Shore Excursion Highlight: Wadi Rum Desert Discovery

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Explore the extraordinary desert landscapes of Jordan while following the path of British adventurer T.E. Lawrence (Lawrence of Arabia), and meet with local Bedouins on this 4×4 adventure.

Begin with a one-hour drive to the famous Wadi Rum — site of the 1920s Arab Revolt championed by Lawrence. Here, you get into a 4-wheel-drive vehicle and forge ahead to the Valley of the Moon, passing through some of the most magnificent scenery in the world. The bumps you encounter on this three-hour ride will be well rewarded with dramatic vistas of desert dunes, wind-sculpted hills and striking rock formations.

Photo stops along the way include the Seven Pillars of Wisdom Mountain, Lawrence’s jail, and sites of Thamudic, Kufic and Nabataean rock art.

Although relatively few of Jordan’s Bedouins still follow the ways of their ancestors, in Wadi Rum some families still live in the traditional style. Experience their warm hospitality over coffee or tea in a genuine Bedouin tent before returning to the pier in Aqaba.

Seabourn Cruises offers this UNESCO World Heritage Partner Tour exciting itineraries that visit Aqaba, Jordan


Please note: Tour requires limited walking on sandy terrain. Not advisable for guests using a wheelchair or for those with mobility limitations. Please realistically assess your physical fitness and ability prior to booking, as the walking is over uneven, sandy, difficult terrain. Participants must be able to climb into/out of the 4×4 vehicles. There will be about three hours of desert driving off-road in vehicles that are older and have no air-conditioning or seat belts. These are owned and operated by the local Bedouins. Ride will be bumpy. Pregnant women or guests with back or neck conditions are not allowed to participate.

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