Over the years, I have received so many requests for local tips, travel tips, and itineraries for my favorite destinations around the world. So long ago, I was inspired to invite you to come on trips I planned!
TBA Escapes was created to bring an epic travel experience, to some of the biggest bucket list destinations on Earth, to like-minded female travelers from around the world.
Since the launch of the TBA Escape all-female tours in South Africa in 2017, we have embarked on new trips around the world – the "Journey of Ancient Wonders" in Jordan, a "Luxury Yacht Eco Tour" in the Galapagos and an adventure in Morocco " .
While in Jordan, the focus was on capturing the beauty of the country and teaching women more about photography!
The itinerary was an epic adventure, at least. We have ventured through the city of Amman (the first place in the Middle East I ever visited in 2012!), Climbed the Wadi Mujib River, got a "float" in the Dead Sea, got to know the beauty of the ancient city of Petra Rose, went diving in the Red Sea and the historical Roman ruins at Jerash.
Ready to see highlights from the TBA Escapes "Ancient Wonders Tour" in Jordan? Let's look!
Tour photo, you say?
This collaboration was a huge touch for the ladies and something that made me so excited about these tours. Because photo tours can be quite expensive when you get new tools, we've got the unique opportunity for every participant to lend their favorite Fujifilm X series camera and lenses at no extra cost!
Learn more about my favorite FUJIFILM camera here!
The city of Amman
Amman is actually the first place in the Middle East I visited (in 2012) and it will always be a special city for me. On these trips, we wandered through stunning locations throughout the city such as the Roman Theater, the Cape of Amman and Rainbow Street – and we made some memories!
Pull on the Fujifilm X-H1
And the food! I mention in my guide the top ten things to do in Amman that cooking lessons are a must – that's exactly what we did. We made Arabic and Jordanian staples like humus and fat and learned from a local woman who founded the Beit Sitti Cooking School (meaning "my grandmother's house"). How perfect!
Canyoning at Wadi Mujib
Wadi Mujib is another adventure attraction traveling to Jordan! The Wadi Mujib Biosphere Reserve houses a 70km / 44 mile long sandstone canyon cut by the Mujib River. It's one of the top must-see in Jordan and you can "gorge" or hike a part of it!
We chose an adventure course upstream of the river, rocks and waterfalls with the help of each other and lots of ropes (of course of course).
It was a serious adrenaline rush!
The Dead Sea
The Dead Sea is a huge bucket list item when you visit Jordan! It is the saltest sea on the planet AND the lowest point on Earth.
After a bit of a "float" in the Dead Sea, we covered ourselves in the Dead Sea mud (which is great for your skin!) And jumped in for a last sunset. We were lucky to experience it both a sunset and a float of sunrise.
It's such a surreal feeling!
Shot on the Fujifilm X-T3
Wadi Rum + Bubble awnings
Mars, Wadi Rum was the perfect location for a 4 × 4 adventure – hello, sandy safari! The dramatic sandstone mountains and caves that were once created on a life camera we couldn't resist.
Wadi Rum is one of the most beautiful deserts I've seen in all my travels – and the ground is not like anywhere else on Earth!
Other than that, we have to go off-the-grid for the night and stay in some of the coolest "bubble scenes," EVER! Glamping and serious star views? Yes please!
Another benefit of being in a city without light pollution from the city? We got to work in the night photography with the girls and learned how to capture stars on Fujifilm cameras!
Shot on the Fujifilm X-T3
The City of Rhodes
One of the highlights of the trip was seeing the ancient city of Petra – and it's a thrilling experience!
We have the experience of "Petra at night" where it is crawled by local Bedouins, playing beautiful music with traditional rababas.
And, we walked to Petra for a whole day of exploration. We walked over 20,000 steps and spent about 6-7 hours inside the complex. It's MASSIVE!
Petra is called Rose City and it is easy to see why it is one of the 7 New Wonders of the World. The city can be dated to around 300 BC. but it was not rediscovered until 1812. It is truly a wonderful look back at ancient history.
We explored fascinating sandstone sculptures in icons such as the Royal Treasury, the Amphitheater and the Monastery.
Aqaba and the Red Sea
After a few days of desiccation in the desert, a swim in the Red Sea is a must! We stayed at a gorgeous seaside hotel in Aqaba – a port city founded in 4000 BC, and let me tell you, it's bzuzing!
We spent a whole day in the water with Deep Blue Dive Center, a 5-star PADI diving center and charter a private boat to explore the day. Diving is one of the highlights of every trip for me and the Red Sea is a truly epic diving site, a sunken plane, coral reefs and even a sunken reservoir! Marine and coral life was very beautiful. For the Jet Certified participants, we offered a two-tank dive and for those who had not tried diving we could still offer Discovery diving so they could try it out the first time! It was so magical for me to see the excitement these girls had after their first dive!
It was a much needed day of sun, sea water and relaxation!
Shot on the Fujifilm X-T3
Jerash Roman ruins
Jerash is known for having the best preserved Roman city outside of Rome! Blossomed from the Bronze Age, Jerash has a dynamic history.
The ruins were really amazing and in a great state, so we wandered the ruins for a few hours and learned a lot fun facts from a local guide.
TBA Getaway Jordan Testimonies "Ancient Wonders Tour"
"Epic journey of a lifetime! Thank you TBA Escapes for helping me fulfill my # 1 puppy item, visiting Petra, Jordan. No reason can begin to describe how amazing this trip was … exceeded all expectations When I think of the week I spent with 15 amazing women exploring every corner of the beautiful country of Jordan, a constant smile on my face forms and chatter begins to emerge. I can't even begin to choose my favorite adventure .. exploration Wadi Mujib, Jeeping all over the Wadi Rum, floating in the Dead Sea, trekking across the Petra, scuba diving in the Red Sea … everything was incredible! can wait for the next adventure! "
– Raquel T.
"This Jordan TBA Escapes tour was truly a unique luxury experience. The food, the views, the hosts; everything was beyond my highest expectations. This is not just packaged tourism. It's the perfect combination of attractions. with a local touch. I never imagined I was traveling to the Middle East, but thanks to TBA Escapes my dreams became a reality! "
"I had high hopes for my trip to Jordan with the TBA Escapes, and I can honestly say that the experience far exceeded my expectations. Every last detail, from arrival to departure, was carefully laid out. I saw things I only dreamed about, like the Dead Sea, Petra and Wadi Rum, and I made friends with incredible women. Our guides, Kiersten herself, Lauren and Reine, were absolutely wonderful and made the trip so much better. Jordan was a perfect introduction on a trip to the Middle East and I look forward to booking another one tour with TBA Escapes in the future! "
– Michelle C.
"I've never been on a group tour before (I usually enjoy solo travel!), So it was a little awkward to join a team. However, this experience was incredible. I'm so happy to go, Kiersten and the rest of the team. they constantly went out of their way to make sure everyone was comfortable and cared for. I was also hesitant because they advertised as a "photography" tour, that my expectations were unrealistic and too high. (I wanted to find more comfortable using my camera) Fortunately, that wasn't the case Kiersten was a great teacher and I learned SO much. I walked away from the tour with camera knowledge, Lightroom knowledge and new experiences that I probably would not have experienced alone. I am so grateful for the TBA Escapes and the confidence it gave me. "
– Kylie N.
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