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 Shobak, and ends with an overnight on the shores of the Red Sea.
Arrive: Amman, Jordan
Depart: Amman, Jordan
Scroll through our signature accommodations for this trip below. Although it is highly unlikely, we may make substitutions when necessary.
Days 1-2 (2 nights)
The Intercontinental offers comfortable rooms and a central location within walking distance of town. The hotel has a spa and a choice of cuisine in its three different restaurants as well as a casual deli café.
Days 3-4 (2 nights)
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. This is greatly appreciated after a long day of exploring on foot—and it's also nice to be able to get there first thing...
Wadi Rum, Jordan
Day 5 (1 night)
Dead Sea, Jordan
Day 6 (1 night)
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 tastefully decorated rooms with many amenities. Recreational facilities include the beach (a float in the salty sea is a must, but wear water shoes...
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With more than 200 different adventures to choose from, we want to help you find the trip that’s right for you. Our Trip Level system ranks each trip in two ways: a number rating from 1 to 6 according to the activity, and general travel rigors. 1 is the easiest and 6+ the most difficult—see descriptions below for explanations of each number. A plus (+) sign means the trip is a bit more strenuous than other trips of that level. The detailed explanation of each trip—below the bar with the number rating—is perhaps more important, specifying activities, altitudes, hiking, and travel conditions. The Detailed Itinerary, available by download or mail, gives further information. Our Area Managers can also answer questions and guide you to the trip that best suits your interests.
Level 1 – Easiest
Non-camping journeys, optional walks, little elevation gain or loss.
Level 3 – Moderate
Half- to full-day hikes (3-6 hours) over rolling countryside on most days, occasional steep trails. Many of our hotel-based walking tours are in this category, as are our snorkeling adventures.
Level 5 – Strenuous
Full-day hikes (4-8 hours), mountainous, steep terrain (hiking up or down as much as 3,500 feet) on many days. Trips with hiking at average altitudes of 10,000 to 12,000 feet are in this category.