Discover Jordan’s rich cultural heritage and compelling archaeological sites as you visit the must-see icons of this beautiful country on a leisurely small-group tour. Providing the perfect blend of exploration and relaxation, an undoubtable historical highlight is the ‘Rose Red City’ of Petra, carved into the rock thousands of years ago, while the rejuvenating qualities of the Dead Sea soothe the soul.

• Amman: 2 nights

• Dead Sea: 2 nights

• Petra: 2 nights

• Aqaba: 3 nights

9nights Escorted Small Group Tour
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Discover Jordan’s rich cultural heritage and compelling archaeological sites as you visit the must-see icons of this beautiful country on a leisurely small group tour. Providing the perfect blend of exploration and relaxation, an undoubtable historical highlight is the ‘Rose Red City’ of Petra, carved into the rock thousands of years ago, while the rejuvenating qualities of the Dead Sea soothe the soul.

• Amman: 2 nights

• Dead Sea: 2 nights

• Petra: 2 nights

• Aqaba: 3 nights

9nights Escorted Small Group Tour
NATURE
CULTURE
ACTIVE
 
 
ITINERARY

Day 1: Amman On arrival in Amman, you will be met and transferred to your hotel by your local leader. The remainder of the evening is yours to spend as you please. Stay: Grand Millennium Amman.

Day 2: Amman Today begins with an insightful tour of Amman, the capital city of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. The oldest part of Amman is crowned by the ancient Citadel, and from here, you’ll enjoy a panoramic view of the city. Layer upon layer of history is evident throughout this remarkable place, with archaeological remains from ancient Bronze Age tombs through to the AD161-180 ruins of the Roman Temple of Hercules. You can also visit the fascinating Archaeological Museum that houses an excellent collection of some of the country’s most important antiquities. Later, you’ll continue north to visit the fabulously well-preserved Roman city of Jerash, which is often referred to as the ‘Pompeii of the East’. Enter through the monumental South Gate, where you will come across the lovely Oval Plaza, the Temple of Zeus and the South Theatre, which seats more than 3000 spectators. After lunch at a local restaurant in Jerash you’ll return to Amman before getting to know your fellow travellers over a welcome dinner at a local restaurant. Stay: Grand Millennium Amman. B, L, D.

Day 3: Amman to the Dead Sea This morning you will depart Amman for the shores of the famous Dead Sea. En route visit Bethany Beyond the Jordan – a sacred site where it is believed that Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist. This incredible site was only found at the end of the 20th Century and during excavations they uncovered a 1st-Century settlement and a 5th-Century Byzantine settlement. Later, travel to your resort on the shores of the Dead Sea. At 417 metres below sea level, this is the lowest place on earth. The unique environment found here makes this the only place in the world with this particular combination of exclusive spa benefits: peculiar sun radiation (ultra-violet filtered), an enriched oxygen atmosphere, mineral-rich mud and sea salt. According to legend, Cleopatra harnessed the area’s natural resources to create perfumes to bewitch men. Stay: Mövenpick Resort & Spa Dead Sea. B, D.

Day 4: Dead Sea With the next two days providing the perfect opportunity to relax and be immersed in your calm surrounds, we recommend making the most of your resort’s award-winning spa set right on the shore of the Dead Sea. Float in the salty waters and enjoy the Dead Sea’s reputed restorative powers as you take in the stunning natural landscapes. Stay: Mövenpick Resort & Spa Dead Sea. B, D.

Day 5: Dead Sea to Petra After breakfast, head to Petra along the King’s Highway which has been in continuous use for the past 5000 years and is considered one of the oldest roads in the world. En route you will stop at the sacred site of Mount Nebo, an elevated ridge on which it is believed Moses viewed the Promised Land (please note that currently the church at Mount Nebo is closed but it is still possible to visit the site). It is believed that Moses is also buried somewhere on the mountain, according to Christian and some Islamic traditions. Continue to Madaba, home to the Madaba Archaeological Park where you will see the famous Byzantine mosaics. Continue through the spectacular Wadi el-Mujib to the city of Kerak where you will visit the imposing 12th-Century Crusader castle – one of the largest of its kind in the Eastern Mediterranean. Explore the castle’s Lower Court and underground galleries. Following lunch at a local restaurant you will continue on to Petra ahead of a two-night stay at the Mövenpick Resort Petra which is fantastically located right at the entrance to the ancient city of Petra. Stay: Mövenpick Resort Petra. B, L.

Day 6: Petra Explore the iconic UNESCO World Heritage-listed city of Petra which was carved out of the rose-red sandstone some 2000 years ago, and was recently voted one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. Carved out of the sheer rock face by the Nabataeans – an ancient group of Arabic people – at a junction of important trade routes, this impressive archaeological city must be seen to be believed. To reach the iconic façade of The Treasury of this ‘rose-red city half as old as time’ you will walk through the Siq, a narrow gorge that is no more than three metres wide in places and between 90 and 180 metres high. Explore the Street of Façades, the Theatre, the Royal Tombs and the Monumental Arch. With very little choice in the region, you’ll enjoy lunch at Petra’s popular Basin Restaurant which is set amid the mountains of the Petra region. In the afternoon, should you wish, you can climb a flight of 900 steps which have been cut in the rock up to the gigantic monument known as ‘The Monastery’ (self-guided) with its remarkable views over the red sandstone landscapes of Wadi Araba. Standing an impressive 47 metres wide and more than 48 metres high this last climb offers unrivalled views. Stay: Mövenpick Resort Petra. B, L.

Day 7: Petra to Aqaba Following breakfast at your resort continue on to Al Beidha, or ‘Little Petra’ as it is commonly known, located just a few miles from Petra. You will pass through another siq – smaller than that at Petra – to reach the well-preserved ruins which are hidden away in the mountains. Here you will be able to discover the lifestyle and history of the Nabataean people and experience a more peaceful atmosphere than at the renowned Petra ruins. There are plenty of rock-cut stairs leading off the main valley that you can explore during your time here before continuing south to the Red Sea resort of Aqaba where you will spend three nights. Stay: Mövenpick Aqaba Resort & Residences. B.

Day 8: Aqaba Your time in Aqaba is at leisure to relax at your beachside resort, soaking up the Jordanian sun and making the most of the wellness facilities on offer. Those looking to keep active can enjoy partaking in a number of sport and leisure tours offered by the Mövenpick Aqaba Resort & Residences, including a hike into the desert landscapes of Wadi Rum, which is also known as the Valley of the Moon. There are plenty of opportunities to experience the underwater world of the Red Sea, either on a glass bottom boat trip or perhaps a snorkelling or diving expedition. Stay: Mövenpick Aqaba Resort & Residences. B.

Day 9: Aqaba Enjoy the day at leisure before a walking tour with your guide and a farewell dinner at Ali Baba Restaurant. Stay: Mövenpick Aqaba Resort & Residences. B, D.

Day 10: Aqaba Transfer to the airport for your onward flight. B.

Day 1: UK to Amman On arrival in Amman, you will be met and transferred to your hotel by your local tour leader. The remainder of the evening is yours to spend as you please. Stay: Grand Millennium Amman (or similar).

Day 2: Amman Today begins with an insightful tour of Amman, the capital city of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. The oldest part of Amman is crowned by the ancient Citadel, and from here, you’ll enjoy a panoramic view of the city. Layer upon layer of history is evident throughout this remarkable place, with archaeological remains from ancient Bronze Age tombs through to the AD161-180 ruins of the Roman Temple of Hercules. You can also visit the fascinating Archaeological Museum which houses an excellent collection of some of the country’s most important antiquities. Later, you’ll continue north to visit the fabulously well-preserved Roman city of Jerash, which is often referred to as the ‘Pompeii of the East’. Enter through the monumental South Gate, where you will come across the lovely Oval Plaza, the Temple of Zeus and the South Theatre, which seats more than 3000 spectators. After lunch at a local restaurant in Jerash you’ll return to Amman before getting to know your fellow travellers over a welcome dinner at a local restaurant. Stay: Grand Millennium Amman (or similar). B, L, D.

Day 3: Amman to the Dead Sea This morning you will depart Amman for the shores of the famous Dead Sea. En route visit Bethany Beyond the Jordan – a sacred site where it is believed that Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist. This incredible site was only found at the end of the 20th Century and during excavations they uncovered a 1st- Century settlement and a 5th-Century Byzantine settlement. Later, travel to your resort on the shores of the Dead Sea. At 417 metres below sea level, this is the lowest place on earth. The unique environment found here makes this the only place in the world with this particular combination of exclusive spa benefits: peculiar sun radiation (ultraviolet filtered), an enriched oxygen atmosphere, mineral-rich mud and sea salt. According to legend, Cleopatra harnessed the area’s natural resources to create perfumes to bewitch men. Stay: Mövenpick Resort & Spa Dead Sea (or similar). B, D.

Day 4: Dead Sea With the next two days providing the perfect opportunity to relax and be immersed in your calm surrounds, we recommend making the most of your resort’s award-winning spa set right on the shore of the Dead Sea. Float in the salty waters and enjoy the Dead Sea’s reputed restorative powers as you take in the stunning natural landscapes. Stay: Mövenpick Resort & Spa Dead Sea (or similar). B, D.

Day 5: Dead Sea to Petra After breakfast, head to Petra along the King’s Highway which has been in continuous use for the past 5000 years and is considered one of the oldest roads in the world. En route you will stop at the sacred site of Mount Nebo, an elevated ridge on which it is believed Moses viewed the Promised Land. It is said that Moses is also buried somewhere on the mountain, according to Christian and some Islamic traditions. Continue to Madaba, home to the Madaba Archaeological Park where you will see the famous Byzantine mosaics. Continue through the spectacular Wadi Mujib to the city of Kerak where you will visit the imposing 12th-Century Crusader castle – one of the largest of its kind in the Eastern Mediterranean. Explore the castle’s Lower Court and underground galleries. Following lunch at a local restaurant you will continue on to Petra ahead of a two-night stay at the Mövenpick Resort Petra which is fantastically located right at the entrance to the ancient city of Petra. Stay: Mövenpick Resort Petra (or similar). B, L.

Day 6: Petra Explore the iconic UNESCO World Heritage-listed city of Petra which was carved out of the rose-red sandstone some 2000 years ago, and was voted one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. Carved out of the sheer rock face by the Nabataeans – an ancient group of Arabic people – this impressive archaeological city must be seen to be believed. To reach the iconic façade of The Treasury you will walk through the Siq, a narrow gorge that is no more than three metres wide in places and between 90 and 180 metres high. Explore the Street of Façades, the Theatre, the Royal Tombs and the Monumental Arch. You’ll enjoy lunch at Petra’s popular Basin Restaurant, set amid the mountains of the Petra region. In the afternoon, should you wish, you can climb a flight of 900 steps up to the gigantic monument known as ‘The Monastery’ (self-guided). Standing an impressive 47 metres wide and more than 48 metres high, this last climb offers unrivalled views over the red sandstone landscapes of Wadi Araba. Stay: Mövenpick Resort Petra (or similar). B, L.

Day 7: Petra to Aqaba Following breakfast continue on to Al Beidha, or ‘Little Petra’ as it is commonly known, located just a few miles from Petra. You will pass through another siq – smaller than that at Petra – to reach the well-preserved ruins which are hidden away in the mountains. Here you can discover the lifestyle and history of the Nabataean people and experience a more peaceful atmosphere than at the renowned Petra ruins. There are plenty of rock-cut stairs leading off the main valley that you can explore during your time here before continuing to the Red Sea resort of Aqaba. Stay: Mövenpick Aqaba Resort & Residences (or similar). B.

Day 8: Aqaba Your time in Aqaba is at leisure to relax at your beachside resort, soaking up the Jordanian sun and making the most of the wellness facilities on offer. Those looking to keep active can partake in a number of sport and leisure tours offered by the Mövenpick Aqaba Resort & Residences, including a hike into the desert landscapes of Wadi Rum, which is also known as the Valley of the Moon. There are plenty of opportunities to experience the underwater world of the Red Sea, perhaps on a glass bottom boat trip or a snorkelling or diving expedition. Stay: Mövenpick Aqaba Resort & Residences (or similar). B.

Day 9: Aqaba Enjoy the day at leisure before a walking tour with your guide and a farewell dinner at Ali Baba Restaurant. Stay: Mövenpick Aqaba Resort & Residences (or similar). B, D.

Day 10: Aqaba A very early start this morning takes you back to Amman for your onward flight back to the UK.

ABOUT THIS TOUR

Is this for you?

If you’re looking for a leisurely tour packed with history followed by plenty of time to relax, then this is the itinerary for you.

Good to know

• All departures are guaranteed
• For guests over 16 (unless travelling on a private journey)
• Average group size of 6 guests
• A maximum of 16 guests
• Check-in at hotels is after 12pm.

What to expect

• Air-conditioned transport
• Frequent rest stops will be made.

Accommodation on tour

We’ve selected the best accommodation to suit each destination. In Amman, it’s less about indulgence and all about the location. Contrastingly, at the Dead Sea and in Aqaba, the emphasis is on luxury resorts that help you to make the most of your relaxing beach-style setting. At Petra, we’ve gone for a balance – selecting the highest standard hotel within proximity of the famous historical site.

Single travellers

Single supplement from £522

Is this for you?

If you’re looking for a leisurely tour packed with history followed by plenty of time to relax, then this is the itinerary for you.

Good to know

• All departures are guaranteed
• For guests over 16 (unless travelling on a private journey)
• Average group size of 6 guests
• A maximum of 16 guests.

What to expect

• Air-conditioned transport
• Frequent rest stops will be made
• Check-in at hotels is after 3pm.

Accommodation on tour

We’ve selected the best accommodation to suit each destination. In Amman, it’s less about indulgence and all about the location. Contrastingly, at the Dead Sea and in Aqaba, the emphasis is on luxury resorts that help you to make the most of your relaxing beach-style setting. At Petra, we’ve gone for a balance – selecting the highest standard hotel within proximity of the famous historical site.

Single travellers

Single room supplement from £595.

DATES AND INCLUSIONS

Tour dates

Jan 21; Feb 18; Mar 18; May 20; Sep 23; Oct 21; Nov 25

Included in price

• Quality accommodation
• Insightful local tour leaders
• Hand-picked itineraries
• Flexible arrival times
• Small groups and a relaxed approach
• Porterage and guide tips
• Meals where most convenient (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner), or the freedom to explore local restaurants independently
• All specified flights.

Tour dates

Jan 20; Feb 17; Mar 17; Apr 21; May 19; Sep 22; Oct 20; Nov 24

Included in price

• Quality accommodation
• Insightful local tour leaders
• Hand-picked itineraries
• Flexible arrival times
• Small groups and a relaxed approach
• Porterage and guide tips
• Meals where most convenient (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner), or the freedom to explore local restaurants independently
• All specified flights.

Upgrade your tour

Private tour Upgrade to a private tour with a local tour leader on the same itinerary, departing on the date of your choice from £753 per person, ref DX1967.

Highlights of Jordan

Why Kuoni?

Slow paced and leisurely, this adventure unusually combines the best of classic Jordan with both a relaxing resort stay at the Dead Sea and a beach break at Aqaba. Uncover Jordan’s wealth of compelling and significant history on an action-filled tour that showcases the region’s spellbinding scenery before kicking back and indulging in luxurious spa treatments and soaking up the warm Aqaba sun.

Why Kuoni?

Slow-paced and leisurely, this adventure unusually combines the best of classic Jordan with both a relaxing resort stay at the Dead Sea and a beach break at Aqaba. Uncover Jordan’s wealth of compelling and significant history on an action-filled tour that showcases the region’s spellbinding scenery before kicking back and indulging in luxurious spa treatments and soaking up the warm Aqaba sun.

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