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: 2 nights

8nights Escorted Small Group Tour
NATURE
CULTURE
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ITINERARY

Day 1: UK to Amman Depart the UK on your flight to Amman. On arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel by your local tour leader. The rest of the evening is free 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 can get a panoramic view of the city. Layer upon layer of history is woven into this remarkable place, with archaeological remains from ancient Bronze Age tombs through to the AD161-180 ruins of the Roman Temples of Hercules. You can also visit the Archaeological Museum which houses some of the country’s most important antiquities. Later, you’ll continue north to visit the impressively 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 for the chance to get to know your fellow travellers over a welcome dinner at local restaurant. Stay: Grand Millennium Amman (or similar.) B, L, D.

Day 3: Amman to the Dead Sea This morning you’ll 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 baptised by John the Baptist. This 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 natural conditions 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 used 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 Relax by the Dead Sea as you like and be immersed in your calm surrounds. We recommend making the most of your resort’s award-winning spa which is right on the shore of the Dead Sea. Float in the salty waters and enjoy the reputed restorative and skin-softening 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 thought to be 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 Kerak, a city with an 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. Have lunch at a local restaurant, then continue on to Petra ahead of a two-night stay at the Mövenpick Resort Petra. This hotel has an amazing spot right outside the entrance of Petra, and your first experience tonight is a magical one: seeing The Treasury lit up beautifully by lanterns in the dark in a Petra by night experience. 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 has to be seen to be believed. To reach the iconic façade of The Treasury you will walk through the mile-long Siq, a narrow gorge that is no more than three metres wide in places and between 90 and 180 metres high. Explore Petra’s sites beyond The Treasury, including the Street of Façades, the Theatre, the Royal Tombs and the Monumental Arch. Today’s lunch is at Petra’s popular Basin Restaurant, set among the mountains of the Petra region. In the afternoon, you’ll have the option to see ‘The Monastery’ on a self-guided walk. This gigantic monument stands an impressive 47 metres wide and more than 48 metres high. The 900-step climb can be challenging in the heat, but it is worth the views if you are able to navigate the steps. We recommend bringing a bottle of water with you and taking breaks to admire the red sandstone landscapes of Wadi Araba. Stay: Mövenpick Resort Petra (or similar). B, L.

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

Day 8: Aqaba Your time in Aqaba is at leisure to relax at your beachfront resort, soaking up the sun and making the most of the wellness facilities on offer. 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, or extend your holiday for more time on Aqaba’s beaches.


Stay longer

Aqaba beach
Extend your time on the Red Sea with 2 extra nights at the Mövenpick Aqaba.

Day 1: UK to Amman Depart the UK on your flight to Amman. On arrival, you will be 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 mile-long 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 sun and making the most of the wellness facilities on offer. This evening, take a walking tour with your guide before your farewell dinner at Ali Baba Restaurant. Stay: Mövenpick Aqaba Resort & Residences (or similar). B, D.

Day 9: Aqaba A very early start this morning takes you back to Amman for your onward flight back to the UK, or extend your holiday on Aqaba's beaches. B.


Stay longer

Aqaba beach
Extend your time on the Red Sea with 2 extra nights at the Mövenpick Aqaba.

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 itinerary is a great choice.

Good to know

• 2019 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

• Some long journeys

• Frequent rest stops will be made

• UK passport holders require a visa

• As Petra is reached on foot by an approximate mile’s walk, this tour is not recommended for those with walking difficulties

• The holy month of Ramadan (May-June 2019) is a fascinating time to travel as Muslims break fast together and celebrate Eid al-Fitr. There may be possible restrictions on alcohol consumption and entertainment.

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 £610

Is this for you?

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

Good to know

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

What to expect

• Some long journeys

• Frequent rest stops will be made

• UK passport holders require a visa

• As Petra is reached on foot by an approximate mile’s walk, this tour is not recommended for those with walking difficulties

• The holy month of Ramadan (May-June 2019) is a fascinating time to travel as Muslims break fast together and celebrate Eid al-Fitr. There may be possible restrictions on alcohol consumption and entertainment.

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.

DATES AND INCLUSIONS

Tour dates

2019 Jan 19; Feb 16; Mar 16; Apr 13; May 25; Jul 27; Sep 21; Oct 26; Nov 23

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 £825 per person, ref DX1967.

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.

Highlights of Jordan

Kuoni highlights

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 a tour that showcases the region’s spellbinding scenery before kicking back and indulging in luxurious spa treatments and soaking up the warm sun.

Kuoni highlights

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 a tour that showcases the region’s spellbinding scenery before kicking back and indulging in luxurious spa treatments and soaking up the warm sun.

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