Explore the desert wilderness of Wadi Rum on a private day trip from Amman. Drive south to the UNESCO-listed wadi, and enjoy a 2-hour tour of the dunes, mountains, and canyons in a 4x4 with a Bedouin driver. See ancient rock inscriptions and highlights including the Hanging Arch and Khaza'ali spring, where Lawrence of Arabia reputedly washed. Tea or coffee at a Bedouin camp, round-trip private transportation, and Amman hotel pickup and drop-off included.
After early pickup from your Amman hotel, settle inside your private, air-conditioned vehicle with your private driver.
Then, admire Jordan’s rugged landscapes as you head south along the desert highway toward Wadi Rum. This UNESCO-protected wilderness lies in south Jordan, and consists of pink desert plains punctuated by mountains, cliffs, and gorges traditionally inhabited by Bedouin tribes. The wadi is also where TE Lawrence, better known as ‘Lawrence of Arabia’ fought alongside the Bedouin during World War I, and where many scenes from the 1962 movie epic, Lawrence of Arabia, were filmed.
On arrival, swap your vehicle for a 4x4 with a Bedouin driver at the wheel, and head for the Wadi Rum visitor center at the gateway to the valley.
Then, set off on a 2-hour 4x4 tour of the area. Pass the towering mountain columns called the ‘Seven Pillars’ after Lawrence’s book, and soak in the stunning, lunar-like scenery as you pass red dunes and towering granite crags.
Stop to check out natural highlights such as the Hanging Arch and Khaza'ali spring, nicknamed ‘Lawrence’s Spring.’ This natural spring gushes from a rocky hillside and is where Lawrence reputedly bathed during the 1917-1918 Arab Revolt.
Rumble along chiselled gorges and valleys, drinking in steep cliffs and rock formations, and stop to view ancient rock art and inscriptions dating back up to 12,000 years.
During your tour, relax at a Bedouin camp over a refreshing tea or coffee, and refuel with lunch (own expense) before or after your 4x4 explorations. Before taking your leave, you will also head off the main Wadi Rum tourist track to follow less-visited trails near Jordan’s border with Saudi Arabia.
After admiring the scenery of this remote area, make your return drive to Amman, ending your trip with a hotel drop-off.