The amazing Petra & Wadi Rum 4-Day Photo Adventure (also an extension to our Israel itinerary) is a must see for any traveler and photographer looking to capture the ultimate in ancient history, heritage and nature. Petra itself should be on everyone’s bucket list. Wadi Rum is a stunning sandstone and red rock introduction to the Jordanian desert.
The ancient city of Petra lies half-hidden in the wind-blown landscape in southern Jordan, and is one of the world’s most treasured UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Voted by popular ballot in 2007 as one of the ‘New Seven Wonders of the World’, it has retained its magnetism even through times of strife in the wider region.
Petra was rediscovered for the world by Jean Louis Burckhardt in the 19th century. It meant he needed to go in disguise, speak in local dialect and engage the trust of surrounding tribespeople. Today visitors are welcomed both by the Bedouin who still relate to the Ancient City as home, and by the townspeople of neighboring Wadi Musa.
Wadi Rum is everything you’d expect of a quintessential desert: it is extreme in summer heat and winter cold; it is violent and moody as the sun slices through chiseled canyons at dawn or melts the division between rock and sand at dusk; it is exacting on the Bedouin who live in it and vengeful on those who ignore its dangers. For us luckily, our short visit from Aqaba offers one of the easiest and safest glimpses of the desert in the region. We’ll sleep in one of the finest luxury desert camps, yet this experience will provide us with an unforgettable way of stripping the soul back to basics.
This non-stop tour in Jordan will include a 4×4 jeep tour of Wadi Rum, where we will follow in the footsteps of Lawrence of Arabia. We’ll photograph a Nabatean Temple, Lawrence’s Spring, Sand Dunes, Khazali Canyon, Little Bridge, Um Frouth Rock Bridge, Lawrence House, Burdah Rock Bridge/Burdah Arch. After, we’ll stay in the Red Rose City of Petra. This fascinating ancient Nabatean capital once dominated the Arabian trade routes, and is a must see.
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