A Week in Jordan

Bedouin at Wadi Rum, Jordan
Bedouin at Wadi Rum, Jordan
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Visit the highlights of Jordan including magnificent Petra

Jordan is an ideal destination for a one-week adventure. Bursting with things to see and do this trip 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 so called 'rose-red city' of Petra and to take 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 experience 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.

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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* 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
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. While camping the food provided consists in rice with a selection among chicken, lamb and vegetables.

Destinations visited
  • Jordan
  • Petra
  • Amman
  • Aqaba
  • Jerash
  • Middle East
Tags
  • Camping
  • Active
  • Cultural
  • Culture Bestsellers
  • Winter
Day 1

Fly to Amman; transfer to Amman hotel. The hotel is a 35 minute transfer from the airport. *Comfortable Hotel*



Day 2

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, 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

Today is a long driving day down the King's Highway which takes 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 Petra, the so called 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 6th 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).  On one of the days we take a walk to the High Places which only few people attempt to 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

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 4x4 trip to explore the highlights of the protected 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

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

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 where you will be taken to the famous Amphitheatre. Dating back to the Roman period, when the city was known as Philadelphia, it is one of the main landmarks of Jordan. Then any additional time is free to explore the city or for some last minute shopping! *Comfortable Hotel*



Day 9

Fly to London. **



* 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


Comprehensive

The guide was informative and well organised. We visited all the key sites in the week and had time to explore. Not a lot of time to relax, but the emphasis was on visiting the sites of special interest. There were two afternoons with opportunities to sit, by the Dead and Red Seas.

Rating: 4




An excellent tour of a fascinating country

We had a wonderful week in Jordan. The country has so much to offer in terms of history, geography, geology, natural environment, culture and food, not to mention sunshine. The tour was well designed, generally giving enough time for us to enjoy each part of the tour, and the logistics were very good - meals, accommodation, transport, tickets, etc. were well organised. The food was excellent!

Rating: 5




A week in Jordan

What a wonderful country, full of Eastern promise. The people were lovely and did not annoy us as we passed so many little shops. The country was clean and the hotels of a very good standard, a little bit more expensive then we first though it was going to be, but it is a fairly rich country so prices are on the higher side. The Dead sea, Mount Nebo, Wadi Rum, Aqaba were all fabulous but Petra was something else, amazing place and so much bigger than we thought it was going to be. Brilliant week and made even nicer by the fact we had 16 companions from 4 different countries, no smokers no moaners just wonderfully friendly people who were there to enjoy this amazing country. Thanks to all of you.

Rating: 5




A week in Jordan

A brilliant holiday starting in Amman visiting Jerash which is a huge site full of archeology. Petra another huge site and the walk down the Siq full of interest and then the Treasury comes into view. Climbed up to the Monastery spending all day in Petra. Best was the walk up to the High Sacrifice place. Night visit very disappointing, a bit of a lead balloon after the walk down. Hotel in Petra in a fantastic position but dirty and breakfast not good having to avoid chipped cups etc. The view from Mount Nebo over the Promised Land and all the mosaics wonderful. Loved Wadi Rum, the food, stars and camels. Aqaba interesting and snorkelling good. If it would be possible to fly home from Aqaba it would save the long but not unpleasant drive back to Amman in the tired bus with broken seats and dirty interior.

Rating: 4




Brilliant trip in a fabulous country

The 8 day tour of Jordan was really enjoyable. The trip encompassed all the incredible sights of Jordan and its rich culture and history. Petra was amazing and a real highlight. The guide was knowledgeable, caring and very enthusiastic. Would really recommend this interesting, varied and enjoyable trip. The group were all like minded people and we all got on very well which was a real bonus.

Rating: 5




A peaceful nation in the middle east

An amazing introduction to the Middle East and Jordan with a fabulous mix of culture and activities across the country. People are really friendly and say 'welcome' all the time. loved the fact you aren't changing hotels every night like some trips. large comfortable coach. Highlight obviously Petra and it didn't disappoint. 2 days of hiking around Petra with every corner another wonderful sight and a view to take your breath away. I also wasn't knowledgeable regards the Roman Sights and they were a fabulous surprise. Dead and Red sea great but abit chilly during Decemeber....so a short dip to say I did it :)

Rating: 4




A wonderful experience

A varied and interesting itinerary covering the length of the country, with numerous sites of historic and biblical interest, busy to begin with but more relaxing after Petra. A great introduction to the Middle East and one to change your preceptions of the area, we were always made to feel really welcome in Jordan, 'Welcome to Jordan' was a constant throughout the trip and we never felt unsafe on the tour. Highly recommended, we all came away awe inspired and wondering why more people don't visit.

Rating: 5




Week in Jordan.

The perfect introduction to this fascinating and beautiful county. Only put very good due to the hotel choice in Amman, it was not the one we were expecting and not the quality of the one we had originally been booked into. This was down to the local company not exodus.

Rating: 4




Safe and friendly country

We have just returned from our week in Jordan with no hesitation in recommending it to others. Its a welcoming, friendly and cultural "must visit" country.

Rating: 5




A week in Jordan

Thoroughly great trip!! This was my first Exodus trip and I decided to share a room. I did not regret this once, as my room mate was lovely and this added to the experience and meant there was no quiet time in my room waiting for dinner. There were 20 of us, which was initially worrying, but it all worked out very well, as we all got on brilliantly. There were 10 solos and 5 couples (including friends that had come together).

Rating: 5



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