Day 1 (27th July 2023): Arrival at Amman – Canyoneering in Wadi Mujib – Transfer to Aqaba (Lunch box)
Note: Arrival in Amman must be before 09:00am. If not possible, please arrange to arrive on the night before (cost of the extra night’s accommodation is not included in the price; in the morning, you will be picked up from your hotel to meet the rest of the team).
Upon your arrival at the airport of Amman, you will be welcomed by a Rahhalah representative and, once the whole group assembles, you will head to Wadi Mujib (approx. a 1.5-hour drive). Wadi Mujib, known from the Hebrew Bible as River Arnon, is formed by a river that enters the Dead Sea at 410 meters below sea level.
Well equipped with life-jackets, you will maneuver your way through the canyon to explore its spectacular sandstone formations. You will hike, swim, abseil, and slide through the gorge, surrounded by beauty so wild that it will take your breath away. Zig-zag ropes along the way will offer you support where needed, as the trail takes you through some mild rapids and pools of calm water. An experienced guide will always be there to help you until you reach a beautiful waterfall where you can swim, relax, and enjoy the scenery before retracing your steps to the starting point.
After a well-deserved lunch, you will head towards Aqaba (approx. a 3-4-hour drive), where you will relax for the rest of the day.
Accommodation: 4-star hotel in Aqaba.
Aqaba is a Jordanian port city on the Red Sea's Gulf of Aqaba. Inhabited since 4000 B.C., it is home to the Islamic-era Aqaba Fort and the adjacent Aqaba Archaeological Museum. Its beach-resorts are popular for windsurfing and other water sports, and the area is a top destination for scuba divers, with notable dive sites including the Yamanieh coral reef in the Aqaba Marine Park, south of the city.
After an early breakfast, you will head to the sea for a shore dive in one of the most world-renowned diving sites: the Japanese gardens. The dive site has easy access from the shore and is perfect for beginners. Diving equipment will be provided, and professional dive instructors will supervise the activity. The Red Sea’s coral reef is considered among the most diverse in the world, abundant with colorful fish and sea creatures, so prepare for a few hours of awe and amazement amidst its marine life.
After lunch, you will spend the afternoon snorkeling, relaxing by the sea, or engaging in more diving (at additional cost).
Duration of the dive: approx. 2 hrs (1 shore dive).
Maximum dive depth: 8 m for beginners according to international standards. Certified divers can dive to a depth of up to 20 m, depending on their level of experience.
Accommodation: 4-star hotel in Aqaba.
After breakfast, you will check-out and head to the Dead Sea (approx. a 3-4-hour drive).
With its dramatic landscape and the Dead Sea stretching at 400 m (1,312 ft) below sea level, the Jordan Rift Valley is one of the most spectacular places in the world and represents the lowest point on the face of the earth. The water of the Dead Sea is warm, soothing, and extremely salty – almost ten times saltier than the standard seawater – rich in chloride salts of magnesium, sodium, potassium, bromine and several others.
The mud of the Dead Sea looks like soft, dark-gray clay, and is filled with more than 35 different minerals. Enjoy your day coating yourself in this mud and basking in the sun for about an hour, until the mud dries and turns into a crust. Your beauty treatment is now almost complete: rinse off your mud mask in the Dead Sea (take care not to let the water or the mud into your eyes, nose, or mouth) and find out how soft your skin can feel.
Accommodation: 5-star resort in Dead Sea
After breakfast, you will head back to Amman (approx. a 1-hour drive). There, depending on your flight time, you may enjoy a few hours for shopping, resting, or exploring the city before heading to the airport for your departure flight back home.