Summary

Travel Style:
Destinations: Middle East
  • 9 Days From
    R 16700
  • 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

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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

Review of A week in Jordan trip

This is my third trip with Exodus and overall I have to say that it was a ngreat experience - with lots of variety and some fantastic highlights.

Rating 5
Q&A
  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
  • Definitely Petra - the best thing about this trip is that there is two whole ndays in Petra and your really need it as the place is VAST!!! With this trip nyou get to see huge areas of the lost city - especially away from the crowds naround the Siq and the Treasury - we basically had the place to ourselves - nand it really added to the experience. I do acknowledge it was the low season nand we were lucky with the weather! Indeed, the blue skies and cool ntemperatures (15c) helped make it very pleasant to do the all walking and nclimbing steps - there is a fair bit of walking involved around Petra!nnThe highlights for me was walking down the Siq to the Treasury - its very nlength created real anticipation which was rewarded by the final view of the ntreasury!! Also the trek up to the Place of High Sacrifice was incredible - nagain a little of the beaten track so devoid of any crowds apart from our ngroup.nnAnother highlight was the roman city of Jarash - I thought it would just be a nfew interesting ruins but it really exceeded my expectations - it is vast and nvery well preserved - and again due to the time of year we had the place npretty much to ourselves - which was great for taking photos!

  • What did you think of your group leader?
  • Issa - was a great tour guide - very professional and if you asked him for nsomething...be it an ATM, a toilet break, Pharmacy he would make it his npriority. He had a great knowledge and love of the country and went out of nhis way to show it.nnI should also mention the bus driver Admed - who also great at his job and nvery careful on the roads (unlike some past travel experiences I have had). nDespite his limited English he was also very friendly and courteous, easy ngoing and had a great sense of humour.

  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
  • Overall I would say definitely go.... but when you do keep in mind the follow nissues:nn- Be prepared for long days (leaving the hotel at 8pm -so really up before n7am) - this is needed particularly in the winter as it gets dark in Jordan at n4.30 pm and lots of sites close at sunset.n-I'd advice people to bring some snacks, cereal bars etc as the days are long nand you stop at a lot of places to buy snacks which are ridiculously over npriced for the country - for example I was charged between 1 and 1.50 dinar nfor a Mars Bar in a touristy type service station but paid 0.3 dinar for one nin Amman in a regular shop.n- Bring sandals to wear into the Dead Sea - I cut the bottom of my foot npretty badly on the extremely sharp salt crystals on the seabed - this caused nme a lot of grief in the subsequent days when I was hiking for long periods.

  • Is there anything else you would like to add?
  • The only bad experience I has was when my friend and I wanted to climb the ncliff path in Petra to look down on the treasury (a great photo opportunity). nHowever when we attempted to walk the path the locals that loiter around the nsite - blocked our path and demanded money to guide us up (this is free!!!) - nwhen we refused they got very aggressive and verbally abusive toward us - we ntried to ignore them but it got so bad that we just gave up and walked away. nMaybe it was the time of day - everyone was leaving the site and it was npretty empty but I would advice anyone that if they want to see the Treasury nfrom above take the more scenic (but more round about route) from behind the nRoyal Tombs (ask your guide) - you won't be bothered by these people (others nmembers of our group did this).nnWe later heard that this is a con job play on tourists as after paying these npeople to 'guide' you up to the top of the path they then demand even more nmoney to escort you back down!nnWhile some of the meals we got were amazing ( especially in Amman, Karak and nat the bedouin camp) others were more miss than hit - and a number of us ndefinitely felt ripped off at being charged the equivalent of 20 euro for nsome falafel, a piece of chicken and some flat bread - this was particularly nthe case when we ate in Petra.nnOne point I would like to make about the Bedouin Camp is that it gets very ncold at night - so definitely bring a base layer and some warm pyjamas. Also nthere were huge holes in the roof of my tent - If it had rained it would have nbeen a pretty miserable night!!!!!nnLastly - I advise you to not waste your money on a Turkish Bath in Petra - nfor anyone that has been to a proper turkish bath you will be very ndisappointed. If you do want to have the experience, go to the one opposite nthe hotel the group stays in Amman - its a bit pricey (about 50euro) but its nworth it!!

Perfect Petra

A very interesting week, lots to do and some amazing places to see....

Rating 5
Q&A
  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
  • Walking through the souk and walking out to see the Treasury

  • What did you think of your group leader?
  • He was good and friendly and knowledgeable. I did feel that we could have had nlonger at certain places and I felt rushed on a couple of occasions to get to nthe hotel.nWhen we were at Aqaba we only had 3 hours at the resort and this wasnu2019t nlong enough to relax properly... we had to eat lunch all together on a set nmenu and I think we could have got our own lunch when we wanted it and then nwe had to leave at 2pm and go to our hotel with nothing to do in the nafternoon. We should have stayed at the resort for the day or been given the noption to get a taxi back to the hotel....nI also felt our time at the Citidel in Amman was rushed - there wasnu2019t nenough time to walk around the site which is disappointing as we could have nstayed much longer. The Citidel is incredible

  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
  • Book the trip - you wonu2019t be disappointed...nBut Iu2019d say get a taxi back to the hotel and stay at the seaside resort in nAqaba all day....

A delightful Week in Jordan

With short winter days in November there is a lot packed into this week - the nearly starts are worth it though. Travel arrangements in Jordan went well - neven with a large group of 20 it never seemed as if we were rushed anywhere. nThe remains of the city of Jerash visited on our first day were impressive n(those Romans got around).nThe Dead Sea was a novelty but either side of our 'private' beach was a lot nof rubbish. On the whole Jordan is not a 'picturesque' country - they have a nhuge challenge ahead with the amount of plastic waste strewn across the ncountryside everywhere - roadsides, fields, olive groves etc etc are all nlittered with the remains of plastic bottles and bags - they seem to be blind nto it.nThat said, the fantastic highlights of the trip - Petra and Wadi Rum - both nsuperlative world class sites (and with a huge number of visitors) were not nlittered - so it is possible!nThe two days in Petra are worth the whole trip alone - a spectacular and huge nsite (wear comfortable shoes or boots) but you quickly loose the large crowds nafter the Siq and the Treasury.nThe drives through the desert and night spent in the tented camp in Wadi Rum nalso provided really amazing memories. Dramatic sand blasted scenery and nsweeping sand dunes had us all humming the Lawrence of Arabia theme tune.

Rating 4
Q&A
  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
  • Climbing up to 'The Monastery' at Petra - 850+ steps but worth them all - nlots of chances to get coffee or tea (and buy a souvenir) from local Bedouin nstalls on the way.nThe quieter climb up to the the 'High Place of Sacrifice' also makes an nexcellent circular loop away from the main valley but still passes some nspectacular tombs and caves (they are everywhere). Great views across the nwhole valley from the tops.

  • What did you think of your group leader?
  • Issa our group leader was great - he really did make the trip a success. Very nenthusiastic, with great organisation and local knowledge he is a great nambassador for his country. He made sure everyone had what they needed by way nof ATM stops, toilet breaks and chose good restaurants for lunch or supper n(not always easy for a group of 20) explaining the menus and ensuring there nwere always vegetarian options where wanted.

  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
  • If you usually use a walking pole over uneven ground consider taking it for nPetra (I was pleased I did).nTake warm clothes, a torch and a small towel for the desert trip.nThe bus travelled with large water bottles on board - so you just need your nown bottle to fill every day.nJust go - its a great trip

  • Is there anything else you would like to add?
  • The Jordanians are really friendly, proud of their country (they should be) nand delighted to share it with foreign visitors. Over the past few years they nhave taken in millions of refugees from their war torn neighbours but remain npositive about the future.