A few activities to enhance your Luxury Holiday to Jordan
The ancient Nabatean city of Petra is, without doubt, one of Jordan’s premier attractions and justifiably so but linger a little longer and you will discover that this small but diverse country has so much more to offer. Here are three activities that are guaranteed to enhance any holiday to Jordan.
Discovering the backstreets of Old Amman on foot
Arguably the best way to explore any city is on foot and the Jordanian capital is no exception. Amman is a forward-looking city with one foot firmly in the past and the contrast between old and new is ever-present. But it is the downtown area of Jebel Amman where the city is at its liveliest and this is the most fascinating area to explore on foot. Jordanians love their food and strolling from one ancient souq to another affords the perfect opportunity to break the journey and sample some of the wonderful delicacies that have been tempting the locals for centuries.
Some of Amman’s oldest and most celebrated eateries are located in this part of the city. It is said that you haven’t truly tried falafel until you’ve eaten at Hashem’s restaurant, an Amman institution that not only serves great food but is also a wonderful place to slow the day down and people-watch for an hour or two.
This walking tour of Amman features in Petra & The Arabian Sands and can also be included on any of Corinthian Travel’s tailor-made holidays to Jordan.
Luxury overnight camping at Wadi Rum
It is easy to visit the moonscape scenery at Wadi Rum from either Petra or Aqaba. Indeed Petra is 70 miles (112 kilometres) from Wadi Rum and Aqaba is a mere 42 miles (67km) away but staying overnight in this glorious setting is for many a highlight of their holiday in Jordan. Sleeping in a desert camp at Wadi Rum not only allows the opportunity to learn more about the Bedouin people and their natural habitat, it also enables you to witness the surreal and beautiful colours of the valley at different times of the day.
There are several campsites set up at Wadi Rum but none as luxurious or remote as the Bespoke Hideaways Camp. This boutique campsite has just six tented suites that are sympathetically furnished with Bedouin touches. The comfort of the guest is paramount at the Bespoke Hideaways Camp with attention to details, such as a walk-in shower in the en-suite bathroom and a heater to keep you warm at night (when the desert can get very cold ). It is their utmost priority to ensure each guest has a magical and memorable stay.
The camp is set up so that you can do as much or as little as you like. Activities such as exhilarating 4WD drives, serene camel rides and peaceful hikes are all on offer but equally, you may prefer simply to relax in the environs of the luxury camp and enjoy the incredible vistas around you. The choice is yours.
A highlight of the Grand Tour of Jordan is the opportunity to spend a night under the stars at Wadi Rum. Alternatively, enquire about luxury holidays to Jordan with an overnight at the Bespoke Hideaways Camp.
Hiking through diverse scenery from Wadi Dana to Wadi Feynan
Upon arrival at Dana, a small, elevated village in central-western Jordan, the first thing you notice is the breathtaking natural gorge that spreads out before you. This is Wadi Dana Nature Reserve, one of the most spectacular settings in all of Jordan. With stark landscape and a multitude of interesting and unusual flora and fauna, Dana Nature Reserve is the ideal destination for treks, of which the most rewarding is the 8 mile (14 kilometre) hike to Wadi Feynan.
Beginning at an elevation of 1,200 meters and descending to 325 metres, the trek is not difficult and all the while the scenery is constantly changing. On arrival at Wadi Feynan, it is recommended to stay at the award-winning environmentally friendly Feynan Ecolodge before heading to your next destination. Indeed, staying more than one night is even more rewarding. There are several guided and self-guided walks in the local area plus mountain biking and opportunities to meet with local Bedouins and learn more about their culture.
For an off-the-beaten-track experience that is not too taxing, it doesn’t get much better than the hike from Wadi Dana to Wadi Feynan.
Hike from Wadi Dana to Wadi Feynan on Corinthian Travel’s Walking in Jordan holiday or alternatively, enquire about a tailor-made itinerary to include some trekking in Jordan.