The ancient kingdom of Jordan
Chauffeur-driven cultural tour | 10 days
An ancient land, yet a modern kingdom. First head north to Jerash, founded in 300 BC, for a unique city tour. Overnight at the Dead Sea, then follow the 5,000 year old King’s Highway, via Madeba and Mt. Nebo, burial place of Moses, to the crusader castle at Kerak. These archaeological treasures are just a prelude to the awe inspiring tour of the rose red city of Petra, before continuing south for a night in a Bedouin camp in the desert at Wadi Rum with a four wheel drive desert safari. End your holiday at the Red Sea resort of Aqaba.
Day 1: Fly to Amman, gateway and ancient capital
Day 2: Explore the beautifully preserved Roman city of Jerash
Day 3: Drive to the Dead Sea, 1300 feet below sea level
Day 4: Dead Sea
Day 5: Drive to Petra, the fabled “rose red” city hewn out of rock 2,000 years ago
Day 6: Tour Petra
Day 7: Overnight at Wadi Rum
Day 8: Drive to Aqaba
Day 9: The Red Sea resort of Aqaba
Day 10: Fly to London
guide price £1,765 per person
Fiona’s travel tips
TOP TIP: The Musandam Peninsula is just a 90 minute drive from Dubai — an easy way to combine the two countries.
READ: Wilfred Thesiger’s Across the Empty Quarter.
BEST TIME TO GO:
Jordan and Syria: Spring and autumn
Lebanon: year round
UAE/Oman: October to April
Jordan: 5½ hours (direct)
Lebanon: 4½ hours (direct)
Oman: 9 hours (indirect)
Syria: 6¾ hours (direct)
UAE: 6¾ hours (direct)
“We thoroughly enjoyed our two weeks in Jordan. It was a marvellous experience visiting so many interesting places, meeting such friendly and welcoming people and learning a little about the past and the present of this beautiful and varied country."Rob and Jane Aylott, Jordan
“One of the very best holidays we have had. In fact we are seriously talking about going back to Oman next year. The agency was excellent….The guide and the trips were more than adequate, and the rest days perfect. Thank you for your efforts”.
Mrs Joan Dampney, Oman
“We had a truly memorable trip to Jordan from start to finish and cannot thank you enough for putting it together so professionally and in such a short space of time. One of the best holidays we have ever had.”
Paul Crayford, Jordan
“We wanted to write and thank you for arranging our recent holiday. It was superb and we had a very happy time. I wrote a little travelogue – I’ve attached it for your possible interest (less a travelogue and more a novel...it’s 5 pages long!) The itinerary was fine, we saw and experienced a great deal but never felt rushed. Loved all of it, I think my ‘travelogue’ speaks for that; planned experiences were as hoped but, as so often, it's the unexpected things that make you smile which are mostly to do with the people you meet. A most wonderful experience was up in the mountains and stopping at a ‘lay-by’ where suddenly we were aware of goats and a Bedouin and two tatty chairs and a little table placed to overlook this beautiful valley below which was the Dana Nature Reserve; the Bedouin produced two plastic cups of the most exquisite Arabic tea and there we sat, drinking in both the tea and this wonderful place which was silent and still and the air so fresh. Asked if I may take a photo of him, the Bedouin seriously and graciously adjusted his headdress and beamed into the camera. Such happenings as this and many others could not have been possible if we’d come on a tour holiday.”
Stewart and Sue Thomson, Jordan, April 2011