Ancient culture with a cool modern vibe, friendly locals, and spectacular archeological sites — all in a region of the planet where human civilization began.
Jordan is a small country nestled in a corner pocket of the Middle East that has long welcomed travellers in! This exciting trekking trip from Intrepid Travel will see you spend 8 days exploring some of the most iconic of the country’s gems — from renowned Petra to Wadi Rum, and beyond. This tour is about being out and about in Jordan — under spectacular skies, in the desert sand, among the ruins and the people. It’s also a good deal, and reasonably priced. Here are details, with a link to the tour on Intrepid’s site below.
Day 1: Fly into the city of Amman, where you’ll meet your Intrepid team at the hotel. This trip doesn’t include Amman as a destination, but Intrepid does advise that you can arrive a few days prior to, or spend a few days after, your Trek Jordan trip if you want to explore this historic and stunning capital city.
Day 2: Head to the Dead Sea area, where you’ll explore Mukawir (also known as ancient Machaerus), and the ancient citadel of Herod the Great, and the spot where it’s thought John the Baptist was executed. You trek the Shepherd’s Trail, where you get spectacular views of the Mediterranean and the West Bank as well as Jerusalem and Jericho (on a good day). Then head for a swim in the salty Dead Sea, where you really just float instead of swim.
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Day 3: You head to Petra to explore the famed UNESCO World Heritage archaeological rock-city site that dates back to about 400 BCE and was the busy capital of the Nabatean Kingdom. Carved right into the rockface of the mountainside is, among other structures, the stunning façade of the Treasury building, and the whole site was thought to be a thriving economic center and trading post. You’ll spend the day exploring the site, with access to a guide, if you prefer.
Day 4: You hike to the site of Little Petra, then along the lesser-known back-trail that brings you back to Petra proper.
Days 5 & 6: Wadi Rum. Spend two days in the red rose valley and hills of the desert of Wadi Rum, home to the Bedouins, who will host you, teach you about their culture, treat you to an “earthen-oven” feast, and where you’ll sleep under the spectacular stars. You’ll also enjoy a hike in and around the desert on a guided trek.
Day 7: Madaba. You start the day with a canyon trek in Wadi Rum (approx. 6 km), then road trip to the small, stunningly historic town of Madaba, which is renowned for its ancient and era-specific mosaic masterpieces, from not-quite biblical to Byzantine to Ottoman.
Day 8: Madaba. Depart day.
Booking Info | Trek Jordan (Dead Sea, Petra, Wadi Rum, Madaba) | Intrepid Travel
Length/Departs: 8 days; Mar., Apr., May, Sept., Oct., for both 2022 and 2023.
Group size: min. of 1, max. of 12
Accommodations/Transportation: Desert camp in Wadi Rum for 2 nights (with tents), hotels for 5 nights. Jeep, van for transport.
Price: From $1,940 to $2,175 CDN (depending on depart).
Difficulty: According to Intrepid, “a reasonable level of fitness is required” as this trip involves trekking as well as walking as you explore sites like Petra and Wadi Rum. Intrepid also notes that “most of the time there is no shade,” so be prepared both in fitness and in the gear you bring for that circumstance. You trek anywhere from 6, to 14 to 20 kilometres, depending on the day’s itinerary.
Special Note: Intrepid Travel is a certified B Corp, and defines itself as a global company dedicated to “trips focused on ethical and responsible experiences,” with a mission that is “focused on empowering communities, protecting the planet and creating a more equitable experience for all travelers.” For more info on Intrepid Travel’s sustainability policies and practices, you can check out its Ethical Marketing Guidelines here.