Petra + Beyond
June 4-9, 2022
Join us for a six-day retreat extension in Jordan to explore the World Wonder of the unique and enchanted city of Petra, the amazing desert landscape at Wadi Rum, the impressive city of Jerash, and the modern capital of Amman!
We’ll start in Amman, Jordan’s undiscovered capital gem where we will visit a woman’s cooperative, join a cooking class and tour Jerash. Next, we’ll drive through the desert to the Rose City of Petra with Insta-worthy stops along the way to see Mont Nebo. After we spend a full day exploring Petra we’ll soak in a traditional Hammam Spa and finally, we will end our adventure in the Wadi Rum desert as we sleep in bubble tents, appropriate for the Mars-like landscape, under the stars.
Prepare to see everything Jordan has on offer with a Wander Women twist on this custom curated retreat extension tour!
The Jordan Extension takes place immediately following our Jerusalem + The West Bank Extension and prior to our Pride Extension from June 4-9th, 2022. The cost starts at $1,900.
• Five nights accommodation at luxury hotels and camps
• All transportation, tour guiding + entrance tickets
• Two meals a day
• A Jordanian cooking class
• A desert Jeep tour
• Daily yoga
• Spa day
• Visa to Jordan
• Additional meals or activities not specified in the itinerary
• Mandatory travel insurance
Subject to change, and expect surprises, but here’s the general idea.
Day 1 : It’s time to say farewell, or see you later, to our Israel Wander Women and head to the border! Once we arrive, we will stroll across, be met by our amazing tour guide for the next six days, and begin our adventure through Jordan! Our first stop is the Iraq Al-Amir Women’s Cooperative, which aims to make the women in the area financially independent. After our tour we will head to the vividly bright and contemporary W Amman, where we’ll admire the city from the rooftop pool. Before dinner we will enjoy an aerial yoga class taught by a local Jordanian teacher.
Day 2: Today will be spent exploring Amman! Look forward to discovering the citadel, the great theater, the old market, and some off-the-beaten path neighborhoods all before lunch. In the afternoon we will head to Jerash, the second major site in Jordan after Petra — today considered one of the best-preserved Roman provincial towns in the Near East. Back at the hotel we will chill out with some yin yoga and dinner before calling it a day!
Day 3: After breakfast it’s time to bid Amman farewell and head south towards Petra! Along the way we will stop at Mount Nebo, where Moses once viewed the holy land of Canaan, and where we will now view one of the best views in Jordan. Our hotel for the night is a beautiful resort compound dating from the 1800’s overlooking the Shahara Mountains. Enjoy a vinyasa flow overlooking these majestic mountains before dinner and later you will get your first peak of Petra, by the glow of candlelight.
Day 4: A morning yoga class will see us ready to take on the day — after breakfast, we will depart for a full day exploring Petra. Through the winding gorge we will find a magnificent city carved out of red rock 2,000 years ago by the Nabatean Arabs. Petra is a treasure of the ancient world, hidden behind an almost impenetrable barrier of rugged mountains, and one of the most majestic and imposing ancient sites still standing today. They made it one of the Seven World Wonders for a reason! Once we finish seeing all there is to see, we will head to a traditional Hammam Spa for an afternoon of relaxation.
Day 5: It’s time for a change of planetary scenery — we’re heading to Mars! Well, not the real Mars of course, but pretty close. We’re heading into the desert and onto Wadi Rum to stay in giant tents with panoramic views of the nights sky. Before we cuddle up for a night under the stars we will embark on a Bedouin Jeep tour to view the inscriptions, canyons and amazing rock formations known as Jebels that rise from the desert floor.
Day 6: Sunrise salutations and a guided meditation in the desert is the best way to head into our last day in Jordan. After we feast on a vast Middle Eastern breakfast we will pack up and say ma’a salama to Jordan (for now!) before heading back to the border back to Israel.
Where We’ll Stay and What We’ll Eat
While many guided trips of Jordan include accommodation in bland chain hotels, we have carefully selected accommodation that blend both comfort and culture.
In Amman we will be staying at the effortless cool W Amman which features local art installations, a swish spa and a heated pool. In Petra we will stay in the preserved archaeological site that is The Old Village Resort — all of the buildings on the site are the originals built in the 1800s and brought up to date to reflect the needs of today’ traveller. Finally, we will sleep in a Bedouin camp in our very own bubble martian tents that include private bathrooms and air conditioning.
Private rooms have one bed while shared rooms feature two twin beds unless otherwise requested. While you can of course room with a friend, if you’re traveling solo, fear not, so are many of our guests! We’ll do our best to pair you with someone we think you’ll click with — and we’ll all be one big family by the end anyway.
Every day, two meals will be included; breakfast and dinner. For the non-included meal of the day, we’ll bring you to a favorite spot where you can order at your own expense, or branch off and do your own thing. All diets can be accommodated.
Meet Your Host
On this trip you’ll be traveling with Wander Women Retreats coordinator and yoga instructor extraordinaire, Shannon Stevens. Shannon began teaching yoga in 2017, and she has a vast amount of training and practice in several methods of yoga and healing including yin, restorative, flow, pranayama and meditation. Alex and Shannon met on Koh Tao in 2015 and have been traveling the globe together ever since!
Shannon first joined the Wander Women team in 2020 and has managed multiple retreats around the globe with us in Thailand, Egypt, and The Maldives, as well as joined our behind-the-scenes team working to make magic all year-round.
Getting There + Away
This tour begins with pickup in Jerusalem, Israel, where the Jerusalem + West Bank Extension concludes, and from where you’ll be seamlessly whisked across the border. The tour concludes in Tel Aviv, Israel, where the Pride Party Extension begins! Those not joining the Pride Extension will be able to easily access Ben Gurion Airport to connect to their return flights.
A $500 deposit is required upon booking and final invoices will be sent 60 days before departure.
Don’t hesitate to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with any and all questions regarding this extension!
Who exactly will be traveling on this extension? How large will the group be?
This extension will be available to guests from Wander Women Israel: A Yoga + Adventure Retreat. If every single guest joins this extension, there will be 14 of you!
How much money will I need to bring?
For meals at the local spots we’ll bring you to, you can expect to spend roughly $15USD for lunch depending on where you go and what you order.