- Explore the best of Jordan on this exciting 9-night guided group holiday.
- Discover Amman including a traditional cooking class & tours of nearby Jaresh & Ajlun.
- Visit the sandstone city of Petra including the Treasury & Ad-Deir Monastery.
- Camp overnight in Wadi Rum & enjoy a 4x4 jeep tour of the desert.
- Take a boat ride & experience a snorkelling adventure on the Red Sea.
- Enjoy hikes through Dog Valley, Dana Reserve & the Mujib Nature Reserve.
- Relax & unwind with free time at the Dead Sea for swimming or sun bathing.
- Includes 6 nights on a bed and breakfast basis, 2 nights on a half board basis.
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Your Guided Explore Jordan Holiday Overview
Explore a land steeped in history on this unforgettable small group holiday to Jordan. We’ll wander through ancient ruins in Jerash and Ajloun, marvel at the mosaics of Madaba, and discover the secrets of the capital, Amman. We’ll also experience some of Jordan’s beautiful natural scenery, with hikes in the remarkable Mujib Nature & Dana Reserves, a boat trip to snorkel among the colourful coral of the Red Sea, a 4x4 jeep tour and overnight stay in the desert valley of Wadi Rum, as well as a soak in the healing salty waters of the Dead Sea. With a cooking class and visit to a local crafts training project included, we’ll get to know Jordan through its people, culture and cuisine, as well as its ancient sites and natural wonders on this once-in-a-lifetime tour.
Activity Level: Challenging
Travel to Jordan
Fly to Amman
Begin your adventure by departing on an overnight flight to Amman, the capital city of Jordan. Amman is a blend between modern buildings and ancient ruins. Atop Jabal al-Qala’a hill, the historic Citadel includes the pillars of the Roman Temple of Hercules and the 8th-century Umayyad Palace complex, known for its grand dome.
On arrival in Amman in the early hours of the morning, you will be met by your local expert guide and transferred to your hotel for an early check in. Later that morning you will get your bearings in Amman with an orientation tour of the city accompanied by your local expert guide. Our orientation tour is designed to help you discover all the best spots to eat, drink, shop and sightsee during your stay. You will also visit two of Amman’s iconic highlights, the Citadel and Roman Theatre. You will have the afternoon at leisure to spend as you wish.
Local cooking class
This evening, you will take part in a group cooking class at Beit Sitti, a family run business that aims to empower the community by hiring local women who demonstrate excellent kitchen skills. You will learn how to prepare a traditional Arabic meal including a main dish, salad, mezza and dessert along with some bread and lemonade. Once all the dishes are complete you can enjoy your creations as a group for your evening meal.
3 star hotel in Amman (2 nights)
Explore Jerash & Aljun
Tour of Jerash
In the morning, depart Amman for Jerash, famous for its ancient Roman architecture, with colonnaded streets, Corinthian arches, outdoor Roman theatres and the Oval Plaza. Inhabited since the Bronze Age, it is home to the ruins of the walled Greco-Roman settlement of Gerasa, just outside the modern city. After Jerash, you will travel to the Rassoun Area, where you will enjoy an authentic dining experience with a local family. Jordanian families typically eat on low seating, so there will be no tables or chairs for this traditional taste of daily life.
Visit of Ajlun
After lunch, drive to Ajlun for a visit of its hill top castle. Ajlun Castle was built in the 12th Century to control the iron mines and to defend against invasion. Ajlun Castle dominated the three main routes leading to the Jordan Valley. It protected trade and commercial routes between Jordan and Syria, and became an important link in the defensive chain against the Crusaders, who unsuccessfully spent decades trying to capture the castle and the nearby village. The castle stands on the ruins of a monastery, traces of which were discovered during archaeological excavations. You will have ample time to explore the areas of the castle which are open to the public.
You will have the evening at leisure in Amman to spend as you desire. Check out a night market or grab a bite to eat with the locals at one of the city’s restaurants. Your local guide will be happy to suggest something to keep you entertained in Jordan’s capital city.
Madaba, Mount Nebo, Shobak Castle & Little Petra
Walking tour of Madaba & Mount Nebo
Say goodbye to Amman and continue your adventure towards Petra, driving along the King’s Highway. You will enjoy stops en route at Madaba for a walking tour of Artisan Street, Mount Nebo, Shobak Castle and little Petra. Madaba is an ancient town that is best known for its spectacular Byzantine and Umayyad mosaics, and is home to the famous 6th century Mosaic Map of Jerusalem and the Holy Land. With two million pieces of vividly coloured local stone, it depicts hills and valleys, villages and towns as far as the Nile Delta. Mount Nebo is the mountain top memorial of Moses, and offers captivating views of the Jordan Valley, Dead Sea and The River Jordan. A small Byzantine church was built there by early Christians, which has since been expanded into a vast complex.
Shobak Castle & Little Petra
Perched in a wild, remote landscape, Shobak Castle is an early 12th-century Crusader castle in barren surroundings. It is perched on the side of a rocky, conical mountain at 1,300m (4,265ft) above sea level, making it particularly imposing when seen from a distance. Little Petra, also known as Siq al-Barid, is an archaeological site with buildings carved into the walls of the sandstone canyons. This will be your final stop of the day before arriving to your hotel in Petra, also known as the Rose City due to the colour of the famous rock-cut stones that can be found there.
3 star hotel in Petra (1 night)
Spend a full day in Petra, exploring all the iconic highlights with your local expert guide. Petra is a historical and archaeological city which is well known for its rock-cut architecture and water conduit system. It is one of the New Seven Wonders of the World so is without a doubt one of Jordan’s most valuable treasures. Petra was originally settled more than 2000 years ago by the Nabateans and served as an important junction for the silk and spice trade routes that linked the East with the West. The entrance to the city is through the Siq, a narrow gorge, over 1 kilometre in length and at time just 3 metres wide. The Siq is flanked on either side by soaring, 80 metre high cliffs, so just simply walking through this impressive gorge is an experience in itself. As you reach the end of the Siq you will catch your first glimpse of “The Treasury”, also known as Al-Khazneh. It is an awe inspiring façade, carved out of the dusky pink rock-face. The Treasury dates back to the 1st Century, when it was built as a tomb for a Nabatean King. Afterwards, you will climb 800 rock-cut steps to visit the impressive Ad-Deir Monastery, which overlooks the valley below.
Transfer to Dana Reserve
In the late afternoon, you will transfer from Petra to the Dana Reserve, which was established in 1993 as a biosphere reserve. Your accommodation for the evening will be in a local guesthouse with a traditional evening meal included on arrival for an authentic experience in Jordan’s largest nature reserve.
Guest house in the Dana Reserve (1 night)
Dana Reserve & Wadi Rum
Hike in the Dana Reserve
Lace up your walking boots and embark on a morning hike in the Dana Reserve. You will pass the unusual sandstone formations of the Dog Valley as you make your way to a group of small caves, thought to be an ancient religious retreat. You may even cross paths with the local Bedouin people as they tend to their goats. Keep an eye out for the many rare forms of flora and fauna that can be found here. So far, a total of 800 plant species and 449 animal species have been recorded in the Reserve. 25 of these are known to be endangered, including the Sand Cat, the Syrian Wolf, the Lesser Kestrel and the Spiny Tailed Lizard. (Moderate difficulty / 1.5km / 2 hour duration approximately)
4 x 4 jeep tour in Wadi Rum
In the afternoon depart on a guided transfer from Dana Reserve to Wadi Rum, a protected desert wilderness in southern Jordan. Wadi Rum is home to a maze of large rocks that rise up to 1,750 metres from the desert floor. Here you can see the many-domed Jebel Um Ishrin, and natural arches such as Burdah Rock Bridge. Many prehistoric inscriptions and carvings line rocky caverns and steep chasms, such as Khazali Canyon. The natural watering hole of Lawrence’s Spring is named after British soldier Lawrence of Arabia, who allegedly washed there. You will embark on an afternoon adventure in 4 x 4 jeeps around Wadi Rum before reaching your camp for the night.
Desert camp in Wadi Rum (1 night)
Boat Trip in the Red Sea
Depart Wadi Rum and head towards Aqaba, where you will board a boat to explore the regional waters of the Red Sea. Aqaba is a well-known seaside and diving destination in Jordan. There will be an opportunity to snorkel in the warm waters in search of rich marine life and coral reefs. A BBQ lunch will be included on board before continuing to your hotel. Once you settle in to your hotel you will have the remainder of the day at leisure to explore Aqaba independently. Aqaba is a coastal city situated at the northeastern tip of the Red Sea, and Jordan’s only Seaport. Your local expert guide will be happy to suggest activities to suit your taste.
Optional excursion: snorkelling for a clean sea experience
The Aqaba coastline is 27 km long and characterized by beautiful beaches that host many different touristic activities. Unfortunately, many of these activities expose the sea and marine life to the dangers of pollution. Swim with coloured fish and explore the waters of the Red Sea, all while protecting this environment and its inhabitants by picking up waste that has accumulated among the coral reefs. Snorkel in the fresh warm water and over colourful red sea corals while also conserving the sea at the same time by picking up any plastic or metal waste in the water. Your sustainable tourism experience will end with a well-earned traditionally cooked meal and a cup of Arabian herbal tea. Transfers, guide and snorkelling equipment included (From €89 per person. This excursion is subject to minimum numbers)
3 star hotel in Aqaba (1 night)
Explore the Mujib Nature Reserve
Siq Wet Trail Hike
Depart Aqaba in the morning and drive to the Mujib Reserve, the lowest nature reserve on earth at 416 metres below sea level. Established in 1985, the reserve covers an area of 212 square kilometres. You will enjoy an adventurous hike on the Siq Wet Trail, starting near Mujib Bridge, walking over the dam by a suspended walkway, through the dramatic narrow canyons and along the towering sandstone cliffs to the base of a waterfall. Keep your eyes peeled for the endangered Nubian Ibex, which is just one of the many forms of wildlife that live in the reserve. Note: For the Siq Wet Trail, you may be wading up to your chest in water, depending on water levels in the canyon, so bring a swimming costume, towel, waterproof walking shoes, and a waterproof bag for your valuables and camera. A spare set of clothes is also recommended. Life jackets will be provided. You should be comfortable in water if taking part in this hike, if not there is the option to relax at the Mujib Nature Reserve Visitor Centre. (Moderate difficulty / 2km / 3 hour duration approximately / operated weather dependent)
Transfer to the Dead Sea
You will have the remainder of the day at leisure to unwind after your morning hike. Enjoy the hotel facilities or relax in the water of the Dead Sea. The Dead Sea is a salt lake whose banks are more than 400m below sea level, and Earth’s lowest point on dry land. It’s famously hypersaline water makes floating easy due to natural buoyancy.
Free time at leisure
Today you will have the full day at leisure to spend as you wish at the Dead Sea. In the Bible, the Dead Sea was referred to as a place of refuge for King David. It was also one of the world’s first health resorts and today its mineral-rich black mud is used for therapeutic and cosmetic treatments. Float in its salty water, relax on the sand that surrounds the Dead Sea or simply enjoy your hotel facilities. The choice is yours.
Transfer to the airport
In the early hours of the morning, with a packed breakfast included, you will depart the Dead Sea to return to Amman airport for your return flight.
Arrive home following your once in a life time adventure in Jordan.
Know before you go
Will I be met at the airport?
You will be met on arrival at your destination airport and transferred to your accommodation. You will be accompanied on all included excursions by your guide. Your expert local guide is also available to give you tips and advice on any aspect of your holiday.
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