Arrive at any time. An included transfer from the airport to our starting hotel is included. Once we are in Amman, there is time to visit the Children's Museum. Designed just for kids, the museum is built in several sections, so you and the kids can learn about a wide variety of skills and activities. After a flight, it's a great way to keep the kinds engaged, and the perfect introduction to what Jordan has to offer. This evening, there will be a welcome meeting where you will meet your CEO and the other families who will be joining your adventure.
We set off from Amman this morning, en route to Petra. Along the route, we stop at Karak, where we enjoy a gorge walk through Wadi Ibn Hammad . The fertile land in the valley here creates an incredible landscape of trees, waterfalls and rock formations that we can walk through. In places, the water can be quite deep, so be careful not to lose your footing. Afterwards, we explore the crusader castle of Karak. Continue on to Wadi Musa, the township closest to Petra, where we stay for the night.
We wake this morning and visit Jordan's most famous site. The Nabatean city of Petra is simply awe-inspiring and a must-see on any traveller’s list. Approached through the siq (gorge), the city remains hidden until you are almost upon the ruins themselves. Today we have a full day to explore the site, and marvel at the engineering feat that makes up the city. It's easy to believe yourself to be one of the ancient explorers here, as we wander in awe among the Treasury and the Monastery.
Today we drive out to the desert to the magical Wadi Rum. Our camp at Wadi Rum is basic but comfortable. We sleep on beds in one long goathair tent, which is divided by blankets into twin-share “rooms” for privacy. A bottom sheet and blanket is provided but most people prefer to bring along a travel sleep sheet/sleeping bag liner. Bathroom facilities are shared and unisex and located around 20m from the camp. Although the way is lit by lanterns, it is a good idea to have a torch/flashlight with you. There is a large, central tent that is traditionally decorated and perfect for relaxing or escaping the cold nights in winter. Our dinner is cooked in traditional fashion, with the meat and vegetables cooked in an underground oven. Soft drinks and water are available for purchase. Please note that for religious reasons no alcohol is permitted at the camp. We spend the evening sitting under the stars, around the fire, listening to stories from our Bedouin hosts. If we are really lucky they may bring the drums out for some music.
We take off into the desert today, using 4X4 vehicles for our transportation. Bumping over the dunes and open expanses of sand, we will see the sheer size of the desert, as well as some of the major sites of the region. The Seven Pillars of Wisdom rock formation, made famous by T.E. Lawrence, looms out of the desert. We pause here, and it is easy to imagine ourselves transported back in time to join Lawrence as he crossed the desert. To get closer to this experience, there is the option of taking a camel ride across the desert. As we leave the desert behind us, we transfer to the coastal town of Aqaba for the night.
The Red Sea is world famous for the it's clear blue water. A boat trip out on the coral reef will allow us to see everything under the waves. The variety of brightly coloured fish and marine life make this an experience that will never be forgotten.
Travel from the Red Sea to the Dead Sea today. The Dead Sea is actually a lake, without any from of life whatsoever existing in its waters. The water is so dense that it is practically impossible to sink, being five to ten times as salty as regular sea water. We base ourselves at a resort for the day, where you will have access to the beach. While swimming, cover yourself with the sea's mud, which is reputed to have special healing powers, and don't forget to take a photo of yourself reading a book while floating! You will notice that the salt penetrates any cuts on your body and has an unusual smell, but there are showers to wash off under after swimming. Afterwards, while away under an umbrella next to one of the fresh water swimming pools. In the late afternoon we transfer back to Amman to spend the night.
Departure day, feel free to depart at any time.