Jordan small group tour

“Join a small group of likeminded travellers and an experienced guide on this week long tour taking in the best of Jordan – both ancient and modern.”

Highlights

Amman | Dead Sea | Pella | Um Qais | Jerash | Ajloun | Madaba | Petra | Wadi Rum Lake

Description of Jordan small group tour

Jordan is a country of dramatic scenic contrasts from the arrestingly beautiful to the ruggedly stark. It’s also a country with a rich history and biblical links abound like the Sea of Galilee and Mount Nebo, from which Moses viewed the Holy Land. Later periods saw the Roman Empire and splendid Roman ruins are scattered throughout Jordan as well as numerous Crusader castles. This tour will take you back in time with breathtaking historical sites and fascinating history as well and bringing you up to date with modern Jordan.

This 7 night escorted tour takes you from Amman to the Wadi Rum desert. You will travel to some of the finest sites of the ancient world set amid dramatic natural scenery. Visit Pella, Um Qais, Jerash and the Ajloun Fort. Float in the Dead Sea and travel along the King’s Way to Mount Nebo, Madaba and Petra. After a full day in this ancient city you’ll head to Wadi Rum for an unforgettable 4x4 desert tour.

You will stay in friendly Arabic hotels and guesthouses along with a traditional Bedouin camp. You are accompanied by an English speaking driver-guide who will take you away from the crowds to share their insight into the history, culture and tradition of Jordan.

Best time to go on our tailor made vacations to Jordan:
Jordan has a Mediterranean climate, pleasant for year-round travel. Summers (May to October) are hot and dry, with cool evenings, temperatures remaining at comfortable levels averaging 23 degrees. July and August are hot but not oppressive. Winters are cool to cold and wet. In November to April temperatures range from 16 to 22 degrees. Most rain falls between October and March, and snow can occur.

Day-by-day experiences

Day 1:Arrive Amman: Upon arrival at Amman International Airport you will be met and transferred to your 3-star hotel. Upgraded hotels available for a supplement.
Day 2:After breakfast you’ll set out on a morning tour of Amman, visiting the Roman Theatre, the Citadel, the Archaeology and Folklore Museums. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure then head out for dinner at a local restaurant. (B, D)
Day 3:This morning you will drive to the lowest spot on earth and experience floating in the waters of the Dead Sea. Continue northwards to Pella in the Jordan Valley before heading to Um Qais for a spectacular view of the Sea of Galilee, the Yarmouk River and the Golan Heights. You will return to Amman in the late afternoon. (B)
Day 4:Enjoy a late morning tour of Jerash (Gerasa of Antiquity), the best preserved city of Roman times, to visit its theatres, temples, churches and colonnaded streets. Then continue to Ajloun to tour the 12th century Saracen Castle built by one of Saladin’s lieutenants in the campaign against the Crusaders. (B)
Day 5:This morning you will head south along the Kings’ Way to Petra. You will stop at Madaba to see the oldest map of the Holy Land. You’ll see the Mosaic School, Mt. Nebo and the alleged burial site of Moses which overlooks the Dead Sea and the Jordan Valley. Continue through the magnificent scenery of Wadi Mujib to Kerak to visit the Crusader Castle. (B)
Day 6:Today you will have the chance to explore Petra with a full days guided tour of the city that was carved into the rose-red Sharah Mountains. You will walk through the Siq, a narrow, winding fissure between the cliffs, to reach the treasury, the Roman Theatre, the Courts, Qasr Bint Pharaoun, the Temple of the Winged Lion and other famous monuments. (B)
Day 7:After breakfast you will head out to explore the incredible lunar-like landscape of the Wadi Rum Desert. In you 4x4 vehicle, you’ll see where the film ‘Lawrence of Arabia’ was set and if time permits, enjoy a short visit to Aqaba, Jordan’s only sea port city. Return to Amman via the Desert Highway. (B)
Day 8:Departure: You will be transferred to the airport today for your departure flight. (B)

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Jordan small group tour

Carbon reduction

Your holiday will help support local people and conservation. We must also reduce CO2. Learn about the CO2 emissions of this holiday and how to reduce them.

Environment

In an effort to preserve its pristine wilderness, there are no hotels in Wadi Rum itself but many local Bedouins offer tourists an overnight stay in their tents in the middle of the desert. Relatively few of Jordan's Bedouin still follow the ways of their ancestors. Most have settled in cities and towns and are found in every walk of life. Yet low-slung black tents and pack camels have not vanished from the landscape, and many travellers find a shared meal or coffee with traditional desert Bedouin to be their most memorable experience. Naturalists will be drawn to the desert in springtime, when rains bring the greening of the hills and an explosion of hundreds of species of wild flowers. Red anemones, poppies and the striking Black Iris, Jordan's national flower, grow at will by the roadside and in more quiet reaches.

RSCN is a non-government organisation devoted to the protection and care of Jordan’s wild plants, animals and natural landscapes. Our Ground Agents are part of RSCN's socio-economic growth projects, including all ecotourism and handicraft enterprises that link the protection of nature with improving the livelihoods of local communities. Wild Jordan is helping to generate a substantial income to help fund biodiversity protection in the country and create jobs and revenue for local communities which provides alternatives to harmful land uses like grazing and hunting. All this is leading to tangible results which the local communities can see, encouraging the preservation of the nature reserves even further as an important source of tourist revenue.

Jordan's Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature is for the benefit of the local community, and is an important source of employment and education in the local region. This tour includes 1 of the protected reserves Ajloun Forest Reserve and the Wadi Rum. The RSCN also operates a handicraft centre and locally produced goods as well as organically grown herbs and preserves are available in local shop.

Community

Our Ground Operator is part of the Discovery Foundation. The Discovery Foundation is a pioneer of Responsible and Sustainable Tourism in Jordan and strives to protect the environment and work for the benefit of local Jordanians.

By staying in a genuine Bedouin camp in the desert, with traditional food, accommodation in tents and entertainment around a well lit bonfire you are contributing to the continuation of their way of life and offers an unforgettable insight into their culture. You can also hire a local Bedouin guide who will offer you either a 4WD vehicle, or for the more adventurous a camel ride, to explore the area.

Local Guides - As a company we have a policy of staying in locally owned accommodation wherever possible and our ground agents employ local guides using transport owned and operated by local people. Lunches are eaten in locally owned and managed restaurants thus supporting the community financially. This provides valuable employment to the region and keeps the money you spend in the country which helps to maintain and develop the infrastructure.

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Reviewed on 03 Mar 2019 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


The Roman remains.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Avoid Amman and stay in Madaba instead.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes. We helped to provide jobs in a country of high unemployment.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


We really enjoyed Jordan and our local tour guide and company were excellent.

Reviewed on 15 Nov 2018 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Seeing Petra.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Hotel in Amman good, hotel in Petra a bit tired looking, one or two issues unresolved – safe didn’t work in both rooms, fridge in my sister’s room not
working – reported but nothing done – didn’t make a fuss as only there two nights. One point that might be worth considering, both on arrival day and arrival day in Petra, might be nice to have meal included in tour price. With regards to actual tour, it would have been nice at time of booking to have the information of the length of travel time each day. Not sure on the day we visited the Dead Sea it was worth all the travelling (we seemed to go round in a very large circle) to go in the Dead Sea, not somewhere you would spend much time, and nothing else to see when there. Possibly attach it to the day Mount Nebo is visited.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


I think the local people benefited by the jobs tourism created. Some of the money does go to support conservation which is important at all these beautiful
sites. Environmental issues regarding rubbish and recycling is a major issue, litter is everywhere.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Overall holiday great. Driver and guide well presented, polite and helpful. Guide excellent on historic knowledge and a great help with local knowledge – i.e.
tipping, paying for taxi’s.

Reviewed on 27 Dec 2016 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Our first view of the Treasury in Petra. We made the evening visit and sat in the candlelit entrance for the local songs before the lights were switched on to illuminate it. Stunning!

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Just do it! Jordan is a wonderful country with so much to see and do. Although we were with a guide most of the time we were always made to feel welcome wherever we went.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


I believe that our visit brought additional business to the local communities. I am unsure whether there was any impact on the environment or conservation.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Loved it. We experienced many new things and saw some spectacular sights.

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