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Explore Jordan

Trip type: 
Cultural
Adventure level: 
3. Moderate
Max group size: 
12
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Jordan | 9 days
Trip code: 
EESJ
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What's included: 

Transport - Van, Jeep

Accommodation - Hotel (6 nts), Desert camp (1 nt)

Meals - 7 breakfasts, 1 dinner

Trip Highlights: 
Explore Wadi Rum by 4WD and camp under the stars
Discover the ancient city of Petra
Walk in the tranquil Dana Nature Reserve
Float in the Dead Sea
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Itinerary for Explore Jordan

(Departures in 2014-15)
  • Day 1 - Amman
  • Day 2 - Wadi Rum
  • Day 3 -4 - Petra
  • Day 5 - Dana Nature Reserve
  • Day 6 - Madaba
  • Day 7 - Jerash/Madaba
  • Day 8 - Tour ends
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Day
1
Amman

Amman

Ahlan Wa Sahlan! Welcome to Jordan.

There will be a welcome meeting today. You can arrive at any time as there are no activities planned until this important meeting. Please look for a note in the hotel lobby or ask the hotel reception where it will take place. If you can't arrange a flight that will arrive in time, you may wish to arrive a day early so you're able to attend. We'll be happy to book additional accommodation for you (subject to availability). If you're going to be late, please inform the hotel reception. We'll be collecting your insurance details and next of kin information at this meeting, so please ensure you have all these details to provide to your leader. 

Accommodation

Hotel (1 nt)

Day
2

Wadi Rum

Follow in the footsteps of Lawrence of Arabia on a drive to the extraordinary desert scenery in Wadi Rum (approx 5 hrs).

A 4-hour jeep safari takes you through some of the most beautiful and sublime desert scenery on the planet, a true highlight of this trip.

Wadi Rum is full of weird and beautiful lunar-like rock formations. Traces of ancient civilisations can be seen in the many carved inscriptions found throughout the Wadi Rum area, from pictographs to Thamudic, Nabataean and Arabic texts. The most enduring monuments in Wadi Rum, however, are those carved by nature - the natural rock bridges, towering rose-coloured sand dunes and scattered rocky peaks.

Sleep in a simple desert camp where you'll have the choice of sleeping under a camel hair tent or out under the stars. A mattress and blankets are provided. Please be aware that while the desert may be very hot during the day, it will still be cool at night and warm clothes and a sleeping bag are highly recommended when travelling outside of the summer months. A dinner cooked in a local earthen oven is included. Western-style toilet facilities are available. Conditions are basic at your desert camp, but the company of  the Bedouin hosts is warm and you'll treasure the memory of sleeping beneath the twinkling desert night sky.

Included Activities

  • 4WD jeep safari and desert camp

Accommodation

 Desert camp (1 nt)

Day
3 -4

Petra

Travel by van from Wadi Rum to Petra (approx 2 hrs).

Hewn out of the rose-coloured rock face, the ancient Nabataean city of Petra is one of the Middle East's most spectacular destinations, and one of the new Seven Wonders of the World.

Visit Petra with a local guide, starting with the exciting walk through the narrow Siq to the Treasury. After admiring the iconic view, continue through the site along the Roman road, past impressive rock-cut tombs, temples and the amphitheatre.

Please note that when entering Petra as a group, a complimentary horse ride is included in the ticket price from the entrance point down to the Siq. We don't recommend that passengers take this option due to the safety and insurance liability involved.

Explore the rest of the site at your own pace. For those with the energy, there's the challenging but highly rewarding walk up the steps to the stunning Monastery (approx 1 hr). Please note a lot of walking is required to see all the sites and viewpoints of Petra. A basic level of fitness will enhance your enjoyment of your visit.

The site remained unknown to the Western world until 1812, when it was discovered by Johann Ludwig Burckhardt, a Swiss explorer. It was once described as 'a rose-red city half as old as time' in a sonnet by John William Burgon and UNESCO has described it as 'one of the most precious cultural properties of man's cultural heritage.' In 1985, Petra was designated a World Heritage site. So you know you are in for an amazing experience here.

It's difficult to determine exactly when the history of Petra began. Evidence suggests the Horites, probably cave-dwellers, inhabited the area, lending their traditional habits such as burying the dead and offering worship in half-excavated caves to the next wave of inhabitants - the Nabataeans.

Evidence of the earliest Nabataean settlement is also sketchy. Some of the characteristics of the site appear partly Egyptian and partly Greek in style. Strangely, few inscriptions have been found at Petra making dating the civilization a real challenge for historians. We do know the Nabataean settlement doesn't go back farther than the 6th century BC.

In 106 AD, Petra was absorbed into the Roman Empire and the native dynasty came to an end but continued to flourish for a century after. Eventually the building of tombs ended and trade moved away from Petra, which fell into steady decline over the centuries. Over time many of the tombs' treasures were stolen by treasure hunters and their glory and whereabouts are unknown.

According to Arab tradition, Petra is the location where Moses struck a rock with his staff and water came forth.

Included Activities

  • Guided tour of Petra 
  • Petra by night - JOD12

Accommodation

 Hotel (2 nts)

Day
5
Dana Nature Reserve

Dana Nature Reserve

 Take a van to Dana Nature Reserve.

Featuring a variety of stunning scenery, Dana Nature Reserve is a spectacularly unique ecosystem in the middle of the desert.Join a trek through the reserve, traversing rugged mountains, bizarre rock formations and even a lush oasis of palms. There may be the chance to meet some friendly Bedouin locals for a refreshing tea. Keep an eye out for the ibex, mountain gazelle, sand cat, red fox, wolf and the vivid blue agama lizard scampering amongst the rocks. Our walk will take about 2-3 hours with your tour leader and is mostly downhill, but can be testing on your knees. Please pack sturdy hiking shoes if you wish to take part in this trek.If you are interested in more trekking time in Dana you will need to book an obligatory local guide at the site. This longer, alternative trek will take approximately 4hrs.Included Activities

  • Trekking

Optional Activities

  • Trekking with local guide - USD45

Accommodation
Hotel (1 nt)

Day
6

Madaba

Travel the King's Highway to the historic crusader castle of Kerak. Take time here to explore the evocative ruins and to discover the legends of the 12th-century battles between the Crusaders and the Muslim armies led by the Arab hero, Saladin (Salah ad-Din).

Travel by van to Madaba, via the Dead Sea and Mt Nebo.

A Dead Sea float is a must for any trip to Jordan. Here at the lowest point on Earth (420 metres below sea level) the water is seven times saltier than a normal ocean at 30% salinity. The Dead Sea is the second saltiest body of water in the world after Lake Asal in Djibouti. When swimming this means you are extremely buoyant and seem to float on top of the water rather than in it.

The mud here is supposed to have healing properties and many visitors like to cover themselves from head to toe for a beauty mud bath. Stop at a private beach with pools and a gentle slope to the water. Towels are available for hire. Don't forget to pack your swimwear for today.

Make a stop at Mt Nebo where the prophet Moses is said to have seen the promised land and is supposedly buried. Explore this sanctuary and view the remarkable mosaics of the 4th-century church.

The historical town of Madaba is famous for its Ottoman-style houses and beautiful Byzantine-era mosaics, including the famous 6th-century mosaic map of Jerusalem and the Holy Land at St George's Church. Other mosaic masterpieces found within the Church of the Virgin and the Apostles and in the Archaeological Museum depict a rampant profusion of flowers and plants, birds and fish, animals and exotic beasts, as well as scenes from mythology and everyday pursuits such as hunting, fishing and farming. If these interest you, you'll be delighted to know that literally hundreds of other mosaics from the 5th to 7th centuries are scattered throughout Madaba's churches and homes.

Included Activities

  • Kerak Castle
  • Dead Sea
  • St. George's Church

Accommodation

Hotel (1 nt)

Day
7

Jerash/Madaba

Travel north by van to the beautifully preserved Roman city of Jerash.

The ruins of Jerash were re-discovered in 1806 and continue to be one of Jordan's most amazing sites. One of the best examples of a Roman city in the Middle East, the ancient walled town that survives today is a remarkable evocation of life 2,000 years ago.

Transfer back to Madaba.

Included Activities

  • Jerash Roman ruins

Optional Activities

  • Citadel and National Archaeological Museum - JOD2
  • Roman Theatre - JOD1

Accommodation
Hotel (1 nt)

Day
8

Tour ends

There are no activities planned for the final day and you are able to depart the accommodation at any time. Please check for checkout times and luggage storage possibilities.