Jordan

Hammamat Mai'n hot springs
Hammamat Mai'n hot springs
Camels in the Wadi Rum desert
Camels in the Wadi Rum desert
Wadi Rum bridge
Wadi Rum bridge
Petra by night
Petra by night
Kerak Castle
Kerak Castle
Ancient Jordan Petra
Ancient Jordan Petra

Jordan appears on most people’s bucket lists, with Petra getting most of the attention. However, there is much more to this fabulous part of the Middle East. Jordanian people are some of the friendliest around and very proud of all their country has to offer. The experiences available here to the intrepid traveller are diverse and plentiful. Discover what it feels like to float in the legendary Dead Sea and enjoy the benefits of its hyper-saline waters. Traverse the lunar-like Wadi Rum desert and see for yourself why many movies, from “Lawrence of Arabia” to “Prometheus”, chose to film their scenes here. Let the landscape surprise you with a visit to a nature reserve, where endemic animals can be seen. This is Jordan, but not as you may know it.

 

• Travel the length of Jordan, with visits to some truly special places including Jerash, Madaba, Wadi Rum, Petra, Dana, Wadi Mujib, and the Dead Sea
• Walk through the main Siq at Petra and marvel at the famous Treasury, which appears majestically before us through a crack in the canyon
• Trek through the diverse Dana Biosphere Reserve, with the chance to see many different animals – maybe we’ll catch a glimpse of the elusive sand cat!
• Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Petra, the Baptism Site “Bethany Beyond the Jordan” and enjoy a memorable night under canvas in the spectacular surroundings of Wadi Rum
• Mingle with locals in the Abdali mall in Amman, have lunch with a local family at their house in Dana village, and spend time at the Dana Children’s Centre
• Enjoy a Jordanian wine-tasting experience, learn to cook traditional Jordanian dishes, and let us treat you to a sunset cocktail reception in the desert with canapés by candlelight in Wadi Rum

Itinerary 2020

Day 1

Amman

Arrive in Amman and transfer to our hotel. After a light bite to eat, we then relax in the hotel so that we can start our tour reinvigorated the next morning.

Day 2

Amman

Our day begins with a city tour of Amman, starting at Citadel Hill. The hill has been a focus for human settlement since the Palaeolithic Age, but unfortunately, when the Romans moved in to occupy the area, they cleared away whatever they found – including the remains of the Ammonite city of Rabbath Ammon, which they literally threw over the side of the hill. Fortunately, the huge Umayyad Palace complex on the upper terrace of the citadel still remains. We also make a visit to the Roman amphitheatre before heading downtown to the newer part of Amman. After lunch, we mingle with locals at the Abdali mall and visit the King Abdallah Mosque, before enjoying a Jordanian wine-tasting experience. Dinner will follow later on.

Day 3

Jerash

Today, we head north from Amman to visit Jerash. Conquered by General Pompey in 63 BC, the city’s golden age came under Roman rule and the site is now generally acknowledged to be one of the best-preserved Roman provincial towns in the world. We then make our way to Ajloun Nature Reserve, where we will take a nature trek through the woodlands filled with oak, pistachio, and oriental strawberry trees. If we’re lucky, we might spot a striped hyena, crested porcupine or even a stone marten. After a short rest at our hotel, we head out again this evening for a local dinner and to enjoy traditional live music at Kan Zaman village.

Day 4

Amman - Wadi Rum

After passing through a string of ancient sites on our way south, we reach the city of Madaba, known as the “City of Mosaics.” We visit St George’s church before continuing south, with stops at Mount Nebo and then a local women’s centre, where traditional crafts, ceramics and hand embroidery are produced. Here, we have a chance to get involved in some of the processes. On arrival in Wadi Rum, we’re treated to a sunset cocktail reception in the desert with canapés by candlelight, and our night comes to an end under canvas in our deluxe Bedouin tents.

Day 5

Wadi Rum - Petra

This morning we take a safari by Jeep through Wadi Rum, stopping to admire the amazing rock formations and to take tea with some of the Bedouins, who will teach us more about their culture. We finish the morning with a visit to Petra Kitchen. Here, a local instructor will show us how to make some classic Jordanian dishes, which we will eat for lunch. We have an opportunity to visit Little Petra afterwards. Less famous than its grander namesake, this site is still very much worth a visit and is usually much less crowded than its big brother! Later this evening, we have the chance to enter Petra at night. Walking through the famous Siq for the first time by candlelight can be a very magical and memorable experience.

Day 6

Petra - Dana

Today is all about Petra itself. The giant red mountains and vast mausoleums of a departed race must be one of the greatest wonders ever wrought by man. Although much has been written about Petra, nothing really prepares you for this amazing place. It has to be seen to be believed. We spend a full day exploring its many highlights, including the option (for the energetic) to climb to the Monastery – similar in design to the Treasury at the entrance of the site, but much larger. Exhausted but happy, we make our way back out of the site and drive to the Dana Biosphere, where our guest house is situated.

Day 7

Dana - Dead Sea

After breakfast today, we take a trek through the Dana Biosphere Reserve, an area of staggering beauty, history, and biodiversity. The only reserve in Jordan that encompasses the four different biogeographical zones of the country (Mediterranean, Irano-Turanian, Saharo-Arabian, and Sudanian), it is a melting pot of species from Europe, Africa, and Asia. The 449 identified animal species found in the reserve include 25 that are known to be endangered, including the sand cat, Syrian wolf, lesser kestrel, and the spinytailed lizard. Our walk is followed by lunch with a family at their house in the Dana village, where there will be opportunities to talk and mingle with other locals. For those who wish, there is a chance to visit the Dana Children’s Centre and to take part in the community functions, such as planting trees, painting and teaching English before we drive to our hotel, which is situated on the banks of the Dead Sea.

Day 8

Wadi Mujib

Today we travel to Wadi Mujib, where we take a walk through the canyon. Depending on the weather, we can either walk along the mountainside or through the stream at the bottom of the canyon, with the opportunity to swim in the natural pools. After our walk, we make our way to a farm in the Jordan valley area to see the different produce that is grown here as well as the different traditional techniques used, before sitting down to lunch at the farm. We then return to our hotel on the Dead Sea, where an opportunity to float in its saline waters or take a mud bath awaits us!

Day 9

Mai’in Hot Springs & Jordan River

We have some free time this morning to rest after a busy few days and then we drive to the Ma’in hot springs. Popular with both locals and tourists alike, the springs are located 264m below sea level in one of the most breathtaking desert oases in the world. After lunch at the springs, we travel to the site of the Baptism of Christ. This site has now been identified on the east bank of the Jordan River and is being systematically surveyed, excavated and restored. We have the opportunity to bathe in the waters here before we return to our hotel for a farewell dinner.

Day 10

Dead Sea - Amman

It’s time to say our goodbyes as we make our way to the airport in Amman for our return flights home.

Itinerary 2021

Day 1

London - Amman

Flying from London, we arrive and meet our Tour Host. After a light bite to eat, we then relax in the hotel so that we can start our tour reinvigorated the next morning.

Day 2

Amman

Our day begins with a city tour of Amman, starting at Citadel Hill. The hill has been a focus for human settlement since the Palaeolithic Age, but unfortunately, when the Romans moved in to occupy the area, they cleared away whatever they found – including the remains of the Ammonite city of Rabbath Ammon, which they literally threw over the side of the hill. Fortunately, the huge Umayyad Palace complex on the upper terrace of the citadel still remains. We also make a visit to the Roman amphitheatre before heading downtown to the newer part of Amman. After lunch, we mingle with locals at the Abdali mall and visit the King Abdallah Mosque, before enjoying a Jordanian wine-tasting experience. Dinner will follow later on.

Day 3

Jerash

Today, we head north from Amman to visit Jerash. Conquered by General Pompey in 63 BC, the city’s golden age came under Roman rule and the site is now generally acknowledged to be one of the best-preserved Roman provincial towns in the world. We then make our way to Ajloun Nature Reserve, where we will take a nature trek through the woodlands filled with oak, pistachio, and oriental strawberry trees. If we’re lucky, we might spot a striped hyena, crested porcupine or even a stone marten. After a short rest at our hotel, we head out again this evening for a local dinner and to enjoy traditional live music at Kan Zaman village.

Day 4

Amman - Wadi Rum

After passing through a string of ancient sites on our way south, we reach the city of Madaba, known as the “City of Mosaics.” We visit St George’s church before continuing south, with stops at Mount Nebo and then a local women’s centre, where traditional crafts, ceramics and hand embroidery are produced. Here, we have a chance to get involved in some of the processes. On arrival in Wadi Rum, we’re treated to a sunset cocktail reception in the desert with canapés by candlelight, and our night comes to an end under canvas in our deluxe Bedouin tents.

Day 5

Wadi Rum - Petra

This morning we take a safari by Jeep through Wadi Rum, stopping to admire the amazing rock formations and to take tea with some of the Bedouins, who will teach us more about their culture. We finish the morning with a visit to Petra Kitchen. Here, a local instructor will show us how to make some classic Jordanian dishes, which we will eat for lunch. We have an opportunity to visit Little Petra afterwards. Less famous than its grander namesake, this site is still very much worth a visit and is usually much less crowded than its big brother! Later this evening, we have the chance to enter Petra at night. Walking through the famous Siq for the first time by candlelight can be a very magical and memorable experience.

Day 6

Petra - Dana

Today is all about Petra itself. The giant red mountains and vast mausoleums of a departed race must be one of the greatest wonders ever wrought by man. Although much has been written about Petra, nothing really prepares you for this amazing place. It has to be seen to be believed. We spend a full day exploring its many highlights, including the option (for the energetic) to climb to the Monastery – similar in design to the Treasury at the entrance of the site, but much larger. Exhausted but happy, we make our way back out of the site and drive to the Dana Biosphere, where our guest house is situated.

Day 7

Dana - Dead Sea

After breakfast today, we take a trek through the Dana Biosphere Reserve, an area of staggering beauty, history, and biodiversity. The only reserve in Jordan that encompasses the four different biogeographical zones of the country (Mediterranean, Irano-Turanian, Saharo-Arabian, and Sudanian), it is a melting pot of species from Europe, Africa, and Asia. The 449 identified animal species found in the reserve include 25 that are known to be endangered, including the sand cat, Syrian wolf, lesser kestrel, and the spinytailed lizard. Our walk is followed by lunch with a family at their house in the Dana village, where there will be opportunities to talk and mingle with other locals. For those who wish, there is a chance to visit the Dana Children’s Centre and to take part in the community functions, such as planting trees, painting and teaching English before we drive to our hotel, which is situated on the banks of the Dead Sea.

Day 8

Wadi Mujib

Today we travel to Wadi Mujib, where we take a walk through the canyon. Depending on the weather, we can either walk along the mountainside or through the stream at the bottom of the canyon, with the opportunity to swim in the natural pools. After our walk, we make our way to a farm in the Jordan valley area to see the different produce that is grown here as well as the different traditional techniques used, before sitting down to lunch at the farm. We then return to our hotel on the Dead Sea, where an opportunity to float in its saline waters or take a mud bath awaits us!

Day 9

Mai’in Hot Springs & Jordan River

We have some free time this morning to rest after a busy few days and then we drive to the Ma’in hot springs. Popular with both locals and tourists alike, the springs are located 264m below sea level in one of the most breathtaking desert oases in the world. After lunch at the springs, we travel to the site of the Baptism of Christ. This site has now been identified on the east bank of the Jordan River and is being systematically surveyed, excavated and restored. We have the opportunity to bathe in the waters here before we return to our hotel for a farewell dinner.

Day 10

Dead Sea - Amman - London

It’s time to say our goodbyes as we make our way to the airport in Amman for our return flight to London.

What's Included

  1. A Tour Host throughout
  2. Return flights from London & all other transport as detailed
  3. Accommodation at the Sun City Camp, the Dana Guest House, the Dead Sea Spa Hotel, the Old Village Resort, and the San Rock Hotel
  4. 9 breakfasts, 7 lunches, & 7 dinners, plus a light supper in the hotel room on arrival day
  5. Water with all meals, either two glasses of wine, two beers, or two soft drinks & tea or coffee with included dinners
  6. All activities and entries to all sites and museums
  7. Gratuities for all waiters for included dinners & hotel porters
  8. All accommodation & transport taxes

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