Safari via the best off-roads in Jordan
Did you ever
watch the Land Rover G4 Challenge and dream about participating
yourself? Jordan Beauty can make your dream come true. Our off-road
challenge will make you jump over sky-high sand dunes and let you drive
the most fabulous off-roads of Jordan. You will follow the dry riverbeds
all the way up to the spring emerging from the rose-red mountains.
Unless of course your way is blocked by the rocks, placed there by the
spring floods. You will enjoy breathtaking views of the barren
landscapes and imagine you will go where no man has gone before. This
tour combines adventure with the highlights of the Jordanian history and
Flight to Amman, Amman,
overnight. Flight to Amman, where your jeep will be awaiting you. You
will drive to Amman to enjoy dinner and spend the night.
Day 2: Amman, Desert Castles
After breakfast you will depart early for the Eastern Desert. The Romans
were not deterred by the desert climate and built a chain of fortresses
along the ‘limes arabicus’, the frontiers of their new Arabic province.
Most of the castles you can visit nowadays were built by the caliphs
during the Ummayyad period. Some are decorated with fine mosaics,
frescoes, stone and stucco carvings and illustrations. They stand as
silent and impressive evidence of Jordan’s rich history. Today you shall
see three of the best-preserved desert castles.Qasr al-Mushatta is the
largest and most richly decorated Ummayyad castle in Jordan. It’s a
large, square fortress, surrounded by walls with circular towers on
every side. Qusayr Amra is placed by Unesco on its World Heritage List.
Its interior walls and ceilings are covered with lively frescoes and two
of its rooms are paved with colourful mosaics. Qasr al-Azraq is built in
black basalt and has been in continuous use since Roman times. During
the Arab Revolt it functioned as the headquarters of Lawrence of Arabia.
At the end of the day you will drive to the Azraq Guesthouse and stay
Day 3: Amman, Madaba, Ma’in
You will depart early for Madaba, the city of mosaics. In the church of
Saint George you will find the famous mosaic map of Jerusalem and the
Holy Land. The journey will continue to Mount Nebo, where like Moses you
will be able to overlook the Holy Land and the Dead Sea. The Moses
Memorial Church on top of the hill contains some beautiful mosaics.
Finally you will drive to Hammamat Ma’in, which offers the possibility
to relax in one of the many hot springs. You will stay here overnight.
The hotel offers a wide variety of services, such as aroma-massages and
mud wraps with herbal essences.
Day 4: Ma’in , Wadi Moujip, Kerak
A beautiful off-road takes you to Wadi Mujib, the grand canyon of
Jordan. Your adventure tour along the river will take you through deep
canyons and pools, where you can swim and enjoy the spectacular scenery
and wildlife. At the end of the day you will arrive in Karak, where you
will stay overnight. You are free to spend the evening according to your
Day 5: Karak, Wadi Ibn Hammad, Tafila,
Before leaving Karak you will visit the castle where Saladin and Richard
Lionheart fought during the crusades. After visiting the castle you will
drive to Wadi ibn Hammad, one of the most beautiful nature spots in
Jordan where you can hike through the canyon and enjoy the colourful
cliffs and palm trees. Your journey will continue to Numeira, which was
a large walled town during the early Bronze Age. Numeira is believed to
be the location of the biblical Sodom and Gomorrah. From there you will
drive to Wadi Hasa, the valley that formed the natural border between
the kingdoms of Moab and Edom centuries ago. 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.
Day 6: Fainan, Wadi Namala, Petra
On this day the off-roads near Petra and Wadi Dana will be explored.
Dana Nature Reserve is a system of mountains and wadi’s, dry riverbeds.
The height drops dramatically over 1600 meters from the tops of the Rift
Valley to the desert lowlands of Wadi Araba. This, combined with the
compact variety of landforms, results in a very high biological
diversity, ranging from densely vegetated mountainous areas to the
Rummana fountain. From white desert sands covered with fanciful acacia
trees to small streams flanked by man-size oleander bushes. From
sky-high sand dunes to barren basalt or granite rocks. In the afternoon
you will visit Beidha or Little Petra, which dates back to the Stone
Age. In the evening a traditional Bedouin dinner will be prepared for
you near the campfire.
Day 7: Petra
On this day a local guide will escort you into Petra and show you the
highlights of the Nabatean city. Entering the city through the Siq, the
narrow gorge, you will be rewarded with the most astonishing and
dramatic monument in Jordan: the Treasury. You will visit the theatre,
the tombs and façades and the colonnaded street. You can climb the
stairs to the Monastery or to the High Place of Sacrifice to see the
obelisks believed to represent Dushara and Al ‘Uzza, the most important
Nabatean gods. In the evening dinner will be served in your hotel in
Day 8: Petra, Beer Hamad, Humeima, Wadi
The journey will continue to Wadi Rum, mainly by off-roads. You will
enjoy driving through the vast and empty places in the wilderness. And
have the feeling to boldly go where no man has gone before. At the end
of the day you will pass the seven pillars of wisdom, described so
vividly by Lawrence of Arabia. The sign that you will have reached your
next destination: Wadi Rum. You will spend the night in a traditional
Bedouin camp, the moon and stars shining brightly above your head.
Day 9: Wadi Rum, Amman
This day is dedicated to the beauty of Wadi Rum, a unique and timeless
place where uniquely shaped massive mountains rise out of the rose-red
desert sand. You will explore Wadi Rum escorted by a Bedouin guide,
visit Lawrence of Arabia’s house and see the inscriptions written by the
Thamudic and Nabatean people a long, long time ago. If you like you can
even climb the famous rock bridges. The trail will lead you to the red
sand area to contemplate the silence, sitting on top of one of the
skyhigh sand dunes. Evening drive back to Amman, check in at Hotel,
dinner and overnight.
Day 10: Amman, Airport
You will drive back to the airport and fly back home.