Swap grey cityscapes for middle eastern mystique on a dazzling nine-day introduction to Jordan. Expand your mind as you delve back in time to learn about ancient civilisations. And remind yourself how good silence sounds as you sleep under the stars in a luxury desert camp and forest cabin.And enjoy on this Edits: Desert to Dead Sea in Jordan tour.
Swap your usual car or bike for a jeep and camel to explore Wadi Rum desert
Scramble through the canyons of the Mujib Siq Trail
Have your very own Indiana Jones adventure and discover the magical city of Petra
Arrive Amman, Capital Of Jordan
Hotel Rum Art
Start your Jordan discovery in the country's capital Amman. You'll be met
at the airport and transfered to your hotel in the Sweifieh district.
Travel To The Tranquillity Of The Ajloun Forest
Jerash, Ajloun Forest Reserve Visitor Center
Hotel Ajloun Forest Cabins
After breakfast you'll be transported back in time with a tour of the Roman
ruins at Jerash. The day continues at pace, with a hike through the Ajloun
Forest Reserve, a haven for roe deer, wild boar and grey wolves. Along the
way, you’ll stop at the Soap House to see how local women make Orjan soap
from olive oil and herbs. At the House of Calligraphy, try writing your name
in Arabic letters. Then sample local Jordanian delicacies at the Biscuit
House. Tonight, you’ll check into eco-friendly cabins for a night in
peaceful forest surroundings.
Drive South To Magical Petra
Hotel Movenpick Nabatean castle
Leaving Ajloun after breakfast, you'll travel south through desert landscapes
and stunning canyons and try local mint tea with spectacular views. Later
arrive in Wadi Musa the gateway to the mystical ancient city of Petra.
Tonight, there’s the option of trying a Turkish Bath. Otherwise, settle
into the Movenpick Nabatean Castle and enjoy the views of the Rift Valley
from this fortress-style hotel.
Check Out The Ancient City, And Climb A Mountain
Hotel Movenpick Nabatean castle
Chances are you’re used to an early alarm, which is just as well - you’ll
be up before dawn this morning. You’ll start by walking through the 1.2km
Siq, a stunning canyon that reveals an Ancient City as the sun rises.
You’ll see the Treasury, an imposing ancient tomb, then it's upwards to the
High Place of Sacrifice for fantastic views over the rose-red city. Heading
down the mountain on another route we stop for tea at the Garden Tomb then
hike through Wadi Farasa to our picnic lunch stop. Hidden high in the hills
is another legendary monument, the Monastery. To get there we head up 850
stone steps which is an effort but trust us - it's worth it. After our
climbing adventures it is time to wind our way back along the city streets
passing the Royal Tombs and the 2000-year-old Nabataean Theatre, carved out
of the mountain-side and finally we return to the Siq. Your time in Petra
is sure to be a day you will never forget.
Sunset Jeep Safari In Wadi Rum; Sleep Under The Stars
Wadi Rum UFO camp
Today its on to Wadi Rum, characterised by deep red sands and mars-like
landscape this desert will captivate you. After checking into your geodesic
dome pod in Wadi Rum (yes, it’s as exciting as it sounds), take a jeep
safari into the vastness. You’ll arrive at the right spot just in time for
sunset, then return to camp for dinner under a canopy of stars. Heavenly.
Early Morning Camel Ride; Swim In The Red Sea
Red Sea Dive Center, Aqaba
Hotel Daytree by Hilton
Take an early morning camel ride across the desert and commit the last of the
captivating views to memory (and your camera phone) before the hour-long
drive to the Red Sea coast. The rest of the day is spent in Aqaba, a small
town on the red sea coast where you can stretch out on the beach and try
snorkelling over a coral reef.
Tonight, the nightlife of Aqaba beckons...
Hike In Dana Reserve; Lunch With Villagers
Dana Reserve, Dead Sea
Hotel Hilton Dead Sea Resort
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
After breakfast, its on to the 15th-century village of Dana for a hike in the
Biosphere Reserve. Join local villagers for lunch before continuing to the
Dead Sea the lowest place on earth (431m below sea level, to be exact). Take
time to enjoy the facilities of our resort but don’t miss the experience of
floating in the Dead Sea. The high salt content of the water makes swimming
impossible. But it’s perfect for bobbing about it and letting your skin
take advantage of the mineral-rich mud.
Mujib Biosphere Siq Trail
Mujib Dam, Dead Sea
Hotel Hilton Dead Sea resort
This morning you’ll hike the Wadi Mujib Siq Trail, running parallel to the
Dead Sea. You’ll wade and scramble through a gorge to reach a dramatic
waterfall. If you’re lucky, you might spot some Nubian Ibex. The final
afternoon is yours to unwind, maybe treating yourself to a spa treatment or
another soak in the Dead Sea before your thoughts turn to the journey home.
Transfer To The Airport
After breakfast, a transfer will return you (reluctantly, most likely) to the
* All breakfasts, two lunches and three dinners included
* This trip visits local restaurants, including those serving mezze style
meal. These have fast service and good quality food for the group and
usually cost 10-15 JD per person
* If you are vegetarian, main meals may be limited in choice, but mezze is
almost always available in restaurants and is a filling option.
* As Jordan is a Muslim country alcohol is not available in all restaurants
and many hotels.
Centro Mada by Rotana, Amman
A comfortable hotel with a pool and restaurant. Well located for our journey north the next day.
Ajloun Forest Reserve Cabins
Cosy log cabins in the Aljoun Highlands with fabulous views. There’s no TV and no Wi-Fi in the cabins, ideal for the ultimate switch-off.
Movenpick Nabatean Castle
Standing proud on a hilltop overlooking the Rift Valley, Movenpick Nabatean Castle has comfortable rooms and a raft of facilities for a relaxing stay.
Saraya Camp Wadi Rum
Unrivalled comfort in the desert – each cabin has a well-fitted bathroom, heating and air-conditioning. Watch sunrise from your private veranda.
DoubleTree by Hilton Aqaba
A large, sleek hotel that overlooks the Gulf of Aqaba. This resort has a choice of restaurants, fitness facilities, pools and a rooftop lounge.
Hilton Dead Sea Resort
In the heart of the Jordan Valley on the eastern shores of the Dead Sea, this swish resort has modern rooms, excellent facilities and beach access.