Jordan Explorer

Jordan Explorer information and booking

from
$1790
  • Duration
    8 days
    Days
  • Group size
    4-16
    Persons
  • Difficulty
    Adventure touring
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Schedule Details

Summary
  • 8 day trip
  • 6 nights hotels
  • 1 night Bedouin camp
Equipment Required
Whilst there is no specific equipment for this journey a good pair of walking shoes is essential along with a day pack to carry your water bottle, camera and other personal items when sightseeing.(a comprehensive gear list is provided in the pre-departure information provided on booking)

Highlights

  • Visiting the ancient city of Petra
  • 4WD driving in Wadi Rum
  • Historical ruins of Jerash and Umm Qais
  • Taking a dip in the Dead Sea

Tour description provided by World Expeditions

For such a compact country, Jordan has an overwhelming array of historical sites and geographical features ripe for exploration. From the hidden city of Petra, to Wadi Rum, where Lawrence of Arabia spent time during the Arab Revolt and the Crusader Castles dotted throughout the country, this journey manages to encompass all of the highlights within Jordan. Our day walks in Petra take us to the High Place of Sacrifice at sunrise and the monastery. We visit Madaba and Mt Nebo - from where Moses is said to have seen the 'Promised Land', and travel the Kings Highway to the prominent crusader castle of Kerak. We spend time amongst the local Bedouin people, sharing songs and stories beneath the starry night. A visit south to the azure waters of the Red sea. Returning north via the Dead Sea highway, our adventure continues to the lowest point on earth, before returning to Amman which concludes this historical journey.

What's included

  • 7 breakfasts
  • 3 star hotel accommodation
  • Camping in wadi rum including all group equipment
  • Sightseeing as per the itinerary including entrance fees
  • Ground transport in private vehicle (air conditioned)
  • Local english speaking guide and driver
  • Site guides at petra and jerash (2 hours at each)
  • Wadi rum camel trek and jeep drive
  • Arrival transfer on day 1 only

Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive Amman
If you are arriving on Day 1 you will be met on arrival and transferred to the group hotel for accommodation on a twin share basis including breakfast. The day is at leisure to absorb the sights and sounds of this bustling city. Amman is the capital of Jordan, and was known in biblical times as Rabbath Ammon, and under the Ptolemies, as Philadelphia. It is situated on a series of Jebels (meaning hills) and is divided by wadi's (or dry river beds) into modern and ancient quarters. You may visit the Roman theatre, a site dating back to the 2nd century AD. Nearby are the ruins of the citadel hill, the Archaeological museum, Costume and Folklore Museum and Ashrafiah Mosque, all of which are excellent introductions to the archeology of the region.
Day 2 Desert Castles
A fascinating day trip is planned today from Amman, to visit the historical ruins east of Amman. Scattered throughout the black basalt desert these temples stand as testament to the beginnings of Islamic civilisation and widely considered the most spectacular monuments to early Islamic art. Overnight Amman.
Day 3 To Madaba via Jerash and Umm Qais
This morning we drive to Jerash - an increadibly well preserved Roman City. Jerash's golden age began with Roman rule, and when Emperor Hadrian visited in AD129, Jerash was already a thriving metropolis. We spend a few hours exploring the city, including the "Street of Columns" which runs for 600 metres from the oval Plaza. In the afternoon we visit Umm Qais, a former Decapolis city which was home to several classical poets and philosophers. Umm Qais is perched on a hilltop with excellent views of the Jordan Valley, the Sea of Galilee and the Golan Heights. Continuing to the town of Madaba for overnight.
Day 4 To Petra via Mt Nebo and Kerak
Madaba is best known for its beautiful Byzantine-era mosaics, including the 'Madaba Map', a 6th century mosaic map of the Holy Land. A remarkably well detailed layout of the region which is made up of two million pieces and shows the Nile, the Dead Sea and Jerusalem, including the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. We make a visit to the nearby Mount Nebo, a high hill overlooking the Dead Sea from where Moses is said to have seen the Promised Land. Our last stop before Petra is the well preserved crusader castle at Kerak, where we will also have an opportunity to have lunch in one of the local eating houses.
Day 5 In Petra
Chief among Jordan's archaeological riches is the soul-stirring, rose-red city of Petra, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Petra is the legacy of the Nabataeans, an industrious Arab people who settled in south Jordan more than 2,000 years ago. We will approach the city on foot or by horseback through a 1km long narrow gorge or siq, flanked by towering cliffs. The sudden view of Petra's most spectacular monument, the Khaznah, or Treasury at the end of the Siq, is a dramatic sight. Used in the film Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, this towering facade is only the first of Petra's unique structures. Various walks and climbs reveal literally hundreds of buildings, facades, tombs, baths, funerary halls, temples and haunting rock drawing and reliefs.
Day 6 To Wadi Rum
We leave Petra this morning and drive for about an hour and a half to the Wadi Rum, a unique valley of colored sand dunes surrounded by beautiful rugged mountains. This is true 'Lawrence of Arabia' country and has some of the most spectacular desert scenery in the world - a desert where black, windsculpted sandstone hills contrast sharply with the pale sands. Many describe this area as the Valley of the Moon. On arrival at the Visitors' Centre we meet our Bedouin hosts, and transfer by jeep to the entrance to the Rakebat Canyon, immediately opposite Rum Village. We begin our jeep safari and gentle walks through the most interesting canyons of Wadi Rum. This mountain range is a veritable labyrinth of canyons inside and crossing it is an exciting experience. The jeep safari will take about 2-3 hours, so we should reach our camel meeting point in time for a rest and an early lunch. Continue on camels through the dramatic landscape for 3 hours until we reach our evenings campsite.
Day 7 To Amman, via Aqaba
It takes around an hour to travel to Aqaba and we should reach the seaside resort by mid morning. Around 2 hours have been set aside to relax by the Red Sea, before continuing to the Dead Sea via the Dead Sea Highway and the lowest point on earth. We will have time for a dip in the famously buoyant waters which have a saline level around 30 per cent before returning to Amman for overnight stay.
Day 8 Trip concludes
Trip arrangements conclude after breakfast.