Uncover a modern kingdom with an ancient culture, on one of our Jordan tours. With unrivalled landscapes, magnificent ruins and a traditional sense of hospitality, a Jordan holiday will guarantee lasting memories.
This is a land that has been inhabited throughout the centuries by nomads, biblical prophets, merchants of the exotic and conquering armies of Romans, Byzantines, Arabs, Crusaders and Ottoman Turks. All have left their mark on the country, from the Nabatean city of Petra, carved from the very rock that surrounds it, to the beautifully preserved Roman city of Jerash, one of the ancient cities of the Decapolis.
Set against the majestic backdrop of Wadi Rum, the haunting deserts so beloved of T. E. Lawrence, Jordan is home to some of the most breathtaking natural beauty in the region. It can also boast the saline waters of the Dead Sea, the lowest point on earth, the spectacular Crusader fortress of Kerak and the site of Mount Nebo, the final resting place of Moses himself.
Following trails that lead back through the centuries, camp beneath the stars amongst the dunes of Wadi Rum, wander the cobbled streets of Jerash or discover for yourself the once lost city of Petra – and these are just a handful of highlights from our Jordan tours. Without a doubt, Jordan is one of the archaeological wonders of the Middle East.
A tailor-made Jordan holiday is perfect if our group tour dates don’t suit, you’d like to adjust the itinerary, or you’d simply prefer a private Jordan holiday with a group of friends or family. We can tailor almost any holiday to suit you, with handpicked hotels, guides and excursions to meet all your travel needs.
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Jordan has long dry, hot summers with chilly nights and during the winter you can still expect plenty of warm weather and sunshine. The best time to travel is during the autumn and winter, September to March. The most fertile part of Jordan is the hilly region in the northwest, which experiences high rainfall between November and March when weather fronts blow in from the Mediterranean.
After breakfast depart Amman with your guide for your sightseeing tour of Jerash and Umm Qais. Heading north drive to the spectacular Roman ruins of Jerash, for our guided tour of this archaeological site. The city's many monuments still retain the atmosphere of the once thriving metropolis, famous in its time for its magnificent temples, amphitheatres, and plazas.
From the buildings and the many other well-preserved structures, it is easy to imagine the city in its heyday: chariots would have trundled down the collonaded streets, their wheels etching ever deeper the already well-worn grooves and the little shops that lined the streets would have stocked exotic goods brought in from Persia, and Egypt.
In the days of Alexander the Great (332 BC), the city grew increasingly prosperous and important until, in 63 BC, the Roman emperor Pompey conquered the region. Next travel to the ancient site of Umm Qais, located on a plateau overlooking the north Jordan Valley.
The glinting blue waters of Lake Tiberias are visible from the ruins of Um Qais, ancient Roman Gadara. Although not as extensive as the other cities of the Roman League of the Decapolis, there is still a lot to experience. Your guided tour will bring to life its many theatres, temples, a collonaded street and an aqueduct and archaeologists predict that when excavations are complete, a major city will have been uncovered. As the sunset draws closer return to Amman.
Your local group tour guide will cover most of the main highlights such as the Treasury, Tombs, Colonnade Street, Theatre, Colour Caves and a Byzantine church. You will also have some free time in the afternoon, so if you have the energy you can climb up to the Monastery, a monument of great interest and on par with the Treasury. It's worth the long climb, as you will see exceptional views from the top, stretching out over the Araba Valley.
When visiting Jordan, the Dead Sea is a must see. Surrounded by barren mountains, the Dead Sea is the lowest exposed point on the Earth's surface and lies at the bottom of a natural depression that reaches 409m below sea level. The water is rich in mineral salts and contains so much sodium that it makes it impossible for plant and animal life to live here, but it is ideal for spas and medical treatments. Take the opportunity to float in the Dead Sea and have a mud bath!
Spending a night wild camping in the dunes is an extraordinary experience and the only way to truly experience the amazing quiet and stillness of this almost uninhabited landscape. See the sands turn all different colours as the sun sinks before sitting around a beduoin fire and eating dinner prepared by your guide. You will sleep in modern dome tents in the middle of the desert camp. All camping equipment is provided although you might like to bring your own sleeping bag.
Dana Nature reserve is situated in a chain of valleys and mountains which extend from the top of the Jordan Rift Valley down to the desert lowlands of Wadi Araba.
You can walk through the old village of Dana and then follow one of the nature trails through the Wadi Dana and Wadi Feinan, stopping to soak up the amazing views and learn about the flora and fauna. Dana supports diverse wildlife which includes a variety of rare species of plants and animals and is home to about 600 species of plants, 37 species of mammals, and 190 species of birds.
Aqaba Marine Park makes a great alternative for diving in the Red Sea; the dive sites are much quieter and more accessible than of those in Egypt. The diving from Aqaba offers mainly boat diving and the reefs are unspoilt and offer a huge variety of differing coral reefs, topographies and marine habitats. Now, with a complete ban on fishing in the marine park, we are beginning to see more large pelagic fish returning.
On the Kings' Highway which is one of the oldest roads in the world is the mosaic-filled city of Madaba. The most important mosaic is in the Greek Orthodox Church of St George, showing a map of the holy land including the entire region from Jordan and Palestine in the north, to Egypt in the south.
From Madaba, you can continue your tour to visit Mount Nebo, one of the reputed sites of the tomb of Moses and also explore the walled city of Kerak, dominated by an enormous four storey high Crusader castle.
Spend the day trekking through the Wadi Mujib with your local guide. Carving an enormous canyon some 1300 metres deep, the Wadi Mujib Nature Reserve splits the Jordanian Mountains to the south of Amman. Lying some 90 kilometres from the capital, this is the lowest nature reserve on earth; a dramatic landscape of narrow canyons and fast flowing rivers that provide the perfect backdrop for some truly stunning trekking and canyoning adventures.
Straddling the borders of the old kingdoms of the Moabs and the Amorites, the chasm plunges from 900 metres above sea level to 400 metres below and provides a rich haven for a staggering diversity of wildlife, from wolf and mongoose, to honey badgers and ibex. A naturalist's paradise, its steep canyons are also home to over 400 recorded species of plants and some 200 species of birds.