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Map of Explore Jordan & Oman including Jordan and Oman

Wadi Rum, Wadi Bani Khalid and all of the culture and history in between

Discover Jordan and Oman with Peregrine Adventures on a 14-day immersive travel experience. With the sweeping desert and echoing formations of Wadi Rum, the hidden, hand-hewn facades of Petra and the ancient Roman ruins at Jerash, Jordan a true adventurer’s paradise. Crossing the Gulf to Oman, explore the capital of Muscat, drive along the coast to the fishing village of Barka, and crossing the rugged interiors to Nakhal and Al Hazm forts. Camp under the stars in Jordan and Oman’s deserts, interact with the nomadic Bedouin peoples and travel from city to coast on this enlightening Middle Eastern odyssey, all with knowledgeable local guides leading the way.


Start
Amman, Jordan
Finish
Muscat, Oman
Destinations
Jordan, Oman
Style
Peregrine
Code
PGOAC
Physical rating
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1, Max 12

Why you'll love this trip

  • Gaze in awe at the towering, wind-swept rock formations at Wadi Rum on an included 4WD adventure and admire how the colours change as the sun makes its way across the sky.

  • Journey through Jordan’s desert to a premium Bedouin camp and get to know the customs and cultures of this community before spending the night under a starry sky in your traditional accommodation.

  • You never forget your first glimpse of The Treasury through narrow canyon walls in Petra. Spend a day taking in its majesty and mystery, and if your dates align, consider booking an unforgettable night experience.

  • Immerse yourself in Omani cultural history as you wander among the exhibits of Muscat's Bait Zubair Museum.

  • Stand in awe of gorgeous landscapes and visit centuries-old mountain villages on a journey into the foothills of Oman's highest peak, Jebel Shams.

Is this trip right for you?

  • Part of travelling with Peregrine means respecting local cultures and sensibilities. That way you get the most out of your interactions with local people and environments. When visiting a mosque, it's important to show respect by dressing appropriately, even in the heat. Ladies should cover their arms and wear a headscarf – trousers or a long skirt are recommended. Gentlemen are required to wear trousers and long sleeve shirts.

  • Please note that the Amman (Jordan)–Muscat (Oman) flight is both not included and unescorted.

  • This trip can be enjoyed by just about anyone with a reasonable level of fitness. There is a lot of walking on this trip often without shade so please bring comfortable shoes and a hat to make the most of your time at the sites.

  • The weather can be quite cool in winter, so pack layers of clothing to deal with the varying temperatures.

  • In Wadi Rum, you will stay in a permanent tented camp with shared bathroom facilities.

Itinerary

Welcome to Jordan – cosmopolitan and contemporary yet steeped in biblical history. On arrival at Amman's Queen Alia International Airport, you will be met by a Peregrine representative and transferred to your hotel. You are able to arrive at any time today, keeping in mind hotel rooms are available for check-in generally after 12 pm (midday), and there will be an important welcome meeting with your group and local leader tonight. If you arrive early, perhaps take a walk and pick up a coffee and ara’yes – a toastie filled with spiced meats – at one of the cafes. Otherwise, head to the Old Town’s Roman Amphitheatre, find some culture at the Jordan National Gallery of Fine Arts or look down on the city from the hilltop Temple of Hercules.
Accommodation
  • Sulaf Luxury Hotel Amman or similar (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Special Information
An airport arrival transfer is included. This transfer is only valid if arriving on Day 1 or if you have booked pre-trip accommodation through Peregrine. Please provide your flight details at the time of booking, or at a minimum 15 days prior to travel. Once you have provided your details a transfer representative will be booked to meet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel.

It’s very important that you attend the welcome meeting as we will be collecting insurance details and next of kin information at this time. If you are going to be late please let your travel agent or hotel reception know. Ask reception or look for a note in the lobby for more information on where the meeting will take place.
After breakfast, drive from Amman to Wadi Rum (approximately 4.5 hours). Enjoy some lunch in the small village of Rum and browse the informative visitor’s centre. Afterwards, jump into a local jeep and journey into Wadi Rum with your Bedouin hosts. This region is probably best known for its connection with the British officer T E Lawrence, who was based here during the Great Arab Revolt of 1917 and 1918. Much of David Lean's movie on his exploits, 'Lawrence of Arabia', was actually filmed in Wadi Rum. Visit several of the area’s distinctive rock formations and appreciate the vast silence and spectacular desert landscapes. These landscapes are home to Bedouin communities that live in scattered camps. You will enjoy an evening with them at one of their camps, set in an amazing location deep in the desert.
Accommodation
  • Desert Nights Camp (Feature Stay) (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Wadi Rum - Desert Jeep tour
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
Special Information
In Wadi Rum, you will stay in permanent Bedouin-style tents with private bathrooms and hot water. Tents are furnished complete with comfortable king-size or twin beds, a sofa, mirrors, lamps, and premium bedding. All furniture is handmade. Electricity is provided in the guest tents in the evenings via solar power. Each tent has a private terrace with a fantastic view of the Wadi Rum Mountains – an ideal place to watch the stars at night.

Please note that it is often difficult to secure our preferred camp in Wadi Rum. The alternative site is Memories Aicha Luxury Camp. If you would like to confirm in advance which camp is available for your tour, please check with a Peregrine booking agent 30 days prior to departure.
After waking up in the unique surrounds of your Bedouin camp this morning, take a walk around the area – the length of which depends on the group’s desires – before scaling one of the large dunes to enjoy panoramic views of your surrounds. Afterwards, head in 4WDs back to the main entrance opposite the Seven Pillars of Wisdom – the mountain named after Lawrence of Arabia’s book. The visitor's centre here is also a great spot to buy some jewellery and handicrafts, mostly made by a women's co-operative dedicated to supporting local industries. Continue your journey to the fabled city of Petra (approximately 2.5 hours). On arrival, there is time to check out the town that has grown around the site and to relax, ready for a big day of exploring Petra tomorrow.
Accommodation
  • Petra Moon Hotel or similar (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Petra - Petra By Night tour - JOD17
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
Special Information
Petra is a small and busy city with limited hotel options, so it is often difficult to secure a preferred hotel here. Alternative hotels in Petra may include Old Village Resort, P Quattro Relax or Hyatt Zaman. If you would like to confirm in advance which hotel is included on your tour, please check with a Peregrine booking agent 30 days prior to departure.
Petra, dating back to the sixth century BC, is the jewel of Jordan, the lost city of the biblical Nabateans, an impressive series of tombs and dwellings carved directly into the rock. The iconic view – the Treasury's glorious facade, glimpsed from a narrow cleft known as the Siq – is perhaps the single-most striking sight of the entire region. The Siq leads through the rock and is sometimes only a few metres wide, with walls soaring up to 180 metres on either side. With your guide, explore the old Roman road, amphitheatre and several old tombs. You will also climb up to see the Monastery, providing a magnificent view of the entire site. There is a cafeteria on the site, where you can enjoy your own light lunch. The rest of the day will be at your leisure. This evening, perhaps take the chance to witness Petra by night if your dates align. Seeing the Treasury plaza lit up by candlelight while Bedouin music plays is a truly memorable experience.
Accommodation
  • Petra Moon Hotel or similar (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
Special Information
The optional activity Petra by Night runs every Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, beginning at 8.30 pm from Petra Visitor Centre and finishing back at the Visitor Centre around 10.30 pm. Please ensure you check your departure date if you are planning to book this activity as it is not available on all departures. This activity is suitable to book either tonight or yesterday evening.
For another glimpse at Petra, rise very early for an unguided morning visit, if you wish. Afterwards, drive to the ancient Crusader castle at Shobak – 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. Enjoy superb scenery and stop off at the viewpoint overlooking the Dana Nature Reserve before arriving in the late afternoon at your Dead Sea premium accommodation. Named for the lack of life in its waters, this lake is so intensely salty that the water density makes swimming and getting underneath the surface very difficult.
Accommodation
  • Dead Sea Spa Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Petra - Petra second day visit (unguided)
  • Shobak - Shobak Castle
  • Dana - Ancient Village Visit
  • Dead Sea - Visit Including Dinner
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Special Information
Please note that Kerak Castle is not included in your tour, as it is often very congested and busy. However, if there is sufficient interest among members of the group, your group leader can also arrange an optional visit to Kerak Castle today.
Enjoy a relaxing morning spent at the Dead Sea, perhaps heading back to the lake shores for a swim. The warm, highly saline waters make bobbing on the water's surface a unique experience. After lunch, leave the Dead Sea for Mount Nebo, considered to be where Moses saw the Promised Landed before he died. The modest church here with foundations dating back to the fourth century houses some of the best mosaics in Jordan. Continue to Madaba – or the City of Mosaics – and stop at St Georges Church, best known for its Byzantine mosaic depicting a map of the Holy Land. Head back to Amman and spend the evening here.
Accommodation
  • Sulaf Luxury Hotel Amman or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Madaba - St Georges Church
  • Mt Nebo - Mt Nebo visit
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
This morning, leave Amman for a short drive north to Jerash (approximately 1 hour) – once one of the grandest ancient Roman cities in the world. These are some of the best ruins Greco-Roman ruins around. Reaching its peak as a favourite of the emperor Hadrian, it has a striking collection of archways and theatres, baths, public buildings and colonnaded streets, and is a beautiful place to spend the morning exploring. Grand columns encircle the city's centrepiece of the Oval Plaza – an atmospheric place to linger after exploring Jerash's riches. Afterwards, return to Amman for the evening (approximately 1 hour). Perhaps spend your night at one of the many bars and restaurants in West Amman, or speak with your group leader about the traditional cafes dotted around the city where locals spend their evenings.
Accommodation
  • Sulaf Luxury Hotel Amman or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Jerash - Roman ruins
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Take your own flight from Amman to Muscat today. On arrival at Muscat Airport (formerly Seeb Airport), you will be met and transferred to your hotel by a Peregrine representative. This is simply a connection day, so you may arrive in Muscat at any time. Keep in mind that there will be an important meeting in the evening, usually at around 5 pm, where you will discuss the next stage of your Middle Eastern adventure. Note that hotel rooms are generally only available after 3 pm, so if you are arriving much earlier, it is recommended to pre-book an additional night's accommodation.
Accommodation
  • Park Inn Hotel or similar (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Special Information
Please note that you will need to organise your own flight between Amman and Muscat today, as it is not included in the trip price. There is one direct flight daily between the two cities and other one-stop options with short connections. We recommend you book this flight at the time of organising your trip. Because you will be organising your own flight, please provide flight details at the time of booking your tour. Once you have provided your details a transfer representative will be booked to meet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel. If you cannot make the meeting in Muscat at 5 pm (to meet your new group and leader) please let your Jordan leader know. Your new group leader will be able to give you an update the next morning.

As this is a combination trip, your group leader and the composition of your group will change at this location. There will be a group meeting to discuss the next stage of your itinerary and meet your new fellow travellers.
Be met by your guide at the hotel this morning, ahead of a full day tour of Muscat City. The skyline of this ancient settlement is quite different to its glitzy Gulf neighbours, with the Sultan ordering all modern construction to fit with classical Arabic architecture styles. You’ll see this in the dazzling Indian sandstone of the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, the third largest mosque in the world, and home the second largest carpet in the world, a vast weave covering the prayer hall. Continue on to the relatively new Mohammed Al Ameen Mosque and appreciate its architecture. Set high on a hill in the valley of Boushar Sands, its beautiful domes have become an essential part of the Muscat skyline. Afterwards, drive to Old Muscat, the walled part of the city, and enjoy lunch at a local restaurant. Dig into the exhibits about Oman’s cultural history at the Bait Zubair Musuem, then drive along the picturesque Corniche, stopping to see the residence of his Majesty Sultan Qaboos, the Al Alam Palace, which is flanked by the 16th-century Portuguese forts Mirani and Jalali. Pass the busy fishing harbour at Muttrah, with its quaint wooden dhows and fishing boats, then stop into the bazaar. There you can mingle with the locals and browse the silver and spice shops. Return to your hotel afterwards.
Accommodation
  • Park Inn Hotel or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Muscat - Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque
  • Muscat - Jalali & Mirani Fort visit
  • Muscat - Muttrah Souq visit
  • Muscat - Bait Zubair Museum
  • Muscat - Sidab Womens Corporation with Coffee
Optional Activities
  • Muscat - Sunset Cruise in Muscat Harbour (appx 2 hours including transfers) - USD50
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Special Information
Please note that a dress code is applicable to visit Grand Mosque. Ladies should wear full sleeves shirt and the head should be covered with a scarf. Men should wear full pants – you are not allowed to wear shorts. Similar attire is recommended at Al Ameen Mosque.
Leaving Muscat, you'll head north along the coast to the fishing village of Barka. Here you'll see the daily catch being hauled onto the sands from tiny fishing boats. Afterwards, continue to the Bait Al Na’aman for a visit to the beautiful old fortified houses. The tall, narrow houses alternating with square and round towers are thought to have been built in 1691-92 by Iman Bil’arab bin Sultan. The house was restored in 1991 with a lavish selection of traditional fittings and furnishings to give visitors an insight into the domestic livelihood of its former inhabitants. Continue then to the splendid fort at Nakhal, which sits atop a rocky spur and vaunts commanding views of the surrounding countryside. This is the best-preserved of all Oman's forts, and the interior is still furnished, giving visitors an excellent feel for period life. A little further on is the fort of Al Hazm, situated on the northern slopes of the Jebel Akhdar, with its elaborate carved doors. There will be time to explore the various rooms and chambers before returning to Muscat.
Accommodation
  • Park Inn Hotel or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Al Hazm - Fort visit
  • Nakhal - Fort visit
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Special Information
Total driving time today is approximately 5 hours.
From Muscat you'll head southward, travelling through rugged landscape, before arriving at the Wadi Bani Khalid. With turquoise waters, lush vegetation and palm trees, this is a slice of paradise. You'll follow a well-worn path into the heart of this rocky oasis and discover a large pool fed by a natural mountain spring. Stop on the edge of the extensive Wahiba Sands and enjoy a traditional lunch with a local Bedouin family. Continue your 4WD journey and arrive at the edge of the extensive Wahiba Sands. After deflating the tyres you'll follow an amazing route across the sand dunes to a desert camp. Watch sunset over the sand dunes of our desert camp and feature stay in Wahiba Sands. Enjoy an evening of traditional food and music (seasonal) this evening, sitting around an open fire under the stars. Drift off to sleep tonight in your simple tent among the desert ambience. Your accommodation this evening is our Feature Stay Property; you will stay in the Sheikh Tents in the desert camp with private bathroom facilities including hot showers adjoining each tent.
Accommodation
  • 1000 nights Desert Camp or similar (Feature Stay) (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Misfat Al Abriyeen - Village visit
  • Jebel Shams - Grand Canyon visit
  • Al Hamra - Village Walk
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Special Information
Total driving time today is approximately 6 hours.
Heading north today, you will drive to Ibra, one of the oldest cities in Oman. This charming, traditional old town was once a centre of trade, religion, education and art. Stop in at Bahla and witness the ruins of the immense fort there. With its walls and towers of unbaked brick and its stone foundations, this is a remarkable example of fortification. It's easy to find a metal worker toiling next to a red-hot furnace in this place, or a weaver assembling a cloak of goat hair. But the king of craft in Bahla is pottery. This exceptional art is famous throughout the Sultanate and beyond. You will also head to Jabrin Fort, the palace of Imam Bil 'Arub Bin Sultan who built it in 1675. This may well be the finest and most eye-catching of Oman's forts. See its elegantly carved wooden doors, and the delicate and ornate lattice work of the windows. Drive through the narrow roads to see ancient houses and various mosques. Later on you will drive to Nizwa, an oasis enclosed by a series of mountains. Among these mountains is the famous green mountain (Jabal Akhdar). Its grand mosque was formerly a centre for Islamic learning. We'll stop here for a short break. Unfortunately we are not permitted inside. The central fort is surrounded by ancient traditional souqs where the locals trade in traditional and imported merchandise. Here you can browse for some of Nizwa's famous silver jewellery, or simply watch expert craftsmen in action as they fashion exquisite silverware and other artefacts.
Accommodation
  • Falaj Daris Hotel or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Jabrin - Fort visit
  • Nizwa - Fort visit - Entry Fee
  • Wahiba Sands - included Dinner
  • Nizwa - Souq visit
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Special Information
Total driving time today is approximately 6 hours.
Today you'll journey back to Muscat via some marvellous forts and villages, not to mention some lovely mountain scenery. Continue to the villages of Misfah and Al Hamra (photo stop), nestled in the cool foothills of Oman's highest peak, Jabal Shams. You'll have time to explore these beautiful historic townships before returning to Muscat for your final evening.
Accommodation
  • Park Inn Hotel or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Wadi Bani Khalid - traditional lunch with Bedouin Family
  • Wadi Bani Khalid Excursion
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
Special Information
Total driving time today is approximately 6 hours.
Your trip comes to an 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 Muscat.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast

Meals

13 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 5 dinners

Transport

4WD vehicle, Jeep, Private aircon bus, Public aircon coach

Accommodation

Hotel (11 nights), Desert Camp (2 nights)

Included Activities

  • Wadi Rum - Desert Jeep tour
  • Petra - Petra second day visit (unguided)
  • Shobak - Shobak Castle
  • Dana - Ancient Village Visit
  • Dead Sea - Visit Including Dinner
  • Madaba - St Georges Church
  • Mt Nebo - Mt Nebo visit
  • Jerash - Roman ruins
  • Muscat - Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque
  • Muscat - Jalali & Mirani Fort visit
  • Muscat - Muttrah Souq visit
  • Muscat - Bait Zubair Museum
  • Muscat - Sidab Womens Corporation with Coffee
  • Al Hazm - Fort visit
  • Nakhal - Fort visit
  • Misfat Al Abriyeen - Village visit
  • Jebel Shams - Grand Canyon visit
  • Al Hamra - Village Walk
  • Jabrin - Fort visit
  • Nizwa - Fort visit - Entry Fee
  • Wahiba Sands - included Dinner
  • Nizwa - Souq visit
  • Wadi Bani Khalid - traditional lunch with Bedouin Family
  • Wadi Bani Khalid Excursion

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Important notes

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT
A single supplement is available if you’d prefer not to share a room on this trip. The single supplement applies to all nights on your trip and is subject to availability. Please speak to a Peregrine booking agent for further information.

ARRIVAL TRANSFER
A complimentary airport arrival transfer is included and is valid if you are arriving on Day 1 or if you have booked pre-tour accommodation through Peregrine. You must provide your flight details to your booking agent at least 15 days before travel.

The departure transfer in Jordan and the arrival transfer in Muscat is included in this tour.

ITINERARY
Petra By Night is offered as an optional activity and is currently scheduled to operate on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday. Please check your departure date if you are planning this activity as it is not available on all departures.

NOT INCLUDED FLIGHT
The international flight between Amman and Muscat on Day 16 of this itinerary is not included in the price of this trip. It is your responsibility to organise a flight for this day. Please speak to a Peregrine booking agent for more details. When booking flights from Jordan to Oman, please note that early check-in may not be available at your hotel – check-in is usually at 2 pm. It may be necessary to book a pre-night accommodation to secure access to your room when you arrive.

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