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In the Footsteps of Lawrence of Arabia... Petra & Dead Sea

10 days / 6 riding from £ 1,550

Riding levels

Each of our trips is assigned a minimum level of riding ability required. This reflects whether there is technical riding required; the terrain to be covered; the liveliness of the horses; the length of the riding days and the riding fitness required.




For novice riders, these riding holidays will give beginners the chance to get used to being in the saddle. In general, a beginner/ novice hasn't learned how to canter and has not yet mastered rising trot. They are able to mount safely and to control a horse at a walk. 



For intermediate riders who are at ease at 2 paces (walk and rising trot and are starting to canter in a forward seat) out in open countryside. The intermediate rider is able to mount and dismount their horse unassisted, use basic riding aids, ride at a rising trot for at least 10 minutes, to change and control the pace from a walk to a trot and comfortably canter over short distances.



For experienced riders who have mastered all 3 paces (walk, rising trot, canter in a forward seat) over uneven terrain. The experienced rider rides regularly, has a good seat and is confident of their own ability. They are able to control the horse at speed and change direction of their horse at any pace and in any circumstance as needed.



For advanced riders who have mastered all 4paces (walk, rising trot, canter gallop in a forward seat) over uneven terrain on all types of horses including those that are very spirited. The advanced rider rides regularly has good physical fitness, has good soft hands and has the ability to gallop for long stretches without getting tired.



For all riders, whether they are novices, intermediate level, experienced or advanced. Each rider will be allocated a horse that is suited to their ability. These riding holidays have a level of difficulty that can be adapted to the capabilities of each rider. For example: working with cattle on a ranch, dressage training, endurance training, natural horsemanship, trail riding orcentre based safaris.



For beginners and intermediate level riders. Each rider will be allocated a horse that is suited to their ability level. These riding holidays have a level of difficulty that can be adapted to the capability of each rider. For example: working with cattle on a ranch, dressage training, endurance ridingtraining natural horsemanship and centre based safaris.



For beginners, intermediate level  and experienced riders. Each rider will be allocated a horse that is suited to their ability level. These riding holidays have a level of difficulty that can be adapted to the capabilities of each rider. For example: working with cattle on a ranch, dressage training, endurance ridingtraining natural horsemanship and centre based safaris.



For intermediate level and experienced riders. Each rider will be allocated a horse that is suited to their ability level. These riding holidays have a level of difficulty that can be adapted to the capabilities of each rider. For example: working with cattle on a ranch, dressage training, long-distance ridingtraining,endurance ridingtraining natural horsemanship and centre based safaris.



For intermediate level, experiencedand advanced riders. Each rider will be allocated a horse that is suited to their ability level. These riding holidays have a level of difficulty that can be adapted to the capabilities of each rider. For example: working with cattle on a ranch, dressage training, long-distance ridingtrainingendurance ridingtraining natural horsemanship and centre based safaris.



For experiencedand advanced riders. Each rider will be allocated a horse that is suited to their ability level. These riding holidays have a level of difficulty that can be adapted to the capabilities of each rider. For example: working with cattle on a ranch, dressage training, long-distance ridingtraining,endurance ridingtraining natural horsemanship and centre based safaris.

Comfort

Each of our rides has been assigned an expected level of comfort

Nights in tents, outdoor dining

 

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JORDAN-In the Footsteps of Lawrence of Arabia... Petra & Dead Sea

10 days / 6 riding from 1550£


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On this horseback trail amongst the red and ochre sands of the Wadi Rum desert you can experience the thrill of riding Arabian horses, the pride of your Bedouin guides. This trail ride also includes a visit to the rose-red city of Petra and the Dead Sea. Sleep under the stars in the desert and experience the nomadic lifestyle of the Bedouin.

Strengths

- A fantastic mix of riding with sightseeing from Petra to the Dead Sea
- A day to explore one of the "new" wonders of the world - Petra, one of the most important archeological treasures in the world and a must-see
- Ride through the Wadi Rum desert, listed by UNESCO
- Arabian horses, prized amongst Bedouins for their temperament, stamina and beauty
- A real immersion in Bedouin culture - you will be welcomed by a warm attentive local team
- Visit the Dead Sea - the lowest point on Earth - and float in its salt rich waters
- There is the option to visit the Red Sea (Aqaba) instead of the Dead Sea (for groups of 3 or more)

Itinerary

Day 1 : LONDON - AMMAN - MADABA -

Accommodation : MOSAIC CITY HOTEL

Flight from London and arrival at Amman airport, where your driver will meet you. You should aim to arrive between 4:00 pm and 1:00 am - if you arrive outside of these times then a private transfer will need to be booked at extra cost (see dates and prices).

Your driver will transfer you to your hotel. The transfer is approximately 30 minutes. Dinner is included at the hotel (except drinks).

Please note that if you arrive after 21:00, the kitchens will be closed, please make your own dinner arrangements.

Day 2 : PETRA -

Early in the morning at c. 07:30, a minibus will collect you from your hotel and transfer you to Petra (c. 2h drive). You will arrive at c. 10am and have the whole day to visit the site. A 3 hour guided visit with an official guide is included and after that you are free to explore by yourself. There is many small restaurants within the site and lunch is to your own account today. Make your own way back to your hotel for dinner in the evening (your hotel will be walking distance from the entrance to Petra). Drinks are not included in the hotel.

The usual hotel is a 3 star hotel, but if you wish to upgrade to one of the higher standard hotels in the area, please enquire as to availability and price.

Day 3 : PETRA - WADI RUM - 4 - 6 hours riding

Accommodation : BIVOUAC

After an early breakfast, you will be collected from your hotel and driven to Wadi Rum (c. 2h30 drive). On arrival at the stables on the edge of Wadi Rum village there is time to sample your first Bedouin tea, meet the horses and your team. Your first ride is through Um Ishrin valley, via Lawrence's house. After lunch you ride through an open valley with view over the red sands. Dinner and camp in Abu Hassaran.

Please note: the riding itinerary may vary depending on weather and local conditions but always with your best interests at heart. You should expect to see all of the sites mentioned, but not necessarily in this order.

Day 4 : WADI RUM - 4 - 6 hours riding

Accommodation : BIVOUAC

After breakfast, you cross Rash Rasha valley with its red sands and ride towards the Qatar mountain. There you will have lunch near the freshwater spring. In the afternoon, ride to Um Raza mountains with its red sands and canyons, where you will settle into your camp for the night.

Day 5 : WADI RUM - 4 - 6 hours riding

Accommodation : BIVOUAC

Today you ride to Arab Antar, a natural cave famous in legends within the Arab world. Take lunch near Arab Antar and then ride to Sweibat valley, deep within in the desert. Camp and dinner in Sweibat.

Day 6 : WADI RUM - 4 - 6 hours riding

Accommodation : BIVOUAC

After breakfast, you cross through the Cerdan valley to see a Neolithic well that is still used by the Bedouins. Lunch in Um Umgur. Then you cross narrow canyons to arrive at the bottom of the Abu Rashaba mountain where camp is set up for the night.

Day 7 :WADI RUM - 4 - 6 hours riding

Accommodation : BIVOUAC

After breakfast, you ride from Abu Rashaba to Jebel Burdah to see the natural rock bridge on its summit. After lunch you ride through the red sand dunes to Jebel Um Feshiyeh with its famous Nabatean inscriptions. Dinner and overnight camp near the sand dunes.

Day 8 : WADI RUM - MADABA - 4 hours riding

Accommodation : MOSAIC CITY HOTEL

This morning, you cross Barragh canyon - the longest canyon in the Wadi Rum desert. Its monumental cliffs are famous for rock climbing. Late morning you arrive at Disseh plains and head back to the stables. Lunch is taken at the stable and you say a fond farewell to the team and horses. In the afternoon a minibus transfers you back to Madaba along the Desert Highway (c. 3 hours drive). Dinner and overnight in Madaba or occasionally Amman).

Day 9 : DEAD SEA -

Accommodation : MOSAIC CITY HOTEL

After an early breakfast, the minibus will again collect you to take you to the Dead Sea, where you will have time for bathing (entry to the public beach is payable locally). It is a unique experience to float in the salt-rich waters, famous for its beneficial effects. Finally you will stop at Mount Nebo, from where Moses was shown the promised land, before heading back to your hotel for dinner.

Day 10 : AMMAN - LONDON -

You will be transferred to Amman airport in time for your flight home. This transfer is available for flights departing before 14:00. If your flight departs after 14:00 then you can either transfer earlier and wait at the airport, or pay for a private transfer.


Price details

- International flights are not included but we can advise you on the best options possible.

- The minimum group size is 2 riders and the usual maximum is 10 riders, plus guides.

- Transfers are included at set times. If you arrive outside of these times then a private transfer can be arranged at extra cost (c. £40-45 per vehicle each way, for up to three passengers).

- There is no single supplement if you are willing to share a room and tent with another rider of the same sex. If you wish to request your own tent the supplement is £32 (£35 in 2020), and the hotel single supplement is £100 (£145 in 2020).

- Non-riders can follow the group in the back-up vehicle, meeting the riders at lunch spots and in the evenings. No activities are included but you are free to explore the local area on foot. The cost of this programme is £1080 in 2020.
If you wish to join as a non-rider but have a guide and participate in activities such as camel riding or 4WD trail, then the price is the same as for riders and there is no discount.

Please Note
The itinerary may be modified at anytime for security reasons, meteorological or events beyond our control such as blocked roads, rivers in flood, drought, strikes and local holidays. Equus Journeys, our local partners and their local guides will always strive to find the best solution and will alter the itinerary as needed.
The names of the hotels and accommodation are given for information only and depending on availability, they may be modified without notice and replaced by another of a similar standard.

PRICE INCLUDES

Support Team

1 English speaking horse guide
1 English speaking tour leader for the visits when not riding

Logistic

1 horse equipped with saddle and bridle per rider
1 vehicle and driver
1 cook
1 groom

Inland transports

Accommodation

2 person tents and foam mattress
Double or triple (if the group is composed of an odd number of riders) room in hotel standard 3* in the cities

Meals

Full board from breakfast D1 to breakfast D10 except lunchs on D2 and D3. When meals are taken in restaurant and hotel beverages are not included.

Additional equipment

First aid kit

Extra

Touristic sites fees described in the itinerary

OPTION

Accommodation

Single room/tent supplement. See above for price details
Extra night in Amman / Madaba : contact us

Transport

Extra

Extra trips and guided visit of Jerash and Ajloun : contact us

PRICE DOESN'T INCLUDE

Meals

Beverage and personal extra
Free meal in Petra and Kerak. Count about £9/meal

Transports

Extra

Extras

Tips to local team
Park, museum and other site entry fees

Insurance

Cancellation and travel insurances are not included. Please note that insurance is mandatory. We recommend to take out an insurance policy as soon as your travel is booked in case of cancellation.

TIPS

It is customary to tip the local team and we would recommend c. £30 for the week, but you must give what you feel is appropriate.

HORSES

The Arabian horses are bred in the desert and ideally suited to the terrain and conditions. They are forward going and keen to canter, but will walk sensibly on a loose rein. The majority are mares although there may be one or two stallions. English style bridles and saddles are used - some tack is synthetic as it is more resilient to the sand and sun.

There is a strict weight limit of 85kgs/187lbs/13st4lbs with your riding gear as the horses are light-framed and small in stature.

MINIMUM RIDING ABILITY

You need to be a confident and competent rider, able to control a forward going horse in open spaces. The Arabian horses are forward going and keen, and the landscape does allow for some long trots and canters.

Arabian horses have an average height of 14 - 15hh and this ride is not open for riders of more than 85 kgs (riding gear included).

PACE

There will be long periods of walk interspersed with long trots, canters and occasional gallops. At walk you can spread out, but in trot and canter you will be asked to ride on the vehicle tracks in double file, as the ground is safer for the horses. On the first couple of days, it is likely you will only canter, but gallops will be had later during the week, including a race on the last day!

It is important that you can keep up with the group and maintain the same speed as your guide. The ground is varied to include deep sand, hard sand and rocks - it is trickier than it looks and your guide will know the best path to take.

TACKING ABILITY AND PARTICIPATION

You will be expected to assist with grooming, tacking up and untacking your horse each day whilst out on the trail. It would also be appreciated if you could help with camp tasks such as putting up tents or watering and feeding the horses. Help is on hand if required.

TRIP CONDITIONS AND REQUESTED EXPERIENCE

This trail is for confident and experienced riders. You will need to be fit enough for long canters in sometimes hot conditions. The camping is also basic and so you need to be prepared to live without home comforts for a few days.

Having previous experience of riding a trail of several days would be an advantage but it is not compulsory. Guests who do not ride regularly are requested to get fit prior to the ride. It is of particular importance to ensure you are comfortable and balanced when riding at speed across rough terrain and open spaces.

Visiting a new country offers the opportunity to meet other cultures with different mentalities, therefore it is important to accept these differences and respect the local way of life.

EQUESTRIAN EQUIPMENT

English tack (type Wintec) and trekking bridles.
There are small pockets in the side of the saddle cloths for you to carry small items with you such as suncream and water bottles.
We recommend our riders to wear a helmet to the correct standard and you should bring your own to ensure a proper fit.

COMFORT

- 3* hotel with twin or triple room for the first/last nights in Madaba.
- Camp is set up in a different area each night, carefully selected for the season and the beautiful landscape. Dinner is freshly cooked and you will dine around the camp fire each evening. Tents are two-person and you are provided with thin mattresses, but you will need to bring your own sleeping bag. Many people choose to sleep outside under the stars on clear nights. Single tents are available for a small extra charge if preferred. Occasionally in winter or when bad weather is expected, you will stay in the semi-permanent camp where the tents are on platforms and there is inside dining available. Water will be heated over the fire for you to wash and a tent is erected for privacy, but there are no toilet facilities in the camps.

CLIMATE

Jordan has a desert climate, with predominantly hot temperatures and little rain, but there are some seasonal and regional differences. Winter is short and usually December - February. At this time there can be rain and some cold winds. Temperatures can hover around 7c but there can be some pleasantly warm days too.

Petra:
Situated in the mountains, the winters can be cold - c. 14c during the day, dropping to zero at night. There have even been reports of snow in Petra. In Spring and Autumn the temperatures are more pleasant, with daytimes 24-27c and nights 10-12c. Summer can be very hot (35c).

Wadi Rum:
Winter can be cold, with daytime temperatures of 13-14c and nights of minus 1. Spring and Autumn temperatures are usually 24-27c during the day, dropping to 10-12c at night. The summers are very hot (40c) and there is no riding.

Aqaba:
Winters on the Red Sea coasts are particularly mild and the summers can climb to 40c.

Meals

In the desert meals are created over an open fire or small gas stove. The meals are typically Jordanian with western influences. Chicken and mutton are popular and there is often rice.
In the towns you will either eat at the hotel buffet or at local restaurants which serve traditional Arabic food.
Mineral water is provided throughout the ride as well as Beduoin tea, which is often served sweetened without milk, although you can ask for it to be less sweet. Alcohol is not provided and is not consumed by your guiding team but it is usually available in the hotels and so you can buy it if you wish. Bringing alcohol to the ride in the desert is not recommended for cultural reasons.

Support Team

Guide and local team

Your guide, Salem, is an experienced and knowledgable guide who is proud of his Bedouin heritage. He knows the desert well and, together with his brother Saleem, who manages their local agency, he cares for all of the horses as if they were his children.

HORSE GUIDE

  • Salem

    Salem ALI LAFI


    Région d'origine : WADI RUM

  • Saleem

    Saleem ALI LAFI


    Région d'origine : WADI RUM

Packing list

Head
-Equus Journeys strongly recommend that you wear a riding helmet and that you take your own to ensure a correct fit.
-Sunhat for when not riding
- Sunglasses - with a cord attached so they don't fly off when riding
- Buff or bandana

Upper body
- Long sleeved shirts provide protection from the sun and dust
- T-shirts
- Fleece, jumper or jacket - the evenings can be cold
- Waterproof jacket - the rains can be difficult to foresee and it's better to be prepared. Layering is key to cope with the fluctuations in temperature between day and night
- Casual clothes for the evening

Legs
- Lightweight, comfortable riding trousers or jodhpurs - we recommend riding in them at home before taking them on holiday to ensure they don't rub
- Shorts for lazy lunchtimes
- Casual clothes for the evening

Hands and Feet
- Comfortable riding boots. We recommend short boots with half chaps as long chaps/long boots can get very hot.
- Sandals, flip-flops or trainers for moving around the camp
- Gloves - your hands are particularly exposed to the sun whilst riding

Nightwear
- Thermals are a good option for sleeping in, or a t-shirt and shorts for warmer nights
- A woolly hat when camping (desert nights can be cold)
- Sleeping bag - we recommend a comfort factor of 2-5c (Oct-Nov and Feb-April) and minus 5 - minus 8 for Dec/Jan. We also recommend taking a silk or fleece liner for an extra layer

Other useful items
- Swimsuit for the Dead Sea/Aqaba
- Towel. Camping towels will pack lighter and dry more easily
- Sarong (for going to/from the shower tent)
- Water bottle (1.5 litre or two x 1 litre)
- Hand sanitiser
- Wet wipes for when showers aren't possible
- Camera and high capacity memory card. Spare battery
- Bumbag for carrying your camera and small items whilst riding
- Headtorch or small torch for moving around camp at night
- Toilet paper and small plastic bags for taking rubbish away

In your luggage
- Any liquids, such as shampoo, moisturiser, deodorant unless they are less than 100ml and all bottles can fit in a small, clear, plastic ziplock bag.
- Small penknife

In your hand luggage
- Any valuables, such as your camera, ipod, ipad etc.
- Your riding hat

Medical kit
- Sunscreen and lip balm - must be high factor
- Insect repellent
- Any medication you regularly take
- Blister plasters in case of any rubs
- Antiseptic cream, plasters, aspirin, anti-histamine, insect-bite salve etc...
- Rehydration sachets (dioralyte or similar)
- Spare prescription glasses/contact lenses
- Ear plugs, particularly if you are a light sleeper

Our Recommendations
- Please don't take a hard sided suitcase. Your luggage should be soft sided and you should pack it into two bags if it weighs more than 15kg so it's easier for the team to transport between camps
- Take a second, smaller bag to pack things you may need during the day such as a book or suncream then you can easily access it during the long lunch break
- We recommend travelling in your riding boots and carrying your hat and some riding clothes in your hand luggage - then if your luggage goes astray you are still able to ride!
- Carry a copy of your passport and insurance documents with you

ENTRY FORMALITIES

To enter Jordan, a passport valid for six months is required by all British, American, Canadian and EU nationals.
(bold)Visas:(/bold) A single-entry visa obtained on arrival is required to enter Jordan.

Nationals not referred to above are advised to contact the embassy to check visa requirements for Jordan.

Types and cost:
A single-entry visa obtained on arrival is required to enter Jordan.
Cost: JD40 for single-entry visa and JD60 for multiple-entry visa.
Validity: Single-entry visa is usually valid for a month..

Addresses of consulates

  • Ambassade de Jordanie
    80, bd Maurice Barrès,
    92200 Neuilly-sur-Seine
    Tél. : 01-55-62-00-00
    Fax : 01-55-62-00-06
    amjo.paris@wanadoo.fr
  • Ambassade de Jordanie
    Avenue Franklin Roosevelt 104
    1050 Bruxelles
    Tél. : +32 (0) 2 640 77 55
    Fax : +32 (0) 2 640 27 96
    jordan.embassy@skynet.be
  • Ambassade de Jordanie
    ChancellerieBelpstrasse 11
    3007 Berne
    Tél. : 031/384 04 04
    Fax : 031/384 04 05
    info@jordanembassy.ch
  • Ambassade à l'étranger
    38 Al-Mutanabbi Street,
    Jabal Amman P.O. Box 5348
    11183 Amman
    Tél. : +962 (6) 46 04 630
    Fax : +962 (6) 46 04 638

HEALTH

There are no vaccinations legally required to travel to Jordan. There is one exception though. You need a yellow fever vaccination if you have travelled to a country (7 days or less before entering Jordan) where that disease is widely prevalent.
It's a good thing to get your vaccinations in order before travelling to Jordan. The general vaccination against Diphtheria, Tetanus and Polio (DTP) is recommended. Also a hepatitis B vaccination is recommended and vaccination against hepatitis B, typhoid and rabies are also sometimes recommended for stays longer than 3 months.

TRAVEL INSURANCE

It is a condition of your booking with Equus Journeys that you have travel insurance which covers you for the riding activities to be undertaken. Your travel insurance should cover you for medical expenses and repatriation. Your guides will require your travel insurance details before they allow you to ride and may refuse to let you ride if you cannot provide them. You should take your insurance documents with you.

TELEPHONE AND JET LAG

Jordan's international country code is 962. The emergency numbers include 112 and 911, you can use them both.
Time Zone GMT+2

BUDGET AND MONEY

The national currency is the Jordanian dinar (JD), divided into 1,000 fils and 100 piastres (or qirsh). Coins come in denominations of ¼, ½, 1, 5 and 10 piastres and banknotes in 1, 5, 10, 20, and 50 dinar denominations. The currency rate is fixed at 0.71 JD per US$ (or 1.41 dollars per dinar).ATMs can be found in most of the larger towns and throughout Amman. Jordan is a cash society. In most places (other than top-end hotels and restaurants) the only acceptable method of payment is cash dinars. Dollars and other foreign currencies are generally not accepted. But Jordan is also very safe: crime is exceptionally low, and you do not need to worry about carrying cash with you. Scams are few. You may find yourself paying slightly over the odds for taxis or guide services, but real rip-offs are surprisingly rare.

One exception is in and around the tourist town of Petra – here, there is a higher-than-usual prevalence of touts and cheats trying to overcharge and under-deliver. Be more on your guard here than elsewhere.

VOLTAGE

230 volts AC, 50Hz. Both round European-style two-pin plugs and square British-style three-pin plugs are used.

ACTIVITY :Trail Riding

LEVEL :Help

COMFORT :Help

On this horseback trail amongst the red and ochre sands of the Wadi Rum desert you can experience the thrill of riding Arabian horses, the pride of your Bedouin guides. This trail ride also includes a visit to the rose-red city of Petra and the Dead Sea. Sleep under the stars in the desert and experience the nomadic lifestyle of the Bedouin.

  • Wadi Rum trails on horseback!
    Wadi rum trail ride on horseback in Jordan
  • Ride the Wadi Rum trail in Jordan
    Trail riding through the Wadi Rum Desert
  • Discover the Bedouin culture
    Horseback trail ride on arabian horses in jordan
  • See archeological treasures such as the city of Petra
    Petra in Jordan
  • Explore a new culture whilst on your trail ride
    Horseback trail ride in the Wadi Rum in Jordan
  • Canter across the desert on Arabian horses
    Riding through Wadi rum desert in Jordan
  • Cross the desert on horseback
    Trail riding through in Wadi rum desert
  • The impressive Wadi Rum desert and valley
    Horseback trail riding through the Wadi Rum
  • Cantering in the Wadi Rum
    cantreing in Wadi Rum desert in Jordan
  • A great ride for experienced and fit riders
    Horses cantering in Jordan desert

STRENGTHS

- A fantastic mix of riding with sightseeing from Petra to the Dead Sea
- A day to explore one of the "new" wonders of the world - Petra, one of the most important archeological treasures in the world and a must-see
- Ride through the Wadi Rum desert, listed by UNESCO
- Arabian horses, prized amongst Bedouins for their temperament, stamina and beauty
- A real immersion in Bedouin culture - you will be welcomed by a warm attentive local team
- Visit the Dead Sea - the lowest point on Earth - and float in its salt rich waters
- There is the option to visit the Red Sea (Aqaba) instead of the Dead Sea (for groups of 3 or more)

ITINERARY

Day 1 : LONDON - AMMAN - MADABA -

Accommodation : MOSAIC CITY HOTEL

Flight from London and arrival at Amman airport, where your driver will meet you. You should aim to arrive between 4:00 pm and 1:00 am - if you arrive outside of these times then a private transfer will need to be booked at extra cost (see dates and prices).

Your driver will transfer you to your hotel. The transfer is approximately 30 minutes. Dinner is included at the hotel (except drinks).

Please note that if you arrive after 21:00, the kitchens will be closed, please make your own dinner arrangements.

Day 2 : PETRA -

Early in the morning at c. 07:30, a minibus will collect you from your hotel and transfer you to Petra (c. 2h drive). You will arrive at c. 10am and have the whole day to visit the site. A 3 hour guided visit with an official guide is included and after that you are free to explore by yourself. There is many small restaurants within the site and lunch is to your own account today. Make your own way back to your hotel for dinner in the evening (your hotel will be walking distance from the entrance to Petra). Drinks are not included in the hotel.

The usual hotel is a 3 star hotel, but if you wish to upgrade to one of the higher standard hotels in the area, please enquire as to availability and price.

Day 3 : PETRA - WADI RUM - 4 - 6 hours riding

Accommodation : BIVOUAC

After an early breakfast, you will be collected from your hotel and driven to Wadi Rum (c. 2h30 drive). On arrival at the stables on the edge of Wadi Rum village there is time to sample your first Bedouin tea, meet the horses and your team. Your first ride is through Um Ishrin valley, via Lawrence's house. After lunch you ride through an open valley with view over the red sands. Dinner and camp in Abu Hassaran.

Please note: the riding itinerary may vary depending on weather and local conditions but always with your best interests at heart. You should expect to see all of the sites mentioned, but not necessarily in this order.

Day 4 : WADI RUM - 4 - 6 hours riding

Accommodation : BIVOUAC

After breakfast, you cross Rash Rasha valley with its red sands and ride towards the Qatar mountain. There you will have lunch near the freshwater spring. In the afternoon, ride to Um Raza mountains with its red sands and canyons, where you will settle into your camp for the night.

Day 5 : WADI RUM - 4 - 6 hours riding

Accommodation : BIVOUAC

Today you ride to Arab Antar, a natural cave famous in legends within the Arab world. Take lunch near Arab Antar and then ride to Sweibat valley, deep within in the desert. Camp and dinner in Sweibat.

Day 6 : WADI RUM - 4 - 6 hours riding

Accommodation : BIVOUAC

After breakfast, you cross through the Cerdan valley to see a Neolithic well that is still used by the Bedouins. Lunch in Um Umgur. Then you cross narrow canyons to arrive at the bottom of the Abu Rashaba mountain where camp is set up for the night.

Day 7 :WADI RUM - 4 - 6 hours riding

Accommodation : BIVOUAC

After breakfast, you ride from Abu Rashaba to Jebel Burdah to see the natural rock bridge on its summit. After lunch you ride through the red sand dunes to Jebel Um Feshiyeh with its famous Nabatean inscriptions. Dinner and overnight camp near the sand dunes.

Day 8 : WADI RUM - MADABA - 4 hours riding

Accommodation : MOSAIC CITY HOTEL

This morning, you cross Barragh canyon - the longest canyon in the Wadi Rum desert. Its monumental cliffs are famous for rock climbing. Late morning you arrive at Disseh plains and head back to the stables. Lunch is taken at the stable and you say a fond farewell to the team and horses. In the afternoon a minibus transfers you back to Madaba along the Desert Highway (c. 3 hours drive). Dinner and overnight in Madaba or occasionally Amman).

Day 9 : DEAD SEA -

Accommodation : MOSAIC CITY HOTEL

After an early breakfast, the minibus will again collect you to take you to the Dead Sea, where you will have time for bathing (entry to the public beach is payable locally). It is a unique experience to float in the salt-rich waters, famous for its beneficial effects. Finally you will stop at Mount Nebo, from where Moses was shown the promised land, before heading back to your hotel for dinner.

Day 10 : AMMAN - LONDON -

You will be transferred to Amman airport in time for your flight home. This transfer is available for flights departing before 14:00. If your flight departs after 14:00 then you can either transfer earlier and wait at the airport, or pay for a private transfer.

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YOUR ADVISOR

Did you know?

The Bedouin are an ethnic Arabian group descended from nomads who have historically inhabited the Arabian and Syrian deserts. The name Bedouin means "desert dwellers" in Arabic. During your trail ride in Jordan, you will have the opportunity to ride with them and learn about their unique traditions and lifestyle. 

A third of the Jordanian population are Bedouin and most of them live in the vast deserts to the west of the Desert Highway. The eastern Bedouin's breed and herd camels, whilst the western populations herd sheep and goats. Many are still semi-nomadic - travelling for many months but returning home to cultivate crops.

The largest nomadic group of Bedouin in Jordan are the Banu that live in the Wadi Rum and it is likely that you will come across them whilst horse riding in Jordan. If you are lucky they will invite you into their tents and offer you some mint tea, which is usually highly sweetened. If the men are not home then the women are not able to invite visitors into the tent, particularly male visitors.