Map of Jordan Retreat: Petra including Jordan

Experience unique cultures and ancient wonders on this short trekking trip

Looking for a short trip that combines history, traditional culture and a chance to challenge yourself to an active adventure? This journey through Jordan, comprising of three days of trekking and one day spent relaxing by the Dead Sea, ticks all the boxes. Begin with a trip to Dana Nature Reserve, where you’ll learn about the copper mining industry of the Roman Empire. From here you’ll trek through the ancient city of Petra, soaking up the history of the Silk Road, meeting local Bedouin villagers, and hiking along some of the world’s most famous trails.

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Terms & Conditions

Start
Amman, Jordan
Finish
Amman, Jordan
Destination
Jordan
Style
Comfort
Theme
Intrepid Retreats
Code
EELP
Physical rating
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1, Max 12

Why you'll love this trip

  • Visit a Bedouin camp, which provides the local Ammarin tribe with a sustainable income from tourism and is vital for the preservation of Bedouin culture and the natural environment.

  • Enjoy dinner with a local village family who used to live in Petra and were moved out of the site after Petra became UNESCO heritage listed.

  • Hike along the unique Copper Mines trail in the Dana Biosphere reserve.

  • Have lunch with a local goat shepherd and learn more about his traditional way of life.

Is this trip right for you?

  • This trip is new to our range this year. And while we have thoroughly researched every detail of the logistics, new destinations and working with new partners can sometimes throw us some unexpected surprises. More often than not, it’ll be a great surprise. But every now and again there might be a hiccup. We like to think that’s what puts the ‘adventure’ in ‘adventure travel’.

  • Please ensure you consult your local government’s advice regarding domestic travel prior to booking this trip.

  • Some of the best scenery in Petra and Wadi Rum is found on hikes. So, while this trip doesn't require a high level of fitness, it’s essential to be at least moderately fit if you want to partake in all activities. Most of the time there is no shade so remember to bring a hat, sun protection, and sturdy, comfortable walking shoes. Winters can get quite cool, so if you're visiting at this time, don't forget to pack some warmer layers too.

Itinerary

Marhaba! Welcome to Jordan. Today you’ll meet your local host and your fellow travellers for the next four days. Your journey begins with an approximately three-hour drive to Feynan, where you’ll take part in a guided hike along the Copper Mines trail. Here you’ll learn about how vast deposits of copper were discovered, mined and processed for the Roman Empire. Explore long-forgotten mine shafts and visit nearby sites that are still visibly impacted by the ancient smelting process. Later in the afternoon, continue your drive to the city of Petra, where you’ll have free time to explore and try some local delicacies for dinner, before retiring to your deluxe campsite for the evening.
Accommodation
  • Deluxe bedouin camp (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Dana Nature Reserve - Feynan Cooper Mines Trail
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Special Information
The welcome meeting will take place at 8am at the hotel listed as the Joining Point in the Essential Trip Information. It’s very important that you attend the welcome meeting as we will be collecting insurance and emergency contact details at this time and will head out towards Feynan straight after. If you are going to be late please let your booking agent or hotel reception know. We are happy to book additional accommodation for you in Amman, subject to availability. Today's hike will cover a distance of between 8 and 10 kilometres (5 to 6 miles), which will take up to four hours.
This morning you’ll take a short drive to Ghbour Whedat, where you will begin your morning hike to Little Petra. This trek makes up a part of the famous Dana to Petra trek, which is rated in the World’s 15 Best Hikes by National Geographic. You’ll pass Nabatean ruins, wine and olive presses and aqueducts, before reaching the back entrance to Little Petra. Enjoy a lunch with a goat shepherd, where you’ll have the chance to learn a bit more about today’s local culture in the area. After lunch, continue hiking through Little Petra, which was used to house traders travelling along the ancient Silk Road. Here you’ll see rock carved facades, houses and other ancient buildings carved into the sandstone canyon. You’ll finish the hike at a Bedouin camp, which provides the local Ammarin tribe with a sustainable income from tourism and is vital for the preservation of Bedouin culture and the natural environment. Take part in some everyday activities like bread baking or a coffee ritual, while listening to traditional instruments, such as Rababa and Shabbabeh, before heading back to your camp for the evening.
Accommodation
  • Deluxe bedouin camp (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Little Petra - Hike from Ghbour Whedat to Little Petra
  • Little Petra - Ammarin Tribe Bedoiun Camp Visit
  • Little Petra - Lunch with a Local Shepherd
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
Special Information
Today’s trek will be approximately 12 kilometres (around 7 miles), but exact distance and duration will be determined on the ground depending on the group's abilities.
After breakfast, leave your camp and head to the archaeological site of Petra. As you reach the end of the narrow, kilometre-long entrance, you’ll catch your first glimpse of the iconic Treasury facade, made famous in the west by the Indiana Jones films. The ancient site of Petra is massive and contains hundreds of elaborate rock-cut tombs, Roman-style theatres, temples, sacrificial altars and colonnaded streets, reached by many different trails. Today you’ll take the Um Al Biyara trail which takes three to four hours in total. The trail is steep in parts, but the staircase to the top is well maintained. Make sure you take regular breaks to soak up the ever-changing perspective on the city that is revealed as you ascend. Once you’ve completed the hike, leave Petra and head to nearby Umm Sayhom village, where you’ll visit a local family who used to live in Petra before it became a UNESCO heritage site in the mid-1980s. Enjoy a local dinner and hear the stories about their life in Petra and how things have changed since they moved to Umm Sayhoom, before returning to your camp for the night.
Accommodation
  • Deluxe bedouin camp (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Petra - Hike through Archaeological Site
  • Petra - Guided tour
  • Umm Sayhom - Village Visit & Dinner with Local Family
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
Special Information
Today’s hike in Petra will be approximately 17 kilometres (10.5 miles), which will take up to eight hours.
Today, you’ll leave Petra and make your way back to Amman via the Dead Sea. It will take approximately three and a half hours to drive to the Dead Sea, where you’ll then have time to either relax with a natural mud mask or try floating in the extremely salty waters. Once you’re feeling rejuvenated, continue driving to Amman, where you’ll say goodbye to your host and group.
Included Activities
  • Dead Sea - Visit and float
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Special Information
This trip finishes upon arrival in Amman on Day 4 at the Finishing Point, as listed in the Essential Trip Information. Please do not book any flights until after 6pm this evening. If you would like to stay longer in Amman, we are happy to assist in booking additional accommodation for you, subject to availability.

Meals

4 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 dinner

Transport

4x4 Jeep, Private vehicle

Accommodation

Comfort style deluxe bedouin camp

Included activities

  • Dana Nature Reserve - Feynan Cooper Mines Trail
  • Little Petra - Hike from Ghbour Whedat to Little Petra
  • Little Petra - Ammarin Tribe Bedoiun Camp Visit
  • Little Petra - Lunch with a Local Shepherd
  • Petra - Hike through Archaeological Site
  • Petra - Guided tour
  • Umm Sayhom - Village Visit & Dinner with Local Family
  • Dead Sea - Visit and float

Dates & availability

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Important notes

Travellers on Intrepid trips that start on or before 31 December 2022 are required to produce proof of full vaccination against COVID-19. Learn more about Intrepid’s COVID-19 policy.

1. This trip starts in Amman on Day 1 at 8am. The group will depart immediately for Feynan. This trip finishes upon arrival in Amman on Day 4. Please do not book any flights until after 6pm this evening.
2. A single supplement is available if you’d prefer not to share a room on this trip. The single supplement applies to all nights of your trip and is subject to availability. Please speak to your booking agent for further information.

Essential trip information

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