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Jordan: Wadi to Sea

November 2-11, 2020

Your Trip

The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, though small, boasts a total of 5 UNESCO world heritage sites. While young in its independence, Jordan has a storied past full of biblical history, occupation under the Ottoman Empire, and as a mandate of the United Kingdom after WWI. Dive deep into the Bedouin culture and adventure found in hidden canyons, wind swept deserts, and arid mountains. You’ll explore by foot, bike, and camel to soak in the unforgettable scenery, ancient sights, and pure desert skies. Taste your way through the country with smooth Arabic coffee, fresh Arbood bread, and mouth-watering hummus.

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$8,770
Per person, double occupancy

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AT a glance

  • Activity 90% 90%
  • Comfort 83% 83%
  • Culture Exposure 80% 80%

Requirements

Must be comfortable with daily physical activity including hiking and biking on uneven gravel and dirt surfaces.

Day 1 – November 2

Arrival

Arrive at Queen Alia International Airport in Amman, Jordan before 4pm. Airport greeting upon arrival and private transfer to your overnight lodging. If you arrive early, we can provide recommendations for your time, unless you’d rather take it easy and acclimate to the time zone. Dinner is at 6pm with your local guide at the hotel.

 
 
Day 2 – November 3

Ruins of Ancients

Visit Jerash, exploring the best Roman ruins in all the Middle East, after which you will spend the next few hours in Souf. The collective goal of Beit Khairat Souf is “to create a platform for local women to financially support themselves through opportunities for economic development in the heart of Souf”. Lunch will be at the house, where you can learn about their natural and handmade products, including jams, olive oil, molasses and more. Enjoy some free time in the afternoon before your cooking class at Beit Sitti Restaurant, “my grandmother’s restaurant.” Your host will teach you how to prepare a traditional Arabic meal through local foods and customs. To round out the day, a wine tasting will accompany dinner, including the award-winning Saint George wines from the Zumot, and Jordan River wines from “Haddad”.

 
 
Day 3 – November 4

Into the Holy Lands

In the morning you will stop at St. George’s Church, where you can view the oldest mosaic map of the Holy Land, and stand atop Mt. Nebo, where Moses looked out over the Promised Land before he died. A short drive will deposit you in the village of Fayha, where your 31-kilometer cycling tour begins. Along the Madaba plateau, you will ride the paved road, dirt tracks, rocky paths, and gravel roads. Lunch is served at a panorama view point by a local family from Mukawir village. As you descend to the Dead Sea Highway, you can choose to continue cycling to the hotel or ride in the support vehicle. The remainder of the day is yours to soak in the salty Dead Sea, rest by the pool, or indulge in a spa treatment. Dinner is at the hotel.

 
 
Day 4 – November 5

Ancient Castles and Deep Canyons

Take advantage of a leisurely morning and breakfast, after which you will hike along the Siq Trail in the Wadi Mujib. The hike will last 2-3 hours following the river through the gorge to the base of a waterfall. Seasonal rainfall will determine if there are pools deep enough for swimming, so come prepared. Lunch will be taken at the visitor center at Wadi Mujib, run by the Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature (RSCN). Continuing South, the remains of Karak Castle provide light afternoon exploration. The city of Karak was once the capital of Moab, and this castle monopolizes the skyline. Rest along the drive to Dana, where you will overnight at an RSCN guest house before another day of hiking. Dinner is at the guest house.

 
 
Day 5 – November 6

Desert Experiential

Today’s 14-kilometer trek through the Dana Biosphere Reserve will last around 6 hours and while it descends sharply at first, the trail does level out into a steady decline. A packed lunch will be enjoyed along the trail. Keep your eyes alert and your senses aware as this large valley boasts an assortment of birds, animals, and plants, including hyrax, copper-blue lizards, and maybe even an ibex. The Bedouin tradition of coffee-marking permeates every event – weddings, funerals, and evenings together as a family. This afternoon you will learn how to roast, grind, and boil the beans, along with serving and drinking etiquette. Pending arrival time, we highly recommended you join the 30-minute guided sunset walk up a nearby hilltop; Bedouin tea and westward views of the sun setting over the Wadi Araba are well worth it before returning to the lodge for dinner.

 
 
Day 6 – November 7

The Treasury

In the morning, if you wish to catch the sunrise, join your local guide for an optional 1-hour hike in the surrounding area before breakfast at the lodge. Your main trek of the day is the more secluded trail beginning in Little Petra – otherwise known as ‘The Back Door’ to Petra. This 14-kilometer hike through the Wadi Ghurab takes you along an ancient Nabataean route, leading to the Monastery and a Bedouin cafe where refreshments can be found. From there, steps lead down into ancient Petra where you will see the Treasury, and continue along the Petra Siq which deposits you into the Wadi Musa with all the shops, cafes, and hotels. Lunch will be at a local restaurant today, while dinner will be taken at your hotel.

 
 
Day 7 – November 8

Adventure Onwards

Your last day of cycling begins after a short drive to the starting point near Rajif, just past Petra. The 49.7-kilometer cycling tour is a long off-road descent through the Wadi Rum. A lunch break will be taken, served by another local Bedouin family along the route. Once you reach your destination in the Wadi Rum, pile in for a 2-hour sunset jeep tour through the desert. Dinner upon return to camp will continue to showcase the hospitality of the Bedouin people. Tonight you will quite literally sleep under the stars in the unique Luxotel bubble suites. Don’t stay awake too late stargazing, however, as you have an early morning.

 
 
Day 8 – November 9

The Treasury

You will witness the sunrise today from the back of a camel; the 1-hour ride takes you out into the desert and back as the sun lights up the Wadi Rum. Travel by jeep through the beautiful mountainous terrain until you reach the Umm Ad Dami trail. The tallest peak in Jordan, this hike should take approximately 3 hours and views from the 1,800-meter summit include the border of Saudia Arabia and Jebel Rum. Lunch will be packed along the road today. A refreshing change in scenery, this afternoon you transfer to Aqaba, Jordan’s window to the Red Sea, leaving the desert behind and relaxing by the sea. Dinner is at the hotel.

 
 
Day 9 – November 10

Amman Culture and Food

Today, enjoy an easier pace, as you return to Amman and explore the city. Starting at the Citadel, where King David arranged to murder his lover’s husband, you can see the ampitheatre and old downtown. You are then dropped off at 1st Circle, where you begin a leisurely tour down Rainbow Street, lined with cafes. Sample falafel, hummus, and Kenafah – the Arab delicacy eaten during times of celebration. Lunch will be at a local restaurant today. Explore the markets and streets of Amman, ending with a visit to the King Abdullah Mosque (time permitting.) Your farewell dinner is at Fakhreldin Restaurant, in walking distance from the hotel.

 
 
Day 10 – November 11

Departure

After breakfast at the hotel, transfer to Queen Alia International Airport for your flight home. You may find it difficult to bid farewell to your guides and new friends, but you are forever a part of the TRŪ tribe. As they say in Arabic, Ma’assalama!

Accomodations

Amman, Dead Sea, Dana, Feynan, Petra, Wadi Rum, Aqaba

Amman

The House Boutique Suites
“Where tradition, opulence, and hospitality come together to create the ideal sanctuary.” This boutique property in the heart of Amman needs no other explanation. Situated in the city center, you can easily access shopping, markets, and medical facilities.

Dead Sea

Kempinski Ishtar Resort Hotel & Spa
As the hotel would say, “welcome to the lowest point on earth.” On the shores of the Dead Sea, this property at 434 feet below sea level boasts a luxury spa, private beach, and cuisine that will make your mouth water. Precisely the comfort you need after a day of cycling through the desert.

Dana

Dana Guest House
Located on the cliffs of the Wadi Dana, this guesthouse is an incredible place to look out over Jordan’s largest nature reserve. Its architecture is unmistakably Arabic, and each room has a terrace allowing you to enjoy the scenic views.

Feynan

Feynan Eco-Lodge
In the Wadi Feynan, deep in the reserve, this solar-powered ecolodge awaits you after a day of hiking and exploration of the Beduoin culture. Listed as one of the top 25 ecolodges in the world, according to National Geographic Traveler Magazine, this candle-lit lodge is nothing short of magical.

Petra

Mövenpick Resort Petra
Located at the center of activity near Petra, this 5-star resort is the picture of comfort and beauty. Natural stone, handcrafted wood, and Middle Eastern fabrics comprise this luxury hotel. Take a cool dip in the outdoor pool, or indulge in a Turkish bath treatment.

Wadi Rum

Wadi Rum Bubble Luxotel
Live in a bubble, if only just for the night. This unique property in the Wadi Rum showcases private bubble suites where you can stargaze in the comfort of your own bed. You won’t sleep much past the sunrise though, whether you opt to join the sunrise camel tour or stay comfortably tucked in bed.

Aqaba

Kempinski Hotel Aqaba
A sister hotel of the Dead Sea Kempinski Resort, this property is the place to stay on the banks of the Red Sea. Walk the white sandy beaches, relax by the pool, or seek out the spa – no matter what you choose to do, we are sure you’ll enjoy your stay here before returning to Amman.

What’s included
  • All domestic transfers
  • Private airport transfers
  • Single-entry tourist visa
  • All accommodations, double occupancy
  • Trū guide
  • Local English-speaking, government-licensed guide
  • All meals
  • All activities & gear listed
  • Cycling guide/mechanic
  • Cycling support vehicle
  • Local hiking guide
  • Luggage transfer
  • Annual medical evacuation membership + add-ons
  • Airline booking concierge service

 

What’s not included
  • International airfare
  • Trip insurance
  • Gratuity
  • Activities not listed
  • Alcoholic beverages
TBD