Petra, Dead Sea, Wadi Rum

Jordan Jordan: (PG-JTWR)
URL: http://www.hiddentrails.com/tour/jordan_petra_dead_sea_wadi_rum.aspx

Introduction
Jordan Jordan
Follow the paths of the Bedouins and experience the diversity of the undoubtedly most beautiful desert in the world. Constantly changing rock formations, sand and sandstone desert in alternating, bright colors make this ride in Jordan a unique experience. The rides lead through impressive canyons and into the Disi Mountains. There is no plan, no map: here one relies on the millennia-old trade routes of the caravans. Other cultural highlights on your trip include: the wide view of the Holy Land from Mount Nebo, the Dead Sea bathing stop - pure relaxation in the world's saltiest water - and a full day to visit Petra, the pink Nabataean rock city and UNESCO World Heritage Site!

Accomodation

Accommodations

This is a wilderness ride, so nights are spent in a mixture of hotels and camping.

Description
10day/ 9night trip: You will be staying 4 nights in hotels and 6 nights camping.
9day/8night trip: You will be staying 4 nights in hotels and 5 nights camping.
You'll enjoy private bathrooms in the hotels, and shared while camping. WIFI is available at all hotel locations. Laundry is available in Madaba. Hotels are subject to change based on availability.

Night 1, 8, & 9: Hotel in Madaba
Night 2: Hotel in Petra
Night 3: Camping in Abu Hassaran
Night 4: Camping in Um Raza
Night 5: Camping in Sweibat
Night 6: Camping in Abu Rashaba
Night 7: Camping in Jebel Um Feshiyeh

Hotel in Madaba
Your hotel is located in the very heart of Madaba, within short walking distance from the Church of St. George which houses the famous mosaic map of the Holy Land. Our highly trained staff makes personalized service far more than a lofty promise. The hotel provides individual attention that is tailored to your individual needs. The hotel has 50 spacious rooms and all are equipped with impeccable modern amenities and offer the utmost in comfort. Every detail is timeless in its perfection. The facilities are designed to satisfy all the needs of our guests.

Hotel in Petra
Relax in an elegant three star deluxe hotel offering accommodation in a welcoming atmosphere. As a family run hotel, we take pride in offering traditional Arabic hospitality and are committed, along with our dedicated team, to provide our guests with the utmost personalized service, ensuring a comfortable and memorable stay at our hotel. The hotel is greatly distinguished by its prime location, being only footsteps away from the hidden mythical city of Petra, making our guests’ visit to this spectacularly rock-carved city of Petra, exceptionally convenient.
The Hotel is fully air-conditioned, featuring 180 rooms all beautifully furnished and designed with comfort in mind. All guest rooms are spacious and have magnificent views. Some overlook the spectacular Petra Mountains; others overlook an intimate courtyard where one of our swimming pools is located, while some overlook our larger pool which is set amidst a beautifully kept garden, providing guests with privacy in a serene atmosphere. Guests may enjoy an absolutely enchanting experience at our Turkish bath after a long exhausting day at exploring the marvels of Petra, and may dine at our elegant al-Dara Restaurant with its delightful atmosphere or may chill-out in the evening at our rustic Wrangler Bar. Complimentary wireless internet connectivity is also available throughout the lobby area and the bar.


Camping
Stay overnight either under the stars or in the tent. If it should be very cool or a little rainy, sometimes nights are spent in the fixed desert camp, which allows you to take star rides from the camp in different directions, so it certainly will never be boring! We set up our bivouac camp in a different area each night, carefully selected for the season and the beautiful landscape. Large two-person 4-wall tents with solid floor and camp mattresses available. There is also a large lounge tent as well as a toilet and a shower. We provide a “bathroom tent” with warm water where you can wash yourself.

Room Occupancy
We do not charge single supplement if you are willing to share.




Meals

All meals are included except for lunch in Petra (Day 2) and at the Dead Sea (Day 8). Your dinner is freshly cooked and we will dine around the camp fire each evening. While riding across the Wadi Rum, meals are cooked on the spot by a Bedouin cook. There is no alcohol allowed on this trip.

- Breakfast : Continental and Arabic ( Arab bread, jam, cheese, omelets, spices, Bedouin coffee and tea etc…)
- Lunch : When the weather is warm, the lunch is cold, composed with a variety of salads and fruits. When the weather is fresh, the lunch is composed with salads and a hot meal.
- Dinner : Traditional dishes with rice, fresh vegetables, chicken or lamb meat. Fruits.
- Drinks : We provide mineral water in unlimited quantity, fruit juices and tea.

Dietary Restrictions
We can cater to dietary restrictions if given prior notice.

This trip includes and can accommodate special dietary requests.

Riding

Riding Experience
You should have ridden regularly for at least 5 years. We ask participants to be able to control their horse at all paces in open area and to know how to do rising trot canter and gallop.

Pace
Going forward in all gaits with, at times, faster gallops. On average, we ride 5-7 hours per riding day.

Horses
We own about 15 Arabian horses who live in the Wadi Rum desert all year long. They are in good health condition and are used to living and travelling in the desert. Our horses are spirited, clever and sociable. They are easy to control, but like all horses with Arabian roots, they are fast and sensible and ask some tact. They are all different and have their own character.

Guides
The riding guides are Bedouins. Speaking fluent English, they are experienced, know perfectly all the horses, the itineraries, and the desert of Wadi Rum. They know the local culture and are able to make the right decision in case of emergency. A first aid kit is always available.

Itinerary

Sample Itinerary- subject to changes

Day 1

Arrive in Amman, pick up at the airport and drive to the hotel. Dinner and overnight at the 3-star hotel in Madaba.

Day 2
After breakfast drive to Petra (about 2.5 hours), where you have a full day to visit the historic city of the Nabataeans. First, a professional English-speaking guide will guide you through the Siq and ruins, acquainting you with the history of the fascinating city (2-3 hours). The excavations range from rock tombs to temples and Roman ruins - enjoy in peace and quiet this extraordinary World Heritage Site in the midst of a magnificent rock landscape! Dinner and overnight at the 3-star hotel in Petra.

Day 3
The Dessert Highway continues south (about 1.5 hours) to the stables in Wadi Rum. Here you will meet the team that will be traveling with you in the next few days in the desert. Besides the experienced riding guides, are a cook, helpers, and grooms. You will get to meet the horses. The mares, geldings and stallions are of very different temperament, so we will ensure the right horse is paired with you. You start your ride with a highlight: you pass the mighty "Seven Pillars of Wisdom" that Lawrence of Arabia described in his famous book. Continue along the impressive long rocky Um Ishrin (over 1,700 m). After lunch you pass the inscriptions of Anafishiya and arrive at the red sand dunes in the "Valley of the Dunes". Night camp nearby in the shelter of the rocks.

Day 4
You ride across the red sand along the mighty mountain Jebel Khazali, whose narrow siqs (canyons) are important water reservoirs in winter and spring. On foot you can explore one of the narrow Siqs. Once again, here you will find historical inscriptions. Later you reach a wide plain, crisscrossed by numerous steep rock formations that zigzag your way through.

Day 5
Your next camp is on the other side of a large mountain, which you will ride in the morning. It also goes through small plateaus, which offer a magnificent view over the vast rocky and desert landscape. In the afternoon, take a round trip into the picturesque surroundings and marvel again at the incredible rock formations.

Day 6
Relaxed ride through the wadis (dry riverbeds) Saabit and Nuqra towards the Saudi border. Let the pastel tones of the rocks and the desert sand take their toll on you. White, red, and yellow sand offers a changing play of colors. In the afternoon you pass the famous rock bridge on the mountain Um Fluth. On the northern side of the mountain is the desert camp of our partner, where you can spend the night in a solid camp.

Day 7
Riding through one of the main valleys in Wadi Rum, the Khour Al Ajram, you ride to the Burdah mountains. After the picnic, you will ride through a wide plateau of fine white sand. Later, you will return to the typical rocks of Wadi Rum, where you will spend the night.

Day 8
After breakfast, ride through the pink sands of Barrah Canyon. To the left and right, steep rock faces tower into the sky. Past further rock formations we finally cross the plain of Disi, which offers a last gallop. Often you will also find camels and herds of goats here. Some Bedouins settled here with their typical black and white tents.

Day 9
After breakfast drive to the Dead Sea, 400 meters below sea level, the deepest point on earth. You can float in the salt water while reading the newspaper - without going down! In the late afternoon drive to Amman with a stop at the famous Nebo Mountain, where Moses died after seeing the Holy Land. The view from up here is really impressive - enjoy the wide panorama from the Jordan and the Dead Sea to Jerusalem at sunset! Dinner and overnight at the 3-star hotel in Madaba.
*For the 9-day version, departure after breakfast.

Day 10
Transfer to Amman airport and return flight.

For accompanying non-riders, our partner offers various other activities such as climbing, camel riding, or hiking. At lunchtime and in the evening you meet again.


Rates and Dates for Petra, Dead Sea, Wadi Rum

Rates include:

10 days/9 nights: 4 nights in hotels and 5 nights camping, all meals except 2 lunches, 6 riding days, luggage transport, transfers, Petra entrance fees and guided tour, Wadi Rum and Dead Sea, English-speaking tour guide.
9 days/ 8 nights: 3 nights in hotels and 5 nights camping, all meals except 1 lunch, 6 riding days, luggage transport, transfers, Petra entrance fees and guided tour, English-speaking tour guide.

Packages and Options



  • SeasonYearDescriptionEUR ~US$
    A
    201910 day trip, AP€1795$2155
    • Single supplement€185$225
  • B
    20199 day trip, AP€1665$2000
    • Single supplement€190$230
The US Dollar Rate is Based on Exchange Rate of 1.2

* prices are per person based on double/twin occupancy

Transfer and Other Charges:



 Description
2019 Transfers from and to Amman airport at set times included

Season Tour Dates  Min / MaxReserve
A 2019 09/07 - 09/16 10d / 9n 10 day trip, AP 2 /10 Reserve
B 2019 09/07 - 09/15 9d / 8n 9 day trip, AP 2 /10 Reserve
B 2019 09/14 - 09/22 9d / 8n 9 day trip, AP 2 /10 Reserve
A 2019 09/14 - 09/23 10d / 9n 10 day trip, AP 2 /10 Reserve
A 2019 09/28 - 10/07 10d / 9n 10 day trip, AP 2 /10 Reserve
B 2019 09/28 - 10/06 9d / 8n 9 day trip, AP 2 /10 Reserve
B 2019 10/05 - 10/13 9d / 8n 9 day trip, AP 2 /10 Reserve
A 2019 10/05 - 10/14 10d / 9n 10 day trip, AP 2 /10 Reserve
A 2019 10/19 - 10/28 10d / 9n 10 day trip, AP 2 /10 Reserve
B 2019 10/19 - 10/27 9d / 8n 9 day trip, AP 2 /10 Reserve
B 2019 10/26 - 11/03 9d / 8n 9 day trip, AP 2 /10 Reserve
A 2019 10/26 - 11/04 10d / 9n 10 day trip, AP 2 /10 Reserve
A 2019 11/09 - 11/18 10d / 9n 10 day trip, AP 2 /10 Reserve
B 2019 11/09 - 11/17 9d / 8n 9 day trip, AP 2 /10 Reserve
B 2019 11/16 - 11/24 9d / 8n 9 day trip, AP 2 /10 Reserve
A 2019 11/16 - 11/25 10d / 9n 10 day trip, AP 2 /10 Reserve
A 2019 11/30 - 12/09 10d / 9n 10 day trip, AP 2 /10 Reserve
B 2019 11/30 - 12/08 9d / 8n 9 day trip, AP 2 /10 Reserve
B 2019 12/07 - 12/15 9d / 8n 9 day trip, AP 2 /10 Reserve
A 2019 12/07 - 12/16 10d / 9n 10 day trip, AP 2 /10 Reserve
A 2019 12/21 - 12/30 10d / 9n 10 day trip, AP 2 /10 Reserve
B 2019 12/21 - 12/29 9d / 8n 9 day trip, AP 2 /10 Reserve
B 2019 12/28 - 01/05 9d / 8n 9 day trip, AP 2 /10 Reserve
A 2019 12/28 - 01/06 10d / 9n 10 day trip, AP 2 /10 Reserve

Dates Note:

Rates do not include:

Alcoholic drinks and drinks in hotels, gratuities, lunch on Day 2 & 8, transfers at other times.
Visa (mandatory): Available at the airport

Other Info
Meeting: Madaba
Airport: Queen Alia International Airport (AMM)
Transfer: Queen Alia International Airport (AMM)

Climate:
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Average High Temperature (°F)

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Average Low Temperature (°F)

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58

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40

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Average Low Temperature (°C)

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Source: NOAA
 

Seasons
Jordan is blessed with a Mediterranean climate for pleasurable year-round travel. Amman is sunny and cloudless from May to early November, with average temperatures around 23° C (73 F). Rain falls in many areas across the country on higher ground between October and March.

Summer (June to August)
Amman and most areas around the country are not excessively hot, chiefly due to the moderating influence of altitude. Although days in summer can be hot, nights are often rather chilly. The Jordan Valley, the Red Sea Coast and the Eastern Desert can be extremely hot in summer however.

Autumn (September to November)
This time of year usually sees mild temperatures and pleasant weather.

Winter (December to February)
The Jordan Valley and the Red Sea Coast is warm during winter while most of the country can get quite chilly at times. The Eastern Desert can get bitterly cold and dry.

Spring (March to May)
Springtime brings optimal weather and landscape is generally lush with greenery due to the wintery rains.

Note: Jordan is an Islamic country, so in order to suit local behavior, one should keep shoulders and knees covered.

What To Bring:
All luggage is transported for you by vehicle.

Clothing
- Riding equipment such as riding pants, helmet ( we provide some in limited numbers), boots, and half leg chaps
- Long sleeved shirts
- Fleece/warm
- Broad rimmed hat
- Swimsuit

Equipment
- Sleeping bag
- Flash light with spare batteries
- Personal medications
- Sunglasses
- Small towel
- Soap and shampoo
- Sunblock
- Bum bags to protect items from sand

Nice to have extras
- Seat saver to put on the saddle
- Lightweight camera with spare batteries
- Riding gloves
- Face cloth