The Kingdom of Jordan

DURATION: 8 Days

START/END: Amman

START DATE: 28 Oct 2024

TOUR COST (Twin Share): USD 2325

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT: USD 445

MAX GROUP SIZE: 14

PHYSICAL LEVEL: Moderate

Journey through timeless Jordan

Jordan is a lesson in contrasts: sand and sea, canyon and mountain. On this Byroads adventure, you’ll step into a world rich with history and trace the steps of ancient armies, including the Nabateans, Arabs, Romans and Crusaders.

You’ll uncover Jordan’s crowning jewel – the World Heritage-listed Petra with its crimson carved beauty. You’ll wander through Wadi Rum’s desert expanse, climb dunes and float in the Dead Sea. It’s a world unto itself – and you’ll witness it firsthand.

You’ll be in good company the entire trip. Local guides with a wealth of knowledge will deepen your adventure. Your Byroads host will support you throughout the trip. And a small bunch of fellow wanderers will create meaningful memories alongside you.

Moments you’ll love

  • Discovering magnificent Petra, where temples and tombs are carved into the rock walls
  • Traversing Wadi Rum on a Jeep safari
  • Floating effortlessly in the waters of the Dead Sea
  • Tracing the steps of the Crusaders at Shobak Crusader Castle
  • Enjoying a desert camel ride at sunset
  • Tasting captivating Middle Eastern cuisine

Lodgings you’ll adore

  • Luxurious Bedouin-style encampment in the desert of Wadi Rum
  • Sleep right by the gates of Petra
  • Enjoy 4 star comfort in the heart of Amman

DAY 1: AMMAN

Arrive at Amman International Airport and transfer to your hotel | Settle in and meet up with your group in the evening.

Toledo Amman Hotel (or similar)  –  This 4-star hotel is situated in the heart of Amman, on the edge of the old city centre and within walking distance to the new downtown.

DAY 2: JERASH, THE DEAD SEA AND AMMAN

Take a guided tour of the ancient Greco-Roman ruins of Jerash – continuously occupied for 6500 years | Later, visit the Dead Sea and float in its salty, healing waters | Return to Amman for the evening. (BL)

Toledo Amman Hotel (or similar)

DAY 3: AMMAN AND AQABA

Visit the Citadel and Amphitheatre – a testament to Amman’s rich and diverse history. | Enjoy a walk downtown to visit the Jordan Museum | Drive to the port of Aqaba on the Red Sea | Take a swim in the warm waters and spend the night in Aqaba. (B)

La Costa Hotel Aqaba (or similar)

DAY 4: AQABA AND WADI RUM

Your day of desert adventure begins with a short drive to Wadi Rum – one of the Middle East’s most spectacular natural environments | Walk, safari and ride a camel through the desert valley, imagining you’re Lawrence of Arabia | Spend the night at the luxurious Bedouin-style camp. (BD)

Sun City Bedouin Camp (or similar)  –  Experience luxury camping at its finest. These bedouin style tents boast panoramic views of Wadi Rum and luxurious interiors inspired by the desert. Star gaze, sample captivating local food and enjoy the stillness.

DAY 5: WADI RUM AND PETRA

Rise early and head into the dunes with our Bedouin guide| Drink Bedouin tea and learn about their culture | Strap yourself in for a desert 4WD ride | Head to Petra and enjoy an evening of free time. (B)

Petra Moon Hotel (or similar)  –  Stay right by the entrance to ancient Petra. Dine at one of the enchanting restaurants, followed by a blissful escape to a traditional Middle Eastern hammam for a rejuvenating experience.

DAY 6: PETRA

Take a guided tour through one of the world’s most magnificent sites: Petra | Marvel at the architectural wonders of the Rose City, Treasury building and other famed sites | Wander through the town’s shops and bazaar – or head back to your hotel to relax. (B)

Petra Moon Hotel (or similar)

DAY 7: PETRA, SHOBAK, DANA, MADABA AND AMMAN

After breakfast, drive back to Amman, stopping by many significant sites | Wander through the 12th Century Shoback Crusader Castle, perched on a rocky conical mountain | Explore the cliffside village of Dana – rejuvenated from new investment | Learn about Byzantine history at the market town of Madaba, where church mosaics tell ancient stories | Arrive in Amman and settle in for the night.  (B)

Toledo Hotel Amman (or similar)

DAY 8: AMMAN

Breakfast concludes your tour | Taxis to the airport are available, or Byroads can organise a transfer on request. (B)

Toledo Amman Hotel (or similar)

What’s Included

GUIDES

Byroads tour host, national and local guides

TRANSPORT

Arrival transfer, private vehicle, 4WD

ACCOMMODATION

7 nights’ accommodation (3 to 4-star hotel average)

MEALS

7 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 dinner

TICKETS

Entrance fees to indicated sites

Due to currency volatility, trip fees are calculated in USD. However, you will be charged in Australian dollars. Currency conversion is based on the Westpac Bank buying rate on your balance due date.

Meet your trip host

Ready for travel without logistical nightmares? Your trip host has got you covered.

Every Byroads tour is supported by Steve or Bronny – two experienced travellers with a genuine passion for people. They take care of all the nitty-gritty details to ensure your trip runs smoothly – and you can focus on enjoying the moment.

Steve heads up Byroads and has over 35 years of experience in the travel industry. He’s designed and operated holidays to some of the world’s most fascinating destinations.

Like her brother, Bronny shares a keen curiosity about the world. Independently, she has journeyed far and wide – and has worked as a tour leader throughout Europe, Asia and Australia.

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