Jordan Family Holiday

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Jordan is a wonderful place for a family holiday – explore the lost city of Petra, swim in the clear warm waters of the Red Sea, ride a camel across the red sand of Wadi Rum. All our Jordan family holidays are thoughtfully designed with the safety and enjoyment of your family in mind. We’ve built in magical experiences like star-gazing in Feynan and meeting with Bedouin families in their tents, as well as fun experiences like floating in the Dead Sea and camping out in the desert.

Base price per person: US$1790 

Itinerary  at a glance

DAY 1: ARRIVAL IN THE DEAD SEA
Arrive Amman airport, transfer to hotel by Dead Sea

DAY 2: THE DEAD SEA AND FEYNAN ECO LODGE
Relax and float in the Dead Sea. Transfer to beautiful desert eco-lodge at Feynan.

DAY 3: WADI GHWEIR AND FEYNAN BEDOUIN EXPERIENCE
Desert canyon walk, meeting local Beduoin, star-gazing at Feynan.

DAY 4: HIKE INTO PETRA VIA THE BACKDOOR
See Little Petra, hike a spectacular Bedouin route through mountains into Petra.

DAY 5: WADI RUM
Explore the red rock and sand desert of Wadi Rum on foot and by 4×4 jeep.

DAY 6: TREK JEBEL AL HASCH AND ENJOY A CAMEL RIDE
Walk up Jordan’s highest mountain, and trek across the desert by camel.

DAY 7: AQABA
A day to relax by the clear, warm waters of the Red Sea in a comfortable beach hotel.

DAY 8: DEPARTURE
Departure from Amman airport.

Detailed Itinerary

DAY 1: ARRIVAL IN THE DEAD SEA
NO MEALS INCLUDED TODAY
Your driver will be waiting at Amman (AMM) airport to take you directly to your resort / spa hotel on the shores of the Dead Sea (40-minute drive). There are no activities planned for today. Please keep in mind that hotel check-in time is typically after 2.00pm. Early check in is not guaranteed, but if you do arrive early luggage storage is available at the hotel.

DAY 2: THE DEAD SEA AND FEYNAN ECO LODGE
MEALS: BREAKFAST, LUNCH, DINNER
This morning there’ll be time to relax by the Dead Sea and to float in its warm, intensely saline water. It is an unforgettable experience! The Dead Sea is the lowest point on the surface of the earth (some 400m below sea level) and contains mineral-rich muds that have been recognized since antiquity for their curative properties. This mud costs a fortune in Europe, but in Jordan you can scoop it from the seabed and cover yourself with it! The blue water, the white salt-encrusted shore, and the red desert mountains also make this an outstandingly beautiful place.

In the afternoon you’ll travel by road (2 hours) south (it’s a scenic drive along the Dead Sea shore and then east into the desert) to the wild and beautiful desert of Feynan, where you’ll stay in the Feynan eco-lodge.

Rated as one of the top fifty eco-lodges in the world by National Geographic magazine, Feynan’s off-the-grid guesthouse is a special place to stay. The building is perfectly adapted to the climate and landscape of this desert, its water heated by solar panels and its rooms lit only by candles. Despite the remoteness of the location, this is a comfortable place to stay and makes a great base for exploring the Dana Biosphere Reserve and the ruins of ancient Feynan. The darkness of the night sky also makes this one of the best stargazing hotels on earth.

After you’ve settled in, you can join the lodge’s expert guides on a gentle walk to watch the sunset. From a nearby hilltop you’ll see the sun go down across the Wadi Araba, lighting up the red rock mountains at your back. In the last of the light you can enjoy tea made on the fire in the Bedouin camps below the rock. At this hour the men are usually bringing in their flocks from the mountain, the women are tending the evening fires, and the stars are coming out over the desert.

Back at the lodge, you’ll enjoy a tasty vegetarian dinner and, if you like, go up to the rooftop terrace to watch the night sky. Feynan has some of the darkest skies on earth. On the roof of the ecolodge you can recline on mattresses, wrap yourself in a blanket against the chill, and look up at the scattered brightness of the Milky Way. This is a beautiful place to drink tea and talk, and if you ask they’ll probably let you sleep up here under the stars.

DAY 3: WADI GHWEIR AND FEYNAN BEDOUIN EXPERIENCE
5KM / 3-4 HOURS. EXPECT WET FEET.
MEALS: BREAKFAST, LUNCH, DINNER
After breakfast at the lodge you’ll set off in Bedouin 4×4 pick-ups for the short off-road drive to the lower end of the Ghweir canyon. From here you’ll set out on foot, following the gravel riverbed upstream into this spectacular red sandstone ravine. The path brings you to a hidden oasis of palm trees, acacia, and pink oleander flowers, all fed by natural springs. Here we’ll rest and enjoy a picnic lunch before we retrace our steps and head back down to Feynan. Again, a short off-road transfer will bring you back to the eco-lodge.

In the afternoon you have a special Bedouin experience to look forward to. Modernity has almost destroyed the traditional Bedouin lifestyle, but there are still a few families who live in black goat-hair tents and maintain the old ways. From the lodge your Bedouin guides will take you out to meet one of these families. It’s a great chance to talk with them, and to see first hand some of the skills that the Bedouin have developed over many generations – spinning and weaving textiles, making black kohl eye-liner, preparing Arabic coffee, baking ‘arboud’ bread in the embers, and using medicinal herbs. The visit takes around 3 hours, after which you’ll return to the eco lodge for the evening.

Enjoy another wonderful dinner and evening at the lodge.

DAY 4: HIKE INTO PETRA VIA THE BACKDOOR
HIKING: 14KM / 8 HOURS (INCLUDING SIGHTSEEING TIME)
MEALS: BREAKFAST, LUNCH, DINNER

Note: if this hike is too long for the kids, let us know – we can arrange something less challenging and equally fun!

Enjoy breakfast at the lodge, then transfer by road to Beidha, where you walk down a quiet sandy canyon and discover the beautifully preserved Nabataean temples and reception rooms of Little Petra. You can also explore one of the oldest farming villages in the world and see the huts and grind stones and flints that were used 10,000 years ago at the beginning of human agriculture.

From here you begin your walk into Petra via a little-known Bedouin route through the mountains. The trail starts with a couple of hours’ walk across open farmland before beginning to contour around the mountain, following natural ledges of pale sandstone. Huge views begin to open up across the Great Rift Valley to the west. After another hour the trail descends towards Petra and opens onto one of the city’s most impressive sights: the immense rock-cut façade of ad Deir, the Monastery. You can rest and drink tea here, and explore the ruins, before following the stone steps of a Nabataean processional way down into the heart of Petra. Enjoy lunch inside the archaeological site and then spend the afternoon exploring Petra’s tombs, temples, and churches. The route brings you past the Roman theatre and, towards the end of the afternoon, to Petra’s most famous monument, the Treasury. From here you’ll walk out of Petra along the main siq and back to your hotel in Wadi Musa.

DAY 5: WADI RUM
MEALS: BREAKFAST, LUNCH, DINNER
After a relexed start you’ll travel by road (1.5 hours) down to Wadi Rum.

Every guidebook to Wadi Rum repeats the description written by T.E. Lawrence of Arabia almost century ago, and with good reason. “The Arab armies would have been lost in the length and breadth of it,” he wrote, “and within the walls a squadron of aeroplanes could have wheeled in formation. Our little caravan grew self-conscious, and fell dead quiet, afraid and ashamed to flaunt its smallness in the presence of such stupendous hills. Landscapes, in childhood’s dream, were so vast and silent.”

Bedouin guides from the Howeitat tribe (the same tribe that guided Lawrence) will meet you at Rum Village and drive you by jeep into this spectacular desert. You’ll explore Wadi Rum’s mountains and sand dunes, stopping to take in the views and to look at the inscriptions chipped into the rock over thousands of years. Around lunchtime we’ll pick a shady spot and help our hosts prepare a nice picnic lunch. We’ll then go on to find our camping spot at a secluded location in the desert and help the Bedouin setting up the campsite – putting up our tents, collecting firewood, lighting the fire, and setting up dinner. If you like you can then wander off to a nearby hill to watch the sunset over the desert before returning to the camp for dinner.

If you’re still not tired out by the day’s adventures you can stay up round the fire, talking and laughing with your Bedouin hosts and watching the night sky.

DAY 6: TREK JEBEL AL HASCH AND ENJOY A CAMEL RIDE
MEALS: BREAKFAST, LUNCH, DINNER
HIKING: 8KM / 5-6 HOURS
TOTAL ASCENT: 300M / TOTAL DESCENT: 320M
MEALS: BREAKFAST, LUNCH, DINNER
Note: if this hike is too long for the kids, let us know – we can arrange something less challenging and equally fun!
This morning you’ll head into the far south of the Jordanian desert, not far from the border with Saudi Arabia, to climb the spectacular Jebel al Hasch. At 1700m this is one of the country’s highest mountains, but it’s not a difficult or a technical climb. You begin early with an enjoyable half-hour jeep ride across the desert and then strike out on foot through a beautiful rocky valley. The trail brings you across easy slabs of sandstone and onto a sandy plateau, which you contour around and then follow a goat trail up towards the summit. There are magnificent views across the whole of Wadi Rum and south in Saudi. After taking in the views you descend through another rocky valley to get back down to the desert floor, where you’ll meet up with our crew for lunch in the shade. The whole round trip takes around 4 hours.

After lunch and a rest you’ll head out to meet your camels! A camel trek is a quiet, gentle way to take in the scenery of the desert, and great fun for kids. Camels are much steadier creatures than horses, so you don’t need any special expertise to enjoy the ride. At the great red sand dune of Wadi Um Ishrin you’ll have the chance to take of your shoes and run down the warm, soft sand.

Back to our campsite we enjoy a second magical night in Wadi Rum.

DAY 7: AQABA
After breakfast you’ll drive back out to Rum village, say goodbye to your Bedouin hosts, and head down to your beach resort in Aqaba on the shores of the Red Sea. This makes a relaxing and wonderful end to your Jordan adventure.

DAY 8: DEPARTURE
MEALS: BREAKFAST
A single group transfer will be provided from your hotel to AMM Airport (3 hours). We wish you a safe homeward journey and hope to see you again in Jordan soon.

Inclusions

Transportation – transportation as per the itinerary above in an airconditioned vehicle.

Accommodation – 1 night in a 5 star resort, 2 nights in 4 star hotels, 2 nights in an eco lodge, 2 nights camp out.

Meals – 7 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 7 Dinners. (As per itinerary above; B= Breakfast, L= Lunch, D= Dinner)

Entrance fees – Petra 1 day pass and Wadi Rum entrance fees.

Activities – Time at the Dead Sea resort, sunset hike in Feynan, Hike to Wadi Ghweir, Feynan Bedouin experience, Petra backtrail hike, Jeep tour, camp out, hike and camel ride in Wadi Rum, and time at beach resort in Aqaba.

Tour Guide – Included only for groups of 2 families or more (minimum group size to include a tour guide is 6 persons).
For groups of 1 family consisting of maximum 5 members, no tour guide will be provided, but all logistics will be taken care of and local guide will be arranged at all activities that require guiding.

Exclusions

Flights
Visa to Jordan
Travel insurance
Drinks
Tips

Price note

Base price is US$1790 per person.

Each child below 12 year of age gets a $160.

Families with triple occupancy rooms get a $400 discount on the total family price.

Based on this price, a tour guide is only included for groups of 2 families or more (minimum group size to include a tour guide is 6 persons).

For groups of 1 family consisting of maximum 5 members, no tour guide will be provided, but, of course, all logistics will be taken care of and local guide will be arranged at all activities that require guiding. If you wish otherwise, please let us know and we will provide you the cost separately.