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Jordan is a welcoming and fascinating land. From the Dead Sea to the ancient Rose Red City of Petra, Jordan leaves a lasting impression on all those who visit. This eight day Select and Mix itinerary allows plenty of time to explore Jordan in a relaxed pace, with time and options to customise your experience.
- Pass through the Siq and marvel as the Rose Red City of Petra emerges in front of your eyes.
- Experience the strange sensation of a float in the Dead Sea.
- Follow in the footsteps of Lawrence of Arabia as you traverse the Wadi Rum moonscape in a jeep.
Day 1: Amman
Welcome to Jordan. Jordan is a unique country with a wealth of cultural and scenic attractions to offer the visitor. Jordanians are gracious and welcoming hosts, and will often surprise you with their command of English. Please remember that religious beliefs, traditional customs and daily manners may sometimes seem quite strange at first. Please be patient if you think things are a happening at a different pace than you are used to!
On arrival into Amman Airport, you will be met after customs and immigration by a local operator and transferred to your hotel.
Day 2: Amman (B)
Day at leisure to explore at your own or chose one of our Select & Mix experiences.
Day 3: Amman – Madaba – Mt Nebo – Kerak – Petra (B)
This morning depart Amman and travel south to Petra on one of the oldest highways on earth, the Kings Highway. This fascinating journey into history will include highlights of Madaba where you can view the oldest known map of the "Holy Land' inlaid in mosaics, Mt Nebo where Moses looked out over the 'Promised Land' and Kerak Crusader Castle before arriving into Petra.
Petra, nestled in the mountains south of the Dead Sea, is perhaps the most spectacular ancient city remaining in the modern world. The city was the capital of the Nabateans who dominated the lands of Jordan during pre-Roman times. They carved this wonderland of temples, tombs and elaborate buildings out of solid rock. For centuries, Petra fell into the mists of legend, its existence a guarded secret known only to the local Bedouins and Arab tradesmen. In 1812, a young Swiss explorer Johann Ludwig Burckhardt heard locals speaking of a "lost city" hidden in the mountains of Wadi Mousa. Burckhardt disguised himself as a pilgrim and discovered the secret of Petra, revealing it to the modern world. In order to best savour the atmosphere of this ancient wonder, visit in the quiet of the morning or late afternoon when the sandstone rock glows red with quiet grandeur.
Day 4: Petra (B)
This morning explore the famous Nabatean rock-cut tombs and temples of Petra. Entry is via a narrow ‘siq’, reaching hundreds of feet high. Your first sight is of El Khazneh - the Treasury, carved ornately in the red rock. Other sights include the 3,000 seat theatre (1st C. AD) and a Palace Tomb in the Roman style (this tour includes a private local guide for 2-3 hours).
Remainder of day at leisure to further explore Petra at your own pace.
Day 5: Petra (B)
Day at leisure to further explore Petra at your own pace or choose one of our Select & Mix experiences.
Day 6: Petra - Wadi Rum – Aqaba (B)
Today travel to Wadi Rum where Lawrence of Arabia rode across the desert with his Arab liberation army. Take a jeep ride through this impressive moon-like landscape, with its dramatic canyons and dunes. (Duration of jeep trip: 2 hours approx).
Continue to Aqaba and check in at your hotel by the Red Sea for the night.
Day 7: Aqaba – Dead Sea (B)
Today drive to the Dead Sea.
The Dead Sea is 75 kilometres long and from 6 to 16 kilometres wide. It is fed by the Jordan River, but it has no outlet. As its name suggests, the Dead Sea is entirely devoid of plant and animal life. This is due to an extremely high content of salt and other minerals—350 grams of salt per kilogram of water, as compared to about 40 grams in the world’s oceans. This concentration is caused by a rapid rate of evaporation. These natural elements give the waters of the Dead Sea certain curative properties, recognized since the days of Herod the Great over 2000 years ago.
Day 8: Dead Sea - Amman – Departure (B)
Today you will be transferred to Amman Airport for your onward flight.
Select & Mix Experiences: Choose Three Options:
- Dinner at the famous Hashem Restaurant (evening, day 1 or day 2)
- Dinner with local family (evening, day 1 or day 2)
- Your choice of private day tour to Jerash & Ajloun; Bethany & the Dead Sea or Amman (day 2)
- Take a cooking class followed by dinner at Beit Sitti Restaurant (evening, day 1 or day 2)
- Experience a short but fun Treasure hunt through Amman’s bustling souks (great for families) (day 2)
- Visit 3 Art Galleries in Amman – Daret Fonoun, Dar Anda & The National Art Gallery (day 2)
- A beautiful hike in the Al Ayoun Valley (includes lunch with a local family) (day 2)
- Explore Little Petra (day 5)
- Take a second visit of Petra (day 5)
- Admire the beauty of Petra by night (Mon, Wed & Thu only) (evening, day 4 or day 5)
- Savour local cuisine - join an evening cooking class at Petra Kitchen (evening, day 4 or day 5)
- Accommodation in hotels as specified (or similar)
- Daily breakfast and one dinner
- Transfer and transportation in private air conditioned car with English speaking driver as per itinerary
- Local private English-speaking guide in Petra
- Entrance fees
- Travel Notes – issued by Innovative Travel
- Short horse ride inside Petra
- Entrance fees as mentioned in the program
- 3 Select & Mix Experiences
- International airfares
- Optional tours and excursions
- Port Taxes and fuel surcharges
- Tipping/Gratuities (please refer to tour notes for a recommended guideline)
- Personal Expenses
- Departure taxes
- Hotel charges for minibar or any extra charges
- Visas (unless specified)
- Any other services not clearly mentioned in the inclusions above
Tourist Class accommodation based on the following or similar:
Amman: Ibis Hotel
Petra: Petra Palace Hotel
Aqaba: Aqaba Gulf Hotel
Dead Sea: Dead Sea Spa Hotel
Superior Tourist Class accommodation based on the following or similar:
Amman: Cham Palace Hotel
Petra: Petra Panorama Hotel
Aqaba: Marina Plaza Hotel
Dead Sea: Dead Sea Spa Hotel
First Class accommodation based on the following or similar:
Amman: Regency Palace Hotel
Petra: Petra Guesthouse Hotel
Aqaba: Movenpick Hotel
Dead Sea: Dead Sea Spa
Deluxe Class accommodation based on the following or similar:
Amman: Millenium Hotel (Standard Room)
Petra: Movenpick Hotel (Standard Room)
Aqaba: Movenpick Hotel (Standard Room)
Dead Sea: Kempinksi Hotel (Superior Room)
Super Deluxe accommodation based on the following or similar:
Amman: Millennium Hotel (Superior Room)
Petra: Movenpick Hotel (Junior Suite)
Aqaba: Kempinski Hotel (Panoramic Room)
Dead Sea: Kempinski Hotel (Superior Room)
On all “flexi-holiday” itineraries (including the Royal Jordan tour) touring is made by private air-conditioned car with an English speaking driver. The journey from Amman to Petra or vv is with a private driver only. Local guides are provided in Petra and Jerash. The quality of assigned local guides may vary, due to Jordanian Government selection procedures, and is beyond the control of Ancient Kingdoms Holidays and their local representatives Jordan Circle Tours.
In Petra, the entrance fee includes free access to brochures & maps, a horse ride from the gate to the Siq and 3 hours guided tour. A horse and carriage is available within the Siq - this is booked and paid locally. Tips for horsemen and guides not included.
When travelling to the Dead Sea from Amman, remember to take your passport as there is a security stop enroute where it will need to be produced.
The Desert camps, although permanent campsites, have basic infrastructure and facilities. The standard of accommodation will be lower than that experienced in a hotel.
Visa on arrival in Jordan
For New Zealand & Australian passport holders staying more than 2 nights in Jordan, visa upon arrival can be organised by our local representative. Visa's can be also pre organised by our local representative for clients arrival into Jordan at Amman Airport, when arriving from Israel at Sheikh Hussein bridge or Arava Borders. For clients arriving from Israel via Allenby Bridge (also known as King Hussein Bridge), visa need to be pre-organised (and prepaid) prior to arrival.
During the Holy Month of Ramadan Muslims fast, abstaining from eating, drinking & smoking during daylight hours (approx. 7am-6.30pm). As a sign of respect, tourists should also try to refrain from these activities in public during the fasting hours. In 2019, Ramadan should begin around 05 May. After 30 days, or on sighting the full moon, Eid Al Fitr is celebrated & most public and private institutions close for at least three days. During this period hotels may not serve alcohol during daylight hours or at all. Entertainment such as belly dancing may also not be available over this period in particular on the Desert Safari.
Trip prices and dates are correct at the time of the website going live, however all offers are subject to reconfirmation at the time of booking. Note prices usually display available discounted rates if any, (eg. Early Bird Deals if applicable). All featured tour itineraries and offers maybe subject to change due to seasonal variations without notice, or due to local conditions or other conditions. Please confirm all details at time of booking. Travel insurance is mandatory for all Innovative Travel bookings. All passports must be valid for 6 months prior to your return to your home country. Visas are the responsibility of the traveller. Special VIP meet and assist offers are valid for New Zealand passport holders, for other nationalities please check at the time of booking. For full terms and conditions, please refer to our Booking Conditions page.