Jordan Highlights & Hidden Gems
14 Days, from £2,450pp incl. flights A unique holiday experience – from local Bedouin tents to luxury hotels – ‘far from the maddening crowds
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This 14-day private tour features our favourite ‘hidden gems’ of Jordan. You stay in a combination of small, unique lodges and cabins from local Bedouin tents to comfortable hotels. On this tour we really try and get you away from the crowds and instead take you to the lesser visited national parks of the country.
Of course you also visit the highlights including Jerash, Ajloun, Madaba the City of Mosaics and the most famous site of all - Petra.
Day 1: London Heathrow to Amman
Today you will take a flight from London Heathrow to Amman, Jordan. Upon arrival at Amman International Airport you will be met and transferred to your city hotel.
Day 2: Desert Castles / Azraq Wetland Reserve (B/D)
Today enjoy your full day tour of the Desert Castles. Scattered throughout the black basalt desert, the Desert Castles stand as testament to the flourishing beginnings of the Islamic-Arab civilization. Visit Qasr Hallabat, Qasr Amra, and Qasr Kharaneh. Transfer onwards to the Azraq Lodge, a converted 1940’s British military field hospital, located in the Azraq Wetland Reserve at the edge of the Eastern Desert. Enjoy dinner and overnight here.
Day 3: Azraq / Ajloun Forest Reserve (B)
This morning you have some time at leisure to explore the Reserve via the designated Marsh trail before heading to Ajloun Forest Reserve for some more hiking opportunities in the Reserve. Overnight in either the newer Ajloun Cabins or the traditional tented bungalows (please note, the bungalows only offer shared facilities).
Day 4: Ajloun / Jerash / Dead Sea (B)
This morning you will transfer to visit the nearby site of Ajloun and then onwards to Jerash. From the top of the castle, visitors can enjoy panoramic views into the Jordan Valley and throughout the highlands of north Jordan. Jerash is an ancient city largely acknowledged to be one of the best preserved Roman provincial towns in the world. After your visits, transfer onwards to Madash Peninsula on the shores of the Dead Sea and your accommodation in the Mujib Chalets.
Day 5: Dead Sea (B)
Today is at leisure to enjoy exploring the Mujib Nature Reserve via the range of hiking trails – or you could simply relax and enjoy the Dead Sea experience.
Day 6: Mt Nebo / Madaba / Kerak / Dana Biosphere Reserve (B)
We drive south today along the King’s Way to visit the sites of Madaba and Mt Nebo. Madaba, or the ‘City of Mosaics’, is a small town at the head of the ancient King’s Highway is covered with fantastic mosaics from the Byzantine era.
Also visit Mt. Nebo located on a cliff overlooking the Jordan Valley and Dead Sea, long believed to be the burial place of Moses. Then drive through the magnificent scenery of Wadi Mujib to Kerak to visit the Crusader Castle. Continue onwards to Dana Nature Reserve’s cosy Dana Guesthouse for overnight.
Day 7: Dana Biosphere Reserve (B)
Today you will hike across the Biosphere Reserve, a distance of some 14 kilometres (roughly 5 hours walking), a spectacular downhill walk from Dana Guesthouse through the sandstone gorge of Wadi Dana to Feynan Eco Lodge. Here, you will overnight in this unique and rustic lodge, lit entirely by candle light – a truly beautiful location.
Day 8: Dana / Petra (B)
This morning you have the option to enjoy some more hiking in this region of the reserve before transferring onwards to the most famous site in all of Jordan: Petra. Spend time this afternoon visiting the site for sunset before also enjoying the fabulous experience of ‘Petra by Night’, a remarkable chance to experience Petra as the ancient spice caravan travellers must have seen it – lit with over 1,500 candles.
Day 9: Full Day Petra Tour (B)
Today enjoy a full day to visit the many sites of Petra, the city that was carved into the rose-red Sharah Mountains by the Nabateans and lost to Civilization until re-discovered by the Swiss Burkhardt. Walk through the Siq, a narrow and winding fissure between the cliffs, to reach the Treasury, the Roman Theater, the Courts, Qasr Bint Pharaoun, Temple of the Winged Lion and other monuments. There is a break for optional lunch or you may wish to climb up to the Monastery.
Overnight at your Petra hotel.
Day 10: Petra / Wadi Rum (B/D)
Today you will be collected from your hotel and transferred to Wadi Rum where you will venture in a 4x4 vehicle into the desert on a Jeep Safari. Overnight under the stars in a local Bedouin camp where dinner is included.
Day 11: Wadi Rum / Aqaba Beach Extension (B)
Transfer this morning to Aqaba for some time relaxing by the sea.
Days 12-13: Aqaba at leisure (B)
Days at leisure to relax and enjoy the resort and its facilities.
Day 14: Departure (B)
Transfer to Aqaba Airport for your departure flight to London Heathrow, via Amman.
• Return international flights from the UK
• Accommodation as specified
• Private or shared transfers throughout
• Meals and touring as specified in the itinerary
• B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner
Prices vary according to season and are per person based on two people sharing travelling together. Please ask us for more details and exclusions.
Please note: This tour can be tailored to your exact requirements and if you prefer not to visit Aqaba at the end of the tour, it can be amended accordingly. Please ask us for more options.