UNESCO has called the ancient stone city of Petra one of the most precious cultural properties in the world. Experience it for yourself on this eight-day adventure through Jordan’s past and present. Float in the Dead Sea, explore incredible archaeological ruins, take an exciting 4x4 drive into the desert, and walk through the “Lost City” itself after a lecture by a local archaeologist. Live out your Indiana Jones fantasies while discovering the true story of this eternal place.

Trip highlights

Petra Archaeologist Talk, Join an archaeologist for a talk about the UNESCO World Heritage site of Petra, the ancient city that was half-built and half-carved into a sandstone landscape. Learn about the ongoing excavation taking place here, and get a better understanding of the site for when you explore it yourself.

Wadi Rum Night Walk, There’s nothing quite like counting stars in the night sky from the desert below, away from the noise and light pollution of our modern world. Enjoy this experience while walking with a Bedouin guide who’s lived in this remote region his entire life.

Women's Cooking Class & lunch, Take a cooking class at a G Adventures supported café run and managed by women seeking financial independence.

Itinerary - 8 Days

Day 1 Amman

Arrive in Amman at any time, there are no planned activities. Meet your CEO this evening for a welcome meeting to learn more about the tour and plans for the following day, choose to head out for an optional dinner at a local restaurant with your CEO and the group.

Amman is a very big city and there is not one central area to stay - hotels are spread out across various neighbourhoods within the city, often on busy streets without pedestrian walkways - getting around the city, for visitors and locals, is done by car. For this reason, to move around the city in your free time, you will have to take a taxi, please feel free to ask your CEO for recommendations and assistance.


Included Activities:
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting

Transport:
Arrival Airport Transfer

Day 2 Amman (1B, 1L)

Explore Jerash, one of the largest and most well-preserved Roman ruins outside of Italy. After, visit a local café run by women, an activity exclusive to Journeys travellers and part of G Adventures for Good. Here, take a cooking class and enjoy a local lunch. After, return to Amman and visit the National Museum and archaeological site of the Citadel.

Included Activities:
Jerash Guided Visit
Women's Cooking Class & lunch
Beit Khayrat Souf women-run cafe
National Archaeological Museum & Citadel

Transport:
Private Vehicle (2.00-2.50 hours)
Private Vehicle (1.00-1.50 hours)

Day 3 Amman/Wādī Mūsá (1B)

Depart early today for the long but very interesting drive by way of the King's Highway to Petra. The first stop is Mount Nebo, which is believed by many to be the site of Moses' death and has thus been a centre for pilgrimage since the earliest Christian times.

Visit the town of Madaba, which has some of the finest Byzantine mosaics in the world. Arrive in the early evening at Wadi Musa, our base for exploring Petra.

Included Activities:
Mt Nebo Visit
Madaba Mosaics Guided Tour
Petra Archaeologist Talk

Transport:
Private Vehicle (3.00-4.00 hours, 240km)

Day 4 Wādī Mūsá (1B)

The site is large so please be prepared for a lot of walking over sand and rocks for the entire day. Pace yourself, stay hydrated and be sure to have proper walking/hiking shoes.

Included Activities:
Petra Guided Tour

Day 5 Petra/Wadi Rum (1B, 1L, 1D)

After breakfast, drive to Wadi Rum, a vast, silent landscape of ancient riverbeds and the largest and most magnificent of Jordan's desert landscapes. Spend the night in a simple, but comfortable desert camp; The authentic goat-wool tent provides a glimpse into traditional Bedouin living. Each tent has ensuite and is outfitted with sheets, pillows, a raised bed, towels, electricity and thick covers against the desert cold. While the accommodation is simple, it is quite comfortable and offers a truly unique experience.


Additional Notes:
November – February: The desert can get very cold after the sun sets and it can be cool during the days. If you are visiting during the winter months you should pack warm comfortable clothing for daytime and especially the evenings (a jacket, hat, gloves and warm pajamas).

September/October & March/April: evenings can still get chilly so you should bring something warm to wear. Daytime is usually warm and comfortable but you can bring a sweater or jacket just in case.

May – August: the weather is very hot during the day and the evenings are usually comfortable and warm.

Included Activities:
4x4 Desert Trip
Wadi Rum Night Walk

Transport:
Private Vehicle (2.00 hour(s))

Day 6 Wadi Rum/Dead Sea (1B, 1L, 1D)

At 423m (1,388 ft) below sea level, the shores of the Dead Sea are at the lowest land elevation on Earth. The sea is named because its salinity is so high (up to nine times that of the world’s oceans) that only a few microorganisms can live in its waters.

The Dead Sea is a resort area, with chain hotels whose sole purpose are to allow access to the Dead Sea. This allows time to relax, float in the sea or opt to visit a spa. Dinner is in the hotel, as there are no local restaurants within the resort area.

Additional Notes:
Note: Due to major road works in the area, access to Numeira Cafe can be limited and sometimes inaccessible. if we are unable to visit during your departure, your CEO will advise, and take the group to a different area for the included lunch.

Included Activities:
Numeira Community Cafe Lunch
Dead Sea Visit

Transport:
Private Vehicle (3.50 hour(s))

Day 7 Dead Sea/Amman (1B)

Enjoy a visit to the archaeological site of Bethany, thought to be the site where Jesus was baptized. Continue back to Amman and join our CEO for an optional farewell dinner.

Included Activities:
Bethany Beyond the Jordan

Transport:
Private Vehicle (1.00 hour(s))

Day 8 Amman (1B)

Check-out time from the hotel is normally mid-morning, but luggage storage facilities are available. We also encourage you to book a few additional nights if you want more time to explore the city.

Additional Notes:
Speak to your CEO about arranging your transfer to the airport (additional cost).

Included Activities:
Departure Day

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