Petra & Wadi Rum

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Enjoy a jeep tour of the moonscape terrain, camp under the stars in the Bedouin camp Wadi Rum and spend 2 incredible nights in Petra’s lost city.
Trip Highlights

  • Petra – Nabataean city that was all but lost to the modern world until its rediscovery in 1812
  • Little Petra’ – via the secret route and the Baidha Neolithic village.
  • Wadi Rum – Vast red desert landscape with rolling dunes and dramatic rock formations

Included

  • 3 breakfasts
  • Airport arrival and departure transfer on day 1 and 4
  • Overnight Camping at Wadi Rum
  • 3hr Jeep Tour in Wadi Rum
  • Full day guided tour of Petra, guided visit to ‘Little Petra’
  • Entrance fees to included sightseeing
  • 3 nights – Superior (4 star) hotels.
  • Services of a licensed English speaking Jordanian tour guide on days 2 and 3
  • All relevant transfers and transportation in private air conditioned vehicles

Optional Extras

  • The Petra Kitchen – Learn how to cook a traditional Jordanian meal $50USD
  • Petra by night – Candle light visit to the rose-red city of Petra $24USD

Not Included

  • Laundry, drinks and items of a personal nature
  • International flights and visas
  • Tipping – an entirely personal gesture

Tour Itinerary

  • Day 1: Queen Alia Airport - Wadi Rum

    Meet and assist at Queen Alia Airport. Drive to Wadi Rum for a jeep tour of the moonscape terrain T. E. Lawrence rightly described as “vast, echoing and God-like”.  Dinner and overnight camping, at our private campsite in the heart of the desert, where you will have a chance to enjoy the dazzling night skies of Wadi Rum.

  • Day 2: Wadi Rum - Petra

    After breakfast at Campsite, drive to Petra for full day touring: with entry by Siq and visits to the Treasury, Street of Facades, Theater, Museum and ad-Deir, Petra’s largest carved façade. Overnight Petra.

  • Day 3: Petra

    Second full day touring in Petra: with entry by al Madras and visits to the High Place of Sacrifice, Wadi Farasa, Great Temple and Royal Tombs. Overnight Petra.

  • Day 4: Petra - Queen Alia Airport

    Transfer to Queen Alia Airport for departure.

While you are in Petra, you can enjoy:

The Petra Kitchen

The Petra Kitchen is a delightful way to round out your Jordan travel experiences. Like any home kitchen, The Petra Kitchen is a relaxed, informal atmosphere where you’ll gather to prepare an evening meal, working alongside local women under the supervisions of their chef. Each evening meal includes soup, cold and hot mezza and salads, and a main course- all typical Jordanian dishes.

The price for this cooking course is US$50 per person.

This price will include:

The cuisine course.
Meal and all non-alcoholic beverages.
Take-home recipes for all dishes prepared.

Petra by Night

Petra by Night Program includes a candle lit visit to the Rose-Red City of Petra. The special aura of the ancient Nabatean trading empire comes to life as you enjoy a stroll through the mysterious Siq of Petra, and at Al-Khazneh (The Treasure), music and stories will help you experience Petra as the travel–weary traders of old must have known it. The excursion departs from Petra Visitor Center each Thursday, Wednesday and Monday evening at 20:30 and returning to Petra Visitor Center around 22:30.

Ticket is US$24 per person.

What to know

Beautiful though it is, and blessed with many ancient wonders; none more wondrous than Petra the ancient Nubataean city locked in the heart of Jordan’s sandstone escarpments, Jordan inspires loyalty primarily because of its spirit of generous optimism.  Traveling and Camping amongst the grandeur of Wadi Rum and you can see why TE Lawrence (Lawrence of Arabia) was so drawn to this land of weathered sandstone and reddened dunes.

If you are a foodie then you have to try the appetizers (pleasing even as snacks at any time of the day) like hummus, fatoush, baba ganoush, tabbouleh, Shawarma and falafel. These are just the starters that await you.

Jordan bodes a peaceful and stable political climate with crime rates being amongst the lowest levels in the Middle East. Perhaps the main reason why Jordan is worth a trip would be the people. Get ready to be wrapped in a warm climate that will make you feel at home and loved.

The Best time to travel

Jordan boasts almost year-round sunshine with temperate, comfortable weather. Spring and autumn are fresh and crisp with rain being more common in the spring. This is when the wildflowers bloom and the fields are full. The long summer days are sunny with cool evenings – perfect for rooftop sunsets and outdoor activities.

Wintertime can be cold in the desert, but is pleasantly moderate in most of the country. Any time of the year is a perfect time to visit Jorda

January is the coldest month, with temperatures from 5°C to 10°C, and August is the hottest month at 20°C to 35°C.

Tour Guides

Ogla
Ogla

Ogla has been a guide for eight years and owns the Petramoon Hotel and Petra Car hire. He enjoys meeting people from all over the world which led to him to working as a guide to understand other cultures and languages.

Travel advice

What is the duty free allowance for Jordan?

The following goods may be brought into Jordan by people 18 years of age and older without incurring customs duty:

200 cigarettes, 25 cigars or 200g of tobacco
1 litre of alcoholic drinks
One or two opened bottles of perfume
Gifts up to the value of USD $281

The following are banned from being imported into Jordan: narcotics, firearms and ammunition, and pornography.

What to pack

  • Sunblock, sun hat and sunglasses.
  • Camera equipment including spare batteries, chargers, film, flash cards, memory sticks, etc. Good walking shoes (tennis shoes are fine)
  • Swimming costume
  • Warm clothing for the evenings
  • Basic medical kit (aspirins, plasters, Imodium, diarrhea tablets antiseptic cream and antihistamine cream, etc.)
  • Antinausea tablets if you suffer from motion sickness
  • Torch
  • Visas, tickets, passports, money, credit cards, insurance details, etc
  • Duty free if required

Health & safety

Vaccinations

It is sensible to take basic precautions whilst travelling anywhere in the world, no vaccinations are required before visiting Jordan but we advise you check with your health department/travel clinic prior to departure, in the event there have been changes in the world health regulations of the country you are visiting. As a guide Tetanus, Diphtheria, and Hepatitis A are usually recommended but it is an individual choice based on your personal circumstances.

Drinking Tap Water

As tap water is not safe to drink in Jordan, only drink bottled mineral water which is readily available from hotels, shops and restaurants.

Eating while travelling in Jordan

Food in Jordan is usually well-prepared and safe to eat but be wary when eating cold meat platters and cheese as Jordan is a hot country and can be left out in the heat, which might make you unwell. Make sure food is piping hot and avoid eating anything that might have been washed in tap water. Naturally, if a restaurant is crowded, it means it is popular and will probably serve good quality, safe food. On the other hand, if an eatery is abnormally empty or looks run down it’s best to give it a miss.

Passport & Visa

Visitors with a valid passport may obtain a visa at any Jordanian embassy, consulate, or legation abroad. A visa can also be obtained at Amman’s Queen Alia International Airport or at any other border crossing except King Hussein Bridge. Visas are valid for 2 weeks, but can be extended at any police station. Some nationalities will need to obtain their visa prior arrival, subsequently it is best to check with your embassy prior to your departure, however UK, EU, AUS, NZ, SA, CAN and USA residents can obtain upon arrival.

Banks & Foreign exchange

Branches of major banks are available in abundance in all the major cities and typically operate from 8.30 a.m. to 2.00 p.m. Sunday to Thursday; with some branches extending their opening hours till 5.00 p.m. Currency can be exchanged at major banks, exchange booths and at most hotels. It’s advisable to request bank notes in smaller denominations, as it can sometimes be hard to get change from large notes and smaller notes are handy for smaller purchases and gratuities. Street money-changers are best avoided.

Exchange rates are set daily by the Jordanian Central Bank with Pound Sterling, US Dollars, Euro and other major currencies able to be exchanged. Credit cards are accepted at hotels, restaurants and larger shops, including American Express, Visa, Diners Club, and MasterCard.

The currency of Jordan is the Jordanian Dinar. Check OANDA for the latest exchange rates.

Language

Arabic is the official language spoken by all Jordanians, although English is very widespread.

Mobile Telephones & Internet

Mobiles – Telephone services within Jordan are efficient and reliable, Roaming agreements exist with most international mobile phone companies.
Internet – Internet access is widespread via Internet cafes and Wi-Fi in a wide range of hotels, which usually provide for free but there are also others may charge you for it.

Generally WiFi can be found in the majority of restaurants, hotels, cafes, malls and bars in the main cities. In rural areas, coverage can become a bit more variable but most towns will normally have an internet cafe. Coverage in Wadi Rum is not reliable for most users.
Electricity

Standard voltage is 220 volts. Primary sockets require the European, two pronged variety. We recommend that you pack a universal travel adaptor. You will need a voltage converter and plug adaptor in order to use U.S. appliances.
Tipping

Tipping in Jordan is a part of the culture but not mandatory and in most cases leaving a tip is always appreciated and good etiquette. Many industries, such as restaurants, pay lower wages to the employees with the expectation that they will receive tips. Therefore it’s important that you give generously when you get amazing service,  tipping will be expected from the housekeeping, porters, helpful site guards, the tour guide & the representatives, Tipping for a service is dependent on the service provided, and how well it is performed.
Shopping in Jordan

A traditional red and white Jordanian headscarf is an excellent purchase and has a practical application as it will keep the sand out of your eyes if you venture into the desert.

Products containing Dead Sea minerals are popular among travellers and will leave your skin feeling fresh and rejuvenated and even, allegedly, cure a range of various ailments.

For foodies, there is a vast array of spices and gastronomic delights that can be taken home, such as olives, Majool dates and sumac, however there are some countries with strict rules for importing food items so it’s best to check before purchasing or risk losing it at the airport.

Look out for Silver Jewelery, high-quality artefacts including rugs, paintings, embroidery and woven items produced by local Jordanian women. Jerusalem Potter is a popular form of pottery with platters that are highly decorated with biblical-inspired designs.  Colorful handmade glassware in brilliant colours is also a nice buy known as Hebron glass.

Is bargaining acceptable in Jordan?

In some circumstances, bargaining is accepted and even encouraged with market stalls, street vendors and some tour operators open to haggling, particularly if you are purchasing in bulk or are in a large group. Restaurants, hotels and public transport almost always have fixed prices. Taxis without meters can usually be negotiated but a meter will means the price is set.

Custom and culture

Jordan’s culture is quite conservative due to it being a Muslim country, although not as conservative as some other Middle Eastern countries. Western influences have infiltrated Jordanian society which now boasts a mix of Arabian customs amid modern ways of life. Due to immigration, Jordan now has a significant Palestinian and Iraqi population, adding to the cultural diversity of the country.

Islamic traditions are strong in Jordan despite the outside influences with spectacular mosques signaling the call to prayer five times a day, Ramadan being observed each year and some segregation of the sexes still occurring today.

The desert-dwelling Bedouin have a distinct culture of their own, drawing on traditions that have been passed down for centuries. Living a largely nomadic lifestyle, the Bedouin still rely on the herding of animals and the creation of handicrafts in the absence of a fertile environment to farm.  Traditional instruments are played and time-honored traditions are continued.

Hospitality is a crucial element of Jordanian culture. Most visitors will be humbled by the kindness, sincerity and genuine care showed by Jordanians.

Festivals and Events in Jordan

Ramadan – what to expect

The Holy Month of Ramadan is dependent on the lunar cycle and the Islamic lunar calendar where from sunrise to sunset, those who fast must refrain from eating, drinking and smoking. This year Ramadan dates are 27th May – 25the June 2017.

During Ramadan shops are open until the wee hours of the morning however banks and offices will have shorter working hours.  It’s a festival atmosphere where people venture out after sunset ready to sing, play cards, enjoy some of the special musical and theatrical entertainments and just generally have fun.

If visiting during Ramadan touring days will be shortened, there will be plenty of restaurants open serving lunch, especially in the tourist areas, but it would be very bad manners to eat, drink or smoke in the sight of passers-by.

You should also consider the way you dress and be a bit more circumspect than usual during Ramadan and some women who do not normally cover their heads do so during Ramadan, and often feel that make-up, perfume and other “vanities of the flesh” should be given up during this month.

Foods to try in Jordan

Jordan has been a highway between Europe, Asia, Arabia and Africa with many different civilisations that came and went and this influx and mixing of people over many centuries has led to a diverse food culture.  Jordan is similar to other Middle Eastern countries with ingredients like lamb, chickpeas, garlic and a range of aromatic herbs and spices, Jordanian cuisine is delicious.

When it comes to eating in Jordan, ditch the knife and fork and grab yourself some flatbread for dipping, scooping and mopping as you dig into the amazing cuisine.

Mezze

Consists of several small plates of different foods usually including hummus, olives, falafel, kibbeh (mince meat covered in bulgur and fried), salad, babba ghanoush (one of my favourites), tabouleh, yoghurt and more.

Mansaf

Jordan’s National dish; lamb cooked in fermented yoghurt and served with rice or bulgur.

Zarb

Slow-cooked lamb or chicken with vegetables and spices, traditionally made by burying the pot and the oven in the sands in the desert. Nowadays it tends to be made in a kitchen, either way it tastes great. This is the dish cooked in the Desert at the camp, not to be missed.

Many Jordanians feast on a sweet, syrupy treat like baklava, which can be found in abundance in pastry shops and cafes.  Majool dates or knafeh, which is made using semolina and baked cheese and looks like a large orange disk, is also a favourite with the locals.

Coffee

Coffee is more than merely a drink; in Jordan it is surrounded with custom, It is an important symbol of hospitality and trust. The coffee in Jordan is strong and spiced with a hint of cardamom and is a regular offering of Jordanian hospitality, so drink up – it would be rude not to!

Alcohol

Even though Jordan is largely a Muslim country, drinking alcohol is not a social taboo; it is readily available in restaurants and hotels. There are also bars in tourist areas and some of the major cities particularly those with a significant Christian community.

Additional Information

Jordan is a vastly more expensive than neighbouring Egypt and in many cases is similar in costs to Western countries. An inexpensive meal from a cheap restaurant or street food vendor will usually cost around USD $5-10 while a three course meal with drinks at a fancy eatery could set you back up to about USD $50. A double room in a nice, mid-range hotel will normally come to around USD $70 and renting a car will probably cost roughly USD $35 per day, depending on the car. It is quite hard to get around Jordan by public transport so car hire is recommended. Daily living could cost anything from USD $50-150 per day, according to your budget.

Pre and Post Tour Arrangements

Bold Soul Adventures would be happy to make recommendations and assist regarding your pre and post travel opportunities.  We can guide you with our own personal and professional experience.

Prices

Prices shown are ‘per person’, based on a travelling in a party of 6 adults.  The single supplement price will be added to the twin/double price if single room/cabins are required either by choice or if we cannot partner you with another solo traveler.

Prices are indicative and will vary depending on the bookings received, room availability and time of travel. Please bear this in mind if comparing prices as we always aim to deliver exceptional value.

Please note that discounts will apply if there 6 or more people travelling, since fixed costs like transportation and guiding are shared across the group.

Tour Price: $1,130 AUD

Single Supplement: $466 AUD

Dates: Oct 4 – Oct 8 2017 / May 10th – May 14th 2018

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  • Petra - Nabataean city
  • Wadi Rum
  • Transfers and Transportation
  • Little Petra
  • English speaking Jordanian tour guide
  • Entrance fees included

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