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What’s life like for women in Jordan? You know what a hijab is, a burqa is, a niqab. You see women wearing them, perhaps on the news or in your city. But how many of these women do you know? Join this 8-day adventure in Jordan as we break the barriers of traditional tourism and discover sisterhood in this tiny desert nation. Spend a night in Wadi Rum and learn the ancient art of henna with traditional Bedouin ladies, and discover how kohl has been used for years not just as a beauty product but to protect the eyes from the harsh desert sands. Spend an afternoon at a local ladies-only beach, discover the Dead Sea, and visit stunning Petra. Learn the art of Arabic cooking in a local home with our female host, enjoy afternoon teas and gossip time with local women, and even meet a female shepherd and help milk her goats. The reason we’ve made this tour just for women is that, culturally, it’s just not possible for men to participate in a lot of the activities on this tour, and we want to offer the best opportunity possible for developing a deeper understanding of Middle Eastern women – with full respect for their traditional cultural values.
Minimum 2 people are required to book this tour.
Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 6 pm, followed by dinner at a cooking school.
Learn their stories as you cook and enjoy an authentic meal under the sisters' supervision.
Take a walking tour of Amman, starting with the citadel, Roman Odeon, and the Roman Theatre.
Then head over to Rainbow Street, the heart of Amman’s arts and shopping scene and home of the city’s best falafel.
Sit, relax and grab some lunch afterward.
Returning to Amman in the early evening, for a free evening.
Discover the Rum the way the locals do – in rather old, rickety (but reliable) jeeps operated by the local Bedouin community.
Later, grab some lunch (not included) in the small village of Rum and a browse around the excellent and informative visitors center.
This evening we learn the ancient art of henna and discover the natural kohl of the region (and how to apply it just right).
When it's all over, fall asleep under a huge expanse of stars.
After waking up in the unique surrounds of the Bedouin camp this morning, enjoy a walk around the area (the length of which will depend on your energy levels) before scaling one of the large dunes to enjoy sensational views of the surrounding area.
Spend the afternoon on a guided tour.
Back at your hotel, there's time to freshen up before joining some local ladies for dinner in their home.
This will be an informal evening, a chance to make new friends and learn the art of Arabic cooking in a home environment.
Embrace another early start as we join a local female shepherd and learn about her day-to-day life.
Afterward, enjoy a free afternoon of self-discovery as you explore Petra on your own.
Travel to the Dead Sea today (approximately 3 hours). After checking into our local hotel, we'll head for the shores of this famously salty sea that marks the lowest point on Earth.
Spend some time relaxing here and of course, snap some classic floating pictures.
Later, join the local ladies at a Dead Sea beach resort for the afternoon.
Dinner is included this evening.
Heading off at 8 am, travel to Mt Nebo (approximately 1 hour), the spot where the prophet Moses is said to have seen the ‘promised land’ and is believed to be buried.
Later, you will visit the Bani Hamida Women’s weaving project.
After lunch with the ladies here, continue to Amman and check into your hotel.
Afterward, enjoy a soak in a hamam alongside your newfound sisters, followed by a picnic dinner of local Arabic mezze.
This trip comes to an end today.
You can 'depart the accommodation at any time.
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