Jordan Eco Tour
From $4,298 pp
Discover raw beauty and vast wilderness on this Travelous Eco journey through the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. Hike through miles of lush woodland at the Ajloun Forest Reserve, where rolling hills and rich forests tenderly shelter the Red Fox, Jackal, Striped Hyena, Crested Porcupine, Stone Marten and unique plant biodiversity. Immerse yourself in the wetland oasis at the Azraq Reserve, the "sparkling blue desert jewel" where natural pools and bubbling springs have attracted migrating wildlife for hundreds of years. With the Bedouins as your hosts, spend an evening under a canopy of twinkling stars in the Wadi Rum Desert, discovering ancient old traditions and untouched nature. Take in the exhilarating thrill of the remote landscape as you quietly explore the monolithic rock sculptures, eerily aspiring towards the heavens in a moonlit glow. Get up close and personal to a plethora of colorful fish while snorkeling in the calm waters of the Red Sea and bring your experience to a perfect end with an invigorating soak in the thermal waterfalls in Ma'in.
| Day 1 |
| || Amman Grand Hyatt Hotel - Standard |
Bed and Breakfast
| Day 2 |
Amman - Ajloun
| || Ajloun Forest Lodge - Deluxe Cabin with Forest View |
| Day 3 |
Ajloun - Azraq Nature Reserve
| || Azraq Lodge - Guest Room |
| Day 4 |
Azraq Nature Reserve - Madaba
| || Mariam Hotel - Standard Room |
| Day 5 |
Madaba - Petra
| || Movenpick Petra - Superior Room |
| Day 6 |
Petra - Wadi Rum
| || Bait Ali Camp - Deluxe Chalet with AC |
| Day 7 |
Wadi Rum - Aqaba
| || Movenpick Tala Bay - Superior Pool View |
Bed and Breakfast
| Day 8 |
Aqaba - Dana Nature Reserve
| || Feynan Ecolodge - Deluxe Room |
| Day 9 |
Dana Nature Reserve - Ma'In - Dead Sea Jordan
| || Kempinski Hotel Dead Sea - Superior Room |
| Day 10 |
Welcome to Amman International Airport (also called Queen Alia). An Airport representative awaits your arrival holding a sign with your name printed on it, assisting you through the visa process (included) & luggage identification before introducing you to your Travelous representative & private English-speaking driver who will be on call throughout your entire stay.
A Jordanian Tourism Tax will be paid on your behalf upon entering the country to cover public liability insurance on equipment such as jeeps, camels and horses.
Transfer in private vehicle with English speaking driver from the Airport to your hotel for overnight.
Amman Grand Hyatt Hotel - Standard Room
Amman - Ajloun
Transfer to Jerash - one of the best preserved Roman provincial towns in the world. The ancient city of Jerash boasts an unbroken chain of human occupation dating back more than 6,500 years. Conquered by General Pompey in 63 BC, it came under Roman rule and was one of the ten great Roman cities known as the Decapolis League.
The city's golden age came under Roman rule, during which time it was known as Gerasa. Hidden for centuries in sand before being excavated and restored over the past 70 years, Jerash reveals a fine example of the grand, formal Roman urbanism that is found throughout the Middle East, comprising of paved and colonnaded streets, soaring hilltop temples, handsome theatres, spacious public squares and piazzas, baths, fountains and city walls pierced by towers and gates.
Beneath its external Greco-Roman veneer, Jerash also preserves a subtle blend of east and west. Its architecture, religion and languages reflect a process by which two powerful cultures meshed and coexisted, the Greco-Roman world of the Mediterranean basin and the traditions of the Arab Orient. Lunch at the Lebanese House Restaurant is included with this half day tour.
Continue to Ajloun - The marvels of nature and the genius of medieval Arab military architecture have given northern Jordan two of the most important ecological and historical attractions in the Middle East: the sprawling pine forests of the Ajloun-Dibbine area, and the towering Ayyubid castle, which is an awe-inspiring Islamic fortress that withstood the power of the Crusader armies in the 12th Century. Climbing the narrow staircases and walking through endless hallways takes you back to a time of chivalry and faith, where you can almost imagine the sounds of battling Iron and the site of a raging battlefield.
Ajloun is just a short journey from Jerash through pine forest and olive groves and boasts scores of ancient sites, including water mills, forts and villages, all in the beautiful hills and valleys of north Jordan.
Ajloun Forest Lodge - Deluxe Cabin
Ajloun - Azraq Nature Reserve
Trek through a beautiful rolling forest landscape at the Ajloun Nature Reserve, with donkey support, and end your hike at the fascinating church mosaics of Tal Mar Elias (Elijah's Hill), where a locally prepared tea & picnic lunch will be provided. Return to the reserve by bus. (Distance: 8.5 km/ Time: 4.5 hours).
Transfer to Azraq Nature Reserve - Start the Azraq Lodge March trail. The Marsh Trail is an easy loop around the marshes and pools. From the visitors center, the trail leads out to the marshes across a wooden walkway. It then crosses a dry area to reach a viewing platform overlooking the Chechan pools; the center of the huge springs that once spilled millions of cubic meters of water across the marshland. Before they dried up, they were popular swimming holes for local people. In fact, villagers refer to the two pools as the "man"s pool" and the "woman"s pool", an indication of their designated swimming areas. On leaving the viewing area, you will walk along an ancient Umayyad or Roman wall (no one is certain who built it), constructed of black basalt rock. It has an intricate structure, with buttresses jutting out of the wall on either side. The wall was possibly a water control system, used to separate salt water from fresh water and a barrier against winter floods.
Azraq Lodge - Guest Room
Azraq Nature Reserve - Madaba
After breakfast - explore Azraq Village by bicycle. The tour includes a visit to Azraq Castle and lunch with local Druz Family.
Embark on an afternoon excursion to visit Jordan's Desert Castles. Beautiful examples of both early Islamic art and architecture, the castles stand testament to a fascinating era in the country's rich history. Their fine mosaics, frescoes, stone carvings and illustrations, inspired by the best in Persian and Graeco-Roman traditions, tell countless stories of the life as it was during the eighth century. Called castles because of their imposing stature, the desert complexes actually served various purposes as caravan stations, agriculture and trade centres, resort pavilions and outposts that helped distant rulers forge ties with local bedouins. Several of these preserved compounds are clustered to the east and south of Amman. Qusair Amra, one of the best preserved monuments, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Its interior walls and ceilings are covered with lively frescoes, and two of the rooms are paved with colorful mosaics. Qasr al-Kharrana, has been restored and in excellent condition. Drive to Madaba for Dinner & overnight.
Mariam Hotel - Standard Room
Madaba - Petra
Welcome to Madaba. Best known for its spectacular Byzantine and Umayyad mosaics, Madaba is home to the famous 6th century Mosaic Map of Jerusalem and the Holy Land. With two million pieces of vividly colored local stone, it depicts hills and valleys, villages and towns as far as the Nile Delta. The Madaba Mosaic Map covers the floor of the St. George Greek Orthodox Church. Built in 1896 AD, over the remains of a much earlier 6th century Byzantine church. The mosaic panel enclosing the Map was originally around 15.6 X 6m, 94 square meters, only about a quarter of which is preserved.
Continue to visit Mount Nebo, the mountaintop memorial of Moses with captivating views of the Jordan Valley, Dead Sea and The River Jordan. A small Byzantine church was built there by the early Christians, which has been expanded into a vast complex. During his visit to Jordan in 2001, the Late Pope John Paul II held a sermon here that was attended by some 20,000 faithful.
Drive through the Kings Highway to Petra for Dinner & overnight. On the way to Petra, you will stop at Mujib View point and Dana View point for some photo beautiful photo opportunities. Driving time is 3 hours.
To visit Petra during daylight is awe-inspiring, to experience it by the light of 1,800 candles is truly an out-of-this-world experience! Walk through the Siq to the Khazneh, following a candle-lit path and enjoy the haunting music of the Bedouin at the Treasury. Tours start at 8.30pm and operates every Monday, Wednesday and Thursday.
Movenpick Petra - Superior Room
Petra - Wadi Rum
The wonder of Petra is without a doubt, Jordan's most valuable treasure and greatest tourist attraction. It is a vast, unique city, carved into the sheer rock face by the Nabateans; an industrious Arab people who settled here more than 2000 years ago. It was turned into an important junction for the silk, spice and other trade routes that linked China, India and southern Arabia with Egypt, Syria, Greece and Rome.
Entrance to the city is through the Siq, a narrow gorge, over 1 kilometer in length flanked on either side by soaring, 80 meters high cliffs. Just walking through the Siq is an experience in itself. The colors and formations of the rocks are dazzling. As you reach the end of the Siq you will catch your first glimpse of Al-Khazneh (Treasury). This is an awe-inspiring experience. A massive facade, carved out of the sheer, dusky pink, rock-face and dwarfing everything around it. It was carved in the early 1st century as the tomb of an important Nabatean king and represents the engineering genius of these ancient people.
The Treasury is just the first of the many wonders that make up Petra. You will need at least four or five days to really explore everything here. As you enter the Petra valley you will be overwhelmed by the natural beauty of this place and its outstanding architectural achievements. There are hundreds of elaborate rock-cut tombs with intricate carvings - unlike the houses, which were destroyed mostly by earthquakes, the tombs were carved to last throughout the afterlife and 500 have survived, empty but bewitching as you file past their dark openings. Here, also is a massive Nabatean-built, Roman-style theatre, seating 3,000 people. There are obelisks, temples, sacrificial altars & colonnaded streets, and high above, overlooking the valley, is the impressive Ad-Deir Monastery - a flight of 800 rock cut steps takes you there. Lunch will be served at Basin Restaurant inside the Petra site.
Transfer in private vehicle from Petra to Wadi Rum. Driving time is 1.5 hours.
Also known as the 'Valley of the Moon', the Wadi Rum Reserve is a timeless place, virtually untouched by humanity and its destructive forces. Here, it is the weather and winds that have carved the imposing, towering skyscrapers, so elegantly described by T.E. Lawrence as "vast, echoing and god-like". A maze of monolithic rockscape rise from the desert floor to heights of 1,750 meters. Ideal for hiking, rock climbing and desert trekking, one can enjoy the tranquility of the boundless empty spaces, explore the canyons and water holes to discover 4000-year-old rock drawings and many other spectacular treasures this wilderness holds within.
Explore this vast terrain with your private 4x4 Closed Top jeep safari inside Wadi Rum including the Lawrence Spring, and Khazalee mountain (duration is 2 hrs).
Bait Ali Desert Lodge - Deluxe Chalet with AC
Wadi Rum - Aqaba
Experience the vast beauty of Wadi Rum as if you were a true desert nomad. Start out on a morning trek from your camp with a Bedouin Guide for about 2 hrs until reaching Al Kharaza (Lion Mountain). Travel back to camp - then continue by camels to Wadi Rum Village for 1.5-2hrs - Lunch at Bait Ali Camp.
Transfer in private vehicle from Wadi Rum to Aqaba. Driving time is 1 hour.
Movenpick Tala Bay - Superior Pool View
Aqaba - Dana Nature Reserve
Enjoy a free day at leisure. Aqaba is a fun place. It is a microcosm of all the good things Jordan has to offer, including a fascinating history with some outstanding sites, excellent hotels and activities, superb visitor facilities, good shopping, and welcoming, friendly people, who enjoy nothing more than making sure their visitors have a good time.
But perhaps Aqaba's greatest asset is the Red Sea itself. Here you can experience some of the best snorkeling and diving in the world. For those who prefer to keep their feet dry, all the deep sea wonders can be viewed through a glass-bottomed boat or by submarine, or you can just relax under the sun on the resort"s sandy beaches. Plus, of course, there are plenty of other water-sport activities available, as well as an extensive and interesting Marine Park. From as far back as five and half thousand years ago Aqaba has played an important role in the economy of the region.
Transfer in private vehicle from Aqaba to Dana Nature Reserve. Driving time is 2 hours.
Every evening, guests are invited to join the lodge's guides on a hike to the top of a gentle outcrop to watch a sunset like no other. Against the dramatic backdrop of rugged, i-coloured mountains, the sun descends, spreading vivid ambers, violets and reds across the canvas of the evening sky. Take this rare opportunity to witness the end of the day in the Bedouin camps below; with children wandering home from play, women tending the evening fires, and men rounding up their herds in a peaceful dance as the sun falls. Feel the gentle breeze ushering in nightfall as stars dot the sky and guides brew fresh mint tea over the warm fire.
Feynan Eco Lodge - Deluxe Room
Dana Nature Reserve - Ma'In - Dead Sea Jordan
Start off a great day in the wilderness with this challenging sunrise hike. Depart from the lodge at dawn with a local Bedouin guide to climb into the mountains just as Bedouin shepherds do with their flocks each morning. Recommended for intermediary to advanced hikers (no children permitted, for safety), this hike involves negotiating Bedouin shepherd trails atop the ridgelines of steep hills and cliffs that surround Abu Khalil"s (a local elder) winter and summer beits (homes in Arabic). At the summit of the hike, you will be able to gaze endlessly, over Bedouin villages, ancient ruins, and the desert of Wadi Araba. The colours over Feynan are fantastic as day breaks and the sun begins to shine over mountains, canyons and the desert surrounding Feynan.
Transfer in private vehicle from Dana Nature Reserve to Ma'in, most famous for its hot springs and hyper thermal waterfall. The site is also linked to the Biblical Herod the Great who is said to have bathed in its medicinal waters. Originating from winter rainfalls in the highland plains of Jordan, they eventually feed the 109 hot and cold springs in the valley. This water is naturally heated to temperatures up to 45 degrees Celsius by underground lava fissures as it makes its way through the valley before emptying into the Zarqa river basin in northeast Jordan. Free afternoon at Ma'In Hot Springs Hotel - Dinner & overnight.
Kempinski Hotel Dead Sea - Superior Room
Unfortunately, we say goodbye to you today. Transfer in private vehicle with full assistance to Amman Airport for your flight home. Keep the memories alive and we hope to see you in Jordan again soon. Stay Travelous!
Welcome to the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan; an ancient land that has captivated travelers for thousands of years. It continues to enthral a whole new generation as a modern, vibrant nation deeply rooted in culture and religion. From the haunting, primeval starkness of Wadi Rum, to the teeming centre of urban Amman, to the majestic ruins of bygone civilizations. From the Red Sea to the timeless splendour of the Dead Sea, Jordan is reveals itself as a unique destination offering breathtaking and mysterious sights, pictouresque landscapes, exquisite cuisine and countless activities that provide visitors with inspiration, rejuvenation, shock and awe.
Amman Grand Hyatt Hotel
Discover the 5-star luxury hotel experience that awaits you at Grand Hyatt Amman - located just two kilometers away from the city center, in the heart of the business and diplomatic district of Jabal Amman. Delight in the ideal balance of comfort and convenience, just 30 minutes from Amman's airport, Queen Alia International Airport (AMIA). Enjoy the full range of facilities at this 5-star Amman hotel - including a health center, spa, restaurants and dining, chic bars and lounges.
Enjoy contemporary decor with arabesque touches and one king or two twin beds featuring plush pillows, the softest of sheets and duvet. Magnificent views welcome you to an elegant retreat offering every amenity, including marble bath with separate walk-in massaging shower, generous work area and high-speed Internet access.
Ajloun Forest Lodge
The Forest Lodge is situated within the Ajloun Forest Reserve, located on the Ajloun highlands north of Amman covering 13 square kilometers. It is dominated by open woodlands of Evergreen Oak, Pine, Carob, Wild Pistachio and Wild Strawberry tree. These trees have been important to local people for their wood, scenic beauty, and quite often for medicine and food. The Ajloun area has a long history of human settlement, due to its mild climate, dense forests, and fertile soil. This rich history is reflected in the many archaeological ruins scattered in the wood-lands and surrounding villages. The reserve itself supports a wide variety of wild plants and animals and is a peaceful place to relax and enjoy nature. Among the more unusual animals to be found in the Reserve are the Striped Hyena, Crested Porcupine and Stone Marten. In spring, the reserve is a carpet of wild flowers, including drifts of anemones and rock roses.
Five beautifully designed cabins provide the perfect way for you to experience nature with some additional luxury. Each cabin has comfort and style and is equipped with a private bathroom and a small terrace that invites you to sit for hours enjoying the soft breeze and rolling forest vistas.
The Azraq Lodge is a converted 1940"s British military field hospital, located at the edge of the Eastern Desert, only a short distance from the Azraq and Shaumari nature reserves. It has an authentic period atmosphere, combined with a modern twist, and provides comfortable and characterful accommodation from which to explore the Eastern Desert. There are 16 fully equipped 1940's style rooms, air conditioned with private bathrooms and terraces, overlooking Azraq Village and sand flats of the Azraq Basin. The rooms can accommodate up to 40 people at full capacity. All the staff members are from local Bedouin, Chechen, and Druze communities and the kitchen and restaurant are under the management of a local family, who provide home-cooked Chechen food. The Lodge is open all year. Many interesting archaeological sites lie within easy reach of Azraq Lodge, including the famous but misnamed "desert castles": Qasr Amra, Qasr Kharana and Azraq Castle. Qasr Amra is one of the best preserved Umayyad bath houses in the world and a World Heritage Site. Its interior walls are covered in lively frescos dating back to the 700 AD. There are also many dramatic desert landscapes to discover, including moon-like plains of black basalt and white valleys of chalk.
Each of the fully equipped 1940's style rooms is air conditioned with private bathrooms and terraces, overlooking Azraq Village and sand flats of the Azraq Basin.
Mariam hotel is located in Madaba only 25 minutes driving from Queen Alia International Airport. It is a tourist friendly, family-run hotel. When it's time to relax, you can enjoy a swim in the wonderful large outdoor swimming pool, or soak up the sun on the pool deck. All of the comfortable rooms are all equipped with private bathroom, hot water and central heating. Some of the rooms have balconies overlooking the swimming pool at the back. The courteous friendly staff have been carefully trained to pamper guests with the warmth and attentiveness of Jordanian's traditional and unique hospitality.
Each of the 57 comfortable rooms are all equipped with private bathroom, hot water and central heating. All rooms have safety deposit box, TV + Satellite, AC, hair driers, direct dialing phone and FREE Wi-Fi.
The Movenpick Resort Petra is located directly at the entrance to the historic Jordanian city of Petra. This resort with an oriental flair features an exciting combination of natural stone, handcrafted wood and Middle Eastern fabrics and textures. With 183 newly renovated rooms and suites and a wide variety of restaurants for your culinary cravings, the Movenpick Resort Petra will certainly provide long lasting memories. Enjoy your time spent in one of the world's most extraordinary destinations.
Superior Rooms offer one king-size bed or two twin beds, sitting and working areas, free minibar and all modern facilities. Connecting rooms and non-smoking available upon request. Room can accommodate a maximum of 3 people. All rooms are equipped with air-conditioning/heating, satellite TV, direct-dial telephones, coffee and tea-making facilities, and hairdryer.
Bait Ali Desert Lodge
Bait Ali Lodge is a unique rest area in the heart of Wadi Rum, easily accessed from the main Wadi Rum road. The camp and rest area are built in the Bedouin Arabic tradition blending naturally into the desert surroundings. Bait Ali has traditional Bedouin tented areas, modern showers and toilets: terraced areas with "zerb oven", bar facilities and of course plenty of room for camping, whether in the tents or motor caravans. The camp also does desert farming, so enjoy some organic, fresh produce directly from the farm!
Located in the traditional Bedouin tented area, your tent consists of a king size bed, air conditioning, tv and private ensuite bathroom.
Movenpick Tala Bay
The Movenpick Resort & Spa Tala Bay Aqaba is a strikingly contemporary resort on the shores of the southern Red Sea. Its unique style offers a bold interpretation of the resort's stunning location. In the grounds there is more than 3,000 sqm of pool space, while both inside and outside the hotels contemporary design flourishes featuring local motifs and vibrant artworks all accented by a soft warming color palette. In addition to the 150-meter private beach, enjoy some water sports, Zara Spa, and spectacular Red Sea and mountain views. Located only 15 minutes from the city center and 25 minutes from King Hussein International Airport.
Superior Rooms have a pool view and are 34 sqm. They consist of a double bed or two single beds. All rooms feature a private terrace with a table and two chairs. These rooms accommodate a maximum of two adults. An extra bed is available upon availability.
Feynan Eco Lodge
Deep in the heart of the mountainous Dana Biosphere Reserve, at the end of a rugged track, an idyllic candle-lit lodge rests in the magnificent Wadi Feynan. Here, set against the glorious desert landscape, guests staying at the 26-room lodge can be found adventuring through the untouched outdoors, sipping mint tea with the native Bedouin, exploring local archaeological sites or simply unwinding in the serene courtyards and terraces of the candle-lit complex; safe in the knowledge that they are vacationing in a socially and environmentally-responsible way. Hailed as one of the top fifty Eco lodges in the world by National Geographic Adventure Magazine, the solar powered Feynan Ecolodge offers the most developed eco-experience in Jordan; an experience made possible by a unique partnership between EcoHotels and the Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature, a Jordanian NGO devoted to the protection of the Kingdom's finest natural landscapes.
Indulge yourself with even more space and a private balcony from which to enjoy breathtaking views of the landscape. Deluxe rooms sleep up to four people and provide a washbasin in most rooms in addition to the en-suite shower room. Twin, double and quad rooms available.
Kempinski Hotel Dead Sea
Welcome to the lowest point on Earth. Embrace the magic of Jordan's most enchanting setting where nature and history have so wonderfully conspired. Kempinski Hotel Ishtar Dead Sea is the most ideal venue from which to explore the rich culture and deep history of the area. This 5-star luxury hotel is situated on the edge of the famous salt lake and provides uninterrupted views across the vast sea towards the west bank. It offers access to some of the most beautiful scenery in the world, including religious sites and majestic countryside. Kempinski Hotel Ishtar Dead Sea offers three luxurious enclaves set amidst gardens dotted with lagoons, waterfalls and private pools.
Nestled in the resort's main building, each room comes with a spacious balcony or terrace with outdoor furniture where you can enjoy magnificent views of the Dead Sea and stunning sunsets. All rooms and suites are enriched with quintessential facilities; luxurious Dead Sea inspired amenities, and complimentary benefits.
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