Day 1: Arrive in Amman
Welcome to Amman, the capital and largest city of Jordan. You will be greeted by a representative at the airport and transferred to your hotel. Depending on your arrival time, you can relax at the hotel or explore the nearby attractions. You can also enjoy a welcome dinner at one of the many restaurants in the city. Some of the luxury hotels you can choose from are Four Seasons Hotel Amman, Sofitel Amman, or W Hotel Amman.
Day 2: Amman Sightseeing
After breakfast, you will embark on a full-day sightseeing tour of Amman, covering both the historic and modern aspects of the city. You will visit the Citadel, a hilltop site that features ancient ruins from various civilizations, such as the Temple of Hercules, the Umayyad Palace, and the Archaeological Museum. You will also visit the Roman Theatre, a well-preserved amphitheatre that can seat up to 6,000 people and host cultural events. After lunch, you will visit the King Abdullah Mosque, a modern mosque that can accommodate up to 10,000 worshippers and has a distinctive blue dome. You will also visit Rainbow Street, a lively street that offers a variety of cafes, restaurants, shops, and art galleries.
Day 3: Amman to Jerash to Ajloun
Today, you will leave Amman and drive to Jerash, one of the best-preserved Roman cities in the world. You will join a guided tour that will take you through the impressive arches, columns, temples, theatres, and plazas of Jerash. You will also see the Jerash Festival, an annual cultural event that showcases music, dance, and theatre performances from around the world. After lunch, you will drive to Ajloun, where you will visit Ajloun Castle, a 12th-century fortress that was built by the Muslims to defend against the Crusaders. You will also visit the Ajloun Forest Reserve10, a natural area that hosts diverse flora and fauna and offers hiking trails and eco-lodges.
Day 4: Ajloun to Madaba to Mount Nebo to Dead Sea
Today, you will leave Ajloun and drive to Madaba, a town that is famous for its Byzantine and Umayyad mosaics. You will visit St. George’s Church, where you can see the Madaba Map, a 6th-century mosaic map of the Holy Land that is considered one of the oldest maps in existence. You will also visit the Madaba Archaeological Park, where you can see more mosaics and artefacts from different periods. After lunch, you will drive to Mount Nebo, where Moses is said to have seen the Promised Land before he died. You will enjoy panoramic views of the Jordan Valley and the Dead Sea from this sacred site. You will also visit the Memorial Church of Moses, where you can see more mosaics and relics. Finally, you will drive to your luxury hotel near the Dead Sea, where you can relax and enjoy its healing waters.
Day 5: Dead Sea to Bethany Beyond Jordan to Dead Sea
Today, you will have a half-day excursion to Bethany Beyond Jordan, also known as Al-Maghtas, where Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist according to Christian tradition. You will join a guided tour that will take you to see the baptismal site, as well as other archaeological and religious landmarks, such as churches, caves, wells, and pools. You will also see the Jordan River, which forms the border between Jordan and Israel/Palestine. After lunch, you will return to your hotel near the Dead Sea, where you can enjoy some free time to swim, float, or pamper yourself with spa treatments.
Day 6: Dead Sea to Kerak to Dana Biosphere Reserve
Today, you will leave the Dead Sea and drive along the scenic King’s Highway to Kerak, where you will visit the Kerak Castle, a Crusader castle that dates back to the 12th century and offers stunning views of the surrounding valleys. You will also visit the Kerak Archaeological Museum, where you can see exhibits of pottery, coins, weapons, and other items from different eras. After lunch, you will drive to Dana Biosphere Reserve, Jordan’s largest nature reserve that covers diverse landscapes and habitats. You will check in to your luxury eco-lodge at Feynan Ecolodge, where you can enjoy an authentic Bedouin experience with solar-powered rooms, vegetarian meals, and local activities.
Day 7: Dana Biosphere Reserve to Shobak to Petra
Today, you will explore more of Dana Biosphere Reserve and its surroundings. You will join a guided hike that will take you through the reserve’s four different bio-geographical zones, where you can see various plants, animals, and birds. You will also visit the Dana Village, a 15th-century stone village that has been restored and hosts a visitor centre, a craft workshop, and a guesthouse. After lunch, you will drive to Shobak, where you will visit the Shobak Castle, another Crusader castle that was built by King Baldwin I in 1115 and later captured by Saladin. You will also visit the Shobak Archaeological Museum, where you can see more artefacts and mosaics from the castle. Finally, you will drive to your luxury hotel near Petra, where you can rest and prepare for the next day.
Day 8: Petra Sightseeing
Today, you will enjoy a full-day sightseeing tour of Petra, one of the New7Wonders of the World and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You will start with a walk through the Siq, a narrow gorge that leads to the entrance of the ancient city. You will then see the Treasury, the most famous and iconic monument in Petra, with its elaborate facade carved out of red sandstone. You will also see the Street of Facades, a row of tombs and temples with intricate carvings. After lunch, you will see the Theatre, a Roman-style amphitheatre that can seat up to 7,000 people and was carved into the rock. You will also see the Royal Tombs, a group of impressive tombs that belong to the Nabatean kings and nobles. You will then climb up to the Monastery, the largest and most remote monument in Petra, with its massive facade and stunning views.
Day 9: Petra to Little Petra to Wadi Rum
Today, you will leave Petra and drive to Little Petra, also known as Siq al-Barid, a smaller and less crowded site that was once a suburb of Petra. You will join a guided tour that will take you to see some of the features of Little Petra, such as the Painted House, a cave with well-preserved frescoes from the 1st century AD. You will also see the Dining Hall, a large chamber with carved benches and niches that were used for banquets and ceremonies. After lunch, you will drive to Wadi Rum, a desert valley that is famous for its spectacular scenery and Bedouin culture. You will check in to your luxury camp at Wadi Rum Night Luxury Camp, where you can enjoy a comfortable stay in a dome tent with a private bathroom and air conditioning.
Day 10: Wadi Rum Sightseeing
Today, you will explore more of Wadi Rum and its surroundings. You will join a 4×4 jeep tour that will take you to see some of the highlights of Wadi Rum, such as the Seven Pillars of Wisdom, a rock formation named after T.E. Lawrence’s book. You will also see the Khazali Canyon, a narrow gorge that contains ancient rock inscriptions and drawings. After lunch, you will join a camel ride that will take you to see more of the desert landscape and experience the Bedouin way of life. You will also visit the Wadi Rum Visitor Center, where you can learn more about the history and culture of Wadi Rum.
Day 11: Wadi Rum to Aqaba
Today, you will leave Wadi Rum and drive to Aqaba, Jordan’s only coastal city and a popular destination for beach lovers and water sports enthusiasts. You will check in to your luxury hotel near the Red Sea and have some free time to enjoy Aqaba at your own pace. Some of the activities you can do in Aqaba are swimming, snorkelling, diving, sailing, windsurfing, kite surfing, jet skiing, parasailing, fishing, or simply relaxing on the beach.
Day 12: Aqaba Sightseeing
Today, you will enjoy a half-day sightseeing tour of Aqaba and its surroundings. You will start with a visit to the Aqaba Castle, also known as Mamluk Castle or Aqaba Fort, a 16th-century fortress that was built by the Ottomans and witnessed several historical events, such as the Battle of Aqaba during World War I.