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8 Days  |  Amman to Madaba  |  from USD $2,099  |   Guaranteed Departure 

Check out Roman ruins, crusader castles and the views across the holy lands, bob like a cork on the Dead Sea, range across the ruins at the Rose City of Petra and enjoy a desert safari at stunning Wadi Rum. All this in eight totally amazing days!

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Day 1

Saturday. Welcome to Jordan and the start of an amazing adventure. Arrive Amman, included transfer to our hotel and overnight.
Overnight: Amman

    Amman
Day 2
Ancient Cities & Roman Ruins

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  |  Breakfast

Day 3

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 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.

Later we visit Umm ar Rasas, a haunted deserted city on the ancient caravan routes. The village is the site of the now ruinous Roman garrison town of Kastron Mefaa, which developed during the Byzantine and Umayyad periods into a relatively important city. Large mosaic floors from two of its dozen or more churches have been painstakingly cleaned and protected. 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

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). It's also possible to ride a horse through the Siq. 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  |  Breakfast

Day 5

etra - Wadi Rum. There is a chance to revisit Petra this morning before our afternoon drive to 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 awaits. Boarding 4x4 jeeps, we take an exhilarating desert safari across the sand dunes, taking in the breathtaking scenery of Wadi Rum. Tonight, we enjoy a Jordanian dinner at our camp.
Overnight: Wadi Rum  |  Breakfast, Dinner

    Wadi Rum
Day 6

Wadi Rum - Karak - Dead Sea - Madaba. This morning, we explore the vast 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 attacks. Note: Shobak crusader castle maybe visited as an alternative to Karak, depending upon weather and opening times.

Continuing on, we descend some 1300 metres to the lowest point on the earth's surface to the Dead Sea. Sitting at 422 metres below sea level we spend the afternoon floating like a cork in the salt-laden, buoyant Dead Sea and lathering up with a detoxifying mud. Then we drive on to the bustling Muslim-Christian market town of Madaba.
Overnight: Madaba  |  Breakfast, Dinner

Day 7

Famed for its 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 at leisure today.
Overnight: Madaba  |  Breakfast

Day 8

Saturday. Madaba - Amman Airport. Explore Madaba your way, before hotel check-out and included onward departure transfer to Amman's Queen Alia airport.
Breakfast

Totally Jordan Perseids Meteor Shower departure 08 Aug 2015

Why not combine this tour with the amazing celestial spectacle of the Perseids Meteor shower? This magical event has mystified and amazed viewers for almost 2000 years. Our special Totally Jordan meteor departure starting 08 August 2015 includes two spellbinding nights of stargazing, when the meteor shower is at its peak on the 10th and 11th August at our desert camp in Wadi Rum, Take a look at our special Totally Jordan - Perseid's Meteor Shower itinerary.

Other tours that include the meteor shower are:
Road to Jerusalem - departs 08 AUG 2015
Pyramids, Petra, Promised Land - starting 01 AUG 2015

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.

Trip Highlights

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

Included

7 breakfasts and 2 dinners
1 night - Wadi Rum deluxe desert camp
Dead Sea - Free time to swim and detox
Airport arrival and departure transfer on day 1 and day 8
All relevant transfer and transportation in private modern air-conditioned vehicles
6 nights 4 star hotels
4 x 4 desert safari through the sand dunes of Wadi Rum
Touring of Amman, Jerash, Umm Qais, Dead Sea, Petra, Wadi Rum, Umm ar-Rasas, Mt Nebo and Madaba
Escorted by licenced Jordanian Tour Guide

Not Included

International flights and visa
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
Laundry, drinks and items of a personal nature
Entrance Fees: $140-150 USD

From the moment I arrived to the moment I left, I felt I was in safe hands. I was met at the airport by friendly staff and from that moment on, everything ran like clockwork. We were looked after for te full duration, but not in an overbearing way. The tour content was perfect and not rushed or too jam packed. The size of the group was perfect as we got to know everyone and didn't feel as though we were part of a chain gang. I absolutely loved my time in Jordan with On The Go and will certainly be recommending On The Go Tours to my friends and colleagues and also be suggesting Jordan as a must visit destination

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This was simply the best holiday I've been on and I fell in love with Jordan. The combination of a great group of fellow travelers, a stunningly beautiful country and being lucky enough to have Ogla as our guide meant everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves and we were all sad to leave at the end of the tour. Jordan is a fascinating country, rich in history and with a landscape that's unlike anything I'm used to (being from NZ/UK). The Jordanian people are some of the warmest, friendliest and most helpful I've encountered in years of travelling. You also couldn't find a better guide than Ogla; he took the best care of us and was full of detailed explanations and little stories to inform us about all the places we visited - as well as keeping us entertained and laughing during some of the longer stretches of travel. I absolutely loved my time in Jordan and want to thank On the Go, and particularly Ogla, for making it such a wonderful experience - I can't wait to go back.

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Jordan was a really great trip.

We had a great time and had no issues.

Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and helpful. We enjoyed everything Jordan had to offer. Petra and Wadi Rum were the highlights of the trip and we cannot underscore how spectacular they both were.

Overall we are very happy with our OnTheGo trip of Jordan and with our guide Ogla.

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We have just had a fantastic week in Jordan. In fact, my daughter said it was the best holiday she had ever been on! From start to finish it ran like clockwork. Even though we were late arriving in Amman we were whisked through customs and on to our hotel in no time at all.

Our guide Jamileh was brilliant. An amazing woman. Hilarious at times with her stories of Jordanian life and opinions on women's rights. We learned so much of the history of the area. I can't praise her enough.

Our numbers varied, with just six people to start with, then twelve when some joined us from other tours. The tour bus and driver were great. Very comfortable. The air.con very necessary at times.

We saw all the main sites. Petra at night was outstanding. Wadi Rum was mind blowing, and our overnight camp was excellent. Especially the camel riding.

Everyone we met was so friendly. It would be good to go back and spend more time there. Loved every minute.

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5
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Very pleased indeed with the tour - it was a well thought out itinerary that suited my needs perfectly i.e. succinct but thorough. My guide Jamilla was excellent - knowledgeable, proud of her heritage and keen to impart her culture to the group. Equally so were her organisational skills so that the tour ran smoothly at all times and we were indeed always 'on the go'. Credit to our driver Wahil too, for his patience in the traffic, a clean bus and always reliably there waiting for us, he was also willing to help with luggage and was equally hospitable and friendly. Hotels were excellent standard and again, strategically located as in Petra to enable ease of access. I've done plenty of travelling in my time with organised group tours, solo custom tours and DIY backpacker efforts and I would rate this tour on a 'flagship' level - well done On The Go!

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5
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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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2015
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Supplementary Prices

 
Twin/Double
Single Supp.
Private Tour Supplement
USD $1319
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Amman Pre-Tour accommodation
USD $110
USD $49
Madaba Post-Tour accommodation
USD $100
USD $30

This tour is also available on a private basis - for details please see the Supplementary Prices above.

Tour Details
Starts
Amman
Ends
Madaba
Departs
Saturdays
Hotel Rating
4 star
Local Payment
None
Tour Guide
Yes - escorted by a tour guide
Meals
Breakfast: 7, Dinner: 2
Tour Bolt-ons
Enhance your trip with these amazing added extras and bolt-ons
Petra Kitchen
USD $69
Jerusalem & Beyond
USD $2,099

From the moment I arrived to the moment I left, I felt I was in safe hands. I was met at the airport by friendly staff and from that moment on, everything ran like clockwork. We were looked after for te full duration, but not in an overbearing way. The tour content was perfect and not rushed or too jam packed. The size of the group was perfect as we got to know everyone and didn't feel as though we were part of a chain gang. I absolutely loved my time in Jordan with On The Go and will certainly be recommending On The Go Tours to my friends and colleagues and also be suggesting Jordan as a must visit destination

James Darney
Guaranteed Departures
This tour is 100% guaranteed to depart with 2 travellers.