Treasures Of Jordan

Treasures Of Jordan

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Treasures Of Jordan

9 Days Starting and ending in Amman

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

Tour operator:

Explore!

Tour code:

DJD

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

4 - 16

Physical rating:

Low, Full On

Age range:

16-

Special diets catered:

Vegetarians, Vegans

Tour operated in:
English
Trip Styles:

Active, Adventure Tours

Activities:

4WD, Camel Trekking-Riding

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Tour Overview

Discover Jordan's ancient history, diverse landscapes and delicious cuisine with a little added comfort at the end of each day. Explore Petra, sleep under the stars in a luxurious desert camp in Wadi Rum and look over the Holy Land from Mount Nebo.



Wadi Rum - Experience the thrill of a jeep safari, try a traditional camel ride and taste a traditional nomadic barbecue

Dead Sea - Float in the saline waters of this inland sea at the lowest point on earth

Jerash - Walking tour of the most well-preserved Greco Roman ruins outside of Europe

Highlights

  • Wadi Rum - Experience the thrill of a jeep safari, try a traditional camel ride and taste a traditional nomadic barbecue

  • Dead Sea - Float in the saline waters of this inland sea at the lowest point on earth

  • Jerash - Walking tour of the most well-preserved Greco Roman ruins outside of Europe

Itinerary

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Day 1: Join Trip In Amman

Location: Amman

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals Included: No Meals

Arrive in Amman, the capital of Jordan, which is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world. Now home to almost half of the country's population, it is a fascinating city of contrasts, where the very ancient and the brand new collide.

There are no planned activities for today, so you can arrive into Amman at any time. If you would like to receive a complimentary transfer today, you'll need to arrive into Queen Alia International Airport (AMM), which is around 30 minutes' drive. Due to a majority of flights arriving in the late evening, your leader will meet you for the welcome meeting on the morning of day two. This evening you will find information including meeting times on the Explore hotel notice near reception.

If your flight arrives earlier in the day, you may wish to explore the streets and souks of downtown Amman independently.

Day 2: Amman City Tour And Roman Jerash

Location: Madaba

Accommodation: Hotel

Today we dive straight into exploring the ancient history of this area, with a guided tour of Amman. The city tour this morning will be a combination of travelling via minibus and walking through this amazing city. The main sights will include; The King Abduallah Mosque also known as the Blue Mosque, is a landmark with its blue dome which internally is covered with Quranic inscriptions; The Citadel, situated on the city's highest hill, also includes the striking historic buildings of the Umayyad Palace and the Roman built Hercules Temple; and The Roman Theatre, a remarkable example of Roman Philadelphia, is set within the side of a hill with the capacity of 6000 seats.



This afternoon we drive to Jerash and spend our time at this Middle East treasure located in the Gilead Hills. Considered to be the best preserved city of the Ten Decapolis Cities of the Roman Empire, we will spend our time roaming the ruins and walking through the iconic triple arch gateway leading onto a colonnaded street, theatre, temples and baths. From here we return to Amman for our overnight stay.

Day 3: Visit Qasr Al Kharana, Madaba And Mount Nebo

Location: Mount Nebo

Accommodation: Hotel

We start today with a visit to Desert Castles and Palaces. Our morning tour includes Qasr Al Kharana; a castle that is believed to have been built 1200 years ago and is one of the first examples of Islamic Architecture in the region. Amra Palace; a UNESCO site, is a wonderful example of an Umayyad desert complex, renown for its amazing early Islamic art depicted throughout the many frescoes on the walls and ceilings. And Aszraq Castle, once the headquarters of Lawrence of Arabia, which he called the Blue Fortress.



This afternoon we visit Madaba, a small Christian town with its collection of extraordinary mosaics, including the Great Map of Palestine (6th century). We also stop at St George's Church where the mosaic map of the Holy lands is part of this church's floor. We then investigate Jebel Neba (808m), better known as Mount Nebo. A pilgrimage centre for Christians principally because Moses is said to have seen the Promised Land from this summit. We return to our hotel in Amman.

Day 4: Journey To Petra And A Guided Tour Of The Rose City

Location: Amman

Accommodation: Hotel

This morning we leave Amman and travel to Petra for a two night stay. Abandoned centuries ago, Petra was the rock cut stronghold of the Nabateans. Surrounded by imposing mountains and approached through a deep, narrow cleft in the rocks, known as the Siq, it is a unique and unforgettable place and, enhanced by the play of light and shadow, an altogether overwhelming experience. A guided orientation tour will take us to some of the key parts of this remarkable and ancient site. We'll take in the Colonnaded Street, the Royal Tombs and marvel at the amazing theatre, with its 8,000 seats carved from the solid rock, before a free afternoon to continue exploring at your leisure.



This evening we enjoy a Bedouin cookery demonstration and meal at a nearby restaurant, learning how to make a traditional Makloubah (upside down) dish, with meat, rice and fried vegetables, followed by Um Ali, a creamy Arabic dessert with croissant pieces, raisins and nuts.

Day 5: Free Day To Discover The Treasures Of The 'Lost City' Of Petra

Location: Petra

Accommodation: Hotel

Today you have a full free day at Petra. Returning to the city, you can climb steep paths to the sacrificial 'High Places' (altars) for stunning views over Wadi Araba and the Negev Desert. You might also take the high road up to the Monastery, which is the largest of Petra's monuments and certainly worth the climb up to it. Towering to a height of 40m its doorway alone measures 8m in height. We also recommend a trip to El Beidha (or 'Little Petra' as it is known) or to the excavated Stone Age village where you can see the remains of houses, fireplaces and workshops dating from around 6000BC. This evening there may be the possibility of enjoying an enchanting tour of the city by night (optional).

Day 6: To Wadi Rum; Take An Optional Jeep Excursion And Camp In Luxury Under The Stars

Location: Wadi Rum

Accommodation: Tented Camp

Today we transfer to the Wadi Rum Desert. The Wadi Rum desert is an impressive sight with Monolithic outcrops of granite rock and sandstone rising out of the desert.This afternoon we have the chance to experience an exhilarating 4WD excursion (optional), that ends at the camp. After sunset, we enjoy the Bedouin hospitality around the campfire under a blanket of stars; a great setting to share stories while sipping mint and sage tea. A traditional bedouin dinner, which consists of a chicken or a goat meal cooked under the desert sand, is served as well as a delicious selection of mezze. We use a comfortable camp with great views over the desert. Each private tent retains the traditional Bedouin design, furnished with comfortable handmade beds, with electricity provided via solar power.

Day 7: Optional Camel Ride, Then Drive To Aqaba. Enjoy Time At Leisure In The Red Sea

Location: Aqaba

Accommodation: Hotel

This morning there is the opportunity for a camel trek (optional) through the dramatic Siq el Barra and learn about this precious alliance between the dromedary and the nomads. Leaving Wadi Rum later this morning we drive to Aqaba on the Red Sea coast for a chance to relax and take in the sea views. On arrival in Aqaba your local Leader will be on hand to arrange an optional snorkelling trip or visit to the private Berenice Beach Club (optional).

Day 8: Visit Kerak Castle; Afternoon Float In The Dead Sea

Location: Kerak, Dead Sea

Accommodation: Hotel

We visit the Crusader Castle of Kerak this morning, imposingly sited on a hilltop. Kerak became famous during the time of the Crusades as one of a chain of fortresses in the Holy War against Islam. After visiting this magnificent castle we continue with our journey and head towards the saline waters of the Dead Sea. At nearly 400m below sea level this is the lowest point on earth. We will have time to enjoy the strange delights of floating and bathing in the skin-soothing properties of the mud as well as visiting the Panoramic Complex and Visitors Centre, before returning to the capital for our final night.

Day 9: Trip Ends In Amman

Location: Amman

The trip ends after breakfast at our hotel in Amman.

There are no activities planned today, so you are free to depart from Amman at any time. If your flight is departing later in the day, luggage storage facilities are available at our hotel. If you would like to receive a complimentary airport transfer today, you need to depart from Queen Alia International Airport (AMM), a 30 minutes' drive from the hotel.

What's Included

  • Meals – Breakfast Only

  • Fully Guided

  • All Domestic Transportation (including internal flights)

  • Accommodation

What's Not Included

  • 1 bottle of Mineral Water per person per day

  • Country Entry Visas

  • Tipping and Gratuities

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  • Do I need to bring a sleeping bag for the camping?

    No. In Wadi Rum we stay in a luxury Bedouin-style camp located away from the roads, light pollution and noise of other camps. Each luxury tent has ensuite shower and toilet facilities and are furnished comfortably. There is also a communal restaurant tent where meals are served and Bedouin-style seating area for relaxing.

  • Are the local guides on the tour English speaking?

    Yes

  • Is there any free time to explore places during the tour?

    Yes

  • Can you assist with pre or post tour accommodation?

    Yes

  • Are children permitted to take part in the tour?

    No

  • Do you require a visa for this holiday?

    Yes

  • Will I know the names and details of all the accommodation before I depart?

    Yes

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  • Will there be an escort accompanying this tour?

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  • I'm going on a walking/cycling trip-do I need to train?

    It will depend on the grade and how fit you already are. Check the trip page for details of the walking or cycling grade and how far you’ll be walking/cycling each day. For moderate or challenging trips in particular we’d recommend doing some walks or cycles before you leave to build up your fitness and prepare you for the distances being covered.

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    We have a wide range of ages nationalities on our small group trips and they come from all walks of life.

  • Should I get travel insurance?

    Yes–it is a condition of booking that you are fully insured when travelling with us

  • How long has the tour company been trading?

    At Explore, we're the experts in adventure travel. Our small group adventure holidays have been running since 1981. Today, Explore is one of the most trusted travel companies in the UK with over 500 trips to more than 120 countries.

  • Can I join the tour once it has departed?

    Yes, but there are no concessions for doing so, and we must have a record in your booking advising as such before the trip departs.

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    Being a responsible company is a large statement, something that has to be entwined within the very fibre of a company. Discover the charities and partnerships we support as part of this at https://www.explore.co.uk/about/sustainability/charities-and-partners

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    We want to be as clear as and as honest as possible about what happens if you decide to that you no longer wish to travel on your trip. Our booking conditions have details of the costs you’ll incur when you cancel-these charges depend on how long it is before your planned departure.

  • What is the accommodation like?

    We choose comfortable accommodation in the best locations possible. We opt for small, local and family-run accommodation where we can, as opposed to large chain hotels. We typically use hotels that are the equivalent of European 3-star, and you’ll usually have an en suite room. Occasionally, where we want to get off the beaten trail we may stay in more basic accommodation.

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    Our flexible booking and safety policies mean you're protected before and during your travels with us. Receive a full refund if your trip is cancelled, transfer your trip free of charge up to 10 days before departure minus any irrocoverable costs.

  • Do I need to be very fit to book with you?

    All our trips require some level of active participation. This could be on a cultural trip, trek, safari, expedition or voyage. It is in the interests of all members of the group that everyone should be capable of fully participating in the activities of their chosen trip.

  • What documents will I receive before I travel?

    Final documents will include a comprehensive trip itinerary, climate and country information, budgeting and packing advice visa and passport information and details on optional activities available.

  • Do you operate a “single share” option and how does it work?

    Yes on most of our trips. Most trips are based on customers sharing twin-bedded rooms. If you book a group trip as an individual, you will share a room with someone of the same sex. However, on many trips we offer the opportunity to pay a supplement to pre-book a single room, known as our single room option. On some trips a single room will be provided every night, on others it will be provided o

  • Do we have to be vaccinated against Covid-19 to travel

    It’s now a condition of booking a trip with us that customers should have one of the following before they travel - — Be vaccinated against COVID, having received the full recommended course, and allowing enough time for immunity to take effect. Full vaccination includes any booster required to keep the vaccine valid. — Have taken a negative test (rapid antigen or PCR) within 72hrs of departure.

  • Will the accommodation included meet local health and safety regulations?

    Explore will only offer hotels that have specific COVID-19 protocols in place and comply with local government guidelines. We will ensure these measures include; enhanced room cleaning, ventilation, social distancing, regular cleaning and disinfection of high frequency touch points in public areas, food safety, staff re-training and minimising contact within the properties.

Reviews from travellers on this tour

Patrice  

Treasures Of Jordan

A trip like this is making memories for a lifetime

A trip like this is making memories for a lifetime. I appreciate having a carefree travel experience. I relaxed and absorbed the amazing environment surrounding us.

Christine  

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Reallyod. Fab trip. Push Jordan trips as the count

Reallyod. Fab trip. Push Jordan trips as the country needs it.

Nicole  

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This is our first explore , we usually travel solo

This is our first explore , we usually travel solo . We were open minded as to what sort of experience we would have. It far succeeded expectations in time spent at monuments, explanations given and ground covered .

Margaret  

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Just thank you!

Just thank you!

Ewa  

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This was my third Explore holiday and probably the

This was my third Explore holiday and probably the best one!

Josephine  

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I would highly recommend this trip to anyone.

I would highly recommend this trip to anyone.

Richard  

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Overall a very enjoyable and varied trip, although

Overall a very enjoyable and varied trip, although I didn't realise beforehand that most hotels and restaurants don't serve alcohol!

Elizabeth  

Treasures Of Jordan

An excellent trip, I feel that It an excellent int

An excellent trip, I feel that It an excellent introduction to the country and our guide worked extremely hard looking after us and by adding personal touches and entertaining stories he established a great ambiance and generalod humour amongst the group.

Mary  

Treasures Of Jordan

The itinerary made the most of a lovely country an

The itinerary made the most of a lovely country and all its variety

Andrew  

Treasures Of Jordan

Excellent trip. Jordan is a beautiful country. Gla

Excellent trip. Jordan is a beautiful country. Glad I went

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