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The Legacy of Lawrence
 
(Duration: three hours, one day or one-day-and-one-night)
There is much debate about T E Lawrence's role in the Great Arab Revolt during the First World War. What is beyond dispute is the importance of his legend and his book 'Seven Pillars of Wisdom" in bringing global attention to Wadi Rum, as well as the 1962 Lawrence of Arabia film, much of it shot here. But be careful! Many features named after him have little to do with him.
The mountain at the entrance to Wadi Rum itself is called Seven Pillars of Wisdom (with imagination you can count all seven). It was named after the book, not the other way round!
There is no evidence that Lawrence ever slept at Lawrence's house, though he may have done so and without doubt the view from there makes it an essential stopping point.
 

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Certainly Lawrence sheltered in Rum, while attacking the Turkish forces using the Hijjaz railway after his capture of the port of Aqaba and before taking Damascus in 1918. Rum provided fresh, sweet water for the Arab armies and Lawrence describes in detail his discovery of the spring at Al Shallaleh, a 20 minute scramble above the Nabatean Temple in Rum village.
 
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Most Bedouin guides do not walk you to this spring but take an easy drive elsewhere and stay in their vehicles. Saleh will show you both and also the rock circle marking what is known (again with little proof) as Lawrence's well. If you are a Lawrence expert you will know much more than Saleh; and he will take you where you want. If not he will guide you round Lawrence's Rum, pass on the stories that have been passed on to him and help you seek the truth and experience 'Rum's glory' as Lawrence knew and chronicled it in such memorable language: "this processional way greater than imagination. . .[the walls] in crags like gigantic buildings."

 
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Prices List
SALEH'S SAFARI CAMP for WADI RUM TOURS -- price list
(1 JD, Jordanian dinar, equals US$1.4125; approx €1.25 euro ) (/1/1/2019)
 
This is what you pay. There are no hidden extras. Our tour costs are the same for one person, a couple or a family; the differences below relate only to meals
(wadirumtours.com)
FAMILY FRIENDLY PRICES --T O T A L C O S T I N J Ds
 
1 person
Couple
Family*
Three hour4x4 tour
65
65
65
full day tour, (inc lunch)
95
105
110
full day tour, (inc lunch, sunset, dinner)
(available only in winter, with early sunset)
110
120
130
one day and one night (inc lunch, dinner, camping and breakfast)
135
150
165**
two days and one night (inc meals etc)
225
245
270
one day and two nights (inc meals)
185
215
245
two days and two nights (inc meals)
255
285
315
each additional days touring
75
75
75
each additional day's camping (inc breakfast)
35
45
50
each additional lunch/dinner
5/10
10/20
15/30
* a family is two adults and up to three children (aged under 15 and over three)
** for the "Behind the Veil" tour only, the family rate applies to three or four women
All our tour prices above include the cost of water, bedouin tea and Arabic bread.
NB the above costs do not include the 5JD per adult entry fee into the Wadi Rum protected area; this is towards the costs of conservation -- please pay this on arrival, at the Visitors' Centre.
SPECIAL GROUP CAMPING TOURS
(minimum group size -- 5 people)
Saleh continues to extend and modernise his mother's bedouin camp, at the heart of the protected
area of Wadi Rum, near Jebel Khazali.It has modern bathroom facilities (but please use the water carefully).He now has solar power and water heating.Most people who stay are families but he's happy to take other groups.The maximum on any night is four groups or families (20 people or so) in the nine tents.So it's always small and friendly; not mass tourism at all!
GROUP RATE:40 JDs per person for a full tour, including lunch, dinner, camping and
breakfast-- and an itinerary for the group!! plus 5 JDs per adult for entrance to Wadi Rum
Extras
Camels (one or two hours per person)
30
55 
80+
(Saleh does not run longer camel tours but he can organise tours with his cousins)
Bedouin climbing guide (per day or part of)
60
60 
60
(Saleh does not do high-level, technical climbing but he can recommend others who do)
Support for independent travelers and trekkers (per 24 hours)
65
75
85
this includes transporting luggage, overnight camping, dinner and breakfast ... contact us for details
after Wadi Rum
 
here's the perfect way to remember or celebrate Wadi Rum. We call the stones 'desert pearls' and they're hidden beneath some of the sandstone cliffs, washed out by seasonal showers; we're working with RSCN Jordan rockingjewellery.com 
beyond Wadi Rum
Discover hidden Jordan . . . besides 'the golden triangle' of Wadi Rum, Petra and Aqaba, there are Roman, early Christian and Islamic remains, the ancient Kings Highway, Wadi Dana, the Dead Sea, Ajloun and the Azraq Oasis; we can provide guides, drivers, hotels and car hire .... click here