Amman After My Own Heart

2000 year-old ruins of Jerash
World-leading snorkelling and scuba diving on the Red Sea
Sunrise on Mt Sinai
Wadi Rum's red earth desertscapes
Jordan's capital Amman
Red Sea resort of Aqaba
UNESCO World Heritage-listed Cairo
UNESCO World Heritage-listed Petra
Find a coffeehouse, a sheesha pipe and a game of backgammon with the locals
  • Ahlan Wa Sahlan! Welcome to Jordan. Stretch your legs at the awesome Mt Nebo, do the floaty thing at the Dead Sea, check out the red-rock ancient city of Petra and channel Lawrence of Arabia on a Wadi Rum desert safari. Hit up crazy Cairo. Peace out pyramids!

     

    The Bedouins follow an honour code that says everyone who enters their tent must be offered shelter and food for three days. Even enemies.  They're basically the nicest people in the world.

     

     
    Please note that the below itinerary now reflects that changes we made earlier in the year, as we can no longer travel to the Sinai region.

     

     

    Itinerary

    Day 1 - Amman

    Ahlan Wa Sahlan! Welcome to Jordan.
    Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 6:00pm on Day 1.
    You can arrive at any time as there are no activities planned until this important meeting; please ask the hotel reception where it will take place. If you can't arrange a flight that will arrive in time, you may wish to arrive a day early so you're able to attend. We'll be happy to book additional accommodation for you (subject to availability). If you're going to be late, please inform the hotel reception. We'll be collecting your insurance details and next of kin information at this meeting, so please ensure you have all these details to provide to your leader.
    As there's very little time spent in Amman on this itinerary, it's worth arriving a day or two early to explore the sights. These are some of our recommendations:
    Explore the beautifully preserved ruins of Jerash, one of the largest and best-preserved Roman cities left on the planet. These ruins were re-discovered in 1806 and continue to be one of Jordan's most amazing sites. The ancient walled town that survives today is a remarkable evocation of life 2,000 years ago.Excavation and restoration of Jerash has been ongoing since the 1920s. Recent excavations show that the area was inhabited during the Bronze Age as far back as 3200 BC. Conquered by the Romans and then the Persians, Jerash was destroyed by an earthquake in the 8th century. Monuments of note in Jerash include the Corinthium column, Hadrian's Arch, a circus/hippodrome, two temples (to Zeus and Artemis), the oval Forum surrounded by a colonnade, a long colonnaded street, two theatres, baths, small temples and an almost complete circuit of city walls.
    Visit the Citadel with its amazing sweeping views of Amman, then explore the Archaeological Museum where the Dead Sea Scrolls are housed.
    Check out the Roman Theatre, right in the middle of downtown Amman.
    Optional Activities
    • Bethany Baptism site, Amman - JOD8.00
    • Citadel and National Archaeological Museum, Amman - JOD2.00
    • Roman ruins, Jerash - JOD8.00
    • Roman Theatre, Amman - JOD1.00

    Day 2 - Wadi Rum

    Follow in the footsteps of Lawrence of Arabia with a short drive (approx 2 hrs) to the extraordinary desert scenery of Wadi Rum.

    A 4-hour jeep safari takes us through some of the most beautiful and sublime desert scenery on the planet, a true highlight of this trip.

    Wadi Rum is full of weird and beautiful lunar-like rock formations. Traces of ancient civilisations can be seen in the many carved inscriptions found throughout the Wadi Rum area, from pictographs to Thamudic, Nabataean and Arabic texts. The most enduring monuments in Wadi Rum, however, are those carved by nature - the natural rock bridges, towering rose-coloured sand dunes and scattered rocky peaks.

    Sleep in a simple desert camp where you'll have the choice of sleeping under a camel hair tent or out under the stars. A mattress and blankets are provided. Please be aware that while the desert may be very hot during the day, it will still be cool at night and warm clothes and a sleeping bag is highly recommended when travelling outside of the summer months. A dinner cooked in a local earthen oven is included. Western-style toilet facilities are available. Conditions are basic at our desert camp, but the company of our Bedouin hosts is warm and you'll treasure the memory of sleeping beneath the twinkling desert night sky.

    Included Activities

    ·         4WD jeep safari and desert camp

    Breakfast | Dinner

    Day 3-4 - Petra

    Travel by minibus to Mt Nebo (approx 1.5 hrs).
    Mt Nebo is the spot where the prophet Moses is said to have seen the 'promised land' and is supposedly buried. Explore this sanctuary and view the remarkable mosaics of the 4th-century church. On a clear day, the views over the Dead Sea to Israel are spectacular.
    Transfer to the Dead Sea (approx 30 mins).
    A Dead Sea float is a must do of any trip to Jordan. Here at the lowest point on Earth (420 metres below sea level) the water is seven times saltier than a normal ocean at 30% salinity - making it the second saltiest lake in the world after Lake Asal in Djibouti. This means that you are extremely buoyant and seem to float on top of the water rather than in it.The mud here is supposed to have healing properties and many visitors like to cover themselves from head to toe for a beauty mud bath. We stop at a private beach with pools and a gentle slope to the water. Towels are available for hire. Don't forget to pack your swimwear for today.
    Make a stop at the crusader castle of Kerak where we have time to explore the evocative ruins and to discover the legends of the 12th-century battles between the Crusaders and the Muslim armies led by the Arab hero, Saladin (Salah ad-Din).
    Continue on to Petra (approx 4.5 hrs).
    Hewn out of the rose-coloured rock face, the ancient Nabataean city of Petra is one of the Middle East's most spectacular destinations, and one of the new Seven Wonders of the World.
    You have a full day to explore this stunning site. We have a morning together which starts early with the exciting walk through the narrow Siq to the Treasury. After admiring the iconic view, continue through the site along the Roman road, past impressive rock-cut tombs, temples and the amphitheatre ( entrance fee is not included ). In the afternoon you have the opportunity to explore the rest of the site at your own pace. For those with the energy, there's the challenging but highly rewarding walk up the steps to the stunning Monastery (approx 1 hr).Please note that there is a complimentary horse ride included with the entrance ticket for all travellers visiting Petra. Intrepid recommends that you don't ride the horse due to safety and insurance liability.
    The site remained unknown to the Western world until 1812, when it was discovered by Johann Ludwig Burckhardt, a Swiss explorer. It was once described as 'a rose-red city half as old as time' in a sonnet by John William Burgon and UNESCO has described it as 'one of the most precious cultural properties of man's cultural heritage.' In 1985, Petra was designated a World Heritage site. So you know you are in for an amazing experience here. It's difficult to determine exactly when the history of Petra began. Evidence suggests the Horites, probably cave-dwellers, inhabited the area, lending their traditional habits such burying the dead and offering worship in half-excavated caves to the next wave of inhabitants - the Nabataeans.Evidence of the earliest Nabataean settlement is also sketchy. Some of the characteristics of the site appear partly Egyptian and partly Greek in style. Strangely, few inscriptions have been found at Petra making dating the civilization a real challenge for historians. We do know the Nabataean settlement doesn't go back farther than the 6th century BC.In 106 AD, Petra was absorbed into the Roman Empire and the native dynasty came to an end but continued to flourish for a century after. Eventually the building of tombs ended and trade moved away from Petra, which fell into steady decline over the centuries. Over time many of the tombs' treasures were stolen by treasure hunters and their glory and whereabouts are unknown. According to Arab tradition, Petra is the location where Moses struck a rock with his staff and water came forth.
    Included Activities
    1-day pass Petra
    Optional Activities
    • 2-day pass Petra - JOD55.00
    • Dead Sea - JOD8.00
    • Kerak Castle - JOD1.00
    • Mt Nebo - JOD1.00
    • Petra by night, Petra - JOD12.00
    Breakfast

    Day 5-6 - Madaba

    The historical town of Madaba is famous for its Ottoman-style houses and beautifull Byzantine-era mosaics, including the famous 6th-century mosaic map of Jerausalem and the Holy Land at St George's Churst. 
     
     
     

    Day 7 -9 - Amman - Cairo

    Take a short flight from Amman to Egypt's Capital Cairo.
     
     
    Wonderfully chaotic and always colourful, Cairo is a fascinating mixture of modern city and ancient wonders.
    As this trip doesn't include time to explore the sights of this fascinating city, we strongly recommend that you spend a few extra days in Cairo or join one of our Egypt-specific trips.
    There are no activities planned for the final day and you are able to depart the accommodation at any time. Please check the 'Finishing Point Hotel' section for checkout times and luggage storage possibilities.
    Optional Activities
    • Coptic Museum, Cairo - EGP60.00
    • Egyptian Museum, Cairo - EGP75.00
    • Entrance to the Giza site, Cairo - EGP80.00
    • Mummies Hall at Egyptian Museum, Cairo - EGP100.00
    • Pyramid of Saqqara, Cairo - EGP80.00
    • Solar Boat Museum, Cairo - EGP60.00
    • Sound & Light Show at the Pyramids, Cairo - EGP75.00
    • The 2nd Pyramid of Khafre, Cairo - EGP40.00
    • The Citadel, Cairo - EGP60.00
    • The Great Pyramid of Cheops, Cairo - EGP200.00
  • What's Included

    • An experienced English-speaking local tour guide (leader/guide in Jordan), all transportation, accommodation and meals as indicated.

    Not Included

    • International flights, arrival & departure transfers, entrance fees, visas, airport taxes, additional meals, drinks, optional sightseeing tours, insurance, tips and items of a personal nature.
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Hydrofoil, Jeep, Mini-van
5 nights Hotel, 2 nights Beach camp, 1 night Desert camp
Amman
Cairo

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