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’ve ever seen. The goal for this tour is to help you get away from light polluted areas you might live in, 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.
Dates are still being finalized for 2019 and 2020.
Here is the planned itinerary for our trip to Jordan:
|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 have dinner at a local restaurant before turning in early (the last early night for a while!)||Amman|
|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.||Amman|
|3||Dana Bio Sphere Reserve||Today, we'll leave the capital city of Amman and you'll get to see Jordanian countryside en route to Feynan EcoLodge. This EcoLodge is renowned for their amenities including an on-site astronomer, who will lead us in an evening stargazing session.||Feynan EcoLodge|
|4||Petra||After a morning hike, we'll make our way from Dana to Petra. Here you'll have the chance to explore the town of Petra during the day 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.||Petra Moon Hotel|
|5||Petra, 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. Keep your eyes peeled for archaeological digs that may be ongoing! In the midday 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 stargaze on your own near camp or lay in your Martian Dome and admire the stars as you drift off.||Martian Domes at Sun City Camp|
|6||Wadi Rum, Dead Sea||Today we'll wake early to take a sunrise camel tour guided by a local Bedouin. After packing up, we'll head to the Dead Sea for a relaxing afternoon near the pool or enjoying a mud spa treatment and a float in the Dead Sea.||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.||Dead Sea|
|8||Dead Sea, Departure||Rise early for a quick dip in the Dead Sea before packing to depart our hotel and head back to the Amman International Airport for your departure.||n/a|
The cost of this tour is $2,590 per person based on double occupancy. This includes all transfers, hotels, excursions, and some meals.
If you are a solo traveler, you have two options:
- Pay a single supplement of $410 for your own rooms
- Choose to bunk with a fellow solo traveler
To reserve your spot, you will place a deposit of $500 which is fully refundable through 90 days before departure.
This tour will have a maximum of 6 guests + 2 members of the STG team and 1 driver.
We’re still finalizing the dates for 2019/2020, so click below to sign up for email updates and reminders about this trip.
We hope to see you in Jordan!
Featured photo credit: Sylvain L. via Flickr