- Ancient city of Petra
Petra is one of the world's archaeological treasures and a UNESCO World Heritage site
- The Dead Sea
Stay by the Dead Sea, famous for the properties of its salt water
- The Protected Area of Wadi Rum
Visit Wadi Rum, discover its ancient history, and stay overnight
- Desert Castles
See three desert castles dating from the 8th century
History & Archaeology
Jordan Archaeology Discovery
Jordanfrom £2,299 per person
2 passengers 8 nights Including optional travel insurance or a price reduction of £27 if not required
- Half board
Step into the ancient world
Discover some of Jordan’s archaeological ‘treasures’ on this special interest holiday. In addition to visiting some of the country’s best-known sites, you will be joined by an expert historian tour manager to help you get the most from your holiday. Spend a day at the extraordinary ancient city of Petra – a UNESCO World Heritage site, with its breathtaking buildings carved out of the rock face. Visit the protected area of Wadi Rum, famous for its rock carvings, art and inscriptions, and stay overnight in a ‘martian’ tent. See the 6th century mosaic map of the Holy Land in Madaba, the 'City of Mosaics', and visit the site where archaeologists now believe Jesus was baptised by John the Baptist.
During your tour provides you will stay at three different hotels in the capital of Amman, Petra, and on the shores of the extraordinary Dead Sea, plus spend a night in the state-of-the-art ‘martian’ tents in the extraordinary desert landscape of Wadi Rum.
- Expert Host
- Saga Tour manager
- Included themed activities
- Expert Host talks
- Hosted welcome drinks reception
- Meet and greet with expert host
- Leisure time
- Hotel porterage
- Included travel insurance
- Return flights and transfers
Plus, this hotel features:
- 13 meals: 8 breakfasts (B), 2 lunches (L) and 3 dinners (D)
- Tourist visa for full British Citizens resident in the UK
- Lecture about Nabatean life
Excursions and visits
- Tour of Amman citadel
- Visit to Jerash
- Tour three of the desert castles
- Visit Mount Nebo, Madaba and Kerak
- Guided full-day tour of Petra
- Visit to Wadi Rum with overnight stay in the Martian tents on site
- Visit to Lot’s Cave
- Visit to Bethany
- Experience the Dead Sea independently
- Day 1 UK-Amman
- Day 2 Amman and Jerash
- Day 3 Umm Al-Jimal and Desert Castles
- Day 4 Mount Nebo-Madaba-Kerak-Petra
- Day 5 Petra
- Day 6 Petra-Wadi Rum
- Day 7 Bethany – Dead Sea
- Day 8 Dead Sea
- Day 9 Dead Sea-Amman-UK
AlQasr Metropole Hotel
Movenpick Petra Resort Hotel
Sun City Camp
Movenpick Resort and Spa Dead Sea hotel
Day 1 UK-Amman
Fly to Amman, arriving in the evening. Transfer to the locally-rated 4-star Al Qasr Metropole Hotel (3Q) for a three-night stay.
The Al Qasr Metropole Hotel is situated in the north-west of Amman city and facilities include two restaurants – a trattoria serving Italian food, and a restaurant serving international cuisine, a bar lounge and included access to a nearby fitness centre. Each of the 66 air-conditioned bedrooms has a television, telephone, tea and coffee-making facilities, minibar, hairdryer, and free Wi-Fi.
Day 2 Amman and Jerash
Tour the city of Amman, visiting the Citadel – site of ancient Rabbath-Ammon and home to the remains of the 8th century Ummayad Palace with its impressive buildings, substantial gateway, audience hall, chambers and and colonnaded street. Next, continue to the magnificent Roman Theatre nearby – a remnant of ancient Philadelphia. Once housing up to 6,000 spectators the theatre was built during the second century AD and is still in use today. Aftewards, travel to Jerash – an ancient city occupied by the Romans from 63AD. Its fine Roman sites includes a Forum, two theatres, a hippodrome and the ‘Street of Columns’. B, L
Day 3 Umm Al-Jimal and Desert Castles
Head north to Amm El-Jimal with its remains of some 150 Roman, Byzantine and early Islamic buildings.
Afterwards, look forward to visiting the remains of three Desert Castles. The imposing Qasr el-Kharaneh castle was constructed in 711AD, but is believed to have been built on an earlier, possibly Roman site. Qasr Amra castle was originally probably built as a bath house around the same time, but is of particular note by virtue of its interior frescos portraying life at that time. Finally, the Azraq castle of Qala’at al-Azraq is known for its association with TE Lawrence – immortalised in the film ‘Lawrence of Arabia’. B
Day 4 Mount Nebo-Madaba-Kerak-Petra
Travel to Mount Nebo, where Moses glimpsed the Holy Land and is believed to be buried. After enjoying fine views over Jordan continue to Madaba, the ‘City of Mosaics’, with its fine selection of Byzantine mosaics. See the 6th-century map of the Holy Land and Jerusalem that once contained some two million pieces. The town is also home to other impressive mosaics including a 6th century mosaic dedicated to the twelve apostles in the Church of the Apostles.
Next you’ll continue to Kerak to see the restored crusader fortress. Building of this impressive castle began around 1140 and included barracks, kitchens, a Crusader church, prison and more.
After your visit, travel to Petra, where you stay two nights at the locally-rated 4-star Movenpick Petra Resort Hotel (4Q). Located at the entrance to the historic site of Petra, the Resort has a choice of two restaurants, the Al Saraya where you can enjoy buffet meals, and the Al Iwan for fine dining (extra charge). There is a bar, roof terrace where you can relax with a drink, tea room and deli shop offering snacks and drinks. Other facilities include a library and wellness centre (charge applies). Each of the 183 air-conditioned bedrooms have a television, tea and coffee-making facilities, minibar, safe and free Wi-Fi. B, D
Day 5 Petra
Enjoy a full-day walking tour around Petra, one of the world’s archaeological treasures, and a UNESCO World Heritage site. This extraordinary ancient city carved out of the rock was built by the Nabatean people between 800 BC and 200 AD in a canyon entered through a narrow gorge. Virtually abandoned by the 7th century, Petra was ‘lost’ ‘until 1812, when it was rediscovered. Discover some of Petra’s monuments and buildings which include a theatre, royal tombs, colonnaded street and the astonishing Treasury. This evening look forward to a lecture at your hotel on ‘Nabatean Life’ when you can learn more about the people who created this unique city. B, D
Day 6 Petra-Wadi Rum
Drive to Wadi Rum – a protected area and UNESCO World Heritage Site, known as ‘Moon Valley’ by virtue of its extraordinary desert landscape which includes gorges, cliffs, caverns and more. It’s also home to some 25,000 prehistoric rock carvings and 20,000 inscriptions, plus archaeological evidence that points to the area having been inhabited for some 12,000 years.
Take in the atmosphere and vistas of this impressive landscape, as you stay overnight in a ‘Martian tent’ at the Sun City Camp (3Q) in the desert. Designed as a dome, these comfortable tents with their multiple windows offer the opportunity to enjoy star-gazing from the comfort of your bed!. Sun City Camp lies in the heart of Wadi Rum with far reaching views of its unique landscape. The camp has a main reception tent with a dining area serving buffet-style meals. Each of the site’s 20 ‘Martian Domes’ tents are air-conditioned with a private bathroom and shower, electricity, seating area, and mini-fridge. B, L, D
Day 7 Bethany – Dead Sea
Depart from your camp and drive to the Jordan Valley where you will visit Lot’s Cave at Mount Sodom where Lot’s wife was turned to a pillar of salt. The Mount is composed chiefly of salts and dotted with caves, one of which is believed to be where Lot and his family sheltered as Sodom and Gomorrah were destroyed. Next continue to Bethany where excavations which started in 1996 have uncovered remains of what are believed to be baptismal pools and churches, plus a Byzantine Church and Basilica, and a ‘cave church’. Modern-day archaeologists and scholars now consider these to be the sites where John the Baptist lived and baptised, and where Jesus was baptised.
Afterwards, continue to the Dead Sea where you will stay for two nights. The Dead Sea is landlocked and its evaporating waters leave a rich legacy of salts and minerals. The high salinity of the waters makes swimming extremely difficult, but watch out for people ‘floating’ on the water!
The locally rated 5-star Movenpick Resort & Spa Dead Sea hotel (4Q) is located on the shore of the Dead Sea with its own private access to the north shore. The hotel has a choice of restaurants serving national and international cuisine. There is also a cafe and choice of bars. Other facilities include an outdoor pool, spa and wellness centre (charges apply). Each of the 346 air-conditioned rooms has a telephone, television, safe, hairdryer, tea and coffee-making facilities and Wi-Fi. B
Day 8 Dead Sea
Today is at leisure to enjoy the Dead Sea. At 400 metres below sea level it is the earth’s lowest point on dry land and has a high concentration of salts, making it possible to float. B
Day 9 Dead Sea-Amman-UK
Travel to Amman airport for your return flight and UK door-to-door travel service. B