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Jordan on a Shoestring
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Mixed Groups,January Deals 2020

6 Days / 5 Nights Trip to Jordan

Jordan on a Shoestring

Incredible ancient cities, some of the holiest sites in the world, other-worldly landscapes, and one-of-a-kind experiences await.
Dive headfirst into the quintessence of Jordan in the company of a small group of like-minded travellers, and enjoy a blend of fun, faith, falafel, freedom and fulfillment. 

Together, you will explore the rock-carved city of Petra, drive through the lunar-like Wadi Rum, float on the iconic Dead Sea and make unforgettable memories with new friends throughout.

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  • Duration
    6 Days
  • Starting From
    $740
    /person
    Twin sharing
  • Travel Operator
    Encounters Travel
  • Flights
    Not Included
    Flight booking assistance will be provided.

Trip highlights

Wadi Rum: Where Martians and Bedouins roam
Highlight #1
Wadi Rum: Where Martians and Bedouins roam
Well, not exactly, although the vast, red-washed desert is eerily similar to a Martian landscape.
 Visit Candle-Lit Petra (UNESCO World Heritage Site)
Highlight #2
 Visit Candle-Lit Petra (UNESCO World Heritage Site)
Explore this fabled rose-red city carved entirely from stone, made famous by Indiana Jones, lit up by the light of a thousand little candles.
The City of Mosaics: Madaba
Highlight #3
The City of Mosaics: Madaba
Find the oldest known mosaic map of the holy land, recording every holy site from its time in incredible detail.
 When in Petra, you can’t help but feel like Indiana Jones
Highlight #4
 When in Petra, you can’t help but feel like Indiana Jones
One of the seven wonders of the world, Petra makes you feel like an adventurer wherever you go.
 Amman for the urban adventurer
Highlight #5
 Amman for the urban adventurer
Jordan’s capital has a pulsating energy, where remnants of the past blend with the modern.
Video

The Unsinkable : Dead Sea

There's something in the water and it won't let you sink. What does it take to swim in the Dead Sea? (Tip: don’t swim like you normally would and never, ever shave before you get into the water!) Are you ready for the Dead Sea challenge?

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Itinerary

Arrive in Amman. Hotel transfers included 

 Once you've landed at the airport, we'll be there to meet you and transfer you to your hotel in Jordan's bustling capital city of Amman. After helping you check in and pointing you to any local shops, cafes or restaurants, you're free to explore Amman independently before our sightseeing starts tomorrow. 

A city tour of Amman and exploring Jerash 

Your Jordan tour officially starts today, with a city tour of Amman first on the agenda. Amman is rich in history, dating back many millennia. Archaeological discoveries have uncovered remains from the Neolithic period as well as the Hellenistic and late Roman to Arab Islamic Ages.

Next, we'll make our way to the Citadel - the former home of the ancient Temple of Hercules, The Umayyad Palace, the Byzantine Church before we make our way to the 6000-seater Roman theatre, which was built during the Roman Period. The ancient theatre is still in use today, playing host to numerous cultural events.

From Amman, we travel to Jerash - one of the world's most well-preserved Roman architecture sites outside of Italy. Hidden away from the world underneath sand for centuries, archaeological work over the past 70 years have revealed that Jerash was a fine example of Roman urbanism, with its paved and colonnaded streets, hilltop temples, impressive theatres, public squares and plazas.

 King's Highway to Petra with stops at Madaba & Kerak Castle

We leave Amman behind us today as we drive along the scenic King's Highway to Petra. The drive is a beautiful one as we cross deep wadis, pass through olive groves and remote rural villages, giving you a unique insight into the daily lives of the locals.

Our first stop will be at Madaba, as we visit the Greek Orthodox Church of St. George - famed for its 6th century Byzantine Mosaic map of the Holy Land and other biblical sites. Next, we'll venture up Mount Nebo, which offers breath-taking views of the Holy Land.

We'll hit the road once more, this time crossing the beautiful Wadi al-Mujib, which winds through olive groves before it traverses up over a deep canyon until we reach Kerak Castle, which forms part of several Crusader castles built during the 12th century on the Egypt-Syrian caravan route.

Upon arrival in Petra, we'll check into the hotel and the evening is free for you to relax and explore. An option is available to get a first taste of Petra itself with the atmospheric Petra by Candlelight tour through the Siq to the Treasury.

Full day exploration of Petra, camping underneath the stars in Wadi Rum

 The fourth day of our Jordan tour is all about exploring the Nabatean site of Petra.
Another climb takes you to the High Place of Sacrifice, and Lion Fountain. All in all, this is a full and tiring exercise, but hugely rewarding day touring one of the world's most famous ancient sites.

Later today, we leave Petra and drive into the spectacular desert scenery of Wadi Rum where friendly Bedouin hosts are ready to greet us at a comfortable camp beneath the towering rocks and cliffs. We spend the evening and night relaxing at the camp, watching the stars and enjoying a delicious traditional Jordanian meal.

A Jeep safari in Wadi Rum & Dead Sea Swim

We start the day exploring the beautiful desert and mountain scenery of Wadi Rum. Keep an eye out for the copper-coloured rocky 'jebels', which mesmerised TE Lawrence during his visits to the desert during the Arab Revolt and was later famed in the movie Lawrence of Arabia. We'll take a jeep safari through the beautiful desert scenery, seeing more of the sheer cliffs and bizarre rock formations.

We say goodbye to Wadi Rum later today and head north towards the Dead Sea, one of the planet's most spectacular destinations. Not only is it the lowest point on earth, coming in at 400 metres below sea level, it's also considered to be one of the world's most spiritual landscapes, filled with dramatic, natural wonders.

The Dead Sea is fed by numerous rivers, including the River Jordan. Once the waters reach the Dead Sea they are land-locked and have nowhere to go, so they evaporate, leaving behind a dense, rich, cocktail of salts and minerals that supply industry, agriculture and medicine with some of its finest products.

The Dead Sea is flanked by mountains to the east and the rolling hills of Jerusalem to the west, giving it an almost otherworldly beauty. Although sparsely populated and serenely quiet now, the area is believed to have been home to five Biblical cities: Sodom, Gomorrah, Adman, Zebouin and Zoar (Bela).

We'll stop along the way to enjoy a 'swim', though the intensely salty waters lead to a very strange swimming experience. In fact, normal swimming is not possible, and it is easier (and more photogenic!) just to float, sitting or lying in the water. Be careful not to get any water in your eyes, as it will sting.

We finish the day back at our hotel in Amman.

Free time in Amman. Airport transfer included 

You have the day free to catch up on some last-minute sightseeing or shopping in Amman before your departure flight. Alternatively, you may wish to take one of several optional day trips. These include a full day tour to the Baptism site at Bethany and Ajloun Castle, a trip to Pella and Umm Qai or a tour of the 'Desert Castles'.

We can also arrange a transfer to Tel Aviv either by flight or overland for people wanting to connect this tour with one of our Israel tours. Finally, we can also fly you to Cairo to join one of our Egypt tours. Please ask us for full details and we'll be delighted to help plan an extension to your tour.

Inclusions

 Accommodation for 4 nights in 3-star hotels (upgrade available)

 One night in a comfortable Bedouin camp in Wadi Rum

 All transport and transfers in AC vehicles

 4x4 Bedouin jeep safari in Wadi Rum

 Entrance to Dead Sea beach with towel & showers

 24-hour airport arrival & departure transfer service

 Services of a specialist tour guide for all sightseeing tours

 Meals as indicated in the itinerary (5 breakfasts, 1 dinner)

Not Included

 International flights (available on request)

 Travel insurance (compulsory, available from Encounters Travel)

 Jordan visa & site entrance fees (see notes on the Jordan Pass - 70JD)

 Meals not indicated in the itinerary

 Drinks, snacks, tips and other personal expenses (e.g. laundry)

 Any other items not mentioned above

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