This comprehensive Jordan tour visits all the main historical sites plus some hidden gems. Staying in the comfort of mainly 5-star accommodation, the tour perfectly captures the cultural highlights of this fascinating country.
This Jordan tour explores the country's scenery, history and culture, the hilltop town of As Salt, plus the classic sites of Jerash, Petra and Madaba with time at the Dead Sea and Baptism Site and with the Bedouins in Wadi Rum
This tour packs all Jordan's main highlights into a week, including the Desert Castles, ancient ruins at Jerash, Pella & Umm Qais, the Dead Sea and scenic King's Highway, and of course including Petra and the desert at Wadi Rum.
Although much has been written about Petra, nothing really prepares you for when you take your first glimpse of this rose-red city.
‘One of the most precious cultural properties of mans cultural heritage’ is how Petra is described by UNESCO. Petra was designated a world heritage site in 1985.
Petra is a vast and unique city, half built and half carved into the sheer rock face by the Nabataeans over 2000 years ago. It lies between the Red Sea and the Dead Sea and was an integral crossroads for trade routes that linked China, India and Southern Arabia with Egypt, Syria, Greece and Rome.
Excitement mounts as you walk through the Siq, a narrow gorge over 1 kilometre in length, flanked on either side by towering, 80 metre high cliffs. The rock formations and colours are dazzling and as you approach the end of the Siq, you will take your first, breath-taking glimpse of a true wonder of the world – Al-Khazneh (Treasury) in Petra City.
This awe-inspiring entrance is just the first of many wonders that make up Petra. Other incredible sites include a three thousand seater Roman-style theatre, sacrificial altars, tombs, obelisks and temples.
A climb of 800 rock cut steps takes you up to the impressive Ad-Deor Monastery, the largest of the temples which offers incredible views over Petra and the Jordan valley.
Did you know?
The Nabataean city of Petra made its Hollywood debut in 1989 in “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade” starring Harrison Ford.
Petra is sometimes called the ‘Lost City’. In spite of its being such an important city in antiquity, after the 14th century AD, Petra was completely lost to the western world. It was rediscovered in 1812 by the Swiss traveller, Johann Ludwig Burckhardt, who tricked his way into the fiercely guarded site by pretending to be an Arab from India wishing to make a sacrifice at the tomb of the Prophet Aaron.