AMMAN, WADI RUM, PETRA, AND THE DEAD SEA
Jordan’s sandstone temples, sprawling desert terrain, and inspiring history is nothing short of captivating. On this journey, find yourself immersed a rich culture that stems from remarkable ancient empires and influential religions. Get to know the country’s people and heritage by exploring the capital city of Amman, and then discover the well-preserved Roman ruins of Jerash before visiting significant sites of the Holy Land like Madaba and Mt. Nebo. Following a magical overnight stay at a Bedouin camp in Wadi Rum, you’ll traverse this picturesque desert by jeep. Then, spend time in Petra exploring its magnificent sights, like the intricate Al-Khazneh temple (The Treasury). Round out this incredible trip with a visit to Jesus’ baptism site and day of relaxation at the Dead Sea.
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- 3 nights in Amman
- 1 night in Wadi Rum
- 2 nights in Petra
- 2 nights at the Dead Sea
- Round-trip airfare from New York (JFK) (passengers may also book this tour without flights)
- Airfare taxes, fees & fuel surcharges
- Intra-Jordan ground transportation
- Accommodations at superior first-class hotels
- 13 meals: 8 breakfasts, 5 dinners
- Comprehensive touring & entry fees
- Experienced, English-speaking Tour Director
Day 1: Depart USA
Depart on your overnight flight from the U.S.
*Passengers who did not purchase flights will join the tour in Amman on Day 2.
Day 2: Arrive in Amman
Arrive in Amman today, the capital city of Jordan. Upon arrival at the Amman airport, you’ll be picked up and transferred to your hotel.
Ambassador Hotel Amman
Day 3: Amman
Wake up with breakfast at your hotel and then venture out for a city tour of Amman. You’ll start to immerse yourself in the culture and learn of the area’s history with a stop at the Citadel, Roman Theater, and Jordan Museum. Then, visit the Iraq Al-Amir Women Cooperative Society, a program just outside Amman that trains local women on traditional craft and product making. This initiative helps them find jobs and contribute to the community. Later on, head back into the heart of the city for a dinner and evening at your leisure.
Geneva Hotel Amman | Breakfast, Dinner
Day 4: Jerash Excursion
After breakfast, we’ll head out to explore Jerash, the “Pompeii of the East” which houses some of the best preserved Roman ruins, rivaling the ones in Rome. Spend most of the day wandering the cardo—its spectacular colonnaded street—and admiring the South Theatre, Temple of Zeus, Hadrian’s Arch, the Artemis Temple, and the Nymphaeum. The city’s 14 churches date back to the Byzantine era and are filled with fine mosaics. This afternoon consider the experience of a relaxing Turkish Bath (see our optional tours for more details). Tonight, enjoy dinner with a Jordanian family. This hosted dinner initiative aims to empower local people by providing income and allowing them to have a fun interaction with visitors while also educating them about local culture and traditions.
Geneva Hotel Amman | Breakfast, Dinner
Day 5: Amman/Madaba/Mt. Nebo/Wadi Rum
Today, we’ll start making our way toward Wadi Rum, driving along the 5,000-year-old King’s Highway. Along the way, stop in Madaba, “the City of Mosaics”, and see St. George’s Greek Orthodox Church, which houses a well-preserved sixth-century Byzantine mosaic map of Jerusalem and the Holy Land. Heading about ten minutes west, we’ll also visit the most revered site in Jordan—Mount Nebo, the presumed site of Moses’ death and burial place. Then, proceed onward to our Wadi Rum Bedouin camp where you’ll have a tent with a private bath for your overnight stay. The featured dinner will be zaarb, a dish of marinated meat mixed with vegetables, slowly baked in a pit of hot coals covered by sand.
Sun City Camp | Breakfast, Dinner
Day 6: Wadi Rum/Petra
This morning, enjoy breakfast while taking in the beauty of Wadi Rum, a moonscape terrain of ancient river beds, rugged mountains, and golden desert sands. You will meet locals offering cardamom-spiced coffee at the “Beau Geste” outpost, and then take off on an exciting 2-hour jeep tour around this diverse landscape in which “Lawrence of Arabia” was filmed. After a truly “out of this world” experience, we’ll depart and head north, finally arriving in Petra this evening. There will be an optional cooking class and dinner at a culinary school in the city.
Petra Moon | Breakfast
Day 7: Petra
Note: While the tour activity level is the explorer level, this day may be more taxing as this is a full day of walking on uneven surfaces.
Following breakfast at the hotel, you’ll head out on a city tour of Petra’s most fascinating sights—the Roman Theater, Qasr Bint Pharaoun, Temple of the Winged Lion, and more. As a new Seven Wonders of the World, steeped in history from Arab empires and Western and Eastern dynasties, Petra features an abundance of ancient discoveries. Plus, as you wander the area, you’ll surely be mesmerized by the winding sandstone terrain. We’ll also bring you to the famous Al-Khazneh (the Treasury), a beautifully elaborate structure where camels hang about, posing for photos. Finish the day with a delicious dinner at the Al Qantarah restaurant.
Petra Moon | Breakfast, Dinner
Day 8: Petra/Beida/Dead Sea
After breakfast, we’ll start our journey to the last stop on the trip, the Dead Sea. First, you’ll visit Beida (Little Petra) to discover temples, tombs, and more. Many religious festivities occurred here, and the city was nicknamed “Little Petra” because of its similarities to the main city. Following this, we’ll bring you to the site of John the Baptist’s settlement at Bethany Beyond the Jordan, where Jesus was baptized along the east bank of the Jordan River. Here you’ll also be right near the Israeli border, affording you a glimpse of the country from across the river. Lastly, continue on to your hotel at the Dead Sea.
Crowne Plaza | Breakfast, Dinner
Day 9: Dead Sea
After breakfast at the hotel, enjoy a relaxing day at the Dead Sea, the deepest hypersaline lake in the world. At your leisure, you can float in the clear blue, mineral-rich water, soak up some sun, and even try the invigorating full-body mud mask that cleanses the skin. Plus, your hotel has a tranquil spa, well-equipped fitness center, and sparkling pools to lounge by. In the evening, enjoy a farewell dinner at the hotel.
Crowne Plaza | Breakfast, Dinner
Day 10: Dead Sea/Arrive in USA
Enjoy a final breakfast at the hotel and then transfer to the Queen Alia International Airport to depart back to the U.S. Your tour includes airfare back to the U.S.
*The tour will end for passengers who did not purchase flights on Day 10 at the Dead Sea.
Prices and dates below include round-trip airfare from New York (JFK). Travelers may choose to purchase the tour only, and arrange their own arrival in destination.
|2022 Tours||Tour Only||With Flights|
|2023 Tours||Tour Only||With Flights|
Rates are per person based on double occupancy.
Single room supplement is $459.
Reservations and Payments
Reservations can be made by phone (1.800.337.7773) and will be confirmed upon receipt of your non-refundable, non-transferable deposit, which must be received at the time of reservation. Deposits are $300 per person. Full payment is due 90 days prior to departure. Space and prices subject to availability. Please see the smarTours Terms and Conditions for complete booking information.
Optional Tours Customize your trip with these optional tours.
These tours are available to pre-book! Enhance your trip with our recommended optional tours. Indicated optional tours are available to pre-book when you reserve your trip and can be added to your reservation up to final payment. This is the best option to guarantee your spot on your preferred optional tour! Optional tours require a minimum number of participants. Optional tours are non-refundable unless they do not operate.
Some optional tours can be purchased in-destination and may cost extra. The payment methods and currency information to purchase tours in-destination will be provided on final documentation.
- From approx. $36 Per Person
Pamper yourself in true Middle Eastern style with a 2-hour Turkish ‘hamam’ (traditional Turkish bath) experience in Amman. After a steam bath, enjoy an invigorating body scrub and gentle massage: a time-honored procedure dating back to the Ottoman Empire that was central to Middle Eastern culture. You’ll come away feeling totally relaxed and renewed.
AVAILABLE TO PRE-BOOK!
Petra Kitchen Cooking Lesson
- From approx. $55 Per Person
On the first evening in Petra, you can join a cooking class and enjoy a meal at The Petra Kitchen. This culinary school has a relaxed, informal atmosphere where you’ll prepare dinner under the supervision of a chef. You will make soup, cold and hot mezza and salads, and a main course. Plus, get some delicious take-home recipes!
AVAILABLE TO PRE-BOOK!
Jordan's Desert Castles
- Dead Sea
- From approx. $115 Per Person
Jordan’s desert castles, beautiful examples of early Islamic art and architecture, stand testament to a fascinating era in the country’s rich history. Their fine mosaics, frescoes, stone, and stucco carvings and illustrations, inspired by the best in Persian and Graeco-Roman traditions, tell countless stories of life as it was during the 8th century. These desert complexes have been called castles because of their imposing stature, and actually served various purposes as caravan stations, agriculture and trade centers, resort pavilions, and outposts that helped distant rulers forge ties with local Bedouins. Visit Qasr Kharaneh, the sole castle built exclusively for defense, and Qasr Amra with its beautiful mosaics from the Omayyad era. Stop at the Azraq Oasis, a resting point for one hundred species of migratory birds. Amidst its many pools, visit Qasr Axraq, the black basalt fort which served as the headquarters for Lawrence of Arabia.
Note: This optional tour is a full-day tour that takes place on Day 9 of the itinerary.
AVAILABLE TO PRE-BOOK!
Ambassador Hotel Amman
55 Ash Sharif Abdul Hamid Sharaf, 11110 Amman, JordanWebsite
Sun City Camp
Enjoy accommodations in a Bedouin style tent with traditional simple comforts. You’ll have a private bathroom and shower, fan, balcony and seating area, hot water, and more!Website
Petra Moon Hotel
Crowne Plaza Jordan
Dead Sea Road
PO Box 100
Swemieh, 18186 Jordan
Departing the U.S.: For the safety of everyone in the group, smarTours has implemented some COVID-19 travel requirements which apply to all tours regardless of destination. To learn more, click here.
Returning to the U.S.: In accordance with U.S. entry requirements, smarTours will arrange testing for the group in destination. Full details and requirements can be accessed here.
- Jordan: The cost of the test is $40 USD. The test must be paid in cash at the testing site.
Note: If you are traveling with us on a land-only basis please share your travel plans with us and let us know if you will also need to be tested with the rest of the group.
Please note entry requirements are changing rapidly. For up-to-date information, please click the links below.
- Entry requirements
- State Department Travel Advisory Updates (Jordan)
- Center for Disease Control Updates & Information (Jordan)
Flights from the U.S. and back are on the following schedules. Please make sure to allow sufficient time for clearing customs and immigration if you are planning a connecting flight. We recommend at least three-and-a-half hours. Please note that flight schedules are subject to change without prior notice.
|2022: Mar. 24||Qatar Airways||New York (JFK)||10:30 PM||3:00 PM|
|2022: Sep. 15, Oct. 13||Royal Jordanian||New York (JFK)||9:30 PM||5:00 PM|
ADVANCE SEAT ASSIGNMENT
The above airlines do not assign seats in advance, and smarTours is not involved in seat assignments. Seat assignments can only be arranged at the airport upon check-in.
International flights to/from the U.S. are not included. Land-only travelers are responsible for arranging entry and exit flights, as well as their arrival and departure transfers. smarTours cannot be held responsible for any damage caused by air schedule changes and delays. Unused land services are non-refundable.
Main Tour: Land-only services start upon independent check-in at Amman hotel on Day 2 of the itinerary listed on our tour page. Land-only services end after breakfast at your hotel at the Dead Sea on Day 10 of the itinerary listed on our tour page.
PASSPORT AND VISA INFORMATION
You must possess a passport valid for at least 6 months after the date of travel. U.S. citizens require a visa. If you purchase the air-inclusive package with smarTours, your visa will be free of charge. Non-U.S. citizens should check with the respective consulates for current visa requirements to all their travel destinations.
If you purchase a land-only package, you forfeit the visa and facilitation service and will need to obtain a visa upon arrival at Queen Alia International Airport or the international land crossings. The Jordanian visa issued upon arrival currently costs 40 JD (approximately $56 USD) for a single entry with one-month validity. Please check with the U.S. Department of State and/or respective consulates for the most up-to-date information to ensure your border crossing is valid.
Please note that visa procedures may change at any time. Please remember that it is your responsibility to obtain the necessary travel documents before the trip.
TICKETS AND FINAL DOCUMENTS
Final instructions and additional travel tips will be sent to you 14-21 days before the scheduled start of your tour via email. If you have not received your final documents, please check your spam folder or contact smarTours.
Immunizations are not currently required. However, you may wish to consult your personal physician, local public health authorities or Centers for Disease Control (CDC) as to their suggestions.
Note that temperatures can vary depending on your location while in Jordan. In Amman you can expect daytime highs in the 50’s and 60’s from December through March, and highs in the 70’s in April and October through November. Expect temperatures roughly 10 degrees warmer while at the Dead Sea, and cool evenings in Wadi Rum.
You may dine at the hotels or restaurants recommended by your Tour Director. The average cost for a hotel dinner (excluding drinks) in a casual restaurant is about $20-25 per person. Your hotel will accept credit cards for your non-included meals, but not all restaurants will do so.
CREDIT CARDS AND LOCAL CURRENCY
The local currency is the Jordanian dinar (JD). Hotels and some stores accept major credit cards with Visa being the most widely accepted followed by MasterCard, though there may be a service fee. However, for “street shopping” you will need local currency (some markets may accept U.S. Dollars). Note that while available, there are few ATMs. It is recommended that you bring along cash in small denominations.
Each passenger may bring one piece of checked-in luggage (suitcase) max. 50 pounds, and one carry-on not exceeding 18”x10”x8”. We recommend that you do not overpack and that you take a variety of casual separates with climate and comfort in mind.