This well-rounded tour is designed to suit families and has something for everyone. Visit the ruins of Gerasa and stay in a Bedouin camp in the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Wadi Rum. See the holy Byzantine and Umayyad mosaics at Madaba and frolic on the beach at Aqaba. Add to this Petra and the Dead Sea and you have the complete highlights of Jordan.

Highlights

  • See the holy Byzantine and Umayyad mosaics at Madaba
  • Explore the ruins of Gerasa
  • Stay in a Bedouin camp at Wadi Rum
  • Discover the ancient city of Petra
  • Bathe in the mineral-rich waters of the Dead Sea

Brief Itinerary

Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrival in Amman Madaba
Day 2 Mosaics of Madaba and the ruins of Jerash Madaba
Day 3 Journey along the King's Highway to Wadi Rum Wadi Rum
Day 4 Relax on the beaches at Aqaba Aqaba
Day 5 Discover Little Petra Petra
Day 6 Explore the ancient city of Petra Petra
Day 7 Bathe in the Dead Sea Dead Sea
Day 8 Depart Amman  

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Amman  

The streets of Madaba
The streets of Madaba


On arrival, you will be met at the airport in Amman and transferred 19 miles to Madaba, located south-west of the capital. This city is best known as the location of the Madaba Map, a 6th-century mosaic depiction of Jerusalem and parts of the Holy Land.

Day 2: Discover the Mosaics of Madaba and the Ruins of Jerash

The ancient ruins of Gerasa
The ancient ruins of Gerasa

After breakfast, spend the morning discovering the beautiful Byzantine and Umayyad mosaics of Madaba. In the late morning, a driver will take you north to Jerash (Gerasa) to visit the ruins of the Greco-Roman city. Wander along the Colonnaded Street,  climb the steps of the Temple of Artemis or listen to the traditional bagpipers in the Theater. In the late afternoon, you will return to Madaba where you will stay overnight.

Day 3: Journey Along the King's Highway to Wadi Rum

Wadi Rum
The UNESCO World Heritage Site of Wadi Rum

Travel south along the King's Highway to Wadi Rum, also known as Valley of the Moon. Your first stop along this ancient trade route is Karak Castle, one of the largest crusader castles in the Middle East. Continue down to Dana Nature Reserve, to enjoy some amazing views into the green valleys and over into Wadi Araba. Late afternoon you arrive in the protected area of Wadi Rum, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Overnight in an authentic Bedouin camp in Wadi Rum. 

Day 4: Relax on the Beaches of Aqaba

Sunset over the twin cities of Eilat Israel and Aqaba Jordan, with the Aqaba Mountains in the background 
Sunset over the twin cities of Eilat (Israel) and Aqaba (Jordan) 

This morning, enjoy a 2-hour jeep safari in the desert. Visit the Nabatean Inscriptions, red sand dunes, and rock bridges, before continuing south to Aqaba for some relaxing time beside the pool or at the beach. If you like, you can scuba dive or snorkel on the coral reef. 

Day 5: Discover Little Petra

Caved buildings of Little Petra in Siq al-Barid Wadi Musa Jordan at daytime
Caved buildings of Little Petra in Siq al-Barid Wadi Musa 

Today you have the morning to relax on the beach. In the afternoon, you will travel to Petra and make a short visit to Little Petra, for a taste of what’s to come tomorrow. 

Day 6: Explore the Ancient City of Petra

Rose Red Treasury in Afternoon Becomes Golden in Morning Camels Siq Petra Jordan Petra Jordan.
The Rose Red Treasury at Petra

Explore the fantastic UNESCO World Heritage Site of Petra. Visit the Royal Tombs and climb to the viewpoint to look down onto the Treasury as the morning sun hits it. Or climb up the mountain opposite to the High Place of Sacrifice and take the trail down to the Garden Temple Complex. At the end of the day, walk back to your hotel for the night. 

Day 7: Bathe in the Dead Sea

The Dead Sea
The mineral-rich waters of the Dead Sea

After breakfast, take the beautiful scenic route to the lowest point on Earth: the Dead Sea. Float in the mineral-rich water and give yourself a mud treatment with the therapeutic mud. 

Day 8: Depart Amman

Ancient monastery a Mt Nebo in Jordan
Ancient monastery at Mt Nebo, where Moses was granted a view of the Promised Land

Time to say goodbye to Jordan. Today you will be transferred to the airport to catch your flight. Depending on your departure time you can visit Mt Nebo on the way.