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4.8
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Explore Jordan and Sleep in a Martian Dome

5 nights
Easy

Marvel at ancient Petra, float in the Dead Sea, snorkel the Red Sea and count shooting stars from your bed in the desert

What's Included?

Permits

All your permits and entry fees

Transfers

Both airport transfers and everything in between

Activities & Certified Guides

All itinerary activities with local, professional, English-speaking guides

Meals

All breakfasts, 3 lunches and 2 traditional Arabic dinners

Hotel & Martian Dome

3 nights in a hotel, 1 in a lodge and 1 in a desert dome

Small Like-minded Groups

Solo-friendly by design, join our small n’ sociable groups of up to 14 like-minded, active and outdoorsy people
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excluding flights

What's it like?

4.8
| 60 reviews
Wow ! A must do trip!
May 2024
Pamela C.
Wow ! A must do trip!
May 2024
Pamela C.
Wow ! A must do trip!
May 2024
Pamela C.
Wow ! A must do trip!
May 2024
Pamela C.
Perfect Blend of Hiking, Culture and Relaxing
May 2024
Manon D.
Perfect Blend of Hiking, Culture and Relaxing
May 2024
Manon D.
Perfect Blend of Hiking, Culture and Relaxing
May 2024
Manon D.
Perfect Blend of Hiking, Culture and Relaxing
May 2024
Manon D.
Perfect Blend of Hiking, Culture and Relaxing
May 2024
Manon D.
Perfect Blend of Hiking, Culture and Relaxing
May 2024
Manon D.
More than I could have asked for!
March 2024
Clare C.
More than I could have asked for!
March 2024
Clare C.
More than I could have asked for!
March 2024
Clare C.
More than I could have asked for!
March 2024
Clare C.
More than I could have asked for!
March 2024
Clare C.
More than I could have asked for!
March 2024
Clare C.
Exceeded all my expectations
March 2024
Helen D.
Exceeded all my expectations
March 2024
Helen D.
Exceeded all my expectations
March 2024
Helen D.
Exceeded all my expectations
March 2024
Helen D.
Exceeded all my expectations
March 2024
Helen D.
Exceeded all my expectations
March 2024
Helen D.
Exceeded all my expectations
March 2024
Helen D.
Exceeded all my expectations
March 2024
Helen D.
Exceeded all my expectations
March 2024
Helen D.
Exceeded all my expectations
March 2024
Helen D.
Amazing trip!
March 2024
Danielle M.
Amazing trip!
March 2024
Danielle M.
Amazing trip!
March 2024
Danielle M.
Amazing trip!
March 2024
Danielle M.

Marvel at the Milky Way and tuck into a Bedouin barbecue feast at an otherworldy desert camp

Spend the night in a sustainable guesthouse perched above the canyons and wadis of the Dana Biosphere, Jordan’s biggest nature reserve

Bounce through the dunes of Wadi Rum in a desert jeep and catch the kaleidoscope of colours at sunset

Hike the mountains that flank the approach to Petra’s ‘backdoor’, before soaking up the secrets of the UNESCO World Heritage Site itself

Key Information

Day 1

Touchdown in Jordan

City view with mosque, Madaba, Jordan

You'll be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel in the ancient city of Madaba. You're free to check in after 2pm and the evening is free for you to explore the city, your briefing will be tomorrow morning.

Day 2

The Dead Sea to Dana

Driving

3.5hrs

Hiking

2hrs · 3km · 250m up · 800m down

After breakfast, you’ll hit the road south to the Dead Sea, the lowest point on earth, for a float in the salty water and an optional beachside scrub with the famous mud. Then it’s onto the Dana Biosphere Nature Reserve for a short hike along a circular trail that traverses Al-Barrah, through the Siq, to Shaq al Reesh. The distance is not far but the rocky trail undulates and you'll climb 250m in just 3km. Check into your lodge and soak up the scenery from your perch on the edge of the precipitous cliffs of Wadi Dana.

Day 3

The backdoor to Petra

The 'backdoor' of Petra

Hiking

4 hours · 10km · 500m up · 520m down

Today you’ll start the journey to Petra. Hiking shoes at the ready, you'll approach via the less crowded 'backdoor' (negotiating the many steps requires some physical effort but the reward is most definitely worth it). You'll cross the desert and pass through Wadi Ghurab amidst the sandstone mountains that guard the approach to Petra. Continue via a Nabataean path onto a natural rock terrace before reaching a hidden plateau high above the impressive chasm of Wadi Siyyagh. Following the steps (almost 900 of them) down to ancient Petra and The Treasury, you'll have plenty of time to soak it all in and learn about its ancient past.

Day 4

Channel your inner Martian

Driving

2hrs

Hiking

2hrs · 4km · 400m up · 400m down

Today you’ll head south to the expansive Wadi Rum desert. You’ll start with a short hike through the 5km Barrah Canyon, one of the most spectacular corners of Wadi Rum, where multi-coloured cliffs and towers flank enormous sand dunes, desert oases and gorges. You’ll pause for an al-fresco hummus-based lunch before hopping on a desert truck to your Martian Dome accommodation. The area has been used in many films such as The Martian and Star Wars so expect it to feel a bit sci-fi as you bed down in your dome for the night.

Day 5

Wadi Rum to the Red Sea

Driving

5-6hrs

After waking up to the desert sunrise, you'll head to the Red Sea in Aqaba, a port town with views across to Egypt and Saudi Arabia. It’s relaxed today with time to swim or snorkel (rental available) in the balmy waters straight from the beach. Vitamin-D fuelled, you’ll jump back on the bus for the road trip to the capital, Amman. Be sure to wander down Rainbow Street, packed full of places to eat, drink and people watch - the perfect place to kick back with your crew and reminisce about your Jordan adventure.

Day 6

Transfer to Airport

After breakfast and final goodbyes with your team, you'll be returned to the airport in time for your flight home.

Day 1

Hotel · Twin share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 2

Hotel · Twin share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 3

Hotel · Twin share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 4

Martian Dome · Twin share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 5

Hotel · Twin share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 6

Departure day

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

What is the food like?

For breakfast expect a buffet typical of 3-4-star hotel breakfasts all over the world. For dinner you'll get to experience traditional Arabic food - either Magloobah (rice with vegetables and chicken prepared in a traditional way with local spices) or Mansaf (rice served with lamb and yoghurt). All these dishes come with the classic Hoummus, Mtabbal (fried eggplant), and salad.
Lunches will generally be buffet style and if not included will cost approx $10pp. Dinner (where not included at your overnight spot) will be at local restaurants and will cost approx $15-$20pp. Your guide will be with you to make suggestions of where to eat and to arrange group meals. Dinner at Wadi Rum on night 4 is a real experience. Here they serve the famous Zarb - rice, veggies, lamb and chicken cooked for 4-5 hours under the ground on coal and served with salads and side dishes.
Vegetarians, vegans and other dietary requirements and allergies can be catered for - please just let your host know on booking.

What is the accommodation like?

Dana Biosphere Reserve

You'll spend one night at Dana Guesthouse Hotel. Perched on the edge of the precipitous cliffs of Wadi Dana, this beautifully styled structure offers breathtaking views of the Dana Biosphere Reserve. Every room has its own terrace looking down into the reserve and you can even shower whilst keeping an eye on the skies for the often seen Lesser Kestrel. You'll stay in twin rooms by default but doubles can be requested for couples.

Dana Guesthouse contributes directly to the preservation of The Dana Biosphere Nature Reserve, an important conservation project established by the Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature (RSCN). Working directly with local villages and Bedouin communities, income-generating projects have been created that utilise the reserve's natural beauty and wildlife to generate employment opportunities. These include small handicraft enterprises and a range of tourism facilities, including Dana Guesthouse. Such ventures continue to make nature valuable and important to the lives of Dana residents and create a constituency of local support for the reserve.

Martian Dome

You'll spend one night in the heart of Wadi Rum’s majestic desert, sleeping in a Martian Dome at the Sun City Camp. Each dome allows you to marvel at the milky way from your bed - waking up to a desert sunrise is something quite special. You'll stay in twin-share domes by default (king-sized beds available for couples by request), each with air-conditioning, an external bathroom, seating area and terrace.

Madaba, Petra & Amman

During your overnight stays in Madaba, Petra and Amman you'll be tucked up in cosy local hotels. In Madaba, you'll stay in the Mosaic City Hotel or similar. In Petra you'll stay in the centrally located Petra Palace Hotel or similar and in Amman you'll stay in the Toledo Hotel or a hotel of the same standard. The exact hotel you stay in will be confirmed prior to departure based on group size and availability, all hotels are chosen for their excellent reputation, location and welcoming service.

Upgrades

For solo travellers looking for their own space, an optional private room and dome can be booked for an extra charge, see Optional Extras for the price. Please request this at the time of booking (this is subject to availability).

This trip has been rated as Easy

This is a relaxed trip that combines cultural exploration with relatively gentle activity. The hiking sections are short and will involve being on your feet for a maximum of 4 hours but there are some ascents/descents and rocky trails involved. The longest walk is in Petra (10 km) and it's worth noting that although the pace is gentle, it involves around 1300 steps in total (both up and down) so a reasonable level of fitness is necessary to avoid 'jelly legs'. In the Wadi Rum Desert the hike is short but walking in sand makes it harder work. This trip may not be suitable for those with knee problems due to the number of steps and the sandy terrain.

What’s more important is being comfortable with heights. There will be a few exposed sections so those with vertigo may not be too comfortable. Your guide will never be far away to help you get through it though.

What will I need to carry?

You'll only need to carry a small day rucksack containing your personal items, snacks and water during the daily activities and walks. Your main luggage will be transported for you.

Jordan is a very sunny country, with over 310 days of sunshine a year. May to October tends to be exclusively sunny with temperatures from the late teens to approx 25°C in the daytime, while the nights are cool and balmy. Rain is unlikely but not unheard of, so do be prepared, especially if travelling between November and March - the plus point being that you are out of the main tourist season so although likely to be a little cooler, you are guaranteed less people at the key sights. The weather in the height of summer (July-August) can get very hot, especially in the desert, with daytime temperatures averaging between 32-36°C

The Area

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Logistics

Starts

Queen Alia International Airport, Amman

Catch any flight to arrive on Day 1

Ends

Queen Alia International Airport Amman

Depart any time on Day 6

Transfers

Arrival transfers from Amman airport to the hotel in Madaba are included for any time you choose to arrive on Day 1 or Day 2 of the tour (some flights arrive after midnight so fall in the early hours of Day 2). Departure transfers from the final hotel to Amman airport are included for any time you choose to depart on Day 6. If you need a transfer on other days then your host can arrange a private transfer for you, at additional cost. See the Optional Extras section for prices.

Travel options

There are frequent flights to Amman from airports in the UK and Europe. Choose any flight to arrive on Day 1 and depart on Day 6 - or extend your stay if you wish. Some flights arrive shortly after midnight - if you arrive in Amman in the early hours of day 2 then your room will be ready and waiting for you but if your flight arrives in the early hours of Day 1, you will need to book an extra night's accommodation before the tour as rooms are not usually available for check-in until the mid-afternoon. Your host can arrange an additional night of accommodation, subject to availability. See the Optional Extras section for more prices.

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What do I need to bring?

  • Main bag (duffel bag or small suitcase)
  • Day pack (15-25 litres +) - to carry your personal belongings on the walks
  • Light rain or windproof jacket
  • Dry fit t-shirts or tops (shoulders covered)
  • Hiking trousers or long shorts
  • Buff or neck scarf (for windchill/sand on the jeep)
  • Hiking boots or shoes (worn in)
  • Hiking socks (synthetic or wool)
  • Pyjamas/something to sleep in
  • Swimwear
  • Flip flops or sandals
  • Walking poles (optional)
  • Water bladder or 2 water bottles
  • Sun protection (sun hat, sunglasses and suncreen)
  • Earplugs (optional)
  • Insect repellent
  • Personal first aid kit (inc. blister treatment)
  • Toiletries (inc. travel towel and hand sanitiser)
  • Snacks
*Requests for optional extras can be made after booking on your “My Bookings” page

Post-trip Accommodation in Amman (Single)

Payable Before Departure

Post-trip Accommodation in Amman (Single)

Post-trip Accommodation in Amman (Twin or Double)

Payable Before Departure

Post-trip Accommodation in Amman (Twin or Double)

Pre-trip accommodation in Madaba (Single)

Payable Before Departure

Pre-trip accommodation in Madaba (Single)

Pre-trip accommodation in Madaba (Twin or Double)

Payable Before Departure

Pre-trip accommodation in Madaba (Twin or Double)

Optional Private Room Upgrade

Payable Before Departure

Optional Private Room Upgrade

Private Airport Transfer to/from Amman or Madaba Hotel (one way)

Payable Before Departure

Private Airport Transfer to/from Amman or Madaba Hotel (one way)

Pamela C.(May 2024)
Wow ! A must do trip!
Wow ! A must do trip!
Wow ! A must do trip!
Wow ! A must do trip!
Wow ! A must do trip!

Amazing trip! Hiking, culture, good food and time to relax and enjoy the surroundings. Everyday brought WOW moments and the hike to Petra via the back door is a must and manageable even in the heat. Mutaz our guide was very patient, he walked with me in Petra and I got to meet and spend time with the local Bedouin Um Lafi and Abu Rashed, definitely a highlight of the trip! Loved Wadi Rum and the stargazing but just needed more time in the Martian Dome. The last day is long but lots to see along the way. Arrive a day early, I enjoyed spending time in Madaba but return on a later flight because I missed out on seeing Amman. Get booked onto this trip, it is a must. Jordan is a wonderful country !

Manon D.(May 2024)
Perfect Blend of Hiking, Culture and Relaxing
Perfect Blend of Hiking, Culture and Relaxing
Perfect Blend of Hiking, Culture and Relaxing
Perfect Blend of Hiking, Culture and Relaxing
Perfect Blend of Hiking, Culture and Relaxing
Perfect Blend of Hiking, Culture and Relaxing
Perfect Blend of Hiking, Culture and Relaxing

Really an amazing trip, Mutaz our guide gave us great visibility and advices on places to go through the whole trip, very welcoming, he made this experience even more amazing thanks for everything. Itinerary is really well made to have a very good blend of everything. Hikes are very accessible and fun for all. Back door of Petra is definitely the way to go, special thanks to the local guide who was great and very insightful for this more culture part of the trip. Wadi Rum is an highlight of the trip, don’t miss the sunset and if you are brave the sunrise is well worth it as well, I wish I could have stayed longer. Limited time to visit Amman on the last day, if you want to go see the Acropolis plan for a plane in the evening or come a day early.

Clare C.(March 2024)
More than I could have asked for!
More than I could have asked for!
More than I could have asked for!
More than I could have asked for!
More than I could have asked for!
More than I could have asked for!
More than I could have asked for!

I am telling everyone I know to do this trip, words can't describe how epic it was! The balance of the itinerary was just right. I can't imagine doing Petra the "normal" way round, 800 steps are definitely easier on the way down! But the long hike of this day was nicely balanced out with shorter hikes in Dana and jeep tours in Wadi Rum. There was also plenty of free time and the food was amazing and plentiful. Special highlights were our two amazing Bedouin guides who showed us so many incredible things while also being the best photographers we could ask for! But the best part of the trip was our guide, Ahlam. It absolutely wouldn't have been the same without her, she looked after us all wonderfully and was absolutely a key part of the group.

Helen D.(March 2024)
Exceeded all my expectations
Exceeded all my expectations
Exceeded all my expectations
Exceeded all my expectations
Exceeded all my expectations
Exceeded all my expectations
Exceeded all my expectations
Exceeded all my expectations
Exceeded all my expectations
Exceeded all my expectations
Exceeded all my expectations

What a way to spend five nights. This adventure was brilliant from start to end. The scenery is absolutely stunning and the hikes were so much fun - being immersed in such fantastic landscapes - some seemingly unearthly at times! The history at Petra is absorbing and the colours of the rocks an added bonus for the senses. Wadi Rum was thrilling - racing up and down sand dunes gets the adrenaline pumping for sure! We had such a fantastic group of people who made this trip such fun - we all laughed from beginning to end. The food was plentiful and delicious throughout - having a picnic cooked by our lovely bedouin guide in the middle of the desert was a particular highlight. Our amazing guide Ahlam was so knowledgeable and fun and an all round wonderful person to be leading our time in Jordan. This trip is definitely worth it.

Danielle M.(March 2024)
Amazing trip!
Amazing trip!
Amazing trip!
Amazing trip!
Amazing trip!
Amazing trip!
Amazing trip!

Book this trip! It exceeded all expectations. From start to finish, the whole group had an amazing time and I would highly recommend to others.

Our guide, Alham, was nothing short of exceptional. Not only was she faultless in her guidance, but her extensive knowledge of Jordan's history, culture, and hidden gems made every moment enriching. Alham's fun personality and genuine passion for her country enhanced the experience, making her an all-around great person to explore with. The best guide!

The accommodations throughout the trip were great, but one standout was the Martian dome, where the setting was breathtaking. It provided a unique and unforgettable experience that added an extra layer of magic to the trip.

The trip had the perfect balance between exploration and relaxation. We had plenty time to see all the must-visit sites while still having enough downtime to soak in the beauty of our surroundings and recharge. Highlights included the ‘back door to Petra trail’ which meant we saw a more authentic Petra rather than just the touristic areas, the Wadi rum desert jeep ride was so so fun, Wadi rum is breathtaking, it takes my number 1 spot for Jordan! The mud in the Dead Sea was great, as was the Dana nature reserve.

The food was excellent, there was plenty of it and lots of options for vegetarians, from the local restaurants to meals prepared at our accommodations, all of it was delicious. Special mention goes to the Bedouin cooked food in the desert, a great dining experience that I would highly recommend to anyone visiting Jordan.

If you're looking for a trip filled with adventure, culture, and delicious food, look no further – this trip has it all. Highly, highly recommend!

Janet(October 2023)