This Jordan family adventure is an excellent option for active families who love to spend some time in the wild, are interested in history and like to learn about life in other cultures. Escorted by an English-speaking driver and local guides there are plenty of activities and lots of variety for the whole family.
Imagine what it would be like in Roman times in Jerash, or what it is was like to built the Nabatean city of Petra. In the Dana Nature Reserve you can camp out, spot wildlife and learn about local crafts. The desert of Wadi Rum is like a big sandpit where you can scale the high dunes and either run or sand board down, or dress up like a Bedouin and ride a camel. In the evening sit around the campfire and watch the stars from your desert camp.
There's fun for everyone in the family, also in the water. Float in the salty waters of the Dead Sea or go under water and spot loads of colourful fish during a snorkelling tour in the Red Sea.
Fly to Amman and transfer to your hotel.
Head north this morning to explore the Roman city of Jerash, the well preserved ruins include two theatres as well as numerous temples and colonnaded streets. Your guide will bring the city to life for you detailing the ancient Roman ways. Head back to Amman and explore the bustling streets of the downtown area, with your guide try out some of the street food on offer such as falafel and the dessert knaffeh.
Leave the city and visit the Wadi Bin Hammad, here you take a trek with a difference, walk through a narrow canyon in th eriver to keep cool and enjoy the odd swim. After a picnic lunch head to the Dana Nature Reserve and your tented camp for the night. In the evening after dinner sit by the fire and star gaze.
Wake in the peaceful nature reserve this morning and then head out with a local guide on one of the trails, spot local plants and flowers as well as wildlife, the reserve is home to numerous animals and birds, you may even spot an ibex. Enjoy lunch in the village and watch some of the craftspeople at work before returning to camp.
Leave the peace and quiet of the nature reserve this morning and head to Petra. Enter through the siq with your guide who will help the city come alive teaching you about the Nabateans who built the city and the Romans who added to it. In the evening learn about Arabic cuisine as you make your dinner at the Petra Kitchen.
A further full day in Petra gives you time to explore under your own steam, climb up to the High Place of Sacrifice and find the hidden path down past lesser visited tombs or perhaps take the 800 steps up to the stunning monastery and enjoy tea looking out at the desert. In the evening return to the siq and walk through when it is lit by 1100 candles.
Drive to the Red Sea and the port of Aqaba set on Jordan's small strip of coast. Check-in to your hotel and enjoy the rest of the day to swim in the pools or head to the beach.
Take a boat trip on the Red Sea in a glass bottomed boat or head out on a snorkelling tour to get acquainted with some of the underwater life. The afternoon is at leisure.
Drive in to the desert and switch to a 4x4 so you can really explore. Take in the rocky outcrops, some as high as 300m and the large dunes of the desert. Try out sand-boarding and ride a camel before arriving at your desert camp where you can spend the evening by the fire and watching the stars before bedding down in a traditional tent.
Wake in the desert, perhaps for sunrise to watch the changing colours and have breakfast in your camp before transferring back to the road and on to the Dead Sea. The lowest place on earth, the waters of the Dead Sea are said to have therapeutical benefits. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure to swim in the salty waters.
Transfer to the airport for your return flight.
Price per person based on a family of four sharing two rooms. Total for a family of 4 with 2 adults/2 teens (aged 12 and over from £11,980. Price per child under 12 is £2795 per child. Total price per family including 2 adults and children under 12 is £11,580