- The ‘rose red’ city of Petra
Jordan with Ancient Petra
- VIP door to door
Witness Petra, Wadi Rum, the Dead Sea and other classics
Epic desert landscapes, astounding monuments and the wonderfully restorative Dead Sea make the tiny kingdom of Jordan truly rewarding to explore.
On this tour we walk the streets of spectacular Petra, an ancient rock-hewn city rediscovered beneath the sand in 1812.
We enjoy lunch in the heart of Wadi Rum, the desert where much of ‘Lawrence of Arabia’ was filmed. And we travel to the Dead Sea, 400m below sea level, for a relaxing float in its exceptionally salty water.
7 nights in hotels
12 meals: 7 breakfasts (days 2-8) 1 lunch (day 6) 4 dinners (days 2-5)
Local tour manager
- Single-entry tourist visa
- International flights†
- Travel in destination by coach (with Wi-Fi)
Excursions and visits
- Visits to Ajloun Castle; ancient city of Jerash; historic desert castles; Mount Nebo; Madaba; Shobak Castle; Dead Sea
- City tour of Amman, including the Citadel and Archaeological Museum
- Full-day excursion to Petra
- Lunch in Wadi Rum
†Prices are based on return flights with Royal Jordanian from London Heathrow. Supplements may apply from other airports
Day 1 UK to Amman
Our VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from home for your flight to Amman, where we’ll base ourselves for three nights.
Amman, the capital of Jordan since 1921, is built on seven hills. Remains from the Roman, Greek and Ottoman empires are dotted around the city, the most impressive being the Roman Theatre in the city centre.
Day 2 Ajloun to Jerash
We visit the 12th-century medieval castle at Ajloun before continuing our journey along the King’s Highway to the ancient city of Jerash.
Likened to Pompeii, Jerash is one of the best-preserved classical sites, with its forum of colonnaded shops, temples and theatres.
This beautiful Greco-Roman city is also famous for its ‘Triumphal Arch’, the Hippodrome and the wide street of columns, which leads to the Temple of Artemis.
We return to Amman for dinner.
Day 3 Desert Castles to Amman
After enjoying breakfast, we journey to the historic desert castles of Qasr Kharaneh, Qasr Amra and Qasr Azraq, before returning to Amman for a tour that includes a visit to the Citadel and the Archaeological Museum.
Day 4 Mount Nebo to Madaba to Shobak to Petra
Today we visit Mount Nebo to stand on the spot from which Moses is believed to have surveyed the Promised Land.
We continue to Madaba, once a flourishing Byzantine town, and the Greek Orthodox Church with its fascinating 6th-century mosaic map. We conclude our day at the impressive Shobak Crusader Castle, before arriving in Petra in time for dinner.
Day 5 Petra
We’re up early for a tour of the spectacular ‘Rose-Red City’ of Petra, entering the city on foot. This ancient city lay beneath the desert sands for centuries, and was only rediscovered in 1812. The highlights are the spectacular Treasury and the Monastery which have been hewn out of solid rock.
Most of this unique city was built by the Nabataean Arabs in the 6th and 5th centuries BC. As an important link in the caravan routes, it was added to by the Romans, who carved out a huge theatre and possibly the spectacular classical façade of the Treasury.
Day 6 Wadi Rum to Dead Sea
This morning we depart for Wadi Rum. Stunning in its beauty and inhabited by the Bedouin tribes, it epitomises the romance of the desert. Much of David Lean’s ‘Lawrence of Arabia’ was filmed here. Enjoy lunch at Sun City Camp.
We continue, travelling down to the Dead Sea 400 metres below sea level, where the biblical cities of Sodom and Gomorrah are thought to be buried beneath its waters. The Dead Sea is rich in salt - even non-swimmers can float freely in the water.
Day 7 Dead Sea
Today is free to indulge yourself at the hotel; the area is well known for relaxation and healing properties and there are many possibilities to choose from.
Alternatively, take an optional excursion to Bethany, described in the New Testament as the site where Jesus was baptised by John the Baptist.
Day 8 Dead Sea to Amman to UK
We transfer to Amman Airport for your return flight to the UK. Upon arrival, your vehicle will be waiting for the journey home.
Accommodation is locally rated and may change, but will always be of a similar standard.