JORDAN CLASSIC TOUR (8 days – 7 nights)
This trip will cover: Petra, Wadi Rum, The Dead Sea, Jerash, Amman, Ajloun, Karak, Dana, Aqaba, Madaba, and Mount Nebo.
Day 01 – Airport Pickup :
Upon your arrival, one of our team members will be expecting you (with a sign) at Queen Alia International Airport arrivals hall.
After initial greetings, you will be driven to your designated hotel in Amman (the drive should take no more than 30 minutes).
After check-in at the hotel, we will leave you to rest, relax and freshen up so you can be ready for the next day to embark on your journey.
Day 02 – Castle of Ajloun – Jerash (ancient Gerasa) – Amman Highlight
North where we will visit our first spectacular site, Ajloun Castle. The drive should take around one and a half hours, and we will be covering 73 kilometres (passing the city of Jerash). Something that you will most certainly notice while driving towards Ajloun is how the landscape of Jordan changes from desert in the south, to lush green vegetation made up of pine tree forests and olive groves in the north. This is just one of the many characteristics of Jordan that makes it a wonderfully unique country.
After you are satisfied with your castle visit, we will drive back towards the city of Jerash (approximately 45 minutes). Jerash contains the most well preserved Roman settlement in all of the Middle East and you will get a chance to gaze upon this special place that has survived thousands of years.
Afterwards, you will be driven back to Amman to visit the Citadel. It is found on top of an L-shaped mountain that will give you a breath-taking view of the seven mountains that enfold Amman. This is a very significant site because it has been inhabited for the last 7,000 years.
We will now head off to our last site of the day, the Roman Amphitheatre, which can be viewed from the citadel. A large and steeply raked theatre that could seat approximately 6,000 people and was built into the hillside facing north, to keep the sun off spectators.
Day 03 – On the way to Petra via the King’s Highway
After breakfast, we will drive south, going around Madaba and towards Mount Nebo is where you can stand in Moses’s shoes when he first gazed upon the ‘Promised Land’. The area is located at the summit and where you will undoubtedly feel a surge of calm and peace flow through you. On a clear day, you will be able to see Bethlehem, Jericho and the Holy City of Jerusalem, as well as the Dead Sea. The view is powerful, special, and something you will surely never forget.
Travelling to Madaba only takes ten minutes and it is a city known for its spectacular Byzantine era mosaics. Possibly the most famous of these mosaics lies within the 19th century Greek Orthodox Church of Saint George. Unearthed in 1864, this map constructed in the 6th century once contained millions of mosaic pieces and depicts lands from Palestine to Egypt. Today one third of the map survives and shows the earliest surviving representation of the city of Jerusalem.
After Madaba we follow the path of the ancient trade route that began in Egypt and travelled all the way up to Damascus (a route that had been used by the Nabateans to bring spices and frankincense from southern Arabia). This route was also used for the important pilgrimage of both Muslims and Christians.
Prior to our next site, Karak, you will be going around the Wadi Mujib dam on a very steep road that offers one of the best views this part of the country has to offer.
Upon your arrival in the town of Karak, we visit one of the largest Crusader fortresses in the Levant region.
Following your tour of Karak, we continue on the King’s Highway and travel to areas with dazzling views of mountaintops and gaping valleys. Experiencing these views will make you feel like you’re on top of the world.
As we approach higher land, we reach the village of Dana. Here, we will stop at a vantage point that overlooks a 500 year old village, the Dana Biosphere Reserve, and Wadi Araba.
We will continue our drive to Wadi Musa (Valley of Moses). With this, we conclude another long but exciting day, where we have experienced places of faith and magnificent landscapes. We will take you to your hotel so you will be rested for a day of exploring the Rose City of Petra.
Day 04 : Explore Petra
Petra is a city that was lost for centuries until its discovery by the Swiss explorer Johann Ludwig Burckhardt in 1812. It is a city that inspired many a poet, John William Burgon being no different. Petra inspired him to write, “it seems no work of Man’s creative hand, by labour wrought as wavering fancy planned; But from the rock as if by magic grown, eternal, silent, beautiful, alone!” The rocks seem to have a mind of their own, and you can sense something enchanting as you walk down the rock-lined corridor to the magnificence that awaits you.
On this day, You get to explore a city carved into stone, walk through a dim, narrow gorge called The Siq, (a holy path filled with old and ancient relics of gods); a sophisticated water system has been placed on both sides of the gorge. Much more will be revealed to you as you walk until you reach The Treasury. And just like Indiana Jones in The Last Crusade, you will be mesmerised by what you see.
A whole city, carved from stone, will open up before you once you leave The Treasury. Everything is built from the rock face—houses, theatres, tombs, and facades. As the sun casts its rays onto these places and you watch other tourists stroll along discovering the hidden secrets of Petra, you will understand what life must have been like for the people living here—tranquil, bustling, and exquisite.
Day 05 – Wadi Rum
After breakfast you will continue your excursion into the majestic Wadi Rum. From Petra, it is around a one and a half hour drive to Wadi Rum along the King’s Highway. You will be taken on a mountain road, up to an elevation of 1,600 metres above sea level where you will be able to observe valleys dotted with Bedouin settlements and their herds of livestock.
Once we reach Wadi Rum, you will be set to explore the immense area of Wadi Rum while in the back of an old 4×4 truck. To discover a landscape that was once described by the British officer T. E. Lawrence as, ‘vast, echoing and Godlike.’ This description wonderfully summarises the Wadi Rum experience. Overnight at your Camp in Wadi Rum.
Day 06 – Aqaba
After breakfast we drive to Aqaba, which is approximately 45 minutes away from Wadi Rum. Today we will be focusing on leisure and relaxing after five days of continuous adventure. Overnight at your hotel in Aqaba.
Day 07 – Via Wadi Araba – Jordan Valley – Mujib Bridge – Dead Sea
After breakfast we will embark on a four hour drive to the Dead Sea. Driving along, you will observe another side of Jordan and see the diversity of the land around you as we pass by Wadi Araba. Sand dunes will emerge on both sides of the road as we progress towards the fertile land of the Dead Sea. The rich land of the Jordan Valley, which has been plentiful for the last 10,000 years, will start to unfold before you.
We continue our journey by descending quickly towards the lowest point on earth (423 metres below sea level), driving along the Dead Sea Highway we will pass by the Wadi Mujib Bridge, which faces an enormous gorge.
Today all you have to do is relax and float on your back, Overnight at your Hotel in Dead Sea.
Day 08 – Departure
After breakfast, you will be driven to the airport where we will bid you farewell; a staff member will wish you a safe and pleasant trip home.