Wander Across Jordan: Magical Petra, Wadi Rum and Beyond! (2022)

Apr. 16 — Apr. 25, 2022
10 days
4/12 spots booked
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Awe-inspiring history and nature at every turn.
Explore the magical and ancient city of Petra
Marvel at the intricate mosaics of Madaba
Sleep under the star-filled night sky in the enchanting Wadi Rum desert
Learn about traditional life with visits to Bedouin communities
Float weightlessly in the stunning Dead Sea
Experience the lively and bustling markets of Amman

Prepare yourself to explore glorious Petra, spend a night in the dramatic Wadi Rum desert, float in the Dead Sea and learn about the fascinating local culture directly from incredible people we’ll meet along the way. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience one of the most alluring countries in the world.

This itinerary is truly packed with activities that will leave you in awe every day. Whether its roaming around the enigmatic neighborhoods of Amman or spending a full day visiting the endless wonders of Petra, staring out over the Promised Land from Mt. Nebo, watching the stars from our yurt camp or sitting down for dinner with our local Bedouin friends, you are bound to fall in love with Jordan and its people.

After all, it offers a combination of history, nature and culture (as well as some therapeutic Dead Sea mud treatments of course!) that few countries can offer!

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    Day 1Amman
    Arrival Day
    Included: Dinner
    Upon arrival to Amman, you’ll be picked up by a private driver and taken to our excellent hotel in the heart of Jordan’s capital. Once the entire group has arrived, we’ll get together to officially kick off the tour with a quick orientation and a traditional Jordanian dinner.
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    Day 2Amman
    Highlights: Walking tour of Amman
    Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    We’ll ease into our first day in Jordan with a guided cultural tour that highlights some of the most fascinating parts of Amman. On our adventure through the city, we’ll visit impressive mosques and citadels, stop to sample traditional Jordinian delicacies and desserts, and spend time perusing the many souks/market stalls examining the colorful displays of fresh produce, spices, and local handiwork. We’ll then spend a relaxed evening enjoying another great meal while taking in the lively atmosphere of one of Amman’s most vibrant neighborhoods.
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    Day 3Ajloun
    Highlights: Ancient Roman ruins and northern highlands
    Included: Breakfast, Dinner
    Today we’ll travel back in time as we explore and marvel at the ruins of the former Roman city of Jerash - the largest Roman city located outside of Rome itself. As one of the best preserved archaeological sites in Jordan, we’ll admire the stonework and craftsmanship that has withstood the erosion of time and easily imagine what life was like in this iconic city thousands of years ago. Afterwards, we’ll continue on to the peaceful city of Ajloun, located in the untouristy northern highlands, where we’ll enjoy the sunset from the iconic Muslim castle that hovers over town.
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    Day 4Ajloun
    Highlights: Local artisan workshops, free time
    Included: Breakfast, Lunch
    As part of the Royal Academy for Nature Conservation in Jordan, a collection of handicraft workshops have been set up around the Ajloun region in order to assist the local population. The workshops all use local resources to create their products and we’ll have a chance to spend our day learning about the techniques and people behind this initiative. From The Soap House to the Calligraphy House to The Biscuit House, this will be quite an extraordinary opportunity to meet local women, admire their high-quality goods and support their cause as well. After a day of visiting these impressive workshops, we’ll return to our hotel in the afternoon where you’ll have free time to wander around Ajloun or simply take a rest.
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    Day 5Ajloun / Madaba / Mt Nebo / Petra
    Ajloun / Madaba / Mt Nebo / Petra
    Highlights: Madaba mosaics, Mount Nebo, Wadi Musa
    Included: Breakfast, Dinner
    Leaving the highlands, today will be a historical journey unlike any other. We’ll begin by driving straight to the town of Madaba, also known as the ‘city of mosaics’. Home to the world’s largest mosaic - an extremely detailed 6th century map of the Middle of the East that was discovered under the floor of a Greek Orthodox Church - you’ll learn all about this amazing site and town from our local guide. After lunch, we’ll continue on to Mount Nebo, the place where Moses looked out over the Promised Land. We’ll stand in the very same spot he did and with incredible views stretching far into the distance, it is quite a memorable sight to behold. After our visit to Mount Nebo, we’ll continue our trip to Wadi Musa, the town that acts as the gateway to magnificent Petra.
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    Day 6Petra
    Highlights: Spectacular ancient city of Petra
    Included: Breakfast
    After an early breakfast, we’ll make our way straight to one of the New Seven Wonders, the Nabatean city of Petra. With a full day tour of one of the greatest and most magical archaeological sites in the world, you’ll be left in awe and wonder at all times. We’ll visit the surreal gorges, the famous “Treasury”, royal tombs, towering temples, sacrificial locations and for the more adventurous, the hilltop monastery. With stops for tea, lunch and conversations with local bedouins along the way, we’ll take our time as we walk through the site. Once our walking tour is over, you’ll be able to spend more time exploring the ruins or return to the hotel and we’ll provide guides and transportation to assist you at all times. After a long day at this true highlight, you’ll be able to rest and relax back at our hotel.
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    Day 7Petra
    Highlights: Local Bedouin villages
    Included: Breakfast, Dinner
    Today we’ll have a unique chance to meet and spend time with nomadic Bedouins who are renowned for their hospitality, honesty and independence. We’ll visit their semi-permanent villages, join them for tea and music, learn about their traditions and handmade crafts and even enjoy a traditional meal inside a cave that is home to a Bedouin family. After our Bedouin experience, you’ll have time to wander through Wadi Musa town before dinner back at our hotel.
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    Day 8Wadi Rum
    Wadi Rum
    Highlights: Wadi Rum desert, 4x4 safari, overnight at a yurt camp
    Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    We’ll leave the wonders of Petra behind this morning and welcome a new kind of destination - the beautiful and mysterious land of the Wadi Rum desert. Only a short 2 hours away, we’ll soon meet with our local hosts and switch into 4WD vehicles so that we can head straight into the sands of Wadi Rum. Stopping to soak in the otherworldly landscape, pastel-colored rock formations and rippling sand dunes, we’ll learn about the desert, its inhabitants and the culture of such a remote location. We’ll then arrive at our accommodation - a luxury camp where we’ll sit down for a wonderful evening meal, admire the star-filled skies and have a chance for a quiet, energizing sleep.
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    Day 9Dead Sea
    Dead Sea
    Highlights: Floating in the beautiful Dead Sea
    Included: Breakfast, Dinner
    After breakfast in the desert, we’ll gather our belongings, switch back to our vans and embark on a drive to the Dead Sea, only four hours away. We’ll make stops along the way and reach our seaside resort in the early afternoon. After checking into our rooms, you’ll have time to head down to the beach (which is right on the resort’s property), float in the Dead Sea’s incredibly buoyant waters and cover yourself in its therapeutic and infamous mud. At 400 meters below sea level, this is the lowest point on Earth and by far one of the most intriguing places you could visit in this region of the world. It’s also the perfect place to pamper yourself as our journey through this wonderful country winds down. After our day by the sea, we’ll all meet up in the evening for a farewell dinner at our resort as we relive all of our memorable experiences from the previous 9 days.
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    Day 10Dead Sea
    Dead Sea
    Departure Day
    Included: Breakfast
    Today you’ll be picked up at our resort and transferred to the Queen Alia International Airport in Amman in time to catch your departing flight. The airport is only an approximately 50 minutes drive from the Dead Sea.

Tour Essentials

Physical Level: Moderate
While the tour itself is not very strenuous, please note that it can involve the following: somewhat long days, walking tours in the cities, being outside in potentially hot temperatures, a couple of long journeys, early morning wake-ups and other similar scenarios.
On this trip, we’ll stay in a combination of 3/4* hotels and a comfortable desert camp in Wadi Rum. You can always expect mid-range accommodation. Whenever possible, we stay in smaller locally owned establishments which means the amount of available single rooms may be limited. There is a maximum of 4 single rooms available. These rooms will be offered on a first come-first served basis. The remainder of the rooms will be shared. Solo travelers will be paired together, two travelers per room in two single beds.
During the trip, we'll travel in comfort with our deluxe, private vans. We'll use two vans for the group in order to ensure flexibility, plenty of space for each guest and access to areas that larger vehicles simply can't go.
Breakfast every day, 3 lunches and 7 dinners are included. With included meals, some will be served family style and other times you will be able to order anything you wish from the menu. All dietary restrictions can be accommodated.
As with all of our trips, we aim to offer as sustainable an experience as we can. Reusable water bottles and shopping bags are provided to all guests, trash is recycled where possible and we avoid mass tourism activities that cause harm to the environment and/or do not benefit local communities.
Small Groups
This tour requires a minimum of 8 participants and has a maximum of 12 participants in order to ensure the best small group tour experience. With such a small group, you'll be able to enjoy unique, rewarding activities that would not be accessible with more people. That's the kind of trip we love to offer!

What's included

  • Wandering Earl Tours Expert Tour Leader
  • Small group (maximum 12 participants)
  • Local guides in each destination
  • All accommodation (9 nights - 3/4* hotels and a desert camp)
  • Breakfast everyday, 3 lunches and 7 dinners
  • Transportation in Jordan (private van)
  • All activities and entrance fees for sites visited
  • Bottled water throughout the trip
  • All airport transfers
Not Included
  • Flights to/from Jordan
  • Passport/visa fees
  • Meals and activities not mentioned
  • Travel insurance (mandatory)
  • Gratuities

What's an Expert Tour Leader?

A Wandering Earl Expert Tour Leader is more than a guide. They’re a travel fanatic, and this is more than just a job for them, it’s a passion. They know everything there is to know about travel, and they’ll be with your group every step of the way, excited to show you what’s around the next bend.

They’ll be your cultural ambassador as they introduce you to hyper-local guides who know their part of the world better than anyone else. They’ll work hard every single day to ensure that you have the type of travel experience that brings you the most rewards. With endless connections and the freedom to improvise, our experts know exactly how to make a trip extraordinary.

And, most importantly, they’ll always be there for you any time you need them.