Jordan Adventure - 31st October to 7th November 2018**

Roman theatre in Amman

This holiday offers an insight into a fascinating landscape, with a touch of adventure and a chance to visit the many places of cultural, archaeological, biblical and historic interest along the way. Our journey through Jordan is in a modern, deluxe air-conditioned tour coach, accompanied by a tour leader, local English-speaking Guide and driver. We stay in impressive 5-star hotels and spend one night at a Bedouin tented camp in the desert. We start with a guided tour of Amman’s most noteworthy sights, as well as a visit to the magnificent Roman city of Jerash. From there, we journey south via the ancient silk route and Kings Highway to Madaba, Mount Nebo, with its spectacular views over the Holy Land, and 12th Century Crusader Castle.

  • Tour of Amman including Citadel, museums and Roman Theatre
  • Roman city of Jerash
  • Madaba (home of the famous Byzantine mosaics
  • Mount Nebo
  • Walking in the desert, Petra and places of historical interest
  • Nabatean city of Petra
  • Wadi rum and Bedouin tented camp
  • Desert safari
  • Dead Sea experience
  • Visit Bethany

The mysteries of the Nabatean rose-red city of Petra are bound to impress, and we have included two full days to explore the breathtaking facade of the Treasury, cliff-top Monastery, Wadi Farash and lesser known slot canyons - tucked away from the main tourist routes. We visit Bethany on the banks of the River Jordan, experience a swim in the Dead Sea and return to Amman, where we have our dinner in a typical Arabian restaurant.

Jordan

Although 80% of Jordan is desert, it has some of the most spectacular scenery in the Middle East. The people are known for their hospitality and we can expect to be warmly welcomed and assured of a safe and relaxing experience in this truly amazing and unspoilt country. Jordan is also a magnet for those who enjoy exploring historical sights, and the country is often described as an open-air museum overflowing with monuments stretching back to early human settlements.

The romantic, isolated desert castles recall a rich history of kings, princes and the Crusaders, while Jerash is one of the world’s best preserved Roman provincial towns. Other highlights include the awe-inspiring city of Petra – dating back to 400BC, where over 800 monuments are literally carved out of the colourful mountain rock.

Wednesday 31st October – Fly to Amman (D)

Depart Leeds Bradford Airport/London Heathrow for the British Airways flight to Amman, Jordan.

                            

Thursday 1st November – Amman - Jerash (BD)

Tour of Amman, capital of Jordan commencing with a visit to the Citadel situated on one of the highest hills in Amman, offering an enviable vantage point of the old city. Next, we visit the Archaeological Museum, which houses an excellent collection of Jordan’s antiquities. Our coach takes us to the Roman Theatre, dating back to the 2nd century AD. This is also the home of Jordan’s Folklore Museum, displaying artifacts of traditional Jordanian life including, costumes, home furnishings, musical instruments and handicrafts. Our visit to Amman concludes with a visit to the King Abdullah Mosque.

Sit back and relax as we drive north to visit Jerash, one of the most beautiful and best-preserved Greco-Roman cities outside Italy (optional lunch in Artemis Restaurant in Jerash). Excavations made it possible to update two theatres, several temples, churches, a market, thermal baths, and the famous Cardo Maximus alley.

This evening we have a dinner reservation at the Tawaheen Al Hawa Restaurant with its typical Arabian atmosphere -  popular with locals. The restaurant is famous for its Arabic Starters (Mezza). You may be tempted to try the “Hubbly Bubbly” (water pipe).

Walking – around 3 hours. Grade Easy.

Dinner at the Tawaheen al-Hawa Restaurant in typical Arabian style.      

Overnight at the Kempinski Hotel.

 

Friday 2nd November - Amman – Madaba – Nebo – King's Highway – Shoubak – Petra (BD)

Check out of the hotel and drive 30 Km south to Madaba “the City of Mosaics”. Visit the Greek Orthodox Church of St. George where the famous 6th Century Byzantine mosaic map of the holy sites in the biblical world is found. Proceed to Mount Nebo, believed to be the burial site of Moses.

Drive on the Kings Highway (the ancient road mentioned in the bible), which links prehistoric villages from the Stone Age, and biblical towns from the kingdoms of Ammon, Moab and Edom, before our arrival at Shoback. This would be a good place to enjoy an optional lunch before driving on to Shawbak to visit the Crusader Castle, dating back to the 12th century AD. The castle’s exterior is impressive, with a forbidding gate and encircling walls which are still reasonably intact, although the castle’s interior consists mainly of tumbled stones, with a few remaining walls and arches. One of the fascinating remains is the ancient well-shaft cut deep into the rock, with 375 steps leading down to the water supply at the bottom.

Arrive at Petra and check in at the Movenpick Hotel, Petra, where we stay for three nights.

Walking approx 2 hours. Grade Easy.

Free time for swimming in the hotel pool.

Dinner and overnight at the Movenpick Hotel, Petra.

                            

Saturday 3rd November - Full Day Visit of Petra (BD)

Accompanied by a professional guide, we spend the day discovering the mysteries of the Nabatean rose-red city of Petra, built more than 2000 years ago. We take a short horse ride (you may prefer to walk) then continue through a narrow gorge which suddenly opens out to reveal the breathtaking facade of the Treasury - the most famous and widely-photographed carving in Petra.

After an optional lunch, we take the high trail up hundreds of carved steps along an ancient route to the stunning cliff-top Monastery with dramatic desert views and amazing mountain scenery. Continue on foot to explore the theatre and wall tombs.

Walks today are graded Moderate: 6-7 hours or you have the option of a shorter walk, graded Easy by returning to the hotel at lunchtime.

Dinner and overnight at the Movenpick Hotel, Petra.

                       

Sunday 4th November - Full Day Visit Petra (BD)

Accompanied by a professional guide, we return to Petra for another exciting day of exploration, including a morning walk to the High Place of Sacrifice and in the afternoon, we follow a path through the gorges. Follow steep steps up to Wadi Farash for wonderful panoramic views over Petra, desert and mountains. Steep descent to Qasar Al-Bint via Lion Fountain and Garden Tomb.

Here, we have an optional lunch break before following a track through the valley to a narrow slot canyon with some scrambling over boulders to Wadi Almundlm (at the entrance of Petra).

Total walking time 5/6 hours. Grade Moderate, Grade Easy if you take the morning walk only with the option of returning to the hotel for an afternoon swim.

Dinner and overnight at the Movenpick Hotel, Petra.

                       

Monday 5th November – Little Petra – Wadi Rum and Bedouin Camp (BD)

Check out of the hotel and our coach takes us to the visitor centre at Beidah, often called Little Petra, for a one hour’s walk to learn something of its history. Our next visit is to the remote desert landscape of Wadi Rum, described by T H Lawrence as "vast, echoing and God-like". Sometimes called "The Valley of the Moon", the spectacular desert and moonscape scenery should be a memorable experience. Optional lunch.

Transfer to 4x4 vehicles, and accompanied by our Bedouin guides, we set off on an expedition into the desert to see breathtaking views of canyons, colourful rock-faces, wadis, and possibly a visit to one of the Bedouin homes.   

Evening walk to enjoy the desert sunset followed by a typical Bedouin dinner.

Walking – around 2 hours. Grade Easy.Overnight Bedouin Camp in Wadi Rum.

                       

Tuesday 6th November - Wadi Rum – Bethany - Dead Sea – Amman (BD)

We leave Wadi Rum after breakfast and head for the settlement of Bethany - where it is believed John the Baptist had lived and baptized. As we walk near the banks of the River Jordan, we learn about other archaeological and biblical discoveries.

Next, we experience the salty waters of the Dead Sea, the lowest point on earth at 420 meters below sea level. We linger awhile at the Dead Sea OH Beach resort, located on the shores of the Dead Sea. This is a good spot for swimming and a chance to take a shower, as well as an (optional) lunch in their restaurant.

Continue our journey to Amman in the afternoon and check in at the Kempinski Hotel.

Dinner at the Kan Zaman Restaurant, which lies within the ancient walls of Kan Zaman Village for a true Jordanian experience on our last night. Located 25km from Amman.

We stay overnight at the Kempinski Hotel.         

 

Wednesday 7th November – Return Flight to the UK (B)

Check out of the hotel for transfer by private coach to Amman Airport for our return flight to the UK

 

B = breakfast, L = lunch, D = dinner

We stay in the 5-star Kempinski Hotel, Amman and one night in a Bedouin tented camp.

Petra
Inclusive price per person sharing a twin/double room departing from Heathrow £2,295
Supplement for departue from Leeds Bradford Airport £950
Single person supplement occupying a double room £450

What The Price Includes

  • Return scheduled economy class flight UK to Amman
  • Return transfer between airport and hotel by private coach
  • Accompanying tour leader and local English-speaking guide throughout
  • six nigths' dinner, bed & breakfast in 5* hotels
  • One night in a Bedouin tented camp
  • Evening dinner parties in hotels or Arabian restaurants
  • Full walking programme with English speaking guides
  • Private modern deluxe air-conditioned tour coach
  • 4X4 open vehicle for the desert expedition in Wadi Rum
  • Swimming in the Dead Sea with towl provided
  • All entrance fees to historic sites and places of interest
  • Assistance of our agents at the airport in Amman
  • ATOL protection and ATOL Protection Contribution (APC)
  • Airport taxes

What Is Not Included

  • Items of a personal nature
  • Jordanian visa obtainable on arrival at USD30.00
  • Travel insurance
  • Any Government taxes that may be introduced after the publication of this web page
  • Gratuities to guides and drivers, which are optional

For reasons of safety, weather conditions and unforeseen circumstances - it may be necessary to make changes to the programme without advance notice. Every effort will be made to avoid this if at all possible.

Please Note: For reasons of safety, weather conditions and unforeseen circumstances, it may be necessary to make changes to the programme without advance notice. Every effort will be made to avoid this if at all possible.

Arrival

 

Depart Leeds Bradford Airport/London Heathrow for the British Airways flight to Amman, Jordan.

Please note that flight times and flight numbers are correct at time of publication, but are subject to change and confirmation by the airline. All times are local.

 

Depart Leeds Bradford              BA1347            09:20

Arrive Heathrow (T5)                                         10:35

 

Depart Heathrow (T5)               BA0147            14:35

Arrive Amman                                                   21:40

 

Met on arrival by our local agents who will provide assistance through immigration and customs, including entry visas to Jordan. Transfer to the Kempinski Hotel by private coach.

 

Departure

 

Check out of the hotel for transfer by private coach to Amman Airport for our return flight to the UK.

                                                                                                                                                                       

Depart Amman                          BA0146            09:10

Arrive Heathrow (T5)                                          13:00

 

Depart Heathrow (T5)               BA1344            17:30

Arrive Leeds Bradford                                        18:35

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Weather

Jordan. Jordan has a hot, dry climate characterized by long, hot, dry summers and short, cool winters. The climate is influenced by Jordan's location between the subtropical aridity of the Arabian desert areas and the subtropical humidity of the eastern Mediterranean area.

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