Jordan and the Rose City - 8 days
FROM USD $1,989
Witness HergÃ©â€™s fictional creations magically spring to life on this Arabian adventure through the enchanting Kingdom of Jordan. In eight fun-filled days, youâ€™ll take a dip in the mineral-rich Dead Sea; explore medieval Shobak Castle; uncover the Rose City of Petra â€“ the jewel in Jordanâ€™s glittering archaeological crown and one of the New 7 Wonders of the World; camp under the stars in the vast silent landscape of the Wadi Rum desert; and snorkel the warm waters of the Red Sea by Aqaba.
While weâ€™ll hope to avoid mischievous Abdullah and his famously exploding cigars, weâ€™ll catch sight of real Sheikhs, trek through pastel-coloured stretches of sandy desert on one-humped camels, have our own tea ceremony in Bedouin tents â€“ and if weâ€™re lucky - see a mirage or two. Adventure is in the air â€“ and Jordan will not disappoint!
Day 1: Amman
After our arrival into Queen Alia International airport, we drive to our hotel on the shores of the Dead Sea. The remainder of the day is free to relax and ease ourselves into the adventure ahead. Overnight - Dead Sea
Day 2: Dead Sea â€“ Skobak Castle â€“ Little Petra:
Start the day reading your favourite Tintin album afloat in the buoyant waters of the Dead Sea. After a leisurely morning we drive along the Dead Seaâ€™s eastern shoreline and ascend the scenic â€˜Ghor Fifaâ€™ route to Shobak â€“ a crusader castle. Itâ€™s then over the Heisha Mountains, towards Little Petra, on a dusty desert road to our hotel, a renovated authentic 17th century village set in the mountains near Petra. Overnight - Petra
Day 3: Petra
A fascinating full dayâ€™s exploration of Petra! Accessed by foot through a narrow, deep and winding cleft, your first glimpse of the spell-binding Rose City is bound to stop you in your tracks. Full of ancient tombs, temples and ruins â€“ Petra is a real archaeological treat â€“ and ripe for modern-day discoverers like us! If youâ€™re feeling fit, climb the stone steps up to Ad-Deir, better known as the Monastery, for extraordinary views of the area. Overnight - Petra
Day 4: Petra â€“ Wadi Rum:
Itâ€™s back to Petra, this time by a secret road, for some further exploration â€“ we know you wouldnâ€™t want to leave any stone unturned. In true Tintin style, we escape through Petraâ€™s back door, and travel by jeep to our remote campsite in the heart of the Arabian Desert. Settle into your tent and then pull back the canvas on an Arabian night of Bedouin music, entertainment and dinner, under the desert stars. Overnight - Wadi Rum
Wadi rum â€“ Aqaba: For something of a different commute this morning, straddling the one-humped Dromedary camel, we trek through the stunning rock formations of the Wadi Rum desert. After a refreshing stop at a local village for tea, we travel on by road to the Red Sea port of Aqaba. Wash the dust of the desert off with a cool dip in the Red Sea or explore Aqaba on your own â€“ the afternoon is free to do whatever you wish. Overnight - Aqaba
Day 6: The Red Sea
Spend today at leisure by the Red Sea or embark on our Pharaon Island - optional excursion.
Setting sail for Pharaon Island in the Red Sea, we explore the islands Byzantine fortress and snorkel around colourful coral reefs in its crystal waters â€“ without an encounter with the Red Sea sharks of course! Working up an appetite for the BBQ lunch aboard, we head back to Aqaba late this afternoon. Overnight - Aqaba
Day 7: Aqaba - Amman:
A free day free to relax and unwind by the Red Sea before our late afternoon transfer to Amman, where we dine out and no doubt have a lively evening reminiscing over the adventures of the past week Overnight - Amman
Day 8: Amman
Amman: Time to say goodbye â€“ itâ€™s the end of our Arabian journey. We are transferred to the international airport for our onward flight home â€“ or perhaps on to Egypt in search of the Cigars of the Pharaohs!
Extend your stay: 2 days
Thereâ€™s plenty more to see in Jordan and we recommend a 2-day extension to see the 2,000 year-old Graeco-Roman ruins of Jerash as well as biblically related Madaba and Mount Nebo, with amazing views over the Dead Sea to Israel. Both sites are easily accessible from Amman, making this a perfect extension to your holiday.
Prices & Departure Dates
Prices shown are per person travelling. 'Twin/Double' prices per person apply when there are 2 people travelling, sharing a room. The 'Single supplement' applies for single travellers who require their own room and needs to be added to the 'Twin/Double' price. If you are happy to be paired up with another single traveller of the same sex on your tour, this can be arranged, thus avoiding the single person supplement.
For family tour dates (as indicated below), a 20% discount applies for children aged 7 to 12 and who share a room with their parents throughout the tour.
Please note that since we have travellers joining our tours from all over the world, international flights are NOT included in the tour prices below.
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||The Rose City of Petra is the jewel in Jordanâ€™s glittering archaeological crown, and is now one of the New 7 Wonders of the World. Accessed on a walk through a narrow, deep and winding cleft in the rock that is known as the Siq, the end prize is the hidden valley where the Rose City of Petra lies. And the first sight to behold is the faÃ§ade of Al-Kazneh â€“ aka the Treasury of Petra. This rose red building actually served as a royal tomb, but got its name from the legend that pirates hid their treasure there. With a backstory like that and its amazing appearance its no surprise to learn that it was this building that served as the Holy Grailâ€™s resting place In Indiana Jones and the last crusade.
Petra is full of ancient tombs, temples and ruins ripe for modern-day discoverers like us!|
Highlights & Inclusions
Below is a list of key highlights and what is included on this tour. Further, where appropriate, we have listed the items that are not included in the tour price.
- The Dead Sea - lowest point on the earth's surface. Float in the buoyant water!
- Petra - Nabataean Rose City - The Treasury, Royal Tombs, Khazneh, Theatre, Byzantine Church and Ad Deir
- Aqaba - Red Sea resort.
- Shobak Crusader Castle
- Wadi Rum - camel trek and camp in the Arabian red desert.
- Optional excursion. Pharoan Island boat trip - snorkel and explore the Byzantine fortress.
- Breakfast daily, 3 dinners
- Airport arrival and departure transfer on day 1 and day 8
- Dead Sea - relax, float and rejuvenate with Dead Sea mud!
- Aqaba - free time at the Red Sea. Optional Pharaon Island excursion available to book locally.
- English speaking specialist guides at some local sights
- All transfers and transportation in private modern air-conditioned vehicles
- Special activities and entertainment on family departures
- Automatic membership of the official Tintin club
- A surprise or two while on holiday!
- 6 nights 3-4 star & heritage hotels, 1 night Wadi Rum desert camp
- Touring of Shobak Castle, Little Petra, Petra and Wadi Rum
- Camel trek in Wadi Rum Desert
- Escorted by a licensed Jordanian guide
- Led by a Tintin expert - on selected departures
- Entrance fees to included sites
- Bespoke Tintin dossier and arrival pack
- Your own exclusive Tintin Syldavia passport
What's Not Included
- International flights and visa
- Entrance Fees: Included
- Tipping - an entirely personal gesture