Jewels of Jordan

Discover the gem of the Middle East on our 7-day escorted small group tour: Jewels of Jordan. Visit the magnificent Petra, beautiful desert of Wadi Rum and the salty Dead Sea in a week of fun!

Highlights:

  • Ancient city of Jerash
  • City tour of Amman
  • St George’s church, holy site of Mt. Nebo and ancient city of Kerak
  • Petra
  • Overnighting at a desert camp in Wadi Rum
  • Dead Sea.

Inclusions:

  • Transport in air-conditioned private coaches as per the above itinerary
  • Private arrival and departure transfers to and from Amman airport to hotel
  • 5 nights hotel accommodation
  • 1 night accommodation at permanent tented desert camp
  • Breakfast daily
  • 1 lunch
  • 1 dinner
  • Sightseeing and entrance fees as indicated in the above itinerary
  • 2-hour jeep tour of Wadi Rum
  • English speaking guide throughout the tour
  • Entry visa (Passport details are needed when booking).

Jewels of Jordan


Day 1: Amman

Arrive at Amman airport, where you will be met and assisted by our representative who will take you through the visa formalities. Then your vehicle will drive you to your hotel in Amman for check-in. Rest of the day at leisure. Later tonight, we will depart for a panoramic tour of Amman followed by dinner at Windmill restaurant. D

JerashDay 2: Amman - Jerash - Amman

After breakfast at the hotel we will head towards Jerash. A close second to Petra on the list of favourite destinations in Jordan. The ancient city of Jerash boasts an unbroken chain of human occupation dating back more than 6,500 years. Jerash lies on a plain surrounded by hilly, wooded areas and fertile basins. Conquered by General Pompey in 63 BC, it came under Roman rule and was one of the ten great Roman cities, of the Decapolis League. The city’s golden age came under Roman rule, during which time it was known as Gerasa, and the site is now generally acknowledged to be one of the best preserved Roman provincial towns in the world. Hidden for centuries in sand before being excavated and restored over the past 70 years, Jerash reveals a fine example of the grand, formal provincial Roman urbanism that is found throughout the Middle East, comprising of paved and colonnaded streets, soaring hilltop temples, handsome theatres, spacious public squares and plazas, baths, fountains and city walls pierced by towers and gates. We will have lunch at Khayl & Layl restaurant in Jerash. Then drive back to Amman for a city tour, where we’ll visit the Citadel, Archaeological Museum, Roman Amphitheatre, and Folklore Museum. BL

Day 3: Amman – Madaba – Mt. Nebo - Kerak - Petra

Today we will visit Saint George church. The Madaba mosaic map covers the floor of the Greek Orthodox Church of St. George, which is located northwest of the city centre. The church was built in 1896 AD, over the remains of a much earlier 6th Century Byzantine church. The mosaic panel enclosing the map was originally around 15.6 x 6m, 94 m2 , only about a quarter of which is preserved. Afterwards we continue to visit Mount Nebo, one of the most revered holy sites of Jordan and the place where Moses was buried. A small Byzantine church was built there by early Christians, which has been expanded into a vast complex. Then onto visit Kerak, an important city, and for a time the capital, of the biblical kingdom of Moab. For this reason, the castle is also sometimes known as Krak des Moabites. Kerak Castle was built in 1142 AD by the Frankish Lord of Oultrejourdain, Payen le Bouteiller, to whom the territory had been ceded by King Baldwin II of Jerusalem in 1126. The castle was constructed over foundations of earlier citadels dating back to Nabatean times. Under Reynald de Chatillon, Kerak resisted assaults by Saladin’s troops in 1183 and 1184, but it finally fell after a siege in 1188. B

Day 4: Petra

Today we explore Petra. Perhaps the words of Dean Burgon’s famous poem: ‘Match me such a marvel save in Eastern clime / A rose red city half as old as time…’ reflect some truth about Petra. Yet words can hardly do justice to the true magnificence that is Petra. Some archaeologists have ranked ancient Petra as the eighth wonder of the ancient world – a truly justifiable claim. Petra is unique in every respect, having something to offer to the historian, anthropologist, archaeologist, geologist, architect and the naturalist, all of whom regularly come to Petra to conduct their studies to be in touch with the past. You do not have to be a specialist in any field though to appreciate Petra because, once inside of it, you will be quickly awe-struck and you will want to know the how, why and where about it. This remote dead city is one of the great archaeological treasures in the world, undoubtedly it is the most important famous attraction of Jordan. Much of Petra’s appeal comes from its awesome, multi-coloured sandstone high mountains; it is a secluded site of steep rocky slopes, towering craggy mountain tops and high cliffs, into which most of the celebrated tombs, facades, theatres and stairways are carved. Nature and architecture concur into conferring a mythical aura to the site. B

Day 5: Petra - Wadi Rum

We leave Petra today and head for Wadi Rum. This is a stupendous, timeless place, virtually untouched by humanity and its destructive forces. Here, it is the weather and winds that have carved the imposing, towering skyscrapers, so elegantly described by T.E. Lawrence as “vast, echoing and god-like”. A maze of monolithic rockscape rises up from the desert floor to heights of 1,750 metres creating a natural challenge for serious mountaineers. Hikers can enjoy the tranquillity of the boundless empty spaces, explore the canyons and water holes to discover 4000-year-old rock drawings and the many other spectacular treasures this vast wilderness holds in store. Enjoy a 2-hour jeep tour lead by the local Bedouin tribe. BD

Dead Sea JordanDay 6: Wadi Rum - Dead Sea

After a camp breakfast we depart for the Dead Sea. At 410 metres below sea level, the Dead Sea is the lowest place on earth. Jordan’s Dead Sea coastline is one of the most spectacular natural and spiritual landscapes in the world and it remains as enticing to international visitors today as it was to kings, emperors, traders, and prophets in antiquity. The main attraction of the Dead Sea is of course the soothing, abnormally salty water itself. The salt content of the water is 31.5% making the water so buoyant that it is impossible for the bather to sink. The water also contains 21 minerals including high levels of magnesium, sodium, potassium, and bromine and 12 of these minerals are found in no other body of water in the world. The rest of the day is at leisure. B

Day 7: Dead Sea

After breakfast you will be transferred to Amman international airport for your forward journey. B

*Start your Jewels of Jordan tour with our 12-day Enchanting Egypt tour. Experience the Pyramids of Giza, Egyptian Museum and Khan El Khalili, Karnak Temple, a deluxe 4 day Nile Cruise, Valley of the Kings, and more! See below for more details.


Travel Dates:

10 Feb; 23 Mar; 27 Apr; 11 May 2020

From $2,399*pp

Download the Jewels of Jordan flyer

Grab your copy here
ESCORTED SMALL GROUP - EGYPT - 12D/11N

Enchanting Egypt

Start your Jewels of Jordan tour in the enchanting Egypt with 12-days of exploration and adventure! Starting in the chaotic yet beautiful Cairo, you will tick off countless bucket-list experiences including the Pyramids of Giza, Egyptian Museum and Khan El Khalili, Karnak Temple, a deluxe 4 day Nile Cruise, Valley of the Kings, and more!

From $6,773*pp