Visit Jordan's most iconic destinations on this eight-day tour. You'll visit ancient Roman ruins in Amman and Jerash, then spend a full day wandering through the red city of Petra. The journey continues to the desert wilderness of Wadi Rum, where you'll gaze at the stars from a Bedouin camp. From here, you'll travel to Aqaba to swim and snorkel on the sunny Red Sea coast, ending the adventure with a float on the Dead Sea.

Highlights

  • Visit the ancient Roman Citadel in vibrant Amman
  • Spend a day exploring the ancient rock-cut city of Petra
  • Camp with Bedouins among the dunes of Wadi Rum
  • Take a Red Sea snorkel cruise from Aqaba
  • Go for an effortless float in the famously salty Dead Sea

Brief Itinerary

Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrival in Amman Amman
Day 2 Amman & Jerash Tour Amman
Day 3 Amman to Petra Petra
Day 4 Full day in Petra Petra
Day 5 Wadi Rum Desert Wadi Rum
Day 6 Aqaba Beach Day Aqaba
Day 7 The Dead Sea Amman
Day 8 Depart from Amman  

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Amman

Citadel in Amman
Temple of Hercules ruins at the Amman Citadel

Welcome to beautiful Jordan! Once you land at Queen Alia International airport, your driver will be waiting for you in the arrival hall. Just look for a sign with your name on it.

You'll be transferred to your hotel to rest and freshen up. If you have time and energy, the evening is free for you to explore Amman, the capital of Jordan.

Day 2: Amman & Jerash Tour

Roman ruins in Jerash
Roman ruins in Jerash

Start your first morning in Jordan with a city tour through Amman. Visit the Citadel, which provides beautiful views over the city. This historical site is considered one of the oldest continuously inhabited places in the entire world and is one of Amman's most important landmarks. Afterward, you'll continue to the 2nd-century Roman Theatre, located in the heart of the city.

From here, you'll drive on to Jerash to visit the world’s best-preserved Roman provincial city. Some of the ruins in the city include Hadrian's Arch, the Temple of Artemis, and the Forum. You can visit the Archeological Museum to learn more about the city's rich history.

After your visit, you'll head back to Amman for the night.

Day 3: Amman to Petra

Crusaders Castle in Karak
Crusaders Castle in Karak

Rise bright and early for a long day of travel as you make your way south to Petra.

After breakfast, your tour starts with a visit to St. George Church in Madaba to see its famous mosaic map. You'll then drive to Mt. Nebo, from where Moses viewed the Promised Land. Follow the King’s Highway until Karak, where you will visit the immense Crusaders Castle.

If time permits, you will also stop by Siq al-Barid, nicknamed "Little Petra." The archaeological site is carved into canyon walls and is quite impressive (albeit smaller than its famous counterpart). You will reach Petra in the evening. 

Optional activities include the Petra by Night experience (Monday, Wednesday and Thursday evening), a traditional cooking class at Petra Kitchen, or a luxurious soak in a hammam. 

Day 4: Full Day in Petra

Petra by night
Petra by night

You'll have a full day today to explore Petra, one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. This city is carved into the walls of canyons and was at one point the capital of the Nabataean Kingdom.

To enter, you cross through Siq Gorge, which will lead you right into the Rose City, as Petra is known. The visit will begin with the Treasury, the Street of Facades, the Theater, Colonnaded Street and more. You'll take a break to have lunch inside the city, then continue to tour through the Monastery and the High Place of Sacrifice. You will have to do a lot of walking and climbing, but it is well worth the experience.

Day 5: Wadi Rum Desert

Sunset over Wadi Rum
Sunset over Wadi Rum

After breakfast, you'll drive to Wadi Rum, Jordan's famous red desert. This otherworldly landscape has been featured in films like Lawrence of Arabia, The Martian, and Prometheus.

If interested, you can enjoy a half-hour camel ride from Wadi Rum Village to Lawrence’s Spring. After, you'll do a half-day jeep tour that includes a freshly-prepared barbecue lunch. The jeep will stop at each site, giving you time to walk around, and maybe even climb up on some of the beautiful naturally-formed bridges in the desert.

You'll then head to a campsite within Wadi Rum, where you'll enjoy dinner and sleep under a million stars.

Day 6: Aqaba Beach Day

Aqaba beach
Aqaba beach

Say goodbye to the desert and head to its complete opposite: the Red Sea. After breakfast, you will drive to Aqaba for a free day at the beach, where you can decide to relax in the sand, walk around town, or book a snorkeling cruise. 

The evening is free for you to go out and enjoy some delectable Jordanian cuisine.

Day 7: The Dead Sea

Swimmer floating on the Dead Sea
Swimmer floating on the Dead Sea

Get excited for a day in the Dead Sea, the lowest point on Earth. To arrive, you'll drive through the astonishing landscapes of the Wadi Araba desert. Once at the Dead Sea, you'll be able to float on its salty waters and try out its famous healing mud. This is a spa day unlike any you've ever experienced!

In the afternoon, you'll drive back to Amman for the night.

Day 8: Depart from Amman

Downtown Amman at night
Downtown Amman at night

It is time to say goodbye to Jordan and move on to your next adventure. A representative will drive you to the airport and help you check into your flight. 

Map

Map of Classic Highlights of Jordan: Jerash, Petra, Wadi Rum & Dead Sea - 8 Days
Map of Classic Highlights of Jordan: Jerash, Petra, Wadi Rum & Dead Sea - 8 Days