Best of Lebanon and Jordan

  • destination Jordan & Lebanon
  • traveltime18 days
  • moneyFrom € 2145,- pp

Ready to go on an adventure in the Middle East? Then this is the holiday you are looking for! This trip to Lebanon and Jordan will take you to all highlights of these two beautiful countries. During this 18-day tour you will explore both countries with a rental car.

The capital of Lebanon, Beirut, is the starting point of your journey. You will visit a monastery and stay overnight, drive through the mountains and visit the ancient Roman city Baalbek. After your flight to Amman, the capital of Jordan, you drive to Jerash. A visit to Petra cannot be missed. A beautiful journey filled with cultural ruins, ancient cities and nature reserves. Perfect for the adventure-seeking traveler!

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Itinerary

Flight to Beirut, Lebanon including airport transfers

On the first day you travel from your home address to Lebanon. You will arrive in Beirut. Upon arrival our local representative will be waiting for you at the airport and take you to your accommodation. The rest of the day is at leisure.

Beirut optional city tour with guide

Today you wake up in glamorous Beirut. Lebanon’s capital is completely different from the rest of the country and has modernized rapidly. There are beautiful beach clubs, cool rooftopbars and an authentic city center in the Al Hamra area. Beirut has a lot to offer. We can organize a city tour for you with a guide, who will take you to all highlights of the city. You can also choose to relax today, we are happy to advise you where to go.

Beirut - Jeita - Musar Winery - Byblos - Beirut pick up car

You will explore the area today. The last stop will be the coastal town Byblos. Before we arrive in Byblos we visit some other sites. First on the program is a visit to the Jeita caves, a natural phenomenon. From here you head to the Chateau Musar winery. Chateau Musar is considered to be one of the most special wine estates in the world. Not only because of its location in the Lebanese Bekaa Valley, but also because they still make wine the traditional way. The vineyards are located on siliceous limestone soils at an altitude of about 1000 meters. The long, warm summers guarantee excellent ripening of the grapes.

The last stop of the day is the picturesque fishing town Byblos. It is one of the oldest, continuously inhabited towns in the world. The name Byblos is Greek. Because papyrus used to be transported to the Aegean through Byblos, it received the Greek name Byblos or Byblinos. Hence, the English word Bible derives from Byblos as “the papyrus book.” In Byblos you will find a large fort from the time of the Phoenicians and crusaders, and a historic city center. Byblos is also the perfect place to end the day with a nice dinner. You will return to Beirut in the evening.

Beirut - Tripoli - Qozhaya - Cedars - Qadisha Monastery

Today you travel towards Tripoli, the second largest city in Lebanon with approximately 500,000 inhabitants. Due to its favorable location, the city has a turbulent past. You will find remains from the era of the crusaders and from the Ottoman period. After the second war, the city was under French mandate.

After visiting Tripoli you will drive through the famous cedar forest. The cedar tree is important in the country and is even part of the national lag. From here you travel to a special place for your overnight stay. You will spend the night in the Qadisha valley and visit the monastery, dedicated to Saint Anthony the Great, which is built against a mountain. Enjoy the beautiful nature and views.

Qadisha - Baalbek - Aanjar - Zahleh optional visit Baalbek with guide

From Qadisha you drive furher inland towards the Bekaa Valley. Here you will find the city of Baalbek with its famous Roman ruins. Baalbak was built by the Phoenicians and was called Heliopolis. The heyday started in the year 15 BC, when the city became a Roman provincial capital under the authority of emperor Augustus. You will find one of the best preserved Roman temples in the world here. Despite the wars, lootings, and earthquakes that have ravaged Baalbek over the centuries, many pillars have remained.

The city Aanjar is one hour away from Baalbek. Here you will also find beautiful ruins from the Roman time. It used to serve as a resting place for the caravans that maintained the connection between the capital Damascus and the Mediterranean Sea. You drive to the provincial town of Zahleh for the night.

Zahleh - Al Shouf Cedar Nature Reserve - Deir el Qamar - Beittedine

Today you will head to Beiteddine. On the way you pass the Al Shouf Cedar Nature Reserve, a nature reserve with the famous cedar trees. Later on, you will arrive in Deir el Qamar, literally translated ‘monastery of the moon’. This UNESCO landmark is located high in the mountains and used to be on the legendary Silk Road. Not far from this place you will spend the night in Beiteddine, a small picturesque village which is known for its charm and ancient ruins.

Beittedine - Sidon - Tyre

From the Shouf mountains you head towards the South of Lebanon. You travel towards Tyre. This old port city in Lebanon is also called Sur. The history of this city dates back to 2,700 BC. Tyre has several UNESCO sites which used to belong to the kingdom of Jerusalem. Along the way to Tyre we pass Sidon where we visit the Sidon sea castle. You have the rest of the day at leisure in Tyre. Visit one of the sights or relax on the beach.

Tyre - Beirut hand in rental car

The morning and afternoon are at leisure in Tyre. In the late afternoon you drive to Beirut in one hour, here you will return the rental car. In the evening you can go to one of Beirut’s best restaurants. We would be happy to make a reservation for you.

Beirut - Amman including airport transfers

Today you will be brought to Beirut Airport where you board the plane plane to Amman, the capital of Jordan. After a short one hour flight you will be met by a local representative of ArabEscape.com. You will be guided through the visa procedure and the driver will take you to the hotel for the night. Depending on the departure time of your flight, you will have some time left in Amman.

Amman is a vibrant city, which offers you a glimpse into modern Jordanian life. In the evening you can visit Rainbow Street where you will find many restaurants and bars.

Amman - Jerash - Dead Sea instructions local employee en pick up rental car

You will start your day in the capital of Jordan; Amman. Our local representative will meet you on arrival to discuss the rest of your trip. You receive the keys from the rental car and from here you will continue your journey.
First you can choose to visit Amman, an energetic and modern city which offers you a glimpse of the modern Jordanian life. The city has a number of highlights that are worth a visit, for example the Citadel and the blue King Abdullah I Mosque.

From Amman you will head towards Jerash, a city founded by Alexander the Great. It is one of the best preserved Roman cities in the world. Unfortunately Jerash is not listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site, because wrong methods were used to restore the city. Nevertheless, Jerash is one of the biggest surprises of Jordan. Located in the middle of a contemporary city, you can imagine yourself back in Roman times. A must see in Jordan.

From Jerash you can to drive to Aljoun Castle if you have some time left before you drive to the Dead Sea where you check-in at your accommodation.

Dead Sea

Today is at leisure and you can relax in your resort at the Dead Sea. If you still want to do something, you can go visit the hot springs in Ma’in. You can also visit Mount Nebo and Madaba. Mount Nebo is the mountain from which Moses looked out over the Promised Land. A special spiritual place, although there is not much more than a church and a viewpoint. Next, the mosaic city Madaba is on the program. Here you will visit St. George Church where one of the first maps in the world is located.

Dead Sea - Wadi Mujib - Wadi Musa (Petra)

After breakfast, you check out at your accommodation and continue to travel south. Along the way you can stop at one of Jordan’s most beautiful valleys: Wadi Mujib. The wadi offers breathtaking views of the beautiful gorge. For the real adventurers among us, you can walk, swim and climb through the gorge. Definitely a recommendation for the adventure-seeking traveler.

Your journey continues south via the famous Kings Highway, also known as Jordan’s King’s Road. This old trade route is still an important connecting road in Jordan. This highway brings you Petra.

Petra optional backdoor hike with guide

Today you will visit the ancient city of Petra, one of Jordan’s national treasures and one of the seven wonders of the world! You enter the red city of the Nabataeans. Centuries ago, the Nabataeans built a kingdom which was hidden in the mountains. The ingenious water system enabled the kingdom to flourish in this remote place for a long time. This also is one of the main reasons why all the carvings are so well preserved.

You can spend an entire day in the city. It will be an unforgettable visit but make sure you are ready for a full day of hiking. There are two ways to visit the site. The first one is the traditional way through the Siq (Canyon), this is the main entrance. The Siq will take you to the Treasury. You can visit the Treasury, basin, the royal tombs and the theater, the High Place of Sacrifice and the Roman soldier tombs. All the way at the end of the complex you will find the Monastery.

The second option to visit Petra is through the back door; the more adventurous route! It begins with a 20 minute drive through the desert. After the drive you will begin with a 1,5 hour hike through a mountain area, until you reach the Monastery. Then you will continue through the main site of Petra. Your guide will explain about the archaeology and history of the site and it inhabitants. After exploring the city you will be exiting from the main gate. This way you are avoiding the tourist crowds, definitely an advantage.

Petra - Wadi Rum including jeep safari

You leave the Nabataean city of Petra and head towards the Wadi Rum desert. The local Bedouins still live here and preserve the area. As the landscape hasn’t changed much over the years it feels like you go back in time. The Bedouins make sure that the protected area still has the same charm it had a thousand years ago.

Wadi Rum is one of the most beautiful deserts in the world, alternated by rugged rocks on both sides. The unique appearance creates the feeling you are on a different planet. No wonder this area served as a film location for many large productions, for example the classic Lawrence of Arabia (1960), and more recent Star Wars the Rise of Skywalker (2019).

Upon arrival your local Bedouin guide will be waiting for you. He will take you on a jeep safari for about four hours and will provide a delicious traditional lunch along the way. At the end of the tour you will be brought to your desert camp. Enjoy the beautiful starry sky at night.

Wadi Rum - Aqaba optional balloon flight over the Wadi Rum at sunrise

If you wish you can start the day in a very unique way: with a balloon flight over the Wadi Rum at sunrise!

Today you will leave the vast landscape of the desert and return to civilization. You can still enjoy the quietness of the desert in the morning before you continue your way to Aqaba. After a one hour drive you can check-in at your resort and process the impressions of the past few days at your ease. It is time to sit back and relax!

Aqaba optional snorkling or diving excursion

These days are at leisure, you have time to relax at the pool or go explore the Red Sea and its underwater world. We can arrange a diving or snorkeling excursion for you. The Red Sea is well-known for its beautiful corals. Additionally, Aqaba has many souqs and restaurants worth a visit.

Aqaba - Wadi Araba - Amman - Flight home hand in rental car

You leave the beach behind and travel back from Aqaba to Amman. Via the Desert Highway you will pass one of the largest wadis in Jordan, Wadi Araba. A nice stop along the way. Afterwards you head to Amman Airport where you will hand in your rental car. From here you fly back home.

Accommodation

Hotel Le Gray

BeirutLocated in Beirut's exclusive district, Hotel Le Gray is ideally located for visiting the highlights of the city. The hotel also features a rooftop bar with swimming pool overlooking the sea, town and mountains.

La Locanda Boutique Hotel

Amman La Locanda Boutique Hotel is a basic hotel with renovated simple hotel rooms. Due to its location, this is a great base from which you can visit the highlights of Amman.

Holiday Inn Resort Dead Sea

Dead Sea Located on the edge of the Dead Sea, the Holiday Inn Resort features a large outdoor pool and a private beach.

Al Manara Aqaba

Aqaba The world-class Al Manara Hotel in Aqaba features its own beach, an infinity pool and several restaurants serving excellent food.
Jordanië Wadi Rum Woestijn
Jordanië Wadi Rum Uitzicht
Jordanië Wadi Rum

Wild Camping

Wadi Rum Sleep under the stars in the Wadi Rum desert! A hotel where more than 1000 stars are guaranteed.

Mir Amin Palace

Beiteddine This restored palace from the 19th century offers panoramic views over the Shouf Mountains. The restaurant offers views of the Beiteddine Palace.

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Add-ons

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Details & Prices

Best of Lebanon and Jordan

  • destination Jordan & Lebanon
  • traveltime18 days
  • moneyFrom € 2145,- pp
Included
  • Transfers to and from the airport
  • Meet & assist local representative
  • Overnight stays in selected hotels
  • Daily breakfast buffet
  • Visa Jordan
  • Flight Amman – Beirut
  • Transfers as described in program
  • Jordan Pass – all entrance fees
  • Jeep safari Wadi Rum
  • Car rental with full insurance and without excess
  • All taxes and fees
  • Personal travel app with travel route and information
  • An unforgettable experience!
Excluded
  • Other meals and beverages
  • Optional excursions
  • Personal expenses & tips
Optional
  • City tour with guide in Beirut
  • Backdoorhike to Petra
  • Hot air balloon flight Wadi Rum
  • Snorkeling and/or diving excursion Aqaba
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