Wadi Rum, Jordan

Scenes from Lawrence of Arabia were filmed in the dramatic desert canyons of Wadi Rum. On our Jordan Private Journey, savor the beauty of Wadi Rum at sunset, and visit the lost city of Petra, a World Heritage Site.

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Trip Details at-a-Glance

Cost From: $3495  
Length: 7 days
Arrive: Amman, Jordan
Depart: Amman, Jordan
Lodging: 6 nights in 5-star hotels, 1 night tented camp
Meals: All meals included except dinners
Activity: Walking, Archaeology, Cultural Adventures
Trip Level: Overland touring, cultural exploration, easy walks of 2-4 hours a day


  • Fabled Petra, an amazing lost city hidden in a desert canyon for 2,000 years
  • Spectacular desert canyon of Wadi Rum, haunt of T. E. Lawrence; the legendary Dead Sea
  • Jerash, a spectacular Roman city

A wonderful itinerary, excellent tour guide, perfect vacation. Our guide was professional, respectful, friendly, knowledgable, thoughtful, and a delight to be around.Courtney V.—Frederick, MD

Choosing the Right Trip

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Departure Notes

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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.

Itinerary at a Glance

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Days 1-2
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.

Days 3-4
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.

Day 5
Wadi Rum

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 Milky Way Camp,  a simple desert getaway in a superb wilderness setting.

Day 6
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.

Day 7
Dead Sea / Depart

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

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What the Trip is Like

This trip is rated Level 2, Easy to Moderate. It is an overland touring trip with day walks to explore the fascinating temples and wonderful towns of this ancient and modern civilization. It can be enjoyed by anyone in good health who has no mobility restrictions.

Explanation of Trip Levels


When to go

October to April

For our Private Journey trips, you choose your own group and your preferred dates—there are no set departure dates. Private Journeys are available to groups as few as two people or as large as you like. Contact us for availability, questions, or to book your adventure!

Trip Cost

Prices are for 2015
$3495 per person, double occupancy (2 people)
$3195 per person, double occupancy (3 people)
$2995 per person, double occupancy (4 people)
Single supplement: $540

Prices are not guaranteed until services are confirmed.
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Trip Payment Schedule

At time of reservation: $500
120 days prior to departure: 20% of trip cost
60 days prior to departure: Balance

Cancellation and Transfer Fee Schedule*

Minimum fee: 20% of trip cost
90-61 days prior to departure: 50% of trip cost
60 days or less: 100% of trip cost

*Please note that this differs from our regular catalog departures.

Trip Cost Includes:

  • Two nights at Intercontinental Hotel in Amman, two nights at Petra Movenpick Resort, one night Milky Way Camp in Wadi Rum, one night Dead Sea Resort
  • English-speaking guide from morning of Day 2 until morning of Day 6
  • Transfers and excursions in private air-conditioned car with English-speaking driver
  • Mineral water on board the vehicle
  • All meals included except dinners
  • Entrance fees (one-time entrance fee to Petra)
  • Short horseback ride at Petra during the first visit to the site
  • Porterage at airports and hotels

Trip Cost Does Not Include:

Jordanian visa fee; airport departure tax; oprional activities; any meals not specified after each itinerary day in the Full Trip Brochure, gratuities for guide and driver, small tips for horse boy at Petra, waiters, etc.; 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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Dead Sea Movenpick Resort

Dead Sea Movenpick Resort

Day 6 (1 night), Dead Sea, Jordan

Set among lush gardens on the northern shores of the Dead Sea, this resort is built of traditional local stone and handcrafted woods, and features ...
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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.

Client Comments

A wonderful itinerary, excellent tour guide, perfect vacation. Our guide was professional, respectful, friendly, knowledgable, thoughtful, and a delight to be around. Courtney V., Frederick, MD
Petra was exceptional. The night walk to the Treasury the night that we arrived was magical and a very special introduction to the site! Carol H., Villa Park, CA