On the desert trail in Jordan
riding in the desert
Riding in Jordan
Taking shade
On the trail in Wadi Rum
A lone tree in the desert
Petra first glimpse
Crossing the Wadi Rum
Camping in the desert
Blue tent in the desert
Riding through Green Hills
Horses in the desert
Mountainous riding
Petra Tresury
About to set up camp
The B&B in Petra
A twin room in the Petra B&B
The dead sea resort in Jordan
Twin room at the Dead Sea Resort

Discover the ancient wonders of Jordan on this 9 day trail. You'll ride from the mountainous area of Petra to the vast sand plains and steep rock formations of Wadi Rum. Enjoy long canters on enthusiastic and forward going horses, experience camping under the stars and taste delicious local food. Accommodation is a combination of hotels and basic wilderness camping in the desert.

You'll spend the first couple of days exploring Jordan's rich cultural history by visiting the fabled city of Petra. Veiled in mystery, you can climb up to the monastery and explore the maze of colonnaded streets. After an unforgettable day and night in Petra you'll be ready to embark on your 6 day ride.

A combination of mountain riding which offers stunning views over Petra and Wadi Thugra and fast desert canters await. The riding over the next six days takes in natural rock bridges, the highest sand dunes in the desert and the 5km-long Barrah Canyon. Each evening you will make camp and watch the sun set for a completely unique experience.

Before returning home, spend a day at the Dead Sea Spa Hotel, situated on the shore of the Dead Sea: 420 meters below sea level: the hotel offers breath taking views of the world’s deepest salt lake and the surrounding mountains. Recline by the seemingly endless pool or stroll on the beach, this is the perfect place to end your holiday. Once you are fully recuperated from the 6 days of riding, it’s time to bid farewell to the cultural riches of the Middle East and return home.

Please Note: The opinions expressed in these reviews are the author's and do not necessarily reflect the views of Unicorn Trails Ltd. These reviews are "directly from the horses mouth" and unedited. Unicorn Trails may make additional comments for clarification clearly identified in red.

Review received from AS of Vienna on 05/12/2019

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Day 1
On arrival in Amman you will be met in the arrivals hall by a driver with your name on a board and transferred by private car / taxi (20 minute journey) to your hotel in Madaba; a mostly Christian town. If time allows you can visit the St. George church and the mosaics at the archaeological museum. We recommend you enjoy a traditional Jordanian dinner at a local and unique restaurant: Haret Djoudna before settling in to your hotel for the night.

Day 2
08.30 AM: transfer to Petra (3 hrs). You will be taken to the hotel or Petra B&B where you can leave your luggage. A short walk takes you to the visitor center of Petra where they scan your Jordan Pass and you start your visit via the Siq, the Treasury, the street of façades and the colonnaded street. Then you can climb up to the monastery or the high place of Sacrifice. Today you will have dinner at Petra B&B with your guide for coming days.

Day 3
08.45 AM: transfer to the starting point of the ride. In the mountains you start your adventure with great views over Petra. We always recommend wearing a riding helmet on the first day as the area is very rocky. 3 hrs of riding takes you to an area with natural springs and tree gardens with amazing views over Petra and Wadi Araba. After lunch you'll continue for another 2.5 hours via the viewpoint of Dilagha before descending down into Wadi Thugra where we camp.

Day 4
After breakfast, you'll take down your tent, brush and saddle your horse and start the days ride. You'll ride via a small Bedouin village, as the mountains become desert. After riding for around 2.5 hours you'll reach 'the 3 trees', the only shady place in this area which is where you'll stop for lunch. After lunch, you'll ride towards the village of Humayma, where you'll lead the horses across the Desert Highway into the north part of Wadi Rum, the Kharaza area. It's a two hour ride to the camp location; a beautiful U shape rock formation and sandy area. Be quick to take the saddle off your horse, he can’t wait to take a good sand-bath! It’s the perfect spot to see the moon rise over the mountains and to see a beautiful sunrise.

Day 5
After breakfast, the third day of riding begins in a stunning part of the desert, far away from the tourist areas. Today we will see natural rock bridges, the "mushroom", and inscriptions and there will be plenty of nice sandy roads for long canters. In the morning you'll ride about 2.5 hours to a shady lunch location. Again, there is plenty of time to relax, enjoy lunch, maybe take a little nap, take pictures and enjoy the scenery. After lunch you'll continue for another 2,5 to 3 hrs on endless sandy roads, perfect for long canters. In this area the sand has many colors so keep those cameras ready!

Day 6
Today you will ride via the mudflat to Um Salab where we cross into the Protected Area of Wadi Rum! In about 3 hours we ride via a stunning canyon to Um Ishrin, where we have lunch. After lunch we ride another 3 hours via the highest sand dunes in Wadi Rum and inscriptions of the Nabateans, via Laurence house to Burdah Bridge where we camp tonight.

Day 7
This morning after breakfast we ride for about 2.5 hours from Burdah Bridge to the back of Um Fruth Bridge and in this area we have our lunch. After lunch we ride in 3 hours from Um Fruth Bridge to the 5 kilometer long Barrah Canyon where we camp. Enjoy the silence...

Day 8
After breakfast we continue our ride through Barrah canyon and from there towards and through Siq Um Foos and Siq Um Atawaki where we will have the lunch. We ride about 2 to 2,5 hours this morning. After lunch you'll ride via the mud flat, where you can enjoy another good canter. This afternoon you say goodbye to your horse and to the team and transfer back to Petra. You will spend the night at a hotel where you can wash away all the dust and you will be picked up for dinner with your guide.

Day 9
8.30 AM: transfer to the Dead Sea (3 hrs). You will spend the afternoon at the 4* Dead Sea Spa Hotel, where you have access to the beach, the pools and other facilities and where you will enjoy lunch at the buffet restaurant (drinks are not included). At 5 PM: Transfer to your hotel in Madaba via the scenic Mt. Nebo road through the hills.

Day 10
Pick up 2.5 hours before the departure time of your flight.

We recommend purchasing a Jordan Pass. By buying the Jordan Pass your visa fee will be waived upon arrival so no hassle with changing money at the airport and your entry tickets to Petra and Wadi Rum are included in the price of 70 JOD (in 2019) as well. You should chose the Jordan Pass with 1-day entry to Petra for 70 JOD (Jordan Wanderer). Please be aware that you need a credit card to buy a Jordan Pass. Please PRINT your Jordan Pass so that the guide can take it to the visitor center in Wadi Rum.

Please note: All itineraries are given for your guidance only and it may be altered on the ground and in accordance with the prevailing conditions by the organising team.

Horses & Riding

You'll be riding tough, sturdy, local Arab and cross horses who are perfectly adjusted to the desert. All horses are responsive and forward going. Heights range from 1.45m-1.55m and you'll be riding in English tack. On the riding days of this tour your luggage is transported by 4X4 vehicle through the desert. You will have access to it during lunch stops and overnight. During the day you will be provided with saddle bags which have enough room for small items such as water bottles, cameras, sunscreen etc.

The riding on this trail is relaxed walking combined with long group canters and individual fast gallops where and when possible. You can expect to be riding for between 5 and 6 hours per day. You'll be in mountainous terrain on day 1 and on the morning of day 2 and will be in the desert on day 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 of the riding portion.

Rider requirements

This trail is for good intermediate to experienced riders only, you should be confident riding in open spaces and comfortable at all paces on a responsive horse. You must be physically fit enought to spend between 5-6 hours in the saddle. You must also be happy to participate in horse care and camp activities such as grooming and saddling your own horse and pitching your own tent.

Weight Limit

The weight limit for this ride is 187 lb/85 kg, please enquire if you are an experienced rider exceeding this weight.

You'll spend the first two and last two nights staying in a comfortable hotel (day 1, 2, 8 and 9) in either single or twin rooms with ensuite bathroom. You'll then spend 5 nights camping (day 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7) in single or twin tents. Mattresses are provided but you will need to bring your own sleeping bag. The camping is basic wilderness camping, there are no toilets or showers. Water, although limited, is always available and can be used for washing. Toilet paper is always available, you will be asked to burn it or to simply throw it in the rubbish bag. 

All meals are provided during the camping part of the trip and are prepared by the cook & staff. It is local food;  fresh, balanced and plentiful. You can expect a continental breakfast, lunches are usually light, consisting of salads and other local dishes. Main meals for dinner, mainly rice, chicken, vegetables, lamb and other delicious local dishes. All non-alcoholic drinks are included. Tea is always ready upon arrival at lunch and camp locations. The cool boxes have water and soft drinks (usually Pepsi, Fanta and Sprite).

Vegetarian or other dietary requirements can be accommodated with advanced notice. Please contact Unicorn Trails with requests.

Documents - Visa and Consulate Info

Please note that it is your responsibility to ensure you have the correct documentation in place for your trip. If Visa’s are required the requirements can change from year to year depending on diplomatic relations. Please request information from the appropriate Consulate in your home country. Unicorn Trails will assist with any questions you have or supply any necessary supporting documents as required by the consulate on request.

General information:

A valid passport is required for travel to Jordan. Visas are required for Non-Jordanian nationals at the time of going to print. Visitors may obtain a visa for Jordan for a fee of 40 Jordanian Dinar as of 1 April 2014 at most international ports.

In the UK the British Foreign Office gives travel advice on 0207 008 0232/0233, there is a visa information line for Jordan on 0906 550 8968.

Visit the Embassy of Jordan web site at http://www.jordanembassyus.org/ for the most current visa information.
The British Consulate in Amman is at: PO Box 87, Abdoun Amman 11118, Jordan. Tel: (6) 590 9200.

Climate Summary

Jordan has a combination of Mediterranean climate in the north and arid desert climates in the majority of the country. Average temperatures range from 12 to 25 0C with summertime highs of 40 0C in desert regions and lows to zero C at night. Average rainfall is as little as 50mm in the desert and higher in the northern hills some of which falls as snow. November to May are the best times to visit, December to February are pleasant in the day but cold at night.

Climate Chart


Although there are no compulsory vaccinations it is recommended you see your local doctor for up to date information.
Basic modern medical care and medicines are available in the principal cities of Jordan, but not necessarily in outlying areas. Most hospitals in Jordan, especially Amman, are privately owned. Doctors and hospitals often expect immediate cash payment for services.

For up to date information on specific health concerns please contact the Medical Advisors For Travellers Abroad. Their website can be found at www.masta.org.


Voltage is the same as in the UK (230V, 50Hz) and most appliances such as battery chargers for videos, hair dryers etc. can be plugged in with appropriate adapters. These are available for purchase at most airports and travel shops.

Film and Camera Equipment

There’s no possibility to recharge camera or phone during the camping portion of the ride so bring a power bank or extra batteries. The desert is very sandy and dusty, be aware this is hard going on camara equipment!

Packing List

Riding helmet
A pair of comfortable boots (Ankle boot with half legs chaps are favorite for comfort)
Comfortable riding trousers
Riding gloves (if you're used to riding with them)
Sleeping bag
Flashlight or headlamp
Personal toiletries
Sunscreen and lip balm
Mosquito repellent
Personal medications
Long sleeved, light-weight shirts and some warm clothing (nights can be cool)
Camera and spare batteries
Scarf or bandana for wind and/or dust and sand
Rain jacket (rain is possible till early May)
Bathing suit and small towel for your visit to the Dead Sea
A pair of slippers to protect your feet at the rocky Dead Sea shore


This is a 10-day / 9-night programme with set departure dates available from mid-March to end of May and mid-September to end of November.

Departure Dates

2021: 1, 10, 22 Apr; 1, 13, 22 May; 9 (FULL), 18, 30 Sept; 9 (FULL), 21, 30 Oct; 11, 20 Nov.

No single supplement payable if willing to share with someone of same sex. Should you wish to book a single room, please see supplement price below.
No of   
Riding days Product item description £
2019/2010d/9n6double pp for groups of 21,569
2019/2010d/9n6double pp for groups of 3+1,289
2019/2010d/9n6single supplement87
202110d/9n6double pp1,419
202110d/9n6single supplement98
No of   
Riding days Product item description
2019/2010d/9n6double pp for groups of 21,815
2019/2010d/9n6double pp for groups of 3+1,489
2019/2010d/9n6single supplement99
202110d/9n6double pp1,639
202110d/9n6single supplement115
No of   
Riding days Product item description $
2019/2010d/9n6double pp for groups of 22,095
2019/2010d/9n6double pp for groups of 3+1,719
2019/2010d/9n6single supplement115
202110d/9n6double pp1,895
202110d/9n6single supplement129
No of   
Riding days Product item description SEK
2019/2010d/9n6double pp for groups of 218,595
2019/2010d/9n6double pp for groups of 3+15,265
2019/2010d/9n6single supplement1,019
202110d/9n6double pp16,819
202110d/9n6single supplement1,155
Recommended Reading


-     Our Last Best Chance by King Abdullah II of Jordan

-     Leap of Faith: memoires of an unexpected life by Queen Noor

-     Married to a Bedouin by Marguerite van Geldermalsen

-     Desert Queen by Janet Wallach

-     Lawrence in Arabia by Scott Anderson​​​​​​

-     Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T.E. Lawrence


-     Lawrence of Arabia (1962-1963), by David Lean

-     Indiana Jones and the last crusade (1989), by Steven Spielberg

-     Transformers 2 : the Revenge of the fallen (2009), by Michael Bay

-     Mission to Mars (2000), by Brian de Palma

-     Prometheus (2010), by Ridley Scott

-    ​​​​​​​​​​ The Martian (2015) , by Ridley Scott

​​​​​​​-    ​​​​​​​ Aladdin (2019), by Guy Ritchie


Jordan has a great variety of wildlife, not least because it lies at the crossroads of the Mediterranean, Arabia and Africa. The deserts, which may initially look devoid of life, turn out to contain a rich flora and fauna especially adapted to the harsh environment, and there's even life in the Dead Sea – you just need a microscope to see the two species of bacteria which are known to occur.
Mosaics, rock art and frescoes paint a picture of Jordan's wildlife at a time when its significance was as a source of food and later sport. Ancient rock art in the eastern deserts depicts gazelles, ibex and ostriches, and stone corrals remain as evidence of systematic trapping by previous generations of Bedouin.

Other Information

- We recommend purchasing a Jordan Pass. By buying the Jordan Pass your visa fee will be waived upon arrival so no hassle with changing money at the airport and your entry tickets to Petra and Wadi Rum are included in the price of 70 JOD as well. You should chose the Jordan Pass with 1-day entry to Petra for 70 JOD (Jordan Wanderer) in 2019. Please be aware that you need a credit card to buy a Jordan Pass. Please PRINT your Jordan Pass so that the guide can take it to the visitor center in Wadi Rum.
- Please note when travelling in the Middle East you need to be aware that some Western familiarities can be misconstrued. To avoid any misunderstandings try to remain politely formal and dress modestly (long trousers and covered shoulders for ladies).

Other Country Information

The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan is a constitutional monarchy with a developing economy. While many aspects of Jordanian life are modern and the government is Western-oriented, Islamic ideals and beliefs provide the conservative foundation for the country's customs, laws and practices. Tourist facilities are widely available, although quality may vary depending on price and location. The local workweek for Jordanian government offices and most businesses is Saturday through Thursday.

Jordan is one of the most welcoming and hospitable countries in the world. It is a rare place where you can leave your belongings on the side of the road and still find them there when you return, or be invited into a complete strangers home to eat with their family in a completely altruistic gesture. Due to the problems associated with the Middle East tourists usually steer away from Jordan, but this fear has little basis in fact and you will find a beautiful country that is relatively trouble free.

Do be aware that Bedouin culture is wonderfully friendly however there is a fine line. Invitiations to watch the stars and the like should be regarded the care and be absolutely sure they are platonic before accepting!

Jordan is two hours ahead of GMT and they use the metric weights and measures system, so kilometres and kilograms instead of miles and pounds. There is approximately 1.6 kilometres in a mile and 2.2 pounds in a kilogram.

The international dialling code is +962.

Travel Summary

Meeting-point (getting there):
Amman Queen Alia International Airport (AMM), Jordan
2021: Return transfer from airport included in price
Flight Guide:
Return flight London to Amman from £505
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