One of 2014′s “50 Tours of a Lifetime”, our Jordan Insider tour is among the “most authentic, most innovative, most immersive, best-guided, and most sustainable tours” in the world, said Norie Quintos, executive editor of National Geographic Traveler.
“What you guys do has to be the highlight of my travels. (And I’ve been wined and dined in the Paris Opera House and traveled on private trains with world famous guides). What you do gave me more understanding of a people and culture in a week than I would have thought possible!”Kathy, from the USA
On this tour you will…
Mohammad is retired from the military. He now works on his family farm and hosts guests in his home. He has three lovely daughters.
Jordan Insider Itinerary
Your personal driver will meet you at the airport and escort you to a local Bed and Breakfast owned and operated by an Italian-Jordanian couple and located in the artistic center of Amman. (Meals: none)
This morning you will tour Jerash, one of the best-preserved Roman cities outside of Rome. After visiting Jerash, your driver will take you to the village of Orjan for a locally prepared lunch in a home. After relaxing over tea, tour the nearby Ajloun castle built by the nephew of Saladin. Return to Orjan village and meet your host Mohammad and his wife. You will be staying in their home and learning to cook a traditional meal. (Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner)
After a traditional homemade breakfast, Mohammad will take you on a hike through the village and the surrounding area. Stop for lunch in another local home. This evening Mohammad and his wife will teach you how to cook another Jordanian meal. (Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner)
After breakfast you’ll head south to Wadi Rum and take in the Mars-like landscape on a desert jeep tour. Your Bedouin host, Mosalem, will take you to visit his uncle and family who still live a traditional Bedouin life style in a goat hair tent. (Meals: breakfast, dinner)
Set out to scale Wadi Rum’s namesake; Rum Mountain. Mosalem has been climbing Rum Mountain since he was young and will take you on the traditional Bedouin routes that lead all the way to the top. Tonight you’ll camp atop the mountain. (To descend Mt Rum, guests must have previous abseiling/rappelling experience. If your group does not, we will switch this activity to Mt Khazali instead). (Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner)
After breakfast you’ll begin your descent. You’ll reach the bottom in time for lunch and a relaxing afteroon. Then overnight in a Bedouin camp. (Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner)
Set out toward Petra, one of the New 7 Wonders of the World. This is a huge site, so be ready to walk. After your visit, your driver will take you to the Ammarin Bedouin camp, located within the Petra archeological reserve. Spend the rest of the afternoon with your hosts, or escape to “Little Petra”, a 10 minute walk from your camp. Tonight, your dinner will be in a Bedouin home in the nearby town of Beidah. Come prepared to exchange riddles with your hosts. You’ll return to the Bedouin camp for your overnight. (Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner)
This morning your camels await you. Mount up and aim your caravan towards the ancient city of Petra. After an hour ride, your camels will reach the foot of a mountain. There, you’ll begin your hike with a Bedouin escort to Petra’s Monastery which is on the far side of the city. Entering the site away from any other tourists, you’ll feel like you’ve discovered Petra for yourself. Spend the rest of the day exploring this world wonder. Then return to the Bedouin camp for your overnight. (Meals: breakfast, dinner)
Today you will learn traditional skills from locals in Ghor al Mazra’a, a village on the southern shore of the Dead Sea. In one of Jordan’s most impoverished areas, locals will teach you how to make traditional eye-liner, bread over a fire, and lunch in a home. All proceeds for this portion of your tour go directly to the village. After lunch, head to the Kempinski resort hotel on the Dead Sea for some much needed rest and relaxation. (Meals: breakfast, lunch)
Return to the Queen Alia International Airport for your departure. (Meals: breakfast)
Mosalem has been climbing the mountains of Wadi Rum since he was a boy. His father, Sabbah, was one of the first Bedouins to guide foreigners in this majestic desert.
The Ammarin tribe live in Beidah, near the archeological site of Petra. They run the “Ammarin Bedouin Camp”, an eco-tourism cooperative that gives travelers an opportunity to experience traditional Bedouin culture and hospitality.
Price: starting at $2199 per person
- Meet and assist upon arrival and departure
- Accommodation at above mentioned hotels (based 2 people sharing a double room and availability at time of booking)
- Transportation to all above locations in a private car or minivan with English speaking driver
- Professional English speaking tour guide
- Above listed experiences
- Entrance fees to all the sites mentioned
- Above listed meals
- Visa fees ($60/person)
- Tips (guide and driver tips are customary at around $15 per day)
- Personal expenses
- Meals when not listed
- Travel insurance (If you are interested in purchasing travel insurance, just let us know)
- Anything not listed in the “included” section