From the beautiful and enigmatic Petra to the Wadi Rum desert. A horseback riding itinerary in Jordan that will take you on a journey of discovery of unparalleled scenic beauty.
Visit Petra, an astonishing archaeological site declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Today, it is one of the Seven Wonders of the World, and its many facades carved into the rock leave anyone who comes in its presence speechless. The city was abandoned in the 8th century due to the decline of trade, but was inhabited until recent years by Bedouin families and only gained historical interest in the last century.
It rides through the Wadi Rum desert, considered among the most beautiful in the world for its variety of colours and landscapes. Known as the Valley of the Moon, it is a valley carved out, over thousands of years, by the flow of a river through sandy soil and granite rock. Declared a UNESCO heritage site, it is famous for being the desert of Lawrence of Arabia, the famous archaeologist and writer. His book ‘The Seven Pillars of Wisdom’ gave its name to one of the most characteristic rock formations of this desert.
An ideal itinerary for lovers of wide open spaces, silence and freedom, and for those who are able to cope with several hours in the saddle at even sustained speeds.
Immerse yourself in an ever-changing landscape: from the cultivated fields surrounding Petra to the surrounding mountains and the vastness of the Wadi Rum desert.
Go Horse, the itinerary and horseback riding specialist, takes you to discover the red mountains of Wadi Rum in the saddle of your faithful companion. Ride through canyons, sandy expanses, Bedouin villages and discover beautiful Petra!
Departure dates all year round, except June/July/August, starting on Saturdays with a minimum of 2 people departing from Italy.
PARTICIPANTS: MIN 4 MAX 10
Pick-up from the Queen Alia International Airport (AMM) in Amman and transfer to the hotel in Madaba, about 20 minutes, in the central area of this Christian-style city (guided city tour on request at an extra charge). Dinner in a typical restaurant within walking distance (by 10 pm) and overnight stay in a double room at the Aitch boutique Hotel (or similar).
Breakfast at the hotel, pick-up at h. 8.00 a.m. and transfer of approximately 3 hours to Petra, where the whole day will be devoted to visiting the ancient Nabataeans. Morning guided tour through Al Siq, the famous canyon and ruins of the fascinating UNESCO heritage site. Free lunch and in the afternoon transfer to your comfort tented camp on the outskirts of Petra. Dinner and overnight at Seven Wonder Camp (or similar).
Departure at around 09.00 hrs and transfer of 20 minutes to the meeting point with the horses. Riding through the valleys that surround Petra and take us to the edge of another archaeological site known as 'Little Petra'. Stop for lunch and visit the site on foot. Back in the saddle to the point where we leave the horses to be loaded onto the truck for the transfer to Wadi Rum. Transfer about 2 hours to Aqaba on the Red Sea. Dinner and overnight stay at the Hotel Lacosta (or similar).
After breakfast at around 10 a.m. transfer for an hour to the desert and the stables at Wadi Moussa. Here you will meet the rest of the team that will accompany you for the next few days. In the saddle we will set off in a southerly direction, towards the Khazali Canyon and our tented camp located in the Raaka Mountains in the heart of the desert, arriving for lunch. In the late afternoon we will be back in the saddle for another 2 hours or so. Dinner and overnight stay in a comfort tented camp.
Breakfast and saddle up towards the Barrah pyramids! More spectacular canyons, pinnacles and peaks await us, famous the world over for their colours and distinctive formations. We stop for lunch in the shade of the canyons and in the afternoon we arrive at our tented camp for sunset time.
After breakfast we all saddle up in the direction of the iconic Stone Arch, 'Burdha Arch'. We will cross beautiful canyons carved into the sand and then stop for lunch at the base of the mountain of the same name. In the afternoon, we will depart along sandy tracks with wonderful views of the red mountains to the Um Ishrin canyon. Dinner and overnight in a tented camp.
Last half day in the saddle enjoying the unique scenery where Bedouins, Ottomans and British troops passed over a century ago along the famous 'road of Independence' and the Baten El Ghoul. We end our adventure at the Bedouin village of Wadi um, where we say goodbye to the horses. Lunch and transfer to Madaba about 4 hours. Late afternoon arrival in Madaba and check-in at Aitch boutique Hotel (or similar). Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Breakfast and transfer to the airport in time for your flight to Italy.
Tariff per person, starting from:
|From 1 January 2022 to 31 December 2022||€ 1,980||€ 320|
(B/L/D): B = Breakfast; L = Lunch; D = Dinner
|Surcharge for departure with 2/3 persons||€ 120|
|Fee for non-riders||On request|
|Extra charge for luxury camp (4 nights) – per person||€ 520|
Level of difficulty: From ° to °°°°°
DURATION: 8 DAYS/7 NIGHTS
DIFFICULTY LEVEL: °°°( INTERMEDIATE)
ACCOMMODATION: hotel + comfort tented camp
EQUIPMENT: ENGLISH SADDLE with pockets for essentials during the day in the saddle
HORSES: ARABIC and ANGLO-ARABI
RIDING: 4 TO 6 HOURS A DAY IN THE SADDLE. Good physical condition and the ability to control the horse in open spaces and to be comfortable at all 3 gaits are required. The use of a protective helmet is compulsory.
MAXIMUM WEIGHT: 85 kg
TYPE: touring with overnight stays in hotels + comfort tented camps
2 nights in a hotel in Madaba at the Aitch boutique Hotel (3* category) or similar
1 overnight stay in a hotel in Aqaba at Lacosta Hotel (category 3*) or similar
1 overnight stay in a comfort tented camp in Petra
3 nights in a comfort tented camp in Wadi Rum
In the comfort tented camps the tents are provided with comfortable cots, sheets, blankets and towels.
Communal toilets and showers with electricity provided by a solar system or generator. Common area and convivial campfire. We suggest bringing your own alcoholic beverages not available at the camp.
Traditional meals prepared by a local cook using fresh produce. Vegetarian menus or allergies or intolerances can be requested on request.
Note: The itinerary described above is to be considered indicative. It may be subject to change due to weather conditions or circumstances beyond our control. Possibility to add hotel nights on the Dead Sea to enjoy mud treatments, or in Aqaba on the Red Sea or in Madaba to visit the city with its Roman theatre.
Exchange rate 1 EUR = 1.08 USD
Exchange rate fluctuations greater than 3% will result in an adjustment of costs and will be communicated within 20 days of departure.
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