Aqaba (for Petra), Jordan
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2 Days/1 Night
Meals not included
Day 1 (D)
A one-hour drive from Aqaba takes you to Wadi Rum -- also known as Valley of the Moon. This the largest and most magnificent of Jordan's desert landscapes -- a stupendous, timeless place, virtually untouched by humans. A maze of monolithic rockscapes rise up from the desert floor to heights of 5,700 feet, creating a natural challenge for serious mountaineers. Hikers also enjoy the tranquility of the boundless empty spaces. Bedouin camps are evident throughout the wadi and these are still home to a number of Bedouin families who welcome visitors with the hospitality and generosity for which Bedouins are so famous.
Upon arrival, follow your guide into a Bedouin camp, where the hospitable Bedouins welcome you. They will serve Arabian coffee before showing you to your own Bedouin tent.
In the late afternoon, set out to view the sunset over Wadi Rum from the back of a camel -- a ride that you will never forget. After this memorable experience, head back to camp and enjoy dinner.
The night sky is a starry blanket, and you will enjoy stargazing along with a Bedouin astronomer, who will introduce you to his amazing map of stars.
You will sleep in comfort in your Bedouin tent -- a once-in-a-lifetime experience that is likely to thrill even the most jaded traveler -- it is the stuff of which great travel stories are made.
Day 2 (B)
Sunrise sees you out in the desert, riding about in a 4x4 Bedouin vehicle of uncertain vintage. Part of the fun is relaxing, channeling your inner-Bedouin, and accepting that the vehicle you're in is quite different (significantly more mature and less aesthetically agreeable) than your car at home! You will visit the setting for the film Lawrence of Arabia, and the actual location where T.E. Lawrence set up his camp. In fact, Lawrence's book The Seven Pillars of Wisdom was named after the seven natural columns located in the desert near Wadi Rum.
After sunrise, return to camp for breakfast. Leave the camp and board your coach to return to the 21st century and your ship at the pier in Aqaba.
Due to this tour’s popularity, exclusivity, and strict booking conditions, tour bookings must be confirmed 60 days prior to the actual call to Aqaba with no cancellations allowed thereafter.
The 4x4 vehicles are provided by a charity to assist the local Bedouin people. The vehicles are not air-conditioned and their condition is very basic. Ride will be bumpy. Pregnant women and guests with back or neck conditions are not allowed to participate. Waiver must be signed and medical conditions disclosed. Not advisable for guests using a wheelchair. The stars are visible only at a certain time of the night.
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