Jordan Stars-to-Mars Tour (2020)
Experience the Middle East in a whole new light… Join fellow space tourism enthusiasts for a 7-night/8-day astronomy-focused tour to Jordan.
This beautiful Middle Eastern country is renowned for its safety and hospitality — plus some of the best stargazing you’ll ever see. The goal for this tour is to help you get away from light polluted areas, explore a new part of the world, and challenge any assumptions you have about the Middle East and what it has to offer as a destination for space tourism and more.
Over the course of the itinerary, we’ll stay at some of the best astronomy-focused accommodations in the country, plus interact with astronomy groups and guides to help us make the most of the night sky. You’ll also see some of Jordan’s top sights – the Dead Sea, Wadi Rum, and Petra – by day, making this a perfect bucket list trip for space enthusiast travelers.
|1||Arrival, Amman||Arrive in Amman and spend the remainder of the day relaxing to catch up on any jet lag you might be experiencing. In the evening, we'll meet as a group and have dinner at a local restaurant before turning in early (the last early night for a while!).||La Locanda Hotel|
|2||Jerash, Amman||On our first full day in Jordan, we'll visit the ancient Roman city of Amman and learn about the influence of the Romans on this part of the Middle East. We'll also visit the Citadel in Amman, another Roman ruin. After dinner in Amman, we'll attend a lecture with a member of the Jordanian Astronomical Society to learn more about the history of Arabic astronomy.||La Locanda Hotel|
|3||Madaba, Mount Nebo, Wadi Rum||Pick up from Amman and drive to the Christian town of Madaba, famous for|
its exquisite 6th-century mosaics. Drive to Mount Nebo where Moses looked across to the Promised Land and later died and was buried. Mt. Nebo offers a fantastic view westward, with a vista that includes the Dead Sea, the West Bank, the Jordan River, and, on a clear day, Bethlehem and Jerusalem.
In the afternoon, we'll transfer to Wadi Rum where we'll check into a traditional Bedouin camp. Leading into sunset, we'll head out on a 4x4 or jeep tour of Wadi Rum followed by a traditional dinner. At night, you can join the group for a stargazing tour with a local astronomy company, or lay in your Martian Dome and admire the stars as you drift off.
|Martian Domes at Sun City Camp|
|4||Wadi Rum, Petra||Today we'll wake early to take a sunrise camel tour guided by a local Bedouin. After packing up, we'll head to Petra. Once we arrive, you'll have the chance to explore the town of Petra during the day and relax before a local dinner. We'll then go into the Rose City, Petra, to see the famous Monastery lit by candle and starlight during the Petra-by-Night experience.|
Optional Add-On Excursion: Stay up to one hour late in Petra to try your hand at astrophotography.
|Petra Guest House|
|5||Petra, Feynan EcoLodge||In the morning, we'll go back into the Nabataeans ruins in Petra for a short hike to see some of the famous structures by day. Keep your eyes peeled for archaeological digs that may be ongoing! After a morning hike, we'll make our way to Feynan Eco-Lodge. This EcoLodge is renowned for their amenities including an on-site astronomer, who will lead us in an evening stargazing session.||Feynan EcoLodge|
|6||Feynan, Dead Sea||After a moderate-effort morning hike, we'll make our way from Dana to the Dead Sea. There, you can enjoy a relaxing afternoon near the pool or a mud spa treatment and a float in the Dead Sea.||Holiday Inn Dead Sea|
|7||Dead Sea||On our last full day in Jordan, partake in an adventurous morning canyon hike in the Wadi Mujib – followed by a relaxing afternoon at our hotel. Watch the sunset over the Dead Sea and the stars come out before turning in.|
*Optional Day Excursion: Short Helicopter Ride above the Dead Sea ($80 per person for 12-minute flight)
|Holiday Inn Dead Sea|
|8||Dead Sea, Departure||Rise early for a quick dip in the Dead Sea before packing to depart our hotel. We'll then all head back to the Amman International Airport for your departure.||n/a|
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This tour will be Friday, December 11 to Friday, December 18, 2020.
The new moon in December will take place on December 14, 2020, making this an ideal window for stargazing and astrophotography.
Maximum Group Size: 12
- Maximum 8 guests
- Maximum 2 STG team members
- Local Jordanian driver and guide
The cost of this tour is $3,249 per person based on double occupancy. To reserve your spot, you will place a deposit of $500 which is fully refundable through 90 days before departure. The final balance will be due 90 days before departure, so you’ll have plenty of time to book flights.
If you are a solo traveler and would like to go on this tour, please contact us.
- Transfers & transportation
- All water, meals, and snacks
- All Astronomy Excursions
- Some Daytime Excursions*
- Collectible STG Jordan Patch
What’s Not Included
- Flights to/from Jordan
- Wine or alcoholic drinks
- Spa Treatments
- Optional Excursions*
*Please refer to the itinerary for included and optional excursions
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- All Wadi Rum & Martian Dome photos credit soomness via Flickr
- Petra by night credit Frode Bjorshol via Flickr