Fabled Petra, long-lost city of the Nabateans, Jerash, a fabulously preserved Roman city, the great Crusader castle at Kerak—the ancient legacy of Jordan is rivaled only by the stunning beauty of the landscape, exemplified by the stunning desert canyon of Wadi Rum. On this Private Journey, take in the extraordinary wonder of the “rose-red” city of Petra, a desert fortress carved out of craggy rocks in a remote canyon in the 3rd century BC, forgotten by the outside world for 1,000 years, then rediscovered in 1812 by a Swiss explorer. In addition to Petra, Jerash, and Kerak, your journey also includes an overnight at a tented camp in Wadi Rum, haunt of T. E. Lawrence. Throughout the trip, enjoy the leadership of a private English-speaking guide, wonderful accommodations, air-conditioned vehicles, and lots of wonderful interactions with the Jordanians, among the most hospitable people in the world.
A wonderful itinerary, excellent tour guide, perfect vacation. Our guide was professional, respectful, friendly, knowledgable, thoughtful, and a delight to be around.
— Carol H., Villa Park, CA
Jerash’s Roman Ruins
Explore Amman on a city tour including the Citadel, Byzantine Church, Umayyad Palace, and the Archaeological Museum, then head to the fabulously preserved Roman ruins at Jerash, an archaeological masterpiece framed by the hills of Gilead. Jerash’s monuments include a triumphal arch, stadium, huge fountain, temples, and colonnaded streets.
Petra, Lost City of Stone
En route to Petra, visit Madaba, whose St. George’s Church houses a world-famous mosaic floor, and Mount Nebo, the site where Moses viewed the Holy Land, then continue to Petra, “a rose-red city half as old as time.” This remote city is one of the great treasures of the ancient world (and one of the new Seven Wonders of the World!). Its dazzling desert setting is unmatched and its elaborately carved temples, hewn into the red and golden sandstone cliffs by the mysterious Nabatean people 2,000 years ago, are simply spellbinding. Rediscovered early in the 19th century, this World Heritage Site is a spectacular tour de force of architecture. Walk through the narrow defile called the Siq and set your eyes on the breathtaking Al Khazneh (Treasury), which was featured in the film Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.
The landscape of Wadi Rum, with its immensity, ever-changing palette of colors, and awe-inspiring rock spires, creates an other-worldly atmosphere. Enjoy an optional ride by camel (or on foot) to T. E. Lawrence’s spring and explore by 4WD to savor the majesty of the desert. Overnight at Wadi Rum Night Camp, a simple desert getaway in a superb wilderness setting.
Wadi Rum / Dead Sea
After a short walk this morning to a small natural arch with inscriptions dating from the time of the Nabateans, the builders of Petra 2,000 years ago, continue to your hotel at the legendary Dead Sea, with the afternoon at leisure. Overnight at the 5-star Dead Sea Movenpick Resort & Zara Spa.
Dead Sea / Depart
After breakfast at hotel, transfer to the Amman airport for departure on homeward-bound flights.