Explore Jordan

National Geographic Journeys, Amman to Amman

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UNESCO has called the ancient stone city of Petra one of the most precious cultural properties in the world. Experience it for yourself on this eight-day adventure through Jordan’s past and present. Float in the Dead Sea, explore incredible archaeological ruins, take an exciting 4x4 drive into the desert, and walk through the “Lost City” itself after a lecture by a local archaeologist. Live out your Indiana Jones fantasies while discovering the true story of this eternal place.

What’s included

  • National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Petra Archaeologist Talk, Wādī Mūsá National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Wadi Rum Night Walk, Wadi Rum Hands-on: Cooking Demonstration with Dinner, Wādī Mūsá
  • Arrival transfer
  • Visit to the Amman Citadel and the National Archaeological Museum
  • Guided visit to Jerash
  • Guided tour to the Madaba mosaics
  • Visit Mount Nebo
  • Petra guided tour
  • Wadi Rum desert 4x4 jeep excursion
  • Guided visit to Bethany
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

Highlights

  • Visit ancient ruins with a local expert
  • Watch a cooking demonstration and taste local specialties
  • Float in the dead sea
  • Learn about the stars during a night walk in wadi rum with a bedouin guide
  • Enjoy a lecture from an archaeologist

Itinerary

Day 1 Amman Arrive in Amman at any time, there are no planned activities. Meet your CEO this evening for a welcome meeting to learn more about the tour and plans for the following day, choose to head out for an optional dinner at a local restaurant with your CEO and the group. Amman is a very big city and there is not one central area to stay - hotels are spread out across various neighbourhoods within the city, often on busy streets without pedestrian walkways - getting around the city, for visitors and locals, is done by car. For this reason, to move around the city in your free time, you will have to take a taxi, please feel free to ask your CEO for recommendations and assistance. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting Transport: Arrival Airport Transfer
Day 2 Amman (1B) Take an orientation drive through Amman and visit the National Museum and archaeological site of the Citadel. Continue on to visit Jerash, one of the largest and most well-preserved Roman ruins outside of Italy. Included Activities: Jerash Guided Visit National Archaeological Museum & Citadel Transport: Private Vehicle (1.00-1.50 hours) Private Vehicle (2.00-2.50 hours)
Day 3 Amman/Wādī Mūsá (1B) Depart early today for the long but very interesting drive by way of the King's Highway to Petra. The first stop is Mount Nebo, which is believed by many to be the site of Moses' death and has thus been a centre for pilgrimage since the earliest Christian times. Visit the town of Madaba, which has some of the finest Byzantine mosaics in the world. Arrive in the early evening at Wadi Musa, our base for exploring Petra. Included Activities: Mt Nebo Visit Madaba Mosaics Guided Tour Petra Archaeologist Talk Transport: Private Vehicle (3.00-4.00 hours, 240km)
Day 4 Wādī Mūsá (1B, 1D) The site is large so please be prepared for a lot of walking over sand and rocks for the entire day. Pace yourself, stay hydrated and be sure to have proper walking/hiking shoes. Included Activities: Petra Guided Tour Cooking Demonstration with Dinner Transport: Private Vehicle
Day 5 Petra/Wadi Rum (1B, 1L, 1D) After breakfast, drive to Wadi Rum, a vast, silent landscape of ancient riverbeds and the largest and most magnificent of Jordan's desert landscapes. Spend the night in a simple, but comfortable desert camp; The authentic goat-wool tent provides a glimpse into traditional Bedouin living. Each tent has ensuite and is outfitted with sheets, pillows, a raised bed, towels, electricity and thick covers against the desert cold. While the accommodation is simple, it is quite comfortable and offers a truly unique experience. Additional Notes: November – February: The desert can get very cold after the sun sets and it can be cool during the days. If you are visiting during the winter months you should pack warm comfortable clothing for daytime and especially the evenings (a jacket, hat, gloves and warm pajamas). September/October & March/April: evenings can still get chilly so you should bring something warm to wear. Daytime is usually warm and comfortable but you can bring a sweater or jacket just in case. May – August: the weather is very hot during the day and the evenings are usually comfortable and warm. Included Activities: 4x4 Desert Trip Wadi Rum Night Walk Transport: Private Vehicle (2.00 hour(s))
Day 6 Wadi Rum/Dead Sea (1B, 1D) At 423m (1,388 ft) below sea level, the shores of the Dead Sea are at the lowest land elevation on Earth. The sea is named because its salinity is so high (up to nine times that of the world’s oceans) that only a few microorganisms can live in its waters. The Dead Sea is a resort area, with chain hotels whose sole purpose are to allow access to the Dead Sea. This allows time to relax, float in the sea or opt to visit a spa. Dinner is in the hotel, as there are no local restaurants within the resort area. Included Activities: Dead Sea Visit Transport: Private Vehicle (3.50 hour(s))
Day 7 Dead Sea/Amman (1B) Enjoy a visit to the archaeological site of Bethany, thought to be the site where Jesus was baptized. Continue back to Amman and opt to join the CEO for a farewell dinner. Included Activities: Bethany Beyond the Jordan Transport: Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s))
Day 8 Amman (1B) Check-out time from the hotel is normally mid-morning, but luggage storage facilities are available. We also encourage you to book a few additional nights if you want more time to explore the city. Additional Notes: Speak to your CEO about arranging your transfer to the airport (additional cost). Included Activities: Departure Day
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