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Arabian Nights

Lying in the sand outside our camp for the night, gazing up at the sky searching for shooting stars, I was handed a small stone-like object. This Wadi Rum rock is like something from space we agreed. It was the lightest little stone I’d ever touched and I handed it around the group. Rob was not convinced however and shone his torch on my pebble. ‘No, that’s definitely faecal matter’ Rob declared. It seemed we had been lying next to a pile of dried camel droppings.

After applying some handy anti-bac gel we were soon singing songs (top marks to the Welsh contingent) around the campfire enjoying the famous Bedouin hospitality, mint tea and lamb kebabs. We even did the Hokey Cokey at the special request of Ibrahim our guide. A fantastic, funny and extremely knowledgeable tour leader, who spoke perfect English in a range of regional accents. Despite comfortable traditional tents we all elected to sleep outside and through fits of sleep followed the progress of the full moon as it crossed the sky.

Wadi Rum is known to locals as the Valley of the Moon and is famous for it’s spectacular stars.  It was a magical night and only topped in my estimation by Petra. This vast, beautiful city carved out of the rose coloured rock 2,000 years ago far exceeded my expectations. We spent a fascinating day climbing the High Place and up to the Monastery. We discovered ancient tombs, roman temples, an early Christian church, frescoes, mosaics, camels and lions carved into the rock and watched as the colours changed hue from pale yellow in the morning to rose as the sun began to set. I can highly recommend Petra by Night if you still have the energy. Hang back to avoid the crowds and you’ll have the candle lit walk through the Sique to the Treasury virtually to yourselves. The first glimpse of Petra’s most famous building peeping through the rock is unforgettable and truly stunning in the candle light.

Dana National Park is another gem and the conservation area is yet to be discovered by many travellers to Jordan. The guesthouse is extremely charming and has wonderful views over the giant canyon below. The diverse landscape of valleys, forests and mountains was created by the Rift Valley and the National Park is home to an array of plant, animal and birdlife including 45 endangered species. Don’t be put off by the multi-share description. You’d be hard pushed to get a sounder night’s sleep anywhere on earth!

Our captivating trip through Crusador castles, Roman ruins and Biblical sites rounded off in style at the lowest point on earth, the Dead Sea. Free mud, floating and the mandatory newspaper shots were enjoyed by all! Of all the wonderful things I experienced, the kindness of the Jordanian people will be my abiding memory of this incredible country.

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Jerash
Jerash
Indiana James
Thumbs down for this gladiator
The Monastery in Petra
Exploring the desert on camel
Dana Guesthouse
Dead Sea Mud
Petra by Night
Unpublished
5
(average rating, based on 7 reviews)
Trip type: 
Cultural
Adventure level: 
1.Easy
Max group size: 
12

Journey to Petra

Jordan, Middle East | 9 days
Trip code: 
ACJO
Feynan Eco Lodge, Dana Nature Reserve - Jordan
This trip combines ancient wonders with dramatic desert for an experience you’ll never forget!

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Unpublished
5
(average rating, based on 2 reviews)
Trip type: 
Cultural & Nature
Adventure level: 
3. Moderate
Max group size: 
16

Pyramids to Petra

Egypt, Jordan, Middle East | 11 days
Trip code: 
EJ
Jeep exploration - Egypt
An adventurous journey exploring the highlights of Egypt and Jordan

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Unpublished
Trip type: 
Cultural
Adventure level: 
3. Moderate
Max group size: 
16
Minimum age: 
7

Pyramids & Petra - Family Holiday

Egypt, Jordan, Middle East | 12 days
Trip code: 
FEJ
Families only
The Monastery - Jordan on our family holiday
A journey across Egypt and Jordan – home to the wonders of many ancient civilizations.

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From £748pp exc flights
4.666665
(average rating, based on 9 reviews)
Trip type: 
Family - Cultural
Adventure level: 
3. Moderate
Max group size: 
16
Minimum age: 
5

Journey to the Lost City - Family Holiday

Jordan, Middle East | 8 days
Trip code: 
ERFJ
Families only
Jordan family holidays
Our family holiday allows you to experience the best of Jordan – explore Petra, discover Wadi Rum on 4WD and relax in the Dead Sea!

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Unpublished
5
(average rating, based on 1 review)
Trip type: 
Cultural
Adventure level: 
1.Easy
Max group size: 
16
Minimum age: 
5

Journey along the Kings Highway

Jordan, Middle East | 10 days
Trip code: 
FRJO
Families only
Riding camels in Wadi Rum - Jordan
An extended version of our popular 'Journey to the Lost City' trip. This gives you the chance to explore Jordan's treasures at a relaxed pace.

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Unpublished
4
(average rating, based on 17 reviews)
Trip type: 
Cultural
Adventure level: 
3. Moderate
Max group size: 
16

Petra & Wadi Rum

Jordan, Middle East | 8 days
Trip code: 
JO
Bedouin Tent - Jordan
For centuries the deserts of Arabia have held a special fascination for Western travellers.

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