Experience the exceptional beauty, rich culture, incredible warmth and intuitive hospitality of Jordan and its people. Explore the cosmopolitan city of Amman, sleep in luxury bubble tents in the desert under a blanket of stars, hike to breathtaking ruins and architectural wonders, dine with a Bedouin family, swim in the Red Sea and soak up the healing energy of the Dead Sea. Our awe-inspiring journey through Jordan offers opportunities to learn, grow and broaden our worldview while connecting with new people and cultures.
Jordan is a relatively small, semi-arid, almost landlocked country with a population of 10 million, making it the 11th most populous Arab country. It has a long and fabled history of remarkable hospitality and warmth: from camel caravans winding their way through the country, to Romans who left behind majestic monuments, to refugees from surrounding countries who recognized Jordan as the safe haven it is. The adventure we have outlined is just a snapshot of what you will experience when you join us in Jordan for this life-changing trip. Intimate, awe-inspiring, moving, carefully curated and overwhelmingly beautiful, this journey is not simply about ticking tourist destinations off a list, it is about surrendering all of your senses to a thriving and captivating culture so vastly different from our own.
And doing so with an exclusive group of women who are accomplished, diverse and courageous in their own right. This journey is about the camaraderie, connectivity and power of like-minded souls living their adventure. Together we will explore this cross-section of cultures, exceptional cuisine, staggeringly beautiful vistas and architecture and stark desert landscapes. Through this exploration, we will unlock new horizons and cultivate self-discovery – in quiet moments, alone, contemplating the vast starry sky and, together, sharing a meal or taking in experiences that transcend words. Our journey is as much about absorbing the wonder and sheer scale of Jordan’s diversity as it is learning about ourselves. These moments are what sets Millie Travels apart from other adventures. “There are more stars in the universe than grains of sand in all the beaches and deserts in the world combined. As handfuls of sand from the limitless Wadi Rum desert sift through your fingers, you cannot help but look up and be inspired…”
We always begin and end our trip in the spectacular city of Amman with its ancient monuments, exciting cross-section of cultures, Roman ruins, bustling markets, magnificent views, impressive Mosques and a Millie-favourite – exquisite local cuisine!
We will go deep in, exploring Jordan’s rich culture in Amman: Rainbow Street’s independent shops, a 6,000 seat Roman Amphitheatre that dates back to the 2nd Century AD, the beautiful blue-domed King Abdullah Mosque and an incredible ‘dine-out’ hosted by an accomplished Jordanian woman. (Millie believes in the power of connections and knowledge sharing: We curate intimate private dinners for our trip patrons to connect with change agents and thought leaders – from founders of NGOs to leading girl-bosses we admire).
We are thrilled to be collaborating with Turquoise Mountain while in Amman. Turquoise Mountain was established in 2006 by HRH The Prince of Wales to revitalize historic areas and traditional crafts and provide jobs, skills and a renewed sense of pride. In an immersive workshop experience, participants will first receive a personal briefing from the Turquoise Mountain team about its initiatives and projects in the Middle East and beyond. This will be followed by a demonstration and instruction from a Turquoise Mountain artisan who will teach us a traditional Jordanian craft.
We will travel the Desert Highway to Aqaba for an incredible coastal adventure. From the vantage point of our private sailboat, we will see the coasts of Saudi Arabia and Egypt as we explore the Red Sea. (While we are on the sea, we hope to buy fish from a local fisherman!) We will close the day with a true coastal Jordanian dining experience: preparing our fresh catch on outdoor grills in the market streets of downtown Aqaba.
Next stop is Wadi Rum, with its soaring desert landscape dotted with dramatic rock formations. The largest valley in Jordan, Wadi Rum’s red and yellow sandstone and granite mountains were sculpted by the wind, over time creating incredible natural structures like the Burdah Rock Bridge. We will experience a desert safari and enjoy a traditional family meal with a local Bedouin ‘friend of Millie’, who was born in a cave in this dramatic landscape. He has a deep passion for Wadi Rum, a place his family has called home for more than 300 years.
After this amazing adventure we will check into luxury bubble tents, sleeping under a star-filled night sky. We will spend two nights in this unearthly magical desert, also called the Valley of the Moon. We will disconnect from the outside world, witness a spectacular sunset, share fireside stories, connect with nature and go within.
After Wadi Rum, we will travel to the magnificent archeological city of Petra which is home to world-renowned rock cut architecture – beautiful soaring buildings carved into giant rose-coloured mountains. Carved to life by the Nabateans more than 2000 years ago, Petra is a UNESCO World Heritage site and Jordan’s top tourist destination. We have two options for our journey in Petra: a 5k hike into the city, entering through the Siq, a narrow gorge that leads to the impressive ruin, Al Khazneh (the Treasury), or, a more roundabout and exhilarating 12k hike into the city – depending on what the group decides.
We will depart Petra through the King’s Highway and check into our luxury spa accommodations at the Dead Sea. After some morning yoga, we will immerse ourselves in the healing waters of the Dead Sea, where pots of Dead Sea mud will available to apply to face and body.
Next stop is Wadi Mujib where we will embark on a hike to a stunning waterfall. From the Mujib Bridge, we will wind around a rushing river, trek past sandstone cliffs and wade through a water cave and shoulder deep waters to a gorgeous waterfall. View the world from behind a waterfall or refresh yourself under it.
Amman truly has Millie’s heart. We always like to conclude our Jordan stay in the lively, vibrant capital. Connection-building and conversation is a big part of what makes us tick. What a better way to round out our trip than with a cook and dine experience in the heart of the city. We will visit Beit Sitti, an authentic cook and dine experience established by three sisters to honour their grandmother and share with Jordanians and tourists alike their love for this beautiful country and its traditions. We will learn to prepare a traditional Arabic meal with ingredients harvested from nearby gardens and the we’ll dine on this incredible meal in the tranquility of the sisters’ home. We will also introduce Millie travel patrons to some of our favorite Amman restaurants including Sufra and to the neighbouring city of Fuheis (a charming, predominantly Christian city where figs are available to pick right off the trees).