Saturday. Welcome to Jordan and the start of an amazing adventure. Arrive Amman, included transfer to our hotel and overnight.
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, Dinner
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
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
Petra - 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 - 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 (chest height or deeper) depending on the level of rainfall. 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
The lowest point on the earth's surface at 400m below sea level, the Dead Sea is a natural phenomenon 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
Saturday. 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.
Totally Jordan Perseids Meteor Shower departure 09 Aug 2017
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 09 August 2017 includes two spellbinding nights of stargazing, when the meteor shower is at its peak between 11 - 13 August at our desert camp in Wadi Rum, Take a look at our special Totally Jordan - Perseid's Meteor Shower itinerary.
Prices & Dates
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.
Basic hotels and simple accommodation is a no frills option with an adventurous authentic feel.
Standard accommodation equates to a Western 3-star standard, always featuring en-suite rooms and usually a restaurant.
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 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 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
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
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
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.
Tipping is not a natural part of many Western cultures and many of us feel uncomfortable, or unsure, about when, or how much, to tip. However, in Jordan, tipping makes up a significant part of many people's wages so it's important that we get it right. For this reason we've developed a very simple system to take all the hassle out of tipping. With our 'tipping made easy' policy, a nominal pre-determined amount is collected from all group tour participants to cover tips en route. This then saves you the hassle of when and how much to tip bellhops, luggage handlers, local guides and other support staff through the tour. Our 'tipping made easy' doesn't include a tip to your group tour leader. Naturally, though, the amount is up to you as tipping is an entirely personal gesture.
The tour was great, the guide Ramie was fantastic as was the bus driver.
Jordan was awesome.”
The Tour was arranged well. From airport transfers to the end. Our tour guide Jamila was friendly and full of knowledge. Nothing was ever too much. As we travelled in a group she tried her up most to please everyone. The tour was amazing would recommend to anyone. Jordan was great the people were so friendly. Thanks again to Jamila for making it a wonderful experience.”
In Amman, really great. True 4 star, breakfast was really good and rooms were a bit small but manageable. In Petra, hotel location was really great, walking distance to restaurants and the main entrance of Petra. The breakfast was really great and the hotel staff were quite helpful. Room was very large, probably the best hotel of the tour. The camp in Wadi Rum was to be expected in terms of facilities.
The meals included were all really good! Plus all of the entrance sites and walking tours that we did was really good. The trip kitty and local payments were quite helpful, however, on the trip notes, it should be a bit more clear as to what currency will be accepted for the local payment as most passengers were a bit confused. The arrival transfers were easy and quick, as were the departure transfer. As well, the transport from area to area was well arranged and very efficient. Plus the inclusion of the visa for some passport holders was super simple and very much appreciated.
Rami was awesome. He gave us so much information all relating to the sites we visited, both cultural, historical and religious, but he has a great sense of humor and is very personable. I thought he did a great job with the group as there was quite a range in interest and age, and he did a wonderful job helping each passenger with their questions and recommendations.
Overall, the tour was really great! It was a good pace, a bit more fast-paced but considering all the different sites included, it was a good amount of time in each location. It would have been great to spend a bit more time in Petra to see Little Petra, but considering the tour was only 8 days, it was just the right amount of time to give us the taste of the country.”
Rami is my favourite! He made this trip 100% better! As we explored the country of Jordan he provided us with tips and tricks that helped us to get the most out of each experience. From being the first group to reach Petra at night to dancing the night away in Madaba, Rami guided the group through a magical week. ”
The tour was exceptional & so was the guide.
Ogla made the history & facts he told us about this beautiful country interesting & unbiased. He was the perfect host for the tour, despite some tragic & personal circumstances.
I would recommend (and have already) OTG tours to anyone that is keen to visit Jordan - if they had Ogla as a guide, that would be a huge bonus!”
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 ”
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. ”
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.”
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.”
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!”
The tour was great, the guide Ramie was fantastic as was the bus driver.
Jordan was awesome.”