One of the high peaks around Petra - a very nice, but exhausting hike.

Highlights of Jordan

Dis­co­ver the high­lights of the Has­he­mite Kin­godm of Jor­dan on this intro­duc­tio­nary tour fea­turing the cities of the Deca­po­lis in the north, the hid­den "Desert Cast­les" in the east, bibli­cal Jor­dan by the Jor­dan River and of course Petra and Amman.

Day 1
Arri­val Day

Upon arri­val and after com­ple­ting for­ma­li­ties (lug­gage, pas­sport con­trol and cust­oms) you will be met by your dri­ver and trans­fer­red to your hotel in Amman.

Day 2
The Decapolis

After bre­ak­fast, meet you guide and drive north to the area of the for­mer Deca­po­lis. The Deca­po­lis ("Ten Cities") was a group of ten big­ger and smal­ler cities in what is today Jor­dan, Israel and Syria during the time of the Roman Empire. Howe­ver, they did not form a poli­ti­cal body of its own, they shared the same lan­guage, cul­ture and poli­ti­cal sta­tus. On your way, visit Gerasa (Jerash) with its exten­sive exca­va­tions, Gadara (Umm Qais) and later on, see the medi­eval fort­ress in Ajloun.

Day 3
The Desert Castles

Today, you will drive into the Jor­da­nian desert, exten­ding to the east of Amman and visit some of the so-called "Desert Cast­les". The cast­les con­sist of a num­ber of small rock cast­les and fort­res­ses which are scat­te­red throug­hout the desert; most of them loca­ted along anci­ent trade rou­tes con­nec­tion the Levante with Medina and Kufa. Built bet­ween the 7th and 8th cen­tury CE, the cast­les may have ser­ved as cara­van­se­rais, defen­sive struc­tures, con­trol posts or have been built for other rea­sons. What ever pur­pose they may have been ori­gi­nall been desi­gned for, they are some of the most remar­ka­ble exam­ples of Isla­mic archi­tec­ture from the early cen­tu­ries of Islam and defi­netly worth a full day trip.

Day 4
Bibli­cal Jordan

After bre­ak­fast, drive in west­ward direc­tion to the river­bank of the Jor­dan River and visit the tra­di­tio­nal bap­tism site in "Bethany beyond the Jor­dan" where John the Bap­tist is said to have been bap­ti­zing his fol­lo­wers, among them Jesus him­self. After­wards, drive up to Mt. Nebo and enjoy the pan­o­ra­mic view from its top, which Mose him­self once saw (Dtn 34,1-5). After lunch, arrive to the small city of Madaba which is home to the famous mosaic map of the Holy Land, dating back to the 6th cen­tury CE. The Madaba Map covers parts of the floor of the Greek Ortho­dox Church of St. George and is the oldest map of Chris­ti­ans sites found to date.

Day 5
The Kings' Highway

In anci­ent times, the so-called "Kings' High­way" con­nec­ted Mem­phis in Egypt with Resafa on the banks of the Euphra­tes. Along its way, it pas­sed through Helio­po­lis, Suez, Nakhl (all in Egypt), Aqaba, Petra, Kerak, Madaba, Amman, Jerash (all in Jor­dan) and Bosra and Damas­kus in Syria, crea­ting one of the most import­ant tra­vel and trade rou­tes of the Anci­ent World.

Today, you will tra­vel along this route from Amman to Petra with stops in Kerak (cru­sa­ders' castle, bulit in 1140 CE as "Crac des Moa­bi­tes") and Sho­bak (ano­ther crusader's castle, built by Bald­win I. of Jeru­sa­lem in 1115). In the late after­noon, you will arrive to Petra for rela­xa­tion and overnight.

Day 6
Petra

Today, you will spend a full day visit­ing the most famous and most asto­nis­hing of all Naba­tean cities, Petra. Fol­low your guide through the nar­row pas­sage, the "Siq", that will lead you deep into the rocks, directly into the heart of the anci­ent city, pos­si­bly foun­ded as early as 312 BCE. Dis­co­ver the magni­fi­cant rock-cut temp­les, tombs and hou­ses, before you will head to Wadi Rum for overnight.

Day 7
Wadi Rum

Spend a full day in Wadi Rum, also known as the "Val­ley of the Moon", the lar­gest wadi in Jor­dan and one of the most spec­ta­cu­lar. With your guide, dis­co­ver some of the anci­ent tra­ces of human inha­bi­ta­tion, such like the Naba­tean temple of the Tha­mu­dic inscrip­ti­ons and rock engra­vings and admire the bizarre struc­tures, car­ry­ing names like "Seven Pil­lars of Wis­dom". Depen­ding on the wea­t­her, you may also board a hot-air bal­loon for a fasci­na­tion view from above.

Day 8
Machae­rus, Ham­ma­mat Ma'in

Depart Wadi Rum and head back north. On your way, visit the anci­ent for­ti­fied hilltop palace "Machae­rus", where, accor­ding to Fla­vius Jose­phus, John the Bap­tist was held cap­tive and even­tually behea­ded. After­wards, relax in the hot-springs of Ham­ma­mat Ma'in, a num­ber of hot mine­ral springs, small lakes and water­falls, not far from Amman.

Day 9
Amman

As a con­clu­sion of your visit to the King­dom of Jor­dan, spend a full day in its capi­tal. You will start with the cita­del, a natio­nal his­to­ric site in the middle of today's down­town of Amman. Also, pay a visit to the Jor­dan Archaeo­lo­gi­cal Museum, which is loca­ted inside the cita­del. After­wards, stroll through the Old and New City of Amman and spend your after­noon at leisure.

Day 10
Depar­ture Day

Depen­ding on your flight time, trans­fer to Amman Air­port or extensions.

Tour Details

Inclu­ding

All our tours are pri­vate tours inclu­ding pri­vate trans­por­ta­tion and pri­vate guiding.

  • Meet & Assist at Amman Airport.
  • 9 nights stay in men­tio­ned pla­ces in good middle class hotels, all over­night stays incl. breakfast.
  • All men­tio­ned sight­see­ing tours, inclu­ding trans­por­ta­tion by pri­vate modern & tourism-licensed a/c vehi­cles (accor­ding to group size).
  • Pro­fes­sio­nal gui­ding by a qua­li­fied & tourism-licensed guide.
  • Half board (bre­ak­fast + din­ner, excl. beverages).
  • Recom­men­ded gratuities.
  • Tra­vel Secu­rity Con­sul­ta­tion prior to and throug­hout your tour.

Pri­ces

All pri­ces are inclu­sive of all men­tio­ned ser­vices and valid throug­hout the year except major holi­days during the high sea­son. Please inquire for details.

  • Pri­vate tour, 4 to 9 people: 1250 €.
  • Pri­vate tour, 10 to 14 people: 1180 €
  • Pri­vate tour, 15 to 20 people: 1100 €
  • Pri­vate tour, 21 to 30 people: 1030 €
  • Pri­vate tour, 31 to 39 people: 990 €
  • Pri­vate tour, 40 and more: Please inquire for indi­vi­dual pricing.

Dates

This tour is offe­red as a pri­vate tour at any given date of the year. Just tell us about your favo­rite day of depar­ture an we will orga­nize ever­y­thing accordingly.

Cust­o­mize Your Tour

Please feel free to pro­vide us with your own ideas and pre­fe­ren­ces about your tour. Our tra­vel pro­fes­sio­nals will be happy to tailor your per­so­na­li­zed tour exactly as you want it to be!