• Wadi Rum

Highlights of Jordan

Discover the gems of the Middle East with a visit to Jordan on this five night luxury tour. Known for its blend of ancient history and western seaside resorts, this Arab nation is a fascinating place.

Discover the capital of Amman in the north, with its hilltop temples, ancient ruins and contemporary art galleries, before setting off to the UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the Seven New Wonders of the World, Petra. Dating back to 300 B.C, Petra is one of the world's most famous attractions, due to its awesome red-rose coloured sandstone cliff carvings and historic remains.

From high culture to the seaside, your Highlights of Jordan tour will continue on to the city of Aqaba, which is known for its pristine beaches and coral reefs. Indulge in some watersports and sunbathing, as well as a trip to explore traditional souks and nearby mosques. Journey onwards to Bethany and the Jordan Valley, where you'll encounter a site of massive significance: discover where Jesus Christ was said to be baptised and John the Baptist preached. Find out why pilgrims all over the world travel to this historically famous spot. Your tour will finish at the Dead Sea, a famous saltwater lake, known for its black sand and hypersaline waters.  

An ideal break whether you’re a couple, family or group of friends, our Highlights of Jordan sightseeing tour will cover the best parts of this culture-soaked country, with plenty of time for relaxation thrown in. 

At Hayes & Jarvis, we are experts in creating luxury travel tours for our customers and have tried and tested the best hotels and attractions to ensure the best possible tour for you.

 

Duration
6 days
Best time to go
March-May
Options
Private basis, Escorted
Start your journey
Amman skyline

Trip highlights

  • Discover the buzzing capital of Amman, with its hilltop temples and ancient ruins
  • Explore UNESCO World Heritage site, Petra, known for its red-rose sandstone temple carvings
  • Indulge in some watersports at Aqaba, which boasts unspoilt beaches and coral reefs
  • Visit the site where Jesus Christ was said to have been baptised at Bethany

On your first day, you'll fly late at night into the capital of Jordan, Amman, to Queen Alia Airport. Upon arrival, you'll be met and greeted at the airport before being taken to your hotel. Enjoy a delicious dinner and a restful night's sleep before your Middle Eastern adventure begins the following morning.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Crowne Plaza Amman or similar
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Petra

Often forgotten on the way to the more famous Petra and the Dead Sea, Amman is a hive of culture and activity, making it the perfect city for a morning's exploration.

After breakfast, you'll have the opportunity to tour the historic part of Amman, stopping off at the Archaeological Museum, the Folklore Museum, the citadel, the blue mosque and the second century Roman amphitheatre, which once seated 7,000 people.

Surrounded by the city's many hills, you'll find some fantastic places to stop for coffee. It’s also a great time to discover thriving souks (Arabian bazaars). Amman is a blend of old and new, with ancient ruins juxtaposing the more modern western areas, which are home to shopping malls and art galleries.

Continue on your journey to the old Roman city of Jerash, north of Amman, and discover Bronze Age history. Visit Roman hilltop temples, as well as Hadrian's Arch, which was built in A.D. 129, and the Temple of Artemis. You can also witness the ruins of the Temple of Zeus, built around A.D. 162. Once raced along by Roman chariots, you can walk through ancient colonnaded streets and along the city walls. Witness the 56 impressive columns that continue to surround the limestone plaza, the baths and fountains.

Your next and final stop for your second day in Jordan is further north. Head towards Petra, the famous ancient archaeological site. Sit down to a beautiful dinner in your hotel and relax before another day of sightseeing at one of Jordan’s greatest cities.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Movenpick Resort or similar
a stone building with a mountain in the background
a canyon with a mountain in the background

Once you've had a good breakfast, you'll head into the depths of one of Jordan's most famous and beloved highlights - the Nabatean Red Rose city of Petra. A UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the Seven New Wonders of the World, Petra dates back to around 300 B.C. and can be entered through a narrow gorge, with imposing, towering cliffs either side. Your Jordan tour today is an excellent way to acquaint yourself with everything this staggering site offers.

Spend the day exploring the 'Rose City' - so named due to its pinky coloured sandstone cliff. Discover intricate and stunning rock formations and temple carvings. Take in some spectacular ancient city sights, including Roman-style theatres, sacrificial altars, colonnaded streets, and tombs.

Visit the instantly-recognisable Treasury, known as Al Khazneh, with its Hellenistic facade and beautiful carvings, and then take a walk up to the High Place of Sacrifice, built on top of the hill. The theatre, built over 2,000 years ago, is a fascinating site of architectural intrigue, carved out of the rock and originally holding over 8,000 people.

After a day spent taking in Petra's unique and wonderful sights, head back to your hotel for dinner and a good night's rest.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Movenpick Resort or similar
a group of people swimming in a body of water
Reef in the Gulf of Aqaba

Once you've eaten breakfast, your Highlights of Jordan tour continues with the drive to the city of Aqaba. The town is famed for its unspoilt sandy beaches and coral reefs. It’s a true gem of the Red Sea, and a complete contrast to the desert land of Petra.

A port city, Aqaba is popular for its beach resorts, watersports and the Yamanieh coral reef in the Aqaba Marine Park. Discover colourful, exotic marine life below the water with fantastic diving and snorkelling opportunities, or relax on one of the stunning beaches to soak up some sun and observe this unique coastal city from the land.

Aqaba is also popular for its cultural experiences, with nearby Aqaba Fortress being a great place to stop and visit, as well as the Sharif Hussein bin Ali Mosque.
To really immerse yourself in the Jordanian way of life, indulge in some authentic food at one of the vibrant souks, where you'll find spices, local fruits, vegetables and sweet pastries, and eat at some of the city's buzzing restaurants and bars.

Uncover the Arab charm of Aqaba and spend the night here.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Intercontinental Aqaba or similar
Aqaba shoreline

After breakfast, we depart Aqaba and head north west to Bethany.

Located close to the end of the Jordan Valley near the Dead Sea, Bethany is a site of huge historical and religious significance to travellers all over the world. This site is said to be where John the Baptist preached and where Jesus Christ was baptised.

Take a walk to the legendary Spring of John the Baptist, where he was alleged to have carried out some of his baptisms. Then head to the baptism site of Jesus Christ, frequented by Christian pilgrims all year round. A walking trail takes you to this historic spot in the Jordan River, allowing you to admire the remains of fifth century Byzantine churches along the way.

Venture onwards to the Dead Sea, a salt lake that lies in the Jordan Rift Valley, where you'll stay overnight in a beautiful hotel.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Crowne Plaza Resort or similar

On your final day, you’ll depart from the Dead Sea and be transferred to Amman’s Queen Alia Airport, ready for your flight home.

Included

  • Cost of accommodation (double room based on two people sharing) for a total of 5 nights (alternative but similar accommodation may be used at certain times of the year)
  • Board basis is Half Board: breakfast, lunch/dinner
  • Private, air-conditioned vehicle with professional driver
  • Assistance and porterage: meeting and assistance on arrival/departure at airports and hotels
  • Private, English-speaking local guides for all guided excursions as illustrated in the itinerary
  • Entrance fees (excluding video camera fee) for monuments entertainment for all guided excursions as illustrated in the itinerary
  • A short horse ride from the main gate till the beginning of the Siq
  • Activities: Sightseeing tours, including Amman (Citadel and Hercules temple), Jerash (The entire Roman Archaeological site and the museum), Petra (Treasury, Court, Church, Amphitheatre), Aqaba, and Bethany (the baptismal site of Jesus Christ)

Not included

  • International flights and airfare taxes
  • Visa arrangements and fees
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal expenses, such as alcoholic beverages, telephone calls, laundry, camera fees, spa and business facilities in the hotel
  • Video and professional still camera fees during excursions
  • Gratuities for drivers, tour directors, local guides, naturalists and hotel staff
  • Meals (unless specified)
  • Optional attractions and excursions (unless specified)