The Jewel Of Jordan
What to Expect
Welcome to the diversity of Jordan where the modern cosmopolitan city of Amman fuses into small mountainous villages and deserts that are inhabited by the nomadic Bedouin.
You may initially come to Jordan to see the ruins of Petra, but you’ll leave having encountered so much more.
Be awed by the towering, windswept rock formations at Wadi Rum, and witness how the colours change as the sun sweeps across the sandstone. Sleep under the starts in a traditional Bedouin desert camp.
Prepare to be amazed with your first glimpse of the Treasury in Petra and experience the unique sensation of floating in the super-salty waters of the Dead Sea. Jordan is going to leave you speechless!
- Cook an authentic Arabic meal
- Walking tour of the energetic city of Amman
- Bedouin Desert Camp, sleep under the stars
- Learn the ancient art of henna
- Explore the ‘Rose City’ of Petra
- Float in the Dead Sea
- Ottoman-style houses of Madaba
Jordan Tour Itinerary*:
Day 1 - Amman
Art Hotel – Dinner
Ahlan Wa Sahlan! Welcome to Amman, a city that’s cosmopolitan and contemporary yet steeped in biblical history.
After being transferred to your hotel and freshening up, it’s time to meet your fellow voyageurs for dinner at a local cooking school in one if Ammans oldest neighbourhoods, Jabal al Weibdeh.
Beit Sitti is run by 3 sisters who continue to keep their grandmothers legacy alive. Learn their stories as you cook and enjoy an authentic Arabic meal.
On the menu is Magluba, a dis that literally translates to ‘upside down’ and is a casserole with rice, vegetables and chicken (vegetarian options available), that’s cooked, flipped and served with yoghurt, an Arab salad and tahini.
The perfect introduction to Jordan and your new found girlfriends.
Day 2 - Amman
Art Hotel, Breakfast & Lunch
Let’s get our bearings this morning with a walking tour of the energetic city of Amman. Starting with the citadel, Roman Odeon, and Theatre, we’ll head over to Rainbow Street, the heart of Amman’s arts and shopping scene, and home of the city’s best falafel.
A stroll along this lively street takes us past cafes, arts venues, and galleries. Whilst enjoying an authentic lunch, we can sit back, people watch and take in the sites around us.
In the early afternoon we leave Amman for a short drive north to Jerash, where we’ll witness some of the greatest Greco-Roman ruins around with its striking collection of archways, theatres, baths, public buildings and colonnaded streets.
A beautiful place to spend an afternoon exploring before returning to Amman in the early evening where you’re free to investigate the city further.
Day 3 - Wadi Rum
Bedouin Desert Camp, Breakfast & Dinner
It’s an early start this morning as we drive 4 hours, local style, in rather old and rickety, (but reliable) 4×4’s operated by the local Bedouin community, to the rugged sandstone mountains of Wadi Rum.
Our first stop is the small village of Rum and the it’s off to see some of the most stunning desert scenery in the world.
Great formations of rock which have been eroded by wind and ancient water have been transferred into fantastical gnarled shapes. We meet our new Bedouin fiends, the backbone of Jordan as we ride through sweeping swathes of desert, perhaps wondering how this place could be liveable – until you see the Bedouin camp, your home for this evening.
In traditional Bedouin culture, a huge onus is placed on taking in and feeding all visitors, so be prepared for a very warm welcome. When our drivers depart camp, we’ll be joined by the local Bedouin women. This is an honour, as these ladies of the desert are usually very reluctant to mix with visitors.
This evening we learn the ancient art of henna and discover the natural kohl of the region (and how to apply it just right).
Tonight you will fall asleep under a huge expanse of stars illuminating the vast surrounding desert.
Day 4 - Petra
After waking up in the unique surrounds of the Bedouin camp, it’s time for some rewarding exercise as we walk to the summit of one of the sand dunes to enjoy some sensational early morning views of the surrounding area.
Don’t forget your cameras as this is definitely a photographers delight.
After our nomadic breakfast, we departure to the ‘Rose City’ of Petra. The Rose City actually remained unknown to the western world until 1812, when it was discovered by Johann Ludwig Burckhardt, a Swiss explorer.
UNESCO has described it as ‘one of the most precious cultural properties of man’s cultural heritage,’ which should give you a hint of what we’re about to experience.
Spend the afternoon on a guided tour. Squeeze through a mile-long narrow path, known as the Siq, through huge towers of rock and get your first glimpse of the iconic Treasury, which amazingly was hand-carved out of rock.
Back at your hotel, there’s time to freshen up before joining some Arabic local ladies for dinner in their home.
Day 5 - Petra
An early rise as we join a local female shepherd and learn about her day-to-day life. It’s a fascinating insight into a very different way of life, one that has remained unchanged for centuries. We can also try our hand at milking one of her goats it you wish.
Enjoy a free afternoon of self discovery as you explore Petra on your own or with your fellow voyageurs. Petra is surprisingly big, and you can explore the old Roman road, temples and several old tombs, as well as the rock-hewn amphitheater.
For those with the energy, there’s the challenging but highly rewarding walk up the steps to the stunning Monastery.
Day 6 - Dead Sea
Today we’re going to experience some floating in the Deed Sea. After a 3 hour drive, we’ll head for the shores of this famously salty sea that marks the lowest point on Earth (420 metres below sea level).
This isn’t actually a sea but in fact a super-salty lake and it’s called ‘Dead’ literally because of the lack of life in it. The density of the water makes perfect floating conditions along with mud which is said to have many healing properties.
Try covering yourself from head to toe in a nutrient-rich natural mineral mud bath and feel the rejuvenating properties heal your mind, body and soul.
The rest of the afternoon is for relaxing around the pool as we join the local ladies at a Dead Sea beach resort…Total blissful day!
Day 7 - Amman
Today we have a biblical tour as we travel to the spot where the prophet Moses is said to have seen the ‘promised land’ and, is believed to be buried. Explore this sanctuary and view the remarkable mosaics of the 4th century church.
Our next stop is the historic town of Madaba which is famous for its Ottoman-style houses and beautiful Byzantine-era mosaics, including the 6th-century mosaic map of Jerusalem and the Holy Land at St George’s Church.
We also visit Bani Hamida, the women’s weaving project. Founded by Save The Children in 1985, this is an initiative that’s done wonders for women rug makers in Jordan.
After sharing lunch with the ladies, we travel back to Amman. Did anyone say more pampering? Enjoy a hamam soak alongside your fellow voyageurs, followed by an Arabic picnic mezze farewell dinner.
Day 8 - Amman Departure
Bid your farewells and soak up the last moments of this vibrant city.
Dates: 8 Days/7 Nights
August 31 – September 7, 2019.
What’s Included: Group Transfer Airport Transfer, Hotels 6 nights, Desert Camp 1 night, 7 Breakfasts, 2 lunches, 5 Dinners.
Tour Cost: £1499.00 (Per person sharing a twin room)
Single Supplement: £500.00
All tours are quoted in British Pounds.
Space is limited. Reservations are on a first come first serve basis.
To register for this tour, a deposit of £300 is required to secure your reservation.
Balance is due 60 days prior to travel.