Historic Jordan tour with fabulous desert & Red Sea stays from £1199pp


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Embark on an incredible journey as you explore the wonder of Jordan on this 10nt tour from Secret Escapes. From the cosmopolitan capitol to one of the Seven New Wonders of the World, a remote dessert camp to weightless floating in the heavily salted waters of the Red Sea .

From £1259 per person (or a deposit of £656pp with the remaining balance paid directly to the supplier at a later stage) including flights and half-board throughout, you could save up to 42% on this sensational bucket list adventure.

What's included

  • Three nights in a Deluxe room at the Gerasa Hotel, Amman
  • Two nights in a Standard Double room at La Maison Hotel, Petra
  • One night in a Deluxe Double tent at Mazayen Rum Camp, Wadi Rum Desert
  • Three nights in a Standard King or Twin room at the City Tower Hotel, Aqaba
  • One night in a Deluxe room at the Gerasa Hotel, Amman
  • Half-board basis is included throughout (see 'Offer details')
  • A range of tours and excursions with an English-speaking guide (see 'Offer details')
  • Flights are included from your selected airport to Amman, Jordan
  • One piece hand luggage and one piece of hold luggage per person (see airline terms and conditions)
  • Shared air-conditioned transfers included
  • This holiday is supplied to us by Exoticca and is ATOL protected (ATOL 11248)

Travel dates

Depart from London Heathrow, London Gatwick, Manchester, Birmingham, Dublin, Edinburgh, Glasgow or Newcastle.

Cheapest option departs London Gatwick on 14th May 2019 - £1199 per person

Earliest departure is 22nd February 2019 departing London Heathrow - £1279 per person

Latest departure is 20th August 2019 departing London Heathrow - £1379 per person

Accommodation

Gerasa Hotel, Amman (three nights, then one night)

Featuring an outside seasonal swimming pool complete with waterfall feature, Gerasa Hotel offers modern accommodation by the University of Jordan in Amman. Warmly decorated Deluxe rooms offer Wi-Fi and flatscreen TVs, plus minibars, safes and either a queen- or king-size bed. There's an elegant restaurant serving international cuisine, as well as Star Light rooftop terrace, which boasts scenic city views. The hotel also offers 24-hour room service.

La Maison, Petra (two nights)

Set in Wadi Musa and just a five-minute walk from the centre of Petra, this modern hotel offers air-conditioned rooms and up-to-date amenities. There’s an all-day dining room, which offers a tempting buffet, as well as a la carte options. For excellent views over the city in the summer, you can head to the rooftop bar and restaurant, Thyme, which is on hand with Arabic-Jordanian cuisine, shisha pipes and live entertainment. 

Mazayen Rum Camp, Wadi Rum Desert (one night)

Mazayen Rum Camp offers luxury tented accommodation in the protected desert wilderness of southern Jordan. Covered with a traditional Bedouin goat-hair pattern on the exterior, private tents are furnished with Arabesque decorative details and offer a private patio with outside seating. Quality bedding and air conditioning are provided, alongside en-suite bathrooms with a shower, towels and bath amenities. Enjoy a bountiful buffet breakfast each morning, as well as dinner come evening, in the on-site restaurant.

City Tower, Aqaba (three nights)

This impressive high-rise hotel sits a 10-minute walk from the popular Al-Ghandour Beach along the Gulf of Aqaba on the Red Sea. Sparkling marble floors create an elegant lobby area entrance, whilst the hotel's on-site restaurant caters for cravings with generous buffet-style meals, served in laid-back surrounds. White-washed, tiled-floor guest rooms provide Wi-Fi access, flatscreen TVs and minibars, as well as in-room safes and en-suite bathrooms. 

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in the Jordanian capital of Amman and transfer to your hotel to check-in for three nights. Enjoy dinner at the hotel. 

Day 2: Take a visit into the city of Amman. Continue north to Jerash or Gerasa, one of the cities of the Decapolis. See the Arc de Triomphe, the Oval Square, the Cardo, the Colonnade, the Temple of Aphrodite and the Roman Theatre. Later, visit Ajloun Castle before returning to Amman for dinner.

Day 3: Head to the east of the city to visit some of the most representative 'Castles of the desert' - buildings from the seventh to the 11th centuries, which were used as caravanserais, resting pavilions or as military forts for the defence of the territory. Then head to the Dead Sea for a dip, before returning to Amman in time for dinner.

Day 4: Depart to Madaba to visit the Church of San Jorge, housing the oldest known map of the Holy Land. Continue towards Mount Nebo, the geographical point from where Moses first spotted the Promised Land. Enjoy panoramic views of the Jordan Valley and the Dead Sea and visit the remains of the Byzantine Church, featuring beautiful mosaics. Continue to Kerak, then head to Shobak Castle, located on the side of a mountain. Arrive in Petra and check into your hotel for two nights, before enjoying dinner.

Day 5: Set off on a full-day visit to Petra. Known as the 'pink city' and capital of the Nabateans, Petra is a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and is considered one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World. Go through the Tomb of the Obelisks, discover the iconic Treasury, the Roman theatre, the royal tombs, the Sextius Florentinus mausoleum, the colonnade and the palace of the Pharaoh's daughter. Return to the hotel for dinner.

Day 6: Leave for Little Petra, a two-metre wide gorge with an architectural style typical of the Nabateans. Later, head to the desert of Lawrence of Arabia and embark on a two-hour 4x4 tour, driven by Bedouins. Head to your camp accommodation in Wadi Rum for one night and enjoy dinner in the evening. 

Day 7: Transfer to Aqaba in the Gulf of Aqaba, situated on the border of Israel. Check-in at your hotel for a three-night stay and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.

Day 8: Spend the day at leisure.

Day 9: Spend the day at leisure.

Day 10: Transfer by road to Amman and check-in at your hotel for one night.

Day 11: Transfer to the airport to board your flight back to the UK. 

Important: Prices are correct at the time of publishing, however they are subject to change at any time depending on availability. Some promotional prices will be strictly limited by tour operators or airlines. Special terms and conditions may apply.

Stuart's highlights

  • Exploring the ancient city of Amman on an extensive city tour 
  • Floating peacefully in the Dead Sea - the lowest point on earth
  • Travelling through the Wadi Rum Desert in a 4x4
  • Discovering beautiful coral reefs scuba diving in the Red Sea

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