Jordan Stars-to-Mars Experience (2022)

Experience the Middle East in a whole new light… Join fellow space tourism enthusiasts for an 8-day astronomy 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 on this astronomy tour to Jordan, 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.

Itinerary

DayDateDestinationHighlightsHotel
1March 26Arrival,
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
2March 27Jerash,
Amman
On our first full day in Jordan, we’ll visit the ancient Roman city of Jerash and learn about the influence of the Romans on this part of the Middle East. We’ll then have lunch with a local Jordanian family.

In the late afternoon, we’ll have an optional excursion to the Citadel in Amman. After dinner, 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
3March 28Madaba,
Mount Nebo,
Petra
Pick up from Amman and 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.

Then we’ll travel to the town of Madaba and discover the amazing Byzantine mosaics excavated from throughout the town. Madaba is famous for its exquisite 6th-century mosaics. See the ‘Madaba Map’, the oldest preserved mosaic map of the Holy Lands.

In the afternoon, we’ll make the drive to Petra. We’ll have time to relax before heading 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 Moon Hotel
4March 29Petra,
Wadi Rum
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. Walk through the Siq and be astounded at the magnificent Treasury, the entrance guarding the ancient Nabatean city, now one of the Modern 7 Wonders of the World. Time to then explore the city further, such as Qasr Al-Bint or the Royal Tombs. Keep your eyes peeled for archaeological digs that may be ongoing!

In the afternoon, we’ll travel to Wadi Rum where we’ll check into a traditional Bedouin camp. Leading into sunset, we’ll head out on a 4×4 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.
Petra Guest House
5March 30Wadi Rum,
Feynan EcoLodge
Today we’ll wake early to take a sunrise camel tour guided by a local Bedouin. We’ll then have time for breakfast before heading out to our next destination: Feynan Eco-Lodge.

After the four-hour drive, we’ll arrive at this EcoLodge – renowned for their amenities including an on-site astronomer, who will lead us in an evening stargazing session after a short evening hike and dinner.
Feynan EcoLodge
6March 31Feynan,
Dead Sea
After breakfast start the day with one of multiple activities arranged by Feynan, offering you the chance to engage with the locals, whether it be a walk you can join or have a coffee with them, or even cook an authentic vegeterian meal.

Then 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
7April 1Dead SeaOur last full day in Jordan will give you the chance to truly unwind and achieve “vacation mode.” We’ll have the entire day at our Dead Sea Resort (unless you choose one or both of the optional day excursions).

Watch the sunset over the Dead Sea and the stars come out before turning in.

*Optional Day Excursions:
– Short Helicopter Ride above the Dead Sea ($80 per person)
– Canyon hiking in Wadi Mujib (cost TBD)
Holiday Inn Dead Sea
8April 2Dead Sea,
Departure
Rise early for a quick dip in the Dead Sea before packing to depart our hotel. Departure times will depend on your flights – each party will receive private transfer to the airport. We’ll then all head back to the Amman International Airport for your departure.n/a

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Dates

This tour will take place from Saturday, March 26 to Saturday, April 2, 2022.

The new moon in March will take place on March 31, 2022, making this an ideal window for stargazing and astrophotography!

Group Size

Maximum Group Size: 12

  • Maximum 8 guests
  • 2 STG team members
  • Local Jordanian driver and guide

Cost

This astronomy tour to Jordan costs $3,249 per person, based on double occupancy. If you are a solo traveler, please contact me to discuss your options and cost.

To reserve your spot, you will place a deposit of $500 which is fully refundable through 60 days before departure. The final balance will be due 60 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 astronomy tour to Jordan, please contact us.

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What’s Included

What’s Not Included

  • Flights to/from Jordan
  • Gratuities
  • Wine or alcoholic drinks
  • Spa Treatments
  • Souvenirs
  • Optional Excursions*

*Please refer to the itinerary for optional excursions

Astronomy tour to Jordan - Petra by Night
Photo credit: Sylvain L./Flickr

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Photo credits:

  • All Wadi Rum & Martian Dome photos credit soomness via Flickr
  • Petra by night credit Frode Bjorshol via Flickr