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Classic Jordan Holiday

11 days from £1650pp plus international flights.

​For an insight into some of Jordan's most famous and exciting sites, this classic Jordan holiday will be a perfect choice.

For this tailor made holiday you will be transferred from place to place in a comfortable private vehicle appropriate to the number of people in your party. You will have a private guide for the days where it seems relevant, but there will also be times when you are free to explore on your own. So it's a nice mix of guided and free time. 

The itinerary is diverse and we make sure that you will see a bit of all the main highlights of the country - from the Roman city of Jerash in the north to the desert castles and Crusader castles, then natural sites such as the desert scenery of Wadi Rum and the unique Dead Sea, and also the iconic site of Petra of course. 

Lastly, ending by the Red Sea gives you time to chill out for a couple of nights before you head home. 
Itinerary
Jordan holiday - Amman

DAY 1: ARRIVE AMMAN

When you arrive in Amman we will collect you from the airport and take you to your hotel for the night. Most flights to Amman from Europe arrive in the late evening so your exploring will begin tomorrow.
Jordan holiday - Jerash

DAY 2: AJLOUN & JERASH

After breakfast we head off through pine forest and olive groves for the city of Ajloun. Dominated by the hilltop fortress of Qa'Lat Al Rabat, this is the only truly Islamic castle in the country. From here we drive you 24km to Jerash, considered to be the best preserved Graeco-Roman city outside Italy, also known as the Pompeii of the east. Its paved colonnaded streets, theatre, spacious public square and plazas, baths and city walls are all in remarkably good condition. It really is like stepping back in time! After a proper look around we head back to Amman for dinner at the hotel. Breakfast & dinner. 
Jordan holiday - Arabian oryx

DAY 3: DESERT CASTLES & SHAWMARI GAME RESERVE

After breakfast we travel east to see the Desert Castles - imposing and isolated early Islamic structures which were used as as caravanserais, retreats, resthouses and bath-houses.  We then move on to the Shawmari and take a drive inside the game reserve. Shawmari was established to reintroduce native wildlife such as the rare white Arabian oryx. Today there are over 80 oryx as well as 40 ostrich and 6 onagers (a type of wild ass).  We return to Amman for overnight at hotel. Breakfast & lunch.
Jordan holiday - Dead Sea

DAY 4: AMMAN TOUR & DEAD SEA

This morning we will take you on a guided tour of Jordan's capital.  In the afternoon we drive to Bethany, the site of John the Baptist's settlement where Jesus was said to be baptised.  Then continue to the Dead Sea, the lowest point on earth 409m below sea level. The water's five to ten times saltier than normal sea water, so there's no animal life at all and it's pretty much impossible to sink!  Try a free mud treatment, the sea's mud is reputed to have special healing powers. After sunset, head back to your hotel in Amman for dinner. Breakfast & dinner. 
Jordan holiday - Madaba mosaic map

DAY 5: TO PETRA VIA MADABA, MT NEBO & KERAK

We begin our journey to Petra. Madaba is best known for its mosaics, including the famous 6th century Great Map of Palestine. Not far from Madaba is another biblical site, Mount Nebo. Believed to be the site of Moses death, from the summit there are stunning views over the Jordan Valley and beyond into Israel. Next we head down the King's Highway to Kerak with its imposingly-sited 12th century Crusader Castle on a hilltop about 1000 meters above sea level. We explore the maze of alleyways and underground dungeons, then it's over to the Desert Highway to reach the town of Petra in time for dinner. Breakfast & dinner.
Jordan holiday - Petra

DAY 6: PETRA

Withoutdoubt Petra is Jordan's most valuable treasure. You have a full two days to explore the 'Rose Red City'. You enter the city through the narrow Siq canyon, a deep crack in the sandstone that forms the dramatic entrance. After a kilometre long walk, round the final corner you'll catch your first glimpse of the most stunning building of all - the Treasury. You'll be blown away by the view of this perfectly proportioned Treasury tomb, carved from the rock. Continuing on, you'll come to the old theatre, cave dwellings and hundreds of elaborate rock-cut tombs with intricate carvings. Enjoy your free time to explore. Breakfast & dinner. 
Jordan holiday - Petra by night

DAY 7: PETRA

A full free day at Petra to enjoy at your leisure. You could go back to the ruins at your own pace to further explore Petra's rock-hewn architecture and discover its history. (Second entry fee is not included). Or you could take our optional visit to El Beidhe (Little Petra). Another great thing to do is try a traditional hammam (steam bath)! And there's also the option to see Petra by candlelight, when it's at its most enchanting, and by which time most of the holiday tour groups have gone! (This operates on a Monday, Wednesday and Thursday so should be available on one of your nights at Petra).  Breakfast.
Jordan holiday - Wadi Rum

DAY 8: WADI RUM

We leave Petra at 9am for a day well and truly off the beaten track, with a four-wheeled safari across the desert to Wadi Rum. Take in the desert scenery full of incredible rock formations with inscriptions carved in prehistoric times. This is the place from where Lawrence of Arabia attacked Aqaba during the Arab Revolt, and also where parts of the 'Lawrence' film were shot!  We end the day with a BBQ dinner. Then in true desert style, we camp in the Wadi Rum protected area, where you can either sleep in a tent or sleep under the stars. Night skies are truly sensational here so this promises to be a magical experience! Full board.
Jordan holiday - Red Sea

DAY 9: AQABA

After a camp breakfast we head to the main road by 4WD and then have a 1 hour bus ride with more dramatic scenery to Aqaba, Jordan's holiday resort. There's plenty to do here; if you're still feeling active you could take a trip to Aqaba Castle, or you may simply prefer to lounge on the beach. There's also a good choice of al fresco restaurants on offer, so try the fresh local seafood. Breakfast.
Jordan holiday - Red Sea marine life

DAY 10: AQABA

Enjoy a lie-in as you have a full free day at your leisure. Soak up the sunshine and make the most of  your final day... You could take a boat trip, windsurf, swim in the warm waters of the Red Sea, snorkel on the coral reef or just kick back and relax on the beach, reflecting on the fantastic adventure you've just had! Breakfast.
Jordan holiday

DAY 11: DEPART

Early transfer back to Amman via the Desert Highway. The journey time is around 4 hours, and you will be taken to the airport for your flight home. Breakfast.
Price & Dates

Guide price from (pp sharing): £1650 (ex. international flights)

Includes: Meet and assist upon arrival & departure; all transfers by A\C private car; entrance fees; private English speaking guide from day 2-6; jeep tour in Wadi Rum for 2 hours; overnight in private camp in Wadi Rum on full board basis.

Excludes: Flights and taxes; meals not mentioned; drinks; tips; visa fees USD 30 per person (subject to change); personal expenses.  

Getting there: Various airlines fly from UK and the rest of Europe to Amman in Jordan. Some low-cost airlines now fly this route too. Prices start from around £400 pp.

Departure dates: This is a private tailor made holiday which you can take at any time you like. We can also tweak it in any way you prefer. 

places you will see

places you will see

Amman
Amman
The capital of Jordan, Amman is a modern city which is often overlooked by tourists, but it is worth spending some time to explore the history and culture of the city. Although the modern city was only founded in the 20th century, Amman lies on the site of the Roman city of Philadelphia and parts of the ancient history survive under the modern city.
Aqaba & the Red Sea
Aqaba & the Red Sea
Jordan's only port on the Red Sea coast, Aqaba is well known for its beach resorts and luxury hotels, and is a great location for snorkelling, diving and relaxing on the beach. 
Petra
Petra
One of the most famous archeological site in the Middle East, it is impossible to visit Jordan without spending at least a day at Petra. Immortalised as the "rose red city half as old as time", the wonderful history, archeology and scenery of Petra is outstanding. 
Dead Sea
Dead Sea
The shores of the Dead Sea are the lowest land point on earth at 400 metres below sea level. The salty waters are legendary for their healing properties and this is a great place to relax on the beach or go for a float!

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Time: GMT +3 hours

Flight time: There are direct flights from London with Royal Jordanian and British Airways. The flight time from London to Amman is approximately 5 hours.

Language: Jordan's official language is Arabic, but English is widely spoken.

Visas: All British citizens require a visa which can be obtained on arrival at Amman airport.

Health: There are no compulsory vaccinations.

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