School Adventure - Dead Sea, Wadi Rum & Petra
- Day-hikes in Wadi Rum, float in the Dead Sea and visit Petra
- Learn about the fascinating history of 2000 year old Petra
- Camp in the desert with the Bedouin people of Wadi Rum
- Climb Jordan`s highest peak, with views across to Saudi Arabia
- See the Red Sea`s colourful reef fish from a glass-bottomed boat
Located at the heart of the Middle East, the Kingdom of Jordan has enjoyed a long and fascinating history. Relics of several of the world's great civilizations are clearly visible to the present day. This peaceful desert country, with its contrasting landscapes, provides a simply wonderful destination for a School Adventure. KE's suggested itinerary begins in the historic town of Madaba. From here, we have scheduled a sightseeing day to Mount Nebo and the Dead Sea, before driving southwards to meet up with our Bedouin hosts at Wadi Rum. Situated in the southern corner of the kingdom, not far from the Red Sea, the sandstone mountains or 'jebels' of Wadi Rum provide one of the most dramatic desert landscapes on earth. The weirdly shaped towers, which rise some 500 to 700 metres above the level desert plains, extend across a vast area. Wadi Rum is the name given to the most spectacular collection of these peaks which are centred on the village of Rum. This area was famously described by T.E Lawrence as "Rum the magnificent....vast, echoing and God-like." It is the traditional home and hunting ground of the Bedouin, whose history in the region goes back more than a thousand years. Many of the Bedouin families who live here continue to pursue a semi-nomadic existence, grazing their flocks of sheep and goats in one place for weeks or months at a time and then packing away their goat-hair tents and moving to greener pastures. A highlight of our visit to this part of the world will be the chance to meet the hospitable Bedouin people and to experience the magic of camping out in the desert under the stars. Our 4 days of exploration will begin at once, as we hike up to Lawrence's Well and then drive to our traditional Bedouin camp in the Rakebat Canyon. Throughout our time at Wadi Rum, we will use 4-wheel-drive vehicles to access the most interesting short hikes and easy scrambles. We will follow ancient trails through hidden wadis and across open rocky slopes to the summits of several of the biggest peaks in the area, including Jebel Um Adaami (1832m), Jordan's highest mountain. After our time in the desert, we will transfer to the nearby port of Aqaba on the Red Sea and have the chance to do some swimming and to take a trip out over the reef in a glassbottomed boat. Then, as a fitting finale to this outstanding Arabian adventure, we will visit the awe-inspiring 2300 year old, rock-hewn city at Petra. Hidden within an apparently impenetrable mountain massif and approached through a narrow, kilometre-long chasm known as the Siq, Petra is one of the most remarkable architectural sites in the world. We will have a full guided tour of the site before travelling back to the airport in Amman. This tried and tested KE Schools itinerary can be adjusted to better fit the needs of your group - please call and speak to a KE School Groups Coordinator or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Is this holiday for you?
This School Adventure is not a long or sustained trekking trip. It is a series of day-hikes in an unusual mountain area. We will have a short walk on our first day at Wadi Rum and walk for around 4 to 5 hours on each of the succeeding 3 days. This will involve walking on desert trails and soft sand, as well as scrambling on the jebels themselves. When climbing on the jebels we will usually be following straightforward routes which have been used for generations by Bedouin hunters and shepherds. There will also be a long day at Petra, exploring its many streets and buildings. The altitudes attained during this trip will not cause problems in respect of acclimatisation. At the time of year that we will be visiting Jordan (autumn and early spring) it will not be extremely hot during the day. However, we might encounter day-time temperatures as high as 30 degrees centigrade and sun protection and adequate hydration are important considerations. We recommend a minimum age of 14 years.