Jordan Photography Tour
Category: Travel Photography - Tour - Jordan
10 day travel photography tour of Jordan's major historic, cultural and natural sites of interest
19 - 28 SEPTEMBER 2021 from £2550
" Join me on a journey of re-discovery in my childhood home country -
Jordan - the land that first ignited my passions for travel and photography! "
Read more on my blog: Jordan Photography Tour: A Trip Down Memory Lane"
Your Jordan Photography Tour Highlights
Dana Biosphere Reserve
Aquaba Red Sea beach and/or diving extensions available
Why Go To Jordan Now?
Now is an exceptional time to join a Jordan photography tour to explore and photograph this spectacular country’s major sites.
Often attractions like Petra are overrun with tourists, but at the moment there are few other visitors to encroach on your photography and enjoyment of this world-famous and iconic site.
Autumn is also the time when a huge range of migrating birds to flock to Jordan's well protected reserves.
Jordan is currently on the UK Government Amber list – this means there are no requirements to go into a quarantine hotel on your return.
Optional Aquaba Red Sea beach or 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 unspoilt reefs of the Red Sea
Jordan Photography Tour Route
Jordan Photography Tour - Full Itinerary
Day 1: Arrive, relax or options for Madaba and the Dead Sea
Today is an arrival day, so we have not fixed a definite program as it will depend on client arrival times into Amman. Airport transfers will be organised for you, then you can relax and at the charming ‘Nebo Hotel’ (breakfast and dinner included)
Should you arrive early and wish to kickstart your tour with excursions on Day 1 we also offer these options:
Option 1: Visit Madaba Church with mosaics and sunset visit at Mt Nebo (cost not included)
In the early Byzantine church of Saint George, the Madaba Mosaic Map contains the oldest surviving original cartographic depiction of the Holy Land and especially, Jerusalem.
Option 2: Drive down to the Dead Sea in the afternoon for some salty pictures, to experience floating and maybe a spa visit
(cost not included)
Day 2: As-Salt and Jerash
The first full day of our Jordan Photography Tour begins with a visit to the spectacular roman remains at Jerash. The ruined city of Jerash is Jordan's largest and most interesting Roman site, and a major tourist drawcard, so it is a great time to visit now while tourist numbers are relatively low. The imposing ceremonial gates, colonnaded avenues, temples and theatres all show how important Jerash was as an imperial centre.
En route back to Amman we will call at the characterful town As-Salt, first inhabited during the reign of Alexander the Great. As-Salt was an important trading link between the west and the eastern desert and thus for the region's many rulers. The town was the administrative capital of Jordan during the Ottoman time, when many of its stylish honey colored local limestone buildings with long arched windows. were built .
Overnight at Nebo Hotel again..
Day 3: The Kings Highway & Crusader Forts
The Kings Highway is an ancient road that connects Syria with Aqaba and is an experience in its own right.
The route has been used for centuries by traders, pilgrims, the Roman army and muslims who used it to go on Hadjj to Mecca. It's a scenic, curvy and thus slow speed road.
Our first scheduled stop is the viewpoint for the Mujib dam, between Madaba and Kerak.
One hour further south we'll visit the Crusader castle of Kerak. Here the battles between the Franks and the Islamic armies of Saladin took place. We will also have today's lunch in Kerak.
The last two hour drive will take us to Dana Nature Reserve. The reserve covers rugged mountains of the Great Rift Valley rage at 1200 meters and plunges to the Wadi Araba desert at 200 meters. The area is home to a great variety of wildlife: a must for desert nature lovers!
Our overnight accommodation is the delightful ‘Wadi Dana Lodge’ (all meals included)
Day 4: Dana Biosphere Reserve
Wake up early to catch the sunrise and watch golden light slowly illuminate the valley, followed by breakfast in Wadi Dana lodge. Then we go for a couple of hours hike with a (birdwatching) guide in this series of mountain ridges, plateaus and desert plains.
We will search out the area's wildlife along the way: over 215 bird species frequent the reserve, including Tristram’s starling, the Palestine sunbird and raptors such as Verreaux’s and Bonelli’s eagles. Dana is also home to the largest breeding colony in the world of the Syrian Serin.
A relaxing lunch awaits us back at the lodge.
After lunch we recommend a wander around Dana village. It has been inhabited since 4000 BC and there is evidence that Paleolithic, Egyptians, Nabateans, and even the Romans were attracted by the fertile soil, the springs and the strategic location.
In the late afternoon light we offer an optional second hike, with our guide, to see more of this magnificent nature reserve and photograph during the beautiful sunset. Overnight at Wadi Dana Lodge again.
Day 5: Little Petra
Day 5 of our Jordan Photography Tour starts with breakfast in Wadi Dana Lodge. Then we take a leisurely, scenic drive further along the Kings Highway to visit picturesque Little Petra, which is a 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 will head to ‘Infinity Resort’ for lunch (breakfast and dinner included) .
Optional: picnic lunch in Little Petra to spend the afternoon in the Little Petra area too. (not included in the price)
This afternoon is free for your own activities. You may relax at the beautifully-situated Infinity Resort, with views across to Petra, explore the village of Wadi Musa, or hike in the surrounding valleys. You could even take a cookery class (not included)
We end the day together again for a traditional Jordanian dinner at Infinity Resort.
Overnight at Infinity Resort
Day 6: incredible Petra
Making an early start, we will enter Petra via the visitors centre and walk through the narrow Siq. At the end we catch a thrilling first glimpse of the Treasury. From here there are many options and Petra will easily fill day 6 of your Jordan Photography Tour with history, culture and of course photographic opportunities.
Depending on the interest and hiking ability of the group, some may 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.
Overnight at Infinity Resort again.
Day 7: Petra, with different view points for photography
After the first day our guide will advise if it is possible to 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 be sure to show us any sites we may have missed.
Our third and last overnight at Infinity Resort.
Day 8: Wadi Rum
After an early breakfast, the scenic drive to Wadi Rum awaits.
Once check-in at the Wadi Rum Nomads office in Rum village is complete, we tour around the central part of Wadi Rum. The route is optimized so that 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 9: Special day in Wadi Rum
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.
Overnight at ‘Wadi Rum Base Camp for the final time.
Day 10: Back to Amman
The final day of our Jordan Photography Tour starts with an early breakfast in Wadi Rum Base Camp. From From here we make the 4 hour drive to *Madaba or Amman airport.
*If flight schedules allow, we will lunch at the beautiful and inspiring Kawon restaurant in Madaba: a wonderful end to our Jordan Photography Tour before we leave for home.
Continue to Red Sea resort Aquaba for your dive and/or beach extension.
Birders may also wish to visit Aquaba 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.
BOOKING Your Jordan Photography Tour
Dates: 19 - 28 SEPTEMBER 2021
Rates: £2550 per person (based on two people sharing a twin/double ensuite room throughout)
Single room supplement: £250
Includes: 9 nights accommodation on a half board basis plus lunches in Wadi Rum; photographic tuition with tour leader Trai Anfield; all private transfers, private excursions and entry fees as described.
Excludes: Visa, international flights, personal insurance, gratuities.