Jordan Group Walking Tours | Langdale Walking Holidays

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!

Day 1: Wednesday 31st October: Fly to Amman

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

Meals: Dinner,

Day 2: 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,

Day 3: 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,

Day 4: 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: hiking

Accommodation: Movenpick Hotel, Petra

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner,

Day 5: Sunday 4th November: Full Day Visit 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,

Day 6: 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,

Day 7: 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,

Day 8:

Transfer to airport for flight back to the UK.

Accommodation in Petra & Amman

Jordan Petra Hotel

We stay in the 5* Kempinski Hotel, Amman and the 5* Movenpick Resort in Petra. These are modern, luxury hotels, with all the facilities and careful attention to detail that you'd expect from a similar western establishment, albeit with a distinctive design that references the local culture.

Bedouin Tented Camp

As part of our immersive cultural experience, we spend one night under the stars in the Wadi Rum desert, among the magnificent canyons, mountains and dunes of the surrounding area. This is one for those seeking unforgettable new experiences, with the desert sunset over Wadi Rum being a particularly memorable moment for Bedouin tented camp Jordanthose visiting the landscape.

Jordananian Hospitality & Culture

The Bedouin culture of hospitality and openness is a notable quality of the national culture, an experience felt even while walking around the streets of Jordan, where the phrase "ahlan wa sahlan" ("I welcome you") is heard nearly everywhere you go.

Jordan’s position at the crossroads of the spice route between Europe, Africa and Asia has resulted Middle Eastern food arranged on blanket in a diverse, vibrant culinary tradition. The aroma of spice blends and cardamom infused coffee fill the air, and sharing a meal in the desert with Bedouins is a fantastic way of engaging in the community spirit that underpins Jordanian culture.

There’s no better introduction to Jordanian culture than sitting down at the table. As a guest, it’s a point of pride that you’re well looked-after and you can expect to enjoy the smells and tastes of copious amounts of traditional, locally-sourced cuisine. As the popular Jordanian saying goes: “‘the nearest to the heart is the stomach”.

Option Price p.p Notes
Holiday inc. flight £2,295 Based on two sharing a twin/double room, includes economy flight departing from London Heathrow
Single supplement £950
Flight from Leeds supplement £450 Departure from Leeds Bradford Airport

The Standard Price Includes

  • Return scheduled economy class flight UK to Amman
  • Return transfer between airport and hotel by private coach
  • Accompanying tour leader and local bilingual guide throughout
  • Six nights' dinner, bed & breakfast in 5* hotels
  • One night in a Bedouin tented camp
  • Evening dinner parties in hotels or Arabian restaurants
  • Full walking programme with English speaking guides
  • Private modern deluxe air-conditioned tour coach
  • 4X4 open vehicle for the desert expedition in Wadi Rum
  • Swimming in the Dead Sea with towel provided
  • All entrance fees to historic sites and places of interest
  • Assistance of our agents at the airport in Amman
  • ATOL protection and ATOL Protection Contribution (APC)
  • Airport taxes

Not Included

  • Items of a personal nature
  • Jordanian visa, which can be bought on arrival for 40 Jordanian dollars (approx. $56)
  • Travel insurance
  • Any Government taxes that may be introduced after the publication of this web page
  • Gratuities to guides and drivers, which are optional

Please Note: It may be necessary to make changes to the programme without advance notice to take account of weather conditions or unforeseen circumstances. Every effort will be made to avoid this if at all possible.

Outbound

Wednesday 31st October: Fly to Amman
Arrive at the airport under your own arrangements for the flight to Amman. We recommend that you check in online, and arrive at least two hours before departure.

London Heathrow Departure:

  • Depart Heathrow: 14:35
  • Arrive Amman (GMT+3): 10:35

Flight time: 4hr 05
Carrier: British Airways BA0147

Leeds Bradford Departure:

  • Depart Leeds Bradford: 09:20
  • Arrive Heathrow: 10:35

Flight time: 1hr 15
Carrier: British Airways BA1347

Return

Wednesday 7th November: Return Flight to the UK
Arrive at Amman Airport by private coach transfer.

London Heathrow Destination:

  • Depart Amman (GMT+3): 09:10
  • Flight time: 4:50
  • Arrive London Heathrow: 13:00

Flight time: 4hr 50
Carrier: British Airways BA0146

Leeds Bradford Passengers:      

  • Depart London Heathrow: 17:30
  • Arrive Leeds Bradford: 18:35

Flight time: 1hr 05
Carrier: British Airways BA1344

All flight times are the latest known and subject to confirmation by the airline. All flight times are local time.

October Weather

Average Temperatures
19 C° high
9 C° low
Average Rainfall
30 mm / month
6 days / month
Average Sunshine
8 hours / day

Useful Information

Currency: Jordanian Dinars (JOD). £1 is roughly equivalent to 0.95 Jordanian Dinar, with the average price for a cup of coffee in Amman being 2.85 (JOD). USD may be accepted in some restaurants and hotels and Visa and Mastercard are acceptable, though few places will accept AmEx. If, at the end of the holiday you would like to change your Dinars back for your currency, you will need the original receipts to prove that you changed your currency into Dinars at a Jordanian bank.

Language: Arabic is the official language in Jordan, but English is widely spoken and is in fact a compulsory subject in secondary schools. Even so, you'll find that a bit of courtesy in learning Arabic phrases will be appreciated. There is also a small French-speaking population in Jordan.

Timezone: Eastern European Time (EET) UTC +2, with an offset of one hour (+3) during the summer months.

How Fit Do I Need to Be? Some of the paths will require a little extra attention to where you’re placing your feet, but most paths are fairly easy-going, with some ascents and descents as you make your way around the canyon landscape of Petra.

By keeping group sizes at a manageable level, we can cater to a range of comfort levels while out on the path

We generally find that you are more likely to get the most out of these tours if you’re at a good level of fitness prior to your departure.

How Safe is Jordan? While it is the case that Jordan shares its borders with some politically unstable neighbours, you’re very unlikely to sense even a hint of this while travelling through the country. Jordan is often described as being the safest country in the Middle East and retains close links with British and US security forces.

What to Wear in Jordan: For general travel in Jordan we recommend lightweight, breathable clothing and a few layers for when we spend the night in the Wadi Rum desert. Our trip to Jordan incorporates a range of activities, to get the most of the trip you'll be needing clothes to suit the occasion. The only really technical bit of kit you'll benefit from is a pair of comfortable, broken-in hiking boots for exploring Petra, as well as swimwear for relaxing beside the shoreline of the Dead Sea.
When you're not hiking or swimming in the Dead Sea, its best to observe the local customs and culture by ensuring that your shoulders and knees are covered (men and women). Note that there's no expectation for women to cover their hair.

Power Plugs and Sockets in Jordan: Types of plug sockets vary across Jordan. European two and three-pin plugs, as well as British three-pin plugs crop up as and when, meaning that packing an adapter is a necessity.

To make a reservation for one of our holidays, all you have to do is enter your name and e-mail address - we don't require anything up-front. We'll then get back to you with further details and information on how to book your holiday.

Please note: In the interests of providing a well-organised, efficient service, we like to keep our tour group sizes to a mininum, and as such, we can only hold your reservation over a limited time period. If you'd prefer to discuss your travel plans with a member of our team, please do not hesitate to call us (01291 639 697) with your queries.

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