The Treasury at Petra

Constructed around the 1st century BC, the Treasury (Al Khazneh) is thought to have been a temple or royal tomb. The colossal doorway leads to an inner sanctuary.

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Jordan: Petra and Wadi Rum Extension

Ancient Desert Fortresses, Lost Cities, Fabled Wadi Rum

Trip Details at-a-Glance

Cost From: $2695  
Length: 7 days
Arrive: Amman, Jordan
Depart: Amman, Jordan
Lodging: 6 nights hotels
Meals: Meals as indicated (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
Activity: Archaeology, Cultural Adventures
Trip Level: Cultural explorations and walking tours
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Visa Requirements

A visa is required for U.S. citizens visiting Jordan. You can obtain your visa on arrival.

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Set in a spectacular location on the edge of the Wadi Araba, the fabled ruin called Petra was a fortress carved from solid red sandstone in the 3rd century BC. Our explorations of this great archaeological site include the Al-Khazneh (“Treasury”) of Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade fame. Our extension also visits the haunting desert realm of Wadi Rum, the ancient Roman city of Jerash, the pilgrimage site of Mt. Nebo, Madaba, "the city of mosaics," the Crusader fortress of Kerak, and ends with an overnight on the shores of the Red Sea.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1
Amman, Jordan

Arrive at Amman Airport, where you are met by your guide for a tour of Amman, one of the most ancient cities in the world, with archaeological finds dating back 3,000 years. Inhabited since the Bronze Age, the city is mentioned in the Old Testament as Rabath Ammon, capital of the Ammonites, and it was here that David met Bathsheba. Visit the Citadel, archaeological museum, Roman theater, and enjoy a walk through the bazaar. Overnight at the Intercontinental Hotel Amman...L

Day 2
Amman / Jerash / Ajlun

Visit the ancient Roman city of Jerash, an archaeological masterpiece framed by the hills of Gilead. It was founded by the soldiers of Alexander the Great during the 4th century BC and later joined the Roman Decapolis. Monuments of this prosperous Roman city—one of the best preserved in the Roman Empire—include a triumphal arch, a stadium, a monumental fountain, and temples. After lunch, visit the labyrinthine 11th century Ajlun Castle, a remarkably preserved mountaintop citadel built by a nephew of the great warrior Saladin as a defensive fortress against the Crusaders. Return to Amman for overnight...BL

Day 3
Mt. Nebo / Madaba / Kerak / Petra

On our way to Petra, we visit Mt. Nebo, the mountain where Moses was allowed to view the Holy Land, yet not allowed to enter it. Today it is the site of the Church of Moses, built by the first Christians. The views over Jordan, the Dead Sea, and Israel are tremendous. When the weather is clear, you may even see Jerusalem, about 30 miles away. Continue to Madaba, whose St. George’s Church houses a world-famous mosaic floor that is a large map of Palestine, including a detailed mosaic of Jerusalem as it was during the 6th century AD. Later, explore Kerak, a Crusader fortress filled with galleries and secret passageways; its thick defensive walls are pierced by narrow arrow slits where Crusader archers held out for over 100 years. Payen Le Boutellier, the lord of Montreal, built the fortress in 1142, and made Kerak the new capital of the province because of its strategic position on the King’s Highway, where it could control all traffic from north and south. Continue to the Petra Movenpick Resort for overnight...BL

Day 4
Petra

We travel to Petra, the ancient capital of the Nabataens, a nomadic Arabian tribe who ruled the Trans-Jordan area in pre-Roman times and derived their great wealth and power from the passing trade caravans. The city reached the peak of its fame after the Romans took over in the first and second century AD. With the rise of the coastal trading center at Palmyra and the opening of sea trade routes, Petra declined in importance and was forgotten by the outside world for a thousand years. In 1812, Swiss explorer John Lewis Burckhardt, a young convert to Islam traveling the Middle East’s deserts in Bedouin disguise, heard local Bedouins tell of fantastic ruins hidden in the mountains of Wadi Musa and persuaded one to lead him there. His journal and sketches of Petra eventually made their way to London, where they inspired many to seek this lost city.

Sheer sandstone hills in beautiful shades of deep rust banded with gray and yellow form a deep canyon that protects Petra in all directions. Today’s full-day visit begins with a short horseback ride (or walk) from the main gate of Petra to the entrance of the old city. From here, we walk through the narrow canyon called the Siq to visit the rose-red city of Petra. The archaeological site covers an area of about 50 square miles, with over 800 monuments excavated, including the famous Al-Khazneh (“Treasury”), featured in the film Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. The modern town outside of Petra is called Wadi Musa (Valley of Moses). This is the spot where Moses is thought to have struck the rock with his staff, bringing water flowing forth as it does today. Overnight at the Petra Movenpick Resort...BL

Day 5
Wadi Rum

Head to the famed desert canyon of Wadi Rum, where British officer T. E. Lawrence was based during the Great Arab Revolt of 1917-18. Enjoy an optional ride by camel to Lawrence’s spring, and explore by 4WD vehicle to enjoy a magnificent desert world where massive rock peaks rise out of pink sands. Our remote ecolodge, Milky Way Camp, offers a comfortable desert getaway in a superb wilderness setting. Before dinner this evening, head out to a scenic spot to enjoy sunset over Wadi Rum. Overnight at Milky Way Camp...BLD

Day 6
Wadi Rum / Aqaba

After a short morning walk to a natural arch with inscriptions dating from the time of the Nabateans, transfer to Aqaba for overnight at the Aqaba Movenpick Tala Bay, set on the turquoise shores of the Red Sea...B

Day 7
Depart

After breakfast at hotel, transfer to airport for departure on homeward-bound flights via Amman...B

Extension Cost

Prices are for 2015
$2695 (4-6 members)
$3095 (2-3 members)
Single supplement: $490
Internal airfare: $265 (subject to change)

Prices are not guaranteed until services are confirmed.
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Extension Cost Includes:

  • 2 nights at Intercontinental in Amman, 2 nights at Petra Movenpick Resort, 1 night Milky Way Camp in Wadi Rum, 1 night Movenpick Tala Bay in Aqaba
  • Meals as indicated (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
  • English-speaking certified guide
  • Transfers and excursions in private air-conditioned car with English-speaking driver
  • Mineral water on board the vehicle
  • Entrance fees (1-time entrance fee to Petra)
  • Short horseback ride at Petra
  • Baggage porterage at hotels

Extension Cost Does Not Include:

one-way airfare Cairo/Amman; Jordanian visa fee; airport departure tax, gratuities for guide and driver, small tips for horse boy at Petra, waiters, etc.; meals not specified (BLD); drinks during meals; items of a personal nature (telephone calls, laundry, room service, etc.).

Intercontinental Amman

Intercontinental Amman

Days 1 to 2 (2 nights), Amman, Jordan

The Intercontinental offers comfortable rooms and a central location within walking distance of the Old Town. The hotel has a spa and a choice of ...
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Petra Movenpick Resort

Petra Movenpick Resort

Days 3 to 4 (2 nights), Petra, Jordan

The best thing about the Petra Movenpick Resort is its prime location: just steps from the entrance to one of the most magical sites in the world. ...
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Milky Way Camp

Milky Way Camp

Day 5 (1 night), Wadi Rum, Jordan

Located in the heart of Wadi Rum, the Milky Way Camp offers a stunning desert location and private Bedouin-style tents equipped with beds, ...
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Aqaba Movenpick Tala Bay

Aqaba Movenpick Tala Bay

Day 6 (1 night), Aqaba, Jordan

The stylish new Movenpick Tala Bay Resort is set on the shores of the Red Sea at Aqaba and offers beautiful rooms, excellent restaurants, and ...
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Note: Listed above are our signature accommodations for this trip. Although it is highly unlikely, we may make substitutions when necessary.