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Wadi Rum

The largest and most magnificent of Jordan’s desert landscapes, Wadi Rum is a protected area covering 720 square kilometres of dramatic desert wilderness.

Huge mountains of sandstone and granite emerge, sheer-sided, from wide sandy valleys to reach heights of 1700 metres and more. Narrow canyons and fissures cut deep into the mountains many of which conceal ancient rock drawings etched by the peoples of the desert over millennia.

Bedouin tribes still live among the mountains of Rum and their large goat-hair tents are a special feature of the landscape. Although perhaps not as peaceful and unspoilt as it once was, due to an increase in campsites and visitors, the area still offers challenging climbs, colourful hills and canyons for trekking on foot, on horseback or by camel. In the springtime, an explosion of 2,000 species of wildflower is a sight to behold. It is also famous as the location where T E Lawrence spent much of his time and where he wrote his famous Seven Pillars of Wisdom.

Experiences

What do you really love doing? We curate your itinerary especially for you.

4×4 Adventure

Explore the canyons, cliffs and caves of Wadi Rum on foot, by camel or 4WD.

Suggested Holiday Idea

Stay with a Bedouin family

Take tea with a nomadic Bedouin family under the shelter of their goat hair tent.

Suggested Holiday Idea

Wadi Rum Rock Art

Discover 4,000-year-old rock art.

Hot Air Balloon Experience

Take to the skies by hot air balloon for a bird’s eye view of the desert.

Suggested Holiday Idea

Wadi Rum Camping

Camp out in Wadi Rum beside T. E. Lawrence’s Seven Pillars.

Suggested Holiday Idea

Kempinski Hotel Aqaba, Aqaba, Jordan
Kempinski Hotel Aqaba, Aqaba, Jordan
Kempinski Hotel Aqaba, Aqaba, Jordan
Kempinski Hotel Aqaba, Aqaba, Jordan
Bedroom, Kempinski Hotel Aqaba, Aqaba, Jordan
Kempinski Hotel Aqaba, Aqaba, Jordan
Kempinski Hotel Aqaba, Aqaba, Jordan
Kempinski Hotel Aqaba, Aqaba, Jordan

Kempinski Hotel Aqaba

Kempinski Hotel Aqaba Red Sea occupies a wonderful location on the shores of the Red Sea and ensures it makes the most of the sea views. The 200 guestrooms are elegant and minimalistic making full use of the natural light with floor to ceiling windows and private balconies with views out to sea.

The hotel also has a choice of restaurants, a large multi-layered swimming pool, spa and plenty of activities on offer.

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Meet our experts

A passion for travel runs right through every one of our experts - meaning they're always ready with first-hand insight about their specialist countries.

Katie Benden

The excitement of travelling the world has always hugely appealed. Largely cemented from my first solo trip to Egypt and the Middle East. The crazy hustle and bustle of Cairo was a huge assault on the senses, scrambling through the claustrophobic tunnels of the Great pyramid took me out of my comfort zone and I was left humbled by the warm hospitality of the Nubian people in Aswan as we shared dinner together.

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Katie Benden was extremely professional and helpful with all aspects of the trip which was a surprise for my husband. Katie replied to emails and phone calls in a very prompt manner and provided excellent advice and guidance on travelling to Jordan.

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