Historical Highlights of Jordan

  • destination Jordan
  • traveltime8 days
  • moneyFrom € 950,- pp

This tour of Jordan is a journey through history. This trip will take you past all highlights of the country. You will travel through Jordan with a rental car but it is also possible to book a private driver for this trip.

Your holiday starts in the capital Amman, after which you drive to Jerash and the Dead Sea. When you have floated in the Dead Sea you continue your way to Petra. We advise to start your visit early in the morning. You can visit the ancient city like all other tourists or you can choose for a more special route and book the undiscovered backdoor hike. This hike can be booked exclusively at Arabescape.com.

After visiting the Nabataean city it is time to discover the silence and magnificence of the Wadi Rum desert. You will sleep under the stars in one of the most beautiful desert camps. After this extraordinary night you can relax at the coast in Aqaba. From here you will drive back to the airport on your last day.

Are you curious about this trip? Request a non-binding travel proposal for more information!

This journey through Jordan can be fully adapted to your wishes. If you would like to extend this trip with extra days at the beach or a visit to Israel or Lebanon, let us know!

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Itinerary

Flight to Amman, Jordan Including meet & assist and airport transfer

On the first day you travel from your home address to Jordan. You will arrive in the capital, Amman. Here you will be met by a local representative of Arabescape.com. You will be guided through the visa procedure where after the driver takes you to the hotel for the night. The rest of your day is at leisure. Depending on the time of arrival you can explore Rainbowstreet in the evening where you can find many restaurants and where shops are open until late.

Amman - Jerash - Ajloun - Dead Sea Instructions from local representative & pick-up rental car

You will start your trip 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, a lively 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 allowed 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 - Mount Nebo - Madaba - Kings Highway - Kerak - Petra

After breakfast, you check out at your accommodation and continue to travel south towards Madaba. This city is known for the very well preserved mosaic map in the St. George Church. On the way to Madaba you can easily visit Mount Nebo, or Mount of Moses. This place is well known because it is where Moses looked out over the Promised Land.

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 to the crusader castle of Kerak.

After visiting Kerak, you drive towards Petra where you will spend the night.

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! Today 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 one 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 the 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 jeepsafari with lunch

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 as 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 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 journey towards Aqaba. After a 1 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 snorkeling or diving excursion

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

Aqaba - Amman Drop off rental car at airport

Your Jordanian adventure has ended. Depending on the time of your departing flight, you will be picked up by our driver at the accommodation for your transfer to Amman airport. If you still have your rental car you will drive to the airport in approximately 3,5 hours, where you drop off the rental car and check-in for your flight back home. We hope you have had an amazing trip.

Accommodation

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.

Mövenpick Resort & Residences Aqaba

Aqaba This resort in central Aqaba is just a few meters from the Red Sea. It features a private beach, several outdoor pools and multiple dining options on-site.

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Add-ons

Extra’s always included when you book a trip with Arabescape.com

  • Stay in unique accommodations
  • 100% tailormade itineraries, all your personal preferences possible.
  • Personalized travelapp with all information about your trip. ( Also available offline.)
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Details & Prices

Historical Highlights of Jordan

  • destination Jordan
  • traveltime8 days
  • moneyFrom € 950,- pp
Included
  • Transfers to and from the airport
  • Overnight stay in selected hotels
  • Meet & assist local representative
  • Visa Jordan
  • Jeepsafari Wadi Rum
  • Daily breakfast buffet
  • Car rental with full insurance and witout excess
  • All taxes and fees
  • Personal travel app with travel route and information
  • An unforgettable experience! 
Excluded
  • Other meals and beverages
  • Personal expenses & tips
  • Optional excursions
Optional
  • Private driver on travel days
  • Backdoorhike to Petra
  • Hot air balloon flight Wadi Rum
  • Snorkeling and/or diving excursion Aqaba
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