Jordan is a relative newcomer to tourism and with only a fraction of the amount of tourists compared to neighbour countries, Israel and Egypt; it is a real off-the-beaten-track experience.
Jordan’s popular destination image encompasses little more than a camel and desert, when in fact this is a country of mountains, beaches, castles and ancient churches; of culture, traditions and customs; and of adventure, wildlife and architecture. This incredibly welcoming destination is a safe and comfortable place that is just waiting to be explored.
Let us take you through Jordan’s beautiful and rugged countryside as you ascend up through the mountains, trek in the enormous canyons, bike through incredibly diverse landscapes and reach the Red Rose city of Petra, one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Continue to the Wadi Rum desert and take a jeep safari showing you all the fantastic rock formations, before retiring to a camp and sleeping under the stars in the desert.
DAY 1: Arrive in AMMAN
You will arrive at Queen Alia International Airport in Amman, where you will be met by our travel rep who will help with immigration. From here you will be transferred to your hotel in Amman, the capital city of Jordan.
Amman, the capital of Jordan and one of the oldest cities in the world is a fascinating city. With a unique blend of old and new, ideally situated on a hilly area between the desert and fertile Jordan Valley.
In the commercial heart of the city, ultra-modern buildings, hotels, smart restaurants, art galleries and boutiques rub shoulders comfortably with traditional coffee shops and tiny artisans’ workshops. However, there is still evidence of the city’s much older past.
Overnight in Amman
DAY 2: AMMAN – JERASH – AJLOUN
After breakfast we will head out on a historical tour.
Jerash will be your first stop. The Greco-Roman city known as the ‘Pompeii of the East’. Built over 2,000 years ago, Jerash is widely regarded as the best-preserved city of the Decapolis, a confederation of 10 Roman cities dating from the 1st century! We’ll explore the site taking in the colonnaded street, amphitheater and more.
Then we will go for a drive through the beautiful Dibeen Forest on our way to Ajloun. Upon arrival we will meet our guide and enjoy a home cooking experience with a local family. Then we will set off and explore the Ajloun Nature Reserve where your guide will meet you and start your day of hiking. The walk will include parts of the Jordan Trail and take you through one of Jordan hidden forest trails, Wadi Zubia. With high rolling hills of the North and some of the oldest Olive trees in the region, this hike is not one to miss.
We end the day by watching the sunset overlooking the rolling hill of the holy land.
Dinner will be at a homestay in the surrounding area of Ajloun. After you have eaten as much as you can you will be able to retire at your accommodation, a boutique lodge at the RSCN Reserve.
Overnight in Ajloun
DAY 3: AJLOUN – MADABA – DEAD SEA
After breakfast, depart from Ajloun area and drive down the Jordan Valley to Christian city of Madaba “the City of Mosaics”. This town has the oldest known mosaic map of the Holy Land. We will visit St Georges Church and mosaic maps of Madaba.
Here we will enjoy a traditional lunch at Hakyak Sitti.
Afterwards we start our cycle from Madaba down to the Dead Sea. Our team of biking guides will meet you after lunch and prepare for the ride from Madaba. A support vehicle will be with you throughout the cycle and your luggage will be taken to the hotel by car.
Once you have made it to the Dead Sea you will have chance to swim (or rather float) in the water.
Overnight at the Dead Sea
DAY 4: DEAD SEA – WADI HASSA – PETRA
Breakfast and morning at your leisure.
Departure from the Dead Sea and drive south through the Jordan Valley Highway a beautiful stretch of road offering amazing views of the valet between Jordan and Israel. We will pass the Dead Sea and continue to our next great adventure, Wadi Hassa, one of Jordan’s hidden treasures. A beautiful shallow water filled canyon hike normally visited by locals on the weekend looking to cool off from the heat of this area. We will hike this valley for 2-3 hours, entering and exiting through the same point.
Today we will enjoy a picnic lunch of local delights in the Wadi Hassa.
After the canyon walk, we will meet with our drivers and continue our journey to Petra. The drive will take us down Jordan Valley and onto the Nimila Back Road, one of the most spectacular roads in Jordan. We will climb from 200m below sea level to 1600m above sea level in the space of 1.5hrs.
Transfer to Wadi Musa the home of Petra.
Overnight at Petra
DAY 5: FULL DAY VISITING PETRA
The ancient city of Petra is one of Jordan’s national treasures and by far its best known tourist attraction. Petra is the legacy of the Nabateans, industrious Arab people who settled in Southern Jordan more than 2,000 years ago. Admired then for its refined culture, massive architecture and creative complex of dams and water channels, Petra is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Much of Petra’s appeal comes from its spectacular setting deep inside a narrow desert gorge.
We will discover the site through Petra back door. This is an adventurous trail that begins with a 20min drive to the area called Little Petra. This served as the trading post for the main site of Petra. We will begin with a 2hr hike through Little Petra and its beautiful surrounding mountains , until you reach the Monastery. Take in the vast size and detail of this incredible building before continuing through to the main site of Petra exiting from the main gate
DAY 6: PETRA – WADI RUM
After breakfast, depart to Wadi Rum (2hr drive). You will be met by your Bedouin guide and board 4 x 4’s to take you further into the desert. We will board the 4 x 4’s and explore the desert by jeep for 4hrs. You will have a traditional cooked lunch and watch the sunset before heading to your camp.
Check in to the camp and enjoy dinner and overnight in Wadi Rum.
Two camp options:
-Wild camping in the desert independently (Tents, sleeping bags and mattress). You will be alone with your desert guide.
– Fixed tourist camp with other tourists, Rahayeb Desert camp or Wadi Rum Nights
Overnight in Wadi Rum
DAY 7: WADI RUM – AQABA
After breakfast, you get the chance to ride a camel in the desert! Sit back and relax as the sun continues to rise and you can really appreciate the incredible scenery of the Wadi Rum desert.
Afterwards, transfer to the only port city in Jordan – Aqaba. Enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure.
Optional Snorkelling Activity:
Discover the coral and the underwater fish life in the Red Sea as you endeavour on a 3 hour snorkelling excursion. This will include transfers, towels and a lunch on the boat.
If snorkelling isn’t your cup of tea, then you should definitely look in at the “Souk By The Sea”. It is an outdoor craft centre and bazaar that was started in 2011 as a community development scheme to keep money in the local hands. It is a lively affair that is run in the middle of Aqaba every Friday evening (except in summer).
DAY 8: DEPART FROM AQABA
You will have breakfast at the hotel before your transfer to the King Hussein Airport in Aqaba where you will depart.
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