Day 1: (ARRIVAL- AMMAN AIRPORT OR LAND BORDERS - MADABA HOTEL)
Arrival to Amman. Meet & Assist at Queen Alia International Airport or at land
borders, transfer to Madaba city for O/N.
Day 2: (MADABA - WADI IBN HAMMAD - DANA NATURAL RESERVE)
After Breakfast at hotel, depart Madaba to Wadi Ibn Hammad. A narrow sandstone
gorge, abundant water and splendid hanging gardens. At the entrance of the gorge
lies a pleasant hot spring, springs flow everywhere, supporting a variety of
plants. The group will follow a short trail down into the Wadi bed. On the south
bank, a hot spring issues from an elevated terrace where its water is gathered
into an artificial pool. You can enjoy the hammam before you enter the canyon.
Proceed downstream; penetrating slowly into a wonderful world with springs
dripping from the banks and with hanging gardens sprouting from every fissure.
As you continue walking, the walls of the canyon draw closer. About 40 minutes
from the trailhead, shortly after a little side stream joins from the south,
overhead daylight disappears. A travertine overhang was built up here by
coalescing stalactites. The overhang actually touches the opposite wall, forming
a solid bridge from one side of the gorge to the other. Below the bridge the
walls are dyed with many hues of green & red. O/N in Dana.
What is The Dana village Hotel?
Staying at the Dana hotel is a completely unique experience. As you are
surrounded by the natural beauty of the Wadi and lavished with traditional Arab
hospitality. Prepare your self to share a cup of tea with locals. The Hotel
offer 500 years of living tradition the village overlooks sunsets and natural
canyon land escape as far as the eye can see. The village is quaint and small
home to 40 families who continue to live a simple lifestyle. The homes of Dana
are original remnants of the area's first settled inhabitants and are closely
centered about the community mosque.
Day 3:(WADI DANA TO WADI FEINAN)
After breakfast we follow a spectacular blend of mountains and desert
landscapes, as well as an extraordinary botanic diversity, make Dana nature
reserve one of its kind the reserve stretches over 300 sq. km from the edge of
Edom plateau down to the Araba valley, its altitudes vary with short distances
from 1,650m above sea level to 150m below, creating different climatic
conditions and habitats. The reserve is dissected by deep canyons, winding below
lofty sandstone massifs with overwhelming views. To date, 700 species of plants
have been recorded in the reserve as well as 200 birds and 36 mammals. The big
mammals, though rare, include Nubian ibex (wild mountain goat) wolf, golden
jackal, striped hyena and red fox. The botanic diversity of Dana combines
Mediterranean, desert (saharo Arabian), steppe (Irano- Turanian) and subtropical
(Sudanian) plants. Trees includes red juniper, Oak, pistachio. Oleander, brooms
Acacia, cypress, all from the Mediterranean zone.
Feinan was one of the largest copper works in the ancient near East. The
site is located in the Araba valley at the end point of the treks of Wadi Dana
.What remains today are runs of Byzantine churches, an aqueduct and a water
reservoir and smelting furnaces.
Day 4:(JEEP & HIKE IN WADI FEINAN - PETRA)
After Breakfast leaving Wadi Feinan towards the Araba valley along narrow
canyons of sandstone and igneous rocks, as well as towering peaks and vast
expanses of colorful desert landscape. Spectacular fields of red sand dunes all
over the Araba. The desert between Feinan and Petra is awe inspiring in its
beauty and extraordinary moon like landscape. Above all, Petra, one of the 7
wonders of the world, the fabulous Nabatean capital is located here, hidden
among cliffs of red sandstone mountains. O/N in Petra camp.
Day 5: (PETRA)
After breakfast at camp, start visiting Jordan's Jewel "Petra" The Capital City
of the Nabateans, a city fully carved in the rose red stones of Wadi Mousa
Mountains. You will take a horse back ride, walk through the Siq, the only
access to this city. Continue exploring the City. Then visit the Monastery (El
Deer). Return to camp for O/N.
Day 6: (PETRA)
After breakfast at camp, start visiting Sacrifice place, down to Wadi
Farasa visiting the Church, then back to Wadi Muthlim. Back to camp in Petra for
Day 7: (PETRA - WADI RUM)
After breakfast, transfer from Petra to Wadi Rum, exploring the beauty of its
nature, visiting the most spectacular sites off the Beaten track, viewing old
graffiti's and inscriptions, winding throughout canyons and sand dune. Continue
to the camp site (Um Fruth). O/N Wadi Rum.
Day 8: (WADI RUM - AMMAN)
Breakfast at camp, free morning in Wadi Rum for Camel or Jeep tour to continue
exploring following the footsteps of Lawrence of Arabia. Transfer to Amman for
(DEPARTURE VIA AIRPORT OR LAND BORDERS)
Breakfast at hotel followed by transfer to Queen Alia International airport or
land border for departure.