Explore ancient sights and lost cities, overnight in a Bedouin tent and dine with the locals amidst the dramatic desert scenery of Wadi Rum. Take in Petra's fascinating history and marvel at its thrilling beauty, and still have a chance to relax in the therapeutic waters of the Dead Sea. This eight-day trip is ideal for the traveller who is short on time but wants to soak up the colours, culture, and history of a country that's small in size but big in adventure.

Itinerary

Day 1Amman

Arrive at any time.

There are no planned activities until an evening welcome meeting followed by an optional group dinner.

Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting

1h18:00

The adventure begins tonight. Feel free to explore before your welcome meeting, but make sure you’re back in time to meet the group. After introductions, your CEO will review the details of your tour. Please note that normal check-in times apply at our start hotels, but you can usually store your luggage for the day if you arrive early.

Accommodation

Retaj Hotel (or similar)

Hotel

Day 2Amman

Guided visit to the ancient Roman town of Jerash followed by a visit to the Dead Sea.

Set off on a half-day trip to Jerash, a fascinating site and one of the largest and most well-preserved Roman ruins outside Italy. 

Continue on to the Dead Sea. Known for its high salinity, opt to bob like a cork in the healing waters. Relax on the shores or cover yourself in therapeutic mud.

Private Vehicle

Amman – Jerash Governorate1h-1h30m

Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

Jerash Guided Visit

Jerash Governorate3h-4h

Take a step back in time visiting Jerash, one of the most well-preserved Roman sites outside of Italy. Wander amid its paved and colonnaded streets, soaring hilltop temples, handsome theatres, spacious public squares and plazas, baths, fountains, and city walls pierced by towers and gates – all in exceptional condition. 

Private Vehicle

Jerash Governorate – Dead Sea2h-2h30m

Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

Dead Sea Visit

Dead Sea

Discover the legendary healing qualities of the Dead Sea, famous for its unique mineral makeup and salinity. Spot salt chunks drifting by like icebergs on the water’s surface. Take a dip yourself and float like a buoy or cover yourself in the mud along the shore, believed to have medicinal and therapeutic benefits. There are showers nearby to wash off after. 

 

Private Vehicle

Dead Sea – Amman4h

Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

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Optional Activities - Day 2

Accommodation

Retaj Hotel (or similar)

Hotel

Meals included:

 Breakfast

Day 3Amman/Wādī Mūsá

A packed day includes a guided visit to the intricate Madaba mosaics, enjoying the panoramic views from Mt Nebo and a visit to the crusader castle at Karak. 

Depart early for the first stop, Mt Nebo. Learn the ancient history of this spot and check out the views. 

Continue on to Madaba to see the famous Byzantine mosaics, dating back to the sixth century. After, visit Karak Castle, built during the Crusades.

Arrive in the early evening to Wadi Musa, the town just outside Petra. 

Private Vehicle

Amman – Wādī Mūsá3h-4hFull Day240km

Including stops along the way.

Mt Nebo Visit

Jabal Nabā

Visit Mount Nebo, a historic site believed by many to be the location of Moses' death and has thus been a centre for pilgrimage since the earliest Christian times. Trek to the summit (817m or 2,680 ft), and be rewarded with views of the stunning surrounding countryside and Israel in the distance. 

Madaba Mosaics Guided Tour

Mādabā

Explore Madaba’s long history on this guided tour, including its role as the centre of early Christianity. See some of the finest Byzantine mosaics in the world, including the famous sixth-century mosaic map of the Middle East. Tour churches, the Archaeological Park, and the local museum that's housed in several old Madaba residences.

Karak Castle Guided Visit

Karak

Take a walk through history on this guided tour of Karak Castle, the largest late-Islamic castle in Jordan. Explore its unique construction – initially built in the Crusader period, it was expanded and refortified during the Ayyubid and Mamluk eras.

Accommodation

Seven Wonders Hotel (or similar)

Hotel

Meals included:

 Breakfast

Day 4Wādī Mūsá

Start early to visit iconic Petra. It's easy to wander this massive 'rose city' for hours.

Walk through the narrow canyon that forms the dramatic entrance to the city (the Siq), round the final corner and lay eyes on the dramatic façade of the Treasury building. Learn a brief history of the city and walk approx 25 km to cover the entire site. Return to Wādī Mūsá in the late afternoon, or continue exploring on your own.

Petra Guided Tour

Petra6:00Full Day

Journey to Petra to explore this UNESCO World Heritage site. Each tour will be different depending on the interests of the group, but everyone arrives through the dramatic Siq, rounding a corner and setting eyes on the famous treasury building.

With time, hike approx 25km (15 mi) to cover the entire site. Climb (steps) to two sacred hilltops. Depending on the weather and the interests of the group, opt to hike an additional 2km (1.2 mi) to see the magnificent views from the top of the treasury. This makes for a unique and unforgettable experience.

Get a brief history of the city, one of the greatest tourist attractions in the Middle East. The Nabateans carved this capital from the living rock of the surrounding mountains in Petra. Visit monuments that include the Pharaoh's Castle, the triumphal arch, the amphitheatre, and the monastery.

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Optional Activities - Day 4

Accommodation

Seven Wonders Hotel (or similar)

Hotel

Meals included:

 Breakfast

Day 5Wādī Mūsá/Wadi Rum

Opt to visit Little Petra in the morning before continuing to Wadi Rum. Head out for a 4x4 excursion during the day before a traditional dinner and overnight at a Bedouin desert camp.

Drive to Wadi Rum, a vast, silent landscape of ancient riverbeds and the largest and most magnificent of Jordan's desert landscapes. Head deep into the desert by 4x4 stopping at famous landmarks along the way. 

Arrive to the tented camp in time for a traditional meal. Learn more about this ancient culture.

 

Accommodation in the desert is in one large goat-hair tent divided into "rooms" with curtains. Basic linens are provided but many travellers prefer to bring a sleep sheet for extra comfort. There are shared, unisex facilities. For religious reasons, no alcohol is permitted at the camp.

Private Vehicle

Petra – Wadi Rum2h

Drive time doesn't include stops in the gorgeous desert along the way.

Wadi Rum 4x4 Excursion

Wadi Rum2h

Journey into the stunning, colourful desert on this 4x4 excursion. Make stops along the way to get out and explore, learn about the region or scramble up rocks or sand dunes. Reach the Bedouin camp for nightfall to learn about a new culture and eat traditional food beneath the starry skies.

Local Living: Bedouin Camp Overnight

Camp overnight in the desert, enjoying a traditional meal and learning more about the ancient Bedouin culture. Spend the evening sitting under the stars, around a fire, listening to stories from the Bedouin hosts. If really lucky, they may bring the drums out for some music!

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Optional Activities - Day 5

Accommodation

Al Zawaydah Camp (or similar)

Campground

Meals included:

 Breakfast | Dinner

Day 6Wadi Rum/Aqaba

Opt to take a hot air balloon ride at sunrise for incredible views of the desert. Journey towards the red sea, where you can opt to snorkel and enjoy a relaxing boat trip.

Drive to the Red Sea resort city of Aqaba. Enjoy free time to enjoy the beach, go snorkelling or check out the city. Make sure to try some fresh seafood for dinner.

Private Vehicle

Wadi Rum – Aqaba1h

Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

Free Time

AqabaFull Day

Make the most of this Red Sea resort town. Free time is yours to use any way you want!

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Optional Activities - Day 6

Accommodation

Rae'd Suites Hotel (or similar)

Hotel

Meals included:

 Breakfast

Day 7Aqaba/Amman

Head back to Amman with a little time to explore.

The morning is flexible. Spend a little more time at the beach or head back early. Reach Amman by way of the Desert Highway. Enjoy a final night out in the city. 

Private Vehicle

Aqaba – Amman4h

Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

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Optional Activities - Day 7

Site of Jesus' Baptism

Dead Sea

18JOD per person

Visit the site of Jesus' baptism with a local guide. Round-trip transportation included.

Accommodation

Retaj Hotel (or similar)

Hotel

Meals included:

 Breakfast

Day 8Amman

Depart at any time.

 

Departure Day

Not ready to leave? Your CEO can help with travel arrangements to extend your adventure. 

Meals included:

 Breakfast

cost 

Contact ben@photographerswithoutborders.org for pricing.

What's Included

  • Local Living: Bedouin Camp Overnight, Wadi Rum
  • Jerash entrance and guided tour
  • Dead Sea visit
  • Madaba mosaics guided tour
  • Mt Nebo entrance
  • Karak Castle guided tour
  • Petra day pass and local guide
  • Wadi Rum jeep excursion
  • Red Sea stay
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

Accommodations

Hotels (6 nts), Bedouin desert camp (1 nt).

Meals

7 breakfasts, 1 dinner
Allow USD220-290 for meals not included.

Transportation

Private van, 4x4 pickup truck, walking.

Staff & experts

Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides.

Available extras (Add these to your tour when you book)

Hot Air Balloon Ride - From $246.00

Watch the sun rise over the sprawling mountain ranges of the Wadi Rum desert.

Aqaba Boat Trip with Snorkelling - From $65.00

Looking for a perfect day trip to make the most of your time in this seaside town? Board a boat and enjoy a relaxing day on the waters of the Red Sea. Enjoy lunch aboard and join a snorkelling guide to spot marine life beneath the surface. If snorkelling isn't your thing, sit back and enjoy the view of Aqaba. Please note this is only offered on tour from January 26, 2018 onwards.

My Own Room - From $469.00

If you're travelling solo and would prefer to have your own private room throughout your trip, select this option during the online booking process.