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Best of Egypt and Jordan for Single/Solo Travelers
Best of Egypt and Jordan for Single/Solo Travelers

14 extraordinary days in Egypt and Jordan with Pyramids, Sphinx, Abu Simbel, Valley of the Kings, Petra, and Wadi Rum just some of the sights to behold. The towering influence and wealth of Ancient Egypt is most conspicuously expressed in the abundance of great monuments. The Pyramids, mountainous tombs built to ensure immortality, have certainly fulfilled their purpose, and the tombs and treasures of the Pharaohs captivate visitors with their grace and beauty. Throughout the long history of the land now known as Jordan, a defining characteristic has been the contrast between the ever-changing cast of conquering cultures in the fertile and strategic Jordan Valley and the timeless existence of the Bedouin tribes of the remote eastern desert. This journey is for solo travelers – including single, attached with a “travel phobic” spouse or partner, or friends who want to explore together. Meet like-minded travelers and make new friends. Avoid single supplement charges with our roommate match program, or if you prefer, single rooms are available.

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It's Time to Go Hiking
It's Time to Go Hiking

The entire area around the site of Petra offers dramatic and varied landscapes. The canyons and high places are a maze of wind-sculptured rocks, tiny meandering tracks and secluded valleys, where the only sound is the tinkling of goat bells or the reedy notes of a shepherd’s flute. It is, in effect, an adventurer’s playground. This is a great place for walking, trekking, horseback riding and off-road cycling.

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Under the Stars
Under the Stars

This tour will be in the Wadi Araba desert and Wadi Rum desert. Through these two destinations we will visit the most important destination in Jordan: Petra. Wadi Arabah begins at the southern end of the Dead Sea and extends southward for 112 miles to the Gulf of Aqabah. Along the length of the centre of Wadi Araba runs the boundary between the modern states of Israel and Jordan. It is an arid depression from six to twelve miles wide -- in reality a continuation of the Great Rift Valley. This section has been known from ancient Biblical times as the Arabah. Beginning at 1292ft below sea level, the valley gradually ascends as it goes southward for 67 miles to a watershed, which rises 660ft above sea level. From here it quickly descends until 45 miles further southward it reaches the Gulf of Aqabah at Ezion Geber. Surface explorations along with minor digs carried on by Doctor Nelson Glueck revealed a number of ruined villages and many copper and silver mines from which ore was dug in the time of Solomon (900-1000 B.C.) and during the time of the Nabateans (300 BC to AD 100).

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Walks around Petra
Walks around Petra

In earlier times, travel was a much slower process, often on foot and taking years to complete, entailing bold steps into the unknown and the opportunity, indeed necessity, of assimilating more of the local culture and language than is the case with the traveller today. The Swiss explorer Jean Louis Burckhardt was commissioned by the 'Association for Promoting the Discovery of the Interior Parts of Africa' to discover the source of the Niger. After learning Arabic at Cambridge he travelled first to Syria, where after adopting the name, clothing and manners of 'Ibrahim ibn Abdullah', undertook preparatory journeys of exploration in Syria and Lebanon. En route to Cairo (and in what is now present day Jordan) he visited Jerash, Amman and Kerak and heard stories of an ancient 'lost' city in the valley of Wadi Musa. On the pretext of making a sacrifice at the Tomb of Aaron (Jebel Harun) he subsequently 're-discovered' what he (correctly) thought to be the remains of the capital of Arabia Petraea. Unlike many 'Wonders of the World', Petra is a complete city hidden by mountainous terrain where every path and vantage point brings a new discovery or perspective. An equally spectacular contrast is provided by the desert landscapes of Wadi Rum featured in David Lean's film 'Lawrence of Arabia'. In this spirit, but not of course to the same extent, we propose a week's exploration for experienced walkers along lesser known and less well-used paths accompanied by an experienced local guide.

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The Wisdom Trail
The Wisdom Trail

‘Rum the magnificent… vast, echoing and Godlike… a processional way greater than imagination… the crimson sunset burned on its stupendous cliffs and slanted ladders of hazy fire down its walled avenue…’ Those were the words used by Lawrence of Arabia to describe the timeless, silent and vast place of Wadi Rum. And not without reason. Wadi Rum is one of the most impressive places of Jordan, a place where you can dwell for days without meeting anybody besides maybe a Bedouin family sitting in its goat’s wool tent in the rose-red desert sand. And sometimes the odd family of camels. Apart from that you are surrounded by sky-high cliffs of rose-red sandstone rock. What better way is there to experience this natural beauty than the way people have been doing this for centuries? From the Stone Age on, people have been crossing Wadi Rum on bare feet, and sometimes on camel back. Our 11-day wisdom trail offers you a unique chance to leave all the stress of everyday western life behind you and find peace and quietness once again. Imagine yourself being a spice merchant, travelling through the desert to your next trading post. Experience the friendly hospitality of the Huweitat and the Mzanah, the Bedouin tribes who have lived in Wadi Rum for centuries. Enjoy the taste of their traditional Arabic meals. And read the inscriptions left behind as silent evidence of cultures gone. “Whoever walks the desert is no longer the person he was.”

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Camel Trek
Camel Trek

You will enjoy Camel trek from Petra to Wadi Rum. The route goes through several canyons and ascends the inselbergs of Jebel Juleif and Jebel Barza, both offering rewarding views. We will visit the site: Humeima was a remarkable Nebatean city with a sophisticated water supply system.

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