From the awe-inspiring ancient cities of Amman, Jerash and Petra, to the majestic desert mountains of Wadi Rum and the stunning natural landscape of the Dead Sea, this eight-day tour takes in all of Jordan’s most unmissable highlights. It’s the ideal way to really get acquainted with this spectacular and historic country.
You’ll be met on arrival at Queen Alia International Airport and transferred to your hotel, where you’ll have time to rest after your journey.
Amman – Jerash – Ajloun – Um Qais – Amman
After breakfast this morning you’ll visit Jerash, the most complete and well-preserved city remaining of the Roman Empire. Jerash is one of the Decapolis cities of the north of Jordan, nestled in a lush valley in the biblical land of Gilead. Here you’ll have time to stroll around the ancient temples, theatres, plazas and colonnaded streets, before driving out through the pine forests and olive groves to the city of Ajloun, known for its castle, Qalaat er-Rabad, overlooking the Jordan Valley. From here you’ll continue to Um Qais, to enjoy the beautiful views over the Northern Jordan valley, the Sea of Galilee and the Golan Heights, as well as Lake Tiberius. Finally, you’ll return to your hotel in Amman.
Amman – Desert Castles – Amman
This morning you’ll enjoy a tour of the city of Amman, then head out into the surrounding desert to visit several medieval Islamic desert castles to enjoy their stunning artworks. You may visit Qasr Amra, which dates back to the seventh-century Umayyad era, or perhaps Qaser Azraq, where TE Lawrence of Arabia had his headquarters. Afterwards, you’ll return to your hotel in Amman.
Amman – Madaba – Mount Nebo – Kerak – Petra
After breakfast this morning you’ll visit the city of Madaba, renowned for its mosaics, and home to the oldest known mosaic map of the Holy Land. You’ll then proceed to Mount Nebo, where you’ll visit the Byzantine church and enjoy the views of the Jordan Valley. Afterwards, you’ll continue to Kerak, where you’ll tour the castle, one of the finest examples of Crusader military construction, before finally continuing to Petra, and your hotel for the night.
Petra – Wadi Rum
This morning you’ll transfer to Petra, known as the Rose-Red City due to the colour of the rocks it’s built from. Petra is referred to as Sela in the Bible, and was lost to the world for five centuries until it was rediscovered in 1812. You’ll enter Petra on horseback through a narrow gorge carved in the sandstone, opening out on a stunning view of the Treasury, made famous in the movie Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. You’ll then spend the day visiting highlights such as the High Palaces and the Roman-style Palace Tomb, before transferring to Wadi Rum, where you’ll stay overnight in a tented camp.
Wadi Rum and Aqaba
This morning you’ll explore Wadi Rum, filming location for the movies Lawrence of Arabia and Red Planet, to see the sandstone mountains that rise dramatically from the red desert sands. Here you can explore the desert by 4x4, visiting ancient rock carvings. You’ll then continue to Aqaba, famous for its watersports and adventure activities, where you can take a tour by glass-bottomed boat to view all the life teeming below the surface of the Red Sea. You’ll stay in Aqaba overnight.
Aqaba to the Dead Sea
After breakfast this morning, you’ll transfer to the Dead Sea, where you’ll be able to enjoy the bizarre experience of swimming in water with four times as much salt as regular seawater. You’ll stay in the area overnight.
Dead Sea – Amman International Airport
Your tour comes to an end this morning, as you’re transferred to the airport for your onward flight.