Tour 1: Canyons Tour (9 Days / 8 Nights)
|Day 1:||Welcome and Assistance at Amman Airport - Transfer to hotel in Madaba.|
|Day 2:||After breakfast, transfer to Kerak, continue to Batir Village north of Kerak to start trek in Wadi ibn Hammad (a narrow rocky gorge with a knee-depth stream running down it's center, with plenty of hanging gardens and spectacular stalactite rock formations).|
You can't resist an experience of enjoying a refreshing shower under streams; this feeling takes you to a legendary world full of hanging gardens sprouting everywhere. As long as you walk, you will find that the walls of the canyon are getting closer and closer.
Then you will be transferred to the Dead Sea for bathing, then to Dana Natural Reserve for dinner & overnight in a small traditional hotel in Dana village, overlooking a great natural area, with a marvelous scene of sunset behind canyons.
|Day 3:||After breakfast in Dana, we go through series of several mountains, desert areas and a wide variety of plants; combining Mediterranean, desert, steppe and subtropical plants. Because of this wide variety, Dana Natural Reserve is a very special place. The reserve stretches over 300 sq. km from the edge of Edom plateau down to Wadi Araba.|
There, you can feel different climate conditions; because of the various altitudes.
The reserve is surrounded with deep canyons, existing below very high sandstones. This scene will take your mind because of its beauty. The white sand stone is formed into domes and valleys covered with plants and vegetables.
Till now, it is recorded that there are 700 kinds of plants, 200 kinds of birds and 36 rare mammals including Nubian ibex (wild mountain goat) wolf, golden jackal, striped hyena and red fox.
Concerning trees in Dana, there are a lot of trees, including red juniper, Oak, pistachio. Oleander, brooms Acacia and cypress, all these trees are originated from the Mediterranean zone.
Then you continue to Wadi Feinan, which is located in Wadi Araba, and which was one of the most important copper mines in the past. What are left there today are ruins of Byzantine churches, an aqueduct, a water reservoir and melting furnaces.
This site has been used by different ancient civilizations, since Early Bronze Age (middle of the third millennium B.C.), the Iron Age 9-5th centuries B.C.), and the Roman Period 2-4th centuries D.C.
Great amounts of slag are a prove for copper production. Imagine the endless number of animals carrying juniper beams from uplands to stoke furnaces. Copper production in Feinan flourished during the time of the Edomites (the 9-5th centuries BCE) when mining and smelting techniques improved and reached a professional level and probably influenced the economic and political power of the Edomites.
Dinner and unforgettable O/N camping in Wadi Feinan.
|Day 4:||Enjoy the experience of visiting Wadi Ghuweir, which extends from Shobak Plateau through a spectacular red sandstone siq, have a look at its lower parts, which are decorated with hanging gardens; a marvelous scene completed with the water, which flows endlessly. The water flow there changes according to the season.|
When you reach the outlet of the Wadi, you can see Feinan ruins, and an ancient center of copper mining and smelting. Concerning Altitude difference, Distance and walking time, they are respectively about these rates (500 m descent, 11 km, 8 hours).
Although, your shoes are going to be wet, you may try the experience of crossing two small ponds by swimming in rainy years, and this is necessary in rain-rich years.
After 1.5 hour we will reach a great oasis with palm trees. This place is called "Hammam Dethneh", we will swim there, and continue via Wadi Nakheel to Mansoura, there is a garden of Old Olive trees, we will camp there.
|Day 5:||This day, we will walk on the top of Heisha and Abdalia mountains, to enjoy a great view of all canyons and the natural reserve which we have visited. Also we will walk for 8 hours to Little Petra; our 4WD will transfer us to Wadi Mosa for dinner and overnight.|
|Day 6:||Full Day Visit of Petra - Overnight in Petra.|
|Day 7:||After breakfast in the Red Rose City, we will be transferred to Wadi Rum. This will take an hour and half. On arrival we will start an adventure of trekking for 12 km, a very interesting day in Wadi Rum to explore the beauty and the highlights of the desert. Also we will visit the most spectacular sites, viewing old graffiti and inscriptions, winding throughout canyons and sand dunes, after this adventurous day, we will end at the camp site (Siq Umm Salab) followed by dinner and O/N in Wadi Rum in a good camp.|
|Day 8:||After we have breakfast at the camp, we will go for Camel or Jeep tour to explore the vast desert of Wadi Rum and to live in the time of Lawrence of Arabia and walk on his footsteps. After we have lunch in Wadi Rum, we will be transferred to Amman for a short city tour; followed by free dinner and O/N in a hotel in Amman.|
|Day 9:||Transfer to Amman Airport for Departure.|