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  • Indulge in breathtaking archaeological treasures, including the Red Rose City of Petra
  • Explore the spectacular desert landscape of Wadi Rum
  • Enjoy a camel trek in the desert and traditional Bedouin dinner
  • Visit the historic Roman ruins of Jerash
The Jordan Highlights tour starts and ends in Amman. The Jordan Highlights is a Walking Tour that takes 13 days taking you through Amman, Jordan and other destinations in Jordan.

Discover ruins, the desert, symbolic sites and the best hospitality Jordan has to offer. Discover all the must see places on this tantalising journey including breathtaking archaeological treasures, Roman ruins, grand mosques and Crusader fortresses. First on the agenda are the delightful Desert Castles and the second century Roman ampitheatre in Amman. At Um Qais we gain a sense of what Moses saw with views of the Jordan Valley, Golan Heights and the Sea of Galilee. The rose-red city of Petra is revealed through a narrow gorge, where you'll be awe struck by the structures that were carved into the soaring sandstone walls by the Nabataean civilization in the third century B.C. A short walk in the Dana Nature Reserve is proceeded by our foray into the Wadi Rum, a spectacular desert landscape and the backdrop for our camel, jeep and foot explorations. In the south we relax on the beautiful shores of Aqaba at the Red Sea. Our final days include visits to the Baptism site of John the Baptist with some time to relax on the Dead Sea, Madaba known as the 'City of Mosaics' and Mount Nebo with its prized monastery.
If you are arriving into Queen Alia International Airport, Amman, on Day 1 you will be met and transferred to the group hotel. If you are not arriving on Day 1, please make your own way to the hotel or ask us for private transfer details (additional cost applies). Amman is the capital of Jordan, and was known in biblical times as Rabbath Ammon, and under the Ptolemies, as Philadelphia. It is situated on a series of Jebels (meaning hills) and is divided by wadi’s (or dry river beds) into modern and ancient quarters. Remainder of day at leisure. Please check at hotel reception for the time to meet your guide tomorrow.
After breakfast we will start our tour of Jordan with a transfer to the Desert Castles. We will visit Qasr Amra, Azraq and Kharaneh. Scattered throughout the black basalt desert these temples stand as testament to the beginnings of Islamic civilisation and are widely considered the most spectacular monuments to early Islamic art. We return to Amman for a city tour in the late afternoon, visiting the ruins of the Amman amphitheatre, the citadel and the Umayyad Palace. There may be time for some shopping in the old downtown area of the city. Overnight at the hotel.
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  • Breakfast
After breakfast we will drive north to visit Um Qais, a city rich with basalt ruins and perched on a hilltop with excellent views overlooking the Jordan Valley, Golan heights and Lake Tiberius (the sea of Galilee). We then continue to the village of Ajlun with its fortress and another magnificent view into the Jordan Valley. From there we drive to Jerash, where we visit one of the largest and best preserved Graeco-Roman ruins in the Middle East. The grandeur of Imperial Rome is evident from the extensive remnants of this ancient city. We return to Amman and overnight in a hotel.
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  • Breakfast
After breakfast we transfer to Mujib Nature Reserve for the Siq trail, an easy hike into the main gorge of the Mujib River (the Siq). It starts at the visitor centre near the Mujib Bridge, from where we take the cantilevered walkway over the dam and follow the course of the river between towering sandstone cliffs to the base of a large waterfall. Depending on the seasonal rainfall levels, the gorge may contain pools deep enough for swimming. It's an ideal walk to take slowly and enjoy the cool water and shade, especially in the warmer months. From here we travel to Kerak to visit the well preserved crusader castle with its diverse history dated from the Byzantine to the Mamluk period. We then continue to the Dana Nature Reserve. Apart from its wildlife the reserve is rich with archaeological sites and culture. We visit for 1-2 hours and can do a short hike to some spectacular viewpoints above Dana Village, exploring the terraced gardens and local community craft workshops. From here we drive to Petra, where we check into our hotel for overnight.

(NOTE: The Siq trail in Wadi Mujib is only available from 1 April - 31 Oct. During the colder months from 1 Nov - 30 Mar, the Ibex trail will be used instead).
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  • Breakfast
Chief among Jordan’s archaeological sites is the soul-stirring, rose-red city of Petra, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Petra is the legacy of the Nabataeans, an industrious Arab people who settled in south Jordan more than 2,000 years ago. This morning our visit of the ancient Nabatean Capital starts with a short walk to the entrance of the Siq, a long narrow fissure between two overhanging cliffs. We then walk through the Siq, with the sudden view of Petra’s most spectacular monument, the Khaznah (or Treasury) appearing dramatically at the end. Our tour gradually explores the mysteries of the ancient city with its Royal Tombs and burial chambers. No matter how many pictures of the Rose Red City you have seen, it will surpass your wildest expectations to see it for real. We return to our hotel in the evening.

Note: Your entry ticket into the city of Petra includes a horse ride into the site and you will have the option to ride a donkey to the end of the Siq. In line with our commitment to animal welfare in tourism we encourage you to walk, rather than ride a horse and donkey. There have been a number of instances where travellers have been upset by the treatment of the horses and donkeys by their handlers.
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Today we have our second visit to the ancient city of Petra, this time visiting the Monastery and the High Place of Sacrifices. There are many steps involved today as these specific sites are located at the top of ridgelines but the climbs are worth it. We overnight again at the same hotel.
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  • Breakfast
Our first stop this morning is Beidha, also known as Little Petra. This is the place where the Nabateans used to entertain their guests in the 1st and 2nd centuries BC but it is believed this ancient settlement had its origins in the 11th century BC. After a short visit here we drive south to the enchanting desert of Wadi Rum, Jordan's largest desert and one of the most spectacular desert landscapes in the world. It is a unique valley of colored sand dunes surrounded by beautiful rugged mountains. We enjoy a jeep safari inside the Wadi to the meeting point for our camel trek in the desert. We ride camels through the dramatic landscape for 1-2 hours until we reach our Bedouin campsite and delight in a traditional dinner.

NOTE - At the time of booking, there is an option to upgrade to a Martian Dome Tent - additional supplement applies; subject to availability.
Meals
  • Breakfast and Dinner
After an early breakfast we will do some exploring on foot in Wadi Rum for a few hours, depending on the interests of the group. In the afternoon we transfer to Aqaba (approx 1 hour) where we check into our hotel. Remainder of day at leisure. Overnight hotel.
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  • Breakfast
Day at leisure in the beautiful gulf city of Aqaba, Jordan’s only outlet to the sea. Those interested in scuba diving or snorkeling can enjoy the sport at one of the world’s most conserved coral reefs (own expense). Alternatively there are many cafes and restaurants and some colourful market places to explore. Overnight hotel.
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  • Breakfast
After breakfast we transfer to the Dead Sea, the lowest point on the surface of the earth. En route we stop to visit the Christian Town of Madaba, "The City of Mosaics", best known for its beautiful Byzantine-era mosaics, including the ‘Madaba Map’, a 6th century mosaic map of the Holy Land. From here we take a detour to visit the Monastery in Mount Nebo, a high hill overlooking the Dead Sea from where Moses is said to have seen the Promised Land. We continue to the northern edge of the Dead Sea where we check into our hotel for overnight.
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  • Breakfast
Today is free for relaxing and swimming in the Dead Sea with its famously buoyant, warm and salty waters. Overnight hotel.
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  • Breakfast
After breakfast we drive to the Bethany region, about 10km north of the Dead Sea along the Jordan River. This is the place where John the Baptist lived and is believed to have baptised Jesus Christ. It is also thought to have been on the early Christian pilgrimage route between Jerusalem, the Jordan River, and Mt. Nebo and hence has significant cultural importance. From here we continue to Amman for our final night in Jordan.
Meals
  • Breakfast
Trip arrangements conclude in Amman after breakfast. If you are departing Jordan today, you will be transferred to the airport. If you require additional nights in Amman or a private transfer on any other day, please ask your Reservations Consultant for details. Additional cost applies.
Meals
  • Breakfast
what’s included
Accommodation
  • 11 nights in 3-4 star hotels on a twinshare basis
Meals
  • 12 breakfasts, 1 dinner
Transport
  • Airport transfers (day 1 and 13 only)
  • English speaking local driver
  • Private transport
Guide
  • English speaking local guides at the major sites visited (English speaking guide throughout for 6 or more guests)
Others
  • 1 night in Bedouin camp on a twinshare tent basis (option to upgrade in Wadi Rum to a Martian Dome Tent - additional supplement applies; subject to availability)
  • Wadi Rum 4WD tour
  • Entrance fees and sightseeing as listed in itinerary
what’s excluded
  • International flights
  • Airport departure taxes
  • Items of a personal nature (i.e. phone calls, laundry etc.)
  • Bottled water, aerated and alcoholic drinks
  • Tips
  • Visas
  • Travel Insurance
  • Meals not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Airport transfers if not arriving/ departing on Days 1 & 13
Tour details
Duration 13 days
Tour Type Group Tour - Max 16 participants
guiding method Live guide/instructor
Guide Language English
Starts/Ends Amman, Jordan/ Amman, Jordan
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A deposit of 500 USD is required to confirm this tour. The remaining balance will be charged 69 days before departure. For any departures within 03 September 2019 full payment is required.

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The Jordan Highlights tour requires that you have adequate and valid travel insurance covering medical and personal accidents, including repatriation costs and emergency evacuation. We recommend using World Nomads' travel insurance.

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For this Jordan Highlights tour getting the required visa(s) is the responsibility for each individual traveller, as visa requirements vary depending on your nationality. We recommend to check with your local embassies representing the countries that you are travelling to, as part of this itinerary.

CancellationNo additional cancellation fees apply for this Jordan Highlights tour. You can cancel the tour up to 70 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 69 days of departure.
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