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Jordan: Women's Expedition

8 Days | Share in the culture of Jordanian women on a tailor-made women's adventure

4.8 out of 5 based on 23 reviews submitted.
Women's Expedition
NZD $3,382
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Join an eight-day Women’s Expedition in Jordan as we break the barriers of traditional tourism and discover sisterhood in this inspiring desert nation. Spend a night in Wadi Rum, learn the art of henna with Bedouin women and discover how it has been used for centuries. Relax at a female-only beach, float in the Dead Sea and visit stunning Petra. Learn about traditional marriage from a professional matchmaker, pick up local cooking tips from unsung experts, enjoy afternoon teas and chit-chat with local women. On this female-only adventure, travellers are granted access to a side of life seldom seen by tourists while developing a deeper understanding of Middle Eastern women – with full respect for their traditional cultural values.

Trip overview

Map of Jordan: Women's Expedition including Jordan
Amman, Jordan
Madaba, Jordan
Women's Expedition
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Min 15
Group size
Min 1 - Max 12
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This trip generates 20 kg of CO2-e per person per day.
We offset these emissions on your behalf. But we know that is not enough, so we also have a carbon reduction target.

Why you'll love this trip
  • Uncover a lesser-seen side of Jordan as you travel with an all-women group guided by a female tour leader and eat, sip tea and chat with local women along the way.
  • Take a cooking class at Beit Sitti, an inviting cooking school run by three sisters who carry on their grandmother’s legacy and dedication to tradition. Hear their stories and help prepare a delicious meal.
  • Float in the salty waters of the Dead Sea, then visit a local beach resort that’s only open to women on Saturdays. Hang out by the pool and say hello to the local ladies.
  • Experience the majesty and mystery of ancient Petra during a guided tour. The first glimpse of the Treasury from the narrow path of the Siq is simply unforgettable.
  • Drive through the remarkable desert landscapes of Wadi Rum, then take a look behind closed doors as local Bedouin women join you to share their knowledge of henna application – a truly special experience.
  • Pop in for a cup of tea at the home of a renowned Jordanian matchmaker where you’ll learn about local marriage customs and how she pairs couples together.

Is this trip right for you?
  • There is quite a bit of walking involved in visiting Jordan's historic sites, especially in Petra and Wadi Rum, so a reasonable level of fitness is required. There is often no shade so bring a hat, sun protection and sturdy, comfortable walking shoes.
  • The desert camp in Wadi Rum is basic but incredibly memorable. There are tents and shared Western bathroom facilities. While the desert may be very hot during the day, it will be cool at night and warm clothes and a sleeping bag are highly recommended when travelling outside of the summer months.


This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 January 2023 to 31 December 2023.

View the itinerary for departures between 01 January 2024 - 31 December 2024

Map of Jordan: Women's Expedition including Jordan



7 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 3 dinners


Private Vehicle, Jeep


Hotel (6 nights), Desert camp (1 night)

  • Amman - Beit Sitti cooking class and dinner
  • Amman - City Tour
  • Amman - Tasting Tour
  • Amman - Meet with a Jordanian matchmaker
  • Jerash - Roman ruins
  • Wadi Rum - Henna with Bedouin women
  • Wadi Rum - Desert Jeep tour
  • Petra - Leader-led tour of Petra
  • Petra - Petra second day visit (unguided)
  • Dead Sea - Swimming opportunity
  • Madaba - Al-Maghtas Bethany Baptism site
  • Madaba - St Georges Church
  • Mt Nebo - Site visit
  • Amman - Bani Hamida Women's Weaving Project
Add on activities
  • Petra - Petra By Night - JOD17

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Important notes

1. A single supplement is available if you’d prefer not to share a room on this trip. The single supplement excludes Day 3 (Wadi Rum Camp) where you will be in shared accommodation, and is subject to availability. Please speak to your booking agent for further information.
2. This trip starts in Amman on Day 1 at 5.30pm. This allows time after the meeting to join our first activity - Cooking Class.

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4.8 out of 5 based on 23 reviews submitted.
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Allison · Traveled October 2023
I booked the Jordan women's only tour because of the opportunities to engage with local women. Although these inclusions were not exactly as described, they were great activities. Seeing the sunset and sunrise at Wadi Rum and the hospitality of the Bedouins was a highlight. Petra was amazing and it was great to have 1.5 days there - we really needed that much time to see everything. Nuwar was engaging and passionate and ensured everybody had a great tour. Thanks Nuwar.
Review submitted 27 Oct 2023

Debra · Traveled October 2023
My adventure in Jordan was just wonderful. We saw a lot of the country and learned a lot of history of the area. Our guide, Nuwar brought everything to life. The small group size was an added bonus. In spite of the nearby tension, we always felt safe.
Review submitted 28 Oct 2023

Claire · Traveled October 2023
I highly recommend this tour. Our leader Nuwar was fantastic; the sites were amazing and the trip to Wadi Rum was unforgettable. I appreciated having the extra day in Petra, and the provision of history from Nuwar that gave the whole experience much more meaning.
Review submitted 27 Oct 2023

Payal · Traveled October 2023
This itinerary is really a good one. I am so satisfied with every aspect of the tour. The additional activities incl in the itinerary - cooking class, meeting the matchmaker, the Bedouin women, were all great experiences. Nuwar is a brilliant tour leader. Every aspect handled by her was done in a very professional manner. She took care of everything and ensured everyone was taken care of. Her knowledge of Jordan is too good. She is an asset to Intrepid and the tour groups she leads.
Review submitted 11 Oct 2023

Christina · Traveled October 2023
If you can get past the hotel situation (it’s not great, 1-2 star hotels) then you’ll have the time of your life. This trip was truly special. An unforgettable time made possible by the women I toured with.
Review submitted 20 Oct 2023
Jordan: Women's Expedition
NZD $3,382