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Discover the magic of Petra and the treasures of Jordan
From Lawrence Of Arabia and Aladdin to Indiana Jones and Star Wars, the desert kingdom of Jordan has long been a favourite for filmmakers. And it is no wonder. It is home to some of the most magical destinations in the Middle East, if not the world - a land of lost cities and lunar landscapes, UNESCO World Heritage sites and Crusader castles. And this tour will guide you around the best of them.
Visit the Nabatean city of Petra, carved out of sandstone; the bustling ancient capital of Amman, where you'll enjoy shopping in souks, wine tasting and a lesson in Arabic cooking; the wilderness of Wadi Rum, where you will experience Bedouin-style luxury and a 4x4 adventure, and visit the Greco-Roman sites of Jerash and Madaba, the city of mosaics, as well as bathe in the healing waters of the Dead Sea.
You'll stay in four- and five-star hotels throughout, and what's more, spring is the best time for you to star in your own Arabian adventure. The days are warm and pleasant for exploring, with temperatures into the high 20°Cs, but the nights are cool.
Reasons to book
Wadi Rum desert camp
- Return BA flights from London Heathrow to Amman
- Nine nights' accommodation in four and five star hotels (Ayass Hotel Amman, Old Village Resort Petra, Sun City Camp Wadi Rum, Holiday Inn Resort Dead Sea
- Daily breakfast, three lunches and seven dinners with some beverages included
- Visa and all entrance fees
- Excursions including a full day at Petra, the monumental Nabatean city; the extensive Greco-Roman remains of Jerash; ancient and modern tour of the capital, Amman; float in the Dead Sea, the lowest place on earth; and a 4x4 tour in the enchanting Wadi Rum landscape
- All overseas transport and English-speaking guides
- Services of a Prestige Holidays tour manager throughout
Day1Fly to AmmanAmman, Jordan
On arrival at Amman's airport, transfer to the hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day2Explore AmmanAmman, Jordan
In Amman, a bustling, modern capital city built on a hillside, you'll be surrounded by mountains from which there are great views over the city. Visit the ruins of Amman's Roman theatre, the Citadel, Umayyad palace and the archaeological museum before time at leisure for self exploration. You could take a leisurely stroll down Rainbow Street, which is lined with breezy tea and coffee shops, vibrant souks, 1920s villas and restaurants, or taste falafel in some of the city's best spots for its favourite food. This evening, enjoy a wine-tasting experience and dinner in an authentic restaurant.
Day3Jerash, the ‘Pompeii of the East’Jerash, Jordan
Depart to the basalt remains of the Hellenistic city Um Qais, enjoying its spectacular views over the Golan Heights and the Sea of Galilee. Proceed to the Greco-Roman city of Jerash, the 'Pompeii of the East', to explore its monumental remains - some of the best preserved in the world outside of Italy. Both cities were part of the Decapolis, a group of ten frontier cities linked by their Hellenistic origins and culture. Return to Amman for dinner in a local restaurant.
Day4The east of JordanAl Azraq, Jordan
Visit the east of Jordan, exploring some of its lesser known but equally stunning desert castles on a full-day loop, to admire the architecture of Umayyads. The first stop is Al Kharaneh, one of the earliest examples of Islamic architecture in the region. Continue to Qasr Amra, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, to view its stunning frescoes. The final stop is Qasr Al-Azraq, which served as the residence of T.E. Lawrence during the Arab Revolt. Return to Amman for dinner and overnight.
Day5City of KerakPetra, Jordan
Depart through the meandering King's Highway, an ancient route bearing the marks from its use by traders, armies, and pilgrims, and once part of the Silk Road. The journey takes you via Wadi Mujib, a deep valley offering one of Jordan's most breath-taking views. Stop at the city of Kerak to visit its Crusader castle and explore its diverse history, from the Byzantines to the Mamluks. Continue to Petra for dinner and overnight.
Day6Nabatean city of PetraPetra, Jordan
Spend a full day at the Nabatean city of Petra, the most iconic site in Jordan that has captured the imagination of countless writers and visitors. The visit starts with an optional camel ride, followed by a walk through the Siq, a long, narrow fissure between two overhanging cliffs, emerging at the Treasury. The tour proceeds to unfold the mysteries of this truly stunning city
Day7Beida (‘Little Petra’) and Wadi RumLittle Petra, Jordan
This morning, explore Beida ('Little Petra'), a smaller Nabatean site renowned for one of its surviving frescoes. Continue south to the desert landscape of Wadi Rum, to enjoy a 4x4 tour until sunset. Drink a cup of traditional Bedouin tea before transferring to your desert 'camp' for a typical Bedouin dinner and overnight. A highlight in itself, stay in the camp's luxury 'Martian Dome' with all the amenities of a hotel.
Day8Madaba, Mount Nebo and The Dead SeaDead Sea, Jordan
En route to the Dead Sea, stop at Madaba, the 'city of mosaics', to see the 6th century 'Madaba Map', one of the oldest surviving depictions of the Holy Land. Tour Madaba's archaeological park, which houses the remains of several Byzantine churches, and visit a school for the restoration and conservation of ancient mosaics.
Your final stop before arriving at the Dead Sea is Mount Nebo, one of Jordan's holiest sites, where Moses is alleged to have been shown the Promised Land. The site features ruins from the 4th to the 7th century.
Day9The Dead SeaDead Sea, Jordan
Enjoy the final full day at leisure, floating in the Dead Sea or making use of the hotel's spa facilities. Take a transfer this afternoon to Amman for a rather special farewell dinner at Beit Sitti, where you don your apron and learn how to prepare a traditional Arabic meal…before sitting down and enjoying your creation.
Day10Return homeAmman, Jordan
Transfer to the airport in Amman for your return flight to the UK.