PRIVATE TOUR: Jordan, home to the Rose City of Petra offers so much more than initially meets the eye. This inspiring 9 day itinerary visits the Dead Sea, Wadi Rum, Petra, Roman ruins and much more. It's a true Arabian Adventure - with a little bit of luxury!
Welcome to Jordan and the start of your holiday! Arrive into Amman and transfer to your hotel. The remainder of today is yours to relax or independently explore.
Overnight: Amman | Breakfast
Amman - Jerash - Umm Qais - Amman. This morning we visit Jerash, the world’s best-preserved Roman provincial city, built over 2,000 years ago and known as the ‘Pompeii of the East’. Here, we see the Forum, with its forest of towering columns, the arena, where the tracks of chariot wheels can still be seen, the souk area, Temple of Artemis and the South Theatre with its near-perfect acoustics. We continue on to Umm Qais , a dramatic black-basalt Roman city with panoramic views over the Sea of Galilee.
Overnight: Amman | Breakfast
Amman - Madaba - Petra. Today, we tour the citadel, Archaeological Museum and enjoy free time in the colourful local souq. Driving onward to Madaba we explore the Greek Orthodox Church of St George which has incredible 6th century Byzantine mosaics, depicting Jerusalem and other holy sites. Later this afternoon, we head to Petra and enroute we’ll stop to take in the history of Shobak Castle..
Overnight: Petra | Breakfast
Get ready to be amazed! All but lost to the modern world until 1812, Petra is a real archaeological gem, full of ancient tombs and ruins ripe for the modern-day discoverer. We access Petra through the mysterious mile-long Siq which leads to the spectacular façade of the Treasury (of Indiana Jones fame). This is just the beginning of a day filled with true adventure, where we’ll explore amazing sights such as the Street of Facades, the Theatre, Colonnaded Street and Qasr al Bint. On day 5, there is an opportunity to return to the Rose City and further explore this amazing site.
Overnight: Petra | Breakfast x 2
Petra - Wadi Rum - Aqaba. Today we transfer to Wadi Rum for a 4x4 tour of the moonscape terrain which T. E. Lawrence described as “vast, echoing and God-like.” The desertscape of Wadi Rum is truly stunning with its ancient riverbeds and amazing eroded rock formations. We then drive onward to Aqaba, Jordan’s premier Red Sea hotspot and enjoy an afternoon of R&R.
Overnight: Aqaba | Breakfast
Aqaba - Bethany - Dead Sea. Driving north via Wadi Araba, we’ll stop at Lot’s Cave and the Dead Sea Panorama point. Later, we enjoy a city tour of Bethany before descending to the lowest point on the earth’s surface, the Dead Sea. Take a dip in the mineral rich waters, where you’ll bob around like a cork - there is certainly no risk of sinking here! Your skin will also receive a fabulous detox, thanks to the curative qualities of the water.
Overnight: Dead Sea | Breakfast
Dead Sea - Amman Airport. Enjoy your last morning with a final dip, before hotel check out and onward departure transfer to Amman's Queen Alia Airport.
Journey onward to Jerusalem
Why not extend your stay and explore neighbouring Jerusalem and the Holy Lands, including sights like the beautiful Bethlehem, the church of the Holy Sepulcre and the sea of Galilee.
For information about Jordan visas, top travel tips and much more, take a look through our travel guide.
Prices & Dates
The hotels listed below are ones which we frequently use on this tour when booking 4 star. For the frequently used 5 star hotels, please refer to the 5 star Trip Notes. We reserve the right to substitute these hotels to ones of a similar standard.
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.
Old Village Resort, Petra
Located above Wadi Mousa, Old Village Resort has a wonderfully traditional feel about it with open stonework and original architecture. Rooms are full of character, some with delightful archways and all directly accessed from the outside. The hotel boasts an indoor swimming pool and sauna and beautiful views of the surrounding mountains. For dinner why not dine al fresco at the restaurant overlooking the mountains. Well located in forested wadis facing Petra’s mountains.
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.
Movenpick Tala Bay, Aqaba
The Movenpick Tala Bay is a an elegant. modern hotel with a range of restaurants and bars to choose from. The rooms are large, have modern design and light-coloured furnishings. A special benefit is the minibar, available in all rooms. The wellness area is specialised in a variety of treatments and therapies, with 11 treatment rooms, a hairdresser, as well as a nail studio.
Holiday Inn Resort, Dead Sea
Graced with interconnecting palm fringed swimming pools leading to the Dead Sea, the Holiday Inn is an Arabesque style hotel. Guest rooms are elegantly furnished and benefit from complimentary high speed internet. The hotel also has an on site fitness centre and a fine choice of Spa facilities. The 24 hour sleek bar is the perfect place for a tipple at any time of the day or night. The accommodation is located on the shores of the world famous Dead Sea.