Jordan Group Walking Tours | Langdale Walking Holidays

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Client Reviews

" We very much enjoyed the Jordan trip, it was wonderful and we were very lucky with the weather. Jo and Abed, the local guide, did an excellent job. The accommodation and meals were excellent. "
- Ian

Holiday Overview

Culture and Experience Holidays in the Old World

Imagine wandering through awe-inspiring ancient cities with your expert local guide, exploring vast deserts and canyons and savouring the sights and sounds of this fascinating area, returning each night to the comforts of an impressive 5-star hotel. A trip to Jordan means an experience filled with fascinating sights, cultural exchange and a night out in a (comfortable) Bedouin desert camp, relaxing under an amazing starlit canopy.

  • Discover the ancient city of PetraWadi rum Camel Riding
  • Venture out to the ancient Roman ruins of Jerash
  • Witness the famous Byzantine mosaics of Madaba
  • Views over the desert from Mount Nebo, the mountain scaled by Moses
  • Stargazing in the Wadi Rum desert, staying in a local Bedouin tented camp
  • Riding 4X4s across Wadi Rum on our desert safari
  • Soak up the soothing mineral-rich waters of the Dead Sea
  • Explore the holy land of Bethany

 

Discover the lost Nabatean rose-red city of Petra, one of the seven wonders of the world. You will arrive here via the lesser known slot canyon routes, tucked away from the main tourist trails. Petra’s magnificent treasury building (literally carved out of the canyon face) suddenly reveals itself as you walk through the canyon pass and is worth the trip alone...but this is only the first of many incredible historic features of this ancient city.

You have two full days on your trip to see and explore the breath-taking facade of the Treasury as well as the miraculous construction behind the cliff-top Monastery as you make your way across the Wadi al-Farash Trail.

Other highlights of this experience include Amman’s most noteworthy sights, beginning with the magnificent Roman city of Jerash. Journey south via the ancient silk route and Kings Highway to Madaba, and tread in Moses's footsteps up Mount Nebo for a far-reaching vantage point over the Holy Land and 12th Century Crusaders Castle.

With so many impressive sites, all close at hand, Jordan can often feel like the ‘biggest small country on earth' (meaning that there's no need to rush from one place to the next to see it all!).

Jordan

Although 80% of Jordan is desert, it has some of the most spectacular scenery in the Middle East. Hospitality and openness are enshrined in the national culture, and you can expect to be warmly welcomed and assured of a safe and relaxing experience in this amazing and unspoilt country.

Jordan is also a magnet for those who enjoy exploring historical sights and the country is often described as an open-air museum overflowing with monuments stretching back to early human settlements.

A unique experience awaits!

Wednesday 31st October: Fly to Amman

Depart Leeds Bradford Airport/London Heathrow for the British Airways flight to Amman, Jordan.

Met on arrival by our local agents who will provide assistance through immigration and customs, including entry visas to Jordan.

Transfer to the Kempinski Hotel by private coach.
Dinner and overnight at the Kempinski Hotel.

Accommodation: Kempinski Hotel

Meals: Dinner,

Thursday 1st November: Amman - Jerash

Tour of Amman, the capital of Jordan, commencing with a visit to the Citadel situated on one of the highest hills in Amman, offering an enviable vantage point of the old city. Next, we visit the Archaeological Museum, which houses an excellent collection of Jordan’s antiquities. Our coach takes us to the Roman Theatre, dating back to the 2nd century AD. This is also the home of Jordan’s Folklore Museum, displaying artifacts of traditional Jordanian life, including costumes, home furnishings, musical instruments and craftwork. Our visit to Amman concludes with a visit to the King Abdullah Mosque.

Sit back and relax as we drive north to visit Jerash, one of the most beautiful and best-preserved Greco-Roman cities outside Italy (optional lunch in Artemis Restaurant in Jerash). Excavations made it possible to update two theatres, several temples, churches, a market, thermal baths, and the famous Cardo Maximus alley.

This evening we have a dinner reservation at the Tawaheen Al Hawa Restaurant, a popular with locals. The restaurant is famous for its Arabic Starters (Mezze). You may also be tempted to try the “Hubbly Bubbly” (water pipe).

Dinner at the Tawaheen al-Hawa Restaurant in typical Arabian style.

Overnight at the Kempinski Hotel.

Walking: 3 hours, Easy

Accommodation: Kempinski Hotel

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner,

Friday 2nd November: Amman – Madaba – Nebo – King's Highway – Shobak – Petra

Check out of the hotel and drive 30 km south to Madaba “the City of Mosaics”. Visit the Greek Orthodox Church of St. George where the famous 6th Century Byzantine mosaic map of the holy sites in the biblical world is found. Proceed to Mount Nebo, believed to be the burial site of Moses.

Drive on the Kings Highway (the ancient road mentioned in the bible), which links prehistoric villages from the Stone Age, and biblical towns from the kingdoms of Ammon, Moab and Edom, before our arrival at Shobak. This would be a good place to enjoy an optional lunch before driving on to Shobak to visit the Crusader Castle, dating back to the 12th century AD. The castle’s exterior is impressive, with a prominent gate and encircling walls -still reasonably intact, although the castle’s interior consists mainly of tumbled stones, with a few remaining walls and arches. One of the fascinating remains is the ancient well-shaft cut deep into the rock, with 375 steps leading down to the water supply at the bottom.

Arrive at Petra and check in at the Movenpick Hotel, Petra, where we stay for three nights.

Walking: Approx. 2 hours, Easy

Accommodation: Movenpick Hotel, Petra

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner,

Saturday 3rd November: Full Day Visit of Petra

Accompanied by a professional guide, we spend the day discovering the mysteries of the Nabatean rose-red city of Petra, built more than 2000 years ago. We take a short horse ride (you may prefer to walk) then continue through a narrow gorge which suddenly opens out to reveal the breathtaking facade of the Treasury - the most famous and widely-photographed carving in Petra.

After an optional lunch, we take the high trail up hundreds of carved steps along an ancient route to the stunning cliff-top Monastery with dramatic desert views and amazing mountain scenery. Continue on foot to explore the theatre and wall tombs.

Walking: 5/6 hours. Grade Moderate, Grade Easy if you take the morning walk only with the option of returning to the hotel for an afternoon swim.

Accommodation: Movenpick Hotel, Petra

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner,

Sunday 4th November: Full Day Visit of Petra

Accompanied by a professional guide, we return to Petra for another exciting day of exploration, including a morning walk to the High Place of Sacrifice and in the afternoon, we follow a path through the gorges. Follow steep steps up to Wadi Farash for wonderful panoramic views over Petra, desert and mountains. Steep descent to Qasar Al-Bint via Lion Fountain and Garden Tomb.

Here, we have an optional lunch break before following a track through the valley to a narrow slot canyon with some scrambling over boulders to Wadi Almundlm (at the entrance of Petra). It's also possible to take the morning walk only with the option of returning to the hotel for an afternoon swim.

Dinner and overnight at the Movenpick Hotel, Petra.

Walking: 5/6 hours, Moderate or Easy

Accommodation: Movenpick Hotel, Petra

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner,

Monday 5th November: Little Petra – Wadi Rum and Bedouin Camp

Check out of the hotel and our coach takes us to the visitor centre at Beidah, often called Little Petra, for a one hour’s walk to learn something of its history. Our next visit is to the remote desert landscape of Wadi Rum, described by T H Lawrence as "vast, echoing and God-like". Sometimes called "The Valley of the Moon", the spectacular desert and moonscape scenery should be a memorable experience. Optional lunch.

Transfer to 4x4 vehicles, and accompanied by our Bedouin guides, we set off on an expedition into the desert to see breathtaking views of canyons, colourful rock-faces, wadis, and possibly a visit to one of the Bedouin homes.

Evening walk to enjoy the desert sunset followed by a typical Bedouin dinner.

Overnight Bedouin Camp in Wadi Rum

Walking: 2 hours, Easy

Accommodation: Wadi Rum Bedouin Camp

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner,

Tuesday 6th November: Wadi Rum – Bethany - Dead Sea – Amman

We leave Wadi Rum after breakfast and head for the settlement of Bethany - where it is believed John the Baptist had lived and baptized. As we walk near the banks of the River Jordan, we learn about other archaeological and biblical discoveries.

Next, we experience the salty waters of the Dead Sea, the lowest point on earth at 420 meters below sea level. We linger awhile at the Dead Sea OH Beach resort, located on the shores of the Dead Sea. This is a good spot for swimming and a chance to take a shower, as well as an (optional) lunch in their restaurant.

Continue our journey to Amman in the afternoon and check in at the Kempinski Hotel.

Dinner at the Kan Zaman Restaurant, which lies within the ancient walls of Kan Zaman Village for a true Jordanian experience on our last night. Located 25km from Amman.

We stay overnight at the Kempinski Hotel.

Accommodation: Kempinski Hotel

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner,

Return Flight to London/Leeds

Transfer to airport for flight back to the UK.

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