Jordan Highlights

Visit and explore Petra over 2 days




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Holiday Overview


  • See the best of Wadi Rum on a 4WD jeep tour
  • Tour the Roman city of Jerash
  • Chill out at a 4-star Red Sea, Aqaba beach resort
  • Swim in the Dead Sea

From the cosmopolitan capital of Amman to the Red Sea resort of Aqaba, Jordan has a great deal to offer the intrepid traveller and this week-long holiday manages to include most of the highlights. After visits to the well-preserved Roman city of Jerash and to the town of Madaba, with its 6th century mosaic map of the Holy Land, we head south, stopping off to swim in the Dead Sea and to look around the magnificent Crusader fortress of Kerak. We then allow 2 days for a proper exploration of Petra, the Middle East's iconic 'lost city', making our initial entrance in dramatic fashion from the highest part of the site at the 'Monastery'. Two nights at a Bedouin camp in Wadi Rum give us plenty of time to enjoy the fantastic desert landscapes of Lawrence of Arabia's old stamping ground, before we round off our time in Jordan with 2 nights at the crystal blue waters of the Red Sea. Famed for its rich, colourful marine life and relaxed atmosphere, staying in our comfortable coastal resort and warm Jordanian hospitality, is the perfect way to relax and recharge at the end of intrepid discovery of Jordan.

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Explore International. This is one of our Explore International holidays. Participants on these trips can book through KE or through one of our international partners. This helps us to gather together sufficient numbers of like-minded adventurers to get your holiday up and running quickly. Led by an English-speaking guide, the cosmopolitan nature of these groups can be an important part of the experience!

Is this holiday for you?

This is a sightseeing tour of the best of Jordan. The transfers between the sites are generally between 1-2 hrs, with the exception of the drive from Aqaba to Amman airport on the last day which is approximately 4 hours. The areas and sights that we visit will involve walking for at least part but occasionally all of the day, and suitable shoes should be worn for this. The longest walk is when we enter Petra through the backtrails on day 4. Although the trek on this day is around 3 hours when the sightseeing around Petra is included, you will be on your feet for around 6 hours on this day.  At the time of year that we will be visiting Jordan it will not be extremely hot but we may encounter day-time temperatures as high as 30°C.

Brief Itinerary

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  • Meet at the group hotel in Amman. Transfers from Amman Airport are provided.
  • Visit to Jerash Roman City and transfer to Madaba.
  • Mount Nebo, the Dead Sea and Kerak Castle.
  • Full day visit to Petra.
  • Morning at Petra, afternoon transfer to Wadi Rum.
  • Exploration of Wadi Rum by 4WD.
  • Morning transfer to Aqaba. Afternoon at Aqaba.
  • Morning in Aqaba. Late afternoon transfer to Amman.
  • Departure day. Amman Airport transfers provided.
Sat 19 Dec - Sun 27 Dec Code JHT /10/15/ Adult$1,620 Status Available Book now
Sat 02 Jan - Sun 10 Jan Code JHT /01/16/ Adult$1,620 Status Available Book now
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Sat 21 Jan - Sun 29 Jan Code JHT /01/17/ Adult$1,620 Status Available Book now
Sat 11 Mar - Sun 19 Mar Code JHT /02/17/ Adult$1,620 Status Available Book now
Sat 08 Apr - Sun 16 Apr Code JHT /03/17/ Adult$1,620 Status Available Book now
The LAND ONLY dates and prices are for the itinerary joining in Amman. For clients making their own flight arrangements, Amman International Airport is the most convenient for transfers to the group hotel. Please refer to the 'Joining Arrangements and Transfers' section of the trip dossier for further details. Royal Jordanian and British Airways have flights to Jordan.

Flights SHOULD NOT be booked until you have received your booking confirmation and the trip is showing 'Guaranteed to Run' or 'Limited'.

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Map & Itinerary

The Route

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Holiday Itinerary

  • Meet at the group hotel in Amman. Transfers from Amman Airport are provided.

    Meet at the group hotel in Amman. A single timed group transfer from Amman Airport is provided. This transfer is normally in the late evening and a representative of our local agent will accompany the group on the 30 minute journey to the hotel. KE Land Only package services begin with the overnight at the group hotel.

    • Accommodation Hotel

  • Visit to Jerash Roman City and transfer to Madaba.

    After breakfast and a briefing on the week ahead from our guide, we begin this Jordan Highlights tour with a short transfer 48km north to the Roman City of Jerash, one of the most important and best preserved Roman cities in the Near East. We spend some time here visiting the Corinthian column, Hadrian's Arch and the hippodrome. We continue to Madaba where we visit the 1500 year old Mosaic Map located in the apse of the church of Saint George. The map is of Jerusalem and was created in 542AD by unknown artist monks. We stay overnight in our Madaba hotel.

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Meals b

  • Mount Nebo, the Dead Sea and Kerak Castle.

    This morning we begin with a visit to the revered holy site of Mount Nebo (817m.) where Moses was granted his view of the ‘Promised Land’. We then drive to the Dead Sea for a ‘must-do’ float in its salty waters. After lunch at the Dead Sea we drive to Kerak where we visit the famous ‘Crusader’ Castle situated on a ridge-top overlooking the town and with views across to the Dead Sea. Finally we drive to our hotel located close to the ancient city of Petra in Wadi Musa.

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Meals bld

  • Full day visit to Petra.

    A short transfer takes us to Beida, where we explore the less-visited canyon of Siq al-Barid, also known as ‘little Petra’ which houses some of the most important surviving examples of Hellenistic style rock paintings. From ‘little Petra’ we hike a quiet back-trail for approximately 5km to the main Petra site. Petra was created by the Nabataeans who came to this part of Jordan some 2000 years ago and was occupied for around 400 years. The city then lay entirely deserted and forgotten until its rediscovery in 1812. There are over 800 individual monuments at Petra, including temples, tombs, arched gateways and entire streets, carved from the colourful native sandstone. Other highlights are the High Place of Sacrifice, which offers views across the whole area, and the Monastery reached by way of 800 steps. After our visit we return to our hotel.

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Meals b

  • Morning at Petra, afternoon transfer to Wadi Rum.

    Just one visited is never enough for this amazing city and early this morning we will return to Petra this time using the classic approach through the gloomy kilometre-long chasm of the Siq which provides a dramatic contrast as we arrive at the spectacular bright sun-lit Treasury building, with its intricately carved facade. After yesterday's tour with our guide we now have the freedom to revisit any particular sites before returning to the tour bus. This afternoon we drive south for approximately 2 hours to Wadi Rum, arriving there in time for dinner and the magnificent desert sunset. For the next two nights our desert accommodation will be in a fixed Bedouin camp. These are very comfortable fixed camps with twin rooms, communal wash basins and showers, and shaded dining and seating areas.

    • Accommodation Bedouin Camp

    • Meals bd

  • Exploration of Wadi Rum by 4WD.

    We have a full day in Wadi Rum to explore its incredible dunes and rock structures. In 2011 Wadi Rum was added to the UNESCO list of World Heritage sites. The area features a varied desert landscape consisting of a range of narrow gorges, natural arches, towering cliffs, ramps, and caverns. Petroglyphs, inscriptions and archaeological remains here tell a story of 12,000 years of human eveolution. We will tour by 4WD jeeps and stop at regular intervals to take short walks and to enjoy this stunning landscape. After a day of exploration in the footsteps of Lawrence of Arabia we return to our Bedouin camp where we enjoy a speciality of the house – a dinner cooked traditionally in a ‘sand oven’. The modern equivalent uses a steel drum buried in the sand. Hot coals are placed at the bottom of the drum and trays of meat and vegetables are racked at different levels in the drum which is then capped and covered with sand. After several hours of slow cooking the results are unbelievably delicious.

    • Accommodation Bedouin Camp

    • Meals bld

  • Morning transfer to Aqaba. Afternoon at Aqaba.

    Leaving the desert behind we continue to Aqaba on the Red Sea’s Gulf of Aqaba which is known for its beach resorts and where clear waters and beautiful coral have given rise to many scuba diving centres. The Red Sea resorts specialise in all kinds of water activities besides diving, from wind surfing to cruising on a glass-bottom boat. Arriving in Aqaba we check into our own beach resort hotel and we have time this afternoon to relax by the beach, swim, snorkel, or take one of the many optional extra activities offered here. We stay overnight at the Aqaba beach resort.

    • Accommodation Hotel with swimming pool

    • Meals bd

  • Morning in Aqaba. Late afternoon transfer to Amman.

    With it's warm waters, rich marine life and superb year-round climate, the Gulf of Aqaba is the perfect place to relax and recharge. Located in Tala Bay, we stay in the comfortable 4 star coastal resort of the Marina Plaza. For those of you who may a little more energy there is plenty of opportunity to take advantage of the gym and fitness centre, or you may prefer to take a dip in one of the two swimming pools. Alternatively, just a couple minutes walk from the hotel is a pleasant sandy beach, where you can enjoy the calm warm waters of the Red Sea. In the late afternoon we transfer to our hotel in Amman to enjoy our last night in Jordan.

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Meals b

  • Departure day. Amman Airport transfers provided.

    After an early breakfast we transfer by private vehicle to Amman International Airport. KE Land Only package services end on arrival at the airport.

    • Meals b

Holiday Information

  • An experienced English-speaking local leader
  • Amman Airport transfers as described
  • All land transport involved in the itinerary
  • All accommodation as described
  • Meals as per the Meal Plan
  • Guided sightseeing tour of Petra including entrance fees
  • Guided tour by 4X4 in Wadi Rum
  • Mt Nebo and Dead Sea entrance fees

  • Travel insurance
  • Visa
  • Tips for local guide and other local staff
  • Some meals as detailed in the Meal Plan
  • Miscellaneous expenses - drinks and souvenirs etc.

For each holiday there is a minimum number of participants required to enable it to go ahead. Once the minimum number is reached, the trip status will change from 'Available' to 'Guaranteed to run'. You can check the trip status for each departure in ‘Dates and Prices’ table. Other than in exceptional circumstances, we will not cancel a trip once it has achieved this guaranteed to run status and so you are free to proceed with your international flight booking and other travel arrangements.

Two separate group transfers will be arranged from Amman Airport to the hotel in Amman. There will be one transfer timed to meet the arrival of the Royal Jordanian flight from the UK and one transfer timed to meet the British Airways flight from the UK. At the end of the trip there will also be two group transfers available from the group hotel to Amman Airport. One transfer will be timed to meet the check in for the British Airways flight back to the UK and there will another transfer timed to meet the check in for the Royal Jordanian flight back to the UK. The transfers for the British Airways and Royal Jordanian Flight will be in the morning of Day 9 of the trip itinerary. A representative of our local agent will assist with the transfers between the airport and the group hotel. If the arrival transfers do not work with your flight, you will need to make your own transfer arrangements at Amman Airport. The airport is close to the city. Fixed price tan-coloured airport taxis are readily available outside the terminal exit doors and are preferable to the yellow taxis, which are metered but usually entail some sort of haggling with the driver. A taxi from the airport to the hotel will cost between 29-38 USD one way. There is an ATM and money changing facilities in the airport. Hotel contact details and an emergency number will be provided with your booking confirmation.

You may need to make separate airport transfer arrangements if you use an alternative carrier and/or book additional hotel nights.

During this trip the group will spend a total of 6 nights in comfortable 3 star or Tourist Class accommodation as follows: 1 night in Amman, 1 night in Madaba, 2 nights in Wadi Musa (Petra), and 1 night at an Aqaba Beach hotel. We will also spend 2 nights at a Bedouin camp in the desert in Wadi Rum. The fixed camp has 'twin room' tents with carpets, comfortable matresses and bedding is provided. The camp has toilets and communal washing facitities. There are also comfortable communal seating and dinning areas. All accommodation is allocated on a twin sharing basis. If you are travelling by yourself you will be paired up with another single client of the same sex. For Hotel prices and single supplement costs please refer to the dates and prices page of the trip on our website.

View the gallery below for images of the style of accommodation used

Breakfasts can vary a little with the accommodation, but typically consist of labaneh (thick sour creamy yoghurt), hummus, cheese, beans, eggs, olives, za’atar (a mixture of thyme, sesame seeds, sumac and salt), tea and coffee. Dinners can be taken either in the hotel which will normally offer a buffet or bar-b-que, or in local restaurants. Lunch on days 3 and 6 will be a packed lunch (sandwiches, fresh vegetables, fruit and juice and tea). With the group dinners we will aim to sample a variety of traditional Jordanian meals. Salad, rice, chicken, vegetables and yoghurt are usual dinner ingredients. In Wadi Rum, we’ll get to try the Bedouin 'zarb', a meal of meat and vegetables cooked under hot sand.

All breakfasts, 2 lunches and 3 dinners are included in the holiday price (see daily itinerary for which days meals are included). Clients will pay directly for lunch and/or dinner while staying in hotels in Amman, Madaba, Petra and Aqaba. In practice this will amount to a total of 3 dinners and 5 lunches and we recommend you budget around £7 - 10 for each of these meals.

Approximately £200 (or the equivalent in US dollars or euros) should be allowed for miscellaneous expenses including the above mentioned non-included meals and the items mentioned below. We recommend you carry your travel money in the form of cash rather than travellers cheques, since you will exchange the majority of this on the day of your arrival at the airport in Amman. Sterling, US dollars and euros can easily be exchanged. The unit of currency is the Jordanian Dinar (JD). On arrival, you will pay around £35 for your visa. You should also allow a total of approximately £50 for driver, guide and trek crew tips. The cost of the Petra visit is included in the trip price. If you are intending to buy expensive souvenirs, you should budget accordingly (credit cards can be useful in this respect). Also, if you expect to buy considerable quantities of drinks or other refreshments, you should allow for this.

The group will be accompanied throughout by an English-speaking Jordanian tour leader who will be assisted by Bedouin guides and other local support staff.

Tips are the accepted way of saying ‘thank you’ to your local guide, drivers and other support staff. They do not form part of their wages. KE pays its local crews at the best rates of pay. We advise our local staff that tips are a bonus and entirely dependent on the service that they provide. We recommend that you pay tips only where you receive good service. As a rough guide we suggest you allow a total of £50 (or the equivalent in US dollars or euros) changed to Jordanian Dinar for tipping your crew and that each group member puts this amount into a pool so that tips are given by the group as a whole.

During the trip your baggage will be carried by bus and by 4WD vehicles. The only baggage limit is that which is imposed by the airline. However, we do ask that you restrict your luggage to one main bag plus a small daypack. In general we recommend that you travel as light as possible as this will make transiting airports and carrying your bag to hotel rooms a much more pleasant experience for you. Also, you may find that wheeled luggage is more convenient on a trip of this nature.

All KE clients will receive a FREE KE trek bag.  These have been specially made to stand up to the rigours of adventure travel.  Your KE bag will be posted to you when your trip is guaranteed to run or on receipt of your booking if the trip is already guaranteed.  If you have travelled with us before and already have a KE trek bag you can select an alternative free gift in the booking process.

This holiday does not involve any significant ascent to altitude and we would not expect any altitude issues with this trip.

A valid passport (with at least 6 months remaining validity) and a current Jordanian Visa are required for this trip. Nationals of certain countries - including all Western European countries, the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Japan - can obtain visas on arrival at the airport in Amman. There is currently no visa fee if you spend 2 consecutive nights in Jordan. Nationals of countries not mentioned above should check the visa situation with the Jordanian embassy or consulate in their own country.

We do keep our information up to date but be advised visa requirements are subject to change. It is recommended that you contact the relevant commission in the case of recent alterations.

The following checklist should help you with your packing. As a general rule, you should always try to keep the weight of your equipment to a minimum.

You must bring the following items:

  • Shoes or boots which are suitable for trail-walking.
  • Alternative shoes or sandals for sightseeing etc.
  • Socks
  • Lightweight trousers / pants
  • Underwear
  • At least 1 long sleeve shirt with collar (for sun protection)
  • T-shirts
  • Warm jacket (eg. Fleece)*
  • Lightweight windproof / waterproof jacket
  • Lightweight waterproof trousers
  • Sunhat
  • Warm hat (for chilly evenings in the desert)
  • Eyewear - Sunglasses
  • Small daypack
  • Headtorch / headlamp
  • Sun protection (including total bloc for lips, nose etc.)
  • Water bottle 1 litre / 1 quart
  • Washbag and toiletries
  • Antibacterial handwash
  • Small padlock (too lock your KE trek bag)
  • Basic First Aid Kit including aspirin, elastoplast (band-aids), blister treatment and rehydration salts.

The following items are optional:

  • Sheet sleeping bag (bedding is provided at the fixed camp)
  • Shorts*
  • Swimwear
  • Beach towel
  • Pocket-knife (note: always pack sharp objects in hold baggage)
  • Repair kit – (eg. needle, thread, duct tape)
  • Insect repellant
  • Travel pants
  • Camera, film or memory cards, batteries


  • *For the November - February trips when night-time temperatures can fall below freezing in the desert, we recommend a warmer jacket such as a down-filled jacket, and thermal base layers.
  • * As Jordan is an Islamic country, modest dress is preferable in the towns and cities. Shoulders should be kept covered, and full-length trousers/skirts are recommended. Shorts are OK in certain situations (eg. at the beach)


A passport with 6 months remaining validity at the end of your stay is generally required. The information that we provide is for UK passport holders. Please check the relevant embassy or consulate for other nationalities. It is your responsibility to ensure that you have the correct travel documents and visas for your holiday. Visa requirements and charges are subject to change without notice. If you are travelling outside the EU you should have at least 2 blank pages in your passport.

Visa Jordan

If you are a UK and USA passport holder you do require a visa for Jordan. There is no visa fee if you spend 2 or more consecutive nights in Jordan, and it is obtainable on arrival in Amman Airport.

We recommend you check if you require an adaptor for your electrical items at:

The unit of currency in Jordan is the Jordanian Dinar.

It makes a lot of sense to spend some time before coming on an active holiday, getting some additional exercise. This is not a demanding trip and the walking involved is at an easy grade but the fitter you are, the more enjoyable you will find the experience. We would suggest that you adopt a weekly exercise regime. Jogging, squash and swimming are good for developing better stamina. We also recommend that you do some background reading to learn about the culture and perhaps the history of the country you are visiting.

You should contact your GP or travel clinic to check whether you require any specific vaccinations or other preventive measures. You should be up to date with routine courses and boosters as recommended in the UK e.g. diphtheria-tetanus-polio and measles-mumps-rubella, along with hepatitis A and typhoid. A good online resource is Travel Health Pro.

As a reputable tour operator, KE supports the British Foreign & Commonwealth Offices ‘Know before you go’ campaign to enable British citizens to prepare for their journeys overseas, and we recommend that all KE travellers take a look at the FCO Travel Advice for their chosen destination on the official FCO website: North Americans can also check out the U.S. Department of State website: for essential travel advice and tips.

KE treat the safety and security of all clients as the most important aspect of any trip we organise. We would not run any trip that we did not consider reasonably safe.  Should the FCO advise against travel for any reason, we will contact everyone booked to travel to discuss the situation.  We receive regular updates direct from the FCO and are in constant touch with our contacts on the ground.  If you have any questions about government travel advice, please call our office.

The best time to visit Jordan is in the late autumn through to early spring season (October to mid April). Outside of this period it can be very hot, with temperatures rising to 40°C in July and August. In October and in April, the maximum daytime temperature is likely to be in the high twenties or low thirties °C, falling as low as 10°C at night. Heading into November the temperatures begin to cool and by December/January, typical daytime maximum temperatures are around 12 - 15 °C falling as low as 5°C at night. In December and January it can even snow in Amman.

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Double-sided and detailed map, dividing the country horizontally just underneath al-Karak. Combines clear road and tourist detail with general relief indicated by contours, altitude tinting, mountain passes and peak heights.

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