8 days

Jordan Explorer

Jordan Explorer

Crusader castle at Shobak

Desert camping with the Bedouin

2000 year-old ruins of Jerash

Jordan's capital Amman

Red Sea resort of Aqaba

UNESCO World Heritage-listed Petra

Wadi Rum's red earth desertscapes

The Dead Sea

Trip rating
  • 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.

    Why we love it

    • 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.

    Itinerary

    Day 1 - Amman

    • On arrival at Amman's Queen Alia International Airport, you will be 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 will be held in the evening where you will meet your tour leader and fellow travellers.

    Day 2 - Amman - Aqaba

    • After breakfast you will be transferred to the bus station for the JETT bus direct to Aqaba. This is a very efficient service and the journey takes around four hours.
    • On arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel and the rest of the day will be free for you to explore the town and port. The small Ottoman fort beside the beach is worth a look, otherwise you could acquaint yourself with the hotel's pool.
    • In the evening you will meet your tour leader along with any group members arriving from Egypt.
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    Breakfast

    Day 3 - Aqaba - Wadi Rum

    • You will go on a brief orientation of Aqaba with your guide, Jordan's principal Red Sea resort. You can visit the old castle (time permitting) before driving to spellbinding Wadi Rum, a landscape of rugged sandstone mountains standing tall among an ochre desert floor.
    • You will 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 lunch in the small village of Rum and a browse around the excellent and informative visitor's centre, you will visit several of Wadi Rum's distinctive rock formations and soak in the vast silence and spectacular desert landscapes. Wadi Rum is a truly beautiful place with towering sandstone mountains.
    • It is very deserving of the time you will be spending here, with the wind-sculpted rock formations changing hue throughout the day from sunrise to sunset. You will also meet your Bedouin friends and ride camels to your traditional Bedouin tent situated deep within Wadi Rum. The Bedouins live in scattered camps throughout the area. You will enjoy an evening with them at one of their camps, which is set in an amazing location.
    • Wadi Rum is probably best known for 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.
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    Breakfast | Dinner

    Day 4 - Wadi Rum - Petra

    • It's well worth rising early to watch the cliffs change colour as the sun comes up.
    • You will enjoy a walk in the morning (the length of the walk will depend on how energetic you are feeling) before scaling one of the large dunes to enjoy sensational views of the surrounding area. Keen photographers will be delighted.
    • You will then take 4WDs from your camp back to the main entrance. 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. You will then continue your journey to Petra.
    • On arrival there is time in the afternoon to check out the town, withdraw or change money and just relax…ready for a big day of exploring Petra tomorrow.
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    Breakfast | Dinner

    Day 5 - 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 glimpse of this exquisite craftsmanship among such stark scenery is a moment that manages to be both eagerly anticipated and also an unlikely and almost surreal surprise.
    • Petra's greatest surprise, however, is its size. With your guide you will explore the old Roman road, amphitheatre and several old tombs. You will also climb up to the Monastery – the site's second beautiful façade – from where you will 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 your trip. There is a cafeteria on the site, where you will enjoy a light lunch. In the mid-afternoon you will return to your hotel and your tour leader will attempt to persuade you to take a Turkish bath! This is the perfect time to enjoy a bath, and it is also a great experience - Petra is an excellent and safe place to try this tradition of the region. The rest of the day will be at your leisure.
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    Breakfast | Dinner

    Day 6 - Petra - Amman

    • After a very early start for those in the group who wish to visit Petra a second time, we drive to the ancient Crusader castle at Shobak, which was originally built to protect the eastern flank of the Latin Kingdom and its trade routes to the sea before it fell to Saladin in 1189. You will stroll through the site and continue to the ancient village at Dana, where local artisans sell attractive silver jewellery and charms. You will then reach Madaba, where you'll visit the Greek Orthodox Church of St. George that houses an ancient mosaic map.
    • This is of particular interest as it clearly depicts Palestine and Lower Egypt around 550 AD. You can expect to arrive in Amman in the late afternoon, where in the evening you can try one of its several fine restaurants.
    Breakfast

    Day 7 - 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. You will 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 you will return to Amman for the night.
    Breakfast | Lunch

    Day 8 - Amman

    • Your trip will end 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.
    Breakfast
  • What to Know

    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; 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 4WD safari exploring Wadi Rum.
    • Time to relax at the Dead Sea.
    • Free time to explore Amman and Petra.
    • Arrival transfer.

    Not Included

    • Flights
    • Meals unless specified
    • Departure taxes
    • Travel insurance
    • Tips (see below)
    • Spending of a personal nature
    • Optional sightseeing
    • Drinks
  • Map Itinerary

  • Past Travellers' Ratings & Comments

    At the end of each trip, we ask our travellers to provide feedback. We publish the positive, negative and neutral feedback on this page to give you an overall idea of what to expect on this trip.

    Jordan Explorer

    Jeremy - Australia, 30 Dec, 2012
    5
    Overall Rating

    Amazing trip and the guide was fantastic very knowledgeable and fun

    Jordan Explorer

    Linda - Australia, 2 Dec, 2012
    5
    Overall Rating

    Visited Jordan in December 2012 with Peregrine and had a fantastic time. Great place, great people and great food. Petra and Dead Sea were highlights but there is so much more,loved it.

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Trip at a glance

Trip Code PGJE
Group size 6 - 16
Start City: Amman
End City: Amman
Style: Small Group

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