Exciting Days, Comfortable Nights

New Years in Wadi Rum

8 Days  |  Starts/Ends: Amman  |  from USD $2,249  |   Guaranteed Departures  4 reviews

Celebrate a Bedouin New Year’s Eve Bash in the heart of Wadi Rum desert. Add to this the fascinating Lost City of Petra, swimming in the Dead Sea and exploring heaps of Roman ruins and you can be assured that you'll be ringing in the new in style!

Itinerary
Prices & Dates
Hotels
Inclusions
Reviews

Itinerary

Day 1

Amman

27 December 2016. Once you arrive into Amman you'll be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is yours to spend at leisure.
Overnight: Amman

    Amman
Day 2

Jerash & Umm Qais

Amman - Jerash - Umm Qais - Amman. Today we tour Jerash, arguably the world’s best-preserved Roman provincial city with whisper-perfect acoustics in the South Theater, chariot-wheel marks in the paving stones of the Cardo and an exciting chariot race in the 2,000-year-old Hippodrome. Drive on to Umm Qais (Biblical Gadara) to visit a dramatic black-basalt Roman Decapolis city featuring great views over the Sea of Galilee and the Golan Heights. Later on we return to Amman
Overnight: Amman  |  Breakfast, Dinner

Day 3

Mt Nebo & Umm ar Rasas

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 of Petra

Begin the day with a walk through the mysterious mile-long Siq, the narrow gorge with towering sandstone walls which leads into the ancient capital city of the Nabatean trading empire. Explore the Khazneh (the temple of Indiana Jones fame), Theater, Colonnaded Street and Museum. After lunch, climb to ad-Deir (the Monastery), Petra’s largest carved façade. Want to learn how to cook Middle Eastern food? Consider opting for our Petra Kitchen bolt-on tonight!
Overnight: Petra  |  Breakfast

Day 5

New Years Eve in Wadi Rum

Petra - Wadi Rum. This morning we have the opportunity to join our guide for a return to Petra along the “secret way” of al-Madras, with visits to the High Place of Sacrifice and Wadi Farasa. Mid-day stop in the Wadi Musa souk to pick up shawarma sandwiches or fruit and veggie snacks from the local produce souk before making the scenic drive to Wadi Rum. We make a late afternoon Jeep tour of this moonscape desert terrain, arriving to our remote camp site deep in the heart of the Wadi Rum Protected Area.

See out the old year at a Bedouin party featuring folkloric dancing, Bedouin musicians, hands-on demonstrations of traditional Bedouin coffee and bread making, fireworks and more….along with a lavish buffet dinner and champagne toast at midnight.
Overnight: Wadi Rum  |  Breakfast, Dinner

    Wadi Rum
Days 6-7

Dead Sea

Wadi Rum - Karak - Dead Sea. Happy New Year!!!!! After breakfast at the campsite on day 6 we head north along the Desert Highway. We make 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. Bob in the waters and slap on some of the famous black Dead Sea mud to give your skin an invigorating boost.

Day 7 is free to further relax and pamper yourself at the Dead Sea. Enjoy this natural phenomena, whiling away the time bobbing in the mineral rich buoyant waters and lathering up with a detoxifying mud bath.
Overnight: Dead Sea  |  Breakfast x 2

    Dead Sea
Day 8

Dead Sea

03 January 2017. Dead Sea - Amman Airport. Hotel check out and included onward transfer to the airport in Amman.

Please note that departure transfers leave at 00:30, 08:30 and 13:30 on day 8. If you would like a departure transfer at any other time or a transfer with post tour accommodation this can be arranged at an additional cost.
Breakfast

Xmas in Petra

Discover the hidden city of Petra this Christmas on our Xmas in Petra tour. Departing on 22 Dec 2016 we uncover Roman ruins and crusader castles. Go for a dip in the Dead Sea and enjoy a great Xmas dinner at the legendary Rose Red City of Petra!

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.

Guaranteed Departure
4+ places available
Limited places
Sold out
On Request (Please Contact Us)
2016
Price/Person
Single Supp.
USD $2249
USD $569

Supplementary Prices

 
Twin/Double
Single Supp.
Amman Pre-Tour accommodation
USD $99
USD $60
Dead Sea Post Accom
USD $139
USD $80

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
Umm Qais - Roman Decapolis city, once a cultural centre, home to poets and great philosophers
Petra - UNESCO-listed 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 including New Year’s Bedouin Party at Wadi Rum camp
Wadi Rum dinner, camping and 4x4 safari
Airport arrival and departure transfer on day 1 and day 8. Please note the departure transfer is only valid at 00:30, 08:30 and 13:30 on day 8
Escorted by a qualified Jordanian tour guide
6 nights - 4 star hotels, 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
All relevant transfers and transportation in private modern air-conditioned vehicles

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$45-55, paid in local currency
International flights and visa
Entrance Fees: USD$140-150, paid in local currency

Reviews

Scoring an average traveller rating of 4.75 out of 5 based on 4 recent reviews

The tour and the tour guide were exceptional. I cannot rave more about both the tour and the tour guide. Ogla was always ready with advice of where to go after hours, what to eat and advice on the optional extras. He also showed the cuisine of his country. he went out of his way to always include everyone and was always helpful.

Great tour had had a great time.

5 stars for Ogla.

• Submitted 09 Jan 2015
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Was a good trip, guide was well informed and knowledgeable.

made the trip fun adn enjoyable.

was able to help out in the time of need. and had good contacts to make it efficient.

enjoyable part of the trip was seeing petra by candle light and by day and soaking in the dead sea.

tour of petra, guide should have indicated about some of the other possible routes that could have been taken to see petra from alternative routes. was only aware of these different routes on the morning before we left to the next destination.

flyer that was handed out did not have this information on it. so did not manage to get to those locations.

pickup and dropoff transfers were great. one less thing to worry about when arriving in a new country. transfers went smoothly.

• Submitted 07 Jan 2015
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Dear Go on Tour!

That was the most incredible week in my life. Perfect hotels, everything organised extremely well - transfers, food etc.

Most of it was the tour guide Ogla. Wonderful person, knowledgeable, carry, funny and entertaining the same time. He has a remarkable knowledge about the history and the culture of Jordan and Middle East. He made my stay in Jordan like living a dream. All the time he goes far beyond just doing his job, it is his passion being a tour guide. Everybody felt looked after all the time. Constantly he was on a full alert for our comfort. wellbeing and safety. Five stars are just nor enough to rate him. The best tour guide ever!

• Submitted 05 Jan 2015
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Greatest ever holiday I had. Touring around Jordan and celebrating New Year in Wadi Rum desert in Bedouin camp. We visited many places - Umm Qays, Jerash, Karak, Petra and Amman. We had the greatest tour guide - Ogla Nawafleh. Would highly recommend to anyone who wants to visit Jordan.

Krassimir Vassilev • Submitted 05 Jan 2015

Dear Go on Tour!

That was the most incredible week in my life. Perfect hotels, everything organised extremely well - transfers, food etc.

Most of it was the tour guide Ogla. Wonderful person, knowledgeable, carry, funny and entertaining the same time. He has a remarkable knowledge about the history and the culture of Jordan and Middle East. He made my stay in Jordan like living a dream. All the time he goes far beyond just doing his job, it is his passion being a tour guide. Everybody felt looked after all the time. Constantly he was on a full alert for our comfort. wellbeing and safety. Five stars are just nor enough to rate him. The best tour guide ever!

Anjela Vassileva • Submitted 05 Jan 2015

Greatest ever holiday I had. Touring around Jordan and celebrating New Year in Wadi Rum desert in Bedouin camp.

We visited many places - Umm Qays, Jerash, Karak, Petra and Amman.

We had the greatest tour guide - Ogla Nawafleh.

Would highly recommend to anyone who wants to visit Jordan.

• Submitted 04 Jan 2015
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this tour was interesting and fun and I had an amazing New Year, with all lovely travel companions. This is my first organized tour, and the experience was very positive, the guide and the driver and all the staff were all absolutely the best.

Janice Pizzuto • Submitted 05 Jan 2014

I was on the 28 Dec departure of New Year in Wadi Rum. I wasn't able to complete a tour evaluation form so am taking this opportunity to give feedback.

All of us very much appreciated the upgrade to the Crown Plaza Resort at Petra. The Petra tour was very good, as was the Dead Sea. We had to ask for an hour's shopping time in Aqaba as it had not been scheduled, hence we were rushed getting to Mt Nebo and only just were allowed in as arrived right on closing at 4.30, and sun had set unfortunately.

The Toledo Hotel was excellent.

I was disappointed that the Mosaic City Hotel in Madaba did not have a room in which I could smoke, as this was requested when I booked. I had to use an outdoor balcony in extremely cold weather as the whole hotel is non-smoking.

I was very grateful for your help on arrival at Amman airport and

being put in the hands of Hassan for drive to hotel. He was a very friendly person and also did my transfer from Madaba back to Amman as well as other private shopping trips and transport to the border.

I appreciated being allowed to charge all tour expenses up until the end, due to my losing my wallet and credit cards in a taxi in Amman and having to wait for emergency card & cash. Fortunately, the Toledo Hotel Manager loaned me sufficient cash to meet my tour expenses. The Toledo was, as the Manager, Mr Hakam, said, my home away from home and I would have been far more stressed had I not had them to help me out. I can't speak highly enough of all their staff.

Finally, I must commend our tour guide, Raed, who was a lovely person. Nothing was too much trouble for him. He was very knowledgeable and interesting and was also very supportive to me in my distress at my loss.

Gwyneth Owen • Submitted 28 Dec 2008

Tour Details
Starts
Amman
Ends
Amman
Departs
27 Dec 2016
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 $65

The tour and the tour guide were exceptional. I cannot rave more about both the tour and the tour guide. Ogla was always ready with advice of where to go after hours, what to eat and advice on the optional extras. He also showed the cuisine of his country. he went out of his way to always include everyone and was always helpful.

Great tour had had a great time.

5 stars for Ogla.

Edwina Bezuidenhout
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