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Wadi Rum

Wadi Rum

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1,692 Reviews
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The Basics

There is a small fee to enter the Wadi Rum protected area. Most visitors arrive either on a tour or to stay in one of the desert camps, which range from basic to luxurious. It is also possible to hire a Bedouin 4WD driver directly on arrival.

Wadi Rum is an essential stop on most multi-day Jordan tours, some of which include a night under the desert stars. At around four hours from Amman, it’s a challenging day trip, and better approached from Aqaba—although many would argue that without a night in the desert you’re missing out. Most Wadi Rum tours explore by 4WD, although some include a short camel ride, and longer camel safaris are also possible. Adventure activities include rock climbing and sandboarding.

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2-Day Tour: Petra, Wadi Rum, and Dead Sea from Amman
2-Day Tour: Petra, Wadi Rum, and Dead Sea from Amman
$249.00 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Highly recommended
A trip recommended for everyone on a short "city break" to Jordan. You get to see all the most important landmarks in a comfortably paced 2-day trip. Everything well organised, with good communication prior to start of and during the trip. Plus the guide, Qutaibah, was very friendly and understanding, with all the answers needed!
Jakub_K, Sep 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Amman

star-5
Great experience!
Daniel_L, Jun 2021
2-Day Tour: Petra, Wadi Rum, and Dead Sea from Amman
A great tour. All must see, all Covid friendly activities. Well organized and fully packed with the best of Jordan. Our driver/guide was great, the car was clean, the locations were safe, and the schedule was flexible if need be. My review says I was solo but in reality I was linked up with another solo traveler. Having that companion certainly enhanced my experience but I wouldn't let it stop you if you get the chance and have to travel it alone. Its an experience of a lifetime!
star-5
Loved our trip!
Luis_F, Aug 2021
3-Day Private Tour from Amman: Petra, Wadi Rum, Dana, Aqaba, and Dead Sea
We loved our experience! August is a very hot month but we had an amazing time and our guide was very kind.
star-5
Great trip, a must!!!
gideon, Jul 2021
Full Day Jeep Tour - Wadi Rum Desert Highlights
We had a great trip with a great guide Bxr, young and energetic with lot of humor! Visited many surprising attractions in the desert and some nice hiking too. The tee at the sunset was a nice finalle! Thanks
star-5
Great tour
Jenna_D, Jul 2021
2-Day Tour: Petra, Wadi Rum, and Dead Sea from Amman or Madaba
Booking was easy. I spoke with them on what’s app and they answered all of my questions, even what to wear. They were very accommodating. My driver and guide was Sadeq. He was wonderful. He is very knowledgeable about the area and always willing to wait for you while you view various excursions and will take photos. I had a great time
star-5
Excellent Tour
Craig_B, May 2021
2-Day Tour: Petra, Wadi Rum, and Dead Sea from Amman
This tour was outstanding. You will not be disappointed. This was a trip of a lifetime and the memory will be everlasting.
star-5
Don't miss out on this!
JR_Pomerantz, Jul 2021
Half-Day Desert Tours | Wadi Rum Desert
I almost didn't book this tour: I was apprehensive about going into the desert in the summer, and even after I decided on that, I wasn't sure about camping. Would it be too much? We started with the one hour camel ride and then did the half-day jeep tour. This was after a four hour bus ride to get to Aqaba from Amman, and then a taxi out to Wadi Rum. (Desert Eyes arranged that for us too.) It was a long day, but worked out perfectly. We kept on saying, "we're going to sleep well tonight;" then the stars were so amazing it was tough to go to bed! We saw a few other groups while we were out in the 4x4, but my friend and I were the only two people at camp. It was a great first post-COVID excursion, and I'm glad I chose this one instead of the glamping. I suppose I do want to sleep in a bubble someday, but I liked the accommodations here (tiny cabin for two, exterior bathroom with plumbing/showers) and it was 25% of the bubble/glamping price. I'm so glad we went for this tour! I'd say it's one of the top tours I've done in my life...and I've been to 40+ countries. The scenery is breathtaking, the food was incredible, our guide was fantastic, so many sights to see, and the stars...wow. One night wasn't enough, really. I would go back in an instant, and I would come back to Jordan specifically for this.
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So Petra is absolutely...
Michael_C, Aug 2021
Day Tour to Petra & Wadi Rum from Amman
So Petra is absolutely amazing. You need more time to see everything, as we didn't get to the Monastery because that would have taken a few more hours honestly, which you just don't have. The guide was great for this, he explains everything and it's just really cool to see. Then Wadi Rum is super cool. So much to see here and some great places to visit. There is a sand dune that you can climb up barefoot which is crazy. The sand is soft, but it takes a little time. The jeep ride is great for this, certainly sit in the front...yes even if you are with your significant other. I've been all over the world and my guide for Wadi Rum, Yahea, is one of the nicest guys I've ever met. I think we'd be best friends if he lived in the USA near me. This guy brought me to a place not on the tour (little bridge) because I asked him about it. He then took a selfie with my wife and I to when we asked. He was awesome. You have to get him for the Wadi Rum part of your tour. It's a long day....like....long, but so completely worth it. I'd try to find a way to book an overnight at wadi rum with him if you can, we ran out of time but I'll be doing that if I go back. Our driver was a really good guy who went the extra mile for us, Muhammad. Only gripe at all to keep it from getting 5 is at Petra the horse people are super rude....like....I was shocked how unappreciative they were. The man that had us ride the donkey was really nice (that's 100% worth it on the way back from Petra) we paid and tipped him, but the men with the horses suck....and we weren't warned....avoid them at all cost. My wife almost got hurt and both trainers were really disrespectful. I felt bad for the horses if that's how these idiots act. Anyways, 100% should do this tour because it truly is amazing...I'd do it again.
star-5
Amazing Experience
Haley_H, Feb 2020
2-Day Petra, Wadi Rum and Dead Sea Tour from Amman
I chose this experience as a solo traveler to celebrate my birthday and it did not disappoint. There was no place I would’ve rather spent my night than in a Bedouin Camp in Wadi Rum. Our guide, Murad Dasan, was exceptional. He was incredibly kind, informative, and patient and it was a treat to share conversation with him. The people I was group with were fun and added to the experience. If you have any second doubts about booking this trip, don’t! It was worth every penny! :)
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One day tour to Wadi Rum
karinaloktionova, Feb 2020
One Day Private Tour: Wadi Rum From Amman
I had a day tour from Amman to Wadi Rum. I had a full VIP service. I didn’t stay in the desert overnight but if you can, definitely do it! The tour was fun, and I got to see the amazing scenery, drink Bedouin tea made on a bonfire and take millions of pictures with the help of my tour guide. It’s one of those things you can’t miss if you are in Jordan! Everyone was very professional, punctual and accommodating. Highly recommend!
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Not to miss!
alexgiacon, Feb 2020
2 Day Tour to Petra and Wadi Rum from Tel Aviv
Abdullah was an excellent guide. The whole tour was well paced with a nice balance of info (not overloading you with facts as on some tours I have been on). Wadi Rum was just a beautiful place and the Bedouin / Jordanian people were great!
star-5
Amazing trip
mariashorter, Nov 2019
One Day Petra & Wadi Rum from Aqaba
We had the most amazing trip. Our lovely driver picked us up at the hotel to drive us to Petra. We had a great guide who told us loads of interesting information about the historic city. The lunch was very good with lots of choice. Our driver then drove us to Wadi Rum for the jeep safari. Our driver was again great we took us all around the most beautiful sites and we watched the spectacular sunset. Best day and would recommend this trip to anyone. Thank you again.
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Trip to wadi rum
123Vivabc, Oct 2019
Private Full Day Trip to Wadi Rum Valley of Moon Martian Desert from Amman
Good driver very helpful, informative and eager to make our trip enjoyable. Wadi rum is fascinating with lots of history and culture

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Wadi Rum is a must-do for adventurous travelers, as well as anyone who loves photography.

  • Don’t forget a hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen.

  • A scarf is a great desert accessory to protect against wind-blown sand.

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How to Get There

Deep in the south of Jordan, Wadi Rum is about 45 minutes’ drive from Aqaba; guides and camps can generally arrange seats on the minibuses that run the route most of the year. Given that self-driving inside the protected area is only possible in a 4WD with a professional driver to supervise, many will find it easier simply to arrange a Wadi Rum tour that includes round-trip door-to-door transport.

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When to Get There

Like other deserts, Wadi Rum can be surprisingly cold on a winter’s night and searingly hot at the height of summer. The tourist peak seasons of spring and fall (mid-March to mid-May and mid-September to mid-November) are also the most convenient times to visit. It’s worth spending the night to appreciate the stillness of the desert and the brilliance of the stars.

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Wadi Rum on Film

FromLawrence of Arabia toThe Martian, Wadi Rum’s startling colors have long made it a popular film location. The area regularly stands in for Mars, and indeed for other planets: It serves as a setting forRogue One: A Star Wars Story. One desert camp, inspired byThe Martian, features domes in the style of the one Matt Damon’s character lived in during the movie.

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