Horse cantering through desert in Jordan
Jordan

Petra and Wadi Rum

This horseback trail ride is a shortened itinerary which fits neatly into a working week. You visit the wonderful site of Petra and ride Arabian horses for 5 days in the Wadi Rum desert, but you do not visit the Dead or Red Sea. Experience the wonder of sleeping under the stars and the hospitality of your Bedouin guides.
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Trail Riding
8 days / 5 riding
From £1,350
Open to non-riders
  • Horses and riders on trail in the Wadi Rum desert
    A sea of red sand dunes in the Wadi Rum desert
  • Horse and rider at canyons in Jordan
    Ride through the red canyons of Jordan
  • Camel riding on trail in Jordan
    Switch your horse for a camel and ride through the desert
  • Arabian horse on trail ride in Jordan
    Spectacular views behind the ears of an Arabian horse
  • Wadi rum on horseback in Jordan
    Open sandy landscapes that are perfect for a canter
  • Horses and riders on trail in the Wadi Rum desert
    A sea of red sand dunes in the Wadi Rum desert
  • Horses on trail ride in Wadi Rum, Jordan
    Experience a ride on home-bred quality Arabian horses
  • Petra and Wadi Rum on horseback
    Breathtaking views in the heart of the Wadi Rum!
  • Petra and Wadi Rum trail ride in Jordan
    Immerse yourself in local culture and way of life

Itinerary

Highlights

- Visit the ancient Nabatean city of Petra, a unique UNESCO archeological site
- Ride beautiful Arabians through the beauty of the Wadi Rum desert
- A real immersion in local culture - you will be welcomed by a warm, lively and attentive team
- Quality Arabian horses of which many are home-bred
  • Day 1 1 : EUROPE - AMMAN - MADABA

    Fly from London to Amman airport, where your driver will meet you. You should aim to arrive between 4:00 pm and midnight - if you arrive outside of these timings then there is an additional transfer charge (see dates and prices).

    You will be driven to your 3* hotel, which is usually in Madaba (c. 30mins drive) - Delilah Hotel or similar. Dinner is not included as most flights arrive into Amman late in the evening.
  • Day 2 2 : PETRA

    Hotel Petra Palace
    Early in the morning a minibus will collect you and transfer you to Petra (c. 3h30 drive). Dating to around 300 B.C., it was the capital of the Nabatean Kingdom. Accessed via a narrow canyon called Al Siq, it contains tombs and temples carved into pink sandstone cliffs, earning its nickname, the "Rose City."

    You should arrive mid-morning and will have the whole day to visit the site. The first 3 hours are a guided visit with an official guide and then you are free to explore by yourself. There are two small restaurants inside the site where you can buy your lunch (around 10JD). In the evening, join the rest of the group for dinner in the hotel (drinks not included).

    Dinner and overnight at a hotel in Petra - Petra Palace Hotel or similar.
  • Day 3 3: PETRA - WADI RUM - 4 hours riding

    Camp
    After an early breakfast in your hotel, you will be collected and transferred to the Wadi Rum (c. 1h30 drive). On arrival at the stables near Wadi Rum and in front of the Um Ishrin massif, you will meet your horses and the team. Your Bedouin guide Suliman will welcome you with a fresh cup of tea and will give you a short overview of the ride ahead of you. Set off riding south in direction of Khazali canyon. Visit of the canyon and discover its old Thamudic inscriptions. This is a slow morning ride, around 2 hours, to reach your spot for lunch, located at the bottom of the Khazali red mountain. Your cook will prepare nice picnic lunch, a typical Jordanian mezze platter: local bread, humus, falafel, and fresh vegetables! The afternoon ride will be around 2 hours, to reach your first desert camp south of the Jebel Qatar.

    Dinner and overnight at camp.

    NB. Please note that the itinerary is flexible depending on the weather and local conditions, but always with your best interests at heart. You should expect to see all the sights mentioned, but not necessarily in this order.
  • Day 4 4 : WADI RUM - 4 - 6 hours riding

    Camp
    Breakfast at camp before you start today's ride towards Arab Antar caves, named after the famous Bedouib warrior. Your group will ride in the direction of Aqaba, crossing beautiful red sand valleys and the Djebel Swebit (Djebal means: mountain) which used to be a part of Saudi Arabia prior to 1965. The Djebel Swebit is made of 4 canyons crossing with water wells used by the local shepherd for cattle. Bedouins move their cattle according to grass and rain, and if you are lucky we might have dinner with a local Bedouin family. Bedouins pride themselves on virtues such as bravery, generosity and hospitality. The well-known hospitality is incomplete without coffee, which is more than a mere drink for Bedouins! Your guide Suliman will explain that every household must have coffee as it is a testimony that the host is always ready to receive guests. You will ride in the afternoon in Wadi Sabbat, a huge valley between Jordan and Saudi Arabia. You will have the opportunity to enjoy canters in a spectacular area.

    Overnight camping at Abu Hamat
  • Day 5 5 : WADI RUM - 4 - 6 hours riding

    Camp
    This morning, you will ride towards the north east, crossing Wadi Nogra, nicknamed the "cool wind canyon". Your horses will carry you through the deep sand to reach the highest valley of the Wadi Rum Protected Area. Your guide will find the best ways to cross into secret canyons to reach Jabal Al Mangour where you stop for lunch.

    Afternoon ride to Thora valley. This valley is high you may spot some snow in the winter! Enjoy the breathtaking views of the Wadi Rum massif, the stone arch of Burdah and the Jebel Rum. Later, long sandy tracks offer good opportunities for a faster ride.

    Overnight camping at Khalouba.

  • Day 6 6 : WADI RUM - 4 - 6 hours riding

    Camp
    Another day in the saddle in Jordan. Today, you will ride west in the direction of the Jebel Burdah Rock Bridge. Along the way, you will ride across sinuous canyons and visit the natural rock arch of Um Ufruth. You are riding in the heart of the Wadi Rum, surrounded by spectacular mountains, canyons and red sand dunes.

    Overnight camping at Um Zerga
  • Day 7 7 :WADI RUM - 3-5 hours riding

    Last full day on horseback in the Wadi Rum. This morning, you will ride past the pyramid-shaped Jebel Barrah, through Barrah Canyon - a paradise for rock climbers. You will reach the stables and after a farewell tea, you will be taken to Amman (approx. 3h30 drive).

    Those who have an overnight flight will be taken to the airport. If your flight departs the following day, overnight in a hotel in Amman - Rum Art hotel or similar.
  • Day 8 8: MADABA/AMMAN - EUROPE

    You will be transferred to Amman airport in time for your flight home. This transfer is available for flights departing before 2:00 pm (transfers are included between 6:00 am and 12:00 noon). If your flight departs after 2:00 pm then you can either transfer earlier and wait at the airport, or pay for a private transfer.

    Lunch to your own account.

Dates & prices

Price details

- Flights to your destination (international/domestic) are not included, but can be booked on request - please contact us for rates.

- Rates are per person, based on two riders sharing a twin or double tent/room (sometimes triple)

- 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. €50/£45 per vehicle each way, for up to three passengers).

- If you sign up to the ride as a solo rider and there are no other riders likely to share your room, you will be charged a single room supplement of approx. €115/£100. You will then be reimbursed if a sharer is found for you at a later date. 

- 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. 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.

- Accompanied children aged 10 or over are welcome, provided they meet the riding requirements.

- There is a strict weight limit of 90kgs/198lbs/14st17lbs with your riding gear as the horses are light-framed and small in stature.

- This destination requires a visa (currently around €50/£45, subject to change).
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

Private bus or Jeep
Airport transfers (within set times)

Accommodation

2 person tents and foam mattress
Double or triple (if it is an odd number of riders) room in hotel standard 3* in Madaba/Amman, Petra

Meals

Full board on the ride from breakfast D2 to breakfast D8 except lunch on D2

Additional equipment

First aid kit

Extra

Touristic sites fees described in the itinerary

Price doesn't include

Meals

Beverage and personal extra
Lunches on D1 and D2. Count about 10JD
Dinner on D1

Transports

International flights
Visa fees

Extra

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.

Optional

Accommodation

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

Transport

Private transfers if not arriving at set times : see dates and prices

Extra

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

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.

Minimum riding ability

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. There is a strict weight limit of 90kgs/198lbs/14st17lbs with your riding gear as the horses are light-framed and small in stature.

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.

When the weather is really hot, horses and riders will get a longer lunch break to avoid riding in the warmest hours. Please make sure to bring a book or something to keep busy.

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

Synthetic English tack, that won't be damaged by the sand.

Helmets are mandatory. We recommend our riders to wear a helmet to the correct standard.

Travel info

Comfort

- 3* hotels (local standard) with twin or double rooms in Amman / Madaba and Petra.
- Camp is set up in a different location each night, carefully selected for the season and the beautiful landscape. There are two-person tents or if you wish you can sleep outside under the stars. Foam mattresses are provided but you need to bring your own sleeping bag. There are no showers but a bucket of water will be heated for you. Upgrades to larger (4x4m) tents can be requested with the payment of a supplement.
- In winter or bad weather you will stay at the semi-permanent camp instead where tents are built on platforms and there is undercover dining. This camp is equipped with basic bathrooms.

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 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.

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.

Guide and local team

Your guide, Suleiman, is an experienced and knowledgeable guide who is proud of his Bedouin heritage.

Tips

It is customary to tip the local team and we would recommend c. £50-60 for the week and £10 for the drivers, but you must give what you feel is appropriate.

Packing list

Head
- Helmet - mandatory. Equus Journeys strongly recommend that you take your own to ensure a correct fit. Helmets are mandatory for children.
- 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 or washcloth
- 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

Protect the environment! We recommend you bring your own camping plate, glass and cutlery to help our local team cut down on plastic waste.

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 with you.

Visa & Health

Formalities

To enter Jordan, a passport valid for six months is required by all British, American, Canadian and EU nationals.
Visas: 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.

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.

Voltage

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

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.

Telephone and jetlag

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