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Overview

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 th…

Highlights

  • Canter an Arabian horse across the warm desert sands
  • Marvel at the glorious rocky pinnacles and sand dunes
  • Explore the wonders of Petra, the rose red city
  • Sleep out under a thousand stars
  • Soak your aching muscles in the Dead Sea

Essential Facts

  • 1 itinerary available
  • Max 10 riders per group
  • Average of 5 - 6 hours riding per day
  • Weight limit: 85kg / 187 lbs / 13 st 5 lbs.
    more info Please contact the office if over this weight - occasionally it is possible to take a heavier rider.

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.

Cathy from Far and Ride has been lucky enough to ride here and will be happy to answer any questions you may have.

Horses & Riding

Tack

English

Horses

The horses are a mixture of 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, enjoy working, are well cared for and a pleasure to ride.

Riding

There is 1 itinerary:

  • Petra to Wadi Rum Trail (10 Day) is a trail ride

Ages

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

Health

Fit & Healthy

Weight

85kg / 187 lbs / 13 st 5 lbs. Please contact the office if over this weight - occasionally it is possible to take a heavier rider.

Food & Accommodation

Food

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.

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 Mosaic Hotel (or similar) 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!

Itineraries

Petra to Wadi Rum Trail (10 Day) Basic / Tented accommodation.

Other 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.

Travel

There are many flights to Amman from various European hub cities. Royal Jordanian are the national airline and offer lots of options alongside other major and low cost airlines. Royal Jordanian also offer regular flights between Amman and Aqaba if you wish to extend your stay at the Red Sea.

Please bear in mind that the airlines tend to change flight times during the season and sometimes the arrival and departure times are inconvenient (midnight or the early hours). If you arrive outside of the scheduled pick-up times, then we can arrange a private transfer for a fee or you may wish to stay an extra night at the hotel so that you can arrive early and be well-rested before the ride starts - please ask. 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)

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.

Testimonials

Rebecca, April 28, 2021

We LOVED this trip. Hashem and his team were friendly, professional, organized, and gave us an amazing view into Jordanian life and culture. We cannot recommend this trip highly enough (although that is exactly what we have been doing to all our friends ever since we returned home).


Kim, April 28, 2021

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!


Kate, April 28, 2021

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.


Kara, Nov. 27, 2019

Loved the tour, it was so beyond expectations

The sunset ride in wadi rum will always have a place in my heart, truly stunning.


Itinerary & Pricing

Day 1 - Arrival - Madaba

Riding: No riding.

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. Dinner is included for arrivals before 10 pm.

Day 2 - Madaba - Petra

Riding: No riding.

After breakfast, you will be picked up from your hotel (approx 8am) by car and driven c. 3 hours to Wadi Mousa, the modern town close to the ancient city of Petra. After leaving your bags in your 3* hotel, head out to explore this ancient Nabatean city. A guided tour (2 to 3 hours) with a local English speaking guide will be organised in the late morning and the rest of the afternoon is yours to explore at your leisure.  The "Treasury" and "Monastery" are the most notable facades but the ruins are spread over a huge area with many wonderful rock carved buildings.  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 - Petra - Taybeh

Riding: 5 - 6 hours

After breakfast you are taken to meet your horses and set off for your first day of riding into the hills above Petra with wonderful views across to Djebel Haroun mountain, the highest summit in the Petra region.  The Prophet Aaron, older brother of Moses, was buried here by Moses himself.   Leaving the horses tied up, those who wish can walk up to the "High Place of Sacrifice" for the incredible view over Petra and the maze of canyons in which it is hidden.  A picnic lunch before riding on in the afternoon to camp on Taybeh mountain.  Dinner and the night in camp.

Day 4 - Taybeh - Ber Hammad

Riding: 5 - 6 hours

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 caravan cistern). Dinner and night at a mobile camp.

Day 5 - Ber Hammad - Wadi Rum

Riding: 5 - 6 hours

Breakfast in camp and then set off riding through Ber Hammad along the trail which in Nabataen and Roman ties connected Wadi Sabra and Petra.  With fit horses and fresh mountain breezes, there should be plenty of chances for exhilarating trots and canters where the going allows.   A dynamic afternoon takes you through limestone hills to the gateway of the desert "bab el Sahara" - In good weather you can see the red sandstone buttresses of Jebel Rum, the central mountain of the Wadi Rum area with its peak at 1784 meters.  Dinner and night at mobile camp.

Day 6 - Karaze Arch

Riding: 5 - 6 hours

Today you continue riding east through curious little canyons, still following the the spice trail along parts of the ancient silk road.  Pass the old village of Thogra and then dismount to lead the horses across the Desert Highway, the main road between Amman and Aqaba which continues to Saudi Arabia.  Continue east through a long valley to the lunch stop.  In the afternoon, you head eastwards again riding towards the sandstone cliffs of Wadi Rum and where you should be able to see the natural rock arch 'Karaze' before you reach tonights camp and dinner.

Day 7 - Um Ishrin Valley

Riding: 5 - 6 hours

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 with dinner.

Day 8 - Um Ishrin - Aqaba

Riding: 4 hours

You are now in the heart of Wadi Rum, after breakfast you saddle up and set off through the beautiful valley of Um Ishrin, passing by the red sand dunes in the valley of Anafishia.  You will pass the ruins of "Lawrence's house' and ride through the stunning Barrah canyon, where there are several Thamudic engravings on the cliff faces depicting camels and other animals.  Reaching the lunch stop you say goodbye to the horses and after lunch drive approx 1 hour by car to Aqaba on the Red Sea.  Dinner and night at a hotel in Aqaba.

Day 9 - The Dead Sea - Mount Nebo

Riding: No riding.

After breakfast, you will be driven to the Dead Sea, the lowest point on earth, a journey of c. 3 hours. You will enjoy a relaxing day swimming, floating & relaxing by the Dead Sea, trying a famous mud wrap if you wish!  You will make your own arrangements for lunch. In the afternoon you will be driven back towards Madaba passing Mount Nebo, with a chance to visit the church before sunset. It is from here that Moses was famously shown the promised land. Dinner and night at the Mosaic Hotel in Madaba.

Day 10 - Departure - Madaba

Riding: No riding.

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

Accommodation

First and last nights in a 3* hotel in Madaba, 1 night in a hotel in Wadi Mousa, 1 night in a hotel in Aqaba after the trail and the rest of the nights are spent in simple mobile camps along the trail route.

Experience Experienced

Strong intermediate riders and above - riders should be comfortable on fit and forward going Arabian horses at all paces, over varying terrain and for long hours. You should have a good level of personal fitness as this trail will require you to dismount and walk on foot over challenging and unlevel terrain.

Minimum group size 3
Maximum group size 10
Departure windows

May 22, 2021 - May 31, 2021

June 12, 2021 - June 21, 2021

July 10, 2021 - July 19, 2021

July 24, 2021 - Aug. 2, 2021

Aug. 7, 2021 - Aug. 16, 2021

Aug. 14, 2021 - Aug. 23, 2021

Aug. 21, 2021 - Aug. 30, 2021

Sept. 11, 2021 - Sept. 20, 2021

Sept. 18, 2021 - Sept. 27, 2021

Sept. 25, 2021 - Oct. 4, 2021

Oct. 9, 2021 - Oct. 18, 2021

Oct. 16, 2021 - Oct. 25, 2021

Oct. 23, 2021 - Nov. 1, 2021

Nov. 6, 2021 - Nov. 15, 2021

Nov. 13, 2021 - Nov. 22, 2021

Nov. 27, 2021 - Dec. 6, 2021

Dec. 18, 2021 - Dec. 27, 2021

Dec. 25, 2021 - Jan. 3, 2022

Pricing

2021
Sharing
£1525 $2125 €1790
Included All transfers during the whole tour, as described in the programme, 9 nights 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 Flights, personal travel insurance, Jordanian visa at airport, alcoholic drinks, meals not in itinerary, sleeping bags, drinks with dinners at the hotels, tips and personal expenses.

Extras

2021 - Single Supplement £133 $185 €156
Paid to Far and Ride
* Supplement is mandatory and must be paid by anyone who is in a single room.
Note: All programmes and itineraries are weather dependent; in the face of adverse, or unexpected, weather conditions reasonable attempts will be made to provide equivalent riding. All programmes are accurate at the time of writing. However, the team may adapt or modify details, whilst aiming to provide a similar experience.