Jordan Into the Wild Tour
8 Days / 7 Nights
Day 1: Arrival Amman
Meet and assist at Queen Alia Airport by representative, and transfer to Amman.
Overnight in Amman.
Day 2: Amman – Shumari Wildlife Reserve – Ajloun Forest Reserve
After breakfast, 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 can't guarantee you will see any big animal on your trip, you will experience the special character of the Eastern Desert with its surprising variety of vegetation and subtle colors.
Overnight in Ajloun Reserve.
Day 3: Ajloun Orjan Trail
After Breakfast, trail begins at the Reserve's Visitor Center and takes you to the Soap House in the neighboring village of Orjan. On the way, you will hike through thick, healthy woodlands filled with oak, pistachio, and oriental strawberry trees. Take a short detour to view a ruined wine press before you pass one of the oldest strawberry trees in the Reserve on your way down into the valley.
The trail climbs to 1100m above sea level at Eagle's View Point, and then descends to the Soap House located in Um Alyanabee’ village where local women use a variety of local ingredients, to create high-quality handmade natural olive oil soaps named Orjan Soap. The soaps are all produced using pure olive oil, combined with other natural oils, plant extracts and pure essential oils. All Orjan Soaps are natural and made with at least 90% pure olive oil. This soap is used for all skin types.
Overnight in Ajloun Reserve.
Day 4: Ajloun - Mujib Biosphere Reserve – Fynan Sunset Hike - Ecolodge
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, and 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.
Proceed driving to Fynan, witness the Sunset as you will be invited to join the lodge’s guides on a 20-minute stroll to the top of a gentle outcrop to watch a sunset like no other. Against the dramatic backdrop of rugged, multi-colored 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 to the haunting sounds of the call to prayer. Feel the gentle breeze ushering in nightfall as stars dot the sky and guides brew fresh mint tea over the warm fire. The whole activity takes 2 hours, including 40-45 minutes of walking.
Overnight in Fynan Eco lodge, enjoy the rare opportunity to disconnect as you reconnect with nature and reacquaint yourself with the simplicity of life. Savor the joy of waking up to the chirping of birds, the sun rising over the mountains and feast on a nourishing Arabic breakfast as the shepherds guide goats in search of theirs. Find a good reading spot at one of the serene terraces and marvel at the surroundings, or indulge in one of the many activities offered in the reserve. And at night, unwind as the candlelit lodge flickers, then count the shooting stars as you lay under the endless bed of stars.
Day 5: Fynan – Little Petra, Backward path from Siq Al Barid to Monastery with Petra visit
After Breakfast, Transfer to little Petra where you will meet your Bedouin guide and start hiking trail from Little Petra to Ad Deir Monastery, The trail begins at Kharrubat al-Fajja, which is 50 meters west of the main road to Beidha, and ends at Ad-Deir.
The beginning of this trail is easy, allowing you to enjoy the beautiful landscape of the area and the mountain views overlooking Wadi Araba as you walk. It also takes you through an agricultural area.
After reaching Ad Deir, continue your tour exploring Petra. There are hundreds of elaborate rock-cut tombs with intricate carvings, a massive Roman-style theater to seat 3,000 people, magnificent obelisks, temples, and colonnaded street, Reach to Al Khazneh (The Treasury), through the Siq, a narrow gorge over 1km in length, and admire the dazzling colors and rock formations, until you end your trip at the visitor's center.
Overnight at your hotel in Petra.
Day 6: Petra - Wadi Rum Hike
After Breakfast, proceed to Wadi Rum, start a jeep tour in Wadi Rum we follow much the same route as the "classic trip" hike (alone) through the Barragh Canyon and enjoy the silence there. Lunch in this famous valley.
Later drive to a place where you have a view of the bridge high on Jebel Burdah and you can take another hike in the afternoon through a very attractive narrow valley towards another rock bridge. You can climb this one as well if you wish - it is much easier than Burdah.
Traditional dinner “Zarb” at the camp & overnight at a Bedouin tent.
Day 7: Wadi Rum – Amman, Folklore night
After Breakfast, we leave Wadi Rum and drive back to Amman, free time at your hotel. 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 hotel for overnight.
Day 8: Amman – Amman Airport
After Breakfast, free time then departure to Airport.
- Meet and assist at Queen Alia Airport upon arrival and departure.
- 6 Nights’ accommodation including daily Breakfast.
- 1 Nights at local Bedouin camp in Wadi Rum with traditional dinner under the stars.
- Entrance fees to all mentioned sites.
- Private transfer by air-conditioned vehicle according to the number of participants.
- Hiking trail in Shumari Wildlife Reserve.
- Hiking trail Ajloun Orjan Village.
- Hiking trail in Mujib.
- Sunset hike in Fynan.
- Hiking Jeep tour in Wadi Rum.
- Hiking Trail in Little Petra.
- 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.
- Carriages in Petra.