Jordan in 12 Days
From Petra to the Red Sea
Be seduced by the fascinating Hashemite Kingdom! Discover Amman, the Greco-Roman city of Jerash and see the Castle of Ajloun. Admire the ancient wonders of Petra and sleep under the stars in the Wadi Rum desert. Head to the coastal city of Aqaba to enjoy its paradise beaches, lapped by the abundant Red Sea, before ending your trip by floating on the mineral-rich waters of the Dead Sea!
12 days trip including flights*
11 days and 10 nights in destination
NYC - AMM
NYC - AMM
AMM - NYC
* It may change depending of your departure city, departure date and arrival date.
The calendar does not display internal flights, trains or other transportation included in the itinerary.
Ready to discover the cultural treasures of Jordan? Arrive at your US departure airport to board a flight to Amman.* Night on board.
* If either your outbound or inbound flights depart in the early hours (before 4:00 a.m.) you must arrive at the airport the night before the indicated departure day.
* Possibility of booking early check-in in the next step of the booking process.
** Optional Amman City Tour with Dinner: Explore Amman this afternoon, the capital of the Hashemite Kingdom founded 7000 years ago. See the city's most emblematic sights including Amman Citadel, Hercules Temple, the Byzantine Church and the Ummayad Palace and pay a visit to the fascinating Amman Archaeological Museum. Head downtown to see the incredible Roman Amphitheatre and the old markets before exploring the newer part of the city. End the tour with an authentic Jordanian dinner at a local restaurant.
Breakfast at the hotel. Begin the day with a brief city tour of Amman. See both the new and old parts of the city on a panoramic bus ride. Afterwards, continue to Jerash, known as the 'Pompeii of the East'. Inhabited since the Bronze Age, this amazing Greco-Roman city is the best-preserved example of Roman-era ruins in Jordan. See the impressive Hadrian's Arch, the Hippodrome, the Temple of Artemis and the Roman Theatre, among other highlights, as you explore this amazing archaeological site. Next, continue to Ajloun Castle, built by Saladin in the 12th-century. One of the most amazing castles in the Middle East, here you can soak up the fabulous views of the Dead Sea from its hilltop vantage point. Return to Amman and enjoy the remainder of the day at your leisure. Dinner and overnight stay in Amman.
Breakfast at the hotel. Set off for Madaba this morning to see the oldest mosaic map in the world, housed within the historic St. George Church. Continue to Mount Nebo, overlooking the Jordan Valley and the Dead Sea. Believed to be the place where Moses was granted a view of the Promised Land and later buried, take in the spectacular views of this sacred place. Next, drive to the fascinating Shobak Castle, a Crusader Castle dating back to 1115. At the end of the visit, head to Petra and check in at the hotel. Spend the evening at your leisure, ready to discover the ancient city in the morning! If you can't wait, we recommend an optional Petra by Night excursion!* Dinner and overnight stay in Petra.
*Optional Petra By Night Excursion: Savour the opportunity to discover the legendary sights of Petra by night! Walk along the Siq Gorge before arriving at the iconic Treasury to admire its legendary candlelit facade. A spectacular sight!
Breakfast at the hotel. Spend today exploring the famed Nabatean capital on an excursion to Petra! During the visit, discover the most important and representative monuments, sculpted into the rock by this ancient civilization. Admire the Treasury, the famous and most internationally recognised monument, as seen in one of the Indiana Jones movies, along with other highlights such as the Colored Tombs and the Royal Tombs. Let your imagination run wild as you learn about life here in ancient times. Petra is one of those bucket-list destinations that you must visit at least once in your life! A true wonder of the world, enjoy an unforgettable day exploring this incredible site. At the end of the visit, return to the hotel. Dinner and overnight stay in Petra.
Breakfast at the hotel. Today, head to a lesser-known site named Little Petra, located north of Petra. A narrow gorge of 2 meters wide, this rocky landscape is adorned with typical Nabatean architecture, making this one of the most unique sites in the country. Originally, Little Petra was inhabited by the Nabateans and is home to a number of tombs, water tanks and riverbeds. Next, continue to beautiful Wadi Rum, the desert made famous by Lawrence of Arabia. Take a 4x4 excursion across the lunar-like landscape for an unforgettable experience. We recommend an optional Stargazing Excursion to discover the secrets of the night's sky!* Dinner under the stars and overnight at the camp in Wadi Rum.
*Optional Wadi Rum Stargazing Experience: Discover the secrets of the night's sky! Head to an area without light pollution and enjoy a 20-minute presentation before viewing the incredible star constellations with the help of telescopes. This excursion is weather dependent.
Breakfast at the camp. Leave the desert landscapes of Wadi Rum behind as you transfer to Aqaba, a beautiful coastal city located on the Red Sea, close to the border with Israel. Check-in at the hotel and spend the remainder of the day at your leisure, exploring the area or relaxing on the paradise beaches of the Red Sea. Dinner and overnight stay in Aqaba.
Breakfast at the hotel. Spend the day at your leisure. Enjoy a stroll through the historic old town, or simply relax on the beach, where you can discover the abundant coral reefs of the Red Sea. In fact, Aqaba is a popular scuba diving destination, home to more than 25 dive sites. Dinner and overnight stay in Aqaba.
Breakfast at the hotel. Enjoy another day at your leisure. If you're interested in uncovering the underwater world, perhaps take a snorkeling trip to the 'Japanese Garden' diving area, where you can admire some of the most beautiful coral reefs and colorful sea life in the Red Sea. Dinner and overnight stay in Aqaba.
Breakfast at the hotel. Leave the shores of the Red Sea behind as you return to Amman today. Arrive and transfer to the hotel. If time allows, enjoy the evening at your leisure, soaking up the atmosphere of the Jordanian capital. Dinner and overnight stay in Amman.
Breakfast at the hotel. Head east today to discover the Desert Castles of Azraq, Kharanah and Amra. Dating from the early Islamic era, the castles were built as retreats for the Caliphs of the time. Explore these historic fortresses and learn more about the history of 7th-century Jordan. Afterwards, continue to the eternal Dead Sea, the lowest point on earth at an amazing 400-meters below sea level! Take in the spectacular views before enjoying some free time to relax, swim and float in the salty waters! The mineral-rich mud is said to be therapeutic so be sure to treat your skin to a little indulgence! Return to Amman after an action-packed day. Dinner and overnight stay in Amman.
Breakfast at the hotel.* It's time to bring your adventure through Jordan to an end. At the indicated time, transfer to the airport for a flight back to the US. Arrive in the US and end your trip.
* Depending on the return flight schedule and the hotel breakfast service, you may not be able to enjoy the included breakfast on the last day.
Accommodation: 10 Nights
*In case the advertised hotels are not available they will be replaced by one of these alternative hotels with the same quality: Gerasa, Larsa Hotel Amman, MENA Tyche Hotel, Olive Hotel, Sparr Hotel Amman.
Included activity for day 3 in Jerash
Duration 05:00h Approx. Pick up time: info at destination
Jerash City Tour
Inhabited since the Bronze Age, this incredible Greco-Roman city is home to the best-preserved Roman-era ruins in Jordan. See the impressive Hadrian's Arch, the Hippodrome, the Temple of Artemis and the Roman Theatre as you explore Jerash!
What's included: Guide, transfers and entrances
Included activity for day 3 in Ajloun Castle
Duration 04:00h Approx. Pick up time: info at destination
Visit to Ajloun Castle
Visit Ajloun Castle, built by Saladin in the 12th-century to safeguard the trade route between Damascus and Southern Jordan. One of the most impressive Muslim castles in the Middle East, here you can soak up fabulous views of the Dead Sea.
What's included: Guide, transfers and entrances
Included activity for day 3 in Amman
Duration 01:00h Approx. Pick up time: 08:00 Approx
Brief Panoramic City Tour of Amman
Begin the day with a brief city tour of Amman. See both the new and old parts of the city on a panoramic bus ride.
What's included: Brief panoramic bus tour
Included activity for day 4
Duration 03:00h Approx. Pick up time: 15:00 Approx
Visit to Shobak Castle
Visit the fascinating Shobak Castle, nestled on the side of a mountain and built by King Baldwin I of Jerusalem in 1115 to guard the route between Egypt and Damascus. An important piece of Crusader-era history, explore the castle and learn its history.
What's included: Guide, transfers and entrances.
Suggested activity for day 2 in Amman
Duration 04:00h Approx. Pick up time: 16:00 Approx
Amman Afternoon City Tour
See the city's most emblematic sights including Amman Citadel, Hercules Temple, the Byzantine Church and Ummayad Palace. Pay a visit to Amman Archaeological Museum and the Roman Amphitheatre and end the tour with an authentic meal at a local restaurant.
What's included: Transfer, guide, tickets & local dinner Not included: Drinks, tips or any other service not mentioned
Suggested activity for day 4 in Petra
Duration 02:00h Approx. Pick up time: 20:00 Approx
Petra By Night Excursion
Savour the opportunity to discover the legendary sights of Petra by night! Walk along the Siq Gorge before arriving at the iconic Treasury to admire its legendary candlelit facade. A spectacular sight!
Suggested activity for day 6
Upgrade to a Martian Tent in Wadi Rum
Supplement to upgrade to a Martian Tent for one night in the Wadi Rum desert. Enjoy a larger room and unforgettable views of the desert from the panoramic window!
Suggested activity for day 6 in Wadi Rum
Wadi Rum Stargazing Experience
Discover the secrets of the night's sky! Head to an area without light pollution and enjoy a 20-minute presentation before viewing the incredible star constellations with the help of telescopes. This excursion is weather dependent.
The price includes
- Included in all our trips. more information
- Departures from main US airports.
- International flights: US - Amman, Amman - US.
- 10 nights accommodation in Charm category hotels and a Tent Camp in Wadi Rum. *more informationSee hotels included
- 10 breakfasts and 10 dinners. **more information
- Transfers in air-conditioned vehicles.
- Visits and entrance fees as indicated in the itinerary with an English-speaking guide. ***more informationSee itinerary
- All air taxes and fuel surcharge.
- Free visa on arrival. ****more information
- 4x4 excursion in Wadi Rum.
Drinks, tips and any other services not mentioned in what's included.
* If you arrive in the early hours between 00:00 and 06:00, you must add the optional early check-in to have access to your room immediately.
If you arrive in the early hours between 00:00 and 06:00, you must add the optional early check-in to have access to your room immediately.
* You will have the option to add early check-in on arrival in the next step of the booking process.
* Possibility to upgrade to a Martian Tent in Wadi Rum in the next step of the booking process.
** Add 6 lunches in local restaurants during the Jordan tour in the next step of the booking process (Not available in Aqaba).
** Dinner box supplement (per box/dinner) for the first night is available in the next step of the booking process.
*** Please note: the order of the itinerary may differ depending on your arrival day at the destination.
Monday and Saturday: 2 nights in Amman, 2 nights in Petra, 1 night in Wadi Rum, 3 nights in Aqaba and 2 nights in Amman.
Tuesday and Sunday: 1 night in Amman, 2 nights in Petra, 1 night in Wadi Rum, 3 nights in Aqaba and 3 nights in Amman.
Friday: 3 nights in Amman, 2 nights in Petra, 1 night in Wadi Rum, 3 nights in Aqaba and 1 night in Amman.
**** Passport details are necessary to obtain a free visa. A copy of the passport of all travelers must be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org once your reservation is complete.
Important: The airport transfer on arrival in Amman will be shared with other travelers in your tour group. A guide will be there to meet you on arrival, but you may be required to wait for up to two hours before leaving for the hotel, depending on the flight arrival times.
- Entry requirementsPassport with a minimum of six months validity. One page required for stamp.
- VisaA visa is mandatory. This is issued on arrival to the country.
- CurrencyJordanian Dinar.
- Electricity220 V. European style plug
- HealthThere are no mandatory vaccinations for travelers from the U.S.
- Time zoneUTC + 02:00.
- Other useful informationYou should always bargain when you go shopping.
- Tourist Office websitehttp://sp.visitjordan.com
Important: Please note that professional cameras, such as those with big zoom lenses, drones of any kind and tripods of any kind are not allowed in Jordan. Bringing these objects into the country can cause delays at the airport so please leave these items at home.
Remember to download your e-ticket to confirm the times of your flights and to complete online check-in using the airline’s website, or directly at the check-in desk at the airport.
Accommodation at the hotels is as indicated. In the event of any changes to accommodation, they will always be of the same or a higher category. The category of hotels is not standardized across all countries in the world. For this reason, the criteria may differ depending on the destination country's own standards.
Due to adverse weather conditions and/or for safety reasons and/or need to the smoothness of the trip run by our group partner, the order and duration of the excursions included in the itinerary are subject to changes and/or cancellations without notice.
Children: 0 - 11 years.
Triple room: the third bed will be a rollaway bed.
If you have reduced mobility/require the use of a wheelchair and prefer to go at your own pace, please contact our customer service team at +1 888-488-0592 or via our contact form.
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