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Ultimate Jordan

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14 days
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Jordan offers historical prowess with its jaw droppingly beautiful Nabatean architecture and secret, forbidden paths. Stepping into another world like this requires full trust and reliance on your team and guide and for this, experience is key. In Jordan, our operations are managed by Nasria Mansour Al Hasanat who has been running trips in Jordan for 15 years. Her local knowledge and connections ensure that every need is catered to on your...
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Explore the jewels of the Jordanian kingdom, from the ancient monuments of Jerash and the castles of the desert to the remote landscapes of Dana and Wadi Rum. Embark on a fascinating journey through the heart of Jordan's arid lands and engross yourself in the cultural traditions and hidden treasures secreted away along forgotten paths.
Accompanied by our specialist guides, we begin in the North of Jordan, visiting the ancient theatre of Jerash. After discovering this impressive ruin, we take the King's Highway towards the Byzantine mosaics of Madaba, gentle waves of the Dead Sea and the foreboding fortress of Kerak, before coming to rest amongst the rocky outcrops of the Dana Nature Reserve. After delving into this moonlike mountain landscape, we continue south to explore the wonders of the majestic Nabataean city of Petra. Then on to Wadi Rum. Here, to the steady rhythm of the camels, we trek into a remote desert of auburn sandstone. A culturally rich journey that ends snorkelling amidst the jewels of the Red Sea, on the relaxing shores of Aqaba.

Trip highlights

  • Visit the foreboding fortress of Kerak, standing dominant over the settlement of Al-Karak.
  • Be awe inspired on a hike through the deep, red outcrops of the Wadi Rum desert.
  • Explore the hidden treasures of the ancient Nabataean city of Petra.
  • Discover vibrant, colourful fish whilst snorkelling in the exotic waters of the Red Sea.

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Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Arrive in Jordan

    We will meet you at the airport in Amman and transfer you to your hotel. For the remainder of the day, you will have free time to explore. You can order food at the hotel or why not head out into the city to find a local restaurant. The cuisine in Jordan is superb!

    • Accomodation: Hotel
  • Day 2

    Amman - Jerash - Ajlun

    This morning we have an early breakfast before meeting the rest of the group in the hotel reception at 8am for our pre-trek briefing. We then leave Amman for the Greco-Roman city of Jerash, a marvellously well-preserved city steeped in history with an incredible amphitheatre in it's centre. We explore the ancient ruins then continue on to the Arabian fortress of Ajlun. Built stoically on a hill overlooking the Jordan Valley, we explore the maze of tunnels scorn into it's underground architecture. We then return to Amman in the late afternoon to sample more of the delectable local cuisine.

    • Transport: Minibus (3 hours)
    • Accomodation: Hotel
    • Meals included: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
  • Day 3

    Desert Castles - Madaba

    We head east this morning to discover the Azrak region and it's famous "desert castles": Azraq, Amra and Harana. Historically used to connect the trading routes between Medina and Damascus, these castles stand proud in the surrounding semi-arid landscape. After indulging in the grandeur of these ancient structures, we return to Amman and take time to explore the city; discover the ruins of the citadel, with the magnificent temple of Hercules towering over it. Then on to the theatre which again reflects the incredible architecture of Jordan's Roman ancestry. We continue on to reach Madaba, 'the mosaic city' where we spend the night.

    • Transport: Minibus (4 hours)
    • Accomodation: Hotel
    • Meals included: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
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Trip information

Difficulty

This adventure is of moderate difficulty. You will be required to walk for 5 to 6 hours a day on consecutive days. There may be between 500-800m of vertical ascent and the temperatures could reach as high as 35°C. It is essential that you drink plenty of water and stay well hydrated. Pathways are often uneven and care should be taken to avoid slips and trips. You should be in good physical condition with recent experience of hiking for several days in row.

To ask about your suitability for this trip and what you can do to prepare please feel free to give us a call.

Food & drink

Whilst staying in hotels, breakfasts will be taken at the hotel or in small adjoining restaurants. Whilst trekking, we will be accompanied by a cook who will prepare a breakfast of tea, coffee, flat breads, humus, yoghurt, dates and jams. 


Lunches are also prepared by our cook. On some of the days, you will be provided with a picnic lunch of traditional breads, pastries, fruit, vegetables, boiled eggs etc. While in the desert, lunches are freshly prepared and will include tuna, rice, salads, humus and local breads. 

Hot evening meals are provided each night (except in Amman) and you can expect chicken, lamb meat balls, potatoes, rice, fresh vegetables and salads. We can cater for most dietary requirements on request. In Amman expect to pay roughly 18-20$ for a meal.


Please be aware that the water in Jordan is not drinkable.  Bottled water can be purchased in nearly all towns and villages but not in the desert.  We recommend you bring a water bottle with a filtration system to save on plastic waste. Whilst trekking in the desert we will carry an ample supply of filtered water with us. 

Accommodation

On this trip we will be staying in comfortable 3 star hotel accommodation, guesthouses and on campsites


Hotel accommodation will be in twin or double en-suite rooms. Our hotel in Amman is positioned on the outskirts to avoid potentially long delays due to traffic when leaving the city. 


In Dana, we use a well equipped quiet campsite. You will stay in a fixed camp with twin beds in small but comfortable tents with shared bathroom facilities. Blankets are provided and there is Wifi throughout the camp. In winter when there is a risk of snow we may stay in a nearby hotel instead.


In Petra you will stay in a simple guest house, with the Hasanat family, depending on availability. The place is ideal, quiet, and very well located at the top of the village of Wadi Musa. Here you will get to know your hosts Rana and Fayes, their house, their life in their neighbourhood (and even learning to cook Jordanian mezzes!). Unfortunately they cannot accommodate all groups due to the size of the house. If the house is already occupied, you will stay in an equipped camp, ideally located near "Little Petra", at the gates of the site. It is a "Bedouin" style camp, similar to the one in Dana, with large traditional tents, shared showers and toilets. There is a single electrical socket in each tent which is turned on at night fall. It is a good idea to bring along a multi USB charging hub to make the most of the single socket in your tent.  In winter when there is a risk of snow we may stay in a nearby hotel instead.


In the Wadi Rum Desert we will sleep in 3 man tents (2 people per tent unless you requested a single supplement).  Mattresses, tents and eating utensils are all provided but you will need to bring your own sleeping bag.  As we can only carry a limited amount of water in the desert, there is no water provided for washing on these two nights. We recommend bringing some wet wipes so you can wash inside your tent. 

Transport

All transportation costs including airport transfers are included. We will use comfortable private minibuses with seat belts for travel around the country.  Your support vehicle in the desert is a 4x4 pickup with trailer for carrying gear. 

Luggage

Bag Weight: 15kg

During your trip your luggage will be transported by vehicle.  Your main bag must be flexible (a duffle bag and not a rigid suitcase) and weigh a maximum of 15kg.  Your luggage will be transported to your accommodation each afternoon and you will not be able to access it during the day.  You should also bring a small day pack to carry water, snacks and anything else you may need whilst walking or sight seeing. 

How do I get there?

You will need to arrive in Amman on Day 1 of the trip. Queen Alia International Airport (AMM) is located 30km south of the capital city.

From London there are direct flights to Amman with British Airways and Royal Jordanian. The flight time is roughly 5 hours. Turkish Airlines and Lufthansa both offer indirect flights from Birmingham, Manchester and Edinburgh.

For those traveling from the US, Qatar have convenient flights via Doha from New York, Boston and Atlanta. Turkish airlines offer flights via Istanbul from San Francisco and Los Angeles. British Airways have convenient flights departing from Seattle.

Once you have arrived in Amman, cleared immigration and collected your luggage, please look out for a member of our team in the arrivals area. They will be holding a large “KANDOO” sign.

If you are changing airlines or re-checking your luggage at an airport on route, please ensure you leave a minimum of 3 hours between flights. This will account for any delays on arrival, travel time across airports (this can take longer than you think) and time taken to re-check baggage.

Budget & change

The currency in Jordan is the Jordanian Dinar (JOD). For the latest exchange rates please see www.xe.com


It is best to take cash in US dollars, GB pound or Euros and exchange it locally.  US Dollars are the most commonly used currency so will be easiest to exchange. There is currency exchange next to Baggage Claim as you exit the airport or you can exchange your cash in the currency exchange, hotels or banks, generally these offer the best rates than the airport. Credit and Debit cards are widely accepted and there are ATMs in the larger towns and cities. Travelers cheques are best avoided as you will be charged a hefty commission for exchanging them.


Expect to pay between $10 - $35 for a meal out in a local restaurant in Amman. To get around the city, a taxi will cost you around $5.26 for a 5km journey whereas the bus will be less than $1. Souvenirs are also relatively cheap so budgeting $50 for souvenirs will get you plenty! Our recommended guidance for spending budget in Jordan would be between $50-100 on top of your tips, to give you ample souvenir spending money.

Tips

In Jordan “baksheesh” is a national institution where small tips are frequently paid several times a day to numerous people. Your tour guide will take care of this so you do not have to.


You should budget for tips for your lead guide, Wadi Rum guide, cook and driver. The tip amount should be based on the service you feel you have received but $200-250 per person should provide enough tips for your trip. 
Recommended tips per person for your entire trip:

Lead Guide: $100
Wadi Rum Guides: $25 each 
Cook: $25
Driver: $60

Formalities & health

Passport

Your passport should be valid for at least 6 months after your day of departure from Jordan.

Visa

A visa is required by European and US citizens and this can be purchased on arrival. Please check the latest requirements before departure.

Vaccinations

No mandatory vaccinations are required.

Insurance

It is your responsibility to ensure that you are fully and adequately insured for the duration of your trip. Please ensure that all activities, excursions and destinations in your itinerary are included in your travel insurance policy, in addition to your regular cover for cancellation and medical expenses. We ask that you keep a copy of your policy summary (containing policy number and the emergency contact number for your insurer) in your daypack at all times, so that we can access this information should we need to contact the insurer on your behalf.

Medication

Your guide carries a first aid kit at all times but we recommend you carry the following items: - Painkillers - Sunscreen for lips and skin - Moisturising cream (for sunburn) - Elastic bandage, regular bandages and Blister bandages - Sanitary products

Equipment & clothing

Equipment supplied by Kandoo Adventures

  • Tent (per 2 people)
  • Mattress
  • Eating utensils

Clothing to bring

  • Warm hat (beanie) for the evenings
  • Sun hat with wide brim for protection
  • Sunglasses
  • Neck gaiter or scarf
  • Suitable quick drying underwear
  • Light gloves (December to February only)
  • Walking boots (with ankle support and sturdy soles)
  • Socks (quick drying and not too warm)
  • T-shirts and warm jumper
  • Fleece or soft shell jacket
  • Waterproof and windproof hard shell jacket
  • Swimming suit / shorts
  • Walking trousers and/or shorts
  • Pajamas, travel towel and toiletries
  • Comfortable shoes for the evenings
  • Waterproof trousers

Equipment to bring

  • Sleeping bag with a comfort rating of 0°C
  • Head torch and spare batteries
  • Water bottles or hydration pack
  • Wet wipes and hand sanitiser
  • 30-40 litre day pack
  • 80 – 100 litre duffel bag, max weight 15kg
  • Camera
  • Walking poles
  • Plastic bags for wet/dirty clothing
  • Your mask and snorkel if you want to enjoy the corals in the Red Sea (swimming goggles and fins provided)

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Price includes

  • Airport transfers
  • Land transport between sites
  • Full board except meals not included in the program
  • Accommodation in 3* hotels - simple double or twin shared rooms with ensuite facilities.
  • The local team of drivers, camel drivers and local guides
  • An English speaking tour guide
  • Entrance fees to the sites
  • Institutional tips - for hotel porters, site guides, restaurant servers or camel drivers.

Price does not include

  • International Flights
  • Visa
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal expenses
  • Drinks - we recommend you bring a water bottle with a filtration system to reduce plastic waste.
  • Meals in Amman - expect to pay 18-20$ per meal.
  • Tips for your tour guide - usually around $80 per person for the entirety of the trip. 

Options

  • Additional hotel nights before or after your trip are an option. Speak to one of our team if you wish to arrange this.