For a fascinating and truly in-depth exploration of Jordan, do consider this insightful trip we will make in April 2017 with the Royal Society of Asian Affairs (RSAA).
The RSAA is a lively, London-based society with members around the world. It exists to promote understanding and appreciation of Asia through lectures, social events and publications. It’s worth joining for this trip alone – they welcome new members and their meetings are highly informative and enjoyable.
We've a number of clients already booked on this small group trip, but we can accommodate one or two more. If you are interested in Middle East history and current affairs, this will be a rare opportunity to get under the skin of this biblical and extraordinary country.
Jordan itself is relatively peaceful and it deserves to be crowded with visitors. Our association with the RSAA enables us to bring you a unique itinerary - in addition to fantastic access to major and lesser visited sites it will include meetings and discussions with senior figures and contacts from the Jordanian Tour Guide Association, the Tourism and Antiquities Ministry and local political experts. You will also have lunch with a Syrian refugee family, meet a Bedouin family and dine with a leading architect and lecturer specialising in Islamic architecture. There will also be opportunities for easy, moderate and harder trekking.
From the sprawling city of Amman, gateway and ancient capital, we will visit spectacular desert castles and Azraq Wetland Reserve before taking the 5,000-year-old King’s Highway to Jerash and Ajloun to see local treasures and visit Syrian refugees. We will make a short stop at the architecturally interesting former trading town of Salt. We overnight in Madaba, the city of mosaics; and visit Mount Nebo, burial place of Moses, whose archaeological treasures are but a prelude to Petra, the fabled ‘rose red’ city hewn out of rock 2,000 years ago.
Spirit yourself back to the time of Lawrence of Arabia in evocative Wadi Rum — a spectacular collection of rock formations known as jebels; enjoy the traditional hospitality of the Bedouin people as you camp out in the stark desert landscape and soak up the atmosphere in this largely undiscovered destination. We have included a number of ‘present day’ meetings with local experts in their fields and some short hiking opportunities in some of the many nature reserves before we end our tour at the mineral rich Dead Sea. Here you can float in the salty waters, a relaxing end to a busy and fascinating itinerary.
When: 18-30 April 2017
Price guide: £2,995 per person (including flights) based on 10-15 people travelling. Accommodation will be in 3 and 4 star hotels.
Itinerary: See below and contact Fiona for our more detailed version.
Day 1 Fly London to Amman
Day 2 Explore Amman - City tour and afternoon meeting and dinner with local experts
Day 3 Visit Desert Castles and Azraq Wetland Reserve
Day 4 Visit Jerash, Pella, Ajloun and overnight at Ajloun
Day 5 Optional hikes at Ajloun, visit refugee camp and drive via Salt to Madaba, dinner with local expert
Day 6 Baptism site, Madaba, Nebo, Dana Village Tour and drive to Petra
Day 7 Petra and free afternoon
Day 8 Visit Little Petra and drive to Wadi Rum
Day 9 Wadi Rum
Day 10 Wadi Rum to Dana Biosphere/ Feynan Eco Lodge
Day 11 Optional hikes at Feynan
Day 12 Mukawer - Lot's Cave – Dead Sea
Day 13 Fly Amman to London