Under the Stars

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Under the Stars

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Destination for this trip:

Jordan

Length of trip:

10 days

Approximate price of this trip per person:

from $ 0 to $ 3000

Best travel dates to go:

Any time.


Detailed Description of this trip:

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).



Trip Itinerary:

  • Day 1 - 3 - Jordan

    Safari

    Our first three days will start from first destination which is Wadi Araba: A wadi is a dry river bed or valley. Wadi Arabah is one of the larger wadi's in the Middle East. It extends 165 km north from Aqaba to the Dead Sea. From here on it is known as the Ghor, which includes not only the Dead Sea but also the Jordan Valley all the way to the Sea of Galilee. A preliminary reconnaissance was done in the south east. (Southeast Arabah Archaeological Reconnaissance - SAAR). Of interest to our topic is the archeological dig at Moyet Awad (Moa in the Arabah), on the Sela - Gaza road, that found coins, pottery, a caravan station, but no houses. The Arabah was generally considered too harsh for towns or villages to develop. The symposium, titled "Crossing the Rift: Resources, Routes, Settlement Patterns and Interaction in the Wadi Arabah," is the first multidisciplinary conference devoted to the archaeology and history of the area that forms the modern political border between Israel and Jordan.

    Adventure

    You will jump over the sky-high sand dunes of Wadi Araba. The best off-road of Jordan will take you to Ras Namalah, the 1000 meters high peak in the Rift mountains. At the end of this road Petra will be awaiting you, glorious as ever. Here you will stay overnight.
    (Transport: Jeep Safari, Camels, Horses or donkeys)

  • Day 4 - 5 - Jordan

    Sightseeing

    A local guide will escort you into Petra and show you the highlights of the Nabatean city. You will enter the city through the Siq and be rewarded with the most astonishing and dramatic monument in Jordan: the Treasury.

    Horseback Riding

    You will also visit the theatre, the tombs and façades and the colonnaded street. Climb the stairs to the Monastery and admire the splendid view over the Wadi Araba. (Transport: Camels, Horses or walk)

    Camping

    In the evening we will serve you dinner by a campfire in Little Petra.

  • Day 6 - 10 - Jordan

    Sightseeing

    Our Bedouin guides will lead your way across the vast and empty desert of Wadi Rum. You will be riding from camp site to camp site, enjoying different areas in the desert. The sixth day will take you to Umm Salab Mountain, near the northern end of Wadi Rum.

    Historical and Educational Tours

    The 7th day you will see the famous inscriptions, made by the Thamudic and Nabatéen people centuries ago.

    Camping

    You will camp near Jabal Burdah where you can climb one of the famous rock bridges, sculpted into the sandstone rock by the wind and rain.

    Safari

    On the 8th day the tour will continue to the far south of Wadi Rum, to Jordan’s highest mountains Jabal Umm Adaami (1830 meters). From the top of the mountain you can see as far as Saudi Arabia.

    Safari

    On the 9th day and 10th day the tour will continue to Al Ghuroub and to the sandy area of Al Ramel, where you can contemplate the silence, sitting on top of the sky-high sand dunes.
    (Transport: Camels, Horses or Jeep Safari)

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