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)
- 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
Your extension includes:
For 2020 departures only
- Ground transportation to Israel & return airfare
- 2 nights in Jerusalem
- 1 night in Tel Aviv
- Jerusalem City Tour
- Jaffa (optional)
Depart on your overnight flight from the U.S.
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.
Geneva Hotel 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 |…
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. In the evening, head back to Amman for dinner at your leisure.
For 2021 Departures Only: This afternoon consider the…
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…
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…
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…
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….
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
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.
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Rates are per person based on double occupancy.
Single room supplement is $459.
Add $999 double occupancy / $1448 single occupancy
Note: On the Sep. 24 ’20, & Nov. 5 ’20 departures, the extension is not available.
For more information on this tour, please contact us here or call us during business hours (Mon-Fri, 9:00-9:00 EST and Sat-Sun, 10:00-6:30 EST) at 800-337-7773.
Reservations and Payments
Reservations can be made by phone (1-800-337-7773) and will be confirmed upon receipt of $300 per person non-refundable, non-transferable deposit which must be received at the time of reservation*. A second non-refundable, non-transferable deposit of $300 is due 60 days after the date of your reservation. Full payment is due 90 days prior to departure. *If the reservation date is within 70 days of the final payment due date, both first and second deposits are due at the time of reservation. Baggage fees may apply. Space and prices subject to availability. For complete booking information and terms & conditions click here.
Comprehensive Travel Insurance
Trip cancellation and travel insurance are recommended. For complete insurance information, click here.
- From approx. $999 Per Person
For 2020 departures only
Start your exploration of Israel by visiting Jericho to see The Mountain of Temptation, and then head to the Masada fortress in the Judaean Desert for a breathtaking cable car ride overlooking the Dead Sea. Afterwards, we’ll make our way to Ein Gedi, a scenic natural reserve where you can admire the flora, fauna, and a beautiful waterfall. On the way to Jerusalem for your dinner and overnight stay, you’ll pass the ancient settlement of Qumran, stop for a look at the picturesque St. George’s Monastery, and take in a gorgeous view of Jerusalem from atop Mt. Scopus.
Spend the morning exploring the historical and spiritual beauty of Jerusalem. Your city tour starts with an ascent up the Mount of Olives for a panoramic view of the Old City before heading in to explore the city’s multifaceted culture and architecture. Then, we drive through the Valley of Josaphat (King’s Dale) and visit Zechariah’s Tomb, the Tomb of the Sons of Hezir, and Absalom’s Tomb. Continuing on, we’ll reach Dung Gate and walk through to the Western Wall, Judaism’s holiest site, and view the Dome of the Rock, a masterpiece of Islamic architecture. Following this, we’ll…
After breakfast we’ll depart for Tel Aviv. Before arriving, walk through the artist quarter of Old City of Jaffa and discover histories and antiquities around Kedumim Square. Enjoy a beautiful view of modern Tel Aviv from Jaffa before driving to Tel Aviv’s White City to see buildings of Bauhaus architecture (a UNESCO World Heritage Site). We’ll also wander through Sheinkin Street, a lively area featuring fun shopping, delicious dining, and an open-air market. Our tour of Tel Aviv finishes with a visit to Rabin Square.
Renaissance Tel Aviv | Breakfast
Today your exciting Israel visit comes to an end as you transfer to Ben Gurion Airport for your departure back to the U.S.
Optional Tours Customize your trip with these optional tours.
Pricing is subject to change. Payment (non-refundable) should be made by cash or credit card (subject to service charge of approximately 3%).
- From approx. $32 Per Person
New in 2021! 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.
Petra Kitchen Cooking Lesson
- From approx. $50 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!
Geneva Hotel Amman
Abdullah Ghousha Street
Amman – Jordan
Sun City Camp
- Wadi Rum
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!
Petra Moon Hotel
Crowne Plaza Jordan
- Dead Sea
Dead Sea Road
PO Box 100
Swemieh, 18186 Jordan
Lady Stern Hotel
204 Jaffa Street
Jerusalem, Israel 9438301
Renaissance Tel Aviv Hotel
- Tel Aviv
121 Hayarkon Street
Tel Aviv, 63453 Israel
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.
|2020: Sep. 10, Sep. 24, Oct. 8||Royal Jordanian||New York (JFK)||9:30PM||4:30PM||4:30PM|
|2020: Nov. 5||Royal Jordanian||New York (JFK)||9:00PM||4:00PM||N/A|
|2021: All Dates||Royal Jordanian||New York (JFK)||TBA||TBA||N/A|
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 9 of the itinerary listed on our tour page.
Main Tour + Extension: 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 in Tel Aviv on Day 12 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
Your airline tickets, along with final instructions and additional travel tips, will be sent to you 7–10 days before the scheduled departure of your tour.
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.