Nabatean Wonders: A Private Journey Through Antiquity

7 Days / 6 Nights

Nabatean Wonders: A Private Journey Through AntiquityNabatean Wonders: A Private Journey Through Antiquity

A dream voyage for history buffs and those fascinated by ancient cultures, this tour takes you on a journey through timeless landscapes and the remnants of powerful cultures gone by. Explore the King’s Highway, marvel at the impressive stone facades of the lost city of Petra and gaze at the sunset over the surreal desert landscape of Wadi Rum – all while enjoying the friendly smiles and hospitality of the local people.

Daily arrival in Amman, yearround

A journey by Private Car and guide, featuring Amman, Jerash, Madaba, Dead Sea, Kerak, Petra and Wadi Rum

Price per person starting from : $1,971

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Prices per person sharing double occupancy room

Superior First Class Hotels:

April 1 through May 10 & October 1 through November 15, 2017: $2,358

May 11 - 31, September 1 - 30 & Nov 16 - 30, 2017: $2,193

June 1 through August 31, 2017: $1,971

 

Luxury Hotels:

April 1 through May 10 & October 1 through November 15, 2017: $2,663

May 11 - 31, September 1 - 30 & Nov 16 - 30, 2017: $2,561

June 1 through August 31, 2017: $2,294

 

Important Note:

It is important to be aware that according to Jordanian regulations, you will need to hold a passport that is valid for at least 6 months before you enter Jordan. 

Journey's Highlights »

  • Star-gaze around the campfire in the desert at a Bedouin encampment, enjoying a traditional meal.
  • Float effortlessly in the salty water of the Dead Sea.
  • Visit the Monastery of Mount Nebo and enjoy the view over the Jordan Valley.
  • Ride a 4x4 through the amazing Wadi Rum desert.
  • Go horseback riding in Petra.
  • Take a private guided tour of the ancient city of Petra

Included in Your Journey »

Accommodations at Superior First Class Category:

  • 2 nights in Amman at the InterContinental Jordan Hotel, Deluxe Room
  • 1 night in the Dead Sea at the Jordan Valley Marriott, Deluxe Room
  • 2 nights in Petra at the Movenpick Petra Hotel, Standard Room 
  • 1 night in Wadi Rum at the Rahayeb Camp, VIP Tent

Accommodations at Luxury Category:

  • 2 nights in Amman at the Four Seasons Hotel, Superior Room
  • 1 night in the Dead Sea at the Kempinski Hotel, Superior Room
  • 2 nights in Petra at the Movenpick Petra Hotel, Superior Room 
  • 1 night in Wadi Rum at the Rahayeb Camp, VIP Tent

Touring and Transportation:

  • A member of staff to meet you at the arrivals lounge when you arrive at the airport
  • Transportation for the entire above itinerary in a private, modern air-conditioned large car with an English-speaking driver.
  • Portage at the airport
  • A three-hour tour of the desert of Wadi Rum in a 4x4 vehicle
  • Optional short horseback riding experience in Petra.
  • A private guided tour of Petra.
  • All entrance fees to the sites mentioned in the above itinerary.

Meals:

  • Daily Buffet breakfast at the hotels
  • Dinner at Wadi Rum 

Not included:

  • The price of your individual visa to Jordan, which will cost JD 20 per person and is obtainable upon arrival for most (but not all) nationalities. Make sure that you stop by the exchange to get some cash, because the credit card machine at the visa counter doesn’t always work.
  • Meals or drinks not mentioned above.
  • International airfare or travel insurance.
  • Tips.
  • Personal expenses.
  • Other extras not mentioned above. 

Itinerary

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  • Day 1 - Arrival in Amman

    Airside meeting by member of staff at Queen Alia International Airport. Transfer to Hotel.
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    When you arrive at the Queen Alia International Airport, one of our friendly and helpful guides will be waiting for you, holding a sign with your name on it. They will take you to your hotel room, where you can relax and get some rest after your flight. You can also take this opportunity to wander out of your hotel and explore the city.

  • Day 2 - Amman City Tour/Jerash/Dead Sea

    Breakfast, visit several ancient ruins in Amman, take a bus to Jerash and then swim in the Dead Sea. (b)
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    Start your day off with a delicious breakfast. Then set off to the ruins of Amman’s Roman Theater, the Umayyad Palace, the Archaeological and Folklore Museums, the Citadel and other destinations. After learning about the history of this fascinating area, take a short bus journey north to visit the Greco-Roman city of Jerash.

    Jerash was a favorite city of the Roman Emperor Hadrian and it reached its zenith around AD 130. Admire the remarkably well preserved ruins, giving you a glance back many centuries into the past.

    Afterwards, take a drive to the lowest point on earth to experience swimming in the Dead Sea – one of the saltiest bodies of water in the world. This natural wonder has attracted visitors from all over the Mediterranean for many thousands of years. Float effortless in these waters – you will stay near the surface without even trying.

    On this night, we stay in a hotel near the Dead Sea. (b)

  • Day 3 - Dead Sea / Madaba / Kerak and Petra

    After breakfast, we take a trip down the King’s Highway – visiting the mosaics of Madaba, the Monastery of Mount Nebo, Wadi Mujib and the Crusader’s Castle of Kerak. Arrive at Petra and overnight in hotel. (B)
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    Spend the day exploring the King’s Highway, a region of Jordan that was part of the legendary Silk Road. Our first stop will be in Madaba, a city known for its amazingly well preserved Umayyad and Byzantine mosaics. Gaze at the impressive “Madaba Map”, which is an enormous and elaborate mosaic from the 6th century depicting Jerusalem and regions of the holy land.

    The famous Monastery of Mount Nebo is located on an elevated ridge, which is mentioned in the Bible as the place where Moses once viewed the Promised Land that he never entered. The view from this summit provides an impressive panorama of the Holy Land and the valley of the River Jordan.

    Journey south to Wadi Mujib, which is a visually stunning gorge that contains the protected Mujib Reserve, supporting rare bird life in the region. Admire the breath-taking scenery, rocky desert, deep wadis and spring-fed streams.

    Continue further on to Kerak, which is one of the largest Crusader Castles in the Levant. A notable example of Crusader architecture, it contains a mixture of Byzantine, European and Arab designs as well as a deep moat. Visit the Karak Archaeological Museum to learn more about the history of the Karak region from the prehistoric period all the way up to the Islamic era. (B)

  • Day 4 - Ancient City of Petra

    On this day we spend the entire time exploring the fascinating ruins of Petra, returning to the hotel afterward. (B)
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    Petra is a lasting remnant of the Nabataean culture that once thrived here – the capital city of the kingdom from around the 6th century AD. After Saladin’s conquest of the Middle East in 1189, Petra was abandoned and all memory of it was lost to the West. The ruins remained hidden until 1812, when they were uncovered again by Swiss explorer Johann Ludwig Burckhardt.

    Approach the city through the narrow, towering stone cliffs and be dazzled by the enormous and intricate rose-colored stone façade. The site was featured in the film “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade” and it is a designated World Heritage Site as well as one of the “New Seven Wonders of the World”.

    Our tour will reveal the complexity and sophistication of the Nabatean building methods, revealing the mysteries of the city one by one. Visit the Treasury, the Royal Tombs, the places of sacrifice and the burial chambers. (B)

  • Day 5 - Petra / Beida and Wadi Rum

    Leave Petra to visit Beida and the beautiful desert of Wadi Rum, settling for the evening in a Bedouin camp. (B,D)
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    The area of Beida is known as “Little Petra”, tucked away in a shady canyon protected from the boiling sun – it was where the Nabateans used to entertain their guests.

    Journey south to the gorgeous otherworldly desert of Wadi Rum and take a jeep tour through the area. Watch a colorful sunset light up the rock formations while sipping a cup of tea and talking about the amazing sights you’ve witnessed.

    Settle into the traditional-style Bedouin encampment and tell stories around the campfire while looking up at the desert night sky and enjoying delicious traditional food. We have high-quality Canadian sleeping tents with comfortable mattresses, blankets and sheets to keep you warm and cozy on the cool desert night. (B,D)

  • Day 6 - Wadi Rum / Amman

    Breakfast and then depart to Amman. Check in at the hotel. Free afternoon in Amman. (B)
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    Explore more of the vibrant city of Amman. Shop for souvenirs in the bustling marketplace, visit the Roman Amphitheatre or check out the newly opened Jordan Museum. Admire the ages-old architecture of the Ammonite-era watchtower or the Temple of Hercules from the Roman Era. We also recommend watching the sunset from the view point near the Citadel – with the whole city stretched out beneath you. (B)

  • Day 7 - Amman and Departure

    Have breakfast at your hotel in Amman, then transfer to the airport for your flight home. (B)
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    Your amazing journey of Nabatean Wonders has come to an end. After breakfast, a member of our staff takes you to the airport and assists you with all of the formalities – ensuring that you depart smoothly on your flight. (B)

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