Distance: Approx. 16 Km (10 miles) / 5 to 6 hours to the Treasury + 3 to 4 hours sightseeing. Overnight: Hotel. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
Day 7 (Fri): Sightseeing* Spend the day visiting more highlights of this fascinating country. You will either visit Wadi Rum* on a jeep tour to explore further in this spectacular desert including Lawrence of Arabia's Spring and the natural rock bridge of Jebel Um Fruth or you will head north towards the Dead Sea* for an opportunity to have a float in the waters! If time allows, you will also visit Mount Nebo, where Moses is said to have seen the promised land and the ancient town of Madaba. *Sightseeing on this day will depend on flight schedules and is subject to change. Meals: BLD.
Day 8 (Sat): Jordan - London Transfer to the airport for your flight home (either Aqaba or Ammam depending on flight schedules). Meals included: B.
N.B. This itinerary may change due to unusual weather patterns, wildlife movements, the ability of the group and so on. We will do our best to keep to the set itinerary however we cannot be held responsible for changes that might occur outside of our control. In all such circumstances your guide and tour leader will have the final say in the interest of the health and safety of the group.
What is included
- Return flights from the UK
- Airline taxes and charges
- Local transfers and transport in Jordan
- All accommodation
- Different Travel tour leader
- English-speaking local guides and porters
- All meals as per itinerary
What is not included
- Any necessary vaccinations
- Drinks, laundry and personal expenses
- Spending money
- Transport to/from UK airports
- Tips and gratuities
- Travel insurance
- Jordanian visa (if required)