Over the centuries, Jordan has played an important role in trade and communications between the continents of Europe, Asia and Africa. This 11-day itinerary combines visits to the relics of some of the world’s greatest civilisations, as well as active adventure in the mountains, desert and along the coastline. Starting in the capital, Amman, travel to the picturesque region of Al Salt before visiting the ‘lost city’ of Petra, undoubtedly one of the Middle East’s most impressive sights. Continue to the desert landscapes of Wadi Rum before finishing with relaxation and spa treatments in the mineral-rich waters of the Dead Sea.
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Fly from London (regional connections available) to Amman with Royal Jordanian Airlines. Transfer to the Boulevard Arjaan by Rotana, located in the heart of the city, for 2 nights (Classic Studio). (N)
Morning walking tour of Jordan’s capital followed by an afternoon at leisure. This evening, dine with a Jordanian family to soak up the local flavours. (B, D)
Morning visit to the impressive Roman ruins at Jerash. Drive to Al Salt (1 hour), a picturesque town set on a hilly plateau, and stay overnight at Mountain Breeze Resort. Set amid gardens and green forest, this mountain retreat offers a range of activities, from paintballing and archery to hiking and cycling. (B)
Morning at leisure to experience some of the activities on offer. This afternoon, travel along the King’s Way, visiting Madaba (1 hour), home to a Byzantine mosaic map of the region; and Mount Nebo, from where Moses first viewed the Holy Land. Continue to Petra (3 hours) and stay 2 nights at the Mövenpick Resort Petra (Classic room), located directly at the entrance to this ancient site. (B, D)
Full-day tour of the ‘lost city’ of Petra, which featured in the well-known film Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. Founded in about the sixth century BC as the capital city of the Nabataean civilisation, the site was then settled by the Romans, crusaders and the Byzantine empire, all of whom left behind churches, fortifications and monuments. There will be an opportunity to climb the steep paths to the sacrificial ‘High Places’ (altars). Perhaps visit the Monastery, the largest of Petra’s monuments and certainly worth the climb up to it. (B, D)
Morning at leisure. Perhaps return to Petra for further exploration of the site. Drive to Wadi Rum (2 hours) for a 2-hour 4x4 jeep ride. The spectacular desert scenery of Wadi Rum is made up of ancient valleys and towering sandstone mountains, rising out of white and pink coloured sands. This is where TE Lawrence fought during the 1917-1918 Arab Revolt. Many of the desert scenes from the film Lawrence of Arabia were shot here as well as the more recent film The Martian, starring Matt Damon. Maybe take an optional camel trek across the sands. Stay overnight at the UTA Desert Camp (Standard tent) for a night under canvas and a chance to do some stargazing. (B, D)
Morning transfer to the Dead Sea (4 hours). Stay 3 nights at the Mövenpick Resort & Spa Dead Sea (Superior room). (B)
Time at leisure to float in the waters of the Dead Sea, the lowest place on Earth. Take a dip in the pools or relax with spa treatments, which use the hyper saline waters and mineral-rich mud of the Dead Sea. Other activities include trekking. (B)
Transfer to the airport in Amman (45 minutes) for your return flight to London. (B)
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
This tour is based in 5-star accommodation.
Where indicated, the tour accommodation is in two-bedroom, shared accommodation for four people. Where two-bedroom accommodation is indicated, alternative, separate one-bedroom accommodation is also available.
This tour involves walking over rough terrain. At Petra, visiting the monastery and the High Place of Sacrifice requires a steep climb.
Pre- and post-tour extensions are available in Amman and the Dead Sea, and include 2 nights’ accommodation with arrival or departure transfers. Alternative post-tour extensions are also available to the Red Sea resort of Aqaba and Jerusalem. Please speak to a Cox & Kings consultant for further details.
For a price quote based on alternative accommodation standards or flight options, or to tailor this itinerary, please call 020 7808 6784 or email email@example.com
The Mountain Breeze Resort is located in the Gilead mountains near Zai. Accommodation is in luxury log cabins, set in their own private section of a pine and oak forest within the resort's grounds. There is a range of outdoor activities including fishing, hiking and tree planting.
Features: 10 luxury lodges, 1 restaurant, 1 bar, children's activity centre.
Room amenities: Television, tea & coffee facilities, minibar, safe, independent heating & cooling, private...
Set on the northern shores of the Dead Sea at the lowest point on Earth, the Movenpick Resort and Spa is approximately 40 minutes from the Queen Alia International Airport. Built in the style of a traditional stone village, the resort features a combination of natural traditional local stone, handcrafted wood, luxurious fabrics and an impressive collection of antiques and artwork. Complete with a river and extensive gardens, it is a tranquil place to relax.
Despite the traditional look of the village, all 358 rooms are luxuriously furnished in warm, neutral colours. There are approximately 10 different room categories in either the main building, in the village or on the beachfront with mountain, garden or sea views. All rooms have a balcony or a terrace and standard amenities include air-conditioning, satellite TV, telephone, tea/coffee making facilities, mini bar and a safe.
Located only a few minutes' walk from the entrance to the legendary site of Petra, the Mövenpick Resort features intricate interior design and high standards of service and is one of Petra's most distinguished hotels.
The resort's 183 lavishly spacious rooms are tastefully decorated and feature a host of modern amenities including air-conditioning/heating, satellite TV, telephones, tea/coffee making facilities and minibar. All offer a tranquil environment in this ancient city.
With seven different dining or entertainment venues there is plenty of choice. The award-winning Al Iwan Restaurant is renowned for its lavishly prepared dinners and Mediterranean culinary delights and for a casual dining atmosphere head to the Al Saraya Restaurant, which offers sumptuous cuisine with a view overlooking the serene pool. Spend your afternoon enjoying your favourite drink at Al Maqa'ad Bar...
The Boulevard Arjaan by Rotana is conveniently located in the new downtown area of Amman with the Temple of Hercules and the Roman Corinthian columns just a few kilometres away. The property offers a range of luxurious accommodations from studio apartments to four-bedroom penthouses. The property has a contemporary Italian restaurant with an outdoor terrace which offers a wide range of authentic cuisine.
Features: 391 apartments, 2 restaurants, 2 rooftop pools, fitness centre, WiFi.
Room amenities: Television, safe, bathrobes, hairdryer, kitchenette, tea and coffee...
Situated in the Wadi Rum Wildlife Reserve, the UTA Desert Camp is ideal for those seeking the tranquillity of the desert. The camp has a variety of tents, family suites and, new for 2017, glamping domes, all with a small patio where you can sit and enjoy views of the Wadi Rum mountains. Meals are served in a traditional Bedouin dining tent. Please note that there is no electricity at night so you are advised to bring a torch. The UTA Desert Camp is situated next door to the larger Sun City Camp; they are separate camps but are close to one anotherFeatures: 8 deluxe tents, 2 family suites and 20 glamping domes; dining tent.
Tent/room amenities: Deluxe tents have a bathroom and a small patio. Family suites have two bedrooms, a large bathroom, a living area and a small patio. Glamping tents are 40sqm with 24-hour climate control and electricity, hot...
Regional air connections are available from within the UK. Please contact your travel consultant for current prices from your nearest city.
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If you choose to take the tour without flights arranged through Cox & Kings, please contact one of our travel consultants prior to booking the flights to ensure that you are aware of the tour timings and all the implications of not booking through us. We strongly advise you not to book flights independently of Cox & Kings if significant charges would apply in case of cancellation.
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JFA2017: 9 Nights
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