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Jordan Tailor made Holidays

Jordan is a perfect destination for that week long escape with a bit of everything - explore the Rose City of Petra, see the beautiful desertscape of Wadi Rum, pamper yourself at a Dead Sea Spa, visit Roman Jerash, snorkel in the Red Sea at Aqaba, hike through Dana Nature Reserve and take in the views from Mt Nebo across to Israel.

We’re here to help you plan that perfect tailor made holiday to Jordan. Our tailormade team have travelled extensively to Jordan, will aim to design a holiday to Jordan that meets your exact requirements, handpicking unique things to do in the places you want to visit.

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Petra and other highlights of a holiday to Jordan

While there are some experiences that appear on everyone’s bucket list in Jordan – be it exploring the once lost city of Petra, sleeping under the stars in Wadi Rum or pampering yourself with Dead Sea mud, there is so much more to the Hashemite Kingdom that lies off the well beaten tourist track. Below we’ve highlighted some of the key sights to see in Jordan as well as some hidden gems to form to add some variation to your tailor made holiday.

Petra Highlight

Petra

A holiday in Jordan would not be complete without a visit to the remarkable rose city of Petra, which was once the thriving capital of the Nabataean empire. Nestled in a secluded valley surrounded by Jordan’s rugged mountains, Petra was left deserted and hidden from the world for hundreds of years. After being rediscovered in the 1800s, the lost city of Petra is now not only Jordan’s leading tourist attraction, it’s also one of the world’s most incredible archaeological sites, and was as ...
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Wadi Rum Highlight

Wadi Rum

A vast, silent landscape of ancient riverbeds, pastel coloured stretches of sandy desert and amazing rock formations known as jebels, the desertscape of Wadi Rum represents some of the most stunning countryside on the planet. Wadi Rum possesses unspoiled natural beauty forged by millions of years of geological formation, erosion and evolution. Split by networks of canyons and ravines, spanned by naturally formed rock bridges and watered by hidden springs, the jebels (essentially mountains) offer ...
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The Dead Sea | Jordan

Dead Sea

The lowest point on the earth’s surface, the Dead Sea is a natural phenomena and gift of Mother Nature. Straddling the border between Israel and Jordan, the mineral content of this 75-km-long and 10-km-wide saltwater lake tops out at 33%, or about six times as salty as a normal ocean. Fed by the River Jordan, the surface is the least saline. At a depth of around 40 metres, the seawater comprises about 300 grams of salt per kilogram of seawater. That’s about ten times the salinity of the ...
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Aqaba Highlight

Aqaba

This southern seaport town on the Gulf of Aqaba provides Jordan’s only access to the sea. It’s an ancient city: Solomon, the Queen of Sheba and Lawrence of Arabia are amongst Aqaba’s past guests. The sleepy fishing village was only dragged into modernity following a deal struck with neighbouring Saudi Arabia whereby Jordan was granted a couple of extra kilometres of coastline and coral reef south of the now modern town. Arriving into the port of Aqaba, you may be struck by how big the ...
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Jerash Highlight

Jerash

It is easy to make a day trip to Jerash from Jordan’s capital. After all, Jerash is only around 45km north of Amman. Second only to Petra in tourist appeal, the 2,000 year-old Graeco-Roman ruins of Jerash which are set in the bowl of a well-watered valley 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 Emperor ...
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Umm Qais Highlight

Umm Qais

Tucked into the angle of borders formed by Jordan, Israel and the Golan, Umm Qais is the modern name for 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 and the Golan Heights. Gadar was renowned for its cosmopolitan atmosphere, attracting an array of writers, artists, philosophers and poets. It also served as a resort for Romans vacationing in the nearby al-Hemma hot springs. Gadara was blessed with fertile ...
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Amman Highlight

Amman

Known during antiquity as Philadelphia, Jordan’s capital lays just a short drive from the Syrian and Israeli borders. The area has been continuously inhabited since 6,000 BC, though few ancient buildings remain. This relatively modern and bustling city was not much more than a village when it became the seat of government in the 1920s. Since then it has grown dramatically - Its population swelled by the arrival of succeeding waves of displaced Palestinians, who today make up a majority of the ...
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Dana NP Highlight

Dana N.R.

Unique in the Middle East region, Dana NR is a protected region overseen by Jordan’s RSCN (Royal Society for the Protection of Nature) combining scientific research, social reconstruction and sustainable tourism. The village of the Dana region itself was a dying community, rejuvenated thanks to the success of the reserve. The villagers are now involved in nurturing crops of olives, fruits and herbs to then create products such as soaps and organic jams which the RSCN sells on to tourists. This ...
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Red Sea Relaxation

Rugged mountains tumbling down into warm turquoise waters, sandy beaches lining a palm-fringed coast and offshore colourful coral reefs just waiting to be explored. Like what you are picturing? As the only coastal city in Jordan, Aqaba is its gateway to the Red Sea and brimming with opportunity for the discerning traveller. After taking in the sights and delights of Jordan consider unwinding with some rest and relaxation by the sea on your tailor made holiday.

Inspirations for a holiday in Jordan

If you’ve got some extra time on your hands or this is your second trip to Jordan, why not venture off the beaten track or try something different with this list of unique experiences.

Cooking lesson | Petra | Jordan
Learn how to cook

Petra Kitchen

A large part of getting to know a destination is by sampling the local cuisine and if you’ve been to the Middle East before you’ll be well aware that the flavours and aromas of the region are simply divine. Learn how to prepare traditional Jordanian meals at Petra Kitchen, a small locally-run business, where wannabe chefs can whip up dishes with the guidance of an experienced chef. Enjoy the fruit of your labour and take home recipes to recreate at home.

Azraq
Go on safari

Shaumari Wildlife Reserve

When you think about booking a 4x4 wildlife safari, chances are you aren’t picturing yourself in the Middle East – well think again! The Shaumari Wildlife Reserve near the town of Azraq is a wonderful place to get back to nature in Jordan where you can spot some of the endangered species in the region such as the Arbian Oryx, ostrich and gazelles.

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Pamper yourself

Ma’in Six Senses Spa

Nestled at the foot of a rocky canyon near the eastern shore of the Dead Sea, the Evason Ma’in Hot Springs & Six Senses Spa is the ultimate combination of rugged beauty and indulgent luxury. With a sandstone exterior accented by arches and domes this secluded oasis fits perfectly into its surroundings. The in-house spa puts to use the geothermic activity of the area with a range of therapeutic treatments and dipping pool fed by a hot-spring waterfall.

Desert Castles
Desert castles

Qasrs aplenty

One thing you certainly won’t come up short on in Jordan is fascinating architectural feats, for the country is loaded to the hilt with ancient Islamic castles, fortresses and abandoned palaces. While there are plenty of castles scattered across the nation, Qasr Kharanah, Qasr Amra, and Qasr Azraq – one of the headquarters of Lawrence of Arabia are well worth a visit.

Mujib
Follow nature trails

Mujib Biosphere Reserve

With over 200 square kilometres of rugged mountainous landscape, deep canyons, towering cliffs, gorges and snaking rivers the Mujib Biosphere Reserve is not only stunning but also the lowest nature reserve on earth. Despite its barren landscape there is a surprising variety of flora and fauna hidden within the cracks of Mujib, most of which is near impossible to reach leaving much of the reserve untouched. Follow nature trails on good, abseil down a waterfall and go for a dip in the cool crystal waters of a waterfall – the possibilities are endless.

View of the Promised Land
Take a hike

Dana Nature Reserve

Another one of Jordan’s hidden gems, the Dana Nature Reserve is the largest in the country and boasts an incredibly varied terrain that plays home to a diversity of plant and animal life. The sandstone cliffs and red rock escarpments are perfect for hiking and exploring many uof the archaeological sites found in the reserve.

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Some of our top hotel picks

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!

Taybet Zamaan, Petra
A charming conversion of an old Ottoman village, the Taybet Zamaan is a unique accommodation choice when visiting Petra. Guest rooms are made of traditional stone and all come with comfortable furnishings and beautiful small terraces. Guests can take advantage of an outdoor swimming pool, health and fitness centre and a Turkish bath - ideal for relaxing in after a long day exploring magnificent Petra. Uniquely located on the side of the mountains just a short drive from the Rose Red City of Petra.
Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: Standard Heritage
Kempinski Ishtar, Dead Sea
Set amongst beautiful lagoons, waterfalls and private pools, the Kempinski Ishtar is a luxurious hotel and spa on the banks of the Dead Sea. Guest rooms are delicatelt styled with contemporary fittings and excellent amenities including complimentary minibar and Wi-Fi as well as luxurious Dead Sea bathrooms goodies. The onsite Anantara Spa has a range of treatments on offer, from massage, wraps and body scubs, as well as a traditional Hammam - perfect for ultimate relaxation. Located on the banls of the Jordanian side of the Dead Sea.
Our Category: Lavish   |   Regional Category: 5 Star Deluxe Hotel
Feynan Ecolodge, Dana N.R.
Voted as one of the best eco-lodges in the world, the Feynan Ecolodge offers a stay with a difference. Running completely on solar power and candle light, come nightfall it becomes a beautifull romantic retreat that you won't want to leave. All guest rooms are ensuite - with hot water from the natural spring. For the ultimate in atmospheric evenings - head to the roof at night time and enjoy the endless amount of stars in the sky - truly breathtaking! The Lodge is in the Wadi Finan Bedouin area below Dana Reserve.
Our Category: Simple   |   Regional Category: Standard Lodge
Kempinski Hotel, Aqaba
The Kempinski is a luxurious hotel with elegant and spacious rooms, set in well manicured gardens. All guest rooms are classically deisgned and benefit from having private balconies and magnificent Red Sea views. A number of dining options are available include the popular Fish In restaurant offering some of the freshest seafood in the area. Those wanting ultimate pampering should head to the onsite luxury spa. Perfectly located on the waterfont at Aqaba, within walking distance to the shopping and business districts of downtown Aqaba.
Our Category: Deluxe   |   Regional Category: 5 Star Deluxe Hotel
Petra Movenpick, Petra
Enviably located opposite the entrance to Petra, the Movenpick Resort perfectly combines classic Oriental flare with Middle Eastern charm. All the guest rooms are newly renovated to a high standard with colourful local fabrics and natural hues that tastefully complement the surroundings. Guests enjoy a complimentary mini-bar and Wi'Fi as well as a whole host of amenities. With no less that seven restaurants and bars - you will be hard pushed to go hungry or thirsty at the truly wonderful resort. Well located opposite the visitor's entrance to Petra.
Our Category: Deluxe   |   Regional Category: 5 Star Hotel

Combine Jordan & Israel

With the Promised Land just across the border, consider combing your trip to Jordan with a stopover in neighbouring Israel. Take in the highlights of the Hashemite Kingdom and then hop across the border to discover the Holy City of Jerusalem, the birthplace of Jesus Christ in Bethlehem, the home of Mary and Joseph in Nazareth, miracle sites and much more.

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