An in-depth discovery of Jordan’s treasures, from the legendary Petra and the amazing Dead Sea to the white and pink Wadi Rum desert, riding Arab horses and listening to the welcoming music from the Bedouin guides.
** Special 9-day programme with 4 days on horseback in desert - Guaranteed departure from October 25th to November 2nd, 2014! Special group rate (already 5 riders confirmed) - possibility to welcome non riders with combined hiking trek in desert. Click here pour le détail du programme.
* Special Summer rate: In the summer, because of higher temperatures in desert, the riding days are slightly lighten with earlier departures in the mornings (7:00 to 9:00 AM approx.) and later in the afternoons (5:00 to 7:00 PM approx.), with large breaks in between to relax, walk/hike, read...
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Day 1. Europe - Amman
Pick-up at the Queen Alia airport and transfer to your 3* Hotel in Amman. Dinner and night at Hotel.
Day 2. Amman – Dead Sea - Petra - Night in 3* Hotel
After breakfast, we will visit the amazing Royal stables. Transfer to Dead Sea, buffet lunch and a swim in the salt water. Transfer to Petra in the afternoon. Dinner & night in 3* Hotel close to the entrance of the Petra site.
Day 3. Petra - Wadi Rum - Night in comfortable existing camp
After breakfast, visit of Petra with an English-speaking guide in the morning. Free time for lunch. In the afternoon, transfer to Wadi Rum, inside the protected desert area for dinner and the first night at a Bedouin camp.
Day 4. Wadi Rum - 5 hours horse riding - Night in desert camp
We will set off on horseback from the Wadi Rum village, where the stables are located, for a first 2 ½ hours of riding at a relaxed pace in order to get used to our horse. We will pass the majestic Jebel Khazali Mountain on our way to Um Sabatah (the « red canyon ») where we will stop for lunch, with an outstanding view over the desert landscapes. We will continue our ride in the afternoon to cross the Um Sabatah valley and its great sand dunes, surrounded by lunar landscapes. We will arrive in the evening to Um Khathah, where the desert camp is located, for tea. The Bedouin team will be waiting to welcome us for our firs evening in desert.
Day 5. Wadi Rum - 5 hours horse riding - Night in desert camp
After a hearty breakfast, we will ride through the Um Kathah valley close to Wadi Sabbat where we will meet the Bedouin team for lunch in Al-Thatha, after 2 ½ hours on horseback. Again, we will enjoy a splendid view over the area. After lunch, we can either go for a walk walk or just relax and take a nap. We will set off with the horses for another 2 ½ hours of riding through the Wadi Nugrah valleys - both the large and the small valleys - until we reach Al Slebat where we will camp for the night.
Day 6. Wadi Rum - 5 hours horse riding - Night in desert camp
We will ride through the great valleys of Wadi Nugrah, where we will ascend with the horses to access the Bedouin water dam and appreciate the incredible view over the colourful desert, with its beautiful whites, reds and greens... Lunch break (always in the shade during the summer, in the sun and protected from the wind in the winter). In the afternoon, we will enjoy different views, between Um-Umgour, Um Fruth bridge and Abou-Kashaba canyon. Dinner at the red sand area camp.
Day 7. Wadi Rum - 5 hours horse riding - Night in desert camp
We will leave Abou-Kashaba canyon to reach the famous Burdah arch and ride through the two mountains of Ashkiek. This timeless landscapes with white sand are ideal for trots or canters before our lunch break at Htepat Al Fla (“small rocks”). We will then ride for the afternoon to Um-Mzelga where we will camp for the night.
Day 8. Wadi Rum - 5 hours horse riding - Night in desert camp
We will ride over the Um Zelgah dunes, stopping at Lawrence of Arabia's House (Lauwrence of Arabia spent a few nights in this house, but it was originally used by tribes to trade materials and products from Saudi Arabia, Syria etc.). We will then reach the great red dune of Um Rashid, where we can enjoy the view before descending the dune to reach high rocks with millennium engravings. We will have lunch at Barrah canyon, famous for its great red cliffs and appreciated by climbers. After lunch, we will ride towards Um Ishreen canyon to discover another vantage point over this unique desert. We will make a stop at Um-Athan water dam on the way. We will stop at the Um-Athan water dam on the way. We will sleep in Um Ishreen canyon.
Day 9. Wadi Rum - 4 hours horse riding - Night in desert camp
We set off in the morning through the Um Ishreen valley, crossing an entire flat area with white sand and passing the train rails and the « Seven Pillars of Wisdom », which were made famous by Lawrence of Arabia. We will then stop for our last lunch, surrounded by splendid views. In the afternoon, we will return to the stable in Wadi Rum village and say good-bye to the horses (4 ½ hours riding for the day). End of the day in Wadi Rum village, light dinner followed by direct transfer (3½-4 hour drive) to Amman airport for your return flight the following morning (most flights take off early in the morning). You also have the option to sleep in Wadi Rum or in a 3* Hotel in Amman, if your flight leaves at a later time (60 € / person).
Day 10. Amman airport
The itinerary can be subject to change on the day of the ride depending of the weather conditions and time of the year. The programme remains the same for Summer and Winter - only the timings of the rides change according to the amount of daylight. The camps are adapted to the weather: in winter, the camp is windproof with a campfire everyday and hot shower on certain days.
Arab horses: proud, dynamic, energetic and comfortable.
Maximum weight of rider: 90-95 kgs.
RIDING ABILITY & PACE
For confident intermediate to experienced riders, comfortable riding at a walk, trot and canter. There is 5 hours of riding a day, therefore a good level of general physical fitness is required.
High-quality English and Frenc saddles
EQUESTRIAN GUIDES & ASSISTANCE
The stables are located in the Wadi Rum village, inside the protected desert area. Guides are experienced riders and natives from the area. The Bedouin team will help throughout the ride, and you are welcome to take part in preparing your horse (saddling, unsaddling, grooming).
Riding hats are available at the stables (we recommanded that you wear one).
Jodhpurs or similar, chaps, comfortable shoes.
10 days, 9 nights, 6 days of riding
PASSPORT & VISAS
Valid passport. Please check with your local embassy for the necessary papers. Compulsory Jordan visa, to be bought upon arrival at customs, for 40 JOD (Jordan Dinars), approximately €40-42. Bureau de change counters are available at customs.
Even though no vaccines are obligatory, diphteria-tetanus-polio is recommanded. Good medical infrstructure at the Amman and Aqaba hospitals.
From 2 to 8 riders
Amman Queen Alia (AMM)
English (other languages upon request)
ACCOMMODATION & MEALS
In Amman and Petra you will stay in comfortable and modern, well-located 3* hotels. In the Wadi Rum desert, you will spend 1 night in a comfortable Bedouin camp in the desert, with showers and toilets, plus 5 nights in desert camps organised every night during the trip, always in beautiful areas and protected from the wind. In these desert camps, everything is organised for your comfort: tents, sleeping pads, blankets, showers…
Jordanian cuisine is delicious and fresh. It is similar to Lebanese and Turkish cuisine and all meals will be presented as mezze, with various dishes such as humus, aubergine dip, cucumbers, salads... and pita bread is a must! Meat will be either chicken or lamb. You will also sample "Bedouin whisky" - their famous sweet black tea mixed with spices.
Weather in Jordan is rather dry and warm, particularly in the desert areas. The rainy season starts end of November until early February but does not greatly affect the desert.
Daily transportation of your luggage.
Do not forget:
- Windcheater jacket (in Spring)
- Riding hat(also available at the stables - not compulsory, only recommended)
- Comfortable walking shoes for Petra & Wadi Rum
- Scarf in case of small sand storms
- Toiletries: try to bring organic products
- Toilet paper
- Small bags for rubbish
- Sleeping bag (to withstand temperatures as low as -5°C from November to February, and 5°C the rest of the year)
- Warm clothes for the evenings and nights (gloves, socks...)
Small mattresses available, as well as blankets if necessary.
Water: In the Wadi Rum desert, as well as in the rest of Jordan, water is scarce and must be used with caution.
Waste is an issue in Wadi Rum. As a visitor, your mission is to contribute to keeping the desert a clean, natural area. You can use a lighter to burn your own toilet paper after use. Limit packaging in your equipment, bring your rubbish with you to the city...
Plants, animals, nature
Respect them by leaving them as they are. Do not write anything on the rocks or mountains, do not pick up stones, animals or plants during your visit.
Always ask your guide(s) about appropriate behaviour. Wear proper clothes avoiding tight tops, mini-skirts or shorts for women.
Before taking a picture of someone in the desert, ask their permission – this is highly appreciated.
In Petra, most of the horses used are rented by young men who wish to make the maximum profit from their business. Many horses inside the site are over worked, tired and not always in a good shape - we therefore much prefer the pleasant 10-15 minute walk by foot to enter and visit the site.
Before and after your stay, you will have the opportunity to extend your trip (one day or more) to discover this region's sites :
If you would like to share this trip with family or friends who are not riders, there is a special programme for them in Wadi Rum so they can meet with you at lunch and dinner: trekking/hiking, camel riding, Jeep tours....
We can help you to plan a tailored programme. Feel free to contact us.