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Jordan's Desert Kingdoms

The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan lies at the heart of a region whose development and culture has played a pivotal part in the history of the world for the past two thousand years. This short journey provides a stunning introduction to a country whose landscapes and traditions have been influenced by Romans and Byzantines, Crusaders and Arabs for over two millennia.

Beginning in Amman, the Jordanian capital, you will travel to the spectacular Roman ruins of Jerash and the imposing Saladin fortress of Qa’lat Al Rabat, before following the King’s Highway south. Travelling along one of the oldest roads in the world you will then visit Mount Nebo and Madaba and the Crusader fortress of Kerak, before finishing in Petra, home to one of the greatest archaeological sites in the Middle East.

Gaze upon the iconic majesty of Petra’s famous Treasury and tour the ‘Rose Red City’ at your leisure, before striking out into the desert to explore the beautifully haunting landscapes of Wadi Rum. After camping out under the desert stars you’ll then turn north, towards to the saline waters of the Dead Sea and the little visited mosaics of Al Rasas.


Highlights
  • Walk the splendid Roman streets of Jerash
  • Catch your first glimpse of the Treasury from the siq in Petra
  • Camp out overnight under the stars in the silent desert
  • Explore the crusader castles
  • Lie back and relax – floating in the Dead Sea


Tour Includes:
  • 6 nights four star hotel, 1 night tented camp
  • 7 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 dinner
  • Private local guides at Jerash and Petra
  • Private driver and vehicle
  • Entrance fees included as per itinerary
  • Private guided transfers to and from all airports


  • Please note the prices shown are per person and based on two persons sharing a twin or double room

A Travel Guide to Jordan


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Visit the hot springs at Hammamat Ma'in.

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Arrive at Petra at the crack of dawn to avoid the crowds as much as possible.

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Dan

Cover yourself in mud in the Dead Sea and feel the skin benefits.

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Private Tour Pricing Policy

Land Only prices usually include all accommodation, meals, private driver and vehicle, experienced local guides, excursions including entrance fees, airport transfers mentioned in the itinerary. They may also include certain domestic flights. But please bear in mind the tour price is only an estimate and for specific pricing exact dates of travel must be known. Please contact us for more information.

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Travel Tips

• Arrive at Petra at the crack of dawn to avoid the crowds as much as possible.

• Cover yourself in mud in the Dead Sea and feel the skin benefits.

• Keep your head and shoulders covered whilst in the Wadi Rum desert.

• Visit the hot springs at Hammamat Ma'in.

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Practical Info

Time: Jordan is 2hrs ahead of GMT (+3hrs from April – September). A useful website to check the time zone differences is [http://www.worldtimezone.com | www.worldtimezone.com]

Food and Alcohol: The capital city offers the most variety but you can be assured of eating well throughout Jordan. Cooking shares similarities with Lebanese and Turkish food and is based primarily on rice and breads, fresh salads and fruits, vegetables, yogurt, lamb and chicken, all fragrant with the spices of the east. Many restaurants offer traditional national dishes like “mensaf” (lamb stewed in a yogurt sauce atop rice and bread) or home-cooking like “maqloubeh” (an “upside down” rice casserole turned over to serve chicken or meat with vegetables on top). Alcohol is widely available at bars and hotels across Jordan. During Ramadan, drinks are only available to visitors in their hotels. Alcohol can also be bought from supermarkets.

Electricity: If using a camera with film we suggest photographers bring plenty of rolls. Those bringing video & digital cameras that require battery chargers should bring both 2 and 3 pin plug adapters. The supply is 230V.

Money: In Jordan the unit of currency is the Jordanian Dinar. To check out the latest exchange rate for the places that you are visiting you can go to [http://www.oanda.com | www.oanda.com]

A few points to help you plan: • Payments are mainly made in cash. • Increasingly more shops and hotels will accept credit card payments, though a cash advance is unlikely. • You can easily exchange Euros, US Dollars and UK Sterling cash. • ATM machines are available in the larger towns but best not to be relied upon. • If using ATM machines, be sure to notify your bank before you travel.

Language & Religion: The official language of Jordan is Arabic. Most people working in the tourist industry speak English.

More than 92% of Jordanians are Sunni Muslims and approximately 6% are Christians. The majority of Christians belong to the Greek Orthodox Church, but there are also Greek Catholics, a small Roman Catholic community, Syrian Orthodox, Coptic Orthodox, Armenian Orthodox, and a few Protestant denominations. Several small Shi'a and Druze populations can also be found in Jordan.

Cultural Sensitivity: At Wild Frontiers we are very aware of the ethical impact tourism can have on ancient cultures. We realise that taking a group of tourists through such a region can have a negative impact on the lives of those who live there and on all our tours we therefore go to great lengths to minimise the negative and accentuate the positive…after all, there are also many good things that the tourist can bring.

To help this process we ask that our clients do not hand out pens or sweets to children. As one sign in Egypt emphatically put it, ‘Please don't make beggars out of our children!' No matter how well intentioned, in our opinion the dolling out of free gifts fosters a ‘beggar mentality' that is ultimately extremely destructive to a society. In addition we do not condone giving out money to beggars or ‘students'.

However, we also realise that we are exceptionally privileged to be travelling in areas where most of the people have far less than us and that the desire to ‘help' can be very powerful. As a result we ask that you refer to your trip dossier for information on the Wild Frontiers Foundation which supports specific projects in the areas where we travel.

Photography: Please remember, we are guests in the countries through which we travel and we may sometimes inadvertently cause offence by taking photographs without first asking permission.

Also many countries have very strict rules about taking photos of army, police or any official personnel; restrictions apply at borders, bridges and any government building. Please exercise care in this regard as the penalty may be to have your film and/or camera confiscated.

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When To Go

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.

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Flight Information

Direct flights from London Heathrow to Jordan take around 5hrs with British Airways or Royal Jordanian Airlines.

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