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Located at the crossroads of the Middle East between Asia, Africa and Europe, Jordan is a land steeped in history. Jordan is rich in monuments from every era of humanity, but none are quite as spectacular as the rock-carved city of Petra. Explore this magnificent “pink city”, as well as some of Jordan’s lesser-known treasures, on this unforgettable small group tour.

Wander through ancient ruins in Jerash and Aljoun, marvel at the mosaics of Madaba, and discover the secrets of the capital, Amman, with its many museums, bustling markets and historic sites from down through the ages. You’ll have the chance to experience some of Jordan’s wonderful great outdoors, with hikes in the remarkable Mujib Nature & Dana Reserves, a boat trip to snorkel among the colourful coral of the Red Sea, a 4x4 jeep tour and overnight stay in the desert valley of Wadi Rum, as well as a soak in the healing salty waters of the Dead Sea.

With a cooking class and visit to a local crafts training project included, you’ll be able to get to know Jordan through its people, culture and cuisine, as well as its ancient sites and natural wonders.

 

Practical Information for this holiday

Currency
Jordanian Dinar (JOD)
Local Time
GMT +3 hours
Passport
A valid passport is required for this holiday. Holders of an Irish or UK passport can obtain entry permits upon arrival in Dubai. Non Irish & UK citizens should check requirements.
Airport
Amman.
Climate

The climate is pleasantly temperate.  Summers are hot and dry.

Food & Drink

Jordan is a relatively inexpensive place to travel, and eating out is reasonably priced. Falafal and schwarma meals are particularly cheap and tasty. 

Dress Code

As Jordan and the surrounding countries are rather conservative, it is advised for women to carry a shawl or pashmina with them, as you may be advised to cover up for certain destinations. For both men and women, showing an abundance of skin is not advised. 

Vaccinations
Vaccinations may be required before your departure - please consult with your GP or Tropical Medical Bureau.
Average Prices for Region
  • Coffee: 2.90JOD
  • Beer: 3.75JOD
  • Glass of wine: 3.50JOD
  • Light Meal: 4.65JOD
  • Soft Drink: 0.40JOD
  • Bottled Water: 0.30JOD
Packing List
  • A continental plug adaptor
  • Sun cream and sun hat
  • A small backpack
  • A light coat
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Shawl or pashmina
  • Camera
Recommended Reading

Forbidden Love by Norma Khouri

Appointment with Death by Agatha Christie

Holiday highlights

The Dead Sea

Although it goes by the name “The Dead Sea”, this incredible natural wonder is actually a salt lake, located in the Jordan Rift Valley and bordered by Jordan, Israel and Palestine. Known for being one of the world’s saltiest bodies of water, it also occupies Earth’s lowest point on land, 430m below sea level. The salts and minerals of the water are thought to have therapeutic properties, and are often used in treatments for skin and join conditions, as well as in cosmetics.

Wadi Rum

Literally translating as “Roman Valley”, Wadi Rum is also known as The Valley of the Moon. Situated in southern Jordan, the valley is a warren of canyons, water holes and rock formations shaped out of the sandstone and granite rock. Home to local Bedouin people that still maintain a semi-nomadic lifestyle, Wadi Rum is an ideal destination to explore by foot, on camel-back or in a 4x4 vehicle.

Petra

Best known for the façade of its iconic Treasury, which famously appeared in the film ‘Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade’, the “pink city” of Petra is an entire city carved from the desert rock. Established by the Nabataean people over 2000 years ago, it’s no wonder that this vast city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. The entrance to the city is through a Siq, or narrow gorge, which stretches over 1km in length. It is possible to spend days exploring the city’s temples, tombs and colonnaded streets, taking in the beauty of the intricate carvings in its colourful rock.

Amman

Built on a series of hills between the desert and the fertile Jordan Valley, the capital city of Amman is a unique blend of ancient and modern. It is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world, and its ancient past can be seen everywhere, from its Roman ruins and amphitheatre to the Citadel that sits on the city’s highest hill with a history spanning some 7000 years. Meanwhile, Amman’s commercial area is a hub of modernity full of new buildings and hotels, the leafy suburbs boast elegant avenues and crisp white houses, while Downtown is the beating heart of the city, with its many markets, mosques and coffeehouses.

Mujib & Dana Biosphere Reserves

Mujib and Dana are two of Jordan’s most spectacular nature reserves, popular with tourists who want to get out and explore their unique landscapes along the many canyon and hiking trails. Mujib Biosphere Reserve is the lowest nature reserve in the world, reaching 410m below sea level where the Wadi Mujib gorge enters the Dead Sea. Its complex river system supports over 300 species of plants, 10 species of carnivores, as well as a wide range of birds. Dana Biosphere Reserve is Jordan’s largest nature reserve and the only one to comprise four different bio-geographical zones (Mediterranean, Irano-Turanian, Saharo-Arabian and Sudanian). As such, Dana is able to support plants and animals characteristic of desert, of Mediterranean forests and even of the dry plains of Russia.

Practical Information for this holiday

Currency
Jordanian Dinar (JOD)
Local Time
GMT +3 hours
Passport
A valid passport is required for this holiday. Holders of an Irish or UK passport can obtain entry permits upon arrival in Dubai. Non Irish & UK citizens should check requirements.
Airport
Amman.
Climate

The climate is pleasantly temperate.  Summers are hot and dry.

Food & Drink

Jordan is a relatively inexpensive place to travel, and eating out is reasonably priced. Falafal and schwarma meals are particularly cheap and tasty. 

Dress Code

As Jordan and the surrounding countries are rather conservative, it is advised for women to carry a shawl or pashmina with them, as you may be advised to cover up for certain destinations. For both men and women, showing an abundance of skin is not advised. 

Vaccinations
Vaccinations may be required before your departure - please consult with your GP or Tropical Medical Bureau.
Average Prices for Region
  • Coffee: 2.90JOD
  • Beer: 3.75JOD
  • Glass of wine: 3.50JOD
  • Light Meal: 4.65JOD
  • Soft Drink: 0.40JOD
  • Bottled Water: 0.30JOD
Packing List
  • A continental plug adaptor
  • Sun cream and sun hat
  • A small backpack
  • A light coat
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Shawl or pashmina
  • Camera
Recommended Reading

Forbidden Love by Norma Khouri

Appointment with Death by Agatha Christie

Trip Itinerary - Day by day

Day 1 – Travel to Jordan

Afternoon

Travel to Jordan

Begin your adventure by departing Dublin on an overnight flight to Amman, the capital city of Jordan. Amman is a blend between modern buildings and ancient ruins. Atop Jabal al-Qala’a hill, the historic Citadel includes the pillars of the Roman Temple of Hercules and the 8th-century Umayyad Palace complex, known for its grand dome.

Day 2 – Explore Amman

Early Morning

Arrive in Amman

On arrival in Amman in the early hours of the morning, you will be met by your local expert guide and transferred to your hotel for an early check in.

Morning

Amman Orientation Tour

Get your bearings in Amman with a 1.5 hour orientation tour of the city accompanied by your local expert guide. Our orientation tour is designed to help you discover all the best spots to eat, drink, shop and sightsee during your stay. You will have the remainder of the day and evening at leisure to continue exploring Amman independently.

Overnight

Accommodation

3 star hotel in Amman (3 nights)

Day 3 – Explore Jerash & Aljun

Morning

Jerash

In the morning, depart Amman for Jerash, famous for its ancient Roman architecture, with colonnaded streets, Corinthian arches, outdoor Roman theatres and the Oval Plaza. Inhabited since the Bronze Age, it is home to the ruins of the walled Greco-Roman settlement of Gerasa, just outside the modern city. After Jerash, you will travel to the Rassoun Area, where you will enjoy an authentic dining experience with a local family. Jordanian families typically eat on low seating, so there will be no tables or chairs for this traditional taste of daily life.

Afternoon

Ajlun

After lunch, drive to Ajlun for a visit of its hill top castle. Ajlun Castle was built in the 12th Century to control the iron mines and to defend against invasion. Ajlun Castle dominated the three main routes leading to the Jordan Valley. It protected trade and commercial routes between Jordan and Syria, and became an important link in the defensive chain against the Crusaders, who unsuccessfully spent decades trying to capture the castle and the nearby village. The castle stands on the ruins of a monastery, traces of which were discovered during archaeological excavations. You will have ample time to explore the areas of the castle which are open to the public.

Evening

At Leisure

You will have the evening at leisure in Amman to spend as you desire. Check out a night market or grab a bite to eat with the locals at one of the city’s restaurants. Your local guide will be happy to suggest something to keep you entertained in Jordan’s capital city.

Day 4 – Explore Amman

Morning

Amman City Tour

Spend a full day exploring Amman’s main highlights with your local expert guide. You will visit the Citadel and Roman Theatre, as well as enjoying a walking tour of the downtown area. Experience a feast for your senses as you wander through the many vegetables, spices and gold markets. There will even be the opportunity for you to sample some falafel and local Arabic sweets.

Afternoon

Iraq Al-Amir Women’s Cooperative Society

In the afternoon, you will immerse yourself in local life during a visit to the Iraq Al-Amir Women’s Cooperative Society, which has provided training projects for more than 150 women from the villages of Wadi Seer. Watch as the women work on crafts such as rugs, ceramics, pottery and paper decorations.

Evening

Cooking Class

This evening, you will take part in a group cooking class at Beit Sitti, a family run business that aims to empower the community by hiring local women who demonstrate excellent kitchen skills. You will learn how to prepare a traditional Arabic meal including a main dish, salad, mezza and dessert along with some bread and lemonade. Once all the dishes are complete you will enjoy your creations as a group for your evening meal.

Day 5 – Explore Madaba, Mount Nebo, Shobak Castle & Little Petra

Morning

Madaba & Mount Nebo

Say goodbye to Amman and continue your adventure towards Petra, driving along the King’s Highway. You will enjoy stops en route at Madaba for a walking tour of Artisan Street, Mount Nebo, Shobak Castle and little Petra. Madaba is an ancient town that is best known for its spectacular Byzantine and Umayyad mosaics, and is home to the famous 6th century Mosaic Map of Jerusalem and the Holy Land. With two million pieces of vividly coloured local stone, it depicts hills and valleys, villages and towns as far as the Nile Delta. Mount Nebo is the mountain top memorial of Moses, and offers captivating views of the Jordan Valley, Dead Sea and The River Jordan. A small Byzantine church was built there by early Christians, which has since been expanded into a vast complex.

Afternoon

Shobak Castle & Little Petra

Perched in a wild, remote landscape, Shobak Castle is an early 12th-century Crusader castle in barren surroundings. It is perched on the side of a rocky, conical mountain at 1,300m (4,265ft) above sea level, making it particularly imposing when seen from a distance. Little Petra, also known as Siq al-Barid, is an archaeological site with buildings carved into the walls of the sandstone canyons. This will be your final stop of the day before arriving to your hotel in Petra, also known as the Rose City due to the colour of the famous rock-cut stones that can be found there.

Overnight

Accommodation

3 star hotel in Petra (1 night)

Day 6 – Explore Petra

Full day

Petra

Spend a full day in Petra, exploring all the iconic highlights with your local expert guide. Petra is a historical and archaeological city which is well known for its rock-cut architecture and water conduit system. It is one of the New Seven Wonders of the World so is without a doubt one of Jordan’s most valuable treasures. Petra was originally settled more than 2000 years ago by the Nabateans and served as an important junction for the silk and spice trade routes that linked the East with the West. The entrance to the city is through the Siq, a narrow gorge, over 1 kilometre in length and at time just 3 metres wide. The Siq is flanked on either side by soaring, 80 metre high cliffs, so just simply walking through this impressive gorge is an experience in itself. As you reach the end of the Siq you will catch your first glimpse of “The Treasury”, also known as Al-Khazneh. It is an awe inspiring façade, carved out of the dusky pink rock-face. The Treasury dates back to the 1st Century, when it was built as a tomb for a Nabatean King. Afterwards, you will climb 800 rock-cut steps to visit the impressive Ad-Deir Monastery, which overlooks the valley below.

Evening

Transfer to Dana Reserve

In the late afternoon, you will transfer from Petra to the Dana Reserve, which was established in 1993 as a biosphere reserve. Your accommodation for the evening will be in a local guesthouse with a traditional evening meal included on arrival for an authentic experience in Jordan’s largest nature reserve.

Overnight

Accommodation

Guest house in the Dana Reserve (1 night)

Day 7 – Explore the Dana Reserve & Wadi Rum

Morning

Hike in the Dana Reserve

Lace up your walking boots and embark on a morning hike in the Dana Reserve. You will pass the unusual sandstone formations of the Dog Valley as you make your way to a group of small caves, thought to be an ancient religious retreat. You may even cross paths with the local Bedouin people as they tend to their goats. Keep an eye out for the many rare forms of flora and fauna that can be found here. So far, a total of 800 plant species and 449 animal species have been recorded in the Reserve. 25 of these are known to be endangered, including the Sand Cat, the Syrian Wolf, the Lesser Kestrel and the Spiny Tailed Lizard. (Moderate difficulty / 1.5km / 2 hour duration approximately)

Afternoon

4 x 4 jeep tour in Wadi Rum

In the afternoon depart on a guided transfer from Dana Reserve to Wadi Rum, a protected desert wilderness in southern Jordan. Wadi Rum is home to a maze of large rocks that rise up to 1,750 metres from the desert floor. Here you can see the many-domed Jebel Um Ishrin, and natural arches such as Burdah Rock Bridge. Many prehistoric inscriptions and carvings line rocky caverns and steep chasms, such as Khazali Canyon. The natural watering hole of Lawrence’s Spring is named after British soldier Lawrence of Arabia, who allegedly washed there. You will embark on an afternoon adventure in 4 x 4 jeeps around Wadi Rum before reaching your camp for the night.

Overnight

Accommodation

Desert camp in Wadi Rum (1 night)

Day 8 – Explore Aqaba

Morning

Boat Trip in the Red Sea

Depart Wadi Rum and head towards Aqaba, where you will board a boat to explore the regional waters of the Red Sea. Aqaba is a well-known seaside and diving destination in Jordan. There will be an opportunity to snorkel in the warm waters in search of rich marine life and coral reefs. A BBQ lunch will be included on board before continuing to your hotel.

Afternoon

Aqaba at Leisure

Once you settle in to your hotel you will have the remainder of the day at leisure to explore Aqaba independently. Aqaba is a coastal city situated at the northeastern tip of the Red Sea, and Jordan’s only Seaport. Your local expert guide will be happy to suggest activities to suit your taste.

Overnight

Accommodation

3 star hotel in Aqaba (1 night)

Day 9 - Explore the Mujib Nature Reserve

Morning

Siq Wet Trail Hike

Depart Aqaba in the morning and drive to the Mujib Reserve, the lowest nature reserve on earth at 416 metres below sea level. Established in 1985, the reserve covers an area of 212 square kilometres. You will enjoy an adventurous hike on the Siq Wet Trail, starting near Mujib Bridge, walking over the dam by a suspended walkway, through the dramatic narrow canyons and along the towering sandstone cliffs to the base of a waterfall. Keep your eyes peeled for the endangered Nubian Ibex, which is just one of the many forms of wildlife that live in the reserve. Note: For the Siq Wet Trail, you may be wading up to your chest in water, depending on water levels in the canyon, so bring a swimming costume, towel, waterproof walking shoes, and a waterproof bag for your valuables and camera. A spare set of clothes is also recommended. Life jackets will be provided. You should be comfortable in water if taking part in this hike, if not there is the option to relax at the Mujib Nature Reserve Visitor Centre. (Moderate difficulty / 2km / 3 hour duration approximately / operated weather dependent)

Afternoon

Transfer to the Dead Sea

You will have the remainder of the day at leisure to unwind after your morning hike. Enjoy the hotel facilities or relax in the water of the Dead Sea. The Dead Sea is a salt lake whose banks are more than 400m below sea level, and Earth’s lowest point on dry land. It’s famously hypersaline water makes floating easy due to natural buoyancy.

Overnight

Accommodation

4 star hotel at the Dead Sea (2 nights)

Day 10 - Dead Sea at Leisure

Full Day

At Leisure

Today you will have the full day at leisure to spend as you wish at the Dead Sea. In the Bible, the Dead Sea was referred to as a place of refuge for King David. It was also one of the world’s first health resorts and today its mineral-rich black mud is used for therapeutic and cosmetic treatments. Float in its salty water, relax on the sand that surrounds the Dead Sea or simply enjoy your hotel facilities. The choice is yours.

Day 11 - Arrive Home

Early Morning

Transfer to the Airport

In the early hours of the morning, with a packed breakfast included, you will depart the Dead Sea to return to Amman airport for your return flight to Dublin.

Afternoon

Arrive Home

Arrive home to Dublin following your once in a life time adventure in Jordan.

* Please note that the order of your excursions on the itinerary above is provisional and subject to change

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Al Raad Hotel 3

Situated in Aqaba, the Al Raad Hotel offers the ideal base for exploring this coastal city. Aqaba Fort is just over 1km away and cafes, bars, shops and restaurants are all within walking distance. After a day of snorkelling in the Red Sea you can unwind on the hotel terrace or gr... read more read more read more

Situated in Aqaba, the Al Raad Hotel offers the ideal base for exploring this coastal city. Aqaba Fort is just over 1km away and cafes, bars, shops and restaurants are all within walking distance. After a day of snorkelling in the Red Sea you can unwind on the hotel terrace or grab a bite to eat in the onsite restaurant. Al Raad Hotel also boasts its own private beach area which can be enjoyed for a locally paid fee. 

Hotel address
Al Raad Hotel
Al sa'adeh St.
Hotels Area
Aqaba
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Antika Amman Hotel 3

Antika Amman Hotel is a boutique property in the historic centre of Amman. The prime location, at the edge of Rainbow Street, offers visitors a comfortable base to explore all the city has to offer. You can experience Amman’s night life, or perhaps pay a visit some other notable ... read more read more read more

Antika Amman Hotel is a boutique property in the historic centre of Amman. The prime location, at the edge of Rainbow Street, offers visitors a comfortable base to explore all the city has to offer. You can experience Amman’s night life, or perhaps pay a visit some other notable landmarks such as the Roman amphitheatre and the Jordan Museum. With souks, shops and restaurants all within walking distance of the hotel you are sure to be kept entertained while staying at Antika Amman Hotel. 

Hotel address
Antika Amman Hotel
Al Koliyya Al Eilmiyya Al Islamiyya
Amman
Jordan
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Captain's Desert Camp Camp

Get set for an authentic desert experience as you camp under the stars. Captain's Desert Camp offers a unique glimpse of Bedouin life, in traditional tents, with views of the stunning Wadi Rum landscape. You can enjoy classic Middle Eastern buffet meals at the outdoor dining area... read more read more read more

Get set for an authentic desert experience as you camp under the stars. Captain's Desert Camp offers a unique glimpse of Bedouin life, in traditional tents, with views of the stunning Wadi Rum landscape. You can enjoy classic Middle Eastern buffet meals at the outdoor dining area after a day of adventure in the desert. 

Hotel address
Captain's Desert Camp
Ad-disi
Wadi Rum
00962
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Petra Palace Hotel 3

Experience traditional Arabic hospitality at Petra Palace Hotel, a family run property, located in the town of Wadi Musa. Petra Palace Hotel enjoys an enviable location, less than 300 metres from the entrance to the breath-taking ancient city of Petra. With comfortably furnished ... read more read more read more

Experience traditional Arabic hospitality at Petra Palace Hotel, a family run property, located in the town of Wadi Musa. Petra Palace Hotel enjoys an enviable location, less than 300 metres from the entrance to the breath-taking ancient city of Petra. With comfortably furnished rooms, two swimming pools and Turkish bath facilities, you will be able to unwind after a day of sightseeing. Enjoy a drink at the hotel bar or indulge in a mixture of authentic Middle Eastern specialties and international dishes at the hotel restaurant. 

Hotel address
Petra Palace Hotel
Wadi Musa
Petra
Jordan
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Dana Guesthouse Guest house

Set at 1200m above sea level, the Dana Guesthouse offers basic accommodation in a stunning setting/ The Guesthouse is located within the Dana Biosphere Reserve, which is home to a total of 700 plant species, 190 bird species, 37 mammal species and 36 reptile species. Staying here... read more read more read more

Set at 1200m above sea level, the Dana Guesthouse offers basic accommodation in a stunning setting/ The Guesthouse is located within the Dana Biosphere Reserve, which is home to a total of 700 plant species, 190 bird species, 37 mammal species and 36 reptile species. Staying here will give you the ideal base to explore what the Jordanian wilderness has to offer as well as time to enjoy the nature and the history of the Reserve. You can embark on hiking in the surrounding areas and unwind on the terrace as the sun goes down. 

Hotel address
Dana Guesthouse
Al Tafileh
Dana
Jordan
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Ramada Resort Dead Sea 4

Nestled between the mountains of Mount Nebo and the Jordan River, Ramada Resort Dead Sea is a boutique style property which offers the ideal base to explore the Dead Sea. Complete with a private beach, two swimming pools, spa area and on site food and beverage options you can enj... read more read more read more

Nestled between the mountains of Mount Nebo and the Jordan River, Ramada Resort Dead Sea is a boutique style property which offers the ideal base to explore the Dead Sea. Complete with a private beach, two swimming pools, spa area and on site food and beverage options you can enjoy true Jordanian hospitality at the lowest point on Earth! Situated along the shore of the Dead Sea and the closest hotel to The Baptismal Site of Jesus Christ, the hotel has an enviable location. To end the day you can relax on the terrace and unwind in the tranquil, scenic atmosphere as you experience one of the world's oldest and most spiritual destinations.

Hotel address
Ramada Resort Dead Sea
Sweimeh,
Dead Sea
Jordan
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