Uncover the ancient art of henna, sunbathe by the Dead Sea and visit Petra and Amman on a trip that goes off the usual tourist track

Jordan is a land that possesses stunning natural beauty and a fascinating culture, with customs that stretch back thousands of years. On our exclusive women-only tour, you'll travel in a close-knit group of like-minded women, visit the vast desert, see iconic cities hewn from mountain rock and soak up the sun at glorious beach resorts. You'll meet Bedouin women and discover rural life in Jordan, learn to cook Jordanian cuisine and spend time having tea and chatting with locals. Relaxing by the Dead Sea, you'll get a taste of how local people like to spend their free time, while a walking tour of Amman will take you to the heart of the city's arts and shopping scene.

Historic Amman

Get a sense of what makes Jordan's capital tick, starting with monuments that remain from Roman times, before heading to bohemian Rainbow Street to see its buzzing cafes, elegant 1920s villas and art galleries. On your first night, you'll take part in a masterclass at a cooking school. Run by three sisters continuing their grandmother's legacy, you will learn their stories as you cook maqluba, a casserole served with yogurt or an Arab salad. An excursion to Jerash will be an opportunity to take in some of the greatest Greco-Roman ruins in the world, including a collection of archways and amphitheatres.

Rose city of Petra

Petra is revered for its incredible ancient buildings carved into the rose-pink rock of the desert. The site has been described by UNESCO as 'one of the most precious properties of man's cultural heritage'. On a guided tour, you'll squeeze through a narrow path between huge towers of rock and get your first glimpse of the iconic Treasury, which has been hand-carved out of rock. You'll also join a shepherd and gain an insight into a way of life that has remained unchanged for centuries, with the chance to try your hand at milking a goat.

Desert life

Visit the Wadi Rum and explore its sandstone mountains and vast landscapes alongside the local Bedouin community. Here, great chunks of rock have been eroded by wind and ancient water, creating breathtaking vistas. After an afternoon adventuring and getting to know your Bedouin guides, you'll arrive at their camp. In the evening, you'll be joined by Bedouin women - an honour, as they are usually reluctant to mix with visitors. They'll teach you the ancient art of henna and show you how to apply the natural kohl of the region to protect your eyes from the sand. When it's all over, fall asleep under the stars.

Sunbathe by the dead sea

Your final day will be spent at a luxurious resort on the Dead Sea. The salt density of the water makes it easy to float in, while the mud is believed to have healing properties, so make the most of it with a nutrient-rich mud bath. Later on, you'll join locals at a Dead Sea beach resort for the afternoon.

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  • Seven nights' accommodation
  • Amman city tour
  • Amman food-tasting tour
  • Henna and kohl night in Wadi Rum
  • Jeep safari and Wadi Rum desert camp
  • Guided tour of Petra
  • Petra shepherd experience
  • Dead Sea visit, including spa treatment
  • Visit to Ma'in hot springs
  • All meals as detailed in itinerary

Availability

From
Wed, Wed, Jun 10, 2020
To
Wed, Wed, Jun 17, 2020
Duration
8 Days
Price per person
£1,280*
* Price based on two sharing. Single supplement: £220, or Intrepid will randomly allocate rooms for those wishing to share. Subject to availability. Flights not included.
Call now to book 08444174767
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Itinerary

  1. Day
    1
    Amman
    Amman, Jordan

    Welcome to Amman! On arrival you'll be met by a local representative and transferred to your hotel.

    Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 6 pm, followed by dinner at a cooking school. Beit Sitti is run by three sisters continuing their grandmother's legacy. You'll have a chance to hear their stories as you cook and enjoy an authentic meal under the sisters' supervision. On the menu is maqluba, a dish that literally translates to 'upside down'. It's a hearty casserole with rice, vegetables and chicken that's cooked, flipped and served with either yoghurt or an Arab salad with tahini.

    Meals - Dinner
  2. Day
    2
    Walking tour of Amman
    Amman, Jordan

    Take a walking tour of Amman, taking in the citadel, Roman Odeon and the Roman Theatre, before heading to Rainbow Street, the heart of Amman's arts and shopping scene and home to the city's best falafel. A stroll along this lively street takes you past cafés, arts venues and galleries galore.
    Check out the Rainbow Theater, admire 1920s villas, and take in 'Mango Street' and 'Souk Jara Street.'

    After grabbing some tasty lunch, you'll take a short drive north to Jerash, where you can see some of the greatest Greco-Roman ruins around. Reaching its zenith as a favourite of the emperor Hadrian, it has a striking collection of archways and theatres, baths, public buildings and colonnaded streets, and is a beautiful place to spend an afternoon exploring.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  3. Day
    3
    Wadi Rum
    Wadi Rum Desert, Jordan

    Rise early this morning to drive to the rugged sandstone mountains of Wadi Rum. Discover the Rum the way the locals do - in rickety, reliable jeeps operated by the local Bedouin community. Later, grab some lunch (not included) in the small village of Rum and browse around the excellent and informative visitors centre. Then it's off to see some of the most stunning desert scenery in the world.

    Great gouts of rock around Wadi Rum have been eroded by wind and ancient water into fantastical gnarled shapes. Here you are sure to receive a warm welcome from your new Bedouin friends, the backbone of Jordan. Ride through sweeping swathes of desert, perhaps wondering how this place could be livable - until you see a Bedouin camp, a group of dark tents low-pitched to the ground. In traditional Bedouin culture, hospitality towards visitors is everything, so a very warm welcome is assured.

    Later in the evening, when the drivers depart camp, you'll have the honour of meeting local Bedouin women. Note that it will be necessary for one man to be present in the camp, as per local culture. With these women you'll learn the ancient art of henna and they'll show you the natural kohl of the region (and how to apply it just right). You'll have a magical night's sleep this evening, snoozing under a huge expanse of stars.

    Meals - Breakfast, Dinner
  4. Day
    4
    Petra
    Petra, Jordan

    Wake up in the unique surrounds of a Bedouin camp this morning and enjoy a walk around the area before scaling one of the large dunes to enjoy sensational views of the surrounding area, a perfect photo opportunity. You'll depart mid-morning for the 'Rose City' of Petra.

    The Rose City remained unknown to the western world until 1812, when it was 'discovered' by Johann Ludwig Burckhardt, a Swiss explorer. UNESCO has described it as 'one of the most precious cultural properties of man's cultural heritage'. Spend the afternoon on a guided tour. You'll squeeze through a mile-long narrow path, known as the Siq, through huge towers of rock and get your first glimpse of the iconic Treasury, which amazingly was hand-carved out of rock. Back at your hotel, there's time to freshen up before joining some local ladies for dinner in their home. This will be an informal evening, a chance to make new friends and learn the art of Arabic cooking in a home environment.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  5. Day
    5
    Petra shepherding day
    Petra, Jordan

    Embrace another early start this morning, joining a local female shepherd and learning about her day-to-day life. You'll also get to try your hand at milking a goat. It's a fascinating insight into a very different way of life, one that has remained unchanged for centuries. Afterwards, enjoy a free afternoon of self-discovery as you explore Petra on your own. The site is surprisingly big, and you can explore the old Roman road, temples and several old tombs, as well as the rock-hewn amphitheatre. For those with the energy, there's the challenging but highly rewarding walk up the steps to the stunning Monastery.

    Meals - Breakfast
  6. Day
    6
    Ma’in Hot Springs
    Hammamat Ma’in , Jordan

    After breakfast transfer to Hammamat Ma'in (Ma'in Hot Springs), popular among locals and tourists alike. The springs are located 264m below sea level in one of the most breath taking desert oases in the world. Thousands of bathers come each year to enjoy the mineral-rich waters of these hyper-thermal waterfalls.

    Afterwards continue on to the Dead Sea, the lowest point on earth, where you can experience a dip in the famous waters and lunch at one of the beaches before transferring to your hotel for the night.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  7. Day
    7
    Dead Sea
    Dead Sea, Jordan

    Spend a day relaxing in the spa at a Dead Sea resort. You'll have the whole day at leisure to relax and make the most of the many treatments on offer. The locals are most often found around the pool, which on Saturday is open and available for ladies only. Meet some new friends, relax and enjoy. Dinner is included this evening.

    Meals - Breakfast, Dinner
  8. Day
    8
    Amman
    Amman, Jordan

    Return to Amman for your flight home, after which you'll say goodbye to your new friends and fellow travellers with some incredible memories.

    Meals - Breakfast

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Availability

From
Wed, Wed, Jun 10, 2020
To
Wed, Wed, Jun 17, 2020
Duration
8 Days
Price per person
£1,280*
* Price based on two sharing. Single supplement: £220, or Intrepid will randomly allocate rooms for those wishing to share. Subject to availability. Flights not included.
Call now to book 08444174767
Quote ref: HEARST