11 days 10 nights
Most places in Jordan offer opportunities for bird watching and with major shifts in landscape and nature within short distances, there is much diversity as you move around the country. However, there are a number of key sites for bird watching that together host a wide cross-section of the country’s breeding and migrant birds. The bird watching sites presented in this Journey ( Ajloun reserve ,Azraq Wetland reserve ,Dana reserve ,Petra , Wadi Rum & Aqaba ) are easily accessible and represent the main habitat types found in Jordan. Birds highlighted to look out for are specialties within the sites they are listed under and are relatively easily seen. Those listed under “Be one of the few to record” of er a challenge to the avid birdwatcher to spot, as they are rarer and have been reported by bird observers and anthropologists. Enjoy our Journey.
Upon arrival to Queen Alia International airport, meet our office representative who will assist you in the immigration and customs formalities. Head to your hotel in Amman. Overnight in Amman.
Breakfast. Um Qais, previously known as Gadara, was a center of Greek culture in the region during the Hellenistic and Roman periods, visit the city and enjoy its extensive ruins and enjoy its panoramic views. head to visit the ancient Roman city of Jerash, an amazing blend of Greco-Roman and Oriental influences, visit original temples, theaters, plazas, paths and colonnaded streets, all enclosed within the remaining city walls. Within the city walls have been found the remains of settlements dating from the Bronze Age, the Iron Age, the Hellenistic, Roman, Byzantine, Umayyad and Abbasid periods, which boasts an unbroken chain of human occupation dating back more than 6,500 years., continue to Ajloun castle visit, Overnight in Ajloun reserve.
Look out for: Sardinian Warbler, Short-toed Snake Eagle, Wren Be one of few to record: Seasons: Best in the Spring and Summer.
Breakfast. visit Mt. Nebo a city mentioned in the bible as the place where Moses was granted a view of the promised land that he would never enter .Next ,visit Madaba, a city known for its Byzantine and Umayyad mosaics, especially a large Byzantine-era mosaic map of the Holy Land, the famous 6th century Mosaic map , visit St. George’s Church, now a Greek Orthodox basilica, home of the enormous Madaba Mosaic Map. Overnight in Madaba.
Breakfast. Transfer to Azraq wetland reserve is a unique wetland oasis located in the heart of the semi-arid Jordanian eastern desert, one of several beautiful nature reserves managed by the RSCN. Its attractions include several natural and ancient-built pools, a seasonally flooded marshland, and a large mudflat known as Qa'a Al-Azraq. A wide variety of birds stop at the reserve each year to rest during their arduous migration routes between Asia and Africa. Some stay for the winter or breed within the protected areas of the wetland. Overight at Azraq lodge
Look out for: Passage migration and desert species including Honey Buzzard, Rufous-tailed Scrub Robin Marsh Harrier, Crane and the introduced White-cheeked Bulbul.
Seasons: All year round; Autumn, Winter and Spring for migration, including water birds, and Summer for breeders.
Breakfast. Drive to Dana Nature Reserve. is an area of staggering beauty, history, and biodiversity. The only reserve in Jordan that encompasses the four different bio-geographical zones of the country (Mediterranean, Irano-Turanian, Saharo-Arabian and Sudanian), it is a melting pot of species from Europe, Africa and Asia. Overnight in Dana reserve
Look out for: Syrian Serin, Griffon Vulture, Hume’s Owl, Palestine Sunbird, Black- eared Wheater and Woodlark .
Seasons: Spring, Summer and Autumn
Breakfast. Drive to visit the Nabatean Red Rose city of Petra, one of the 7 world wonders and a UNESCO World Heritage site. Carved in stone more than 2000 years ago Enter the city through 1KM long narrow gorge called Siq which is flanked either side by 80m high cliffs! Notice the dazzling colors and formations of the rocks. Leads directly to the Khazneh. Famous for its rock-cut architecture and water conduit system, Roman-style theatres, temples, sacrificial altars and colonnaded streets. The site flourished during Nabatean rule from the 3rd century BC to the early 2nd century AD, when it was occupied by the Roman Emperor Trajan. Petra appeared in films such as Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, overnight in Petra.
Breakfast. Transfer to Wadi Rum, known as the “Valley of the Moon” the marvelous Jordan Desert with its fascinating sand dunes. Its Rocky Mountains are distinguished by their white, yellow, red and brown colors, and their distinctive geographical formations. Explore Wadi Rum by 2 hours jeep excursion in the desert . Return to your camp. Dinner & Overnight in Wadi Rum.
Continue to Aqaba the only coastal city in Jordan, overnight in Aqaba. Overnight in Aqaba
Look out for: Sinai Rosefinch, Hooded Wheatear, Long-Legged Buzzard, Scrub Warbler,Trumpeter Finch
Seasons: Spring and Autumn.
Breakfast . Transfer to Aqaba boasts the bird observatory where you can get up close and personal with some of the 390 species of birds which reside in Jordan, or use it as an annual migratory stop. Because of its location, it receives flocks of birds coming from Europe, Asia and Africa every migration season. The flocks fly towards the observatory, which consists of an exceptional diversity of habitats critical for to attracting birds; shallow and deep waters, herbal plants, trees and green surfaces. These habitats integrate with each other to form a vibrant bird hub, especially for the waders. Develop your passion for bird-watching by paying a visit to this astounding space!
Look out for: Little Green Bee-eater, passage migration of soaring birds, Arabian Babbler, White -eyed Gull.
Seasons: Spring and Autumn.
Breakfast. Drive to the Dead Sea which sits 400 meters below sea level. The Dead Sea is one of the most incredible places in the world. It is known for the Biblical story of the destruction of Sodom and Amora, which was turned into salt. there is no living fish! The unusually warm, incredibly buoyant and mineral-rich waters have attracted visitors since ancient times, including King Herod the Great and the beautiful Egyptian Queen, Cleopatra. It is by far one of Jordan's most impressive and spectacular places to visit. Its calm shining water glowing from its scorching sun above, is known for the concentration of salt and minerals which makes it a therapeutic as well as a unique swimming experience not to be missed. Overnight at the Dead Sea
Breakfast. Drive to Queen Alia International airport for departure.