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
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 Aqaba and stay 2 nights at the
Mövenpick Resort & Spa Tala Bay. (B)
Full day at leisure to relax on the hotel's private beach or try some of the activities on offer. (B)
Transfer to the Dead Sea and stay 2 nights at the
Mövenpick Resort & Spa Dead Sea where you can
float in the mineral-rich waters of the Dead Sea. (B)
Transfer to Amman airport and fly home. (B)
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
This tour is based in 4- and 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 3930 5211 or email Info@CoxandKings.co.uk.
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