Things to do for families in Petra

Family holidays in Petra will unleash your childís inner Indiana Jones or Lara Croft prior to studying the stars on an overnight desert camp in Wadi Rum.
Although Petra may appear the preserve of archaeologists itís an adventure playground for the imagination and kids will find plenty to keep themselves occupied as well as warning ropes if they get too 'hands on'. There is always a fair bit of walking involved but if you can break up your time with camel rides, hotel pools (seasonal) and 4WD desert safaris, there are plenty of things to do for families in Petra & Wadi Rum. The distance from Petra to Wadi Rum (about a 2 hour drive) is easily achieved in a day with Bedouin campsites offering untold opportunities to watch stars and fall asleep listening to tales of Arabian nights.

Family activities in Petra & Wadi Rum

Ride into Wadi Rum

Heading out into Wadi Rum on horseback is a great way to explore at a quicker pace; however, itís probably an activity best left to those who have ridden a fair few times before. Camels offer a much safer option and youíll find a good range of circular trails and longer distances that can be undertaken with a knowledgeable local guide.

Travelling by 4x4

Travelling as a family by 4x4 will take you further into the desert than you ever imagined but you know your kids and should certainly be aware that four hours in a vehicle wonít be appreciated by everyone. Private tours allow you to stop and walk for a bit to break up the journey but, as always, donít forget the hat, shades and sun block.

Our top Petra and Wadi Rum family Holiday

Exciting family holiday in Jordan

Exciting family holiday in Jordan

A fabulous family holiday including the best of Jordan

From £970 to £990 9 days ex flights
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This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements
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Camping in Wadi Rum

Camping in Wadi Rum will be one of those family activities youíll never forget and if youíre feeling brave, opt to sleep outside the tent to really maximise time spent under desert skies. Donít forget that it can get cold at night and even though warm bedding is provided bringing a sleeping bag liner or extra pillow case always adds an extra boost of comfortable familiarity.
Written by Chris Owen
Photo credits: [Page banner: Kyle Taylor] [Intro: momo] [Ride into Wadi Rum: Sebastien] [Travelling by 4x4: Yuliya Kosolapova] [Camping in Wadi Rum: Guillaume Baviere]
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