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Walking in nature is such a pleasure in Jordan due to the many nature and eco reserves available from north to south but also because of the very special trails and initiatives which were set-up to support local communities on the way. Trails also vary from lush oak forests to semi-arid and desert that are all unique in their own way. Imagine a walk in nature stumbling on ancient archeology and being greeted along the way by the local communities inviting you in for tea or to even have lunch. While there are all types of walks in Jordan from mild to difficult, there are also options for serious hikes, and hiking trails are marvelous. Canyoning and climbing are also fun. Wadi Rum boasts some of the most exciting climbing in Jordan to include free climbing.
Amman / Aqaba
Upon arrival you will be met by our representative after passing through customs to then drive north for about 40 min. to the capital city of Amman. Check-in at your hotel and overnight.
Enjoy a city tour of Amman to include the Citadel and the archeological museum, then drive downtown to visit the Roman Amphitheater and the folklore museum before enjoying lunch at an authentic Arabic restaurant. Then drive east to Al Azraq Reserve, to visit Al Azraq & Shumari reserves, and watch a Rare Birds of Jordan Expedition: 4 hours, 2 km hiking. Binoculars would a plus. Continue to the Campsite in Shumari Reserve. Dinner & Overnight. Or overnight in Amman
Drive in the morning west for about 1 hour to visit the largest Roman Decapolis outside Italy. There you will feel that you are completely transported 2000 years back in time. Then drive for about 45 min. further north to visit the beautifully preserved Ajloun Crusader castle and enjoy the scenic view of the protected Oak nature reserve. Depending on the time of year, there is the option to spend the night in a nature friendly cabin at the reserve where you and your family can enjoy a guided hike explaining the habitat and fauna in the surrounding area.
Also optional: Enjoy an 8km trail, taking 4-5 hours, passing across heavily wooded valleys and ridges, inside and outside the nature reserve. This highly scenic trail passes through villages and olive orchards and offers beautiful panoramic views to the West Bank and Syria.
Another option on this day is a visit to the soap factory and if you spend the night at the reserve you may opt for a morning hike followed by breakfast with a local village family in their garden.
Travel south/west for about 45 min. to visit Mount Nebo, which is one of the most revered holy sites of Jordan and is also suspected the place where Moses was buried. Visit the church with its vast display of mosaic. Then drive south for about 200 min. to visit Madaba, the ‘City of Mosaics” and visit St. Joseph’s Church with the 6th century Byzantine map of Jerusalem. Then travel along the king’s highway to visit Kerak. Kerak is famous for its delicious traditional Arabic food, the mansaf and one of the three largest castles in the region, the crusader castle. If time permits and depending on the time of year, visit the nature reserve of Dana. The only reserve in the world that stretches down to -400 meters below sea level. Arrive in the evening to your hotel in Petra, and overnight.
Enjoy a full day visit of the ancient Nabatian city of Petra. We will guide you from the visitor’s center all the way through the Siq (a long narrow gorge) arriving first at the magnificent site of the Treasury then the Theatre, the Court house, and the Roman Columns in the basin. Enjoy a sumptuous buffet lunch on site before walking up 800 steps to the Monastery. It might be a little bit tiring but you can hire a donkey if your and overnight. Optional tour of Petra by night operational only on Monday, Wednesday & Thursday.
Drive south for approx. 1 and half hours to Wadi Rum another UNESCO protected nature reserve. Get ready for an exciting desert adventure. We take you by Jeep through the best and most beautiful areas of Wadi Rum while we do not miss the core sites. We visit Lawrence Spring, Khazali canyon, Burdah Arch, Um Frouth Arch, etc. After the trip you can have a short camel ride just for fun. After enjoying the impeccable sunset overnight in Wadi Rum at a desert camp or continue to Aqaba and overnight. Optional activities in Wadi Rum include ATV’s, Hot Air Balloon ride (seasonal), para gliding, climbing, sand boarding, etc….)
Enjoy a short beach holiday by swimming, snorkeling, and many other water activities available in Aqaba. Depart home or extend your stay more.
Optional: Combine your Jordan Tour with Israel