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Ride Wadi Rum Horse Riding Adventure Holiday 2014

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Horse Riding Jordan: Wadi Rum

Horse riding Jordan offers the change to explore a country with a history that stretches back to the pages of the Old Testament and a desert landscape that is amongst the most spectacular anywhere in the Middle East. Jordan is a land of incredible contrasts.

Along the Jordan Valley and the King’s Highway it is steeped in biblical lore and the chronicles of the Crusades, whilst the imposing majesty of Petra presents us with one of the world’s most magnificent monuments.

This incredible horse riding Jordan adventure takes us deep into the heart of the Hashemite Kingdom, following in the footsteps of the ancient Bedouin and Lawrence of Arabia, as we journey on horseback into the beautiful and evocative landscapes of Wadi Rum.

Spending some five hours a day in the saddle, we explore a world that has changed little over the centuries, spending our nights camped beneath a desert sky and our days riding across a land of towering dunes and red cliffs that even Lawrence himself considered to be divine. 

Highlights

  • Explore the biblical landscapes of the Jordan Valley and the King’s Highway
  • Visit Madaba and view the extraordinary 6th century map of Palestine
  • Enjoy a guided tour of Petra, the famed lost city of the Nabateans
  • A stunning 5-day horse trek through the haunting landscapes of Wadi Rum withBedouin guides
  • Experience the unique saline waters of the Dead Sea

“Fantastic and very inspiring trip, I never thought that we would share a tent with 6 Bedouins, they were so friendly and gracious. The Wadi rum itself was magical, haunting, humbling and incredibly beautiful.” Juliet Clay

Itinerary

Screen Shot 2014-02-07 at 9.31.50 AMDay 1: Tours starts in Madaba:
A short drive from the Jordanian hectic capital of Amman lies Madaba. This town once one of the most important Christian centres east of the River Jordan and is home to some of the most extraordinary mosaics in the Middle East, including the famous 6th century map of Palestine, believed to be the oldest map of the Holy Land still in existence. Hotel

Day 2: Madaba – Petra:
After breakfast this morning we will pay a visit to Madaba’s famous Byzantine Church, to view for ourselves one of the most important relics of early Christian art. The map, in spite of its fragmentary state, offers an incredible insight into the biblical landscapes of the Middle East. From here we then drive to Mount Nebo (the spot from where Moses is believed to have been shown the Promised Land just before his death), before we continue along the King’s Highway to Petra. Stopping to pay a visit to the stunning Crusader castle of Kerak en route, we arrive in Petra later this afternoon. Hotel (B,L,D)

Day 3: In Petra:
This morning we take a guided tour of the ancient Nabatean city of Petra, surely one of the most impressive archaeological sites anywhere in the Middle East. Lost for centuries, the rose red city is accessed through a narrow cleft in the surrounding mountains, allowing us access to a remarkable city of colonnaded streets, royal tombs and towering monuments that have been carved from the very mountains that surround them. After our morning’s tour and some lunch, the afternoon will be at leisure to explore more of the city at your own pace. In the evening we will have a Jordanian cooking lesson, which will be great fun and create a very special dining experience, as we all sit down to enjoy the food we’ve cooked at the end of the night. Hotel (B,L,D)

Day 4: Petra – Wadi Rum (Horse trek):
Following an early breakfast we drive the short distance to Wadi Rum this morning (approx 1.5 hours), to meet up with our horses and our team of Bedouin guides. We then begin our horse trek into the haunting landscapes of Wadi Rum, a region that the Arabs have long known as the ‘Valley of the Moon’. We begin at a relaxed pace, passing by the majestic Jebel Khazali Mountains as we make our way to Un Sabatah (the Red Canyon). Stopping to enjoy an al fresco lunch, we then make our way across the Um Sabatah Valley, crossing the great dunes to our remote desert camp at Um Khathah. Wild desert camp (B,L,D)

Day 5: Wadi Rum (Horse trek):
Waking to the desert sunrise, we break camp and ride through the Khathah Valley this morning. Our morning’s ride should take us around 2-3 hours, presenting us with some timeless landscapes as we pass close to Wadi Sabbat en route to our lunch in Al-Thatha. After lunch we’ll have some time to relax, perhaps enjoying a walk or a short climb, before we remount for an afternoon ride across the Wadi Nugrah Valley. Our final destination for today is Al Slebat, following in the footsteps of the nomadic Bedouin to our second night’s camp in the heart of Wadi Rum’s spectacular landscapes. Wild desert camp (B,L,D)

Day 6: Wadi Rum (Horse trek):
Riding through the great valleys of Wadi Nugrah this morning we follow a trail up to a viewpoint, from where we can gaze out across the ever-changing hues of the desert lying before us. Here, the whites, greens and reds of T.E. Lawrence’s ‘vast and echoing’ landscapes present us with an image of infinite serenity and grandeur. Taking the opportunity to enjoy lunch overlooking this idyllic spot, we then continue this afternoon down into Um-Umgour and the Abou-Kashaba Canyon, experiencing an altogether different perspective as we ride on to our camp amongst the red dunes. Wild desert camp (B,L,D)

Day 7: Wadi Rum (Horse trek):
Leaving the Abou-Kashaba Canyon this morning, we head towards the famed Burdah Arch, riding through the twin mountains of Ashkiek as we enter an ageless landscape of white sands that provide ideal conditions for some trotting and cantering. Breaking for lunch at Htepat Al Fla (the small rocks), we then have a little time to relax from our morning’s exertions before continuing to our camp at Um-Mzelga. Wild desert camp (B,L,D)

Day 8: Wadi Rum (Horse trek):
Breaking camp this morning we climb the Um Zelgah dunes, to visit a house that was once used by local tribes to trade goods from Saudi Arabia and Syria, but is more famous today for its connections with Lawrence of Arabia. Continuing on to the great red dune of Um Rashid, we then enjoy some expansive views across the desert, before descending to explore the ancient Thamudic rock art and take lunch amongst the famous red cliffs of the Barrah Canyon. Heading back to the stables this afternoon we trade our horses for jeeps and head back into the desert, to enjoy the traditions of Bedouin hospitality one last time. Fixed Bedouin camp (B,L,D)

Day 9: Wadi Rum – Dead Sea – Amman:
Departing Wadi Rum after breakfast we head towards the saline waters of the Dead Sea, the lowest place on earth. Stopping on the way for a picnic lunch, we will have time to enjoy these unique and therapeutic waters. Rich in minerals and high in salt content (around 33%), the Dead Sea is one of the most remarkable bodies of water on earth and, after a chance to bathe in its saline waters, we end the day back in the Jordanian capital. This evening we enjoy a final dinner back in Amman; a chance to reflect on the incredible experiences of the past few days. Hotel (B,L,D)

Day 10: Tour ends in Amman: The tour ends this morning at the hotel.
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Wild Extensions:

Arrive early to get a feel for the country before your tour starts. Explore the country after your tour on a bespoke Wild Extension or just allow a few days to relax afterwards. Maybe choose all of the above and get cheaper flights mid-week?

A sample of what you could do…

Jerash: Visit the well preserved Roman city of Jerash. The city’s many monuments still retain the atmosphere of the once thriving metropolis, famous in its time for its magnificent temples, amphitheatres, and nearly oval colonnaded forum. Allow 1 extra day.

Dana Nature Reserve: Visit the Dana Nature reserve, which is situated in a chain of valleys and mountains which extend from the top of the Jordan Rift Valley down to the desert lowlands of Wadi Araba. You can walk through the old village of Dana and then follow one of the nature trails through the Wadi Dana and Wadi Feinan. Dana supports diverse wildlife and is home to about 600 species of plants, 37 species of mammals, and 190 species of birds. Allow 2-3 days.

Aqaba: Aqaba Marine Park makes a great alternative for diving in the Red Sea; the dive sites are much quieter and more accessible than of those in Egypt. The diving from Aqaba offers mainly boat diving and the reefs are unspoilt and offer a huge variety of differing coral reefs, topographies and marine habitats. Allow 2 – 3 days.

Please contact the office for more details and to discuss your individual requirements,

It may sound obvious but…

These tours are not always for everyone and it is important to us that the tour you choose is the most suitable. We can provide a detailed dossier for each trip so please therefore take time to read the dossier carefully. All our tours are graded to give an overall picture of the trip but these are only guidelines and you should check the daily itinerary. Should you have any concerns about your ability to partake in any aspect of the tour then please contact the office.

Jordan: The Facts

The King’s Highway, Madaba & Mount Nebo: One of three highways running from North to South, the King’s Highway traverses some epic landscapes and is dotted with crusader castles, nature reserves and towns that date back to biblical times. Linking the historical town of Madaba, famed for it’s plethora of Byzantine mosaics and ancient churches, Mount Nebo (the supposed resting place of the prophet Moses, holy to Muslims, Christians and Jews alike) and Shobak, driving along this highway is really a journey through the centuries.

The Dead Sea: The lowest point on earth (408m below sea level) the Dead Sea allows visitors the chance to have the unique experience of floating in its mineral rich, dense waters. The sea’s name stems from the fact that no life can be sustained in the landlocked waters, as it is six times saltier then the ocean, also making it oddly buoyant. The surrounding shores are caked in mineral rich mud, famed for its healing properties for skin conditions, and so a stop here will not only provide a cooling break from the heat of the day, but will also leave you feeling enriched with the natural goodness of this unique spot.

Wadi Musa and Petra: Jordan abounds in archaeological sites and the UNESCO world heritage site of Petra needs little introduction. Petra is the legacy of Nabataeans, an industrious Arab people who settled in the south of Jordan over 2000 years ago. From a remote staging post they dominated the trade routes of ancient Arabia, levying tolls and sheltering caravans laden with spices, silks, ivory and animal hides. The Kingdom endured for centuries, becoming widely admired for its refined culture, massive architecture and ingenious complex of dams and water channels. Ultimately, however, the Kingdom was annexed by the Roman Emperor Trajan. By the 16th century, Petra was completely lost to the West and had gained almost mythical status. Then in 1812, a Swiss traveller called Johan Ludwig Burckhardt befriended the Bedouins and rediscovered the ‘lost city’. Today, the rose-red city of Petra and the neighbouring town of Wadi Musa are one of Jordan’s main draw cards and the views of the treasury as you enter through the siq are one of the most impressive sights in the world. Towering facades, rock-hewn temples, tombs and caves give visitors the chance to escape the crowds and explore a truly magical place.

Wadi Rum: “Vast, echoing and God-Like” are the words that T. E. Lawrence used to describe one of the Middle East’s most spectacular desert landscapes. Wadi Rum is the meeting point of the Rift valley, the Negev desert and Sinai Peninsular, which spreads eastwards into Arabia. Home to stunning scenery – towering sandstone peaks (Jebels), knife-edged dunes, gorges and canyons – the whole region is peppered with criss-crossing valleys, Bedouin camps and wild camels. One of the highlights of any trip to Jordan is watching the desert change colour as the daylight creeps in and the setting sun draws out the pink, ochre and magenta hue of the rock. At night the skies are ablaze with stars thanks to the lack of light pollution, making it one of the best places in Jordan for stargazing.

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Safety when riding

Although we understand that a large part of the fun of horse trekking is the freedom you derive from riding wild and free over magical terrain, we would like to point out that this form of holiday can be a hazardous and it is important you follow a few basic rules.

  • Firstly you must be a competent rider. If you are not sure if your level of riding skill is sufficient for the particular trip you are signing up for, please contact the office for advice.
  • We strongly recommend that you wear a hard hat – at least while you get used to the horses. Accidents can happen to anyone at anytime particularly while both horse and rider are sussing each other out.
  • Concentrate – particularly over tricky terrain. It is all too easy to get carried away with the scenery, the adventure and the ongoing conversations. Remember you are riding and take care.
  • Until you are sure of your horse’s demeanour, try to keep at least a metre apart.

Accommodation:

Wherever possible we aim to use accommodation that enhances the overall travel experience, not just offers a bed for the night.

On this trip we will be in hotels and tents in the desert.

Any accommodation mentioned in the itinerary is subject to availability and if not available substitutes will be of a similar quality.

Transport on this tour includes minibuses, jeeps and horses.

Trip Grading:

Adventure Rating 5/10
Comfort Grade 4/10
Fitness Level 6/10
Cultural Interest 6/10

Please note that this grading is an indication only and should you have any concerns please contact the office.

Additional Comments:

Riding Ability: You should be able to ride to a confident, intermediate standard, and be able to control a horse in open country at all paces. You should be reasonably fit, in a decent state of health and be comfortable riding for 5 hours a day.

Horses: The horses used for the trip are local Arab horses and are between 13.2hh and 15.hh.

Tack: The saddles used are English saddles and most horses will be ridden in a basic snaffle bridle. All the saddles have good saddle bags and water bottles are provided.

Travel Insurance: Please speak to Another World Adventures re travel insurance options for this trip.

Dates:
Fri 14 Apr 2017 – Sun 23 Apr 2017

Price: 1,595 GBP

WHAT IS INCLUDED?

  • Full services of a Professional Tour Leader with local guides and drivers
  • Meal plan as detailed in the itinerary (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner) with mineral water as required.
  • All transport as outlined in the itinerary .
  • All accommodation
  • All entrance fees, as per itinerary

WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED?

  • Visas (if applicable)
  • Local airport taxes
  • Tips (always optional, but some guidance will be given in the pre- departure information pack you’ll receive after booking)
  • Beverages & any costs of a personal nature.
  • International Flights

Operator

This operator is a multi-award winning adventure travel company specialising in small group tours and tailor made holidays to some of the most extraordinary destinations across the Indian sub-continent, Central Asia, the Middle East, Africa, South East Asia, Latin America and Europe. We love their unique, original itineraries – whether they are for small group travel or individually created for tailor made clients – allowing you to take journeys that venture beneath the surface of the region.

This operator concentrates on the locations they know and love. They don’t source itineraries from other agents, nor do they run the same tour over and over (thus creating a ‘tourist circuit’, spoiling an untouched region). Instead, they rarely run any group tour more than a couple of times a year and they are on routese they have discovered for themselves, to give a truly authentic, off-the-beaten-track experience.

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