Amazing 7-night Highlights of Jordan and Petra Tour
Get a taste of the Middle East on this amazing 7-night Highlights of Jordan tour, spend a night under the stars in the Wadi Rum Desert, explore the ancient city of Petra and float till your hearts content in the Dead Sea. You’ll join your Solo Travellers tour in the cosmopolitan capital, Amman, where you will have two nights to discover everything this exciting city has to offer. We’ll travel to the ancient Roman ruins of Jerash and the Ajloun Castle, before heading south to explore one of the world’s seven wonders; the historical city of Petra. We’ll have two days here to relax, admire the views and discover the history of this ancient sandstone city. From here, we’ll admire the spectacular sights of the Wadi Rum as we race through the desert by jeep and spend a night under the stars in a desert camp! You can then relax and enjoy the sun and sea breeze in the beautiful holiday town of Aqaba before our penultimate day takes us to the lowest point on earth; the Dead Sea. Float in the mineral-enriched healing waters of this magnificent salt lake before heading back to Amman for your final night. This trip is perfect for all solo travellers looking for an exciting Jordanian adventure!
Discover the pink sandstone city of Petra, one of the world’s 7 wonders
Spend a night under the stars in the Wadi Rum desert
Visit the ancient well-preserved Greco-Roman city of Jerash
Float till your heart’s content in the Dead Sea
Day 1 – Arrive Amman
When you arrive in Amman, make your way to the hotel for check-in, which will be from 2pm onward. Today is an arrival day so there are no planned activities. If you arrive in time, you can join your guide and the rest of the group for dinner to get to know your fellow travellers! Overnight in Amman.
Day 2 – Amman / Jerash & Ajloun Castle
After breakfast at the hotel, you will begin a full day tour to the well-preserved Greco-Roman city of Jerash, also known as the Pompeii of the east, and Ajloun Castle, both are located approximately 70km north of Amman. Whilst in Jerash we will visit the Hippodrome, the Oval Colonnade Piazza, the Temples of Artemis and Zeus, and the South Theatre. Overnight in Amman.
Day 3 – Amman / Madaba / Mount Nebo / Kerak / Petra
After breakfast, you will begin your journey to Madaba, an ancient town known for its famous mosaic floor in the Greek Orthodox church of St. George. From here, you will continue to Mount Nebo, where, on a clear day, you have views of the Jordan Valley and the Dead Sea. The next stop today will be to Kerak Castle, a large crusader castle dating back to 1140. We will then continue our journey to Petra, where we will spend the night.
Day 4 – Petra
Today we will have a full day visit to one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World; the Rose City of Petra. Walking through its canyon, you will witness the amazing sites of the Treasury, the City Centre, the Royal Tomb, the High Place of Sacrifice and the Roman Soldiers Tombs. Overnight in Petra.
Day 5 – Petra / Wadi Rum
Today we will have another day to explore the incredible ancient city of Petra. In the late afternoon, we will depart for the Arabian Desert; Wadi Rum. The Wadi Rum desert is like a moonscape of ancient valleys and towering weathered sandstone mountains, rising out of white and pink coloured sands. When we arrive, we’ll head out with a friendly Bedouin driver, rumbling through valleys and gorges, and stopping for photos at beautiful viewpoints. This evening we will enjoy a traditional dinner around the campfire. There’s nothing left to do but relax and await the twinkling of stars in the night sky. Overnight in a comfortable desert camp.
Day 6 – Wadi Rum / Aqaba
This morning you have the option to watch the sunrise over the desert as you take a ride on a camel! Afterwards, we’ll head back to camp to enjoy breakfast in the open air and then we’ll leave the desert behind and travel on to Aqaba, where you will have some free time to explore on arrival. The main attraction in Aqaba is the Red Sea, which has many things to offer. Overnight in Aqaba.
Optional activities include a 1-hour sunrise camel ride (30USD) or an early morning hot air balloon ride (180USD pp.) – If you wish to do the hot-air balloon ride you need to book this as far in advance as possible as availability is limited.
Day 7 – Aqaba / Dead Sea / Amman
After breakfast, we will depart Aqaba and continue our journey to the Dead Sea, where you can relax in its mineral-enriched, healing waters. The Dead Sea is the lowest place on earth at 430m below sea level! The water is so salty that you will be able to float till your heart’s content on this magical salt lake. Afterwards, you will be transferred back to Amman, where you will spend the last night of your tour.
Day 8 – Depart Amman
Today is a departure day so there are no planned activities. You are free to depart Amman at any time.
WHAT'S INCLUDED IN THE JORDAN TOUR
- Sharing a twin room at 3-star hotels with breakfast
- Private tours with an English-speaking guide
- All transportation in air-conditioned vehicles (excludes airport transfers)
- Single entrance fee to all applicable tourist sites
- Up to eight weeks before departure, a place can be reserved on this highlights of Jordan tour on payment of a deposit of £150.00, after this date it would be the full amount of the trip.
- Click the book now button and fill in the details and tick the box confirming you accept booking conditions.
- The outstanding balance is due 8 weeks before travel.
- Please ensure you have checked visa requirements. Get in touch if you are unsure.
- Ensure you have purchased travel insurance, as this is mandatory for all trips.
- Flights are not included in the price of the tour and will need to be organised separately. Please get in touch for recommended flights and do not book until we have given the go-ahead. Please also get in touch if you would like help with booking.
ESSENTIAL TRIP NOTES
You will need to make sure that your passport is valid for at least 6 months from date of entry and that you have a couple of blank pages. Please ensure the name on your booking and flight match your passport.
It is the responsibility of the traveler to ensure they obtain the correct visa for travel. British passport holders require a visa to enter Jordan and these can be obtained on arrival at Amman airport. Information can be found for British Nationals on the FCO website. If you hold another nationality passport or originate from any other country please check the relevant embassy website.
You may want to take a copy of your passport and flight confirmations with you – if you lose the originals it is easier to get replacements if you have copies.
FLIGHT TICKETS AND ACCOMMODATION
Please ensure you have proof of return travel tickets and hotel accommodation to hand for arrival as you may need to present details of this.
Travel insurance is mandatory for all trips and you need to carry a copy of your certificate with you. If you haven’t purchased It already, we have partnered up with Columbus Travel Insurance and you can buy your policy through us.
MONEY & COSTS
The currency in Jordan is the Jordanian Dinar (JD). We always recommend purchasing some local currency in advance of travel wherever possible, but you can also take GBP, Euros or USD to change when you arrive. ATM’s are widely available in all major towns if you prefer to take cash out when you get there. Credit cards are accepted at larger stores, hotels and restaurants but we do not advise to rely on these and only to carry as a backup.
We recommend budgeting £25 – £30 a day for meals, water, soft drinks (not including alcohol), but this is just an indicative amount and can vary from local restaurants to more western style, so you may end up spending less or more. Any souvenir shopping you wish to do would be on top of this. You will have a better idea of how much you usually spend when on holiday, so please plan accordingly.
If you feel as though you have received a good service, please reward your local guides and drivers with a tip, or as it is known in Jordan, “baksheesh”. We recommend £2 – £3 per person, per day for local guides, and £1 – £2 per person, per day for your drivers. Tipping is of course voluntary but gratefully accepted in recognition of good service.
If you would prefer to have your own room on this trip, the additional cost would be £250. Please let us know at the time of booking as it cannot be guaranteed closer to the time.
Throughout this trip you will be travelling by road in private, air-conditioned vehicles. The longest journey will be between Aqaba and Amman and will take around 4.5-hours total, but you’ll be stopping for a nice relaxing dip in the Dead Sea to break up the trip.
WHAT TO PACK
- Comfortable walking shoes or trainers
- Temperatures are usually hot between March – October and drop to a cooler climate during December – February. Please remember to dress moderately as you are in a predominantly Muslim country. Pack some thermals for your overnight camping stay at Wadi Rum, as temperatures can be cooler.
- Adequate sun protection – hats, sunglasses, sunscreen
- Waterproof jacket (just in case!)
- Insect repellent
- Re-fillable water bottle if it has built in filters
- Camera with spare batteries and memory cards – you’re going to want to take some photos!
- Power bank
- Plug adaptors – These can be viewed via the link: https://www.power-plugs-sockets.com/jordan/
We never recommend taking more luggage than you can personally carry as there might not always be someone on hand to help you. One suitcase ideally that can be wheeled, and a small day pack will be more than enough.
Whilst travelling around, we recommend you don’t bring anything you won’t really need – expensive jewellery and watches are not necessary, you can leave them at home. Be vigilant always and avoid carrying large amounts of money around with you. You could invest in a money belt to go under your clothes to keep cards, money or air tickets in for extra safety.
HEALTH & MEDICAL
You should visit your doctor or travel nurse a minimum of 8 weeks before your departure date to make sure your vaccinations are all up to date. Please check the government website if you need more information.
It is not recommended to drink tap water in Jordan. Although it is clean and safe for locals to drink, what you are used to at home with differ and you could end up with an upset stomach. You should keep hydrated whilst you’re out there, so make sure you always have a bottle of water with you.
If you take medication for anything or think you may need something whilst you are away, it’s better to take it with you from the UK as items may not be as readily available as they are here.
If you are travelling from a country with a risk of Yellow Fever, you will need to take a valid certificate with you to prove you have had the vaccine.
We recommend you read the travel advice for any country you are visiting ahead of your visit. This can be accessed on the FCO website.