Highlights & Tour Itinerary
- Uncover Umm Quais and Jerash in the north.
- Enjoy a hike from Dana Village to Feynan.
- Stay at the award-winning Feynan Eco Lodge.
- Experience the amazing rock city Petra.
- Ride a jeep in the impressive Wadi Rum desert.
- Relax at the blue waters of the Red Sea.
2 nights Amman
1 night Dead Sea
1 night Feynan
1 night Petra
1 night Wadi Rum
3 nights Aqaba
Day 1: Amman Airport - Amman Hotel
Ahlan Wa Sahlan - Welcome to the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan! Our representative meets you with a signage before the passport control and assists you with the procedure. Meet your private guide. The ride to the hotel in Amman takes around 50 minutes. Check-in, rest of the day at leisure. Stay at The St Regis or similar.
Day 2: Amman Hotel - Umm Qais - Jerash - Amman Hotel
Morning time we drive two hours from Amman to Gadara, known as Umm Qais. The town belonged to the famous Decapolis, a union of 10 cities, founded by Alexander the Great. Several poets and philosophers lived here, and this is the place where the Biblical miracle of the Gadarene swine took place. In Umm Quais you see ruins of theatres and colonnaded streets and have an overwhelming view over the north Jordan Valley, the Golan Heights and the Sea of Galilee. Best time to visit is spring when the surrounding hills are lush and green. We continue then to Jerash, the best example of a Roman provincial city in the whole Middle East. The well preserved ruins had been hidden for centuries in sand, before the excavations started in 1925. Wander along the spectacular Forum, paved and colonnaded streets, the Nymphaeum, theatres and the Temple of Artemis. Return to your hotel in Amman.
Day 3: Amman 2.5 Hours City Tour - Dead Sea Hotel Free Afternoon
Visit Amman, the bustling capital of Jordan. Though already mentioned in the Bible as Rabbat Ammon, the city is modern with only a few ancient attractions we visit today. Head downtown to explore the Citadel hill with remains from the Roman to the early Islamic period and a small Archaeological Museum. Onto the opposite Roman Theatre from the 2nd century with 6,000 seats. From here stroll along the vibrant Souq with its different shops and stalls. We stop in Jabal Amman at Rainbow Street with its charm of early 20th century houses, cafés and restaurants. From here drive 1.5 hours to the lowest point on earth, the Dead Sea. The dark mud found on its shores has been used for over 2,000 years for therapeutic purposes. Enjoy this natural wonder with leisure time at the beach and the unique experience, to float on the salty buoyant waters. Overnight Kempinski Ishtar or similar.
Day 4: Dead Sea Hotel - Dana to Feynan Hike (14 km) - Feynan Ecolodge
Your driver greets you in the hotel lobby and we drive two hours to Dana, the second largest nature reserve in Jordan. From Dana village escape today into nature. The Dana Reserve is characterized by a chain of valleys and mountains which extend from the top of the Jordan Rift Valley down to the desert lowlands of Wadi Araba. The route leads downhill with an initial steep descent, passing through sandstone gorges and the 4 different bio-geological zones of Dana. Enjoy the colours of the mountains and valleys; you may see shepherds and their goats along the way. A lunch bag is provided. The tour ends in Wadi Feynan, where 3,000 years ago copper had been mined and worked up. Dinner and overnight in the Feynan Ecolodge, located in the middle of the desert. The lodge serves vegetarian food only, is powered by solar energy and lit in the evenings by candles. With other guests you can do the short sunset hike offered by the lodge, and in the night gaze with a telescope at the stars.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch Bag, Dinner
Day 5: Feynan Free Morning - Shobak Castle - Little Petra - Petra Hotel
Free morning to discover more of the surrounding areas or sign up for one of the group activities the lodge offers. Possible is a hike or a Bedouin experience like making Arabic coffee or eyeliner. A small fee might apply which goes directly to the local host families. Lunch bag is provided. Latest check-out from your room is 11:00. A jeep ride takes you to the reception centre, where you meet your driver again and hit the road to Shobak. It is a small Crusader castle built in 1115 by Baldwin I of Jerusalem, but has its charm due to an isolated location and nice views over the rugged surroundings. Onto Little Petra, giving you a glimpse what to expect in Petra. You enter the site through a narrow canyon which opens up to carved buildings, tombs and water channels. One of the caves shows the remains of a Nabatean fresco painting. 15 minutes ride to your hotel in Petra for check-in at Movenpick Resort or similar.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch Bag, Dinner
Day 6: Petra Hotel - Petra Visit - Wadi Rum Camp
Today visit Petra, the spectacular rose rock city, one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. Prepare yourself for walking over uneven terrain. Petra is the biggest attraction of Jordan and was first established around the 6th century B.C. by the Nabatean Arabs, a nomadic tribe who settled in the area and laid the foundation of a commercial empire that extended into Syria. Start with a walk to the canyon, the so-called Siq, at its end you see the most beautiful monument, the Treasury. The building rises over 40 meters, and is carved into the sandstone like most of Petra’s architecture. Continue via the Street of Facades, passing by the Theatre to the Royal Tombs. Return along the same trail to the main entrance. From here the journey takes us 1.5 hours to Wadi Rum. Check into your campsite, where dinner and the desert night with a hopefully starry sky awaits you. Overnight at Palmera Camp or similar.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 7: Wadi Rum Camp - Wadi Rum 3 Hours Jeep Ride - Aqaba Hotel
Hop in a 4x4 and with your Bedouin driver uncover more of the vast Wadi Rum desert. The rugged landscape, the changing colours of sands and mountains, the serene atmosphere will make you understand why Wadi Rum is one of the most impressive desert landscapes in the world. The setting had been used for Hollywood movies. You see canyons, red sand dunes, Nabatean rock inscriptions and a natural rock bridge formed over centuries. From Wadi Rum drive 45 minutes to Aqaba at the Red Sea to check-in your hotel for a leisurely afternoon. Overnight at Al Manara or similar.
Day 8-9: Aqaba Leisure Day - Aqaba Hotel
Free day to enjoy the Red Sea resort of Aqaba. Just relax at the beach or have fun with water activities. Diving or snorkeling are very popular because of the various marine life and coral reefs. Other options are the visit to the Mamluk Fort and the archaeological dig Ayla, a stroll along the beach promenade and the local markets. If you happen to be in Aqaba on a Friday, visit in the evening the Souk by the Sea where local artisans show their products. Book a food experience with Aqabawi or just try the local Sayadieh dish at one of the fish restaurants. Overnight stay in Aqaba.
Day 10: Aqaba Hotel - Amman Airport
At a prearranged time we pick you up from your hotel lobby. The drive to Amman Airport takes about an hour. Say farewell to Jordan - Ma’a Salamah!
Note: There is the option to fly from Aqaba to Amman.