Jordan vacation, a week in Jordan
Our bestselling Jordan vacation will see you snorkelling amongst coral reefs, exploring sandstone cities and floating on saline seas. The unexpected highlight? A desert campout with Bedouins, joining in a traditional zarb cookout and supporting nomadic tribe culture.
Petra Wadi Rum Desert camp Bedouin hospitality Snorkelling in the Red Sea Dead Sea Jerash Aqaba
US $1899ToUS $2249excluding flights
Optional single supplement from £336 - £352.
Minimum age 16.
Minimum age 16.
Late availability on these dates: 18 Sep, 22 Sep, 29 Sep, 09 Oct, 16 Oct, 27 Oct
Description of Jordan vacation, a week in Jordan
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Small group tours:
Small group travel is not large group travel scaled down. It is modeled on independent travel – but with the advantage of a group leader to take care of the itinerary, accommodation and tickets, and dealing with the language. It’s easy to tick off the big sights independently – but finding those one-off experiences, local festivals, traveling markets and secret viewpoints is almost impossible for someone without the insider knowledge gained from years in the field. Those with a two-week vacation, a small group tour will save valuable planning time.
Our top tip:
The trails in Petra are steep, and challenging in the summer heat. Get some practice walks in if you can.
Small group tour, 4-18 people (min. age 16) with a tour leader.
Leisurely/moderate – with some steep uphill walks in Petra.
3* hotels, 1 night in a basic campsite with running water and fixed toilet.
Solo travelers welcome. Own room available with surcharge.
Accomm., breakfasts, transfers. Flights if booked.
Breakfasts, 1 dinner. £200-£250 advised for extra meals.
35 Reviews of Jordan vacation, a week in Jordan
4.5 out of 5 stars
Reviewed on 16 Dec 2019 by Brian StowThe most memorable part of the vacation was the first glimpse of the treasury at Petra. Read full review
Reviewed on 25 Nov 2019 by Ruth MurrayEach day was better than previous one. Read full review
Reviewed on 07 Oct 2019 by Warren HeyesVery enjoyable. A lot of experiences packed onto one week. Read full review
Reviewed on 24 Sep 2019 by John CoppockFantastic - the most amazing country I have ever visited and the best vacation I have had in many years. Read full review
Reviewed on 19 Dec 2018 by Barbara HayersIt was amazing in Wadi rum to sleep in the desert in secure tents watching the sun go down then get up the next morning to watch it come up very magical. You see a lot of Jordan lovely people always helpful. Read full review
Reviewed on 23 Apr 2018 by Gerry GriffithsBut there were so many other memorable moments such as the meals out in the desert, floating in the Dead Sea, visiting Mount Nebo. Petra itself is vast and two days is just enough time to get a sense of the place and see the main sights. Read full review
Reviewed on 26 Mar 2018 by David DowningThe most memorable moments were a night in Wadi Rum hosted by Bedouins, including a camel ride in the desert to see the sunset, an early morning sunrise experience and lovely local food. Equally wonderful was the trek on the back trails to the high sacred place. Read full review
Reviewed on 01 Oct 2018 by Linda DeaneVery good Read full review
Reviewed on 27 Apr 2018 by Lesley WallaceThe two days in Petra were wonderful. Petra had so many surprises for us. I had only ever seen photos of the Treasury, so was not prepared for the Roman town, the Monastery and the High Place of Sacrifice etc. The night in the desert was brilliant - really exciting. Read full review
Reviewed on 09 Apr 2018 by Daniel LouredaThe most memorable was Wadi Rum Desert camping. Excellent trip covering plenty and great tour guide. Read full review
Reviewed on 28 Nov 2017 by Roger BaileyI really liked the variety. There were days visiting sites and museums, mixed with a couple of days at the Dead and Red Seas, together with a day in the desert. In particular I enjoyed the group leader, who clearly cared about giving us a good experience, and who entertained and educated us in equal measure. Read full review
Reviewed on 12 May 2017 by Ferdinand RullanJerdash Roman ruins was quite intact and impressive. But the most memorable were Petra, the walk along the Siq, and seeing the Treasury, and the Monastery. They were fantastic. Hiking up to the cliffs of Petra and the views were outstanding. Read full review
Reviewed on 27 Feb 2017 by Hely CollieThe most memorable moment was Petra (of course) and the camel ride at Wadi Rum (it is an optional but well worth it!). Our local tour leader was excellent (knowledge of history and kept us entertained during our bus journeys), the group blended well (the best so far), trips well organised and plenty of shopping opportunities. Read full review
Reviewed on 24 Sep 2017 by Ellen CohenWow there were so many highlights. Snorkelling in the Red Sea, floating in the Dead Sea, camel ride in the desert, picnics of pita bread/hummus/tomatoes/cheese/olive oil/falafel and Petra. Read full review
Reviewed on 25 Jul 2017 by Neil ThomasA night in the dessert at Wadi Rum was the most memorable. Read full review
Reviewed on 11 May 2017 by Alison DrewPetra was the obvious highlight but we saw so many other unexpected monuments, ancient cities and fabulous landscape. Every day brought a new highlight. An excellent trip that visited as much of the country as possible squeezed into a week. Read full review
Reviewed on 27 Feb 2017 by Geoffrey LeighThere was so many memorable moments. Trying to stand up in the Dead Sea it is nearly impossible for your feet to find the bottom so you end up bobbing like a cork! Walking down the canyon to Petra but also going up on the long way to the place of sacrifice. The amphitheatre in Amman. The call to prayer echoing across the city from the mosques is a wonderful musical recitation. Read full review
Reviewed on 09 Jan 2017 by Anil KashyapThe most memorable moment was Petra. The wonder of the world. Read full review
Reviewed on 01 Nov 2016 by Susan YoungVisiting Petra and having two full days to explore were the most memorable parts of the vacation Read full review
Reviewed on 05 Apr 2016 by Joanne OfferThe walk into Petra is just breath-taking and there is something new to see every time you turn a corner. Read full review
Reviewed on 02 Nov 2015 by Annette StarfieldA great adventure.....Floating in the Dead Sea, snorkelling in the Red Sea, Petra. Read full review
Reviewed on 02 Nov 2015 by Julie ForshawThere were many memorable parts for me; floating in the Dead Sea, snorkelling in the Red Sea, visiting Jerash and Petra plus the camel ride and overnight stay in Wadi Rum....Excellent - achieved all I wanted to see and do! Read full review
Reviewed on 30 Apr 2015 by Geoffrey ShawCannot separate the majestic desert scenery of Wadi Rum from the exploration of the lesser known areas of Petra. Both stunning and comparable to the best experiences anywhere. Read full review
Reviewed on 17 Apr 2015 by Hilary FeaverIf you have ever fancied seeing Petra then go for it. The country is safe, the people are warm and friendly but not pushy, the sites brilliant, the food good and the hotels very comfortable. Read full review
Reviewed on 12 May 2014 by Jane WelshThe most memorable parts were the walks through Wadi Rum - and the climb up a mountain. Epic scenery, absolute quiet and amazing exercise. Read full review
Reviewed on 13 Oct 2014 by Joyce WrightExcellent. Would thoroughly recommend it....The first glimpse of Petra has got to be up there as one of my most WOW moments of all time, not just on this vacation. Read full review
Reviewed on 27 May 2014 by Judith MurrayI loved the vacation. It was well organised, our guide was fantastic; he was enthusiastic and evidently proud of his country which came across in the way he talked. His knowledge of all the sites we went to was extremely good, his timing excellent, suggestions for evening meals were very good too. Read full review
Reviewed on 25 Apr 2014 by Linda NealeVery good...tremendous experience. Read full review
Reviewed on 03 Mar 2014 by Vicky GatleyIt's difficult to choose between walking and climbing around the awe inspiring landscape and buildings of Petra and the serene beauty of riding camels in Wadi Rum. Both places and experiences took our breath away. Read full review
Reviewed on 03 Jan 2013 by Justine HughesAn excellent vacation from start to finish - run by a friendly knowledeable staff who are happy to help. The oragnisation was exceptional as was the level of care shown towards its customers. Read full review
Reviewed on 17 Oct 2013 by Christine HicksAbsolutely fabulous, stunning scenery, ancient ruins and charming people, could not have improved on it Read full review
Reviewed on 10 Oct 2013 by Lorraine WuthIt was a fantastic week. The activities were diverse. The locals were warm and welcoming and the tour staff excellent. Read full review
Reviewed on 23 Aug 2013 by Frances gibneyGreat vacation. The people were very friendly. There was so much to do and it was the best vacation I've been on in ages....Petra was amazing and snorkelling in the Red Sea. Read full review
Reviewed on 12 Aug 2013 by Rebecca MitchellThe most memorable parts were floating in the Dead Sea; sleeping in the desert; exploring Petra; shopping and experiencing the markets...One word...Wow! Read full review
Reviewed on 16 Jul 2013 by Amanda JohnsonUnforgettable...the best parts were Petra by candlelight, the Wadi Rum camp and snorkeling in the Red Sea. Read full review
As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we've screened this (and every) vacation so that you can travel knowing it will help support the places and people that you visit, and the planet. Read how below.
We try to minimise litter as much as possible and are careful to emphasise that clients should not damage or remove pieces from any historical sites we visit. As we hire local guides as well as Bedouin guides, we can ensure that our activity has a positive effect on the economy and that our clients take away some of their passion and knowledge of Jordan. Our guides are trained in responsible travel issues and will be able to convey these in briefings.
It all starts at home so we have first worked at reducing our carbon footprint in our UK Offices. Through energy conservation measures and recycling policies, we are proud to be actively reducing the waste produced and our impact on the environment. We support various projects all over the world to try and give something back to the places we visit.
PeopleAccommodation and Meals:
You will spend 7 nights in 3-star hotels with en suite rooms and 1 night in a Wadi Rum desert camp. We employ local Bedouin people to run the camp, so we know we are directly benefiting local communities with our business. The hotels are also locally staffed as per law in Jordan, so our stay here is also in support of local employment. Where meals are provided, ingredients will be sourced from a local market wherever possible. Clients may eat a ‘zarb’ (where food is slow cooked underground) at the Bedouin camp and there will also be plenty of chance to eat in restaurants selling ‘mezze’ style specialties like kebabs, fresh salads, and bread with hummus.
Local Craft and Culture:
Usually guides take clients to the market on the day going from Petra to Wadi Rum or Aqaba. This is a great cultural experience where clients can buy their own vegetables and fruit and even see how some meals are prepared- like falafel. We also visit the ancient city of Jerash, Madaba, the Dead Sea, and the fortified town of Kerak, but the cultural highlight of the trip for many is the visit to UNESCO World Heritage city, Petra. There is a full day here to explore the ancient, rose-coloured rock-cut architecture including El Khazneh (the treasury) and El Deir (the Monastery). There are some local handicrafts and souvenirs available here like hand painted ceramics, jewellery and vases filled with coloured sand. Clients can also support the community by purchasing donkey or horse rides from local people.
This small group tour has a maximum of 16 participants, meaning that we have a low impact on the environments and communities we visit and are able to ensure that we do not disrupt or lead to the displacement of local people. The small number also allows us to stay in unique, family-run hotels that cannot benefit from coach tours and other mass tourism due to their limited sizes.