Jordan Discovery

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Description

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. Watch the sunset depict the colour of the dunes from your Bedouin camp, soak up the Arabian sun in Aqaba and snorkel in the coral-clad Red Sea, traverse the narrow gorge of Siq in Petra and marvel at the unforgettable revelation of The Treasury, then bring your weightless dreams to life as your float in the mineral-rich waters of the Dead Sea. Venture across bizarre distant lands without forgoing familiar home-comforts on this upgraded journey through the jewel in the Middle Eastern crown.

Trip Name
Jordan Discovery
Last Updated
2020-03-30
Days
8
Capacity
12
Highlights
  • Be awed by the towering, windswept rock formations at Wadi Rum, and witness how the colours change as the sun makes its way across the sky.
  • Meet Bedouin locals, learn about their ways, and sleep under the stars in a desert camp in the far-out destination of Wadi Rum.
  • You never forget your first glimpse of The Treasury in Petra, often referred to as the Eighth Wonder of the World. Spend a day taking in the majesty and mystery of this unforgettable place.
  • Experience the unique sensation of floating in the super-salty waters of the Dead Sea, then cover yourself in the mineral-rich mud for a spa treatment like no other.
  • Relax in the seaside town of Aqaba on the shores of the Red Sea relax around its untouched reefs and transparent waters.

Itinerary

ITINERARY CHANGES: Our itineraries are updated regularly throughout the year based on customer feedback and to reflect the current situation in each destination. The information included in this Essential Trip Information may therefore differ from when you first booked your trip. It is important that you print and review a final copy prior to travel so that you have the latest updates. Due to weather, local conditions, transport schedules, public holidays or other factors, further changes may be necessary to your itinerary once in country. The order and timing of included activities in each location may also vary seasonally to ensure our travellers have the best experience. Your tour leader will keep you up to date with any changes once on tour. OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES: A selection of optional activities that have been popular with past travellers are listed in the day-to-day itinerary. This isn't an exhaustive list and should be used as a guide only for some of what might be available. Prices are approximate, 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 may be on a join-in basis. It may not be possible to do all the activities listed in the time available at each destination, so some pre-planning for what you are most interested in is advised. When it's recommended that travellers pre-book these activities, look for a note in the Special Information section of the day-to-day itinerary. For most, they can either be organised independently on the day, or let your leader know you are interested and they can assist. Where activities are considered medium or high risk, we work with operators whose safety and credentials we have sighted and assessed. Although it is possible that you may find the same activity cheaper with another operator on the ground, we cannot vouch for the safety or quality of that operator. Medium and high risk activities not listed above have not been assessed by us and as such our staff and leaders are unable to assist you with organising these activities. Activities that contravene our Responsible Travel policies are also not listed. Please remember that the decision to partake in any activity not listed is at your own discretion and risk.

Day 1 - Amman
Ahlan Wa Sahlan! Welcome to Amman, a cosmopolitan city steeped in biblical history. On arrival at Queen Alia International Airport, you will be met by an Intrepid representative and transferred to your hotel, ready for your adventure to begin at 6 pm with an important welcome meeting. If you arrive early, feel free to head out and explore – highlights include the citadel with its amazing sweeping views of Amman, the Jordan Museum, which is home to the Dead Sea Scrolls, or the Roman Theatre, right in the middle of downtown Amman. After the meeting, get out on to the streets this evening for an optional group dinner, or explore on your own and pick up a coffee from one of the cafes, partnering it with an ara’yes – a toasted sandwich filled with spicy mincemeat.
Day 2 - Wadi Rum
After breakfast today, journey down the Desert Highway to the spellbinding Wadi Rum (approximately 4.5 hours), a landscape of rugged sandstone mountains standing tall among an ochre desert floor. Meet your Bedouin hosts on arrival followed by free time for lunch, before heading into this desolate, romantic area. Transport into the Rum is by way of rather rickety old jeeps operated by the local Bedouin community, part of an attempt by the Jordanian Government to bring much-needed income into this region (an initiative we support), plus they’re safe and a lot of fun! Visit several of Wadi Rum's distinctive rock formations and soak in the vast silence and spectacular desert landscapes. The Bedouins live in scattered camps throughout the area and you'll enjoy an evening under the stars at one of these sites.
Day 3 - Aqaba
Enjoy a spectacular sunrise at your desert camp and maybe check out a few more of the local Wadi Rum sites, or just take a walk through this vast emptiness. Depart Wadi Rum mid-morning for the city of Aqaba on the Red Sea. Check into your hotel on arrival and head out for a brief orientation of the town with your leader – the small Ottoman Mamluk Fort, dating from the 14th century and from where Lawrence of Arabia rode to Cairo, is worth a look – otherwise, most of the fun is to be found in the water. Acquaint yourself with the hotel's pool or head to the beach.
Day 4 - Petra
This morning, enjoy some relaxation time in Aqaba before travelling to the fabled city of Petra. This site remained unknown to the Western world until 1812, when it was discovered by Johann Ludwig Burckhardt, a Swiss explorer, and was described by John William Burgon as 'a rose-red city half as old as time'. Simply put, it's an incredible ancient site you'll probably recognise from Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade if nothing else. On arrival, check into your hotel and check out the village, later tonight you’ll be welcomed into a home where you’ll have the opportunity to interact with the locals and enjoy some good food.
Day 5 - Petra
Petra is justifiably on most people’s list of ‘must-visit’ places. It’s regularly cited as the world’s ‘8th Wonder’, and in fact made the list of ‘New7Wonders of the World’. Petra is the jewel of Jordan, the lost city of the biblical Nabateans. The iconic Petra view – the Treasury's glorious facade, glimpsed from the narrow cleft known as the Siq – is arguably 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. As you wander through, it’s impossible not to imagine the armies and traders who made their way down here in the ancient times. Petra's greatest surprise, however, is its size. Join your guide and explore the old Roman road, amphitheatre and several old tombs, before enjoying free time to experience Petra at your own pace. Maybe climb up to the Monastery – carved from a mountain summit and the site's second beautiful facade – from where you will have a magnificent view of the entire site. This is a memorable day exploring a truly extraordinary destination and is sure to be one of the highlights of your trip.
Day 6 - Amman
After breakfast, depart from Petra and head to the ancient Crusader castle at Shobak, which makes an imposing sight as you approach. Stroll the site and discover a small chapel, original gatehouse, and find out where a long, dark secret passage leads. We stop on the edge of Dana Biosphere Reseve for a phot stop   before arriving in Madaba (approximately 3 hours), home to a number of fine Byzantine mosaics – visit the Greek Orthodox Church of St. George and see an impressive mosaic map of the Holy Land that clearly depicts Palestine and Lower Egypt around 550 AD. Arrive in Amman in the late afternoon, where you can spend the evening in one of its several fine restaurants.
Day 7 - Amman
Take a short drive north (approximately 1 hour) to Jerash, once one of the grandest ancient Roman cities in the world and now home to some of the best Greco-Roman ruins around. Jerash has a striking collection of archways and theatres, baths, public buildings and colonnaded streets, and is a beautiful place to spend a morning exploring. Then, you’d better have brought your swim gear as you can wash off the dust from exploring with a dip like no other. Drive approximately 1.5 hours to the shores of the Dead Sea, the lowest point on Earth (420 metres below sea level). This isn’t actually a sea, but rather a super-salty lake (dead because of the lack of life in it) where the density of the water means you’ll go for a float, not a swim. The mud here is supposed to have healing properties, so why not cover yourself from head to toe for a nutrient-rich natural mineral mud bath. Spend some time relaxing here before returning to Amman for the evening (approximately 1 hour). Maybe spend tonight at one of the many bars and restaurants in West Amman or ask your leader about the traditional cafes dotted around the city where locals spend their evenings.
Day 8 - Amman
Your trip will end today after breakfast. Check-out time is usually around noon and you are free to leave at any time.

Trip Dates

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04-06-202011-06-2020AUD $ 2,365-
11-06-202018-06-2020AUD $ 2,325-
16-06-202023-06-2020AUD $ 2,225-
25-06-202002-07-2020AUD $ 2,165-
30-06-202007-07-2020AUD $ 2,165-
02-07-202009-07-2020AUD $ 2,165-
09-07-202016-07-2020AUD $ 2,165-
14-07-202021-07-2020AUD $ 2,165-
23-07-202030-07-2020AUD $ 2,165-
06-08-202013-08-2020AUD $ 2,245-
20-08-202027-08-2020AUD $ 2,165-
27-08-202003-09-2020AUD $ 2,365-
01-09-202008-09-2020AUD $ 2,138-
03-09-202010-09-2020AUD $ 2,250-
06-09-202013-09-2020AUD $ 2,250-
08-09-202015-09-2020AUD $ 2,415-
10-09-202017-09-2020AUD $ 2,290-
13-09-202020-09-2020AUD $ 2,460-
20-09-202027-09-2020AUD $ 2,395-
22-09-202029-09-2020AUD $ 2,250-
24-09-202001-10-2020AUD $ 2,375-
26-09-202003-10-2020AUD $ 2,345-
27-09-202004-10-2020AUD $ 2,223-
29-09-202006-10-2020AUD $ 2,340-
01-10-202008-10-2020AUD $ 2,340-
04-10-202011-10-2020AUD $ 2,223-
06-10-202013-10-2020AUD $ 2,530-
08-10-202015-10-2020AUD $ 2,425-
11-10-202018-10-2020AUD $ 2,510-
13-10-202020-10-2020AUD $ 2,223-
15-10-202022-10-2020AUD $ 2,340-
20-10-202027-10-2020AUD $ 2,340-
22-10-202029-10-2020AUD $ 2,340-
25-10-202001-11-2020AUD $ 2,360-
27-10-202003-11-2020AUD $ 2,555-
29-10-202005-11-2020AUD $ 2,425-
01-11-202008-11-2020AUD $ 2,340-
03-11-202010-11-2020AUD $ 2,223-
05-11-202012-11-2020AUD $ 2,400-
10-11-202017-11-2020AUD $ 2,138-
12-11-202019-11-2020AUD $ 2,138-
15-11-202022-11-2020AUD $ 2,138-
17-11-202024-11-2020AUD $ 2,260-
19-11-202026-11-2020AUD $ 2,250-
22-11-202029-11-2020AUD $ 2,138-
26-11-202003-12-2020AUD $ 2,285-
29-11-202006-12-2020AUD $ 2,057-
06-12-202013-12-2020AUD $ 2,057-
10-12-202017-12-2020AUD $ 2,057-
15-12-202022-12-2020AUD $ 2,165-
17-12-202024-12-2020AUD $ 2,165-
19-12-202026-12-2020AUD $ 2,250-
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29-06-202106-07-2021AUD $ 2,355-
01-07-202108-07-2021AUD $ 2,355-
06-07-202113-07-2021AUD $ 2,355-
08-07-202115-07-2021AUD $ 2,355-
11-07-202118-07-2021AUD $ 2,355-
13-07-202120-07-2021AUD $ 2,355-
20-07-202127-07-2021AUD $ 2,355-
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19-08-202126-08-2021AUD $ 2,355-
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26-08-202102-09-2021AUD $ 2,355-
31-08-202107-09-2021AUD $ 2,355-
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07-09-202114-09-2021AUD $ 2,445-
09-09-202116-09-2021AUD $ 2,445-
14-09-202121-09-2021AUD $ 2,445-
16-09-202123-09-2021AUD $ 2,445-
19-09-202126-09-2021AUD $ 2,445-
21-09-202128-09-2021AUD $ 2,445-
23-09-202130-09-2021AUD $ 2,445-
26-09-202103-10-2021AUD $ 2,445-
28-09-202105-10-2021AUD $ 2,265-
30-09-202107-10-2021AUD $ 2,265-
03-10-202110-10-2021AUD $ 2,445-
05-10-202112-10-2021AUD $ 2,445-
07-10-202114-10-2021AUD $ 2,445-
10-10-202117-10-2021AUD $ 2,445-
12-10-202119-10-2021AUD $ 2,445-
14-10-202121-10-2021AUD $ 2,445-
17-10-202124-10-2021AUD $ 2,445-
19-10-202126-10-2021AUD $ 2,445-
21-10-202128-10-2021AUD $ 2,445-
24-10-202131-10-2021AUD $ 2,265-
26-10-202102-11-2021AUD $ 2,265-
28-10-202104-11-2021AUD $ 2,265-
31-10-202107-11-2021AUD $ 2,265-
02-11-202109-11-2021AUD $ 2,265-
04-11-202111-11-2021AUD $ 2,265-
07-11-202114-11-2021AUD $ 2,265-
09-11-202116-11-2021AUD $ 2,265-
11-11-202118-11-2021AUD $ 2,265-
14-11-202121-11-2021AUD $ 2,265-
16-11-202123-11-2021AUD $ 2,265-
18-11-202125-11-2021AUD $ 2,265-
21-11-202128-11-2021AUD $ 2,265-
23-11-202130-11-2021AUD $ 2,265-
25-11-202102-12-2021AUD $ 2,265-
28-11-202105-12-2021AUD $ 2,265-
30-11-202107-12-2021AUD $ 2,265-
02-12-202109-12-2021AUD $ 2,265-
05-12-202112-12-2021AUD $ 2,265-
07-12-202114-12-2021AUD $ 2,265-
09-12-202116-12-2021AUD $ 2,265-
12-12-202119-12-2021AUD $ 2,265-
14-12-202121-12-2021AUD $ 2,265-
16-12-202123-12-2021AUD $ 2,265-
19-12-202126-12-2021AUD $ 2,265-
21-12-202128-12-2021AUD $ 2,265-
23-12-202130-12-2021AUD $ 2,265-
26-12-202102-01-2022AUD $ 2,265-
28-12-202104-01-2022AUD $ 2,265-
30-12-202106-01-2022AUD $ 2,265-

Accommodation

Hotel (6 nights),Desert camp (1 night)

Transport

4x4 Jeep,Private vehicle

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