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Holiday type Escorted tours
Country Jordan
Price range From £1299
Travel partner Riviera Travel
Duration 6 nights
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Jordan and Petra

Jordan is a remarkable country, with extraordinary landscapes and astonishing monuments. From Moses to Alexander the Great, the Romans, Saladin and the Crusaders to Lawrence of Arabia - all have left legacies.

The price of this holiday is per person based on two people sharing a twin room. Single rooms are subject to availability at the relevant supplement of £229 per person. Six nights accommodation with breakfast, return direct scheduled flights, two-day entrance and guided tour of Petra, visit to Little Petra, 4x4 drive in Wadi Rum with lunch at a Bedouin camp, visits to Shobak castle, Mount Nebo, the Madaba mosaics, Bethany and Jerash with the Roman army and chariot race experience, return transfers and porterage of one item per passenger. All tours include the services of an experienced Riviera tour manager.

  • Return scheduled flights from London Heathrow
  • Six nights accommodation in hand-picked three and four star hotels with breakfast
  • Guided tour of Petra - one of the new ‘Wonders of the World’
  • Visit the heart of Wadi Rum and the ‘Seven Pillars of Wisdom’
  • Stay by the shores of the Dead Sea
  • Guided tour of the preserved ancient Roman city of Jerash, plus an authentic gladiatorial combat and chariot racing demonstration
  • Visit the biblical sites of Mount Nebo where Moses saw the Promised Land, and Bethany where Jesus was baptised by John the Baptist
  • Escorted by our experienced tour manager
Not included
Visa and Health

All UK passport holders travelling together as a group to Jordan require a visa which is provided free of charge on arrival.

Whilst the travelling schedule shall pose no problems for people of any age in normal physical health, we would point out that we enjoy several walking tours around a number of historical sites where paths are uneven and uphill. Therefore this holiday may not be suitable for clients of greatly impaired mobility.
Day one

Fly to Amman and transfer to the four-star Al Qasr Metropole hotel.

Day two

TE Lawrence described Wadi Rum as ‘vast, echoing and godlike’ and it is one of the world’s finest desert landscapes. We have lunch at a Bedouin camp, with an option to stay the night in twin-bedded tents, including a typical Bedouin dinner. We continue to the town of Wadi Musa outside Petra, staying three nights at the three star superior Petra Moon hotel.

Day two

Along with the Taj Mahal and the Pyramids, Petra is one of the world's most fascinating sights, firmly deserving of its accolade as one of the new Seven Wonders of the World. Walk through the narrow gorge, the ‘Siq’ and the vista of the Treasury appears like a mirage through a slit in the rock. The perfection of its proportions and the sheer scale of this edifice are astounding. Beyond there’s a whole ancient city waiting to be discovered: the Royal Tombs, the theatre, the Street of the Facades, the Great Temple, early Christian churches and the main colonnaded road that ran through the centre of this ancient but sophisticated city.

Day four

A day at leisure – you may re-visit Petra, perhaps exploring further, taking the ‘secret road’ to Al Madras, the High Place of Sacrifice and its views. This evening we have the option to experience a night tour, with thousands of candles illuminating your path back into the ancient city.

Day five

Today you visit the 12th century Shobak Crusader castle, then we continue on the King’s Highway, one of the major spice routes, used by the Romans and Crusaders. It passes through some of Jordan’s most spectacular scenery with views across arid, rocky peaks. We visit Mount Nebo, from where Moses was said to have seen the promised land. There is a small church here, with views towards Jerusalem. We also visit Madaba, where St. George’s church houses an intricate sixth century mosaic map of the Holy Land. We stay for two nights at the excellent four star Holiday Inn on the Dead Sea, 400 metres below sea level. It has several swimming pools, spacious air-conditioned rooms, as well as a small beach. There is also an opportunity to swim in the dead sea.

Day six

Where the river Jordan enters the Dead Sea is one of the most pivotal places in Christian history, Bethany, where John the Baptist baptised Jesus. Our next stop is Jerash, the largest and best preserved Roman city in the region. We tour the city. We return to our hotel on the Dead Sea, catching the sunset over the hills of Judea, as the lights of Jerusalem and Bethlehem flicker into life amidst a darkening sky.

Day seven

Today you fly home.
Amman – four star Al Qasr hotel

Located in a quiet position in the centre of the city. Dining options include an Italian trattoria, a roof-top continental/Japanese restaurant and a bar. The 66 rooms are air-conditioned, with en-suite bathroom, hairdryer, flat screen satellite TV, free wireless internet, minibar and safe.

Wadi Musa, Petra – three star superior Petra Moon hotel

Located just a couple of minutes walk from the entrance to Petra and close by to several shops and restaurants. There’s a rooftop pool (seasonal) and a restaurant. The 52 comfortable rooms are all air-conditioned, with en-suite bathroom, hairdryer, flat screen satellite TV with DVD, safe and minibar.

Dead Sea – four star Holiday Inn resort

Located 400 metres below sea level on the shore of the northern end of the Dead Sea. It has several swimming pools (plus swim-up bar), a fitness room, a small private beach with umbrellas and sun beds, an all-day dining buffet restaurant, a steakhouse restaurant and pool/beach bar. The 202 comfortable rooms have air-conditioning, luxury en-suite bathroom with hairdryer, flat screen satellite TV, writing desk, free wireless internet in lobby, minibar, safe, iron/iron board, tea/coffee-maker and balcony.
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