JORDAN tHe SpiRit OF The Spirit of Jordan Expedition is a 8 day trip designed to give you an insight into the local Bedouin culture. You’ll be trekking in the Wadi Rum desert, following in the footsteps of the controversial and flamboyant Lawrence of Arabia. Having trailed through the desert and camped under the stars, you’ll visit the world heritage site of Petra. You’ll round off your trip with an unforgettable ‘float’ in the salt-rich Dead Sea. expeditiOn FOR SCHOOLS EXPLORE IDISCOVERISURVIVE
The Spirit of Jordan for schools The Spirit of Jordan expedition is a 8 day trip designed to give you an insight into the local Bedouin culture. You’ll be trekking in the Wadi Rum desert, following in the footsteps of the controversial and flamboyant Lawrence of Arabia. Having trailed through the desert and camped under the stars, you’ll visit the world heritage site of Petra. You’ll round off your trip with an unforgettable ‘float’ in the salt-rich Dead Sea.
JORDANtHe SpiRit OF
The Spirit of Jordan Expedition is a 8 day tripdesigned to give you an insight into the localBedouin culture.
You’ll be trekking in the Wadi Rum desert,following in the footsteps of the controversialand flamboyant Lawrence of Arabia. Havingtrailed through the desert and camped underthe stars, you’ll visit the world heritage site ofPetra.
You’ll round off your trip with an unforgettable ‘float’ in the salt-richDead Sea.
a sensationaltrekking experience
The eccentric British army officer and writer,T.E. Lawrence made Wadi Rum famous amongWesterners. In 1916 and 1917, he travelled there onseveral occasions. In 1962 Wadi Rum provided thesetting for David Lean's film, starring Peter O’Toole -Lawrence of Arabia.
Jordan is situated on the East Bank of the River Jordan. Itis bordered by Saudi Arabia to the South and East, Iraq tothe North-East, Syria to the North, and Israel andPalestine to the West.
introduction to Jordan
The Wadi Rum Desert
Wadi Rum is one of the world’s most attractive andpeaceful deserts in the world. Located to the south ofJordan, it is also known as The Valley of the Moon.
Wadi Rum is a protected area covering 720 squarekilometers of dramatic desert wilderness. Hugemountains of sandstone and granite emerge,sheer-sided, from wide sandy valleys to reach heights of1700 meters and more. Narrow canyons and fissures cutdeep into the mountains. They conceal ancient rockdrawings etched by the peoples of the desert overthousands of years.
For centuries, The Bedouin have inhabited the WadiRum region. Successive generations have maintained alifestyle of breeding camels, goats and sheep while livingin tents or in caves. They weave their tents from goat,sheep or camel wool. The Bedouin move their livestockseasonally in search of grazing areas and water. Inrecent years, most of the Bedouin have settled into aless mobile way of life. However, they retain theirtraditions of oral expression and still maintainconnections to their original nomadic lifestyle.
The expedition begins with a full day of professionalexpedition training, focussed on understanding thedesert environment.
Topics covered include:
• The dangers of the desert• First aid• Obtaining water• Making fire• Shelter building - using ponchos and rock shelters• Navigation skills - using the sun and stars, as well as aSilva compass and a GPS.
For the next 3 days, you and your team will set off on foot,heading for successive check points. Working as a team,you will use your training and navigate by compass, GPSand the lie of the land to decide on the best route. Eachday you will visit fascinating new sites -
Lawrence’s Spring: where Lawrence of Arabia reputedlypaused to refresh himself at the height of the Arab Revolt.
The Khazali Canyon: this deep, narrow fissure cut intothe side of the mountain contains numerous rockinscriptions.
Rock Bridge: a spectacular natural arch carved fromrock, with amazing views.
The Seven Pillars of Wisdom: the famous landmark, named after T.E. Lawrence’sfamous autobiography.
Sand Dunes: large area of sand piled up against the mountains. They’re fun to climb... and even more fun to come down. A little-known fact – sand dunes harbour asurprising collection of hardy and plant species.
At the end of each day, local Bedouins will welcome you to their encampments. Youwill eat their delicious tagine-style food, cooked in traditional underground ovens. You’llrelax around a desert camp fire, whilst learning about the rich Bedouin history andculture. Nights will be spent under canvas, before heading off the following day tocontinue your desert expedition. This is exploring in its purest form - following in theintrepid footsteps of Lawrence of Arabia.
Throughout the trekking phase, a professional U.K. expedition leader will be on hand todeal with any group or individual needs. Following from a distance will be a safety jeepin constant radio communications with the group leader.
trekking phase - four days in Wadi Rum
Petra is truly the jewel in Jordan’s rich cultural crown. Oneof UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites, Petra’s has 2000years of history and 800 surviving monuments.There is evidence of habitation in Petra since prehistorictimes.
This Nabataean caravan-city, situated between the RedSea and the Dead Sea was an important crossroadsbetween Arabia, Egypt and Syria-Phoenicia. Half-built,half-carved into the rock, Petra is surrounded bymountains, riddled with passages and gorges. It is one ofthe world's most famous archaeological sites, whereancient Eastern traditions blend with Hellenisticarchitecture.
You will pick a path through the steep rocky slopes andcraggy mountain tops. You will admire the temples, tombs,theatres and stairways, carved into the rock.Only then will you truly understand why Petra is known asthe 8th Wonder of the World.
That evening you will relax in a nearby luxury hotel.
A Visit to petra – one day
Within the folds of the Jordan Valley lies the Dead Sea. Itis more than 400 metres below sea level and the lowestpoint on earth. Rich in minerals that have seeped fromadjacent wadis, the Dead Sea is well known for havingexceptionally buoyant water. Many also believe that itswaters possess curative powers.
The sensation of weightlessness while swimming in theDead Sea is a novel experience – one never to beforgotten.
dead Sea – one day
DAY 1 - LOCATION AND ACTIVITYArrival to Queen Alia Airport Jordan
NOTES: Transfer to hotel in Amman by coach.
DAY 2 - LOCATION AND ACTIVITYEarly morning coach journey to Wadi Rum Bait Ali Hotel. Journey time 4 hours by
On arrival at Bait Ali hotel
Expedition training day – Your U.K expedition leader will take you through detailed
instruction, ensuring you are prepared for the adventure ahead. Topics covered are
Navigation, First Aid, ‘lost’ Procedures, Survival Shelter Building and Fire Making.
notes: Bait Ali in Wadi Rum for dinner & overnight.
DAY 3 to 5 - LOCATION AND ACTIVITYFor the next 3 days you will be living life as local Bedouin. Navigating by compass
and GPS, you will cover large open ground stopping off at Bedouin sites along route
for refreshments. The desert will vary from day to day - from large dried-up lakes to
towering rock features. One thing is for certain - you will relish the sense of solitude in
this vast expanse of desert.
Evening of the 5th night we will be back at Bait Ali hotel in Wadi Rum for dinner &
NOTES: Overnight – you’ll be sleeping in Bedouin tents and enjoying the traditional
4x4 Jeep assistance / safety vehicle with English Speaking Bedouin Guide/ driver and
paramedic Group will have several Elite Survival instructors with them.
DAY 6 - LOCATION AND ACTIVITYToday you will visit Petra. An early morning rise will be followed by a two hour coach
journey to the site.
Words cannot describe this stunning ancient city. We’ll say no more for now. Just
make sure you have your camera at the ready!
NOTES: Petra entry cost covered. Evening stay locally in a hotel near Petra.
DAY 7 - LOCATION AND ACTIVITYDead Sea visit / swim.
An early rise for the three hour coach journey to the Dead Sea. Round off your trip by
floating weightlessly in this wonderful sea. Take a mud bath and relax.
After the Dead Sea experience, there will be a one-hour coach journey to the hotel in
NOTES: Dead Sea entry fee covered. Overnight stay in Amman Hotel.
DAY 8 - LOCATION AND ACTIVITYGroup to depart from Amman – Queen Alia Airport. Depending on your flight time visit
notes: Hotel local to airport.
preparing for your expeditionElite Survival Training Expedition Leader, John Sullivan, will give detailed briefing ofthe trip. Our aim is to allow everyone the space to challenge themselves whilst enjoy-ing a personal learning journey.
SafetySafety is key to all our expeditions and activities. Centralto John’s briefing will be our safety back-up plans, riskassessments and in-country support. Elite SurvivalTraining has carried out extensive work for a number ofTV Channels, including the BBC and the NationalGeographic Channel. Testimonies from these companiesemphasise our commitment to safety and emergencyplanning.In case of emergency, we equip our staff with GPS andSatellite phones, as well as comprehensive medicalequipment.
Who is this expedition for?The Jordan Expedition for Schools is open to young people of all abilities. Someactivities will be easy to handle. Others will be more of a challenge. By the end of thetrip, you’ll enjoy a feeling like no other - the sense of achievement, personal gain andadrenaline will be second to none. Some days you will feel the heady rush ofadrenaline. On others, you’ll feel almost overwhelmed, as you complete an activity as ateam - you just won’t be able to stop smiling!This expedition is an amazing opportunity. The great thing is that it’s open to ANYONE.All that’s required is a reasonable level of fitness, a thirst for adventure and a love for apersonal challenge.
Who’s in Charge?We hand-pick our expedition leaders and our localspecialist operators. All are fully certified experts in theirfield.We provide a full back-up team of Elite Leaders, Guidesand Cooks. They’ll meet you at the end of every day,help set up camp, provide expertise and most important- make sure you end the day with a hearty meal!
Safety, Adventure, Leadershipand teamwork
These are the four pillars of every Elite SurvivalExpedition. It is our mission to ensure that youexperience the adventure of a lifetime. Above all, wewant you to arrive back home wanting more.
two points to note1. No-one will be forced to participate in any activity
2. Although unusual, there may be times when, onsafety grounds, we have to skip an activity.
tHe FACtSDuration: 8 daysWhat’s included• Meet and assist service upon arrival & departure by English speaking representative• All transfers( from Queen Alia Airport to Amman Hotel , Amman Hotel to Wadi Rum ,Wadi Rum to Petra , Petra to Amman via the Dead Sea , Amman to Queen Alia Airport)by brand new bus (Large Bus)• Entrance fees to Wadi Rum Protected Area and Natural Reserve• Entrance fees to Petra• Entrance fees at Amman Beach Resort and Spa in The Dead Sea with lunch• English Speaking Guide during Petra tour and during the transfers• 02 Night at Bait Ali in Wadi Rum with 02 breakfasts & 02 dinners• 01 Night in Petra at Al Rashid Hotel or Sharah Mountains Hotel with breakfast & dinner• 02 Night in Amman at Arena Hotel or Larsa Hotel with breakfast & dinner• 02 Nights camping in Wadi Rum which is located in the heart of the desert• 04 lunches or Packed lunches during Wadi Rum trekking (Day # 2+3+4+5)• Mineral Water During Day # 2 + 3 + 4 + 5 (bottles of Mineral Water will be providedenough) 580 - Assistance by 4x4 Jeep with English Speaking Bedouin Guide/driverduring Day # 2 + 3 + 4 + 5)• Mineral Water , Tea , Coffee , Juice during Wadi Rum are provided• All taxes and service charges applied for the hotels/camps and all services listed above
Not included• Flight Tickets• Travel Insurance• All kind of tips for the guides, driversand our team• Jordan Departure Ta(Included in the flight tickets )• Lunches/Box lunches(Except Day 2 + 3+ 4+ 5 +6)