Day 1: Amman
Upon arrival at Queen Alia International Airport you’ll be met and transferred to our hotel in Amman. At 6pm this evening meet your guide and the rest of the group at a Welcome Meeting. Overnight Amman.
Day 2: Optional Jerash & Aljoun
Today is free to independently explore Jordan’s capital or join our optional excursion to see the spectacular 2000-year-old ruins in the Graeco-Roman city of Jerash and explore the 12th century Aljoun Castle which sits atop a hill in the Jabal Ajlun district in northwest Jordan. Overnight Amman (B)
Day 3: Amman City tour & Karak Castle
Amman – Karak – Petra. Our day starts with a guided tour of Amman, taking in the Citadel, which sits on the highest hill in Amman, and the National Archaeological Museum. From Amman we drive south to Petra, stopping en route to explore the crumbling remnants of the magnificent Crusader castle of Karak. Overnight Petra (B)
Day 4: Petra
The remarkable rose city of Petra is one of the New Seven Wonders of the World and undoubtedly the jewel in Jordan’s crown. We spend the whole day exploring this incredible UNESCO-Listed archaeological site, which dates back to 6th century BC and was once the thriving capital of the Nabataean empire. Nestled in a secluded valley surrounded by rugged mountains and a lunar-like rock formations, Petra was left deserted and hidden from the world for hundreds of years before being rediscovered in the 1800s. We access the hidden archaeological treasures of the Rose-Red City on a walk through a narrow siq, where the 200m high rocks finally give way to reveal the spectacular facade of the Kazneh (aka the Treasury). From the Treasury the hidden valley widens to reveal the remains of this ancient city where we’ll see tombs, temples, an impressive amphitheatre and a Roman colonnaded street.
After our guided tour there’s free time to explore and those that are feeling energetic can climb the hundreds of rock-cut steps to Ad-Deir which is better known as the Monastery. The Monastery has a similar facade to the Treasury, but it’s larger and more striking, with incredible views over the Petra Hills.
This evening there’s the opportunity to walk through back the Siq after dark and revisit The Treasury, illuminated by thousands of candles, on the optional Petra By Night excursion (payable locally). Overnight Petra (B)
Day 5: Free time in Petra & 4×4 in Wadi Rum
Petra – Wadi Rum. This morning is free for you to spend at leisure or you can revisit Petra this morning on an optional hike, entering via the Al Madras secret road to see Treasury from above and visit the High Place of Sacrifice on a morning hike.
This afternoon we drive to the striking Wadi Rum desert with its rolling red dunes and amazing rock formations. Boarding 4×4 jeeps, we take an exhilarating ride across the sand dunes to our desert camp where we spend the night. This evening we enjoy a Jordanian dinner and spend the evening around the camp fire under an incredible blanket of stars before bedding down for the night in permanent tents. Overnight Wadi Rum (B, D)
Day 6: Dead Sea & Mt Nebo
Wadi Rum – Dead Sea – Mt Nebo – Madaba. This morning consider waking early to watch an incredible sunrise over the desert. After breakfast at the campsite we bid farewell to Wadi Rum and travel north to the lowest point on the earth’s surface – the Dead Sea. More than 400 meters below sea level, the mineral-rich Dead Sea is a hypersaline lake which is famous for its buoyancy. We spend a leisurely few hours at the Dead Sea bobbing around like corks in the therapeutic waters and smothering ourselves in some of the famous black Dead Sea mud to give our skin an invigorating boost.
After our Dead Sea dalliance we travel on to Madaba, stopping en route at Mt Nebo, which is the site where Moses saw the Promised Land. From this wonderful vantage point, we can take in the amazing panorama which includes the Jordan River Valley, the Dead Sea, Jericho and the spires and domes of the Mt. of Olives and Bethlehem on the Judean hills just across the wide valley. We spend the final night of our tour in the ancient market town of Madaba which is renowned for its beautiful Byzantine-era mosaics, the most famous of which is the map of the Holy Land in St George’s Church. Overnight Madaba (B)
Day 7: Explore Madaba on foot
Our Jordanian adventure comes to an end today with an included transfer back to Amman’s Queen Ali Airport. If time permits we recommend that you visit the nearby St George’s Church to see Madaba’s most famous mosaic, which is the map of the Holy Land. (B)