JORDAN

JORDAN

 

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October 6-13, 2018

8 Days / 7 Nights

Wow Your Senses, Feed Your Soul

Jordan has delighted visitors for centuries with its world heritage sites, friendly towns and inspiring desert landscapes.

Ancient Allure

Jordan has a tradition of welcoming visitors: camel caravans plied the legendary King’s Highway transporting frankincense in exchange for spices and Nabataean tradesmen, Roman legionnaires, Muslim armies and zealous Crusaders all passed through the land, leaving behind impressive monuments. These monuments, including Roman amphitheatres, crusader castles and Christian mosaics, have fascinated subsequent travellers in search of antiquity and the origins of faith. The tradition of hospitality to visitors remains to this day.

You will not forget the weightlessness experience while floating on the Dead Sea, getting culturized with some of the best Islamic art in its setting, seeping in spirituality with the place of Jesus’s baptism at Jordan River, Mount Nebo where Moses died, and so much more. You will balance out the fulfilling and active days with pampering 5-star accommodations. 

To bring it all together and leave you refreshed, recharged, and inspired, Erica Jung, an internationally known yoga guide, spirit junkie, and world adventurer will guide you in daily practices that ask you to go deeper and create your happiness from the inside out. 

When you need to get away, do not worry about the details. Have trust that you’re experiencing the best.

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ITINERARY

Day One: Amman

  •  Fly into Amman (AMM) and get ready for adventure…

  • Our guide will meet you at the airport and escort you to our first hotel, the lavish Rotana Amman, Jordan first and tallest building centrally located in the hub of happening.

  • Leisure time to unwind, unpack, explore

  • Welcome dinner and delicious local fare

  • Say “Assalaamu ‘Alaikum” (May Peace be Upon you) to Jordan!

Sunset at the citadel

 

Day 2: Amman – Jerash – Umm Qais – Dead Sea

  •  Morning yoga to kick the travel stiffness and get us energized

  • Grab a traditional Jordanian breakfast to fuel up as we set out to explore Amman

  •  Amman, the capital of Jordan, is a fascinating city of contrasts – a unique blend of old and new, ideally situated on a hilly area between the desert and the fertile Jordan Valley with numerous ancient ruins

• Atop Jabal al-Qala’a hill, the historic Citadel includes the pillars of the Roman Temple of Hercules and the 8th-century Umayyad Palace complex, known for its grand dome.•The magnificently restored Roman Theater is a 6,000-capacity, 2nd-century stone amphitheater offering occasional events and impressive remnant of Roman Philadelphia

• Enjoy a picturesque drive through woody hills and fertile basins to our destination of Jerash

    • Conquered by General Pompey in 63 BC, it came under Roman rule and was one of the ten great Roman cities of the Decapolis League.
    • The city’s golden age came under Roman rule, during which time it was known as Gerasa, and the site is now generally acknowledged to be one of the best-preserved Roman provincial towns in the world.
    • Its architecture, religion and languages reflect a process by which two powerful    cultures meshed and coexisted – The Graeco-Roman world of the Mediterranean basin and the traditions of the Arab Orient.
  • Trek over to Umm Qais in a lush country hill over looking Golan Heights and the Sea of Galilee.

    •  Since excavations began in 1974, archaeologists have uncovered many impressive remains, including a colonnaded street, a theater, a mausoleum and a Byzantine church.
    •  The city is mentioned in the New Testament as the site where Jesus cast out demons and sent them into a herd of pigs, who then ran into the lake (Matthew 8:28-34).
    •  Enjoy stunning views overlooking the Holy Lands, a magical place to sit, meditate and connect, absorbing its deep wisdom and rich history.

 

  • Fully recharged, we take our bags to our next residence, the jaw-dropping Kempinski Hotel Ishtar Dead Sea , situated right on the famous salt lake.

  • Enjoy evening yoga so ease our worked muscles from a day of exploring ancient ruins

  • Dinner with a view at this desert oasis will be the perfect night cap.

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Day 3: Dead Sea – Mt. Nebo – Jordan River –Bethabara – Madaba

  • Rise and shine with morning yoga over looking The Dead Sea (weather pending)

    •  Jordan Valley Dead Sea, without a doubt the world’s most amazing place, the Jordan Rift Valley is a dramatic, beautiful landscape, which at the Dead Sea, is over 400m (1,312 ft.) below sea level.
    • The lowest point on the face of the earth, this vast stretch of water receives a number of incoming rivers, including the River Jordan. Once the waters reach the Dead Sea they are land-locked and have nowhere to go, so they evaporate, leaving behind a dense, rich, cocktail of salts and minerals that supply industry, agriculture and medicine with some of its finest products
    • The Dead Sea is flanked by mountains to the east and the rolling hills of Jerusalem to the west, giving it an almost other-worldly beauty. 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.
    • All of whom have luxuriated in the Dead Sea’s rich, black, stimulating mud and floated effortlessly on their backs while soaking up the water’s healthy minerals along with the gently diffused rays of the Jordanian sun.

 

  • We set out for a full day of exploration starting with Bethabara, or Bethany, the site of Jesus’s Baptism.

    • The authenticity of this site is as pure as the testimonies from the gospels, the pilgrims and travelers that have visited this cherished site. The archaeological sites discovered and the associated studies carried out recently show the remains of five churches uniquely designed and built since the 5th century as memorials of Jesus baptism.
    • Just east of the Jordan River, about 9 kilometers north of the dead sea modern explorers discovered the ruins and foundations of a large number of sandstone piers related to a Byzantine church built at the time of Emperor Anastasius (491-518 AD).
    • Situated in a pristine natural environment the site is believed to be the location where Jesus of Nazareth was baptized by John the Baptist. It features Roman and Byzantine remains including churches and chapels, a monastery, caves that have been used by hermits and pools in which baptisms were celebrated, testifying to the religious character of the place. The site is a Christian place of pilgrimage.

 

  • A short distance away is the breathtaking site of Mount Nebo, one of the most revered holy sites of Jordan, unique resonance for Jews, Christians and Muslims.

    • It is said that this is where Moses got a glimpse of the Promised Land after leading the Israelites for forty year through the wilderness and is the place where Moses was buried.
    • A small Byzantine church was built there by early Christians, which has been expanded into a vast complex where you can view the ancient structure and intricate and well preserved mosaics.

 

  • Continuing on the famed 5,000 yr old King’s Highway, a long, meandering squiggle of a road running through some of Jordan’s loveliest countryside, to our next desitination, the charming city of Madaba, know as “The City Of Mosaics.”

  • The King’s Highway is mentioned in the Old Testament: Moses was refused permission to travel on it by the king of Edom, and later the Nabateans, from their power base in Petra, used it to trade luxury goods between Arabia and Syria.

    • Madaba is especially famous for a particular set of mosaics at the church of St. George. The floor is a map of the Holy Land, crafted in exquisite detail.
  • With so much magic being experienced, its the perfect time to head back to the incredible Kempinski for an afternoon of leisure and more Dead Sea pampering, however you choose.

  • We will meet up for evening yoga and another delicious dinner to top of the wonderful day.

 

 

Day 4: Dead Sea – Dana Nature Reserve – Petra

  • Sadly we sad goodby to The Kempinski and Dead Sea and set out for Dana Nature Reserve for a hike through is stunning landscape.

    • One of Jordan’s hidden gems, the charming 15th-century stone village of Dana dangles beneath the King’s Highway on a precipice, commanding exceptional views of the valley below. That valley and the surrounding area make up the Dana Biosphere Reserve. It’s a wonderful place to escape Jordan’s cities and spend a few days hiking, enjoy some village atmosphere and look for wildlife.
    • Dana is Jordan’s largest nature reserve, covering some 320 square kilometers of spectacular mountains and wadis along the face of the Great Rift Valley.
    • From scorching sand dunes in the west to cool mountain tops in the east, the Dana Biosphere Reserve is home to a great variety of wildlife. There are plants and animals characteristic of true desert, of Mediterranean forests and of the dry plains of Russia.
  • After exploring and taking in the natural wonder, we set up our new homes for the next two night at Mövenpick Resort Petra located directly at the entrance of the historic Jordanian city of Petra.

  • Enjoy an evening session of yoga to unwind our hiking legs and get hungry for a fun evening of learning traditional Jordanian dishes at Petra Kitchen.

    • It’ll surely be a great way to impress friends back home with your new culinary skills!

 

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Day 5: Petra 

  • No snoozing today! We are up and at ’em with morning yoga.

  • After fueling ourselves up at breakfast we set off for Little Petra or Al Siq Al Barid.

• Located a few kilometers north of the Nabataean city, the former caravan resting place can be considered a suburb of Petra.

• Although el – Barid is as Petra is much smaller and has less magnificent facades, the original meaning was large: Small Petra was an important caravan rest stop on the trade route between the Mediterranean and the Red Sea – and also the largest trading center of Petra.

• Throughout the gorge there are numerous caves, niches, walls, channels and cisterns. Many stairs lead up – probably to a height sacrificial places where rites were performed.

  • Bust out your cameras! We are heading to one of the most Instagramable spots in the world, Petra!

  •  We enter this ancient city and world wonder on foot from the ease of our resort and feel just like past traders of ancient times.

• Petra, the world wonder, is without a doubt Jordan’s most valuable treasure and greatest tourist attraction. It is a vast, unique city, carved into the sheer rock face by the Nabataeans, an industrious Arab people who settled here more than 2000 years ago, turning it into an important junction for the silk, spice and other trade routes that linked China, India and southern Arabia with Egypt, Syria, Greece and Rome.

• Entrance to the city is through the Siq, a narrow gorge, over 1km in length, which is flanked on either side by soaring, 80m high cliffs. Just walking through the Siq is an experience in itself. The colors and formations of the rocks are dazzling. Make sure to grab plenty of photos!

•As you reach the end of the Siq you will catch your first glimpse of Al-Khazneh (Treasury). Although much has been written about Petra, nothing really prepares you for this amazing place. It has to be seen to be believed!

  • Our fun and engaging guide will be having us explore all of the grounds and learning all about its secrets including photos at the iconic Treasury where Indiana Jones entered to retrieve the Holy Grail.

  • Evening yoga and dinner back in our abode is the perfect way to top off a day of wonderment that words might have a hard time describing.

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Day 6: Petra – Wadi Rum

  • Test your senses and appreciate the silence. We start the morning with a silent walking meditation to the Treasury at Petra before the rush of tourists.

    • After that time in reflection its off to a morning yoga session in a private spot on the grounds that simply will have you feeling deeply connected to the vast grounds all around.
    • It very well might be one of the most memorable yoga sessions you will ever have and help put it all in perspective.
  • Quick breakfast follows our morning before continuing onto Wadi Rum a stupendous, timeless place, virtually untouched by humanity and its destructive forces.

    • A maze of monolithic rockscapes rises up from the desert floor to heights of 1,750m creating a natural challenge for serious mountaineers. Hikers can enjoy the tranquility of the boundless empty spaces and explore the canyons and water holes to discover 4000-year-old rock drawings and the many other spectacular treasures this vast wilderness holds in store.• Here, it is the weather and winds that have carved the imposing, towering skyscrapers, so elegantly described by T.E. Lawrence as “vast, echoing and God-like…”

  • Also known as ‘The Valley of the Moon’, this is the place where Prince Faisal Bin Hussein and    T.E. Lawrence based their headquarters during the Arab Revolt against the Ottomans in World War I, their exploits intrinsically woven into the history of this amazing area.

 • Wadi Rum is everything you’d expect of a quintessential desert: it is extreme in summer heat and winter cold; it is violent and moody as the sun slices through chiselled siqs (canyons) at dawn or melts the division between rock and sand at dusk; it is exacting on the Bedouin who live in it and vengeful on those who ignore its dangers.

  • We cruise through these jaw-dropping lands with a 2 hour Jeep tour through the desert to take in the full scape of the lands and see how the Bedouin live.

  • Feel like a King or Queen with a night of glamping in style, under the stars at Wadi Rum Luxury Night Camp, an unforgettable way of stripping the soul back to basics.

  • Enjoy a truly special evening of yoga and dinner in the serenity and stillness of the desert.

Sunset in desert

 

Day 7: Wadi Rum – Amman

  • Enjoy a slightly later start with a detoxing Morning Yoga flow followed by a leisurely breakfast.

  •  There is free time to book an optional camel ride in the desert or just kick back and relax.

  • We head back to Amman a final official city tour and for some free time to hunt the local markets for authentic finds.

  • For our farewell dinner, we head to visit a local Jordanian family for a traditional dinner and meeting of the minds and hearts as we experience more of Jordan’s legendary hospitality.

    • No doubt there will be lots of laughter, sharing of stories, and hilarious pop culture comparisons. It’ll be the sweetest of send offs.

Man with camels in Wadi Rum desert

 

Day 8:  Amman

  • Today we temporarily part ways until our next adventure together

  •  Morning breakfast and then transfers to the airport for the journey back home.

  • “Shukran Lak” ( Thank You) to Jordan and it’s people for an experience and warmth we will be talking about for a very long time.



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DOUBLE OCCUPANCY

STARTS AT: $3499

REGULAR RATE  $3499

DEPOSIT ($500) To reserve your spot.

     The deposit is non-refundable.

SINGLE OCCUPANCY

STARTS AT: $4399

REGULAR RATE  $4399

DEPOSIT ($500) To reserve your spot.

     The deposit is non-refundable.

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ADVENTURE YOGA RETREAT INCLUDES

All Transfers Including To And From Queen Alia International Airport (AMM)

 Entry Visa

 1-2 Daily Creative and Releasing Yoga Sessions with Erica Jung 500 E-RYT

 All Breakfasts

 5 Dinners At Top Rated Restaurants

 Jordanian Cooking Course Making Our Own Dinner

  Exceptionally led tours with English speaking guide visiting and immersing in:

 Full Day Tour of Amman

1/2 day tour of Madaba “The City Of Mosaics”

1/2 day tour of Jerash and the ruins

Travel by way of Kings Highway with stops for scenic photos

1/2 tour of UmmQais ruins and countryside

2 hour Jeep Tour of  Wadi Rum

Soak In The Dead Sea

1/2 tour of Mt. Nebo one of Jordan’s holiest of sites

Full Day Tour and Exploration of  Petra

1/2 Day Exploration and Tour of Little Petra

 Seva Trip and Lunch at HLID school for Deaf and Blind Children

 Culture expanding dinner and evening with Jordanian Family

 All Entrance Fee Tickets

 5 Star Accommodations at Rotana Hotel, Kempinski, and Mövenpick Resort

 Luxury Glamping at Wadi Rum Night Camp

WHATS NOT INCLUDED

 Airfare to/from Queen Alia International Airport (AMM)
Some lunches on excursions
Spa services
Alcoholic beverages
Gratuities to staff and guide

FAQ

IMPORTANT PAYMENT INFO

 Paid In Full and Payment Plan Options Available To Meet All Of Your Travel Needs

DEPOSIT ($500)
To reserve your spot on an Trepta Yoga LLC Retreat, please make a $500 deposit via the Book Now link found at the bottom of each retreat page on our site.
The deposit is non-refundable.

FULL PAYMENT (WITHIN 35 DAYS OF RETREAT)
When you reserve, you may either pay in full or pay the deposit. Upon receipt of your payment, our registrar will send you a Registration Form and an invoice for the balance. Full payment is due 35 days prior to the start date of the yoga retreat. You may pay with credit card, check or bank transfer.

LATE PAYMENT FEE ($150)
We must pay our tour operators in advance; therefore we must collect your full payment no later than 35 days in advance of the start of the retreat. If you do not pay in full in 35 days or more from retreat date, we will add $150 late payment fee to your invoice.

CANCELLATION POLICY
Please note that there will be no refunds or discounts for arriving late, leaving early, flight cancellations, travel delays or illness. If you cancel your participation in a retreat for any reason, the cancellation policy below will apply, with no exceptions. We wish we could compensate people for unforeseen circumstances (injury, family emergency, etc), but we have costs already incurred when reserving retreat centers and hotels. We have designed our cancellation policy to be as compassionate as possible in the case that your plans change. But to protect yourself further, we strongly encourage you to purchase travel insurance.

IF WE CANCEL THE YOGA RETREAT:
We have never had to cancel a retreat, however, if we do cancel a trip due too few participants, we will refund to you all deposits and payments you have paid. We cannot however compensate you for airfare or travel costs incurred. In the unlikely event that Trepta Yoga LCC must cancel a yoga retreat due to weather, natural disaster or political upheaval, we cannot guarantee a refund – it will be depending on receiving a refund from the venue / tour operator we work with. To cover these risks, we highly recommend you purchase travel insurance.

HOW DO I GET THERE?

What airport do i fly into ?

Our trip will start and end in Amman. Royal Jordanian has perfect flight times for our trip from JFK and ORD as they provide nonstop service from these airports. West coast peeps can connect through either ORD or JFK with American and then hop on Royal Jordanian as they have a code share agreement.

Contact us if you have any questions concerning transportation.

DO I NEED A PASSPORT OR VISA

PASSPORTS:

Definitely for those niffy stamps to show off and look worldly back home.. and well, to get in and out of countries. 

**Your passport must be valid for at least six months from date of entry into Jordan.

 VISA:

Yes, you do need a visa which is issued on arrival and included in the retreat price.

We will contact you early on to obtain all of your information to get this process going.

 

DO I NEED TRAVEL INSURANCE?

TRAVEL INSURANCE:
The best way to protect yourself from any unforeseen circumstance is to purchase trip insurance. Travel Insurance can protect you in case:
• you cancel your participation in the yoga retreat
• retreat is cancelled due to weather, natural disaster, or not enough participants to run the trip
• lost baggage
• medical expenses and the cost of repatriation should you become ill or injured

We recommend TRAVELGUARD, which offers a variety of travel insurances, including the option for a comprehensive “cancel for any reason” policy. If you cancel your retreat – for any reason – your airfare, hotel, retreat costs, etc. up until 48 hours prior to travel, will be covered. This comprehensive package is called the ” Gold Package Cancel for Any Reason” Policy”. You must contact Travelguard and purchase the policy within 15 days of buying your airline tickets or incurring any costs for any part of your travel. You can also just insure your air tickets. Travelguard can give you quotes for each scenario.

WHAT IS THE ELECTRICAL CURRENCY/OUTLET IN THAILAND?

Jordan takes a mix-and-match approach to electrical sockets. European round two- and three pin plugs along with British square three-pin plugs are all used across the country, with frequency seemingly determined only by what the electrician had to hand during installation. The standard voltage is 230 V and the standard frequency is 50 Hz.

IS THERE INTERNET ACCESS ON THE PROPERTY?

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