JOURNEY TO JORDAN

SEP 16-25, 2019

 

AN UNFORGETTABLE ADVENTURE TO THE LAND OF MAGIC

 
 
 
 
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ⵆ The Journey 

Journey duration is 10 days, 9 nights in country.

Journey is led by our founder, Yulia Denisyuk.

Dates are Monday, September 16 through Wednesday, September 25.

In that time we will:

  • Spend time with the Bedouin families who live and work in the Wadi Dana area

  • 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!) and hike from the Little Petra to the main Petra site (a route taken by few!)

  • Float in the incredible Dead Sea while relaxing at a premier resort

  • Visit Amman and explore this bustling metropolis from the Roman Citadel in downtown to the hip art galleries in Jabal Al-Weibdeh

  • Drive on the ancient King’s Highway

  • Stay in Wadi Feynan at the NatGeo-endorsed Feynan Ecolodge

 
SPEND THE DAY WITH LOCAL ARTISAN WOMEN
You will have a magical, awe-inspiring, unforgettable experience with memories to savor from the trip of a lifetime.
— Jody B., Jordan Nov 2018

Trip Itinerary

Day 1: sep 16, 2019

We arrive to Amman airport where a car awaits to take us straight to the Dead Sea Spa Hotel on the shores of the Dead Sea (transfer included).

Overnight at Dead Sea Spa Hotel.

Meals included: Dinner

Day 2: sep 17, 2019

We have a free day in the Dead Sea — the lowest point on Earth — to relax after our long journey. We wash off our travel fatigue in the incredible Dead Sea waters and float for as long as we want. We travel to Bethany (Al-Makhtas) on the Jordan River to the site where John the Baptist is believed to have baptized Jesus. We return to the Dead Sea Spa Hotel and watch the sun fall behind the calm sea waters.

Overnight at Dead Sea Spa Hotel

Meals included: Breakfast, dinner

Day 3: sep 18, 2019

After breakfast, we leave for Madaba, a small town in central Jordan known for its Christian heritage and Umayyad mosaics. We take a lavish Swani Kufta lunch at Madaba’s Haret Jdoudna restaurant. Later, 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 arrive to the Wadi Dana, Jordan’s largest nature preserve with 320 square km of spectacular mountains and valleys. We check-in and relax at the NatGeo-endorsed Feynan Ecolodge, a simple solar-powered lodge that’s run by the local Bedouin tribes.

Overnight at Feynan Ecolodge

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 4: sep 19, 2019

After breakfast, we set on a hike through Wadi Feynan, stopping for occasional sage tea breaks and letting herds of rowdy goats pass us by. Our first hike of the trip is around the Wadi Feynan area (moderate / 3 km / ~ 3-4 hours). We spend some time with the Bedouin families that live and work here, with a special Bedouin experience after lunch.

In the afternoon, we set off to The Lost City of Petra, an ancient kingdom of the mysterious Nabateans. We settle in to Petra Oscar Hotel before a special treat of witnessing Petra by Night — a breathtaking event when Petra shines with a light of a thousand candles...

Overnight at Oscar Hotel

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 5: sep 20, 2019

We get up early because today we will go on a special hike 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. This is our second (and final) hike of this trip: Al-Beidah Trail (moderate to difficult / 15 km / ~ 8–9 hours). This is a route that 95% of the Petra visitors will never see. Instead of entering Petra with the crowds through the main gate, we (literally) take the path less traveled via a back road trail. As we hike through this stunning landscape, we will see marvelous views over Wadi Araba and pass by multiple Bedouin homes, meeting shepherds and their families going through daily routine on the way. We will also have a donkey with us who will carry our provisions.

Overnight at Oscar Hotel

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 6: sep 21, 2019

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 a beautiful traditional lunch in the desert (gallayeh, anyone?) 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 our camp and stay up until 2 am (optional 😊) to catch the incredible star show with Milky Way and other galaxies in attendance.

Overnight at a Bedouin camp run by a local family

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 7: sep 22, 2019

We rise up extra early for a special experience (it's a surprise!). After breakfast, we visit a local desert Bedouin family and learn how they cook traditional meals and make the Shraak bread. We have lunch with the family and enjoy the rest of the day free at the camp.

Overnight at a Bedouin camp run by a local family

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 8: sep 23, 2019

In the morning, we say goodbye to the desert and head for the capital city, Amman, an incredible megapolis full of bustling souks, soulful mosques, and modern hi-rises. We visit the Roman Citadel with breathtaking views of the city and the Roman Amphitheater, wander through the busy downtown streets, and explore the downtown souk.

Overnight at the Toledo Hotel

Meals included: Breakfast, dinner

Day 9: sep 24, 2019

After breakfast, we’ll explore 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, and try our hand at the Arabic calligraphy. After, we walk to the famous Rainbow Street where the best falafel in Amman awaits. In the evening, we'll take a ride to nearby Fuheis for a farewell dinner together and return to the Toledo Hotel before we go back to our respected homes.

Overnight at the Toledo Hotel

Meals included: Breakfast, dinner

Day 10: sep 25, 2019

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

Meals included: Breakfast

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 $303)

Journey price is $2,798 (if paid by credit card) and $2,720 (if paid by ACH / bank transfer).

Minimum 4 people.

What's included:

  • 9 nights accommodations in three-star hotels or higher, including 2 nights in a desert bedouin camp and 1 night in a deluxe NatGeo-endorsed ecolodge (double-occupancy rooms; if you'd like some privacy, single-occupancy rooms available for an additional lump sum payment of $303)

  • All breakfast and dinner meals (including a traditional farewell dinner in Fuheis on Day 9)

  • Lunches on Day 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7

  • 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:

    • An exceptional experience in Wadi Dana, hiking with a local guide and a Bedouin experience

    • Local Petra guide (with a donkey) 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

    • A Bedouin family experience in the desert

    • Amman city tour

    • A two-hour Arabic calligraphy workshop

What's not included:

  • Airfare to/from Amman

  • Personal expenses + drinks

  • Lunches on Days 1-2, 8-10

  • 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 Monday, Jul 15, 2019.

YALLA means let's go in Arabic.

 

Jordan travelers can choose to add on the 6-day, 5-night Journey to Lebanon

JOURNEY TO LEBANON

SEP 25 - SEP 30, 2019

 

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. How much cash do I need on the ground? You should expect to need a total of 200 JOD for the trip (that's ~$280). This would cover tips, lunches, and any small miscellaneous expenses. We suggest you exchange ~20 JOD at the airport upon arrival. We will exchange the rest in Madaba due to better rates.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. Is it safe to visit Jordan right now? Yes. Our founder, Yulia, has recently returned from a two weeks trip to Jordan (Apr 2019) 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

9 nights accommodations in three-star hotels or higher (double-occupancy rooms); All breakfast and dinner meals; Lunches on Days 3-7; All in-country transportation and a professional driver; All entrance fees to all sites we will visit; All excursions.


CANCELLATION POLICY

45 days or more before departure: cancellation fee is 15%; 44-30 days before departure: cancellation fee is 50%; 29 days before departure: cancellation fee is 100% (non-refundable). We encourage you to purchase travel insurance that covers cancellations.

View our full booking terms and conditions here.