Witness the incredible Perseids Meteor Shower from our desert camp at Wadi Rum, where you will spend two nights star gazing, when the Meteor Shower is at its peak! Combine this amazing celestial event with Roman ruins, Crusader castles, floating in the Dead Sea and exploring the ruins at the Rose City of Petra. All of this in eight totally amazing days!
Saturday 08 Aug 2015. Welcome to Jordan and the start of an amazing adventure. Arrive Amman, included transfer to our hotel and overnight.
Overnight - Amman
Day 2: Jerash
Amman - Jerash - Umm Qais - Amman. Heading north, we visit Jerash, the Graeco-Roman city known as the ‘Pompeii of the East’. Built over 2,000 years ago, Jerash is widely regarded as the best-preserved city of the Decapolis, a confederation of 10 Roman cities dating from the 1st century! We’ll explore the site taking in the colonnaded street, amphitheatre, nymphaeum, forum and more before continuing to Umm Qais (Gadara), a dramatic black-basalt Roman city of the Decapolis with panoramic views over the Sea of Galilee and the Golan Heights. Overnight - Amman (B)
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Amman - Mt Nebo - Madaba - Wadi Rum. This morning we visit Mt Nebo - the single most important biblical site in Jordan. Having led the Israelites for 40 years through the wilderness, Moses finally saw, from his vantage point, the Promised Land, that God forbid him to set foot in. We too can enjoy the excellent views offered 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. We then proceed to Madaba, a bustling Muslim-Christian market town. 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, its mosaics, quaint village shops and local market are all here to explore.
Later, we arrive in Wadi Rum, we enjoy a jeep safari through the area once favoured by the legendery Lawrence of Arabia and his Arab uprising. Wadi Rum is 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 desertscape of Wadi Rum represents some of the most stunning countryside on the planet.
Tonight, we enjoy a Jordanian dinner before the stargazing begins. The Perseids shower occurs once a year and has been observed for the last 2000 years. At it's peak the meteors rain down at a rate of about 60 meteors per hour. The clear and night sky of the Jordanian desert is the ideal place from which to view these celestial wonders. The Perseids were traditionally known as the "tears of St Lawrence" because they often appeared around the saint's feast day. Overnight - Wadi Rum (B, D)
Today we get the chance to experience Wadi Rum as the Bedouins do - by camel. Until recently, the Bedouins were a nomadic people who made their living through looking after their herds of goats. Although most of the Bedouins have now become villagers, they still rely on the goats for the milk, yoghurt and cheese, and some families do return for a part of the year to a wandering existence, minding their flocks. As we ride through Wadi Rum on camel back we have a chance to see some of the desert wildlife including many small birds and various Geckos and Agamas, including the striking bright blue Agama. Then it's back to the camp for relaxation and dinner, before another night of amazing meteor showers and star gazing. Overnight - Wadi Rum (B, L, D)
Wadi Rum - Petra. This morning we set out for Petra. Chief among Jordan’s many archaeological riches is the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Rose City of Petra. The city was first settled around the 6th century BC by the Nabataean tribe from Western Arabia. Rediscovered in 1812, 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 famous facade of Al-Khazneh (the Treasury). Continuing our walk, we’ll then go on to explore chunks of this fantastic once-lost city which is full of tombs, temples, an impressive amphitheatre and a Roman colonnaded street. 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 (B)
Enjoy another day in Wadi Musa (the town where Petra is located) and explore the local town or venture back into Petra itself for more exploration. If the climb to the Monastery wasn't too daunting perhaps today climb to the High Place of Sacrifice for a spectacular view over the complex of Petra or opt to visit the site via the secret road of the Bedioun Overnight - Petra (B)
Petra - Shobak - Dead Sea - Madaba. Today it's an early start as we head the Dead Sea for a chance to take a dip in the mineral-rich waters. We will also visit Shobak Castle en route, a Crusader fortress built in the 12th Century by Baldwin I of Jerusalem. At its height Shobak was home to some 6000 Christians. Perched on a small hill north east of the town of Shobak the fortress despite its age still to this day has an impressive facade.
Afterwards we drive to Madaba where there is a chance to do some final sightseeing and souvenir buying – why not get a miniature mosaic from one of the gift shops? Or perhaps just relax in a café or bar and watch the world go by. Overnight - Madaba (B)
Saturday 15 Aug 2015. Madaba - Amman Airport. Explore Madaba your way, before hotel check-out and included onward departure transfer to Amman's Queen Alia airport. (B)
The Perseids Meteor Shower
The Perseids meteor shower is a spectacular celestial light show, that has mystified and amazed sky watchers for nearly 2000 years. At its peak, the night sky is lit up by often over 60 meteors per hour, streaking across the darkness. As with all celestial events, the Perseids is best observed in a completely clear night sky and where better than Jordan’s Wadi Rum desert, which is renowned for its beautiful blanket of stars. You can witness the incredible Perseids Meteor shower from our desert camp in Wadi Rum, where you will spend two incredible nights star-gazing.
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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.
All our scheduled tour departures are guaranteed subject to a minimum of 2 travellers.
Take a memorable camel ride across the rolling sand dunes of the mighty Sahara Desert in Morocco or the Great Indian Thar Desert in Rajasthan. Alternatively, enjoy the last remaining Ancient Wonder of the World on camel back as you ride between the Pyramids of Giza in Egypt.
Experience breathtaking sunsets, incredible starry skies and the vast, beautiful landscapes of some of the world's most spectacular deserts. See the incredible limestone formations of the White Desert in Egypt, camel trek across the endless rolling sand dunes of the Sahara or India's great Thar Desert and climb Dune 45 in Namibia.
For an out of this world experience, take a look at some of our celestial treats. Witness
incredible total solar eclipses, watch the Sun Festival at the mighty temple of Abu Simbel in Egypt, our Perseids Meteor Shower from our remote camp in Wadi Rum, Jordan or Draconids Meteor Shower from magical Cappadocia, Turkey.
The Rose City of Petra is the jewel in Jordan’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 façade of Al-Kazneh – 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 Grail’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.
Jerash - Ruins of ancient Roman city
Umm Qais - Roman Decapolis city
Petra - Nabataean Rose City
Mt Nebo - view across the Promised Land
Perseids Meteor shower - spectacular celestial light show
Amman - Citadel, Archaeological Museum and souq
Dead Sea - opt for a dip
Wadi Rum desert
Madaba - Christian market town, Church of St George, Jordan’s finest Byzantine mosaics
Breakfast daily, 1 lunch, 2 dinners
2 nights - Wadi Rum deluxe desert camp
Camel trek in Wadi Rum
Dead Sea - free time, swim & detox
Airport arrival and departure transfer on day 1 and day 8
All relevant transfer and transportation in private modern air-conditioned vehicles
5 nights 3 star hotels
4x4 desert safari through the sand dunes of Wadi Rum
Incredible views of the Perseids Meteor Shower
Touring of Amman, Jerash, Dead Sea, Petra, Wadi Rum and Madaba
Escorted by licenced Jordanian Tour Guide
What's 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: $40-50 USD
International flights and visa
Entrance Fees: $130-150 USD
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.
Toledo - Amman
With friendly and helpful staff, the Toledo offers a perfect location and comfortable accommodation. Guest rooms are well appointed and all have a great view of the famous King Abdullah Mosque and several historical churches. Wi-fi is available and there is a 24 hour coffee shop for when hunger strikes! There is also a fitness centre and pool - however the hours vary for men and women so check with reception before you head down.
Well located in Amman City Centre next to the bus station.
Our Rating : Standard —
Local Rating: 3 Star Hotel
Rainbow Camp - Wadi Rum
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.
Our Rating : Simple —
Local Rating: Deluxe Camp
Petra Moon Hotel - Petra
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.
Our Rating : Standard —
Local Rating: 4 Star Hotel
Madaba Inn - Madaba
The Madaba Inn is a basic hotel, with spacious rooms. The restaurant serves both local and international food and the cafe serves light meals.
Our Rating : Standard —
Local Rating: 3 Star Hotel
Here's what some of our past travellers have written in to us and said about their experiences on this trip.
Perseids Meteor Shower - 8 days
I just wanted to let you know Jordan was amazing!! I has a fantastic time and totally loved everything about Jordan! Ogla our guide was very very good and one of the best guides I've travelled with.
I know On the Go is great but this really reinforced how good you guys are :) Thank you so much for the opportunity!