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Deserts Ruins Reefs

11 Days  |  Starts/Ends: Amman  |  from USD $2,999  |   Guaranteed Departure 

Combining incredible ruins, castles, deserts and stunning coastline. Visit Jerash, test your buoyancy in the Dead Sea, make like Indiana Jones at the Rose City of Petra, enjoy a thrilling 4x4 trip at Wadi Rum & soak up the sun by the Red Sea in Aqaba/Tala Bay.

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Day 1

Saturday. Welcome to Jordan and the start of your holiday! Upon arrival in Amman you will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.
Overnight: Amman

    Amman
Day 2
Roman Cities & Ruins

Amman - Jerash - Umm Qais - Amman. Driving north, we visit the awesome Roman ruins of Jerash. The 2,000 year-old Graeco-Roman ruins of Jerash are recognised as one of the best-preserved member cities of the Decapolis, a confederation of 10 Graeco-Roman cities. When Emperor Hadrian paid a visit in 129 AD, the place was buzzing. The citizens threw up a Triumphal Arch for him which still stands today. Exemplifying the finesse of Roman urban life, the town boasts a hippodrome the old sports field that once held 15,000 spectators, a stunning amphitheatre and colonnaded street paved with original stones and the rut marks of chariots. From here, we travel to the modern town of Umm Qais, which is the site of the ancient Graeco-Roman town of Gadara, one of the cities of the Decapolis with panoramic views over the Sea of Galilee.
Overnight: Amman  |  Breakfast

Day 3
Mt Nebo & the Promised Lands

Amman - Mt Nebo - Umm ar Rasas - Petra. This morning, we tour the citadel of Amman, Archaeological Museum and enjoy free time shopping in the local souq, before visiting Mt Nebo - the single most important biblical site in Jordan. Having led the Israelites for 40 years through the wilderness, Moses finally saw, from this awesome vantage point, the Promised Land, that God forbid him to set foot in. We too can enjoy the wonderful panoramic views of the Jordan River Valley, the northern shore of the Dead Sea, Jericho on the opposite bank and (on clear days) the towers on the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem.

Later we explore the roman ruins and beautiful mosaics of Umm ar-Rasas. The mosaic floor of the Church of St Stephen dates to 785, over 150 years after Muslim rule was established in Jordan, and depicts the cities of the day including Jerusalem, with Palestinian cities below such as Nablus and Gaza and seven Trans-Jordanian cities including Philadelphia (modern-day Amman), Madaba and Karak.

Consider doing a Petra by Night excursion (payable locally) for a tantalizing candlelight stroll through Petra’s Siq….a romantic preview of things to come!
Overnight: Petra  |  Breakfast

Day 4

Petra. Chief among Jordan’s many archaeological riches is the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Rose City of Petra. Rediscovered in 1812 by the young Swiss explorer Jean Louis Burckhardt, it remains on the list of many travellers. We access the hidden archaeological treasures of the Rose City on a walk through a narrow, deep siq, where the rocks finally give way to reveal the Treasury of Petra. It’s natural to have an Indiana Jones moment here as it was this building that served as the Holy Grail’s resting place and the prize Indy so coveted. Petra is an erosion–hewn masterpiece. Sandstone shot with minerals burst into colour giving off blue, red, orange and green hues. The intrepid can ascend the hundreds of rock-cut steps to Ad-Deir. Better known as the Monastery, Ad-Deir has a similar facade to that of the Treasury, but is far bigger and the views from the nearby cliff-tops are awesome.

Want to learn how to cook Middle Eastern food? Consider opting for our Petra Kitchen bolt-on tonight!
Overnight: Petra  |  Breakfast

Day 5

Petra - Wadi Rum. This morning return to Petra for further exploration before we depart for Wadi Rum. A vast, silent landscape of ancient riverbeds, pastel coloured stretches of sandy desert and amazing rock formations known as jebels that rise from the desert floor, the desert landscape of Wadi Rum is an unspoiled natural beauty, forged by millions of years of geological formation, erosion and evolution. Boarding 4x4 jeeps, we take a safari through the sand dunes, getting up close and personal to the surrounding scenery. Tonight, we enjoy a Jordanian dinner with the opportunity to camp out under the stars (it you wish) or in permanent tents.
Overnight: Wadi Rum  |  Breakfast, Dinner

    Wadi Rum
Day 6

Wadi Rum - Karak - Dead Sea - Madaba. This morning, we explore the vast well preserved 12th century crusader castle of Al Karak. It took the Crusaders some twenty years to erect their fortified stronghold, which through the proceeding centuries withstood countless attack and siege. Once finished in 1161, it became the residence of the lord of Transjordan, by then the most important fief of the Crusader kingdom, rich in produce and tax revenues. Note: Shobak crusader castle maybe visited as an alternative to Karak.

Straddling the border between Israel and Jordan, the Dead Sea is the lowest spot on the Earth’s surface. The mineral content of 33%. We spend the afternoon swimming, lathering up with a detoxifying mud bath and bobbing about in the ever warm mineral-rich body of water. After we drive onward to the bustling Muslim-Christian market town of Madaba.
Overnight: Madaba  |  Breakfast, Dinner

    Dead Sea
Day 7
Madaba & the Red Sea

Madaba - Aqaba/Tala Bay. Famed for it’s Byzantine mosaics, including the fascinating map of the Holy Land made in the 6th century out of two million stone pieces and now housed in the Greek Orthodox Church of St. George, Madaba - it's mosaics, quaint village shops and local market are all here to explore.

Leaving Madaba we drive south to the Red Sea resort town of Aqaba, and 15km further south to the idyllic beaches of Tala Bay. Upon arrival we enjoy an included hotel buffet dinner this evening.
Overnight: Aqaba  |  Breakfast, Dinner

Days 8-9
Red Sea R&R

Wake up to some Red Sea relaxation with the following days offering free for you to independently explore, swim, snorkel, dive or simply relax. Azure blue waters brimming with kaleidoscopic marine life are a real attraction here on Jordan's Red Sea coast line. Why not undertake some scuba diving or snokelling?

Travellers will be accommodated in a 4 star hotel with sea or pool view room. The resort complex of Tala Bay features a number of hotels, restaurants, 3 swimming pools, private marina, Gym and fitness centre, private beach (300m away) water sports, diving, and snorkelling. There is also a free shuttle service running three times daily allowing you to choose to spend the day by the beach/ pool or shopping, dining and or enjoying the nightlife of nearby Aqaba.
Overnight: Aqaba/Tala Bay  |  Breakfast x 2

Day 10
Beachside & onward to Amman

Tala Bay - Amman. Spend the day at the beach or pool. Alternatively head out for a last minute shopping and or souvenir hunting. Both Aqaba and Tala Bay are located within Jordan's a Duty Free Zone making this the ideal place to purchase alcohol, perfume, cosmetics and many other duty free items. Afternoon transfer to Amman and evening at leisure.
Overnight: Amman  |  Breakfast

Day 11

Tuesday. Amman - Amman airport. Our tour concludes after breakfast, bid farewell to Jordan and onward departure transfer to Amman's Queen Alia airport.
Breakfast

Learn to create tasty Jordanian dishes

Turn out an enviable repertoire of Middle Eastern dishes & wow friends and family with your new-found cooking prowess with our fabulous Petra Kitchen bolt on.

The hotels listed below are ones which we frequently use on this tour. We reserve the right to substitute these hotels to ones of a similar standard when necessary.

Accommodation on Tour

For all our tours and tailor-made holidays we provide you with a clear categorisation of all hotels we use. The REGIONAL CATEGORY indicates the local rating of each hotel in each respective country. We have also rated each hotel using OUR CATEGORY, which will be in line with generally accepted western hotel grading standards.

Simple
Basic hotels and simple accommodation is a no frills option with an adventurous authentic feel.

Standard
Standard accommodation equates to a Western 3-star standard, always featuring en-suite rooms and usually a restaurant.

Superior
Superior accommodation equates to a Western 4-star standard, featuring en-suite rooms and usually a restaurant and often a swimming pool and/or a fitness centre.

Deluxe
Deluxe accommodation equates to a Western 5-star standard, usually featuring spacious, en-suite rooms, a restaurant, swimming pool and fitness centre and an array of amenities, excellent service and customer care.

Lavish
Lavish accommodation equates to a Western 5-star plus standard - the creme de la creme. Featuring spacious, en-suite rooms, a restaurant, swimming pool and fitness centre and an array of amenities, this accommodation is a cut above the rest. Sheer opulence!

Al-Qasr Metropole, Amman
Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

Recently refurbished, the Al Qasr Metropole is a modern and chic boutique hotel. Guest rooms are beautifully furnished and include free Wi-Fi connection and luxury en suite facilities. All guests at the Al Qasr gain free access to the on site Fitness First gym as well as complimentary breakfast. The rooftop restaurant has fantastic panoramic views of Amman and is a great place to spend the evening. Well located in Shmeisani, one of Amman's most prestigious neighbourhoods.

Petra Moon Hotel, Petra
Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

Just 300 ft from the entrance gate to Petra, the Petra Moon hotel features spacious rooms with private balconies and flat-screen TVs. It also has a roof garden with a seasonal outdoor pool. The soundproofed rooms and suites at Petra Moon come with satellite channels, a DVD player and extra-long beds. Each has air conditioning and a private bathroom. The hotel is 100 metres from the main gate of Petra.

Rainbow Camp, Wadi Rum
Our Category: Simple   |   Regional Category: Deluxe Camp

A row of permanent tents in the desert make up the popular Rainbow Camp. Inside the tents are comfortable camp beds and warm bedding. Showers and toilets are close by and are cleaned thoroughly everyday. Guests can relax in the communal area which is adorned with colourful rugs and cushions. The food at Rainbow Camp always gets rave reviews. Taking an evening stroll around the beautiful surroundings is a great way to work up an appetite before dinner. Well located in the heart of Wadi Rum.

Best Western Grand Hotel, Madaba
Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

Located just a few steps away from the main tourist attractions of Madaba, the Best Western is a contemporary and stylish accommodation. Guest rooms vary from standard to superior and are all equipped with comfortable beds, modern amenities, complimentary wi-fi and private balconies. The hotel also benefits from a refreshing outdoor pool and cosy Irish bar. Both are great places to relax after a great day sightseeing. Perfectly located a short journey to the main sites of Madaba.

Marina Plaza Tala Bay, Aqaba
Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

Set in beautifully manicured gardens, the Marina Plaza is a modern, low rise hotel. with spacious rooms, set in manicured gardens. Guest rooms are bright and well furnished all with a private balcony or terrace. Free Wi-Fi is available on the lobby and around the ppol and all hotel guests are granted access to the Tala Bay private beach club with a full service beach bar. Located in Tala Bay. The hotel also offers a free shuttle service 5 times daily to Aqaba.

Trip Highlights

Amman - Ancient hilltop citadel, fascinating Archaeological Museum and bustling souqs
Dead Sea - Dramatically beautiful landscape with warm buoyant mineral-rich waters
Petra - The fabled Nabataean city that was all but lost to the modern world until its rediscovery in 1812
Shobak or Karak Crusader castles - Reminders of the former glory of the Crusaders
Mt Nebo - Perhaps one of the most sacred sites in Jordan with views across the Promised Land
Umm ar-Rasas - An ancient city and important stop on the caravan route between east and west
Jerash - Ruins of the ancient Roman city, which at over 2000 years old is still surprisingly well-preserved
Umm Qais - Roman Decapolis city, once a cultural centre, home to poets and great philosophers
Wadi Rum - Vast red desert landscape with rolling dunes and dramatic rock formations
Aqaba - Picturesque Red Sea resort town with free time to sunbathe, swim, snorkel and more
Madaba - Christian market town, Church of St George, Jordan’s finest Byzantine mosaics

Included

10 breakfasts and 3 dinners
1 night - Wadi Rum deluxe desert camp
Dead Sea - Free time to swim and detox
Touring of Amman, Jerash, Dead Sea, Petra, Wadi Rum, Umm ar-Rasas, Mt Nebo and Madaba
Escorted by a licensed Jordanian tour guide (excl free time in Aqaba, days 6 - 8)
All relevant transfer and transportation in private modern air-conditioned vehicles
9 nights - 4 star hotels
4x4 desert safari through the sand dunes of Wadi Rum
Aqaba - Coastal bliss and colourful reefs
Airport arrival and departure transfer day 1 and day 11
Specialist guides at some local sights

Not Included

Laundry, drinks and items of a personal nature
Tip for your tour guide. We recommend you allow $3 - 5 USD per day, per traveller. Tipping your guide is an entirely personal gesture
Tipping Kitty: $35-45 USD
International flights and visa
Entrance Fees: $140-150 USD

Absolutely amazing. Rami and Ogla really knew their stuff and went above and beyond their call of duty. I had my birthday over in Jordan and the guides surprised me with a birthday cake and presents; it was completely unexpected and lovely. Will definitely be going back again.

Bethan Roberts

A very good tour. itinerary has been excellent. Jamela has been the best tour guide I've had. I've done extensive travel across the would she has been one of the best. Thanks

Benjamin Washington

Extremely enjoyable tour. Many thanks to the excellent guide - Rasha and our cool driver.

Laurence Birch

I had a fantastic week in Jordan and think that Jameela was an excellent tour leader she made all the sites fun and provided a wealth of information wherever we went even on areas we hadn't visited, she is very informed about the country of Jordan and think we were very lucky to have her take us through this beautiful country.

Lindsay Kay

Great holiday - saw and experienced everything I wanted and more! Pace was brisk, but not too rushed. Well organized and performed.

John T.

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.

This is a special Perseids Meteor Shower departure. Special touring arrangements apply. Please refer to the Trip Notes for further details.
Perseids Meteor Shower Departure
Xmas departure, book early!
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New Year Departure
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Supplementary Prices

 
Twin/Double
Single Supp.
Private Tour Supplement
USD $1439
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Amman Pre-Tour accommodation
USD $119
USD $50
Madaba Post-Tour accommodation
USD $109
USD $30
Extra Aqaba Accommodation
USD $0
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This tour is also available on a private basis - for details please see the Supplementary Prices above.

Tour Details
Starts
Amman
Ends
Amman
Departs
Saturdays
Hotel Rating
4 star
Local Payment
None
Tour Guide
Yes - escorted by a tour guide
Meals
Breakfast: 10, Dinner: 3
Tour Bolt-ons
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Petra Kitchen
USD $69
Jerusalem & Beyond
USD $2,099

Absolutely amazing. Rami and Ogla really knew their stuff and went above and beyond their call of duty. I had my birthday over in Jordan and the guides surprised me with a birthday cake and presents; it was completely unexpected and lovely. Will definitely be going back again.

Bethan Roberts
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