Discover one of the most welcoming and extraordinary countries in the Middle East. Jordan is home to staggering ruins left by ancient civilisations, from Nabatean Petra to Roman Jerash, and an astounding diversity of natural landscapes.
This comprehensive tour of Jordan is perfect for the first time visitor, introducing you to the country's most iconic highlights and some of the most striking ecosystems.
In central Jordan visit Crusader Castles before heading south to camp under the stars in the Wadi Rum Desert and floating effortlessly in the Dead Sea.
Depart from London on your flight to Amman arriving in late this evening. You will be met and transferred to your hotel.
This morning you will visit downtown Amman to see the historical sites such as the Citadel home to the Roman Temple of Hercules and a small archaeological museum showcasing some of Jordan's most important finds. At the foot of Citadel Hill is the Roman Theatre built in the 2nd century alongside the forum, once the city's marketplace. This afternoon visit the Royal Automobile Museum before heading for Rainbow Street to enjoy the cafes and street food on offer on this busy pedestrian street. (B)
Heading north this morning takes you to the Roman city of Jerash, one of the best preserved in the Middle East with plenty to explore from theatres and temples to the hippodrome. Continue on to Ajloun Castle, built in the nearby hills by an Arab general during the Crusades. Return to Amman in the late afternoon. (B)
Your journey today takes you to Jordan's best known site and a highlight of any trip, the Nabatean city of Petra. On your drive south you will stop at Shobak Castle, the first of the Crusader castles built in Jordan. Your journey then takes you to Little Petra, close to the main city and home to a small siq with carved facades. From here it is possible to walk to Petra arriving to the site at the Monastery and continuing your journey through the city. (B)
A full day in Petra today begins in the siq with your guide from where you continue on by the Treasury and through the city exploring the various tombs, palaces, temples and theatres. In the afternoon you may like to climb to the High Place of Sacrifice and explore some of the alternate paths down. This evening there is the opportunity to learn a little of Jordan cuisine at Petra Kitchen. (B)
Today you head off-road and into the desert to explore the magnificent dunes and rocky outcrops of Wadi Rum, a vast desert not just home to natural wonders but also the historical story of the Arab Revolt and TE Lawrence. Switching to a 4WD drive your Bedouin guide will take you to dunes and small canyons, there will be the opportunity for some walking and even a camel ride if you like before arriving at your desert camp for a night under the stars. (B/D)
Speak to a Jordan Specialist about spending the night in a transparent-topped dome tent to watch the stars from the comfort of your bed.
After a sunrise in the desert you will head back through the sand to the highway to head north to the Dead Sea. Arriving to your hotel you will have the afternoon to rest and relax, lying back in the salty waters or perhaps trying some of the therapeutic mud. (B)
This morning you will be transferred the short distance back to Amman Airport for your return flight. (B)
8 day tour, from £1950 per person
- Return flights in economy class with Royal Jordanian from London Heathrow
- All airport taxes & security charges
- Accommodation as stated on a bed and breakfast basis
- Meals as specified (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner)
- Private airport transfers
- All touring with English-speaking driver/guide
- Travel Insurance
- Tips and gratuities
- Any meals not mentioned
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