Nature & Wildlife

HIKING JORDAN (9 Days / 8 Nights)

Day 1 (ARRIVAL- AMMAN AIRPORT OR LAND BORDERS – MADABA HOTEL)
Arrival to Amman. Meet & Assist at Queen Alia International Airport or at land borders, transfer to Madaba city for O/N.
 
Day 2 (MADABA – WADI IBN HAMMAD – DANA NATURAL RESERVE)
After Breakfast at hotel, depart Madaba to Wadi Ibn Hammad. A narrow sandstone gorge, abundant water and splendid hanging gardens. At the entrance of the gorge lies a pleasant hot spring, springs flow everywhere, supporting a variety of plants. The group will follow a short trail down into the Wadi bed. On the south bank, a hot spring issues from an elevated terrace where its water is gathered into an artificial pool. You can enjoy the hammam before you enter the canyon.
Proceed downstream; penetrating slowly into a wonderful world with springs dripping from the banks and with hanging gardens sprouting from every fissure. As you continue walking, the walls of the canyon draw closer. About 40 minutes from the trailhead, shortly after a little side stream joins from the south, overhead daylight disappears. A travertine overhang was built up here by coalescing stalactites. The overhang actually touches the opposite wall, forming a solid bridge from one side of the gorge to the other. Below the bridge the walls are dyed with many hues of green & red. O/N in Dana.
What is The Dana village Hotel?
Staying at the Dana hotel is a completely unique experience. As you are surrounded by the natural beauty of the Wadi and lavished with traditional Arab hospitality. Prepare your self to share a cup of tea with locals. The Hotel offer 500 years of living tradition the village overlooks sunsets and natural canyon land escape as far as the eye can see. The village is quaint and small home to 40 families who continue to live a simple lifestyle. The homes of Dana are original remnants of the area's first settled inhabitants and are closely centered about the community mosque.
 
Day 3 (WADI DANA TO WADI FEINAN)
After breakfast we follow a spectacular blend of mountains and desert landscapes, as well as an extraordinary botanic diversity, make Dana nature reserve one of its kind the reserve stretches over 300 sq. km from the edge of Edom plateau down to the Araba valley, its altitudes vary with short distances from 1,650m above sea level to 150m below, creating different climatic conditions and habitats. The reserve is dissected by deep canyons, winding below lofty sandstone massifs with overwhelming views. To date, 700 species of plants have been recorded in the reserve as well as 200 birds and 36 mammals. The big mammals, though rare, include Nubian ibex (wild mountain goat) wolf, golden jackal, striped hyena and red fox. The botanic diversity of Dana combines Mediterranean, desert (saharo Arabian), steppe (Irano- Turanian) and subtropical (Sudanian) plants. Trees includes red juniper, Oak, pistachio. Oleander, brooms Acacia, cypress, all from the Mediterranean zone.
Wadi Feinan:
Feinan was one of the largest copper works in the ancient near East. The site is located in the Araba valley at the end point of the treks of Wadi Dana .What remains today are runs of Byzantine churches, an aqueduct and a water reservoir and smelting furnaces.
 
Day 4 (JEEP & HIKE IN WADI FEINAN – PETRA)
After Breakfast leaving Wadi Feinan towards the Araba valley along narrow canyons of sandstone and igneous rocks, as well as towering peaks and vast expanses of colorful desert landscape. Spectacular fields of red sand dunes all over the Araba. The desert between Feinan and Petra is awe inspiring in its beauty and extraordinary moon like landscape. Above all, Petra, one of the 7 wonders of the world, the fabulous Nabatean capital is located here, hidden among cliffs of red sandstone mountains. O/N in Petra camp.
 
Day 5 (PETRA)
After breakfast at camp, start visiting Jordan's Jewel "Petra" The Capital City of the Nabateans, a city fully carved in the rose red stones of Wadi Mousa Mountains. You will take a horse back ride, walk through the Siq, the only access to this city. Continue exploring the City. Then visit the Monastery (El Deer). Return to camp for O/N.
 
Day 6 (PETRA)
After breakfast at camp, start visiting Sacrifice place, down to Wadi Farasa visiting the Church, then back to Wadi Muthlim. Back to camp in Petra for O/N.
 
Day 7 (PETRA – WADI RUM)
After breakfast, transfer from Petra to Wadi Rum, exploring the beauty of its nature, visiting the most spectacular sites off the Beaten track, viewing old graffiti’s and inscriptions, winding throughout canyons and sand dune. Continue to the camp site (Um Fruth). O/N Wadi Rum.
 
Day 8 (WADI RUM – AMMAN)
Breakfast at camp, free morning in Wadi Rum for Camel or Jeep tour to continue exploring following the footsteps of Lawrence of Arabia. Transfer to Amman for O/N.
 
Day 9 (DEPARTURE VIA AIRPORT OR LAND BORDERS)
Breakfast at hotel followed by transfer to Queen Alia International airport or land border for departure.
 

TREKKING IN NATURE (8 Days / 7 Nights)

Day 1
Arrival at Amman International Airport and transfer to a city centre hotel.
 
Day 2
Tour of the ancient and modern capital of Jordan , Amman . Continue to Ajlun Nature Reserve. There are two optional nature walks you can take ranging from 2 -8 km in length. Overnight in Amman.
 
Day 3
Madaba; visit the home of the most famous Byzantine Mosaics and Mount Nebo, with its spectacular view of the Holy Land. Continue to the lowest reserve on earth Wadi Mujib for afternoon trekking.
 
Day 4
Full day at Dana Nature Reserve with a choice of guided hiking trials. Late afternoon drive to Petra for dinner and overnight at hotel.
 
Day 5
You will be guided through the architectural and spiritual wonders of Petra Late afternoon, back to the hotel for buffet dinner and overnight.
 
Day 6
Wadi Rum “The Valley of the Moon” a unique place in Jordan. Arrive at the village of Rum where you will be picked up by Bedouin jeeps. Explore this splendid desert with local Bedouin guides. Drive to Sand Rose camp for dinner and overnight.
 
Day 7
You will be driven via Wadi Araba to the Dead Sea for bathing and relaxing in the salty water. Late afternoon, drive to Amman for buffet dinner and overnight at the hotel.
 
Day 8
After breakfast transfer to Amman Airport for departure including assistance during formalities.
 

BIRD WATCHING (10 Days / 9 Nights)

Bird Watching Program
Day 1 (ARRIVAL- AMMAN AIRPORT OR LAND BORDERS – JERASH HOTEL)
Arrival to Amman. Meet & Assist at Queen Alia International Airport or at land borders. Transfer to your hotel in Jerash for O/N.
 
Day 2 (Jerash – Jerash Visit - Ajlun Visit – Overnight)
Breakfast, Visit the Roman City of Jerash then to Ajlun visiting its natural reserve which is located in Ajlun highlands, around the extention of a long valley known as Wadi Ain Zubia. It consists of Mediterranean-like hill country, dominated by open woodlands of Oak and Pistachio trees. The Reserve is 13 square kms and is located in an area called Eshtafeena. It has two hiking trails and has a special area for camping.
Ajlun’s woodlands consist of mostly Oak trees, Pistachio, Pine, Carob and Wild Strawberry. These trees have been important to local people for their wood, scenic beauty and quite often for mediocine and food. The Roe Deer is adapted to forest habitat and feeds on a variety of trees, shrubs and grass. They were introduced to the habitat in 1988 from a similar habitat in Turkey . Today there are thirteen Roe Dees at Ajlun. The Persian Fallow Deer is another species that once common in Jordan . This animal probably became extinct by the turn of the century. A re-introduction program for this deer at Zubia will begin as soon as the Roe Deer program has been firmly established.
 
Day 3 (AJLUN – AZRAQ)
Azraq is a unique wetland located in the heart of the arid Jordanian desert. It contains several pools, a seasonally flooded marshland, and a large mudflat. A wide variety of birds visit the reserve each year, either stopping for a short rest on their long migration between Africa and Europe; or they stay for the winter and some breed in the wetland. O/N in Azraq. The word Azraq means `blue` in Arabic and before water pumping began in the 1980s, the oasis provided a sparkling blue jewel in the desert, attracting up to half a million migrating birds at any one time. By 1993, however, the extraction of water was so great that no surface water remained and its ecological value was virtually destroyed.
Birds
With international support, a rescue effort started in 1994 and a significant portion of the wetland has been restored. Many of the birds for which the oasis was renowned are coming back and special boardwalks and bird hides have been constructed to enable visitors to see and enjoy them. Azraq Wetland Reserve lies at the center of eastern part of the Africa - Eurasian flyway, which is an important passage for the migratory and resident birds. The reserve is currently utilized by around 180 species on a regular basis in addition to around 90 vagrants and about 20 breeding species, resulting in a total about 290 species.
 
Day 4 (AZRAQ – DANA)
Today we will head to Dana, a system of mountains and wadis, extending from the top of the eastern Rift Valley to desert lowlands of Wadi Araba, an elevation drop of over 1600 meters. O/N in Dana.
The total number of species recorded so far consists of 690 plants, of which 3 are new to science, and 449 animals.Many of these are now very rare and some threatened to extinction: animals like the sand cat, the Syrian wolf, the lesser kestrel and the spiny tailed lizard. So far, 25 endangered or vulnerable animals have been found in the reserve, making it an area of global importance. Apart from its wildlife, Dana is also rich in archaeology. About 100 archaeological sites have been identified, of which are the ancient copper mines in Wadi Feinan that are particularly special, and they are considered as the most important archaeological complex in southern Jordan outside of Petra. Dana is well renowned as a model of integrated conservation and development, where the protection of biodiversity goes hand-in-hand with improving the social and economic welfare of the local population. Development activities include a substantial ecotourism operation; handicraft production based on local skills in silver jewelry, pottery, plant production, and food processing. Furthermore, a goat-fattening scheme for nomadic pastoralists and sustainable systems for the use of grazing lands in the Reserve have been established. Over 800 people now benefit from these income generating schemes and tourism revenue is covering all the running costs of the reserve.
Birds
More than 200 bird species have been recorded in the reserve, of which 33 species are of global and regional importance .Some species have significantly large populations in the reserve.
 
Day 5 (DANA FULL DAY VISIT – O/N)
 
Day 6 (DANA – PETRA – O/N)
 
Day 7 (PETRA FULL DAY VISIT)
Full day visiting Jordan's Jewel "Petra" a city fully carved in stones. Upon arrival, you will take a horse back ride through the Siq, the only access to this city. Return back to Petra for overnight.
 
Day 8 (PETRA – WADI RUM - AQABA)
Wadi Rum. Here you will find adventure and feel the romance of the Arabian Desert. Wadi Rum is like a moonscape of ancient valleys and towering weathered sandstone mountains rising out of white and pink colored sands. Upon arrival to Wadi Rum, a 2hrs jeep tour to explore Lawrence Road, visiting the most spectacular sights of Wadi Rum. You will be treated for a Bedouin lunch at Wadi Rum. Then we will drive to the Red Sea Resort City of Aqaba for O/N.
 
Day 9 (AQABA – DEAD SEA - AMMAN)
The Dead Sea eastern coast in Jordan is one of the most spectacular natural and spiritual landscapes in the whole world. Series of new hotels and archaeological discoveries are converging to make this region, the lowest spot on earth at 410 meters below sea level, as enticing to international visitors today as it was to kings, traders and prophets in antiquity. The leading attraction at the Dead Sea is the hot, soothing super-salty seawater, which is four times saltier than normal seawater. It is rich in chloride salts of magnesium, sodium, potassium, bromine and several others. This unusually salty, buoyant and mineral-rich water has attracted visitors since ancient times, all of whom have floated effortlessly on their backs while soaking up the water’s healthy minerals along with the gently defused rays of the Jordanian sun. The Dead Sea’s total attraction is due to its unique combination of several factors: the chemical composition of its water, the filtered sunrays and oxygen-rich air, the mineral-rich black mud along the shoreline, and the adjacent fresh water and thermal mineral springs. After enjoying the Dead Sea, we will head to Amman for O/N.
 
Day 10 (AMMAN - DEPARTURE)
After breakfast, transfer to Queen Alia Airport in Amman or to land borders for departure.
 

WILD JORDAN (10 Days / 9 Nights)

Day 1 (AMMAN - DEPARTURE)
Arrival Amman. Meet & Assist at Queen Alia International Airport. Transfer to hotel in Amman for overnight.
 
Day 2 (Amman - Jerash - Umm Qays)
Morning visit to the remarkably preserved Roman site of Jerash. Afternoon at leisure.
 
Day 3 (Amman - Madaba - Mount Nebo - Dana Natural Reserve)
Morning drive to Dana via Madaba, home to a Byzantine map of the region, and Mount Nebo, from where Moses first viewed the Holy Land. Afternoon at leisure to enjoy a walk in the Dana Nature Reserve. Stay at Dana Guesthouse.
 
Day 4 (Dana - Feynan)
Full day trek along the Wadi Dana trail to Feynan. Stay at the Feynan Eco Lodge for 1 night.
 
Day 5 (Feynan - Petra)
Morning drive to Petra. Afternoon at leisure.
 
Day 6 (Petra)
Today there will be a guided tour of Petra, the "rose red" city.
 
Day 7 (Petra - Wadi Rum)
Morning at leisure to explore Petra (your entrance ticket is included). Afternoon drive to Wadi Rum for a 4 x 4 sunset jeep ride. Stay in a private desert camp.
 
Day 8 (Wadi Rum - Kerak - Dead Sea)
Drive to the Dead Sea via the 12th century Crusader castle of Kerak.
 
Day 9 (Dead Sea - Wadi Al Mujib - Dead Sea)
Day at leisure or optional half day excursion to Wadi El Mujib to walk the 5km Ibex Trail.
 
Day 10 (Dead Sea - Departure)
Morning transfer to the airport for departure.
 

 

 

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