Active Jordan (for Teens)

Jordan has some of the most spectacular scenery in the Middle East and this tour gets you right into the heart of it, on a programme designed for active families. You will visit the highlights but also get off-the-beaten-track as you explore the country. If you have younger children with you we can modify some aspects of the itinerary to ensure that the activities are suitable. You will be accompanied throughout by specialist English-speaking guides.


  Explore Roman ruins in Jerash
  Secret tunnels in Crusader castles
  Hike down Wadi Feynan
  Visit the hidden city of Petra
  Trek through Wadi Rum Desert
  Swim in the Red Sea

11 days from £1,650 pp

Plus international flights from £400

An 11-day activity holiday in Jordan with a private English-speaking chauffeur usually costs a minimum of £6,600 based on mid-range hotels (excluding international flights)

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Active Jordan (for Teens) day-to-day itinerary

Day 1 Amman
Arrive in Amman where you will be met by a Stubborn Mule representative and transferred to your hotel.

Day 2 Jerash & Ajlun
Drive about an hour north of Amman to the Roman ruins of Jerash. These are wonderfully preserved and extremely picturesque. Make sure that you explore some of outlying areas of the site, clambering over the ruins where goats still roam. In spring the area is a riot of wildflowers.

Later, drive into the hills to visit the beautiful and little-visited fortress of Ajlun. This is not one of the most famous castles in Jordan but is all the more enjoyable because of the lack of other tourists. The views from the battlements are magnificent.

Return to Amman for the night.

Day 3 Kings Highway – Dana
This morning you will follow the King’s Highway south. This is the old route that cuts through the mountains, followed in days of old by camel caravans because of the frequent water holes. Along the way you can visit the magnificent crusader castle at Kerak, perched on a hill-top in a commanding position. Some parts of the castle are well restored but others are not and the children can pick their way over the tumbled rocks, finding hidden corridors that lead to forbidding dungeons.

Later continue through the mountains to the spectacularly beautiful Dana Nature Reserve. This is one of Jordan’s hidden gems and home to a remarkable diversity of flora and fauna. There is a beautiful tented camp where you can stay the night with incredible views over the mountains beyond.

Day 4 Dana (Wadi Feynan hike)
Rise early for a full day hike down Wadi Feynan. This is a magnificent valley that descends steeply from Dana Nature Reserve down to the Dead Sea. The mountains rise sharply on each side, the craggy cliffs dotted with occasional hardy trees and red boulders strewing the route. The route is about 15km and almost all downhill with superb views all along the way. You will be accompanied by a local guide and will stop for a simple picnic lunch. Brew a pot of tea over an open fire (as the Bedouin do) and cook some flatbreads in the flames. We can arrange for you to be accompanied by a mule which younger children can ride if they start to get tired.

Spend the night camping although there is the opportunity to upgrade to a lovely eco-lodge if you would prefer.

Day 5 Little Petra
After breakfast take the back route through the mountains to Little Petra. The journey is stunning, a remote road that carves its way through the landscape with just the occasional shepherd and a flock of goats or a lumbering camel train.

Little Petra itself is a small ‘suburb’ of Petra located a short distance away from the main city. The ruins here are on a less grand scale than Petra itself, but there are usually very few other visitors. This lends the site a unique atmosphere. It is a favourite with children and you can spend a wonderful few hours exploring the ruins and enjoying the views from a shaded spot.

Continue to Petra for the night.

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Day 6 Petra
A full day to enjoy the Nabatean ruins of Petra. The ruins are very extensive and it is great fun exploring the more remote parts of the site, clambering up to little-visited caves and following small tracks through the desert. The climb up to the monastery is highly recommended – make sure that you don’t stop at the monastery and keep going just a little further to the edge of the cliffs beyond, from where you can see across the Dead Sea to Israel.

Active families may also enjoy the climb to the ‘high point of sacrifice’, a hill near the entrance of the site where animals where sacrificed to the gods. From here you can take a back route through the ruins with few other tourists around. 

Day 7 Wadi Rum Hike
Drive to Wadi Rum, one of the most beautiful parts of Jordan. This is the land of Lawrence of Arabia, an endless desert plain punctuated by vast outcroppings of rock. These have been carved by the wind into strange shapes that look as if they have been chiselled by hand, and huge drifts of sand have blown against them to create enormous dunes.

This afternoon you will venture out into the desert by 4WD. Stop to climb a rock bridge and follow a short river trail through a narrow cleft in one of the cliff faces.

This evening you will stay in a Bedouin camp. Congregate around the fire in the evening for a well-deserved feast under a blanket of stars.

Day 8 Aqaba
Rise early to watch the sunrise over the desert and perhaps take a camel ride. After a hearty breakfast you will take a hike into the desert, through Makharas canyon to the valley of Um Ishrin. The landscape is extraordinary, the huge expanse of desert stretching in all directions.

Later you will drive to the Red Sea town of Aqaba for two nights relaxation on the beach.

Day 9 Aqaba
A free day to relax on the beach. If you are still keen for action, you could take a snorkelling excursion on the Red Sea to enjoy the brightly coloured marine life.

Day 10 Aqaba – Dead Sea
This morning you will head to the Dead Sea for your final night. This is the lowest place on earth and the children will enjoy wading into the warm water and bobbing up to the surface. It is impossible to swim, the waters are so buoyant that you can’t keep your legs under the water for longer than a few seconds. Lie on your back and enjoy the strange sensation! You can also give your skin a boost by covering it in thick gloopy mineral-rich mud; this is said to make your skin beautifully smooth.

Day 11 Airport
Transfer to the airport for your flight home.


Call us and we will be happy to provide you with a free-of-charge no obligation itinerary and quotation designed for you.

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