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Jordan Photography Holiday

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Embark on a Middle Eastern adventure and enjoy a photography holiday in Jordan. Explore the dynamic capital city of Amman, see ancient Roman architecture in Jerash, take a jeep ride through the incredible Wadi Rum and discover Petra, a stunning UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. Jordan is a dream destination for any photographer and is the perfect place to learn and develop your documentary, street and landscape and dusk/night-time photography skills.

This tour is provided in association with Dublin Photography School and is suitable for anyone seeking to develop their digital photography skills, from beginner to advanced.

Stewart Kenny, an award winning fine art landscape photographer plus an additional tutor from Dublin Photography School will accompany the group, offering tutorials, demonstrations, photography tips as well as unique and spectacular photographic opportunities. 

Dublin Photography School offer a special €85 price onto their Travel Photography Workshop for anyone who books this trip. 

 

 

Practical Information for this holiday

Currency
Jordanian Dinar (JOD)
Local Time
GMT +3 hours
Passport
A valid passport is required for this holiday and it must be valid for at least six months beyond the date of arrival. Holders of an Irish or UK passport can obtain entry permits upon arrival in Jordan. Non Irish & UK citizens should check requirements.
Airport
Amman.
Climate

The climate is pleasantly temperate.  Summers are hot and dry.

Food & Drink

Jordan is a relatively inexpensive place to travel, and eating out is reasonably priced. Falafal and schwarma meals are particularly cheap and tasty. 

Dress Code

As Jordan and the surrounding countries are rather conservative, it is advised for women to carry a shawl or pashmina with them, as you may be advised to cover up for certain destinations. For both men and women, showing an abundance of skin is not advised. 

Vaccinations
Vaccinations may be required before your departure - please consult with your GP or Tropical Medical Bureau.
Average Prices for Region
  • Coffee: 2.90JOD
  • Beer: 3.75JOD
  • Glass of wine: 3.50JOD
  • Light Meal: 4.65JOD
  • Soft Drink: 0.40JOD
  • Bottled Water: 0.30JOD
Packing List
  • A continental plug adaptor
  • Sun cream and sun hat
  • A small backpack
  • A light coat
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Shawl or pashmina
  • Camera
Recommended Reading

Forbidden Love by Norma Khouri

Appointment with Death by Agatha Christie

Holiday highlights

Amman

Built on a series of hills between the desert and the fertile Jordan Valley, the capital city of Amman is a unique blend of ancient and modern. It is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world, and its ancient past can be seen everywhere, from its Roman ruins and amphitheatre to the Citadel that sits on the city’s highest hill with a history spanning some 7000 years. Meanwhile, Amman’s commercial area is a hub of modernity full of new buildings and hotels, the leafy suburbs boast elegant avenues and crisp white houses, while Downtown is the beating heart of the city, with its many markets, mosques and coffeehouses.

Petra

Best known for the façade of its iconic Treasury, which famously appeared in the film ‘Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade’, the “pink city” of Petra is an entire city carved from the desert rock. Established by the Nabataean people over 2000 years ago, it’s no wonder that this vast city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. The entrance to the city is through a Siq, or narrow gorge, which stretches over 1km in length. It is possible to spend days exploring the city’s temples, tombs and colonnaded streets, taking in the beauty of the intricate carvings in its colourful rock.

Wadi Rum

Literally translating as “Roman Valley”, Wadi Rum is also known as The Valley of the Moon. Situated in southern Jordan, the valley is a warren of canyons, water holes and rock formations shaped out of the sandstone and granite rock. Home to local Bedouin people that still maintain a semi-nomadic lifestyle, Wadi Rum is an ideal destination to explore by foot, on camel-back or in a 4x4 vehicle.

The Dead Sea

Although it goes by the name “The Dead Sea”, this incredible natural wonder is actually a salt lake, located in the Jordan Rift Valley and bordered by Jordan, Israel and Palestine. Known for being one of the world’s saltiest bodies of water, it also occupies Earth’s lowest point on land, 430m below sea level. The salts and minerals of the water are thought to have therapeutic properties and are often used in treatments for skin and join conditions, as well as in cosmetics.

Practical Information for this holiday

Currency
Jordanian Dinar (JOD)
Local Time
GMT +3 hours
Passport
A valid passport is required for this holiday and it must be valid for at least six months beyond the date of arrival. Holders of an Irish or UK passport can obtain entry permits upon arrival in Jordan. Non Irish & UK citizens should check requirements.
Airport
Amman.
Climate

The climate is pleasantly temperate.  Summers are hot and dry.

Food & Drink

Jordan is a relatively inexpensive place to travel, and eating out is reasonably priced. Falafal and schwarma meals are particularly cheap and tasty. 

Dress Code

As Jordan and the surrounding countries are rather conservative, it is advised for women to carry a shawl or pashmina with them, as you may be advised to cover up for certain destinations. For both men and women, showing an abundance of skin is not advised. 

Vaccinations
Vaccinations may be required before your departure - please consult with your GP or Tropical Medical Bureau.
Average Prices for Region
  • Coffee: 2.90JOD
  • Beer: 3.75JOD
  • Glass of wine: 3.50JOD
  • Light Meal: 4.65JOD
  • Soft Drink: 0.40JOD
  • Bottled Water: 0.30JOD
Packing List
  • A continental plug adaptor
  • Sun cream and sun hat
  • A small backpack
  • A light coat
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Shawl or pashmina
  • Camera
Recommended Reading

Forbidden Love by Norma Khouri

Appointment with Death by Agatha Christie

Trip Itinerary - Day by day

Day 1 – Travel to Jordan

Afternoon

Travel to Jordan

Begin your photography adventure with a flight from Dublin to Amman, Jordan’s capital city. Amman is a blend between modern buildings and ancient ruins. Atop Jabal al-Qala’a hill, the historic Citadel includes the pillars of the Roman Temple of Hercules and the 8th-century Umayyad Palace complex, known for its grand dome. You will arrive in to Amman late evening and will be met by your local expert guide and transferred to your hotel for check in.

Day 2 – Explore Jerash & Rassoun

Morning

Amman at leisure

After your late arrival to your hotel on the previous evening, you will have this morning at leisure to settle in to your hotel and new surroundings before this jam packed holiday kicks off.

Afternoon

Visit Jerash & Rassoun

This afternoon you will head for Jerash, well known for its ancient Roman architecture, with colonnaded streets, Corinthian arches, outdoor Roman theatres and the Oval Plaza. Inhabited since the Bronze Age, it is home to the ruins of the walled Greco-Roman settlement of Gerasa, just outside the modern city. After Jerash, you will travel to the Rassoun Area, where you will enjoy an authentic dining experience with a local family. Jordanian families typically eat on low seating, so there will be no tables or chairs for this traditional taste of daily life. Throughout this afternoon, and your entire Jordan adventure, the Dublin Photography School tutors will discuss how to get the most out of your images with the equipment you have.

Overnight

Accommodation

3 star hotel in Amman (3 nights)

Day 3 – Explore Amman

Morning

Explore Amman

Amman is the ideal location for you to develop your street and documentary style photography. Spend a full day exploring the city’s main highlights with your local expert guide. You will visit the Citadel and Roman Theatre, as well as enjoying a walking tour of the downtown area. Experience a feast for your senses as you wander through the many vegetables, spices and gold markets, sampling some falafel and local Arabic sweets along the way.

Afternoon

Iraq Al-Amir Women’s Cooperative Society

Later you will immerse yourself in local life during a visit to the Iraq Al-Amir Women’s Cooperative Society, which has provided training projects for more than 150 women from the villages of Wadi Seer. Watch as the women work on crafts such as rugs, ceramics, pottery and paper decorations. Throughout the full day there will be ample opportunity to capture amazing shots under the expert eye of your Dublin Photography School tutors.

Evening

Local cooking class

This evening, you will take part in a group cooking class at Beit Sitti, a family run business that aims to empower the community by hiring local women who demonstrate excellent kitchen skills. You will learn how to prepare a traditional Arabic meal including a main dish, salad, mezza and dessert along with some bread and lemonade. Once all the dishes are complete you will enjoy your creations as a group for your evening meal.

Day 4 – Explore Madaba, Mount Nebo, Shobak Castle & Little Petra

Morning

Madaba & Mount Nebo

Say goodbye to Amman and continue your photography adventure towards Petra, driving along the King’s Highwat with stops included en route. Madaba is an ancient town that is best known for its spectacular Byzantine and Umayyad mosaics, and is home to the famous 6th century Mosaic Map of Jerusalem and the Holy Land. With two million pieces of vividly coloured local stone, it depicts hills and valleys, villages and towns as far as the Nile Delta. Mount Nebo is the mountain top memorial of Moses, and offers captivating views of the Jordan Valley, Dead Sea and The River Jordan. A small Byzantine church was built there by early Christians, which has since been expanded into a vast complex. Meander through the various locations with your camera and capture the hustle and bustle of what’s going on around you, while shooting from the hip. The Dublin Photography School tutors will offer tips, tricks and demonstrations along the way so that you can get the most out of your camera’s settings. Tuition for abstract, macro, landscape, water and nature photography are also provided each day along with so much more.

Afternoon

Shobak Castle & Little Petra

Perched in a wild, remote landscape, Shobak Castle is an early 12th-century Crusader castle in barren surroundings. It is perched on the side of a rocky, conical mountain at 1,300m (4,265ft) above sea level, making it particularly imposing when seen from a distance. Little Petra, also known as Siq al-Barid, is an archaeological site with buildings carved into the walls of the sandstone canyons. This will be your final stop of the day before arriving to your hotel in Petra, also known as the Rose City due to the colour of the famous rock-cut stones that can be found there.

Overnight

Accommodation

3 star hotel in Petra (2 nights)

Day 5 – Explore Petra

Morning

The Siq & the Treasury

Today is sure to be one of the highlights of your photography holiday as you spend a full day in Petra, exploring all the iconic highlights with your camera. There will be plenty of opportunities to capture amazing shots under the expert eye of the Dublin Photography School tutors. Petra is a historical and archaeological city which is well known for its rock-cut architecture and water conduit system. It is one of the New Seven Wonders of the World so is without a doubt one of Jordan’s most valuable treasures. Petra was originally settled more than 2000 years ago by the Nabateans and served as an important junction for the silk and spice trade routes that linked the East with the West. The entrance to the city is through the Siq, a narrow gorge, over 1 kilometre in length and at time just 3 metres wide. The Siq is flanked on either side by soaring, 80 metre high cliffs, so just simply walking through this impressive gorge is an experience in itself. As you reach the end of the Siq you will catch your first glimpse of “The Treasury”, also known as Al-Khazneh. It is an awe-inspiring façade, carved out of the dusky pink rock-face. The Treasury dates back to the 1st Century, when it was built as a tomb for a Nabatean King.

Afternoon

Ad-Deir Monastery

Afterwards, you will have the chance to climb 800 rock-cut steps to visit the impressive Ad-Deir Monastery, which overlooks the valley below. Throughout the full day in Petra you will receive tuition and hands-on demonstrations from the Dublin Photography School tutors, to enhance your photography and start seeing the world around you in a different light. This photography holiday has a massive emphasis on shooting from the hip, capturing National Geographic style images.

Day 6 – Explore Petra & the Wadi Rum

Morning

Explore Petra

This morning you will visit Petra once again to explore the area further. This is the perfect opportunity to perfect your desired shots. As always, the Dublin Photography School tutors are on hand to assist you. Later that morning you will depart Petra and drive to Wadi Rum, a protected desert wilderness in southern Jordan.

Afternoon

Wadi Rum

Wadi Rum is home to a maze of large rocks that rise up to 1,750 metres from the desert floor. Here you can see the many-domed Jebel Um Ishrin, and natural arches such as Burdah Rock Bridge. Many prehistoric inscriptions and carvings line rocky caverns and steep chasms, such as Khazali Canyon. The natural watering hole of Lawrence’s Spring is named after British soldier Lawrence of Arabia, who allegedly washed there. You will embark on an afternoon adventure in 4 x 4 jeeps around Wadi Rum before reaching your camp for the night. Filter and long exposure tuition and demonstrations will be given so you can create a dreamlike feel to your dusk images.

Overnight

Accommodation

Desert camp in Wadi Rum (1 night)

Day 7 – Explore the Dead Sea

Morning

Transfer from Wadi Rum to the Dead Sea

This morning you will depart Wadi Rum and drive towards the Dead Sea. (Approximate transfer time: 4 hours and 30 minutes). There will be stops made en route for photo shootings. Your Dublin Photography School tutors will be with you as always offering tips and tricks as well as demonstrations so you can get the most out of your camera’s settings and photographic equipment.

Afternoon

At leisure

This afternoon you will have independent time leisure to spend as you wish at the Dead Sea. In the Bible, the Dead Sea was referred to as a place of refuge for King David. It was also one of the world’s first health resorts and today its mineral-rich black mud is used for therapeutic and cosmetic treatments. Float in its salty water, relax on the sand that surrounds the Dead Sea, simply enjoy your hotel facilities or grab your camera to capture some shots of the area. The choice is yours.

Overnight

Accommodation

4 star hotel at the Dead Sea (1 night)

Day 8 – The Dead Sea at leisure

At leisure

The Dead Sea at leisure

Today you will have a full day at leisure to relax, unwind and enjoy all the Dead Sea has to offer. Float in its salty water, relax on the sand that surrounds the Dead Sea, simply enjoy your hotel facilities or grab your camera to capture some shots of the area. The choice is yours. Late check out is included at your hotel until your late evening transfer to the airport for your overnight flight home.

Day 9 - Arrive home

Morning

Arrive home

Arrive home following your once in a lifetime photography adventure to Jordan!

* Please note that the order of your excursions on the itinerary above is provisional and subject to change

Customer reviews

Hotel & accommodation available for this trip

Toledo Amman Hotel 3

Toledo Amman Hotel is ideally situated in the heart of Amman. It lies on the edge of the old city and is within walking distance to the new downtown area making it the perfect base from which to explore the city. With many historical and biblical sites, as well as bars, cafes and... read more read more read more

Toledo Amman Hotel is ideally situated in the heart of Amman. It lies on the edge of the old city and is within walking distance to the new downtown area making it the perfect base from which to explore the city. With many historical and biblical sites, as well as bars, cafes and restaurants nearby, you will be able to conveniently enjoy all Amman has to offer.  The onsite restaurant and Coffee Shop feature Moorish décor and offer Arabic and continental food and drinks.

Hotel address
Toledo Amman Hotel
37 Al Razi Street
11110 Amman
Jordan
Amman
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Edom Hotel 3

The Edom Hotel enjoys an enviable location, less than 200 metres from the entrance to the awe-inspiring ancient city of Petra. The rooftop terrace overlooks the Bedouin village of Wadi Musa and the restaurant features carved stone in keeping with the atmosphere of rock-cut archit... read more read more read more

The Edom Hotel enjoys an enviable location, less than 200 metres from the entrance to the awe-inspiring ancient city of Petra. The rooftop terrace overlooks the Bedouin village of Wadi Musa and the restaurant features carved stone in keeping with the atmosphere of rock-cut architecture of Petra.

Hotel address
Edom Hotel
Tourism St
Wadi Musa

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Captain's Desert Camp Camp

Get set for an authentic desert experience as you camp under the stars. Captain's Desert Camp offers a unique glimpse of Bedouin life, in traditional tents, with views of the stunning Wadi Rum landscape. You can enjoy classic Middle Eastern buffet meals at the outdoor dining area... read more read more read more

Get set for an authentic desert experience as you camp under the stars. Captain's Desert Camp offers a unique glimpse of Bedouin life, in traditional tents, with views of the stunning Wadi Rum landscape. You can enjoy classic Middle Eastern buffet meals at the outdoor dining area after a day of adventure in the desert. 

Hotel address
Captain's Desert Camp
Ad-disi
Wadi Rum
00962
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Ramada Resort Dead Sea 4

Nestled between the mountains of Mount Nebo and the Jordan River, Ramada Resort Dead Sea is a boutique style property which offers the ideal base to explore the Dead Sea. Complete with a private beach, two swimming pools, spa area and on site food and beverage options you can enj... read more read more read more

Nestled between the mountains of Mount Nebo and the Jordan River, Ramada Resort Dead Sea is a boutique style property which offers the ideal base to explore the Dead Sea. Complete with a private beach, two swimming pools, spa area and on site food and beverage options you can enjoy true Jordanian hospitality at the lowest point on Earth! Situated along the shore of the Dead Sea and the closest hotel to The Baptismal Site of Jesus Christ, the hotel has an enviable location. To end the day you can relax on the terrace and unwind in the tranquil, scenic atmosphere as you experience one of the world's oldest and most spiritual destinations.

Hotel address
Ramada Resort Dead Sea
Sweimeh,
Dead Sea
Jordan
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