Desert glamping, Dead Sea relaxing and a secret hike to Petra
About your trip
From the lowest point on earth to the starry constellations above; Jordan’s beauty covers all bases.
Think of Jordan and you’ll inevitably think of the Dead Sea and Petra. But what about the secrets of Amman, found hidden down it’s ebullient alleyways? What about the far-flung desert hikes that lead to one of Nat Geo’s favourite eco-lodges in the world? Or the exhilaration of swimming, climbing and jumping your way through the gorges of Jordan’s own Grand Canyon?
Of course, we’d never let you leave Jordan without ticking off some of the best-known highlights – but this trip has been built to offer something different. From desert glamping in futuristic domes perfectly located for stargazing to hiking through Petra via a secret route that no one seems to know about; this is the Jordan you imagined, and then some.
- Max 14 travellers per group
- Exclusively for people in their 30s & 40s
- All activities mentioned on the itinerary
- 7 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 7 dinners
- Stay in hand-picked 3-5 star hotels
- We offset 0.51 tCO2e (carbon) per person on this trip
- Tips for the guide & driver
- Private minibus
- Arrival Airport transfer
- Accommodation in twin rooms
- Experienced Pack Leader with you throughout the trip
Flashpackers are required to produce proof of COVID-19 vaccination at least 30 days before departure. Remember, flights aren't included and prices are based on sharing a twin room. If you'd like to upgrade to a single room, you can add this during the booking process or by contacting our Customer Experience team.
The Inside Pack Jonathan Thompson@jt_travels Listen to my take on Flash Pack's Jordan adventure
Day 01 A five-star welcome
Welcome to Amman, a city that, unusually for the middle east, feels young. It’s a place where crumbling monuments stand amongst sparkling high-rises, art galleries and trendy cafes; a new era fuelled by the progressiveness of the next generation. It’s a safe and highly explorable city, so upon arrival at your hotel, we’ll equip you with the best insider tips for your free-time here. Think bustling souks, bohemian tea rooms and the best kunafa in the city. Having settled in and met your group as they arrive throughout the day or evening, you’ll dine together at an authentic local restaurant. Afterwards, you might have just enough time to bask in your 5-star hotel’s rooftop pool and sip a nightcap overlooking the city.
Day 02 Canyoning thrills
First up today: a back-street exploration of Amman. On this insightful walking tour, you’ll forgo the tourists in exchange for a closer look at the inner workings of the city. From the din of locals haggling in vibrant souks to the delicious smells that will lead you to the best falafel in Amman; your senses will be in overdrive as you explore deeper and deeper. Now for the vast nothingness of Wadi Mujib. 410m below sea level, Jordan’s answer to the Grand Canyon is a world of spectacular sandstone canyons and fast-moving streams. The perfect spot then, for canyoning*; a challenge made easier by the camaraderie of your group. Expect to clamber up and slide down a series of dramatic ravines and gorges, and find yourself wild swimming through waterfall pools, pumped up by adrenaline. *Travelling between November and April? For safety reasons, canyoning can’t take place, but your foodie alternative won’t disappoint…Situated in one of Amman’s oldest neighbourhoods, Beit Sitti has become somewhat of an institution, and you’ll quickly understand why. The owners, all sisters, have opened the kitchen of their old family home to let people in on the secrets of their family cooking. Here you’ll be taught to cook traditional Jordanian cuisine, and then get to feast on the fruits of your labour.
Day 03 HARD HIKES & ROOFTOP STARS
Today will see you all head over to the Dana Biosphere Reserve, an area steeped in biodiversity bordering Israel and Palestine. You’ll be trekking a fairly challenging 14 kilometres across rocky sand dunes, pink valleys and open plains. When you finally reach your remote eco-lodge, you’ll feel a real sense of achievement and welcome the cool towel and drink that’s waiting and ready for your arrival. Named by National Geographic Traveler as one of the world’s best eco-lodges, and one of the top-50 places to stay if you care about the planet; Feynan Eco Lodge is a destination in itself. On a clear night, you can expect to be led to the rooftop, mint tea in hand, and look on as you’re taken on an astrological journey, constellations and planets clearly pointed out to you with a futuristic laser.
Day 04 A morning at Feynan
Wake up and enjoy some free time to fall in love with Feynan Eco Lodge even more. If you’re not feeling too achy from yesterday’s hike, you can head out on a more gentle tour of the area with a local bedouin and further discover the area’s unique flora and fauna. Or how about a cooking class, or mountain biking? By the time you’ve feasted on a vegetarian lunch and are ready to leave, you’ll feel like you’ve experienced and understood true Jordanian desert living – and left barely a footprint on the planet, too. From Feynan Eco Lodge, you’ll begin your journey to Jordan’s most famous icon: Petra. But don’t expect the norm, you’ll be experiencing this beauty from a wholly unique perspective tomorrow…
Day 05 Secret Passage to Petra
This morning, you’ll hike into Petra via its secret back door, a 15km route the world seems to have forgotten (or not yet found). Relish being the only group in sight as you ascend a steep stairway over the rocks and explore the labyrinth of caves, temples and tombs chiselled out of the dusty-pink cliffs. With huge drops alongside you and endless ruins to discover on this, at times, challenging route, there’s no doubt you’ll feel like Indiana Jones when you finally stop for a picnic lunch at the impressive Monastery. Then it’s on to the Theatre, the Street of Facades and Petra’s famous postcard spot: the spectacular Treasury. After an action-packed day in the Rose City, you’ll get to replenish your stores as the Bedouins do, but that’s all we’ll say, for now…
Day 06 Jeeps & desert glamping
It’s time. The other-worldly rolling red dunes of Wadi Rum are calling. Jump aboard a fleet of desert jeeps and race through a landscape of jagged mountains and towering sand dunes. As dusk settles in, pick a spot to admire the sunset with your group before setting off to your remote desert lodgings for the night. There’s something almost martian about arriving to the view of futuristic looking pods scattered amongst the sand and mountains of the desert. And once you’re led to your own luxuriously kitted-out pod, it’ll feel even more otherworldly. With uninterrupted views across the desert and out to a blanket of stars – it doesn’t take too much imagination to feel like you’re on the red planet, millions of miles from earth.
Day 07 Sunrise camel ride & the Dead Sea
It’s an early start this morning as you get to witness the spectacular show of a desert sunrise from the vantage point of camel back. Once the sun is up, you’ll return to camp for a final breakfast, and then begin the five-hour drive back to Amman. On the way, you’ll stop at the 4-star Dead Sea Spa Resort, so you can fit in some pre-flight wellness and a mineral-rich mud-bath. Arriving in Amman, you’ll have some free time at your hotel to relax and freshen up before your final meal, where be taught to cook traditional Jordanian cuisine, and then get to feast on everything you’ve created.
Day 08 Goodbye, Jordan
After breakfast at the hotel, it’s over to you to make your own way onwards. You’ve hiked over 30km, canyoned through dramatic gorges, glamped beneath the stars and eaten arguably the best and most traditional food you could find. It’s been an adventure, and when those blues inevitably kick in, just let us know when you’re ready for the next one.
WHERE YOU’LL STAY
We have secured rooms in these hotels on most of our departures. Sometimes this may change but we will choose somewhere of similar quality
Wadi Mujib Chalets
Nothing comes close to the remote location and character of this coastal hideaway. Relax in your terrace hammock as you watch the sun go down over the horizon.
How could we ignore Nat Geo naming Feynan as one of the best eco-lodges in the world? The nightly three-course vegetarian meals are a memorable experience, served up alfresco and by candlelight, and the rooftop is great for stargazing.
Wadi Rum UFO
Nothing quite beats star-gazing in the desert, but to be able to do it to your heart’s content before retreating to your bed in a futuristic glamping pod in the middle of the Wadi Rum is an experience on another level entirely. The food and picturesque location make this spot even more outstanding.
- Which airport do I need to fly in and out of? Plus airport code
Fly into and out of Amman International Airport (AMM).
Flights into Jordan can arrive at rather unsociable hours, so don’t worry if your flight arrives at around midnight on day 1 – you won’t be the only one. This is why we have no plans for the first day of the adventure.
- What time should my flight depart on the last day?
There are no activities planned for the last day, so leave any time you wish. The airport is approximately 45 minutes away from the hotel, and your Pack leader can help you book your transfers the night before if needed.
- Do you include airport transfers?
We offer one arrival transfer which is private to Flash Pack. Sometimes this means waiting in the airport for a short while until other flights have arrived so you can make your own way to the first hotel if you wish
We don’t offer a departure transfer as Flashpackers leave at different times of the day and many stay for extra nights. We will offer you support with finding a local taxi.
- Do I need a visa?
You will need a visa to enter Jordan, however, it can be obtained upon arrival (or at one of the shared crossing points with Israel), and will cost a total of 40 JOD for UK and US customers.
However, some nationalities may require a pre-issued visa instead. To check if you need a pre-arranged visa or not, please check the list on this link.
Check with the Jordanian authorities if you’re planning to cross the Wadi Araba/south border crossing (Aqaba/Eilat) or the Allenby/King Hussein Bridge. An exit tax, currently 10JD, is payable at all border crossings, except the airports.
- How much should I budget per day for extras?
Approximately 30 JD, the equivalent of £31 per day. Guide tips and driver tips are included in the cost.
- What fitness levels do I need for this trip?
We recommend having a read-through of the itinerary above, and getting in touch if you have specific questions on fitness here. Overall, Jordan is one of our more active adventures with a few lengthy hikes, so we recommend joining us on this one if you are fit enough to hike for 5+ hours, and don’t mind doing so in quite high temperatures above 20 degrees. You will have to walk in desert-like heat at some points. The hike to Petra is the most challenging, but the views along the way are totally worth it. Canyoning is also a great, adventurous activity which those with a fear of water may not want to partake in. The Shaq Al Reesh hike (from Dana To Feynan Lodge) is 14 KM long, and the back trail hike to Petra is 15 KM. Both are moderate to difficult.
- Will this itinerary change?
Please be aware that the itinerary, activities, and hotels are subject to change. These changes are rare but can happen with little notice due to availability, poor weather, seasonal changes, or other circumstances beyond our control – but we’ll always do our best to ensure it has little impact on your experience. From time to time, we may also make changes to your itinerary to try out new ideas and keep things fresh and exciting which we will always try and communicate to you.
In the case of this particular itinerary, there are some key things to note:
1. Canyoning is only available between the summer months of May – October due to safety reasons. As an alternative activity between November and April, travellers will enjoy an award-winning, immersive cooking class with a family in Amman.
- What about Ramadan? Will it affect my trip?
Ramadan will begin on the evening of 2nd April and continue until 2nd May 2022. Your itinerary is not expected to change during Ramadan as tourists sites will remain open, as will our first choice restaurants. However, fewer restaurants and hotels will be serving alcohol. If you are in Jordan during this time, we anticipate that you will be able to buy alcohol whilst in Amman and at the Dead Sea, however it is unlikely you will be able to buy drinks in other parts of the country.
- What time should my flight arrive? (to arrive in time for the welcome meeting)
You can arrive any time on the first day. Due to the high volume of flights that arrive after 5 pm on your first day, your welcome meeting will take place the following morning. When you arrive, we will transfer you to the hotel, where you can get some rest before meeting the rest of your group in the morning.
On this adventure most Flashpackers do tend to arrive a day early, which we can help you organise. Please do get in touch if this is something you would like to add on.
What Flashpackers say
"I've never done the group travel thing with strangers but I can honestly say it was perfect. We had a great group dynamic, absolutely no problems there. Our guide was just the best ever. "
"The trip far exceeded my expectations. I like the targeted audience of 30s to 40s - although individuals come from all walks of life there is similar maturity and energy that makes the dynamic easy."
"I had an amazing time. The trip was really well organised, so many varied and enjoyable activities. I met a group of interesting and like-minded people as well."
"Well organised, brilliant tour guide, excellent accommodation and a well-paced itinerary."
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