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On this incredible walking adventure holiday you will discover the best of Jordan on foot, travel by 4WD drive vehicle and enjoy some wonderful nights of wilderness camping beneath dazzling starlit skies. A truly incredible and iconic walk across the deserts and mountains of Jordan to magnificent, iconic Petra.

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

Trekking as part of a small group through some of the most exciting and rugged landscapes in Jordan, you will be walking through dramatic gorges and canyons on trails best known only to the local Bedouin, and it's unlikely you'll encounter other trekkers.

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 the Nabataean city of Petra, one of the finest historic monuments in the world.  A perfect climax to a superb voyage of discovery.

Typical Itinerary

  1. Day 1: Fly to Amman

    On arrival in Amman, make your way to our hotel in Madaba to meet the group. 

  2. 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.

  3. Day 3: Across the Hamada & Bajada to 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.

  4. Day 4: Climb up from 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.

  5. Day 5: Trek to 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.

  6. Day 6: Views to distant Petra; walking excursion to ’Little Petra’

    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.

  7. Day 7: Hike to Petra; explore Petra & transfer 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.

  8. Day 8: Tour ends Madaba; fly back to the UK.

    Depart Madaba for your flight from Amman back to the UK.

Price and Other Information

  • Duration and price excluding international flights: 8 days from £1,399 per person
  • Duration and price including flights from/to UK: 8 days from £2,079 per person
  • Single room supplement: From £160
  • Walking grade: Moderate
  • Guiding: Guided Group Private-Guided
  • Max alt: Low
  • Group size: 4-16
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  • What’s included
    • Hotel x 2 nights, bedouin-style camp x 4 nights, eco-lodge x 1 night
    • 7 breakfasts, 6 picnic lunches and 5 dinners
    • Experienced English speaking guide

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Dates & Prices

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2019 27 Apr 4 May £1,399 Available* Book or Enquire
2019 14 Sep 21 Sep £1,399 Available* Book or Enquire
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