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Jordan - A Land of Ancient Treasures & Empires

From £3,049
Duration 8 Days
Departures from: Apr 2024 - Nov 2025
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From £3,049
Duration 8 Days
Departures from: Apr 2024 - Nov 2025
Tour Overview
Discover Jordan's gleaming treasures as you journey to biblical sites, the 'lost city' of Petra and through magical desert landscapes.
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  • meals included tour Half Board
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Your Holiday Includes

  • Just You Holiday Director as your host & Specialist Local Guides
  • Return flights from London
  • 7 nights in 4-star hotels
  • A guaranteed twin or double room of your own
  • 16 meals: 7 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 6 dinners including a welcome & farewell dinner & drink
  • Overseas transfers, other transportation & porterage
  • Free of charge visa upon arrival in Jordan

Included Holiday Highlights

  • Tour of Amman including the Roman amphitheatre and the Citadel
  • Visit to Jerash
  • Travel the Kings Highway & visit Madaba & Mount Nebo
  • Create a piece of mosaic
  • Discover the 'lost city' of Petra
  • Enjoy lunch with a Jordanian family
  • Discover Shobak fortress 
  • Overnight stay in a desert camp at Wadi Rum
  • A stay at the Dead Sea

 

Itinerary

Day 1 UK - Amman

Today you fly to Amman, Jordan's capital, and on arrival, we'll transfer you to your hotel.

Day 2 Amman

A good breakfast will set us up for a full day of discovery as we get to grips with the culture and traditions of Jordan. We'll begin in Jerash -one of the largest and best-preserved Roman cities that still exists today. Your tour highlights are sure to be the Temples of Artemis and Zeus, Hadrian's Triumphal Arch and a street of columns that stretches for a mile. For lunch today we'll visit Beit Khayrat, a woman-owned cafe in nearby Souf for a traditional Jordanian meal. Later we'll return to Amman for a walking tour, where we'll mingle with the locals as we step inside the King Abdullah Mosque and look around the busy vegetable market. We'll see the well-preserved Roman amphitheatre, which in its heyday could accommodate 6,000 spectators, and the Nymphaeum, a Roman public fountain. We're going to head to a restaurant this evening for dinner. Meals included: B,L,D

Day 3 Madaba - Petra

A day of exploration lies ahead as we journey south to Petra today. The route we follow, along the King's Highway, gives us the chance to visit some fascinating sites. First, we're going to Madaba, where St George's Church is home to the famous Mosaic Map. Dating back to the 6th century, it is the oldest map of Palestine in existence. After you've admired this revered work of art, you've got the chance to make your own as we include a visit to a mosaic school to learn this intricate craft. After a traditional Jordanian lunch, we'll continue our journey to Mount Nebo. This elevated ridge rises 700 metres above sea level and, according to the Hebrew Bible, it's from here that Moses saw the Promised Land. We'll stand here today and take in panoramic views of the Holy Land and the valley of the River Jordan.

On arrival in Petra, we'll enjoy dinner at our hotel, which is similar in design to a traditional Jordanian village. We'll be heading to the famous 'lost city' of Petra tomorrow, but if you'd like to start your discoveries right away, come with us on an optional trip tonight. Following a path lit by candles, we'll walk through the Siq to view the incredible Treasury building. This is also subtly illuminated by the glow of many candles spread out before it - a truly awe-inspiring sight.

Meals included: B,L,D

Day 4 Petra

We're going to spend today exploring Petra – a 'rose-red' city carved by the Nabateans out of vast cliffs, which we'll reach via a journey along the Siq. The excitement builds as we walk through this long, narrow gorge, which is an experience in itself as the colours and formations of the rocks that tower above us are incredible. After walking 1km, we are rewarded with the sight of the Treasury building, which is almost perfectly preserved and features ornate carvings on its facade.

One of many wonders here, we'll tour the site with a Local Guide, who will tell us about the Nabatean culture and show us highlights including intricately carved tombs and a Roman-style theatre. There's plenty of time to explore at your own pace before we return to the hotel.

Meals included: B,D

Day 5 Petra - Wadi Rum

This morning we'll visit the ancient fortress of Shobak. This is one of the largest and most impregnable of the chain of forts built by the Crusaders and is an impressive example of military architecture. Every stronghold was built to be a day's journey from its neighbour, and at night, beacons were lit to signal to Jerusalem that each was safe.

For lunch today we'll visit a Jordanian family and enjoy a home cooked lunch of traditional Jordanian specialities.

We'll then head to Wadi Rum, a vast desert whose rocky landscape has been carved by the forces of nature. With sand dunes and sandstone rock formations of all shapes, sizes and colours, this magical landscape is sure to leave a lasting impression. Tonight, we are staying in the heart of Wadi Rum, where our hotel is in the guise of a Bedouin camp and you'll stay in your own Bedouin-style tent. Once you've settled in, enjoy an included dinner of traditional dishes and afterwards, maybe join an optional stargazing excursion. As you look up to the clear desert skies, an Expert Guide will tell you about the constellations you will see.

Meals included: B,L,D

Day 6 Wadi Rum - Dead Sea

After breakfast, we'll leave the desert behind and make our way to the Dead Sea, where our hotel sits on its shores. This is the lowest spot on earth, and its waters are renowned for their buoyancy and therapeutic qualities. Due to the high salt content as well as 21 other minerals, it's impossible to sink in the Dead Sea, so enjoy relaxing and floating in this natural spa.

Meals included: B,D

Day 7 Dead Sea - at Leisure

Spend the day at leisure enjoying the facilities at your hotel, or dipping in and out of the relaxing waters of the Dead Sea. Alternatively you can join an optional excursion to the nearby River Jordan and the biblical site of the baptism of Jesus.

Later we'll get together for a farewell dinner.

Meals included: B,D

Day 8 Amman - UK

Today we'll transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK.

Meals included: B
  1. Memorable Moment

    Get together to share food and stories at Petra kitchen whilst learning about the local dishes.

Accommodation (as specified or similar)

Intercontinental Amman

Hyatt Zaman Hotel

The Hyatt Zaman is located 7.5 miles from Petra and Aqaba is a 90-minute drive from the resort. This hotel offers stunning views of the Sharah Mountain Range. Hotel facilities include a fitness room, a traditional hammam, and an outdoor pool. Air-conditioned rooms feature modern amenities combined with traditional decorations. All rooms have a seating area, a flat-screen TV, and a minibar. There are several restaurants offering authentic Arabian dishes as well as international cuisine. Guests can enjoy an evening cocktail at the garden bar. The resort’s hammam features original Ottoman features and offers professional massages. There is also a handicraft souk, and a small shop selling a selection of incense, tea, hand soaps, and body creams. The well-tended walkways of the resort lead to the old village centre, with its original water-well and marble benches.

Sun City Camp

Hilton Dead Sea Resort

Soak up the ancient magic of Jordan's Dead Sea in contemporary comfort at the Holiday Inn Resort Dead Sea hotel. A 45-minute drive from Queen Alia International Airport, the 5-star hotel has a sun-drenched private beach whose soft sands are lapped by the healing waters of the world’s most famous salt lake. Three palm-fringed, heated pools link the Dead Sea with the sand-coloured hotel, making this a water lover's paradise. Swim out to Jacuzzi island and forget the outside world – or stay in touch using complimentary, high-speed Wi-Fi. Luxurious massages and facial treatments in Shape Up spa use natural Dead Sea products.

Optional Excursions

Experience even more of your destination by adding one or more optional excursions to your holiday before you set off. Take a look below at the extra trips you can enjoy on this tour.

Stargazing in Wadi Rum

Stargazing in Wadi Rum

Nicknamed “The Valley of the Moon”, Wadi Rum is one of the most extraordinary and preferred places for stargazers from around the world. A stunning backdrop of nature, boasting golden dunes during the day and the unique emptiness of star light at night. You’ll have a shared Stargazing experience where there maybe an opportunity to view the stars by Telescope followed by a talk.
Evening excursion – Minimal Walking – enjoyable
Nicknamed “The Valley of the Moon”, Wadi Rum is one of the most extraordinary and preferred places for stargazers from around the world. A stunning backdrop of nature, boasting gol...

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River Jordan

River Jordan

The site of John the Baptist's settlement at Bethany, where Jesus was baptized, has long been known from the Bible and from the Byzantine and medieval texts. The site has now been identified on the east bank of the Jordan River, in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, and is being systematically surveyed, excavated, restored, and prepared to receive pilgrims and visitors. The Bethany area sites formed part of the early Christian pilgrimage route between Jerusalem, the Jordan River, and Mount Nebo. The area is also associated with the biblical account of how the Prophet Elijah (Mar Elias in Arabic) ascended to heaven in a whirlwind on a chariot of fire.

2-3 hours - Moderate walking – Religious Interest
The site of John the Baptist's settlement at Bethany, where Jesus was baptized, has long been known from the Bible and from the Byzantine and medieval texts. The site has now been ...

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Petra at night

Petra at night

To visit Petra during daylight is an awe-inspiring experience; but to experience it at night by the light of 1,800 candles is truly an out-of-this-world experience! Walk through the Siq to the Khazneh following a candle-lit path and enjoy the haunting music of the Bedouin at the Treasury.

Evening excursion – difficult walking through the Siq at night (approx.1hrs there and 1hrs back) on rough unlit ground

Please note - This excursion will take place at night and the walk through the Siq (approx.1hrs there and 1hrs back) is illuminated by a dim light on uneven and uphill surfaces, therefore extreme caution and fitness is required. Torch is required.
To visit Petra during daylight is an awe-inspiring experience; but to experience it at night by the light of 1,800 candles is truly an out-of-this-world experience! Walk through th...

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