Explore the diverse highlights of Jordan on-foot and discover its ancient heritage
With fertile valleys and Roman ruins in the north and to the south the vast, sprawling red desert sands of Wadi Rum; Jordan boasts an incredibly diversity of highlights. Journeying through its heart to discover its rich cultural and natural highlights, we will engage with Jordan’s people too. Starting with tranquil walks through the olive groves of Ajloun, we will visit local cooperatives before wandering through the colonnaded streets, temples and gateways of the Roman city of Jerash. After experiencing the peculiar sensation of floating in the Dead Sea and visiting the Crusader castle at Kerak, we can stretch our legs on one of the many trails in the Dana Biosphere Reserve; taking time to drink in the panoramic views down into the Great Rift Valley and perhaps spotting a desert fox or griffon vultures overhead. We whet our appetite for Petra with a visit to its lesser-known sibling of Little Petra. From here, we set off on a stunning walk along a quiet back trail that delivers us to one of the most remarkable monuments in Petra, hidden far away from the crowds. After a full exploration of the city, we have the option to return to experience the Siq and the Treasury by candlelight.
We then drive deep into the desert of Wadi Rum, once roamed by Lawrence of Arabia, busy harrying Ottoman forces. We stay in a comfortable Bedouin desert camp, our hosts descendants of the very same tribe that guided Lawrence. Drifting off to sleep in the profound darkness and stillness of the desert under a star-lit sky is an unforgettable experience. We also spend a little time at the Dead Sea resort of Aqaba, before returning to Amman where we can explore the city's citadel and atmospheric souks.