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Dana to Petra Trek + Wadi Rum & The Dead Sea- 9 Days (Group Trip)

Hike along the Jordan Trail, while visiting historic, cultural and natural wonders

Dana to Petra Trek + Wadi Rum & The Dead Sea- 9 Days (Group Trip)

Hike along the Jordan Trail, while visiting historic, cultural and natural wonders

Join our small group on the Dana to Petra trek, rated as one of the world’s 15 best hikes by National Geographic! Experience the magic of Jordan on foot, water, and under the stars with our incredibly knowledgable guides. This is truly the adventure of a lifetime that will leave you wanting more!

Tour Highlights

- 5-day trek from Dana Nature Reserve to the ancient city of Petra.
- Hike through breathtaking, ever-changing Landscapes.
- Explore the picturesque red-sand desert Wadi Rum.
- Float in the Dead Sea.

Group Departure: (8 people max) - (Not seeing the date you want? Please inquire about a custom trip or trip on Demand)

April 6- 14, 2024

April 13- 21, 2024

April 20- 28, 2024

April 27- May 5, 2024

May 4- May 12, 2024

May 18- May 26, 2024

June 1- June 9, 2024

Sept 7 -Sept 15, 2024

Sept 21 -Sept 29, 2024

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Trip Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Amman

Arrival at Queen Alia International Airport - Amman

Welcome to Jordan! Take some time to arrive, check into your hotel room, and have a first experience of the delightful Jordanian cuisine. Depending on when your flight arrived, you will even have some time to explore Amman by yourself.

Amman is Jordan’s capital, and one of the oldest cities in the world. Inhabited since the Bronze Age, the city has grown into a modern city with all that you might expect. Despite this amazing growth, Amman has retained its character and traditions, and the culture of hospitality and generosity is still very present across the city.

Overnight: Hotel in Amman

Day: Amman - Dana - Hike from Dana Village to Mansoura

At 7:30 am right after breakfast, the group will be picked up from the hotel in Amman. The drive from Amman to the starting point of the trek takes about 2.5 hours – time to get to know your fellow hikers or to take a nap. Our trekking journey starts with hiking through the diverse landscapes of the Dana Biosphere Reserve. The reserve includes four distinct ecozones and is thus accommodating an astonishing diversity of plants, birds, and other animals. First, we’ll follow a trail along the mountains overlooking Dana Valley, and then descend into al Khashasha Valley A wilderness campsite awaits us on the outskirts of the valley

Overnight: Wilderness Camping in Mansoura

Time 5-7 hrs
Hiking Distance 15 Km
Ascent: 260m
Descent: 690 m

Day 3: Feynan Ecolodge - Hike from Mansoura to Furon

Well rested, we will leave the campsite in the early morning, and head towards Furon. Today‘s hike is challenging but extremely rewarding We will start ascending through the mountains for approximately an hour before getting a glimpse of the beautiful Sharah Mountains and the wide Wadi Araba Desert. That outstanding view will accompany you all the way to your campsite in Al Furon Enjoy a cup of tea and the great view from the campsite while passing the time until your well-earned dinner.

Overnight: Wilderness Camping in Furon

Time 5-7 hrs
Hiking Distance 16 Km
Ascent: 563 m
Descent: 170 m

Day 4: Little Petra - Hike from Furon to Ghbour Whedat

Today’s hike leads past Ras Al-Feid and towards Ghbour Whedat, through some of the country’s wildest corners.

Contouring the Sharah Mountains, we follow a trail comprised of smaller, connecting Bedouin shepherd paths. The bare peeks of black, rugged mountains overlooking the trail, and the precipitous drops of the canyons below make this part of the trek spectacular.

Gradually climbing up the hills, you will uncover more spectacular views over the barren desert below. Then, as you proceed towards the wilderness campsite, the landscape slowly becomes softer, with mushroom-like rock formations lining the way.

Overnight: Wilderness Camping in Ghbour Whedat

Hiking Distance: 17.1Km
Ascent: 750m
Descent: 920m

Day 5: Ghbour Whedat - Hike from Ghbour Whedat to Little Petra

After yesterday’s very remote hike, we will see signs of increasing human habitation while approaching Little Petra today. Passing Bedouin camps, sheep pens, and small agricultural plots you can gain an impression of the living environment of part of Jordan’s population. We will also pass the first Nabataean ruins, including wine and olive presses, aqueducts, and other ancient water infrastructures.

Finally, we will climb up through a canyon walled with soft sandstone rocks, and then down a narrow, steep flight of stairs into Little Petra. The site, also known as Siq al-Barid (Engl. the Cold Canyon), is believed by archaeologists to be a ‘suburb’ of Petra and was probably meant to house traders traveling along the Silk Road. After some time to explore, we’ll head on to our home for the night – hot showers are waiting!

Overnight: Bedouin Camp near Little Petra

Hiking Distance: 14Km
Ascent: 610m
Descent: 560m

Day 6: Hike from Little Petra to Petra

On our last trekking day, we will enter Petra ‘via the Back Door’, avoiding most other tourists.

Amidst high sandstone mountains, a good track leads down Wadi Ghurab. The way then follows a Nabataean route out of the valley, and skirts around the final mountain on a natural rock terrace which has been ‘improved’ for the safety of walkers. It narrows slightly before reaching a hidden plateau high above the impressive chasm of Wadi Siyyagh. Just beyond, ‘the Monastery’ suddenly comes into view.

After walking the last meters to the impressive structure, we can rest for a bit, taking in the view There also is a Bedouin café for refreshments. Then, more Nabataean steps will lead us down into the main site. We’ll make our way through a colonnaded street, past rock-cut tombs, temples, and a Roman-style theater, to finally arrive at Petra’s probably most famous building – the Treasury. Take your time to marvel at the façade’s detailed artworks. After a final look, we’ll leave the site through the Siq a narrow, high-walled canyon, and then head to our accommodation for the night.

Overnight: Hotel in Petra

Hiking Distance: 13.8Km
Ascent: 496m
Descent: 519m

Day 7: Petra to Wadi Rum

After a relaxed breakfast, we leave the mountains of Petra behind and move on to Wadi Rum. Are you ready for a desert adventure?! We will meet our Bedouin hosts and set out on a 4×4 jeep safari to explore valleys and narrow gorges, discover ancient rock inscriptions, climb sand dunes and rock bridges, and generally enjoy the majestic desert landscape. At each step, you have the opportunity to hike, scramble and explore at your own pace. After viewing one of the most magical sunsets in the world, we’ll return to our camp for, dinner, an experience of the famous Bedouin hospitality, a night under the starlit sky, and – of course – countless cups of tea.

Overnight: Bedouin camp in Wadi Rum

Day 8: Wadi Rum - Dead Sea Visit & Lunch - Amman

Today, we will leave the desert and proceed to the Dead Sea, the lowest point on earth. You can spend some time floating in the salty waters, try out the ‘magical’ Dead Sea mud, relax by the pool, or pamper yourself with some spa treatments – the perfect cure if your legs are still tired and sore from all the hiking. In the late afternoon, we will hop on the bus for the last time, and follow the long, winding road up to Amman – to return to where the adventure began.

Overnight: Hotel in Amman

Day 9: Amman - Airport - Departure

Sadly, all great things must come to an end. For those flying out already, it is generally recommended to leave Amman at least 4 hours prior to your departure. We wish you a safe flight, and hope you will return back home with many wonderful memories of your time in Jordan!

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Additional Trip Info

  • Meals: 8 Breakfasts, 7 Lunches, 7 Dinners. (See food tab for more)
  • Accommodation: 8-nights. (See accommodation tab for more)
  • English-speaking licensed guide on days 2-8.
  • Local hiking guide with a donkey for safety measures on days 2-4
  • Transportation as per itinerary.
  • Luggage transfers. (By pickup truck)

  • Jordan Pass – “Jordan Wanderer” (Visa & Entrance Fees)
  • Airport pick-up and drop off
  • Tips for service providers (drivers, guides, camping/ hotel staff, etc.)
  • Travel insurance
  • Airfare
  • Personal expenses
  • Hiking gear
  • Anything not mentioned in the inclusions

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