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.  This itinerary is the perfect blend of exploration and relaxation, with the undoubtable highlight, the rose red city of Petra carved in sandstone, and the rejuvenating qualities of the Dead Sea to soothe the soul.

• Amman: 2 nights
• Dead Sea: 2 nights
• Petra: 2 nights
• Aqaba: 2 nights

8nights Escorted Small Group Tour
9nights Escorted Small Group Tour

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, 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 a 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. Visit Bethany Beyond the Jordan on the way – 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 and be immersed in your calm surroundings. 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. On the way you’ll stop at the sacred site of Mount Nebo, an elevated ridge from which Moses is believed to have 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 around 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 have to walk through the mile-long Siq, a narrow gorge that’s 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 is over 48 metres high. The 900-step climb can be challenging in the heat, but it’s 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’s commonly known. Just a few miles from Petra, you’ll 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 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 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 for more time on Aqaba’s beaches.

Stay longer

Aqaba beach
Extend your time on the Red Sea with two extra nights at Mövenpick Aqaba Resort & Residences. 

Stay longer

Aqaba beach
Extend your time on the Red Sea with two extra nights at Mövenpick Aqaba Resort & Residences. 


Is this for you?

This leisurely tour is packed with history from Petra to Amman’s Citadel, followed by plenty of time to relax on golden sands by the Red Sea.

Good to know

• For guests over 16 (unless travelling on a private journey, where the minimum age is 8)
• Average group size of 6 guests
• A maximum of 16 guests
• Journey times do not take into account stops or local traffic conditions.

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 about a mile’s walk, this tour is not recommended for those with walking difficulties
• The holy month of Ramadan (April-May 2020) is a great time to travel as Muslims break fast and celebrate Eid al-Fitr. There may be possible restrictions on alcohol consumption and entertainment.

Accommodation on tour

We’ve chosen the best hotels to suit each place you visit. In Amman, it’s less about indulgence and all about the location, while at the Dead Sea and in Aqaba, the emphasis is on luxury resorts that make the most of your relaxing beach-style setting. At Petra, we’ve gone for a balance – Mövenpick Resort Petra is the highest standard hotel in close proximity to the historic site.

Single travellers

Sole-use room from £2970


Tour dates

2020 Mar 14; Apr 11; May 23; Jun 06; Sep 19; Oct 24

Included in price

• Quality accommodation
• Insightful local tour leaders
• Handpicked itineraries
• Flexible arrival times
• Small groups
• Porterage and guide tips
• Meals where most convenient (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
• 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 £3830 per person.

Special offer

  • Departs 23 May 2020

  • 8 nights

  • London Heathrow

  • Guaranteed departure

  • Maximum 16 guests

Insightful local tour leader, porterage & guide tips included. Also available as a private tour.

Fly with Royal Jordanian from London Heathrow

from £2395

per person

Kuoni highlights

Slow-paced and leisurely, this adventure combines the best of classic Jordan with a relaxing resort stay at the Dead Sea and a beach break at Aqaba. Uncover Jordan’s wealth of compelling history on a tour that showcases the region’s spellbinding scenery, see Petra illuminated at night and explore it again the next day, before kicking back and indulging in spa treatments and soaking up the sunshine.

Kuoni highlights