JOURNEY TO JORDAN

NOVEMBER 3-11, 2018

 

A FALL TRIP TO JORDAN OF A DIFFERENT KIND: LET'S GET TO KNOW THE PEOPLE

 
 
 
 
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ⵆ The Journey 

Journey duration is 9 days, 8 nights in country.

Journey is led by our founder, Yulia Denisyuk.

Dates are Saturday, November 3 through Sunday, November 11.

In that time we will:

    • Visit Carakale, the first and only craft brewery in Jordan
    • Sleep under the stars in a Bedouin camp in the Wadi Rum desert and engage with the local tribes
    • See the ruins of Petra (both during the day and at night!)
    • Finish off with a celebration night in the bustling capital, Amman
    • Float in the incredible salted Dead Sea while relaxing at a premier resort
    • Explore an ancient site where Herod used to live, Mukawir
    • Stay in the NatGeo-endorsed Feynan eco-lodge in the heart of the mountainous Wadi Feynan (named as finalist in NatGeo's 2015 World Legacy Awards for its economic and social impact in the local community)
    • Hike through the valleys and peaks of the Dana Nature Reserve
     
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      SPEND THE DAY WITH LOCAL ARTISAN WOMEN
      EXPLORE THE MAGIC OF PETRA
      HIKE THROUGH THE HILLS OF NORTHERN JORDAN

    Trip Itinerary

    Day 1: nov 3, 2018

    We arrive to Amman airport where a car awaits to take us straight to the Dead Sea Spa, a premier 4-star Dead Sea resort. 

    Day 2: nov 4, 2018

    We have a free day in the Dead Sea - the lowest point on Earth - to relax after our long flight and get a hang of our jet lag. We wash off our travel fatigue in the incredible Dead Sea waters and float for as long as we want. In the afternoon, we'll take a ride to nearby Bethany (Al-Makhtas) and visit its springs, believed to be used by John the Baptist for baptizing Jesus. We return to our hotel and watch the sun fall behind the calm sea waters. 

    Day 3: nov 5, 2018

    After breakfast, we set off to visit Madaba, a small town in central Jordan known for its Umayyad mosaics. We continue on the ancient highway, King's Way, that takes us through some of the lowest valleys and the highest plateaus of southern Jordan. We stop by Karak for lunch and visit Mukawir, an ancient site where Herod used to live. We arrive to Wadi Feynan, a valley deep inside Jordan's largest natural biosphere, just in time for dinner under a million stars before we settle to Feynan eco-lodge for the night. Feynan eco-lodge is run in partnership between the Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature and EcoHotels. It is a secluded site (the only accommodation in the Wadi Feynan area) that is uniquely Jordanian. It has been featured in the NatGeo, CN Traveler, and others and its work supporting local Bedouin communities (learn more about them here) has been widely recognized. 

    Day 4: nov 6, 2018

    We spend the morning hiking through the Wadi Feynan, stopping for occasional sage tea breaks and letting herds of rowdy goats pass us by. We interact with local community and learn how to make soap and kohl mineral eyeliner. We then set off to The Lost City of Petra, an ancient kingdom of the mysterious Nabateans and spend the night at Petra Sharah Mountains hotel. 

    Day 5: nov 7, 2018

    We get up early because today we will take a special hiking route from Little Petra to the Monastery in Petra. Back roads that at times will be nothing more than a ledge will open up to sweeping vistas of this incredible mountain landscape. Prepare to be awed at every turn. We then return to the hotel for rest because tonight, we will have a special treat of witnessing Petra by Night - a breathtaking event when Petra shines with a light of a thousand candles...

    Day 6: nov 8, 2018

    Right after breakfast we head to the desert! Upon arrival, we get into our 4x4 and drive several hours deep into Wadi Rum, passing whimsical landscapes of sand dunes and stone. We have lunch in the desert and get ready to find the best spot for sunset amid the dunes, cup of bedouin tea in our hands. When it gets dark, we retreat to a bedouin camp and stay up until 2 am (optional 😊) to catch the incredible star show with Milky Way and other galaxies in attendance.

    Day 7: nov 9, 2018

    We rise up extra early for a special experience (it's a surprise!) Later, we return to the city. It's time to experience Amman, an incredible megapolis full of bustling souks, soulful mosques, and modern hi-rises. We visit the ancient Citadel with breathtaking views of the city, the Roman Theatre, Old Downtown, and Rainbow Street and check-in to Toledo Hotel.

    Day 8: nov 10, 2018

    In the morning, we visit the robust Amman art scene. There are many wonderful galleries in the city. We visit several such as Darat Al Funun and Dar al-Anda. Later, we drive to Fuheis to visit the first and only craft brewery in Jordan, Carakale. We have farewell dinner together and stay at the Toledo Hotel before we go back to our respected homes.

    Day 9: nov 11, 2018

    Today we leave Jordan (transfer to Amman airport included) and prepare to miss it as soon as the plane takes off. 

    Accommodation & Rates

    All accommodations are in three-star hotels or higher (double-occupancy rooms; if you'd like some privacy, single-occupancy rooms available for an additional lump sum payment of $238)

    Journey price is $2,155 (if paid by credit card) and $2,093 (if paid by ACH / bank transfer).

    What's included:

    • 8 nights accommodations in three-star hotels or higher, including 1 night in a desert bedouin camp and 1 night in the NatGeo-endorsed Feynan Ecolodge (double-occupancy rooms; if you'd like some privacy, single-occupancy rooms available for an additional lump sum payment of $238)
    • All breakfast and dinner meals (including a traditional farewell dinner in Amman on Day 8)
    • Lunches on Day 3, 4, 5 and 6
    • All in-country transportation (we will have our own driver and explore the wonders of Jordan at our own pace!), including airport transfers on days of arrival and departure
    • All entrance fees to all sites we will visit
    • All excursions:
      • A day trip from the Dead Sea to Bethany
      • An exceptional experience in Wadi Feynan (multiple hikes, bedouin experiences, and more)
      • Local Petra guide to take us through secret passages and backroads of Petra
      • Access to Petra by Night
      • Six hour 4x4 trek in the Wadi Rum desert (we will get to see a vast swath of that land!)
      • An hour long camel ride at sunset in Wadi Rum
      • Sunset and bedouin tea ceremony in Wadi Rum
      • Amman city tour
      • A trip to Carakale brewery

    What's not included:

    • Airfare to/from Amman
    • Personal expenses + drinks
    • Lunches on Days 1-2, 7-9
    • Tips for service personnel (driver, local guides, etc)
    • Travel insurance

    HOW TO SIGN UP:

    To be considered for our trip, please submit your information below.

    Spots are limited to maximum 8 participants and the last day to apply and pay for the tour is Wednesday, Oct 3, 2018.

    YALLA means let's go in Arabic.

     

    Frequently Asked Questions

    1. Do I need to be a photographer (or a social media influencer) to join you on this tour? No. Our focus is on making sure we travel at our own pace and getting to know the places and people around us. We have a passion for photography and we want to share this passion with the group - but it is not mandatory by all means to be a professional photographer or have an interest in photography/social media. All we ask is that you come with an open mind and heart.
    2. Who fulfills the trip on the ground? We've partnered with a wonderful tour company in Jordan that has a passion for same things we do to make this happen. We have used this company's services in the past and can attest that they are amazing, care about their people, and genuinely care for the wellbeing of their guests (plus have more than 30 years of experience with groups visiting Jordan).
    3. What gear do I need to bring? Whatever gear you are comfortable with or want to learn more about: your phone, your DSLR, or no gear at all - all options are just fine (see #1). If you want to learn more about astrophotography, we'd recommend bringing a DSLR and a tripod. 
    4. Do I need to arrive and depart at a specific time? We have included transfers to/from airport as part of the trip, so you will have flexibility in choosing the flights that work for you. Afternoon arrival and morning departure are ideal - but we can work with other schedules as well.
    5. What about visas? For US citizens: we will not need a visa to enter Jordan (US citizen traveling individually do need to get a visa on arrival, but since we are traveling as a group, that requirement is waived). If you will be traveling with any other passport, please email us so we can advise on visas.
    6. Is it safe to visit Jordan right now? Yes. Our founder, Yulia, has recently returned from a three weeks trip to Jordan and it is safe there. The situation on the ground is often less extreme than what media portrays. We will of course take every precaution to travel safely, as we should anywhere we go on the planet. 
     

    WHAT'S INCLUDED

    8 nights accommodations in three-star hotels or higher (double-occupancy rooms); All breakfast and dinner meals; Lunches on Days 3-6; All in-country transportation and a professional driver; All entrance fees to all sites we will visit; All excursions.

    For full booking terms and conditions please click here.


    CANCELLATION POLICY

    More than 30 days before departure: cancellation is free; 30-14 days before departure: cancellation fee is 50%; 14-1 days before departure: cancellation fee is 100% (non-refundable).