Summary

Travel Style:
Destinations: Middle East
  • 9 Days From
    R 16600
  • Trip code: AXW
  • Activity: Culture, Culture Bestsellers, Cultural Wonders
  • Min age: 16
  • Group size: 4 - 20
Leisurely / Moderate

Visit the highlights of Jordan including magnificent Petra

Jordan is an ideal destination for a one-week adventure tour. Bursting with things to see and do this activity holiday includes the best of what this magnificent country has to offer, visiting all the major sites of interest. We will have two full days to explore the spectacular ‘Rose-red city’ of Petra and a guided visit around Jerash, one of the best preserved Roman cities in the Middle East. There is time to ‘float’ in the salty waters of the Dead Sea and snorkel (optional) over the beautiful coral reefs of the Red Sea. We will also explore the fabulous scenery in the desert at Wadi Rum, where we take a 4WD excursion into the more remote regions and camp out like the Bedouin.

Key information
  • 7 nights hotels, 1 night private camp
  • Travel by air-conditioned minibus and 4WD in Wadi Rum
  • Group normally 4 to 20 plus leader. Min age 16 yrs
Activities
  • 7 nights hotels, 1 night private camp
  • Travel by air-conditioned minibus and 4WD in Wadi Rum
  • Group normally 4 to 20 plus leader. Min age 16 yrs

Highlights

* Discover Petra’s secrets, with two full days at the labyrinthine rose-red city * Experience Bedouin life at a desert camp in Wadi Rum * Stroll through the ancient streets of Roman Jerash * Float in the mystical Dead Sea * Visit Mt Nebo, claimed to be Moses’ burial site

Dates & Pricing

 
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23 Mar 2019
31 Mar 2019
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R 17400
 
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27 Mar 2019
04 Apr 2019
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R 17200
 
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30 Mar 2019
07 Apr 2019
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R 17400
 
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03 Apr 2019
11 Apr 2019
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R 17400
 
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06 Apr 2019
14 Apr 2019
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R 17400
 
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13 Apr 2019
21 Apr 2019
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R 17400
 
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20 Apr 2019
28 Apr 2019
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R 18100
 
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27 Apr 2019
05 May 2019
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R 17900
 
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04 May 2019
12 May 2019
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R 17900
 
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18 May 2019
26 May 2019
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R 17400
 
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25 May 2019
02 Jun 2019
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R 17900
 
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08 Jun 2019
16 Jun 2019
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R 17200
 
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03 Aug 2019
11 Aug 2019
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R 17400
 
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07 Sep 2019
15 Sep 2019
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R 17600
 
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14 Sep 2019
22 Sep 2019
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R 17600
 
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18 Sep 2019
26 Sep 2019
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R 16600
 
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21 Sep 2019
29 Sep 2019
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25 Sep 2019
03 Oct 2019
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R 16600
 
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28 Sep 2019
06 Oct 2019
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R 18300
 
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02 Oct 2019
10 Oct 2019
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R 18100
 
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05 Oct 2019
13 Oct 2019
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R 17900
 
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09 Oct 2019
17 Oct 2019
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R 18100
 
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19 Oct 2019
27 Oct 2019
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R 17900
 
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26 Oct 2019
03 Nov 2019
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R 17900
 
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30 Oct 2019
07 Nov 2019
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R 17400
 
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02 Nov 2019
10 Nov 2019
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R 18100
 
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16 Nov 2019
24 Nov 2019
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R 18100
 
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23 Nov 2019
01 Dec 2019
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R 18100
 
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21 Dec 2019
29 Dec 2019
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R 17900
 
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08 Feb 2020
16 Feb 2020
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R 18500
 
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15 Feb 2020
23 Feb 2020
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R 18500
 
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29 Feb 2020
08 Mar 2020
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R 18500
 
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14 Mar 2020
22 Mar 2020
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R 18500
 
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21 Mar 2020
29 Mar 2020
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28 Mar 2020
05 Apr 2020
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04 Apr 2020
12 Apr 2020
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11 Apr 2020
19 Apr 2020
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18 Apr 2020
26 Apr 2020
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25 Apr 2020
03 May 2020
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02 May 2020
10 May 2020
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23 May 2020
31 May 2020
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06 Jun 2020
14 Jun 2020
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11 Jul 2020
19 Jul 2020
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01 Aug 2020
09 Aug 2020
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05 Sep 2020
13 Sep 2020
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R 18500
 
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19 Sep 2020
27 Sep 2020
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R 18500
 
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26 Sep 2020
04 Oct 2020
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R 18500
 
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03 Oct 2020
11 Oct 2020
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R 18500
 
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10 Oct 2020
18 Oct 2020
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R 18500
 
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31 Oct 2020
08 Nov 2020
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R 18500
 
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07 Nov 2020
15 Nov 2020
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R 18500
 
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14 Nov 2020
22 Nov 2020
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R 18500
 
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05 Dec 2020
13 Dec 2020
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19 Dec 2020
27 Dec 2020
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R 18500

Full Day by Day Itinerary

Day 1 Land Only

Start Amman.

Start Amman. *Comfortable Hotel*

Day 2

Visit Jerash and float in the Dead Sea.

This morning we drive north to Jerash, known as Gerasa in ancient times. This was one of the ten wealthy, self-governing cities of the Decapolis during Roman times, and was famous throughout the Roman world for the luxury of its lifestyle. Buried for centuries under blown sand, Jerash is the only city of the Decapolis to have survived to any extent, with a dramatic oval forum, colonnaded main streets which remarkably have the drains still intact, two theatres and the impressive temple of Zeus. After a good look around we head south to the Dead Sea in time for a ‘float’ in the saline waters. In the evening we return to Amman. *Comfortable Hotel*

Day 3

Drive down King’s Highway to Petra via Mt Nebo, Madaba and Kerak.

Today is a long driving day down the King’s Highway which transports us up and down huge ‘wadis’ (valleys). There are several stops of interest en route including Madaba, known as the city of the mosaics, Mt Nebo and Kerak, which is a magnificent fortified town. Further south we reach the magnificent city of Petra; Jordan’s premier historic site and one of the world’s most outstanding ancient cities. *Comfortable Hotel*

Day 4-5

Two full days to explore the expansive sights of Petra.

Two full days to explore Petra, the ‘Rose-red city, half as old as time’. Petra was hidden for centuries until the Swiss explorer Burckhardt made his great discovery in 1812. It was founded by the Nabateans, an Arab tribe that arrived here in the sixth century BC. Building at Petra began in the third century BC and continued through the Roman period, financed by taxes levied on the desert caravans. Two features of Petra are unique: firstly, it is a city made defensible by being built down a series of chasms, rather than on a hilltop. Secondly, it is built directly into the rock – beautiful red and yellow sandstone carved into the most impressive facades which glow in the brilliant sunlight. To enter Petra we must begin by walking down a narrow chasm, known as the Siq, surrounded by high cliffs on either side. Unveiled at the end of the Siq is El Khazneh, the Treasury. This is just the first breathtaking sight of a remarkable day. Continuing to the centre of the city, we pass the houses and tombs of the rich citizens and the remarkable scale of the site begins to unveil itself. A long walk beyond the centre is El Deir, the monastery, with its superb facade topped by a huge urn (the walk up is by a series of steps). There is so much to take in and explore and some of this can be done on horseback – your tour leader will be able to assist if required. (Please note that due to current Jordanian group regulations the journey down the Siq on horseback is part of the ticket price – it costs US$10 and is included in the tour price. It is possible to walk this section for those who would prefer but the cost of the ride is part of the entrance fee and therefore cannot be refunded.) On one of the days we take a walk to the High Places where few people visit. This can be quite arduous and is not recommended for those who are unsure of their fitness. However, those who do make it to the top are rewarded with wonderful views over parts of the site visited on the previous day. *Comfortable Hotel*

Day 6

To the Wadi Rum desert; 4WD excursion and overnight in a Bedouin camp.

This morning we join the modern Desert Highway and make our way south to Wadi Rum, a beautiful desert area where dramatic sandstone mountains rise from the sandy desert floor. This is where Lawrence of Arabia and Prince Faisal assembled the Arab tribes for the attack on Aqaba in the First World War and also where sections of the 1962 epic film were shot. We join our Bedouin guides for a 2-hour 4×4 trip to explore the highlights of the proteced area. Towards the end of the day we return to our private camp, located near the small village of Disseh where we enjoy traditional Bedouin hospitality and may have the chance to sleep out under the stars. *Basic Camping*

Day 7

Morning in Wadi Rum; desert drive to Aqaba; free afternoon to relax or optional snorkelling over the coral reefs of the Red Sea.

We wake amidst the dramatic desert scenery and then make our way on to Aqaba, Jordan’s port and holiday resort, famous for beautiful coral reefs. We have free time to lounge on the beach, swim, or snorkelling. Your leader will be able to advise you on which are the best private beaches to visit as the public beaches generally do not have as many facilities. There are several good restaurants in Aqaba for our evening meal together. *Comfortable Hotel*

Day 8

To Amman; citadel tour and free time.

In the morning we travel back to Amman on the fast Desert Highway. In the afternoon you will be given a guided tour of Amman and then any additional time is free to explore the city or for some last minute shopping! *Comfortable Hotel*

Day 9

End Amman.

End Amman. **

Included

* All breakfasts, 1 dinner * All accommodation (see accommodation section) * All transport and listed activities * Tour leader throughout * Flights from London (if booking incl. flights) * Arrival & departure transfers

Food

All breakfasts and one evening meal in Wadi Rum are included. Whilst staying in hotels we usually eat in local restaurants and on some occasions the leader will take those who wish to a restaurant for a ‘mezze’ style meal. These allow fast service with a variety of good quality food for the group and usually cost 10-15 JOD pp. Allow about £200-£250 (approx. US$320-400) to cover these meals. If you are vegetarian, please note that main meals are limited in choice; however, mezze is almost always available in restaurants and is a good, filling choice. There is also a good choice of seafood available when at the Red Sea.

Trip Notes

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Reviews

A Transformative Experience in Jordan

I feel like I've had a year's worth of memorable experiences in the last nine ndays! I knew I would like it; I just wasn't expecting to love it as much as ndo. I still can't stop talking about it since returning home. I will treasure nthese experiences for all time.nnIf you are interested in the Middle East's rich history as a crossroads of npeople, ideas, religions, and cultures, I wholeheartedly recommend this tour. nYou will see Jordan from top to bottom, from mountains to desert to sea.

Rating 5
Q&A
  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
  • Sorry, I just can't choose one moment:nnu2022 Realizing that I could exchange pleasantries in Arabic with the people I nmet.nu2022 Seeing a shooting star in the night sky over Wadi Rum.nu2022 Seeing the sun rise from camel-backnu2022 Petroglyphs in the desert.nu2022 Seeing the Treasury at Petra.nu2022 Becoming friends with my fellow group members.

  • What did you think of your group leader?
  • I can't say enough positive things about our guide, Ibrahim Isbitani. His nexpert knowledge of the culture, history, and geography allowed us all to get nso much more out of the experience. He was able every time to create the nright context for what we were seeing. I can confirm that my other fellow 19 ntour group members all feel exactly the same. He clearly loves his job, loves nmeeting people and introducing them to the full mosaic of Jordanian culture nand history, and has an enjoyable time doing it. His great sense of humor and nflexibility eased the occasional discomforts of traveling. I wish I loved my nown job as much as he loves his!

  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
  • It's worth it to take the time to learn a few words in Arabic. A half dozen nwords or less is all it takes. This will open all sorts of doors for you. nThis is not actually a requirement, component, or aspect of the tour, but nIbrahim was very generous with his time in teaching me when I expressed an ninterest.nnSteamed/cooked vegetables are always safer then raw vegetables.nnI took so many photos, I couldn't charge my batteries fast enough. Next time nI would bring a portable battery/power pack.nnIf you are coming from North or South America, it's worth it to spend the nextra money on a really good voltage convertor. Don't cheap out like I did!

  • Is there anything else you would like to add?
  • I will definitely be traveling with Exodus again!

A Week in Jordan

An amazing trip, would highly recommend it. Jordan has soo much to offer. So nmuch history and culture, so many wonderful places to visit. The Jordanian npeople are very friendly and helpful.

Rating 5
Q&A
  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
  • I couldn't pick just one thing. Everyday was different and amazing.

  • What did you think of your group leader?
  • Our guide was Nidal Alateaq. A very knowledgeable and friendly person. Always nwent that extra mile, nothing was too much trouble. You can tell that he nvery passionate about his work. Plus he was always very honest with us.

  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
  • Take a small overnight bag with you for the night at the Bedouin Camp.

  • Is there anything else you would like to add?
  • I really would recommend this trip 100%

Jordan trip

Good balance of sights and some relaxation.

Rating 4
Q&A
  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
  • Petra

  • What did you think of your group leader?
  • Great

  • Is there anything else you would like to add?
  • Less trips to stops with gift shops attached to avoid wasting time on route, nbetter to get to next location with more time to chill