A Week in Jordan

Start: Amman Finish: Dead Sea

Visiting: Amman, Jerash, Madaba, Mount Nebo, Kerak, Wadi Musa, Wadi Rum, Aqaba, Dead Sea, Petra


Duration: 8 Nights

Physical rating: Leisurely / Moderate

Special diets catered: Please inform Exodus of specific dietary requirements

Tour Operator: Exodus

Group size: 4 - 20

Age range: 16 to 99

Tour operated in: English


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Tour Overview

Jordan is an ideal destination for a one-week adventure. Bursting with things to see and do this trip includes the best of what this magnificent country has to offer, visiting all the major sites of interest. We will have two full days to explore the so called 'rose-red city' of Petra and to take a guided visit around Jerash, one of the best preserved Roman cities in the Middle East. There is time to 'float' in the salty waters of the Dead Sea and snorkel (optional) over the beautiful coral reefs of the Red Sea. We will also experience the fabulous scenery in the desert at Wadi Rum, where we take a 4WD excursion into the more remote regions and camp out like the Bedouin.

Highlights

  • iconFloat in the mystical Dead Sea
  • iconDiscover Petra's secrets, with two full days at the labyrinthine rose-red city
  • iconExperience Bedouin life at a desert camp in Wadi Rum
  • iconStroll through the ancient streets of Roman Jerash
  • iconVisit Mt Nebo, claimed to be Moses' burial site

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Itinerary

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icon Day 1 : Start Amman

Location: Amman

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals: No Meals

Arrive into Amman. If your booking includes flights, we will meet you at the airport and transfer you to the overnight hotel.

icon Day 2 : Visit Jerash and take a city tour of Amman

Location: Amman, Jerash, Amman, Amman

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals: Breakfast

This morning we drive north to Jerash, known as Gerasa in ancient times. This was one of the ten wealthy, self-governing cities of the Decapolis during Roman times, and was famous throughout the Roman world for the luxury of its lifestyle. Buried for centuries under blown sand, Jerash is the only city of the Decapolis to have survived, with a dramatic oval forum, colonnaded main streets which remarkably have the drains still intact, two theatres and the impressive temple of Zeus. After a good look around we head back to Amman for a city tour including the Citadel, the Roman Theatre and the old city.

icon Day 3 : Drive down King's Highway to Petra via Mt Nebo, Madaba and Kerak

Location: Amman, Madaba, Mount Nebo, Kerak, Wadi Musa

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals: Breakfast

Today is a long driving day down the King's Highway which takes us up and down huge 'wadis' (valleys). There are several stops of interest en route including Madaba, known as the city of the mosaics, Mt Nebo and Kerak, which is a magnificent fortified town. Further south we reach the magnificent city of Petra; Jordan's premier historic site and one of the world's most outstanding ancient cities.

icon Day 4 : Two days exploring Petra including optional hikes

Location: Wadi Musa, Wadi Musa

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals: Breakfast

Two days to explore Petra, the so called rose-red city, 'half as old as time'. Petra was hidden for centuries until the Swiss explorer Burckhardt made his great discovery in 1812. It was founded by the Nabateans, an Arab tribe that arrived here in the 6th century BC. Building at Petra began in the third century BC and continued through the Roman period, financed by taxes levied on the desert caravans. Two features of Petra are unique: firstly, it is a city made defensible by being built down a series of chasms, rather than on a hilltop. Secondly, it is built directly into the rock - beautiful red and yellow sandstone carved into the most impressive facades which glow in the brilliant sunlight. To enter Petra we must begin by walking down a narrow chasm, known as the Siq, surrounded by high cliffs on either side. Unveiled at the end of the Siq is El Khazneh, the Treasury. This is just the first breathtaking sight of a remarkable day. Continuing to the centre of the city, we pass the houses and tombs of the rich citizens and the remarkable scale of the site begins to unveil itself.  A optional walk can then be done up 750 steps to El Deir, the monastery, with its superb facade topped by a huge urn.  On the second day your guide will take you into the site for either a hike up to the High Place of sacrifice or for free time to explore the city further.  Only a few people attempt to visit the High Place as it can be quite arduous and is not recommended for those who are unsure of their fitness or are uncomfortable with heights. However, those who do make it to the top are rewarded with wonderful views over parts of the site visited on the previous day.

icon Day 5 : Two days exploring Petra including optional hikes

Location: Wadi Musa

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals: Breakfast

On the second day your guide will take you into the site for either a hike up to the High Place of sacrifice or for free time to explore the city further. Only a few people attempt to visit the High Place as it can be quite arduous and is not recommended for those who are unsure of their fitness or are uncomfortable with heights. However, those who do make it to the top are rewarded with wonderful views over parts of the site visited on the previous day.

icon Day 6 : Drive to Wadi Rum desert; 4WD excursion and overnight in a Bedouin camp.

Location: Wadi Rum, Wadi Rum

Accommodation: Camp

Accommodation Name: Bedouin Camp

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

This morning there is the option to take a guided tour through Little Petra or you can relax at our hotel before we join the modern Desert Highway and make our way south to Wadi Rum.  The purpose of Little Petra is not clear however archaeologists believe it was probably a suburb of Petra where visiting traders on the silk route may have stayed.  Today we enter the natural world heritage site of Wadi Rum where dramatic sandstone mountains rise from the sandy desert floor is where Lawrence of Arabia and Prince Faisal assembled the Arab tribes for the attack on Aqaba in the First World War and also where sections of the 1962 epic film were shot. After checking into our private Exodus camp our Bedouin hosts take us for around a 2-hour 4x4 jeep trip to explore some of the highlights of the protected area. We go to the main popular sights, have time to sample bedouin tea and then watch the sunset from the vantage point of a rock formation.  From here we return to our camp where we enjoy Bedouin hospitality with a traditional dinner called Zarb which is cooked underground.  After dinner we learn about Bedouin culture and music through interacting with the family who run the camp. 

icon Day 7 : Morning in Wadi Rum; drive to Aqaba; relax by the Red sea; optional snorkelling

Location: Wadi Rum, Aqaba

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals: Breakfast

Leaving the Red sea behind we will head to the Dead sea which is one of the most fascinating places on earth.  Free time to experience floating and trying the dead sea mud then cooling off in the swimming pool.  This evening there will be a group dinner to celebrate your time in Jordan and say your farewells. 

icon Day 8 : Drive from Aqaba to the Dead Sea and enjoy a float

Location: Aqaba, Dead Sea

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Leaving the Red sea behind we will head to the Dead sea which is one of the most fascinating places on earth. Free time to experience floating and trying the dead sea mud then cooling off in the swimming pool. This evening there will be a group dinner to celebrate your time in Jordan and say your farewells.

icon Day 9 : End Dead Sea

Location: Dead Sea

Meals: Breakfast

Your trip comes to an end today after breakfast.

What's Included

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    Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)

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    All transport and listed activities

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    Tour leader throughout

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    All accommodation (see accommodation section)

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    Arrival & departure transfers

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    All breakfasts, 2 dinners

What's Not Included

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    Single accommodation (available on request)

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    Travel insurance

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    Visas or vaccinations

Food

All breakfasts and two dinners are included at the Wadi Rum camp and the Dead Sea resort. Whilst staying in hotels we usually eat in local restaurants and on some occasions the leader will take those who wish to a restaurant for a 'mezze' style meal. These allow fast service with a variety of good quality food for the group and usually cost 10-15 JOD pp ( GBP £11-17, USD $14-21, CAN $18-28). If you are vegetarian, please note that main meals are limited in choice; however, mezze is almost always available in restaurants and is a good, filling choice. There is also a good choice of seafood available when at the Red Sea. While camping in Wadi Rum we enjoy a traditional meal called Zarb which is cooked underground.  This consists of rice with a selection including chicken, lamb and vegetables. Vegetables will be cooked separate to the meat. 

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Brilliant trip in a fabulous country
The 8 day tour of Jordan was really enjoyable. The trip encompassed all the incredible sights of Jordan and its rich culture and history. Petra was amazing and ....more The 8 day tour of Jordan was really enjoyable.

The trip encompassed all the incredible sights of Jordan and its rich culture and history.

Petra was amazing and a real highlight.

The guide was knowledgeable, caring and very enthusiastic.

Would really recommend this interesting, varied and enjoyable trip.

The group were all like minded people and we all got on very well which was a real bonus.

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A week in Jordan
What a wonderful country, full of Eastern promise.The people were lovely and did not annoy us as we passed so many little shops.The country was clean and the hotels ....more What a wonderful country, full of Eastern promise.

The people were lovely and did not annoy us as we passed so many little shops.

The country was clean and the hotels of a very good standard, a little bit more expensive then we first though it was going to be, but it is a fairly rich country so prices are on the higher side.

The Dead sea, Mount Nebo, Wadi Rum, Aqaba were all fabulous but Petra was something else, amazing place and so much bigger than we thought it was going to be.

Brilliant week and made even nicer by the fact we had 16 companions from 4 different countries, no smokers no moaners just wonderfully friendly people who were there to enjoy this amazing country.

Thanks to all of you.

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A marvellous trip crammed into a week
A wonderful trip with a fabulous guide and great travel companions. I wasn't sure about doing a tour as I usually travel independently. This time, I didn't have time to ....more A wonderful trip with a fabulous guide and great travel companions.

I wasn't sure about doing a tour as I usually travel independently.

This time, I didn't have time to plan logistics, learn Arabic (though most do speak some English), or manage/research all the destinations, and I only had a week of time off, so I decided to try a pre-organised trip with Exodus to a place I've always wanted to visit.

So glad I did.

I learnt about Roman cities by walking amongst the pillars, I marvelled at mosaics away from the distractions of the 9-5, I climbed up rocky out-crops formed of incredible reds and oranges, I learned about the Nabateans and the Mamlucs and the Bedouin and the history or a tumultous region steeped in history for thousands of years.

Not only do you get to explore Petra and Wadi Rum, float in the Dead Sea, snorkel in the Red Sea, admire Jerash and Madaba and Karak Castle and the flowers in the desert (in April) (thanks to our guide for hunting out the end of season black irises), but you get to taste local food (delicious Shawarma and Falafel) sip delicious mint concoctions, and hear about day-to-day life in world full of refugees, intense politics, history and conflict on all sides.

Things come to life when you are in the landscape.

Thank you.

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fine, does what it says on the tin
An amazing experience, better than expected. The 2 days in Petra were fantastic and we saw everything. An amazing experience, better than expected.

The 2 days in Petra were fantastic and we saw everything.

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Great week packed with fabulous experiences
All the highlights of Jordan in one week - it is a very busy week with full days and relatively early starts but it is worth the effort. Not a ....more All the highlights of Jordan in one week - it is a very busy week with full days and relatively early starts but it is worth the effort.

Not a dull moment.

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A week in jordan
First of all... Don't listen to friends and relatives who may be concerned about your going off to the Middle East. Jordan feels extremely safe, the Jordanians are understandably proud ....more First of all.

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Don't listen to friends and relatives who may be concerned about your going off to the Middle East.

Jordan feels extremely safe, the Jordanians are understandably proud of their neutral stance in the Middle East and are welcoming and friendly.

and yes, they rely on tourism which is seriously down given the current situation in its neighbouring countries.

Having got that out of the way I highly recommend this trip, it is very rushed as there is a lot to see in a scant week, if you can I would strongly urge you to go a day early so you have a chance to see some of Amman, or stay a day later for the same reason.

there is so much we did not have time to do.

The highlight of course is Petra and this trip is set up so you have your tour leader introducing you to Petra on day one and on day two you are free to explore on your own.

brilliant.

You do need a fairly high degree of mobility if you plan to hike up to the Monastery or the High Places both of which are a must.

You can go up by donkey but that looked even scarier than going on foot! But there is plenty to do in the Valley floor if you cannot hike up these incredible mountains.

Did the snorkelling trip in Aqaba and it was a highlight amongst many highlights.

The crew on the boat were helpful, experienced, friendly and good cooks! I cannot imagine it could be better on a beach or wandering around the noisy town.

It was a perfect end to our very full week.

My only regret is that we did not have more time in Amman to explore the brand new Museum and monuments other than the Citadel and to have a bit of time for shopping.

We did manage to get about an hour on Rainbow street which was worthwhile but re were several other handicraft shops recommended in the various guides to Jordan and we simply did not have the time.

I would actually urge Exodus to schedule a Fridday evening departure and this give you a 8 days in Jordan.

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Excellent trip and guide
Booked very late and was lucky enough to have single room option still available. The trip is superb. More than Petra. So much in one week and very well organised. ....more Booked very late and was lucky enough to have single room option still available.

The trip is superb.

More than Petra.

So much in one week and very well organised.

We had every season going including snow on our week, and still had a dip in Dead Sea at the end of our holiday.

Pack layers for jan feb trips, and a warm jacket! Our guide, Ibrahim was superb.

Great knowledge, good fun, and helpful with useful advice.

Pick your choice of walks in Petra as it is massive.

My highlight was the walk to high sacrifice in Petra, stunning ,even with my dislike of open heights on one spot.

I would recommend Jordan for it’s friendliness, people, culture and it’s a short haul flight to a completely different landscape/culture.

Brilliant trip.

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A week of discovery
There is nothing I can say about Jordan that others who have travelled to this country have not said before.We were a large group, 20 in all, age ranging from ....more There is nothing I can say about Jordan that others who have travelled to this country have not said before.

We were a large group, 20 in all, age ranging from 20`s to 60`s but unusually with a large group we all got on so well together.

We started our trip with a visit to Jerash, nothing could have prepared us for the shear volume that was there with even more yet to be uncovered, absolutely fantastic to stand there in the footprints of these ancient people who created these wonders.

Onto the Dead sea, I thought it was going to warmer than it was but those of us who went in had a quick float around, a pity we could not see the sites in Israel over the other side of the sea as it was quite misty.

Petra was next for us, the Treasury was revealed to by a trick the guide (Zuhair) played on us and what a site, although this is really only a fraction of what is there.

We spent 2 days walking around, up and over in awe at the scale and colours, every corner revealing another site or view to take your breath away.

Ah camping in the desert hold that thought, how romantic, after a 4x4 ride in the desert we climbed aboard our camels for a ride again into the desert.

on our return dinner was prepared but due to a strong wind we ate inside a really smokey large tent.

Those of us who brought along a sleeping bag did ok but the the temperature dropped and it was cold, yes it really was.

To complete our trip we moved onto Aqaba which was different again, much like many sea ports in the middle east.

I found this trip so enlightening and awe inspiring to be the best of the many I have been on with exodus, thank you.

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A week in Jordan Oct-Nov 2019
A full week discovering Jordan from Amman City and the ruins of Jerash, 2 days exploring Petra, Wadi Rum, eating and sleeping at a Bedouin camp, watching the sunset ....more A full week discovering Jordan from Amman City and the ruins of Jerash, 2 days exploring Petra, Wadi Rum, eating and sleeping at a Bedouin camp, watching the sunset and sunrise.

Snorkelling in the Red sea, where sadly the coral is now bleached and floating in the Dead Sea.

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a week in jordon
full on trip which was very informative and interesting. full on trip which was very informative and interesting.

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