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- from $3,557 PP
- 7 Nights
- Sep - Nov & Mar - Jun
- 5hrs from London / 10hrs from NYC
An ideal trip for those who are short on time but want to check off several bucket-list experiences while discovering the highlights of Jordan, you’ll enjoy seven nights, exploring Amman, Petra, Wadi Rum and the Dead Sea, including the opportunity to float like a cork in the famously salty seawater. You’ll experience some of the country’s most enchanting places through private guided tours and time to explore on your own. Marvel at the Roman ruins in Jerash, wander through the extraordinary ancient city of Petra with centuries-old buildings carved right into rock faces, and the red desert sands of Wadi Rum.
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- 7 nights of good quality hotel accommodation
- Private transfers throughout, as detailed in the itinerary
- Delicious daily breakfasts
- All entry fees
- Amman private guided walking tour
- Private guided Petra tour
- Private Bedouin-Guided Jeep tour
- Visit to Bethany Beyond the Jordan
- 24/7 support from our dedicated staff
- Expert trip planning advice
Day by Day Itinerary
Day 1 Amman: Arrival into Amman, Jordan
Begin your explorations of Jordan in the capital city. Amman is one of the oldest cities in the world, a place where modern meets ancient history. In western Amman you’ll find shopping malls, bars and cafes, while eastern Amman is steeped in traditional culture. Downtown reveals Roman roots, a crumbling Citadel and temple ruins. Old Arabia can be discovered in souks, and among the Bedouin jewellery and handmade crafts. Upon your arrival, you’ll be welcomed by your private driver for transfer to your hotel in the city. Settle in and then enjoy a feast of fresh mezze, an ideal introduction to the country.
Day 2 Amman: Private Guided Walking Tour
This morning your private guide will bring you on a walking tour to explore Amman’s culture and history, with visits to top stops like the Roman theatre and dramatic Citadel. Downtown sits at the bottom of the city’s many hills, overlooked by the Citadel, a significant site due to its long history of occupation by many great civilizations. The majority of buildings still visible are from the Umayyad, Byzantine and Roman eras, including the Temple of Hercules which dates to the 2nd-century AD. Afterwards you’ll continue north to Jerash to wander around incredibly well-preserved Roman ruins, the country’s largest and most interesting Roman site.
Day 3 Petra: Journey from Amman Stopping at Historical Sites Along the Way
Today you’ll travel with your private/driver guide to Petra, touring along the way. The drive begins by heading south on the King’s Highway. After about 40 minutes you’ll reach Madaba, a small market town that’s home to the Church of St. George, known for its Byzantine-era mosaic of the Holy Land. Continuing south you’ll reach Montreal in about 2.5 hours. This Crusader Castle was built in the early 12th-century, perched on the side of a rocky mountain surrounded by remote, wild landscape. From here, Petra is just over a 35-minute drive away. Your driver will deliver you to your accommodation in village nearby.
Day 4 Petra: Private Guided Petra Tour
Begin your day by touring the fascinating Petra site with a local guide. The two-hour tour includes expert insight into the history of this ancient, 1st-century BC city. You’ll make your way through the Siq, traversing the main thoroughfare, stopping to marvel at the tombs and temples. Your guided exploration is likely to finish at the Qasr al Bint temple near the Temple of the Winged Lions and Great Temple. From here you climb the 800 steps to the legendary Monastery, carved into the rock face in the 3rd-century BC. Enjoy the rest of the day to explore at your own pace.
Day 5 Wadi Rum: Private Bedouin-Guided Jeep Tour
Leaving Petra, your private driver/guide will bring you to Wadi Rum, one of the world’s most impressive landscapes with craggy mountains, red sands and incredible rock formations. It was also famous as the base for solders, including Lawrence of Arabia (T.E. Lawrence), during the Arab Revolt. Upon your arrival, a local Bedouin will take you on a Jeep tour through this extraordinary desert to visit interesting sites that include canyons with ancient Nabatean inscriptions and hidden springs. The sunsets are especially awe-inspiring here and you’ll get to witness one before heading to a local camp and enjoying some of the best stargazing on Earth.
Day 6 Dead Sea: Visit Bethany Beyond the Jordan
The next stop on your itinerary is the Dead Sea, an approximately three- to four-hour journey from Wadi Rum. Before reaching your hotel, you’ll visit the very site where Jesus is believed to have been baptized by John the Baptist: Bethany Beyond the Jordan. The archaeological World Heritage Site lies on the east bank of the Jordan River where the remains of over 20 Christian sites have been discovered, including a sophisticated water system, baptismal pools, a prayer hall and churches dating to the Roman and Byzantine periods. Afterwards continue to the Dead Sea, the lowest spot on earth at 1,312 below sea level.
Day 7 Dead Sea: Relax and Enjoy
The Dead Sea contains 10 times more saline than seawater, making humans bizarrely float like corks. Floating across the salty waters is an unusual experience, but relaxing and possibly healing due to its therapeutic sea minerals. The mineral rich mud along the beach is said to be highly cleansing to reduce symptoms of respiratory, skin and even nervous system ailments. Take the day to enjoy it, floating and possibly indulging in a local spa treatment that utilizes these natural healing ingredients. By visiting the Ahava factory which produces Dead Sea skin products, you’ll get a discount to the Dead Sea Mineral Beach.
Day 8 Departure
Depending on your scheduled flight, you may have time for one last swim in the Dead Sea before your private driver picks you up for transfer to the airport. Otherwise enjoy breakfast and after checking out of your hotel you’ll begin your journey home.
What's not Included
- As we have clients from all over the world. Our itineraries do not include flights. If you would like us to include flights in your trip, we are happy to do so. Please speak to your travel specialist at the planning stage to include them.
- Gratuities for local guides
- We strongly advise all guests to purchase comprehensive travel insurance
- Visas if required
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