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Egypt & Jordan

Itinerary

2018 - 'Classic Jordan Tour'
8 - Day itinerary

Day 1
Saturday

Amman

Welcome to Jordan! Upon arrival our staff will meet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel in Amman for the start of your trip. They'll help you settle in and introduce you to the local area.

Overnight Amman
3 star
Day 2
Sunday

Desert Castles and Amman city tour

Your first full day of our Jordan tour starts after breakfast, as we make our way to Jordan's famous 'desert castles'. Jordan's desert castles are located on the old trade routes and still house some of its ancient remnants including frescoes, bath houses and wells. We'll explore the desert castles of Qasr al-Kharrana, Qasr Azraq and Qasr Amra before we head back to Amman for lunch at a local eatery, with falafel and hummus on the menu.
After lunch, we'll explore downtown Amman on foot, visiting the impressive Roman Amphitheatre, the Jordan Folklore Museum as well as the Citadel. We'll also visit some of Amman's busy markets, tasting Knafeh - a tasty sweet - while our guide teaches us some basic Arabic greetings and phrases to use during our Jordan tour. We may visit a few traditional handcraft and art galleries, if time permits.

Overnight Amman
3 star
(B, L)
Day 3
Monday

Jerash, Ajloun Castle and Rasoun homestay

Leaving Amman this morning, we head north to the ancient city of Jerash - one of the largest and well-preserved Greco-Roman cities outside of Europe. Here we'll visit the Forum, explore its Roman colonnaded streets, the Nymphaeum and the Temple of Artemis.
From Jerash, we'll make our way to Ajloun Castle, built in the 12th century and extended in the 13th. It also served as the base for Saladin's Arab forces when he defeated the Crusaders in the 12th century. The countryside of the Ajloun Forest Reserve around the castle is picturesque and green and a popular place for avid hikers, with its hills, mountains and forests just waiting to be explored.
After Ajloun Castle, we head to the village of Rasoun to meet our homestay hosts for the night. After settling in and being shown through the village, we'll walk through hills covered with scrub and forest to see some Bronze Age Dolmens - which are megalithic tombs formed by placing a huge stone slab atop two or more standing stones.
We'll return to our homestay in Rasoun this evening, where we'll be treated to a home-cooked traditional Arabic meal which will be prepared by our host Jordanian family, and we spend the evening chatting with them about life in Jordan.

Overnight Rasoun Village
Homestay
(B, D)
Day 4
Tuesday

Madaba, Mt. Nebo and the Dead Sea

We say goodbye tour Jordanian host family, after a shared breakfast and head south to Madaba, where we'll marvel at the Byzantine mosaics and the 'Madaba Map' - which is the oldest preserved map of the Holy Land. From Madaba, we'll make our way to Mount Nebo where on a clear day, which is most of the time, you get great views towards Jericho and beyond.
After a tasty lunch, we'll make our way down to our resort right on the banks of the Dead Sea, where you have some free time to swim - or rather float - in its incredibly salty waters and to relax by the hotel pool. Don't forget a newspaper or magazine for your iconic Dead Sea photo!

Overnight Dead Sea - Sweimeh
4 star
(B)
Day 5
Wednesday

Wadi Mujib, Shobaj Castle and Petra Tour

We start today with a walk through the breathtaking canyons and gorges of Wadi Mujib, at 410 metres below sea level, the lowest nature reserve on the planet.
During the summer months of April to October, we'll take the Siq Trail along the course of the river between towering sandstone cliffs to the base of a large waterfall. The gorge may contain pools deep enough for swimming and you should expect to get a bit wet along the way. In the winter months of November to March, we'll take the Ibex trail along various dry wadis with great views of the Dead Sea to the Raddas Ranger Station where we'll look out for Nubian Ibex. We'll also see the famous rock 'statue' of Lot's wife before returning to the reserve entrance.
We'll then drive along the Dead Sea coast and up through the mountains to Petra. We'll take a break en-route at Lot's Cave, for a local village lunch, and at the huge crusader castle at Shobak.
You have the option for a spectacular and atmospheric introduction to Petra tonight, with the Petra by Night tour. Here you walk through the Siq to the Treasury, the whole way being atmospherically lit up by thousands of candles.

Overnight Petra
3 star
(B)
Day 6
Thursday

Petra, Wadi Rum and Bedouin camp

We start our exploration of the Rose Red city of Petra, now one of the Modern 7 Wonders of the World, with a walk through the winding Siq to the magnificent Treasury.
Our guide will explain the fascinating history of the site and the Nabatean people who built it, and we'll explore several caves and tombs. You'll then have time to explore further, perhaps hiking up to the huge Monastery, carved out of the cliffs overlooking the Jordan Valley, or walking up to the High Place of Sacrifice.
Late in the afternoon, we head into the spectacular desert scenery of Wadi Rum for a night under the stars enjoying the hospitality of the Bedouins. We stay in a comfortable camp with a great remote location between the sand dunes and the rocky cliffs, well away from the road and traffic.
You can sleep in your traditional goat hair tent, with a proper bed and all bedding provided, or take a sleeping bag and find a secluded location to sleep outside under the stars.

Overnight Wadi Rum
Desert Camp
(B, D)
Day 7
Friday

Jeep Safari, Bedouin experience at Wadi Rum and back to Amman

After breakfast in the camp, we take a jeep safari through the sands and beneath the towering 'jebels' of Wadi Rum, stopping to climb sand dunes and to see some of the strange rock formations, including a spectacular rock bridge.
We'll also do some local activities inspired from the Bedouin traditions, walking with a local shepherd with his sheep and goats to a Bedouin tent where we'll participate in making lunch. We can also join in and learn about other traditional Bedouin activities such as shearing the sheep & goats' hair, milking, grinding grains, making bread and roasting coffee until our lunch is ready. Finally, after really getting a feel for nomadic Bedouin life, we return by jeep to our camp and then drive north on the Desert Highway back to Amman. If you would like to add a few days to your tour and spend some time by the Red Sea, then an extension to Aqaba is available after you finish in Wadi Rum.
This evening we'll walk out to a coffee shop or cafe near our hotel in Downtown Amman to enjoy a shisha, a game of backgammon and to reminisce on our Jordan tour.

Overnight Amman
3 star
(B, L)
Day 8
Saturday

Amman

Your time is free in Amman today until we pick you up from your hotel and transfer you to the airport for your departure. Further sightseeing tours are available today if you have a late afternoon or evening flight, including a trip to the Baptism Site at Bethany on the Jordan River. This tour also connects well with several of our Egypt and Israel tours, please contact us for ideas and help with connections.

(B)
(B - Breakfast, L - Lunch, D - Dinner)
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Notes

Please Note:
1. The minimum age for this tour is 12.
2. Hotel Gala Dinners - Many of Egypt and Jordan's hotels and Nile cruise boats arrange a very special gala dinner with entertainment in the evening on Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve. Payment for these is often optional on Christmas Eve (24 Dec) but may be compulsory on New Year's Eve (31 Dec), whether you attend or not. Prices can range from around US$50 to over US$150 per person. Final decisions on prices and whether dinners are compulsory are made relatively close to the time. We aim to always select hotels that make their Gala Dinners optional, though this is is not always possible. Gala dinner prices are therefore not included in our tour prices, but will be added to your booking if they become required. More information is available on request.
3. Single travellers are obliged to pay Single Supplement and will have the hotel room to themselves.
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Inclusions

Tour includes :-
  • Inbound Transfer - Amman
    Queen Alia International Airport (AMM)
  • Outbound Transfer - Amman
    Queen Alia International Airport (AMM)
  • Professional English speaking local tour guides
  • Transportation in a fully air-conditioned, non-smoking vehicle
  • 4 x 4 Desert Jeep Safari
  • All camping equipment at Wadi Rum
  • Tips except drivers and guides
  • Entrance fees
  • 7 nights - accommodation.
    2 nights
    3 star
    Amman
    1 night
    Homestay
    Rasoun Village
    1 night
    4 star
    Dead Sea - Sweimeh
    1 night
    3 star
    Petra
    1 night
    Desert Camp
    Wadi Rum
    1 night
    3 star
    Amman
  • 7 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
Tour does not include :-
  • Visas, border or port taxes
  • Tips - drivers and guides
  • Hotel gala dinners (if charged by the hotels on 24 & 31 Dec, see 'Notes' section)
  • Suggested optional activities
  • Compulsory Travel Insurance
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Highlights

  • Ajloun Castle
  • Amman - Roman Amphitheatre
  • Jerash - Ancient Roman Site
  • Lot's Cave
  • Madaba - Church of St. George - Mosaics
  • Petra - UNESCO Heritage site
  • Qasr Amra - UNESCO Heritage site
  • Rasoun Village - Homestay
  • Wadi Rum - 4 x 4 Desert Jeep Safari
  • Wadi Rum - Bedouin Lunch
  • Amman - Citadel
  • Dead Sea - Sweimeh - Swimming, floating, relaxing
  • Jordan Folklore Museum
  • Madaba
  • Mt. Nebo - Panoramic Views
  • Qasr al-Kharrana
  • Qasr Azraq
  • Wadi al-Mujib
  • Wadi Rum - Bedouin Dinner
  • Wadi Rum - UNESCO Heritage site
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Accommodation

This page is intended to give an idea of the type of accommodation that may be expected. The actual hotels used for any given tour may change due to many reasons such as group size, availability, time of year, hotel standard has dropped or simply we found a better hotel. We update the website immediately if and when any changes take place. If and when we do change hotels it will be to a hotel of equal or higher standard and will be at no extra cost.

Where more than one hotel is shown for a given overnight stop this means that we alternate between the listed hotels. The pre departure pack will show hotel for a given departure.

Jordan

Amman
Al Waleed Hotel
Standard : 3 star
Address :-
Ali Nassouh At-Taher St.,
Amman
Ph. :
+962 6 586 4475
Al Waleed Hotel
Al Waleed Hotel
Al Waleed Hotel
Antika Hotel
Standard : 3 star
Address :-
Al Koliyya Al-Ilmiah Al-Islamiyah Str.
First Circle, Jabal Amman
Amman
Ph. :
+962 6 461 6424
Antika Hotel
Antika Hotel
Antika Hotel
Dead Sea - Sweimeh
Dead Sea Spa Resort
Standard : 4 star
Address :-
Hotels Area
Dead Sea Road
Sweimeh
Dead Sea - Sweimeh
Ph. :
+962 5 356 1000
Website :
www.dssh.jo/en/
Dead Sea Spa Resort
Dead Sea Spa Resort
Dead Sea Spa Resort
Petra
Amra Palace Hotel
Standard : 3 star
Address :-
Wadi Musa
Petra
Ph. :
+96 (0) 23 215 7070
Amra Palace Hotel
Amra Palace Hotel
Amra Palace Hotel
Rasoun Village
Rasoun Homestay
Standard : Homestay
Address :-
Rasoun Village
Rasoun Homestay
Wadi Rum
Rahayeb Desert Camp
Standard : Desert Camp
Address :-
Diseh
Seeq Ummel Tawagi
Wadi Rum
Ph. :
+962 3 205 8557
Rahayeb Desert Camp
Rahayeb Desert Camp
Rahayeb Desert Camp
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Prices

Prices
per person in twin share accommodation
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Currency:- USD
Cost
S.S.
01 Jan 2018
31 Dec 2018
1,499.00
310.00
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