Rating in Jordan
$ 1769

Jordan holiday, a week in Jordan

Culture
Culture
min $ 1769
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Destinations: Amman, Wadi Rum Village, Aqaba
Guide language: English
Price: min $ 1769
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Description

“If you have just a week, this covers all of Jordan's cultural hotspots, without scrimping on time in Petra. The unexpected highlight? Camping with Bedouins in the desert.”

Highlights

Petra | Wadi Rum | Desert camp | Bedouin hospitality | Snorkelling in the Red Sea | Dead Sea | Jerash | Aqaba

Description of Jordan holiday, a week in Jordan

Spend a week on holiday in Jordan and you'll soon discover that there's a lot more to life in the desert than you may have first thought.

Exciting activities and cultural enlightenment await as you embrace your inner-Bedouin and embark on a week in Jordan featuring all of the major points of interest from Jerash and Amman, in the north, to Wadi Rum and the Red Sea, in the south.

Where else would you have the chance to go snorkelling over coral reefs and float on a saline sea before spending a couple of days exploring the fascinating sandstone carved city of Petra prior to camping out under the stars amongst the folds of the desert?

This one week in Jordan holiday offers an ideal introduction to the history and the romance of the area with the Roman heritage of the Middle East just as integral to this sort of cultural tour as traditional Bedouin lifestyles and the crystal clear blue hues of the Mediterranean.

Responsible tourism Responsible tourism: Jordan holiday, a week in Jordan Show More EnvironmentActivity: We try to minimise litter as much as possible and are careful to emphasise that clients should not damage or remove pieces from any historical sites we visit. As we hire local guides as well as Bedouin guides, we can ensure that our activity has a positive effect on the economy and that our clients take away some of their passion and knowledge of Jordan. Our guides are trained in responsible travel issues and will be able to convey these in briefings. UK Office: It all starts at home so we have first worked at reducing our carbon footprint in our UK Offices. Through energy conservation measures and recycling policies, we are proud to be actively reducing the waste produced and our impact on the environment. We support various projects all over the world to try and give something back to the places we visit. CommunityAccommodation and Meals: You will spend 7 nights in 3-star hotels with en suite rooms and 1 night in a Wadi Rum desert camp. We employ local Bedouin people to run the camp, so we know we are directly benefiting local communities with our business. The hotels are also locally staffed as per law in Jordan, so our stay here is also in support of local employment. Where meals are provided, ingredients will be sourced from a local market wherever possible. Clients may eat a ‘zarb’ (where food is slow cooked underground) at the Bedouin camp and there will also be plenty of chance to eat in restaurants selling ‘mezze’ style specialties like kebabs, fresh salads, and bread with hummus. Local Craft and Culture: Usually guides take clients to the market on the day going from Petra to Wadi Rum or Aqaba. This is a great cultural experience where clients can buy their own vegetables and fruit and even see how some meals are prepared- like falafel. We also visit the ancient city of Jerash, Madaba, the Dead Sea, and the fortified town of Kerak, but the cultural highlight of the trip for many is the visit to UNESCO World Heritage city, Petra. There is a full day here to explore the ancient, rose-coloured rock-cut architecture including El Khazneh (the treasury) and El Deir (the Monastery). There are some local handicrafts and souvenirs available here like hand painted ceramics, jewellery and vases filled with coloured sand. Clients can also support the community by purchasing donkey or horse rides from local people. Group Size: This small group tour has a maximum of 16 participants, meaning that we have a low impact on the environments and communities we visit and are able to ensure that we do not disrupt or lead to the displacement of local people. The small number also allows us to stay in unique, family-run hotels that cannot benefit from coach tours and other mass tourism due to their limited sizes.

Itinerary

Day 1:Fly to Amman; transfer to Amman hotel. The hotel is a 35 minute transfer from the airport. *Comfortable Hotel*
Day 2:This morning we drive north to Jerash, known as Gerasa in ancient times. This was one of the ten wealthy, self-governing cities of the Decapolis during Roman times, and was famous throughout the Roman world for the luxury of its lifestyle. Buried for centuries under blown sand, Jerash is the only city of the Decapolis to have survived, with a dramatic oval forum, colonnaded main streets which remarkably have the drains still intact, two theatres and the impressive temple of Zeus. After a good look around we head south to the Dead Sea in time for a 'float' in the saline waters. In the evening we return to Amman. *Standard Hotel*
Day 3:Today is a long driving day down the King's Highway which takes us up and down huge 'wadis' (valleys). There are several stops of interest en route including Madaba, known as the city of the mosaics, Mt Nebo and Kerak, which is a magnificent fortified town. Further south we reach the magnificent city of Petra; Jordan's premier historic site and one of the world's most outstanding ancient cities. *Standard Hotel*
Day 4-5:Two full days to explore Petra, the so called rose-red city, 'half as old as time'. Petra was hidden for centuries until the Swiss explorer Burckhardt made his great discovery in 1812. It was founded by the Nabateans, an Arab tribe that arrived here in the 6th century BC. Building at Petra began in the third century BC and continued through the Roman period, financed by taxes levied on the desert caravans. Two features of Petra are unique: firstly, it is a city made defensible by being built down a series of chasms, rather than on a hilltop. Secondly, it is built directly into the rock - beautiful red and yellow sandstone carved into the most impressive facades which glow in the brilliant sunlight. To enter Petra we must begin by walking down a narrow chasm, known as the Siq, surrounded by high cliffs on either side. Unveiled at the end of the Siq is El Khazneh, the Treasury. This is just the first breathtaking sight of a remarkable day. Continuing to the centre of the city, we pass the houses and tombs of the rich citizens and the remarkable scale of the site begins to unveil itself. A long walk beyond the centre is El Deir, the monastery, with its superb facade topped by a huge urn (the walk up is by a series of steps).  On one of the days we take a walk to the High Places which only few people attempt to visit. This can be quite arduous and is not recommended for those who are unsure of their fitness. However, those who do make it to the top are rewarded with wonderful views over parts of the site visited on the previous day. *Standard Hotel*
Day 6:This morning we join the modern Desert Highway and make our way south to Wadi Rum, a beautiful desert area where dramatic sandstone mountains rise from the sandy desert floor. This is where Lawrence of Arabia and Prince Faisal assembled the Arab tribes for the attack on Aqaba in the First World War and also where sections of the 1962 epic film were shot. We join our Bedouin guides for a 2-hour 4x4 trip to explore the highlights of the protected area. Towards the end of the day we return to our private camp, located near the small village of Disseh where we enjoy traditional Bedouin hospitality and may have the chance to sleep out under the stars. *Basic Camping*
Day 7:We wake amidst the dramatic desert scenery and then make our way on to Aqaba, Jordan's port and holiday resort, famous for beautiful coral reefs.  There is time today to relax on a local beach where the entrance fee is included.  You can add to the experience with optional snorkelling and lunch packages which your leader will explain.  Please note there is a cost for these extras.  There are several good restaurants in Aqaba for our evening meal together. *Standard Hotel*
Day 8:In the morning we travel back to Amman on the fast Desert Highway. In the afternoon you will be given a guided tour of Amman where you will be taken to the famous Amphitheatre. Dating back to the Roman period, when the city was known as Philadelphia, it is one of the main landmarks of Jordan. Then any additional time is free to explore the city or for some last minute shopping! *Standard Hotel*
Day 9:Fly to London. **
All tour descriptions and conditions are given in accordance with the information of Responsible Travel
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