Jordan Stars-to-Mars Tour (2023)

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

Day2023 DateDestinationHighlightsHotel
1April 15Arrival,
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
2April 16Amman, PetraOn our first full day in Jordan, we’ll visit the ancient ruins of the Citadel in Amman.

In the afternoon, we’ll make the drive to Petra, in time to arrive for dinner and the Petra-by-Night experience.
Petra Guest House
3April 17Petra, Wadi RumRise and shine early to make the hike in to see the “Lost City” of Petra by day. We’ll make the 2.5mi hike into the Basin Restaurant for lunch, then hike back out, taking in Petra’s iconic sights from a different perspective.

In the afternoon, we’ll transfer by car to Wadi Rum, where we’ll enjoy dinner before a stargazing session with Rum Sky, a local stargazing company.
Sun City Camp
4April 18Wadi RumEnjoy a full day in Wadi Rum, starting with a morning 4×4 tour to some of the desert’s most famous sights.

After lunch at our camp, you’ll have the afternoon at leisure before taking a sunset camel ride.
Petra Guest House
5April 19Wadi Rum,
Feynan EcoLodge
Today we’ll have the morning at leisure before driving to Aqaba for lunch. Here you’ll see Jordan’s one port city and the iconic beaches that draw visitors here.

We’ll then continue on to Feynan EcoLodge, which requires consolidating to an overnight bag and making the final transfer with a local Bedouin guide.

After arrival, take a sunset hike with a local guide before dinner and a stargazing session on the lodge’s rooftop.
Feynan EcoLodge
6April 20 (New Moon)Feynan,
Dead Sea
After breakfast, we’ll start the day with a local Bedouin experience – learning about the traditional way to make Jordanian coffee.

Then we’ll make our way 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 21Dead 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 the optional add-on day trip (details coming soon!).
Holiday Inn Dead Sea
8April 22Dead 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:

  • April 15-22, 2023

The New Moon during this trip will take place on April 20, 2023

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 $3,449 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

  • Transfers & transportation
  • Hotels
  • Water, meals, and snacks
  • Astronomy Excursions
  • One-off tips for drivers, porters, and others
  • Collectible STG Jordan Patch

What’s Not Included

  • Flights to/from Jordan
  • Gratuities for our Jordanian driver and guide
  • Drinks other than water
  • Spa Treatments
  • Souvenirs
  • Optional day trip on Day 7 or Tour Extension on Day 8
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