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8 Days

Explore Jordan

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  • 8 Days
  • English, German, Italian, French, Swedish, Japanese, Spanish, Chinese, Russian

Visit the highlights of Jordan with this 8-day guided tour and discover the best this country has to offer. A fascinating mix of natural oddities and ancient wonder, Jordan is a country like no other. Explore the cosmopolitan Amman, visit the mystic desert landscapes in Wadi Rum, admire the towering ruins of Petra and trek to its remote hilltop village, and discover the vibrant mosaics of Madaba. Your 8-day small group adventure through Jordan’s highlights is an exciting and enriching adventure in a majestic desert land – best enjoyed with the eyes of an expert local leader and full of authentic local experiences.

 

Why you’ll love this trip

  • With an included two-day pass to majestic Petra, you will not only have a guided tour of the complex but will also spend time at your leisure to focus on the sections that interest you.
  • Experience the best buoyancy this side of outer space with time for your small group to effortlessly float in the super-salty waters of the Dead Sea.
  • Hop in a jeep and see the extraordinary desert scenery of Wadi Rum – a rugged lunar-like landscape of huge sandstone mountains and ancient structures hidden in the sandy dunes.
  • After your day of four-wheel-driving in Wadi Rum, spend a night under the stars with a special experience at a desert camp run by Bedouin locals – full of good food and warm hospitality.
  • Marvel at the well-preserved ancient Roman city of Jerash on a guided tour, and discover the religious significance and Ottoman and Byzantine influence in Madaba.

Is this trip right for you?

  • There is quite a bit of walking involved in visiting Jordan’s historic sites, especially in Petra and Wadi Rum, so a reasonable level of fitness is required. Most of the time there is no shade so remember to bring a hat, sun protection, and sturdy, comfortable walking shoes.
  • The diversity of the seasons here makes for incredible scenery, but the weather in this region can be unpredictable. It’s best to wear layers at all times of the year in case conditions change during the day. At night the temperature can really drop, so bring your warm clothes. Camping can be especially cold at the start and end of the season. Even in the warmer months, the temperature can be low in the mountains.
  • The desert camp in Wadi Rum is basic. There are tents and shared western bathroom facilities. Please be aware that while the desert may be very hot during the day, it will still be cool at night and warm clothes and a sleeping bag is highly recommended when travelling outside of the summer months. Despite this, the warm Bedouin hospitality and chance to be out under the stars certainly makes up for the camp’s simplicity.
Schedule Details

Meeting Location

It will be received after booking confirmation.

Total Duration

8 Days

Opening Days

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday

Tour Participants

Min Participants:

4

Tour Itinerary

Amman

Accommodation Hotel (1 night)
Ahlan wa sahlan! Welcome to Jordan’s capital, Amman – cosmopolitan and contemporary, yet steeped in biblical history. Your adventure begins with an important welcome meeting at 6 pm this evening. As you don’t spend too much time here, it’s worth arriving a day or two early to explore the sights. If you do have time, be sure to head to the citadel, taking in its amazing sweeping views of Amman. The Jordan Museum (home to the Dead Sea Scrolls) and the Roman Theatre are both well worth visiting. After your meeting, head out with your new-found travel pals, and perhaps pick up a coffee from one of the cafes and partner it with an ara’yes – a local-style toastie filled with spiced meat.

Accommodation

Hotel (1 night)
Optional Activities
Amman – King Abullah Mosque (entry fee) – JOD2
Amman – Roman Theatre (entry fee) – JOD2
Amman – Citadel (entry fee) – JOD3
Madaba – Al-Maghtas Bethany Baptism site (entry fee) – JOD12
Amman – Jordan Archaeological Museum (entry fee) – JOD3
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.

Special Information
All optional activities mentioned today are priced for entry only. Extra costs will apply for transport to and from the site, as well as if you’d wish to have a guide. If you do wish to visit The Baptism Site of Jesus Christ at Bethany today, or before the tour commences, please note that operating hours vary between seasons.

Wadi Rum

Follow in the footsteps of Lawrence of Arabia with a journey to Wadi Rum (approximately 5 hours). A half-day jeep safari will take you through some of the most striking desert scenery on the planet. Wadi Rum is full of weird and wonderful lunar-like rock formations, and traces of ancient civilisations can be seen in the many carved inscriptions found throughout the area – from pictographs to Thamudic, Nabataean and Arabic texts. The most enduring monuments in Wadi Rum are those carved by nature – the natural rock bridges, towering rose-coloured sand dunes and scattered rocky peaks. Tonight, sleep in a simple Bedouin desert camp, with the choice of sleeping under a camel hair tent or out under the stars. Enjoy dinner cooked in an earthen oven by your Bedouin hosts. Meaning ‘desert dwellers’ in Arabic, the Bedouins are a semi-nomadic people, and in Jordan up to 40 per cent of the general population is thought to have Bedouin ancestry. Conditions are basic at the desert camp, but the hospitality of your hosts as well as the chance to sleep beneath the twinkling desert night sky will surely make up for it.

Accommodation

Desert camp (1 night)
Meals Included
Breakfast
Dinner

Included Activities
Wadi Rum – 4WD jeep safari
Wadi Rum – Bedouin desert camp
Meals Included
Breakfast
Dinner

Special Information
For tonight’s camp, a mattress and blankets are provided. Please be aware that while the desert may be very hot during the day, it will still be cool at night. So, warm clothes and a sleeping bag are highly recommended when travelling outside of the summer months. Western-style toilet facilities are available, as well as solar panel showers.

Wadi Rum

After waking up in the unique surrounds of the camp this morning, head out on a hike around the area (approximately 12 to 15 kilometres), with a stop for tea and a lunch break. You might scale one of the large sand dunes for sensational views of the valley – the perfect chance to snap some unbelievable pictures. Explore the distinctive rock formations and bask in its eerie silence. 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. Tonight is again yours to enjoy the traditional Bedouin hospitality and the clear night skies of the desert.

Accommodation

Desert camp (1 night)
Included Activities
Wadi Rum – Guided hike
Wadi Rum – Bedouin desert camp
Optional Activities
Wadi Rum – Camel ride (30 min) – USD25
Meals Included
Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner

Special Information
The duration and length of today’s hike can vary depending on the weather and the group’s ability. Please make sure you have appropriate, sturdy, comfortable footwear for this trek. If you don’t want to participate in the hike, you can always spend some more time around the Bedouin Camp.

Petra

This morning you’ll leave your desert camp, taking 4WDs to the main entrance of Petra, which is 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 aimed at supporting local industries. Continue your journey to the fabled city of Petra by private vehicle (approximately 2 hours). The site remained unknown to the wider world until 1812 when it was visited by Johann Ludwig Burckhardt – a Swiss explorer. In 1985, Petra was designated a UNESCO World Heritage-listed site. Spend the afternoon on a guided tour of Petra. Squeeze through a mile-long narrow path, known as the Siq, through huge towers of rock and get your first glimpse of the iconic Treasury complex. It’s amazing to think that this enormous, intricate building entrance was hand-carved out of the rock.

Accommodation

Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
Petra – Guided tour of Petra
Petra – 2 day entrance pass
Meals Included
Breakfast

Special Information
A two-day entrance pass to Petra is included. Please note that when entering Petra as a group, a complimentary horse ride is included in the ticket price from the entrance point down to the Siq. Intrepid doesn’t recommend that you take this option due to the safety and insurance liability involved. Please note a lot of walking is required to see all the sites and viewpoints of Petra. A basic level of fitness will enhance your enjoyment of your visit.

Petra

Enjoy a free day of self-discovery as you explore Petra on your own. The site is surprisingly big, and so it is up to you to choose your own route around the complex. You could explore the old Roman road, other smaller temples and several old tombs, as well as the rock-hewn amphitheatre. For those who are feeling a bit more active, there’s the challenging but highly rewarding 1-hour walk up the steps to the secluded yet stunning Monastery.

Accommodation

Hotel (1 night)
Optional Activities
Petra – Petra By Night – JOD17
Meals Included
Breakfast

Special Information
Please note the optional Petra by Night tour runs Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, departing from the Petra visitor center at 830pm.

Kerak – Dead Sea – Mt Nebo – Madaba

Traverse the King’s Highway to the historic crusader castle of Kerak, which stands on a cliff commandingly overlooking Wadi Karak and the Dead Sea in the distance (approximately 2.5 hours). You’ll have time to explore the ruins and discover the legends of centuries-old battles. Pack your swim gear as next you can wash off the dust in the Dead Sea – the lowest point on Earth (420 metres below sea level). This super-salty lake is a perfect place to spend some time relaxing and get some classic floating pictures. For those who are game, why not cover yourself from head to toe for a nutrient-rich natural mineral mud bath. Continue to Mt Nebo – the spot where the prophet Moses is said to have seen the ‘promised land’ and where he’s supposedly buried. Explore this sanctuary and view the remarkable mosaics of the fourth-century church. Afterwards, continue to Madaba, famous for its Ottoman-style houses and beautiful Byzantine-era mosaics, including the acclaimed sixth-century mosaic map of Jerusalem and the Holy Land at St George’s Church. Other mosaic masterpieces from the fifth to seventh centuries can be found throughout Madaba’s churches, museums and homes.

Accommodation Hotel (1 night)

Included Activities
Kerak – Castle visit
Mt Nebo – Site visit
Dead Sea – Swimming opportunity

Meals Included
Breakfast

Jerash – Madaba

Today you will leave Madaba for a short drive to Jerash – once one of the grandest ancient Roman cities in the world (approximately 1.5 hours). These are some of the best-preserved Greco-Roman ruins around. The ancient walled town that survives today is a remarkable evocation of life 2000 years ago. It has a striking collection of archways and theatres, baths, public buildings and colonnaded streets, and is a beautiful place to spend a day exploring. Discover Hadrian’s arch, the partially restored hippodrome, ornate public fountains, the south amphitheatre, and see the collection of daily artefacts uncovered during excavations. Grand columns encircle the city’s centrepiece, the Oval Plaza. After a full day of exploring, maybe gather your travel buddies together and share a celebratory shisha as you reminisce on your memories of majestic Jordan.

Accommodation
Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
Jerash – Roman ruins
Madaba – St Georges Church

Meals Included
Breakfast

Madaba – Amman

With no activities planned for today, you are free to depart the accommodation at any time, provided you comply with your accommodation’s check-out times.

Tour Type

Group Type

Private

Tour Inclusions

Included

  • Meals: 7 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners
  • Private vehicle, Jeep
  • Accommodation: Hotel (5 nights), Desert camp (2 nights)
  • Included activities: Wadi Rum - 4WD jeep safari, Wadi Rum - Bedouin desert camp, Wadi Rum - Guided hike, Petra - Guided tour of Petra, Petra - 2 day entrance pass, Kerak - Castle visit, Mt Nebo - Site visit, Dead Sea - Swimming opportunity, Jerash - Roman ruins, Madaba - St Georges Church
Guide Details

Guides

Not included

Languages

English, German, Italian, French, Swedish, Japanese, Spanish, Chinese, Russian

Price Table
Stop selling 1 hour before start time

Price per participant

€5.098,00

Accesibility Details
Know before you go
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • All optional activities are priced for entry only. Extra costs will apply for transport to and from the site, as well as if you’d wish to have a guide. If you do wish to visit The Baptism Site of Jesus Christ at Bethany today, or before the tour commences, please note that operating hours vary between seasons.
  • Please be aware that while the desert may be very hot during the day, it will still be cool at night. So, warm clothes and a sleeping bag are highly recommended when travelling outside of the summer months. Western-style toilet facilities are available, as well as solar panel showers.
  • A two-day entrance pass to Petra is included. Please note that when entering Petra as a group, a complimentary horse ride is included in the ticket price from the entrance point down to the Siq. Intrepid doesn’t recommend that you take this option due to the safety and insurance liability involved. Please note a lot of walking is required to see all the sites and viewpoints of Petra. A basic level of fitness will enhance your enjoyment of your visit.
  • Please note the optional Petra by Night tour runs Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, departing from the Petra visitor center at 830pm
Cancellation & Refund policy

To receive a full refund, travelers may cancel up to 48 hours before the experience start time in the local timezone. No refunds will be given after that time period.

We may reserve the right to cancel a customer’s booking for a full refund in case of bad weather or not enough travelers. 

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