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Ancient Jordan Uncovered

Group Tour | Arts & culture | General interest 9 Days & 8 Nights Lead-in price: £2,645 Current prices from: £2,645
Travel with expert lecturer and archaeologist Dr Konstantine Politis, who discovered and excavated the biblical sites of Lot’s Cave and Zoara. He also initiated and set up the Museum at the Lowest Place on Earth. Jordan is one of history’s crossroads and battlegrounds, and this tour encompasses the entire range of its heritage and culture.

The Cox & Kings signature experiences

  • Exclusive visits to the Museum at the Lowest Place on Earth & Lot’s Cave
  • Spend 3 nights in Petra, including a candle-lit evening visit
  • Explore the atmospheric Shobak castle and swim in the Dead Sea
  • Drive across desert sands
  • See beautiful early Christian Byzantine mosaics
  • Trace the footsteps of T E Lawrence

Amman

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 1152 1355 1661 2170 2679 2984 3086 3086 2984 2577 1966 1355
Min temp (C)(F) 337 337 541 948 1254 1559 1763 1763 1559 1254 846 439
Sunshine hours 6 6 7 9 11 13 13 12 11 9 7 6
Daylight hours 10 11 12 13 14 14 14 13 12 11 11 10
Rainfall (mm)(in) 763 663 612 201 40 0 0 0 0 80 321 653
Rainy Days 10 9 8 4 1 0 0 0 0 3 4 8
Humidity N N N N L M M M M L N N
UV 3/M 5/M 7/H 9/VH 10/VH 11+/E 11+/E 11/E 9/VH 6/H 4/M 3/M
Sea temp (C)(F) N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A

Aqaba

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 1763 1966 2272 2882 3290 3595 3799 3697 3493 2984 2475 1966
Min temp (C)(F) 541 745 948 1457 1763 1966 2170 2170 1966 1661 1152 745
Sunshine hours 8 8 9 10 11 13 13 12 11 10 8 7
Daylight hours 10 11 12 13 14 14 14 13 12 11 11 10
Rainfall (mm)(in) 50 80 70 50 20 0 0 0 0 50 30 70
Rainy Days 2 2 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 2
Humidity M H VH VH E E E E VH H M M
UV 4/M 6/H 8/VH 10/VH 11/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 10/VH 7/H 5/M 4/M
Sea temp (C)(F) 2272 2170 2170 2170 2373 2577 2679 2781 2679 2577 2475 2373

Dead Sea (Jordan)

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 2068 2272 2679 3188 3595 38100 39102 39102 3799 3493 2984 2272
Min temp (C)(F) 1050 1152 1355 1661 2068 2373 2475 2577 2475 2170 1661 1254
Sunshine hours 6 7 8 9 11 13 13 12 11 9 8 6
Daylight hours 10 11 12 13 14 14 14 13 12 11 11 10
Rainfall (mm)(in) 281 181 161 50 20 0 0 0 0 20 151 261
Rainy Days 11 11 8 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 6 9
Humidity M M H VH VH E E E VH H M M
UV 3/M 5/M 7/H 9/VH 10/VH 11+/E 11+/E 11/E 9/VH 6/H 4/M 3/M
Sea temp (C)(F) N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A

Ma’In

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 1355 1559 1966 2475 2882 3290 3391 3493 3290 2781 2068 1559
Min temp (C)(F) 236 337 541 948 1355 1559 1763 1763 1559 1254 745 337
Sunshine hours 7 8 8 9 11 13 13 12 11 9 8 7
Daylight hours 10 11 12 13 14 14 14 13 12 11 11 10
Rainfall (mm)(in) 120 110 110 50 20 0 0 0 0 40 60 110
Rainy Days 5 4 3 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 2 3
Humidity M H VH VH E E E E VH H M M
UV 4/M 6/H 8/VH 10/VH 11/E 11+/E 11+/E 11+/E 10/VH 7/H 5/M 4/M
Sea temp (C)(F) N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A

Petra

  J F M A M J J A S O N D
Max temp (C)(F) 1355 1559 1966 2475 2882 3290 3391 3391 3188 2781 2068 1559
Min temp (C)(F) 236 337 643 1050 1355 1661 1763 1763 1661 1254 846 439
Sunshine hours 7 8 8 9 11 13 13 12 11 10 8 7
Daylight hours 10 11 12 13 14 14 14 13 12 11 11 10
Rainfall (mm)(in) 171 171 151 70 30 0 0 0 0 40 70 161
Rainy Days 5 4 4 2 1 0 0 0 0 1 2 3
Humidity N N N N L M M M M N N N
UV 4/M 5/M 7/H 10/VH 11/E 11+/E 11+/E 11/E 10/VH 7/H 5/M 4/M
Sea temp (C)(F) N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A N/AN/A
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Superior Group Tour in brief

Day 4: Mount Nebo • Madaba • Shobak

Drive to Mount Nebo, from where Moses viewed the Promised Land and see where early Christians built the Memorial Church of Moses adorned with beautiful floor mosaics. Drive to Madaba on the biblical King’s Highway, a city with many Byzantine mosaics. Visit the Greek Orthodox Church of St George which contains the famous sixth-century mosaic map of the Holy Land, then the Church of the Virgin complex. On to biblical Mefa’at at Umm ar-Rasas, a town at the edge of the desert with a dozen churches and important mosaics. Continue to the crusader castle of Monréal at Shobak, built in 12th century by King Baldwin I of Jerusalem but later conquered by Saladin, then rebuilt. Drive to Petra and stay 3 nights at the Mövenpick Resort Petra (or similar). (B, D)

Day 5: Petra

A full-day’s exploration of Petra, the remote desert stronghold of the Nabataean Arabs who created a city in their sandstone valleys, unique in the ancient world. Walk through the Siq, the narrow gorge leading to the Treasury, a magnificent Hellenistic-style rock-cut tomb facade. Continue past the theatre, carved out of solid sandstone, to see other sepulchres, temples and churches. After lunch, take an optional visit to Ad Deir, the largest tomb in Petra overlooking Wadi Araba, the deepest part of the Great Rift Valley. Evening stroll down the Siq illuminated by atmospheric candlelight. (B, L, D)

Day 6: Wadi Rum

Morning drive to Wadi Rum, the spectacular desert made up of vast valleys and towering sandstone peaks, which was the original base of the Great Arab Revolt (1917-1918) and where Lawrence of Arabia, Red Planet and The Martian films were shot. Visit Lawrence’s spring and see ancient graffiti with animal depictions. Picnic lunch at a Bedouin camp. Return to Petra to see a new museum there.* (B, L)

Day 7: Little Petra • Sanctuary of Lot • The Dead Sea

Morning visit to the lesser-known Little Petra at Beidah, passing the crusader castle at Wu’eira and a prehistoric settlement. Continue through spectacular mountain scenery down to Wadi Araba and the shores of the Dead Sea. Stop at Safi to see the first medieval sugar factory and the Ottoman fort attacked by the Arab Legion with Lawrence in 1918. Then climb up to the Sanctuary of Lot, venerating the cave where Lot and his daughters took refuge from the destruction of Sodom. Below, visit the Museum at the Lowest Place on Earth, which explains the unique human and environmental history of the Dead Sea. Drive along the shores of the Dead Sea to the Mövenpick Resort & Spa Dead Sea (or similar) for 2 nights. (B, D)

Day 8: The Dead Sea

At leisure to swim in the Dead Sea with use the resort’s spa and facilities. Optional excursion to the site where Jesus is believed to have been baptised in the Jordan river and/or the Dead Sea Panorama Complex, which describes the geology of the region. (B, D)

Day 9: Fly to London

Morning transfer to Amman airport and fly direct to London Heathrow with Royal Jordanian Airways. (B)

Meal basis

As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.

Important information

At leisure to swim in the Dead Sea with use the resort’s spa and facilities. Optional excursion to the site where Jesus is believed to have been baptised in the Jordan river and/or the Dead Sea Panorama Complex, which describes the geology of the region. (B, D)

*Note

There are limited facilities on day 6, when most of the day will be spent in the desert.

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Expert-led tour

This tour is fully escorted throughout by the lecturer, as well as an experienced local tour manager.

Superior tour

This tour is based in 4- and 5-star accommodation.

Accessibility

This tour involves walking over rough terrain and bumpy drives in the desert. At Petra, visiting the Monastery requires a steep climb of 800 rock-cut steps.

Private visits

Please note that the exclusive and individual nature of private visits means that they are subject to confirmation nearer the time of departure. Mosques, private houses and other buildings often have fluid opening times. If any visits have to be rearranged, please be assured that we will seek alternatives of equal interest.

Single supplement

From £495pp.

Private & tailor-made travel:

This itinerary can be taken privately on a date that suits you, for which guideline prices are shown. Alternatively, it can be tailored to your exact requirements. Please call to speak with a Cox & Kings consultant or enquire online.

Day 3: Jerash

Drive north through the hills of biblical Gilead to Jerash, one of the best-preserved provincial Graeco-Roman cities in the Near East. Walk through magnificent monumental arches, sprawling oval piazza, colonnaded streets, temples, theatres and Byzantine churches. Then on to visit Umm Qais, ancient Gadara where Jesus performed the swine miracle, then drive down to the Jordan valley with stunning view of Golan Heights overlooking the Sea of Galilee, finally returning to Amman. (B, L)

Day 2: Amman • Desert castles

Explore the ancient citadel of Amman, visit the early Islamic Umayyad Palace, the Graeco-Roman Temple of Hercules, Byzantine churches and see sweeping views across the city. Visit the Archaeological Museum, housing important finds spanning over 100,000 years. Then drive to the eastern desert, passing Umayyad Qasr Kharana and seeing the hunting lodge of Qasr Amra with recently-restored wall paintings. Continue to Azraq oasis, seeing a Roman fort rebuilt in the 13th century and later used by TE Lawrence during the Arab Revolt, and the impressive Wetlands Reserve. Return to Amman via the new highway and Qasr Al-Hallabat. (B, D)

Day 1: Fly to Amman

Fly from London (regional connections available) to Amman with Royal Jordanian Airways. Transfer to the Boulevard Arjaan Hotel (or similar) for 3 nights. (N)

Superior group tour accommodation

  • The Boulevard Arjaan by Rotana
    The Boulevard Arjaan by Rotana

    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 accommodation from studio apartments to four-bedroom penthouses. The hotel has a contemporary Italian restaurant with an outdoor terrace.Features: 391 apartments, 2 restaurants, 2 rooftop pools, gym, Wi-Fi.<br>Room amenities: Television, safe, bathrobes, hairdryer, kitchenette, tea &amp; coffee facilities.

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  • Movenpick Resort
    Movenpick Resort

    The Movenpick Resort is located just outside the entrance to the site of Petra, nestled amongst the amber-hued sands and rocky outcrops. The resort features a combination of natural stone, handcrafted wood and Middle Eastern fabrics and textures with an oriental flair. The Movenpick's Classic guestrooms overlook the courtyard, while Superior guestrooms have a balcony with mountain views. There are several food and beverage outlets including Mediterranean cuisine, a tea room, roof garden and an ice-cream counter. The hotel's outdoor swimming pool is closed annually during the winter season, October to mid-May. Features: 183 rooms & suites, 7 food and beverage outlets, wellness centre, outdoor seasonal swimming pool, steam bath and gym. Room amenities: Air conditioning, satellite television, tea & coffee facilities, minibar, safe, hairdryer, Wi-Fi.

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  • Movenpick Dead Sea
    Movenpick Dead Sea

    The Movenpick Resort & Spa is located in a traditional village on the northern shores of the Dead Sea, 55km from Amman. The resort is nestled between lush gardens and at the lowest point on earth, at 400 metres below sea level. Guestrooms are designed like a traditional 2-storey village, using local materials and surrounded by tropical gardens with a private balcony or terrace with views of the surrounding gardens, mountains and sea. Features: 346 rooms & suites, 9 restaurants and bars, award-winning spa, fitness centre, 3 swimming pools. Room amenities: Air conditioning, satellite television, tea & coffee facilities, minibar, safe, hairdryer.

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Superior group tour extensions

The Dead Sea
The Dead Sea
2 Nights from £225

The salty waters of the Dead Sea have been popular with travellers for many centuries. Extend your stay to enjoy the therapeutic waters of the Dead Sea and the expansive spa facilities at your hotel.


The salty waters of the Dead Sea have been popular with travellers for many centuries. Extend your stay to enjoy the therapeutic waters of the Dead Sea and the expansive spa facilities at your hotel.


Day at leisure. Spend further time relaxing in this tranquil setting: indulge in a revitalising spa treatment, float in the salty waters or take a day trip to Wadi Mujib. (B)


Morning transfer to the airport. Fly from Amman to London with Royal Jordanian Airlines. (B)

Meal basis

As per itinerary - B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.

Please call 020 7873 5000 for more information or to make a booking.


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Dates & prices

JCC2020

Main Costs
Departure-Return date Original Price Special Offer(£) Single Supplement Click to Book
28 Mar 2020 - 5 Apr 2020 £2,745 £0 £495 Tour Cancelled
10 Oct 2020 - 18 Oct 2020 £2,645 £0 £495 Reserve
 

Flexible Prices & Itineraries
For a quote based on alternative accommodation standards or flight options, or to tailor this itinerary, please call 020 7873 5000 or send an email enquiry

Additional Information

Please call 020 7873 5000 for more information or to make a booking.

Prices above are per person in pounds sterling (£), based on two people sharing a twin-room. The prices which were valid at the time of publication, may be subject to change, particularly as a result of variable flight costs. You will be informed of any such changes prior to booking.

 
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    • Accommodation, Itinerary & meal basis as described
    • Local Transfers in an air-conditioned vehicle
    • Fully escorted by an English-speaking guide throughout
    • Entrance fees unless otherwise stated

Destinations on this tour

    https://www.coxandkings.co.uk/destinations/middle-east/jordan/amman
  • Amman

    Amman, the modern and ancient capital of Jordan, is one of the oldest continuously...

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  • https://www.coxandkings.co.uk/destinations/middle-east/jordan/petra
  • Petra

    Inhabited since prehistoric times, this Nabataean carved-city, situated between the Red...

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  • https://www.coxandkings.co.uk/destinations/middle-east/jordan/dead-sea-jordan
  • Dead Sea (Jordan)

    The Dead Sea is one of the most unique places on earth. Situated at 400 metres below sea...

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