Discover the magic of Jordan’s ancient cities and deserts
This unforgettable eight-day tour will show you the highlights of Jordan, from the Citadel of Amman to incredible Petra and the Wadi Rum desert.
With a range of activities, from a 4x4 tour of Wadi Rum to an authentic Jordanian dinner with a local family, you'll love this cultural odyssey. Your trip begins in Amman, one of the oldest continually habited cities in the world.
You'll travel to Petra, to see the Nabatean architecture by night and day. Carved out of sandstone, this fascinating place is one of the new Seven Wonders of the World.
Head to the otherworldly Wadi Rum, a wilderness punctuated with sandstone mountains and canyons. You'll explore these astounding landscapes on a 4x4 tour, before checking into a Bedouin desert camp for the night.
Your trip ends with two relaxing days by the Dead Sea, where you can experience how it feels to float on the salty and buoyant lake.
Reasons to book
Float on the Dead Sea
See Petra at night
Explore the Wadi Rum desert
Dine on Jordanian food
Sleep in a Bedouin camp
Experience the urban side of Jordan
- Services of a tour manager from day 2 to 6
- Dinner with a local family in Petra
- Wadi Rum Desert 4x4 tour
- Petra by night and guided tour
- Ma'in Hot Springs
- Dead Sea swimming opportunity
- Six nights' hotel accommodation
- One night in a Bedouin-style desert camp
- Seven breakfasts, three lunches, five dinners
- Return flights
- Group arrival and departure transfers
Day1Arrive in AmmanAmman, Jordan
You'll arrive at Queen Alia International Airport in Amman today, where you'll meet your airport representative, who'll assist you through immigration and customs. You'll then transfer to your hotel in Amman and check in for the night.
After breakfast at the hotel, you'll enjoy a walking tour of Amman, including the historic Citadel. Amman's history spans nine millennia dating back to the Stone Age. The city boasts one of the largest Neolithic settlements ever discovered in the Middle East. You'll visit the Citadel and see its early Bronze Age tombs (3300-1200 BC), before continuing downtown for a stroll and a taste of the local food.
You'll then travel to Rainbow St in Jabal Amman. This street is a destination in itself. Amman residents come here every evening to promenade and to visit the many great cafes and restaurants - to see and be seen. There are plenty of shops if you come in the daytime (the area is good for souvenirs), but either way it's best explored by foot as the narrow one-way street easily clogs with traffic any time of day or night.
After enjoying the sights of Rainbow St, you'll head out to Beit Sitti restaurant for dinner. Meaning "my grandmother's kitchen" in Arabic, Beit Sitti serves up delicious traditional dishes in a welcoming environment.
After breakfast, you'll check out of your Amman hotel and transfer to Petra, stopping for lunch along the way. On arrival, you'll check in at your hotel to relax before seeing Petra by night.
Petra is justifiably on most people's list of 'must-visit' places. It is the jewel of Jordan, the lost city of the biblical Nabataean, an impressive series of tombs and dwellings hidden behind ornate facades carved directly into the rock. Dating back to the 6th century BC, the site was rediscovered in 1812 by a Swiss explorer.
Today you'll see Petra in the daylight, with an informative guided tour.
You walk down the increasingly narrow gorge and, just as you think the vertiginous sides could not get any narrower, the incredible vista of the Treasury appears. Beyond it are the Royal Tombs, the theatre, the Street of the Facades, the Great Temple and early Christian churches. It is a sight that will remain with you forever.
This evening, you'll enjoy dinner with a local family, feasting on more traditional Jordanian dishes.
Day5Wadi RumWadi Rum Desert, Jordan
After breakfast, you'll leave Petra and head to the Wadi Rum Desert, for a 4x4 tour.
Wadi Rum is full of weird and beautiful lunar-like rock formations. Traces of ancient civilisations can be seen in the many carved inscriptions found throughout the Wadi Rum area, from pictographs to Thamudic, Nabataean and Arabic texts. The most enduring monuments in Wadi Rum, however, are those carved by nature - the natural rock bridges, towering rose-coloured sand dunes and scattered rocky peaks.
The sands of Wadi Rum are red as Mars and its otherworldly terrain has been a backdrop in many famous movies.
You'll check in for the night at a comfortable Bedouin desert camp where you can continue to enjoy the incredible surroundings of Wadi Rum.
Day6Ma’in Hot SpringsHammamat Ma’in , Jordan
You'll leave Petra behind after breakfast, heading to the Ma'in Hot Springs three hours north. Popular with locals and tourists alike, the springs are 264m below sea level, and bathers enjoy the mineral-rich waters of these hyperthermal waterfalls.
You'll visit the Dead Sea - not a sea, but a salty lake. It's the lowest point on earth, and you can experience floating effortlessly.
Lunch follows at one of the beaches, before you head to your hotel to settle in.
Day7Dead SeaDead Sea, Jordan
Today is yours to spend as you wish. Perhaps you'll choose to relax on one of the Dead Sea's immaculate beaches, enjoy the experience of weightlessness floating in the water, or enjoy a long, lazy lunch in a local restaurant.
After breakfast, it's time to check out and transfer to Queen Alia International Airport for your flight home.
Art Hotel, Amman
Simple ensuite rooms in a friendly hotel in the heart of Amman with a restaurant and cafe on the fourth floor.
Petra Moon Hotel
Modern hotel in the heart of the Jordanian desert
A stone's throw from the entrance gate to Petra, this hotel features spacious, comfortable rooms with air conditioning, private bathrooms and flat-screen TVs, and public areas that include a roof garden with a seasonal outdoor pool.
Guests can enjoy a buffet breakfast in the restaurant, with local and international meals available for lunch and dinner.
Mohammed Mutlak Camp, Wadi Rum Desert
An experiential eco-friendly camp that offers a traditional Bedouin experience. The tents are simple but comfortable, with shared bathrooms.
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* From price is per person, based on two people sharing a room, subject to availability. Price and itinerary correct at time of print but may be subject to change. Single supplement £565 (excludes Day 3 Wadi Rum Camp, this will be shared accommodation). Deposit 20% plus air fare. Local charges such as tourist tax may apply. Not suitable for those with mobility issues. Travel insurance is not included and should be taken out at time of booking. Images used may not reflect your actual tour experience. This holiday may be sold through other selected brands. Holiday is operated by and subject to the booking conditions of TS Travel Limited (ATOL bonded). Full cancellation terms available at https://tstours.co.uk/assets/tandc.pdf.