Bedouin Trail to Petra
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Bedouin Trail to Petra

8 days | From £1,099 | Guided Group departures

On this incredible walking adventure holiday you will discover the best of Jordan on foot, travel by 4WD drive vehicle and have some wonderful nights of wilderness camping beneath dazzling starlit skies. You'll trek as part of a small group through some of the most exciting and rugged landscapes in Jordan to eventually arrive in the ancient Nabataean city of Petra, one of the finest historic monuments in the world. Contact a specialist travel consultant today.


8 days | From £1,099 | Guided Group departures

Bedouin Trail to Petra - guided walking holiday in Jordan

  • Trek from Dana to Petra
  • Amazing mountain and desert scenery
  • Camp in Bedouin-style tents beneath the stars in Beit Shaar
  • Stay in an eco-lodge in Dana Reserve

A truly incredible and iconic walk across the deserts and mountains of Jordan to magnificent, iconic Petra. This adventure is definitely unique. Trekking through dramatic gorges and canyons on trails best known only to the local Bedouin, it's unlikely you'll encounter other trekkers.

Trek through some of the most exciting and rugged landscapes in Jordan, crossing the classic rocky hamada desert to climb into the spectacular mountains and escarpments above the Great Rift Valley. Spectacular trails lead through wadis and along rocky ledges to emerge at the 'back door' of Petra itself. A perfect climax to a superb voyage of discovery.

This adventure is fast becoming known as 'The Inca Trail of the Middle East'.

Jordan Bedouin Trail to Petra Map
Day 1. Depart UK, arrive Amman
Depart the UK and arrive Amman, meet at the group hotel in Madaba.
Day 2. Transfer to Dana, trek the Wadi Dana trail to Feinan
Transfer to the Dana Nature Reserve and enjoy a walk into this wilderness area. Follow the renowned Wadi Dana Trail, part of the system of wadis and mountains of the Dana Reserve. Trek downhill through the spectacular sandstone gorge of Wadi Dana.
Day 3. Across the Hamada and Bajada to reach camp at Wadi Barwas
Trek along the bottom of Wadi Araba, a classic 'hamada' landscape. Pass both Byzantine and Nabatean ruins, some of which have been partially reconstructed. You walk along the 'bajada' with black magmatic mountains to the left and desert dunes to the right. You will usually camp near a dry canyon and in the afternoon will be able to explore 'up-river' if there is time.
Day 4. Climb up from the Wadi floor to camp at Ras el Fied
Climb up and away from the Wadi floor, and ascend into the mountains and over two passes. From the second pass the scenery is spectacular sandstone and black magmatic mountains. The trail descends to the valley below, and continues alongside a dry river bed to the campsite.
Day 5. Pass dry wadis and Ibex territory and reach camp at Ishkart Msaid
The trail cuts up into the mountains again, passing the ruins of an Edomite village from where the views back down to Wadi Araba are spectacular. As the trail contours across the mountainside, it ascends to small cols and descends to dry wadis, with exciting new views appearing as each corner is turned. Keep an eye out for the elusive Ibex near the spring at Hudus, before ascending steadily to the final col and camp for the night.
Day 6. Views across the mountains to distant Petra, walking excursion to 'Little Petra' from camp at Beida
Emerge from the last canyon onto a high plateau, where you can finally see across to the mountains of Petra and make out Aaron's Tomb. The final few kilometres descend gently on tracks and dirt roads to reach the fixed campsite. Time permitting, in the evening you will make a visit to nearby Little Petra for a taste of what is to come at the main site tomorrow.
Day 7. A spectacular route to Petra. Afternoon free to explore Petra and then overland to Madaba
After passing the Beida Neolithic site, the route into the "back door" of Petra takes you past many Bedouin camps. Some spectacular trails along rocky mountain ledges take you around the final cliffs to arrive at the top end of Petra where you enter by the Monastery, which is usually the last part of Petra that people see. You will then climb down from the Monastery after visiting the church, Nabatean temple, and the main tombs. The rest of the day is free to explore the wonders of Petra at leisure, before making the journey to Madaba.
Day 8. Depart Amman, arrive UK
Depart Madaba for your flight from Amman to the UK.
  • Trip grade: C - Demanding
  • Duration: 8 days
  • Trip code: TBTP
  • Group size: 4 - 16 (Max)
  • Max Altitude: Low (under 1,000m)
  • Accommodation: Hotels x 2 nts, Bedouin-style camp x 4 nts, eco-lodge x 1 nt
  • Meals : 7 breakfasts, 6 picnic lunches and 5 evening meals included
  • Departs: March, May, September, October, November, December
  • Overseas joining and departure point: Madaba Hotel - airport transfers available upon request
  • IMPORTANT : Make sure your chosen holiday is guaranteed to run before you purchase your air tickets and make any other travel arrangements
  • Visa: British passport holders require a visa for Jordan. These may be obtained on arrival.
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