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Premium Jordan Tour

From €1611pp tour-only
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Departure Date
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Duration
8 days
Destination
Jordan
Price
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Rock-hewn wonders and wind-swept vistas in Bedouin territory on this incredible premium tour of Jordan.

Journey through Jordan on an 8-day Premium adventure and discover a land of desert treasures and altruistic people.

From the soaring facades of Petra to the lowest lows of the Dead Sea, the sunrise colours of Wadi Rum and the ancient ruins of Jerash, Jordan’s landscapes impress at every turn. But beneath its striking exterior is its people – full of heart and deep-rooted tradition.

Learn the secrets of Jordanian cuisine with a mother and her daughters, immerse yourself in Bedouin culture during dinner at their camp and travel with a local leader who will illuminate the magic of their country.

  • PREMIUM ACCOMMODATION: Our best accommodation and highest level of service.
  • PREMIUM EXPERIENCES: Unusual, exceptional and authentic on-trip experiences.
  • PREMIUM KNOWLEDGE: Led by our most experienced and highest rated local leaders.

Spend a day exploring the majesty and mystery of Petra, embark on a 4WD drive adventure through wind-swept rock formations of Wadi Rum and experience the unique sensation of floating in the Dead Sea.

Lift the lid on Jordanian cuisine when you dine in a fantastic local restaurant in Amman, and learn the tricks of the trade during an immersive cooking class run by three sisters in the home of their grandmother.

Experience isolated elegance during your Feature Stay at a luxury camp in Wadi Rum. Enjoy modern comforts while being surrounded by the vast desert, natural sandstone sculptures and a sky jewelled with stars.

Embrace local life as you travel with a passionate Jordanian leader, allowing you to gain a deeper understanding of the communities and historic sites you visit.

Join your Bedouin hosts in Wadi Rum for an Exclusive Experience to remember. Tuck into a traditional dinner cooked in a zarb (underground oven) while learning about the Bedouin way of life.

Day 1: Amman

Day 2: Amman

Day 3: Dead Sea

Day 4: Petra

Day 5: Petra

Day 6: Wadi Rum

Day 7: Amman

Day 8: Amman

Day 1: Amman

Welcome to Jordan – cosmopolitan and contemporary yet steeped in biblical history. You will be met by an Intrepid representative at the airport and transferred to your hotel where there will be an important welcome meeting with your group and local leader at 6pm. If you arrive early, perhaps visit a local cafe and pick up a coffee and ara’yes – a pita filled with spiced meats. Otherwise, head to the Old Town’s Roman Amphitheatre or find some culture at the Jordan National Gallery of Fine Arts. After your meeting, head out to a local restaurant for a welcome dinner with your group and leader. Sharing food is a huge part of Jordanian culture and eating out is a social affair that’s packed with flavour. Tonight your leader will introduce you to some of the country’s most beloved dishes, like mansaf, a dish made with lamb, yoghurt and rice, and kunafa, a delicious dessert made with pastry and cheese.

Accommodation: Sulaf Luxury Hotel or similar (1 night)

Included Activities

  • Complimentary Airport Arrival Transfer
  • Amman - Welcome Dinner

Meals Included: Dinner

Special Information: An airport arrival transfer is included. This transfer is only valid if arriving on Day 1 or if you have booked pre-trip accommodation through our tour operator. Once you have provided your details a transfer representative will be booked to meet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel.

It’s very important that you attend the welcome meeting as we will be collecting insurance details and next of kin information at this time. If you are going to be late please let your travel agent or hotel reception know. Ask reception or look for a note in the lobby for more information on where the meeting will take place.

Day 2: Amman

This morning, leave Amman for a short drive north to Jerash where you’ll find some of the world’s best Greco-Roman ruins. Reaching its peak as a favourite of the emperor Hadrian, Jerash holds a striking collection of archways, theatres, baths, public buildings and colonnaded streets. Your leader will share the incredible history of the ruins and help you imagine what life once looked like in this glorious Roman city. Grand columns encircle the city's centrepiece of the Oval Plaza – an atmospheric place to linger after exploring Jerash's riches. Afterwards, return to Amman and head to a cooking school run by a mother and her daughters, where you’ll get a special look behind the scenes of Jordanian cuisine. You’ll feel as through you’ve stepped into the welcoming home of a local grandmother as you learn how to make classics like tabbouleh, flat bread and lentil soup with passionate guidance and generations of culinary know-how. The flavours, recipes and warmth of this evening are sure to stick with you long after your time in Jordan is over.

Accommodation:Sulaf Luxury Hotel or similar (1 night)

Included Activities

  • Jerash - Roman ruins
  • Amman - Beit Sitti cooking class and dinner

Meals Included: Breakfast | Dinner

Special Information: Today’s total driving time is approximately 2 hours.

Day 3: Dead Sea

Today you will make the journey from Amman to the Dead Sea. Named for the lack of life in its waters, this lake is so intensely salty that the water density makes swimming very difficult, but bobbing on the water's surface is a truly fun and one-off experience. En route, stop off at Mount Nebo and hear the story of how Moses saw the Promised Land before he died from what is believed to be this very spot, and St Georges Church, best known for its Byzantine mosaic depicting a map of the Holy Land. On arrival, enjoy some time to float in the buoyant waters of the Dead Sea, relax on your hotel’s beachfront or take a dip in one of three swimming pools or jacuzzi.

Accommodation: Holiday Inn Resort Dead Sea or similar (1 night)

Included Activities

  • Madaba - St Georges Church
  • Mt Nebo - Site visit

Meals Included: Breakfast | Dinner

Special Information: Today’s total driving time is approximately 1.5 hours.

Day 4: Petra

Depart the Dead Sea and drive to the ancient Crusader castle at Shobak – your leader will explain how this ancient castle was originally built to protect the eastern flank of the Latin Kingdom and its trade routes to the sea before it fell to Saladin in 1189. Enjoy superb scenery and stop off at the viewpoint overlooking the Dana Nature Reserve before arriving in the late afternoon to your Petra accommodation. Petra dates back to the sixth century BC and is considered the crown jewel of Jordan, featuring an impressive series of tombs and dwellings carved directly into the rock. On arrival, there is time to check out the town that has grown around the site and to relax, ready for a big day of exploring Petra tomorrow.

Accommodation; Petra Moon Hotel or similar (1 night)

Included Activities

  • Shobak - Shobak Castle

Meals Included: Breakfast | Dinner

Special Information: Today’s total driving time is approximately 3.5 hours.

Petra is a small and busy city with limited hotel options, so it is often difficult to secure a preferred hotel here. Alternative hotels in Petra may include Old Village Resort, P Quattro Relax or Hyatt Zaman. If you would like to confirm in advance which hotel is included on your tour, please check with your booking agent 30 days prior to departure.

Day 5: Petra

Today will be spent uncovering the secrets of Petra with the knowledgeable guidance of your leader. The iconic view of the Treasury's glorious facade, glimpsed from a narrow cleft known as the Siq, is perhaps the single-most striking sight of the entire region. The Siq leads through the rock and is at points only a few metres wide, with walls soaring up to 180 metres on either side. Explore the old Roman road, amphitheatre and several ancient tombs. You will also have time to climb to the Monastery if you wish, providing a magnificent view of the entire site. There is a cafeteria on the site, where you can enjoy your own light lunch. The rest of the day will be at your leisure. This evening, perhaps take the chance to witness Petra by night if your dates align. Seeing the Treasury plaza lit up by candlelight while Bedouin music plays is a truly memorable experience.

Accommodation: Petra Moon Hotel or similar (1 night)

Included Activities

  • Petra - Guided tour of Petra

Optional Activities

  • Petra - Petra By Night - JOD17

Meals Included: Breakfast | Dinner

Special Information: The optional activity Petra by Night runs every Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, beginning at 8.30pm from the Petra Visitor Centre and finishing back at the Visitor Centre around 10.30pm. Please ensure you check your departure date if you are planning to book this activity as it is not available on all departures.

Day 6: Wadi Rum

For another glimpse at Petra, rise very early for an unguided morning visit, if you wish. Then, drive to Wadi Rum, a protected area of desert that impresses with sandstone mountains, canyons and arches. Enjoy some lunch in the small village of Rum and browse the informative visitor’s centre. Afterwards, jump into a local jeep and journey into Wadi Rum with your Bedouin hosts. Visit several of the area’s distinctive rock formations and appreciate the vast silence and spectacular desert landscapes. These landscapes are home to hardy Bedouin communities that live in scattered camps. You will gain a deeper understanding of their way of life as you join them for a zarb (underground oven) dinner at one of their camps, set in an amazing location deep in the desert. Tonight’s Feature Stay accommodation is a luxury camp that offers a splendid base among remote and wild surroundings. Spacious tents are fitted out with creature comforts like king-sized beds, air conditioning and en suite bathrooms, and all furniture is made by hand with décor inspired by Bedouin culture. Fall asleep beneath a magnificent canopy of stars and wake up to a sunrise over the red-hued landscape.

Accommodation: Wadi Rum Luxury Camp (Feature Stay) or similar (1 night)

Included Activities

  • Petra - Petra second day visit (unguided)
  • Wadi Rum - Desert Jeep tour
  • Wadi Rum - Zarb dinner

Meals Included: Breakfast | Dinner

Special Information: Today’s total driving time is approximately 2.5 hours.

In Wadi Rum, you will stay in permanent Bedouin style tents with modern ensuite bathroom facilities. Tents are complete with comfortable king-size or twin beds, a Bedouin sofa, mirrors, lamps, and all bedding. Electricity is provided in the guest tents in the evenings via solar power.

Day 7: Amman

After waking up in the unique surrounds of your Bedouin camp this morning, take a walk around the area – the length of which depends on the group’s desires – before scaling one of the large dunes to enjoy panoramic views of your surrounds. Afterwards, return to Amman for the evening. Tonight you may like to join your group for a final dinner to round off your adventure – speak to your leader about the best restaurants in the city that are popular with the locals.

Accommodation: Sulaf Luxury Hotel or similar (1 night)

Included Activities

  • Wadi Rum - Desert and dunes walk

Meals Included: Breakfast

Special Information: Today’s total driving time is approximately 4.5 hours.

Day 8: Amman

Your trip will come to an end today after breakfast. Check-out time is usually around 12pm and you are free to leave at any time. If you have arranged a private airport transfer, you will be advised of the pick-up time. If you would like to spend more time in Amman, we’ll be happy to organise additional accommodation (subject to availability).

Meals Included: Breakfast

In 2022, Ramadan will take place from 2 April to 1 May. Travelling during this holy month can be a rewarding cultural experience, however some regular services may not be available during the daytime, such as restaurants or coffee bars, and occasionally travel can be disrupted by events. Your leader will adjust the itinerary accordingly, but please consider your travel arrangements carefully before booking travel for this period.

Price is per person, based on 2 adults sharing, and includes:

  • 8 day Premium Jordan tour
  • Meals: 7 breakfasts, 6 dinners
  • Transport: Private vehicle, Jeep
  • Accommodation: Comfortable hotel (6 nights), Feature stay (1 night)
  • Included activities:
    • Complimentary Airport Arrival Transfer
    • Amman - Welcome Dinner
    • Jerash - Roman ruins
    • Amman - Beit Sitti cooking class and dinner
    • Madaba - St Georges Church
    • Mt Nebo - Site visit
    • Shobak - Shobak Castle
    • Petra - Guided tour of Petra
    • Petra - Petra second day visit (unguided)
    • Wadi Rum - Desert Jeep tour
    • Wadi Rum - Zarb dinner
    • Wadi Rum - Desert and dunes walk
  • Premium Inclusions:
    • Arrival airport transfer
    • Tipping for accommodation, activities and transport
    • Luggage transfer
    • Daily breakfast and signature local meal experiences
    • 24/7 on-ground support

Please ask us about:

  • Flights from Ireland- we'll find the best fare for your chosen travel dates and departure airport
  • Travel insurance 
  • Go solo with a single supplement
Subject to availability. Terms & conditions apply. 

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