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Wadi Rum, Jordan

Jordan Uncovered

11-day tailor-made holiday from £4,110 pp incl. flights


Short description

Journey from Amman to the Dead Sea via the lost city of Petra


  • Discover the ancient wonders of Petra
  • Explore Amman's Roman treasures
  • Stay in a glass-fronted dome in the heart of the Wadi Rum desert
  • Relax on the beaches of Aqaba
  • Float on the salt-rich waters of the Dead Sea

In Brief

  • 3 Nights Amman
  • 2 Nights Petra
  • 1 Night Wadi Rum
  • 2 Nights Aqaba
  • 2 Nights Dead Sea


Recommended for:
Beach | City | History & culture | Natural world

For many, the spectacular ‘lost city’ of Petra, carved by the ancient Nabateans, simply is Jordan. But, there's plenty more to this gem of a country, from the diverse capital, Amman, with its ancient Roman sites and bustling streets, to the haunting desert of Wadi Rum and otherworldly Dead Sea. This all-encompassing ten-day tailor-made tour, which includes the services of a private driver and guide, takes in the majestic landscapes and historical highlights of this fascinating country, while staying at choice of fantastic luxury hotels. There's even a night in a glass-fronted domed tent at Wadi Rum, for private views of the desert and its star-strewn sky.

Day by day itinerary

Day 1

Enjoy included airport lounge access before your daytime flight to the Jordanian capital, where you'll be met for an included transfer to your luxury city-centre hotel. Spend the rest of the day at leisure.

Stay: Fairmont Hotel (Deluxe)

Day 2
Amman & Jerash

Set out this morning on a privately guided tour of Jerash, one of the best-preserved Roman cities in existence. Return to Amman for a light lunch and wine tasting at 'The Winemaker', where you will enjoy the opportunity to meet the wine maker Omar Zumot or one of his dedicated team and enjoy tasting a selection of Saint George wines, considered one of the best producers in Jordan. After lunch you you'll tour Amman, visiting the Citadel, the Archaeological Museum, which has displays about the Dead Sea Scrolls, the Roman theatre around which the downtown area grew, the Folklore Museum and the bazaars and Gold Market.

Stay: Fairmont Hotel (Deluxe)

Meals: B L

Day 3
Mt Nebo & Madaba

Today you'll enjoy a visit to Mt Nebo, said to be the spot where Moses first viewed the Holy Land. A church was built here in his honour by the early Christians in the 4th century, and some of the mosaics it houses are thought to be around 1,500 years old. On a clear day Jericho and Jerusalem can be made out in the distance, across the Jordan Valley and the Dead Sea. Next you'll transfer to Madaba, a charming town with a strong Christian heritage, best known for the mosaics from the 5th to the 7th centuries that lie scattered through its churches and homes. By far the most impressive is a wonderfully vivid 6th century Byzantine map showing Jerusalem, the holy sites and towns as far afield as the Nile Delta.

Stay: Fairmont Hotel (Deluxe)

Meals: B

Day 4
The Crusader Castles

Heading south from Amman towards the famous city of Petra grants you the opportunity to visit two of the famous Crusader castles that dot Jordan's desert landscape. The first is Kerak, one of the largest Crusader castles in the Levant, held for just 40 years before falling to Saladin, the founder of the Ayyubid dynasty. The second is Shobak, which, if anything, is more fun to explore than Kerak, given it's quieter and in greater need of restoration. Built in 1115 by Baldwin I, the first king of Jerusalem, it formed part of the great chain of strongholds that guarded the crucial Cairo to Damascus trade route. You'll also have the chance to explore the rugged valley of Wadi Bani Hammad, a canyon-like gorge home to hot springs, verdant foliage and striking cliffs. After your visit, continue on to Petra and check in to your hotel.

Stay: Movenpick Resort Hotel (Deluxe)

Meals: B

Day 5

Spend the whole day at Petra, the spectacular 'lost city' carved into the desert's red canyon walls. Built by the ancient Nabateans between 800 BC and 100 AD, Petra reached its peak during Roman occupation but was lost to the world for some 400 years before being rediscovered in 1812. It's reached on foot through the Siq Gorge, a narrow, winding passageway at times no wider than six feet, with rock faces on either side as high as a four-storey building. When you finally emerge you're faced with Petra's most famous site, the Khaznah or Treasury, which served as a temple in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.

Stay: Movenpick Resort Hotel (Deluxe)

Meals: B

Day 6
Wadi Rum

Venture by 4x4 to Wadi Rum, a dramatic desert valley best known for its connection with British officer T.E. Lawrence, who based his operations here during the Arab Revolt of 1917-18. His famous book The Seven Pillars of Wisdom was named after natural stone columns nearby and the film of his exploits, Lawrence of Arabia, was for a large part set here. It's a truly special location, matched by tonight's accommodation – a glass-fronted dome at the remote Sun City Camp, right in the heart of the Wadi Rum. From the outside, your aptly named Martian Dome is straight out of Star Wars, while inside you'll be treated to ultra-stylish furnishings, an en-suite bathroom, air conditioning and stunning views across the desert.

Stay: Sun City Camp – Martian Dome

Meals: B

Days 7-8

Depart Wadi Rum for the scenic desert drive to Aqaba on the shores of the Red Sea, where you'll embark on a tour of what is  Jordan's only port city. Highlights include the impressive Mameluk Fort, which began life as a Crusader castle, and was rebuilt by the Marmeluks in the 16th century. After an action-packed start to your tour, we've left the next day free, so why not head to the beach for a dip in the sea and to soak up some sun?

Stay: Movenpick Tala Bay (Deluxe)

Meals: B

Days 9-10
Dead Sea

Transfer to the Dead Sea, which at 400m below sea level is the lowest place on earth. Ever since the days of Herod the Great people have flocked here for the curative effects of the water's salts and minerals, and for the high concentration of oxygen in the air. You'll stay here for two nights before returning to Amman for your flight home on day ten. We especially recommend our deluxe option here, the Kempinski Hotel Ishtar Dead Sea.

Stay: Kempinski Hotel Ishtar Dead Sea Jordan (Deluxe)

Meals: B

Day 11
Depart for UK

Return to Amman in time for your return flight to the UK.

Meals: B



Any element of this itinerary can be adjusted to suit your needs. Just contact us to find out more.

Accommodation rating: Deluxe

11-day tailor-made holiday
from £4,110 pp incl. flights


Low Season

from £4,110 pp. incl. flights

High Season

from £4,395 pp. incl. flights


  • Return scheduled flights to Amman
  • Private transfers on arrival in Amman and on departure 
  • 9 nights accommodation in Deluxe hotels and one night a Martian Dome, Wadi Rum, with meals as indicated
  • Transfers and excursions by private air conditioned vehicle with English-speaking guide from day 2 to 8
  • All sightseeing as specified in the itinerary, including two hour excursions in Wadi Rum by 4 wheel vehicle
  • Entrance fees to the sites visited

Please note: additional supplements may apply for travel over Christmas and New Year period

Terms & Conditions

Prices are per person based on two people sharing a twin/double room; prices are subject to availability and possible change; normal booking conditions apply.

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