Petra Trails riding holiday in Jordan - Far and Ride
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Petra Trails, Jordan





Reviews



It was a trip of a lifetime - loved it. The riding was awesome, challenging. Hashem our guide was very astute, attentive, as was his staff - all very courteous. I had a character for a horse, the equipment was in excellent condition and it was an amazing ride, never to forget. The horses were cared for, fed well and allowed to rest, just like us!! The camping was a great experience. Favourite memory - riding the horses through Petra, Wadi Rum rock climb and a day at the Dead Sea

Melinda C. (October 2015)
Absolutely fantastic. I fell in love with the country and its people. It was a great combination of breathtaking landscapes, interesting culture and history, a well-picked route and campsites, delicious food, great horses, very knowledgeable and nice guide and a fun group. A big thank you to Hashem and his team who made this trip an unforgettable experience!

Alexandra S.
Had the best time - even loved the camping! Everything about the trip was superbly organised and nothing was too much trouble. Horses are fun and forward going but safe. Scenery was incredible and food was cooked outside and was utterly delicious. Our guide Hashim clearly cared a huge amount about his horses and was a fantastic guide. Thanks as always Holly Anthony (Far and Ride) :) would very much recommend this ride.

Kate G.
A wonderful time spent in a lovely country with awesome people! Hashem and his crew were excellent hosts and guides, always making sure we were taken care of and always watching out for us. The horses were great and very well loved and cared for, and a pleasure to ride. Jordan is a beautiful, safe country and Petra and Wadi Rum are amazing places to visit.

Zebedee W.
It is a very well organised trip with all arrangements very efficient and on time. The riding was good and on different terrains. Petra was well covered and riding in the desert great fun. The trip to the Dead Sea was good fun as well. I greatly enjoyed this holiday. There are a number of memorable events. The ride into, through and ultimately out of Petra including a night in the area, the ride over the mountains to Wadi Rum and riding in the desert with amazing views and good riding. These are the longest canters I have done anywhere in the world so far (this was the 10th time I have ridden abroad using your services). The trip to the Dead Sea was also very memorable - floating easily was a great experience. The horses were amazing. They wanted to go fast all the time and when cantering they were fast but easy to control. Hashem is a great guide, he is calm and does not get flustered. He is friendly and easy to talk to. He knows what he is doing and a keeps a careful eye on the guests. These were the most efficient transfers I have done anywhere in the world. There was someone waiting for me with the visa documentation which got me through passport control rapidly.

Mark S. (2017)
I would like to thank you very much for the organization of this amazing trip! It was absolutely wonderful. Hashem, the guide, cared very good about us and his horses. So far one of the best trips in my life. I am already looking forward to the next trip with far and ride. Once again: THANK YOU!

Kim S.
The holiday was superb - well organised with all transfers, guides and pick-ups meticulously provided for. The riding was a great tour with a good itinerary and superb guide and horses. Favourite memory is galloping into Petra just after dawn!

Edward B.




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Horses



Type of horses:

Arab, Arab Cross

Nature of horses:

Forward going but reliable and fit.

Height of horses:

15 hh average

Weight limit:

85kg. Please contact the office if over this weight - occasionally it is possible to take a heavier rider.

Tack type:

English

 

Weather



 

Ride Description

This spectacular riding holiday destination in Jordan offers you a combination of international experience, local knowledge, a high standard of quality and warm hospitality. Your hosts have a great passion for this country and for horses and wish to share all its wonders and beauty in such a way that Jordan leaves an unforgettable impression in your mind and heart. Horseback is the ideal way to explore this vast yet beautiful area.

The red sands of the Wadi Rum desert were made famous by T.E.Lawrence, also known as Lawrence of Arabia. His book "Seven Pillars of Wisdom" is a biographical account of his experiences during the Arab Revolt of 1916-18 as a member of the British Forces of North Africa. The rock formations above Wadi Rum village are known as the Seven Pillars in his honour and there are a number of sites which bear his name, such as Lawrence's House and Lawrence's springs.

The ancient, red rock city of Petra is one of the modern Seven Wonders of the World and it's easy to see why. Your first glimpse of the Treasury will stay with your forever, but Petra is much larger than this well-known monument and there are many other spectacular facades carved into the canyon.

The best way to explore the sands, mountains and canyons of Jordan is on horseback and your guides provide a selection of lovely horses who are well cared for and a pleasure to ride. Some are pure Arabs from Jordan, Iraq and Syria and the rest have Arabian blood in them. They possess immense stamina and are tough and strong from living in the desert all year around. They are all well behaved and they enjoy working.

This holiday is an exhilarating combination of spectacular horse riding across the desert with the ancient Biblical and Nabatean history of the area and the chance to relax your body and soul at the Dead Sea.

See Programmes.

 

Food & Accommodation

The accommodation is based on double/twin occupancy. The hotel accommodation is usually 3* hotels and they usually have private bathrooms. Usually the first night is at the Hotel Delilah or Mosaic Hotel in Madaba. There is a night in Wadi Mousa usually in a 3* hotel - the Edom or Amra Palace

Accommodation during the horse trails is quite basic in tents on mattresses with basic washing facilities. This outside life experience is unique and in stunning surroundings. They usually use small two man pop up tents (or individual tents for those travelling alone). They provide comfortable foam mattresses but you will need to bring a sleeping bag. Just imagine - campfires by night and watching a bright sky with millions of stars!

Daily you enjoy delicious typical Arabic dishes like ‘sanniya’ (hot dish with vegetables, potatoes and chicken),‘maglouba’ (rice with spices and chicken or meat), meze (small starters such as humus, fuul, kube and tabouleh); a variety of meat and chicken; musakhan (chicken in olive oil and onion sauce roasted on Arab bread); and the Jordanian speciality mensaf (stewed lamb in a yogurt sauce served on a bed of rice). Most Arabic countries will not serve pork. Arabic unleavened bread (khobz) is eaten with almost everything. Mostly the hotels have very good buffet dinners with also European varieties of dishes.

When camping meals are often served from the traditional large communal plate or laid out on a table for you to help yourself. You then eat in traditional style on a carpet or a mat sitting cross legged on the floor.

During the horse trail breakfast will be served with bread, olive oil and sater (cumin seeds and herbs), cheese, yoghurt, boiled eggs, fresh fruits and 'chai' mint tea or coffee.

Lunches when riding will be a picnic and consist of salads, bread and either a hot (sometimes a vegetable curry) or cold dish. Dinners will be typical Arabic dishes as described above. Perhaps local fish cooked in spices, chicken and potatoes or lamb and rice served with yoghurt and bread. Dessert will be fresh fruit. Tea, coffee and mineral water are included during the horse trail. Other soft or alcoholic drinks are not included or offered so you may like to buy some duty free drink to take or buy some on arrival. At the hotels wine, beer and other drinks can be purchased at the bar. (Please note that your guides in the desert are muslim and so they do not drink alcohol).

The hotels used have restaurants offering a buffet breakfast. Dinner might be a choice from the menu or a selection of dishes served buffet style.

 

Activities

Beside the horse tours that we offer in Jordan, there are so many fantastic places to visit if you are interested in history & culture - Amman, As Salt, Jerash, Ajlun, Pella, Umm Qays, Kerak, desert castles, Mount Nebo, Madaba, Petra, Aqaba.

For those more interested in wildlife and nature- places to visit include Azraq Wetland Reserve, Shawmari Wildlife Reserve, Mujib & Dana Nature Reserve, Ajlun and Dibeen Forest Reserve, Wadi Rum.

For the daredevil and adventure lovers why not try canyoning in Wadi Mujib, hiking in the nature reserves, diving in Aqaba. Try a camel ride, jeep tours, quad biking and rock climbing or a or a balloon flight in Wadi Rum. Of course, you must visit the Dead Sea with its 4/5* luxury hotels, unique floating experience, excellent spas and heavenly treatments. Diving, snorkelling, water skiing, wind surfing, para-sailing, boat trips and fishing, are just some of the popular activities in Aqaba by the Red Sea.

As you can see Jordan is a country with a lot of variety where we can tailor make a programme for everyone's wishes.

 

Further Details

Languages: English, French and Arabic

Health requirements: Fit & Healthy

Age limit: 14 and above if accompanied by an adult and with good riding skills

Tuition: No

Included: All riding and guiding, accommodation, entrance fees to Petra, meals and beverages as indicated and the transfers at fixed times

Not included: Flights, taxes, visa at airport, alcoholic drinks, meals not in itinerary, tips, travel insurance, sleeping bags, drinks with dinners at the hotels.

 

Travel Information

There are many flights to Amman from London Heathrow and Gatwick with Emirates, BMI, Lufthansa and Royal Jordanian to name a few. Easyjet also fly out three days a week. Royal Jordanian offer regular flights between Amman and Aqaba. Please bear in mind that the airlines tend to change flight times during the season and sometimes the arrival and departure times are inconvenient.

Sometimes we will have to arrange a private transfer for a fee or you may have stay an extra night at the hotel or indeed wait to get into your room. Entry visas are required if you hold a British passport but these can be organised for you in advance of your arrival, or easily purchased at the airport itself (additional cost of 40JOD).

The meeting point for the ride is Amman and the first and last night are spent in Madaba or Amman - both are about 30 minutes from the airport.

Airport: Amman

 

Programmes


Petra to Wadi Rum Trail (10 Day)



Discover the breathtaking scenery of "Lawrence of Arabia" from the back of a beautiful Arab horse. The nature in Jordan is very diverse, breathtakingly beautiful and rugged. One of its natural wonders is a true paradise for nature lovers and horse riders. This horse ride takes you from the mountainous area of Petra to the vast sand plains and steep formations of Wadi Rum.

Day 1:

Upon arrival at Amman Airport you  will be transferred by car to the 3* hotel in the town of Madaba. Madaba is mostly a Christian town and the centre is within walking distance of the hotel. If you arrive early enough then you can visit the St. George church to admire the mosaics and enjoy a very nice Jordanian dinner at the local and unique style restaurant: Haret Jdoudna.

Day 2:

After breakfast, you will be picked up from your hotel by car and driven c. 3 hours to Petra. After leaving your bags in your 3* hotel, head out to explore this ancient Nabatean city. The rest of the day is free for you to explore at your leisure - you can spend longer within Petra or can return to your hotel to rest. Lunch is not included but you can buy this within Petra. You dine together as a group in the evening.

Breakfast and dinner included. Lunch to own account.

Day 3:

This morning you are taken to the stables to meet your horses and set off for your first day of riding. Your first two hours take you through the area of Beidha and Little Petra before heading south. After lunch, which is taken in a Bedouin tent, you ride down to the back entrance of Petra. Your ride takes you along the Roman road, passing the Roman theatre and royal tombs. Your first campsite is at Jabel Haroun where you have dinner and spend the night.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 4:

This morning you will have an early breakfast and after tacking up you will set off towards Petra. This early morning start allows you the chance to take pictures in the wonderful morning light. You will reach the famous Khasneh crossing or 'siq', the winding narrow canyon made famous in the Indiana Jones film 'The Last Crusade'. Ride up towards the Taybeh mountains with a peak of 1400 metres, where you will have a second breakfast with stunning views. Continue riding for 2-3 hours to the High Place of Sacrifice, where you stop for lunch. In the afternoon you continue riding through this spectacular natural setting until reaching your campsite where you have dinner.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 5:

After breakfast you ride from the mountain of Taybeh to the old village of Rajif, which has great views overlooking the Wadi Araba desert. Stop for lunch in the shade of a garden. After lunch you continue riding along the Silk Road which was used by caravans of traders to exchange their produce. There are opportunities for long canters across the plains in the direction of Ber Hammad (an old Nabatean caraven cistern).  Dinner and night is at the camp.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 6:

After breakfast, ride through Beer Hammad where the old caravan road of the Nabatean and Roman times connects with Wadi Sabra and Petra. You will pass the village of old Thogra and then, dismounting your horses, lead them across the Desert Highway, the main road between Amman and Aqaba which continues to Saudi Arabia. You will ride east through a long valley to the lunch stop.  In the afternoon you will continue riding eastwards towards the sandstone cliffs of Wadi Rum where you will see the natural rock arch 'Karaze' before reaching camp. Dinner and night is in the camp again.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 7:

Breakfast in camp and mount up to ride beneath the majestic sandstone cliffs, seeing famous inscriptions made by the Thamudic and Nabatean people centuries ago. Continue riding south east towards the agricultural village of Chakria stopping for lunch on the edge of the famous mud flats. Ride up to the French fortress which is well maintained and situated in one of Jordan's most beautiful desert landscapes which is rarely visited by tourists. In the afternoon you will continue riding through stunning canyons and out onto the mud flats which are perfect for long exhilarating canters. Eventually you arrive at Wadi Um Ishrin, a large valley next to Jabel Um Ishrin, with beautiful sand dunes. Overnight in Um Ishrin valley in your camp.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 8:

Now you are in the Wadi Rum reserve. You will set off through the beautiful red sand valley of Um Ishrin where there are several famous Thamudic engravings on the cliff faces depicting camels and other animals. You will ride through the Um Ishrin area passing by the red sand dunes of the Valley of Anafishia and Lawrence's house. Continue riding towards the Disi area, through Al-Barra canyon - a valley between high mountains. Here you say goodbye to the horses and are transferred by car back to Madaba and your 3* hotel.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 9:

After breakfast, you will be driven to the Dead Sea, the lowest point on earth. You will enjoy a relaxing day at the Dead Sea with time to swim, float and relax. You will make your own arrangements for lunch.  In the afternoon you will be driven back to Madaba via Mount Nebo (site only, as the church is closed for renovations). It is from here that Moses was famously shown the promised land. Dinner and overnight in Madaba hotel.

Breakfast and dinner included. Lunch to own account.

Day 10:

After breakfast you will be transferred to the Airport for your journey home.

Please note this itinerary may vary as desert conditions can be unpredictable and it may be necessary to alter the programme. Your guide will organise the best itinerary to suit the local conditions.



Minimum group size: 3
Maximum group size: 10
Ability description: Confident intermediate and above, able to ride a forward-going horse at all paces and for long hours. You should be fairly fit.
Type of ride: Trail
Total riding time: 10 day tour with 6 days riding (5-6 hours riding per day)
Departure dates: 2017: 14-23 January; 4-13, 18-27 February; 4-13, 18-27 March; 1-10, 8-17, 15-24 April; 22 April-1 May; 6-15 May; 24 May-2 June; 3-12 June; 8-17*, 22-31 July*; 12-21 August*; 9-18 September*; 23 September-1 October; 7-16, 21-30 October; 28 October-6 November; 11-20 November; 25 November-4 December; 16-25 December**; 27 December-5 January 2018**.
 
Pricing: 2017:

£1585 per person based on double room accommodation
Single Supplement: £146

**Supplement for Christmas/New Year rides: £89
*Discount for rides in July/August: - £89

Price includes:
All transfers during the whole tour, as described in the programme, accommodation, 6 days of horse riding from Petra to and in Wadi Rum, (5-6 hours per day), including meals as stated in itinerary, water (bottles), tea, soft drinks, camping (tents & mattresses), guide, driver/chef, luggage transport, transfer to the Dead Sea.

Not included:
Visa at the airport per person, meals not mentioned in the program, all other beverages not mentioned in the program, alcoholic beverages during the horse tour, tips for the guide(s)/driver, restaurants, etc, sleeping bag for camping during the horse tour, flights and travel insurance.