Go Where They Wrote - Trips Inspired by Literature

Isramworld has launched a series of author-inspired journeys starting in Jordan.

Petra, Jordan, at night
••• Petra, Jordan, at night. SusanaHajer/Wikimedia

Isramworld Portfolio of Brands has just launched a new series of author-inspired trips called ‘Go Where They Wrote.” The first journey will be to Jordan and follow in the footsteps of Lawrence of Arabia.

Go Where They Wrote

The enigmatic T.E. Lawrence was a British archaeologist, diplomat, writer, and soldier and was better known as “Lawrence of Arabia” for leading Arab fighters in a surprise attack against the Turks in World War I.

He became a hero and a 1962 movie was made based on his life and starring Peter O’ Toole. The movie is considered one of the greatest of all time.

Isramworld chronicles the life of T.E. Lawrence on its Lawrence of Arabia: The Original Trail itinerary. Travelers will have the chance to step back in time and explore the dune-filled deserts, sleep overnight in a Bedouin tent, admire the stars, ride a 100-year-old steam-engine train and visit historic sites such as Petra, one of the Seven Wonders of the World, and Wadi Rum, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The tour is 10 days and nine nights and available for booking now through Dec. 31. The price of $3,795 per person is based on double occupancy and includes nine nights of deluxe accommodation, daily breakfast, private sightseeing tours, an English-speaking guide, horseback riding in Petra, an overland 4x4 Jeep ride or a traditional camel ride in Wadi Rum, departures at arrival and departure and all hotel taxes.

The tour begins in Aqaba where visitors see the Aqaba battle site as well as the archaeological and GAR museums and the Aqaba Marine Life Station. There will also be free time and shopping.

Next, the journey heads to Wadi Rum via back roads, the very same used by Lawrence. Guests can choose either a 4x4 trek through the desert or a traditional camel ride and head out to see Lawrence’s “graffiti” at Wadi Rum village before heading to a traditional Bedouin lunch in the midst of the sand dunes.

The next stop is Bedouin Village Rum to see the sunset over the Rum Mountains. The evening ends with traditional music before experiencing a night under the stars in a Bedouin tent.

The next day begins with Jeep rides to see the Kharazah Graffiti and then on to the Alhumaymah Archeological Village, which covers the Roman, Byzantine and Islamic eras. Guests will see a 6000 B.C. Neolithic site, the Ain Aljamam and then head to the Abu Allusson Battle site. The last sightseeing stop of the day is at the Hejaz Railway Station in Ma’an, a Muslim Pilgrimage Station on the way to Mecca. The day ends hiking an eco-trail to the evening’s campsite.

Day five is a full-day visit to Petra and day six explores the Edomite Kingdom, Tafeelah Castle, battle sites where Lawrence fought and the day ends in Alhasa Qatraneh, where guests board a 100-year-old steam train for a ride to Almahata in Amman.

Day eight begins with the dramatic scenery of the Arnoon Valley “Wadi al Mujib Reserve.” Then guests head to Deaboon, Mekawar, and Mount Nebo as well as see the 6th-century mosaic map in Madaba.

The last full day of touring includes Desert Castles and Azraq Castle, where Lawrence wrote his story. The last night is spent in Amman.

Hotels on the journey include the Movenpick Tala Bay Resort & Spa in Aqaba, Sun City Camp in Wadi Rum Village, the Movenpick Resort Hotel in Petra, the Dana Guesthouse in Dana and the Marriott Amman Hotel in Amman, Jordan.