Discover the Land of Jordan
December 2-December 10, 2021
Arrive and Depart Amman
There are incredible ancient cities, some of the holiest sites in the world, worldly landscapes, one-of-a-kind experiences—then there’s Jordan. Let’s explore the quintessence of Jordan in the company of a small group of like-minded women, as we enjoy a blend of fun, faith, falafel, freedom and fulfillment. Together, we will explore the beautiful rock-carved city of Petra, camp overnight at the lunar-like Wadi Rum, float on the iconic Dead Sea and make unforgettable memories. Join new friends throughout this amazing journey to Jordan.
Welcome to Jordan!
You will arrive in Amman, the capital of Jordan, and be met by a private driver and brought to your city center boutique hotel. Amman is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world. It is home to almost half of the country’s population and is a fascinating city of contrasts: the very ancient versus the brand new. After all of the arrivals, we will meet for an evening welcome dinner to meet your fellow travelers!
This morning, we will meet our guide/driver and journey north to the ancient Jerash. Populated for over 6,500 years, Jerash is one of the best-preserved Roman provincial towns in the world. We will walk the colonnaded streets, view the soaring hilltop temples, gush over he handsome theatres and the chariot-racing stadium, all the while imagining Roman life carrying on around us. But all of this is just the tip of the iceberg – it is estimated that only about 10% of city has been uncovered. After lunch we will travel back into the city to visit Amman’s historical centre and spend some time discovering the Citadel – Jabal al-Qal’a. The Citadel stands on a hill, the highest point in Amman, and artifacts found at the site signify that the area has been a royal city for thousands of years and is believed to have been fortified during the Bronze age some 3,000 – 4,000 years ago. Earthquakes and invasions have certainly taken it’s toll on the Citadel but two pillars of the Roman Temple of Hercules still stand strong, and some buildings of 7th century, Umayyad Palace, can still be explored. The evening will be spent on Rainbow Street, mixing with the locals. The area is known for its handmade falafels and can be found on the cobbled road which is lined with many coffee bars, souvenir shops, restaurants and bars. Rainbow Street is a lovely escape away from the cement and highways of the big city!
An early breakfast this morning ready for a prompt departure to to Madaba – a town with a strong Christian heritage and aptly dubbed the ‘City of Mosaics’. Madaba is home to hundreds of Byzantine-era mosaics, the most famous of these is the 6th century map of Jerusalem and the Holy Land. Created with two million pieces of vividly colored local stone, it is believed to be the oldest surviving map of the holy land. We then continue on to Mount Nebo; referenced in the Old Testament as the place that Moses once stood to look over the Promised Land. This sacred location is important to many devoted pilgrims and on a clear day offers views out across the Dead Sea, Bethlehem and Jerusalem.
Later on this morning, we travel south, just as traders, armies and pilgrims have done before us, along the impressive 5,000 year-old King’s Highway to Kerak.
Our full day of sightseeing ends with a short drive to Petra – without doubt Jordan’s most valuable treasure. We can look forward to a couple of days spent here to really get under the skin of this awe-inspiring site. We arrive in time to take for the candlelight tour of the ancient city. Abandoned centuries ago, this other-worldly place is enhanced by the play of light and shadow to create an altogether magical experience. It will be magical!
Petra – A Rose Red City
Over the next two days we will discover the mysterious and alluring city of Petra.
Petra is a UNESCO World Heritage Site as well as one of the new wonders of the world. This ancient city carved in the rocks has retained its grandeur throughout the centuries and although much has been written about it, nothing really prepares you for the impact of this unique site. After a Bedouin guided tour, you will have time to explore on your own. Most of what can be seen today was built by the Nabataeans – an industrious Arab community who settled here more than 2,500 years ago, growing wealthy on tax proceeds from passing silk and spice trade. Petra’s spectacular setting deep inside a narrow desert gorge adds to its majesty. The site is accessed by walking through a kilometre-long chasm (known as the Siq), the walls of which soar to a height of 200m. Petra’s most famous monument, the Treasury, appears dramatically at the end of the Siq, carved out of the sheer, dusky-pink rock face. Miraculously well preserved, this massive 43 metre-high facade dwarfs everything around it and perfectly represents the engineering genius of these people. The existence of this site had been kept secret for centuries by the local Bedouins and only revealed to the West by the Swiss explorer Johann Ludwig Burckhardt in 1812. After the decline of the city, due to shifting trade routes and a series of earthquakes, the Bedouins continued to use the sophisticated water system created by the Nabataeans to make the most of the water coming from the perennial stream and the flash floods; a precious oasis in the middle of an inhospitable desert. While you wander through literally hundreds of tombs, temples and colonnaded streets, your mind finds it easy to picture caravans loaded with frankincense, spices and textiles traveling through the Siq. The site is excellent for photography and the best time to take pictures is either early to mid-morning or late afternoon, as this is when the angled sun highlights and enhances the natural red, pink and orange colors of the rocks.
Today is free for you to discover more of Petra’s beautiful and awe-inspiring buildings and scenery or enjoy time taking care of YOU with a spa service from the hotel. You may choose to climb the steep path to the ‘High Place of Sacrifice’ for a stunning view over Wadi Araba and the Negev Desert, or trek up to the impressive ‘Monastery’ – Petra’s largest monument. Our evening will be spent at small, family run restaurant for a Bedouin cookery demonstration. The chef will show us how to prepare a traditional main meal with Jordanian sweet tea.
Wadi Rum under the Stars
Today is all about embracing the Wadi Rum desert experience in its authenticity, as we have the once in a lifetime opportunity to live the lifestyle of the nomadic Bedouin people. This morning we will leave Petra and head to Wadi Rum. Get ready for an exhilarating two hour jeep drive through the desert to our luxury campsite. This is a great chance to see the most spectacular and untouched parts of Wadi Rum. Wadi Rum occupies a region of 74,000 acres and as described by T.E. Lawrence, is ‘vast, echoing and God-like…’. . Later in the the afternoon, or an early morning sunrise, we have the chance to experience a camel ride and learn about this precious alliance between the dromedary and the nomads. After sunset, we will enjoy the Bedouin hospitality around the campfire under a blanket of stars; a great setting to share stories while sipping mint and sage tea. A traditional zarb, consisting of a chicken or a goat meat (vegetarian options available) cooked under the desert sand, is served as well as a delicious selection of mezze.
After all the exploration of the last few days, today we can enjoy a relaxing day in Aqaba on the Red Sea. Famed for its preserved coral reefs and unique sea life, those who are interested in an optional snorkeling trip, will be able to do so.
If you don’t have your sea legs, there are a number of beaches to choose from or you can spend the afternoon drinking tea in one of the many cafes or enjoy the resort facilities.
This morning we depart Aqaba and travel to the the Dead Sea. Officially the lowest point on the earth’s surface, this unique water body has an amazingly high salt content (33%) which means that no animal life survives and it is almost impossible to sink. The experience of floating naturally is unique and relaxing on the calm sea. After our afternoon of floating, we drive on to Amman for our last evening with free time to do some last-minute shopping. To mark the end of your dream vacation, we will say our goodbyes over a traditional meal with some excellent Jordanian wine.
BOOKING AND PAYMENT DETAILS
NO SINGLE SUPPLEMENTS. We believe all women deserve their own space and privacy. Her Dream Vacation tour price includes private single room in boutique hotels or similar private accommodations, meals and tours where indicated, private transportation and more.
This particular dream vacation is limited to 8 women. Minimum booking is 4. In the event, we do not meet the minimum capacity for travel, you will have the option to pay a supplemental fee for a private customized tour. This decision will be made with your approval and receipt of supplemental payment.
Early reservations are advised and a non refundable deposit of $800.00 is required at the time of your reservation. You will receive a confirmation with travel details and an invoice for balance due. Full payment is due 120 days prior to commencement of trip.
If you are making your reservation, less than 90 days of departure, the entire amount of the trip must be paid in full at the time of reservation. Please contact us and you will be invoiced.
Tour Cost: $6395.00
Does Not Include: International flight or mandatory all inclusive travel insurance. Tips for guides, drivers, meals not indicated, alcoholic beverages, & personal spending or taxes.
*Itinerary is subject to change based upon weather and unknown events. Final itinerary with listed hotel accommodations, contact information, and transfer schedule will be sent prior to departure.*
THIS IS NOT A BUS TOUR. We will be traveling using private transportation, trains and ferries. After final payment, you will be sent additional information with travel and packing tips, final day to day itinerary, logistics and needed details from you to help you with ease of travel.
Our small group women’s tours include many extras that you may not be expecting. Because we are a small women’s group tour, we have the luxury of flexibility including necessary changes. We stop when we want to, we add in an extra site and we start our day when it makes sense. Some days are easier than others but you do have some free time built in. It is important to us that you take care of YOU. Do you want to get a massage? Go shopping? Or just chill in your room with a good book? Please do so with being mindful and respectful to your tour companions and traveling concierge.
We have expert guides and drivers who answer questions one on one, with transportation that is typically a luxurious touring van. We immerse with the locals and there is a lot of serendipity! We visit the “planned by us” but unknown to you and surprises along the way are built in. Please join us!
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