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One of the top 15 trails around the world (National Geographic)

Jordan is full of wonderful hiking trails, mountains,  canyons and we will explore the best hiking trail In Jordan (Dana to Petra) in 9 days.

Jordan has three major physiographic regions (from east to west): the desert, the uplands east of the Jordan River, and the Jordan Valley (the northwest portion of the great East African Rift System).

The desert’s northern part is composed of volcanic lava and basalt, and its southern part of outcrops of sandstone and granite. The landscape is much eroded, primarily by wind. The uplands east of the Jordan River, an escarpment overlooking the rift valley, have an average elevation of 2,000–3,000 feet (600–900 metres) and rise to about 5,755 feet (1,754 metres) at Mount Um Addami , Jordan’s highest point, in the south. Outcrops of sandstone, chalk, limestone, and flint extend to the extreme south, where igneous rocks predominate.

The Jordan Valley drops to about 1,410 feet (430 metres) below sea level at the Dead Sea, the lowest natural point on Earth’s surface. 

Our trek starts from up lands, the borders of the Nabataean kingdom in the ancient world.

The trek starts from Dana biosphere reserve, it’s an ancient village located at the top of a mountain overlooking Wadi Araba 

The trail was used before to transfer between Dana and Petra and other parts of Nabataean kingdom

You’ll walk on a 5000 thousand years trail and live like they lived, the same walking distance and the same quietness and surinty

You’ll reach the lost city of petra after 4 days of walking between the coloured mountains,  deep canyons, desert and rock formations 

You’ll spend your days living a complete bedouin lifestyle, from the food and stargazing nights to the fire cooking and searching for a water source.

Although You’ll be supplied with all of your needs, water, food, tents.

This trek will take you back in time and after you finish petra you’ll be surprised to see modern life again with its restaurants, cars, and people.

Tour Highlights:

Amman attractions 

Dana reserve

Hiking Dana to Al-Mansoura and wild camping 

Hiking Al-Mansoura to Ras Al-Fayed area and wild camping 

Hiking Ras Al-Fayed to Gbour Al-Whaidat and wild camping 

Hiking Gbour Al-Whaidat to Little Petra and sleep in al local camp

Petra back trail, from Little Petra to the Monastery (the full city tour).

Wadi Rum Um Addami mountain and Stargazing 

Aqaba yacht cruise and diving

9 Days
21+ Age
  • Destination
  • Departure
    Please arrive by 9:15 AM for a prompt departure at 9:30 AM.
  • Departure Time
    Approximately 8:30 PM.
  • Dress Code
    Casual. Comfortable athletic clothing, hiking shoes, hat and warm jacket.
  • Included
    Accommondation
    Meals
    Personal Guide
    Typical Souvenir
  • Not Included
    All Museum Tickets
    Transportation/Car
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Day 1: Arrival to Amman - Amman tour
The city has so many must-see attractions, and things to do, that you can easily spend a pleasant day or two. Downtown Amman is a must-see. At the bottom of the city’s many hills and overlooked by the magisterial Citadel, it features spectacular Roman ruins, an international-standard museum and the hubbub of mosques, souqs and coffeehouses that are central to Jordanian life. Elsewhere, urban western Amman has leafy residential districts, cafes, bars, modern malls and art galleries; and in earthy eastern Amman, it’s easy to sense the more traditional and conservative pulse of the capital. Pass by the hotel to get rid of your luggage then head to east of Amman to see it's beauty Will provide you with a digital map with all the attractions, restaurants, and must see places. Enjoy your adventure.  
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Day 2: Dana reserve and wild camp at the desert
Leave Amman heading to Dana, at the top of Dana mountain Dana village is situated  From Dana village a trail goes between the mountains looking over the long valley of Wadi Dana amidst splendid sandstone scenery and the diverse landscapes Will Follow the path going up then down to ghuwair valley then up again to eventually arriving to this amazing view over the area and  spend the night there Dana is Jordan’s largest nature reserve, covering some 320 square kilometers of spectacular mountains and Wadis along the face of the Great Rift Valley. From scorching sand dunes in the west to cool mountaintops in the east, the Dana Biosphere Reserve is home to a great variety of wildlife. There are plants and animals characteristic of true desert, of Mediterranean forests and of the dry plains of Russia. In fact, Dana is really a melting pot of species from three continents: Europe, Africa and Asia. Such a combination of natural communities in a single area is unique in Jordan and many of Dana’s animals and plants are very rare. So far, a total of 700 plant species, 190 bird species, 37 mammal species and 36 reptile species have been recorded in the Reserve, of which 25 are known to be endangered, including the Sand Cat, the Syrian Wolf, the Lesser Kestrel and the Spiny Tailed Lizard. Without special care, some of these could disappear from Earth forever, which makes the Dana Biosphere Reserve a place of global importance Will camp in the area with our bedouin friends.   Distance: 16.5 km Time: 7 - 8 hours Physical Challenge: Moderate Trail Challenge: Moderate Elevation gain: 745m  
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Day 3: Near Wadi Ghuweir
Near Wadi Ghuweir, from the view campsite, will head up for a couple of kilometers, a little bit difficult but rewarding, then head more due south on footpaths to walk on the ridge of the western side of Mansourah village. With Wadi Araba and Sharah Mountains to the West to reach Al-Juhaier viewpoint then downhill towards Ras Al-Fayed area    Will spend some time seeing the expansive view of Wadi Araba’s wash to the west below.  And finally will end the day with a great cup of tea and delicious local food and prepare the camp to stay there for the night    Distance: 13.7 km Time: 7 - 8 hours Physical Challenge: Difficult Trail Challenge: Moderate  Elevation gain: 612m
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Day 4:
In this day we leave Ras Al Fayed along a rocky sandstone terrain. Throughout are spectacular varying views of the barren desert landscape with surprise encounters of desert vegetation and animal life.  In your way to Gbour Al-Wohidat you'll find yourself walking between deep canyons and black top mountains on the Bedouin shepherd trails Then will climb up for an hour and keep walking south to see a different rock formations means that we are getting closer to petra  After reaching Gbour Al-Wohidat we will camp there for the night   Distance:15.8 km Time: 7 - 9 hours Physical Challenge: Moderate  Trail Challenge: Moderate  Elevation gain: 659m
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Day 5:
Today we are heading to Little Petra After leaving the camp we will start deciding for a while and start seeing signs of increasing human habitation of Bedouin camps, sheep pens, and small agricultural plots, you can gain an impression of the living environment of part of Jordan’s population.  Then will start heading up towards Beihdah area We enter a small sandstone canyon and wind our way through to the site of Beihdah. In this night we will stay in bedouin camp before next day go to Petra   Distance:14.8 km Time: 6/7 hours Physical Challenge: Moderate  Trail Challenge: Moderate  Elevation gain: 561m
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Day 6: Petra back trail
Petra via ‘The Back Door’! Good tracks go pleasantly down Wadi Ghurab amidst sandstone mountains guarding the approaches to Petra. This way follows a Nabataean route out of the valley and skirting round the final mountain on a natural rock terrace which has been ‘improved’ by the PAP for the safety of walkers. Even so, it still narrows slightly before reaching a hidden plateau high above the impressive chasm of Wadi Siyyagh. Just beyond, carved into the cliff face, ‘The Monastery’ suddenly comes into view. (Bedouin café). Nabataean steps then lead down into ancient Petra, through which the route goes before exiting past ‘The Treasury’ and though the famous ‘Petra Siq’ to the shops, cafés and hotels of Wadi Musa. Distance:14.7 km Time: 6/7 hours Physical Challenge: Easy Trail Challenge: Easy Elevation gain: 762m
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Day 7: Aqaba - souks
Leaving  petra heading to the waters, Aqaba is a great place on red sea all times of year for water sports activities and relax under the sun after your great adventure you have the rest of the day to discover aqaba souks and restaurants and try red sea fish meals the traditional way.
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Day 8: Aqaba - diving
Catch the yacht cruise and join them in their adventure of diving and snorkeling the gulf of aqaba  Then you have the rest of the day to discover aqaba souks and restaurants and try red sea fish meals the traditional way.
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Day 9: Departure from Aqaba or Amman
Departure from Aqaba or Amman Depending on your flight details you leave Aqaba before 8 hours of your flight time.  

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Accommodation

  During the tour, you will stay in unique eco-camps that are run by locals. In Amman, you are staying close to the centre in downtown or alwebdeh, so according to your arrival time you can enjoy exploring a bit of Jordanian hospitality. From Dana to Petra we will be wild camping in the remote desert of Wadi Araba and shobak mountains to enjoy the sky with a minimum light pollution in Aqaba you will stay in a five star hotel to enjoy nice and clean room and private beach

included excursions

 
  • Fully supported trek between dana and petra with water and 3 meals per day
  • Local guide for the whole trek
  • Wild camping for 3 nights
  • Petra back trail with local guide 
  • Aqaba yacht cruise
  • Aqaba five stars hotel beach access

Food

 
Day 2 
Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Day 3
Breakfast lunch dinner
Day 4 
Breakfast, lunch, dinner 
Day 5 
Breakfast, lunch,  dinner 
Day 6 
Breakfast, lunch box, dinner
Day 7 
Breakfast,  lunch box, dinner 
Day 8
Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Day 9
Breakfast, BBQ lunch on yacht
Day 10
Breakfast    
Health, Hygiene and Safety
  All of jonavigators staff is already fully vaccinated and they get tested constantly.   Cleaning Uses cleaning chemicals that are effective against coronavirus. Linens, towels and laundry washed in line with local authority guidelines. Guest accommodation is disinfected between stays. The accommodation partners we work with follow the guidelines of local authorities. Equipment for activities is disinfected before and/or after use. Physical distancing Cashless payment available. Drivers, guides and staff maintain a distance from the clients at all times possible. Activities take place outside mostly. Safety features Staff follow all safety protocols as directed by the local government. Hand sanitizer available in guest rooms, vehicles and key areas. First aid kit available. A room is available to isolate suspected or infected COVID-19 patients. Protective masks are available for all staff.   Outdoors safety and first aid ENSA Chamonix school certified guides along the trip with wilderness rescue and first aid certificates. All staff have first aid training. Clear details about activities difficulty, length and elevation. Clear instructions before activities. Written details about what to wear and what to bring to the trips. Guides are trained to read maps and navigation. Weather forecast reading before any activity to take place. Small groups policy to help the guides focus on the group.
Things to do (optional)
  Amman tour Petra by night ( it's working 3 days a week, depends on what day you arrive to Petra) Horseback riding Water sports and activities Diving snorkeling
What's included
 
  • Airport meet and assist
  • Airport pick up
  • Private new vehicle with driver - AC - WiFi - Complimentary water
  • Accommodation in all mentioned places
  • Hiking guide for the whole trip
  • Wild camping for 3 nights
  • Local Guide to Petra back trail
  • All mentioned meals
  • Yacht cruise with lunch in Aqaba
  • Airport drop off
 
What's not included
 
  • Any personal expenses or gifts
  • Amman tour
  • Petra by night
  • Water sports or diving in Aqaba
  • Aqaba tour
How to get there
  Arrival by airplane Please book your flight to arrive at Queen Alia International Airport (AMM). Jonavigators can arrange pick-up and transport in Jordan from anywhere if you are already in Jordan, or if you want to stay longer and travel around after.   Amman: Queen Alia International Airport  Aqaba: king Hussain international airport
Cancellation policy
  Early reservations are highly recommended A reservation requires a deposit of 50% of the total price. The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled before 21 days of the trip The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.  
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