Join us on this compelling 8-day tour of Jordan’s scenic and cultural highlights, featuring the cream of the country’s extraordinary desert landscapes and Greco-Roman ruins.…
A short, ten day holiday of Jordan's biggest highlights, starting and finishing in Amman, visiting the Dead Sea, Wadi Rum and Petra with an optional day trip to Jerusalem.
Taking a day flight from London, you will arrive in Amman late in the evening where you will be taken from the airport to your hotel.
Heading north you will visit the Roman city of Jerash, one of the most important and best preserved Roman sites in the area. You will also visit the nearby Roman- Hellenistic ruines of Umm Qais and Ajloun, home to the 12th century ruins of the Islamic Ajloun Castle, before returning to Amman for a City Tour.
Heading north you will visit the Roman city of Jerash, one of the most important and best preserved Roman sites in the area. The nearby Roman- Hellenistic ruins of Umm Qais sits atop a hill, you can take a stroll through this smaller site with its theatres. You will continue on to Ajloun, home to the 12th century ruins of the Islamic Ajloun Castle, built to protect the area from crusader attacks before returning to Amman (you would not have sufficient time to visit Ajloun - check with your chauffeur and plan accordingly).
Amman City Tour
The city of Amman has been inhabited by many civilisations through its long history, you're first example of this will be at the Roman Theatre, cut in to the hillside in downtown Amman. The theatre was built to take an audience of almost 6000 and is still used today for shows, here you can also visit the Folklore museum and Museum of Popular Traditions. Moving on you will visit the hill top citadel, dating back to Roman and Byzantine times, the citadel is home to large plazas and colonnaded streets along with a palace complex. Your tour will also take in the King Abdullah Mosque, the only mosque in Amman to allow non Islamic visitors, it is an example of
modern Islamic architecture
Drive south to the mosaic town of Madaba to see the 6th Century map of the Holy land laid out in the floor of the church of St George; moving on visit Mt Nebo for the views out over the Dead Sea and in to Israel, later the baptism site of Bethany on the banks of the River Jordan today; one of the most important recent discoveries in biblical archaeology on the way to your resort on the Dead Sea.
Early today transfer to Allenby bridge (30 mins) and drive to Jerusalem in Israel, assisted at the border posts. We go to the Mount of Olives and visit Pater Noster Church and continue to an observation point that overlooks the Old City of Jerusalem. Next stop is the Dominus Flevit and you can walk the Palm Sunday route and descend to the Garden of Gethsemane where Jesus spent the last night before he was arrested. Visit the famous Church of All Nations and enter the wall of Jerusalem and visit the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. Continue on to Bethlehem and visit Church of the Nativity, marking the birthplace of Christ. Visit Saint Catherine’s Church and Saint Jerome’s Cave where the bible was translated and continue to visit the Shepherd’s Field. At the end of the day, transfer back to Allenby bridge for your transfer back to Dead Sea.
This morning first visit the ruins of Kerak Castle, one of the largest Crusader castles in the area before driving on to Petra.
The ancient carved city of Petra lies hidden away in the mountains forming the eastern side of the Wadi Araba. This morning you will start your visit to Petra with a tour by a local guide. The guide will take you from the entrance through the Siq to the Treasury before leading you through the city to the Roman Theatre stopping at the various tombs carved in to the cliffs, your guide will introduce you to the many highlights of the city along the way. Included in the cost of your ticket is the chance to ride a horse from the entrance down through the Siq.
After a leisurely breakfast you will be driven from Petra to Wadi Rum visiting the sights of Little Petra on the way. At the entrance to Wadi Rum you will transfer to a 4WD for your tour of the area. Visit the Seven Pillars of Wisdom, walk through narrow canyons and climb up the large rocks for views of this spectacular area. Tonight you will sleep in a luxury tent in the desert.
Wake up in the desert at Wadi Rum and enjoy a leisurely morning at your campsite. Leaving Wadi Rum, we travel to Aqaba where you have the afternoon at your own leisure.
Spend the day relaxing in Aquaba.
Leaving Aquaba, you will take a short internal flight to Amman and from there, fly home back to London.
- International flights
- All internal travel road travel by a private chauffeur-guide driven comfortable sedan car (air-conditioned).
- Airport Taxes.
- All scheduled sightseeing expenses including English-speaking chauffeur-guide and entrance fee at monuments.
- Accommodation for 9 nights on double occupancy/twin share
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