Welcome to Southern Jordan
Southern Jordan is the home of the Bedouin, whose legendary courage and bravado were made famous by TE Lawrence in Seven Pillars of Wisdom. They inhabit the unforgiving Southern Desert, a quintessential landscape of sand dunes, oases and weathered escarpments, beautiful at sunset and awe-inspiringly extreme in midsummer. A trip to Wadi Rum makes all but the most unromantic at heart long to leave the modern world... Read More
Top experiences in Southern Jordan
Southern Jordan activities
Aqaba Shore Excursion: Private Petra Sightseeing Tour
Greet your English-speaking chauffeur, who will be holding up a sign with your name, at the port after your cruise ship docks. Leave for Petra in a private air-conditioned vehicle at 8am. Your tour guide will meet you in Petra for a 2-hour tour. Your tour guide will share the history of the city with you, make sure you bring your camera. The majestic city of Petra, carved into the rose red rock 2000 years ago is a must visit attraction. Petra can be reached by the Siq (narrow gorge). The treasury was made famous in the movie Indiana Jones & the last crusade. In addition to the treasury, you will see the street of facades, the early necropolis, the Roman theater, the royal tombs and other monuments. Lunch at a local restaurant is also included. You will then be returned to the port in advance of your cruise ship's departure.
Petra 1 Day Tour from Aqaba Jordan
At 10:30 am a driver will be waiting to take you Petra in an air conditioned vehicle. Drive to Wadi Rum for a short visit to take pictures and view the amazing desert. Continue on driving to Petra, and arrive at the visitors center to start your walking tour of Petra.Tour the Treasury, the astounding façade that gave Petra its notoriety. All of Petra was built by the Nabateans thousands of years ago. Walk on to see the ancient Roman Theater, with the tombs jutting out of the seating. There are many facades to view, that were hand carved out of the sandstone, temples, statues, cave, and more. After the tour eat lunch in an authentic restaurant, and start the way back to your hotel in Aqaba. Arrival time in Aqaba around 18:30 pm.
Private Tour: Petra Day Trip from Aqaba
Start with a pickup in the morning from your centrally located Aqaba hotel or port (depending on option selected). Then, sit back in your private, air-conditioned minivan and enjoy the desert views as you travel north towards the UNESCO-listed city of Petra. Pass by Little Petra the Nabatean’s carvan stop before heading to the main city.After roughly two hours on the road, arrive at ancient Petra and stroll 20 minutes to the Siq, the rock fissure that serves as the entrance corridor to the city. Alternatively, choose to take a horseback ride to the Siq, available on a first-come, first-serve basis.With the rest of your group gathered at the Siq entrance, start your walk through the 1-mile (1.5-kilometer) canyon, framed by towering sandstone cliffs. At its final bend, savor your first, memorable glimpse of the Treasury (Al-Khazneh), the stunning rock-cut building that starred in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. Admire its finely carved, rose-pink facade, as you hear about its history from your guide.After snapping pictures here, walk through the gorge and discover more about the Nabataeans who made their homes here, at the junction of key ancient trading routes, in the 6th century. View the theater that once seated 3,000 spectators and continue to the Royal Tombs, a string of chambers and facades built into the mountainside.After your tour, enjoy between two and three hours of free time to explore further the ancient city that the 19th-century poet John Burgon described as the ‘rose-red city half as old time.’ You may also use the break to enjoy lunch at one of Petra’s several restaurants (own expense).When the time comes, meet your driver outside the ancient city and board your minivan back to Aqaba. Your day trip ends with a hotel or port drop-off in the late afternoon.
Overnight Wadi Rum Tour from Aqaba
Your overnight tour takes you deep into Wadi Rum, a vast desert wilderness in southern Jordan. Filled with mountains, canyons and valleys, this beautiful UNESCO-protected region has been inhabited since ancient times and is peppered with aeons-old rock carvings. It’s also famed for its connections with T.E. Lawrence, or ‘Lawrence of Arabia,’ and is home to exotic wildlife, from mountain goats and wildcats to vultures and eagles.Upgrade your visit to include either a 30-minute camel ride to make the most of your desert adventure! Please see the Itinerary below for details on each day of the tour.
Private Tour: Wadi Rum from Aqaba
Start your desert day trip with a pickup from your centrally located Aqaba hotel or Aqaba port. Settle into your air-conditioned private car and absorb the desert views as you head northward to Wadi Rum. This immense desert wilderness of mountains, valleys, dunes and rock formations covers much of southern Jordan and is famed for its changing colors, Bedouin tribes and connections with T.E. Lawrence, also known as ‘Lawrence of Arabia’, who called it ‘vast, echoing and godlike.’ The region is also a haven for wildlife and flora, and is home to mountain goats, hares, wildcats, vultures and eagles.Arrive in the late morning and enjoy an included, 2-hour (approx.) 4x4 tour of the rugged canyons, towers and gulleys that rear up from the vast desert plains. With a friendly Bedouin driver-guide at the wheel, pass through steep gorges, trace arid riverbeds and stop for photos along the way at natural rock bridges, waterfalls and palm-fringed oases. See some of the haunting rock petroglyphs carved into the cliffs — some are believed to date back a staggering 12,000 years — and marvel at the ever-changing colors as the rocks turn from pink to red and then gold in the changing light. Listen out for the silence here, too: the quiet and stillness of the desert is almost deafening!After your 4x4 tour, visit a Bedouin tent and sip refreshing mint tea. Alternatively, upgrade to enjoy a 30-minute camel ride to the tent. Feel like a real-life Bedouin as you clamber up onto your hump-backed herbivore and plod slowly over the rugged terrain. When the time comes, bid farewell to the desert and return to Aqaba. Along the way, stop off for lunch at a local restaurant (own expense) before concluding your trip with a drop-off at your hotel or port in the late afternoon.
Aqaba Shore Excursion : Wadi Rum Private Tour
Your private chauffeur will meet you at the port in Aqaba. Then, you will be transferred in an air-conditioned vehicle to Wadi Rum (40 minutes drive approx). Here, you will greet another guide, take a short camel ride and then explore Wadi Rum in a jeep for 2 hours. The Bedouin guide will show you Lawrence's spring, Thamudic inscriptions , Khazali Canyon, Sand dunes and much more.Your tour concludes with drop-off at your hotel.