Jordan Luxury Eco-Adventure

Jordan Luxury Eco-Adventure

We don’t do “holidays” at the Bucket List Co. But this 10-day adventure in Jordan?

It’s the closest you’ll ever get to a holiday on one of our trips, with a challenge rating of just 1. The only real challenge you’ll face on this trip is tearing yourself away when it’s time to head home. 

Turns out there are Bucket List experiences around every corner in beautiful Jordan. 

By day you’ll do gentle trekking through towering canyons, leisurely exploring in ancient sites and petroglyphs, and snorkelling through the constantly changing colours and corals of the Red Sea. By night you’ll sip Bedouin tea as you watch the sunset and stand in awe as the stars reveal themselves. 

And while we’d never call you a pig, if you do like the sound of robing yourself in a blanket of mud and lolling about atop the salty waters of the Dead Sea? You’re in for a treat.

Read our article “Is Jordan safe for travel?” – Click Here

What is it like?

There’s a reason the challenge rating on this trip is so low. Only question is, are you ready to relax in style?

With a population of just 10 million, you could be forgiven for thinking that Jordan has little to offer in terms of travel. But spend five minutes in this country and you’ll quickly realise what a fallacy that is. 

The people are friendly and generous. The countryside is diverse and staggeringly beautiful. And the rich history of the ancient religious sites makes Jordan a true hidden gem of the Middle East. 

Whatever you’re looking for, chances are you’ll find it in Jordan. Escapism? Try canyoning through Wadi Rum or rooftop stargazing in Dana Biosphere Reserve. Ancient ruins? Two days in Petra and you’ll consider yourself an expert. Wildlife? Snorkel through the bountiful kaleidoscope of the Red Sea!

The truth is, Jordan never ceases to surprise a curious mind and an adventurous spirit. And it really will draw you in and leave you wanting more.

On a Bucket List Co trip to Jordan, you’ll explore this fantastic country at its deepest level. Every trip is planned to the highest of ethical standards, supporting local communities, protecting wildlife and conserving the environment while still facilitating genuine cultural engagement. 

And relaxation is off the chart on this trip to Jordan, with plenty of opportunities to chill out and – of course – a visit to the most tranquil natural spa in the world; the Dead Sea.

So if you want to experience the rich diversity of one of the world’s most beautiful countries without compromising the landscape or your conscience…

If you’re up for a Bucket List Co trip but you’re not quite ready to challenge yourself to the extreme just yet…

And if you’re ready to slap a load of mud on your body and roll around in the Dead Sea…

You need to join us in Jordan. See you there?  

Day 1

Arrive and explore Amman

Upon arrival in Jordan, we will drive to the city centre and check in to Art Hotel in downtown Amman. Then it’s time to explore the sights of the city. First, we will walk 10 minutes to Amman amphitheatres, before heading downtown for lunch. Next, we will walk to the citadel to explore the ruins and watch the sunset. We head back downtown for dinner – we will suggest the famous Hashem Restaurant – and then anyone who wants to can visit Rainbow Street or relax in a cafe.  

Day 2

Jerash to Ajloun, transfer to Dana

Today we wake up early and meet our local guide(s) after breakfast. We take a transfer to Jerash, stopping off at some beautiful viewpoints to learn more about the environment and history of the area.  We will explore the ruins of Jerash for around two hours. Then we drive to Ajloun to look around the castle and its views. The castle is a fascinating site that dominates the Ajloun skyline and was built to ward off the Crusader armies at the key trade and pilgrimage intersection between Jerusalem, Cairo, Damascus and Mecca. We savour a delicious lunch at a local homestay in Ajloun, then drive to Dana Biosphere Reserve, where we will spend the night.  

Day 3

Trek Dana to Feynan

We wake up early again today and begin the trek after breakfast. The trail leads from Dana village towards Wadi Araba and the village of Feynan. The reserve, Jordan’s largest, includes four distinct bio-geographical zones, which means that Dana supports an astonishing diversity of birds, plants, and animals. On your way down the valley you may see Griffin Vultures overhead as well as hyrax and copper-blue lizards on the rocks; if you’re lucky you might even catch a glimpse of an ibex or a desert fox, or see the footprint of a wolf in the dust. We walk through the wadi, taking short breaks to learn about the landscape. A picnic lunch is shared under the trees.  In the afternoon, we arrive in Feynan, relax with a juice or tea as we are checked in, and take a shower to refresh.  This evening, there is an optional short sunset hike to a viewpoint where we watch the sun go down over the Wadi Araba desert with Bedouin tea. After a delicious vegetarian dinner, we have the opportunity to attend a short presentation about the lodge and its environmental projects, then head up to the roof to stargaze and learn about the constellations – a magical way to end a fantastic day.

Day 4

Bedouin experiences and Wadi Ghweir canyoning

After breakfast, you will hike part of Wadi Ghweir. This scenic trail begins from the lodge and passes by Khirbet Feynan, where many Byzantine and Roman ruins are preserved passing onwards into the Wadi Ghweir basin. Enjoy the canyoning experience in the towering rocks – a truly unique adventure experience. The route returns the same way back to the lodge. In the afternoon, you can enjoy one of the activities offered in the eco-lodge, such as local community experience, traditional kajul making or cooking classes. In the evening you will have a sunset short walk (around 20-30 min) to your campsite where you will spend the night in the wilderness and enjoy dinner under the stars.

Day 5

Trek Wadi Ghuweir to Little Petra

Today we will rise early, share breakfast and tea, then begin our hike to Little Petra. This is a steep and challenging section of the route, but extremely rewarding with fantastic views of the Wadi Araba Desert. After breakfast you will be transferred from Wadi Ghweir onto Ghbhour Wheidat (1 hour 30 mins transfer), where you will start hiking to Little Petra. Between Gbour Whedat and Little Petra you will pass many sites such as Ba’ajah ruins, siq Ba’ajah, the Nabataeans wine and olive presses, water tanks, wells and the Nabataean rock-carved facades, and then on to Little Petra visiting the site (a mini version of Petra), before heading to your camping area.

Day 6

Little Petra to Petra hike

Today we hike from Ammarin Bedouin Camp, to Little Petra and finally Petra itself for our first glimpse of this Wonder of the World. The trek takes us through some of the most spectacular landscapes we have seen yet, with sweeping views high over the canyons and desert. 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 skirts round the final mountain on a natural rock terrace which has been ‘improved’ for the safety of walkers. Even so, it still narrows slightly before reaching a hidden plateau high above the impressive chasm of Wadi Siyyagh. When we near the ‘back door’ of Petra, we will stop for a cup of tea at a viewpoint, before continuing through to discover The Monastery. After taking in its grandeur (and taking lots of photos!) we enjoyed our packed lunch at the cafe, perhaps with a fresh juice or coffee. We then begin the part of the hike that goes through Petra, descending 950 steps into the main citadel. Along the way, our guide will tell us all about the history of the various castles, tombs, amphitheatres and more that have been carved into the mountains. However, we diverge before reaching the Treasury – this will be saved for tomorrow. Finally, we exit Petra and reach our hotel for the night. After checking in and showering, we can enjoy dinner together, and then either spend the evening relaxing or go for an optional extra visiting Petra by Night (17JOD pp), where the Treasury is lit up by candles and becomes the stage for storytelling and traditional music..  

Day 7

Petra morning tour and Wadi Rum jeep tour

On day two of our Petra experience, we wake up early and have breakfast before walking to Petra to beat the crowds. We hike through the siq (narrow canyon) and are rewarded when The Treasury appears before us. We now have a morning tour of the Treasury, learning more about the history and significance of the site. Then there is some free time to explore Petra again independently and visit sites such as the High Place of Sacrifice and Al Khubtha mountain, or Al Madras trail if you feel courageous and want to avoid the crowds in Petra. If you are interested in doing any of these trails, it is worth hiring a guide! The hiking trails are completely unmarked and almost impossible to follow. When we are done in Petra, we will drive to Wadi Rum. Here, we have a brilliant lunch at the tent camp and then enjoy a 2-hour jeep tour of Wadi Rum, following in the footsteps of Lawrence of Arabia, climbing sand dunes and rock bridges. After this, we have a short sunset hike to a viewpoint and eat dinner under the stars. We spend the night in the peaceful desert, enjoying the hospitality of the Bedouins.

Day 8

Snorkelling and boat ride in the Red Sea

After a delicious breakfast overlooking the Wadi Rum sunrise, we leave early and drive to Aqaba. Here, we head to the coast of the Red Sea and board our boat for the day!  Here we take a boat ride of the Red Sea in a glass-bottomed boat, enjoying views of the coral, and also views across Jordan, Israel, Egypt and Saudi Arabia. We have time to swim and snorkel from the boat, over coral and view the fantastic range of tropical fish in what is thought of as one of the best diving spots in the world. We will also enjoy a BBQ lunch onboard. After we have explored the underwater world of Jordan, we drive to the Dead Sea and have dinner at the hotel before spending the evening relaxing.  

Day 9

Dead Sea experience

Today we will explore the famous Dead Sea of Jordan. We will head down to the beach together to learn about the Dead Sea to float, try the mud with all of its health benefits, and swim.  We will then have lunch at the hotel and enjoy a free afternoon at our leisure – to revisit the Dead Sea, to use the pool or treat yourself to a treatment in the spa In the evening, we share a final celebratory dinner together, saying thank you and goodbye to our local guides.  

Day 10

Fly home

We will wake up and have breakfast at our leisure. Depending on the time of our flights, we may have more time to relax at the hotel and use the pools before we transfer to Queen Alia International Airport in Amman. Then, we will fly home – until next time!

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So in September 2015 I summited Africa’s highest peak for the second time – a proud moment. Again, we were supported by The Bucket List Company.

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“Just did the Mt. Toubkal trip and loved everything about it – the places we stayed in, the food we had cooked for us, and the guides Mohammed and Omar, who were lovely and helped us if need be. We had a great bunch of ladies who just kept each other going with plenty of laughter, and our lovely Bucket List guide Gareth (Billy Boy) was brilliant. There was no trying to hurry us up, he just let us go at our own pace, but was there if we needed help or advice.

The company itself have been very helpful before and after the trip – so thank you. Would I go with this company again? YES I WOULD!!! Looking forward to the next trip.”

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“Ok, so if you aren’t Wonder Woman or the female version of Edmund Hillary (although we did have our very own Ironwoman – unfortunately not me!) but you fancy a bit of a challenge/adventure, then this is ideal! 

This trip will challenge you mentally and physically, but because you make new amazing friends and have such a laugh – along with seeing the vibrancy of Morocco – you soon forget about how much you are struggling. The elation of achievement when you reach the top is phenomenal, and worth every foot step! 

Other companies may offer the same trip, but I doubt they give the same level of expertise from the moment you pay your deposit! Everything has been thought of, from the advice about equipment to buy/rent, to the tips for working with our amazing guides and porters.

And then there’s our Bucket list Company rep, Gareth! Gareth, aka Billy Boy Wonder, was the best expedition leader you can ask for. He was always positive, encouraging, smiling and calm, even when there was a drama or something didn’t go according to plan. Oh, and ask him about his belly dancing skills!

I would highly recommend this company, and will be booking another trip! If you have any doubts, don’t! Just book it! You won’t regret it, and will finish the week with a permanent smile, some lovely new friends and priceless memories! Thank you to everyone on our trip. And at last I can say: “Got the t-shirt and wearing it!”

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Our trip to Jordan combines everything you could wish for from a hiking holiday: impressive landscapes, cultural experiences and UNESCO World Heritage sites all in one!

To find out more about our Jordan Eco-Adventure CLICK HERE to read our Jordan Trip Report

Whilst Jordan has a growing reputation around the world as a peaceful and safe country, this hasn’t reached everyone just yet.

To read our article, ‘Is It Safe To Travel To Jordan? A Definitive Answer To Send To Your Mum’, CLICK HERE!

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