Jordan: Wonders of Wadi Rum & Petra Photography Tour
Category: Travel Photography - Tour - Jordan
7 night/ 8 day travel photography tour of Jordan's most iconic world-renowned cultural and natural sites
Dates: 11-18 March 2023
Rates: £2935 - no single supplement
"Jordan was my childhood home, and the land that first ignited my passions for travel and photography. It still inspires wonder each time I return.
These two iconic destinations make a dazzling combination and will always be high on my recommended 'must-see' list " Trai Anfield, tour leader
Read more on my blog: Jordan Photography Tour: A Trip Down Memory Lane"
Jordan Photography Tour Highlights
Petra and Little Petra: three full days, plus one night time visit to fully appreciate and photograph this phenomenal Unesco World Heritage site and its many fabulous archaeological treasures.
Wadi Rum: two full days to explore the spectacular natural architecture of this incredible desert landscape, plus two nights of astrophotography with spectacular desert foregrounds .
Aquaba Red Sea beach and/or diving extensions available
Full Jordan tour extension available: Dead Sea, Dana Biosphere Reserve, Kings Highway, Kerak, Amman, Al-Salt, Jerash, Azraq
Why Go To Jordan On This Photo Safari?
A perfect spring getaway - this is the best month to visit Wadi Rum as the weather is pleasant - not too hot - and after the winter rains there may now be springtime treats like baby camels and spring flowers in the desert too.
This tour is also timed for optimum conditions for astro photography - during our nights in Wadi Rum the sun will set at 18:46 and the half moon won't rise until
There are far fewer tourists than in the crowded peak seasons, so it is an exceptional time to explore and photograph this spectacular country’s major attractions like Petra and Wadi Rum in peace.
Direct flights from the UK to Aqaba.
Migrating birds stop over on Jordan's well-protected reserves.
Optional Full Jordan Tour or Aquaba Red Sea beach / diving extensions available. Max out the extraordinary diversity of experiences that Jordan offers: when you’ve soaked up the culture, soak up the sun or dive the reefs of the Red Sea.
Jordan Photography Tour - Full Itinerary
Day 1: Arrive, relax or options Aqaba
Please note: from the UK the easiest way to get to Aqaba is by direct Easy Jet flight from London Gatwick. When you arrive in Aqaba there is no need for a Jordanian visa as we include the 'Jordan Expert Pass' (combined visa and entry to archaeological sites) in the price of the tour and will send it to you prior to departure.
Today is an arrival day, so I have left the itinerary open for you to choose your own activities, depending on when your flight arrives. Airport transfers will be organised for you, then you can relax at the charming ‘XXX Hotel’ or explore Aqaba at your leisure.
You are also invited to an optional pre-tour introductory dinner with me and the other members of the group; a nice easy way to get to know each other and look forward to the tour and the photographic opportunities it presents. I will confirm venue and time closer to departure.
Day 2: Aqaba Bird Observatory - Little Petra/Siq al-Barid
Day 2 of our Jordan Photography Tour begins with an optional dawn visit to the Aqaba Bird Observatory. with it's rich reclaimed habitats for herons, egrets, greater flamingos, storks, pelicans, black winged stilts and Arabian babblers. The Aquaba area is also home to the white-eyed gull, which is endemic to the Red Sea.
We will return to our hotel for breakfast (included) and then hit the road for a three hour private transfer to Wadi Musa, the little town closest to Petra, and our base for the next four nights.
After checking in to Venus Hotel we have the option to grab lunch in town before heading out to the nearby archaeological site of Little Petra.
These picturesque ruins are great appetizer for Petra tomorrow. Also known as Siq al-Barid, this enclave of Petra is a wonder in its own right, with 1st century Nabatean structures carved into the sandstone canyon walls.
The Painted Biclinium, or dining area, has a Nabataean fresco on the ceiling depicting grapevines, birds and flowers, and there is also a Neolithic village just ten minutes hike from the car park here.
With our visit complete we have dinner in one of Wadi Musa's acclaimed traditional restaurants.
Day 3: Wonders of Petra - Part One "By The Front Door"
After breakfast (included) we we will transfer to the gates of Petra, entering on our first visit via the visitors centre. First we walk through the narrow Siq, and at the end catch a thrilling first glimpse of the Treasury. From here there are many options and Petra will easily fill day 3 of our Jordan Photography Tour with history, culture and of course photographic opportunities.
During our time at Petra you may wish to stay with the group and receive tuition, though I understand that some photographers may wish to explore independently at times too - if so we will arrange a meeting time to join up as a group again for lunch.
Lunch today is included, at the Basin Restaurant within the Petra complex.
Depending on the interest and walking ability of the group, some may wish to hike up to the High Place of Sacrifice. From here we have a great view over the city centre of Petra and the Royal tombs, while on the way down we visit the Garden temple, complete with advanced water cisterns, the Soldier tomb and the Lions fountain.
No visit to Petra is complete without a visit to the Great Temple and the Temple of the winged lions, and after admiring the mosaics in the ruins of the Byzantine church, we will head back towards the entrance.
Our route and timings can be adjusted in consultation with the group and guide.
Option for dinner at another of Wadi Musa's fine, authentic Jordanian Restaurants.
Overnight at Venus Hotel again.
Day 4: Free Day
Today is a free day. giving you the opportunity to visit the Petra Museum, book a review and edit session with me of your images from the tour so far, or perhaps explore Wadi Musa town or the surrounding area with a hike through Wadi Gwehir. You may even wish to return to Petra independently of the group to re-visit some of the memorable spots from your first day in the Rose City - if you're feeling adventurous you may even find some different points of view. There are plenty of choices to ensure you make best use of your time!
Day 5: Wonders of Petra Part Two: "By The Back Door" plus Petra By Night
On our second full day group visit to Petra we hike up to the Monastery via the so called back road hike. On the way up we have panoramic views to the west, over the Wadi Araba desert, though the main reward of this hike is the elevated view of the iconic Monastery.
Bird lovers with sharp eyes may also spot the Sinai Rosefinch, national bird of Jordan.
Afterwards, on the terrace of the cafe opposite the Treasury, we will simply relax and enjoy the view.
Alternatively the energetic may head up the mountain behind the coffee shop for two additional lookouts. Enjoy the “best view in the world” before descending the 800+ steps down to the Basin, which forms the end of the colonaded street.
As we make our way back to the entrance, our guide will show us any hidden gems we may have missed.
However, this does not mark the end of our Petra journey!
After a traditional Jordanian dinner in town we return to Petra after dark to experience the atmospheric Petra By Night lightshow. The journey along the Siq is now lit by candles and the Treasury becomes the host for an unforgettable sound and light experience.
We spend our fourth and last night in Wadi Musa before moving on to Wadi Rum tomorrow morning.
Day 6: Wonders of Wadi Rum: Classic Tour plus Night Photography
After an early breakfast our scenic drive to Wadi Rum awaits.
As soon as check-in at Rum village is complete, we set out with our bedouin guide to tour the most iconic sites of Wadi Rum. The route is optimized to ensure we are at the right sites at the right time for photography.
Bird lovers can once more keep an eye out for Sinai Rosefinch along with other desert specials such as hooded wheatear, trumpeter finch, sooty falcon and brown-necked raven.
Around mid-day we have a freshly prepared picnic lunch at a picturesque spot in the desert, with time to relax before the tour continues.
The last spot of the afternoon tour is in Um Sabatah where we enjoy the sunset. Then we drive to the camp for dinner and our overnight stay.
Please note: The number of sites that we visit is flexible and depends on the pace of the group.
Overnight at ‘Wadi Rum Base Camp’ (all meals included)
Day 7: Wonders of Wadi Rum: Off The Beaten Track Tour & Night Photography
Today we rise early and leave the camp well before the sunrise to tour around the lesser visited outer area of Wadi Rum. At the start of the day, we have plenty of great opportunities to capture the sunrise over Wadi Rum. Midmorning, when the sunlight gets harsher, we take a break to enjoy a picnic breakfast. Afterward, we visit more sites of beauty in this extraordinary desert landscape.
During the heat of the day, we take a lunch break followed by a siesta.
Then we continue the tour and make sure to be in superb places in the hours towards the sunset.
After sunset, we drive back to the camp where we have dinner.
With dinner over, and hopefully a clear sky above, we leave camp one more time and head to an excellent site for astro photography. With little light pollution and an amenable climate, the area is perfect for practicing Milky Way and star trails techniques. Alternatively you may wish to simply sit around a camp fire and contemplate the endless starry sky at your leisure. Overnight at ‘our Wadi Rum bedouin camp for the final time (all meals included)
Day 8: Back to Aqaba & Fly Home / Continue On A Jordanian Extension
The final day of our Jordan Photography Tour starts with an early breakfast in our Wadi Rum camp.
From here we make the 2 hour drive to Aqaba.
*If flight schedules allow, we will lunch at one of the vibrant restaurants in town, sharing our highlights of our Jordan Photography Tour before we leave for the airport and catch our international flights home.
You may prefer to stay in Aquaba for another few days to enjoy a short dive and/or beach extension.
Continue to tour Jordan - full country cultural and wildlife extensions available on request.
Includes: 7 nights accommodation, with breakfast (1 night Aqaba, 2 nights Wadi Rum, 4 nights Wadi Musa); all meals & drinks during your stay in Wadi Rum; all breakfasts plus 1 lunch and 2 evening meals in Wadi Musa; expert photographic tuition with tour leader Trai Anfield; specialist Jordanian guides throughout; all private transfers and excursions; Jordan Pass: Expert (covers visa and all archaeological sites entry fees as described), Petra by Night ticket.
Excludes: International flights, meals not specified above, personal insurance, gratuities, any additional activities.
DATES & RATES
Dates: 11 - 18 March 2023
Rates: £2935 per person
No single supplement