Jordan Active

Action-packed fun-in-the-sun multi-activity holiday




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Holiday Overview


  • Scramble to Wadi Rum`s Burdah Bridge
  • Canyoning down to the Dead Sea
  • Bike, hike and meet the local people
  • Camel ride and desert Bedouin camp

With its variety of landscape, wealth of historical sites and welcoming climate (outside of the hot summer months) Jordan is a great place for a multi-activity holiday. This week-long adventure begins with a visit to amazingly well-preserved Roman ruins at Jerash, just north of the capital city of Amman, before traversing the Jordan Valley to take a dip in the ever-so-salty Dead Sea. Next up, we tackle a full day of canyoning in Wadi Mukheries, dropping through a sandstone gorge via small waterfalls and hidden caves, with a final 20 metre abseil. An easy day of cycling then takes us south on country roads between farming villages, with a lunch stop as guests of a family in Mukawir. After hiking in to the amazing rose-red city of Petra via its 'back door', we travel on to Wadi Rum, where we have a camel ride and an exciting scramble up to the Burdah Bridge, a natural rock arch high above the desert sands. This active adventure holiday offers you the chance to get your kicks in Jordan!

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Explore International. This is one of our Explore International holidays. Participants on these trips can book through KE or through one of our international partners. This helps us to gather together sufficient numbers of like-minded adventurers to get your holiday up and running quickly. Led by an English-speaking guide, the cosmopolitan nature of these groups can be an important part of the experience!

Is this holiday for you?

This is not a long or sustained trekking holiday. It is a series of day-hikes, rides and other activities. You do need to be fit and active to take part. During the hikes we will walk for around 4 to 6 hours and the on the approach to the Burdah Bridge in Wadi Rum, there will be some straightfoward scrambling on rock. For the canyoning, no previous experience of this activity is required, but a spirit of adventure is an essential. The biking is very straightforward on hard surfaced roads which are very quiet. At the time of year that we will be visiting Jordan (October through to May) 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.

Brief Itinerary

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  • Meet at the group hotel in Amman. Transfers from Amman Airport are provided.
  • Tour the Roman city of Jerash. Drive to the Dead Sea for a salty dip. Transfer to Madaba.
  • Drive to Wadi Mukheries for day of canyoning. Return to Madaba.
  • Cycle the Kings Highway to village of Mukawir. Drive onto Petra.
  • Trek the exciting back trail into the ancient city of Petra.
  • Transfer to Wadi Rum. Camel ride to Al Khazaali Canyon and onto Bedouin Camp.
  • Desert trek to Burdah Bridge and dunes of Rum. Return to Amman.
  • Departure day. Amman Airport transfers are provided.
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The LAND ONLY dates and prices are for the itinerary joining in Amman. For clients making their own flight arrangements, Amman International Airport is the most convenient for transfers to the group hotel. Please refer to the 'Joining Arrangements and Transfers' section of the trip dossier for further details. Royal Jordanian and British Airways have flights to Jordan.

Flights SHOULD NOT be booked until you have received your booking confirmation and the trip is showing 'Guaranteed to Run' or 'Limited'.

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Map & Itinerary

The Route

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Holiday Itinerary

  • Meet at the group hotel in Amman. Transfers from Amman Airport are provided.

    Meet at the group hotel in Amman. A single timed group transfer from Amman Airport is provided. This transfer is normally in the late evening and a representative of our local agent will accompany the group on the 30 minute journey to the hotel. KE Land Only package services begin with the overnight at the group hotel.

    • Accommodation Hotel

  • Tour the Roman city of Jerash. Drive to the Dead Sea for a salty dip. Transfer to Madaba.

    After breakfast at the hotel and a briefing from our guide, we will drive north to Jerash. Dating back to the 3rd century BC, this largely Roman city is one of the biggest and best-preserved outside of Italy. Its colonnaded streets, baths, theatres, plazas and arches remain in exceptional condition and we will have plenty of time to look around the site with our guide. After our visit, we will head south through the Jordan Valley to the Dead Sea, which at 400 metres below sea-level, is the lowest spot on earth. Those who wish can take the opportunity to experience the unique floating experience that this very salty, 75 kilometre-long sea offers. From here, we drive up and out of the valley to our next overnight stop at a hotel in Madaba. En route, we stop at Mount Nebo (known as Pisgah in the Bible) which is the place from which the Bible says Moses viewed the Promised Land. There is indeed a fantastic view towards the west, with a vista that includes the Dead Sea, the West Bank, the Jordan River and (on a clear day) Bethlehem and Jerusalem. After checking in at our Madaba hotel, we go out to one of the town’s restaurants for dinner.

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  • Drive to Wadi Mukheries for day of canyoning. Return to Madaba.

    We make an early start and drive down to the top of Wadi Mukheries, which is one of a number of rugged, steep-sided valleys that drop down to the Dead Sea. This one holds water year-round and our route follows a stream throughout. This is classic gorge exploration, involving a series of small waterfalls (3 to 7 meters high), with boulders to negotiate and pools through which we have to wade. The depths of the wadi hide secret pockets of vegetation and there is also a magical cave with stalactites of amazing shapes. The route is 12 kilometres long and will take us 6 to 7 hours to complete, including our stop for a picnic lunch. At the lower end of the gorge is a spectacular 20 metre waterfall, which we will pass by abseiling. A stop beside the plunge pool here gives us the chance for a swim and for a natural full-body massage. Remember to take a second pair of lightweight boots or trainers for this day, as they will get wet and may not dry in time for tomorrow's activities. We finally reach the trail head on the Dead Sea road, where we meet our vehicles and drive back to spend a second night at the hotel in Madaba.

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  • Cycle the Kings Highway to village of Mukawir. Drive onto Petra.

    A 10 minute transfer takes us the start of our approximately 42 kilometre cycling route. After being kitted out with our bikes, we ride south on the King’s Highway. The King’s Highway twists and winds its way through the heart of Jordan, connecting Madaba, Karak, Tafileh, Shobak and Petra. It is the world’s oldest continuously used communication route and is mentioned in the Bible. Although it is called a highway, it is just a local road with low traffic and we ride only a few kilometers on it, heading south, before turning off onto even smaller and quieter roads and tracks. Leaving the King’s Highway behind, we ride west on a hilly road through the villages of Bani Hamida. We reach the low hill on which stands the remains of King Herod’s ancient fortress of Machaerus, where John the Baptist was imprisoned and beheaded. Hiking to the top of the hill, there is a wonderful panorama out across the Dead Sea. We then head to the nearby village of Mukawir, where our lunch is provided by a local family. Another chance for some local interaction and part of our responsible tourism effort to support the local communities at the places we visit. After lunch, we drive to Wadi Musa, the gateway to Petra and check in at a hotel.

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  • Trek the exciting back trail into the ancient city of Petra.

    We will start the day early with a short visit to Little Petra, then start hiking the ‘back trail’ towards Petra, passing by the Monastery and taking the stone-carved stairway (around 800 steps) down into the heart of Petra. The back trail takes us across a mountain ridge that provides spectacular views of Wadi Araba. After a lunch break at one of the cafes in Petra, we will continue our exploration of the rest of Petra’s most important sites, including the Theatre, the Court and the Treasury. Finally, we will walk out through the kilometre-long cleft of the ‘siq’ to the Visitor Center in Wadi Musa. We spend a second night in our Wadi Musa hotel.

    • Accommodation Hotel

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  • Transfer to Wadi Rum. Camel ride to Al Khazaali Canyon and onto Bedouin Camp.

    After an easy morning, a 90-minute drive takes us across the desert and towards the collection of sandstone mountains or ‘jebels’ that define the marvelous Wadi Rum region. The scenery becomes more majestic as we turn into the ‘valley’ of Rum Village. Passing the ‘Seven Pillars of Wisdom’ formation on our left, we arrive at the village, where we meet our Bedouin hosts. As a slow-paced introduction to the desert experience, we will have a camel ride via ‘Lawrence’s Well’ and into the Al Khazaali Canyon. Walking into this magnificent canyon will reveal some ancient rock inscriptions. We then continue by 4WD vehicles to our traditional Bedouin campsite, leaving us plenty of time to settle down, relax and enjoy the sunset. Dinner tonight is a feast known as a 'zarb' - a traditional Bedouin dish of meat and vegetables cooked underneath the desert's sand. We spend the rest of the night around the camp fire, exchanging banter with our Bedouin hosts and learning something about their culture. Overnight at a traditional Bedouin camp, with its central, black goats-wool tent.

    • Accommodation Bedouin Camp

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  • Desert trek to Burdah Bridge and dunes of Rum. Return to Amman.

    After breakfast, we will board our vehicles for the short drive to Jebel Burdah, which leads through Khor Al Ajram, a wide valley with magnificent cliffs and high sand dunes. On the way to Jebel Burdah, we pass a particularly fine and very old rock inscription which shows a camel caravan. This morning's objective is the Burdah Bridge, a well-known landmark which is reached by way of relatively easy scrambling across open rock slabs. Our guide will show us the best route through a maze of blind alleys and dead ends. There are some steeper sections and you will need to use your hands at times. A jumble of rocks leads to a small plateau, through a valley and then over a steep slab. From here, we turn a corner into a hidden gulley that provides us with a wonderful view of the bridge above. Obligatory photo stop. We then climb a short, steeper wall and here the guide will use a climbing rope to safeguard our passage. Above, we will cross the dramatic Burdah Bridge - another fantastic photo opportunity. There are magnificent views from here, extending over the whole area of Wadi Rum. Back on the desert floor after a 3-hour round-trip, we meet our vehicles and have lunch in the shade. Fruit juice and tea/coffee will be waiting for us. Lunch is usually a lighter meal than supper, very often heavier on vegetables than meat. After a siesta, we will drive across to the biggest sand dune in the area, for an opportunity to take-off our shoes and run up and down its soft sand. Sounds childish, but lots of fun! Returning to Rum village, we say goodbye to our Bedouin hosts and set off on the 3-hour drive north to Amman, where we check in at our hotel.

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  • Departure day. Amman Airport transfers are provided.

    KE land only package services end with a single morning transfer to Amman Airport. For those on an evening flight out of Amman, there is time for a leisurely breakfast and to do some sightseeing. High above the city, the Citadel (site of ancient Rabbath-Ammon) is a good place to start, whilst the Roman Theatre, dating from the 2nd century AD and built to accommodate 5000 spectators, is also pretty impressive. At the heart of downtown Amman, the colourful souk is also worth a visit.

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Holiday Information

  • English speaking tour guide throughout the trip
  • Specialist canyoning and cycling guides
  • Cultural guide at Jerash and Petra
  • All entrance fees required by the itinerary
  • All activities as described in the trip dossier
  • All accommodation as detailed in the trip dossier
  • Meals as indicated in the Meal Plan

  • Travel insurance
  • Visa
  • Some meals as indicated in the Meal Plan
  • Tips for local guide and other local staff
  • Miscellaneous expenses - drinks and souvenirs etc.

During this trip the group will spend 2 nights in Madaba, 2 nights in Amman and 2 nights in Petra at tourist hotels. All accommodation is allocated on a twin sharing basis. If you are travelling by yourself you will be paired up with another single client of the same sex. During our stay at Wadi Rum, we will stay at a fixed Bedouin Camp, but it is quite usual for group members to find a secluded spot in the dunes (or by the campfire if preferred) and to sleep out under the stars. For hotel prices and single supplement costs please refer to the dates and prices page of the trip on our website.

View the gallery below for images of the style of accommodation used

All breakfasts, 4 lunches and 1 dinner are included in the holiday price (see the daily itinerary in the trip dossier for which days meals are included). Clients will pay directly for lunch and/or dinner while staying in hotels in Amman, Madaba and Wasi Musa (Petra). In practice this will amount to a total of 7 or 8 meals and we recommend you budget around £7 - 10 for each of these meals.

Breakfasts can vary a little with the accommodation, but typically consist of labaneh (thick sour creamy yoghurt), hummus, cheese, beans, eggs, olives, za’atar (thyme, sesame seeds, sumac and salt), tea and coffee. Lunch on some days may be in the form of a picnic (sandwiches, fresh vegetables, fruit and juice and tea) or a simple hot meal such as fresh tomato cooked with garlic, onion and olive oil. Dinner will again vary with the location, but we will aim to sample a variety of traditional Jordanian meals. Salad, rice, chicken, vegetables and yoghurt are usual dinner ingredients. In Wadi Rum, we’ll get to try the Bedouin 'zarb', a meal of meat and vegetables cooked under hot sand. Complimentary water, biscuits, cakes and fruits will be offered on most days.

A single group transfer will be arranged from Amman Airport to the hotel in Amman. This transfer will meet the arrival of the Royal Jordanian flight from the UK and will normally depart from the airport at around 0100 hours (the early hours of Day 2 of the trip itinerary). At the end of the trip there will be a single group transfer from the group hotel in Amman to Amman Airport timed to meet the check in for the Royal Jordanian flight back to the UK which departs in the late morning. This transfer will be after breakfast on Day 8 of the trip itinerary. A representative of our local agent will assist with the transfers between the airport and the group hotel. If the arrival transfer does not work with your flight, you will need to make your own transfer arrangements at Amman Airport. Fixed price tan-coloured airport taxis are readily available outside the terminal exit doors. Airport taxis are preferable to the yellow taxis, which are metered but usually entail some sort of haggling with the driver. There is an ATM and money changing facilities in the airport. On day 8, should you require an airport transfer, these can be arranged by the hotel reception staff or alternatively please contact the KE office for prices.

This is a diverse holiday, with nothing typical about the days. In the desert of Wadi Rum you can expect to rise early and by 7 a.m. breakfast will be under way and you will be able to make your way to the centre of the desert camp to pick up that all important first cup of tea or coffee. You will have plenty of time to get up and pack your trek bag which will be stored in the support vehicle. Bottled mineral water is provided throughout the time in the desert and you will need to grab a bottle before setting off. We will have 3 or 4 hours of activities, walking through cool canyons and across open rocky terrain, before finding a suitably shady spot in which to eat our lunch. Our traditional Bedouin camp at Wadi Rum has mattresses around a central area covered by matting where we can relax and take a cooling drink, with tea or coffee also available. Dinner is served around the camp fire. This is a great time of day for reliving the events of the trip so far and for general socialising.

The group will have an English-speaking Jordanian tour leader throughout the trip. There will be additional specialist canyoning guides and cycle guides as required.

Approximately £200 should be allowed for miscellaneous expenses, including your visa (payable on arrival) and the 7 or 8 meals that you will pay for directly. You should carry your travel money in the form of currency rather than travellers cheques, since you will exchange the majority of this on the day of your arrival at the airport in Amman. Sterling and US Dollars are equally acceptable in Jordan. The unit of currency is the Jordanian Dinar (JD). You should also allow a total of approximately £30 for driver, guide and trek crew tips. On this trip, you will pay directly for your lunches on Days 2, 5 and 8 and for your dinners on Days 1 (if you arrive early enough), 2, 3, 4, 5 and 7. The cost of the Petra visit is included in the trip price. If you are intending to buy expensive souvenirs, you should budget accordingly (credit cards can be useful in this respect). Also, if you expect to buy considerable quantities of drinks or other refreshments, you should allow for this.

Tips are the accepted way of saying ‘thank you’ to your local guides, drivers and other crew. They do not form part of their wages. KE pays its local crews the best rates of pay, no matter what country they are in and any tips they receive are seen as a personal thank you from group members. We advise local teams that tips are not a duty or a prerequisite but are a bonus and entirely dependent on the service that was given. You can expect to pay a total of around £30 in tips. More detailed guidelines on tipping will be provided with your final joining instructions.

During the trip your baggage will be carried by bus and by 4WD vehicles. The only baggage limit is that which is imposed by the airline. However, Jordan is a hot country and you will not require any heavy clothing, nor are you required to bring a camping mattress. We recommend that the weight of your packed trek bag does not exceed 15 kgs / 33 lbs as this will make transiting airports a much more pleasant experience for you.

All KE clients will receive a FREE KE trek bag.  These have been specially made to stand up to the rigours of adventure travel.  Your KE bag will be posted to you when your trip is guaranteed to run or on receipt of your booking if the trip is already guaranteed.  If you have travelled with us before and already have a KE trek bag you can select an alternative free gift in the booking process.

This holiday does not involve any significant ascent to altitude and we would not expect any altitude issues with this trip.

The following checklist should help you with your packing. As a general rule, you should always try to keep the weight of your equipment to a minimum.

You must bring the following items:

The following items are optional:

  • Sleeping bag liner
  • Trekking poles
  • Thermarest (a foam mattress is provided)
  • Pocket-knife (note: always pack sharp objects in hold baggage)
  • Repair kit – (eg. needle, thread, duct tape)
  • Small padlock (too lock your KE trek bag)
  • Spare laces


  • *For trips in November, December and February when night-time temperatures can fall below freezing in the desert, we recommend a warm (down-filled or equivalent) jacket and thermal baselayers.
  • As Jordan is an Islamic country, modest dress is preferable in the towns and cities. Shoulders should be kept covered, and full-length trousers/skirts are recommended.


For each holiday there is a minimum number of participants required to enable it to go ahead. Once the minimum number is reached, the trip status will change from 'Available' to 'Guaranteed to run'. You can check the trip status for each departure in ‘Dates and Prices’ table. Other than in exceptional circumstances, we will not cancel a trip once it has achieved this guaranteed to run status and so you are free to proceed with your international flight booking and other travel arrangements.

A passport with 6 months remaining validity at the end of your stay is generally required. The information that we provide is for UK passport holders. Please check the relevant embassy or consulate for other nationalities. It is your responsibility to ensure that you have the correct travel documents and visas for your holiday. Visa requirements and charges are subject to change without notice. If you are travelling outside the EU you should have at least 2 blank pages in your passport.

Visa Jordan

If you are a UK and USA passport holder you do require a visa for Jordan. There is no visa fee if you spend 2 or more consecutive nights in Jordan, and it is obtainable on arrival in Amman Airport.

You should contact your GP or travel clinic to check whether you require any specific vaccinations or other preventive measures. You should be up to date with routine courses and boosters as recommended in the UK e.g. diphtheria-tetanus-polio and measles-mumps-rubella, along with hepatitis A and typhoid. A good online resource is Travel Health Pro.

The unit of currency in Jordan is the Jordanian Dinar.

We recommend you check if you require an adaptor for your electrical items at:

The better conditioned you are the more you will enjoy your trip. We suggest that you adopt a sensible weekly exercise regime and fit in a number of long walks in hilly country to ensure you are in good shape.

As a reputable tour operator, KE supports the British Foreign & Commonwealth Offices ‘Know before you go’ campaign to enable British citizens to prepare for their journeys overseas, and we recommend that all KE travellers take a look at the FCO Travel Advice for their chosen destination on the official FCO website: North Americans can also check out the U.S. Department of State website: for essential travel advice and tips.

KE treat the safety and security of all clients as the most important aspect of any trip we organise. We would not run any trip that we did not consider reasonably safe.  Should the FCO advise against travel for any reason, we will contact everyone booked to travel to discuss the situation.  We receive regular updates direct from the FCO and are in constant touch with our contacts on the ground.  If you have any questions about government travel advice, please call our office.

The best period for travelling in Jordan is in the late autumn through to early spring season, from October through to mid April. The best period for trekking in Jordan is in the late autumn through to early spring season, from October through to mid April. Outside of this period it can be very hot, with temperatures rising to 40 degrees centigrade in July and August. In October and in April, the maximum daytime temperature is likely to be in the high 20's or low 30's, falling as low as 10 degrees centigrade at night. Heading into November the temperatures begin to cool and by December/January, typical daytime maximum temperatures are around 12 to 15 degrees centigrade, dropping as low as 5 degrees centigrade at night. In December and January it can even snow in Amman.

Jordan - Reise Know-How Verlag 1:400,000

Double-sided and detailed map, dividing the country horizontally just underneath al-Karak. Combines clear road and tourist detail with general relief indicated by contours, altitude tinting, mountain passes and peak heights.

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