Jewels of Jordan

  • days: 9
  • from $3,300

International Flights Not Included

Types of travel:

Countries Visited:

  • Jordan

Description

Jordan is full of treasures just waiting to be explored. Discover the incredible Lost City of Petra and marvel at the wonders of the ancient Nabataean civilisation, and head into the desert to camp overnight in breathtaking Wadi Rum. Explore ancient Roman ruins and float in the Dead Sea.

RELAX IN THE DEAD SEA AND WADI RUM

Your tour begins in Amman, where you’ll visit the beautifully preserved Roman cities of Uum Qais and Jerash before travelling to Mt Nebo, the biblical site where Moses is said to have been shown the Promised Land. Then spend the afternoon immersed in the salty waters and therapeutic mud of the Dead Sea, the lowest place on Earth! Head south to Wadi Rum, where you’ll explore the unique desert landscape on a camel safari, then spend an unforgettable night camping under a sky of a million stars.

BREATHTAKING PETRA

The incredible lost city of Petra awaits you. Enter the city through the Siq, a narrow, 800 metre long gorge, flanked on either side by soaring 80 metre high cliffs. One of the world’s greatest treasures, Petra is a vast, unique city carved into the sheer rock face more than 2000 years ago. 

 

Please note: We are sure you will have a fantastic time in Jordan. Marion Bunnik has just finished travelling through Jordan on an inspection visit and has noticed that Jordan has had an enormous influx of tourists over the past couple of years. As a result of this, the infrastructure that is usually enjoyed by tourists in well developed countries can often be stretched and therefore, inconsistent. This may mean that there may be noticeable differences in standards, including vehicles, hotels and guides. Bunnik Tours always endeavours to provide the best touring experience possible and recommends that everyone who visits Jordan, do so with an open mind and flexibility.

Itinerary

Abbreviation: [B,L,D] Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 1. Amman

Welcome to Jordan. You will be met and transferred to your hotel before a city sightseeing tour, including the Citadel and Roman Theatre. [D]

Day 2. Jerash Excursion

Today visit the beautifully preserved Roman cities of Umm Qais and Jerash and the impressive Ajloun Castle. The castle is located on the site of an old monastery and was built in 1184. It once controlled traffic along the road connecting Damascus and Egypt. [B]

Day 3. Amman - Madaba - Dead Sea

Travel to Madaba this morning, visiting the Greek Orthodox Church of St George and the biblical site of Mt Nebo. Continue south to the Dead Sea - the lowest point on Earth. The salt content of the water here is four times that of most oceans, so you can float without even trying. Take a dip and cover your body in its therapeutic mud, said to have amazing benefits for skin. [B,L,D]

Day 4. Dead Sea - Wadi Rum

This morning continue south to Wadi Rum. Later take a camel ride through the unique landscape carved by nature: the natural rock bridges, towering rose sand dunes and vast peaks are stunning. Spend the night in a Bedouin-style desert camp under a blanket of stars. [B,L,D]

Day 5. Wadi Rum - Petra

An early start for an exciting jeep tour guided by local Bedouin tribesmen. En route to Petra this afternoon, stop to visit the ruins of “Little Petra”. [B]

Day 6. Petra

Discover the famous Lost City of Petra today. Carved into the sheer rockface by the Nabataeans more than 2,000 years ago, it was an important junction for the silk and spice trade routes that linked the Eastern world with that of the West. Entrance to the city is through the Siq, a narrow, 800m-long gorge, flanked on either side by soaring cliffs. [B]

Day 7. Petra - Dana

An opportunity to visit Petra again before travelling to the spectacular Dana Natural Reserve to walk a section of the Dana Village trail. [B,D]

Day 8.  Dana - Kerak - Amman

Drive to Kerak along the Wadi Araba Road to the magnificent Crusader fortress of Kerak. Continue to Amman before an evening cooking class and dinner at a local restaurant. [B,D]

Day 9. Amman

Transfer to the airport for your onward journey. [B]

Inclusions

Travel

  • Meet & greet on arrival and private airport transfers
  • All touring in private air-conditioned vehicles (excluding basic jeep in Wadi Rum)

Accommodation & Meals

  • 7 nights in good quality hotels
  • 1 night at a Bedouin-style desert camp with shared facilities
  • 8 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 5 dinners

Tour Guides

  • English-speaking locally based driver throughout
  • English-speaking local specialist guides at Jerash, Ajloun Castle, Umm Qais, Mt Nebo & Petra

Entrance Fees

  • 2 day entrance to the site of Petra

Sightseeing

  • Enjoy the sites on Amman including the Citadel and the Roman Theatre.
  • View the Royal Family's priceless collection at the Royal Automobile Museum.
  • Visit the beautifully preserved Roman Cities of Uum Qais and Jerash.
  • Admire the views from the impressive Islamic Ajloun Castle which was built in the 12th century and served as a military fort to protect the region from invading Crusader forces.
  • See the spectacular Byzantine and Umayyed mosaics in Madaba, one of the most memorable places in the Holy Land.
  • Visit the Greek Orthodox Church of St. George.
  • Swim or float in the salty waters of the Dead Sea and enjoy the therapeutic mud!
  • Explore the unique desert landscape of Wadi Rum by camel safari as well as an exciting jeep tour.
  • Enjoy an unforgettable night under a sky of a million stars at a desert camp in Wadi Rum.
  • Visit Little Petra.
  • Visit one of the world’s greatest treasures – the lost city of Petra! An awe-inspiring experience and one that has to be seen to be believed!
  • Marvel at the largest and best preserved Crusader castle of Kerak, which to this date dominates the fortified town.

Dates & Prices

Dates & Prices

hotel standard superior

Various Accommodation Packages available. This tour superior and deluxe accommodation packages, see the accommodation tab for details.  

Please Note: Ramadan is observed from 23 April to 23 May 2020.

Starts Ends Save Total Cost* Status Book
01/07/19 31/10/19   $3,300 On Request  
01/11/19 31/12/19   $3,495 On Request  
01/01/20 30/06/20   $3,445 On Request  
Valid From: This tour does not include flights from Australia to Amman. Please contact our office for the latest special fares to match your independent tour.
Other departure cities:
Tips: Tipping payable locally
Taxes:
Single supplement: On application

Prices are per person based on twin share. Single supplement on request. Seasonal surcharges apply. Hotel upgrades are available. Please contact our office for details.

Fitness to Travel

Let's Talk Fitness

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At Bunnik Tours we don’t put specific age limits on our tours, but we also recognise some travellers may find our itineraries challenging.
We have a duty of care to all tour participants and the tour guides, so we do impose a firm policy on the level of fitness required by all our clients to attempt to ensure your safety and the safety of other travellers on our tours.
At Bunnik Tours our goal is for all our travellers to enjoy their tour, not struggle through it! Which is why we want to work with you to ensure you are on the best possible trip for your fitness level. We do reserve the right to refuse bookings if we feel that the requirements of the tour are too demanding.
Bunnik Tours are for independently minded travellers with good levels of mobility.
Our tours include:
1. Generous amounts of free time
2. Lots of walking
3. Local and authentic experiences including various modes of transport and accommodation
In some regions travellers can also expect:
1. Long days of travelling, at times on dirt and gravel roads in Africa
2. Extended periods at high altitude (3,000-4,000 metres) in Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia and Ethiopia
3. Extended periods of walking/hiking through humid forest areas in Rwanda
4. Limited medical facilities in remote areas
Bunnik Tours travellers are required to at least:
1. Be able to walk 2-3 hours on uneven surfaces
2. Walk up multiple flights of stairs and short, steep hills
3. Stand for 20 minutes without needing to sit down, often in hot/humid climates
4. Carry their own luggage
5. Get on and off various modes of transport without assistance, including small boats

Accommodation

Accommodation

 

Various accommodation packages available 

This tour is available with the option of superior or deluxe accommodation packages.

 

Superior

Crowne Plaza, Amman

The well-appointed Crowne Plaza Amman is conveniently situated within walking distance to the main shopping district of Sweifieh, as well as the popular Gold Souk of Um Utheina and only 10 minutes from Amman's Citadel, Roman Theatre and Souq Jara.

Facilities: air-conditioning; free wifi; fridge/minibar; safe deposit box; tea & coffee making facilities; outdoor swimming pool

Crowne Plaza Resort & Spa, Dead Sea

The Dead Sea, Crowne Plaza Jordan Dead Sea Resort & Spa boasts an outdoor pool, a gym and a restaurant. The hotel offers modern rooms with a flat-screen TV, a minibar and a private bathroom. Each room includes a balcony overlooking the gardens or the Dead Sea. You can dine at any of Crowne Plaza Jordan’s restaurants where à la carte menus are provided.

Facilities: air-conditioning; free wifi; fridge/minibar; safe deposit box; outdoor swimming pool;

Rahayeb Desert Camp, Wadi Rum

A typical Bedouin-style retreat in the heart of Wadi Rum's mesmerising desert, the Rahayeb Desert Camp offers guests an authentic desert encounter. Secluded from the influence of modern civilisation, visitors will reaquaint themselves with their senses and truly experience an unspoiled natural landscape and a peaceful, illuminated night sky.

Facilities: free wifi

Petra Guest House Hotel, Petra

The Petra Guest House is ideally located at the visitors entrance to the Siq and only a few steps away from the famous archaeological sites. The hotel offers well-appointed guestrooms each with mountain views and modern amenities. There is a lobby lounge, 24 hour room service, business centre, bar and restaurant for your convenience.

Facilities: air-conditioning; free wifi; fridge/minibar; safe deposit box; tea & coffee making facilities

Dana Guesthouse, Dana

Located in Dana, Dana Guesthouse boasts a spacious terrace and amazing views over the spectacular Dana Natural Reserve. 

Facilities: wifi; heating; 24-hour front desk

Deluxe

Kempinski Hotel, Amman

The beautiful Kempinski Hotel is centrally located in the heart of Amman and the ideal place from which to make the most of the vibrant city. The property boasts two restaurants and a sports bar, or you could enjoy a cocktail on the grand terrace at the lounge.

Facilities: air-conditioning; free wifi; fridge/minibar; safe deposit box; outdoor swimming pool

Grand Millennium Hotel, Amman

The 5-Star Grand Millennium Amman hotel sits at the gateway to Jordan. Shopping centres, art galleries, and entertainment spots are all within walking distance. Guest rooms offer views of the city. Each is equipped with a flat-screen TV, a minibar and ironing facilities.

Facilities: air-conditioning; free wifi; fridge/minibar; safe deposit box; swimming pool; fitness centre

Kempinski Hotel Ishtar, Dead Sea

This 5-Star luxury hotel is situated on the edge of the famous salt lake - the lowest point on earth - and provides uninterrupted views across the vast sea towards the west bank. The hotel features a private stretch of beach and a spa offering sea mud and sea salt treatments. Rooms are set among palm trees and olive groves and include a balcony with sea views. 

Facilities: air-conditioning; free wifi; fridge/minibar, safe deposit box; tea/coffee making facilities; outdoor swimming pool

SunCity Camp, Wadi Rum

The incredible 5-Star Sun City Camp sits in the heart of Wadi Rum’s majestic desert and offers the serenity of the surrounding desert and simple Bedouin life. Located close to filming location of Hollywood's "The Martian", the unique luxury dome tents provide all the modern comforts combined with panoramic views. Tents include a dining area and a private entrance. The bathroom is fitted with a bathtub or a shower. SunCity camp offers an à la carte and buffet restaurant, features a coffee shop and a 24-hour front desk.

Facilities: free wifi in public areas; safety deposit box

Mövenpick Resort, Petra

This resort is perfectly located at the entrance to the historic Jordanian city of Petra. This property features an exciting combination of natural stone, handcrafted wood and Middle Eastern fabrics and textures throughout. The property provides a wide variety of restaurants to satisfy all your culinary cravings, as well as an outdoor pool, bar/lounge and 2 cafes.

Facilities: air-conditioning; free wifi; fridge/minibar; safe deposit box; outdoor swimming pool; tea & coffee making facilities

Weather

Weather

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Currency

Currency

Jordanian Dinar

The official currency of Jordan is the Jordanian dinar (JOD or unofficially JD).

  • 1 Jordanian Dinar = 100 qirsh. For example, a price of 3.750 means 3 dinars and 750 qirsh
  • Notes are in the denominations of 1, 5, 10, 20 and 50 dinars
  • Coins are in the denominations of 1, 2, 5, 10, 25 and 50 qirsh

Visa Information

Visa Requirements

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Please note, Australian passport holders need to obtain a visa for this tour. Please check with your travel agent for further details.

  • Australian passport holders
    • A visa for Jordan needs to be purchased upon arrival (for all passengers that have arrival transfers with Bunnik Tours, our Jordanian operator will organise this visa free of charge).
  • Non-Australian passport holders
    • Please check with your travel agent on visa requirements.

The following government websites are also a handy source of general information.

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Unique Experiences

  • Float in the Dead Sea
  • Camp in the desert under the stars
  • See the 'promised land' from Mt Nebo
  • Discover the lost city of Petra! 
  • Go on a desert camel safari
  • Visit the preserved Roman Cities of Uum Qais and Jerash

Trip Info

Group Size

Min: 1

Transportation

All touring in private air-conditioned vehicles (excluding basic jeep in Wadi Rum)

Tips

Tipping payable locally

Tour Highlights

Amman • Jerash • Madaba • Mt Nebo • Dead Sea • Wadi Rum • Petra

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