Walking holiday in Jordan
Prices based on 2 adults sharing.
Single supplement available.
Mimimum age 14.
Description of Walking holiday in Jordan
Follow in the footsteps of Lawrence of Arabia as you set off through the vast and echoing Wadi Rum valley, exploring this beautiful desert wilderness away from the crowds. Our walks will lead us to some of the most spectacular sights in Jordan, including the imposing Seven Pillars of Wisdom Mountain. We will trace the age-old spice trails of early Nabatean traders, who once carried precious silks and perfumes along this route, with the chance to explore the canyon corridors on camel back.
The highlight of the trip is a tour of the city of Petra, an archaeological wonder carved into the sheer rock of the canyon walls. We’ll spend two days exploring this ‘Rose Red City’, hiking along its least-visited trails and visiting the Monastery, Alhabes Castle, the main tombs and the Nabatean Temple. In the evening, you’ll experience the real warmth of the desert, thanks to the hospitality of the Bedouin people, and sleep beneath the star speckled sky in a traditional goat hair tent. There will be the option to return to Petra after sunset, for an enchanting candlelit tour of the city at night.
From here, we’ll continue north along the King’s Highway to Kerak Castle and the ancient Christian city of Madaba, famous for its magnificent mosaics. After a week of walking, you’ll be relieved to rest your feet with a relaxing float in the Dead Sea, before we end our trip in the ruined city of Jerash, one of the best preserved Roman sites in the world.
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3 Reviews of Walking holiday in Jordan
Reviewed on 04 Mar 2019 by Duncan PyeThe most memorable parts of the holiday were the desert at night, and Petra by both day and night. The friendly people. Read full review
Reviewed on 12 Mar 2019 by Marjan KhanjiOne of the few tours that offers two days in Petra which is a must...It was good to have approx half day guided tour and 1.5 days free and easy. Read full review
Reviewed on 29 Oct 2018 by Jill PattisonPetra was much larger and more spectacular than I'd expected. The walking was excellent, and the people interesting. Read full review
PlanetThe Wadi Rum Desert was named a protected area in 1998, this ensure the continued conservation and management of the unique cultural history and natural beauty of this area, protecting it from human development but also providing an important source of tourism to local economy.
We walk through the Wadi Rum Desert and experience traditional Bedouin living, sleeping in a large communal style goat hair tent, which provides the best protection against typical desert extremes of hot and cold weather. The tent is laid out with rugs, mattresses, pillows and sleeping bags and this is where each tribe would commune to eat, sleep and socialise.
Travelling on foot we follow an ancient route across the desert and into Petra. Exploring on foot not only reduces the number of vehicles around the historical sights but accompanied by our expert local Tour Leader you’ll also discover hidden treasures. Our Tour Leaders are recruited locally and are trained by us in the importance of responsible tourism with guidance given on how they can make a difference.
Conservation of water is actively promoted in Jordan. We work closely with our local suppliers to see how we can help them save water in the fragile desert environment. As there is no recycling in this area our clients are encouraged to carry water purification filters and water bottles.
As a company we support Cool Earth. Protecting rainforest is one of the most effective actions to tackle climate breakdown. CoolEarth work with indigenous communities empowering them to conserve their forest; keeping CO2 locked in.
PeopleAll accommodation that we stay in is locally owned and this not only provides direct employment within the hotel, but also has the effect of distributing money beyond to small businesses that supply the hotel and in this way money is spread throughout the region we visit.
The money generated by tourism in this area goes to support the local Bedouin and reinforces amongst the local people the importance of protecting this unique area. The communities living in and around Wadi Rum are of Bedouin origin, welcoming and hospitable they reply on tourism and are responsible for helping to develop Wadi Run as a tourist destination in a sustainable way, ensure that the culture and traditions live on.
In addition to the above, we are continually looking for ways to improve and are proud to be ‘Responsible in everything we do’. Education is key and so all staff, Tour leaders and partnering suppliers are trained in responsible and sustainable tourism. At our Head Office, we continually strive towards a sustainable and planet-friendly working environment, including having solar panels installed and a company commitment to reducing our plastic usage. As well as this, we have valuable and longstanding partnerships with UK charities Toilet Twinning and Send a Cow, plus many smaller initiatives and projects around the world. We’re members of UK travel industry bodies Tourism Concern and AITO because we believe it’s important to share our knowledge and experience, as well as learn from other operators.