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Deserts Ruins Reefs

11 Days  |  Starts/Ends: Amman  |  from USD $2,789  |   Guaranteed Departures  1 reviews

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 Tala Bay in Aqaba.

Itinerary
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Hotels
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Itinerary

Day 1

Amman

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, Dinner

Day 3

Mt Nebo & the Promised Lands

Amman - Madaba - Mount Nebo - Umm ar Rasas - Petra. Today we tour the citadel and Archaeological Museum of Amman before we take a walk through the bustling local souk to enjoy typical Jordanian street treats of falafel and hummus at the country’s most popular local street stand. As the pictures on the wall will prove, the unglamorous food stand was a great favourite of the late King Hussein.

Leaving Amman we’ll stop first at Mt. Nebo, the site from which Moses saw the Promised Land. Having led the Israelites for 40 years through the wilderness, Moses finally saw them from this awesome vantage point. This amazing panorama includes the Jordan River Valley, the Dead Sea, Jericho and the spires and domes of the Mt. of Olives and Bethlehem on the Judean hills just across the wide valley. Later we visit Madaba en route to Petra where we see the Church of St George, the Madaba Archaeological Park, Apostles Church and Madaba Museum.

Our next port of call is Um ar-Rasas, one of Jordan’s World Heritage sites and once an important stop on the busy caravan routes. The impressive mosaic floor of the St. Stephen Church features medallions commemorating all the early Christian pilgrimage sites of the region, and the extensive ruins also include one of the area’s earliest Stylite towers, where a Byzantine hermit lived atop the tower and preached to the pilgrimage visitors.

Our final stop of the day is Petra. 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

The Rose City

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

Wadi Rum

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

Dead Sea & Wadi Mujib

Wadi Rum - Karak – Wadi Mujib - Dead Sea. After breakfast at the campsite, we head north along the Desert Highway. Taking a drive through the busy market town of Karak under the towering shadows of the Karak Crusader Castle, descending some 1300 meters to the Dead Sea, the lowest point on the earth’s surface. More than 500 meters below sea level, the mineral-rich Dead Sea is the world’s original health and beauty spa. Drift out and bob in the waters and slap on some of the famous black Dead Sea mud to give your skin an invigorating boost.

For departures between April and October we’ll head up the King’s Highway to Wadi Mujib. We’ll embark on a moderate paced two hour trek along the Siq Trail. Measuring 500 metres in depth and spanning 4 kilometres across, the impressive Wadi Mujib is one of Jordan’s most remarkable natural features. This dramatic canyon features sheer rocky walls and sparkling waterways that range from puddle height to depths that are perfect for swimming trails. The canyon is just one feature of the Mujib Biosphere Reserve, the lowest nature reserve in the world, home to a surprising diversity of wildlife and plant species. After our trek we make our way to the Dead Sea.
Overnight: Dead Sea  |  Breakfast

Day 7

Dead Sea

The lowest point on the earth's surface at 400m below sea level, the Dead sea is a natural phenomena and high on most travellers' bucket lists. Lucky for us we have a whole day to spend here, whiling away the time bobbing in its mineral-rich buoyant waters and lathering up with a detoxifying mud bath. Later today there will be an optional visit to the Ma'in hot springs - a series of waterfalls and hot springs, and a sacred baptism site where Jesus Christ is thought to have been baptised (book locally).
Overnight: Dead Sea  |  Breakfast

Days 8-9

Red Sea R&R

This morning we drive to the resort town of Aqaba and 15km further south to the idyllic beaches of Tala Bay. Upon arrival we enjoy an included hotel buffet dinner. Spend the next two days at leisure. 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, Dinner x 1

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

Amman

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.

Prices & 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.

Departure dates noted with a 'G' are guaranteed to operate. All other departure dates can be guaranteed with a minimum of 2 persons.

Please note this tour departs on a Thursday.
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2016
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Supplementary Prices

 
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Private Tour Supplement
USD $1299
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Amman Pre-Tour accommodation
USD $99
USD $60
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.

Hotels

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.

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 a complimentary breakfast. The rooftop restaurant has fantastic panoramic views of Amman and is a great place to spend the evening. The hotel is 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's restaurant serves a delicious selection of international meals in both buffet-style and a la carte.

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. This accommocation is well located in the heart of Wadi Rum.

Dead Sea Spa, Dead Sea

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

The Dead Sea Spa is a superb hotel with spacious rooms and a spa treatment centre. Beside the dermatological & rheumatological treatment the centre has body massage, mud packs, ultrasound therapy, galvanic therapy, microwave therapy, cryotherapy & hydrotherapy.

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
Wadi Mujib - trek the Siq Trail of Wadi Mujib Biosphere Reserve

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: USD$60-80, paid in local currency
International flights and visa
Entrance Fees: USD$140-160, paid in local currency

Reviews

Scoring an average traveller rating of 5 out of 5 based on 1 recent reviews

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.

• Submitted 24 Sep 2014
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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 • Submitted 16 Aug 2013

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

Laurence Birch • Submitted 28 Nov 2012

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 • Submitted 18 Jan 2012

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

John T. • Submitted 09 May 2010

The guides had exceptional knowledge on Jordan's history, culture and local areas. I enjoyed the tour very much. Thank you.

Michelle P. • Submitted 04 Apr 2010

Hi John,

We just came back from Jordan and wanted to let you know that we had a great time. Everything went smoothly, without even smallest problem, which was mainly thanks to our guide who looked after us so well.

We learnt a lot about Jordan's culture and people - who are very open and friendly.

We will be highly recommending On the Go tours.

Brian Downey • Submitted 27 Dec 2009

Wonderful trip - Petra did not disappoint and it was good to have two days there.

E Laine • Submitted 19 Sep 2009

Great country - excellent sight-seeing especially Petra, loved the Dead sea experience and the 4x4 trip in the desert and camp.

Mike Piper • Submitted 25 Jul 2009

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

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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.

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