What’s life really like for women in the Middle East? You know what a hijab is, a burqa is, a niqab. You see women wearing them, perhaps on the news or in your own city. But how many of these women do you know? Join this 8-day adventure in Jordan as we break the barriers of traditional tourism and discover sisterhood in this tiny desert nation. Spend a night in Wadi Rum and learn the ancient art of henna with traditional Bedouin ladies, and discover how kohl has been used for years not just as a beauty product but to protect the eyes from the harsh desert sands. Spend an afternoon at a local ladies-only beach, discover the Dead Sea, and visit stunning Petra. Learn the art of Arabic cooking in a local home with our female host, enjoy afternoon teas and gossip time with local women, and even meet a female shepherd and help milk her goats. The reason we’ve made this tour just for women is that, culturally, it’s just not possible for men to participate in a lot of the activities on this tour, and we want to offer the best opportunity possible for developing a deeper understanding of Middle Eastern women – with full respect for their traditional cultural values.

Highlights

Look behind the closed doors and tents in Wadi Rum and to find a culture usually hidden from the eyes of visitors

What do Jordanian women do on a summers afternoon? They head to the beach! Bathe in rejuvenating mineral muds nearby, mingle with locals, and retire to the local resort and pool.

Take a cooking class at Beit Sitti, a unique and innovative initiative of three sisters who carry on their grandmother’s legacy and dedication to tradition. Discover their stories and help prepare a delicious authentic meal under the sisters supervision.

Join some of the local ladies for dinner in their home, this will be an informal evening to make new friends and learn the art of Arabic cooking in the home.

Join a local female shephard and learn about her day, trying your hand at milking a goat in the process

Soak your bones in a hamam with newly discovered friends and, as the trip draws to a close, feast on a picnic of Arabic mezze for dinner

Uncover the majesty and mystery of ancient Petra. The first glimpse of the Treasury from the narrow path of the Siq is simply unforgettable