Jordan Eco Tour JE5A
5 Days / 4 Nights
Day 1: Arrival Amman
Meet and assist at Queen Alia Airport by representative, and transfer to Amman.
Overnight in Amman.
Day 2: Amman – Azraq Wetland - Shumari Wildlife Reserve – Amman
After breakfast, Drive to Azraq wetland your perfect choice for bird watching, a restored desert oasis containing several pools, a seasonally flooded marshland and a large mudflat, is an important stop for migratory birds. From the walkways and hides, visitors get the chance to observe birds close at hand, including local, migratory, and rare species occasionally.
The area is also rich in cultural history and has unique desert landscapes of black basalt. Walk the Marsh Trail to explore the wetland; stroll past tall reeds and open pools, observe visiting birds, or catch a glimpse of water buffaloes wallowing in the shallow water.
After the tour we drive to Shumari Wildlife Reserve to start an Oryx Safari tour, professional local guide will meet you at Shaumari Wildlife Reserve in converted Land Cruiser safari vehicles. The tour begins with a brief about the reserve and what to expect on your journey through the desert.
Midway through the safari, you will stop for a picnic and enjoy a hot cup of tea while taking in the beautiful semi-desert landscape of Shaumari. Oryx Safari Trail brings you close to one of the region’s most magnificent and (endangered) wild animals: the Arabian Oryx. This large white antelope, with its long, pointed horns, is an icon of Arabia and is thought to be the origin of the mythical unicorn.
While touring Shaumari, you may also see the Persian Onager, another critically endangered species breeding successfully in the reserve. While we cannot guarantee that you will see any big animals on your trip, you will experience the special character of the Eastern Desert, with its surprising variety of vegetation and subtle colors.
Back to Amman for overnight.
Day 3: Amman - Madaba (Mosaic Class) – Mount Nebo – Dead Sea Village (Ghor Al Mazra’a)
After Breakfast, proceed to visit Madaba, a combination of rural home life and a hot spot for religious tourism. Known as the “City of Mosaics” Madaba is the cultural epicenter for Byzantine and Umayyad mosaics. Just a short distance from the capitol visitors are just a stone's throw away from the holy monuments of religious iconography.
Stop in traditional mosaic factory and spend around one hour learning the ancient art of mosaic making! Following an introduction to Roman mosaic techniques, you will practice the principles of texture, composition and marble tile cutting to create your own piece of mosaic to take home.
Drive to Mount Nebo, and wonder at the view where Moses looked across to the Promised Land and later died and was buried.
Proceed to the lowest point on Earth Dead Sea, a spectacular natural wonder the Dead Sea is perfect for religious tourism and fun in the sun with the family. With its mix of beach living and religious history you can soak up the sun while Biblical scholars can get their daily dose of religious history.
The leading attraction at the Dead Sea is the warm, soothing, super salty water itself – some ten times saltier than sea water, and rich in chloride salts of magnesium, sodium, potassium, bromine and several others.
The unusually warm, incredibly buoyant and mineral-rich waters have attracted visitors since ancient times, including King Herod the Great and the beautiful Egyptian Queen, Cleopatra. All of whom have luxuriated in the Dead Sea's rich, black, stimulating mud and floated effortlessly on their backs while soaking up the water's healthy minerals along with the gently diffused rays of the Jordanian sun.
We drive the length of the Dead Sea to Ghor Al Mazra’a village, where we learn skills like making Arabic eyeliner and traditional bread. A portion of your trip cost goes directly to the people of this village.
Overnight at Dead Sea.
Day 4: Dead Sea – Mujib – Amman, Folklore night
After Breakfast, drive to Mujib Biosphere Reserve, At 420 meters below sea level, the Mujib Biosphere Reserve is the lowest nature reserve on Earth, and has recently been added to UNESCO’s Man and Biosphere program. Its rugged and spectacular mountains border the Dead Sea coast and are dissected by several river-filled canyons that offer the best river and adventure hikes in Jordan.
Mujib’s complex river system and all-year water flow enable it to support a rich biodiversity. To date, over 557 species of plants, 18 species of mammals, and numerous species of resident and migratory birds have been recorded. Some of the mountain and valley areas are difficult to reach and offer safe havens for rare species of cats, mountain goats (Nubian Ibex).
Start the water trail – Siq Trail - The trail starts at the Visitor Center near the Mujib Bridge, where you will take the cantilevered walkway over the dam and follow the course of the river between towering sandstone cliffs to the base of a large waterfall. Depending on seasonal rainfall levels, the gorge may contain pools deep enough for swimming. This is an ideal walk to take slowly and enjoy the cool water and shade, especially in the heat of the summer.
Drive to Amman. At evening, transfer to a special folklore center where you witness the traditional folklore dance, an opportunity to wear the traditional dress, quick class in how to dance “ Dabka” which known as traditional folklore dance during a small wedding ceremony for any 2 couples of your group, enjoy a traditional dinner before heading back to your hotel for overnight.
Day 5: Amman Airport
After Breakfast, free time then departure to Airport.
- Meet and assist at Queen Alia Airport upon arrival and departure.
- 3 Nights’ accommodation including daily Breakfast.
- Entrance fees to all mentioned sites.
- Private transfer by air-conditioned vehicle according to the number of participants.
- Hiking trail in Shumari Wildlife Reserve.
- March trail in Azraq Wetland.
- Meals as mentioned in the itinerary.
- Folklore night with dinner in Amman.
- Any meals not mentioned above.
- Any sites or tours not mentioned in the program.