Explore Jordan – The Jewel in the Desert Crown

Explore Jordan – The Jewel in the Desert Crown



12 Oct 12:00 - 21 Oct 15:00 - Rum
Wadi Rum Desert

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The Spirit of Jordan expedition is a 10 day trip designed to give you an insight into the local Bedouin culture. You’ll be trekking in the Wadi Rum desert, following in the footsteps of the controversial and flamboyant Lawrence of Arabia. Having trailed through the desert and camped under the stars, you’ll visit the world heritage site of Petra. You’ll round off your trip with an unforgettable ‘float’ in the salt-rich Dead Sea.

The Bedouin have inhabited the Wadi Rum region. Successive generations have maintained a lifestyle of breeding camels, goats and sheep while living in tents or in caves. They weave their tents from goat, sheep or camel wool. The Bedouin move their livestock seasonally in search of grazing areas and water. In recent years, most of the Bedouin have settled into a less mobile way of life. However, they retain their traditions of oral expression and still maintain connections to their original nomadic lifestyle.



Trekking Phase - four days in Wadi Rum
The expedition begins with a day of professional expedition training, focussed on understanding the desert environment.
Topics covered include.
The dangers of the desert
Obtaining water
Making fire
Shelter building - using ponchos and rock shelters.
Camel handling and riding.
Navigation skills - using the sun and stars, as well as a Silva compass and a GPS.

For the next 4 days, you and your team will set off on foot, heading for successive check points. Working as a team, you will use your training and navigate by compass, GPS and the lie of the land to decide on the best route. Each day you will visit fascinating new sites -
Lawrence’s Spring: where Lawrence of Arabia reputedly paused to refresh himself at the height of the Arab Revolt.
The Khazali Canyon: this deep, narrow fissure cut into the side of the mountain contains numerous rock inscriptions.
Rock Bridge: a spectacular natural arch carved from rock, with amazing views
The Seven Pillars of Wisdom: the famous landmark, named after T.E. Lawrence’s famous autobiography.
Sand Dunes: large area of sand piled up against the mountains. They’re fun to climb … and even more fun to come down. A little-known fact – sand dunes harbour a surprising collection of hardy and plant species.
At the end of each day, local Bedouins will welcome you to their encampments. You will eat their delicious tagine-style food, cooked in traditional underground ovens. You’ll relax around a desert camp fire, whilst learning about the rich Bedouin history and culture. Nights will be spent under tents , before heading off the following day to continue your desert expedition. This is exploring in its purest form - following in the intrepid footsteps of Lawrence of Arabia.
Throughout the trekking phase, a professional U.K. expedition leader will be on hand to deal with any group or individual needs , along with local guides.

A Visit to Petra
Petra is truly the jewel in Jordan’s rich cultural crown. One of UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites, Petra’s has 2000 years of history and 800 surviving monuments.
There is evidence of habitation in Petra since prehistoric times. This Nabataean caravan-city, situated between the Red Sea and the Dead Sea was an important crossroads between Arabia, Egypt and Syria-Phoenicia. Half-built, half-carved into the rock, Petra is surrounded by mountains, riddled with passages and gorges. It is one of the world's most famous archaeological sites, where ancient Eastern traditions blend with Hellenistic architecture
You will pick a path through the steep rocky slopes and craggy mountain tops. You will admire the temples, tombs, theatres and stairways, carved into the rock. Only then will you truly understand why Petra is known as the 8th Wonder of the World.
That evening you will relax in a nearby hotel.

Dead Sea
Within the folds of the Jordan Valley lies the Dead Sea. It is more than 400 metres below sea level and the lowest point on earth. Rich in minerals that have seeped from adjacent wadis, the Dead Sea is well known for having exceptionally buoyant water. Many also believe that its waters possess curative powers.
The sensation of weightlessness while swimming in the Dead Sea is a novel experience – one never to be forgotten.

Ballooning Tours
Optional extras
Enjoy a unique and unforgettable perspective on the desert with a hot air balloon ride over the Wadi Rum Desert. Lasting a full hour, this fantastic experience can be yours for just £140 extra per person (price may change). This price includes transport to and from the balloon site. Balloon flights are dependent on the weather - unfortunately, a guaranteed confirmation is not possible. Of course, if the balloon ride has to be cancelled, there will be no charge. Booking and payment for this will be direct to Bait Ali hotel.

Expedition facts
Duration
10
Dates��October 12th October - 21st October October 2018

Price for: The Spirit of Jordan expedition £1,795.00 per person.
Group size
Only 10 places are available for this trip which will be accompanied by two expedition leaders.
Deposit
A £300 deposit will be required to secure your place. Hotels will be arranged by us, This will be none refundable. Full payment will be needed by 31st August 2018.
Flights
International flights are not included. Flights from London to Queen Alia Amman airport start at £450.00 return.
Whats included?
All Internal flights, guides, permits , 4x4 jeeps, meals within the desert. Hotel evening meals and drinks are not included.

Price Includes:
-Entrance fees to Wadi Rum Protected Area and Natural Reserve.
- Entrance fees to Petra.
- Entrance fees The Dead Sea.
- All accommodation hotel and tented.
All lunches or Packed lunches during Wadi Rum trekking.
Evening meals in Wadi Rum desert.
Assistance by 4x4 Jeep with English Speaking Bedouin Guide/driver
- Mineral Water , Tea , Coffee , Juice during Wadi Rum.
- All taxes and service charges applied for the hotels and all services listed above
Camel riding one hour through Wadi Rum.
Transport from Amman to Wadi Rum and back.

Kit and equipment
A full kit list will be sent you on securing your deposit. You will need items such as desert boots, sleeping bag and suitable outdoor clothing.
Insurance
You will need to provide your own travel insurance for this trip. We will require a copy of your certificate of insurance.

Visa
You’ll need a visa to enter Jordan. You can get a single entry visa valid for 1 month on arrival at the airport. This cost 40JD / £40.00.

Whats not included
Evening meals in Petra and Amman. Lunch is not included on day nine when site seeing in Amman.

Group size : Only 10 places are available for this trip which will be accompanied by John Sullivan - U.K expedition leader and local guides.

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