Jordan & Oman

  • days: 19
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Countries Visited:

  • Jordan
  • Oman

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Bedouin-style desert camps

Discover the jewels of Jordan and the mystical treasures of Oman on this true Arabian adventure. Explore the Lost City of Petra, visit ancient Roman ruins, tour Arabian forts, and experience the stark beauty of incredible desert landscapes.

RELAX IN THE DEAD SEA AND WADI RUM

Our tour begins in Amman, where we'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!

BREATHTAKING PETRA

The incredible lost city of Petra awaits you. We 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 - an unforgettable sight! We'll also visit Wadi Rum, where we'll explore the unique desert landscape on a camel safari, then spend an unforgettable night camping under a sky of a million stars.

SAND AND STARS

Our journey continues to Muscat, the capital of Oman where we explore the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque and visit one of the city’s lively markets. We enjoy a 4WD adventure along the coast and spend an evening on the beach witnessing the nesting habits of the green turtle. Next, we head inland to enchanting Wadi Bani Khalid and the vast expanse of Wahiba Sands where we'll spend the night camping under a blanket of stars. We also take time to visit Nizwa's unique goat market before returning to Muscat and cruise along the Corniche in a local dhow.

Itinerary

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

Day 1. Depart Australia

Day 2. Arrive Amman

Welcome to Jordan! This afternoon we’ll take a short city-sightseeing tour, including the Citadel and the Roman Theatre before enjoying a welcome drink with your fellow travellers this evening. 

Day 3. Jerash Excursion

Today we visit the beautifully preserved Roman cities of Umm Qais and Jerash, as well as the impressive Ajloun Castle. Tonight we enjoy a welcome dinner. [B,L,D]

Day 4. Amman - Dead Sea

Heading out of Amman, we travel to the lowest point on Earth - the Dead Sea. The salt content of the water is four times that of most oceans! [B,L,D]

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Special Experience: Take a dip in the Dead Sea and cover your body in its therapeutic mud, said to have amazing benefits for your skin.

Day 5. Dead Sea - Madaba - Petra

This morning we make our way to Madaba and visit the Church of St George. We’ll also stop at the biblical site of Mt Nebo, where Moses first saw the Promised Land. This afternoon we visit ‘Little Petra’, one of the oldest archaeological sites in the Middle East, dating back some 9,000 years. [B,D]

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Special Experience: Discover the magic of Petra by night as the rock city is lit by more than 1,000 candles. Enjoy Jordanian music and Bedouin mint tea whilst admiring the spectacular view.

Day 6. Petra

Today we discover the famous Lost City of Petra. Carved into the sheer rock face by the Nabataeans more than 2,000 years ago, it was an important junction for the silk and trade routes. [B,D]

Day 7. Petra - Wadi Rum

We venture south to Wadi Rum, one of the most stunning desertscapes in the world. We’ll enjoy an exciting jeep tour, guided by local Bedouin tribesmen. We’ll spend the night in a Bedouin-style desert camp underneath a blanket of stars. [B,D]

Day 8. Wadi Rum - Amman

This morning we’ll take a camel ride and see traces of ancient civilisations in the many carved inscriptions found throughout the area. Next we travel back to Amman via the Crusader fortress of Kerak. [B,D] 

Day 9. Amman - Muscat

We bid farewell to Jordan and fly to the vibrant port city of Muscat, capital of the Sultanate of Oman. [B]

Day 10. Muscat

This morning we explore Muscat, starting at the magnificent Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque. We’ll then visit the lively Muttrah Souq, thought to be one of the oldest marketplaces in the Arab world. We’ll see the Sultan’s Palace and finish at Bait Al Zubair Museum, home to a beautifully curated display of Omani culture and history. [B,D]

Day 11. Muscat - Ras Al Hadd

Travelling by 4WD along the spectacular coastline, we’ll stop to visit the Bimah sinkhole where we have the opportunity to take a leisurely dip. Next, we continue for a photo stop at the picturesque Wadi Tiwi. This afternoon we’ll reach the Ras al Jinz Scientific Research Centre on the easternmost point of the Arabian Peninsula. An important nesting site for the green sea turtle, each year 30,000 turtles come here to lay their eggs. Tonight we’ll venture down to the beach to see the nesting area. [B,L,D]

Day 12. Ras Al Hadd - Wahiba Sands

Today we’ll discover enchanting Wadi Bani Khalid, where you’ll be able to swim in the incredible emerald pools. In the afternoon we’ll head inland to the vast desert of Wahiba Sands. Travelling off-road by 4WD, we’ll explore the mesmerising landscape of endless dunes and witness a breathtaking sunset. Tonight sleep in a Bedouin-styled desert campsite, the perfect place to gaze at the night sky. [B,D]

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Special Experience: Visit a Bedouin house and experience the warm Omani hospitality with a cup of kahwa (Arabic coffee) & dates.

Day 13. Wahiba Sands - Jebel Akhdar - Nizwa

Wake to the sun rising over the desert. We’ll then leave the desert behind and discover the old abandoned mercantile village of Al Mansfah on our way to the Green Mountain, Jebel Akhdar. We’ll stop at a lookout point to view the beautiful oasis village of Birkat Al Mauz, before ascending to the Jebel Akhdar plateau, also known as the roof of Oman. [B,D]

Day 14. Nizwa

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Special Experience: An early start to visit Nizwa’s unique goat market and experience more of the genuine old Omani culture and traditions.

Our sightseeing of Nizwa includes its round fort & castle and the Silver Souq, renowned for its handcrafted jewellery. We’ll then stop for a photo at the UNESCO World Heritage-listed mudbrick fort of Bahla, and then tour the beautifully decorated interior of Jabreen Castle. [B]

Day 15. Nizwa - Jebel Shams

We travel to majestic Jebel Shams (‘Mountain of Sun’), Oman’s highest point, via the remote towns of Al Hamra and Wadi Ghul. We stop to enjoy a traditional Omani lunch at the picturesque village of Misfat Al Abrein, where time seems to have stood still. We’ll then venture up to the ‘Grand Canyon of Oman’ and walk along the canyon rim. [B,L,D]

Day 16. Jebel Shams - Al Hoota Caves - Muscat

This morning we’ll depart for Muscat, stopping at the Al Hoota Caves. Estimated to be more than 2 million years old, this great example of a karst cave system is home to spectacular stalagmite and stalactite formations. [B]

Day 17. Batinah Excursion

Today we discover the stunning Batinah Coast north of Muscat. We’ll visit the local fishing village of Seeb and explore the Nakhl Fort before a picnic lunch near the hot springs of Al Thowarah.

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Special Experience: Enjoy a magical sunset on board an Omani dhow cruise this evening. Admire the forts and palaces that dot the coastline near Muscat and watch as the sun disappears behind the mountains.

We’ll then enjoy a group farewell dinner at a local restaurant. [B,L,D]

Day 18. Depart Muscat

Today we begin our journey home. [B]

Day 19. Arrive Australia

Inclusions

Travel

  • Return economy-class flights from Australia to the Middle East. Taxes included
  • Economy-class flight within the Middle East
  • Airport transfers on the first and last day of tour
  • All touring in air-conditioned vehicles (excluding basic Jeep in Wadi Rum)
  • Tipping Made Easy, $270pp pre-paid (from July 2019)

Accommodation & Meals

  • 14 nights in good quality hotels (3-4 star)
  • 2 nights at Bedouin style desert camps with shared facilities
  • 16 breakfasts, 5 lunches and 12 dinners, including group welcome and farewell dinners (from July 2019)

Tour Guides

  • English-speaking local guide and driver in Jordan (English-speaking driver and local specialist guides at Jerash, Ajloun Castle, Umm Qais, Mt Nebo & Petra for group sizes below 5 passengers)
  • English-speaking locally based driver/guides in Oman (max 3 people per 4WD vehicle)

Sightseeing

Jewels of Jordan

  • Enjoy the sites of 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.
  • Swim or float in the salty waters of the Dead Sea and enjoy the theraputic mud! 
  • See the spectacular Byzantine and Umayyed mosaics in Madaba, one of the most memorable place in the Holy Land.
  • Visit the Greek Orthodox Church of St. George.
  • Visit Mt Nebo for fantastic views of the Jordan Valley.
  • Discover fascinating Little Petra with a history dating back 9,000 years - one of the oldest archaeological sites in the Middle East.
  • Experience Petra by Night - See the city at night the way the ancient spice caravan travelers must have seen it. Make your way through a candle-lit siq to the magnificent Treasury and enjoy an evening of Bedouin music and storytelling.
  • 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!
  • Have the option to return Petra for some further exploration.
  • 4WD Jeep tour across the dessert landscape of Wadi Rum.
  • 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.
  • Marvel at the largest and best preserved Crusader Castle of Kerak, which to this date dominates the fortified town.

Discover the mystical treasures of Oman

  • Time to explore Muscat, the capital of Oman, including the Grand Mosque and lively markets. Described as "Arabia's jewel”, this city is a blend of the old and the new.
  • Explore the Muttrah Souk, a great place for souvenirs. 
  • Tour Bait Al Zubair Museum, home to a beautifully curated display of Omani culture and history.
  • Enjoy photostops at the Sultan's Palace and the Mirani and Jalali Portuguese Forts.
  • Travel by 4WD along the coastal route and vist local fishing villages and wadis along the way.
  • Visit the old African port of Sur, a placid sea coastal town with striking traditional dwellings.
  • Learn about the nesting habits of the Green Turtles on the beach of Ras Al Hadd where every year about 30,000 turtles come to lay their eggs.
  • Walk the beach at night in search of Green Turtles.
  • Swim in the enchanting Wadi Bani Khalid, one of the best-known wadis of the Sharqiyah region.
  • Enjoy tea and dates at a local Bedouin House.
  • Enjoy a day of dune bashing through the Wahibab Sands region.
  • Enjoy an unforgettable night in a desert camp in the Wahiba Sands dessert.
  • Wake up to the magnificent desert sunrise of the Wahiba Sands.
  • Visit the old merchant village of Al Mansfah.
  • Visit the oasis village of Birkat Al Mauz with its mud and gypsum houses and UNESCO Falaj (irrigation) system.
  • Travel to Jebel Arkdar Plateau and enjoy a short walk through local villages.
  • Experience Nizwa's unique Goat Market and immerse yourself in the local culture.
  • Explore Nizwa with its blend of the modern and the ancient.  Here you will experience old Omani culture and traditions including a visit to the Silver Souk.
  • Shop for authentic pottery in Bahla, the home of myths and legends that have carried through the centuries.
  • Stop for a photo at the beautifully decorated Jabrin Fort.
  • Explore the unspoilt village of Al Hamra, where the mud brick houses are thought to be 400 years old.
  • Visit the picturesque village of Misfat Al Abrien with its ancient houses dramatically perched on top of the mountain slopes.
  • Enjoy an authentic lunch with local villagers sitting on traditional Majlis (cushions & carpets).
  • Travel through the farming villages of Wadi Ghul.
  • Walk along the rim of Wadi Nakhar, the 'Grand Canyon of Oman'.
  • Explore the underground lakes and caverns located within the Al Hoota Caves.
  • Travel along the Batinah Coast and explore the fishing village of Seeb.
  • Tour the Nakhl Fort located on the foothills of the Western Hajar Mountains.
  • Enjoy a picnic lunch sitting alongside the hot springs of Al Thorwarah.
  • Cruise along the Corniche on board a Show boat at sunset.

Dates & Prices

Dates & Prices

Please Note: Ramadan is observed from 5 May to 4 June 2019 and 23 April to 23 May 2020.

Min 4 | All departures on this tour are guaranteed with a minimum of just 4 passengers

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Other departure cities: Please contact our office for applicable pricing
Tips: Total cost includes - Tipping Made Easy, $270pp pre-paid
Taxes: Total cost includes - air taxes, $420pp
Single supplement: from $1,950
  • Day/Date Variations: Due to airline flight schedules day of arrival and day of departure may vary depending on your city of departure
  • Taxes & Fuel Costs: Total cost includes air taxes. Taxes and fuel surcharges change regularly so above levies shown as a guide only
  • T&C: All prices shown are per person based on twin share and include airfares, all taxes and tips. Prices and itineraries correct at current time but are subject to change. Please call for more details. View our full terms & conditions here.

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

Accommodation is subject to change and every effort is made to avoid this. However if a change does become necessary, accommodation of a similar standard will be used.

Holiday Inn Hotel, Amman

Holiday Inn Amman is conveniently situated just off the main Madina Al Munawarah road, 35km from Queen Alia International Airport. Fine dining and boutique shopping on Garden Street and University Street are just a few minutes' walk from the contemporary hotel. Swim across the outdoor pool to order a refreshing drink at the bar. Jordanian specialities and Western dishes are served all day in Holiday Inn Amman's Roman-themed The Senate restaurant. 

Facilities: air-conditioning; wifi; fridge/minibar; safe deposit box; 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;

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

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

Park Inn by Radisson, Muscat

The Park Inn is perfectly located in the centre of Muscat's shopping areas including Oman Avenues Mall and Muscat Grand Mall. You can also stroll to the tranquil beaches in the area including Al Ghubra Beach or visit the gardens at Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque. The hotel offers a rooftop swimming pool and bar, fitness centre and a collection of restaurants.

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

Ras Al Jinz Turtle Reserve, Ras Al Jinz

Located in Ras Al Jinz, the nesting site for the Green Turtles, the lodge offers a private beach area, 24 hour front desk and guided tours to view the turtles. Each room boasts warm décor with an en-suite and desk. The property features a restaurant offering traditional foods as well as a gift shop.  

Facilities: free wifi (public areas); fridge; tea & coffee making facilities

Safari Desert Camp, Wahiba Sands

This Safari desert camp is a permanent Bedouin-style camp located in the remote, quiet desert landscape of Wahiba Sands, 25km from Al-Ghabbi in the city of Bidiyah. The camp consists of widely scattered tents and huts all decorated in traditional Arabic style and equipped with authentic carpets and luxury bedding. After sunset gazing you can retire to the majlis. Built in Omani style with carpets, pillows, handrests, low tables and more. Beverages including tea, coffee, cooled water and soft drinks available here at all times.

Golden Tulip Hotel, Nizwa

Golden Tulip Nizwa Hotel is a deluxe property built in charming traditional Omani style. The hotel is furnished with care and beautiful taste, and all guestrooms have a panoramic view over the swimming pool, the mountains or the courtyard. The relaxing and comfortable setting awaits you after a busy exploring day in the region.

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

Jebel Shams Resort

Jebel Shams Resort sits atop the highest mountain in Oman and close to the edge of the Grand Canyons of Oman. The resort offers Middle Eastern style chalets with a seating area including a satellite TV. Each comes with a private bathroom. Accommodation also includes a terrace with a fire pit and panoramic views. Free Wi-Fi access is available. The à la carte restaurant has an outdoor terrace.

Facilities: air-conditioning; free wifi; outdoor swimming pool;

City Seasons Hotel, Muscat

Located on Al Sultan Qaboos Street, City Seasons Hotel Muscat is situated in the heart of the city’s diplomatic area and CBD.The guestrooms are designed for comfort and feature modern décor. The property boasts an outdoor pool, health club and sauna, as well as 6 restaurants.

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

Weather

Weather

Amman

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Autumn: September to November

Winter: December to February

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Dry Season: year-round

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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

Omani Rial

The official currency of Oman is the Omani Rial (﷼).

  • 1 Omani Rial = 1000 Baisa (bz)
  • Notes are in denominations of ﷼1, ﷼5, ﷼10, ﷼20, ﷼50, bz100, bz200 and bz500
  • Coins are in denominations of bz5, bz10, bz25 and bz50

Visa Information

Visa Requirements

Passport-AU2

Please note, Australian passport holders need to obtain visas 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).
    • An Oman E-visa needs to be applied for prior to travel. This can be applied for here: https://evisa.rop.gov.om - Please note this visa is only valid for 30 days from the date of issue so it is recommended to arrange this visa just before you leave for Oman.
  • 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.

Tour Extensions

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Special Experiences!

  • Take a swim in the Dead Sea where you can float without trying, and cover your body in the theraputic mud.
  • Discover the magic of Petra by night as the rock city is lit by more than 1,000 candles.
  • Visit a Bedouin house and experience their warm Omani hospitality with a cup of Kahwa (Arabic coffee) & dates.
  • Rise early and go to Nizwa’s unique goat market, an excellent way to experience the local culture and people.
  • Spend a fabulous afternoon on a traditional dhow cruise in Muscat.

Trip Info

Group Size

Min: 4 | Max: 20

Transportation

Coach, camel, jeep, plane, 4WD & dhow cruise

Tips

Total cost includes - Tipping Made Easy, $270pp pre-paid

Tour Highlights

• Discover the incredible Lost City of Petra • Tour breathtaking Wadi Rum by jeep and camel • Explore the grand mosques and palaces of Muscat • Learn about the nesting habits of the green sea turtles in Ras Al Jinz • Wake up to a magnificent desert sunrise in Wahiba Sands • Walk the rim of Oman’s ‘Grand Canyon’ • Discover the charming fishing villages of the Batinah Coast

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