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Jordan Explorer

Trip Length

Trip Code

9 days PGJE

Minimum Passengers

6 people

Maximum Passengers

15 people

Countries Visited

Jordan

Start City

End City

Amman Amman
Jordan Explorer

The sweeping desert and echoing formations of Wadi Rum, the hidden, hand-hewn facades of Petra and the ancient Roman ruins at Jerash all make Jordan a true adventurer’s paradise. With its sole focus on Jordan, this an inspiring Middle Eastern journey.

Jordan Explorer


Day to Day Itinerary

Day 1: Amman

Accommodation: Golden Palace Hotel or similar, Amman

On arrival at Amman's Queen Alia International Airport, you are met by our representative and transferred to your hotel. This is simply an arrival day so you may arrive in Amman at any time. Note that hotel rooms are generally only available after midday. The balance of the day is free to explore your surroundings, but normally a Welcome Meeting is held in the evening where you meet your tour leader and fellow travellers.

Day 2: Jerash - Dead Sea - Amman

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch

Accommodation: Golden Palace Hotel or similar, Amman

The Roman city of Jerash is one of the grandest ancient cities in the world, its archways and theatres, baths, public buildings and colonnaded streets constitute a striking collection and make it a beautiful place to explore. Grand ionic columns encircle the city's centrepiece, the Oval Plaza, a wonderfully atmospheric place to linger after exploring Jerash's riches. We visit the site in the morning and later drive down to spend the afternoon at the Dead Sea. Relax on the shore or take a dip like no other – the warm, highly saline waters make swimming difficult but bobbing on the water's surface a unique pleasure. Afterwards we return to Amman for the night.

Day 3: Madaba - Mount Nebo - Dana Village - Shobak Castle - Petra

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 dinner

Accommodation: Amra Palace Hotel or similar, Petra

This morning we drive to Madaba, where we visit the Greek Orthodox church of St George that houses a 6th century mosaic map depicting the old city of Jerusalem. This is of particular interest, as it clearly depicts Palestine and Lower Egypt around 550 AD. We continue on to Mount Nebo, where a monastery believed to be the burial place of Moses is located on a hill overlooking the Holy Land. The custodians of this monastery are Franciscan monks and it also contains some of the most impressive mosaics in the world. We then travel to Dana, where we stroll though the ancient village. Recent finds have revealed evidence of Palaeolithic, Egyptian, Edomite, Assyrian, Nabataean and Roman civilisations. We visit workshops where local artisans sell attractive silver jewellery and charms to support their families and their local community. The final part of our drive today takes us to Petra via the ancient Crusader castle at Shobak.

Day 4: Petra

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 dinner

Accommodation: Amra Palace Hotel or similar, Petra

A regular and fully justified contender for the '8th Wonder of the World' title, the iconic Petra view – the Treasury's glorious façade, glimpsed from the narrow cleft known as the Siq – is arguably the single most striking sight of the entire region. The first sight of the exquisite craftsmanship among such stark scenery is a moment that both manage to be eagerly anticipated and also be still an unlikely and almost surreal surprise. Petra's greatest surprise, however, is its size. With our guide we explore the old Roman road, amphitheatre and several old tombs. We also climb up to the Monastery – the site's second beautiful façade – from where we have a magnificent view of the entire site. This is a memorable day exploring a truly extraordinary destination and sure to be one of the highlights of our trip. There is a cafeteria on the site, where we can enjoy a light lunch. In the mid-afternoon we return to our hotel and our tour leader will try hard to persuade us to take a Turkish bath! It's perfect timing after a day exploring Petra, as well as being his a great experience - Petra is an excellent – and safe - place to try this tradition of the region. The rest of the day is at leisure.

Day 5-6: Petra - Wadi Rum

Meals included: 2 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners

Accommodation: Desert Camp or similar, Wadi Rum

We have the chance to return to Petra on an optional second visit (please note that you must pay the entrance fee today if you wish to go in). Afterwards we continue driving on to spellbinding Wadi Rum, a landscape of rugged sandstone mountains standing tall among an ochre desert floor. We head into this desolate, romantic protected area in rather rickety old jeeps, operated by the local Bedouin community. This is an attempt by the Jordanian Government to bring much-needed income into this region - an initiative we also support. After time for lunch in the small village of Rum and a browse around the excellent and informative visitor's centre, we visit several of Wadi Rum's distinctive rock formations and soak in the vast silence and spectacular desert landscapes. The visitor's centre is also a great spot to buy some jewellery and knick-knacks, mostly made by a women's co-operative which is aimed at supporting traditional local industries. Wadi Rum is a truly beautiful place with towering sandstone mountains. It fully deserves the amount of time we spend here, with the wind-sculpted rock formations changing hue throughout the day from sunrise to sunset. We also meet our Bedouin friends and ride camels to our traditional Bedouin tent situated deep within Wadi Rum. The Bedouins live in scattered camps throughout the area. We enjoy an evening with them at one of their camps, which is set in an amazing location. Wadi Rum is probably best known because of its connection with the enigmatic British officer T.E. Lawrence, who was based here during the Great Arab Revolt of 1917-18. Much of David Lean's movie on his exploits, 'Lawrence of Arabia', was actually filmed in Wadi Rum. One morning it's well worth rising early and watching the cliffs change colour as the sun comes up. This morning walk (the length of the walk will depend on how energetic we are feeling) may involve scaling one of the large dunes to enjoy sensational views of the surrounding area. Keen photographers will be delighted!

Day 7: Aqaba

Meals included: 1 breakfast

Accommodation: My Hotel or similar, Aqaba

We continue down to Red Sea town of Aqaba, where we enjoy free time to relax. The sea is teeming with colourful marine life, so it is an ideal place for indulge in some optional scuba diving or snorkelling depending on time. Our tour leader can help us to arrange these activities. Alternatively you may just like to relax by the hotel's swimming pool or walk around and enjoy the ambience of this coastal town; this is sure to be a welcome break after our time in the desert.

Day 8: Aqaba - Amman

Meals included: 1 breakfast

Accommodation: Golden Palace Hotel or similar, Amman

We leave the beach and travel up the Desert Highway and the King's Highway on our way back to Amman. On arrival we enjoy an orientation tour of Jordan's fascinating and hilly capital. Known as Rabbath Ammon during prehistoric periods and later as Philadelphia, this ancient city, once part of the Decapolis League, now boasts a population of around 1.5 million people. The most impressive sight is probably the Roman Theatre which is located in the heart of the city. We also visit the old market - a great place for photo opportunities. Tonight we take the opportunity to enjoy a farewell dinner (optional) with our fellow travelling companions. A good option is the Kan Zaman Restaurant, which is a favourite with locals.

Day 9: Amman

Meals included: 1 breakfast

Your trip ends today after breakfast. Check-out time is usually around 12 noon and you are free to leave at any time. If you have arranged a private airport transfer you will be advised of the pick-up time. Additional accommodation can be pre-booked if you wish to spend more time exploring Amman.


Your Trip

What's Included

• The services of Peregrine’s expert English-speaking local leader throughout the tour, and professional local guides at some sites.

• Sightseeing (including entrance fees where relevant): Roman city of Jerash; Madaba’s Greek Orthodox Church of St George; Mt Nebo; Dana ancient village; Crusader castle at Shobak; and Amman.

• Full day exploring Petra’s old Roman road, amphitheater, tombs and the ‘Monastery’.

• Camel ride to a traditional Bedouin tented camp for an overnight stay and a full day exploring the Wadi Rum.

• Time to relax at the Dead Sea and at the Red Sea town of Aqaba.

• Free time to explore Amman and Petra.

• Arrival transfer.

Summary of accommodation, transport & meals

Transport

Accommodation

Meals

Not Included

Flights, meals unless specified, drinks, departure taxes, travel insurance, tips (see below), spending of a personal nature, optional sightseeing.

Optional Extras

We have chosen a selection of some great optional activities to enhance your travel experience. You will need to cover any additional costs yourself. The below list is not exhaustive and should be used as a guide only. Prices are approximate and are for entrance only and don’t include transport to and from the sites or local guides unless indicated. All activities are subject to availability and it may not be possible to do all the activities listed in the time available at each destination.
Where activities are considered medium or high risk, we work with operators whose safety and credentials we have sighted and assessed. This means that it is possible that you may find the same activity cheaper with another operator on the ground, however we cannot vouch for the safety or quality of that operator. Activities not listed below have not been assessed by us and as such our staff and leaders are unable to assist you with booking these activities. The decision to partake in any activity not listed is at your own discretion and risk.


What to know

Fitness

Despite the 'off-road' nature of this trip, it can be enjoyed by anyone who is reasonably fit. Please be aware that any visit to Petra requires a fair amount of walking. The amount of energy you expend while in Wadi Rum is largely up to you, but a good walk is the best way to explore. The program in Wadi Rum involves a mixture of camel riding, hiking and a short jeep trip.

Vaccinations

Vaccinations may be required for this trip. Please talk to your doctor about the up-to-date information for this region.  We're travel experts, not doctors and defer to the medicos when it comes to inoculations.

Visas and Permits

Please ensure that you have all required visas for your trip – this is your responsibility. Rules and regulations governing the issuance of visas are constantly changing, and vary for different nationalities and you should check visa requirements with your travel agent or relevant consular authority well before travel.

Jordan
Australians, New Zealanders, Americans, British and Canadians require a visa for Jordan. All other nationalities should check with the Jordanian Embassy or Consulate in their country for up-to-date visa information.

Visas are available on arrival at the airport in Amman for approximately US$58 however this must be paid for in Jordanian dinar appx JOD40. As the process can sometimes be time consuming, you may wish to consider obtaining your visa prior to arrival.

If you are arriving in Jordan by ferry at the port of Aqaba it is possible to obtain a Jordanian visa on board, either as an individual or as a group. There is normally no charge for this visa.

Important For those continuing on to Israel after Jordan please ensure that you obtain an individual visa only. Do not enter Jordan on a group visa, as you will find entry to Israel at the Allenby Bridge border difficult. If you obtain your Jordanian visa on the ferry boat from Nuweiba keep your passport separate from your group and obtain the visa individually.

Insurance

You are required to have travel insurance before heading off on a Peregrine trip. Insurance can be organised by your Peregrine representative or your travel agent.

Responsible Travel

Our Responsible Travel ethos is at the heart of everything we do, from getting the basics right like respecting local cultures and the environment, to initiating projects that make positive contributions to communities, to our staff’s fundraising efforts and offsetting our carbon emissions.
Please visit our Responsible Travel (http://www.peregrineadventures.com/rt) page for more information.

Customs and Culture

Our Pre Departure Information or Travel Dossier (provided upon booking a trip) provides tips on how you can show respect for the local customs and culture in the country you are travelling in. Your leader will also help steer you though the complexities of local cultural norms.

Pre Departure Information
The information listed above is a brief description of some things you may need to consider when booking a trip. Once a tour is booked you will be provided with a link to your Travel Dossier which will contain detailed Pre Departure information.

Further Reading

Jordan

Seven Pillars of Wisdom-TE Lawrence Desert Queen-Janet Wallach A Winter in Arabia-Freya Stark Leap of Faith-Queen Noor


About this Information

The information provided here is given in good faith and has been compiled with all reasonable care. However, things change and some of the information may become out of date. Please keep this in mind when you read it and check with us if you want to be sure about something. The document was correct at time of printing, but you can check online for the most up to date version.  If you have any queries, please contact your travel agent or our staff in Australia. We are here to help you!

Last Updated

8 October 2013


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