• a stone castle next to a rock wall

Wonders of Jordan Tour

Uncover the delights of Jordan on this seven night tour, which is the perfect getaway if you are a lover of culture. A country of diverse offerings, seek out ancient history while also enjoying the many western aspects of this fascinating location. 

The Arab nation of Jordan will capture your heart with its unique range of curiosities, from UNESCO World Heritage site status desert castles, and one of the New Wonders of the World in the wonderful city of Petra. You’ll discover all this alongside contemporary shopping malls, diving resorts, and a vibrant nightlife.  

Immerse yourself in culture with our Wonders of Jordan sightseeing tour and get to know the different characters of the country. Visit the capital city, Amman, with its splendid mosques, museums and amphitheatre. In the eastern desert you’ll find well-preserved castles featuring colourful frescoes, while the ancient Roman city of Jerash is known for its hilltop temples and colonnaded streets. You can also head to ‘the city of mosaics’ Madaba, and Mount Nebo.

From there, travel onwards to one of the most celebrated places in the world - Petra, a glorious city of remarkable rose-coloured sandstone carved temples and tombs. Next stop is the Gulf city of Jordan, Aqaba, which is a popular diving holiday destination and ideal if you’re wishing to take advantage of white-sandy beaches, clear waters and coral reefs. 

After some relaxation time, you’ll journey on to the religious site of Bethany, before enjoying the best known saltwater lake on the planet, the Dead Sea.

A comprehensive and varied tour, at Hayes & Jarvis we’ve created our Wonders of Jordan tour for all our guests - whether you’re travelling with your family, wishing for a romantic couple’s break, or wish to go with your friends.

 

Duration
8 days
Best time to go
March-May
Options
Private basis, Escorted
Start your journey
Amman skyline

Trip highlights

  • Explore Jordan’s most famous eastern desert attractions – Al Kharraneh, Al Azraq and Amra Castles
  • Take a tour of the capital city, Amman, and the ancient Roman city of Jerash
  • Visit Madaba, which is known for its 6th century mosaic map of Jerusalem and the Holy Land
  • Discover the sandstone temple carvings of Petra, a UNESCO World Heritage site

On your first day, you'll fly into the capital of Jordan, Amman, to Queen Alia Airport. On landing, you'll be met and greeted before being taken to your luxury hotel.
Once you’ve settled in, sit down to dinner and get a restful night's sleep before your Middle Eastern exploration begins the following day.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Crowne Plaza Amman or similar
Monastery at Petra

After you’ve finished your first Jordanian breakfast, begin your adventure in the famous desert castles in the eastern desert, a testament to the country’s rich history. Awarded UNESCO World Heritage site status, these well preserved 8th century castle ruins demonstrate spectacular early Islamic art and architecture - and some still feature the original colourful frescoes on their walls and floors.

Stop off at Al Kharraneh, one of the earliest built forts of the Islamic era, then head onto Amra Castle, a surprisingly intact residence of the Umayyad caliphs, with beautiful murals that can be seen today. Your final stop will be at Al Azraq, a large crusader castle, where legend has it Lawrence of Arabia lived and wrote part of his renowned Seven Pillars of Wisdom.

You’ll head back to Amman for an overnight stay, where you can relax with a traditional dinner.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Crowne Plaza Amman or similar
a view of a city

In the morning, set off to familiarise yourself with your surroundings in the energetic capital of Amman. The city offers a fascinating mix of historical sites and landmarks, including the Archaeological Museum, the Folklore Museum, the Citadel, the blue mosque and amphitheatre.

Join the locals at one of the bustling souks while you’re here and get an understanding of how the Jordanians live and work.

Your tour continues on to Jerash, where you’ll gain a real insight into its past Roman life. Featuring 56 columns and the second century Hadrian’s Arch, walk the paved and colonnaded streets, take in the majestic hilltop temples, public squares, baths and fountains.

After a day on your feet, sit down to some Jordanian cuisine in Amman and rest for the next day.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Crowne Plaza Amman or similar
a close up of a stone building
Amman

After breakfast, your Wonders of Jordan tour continues with a visit to the charming market town of Madaba, nicknamed the ‘city of mosaics’. Frequented by visitors due to its stunning Byzantine and Umayyad mosaics, this town is most famous for its 6th century mosaic map of Jerusalem and the Holy Land.

From here, you’ll continue on your adventure to explore the sacred mountain, Mount Nebo. According to the Old Testament, this is where Moses is said to have visited and seen the Promised Land. At nearly 1,000 metres tall, enjoy panoramic views of Bethlehem, the Dead Sea and Jerusalem when you walk to the summit.

Next, you’ll journey to the south of Jordan to explore some more castles - Umm Ar Rasas and Kerak Castle. A UNESCO World Heritage site, Umm Ar Rasas is an old city of historic churches and ruins, with disintegrating pillars, archways and forts. Sitting atop the bustling town of Kerak, Kerak Castle is one of the largest crusader castles, built in the 12th century. Take a closer look inside the Crusader’s Gate at this impressive fortress, as well as the prison cells, kitchen, living quarters and church.

Head to your hotel in Petra ready to explore the main highlight your Wonders of Jordan tour the following morning.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Mövenpick Resort or similar
a building covered in snow

A day of awe-inspiring sightseeing awaits you with a tour of Petra, which is also known as Jordan’s ‘rose city’. This is a place of international archaeological and historic significance built in the third century B.C. Given UNESCO World Heritage site status and also named one of the Seven New Wonders of the World, you can admire the pinky coloured sandstone rock formations that climb 80 metres high. Amazingly, these have all been carved into ornate temples and tombs, through a maze of passageways and gorges.

Visit the many sacrificial altars, colonnaded streets and amphitheatres via a number of walking trails. You can also wander around the 7,000 seat amphitheatre, the Royal Tombs and the impressive Great Temple.

Return to your hotel in Petra overnight before embarking on the next stage of your Jordan sightseeing tour.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Mövenpick Resort Petra
a group of people swimming in a body of water
Reef in the Gulf of Aqaba

Inhabited since 4,000 B.C, Aqaba is a popular choice if you are wishing to combine Jordan’s culture with some fun-filled watersports. The only coastal city in Jordan, Aqaba is situated on the south coast of the country and delivers fantastic scuba diving and snorkelling, thanks to the azure blue waters and Yamanieh coral reef in the Aqaba Marine Park. The beaches here are unspoilt and postcard worthy, and ideal for spending some precious hours relaxing and sunbathing.

At lunchtime, tuck into some fantastic cuisine and a cool drink while you’re here in one of the city’s many varied restaurants and bars. If you have time, squeeze in a trip to Aqaba Fortress, or the Sharif Hussein bin Ali Mosque.

Retreat to your hotel nearby for a delicious dinner, before retiring for the night.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Intercontinental Aqaba or similar
Aqaba shoreline

From Aqaba, you’ll set off to Bethany, in the north west of Jordan, and join pilgrims from all over the world keen to see the baptismal site of Jesus Christ and the place where John the Baptist is said to have preached. Join a walking trail and discover the ruins of some 5th century Byzantine churches on your way to the Jordan River.

After you’ve explored Bethany, you’ll head to the Dead Sea, bordered by Jordan and Israel in the Jordan Rift Valley. Take a dip – or simply float - and discover why this large saltwater lake is famous for its healing properties and black mineral mud.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Crowne Plaza Resort or similar

Today marks your departure from the Dead Sea and the end of your Jordan sightseeing tour. You’ll be picked up and taken from your hotel to the airport, ready for your flight home.

Included

  • Cost of accommodation (double room based on two people sharing) for a total of 7 nights (alternative but similar accommodation may be used at certain times of the year)
  • Board basis is Half Board: breakfast, lunch/dinner at the Movenpick Resort, Crowne Plaza Resort, Dead Sea;Intercontinental Aqaba, as well as dinner on your first night in Ammam at Crowne Plaza Amman
  • Private, air-conditioned vehicle with professional driver
  • Assistance and porterage: meeting and assistance on arrival/departure at airports and hotels
  • Private, English-speaking local guides for all guided excursions as illustrated in the itinerary
  • Entrance fees (excluding video camera fee) for monuments and entertainment for all guided excursions as illustrated in the itinerary
  • A short horse ride from the main gate till the beginning of the Siq
  • Activities: Sightseeing tours of Desert Castles (Castle, Amra Castle and Al Azraq Castle), Amman (Citadel, and Hercules temple), Jerash (entire Roman Archaeological site and the museum), Madaba (St. George Church), Mount Nebo (Franciscan Church)
  • Activities: Sightseeing tours of Kerak (Kerak Castle), Petra (Treasury, Court, Church, Amphitheatre), Aqaba, Bethany (baptismal site of Jesus Christ)

Not included

  • International flights and airfare taxes
  • Visa arrangements and fees
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal expenses, such as alcoholic beverages, telephone calls, laundry, camera fees, spa and business facilities in the hotel
  • Video and professional still camera fees during excursions
  • Gratuities for drivers, tour directors, local guides, naturalists and hotel staff
  • Meals (unless specified)
  • Optional attractions and excursions (unless specified)