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Journey through Jordan

The historical riches of Jordan serve as a reminder of its long history at the heart of the Middle East. In ancient times, Jordan was a pivotal link between the Persian and Greco-Roman empires. During Odyssey Traveller Australia's tour of Jordan we visit the capital Amman, the Dead Sea, the ancient Desert Castles, and the ancient city of Petra. This group tour is ideal for those looking to experience the iconic culture, architecture, and desert landscapes of Jordan.

Arriving in Amman, we will see the Archaeological Museum, the Folklore Museum. We will also visit The Blue Mosque, a spectacular holy structure built in the 17th century.

After Amman, we travel to the ancient city of Jerash. Jerash is visually stunning, with paved and colonnaded streets, soaring hilltop temples, theatres, spacious public squares and plazas, baths, fountains and city walls.

We also explore Madaba, a city best known for the famous 6th-century mosaic map of Jerusalem & the Holy Land. Madaba is also home to Byzantine and Umayyad mosaics.

Ancient History of Jordan Small Group Tour Highlights

In addition to several amazing buildings and castles in Jordan, we visit Shobak Castle. It is an early 12th century Crusader castle in barren surroundings. The castle is perched on the side of a rocky conical mountain, 1300m above sea level, overlooking fruit trees below.

Another significant highlight of the trip is the Nabatean Red Rose city of Petra, one of the 7 wonders and a UNESCO World Heritage site. We enter the city through a 1km long narrow gorge which is flanked either side by towering 80m high cliffs. There are dazzling colours and formations formed by the rocks. The massive site contains hundreds of elaborated rock-cut tombs, a treasury, Roman-style theatres, temples, sacrificial altars and colonnaded streets. As you walk through the scenery is incredible. This Petra tour is an amazing travel experience.

We also visit the striking desert valley of Wadi Rum, one of the natural wonders of Jordan. Wadi Rum is known by locals as the 'valley of the moon' and was featured in the 1962 film Lawrence of Arabia. Today, the valley is home to a Bedouin desert camp and is a launching point for adventure travel.

At the end of the guided tour we arrive at Aqaba, by the Red Sea. From here we enjoy a day trip to the famous Dead Sea. Here, we will find ourselves at the lowest point on earth, 410m below sea level. The Dead Sea Scrolls (ancient Jewish manuscripts) were found buried in the Qumran Caves of the north shore.

You can learn more about Jordan with our country profile. If you're interested in more information about our guided tour, please click the ‘Top 5.’ Or  the ‘Itinerary’ buttons above! If you’re keen to experience this tour, please call or send an email. Or, to book, simply fill in the form on the right hand side of this page.

This tour is paired with Odyssey Traveller's small group tours of Iran or Egypt.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Jordan

A small group for Odyssey is typically up to 18 travellers, though we sometimes leave with groups as small as four. We pride ourselves on our small groups, allowing for you to have an authentic experience and close relationship with your expert guide.

Our program participants are usually in their 50s and 60s, but we’ve had people in their 80s joining us!

Most travellers try to avoid Jordan at the peak of summer (June – August) due to stifling temperatures, with particularly extreme heat in the desert. Reflecting this, our tours typically leave in January, April and October so that you can discover Jordan in relatively pleasant temperatures.

While Jordan is relaxed about women’s dress compared to some of its neighbours in the Middle East, travellers should still bear in mind that Jordan is a Muslim country and err on the side of conservative dress. Make sure to cover your arms and legs in light long-sleeved shirts and long pants or skirts. Think about bringing a scarf in order to cover up if you visit a mosque – you can also use it to protect yourself from the desert sun. Men, too, should dress respectfully – in particular, take into account that most local men will not be wearing shorts!

The official language of Jordan is Arabic, which is spoken by the vast majority of the population. Due to the British colonial history, English is widely spoken. Don’t worry if you don’t know the language – you will be consistently accompanied by local guides who speak the language and will be able to help you.

Jordan’s prime attraction is Petra, an unforgettably 2000-year-old city carved from sandstone cliffs.

Not to be missed is the the ruined city of Jerash, the largest and most interesting Roman site in Jordan.

Stay in one of the Bedouin camps scattered across thedesert wilderness ofWadi Rum, with its burnished sandstone cliffs and vivid-coloured dunes.

The best time to visit Jordan is during the spring (March – May) and autumn (September to November) months. At these times of the year the temperatures are cool enough to enjoy exploring Jordan’s iconic sites.

Petra was an important city in antiquity but after the 14th century AD, Petra was completely lost to the western world. It was rediscovered in 1812 by the Swiss traveler, 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.

Stay away from v-neck tees that will show your cleavage, shirts that expose your back or showing too much leg. Some women will be wearing a black niqab, a face-veil that leaves only their eyes uncovered, while others will choose to only conceal their hair and a few will have their hair freely visible. If you choose to leave your hair free, make sure to thoroughly dry your hair before leaving your hotel, as wet hair is seen as sexual.

Articles about Jordan

The Citadel in Amman, Jordan

Amman, Jordan

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Amman, Jordan Amman is the capital and largest city of Jordan. It is the seat of government and the city where the king resides, and among the most modernised Arab cities. Built on the rolling…

Madaba mosaic map, Madaba, Jordan

Madaba, Jordan

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Madaba, Jordan Madaba is a town in west central Jordan situated on a highland plain 760 metres above sea level, 32 kilometres south of Amman. It is famous today in historical cartography for the Madaba…

Aerial view of the Dead Sea at sunset

The Dead Sea

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The Dead Sea The Dead Sea is a landlocked salt lake bordered by Jordan to the east and Israel to the west. It is located 430.5 metres (1,412 feet) below sea level in the Jordan…

A natural rock bridge in Wadi Rum, Jordan

Wadi Rum, Jordan

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Wadi Rum, Jordan Wadi Rum in southern Jordan is the largest wadi (valley) in the country. About 60 kilometres east of Aqaba, this valley in the Jordanian desert, where famously Lawrence of Arabia was filmed…

Tour Notes
  • Group size limited to 16.
  • This tour is paired with Odyssey's Treasures of Egypt tour.

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Overview: On arrival make your own way to the hotel. In the evening meet with the group for a welcome dinner.

Accommodation: 04 nights at Toledo Hotel or similar.

Overview: After breakfast, we tour the downtown part of the capital city, visiting sites and museums including the Archaeological Museum, the Folklore Museum, The citadel, the Blue Mosque and the Amphitheater. Later we proceed to the Eastern Desert to visit Al Kharraneh Castle, Amra Castle (a UNESCO World Heritage site), and Al Azarq Castle where Lawrence of Arabia  sided and wrote part of his book “Seven Pillars of Wisdom”.

Accommodation: Toledo Hotel or similar.

Overview: After breakfast we head to visit the ancient Roman city of Jerash, including the paved and colonnaded streets, soaring hilltop temples, theatres, spacious public squares and plazas, baths, fountains and city walls. We then proceed to northern Jordan to visit one of the most important ecological and historical sites of the Middle East: Ajloun.

Ajloun Castle (Qal’at Ar-Rabad) is a fine example of Islamic architecture as it was built by Saladin’s general in 1184 AD to control the iron mines of Ajloun, and to counter the progress of the Crusaders by dominating the three main routes leading to Jordan Valleu and protecting the communication routes between Jordan and Syria.

Accommodation: Toledo Hotel or similar.

Overview: After breakfast, we head to visit Madaba, a city best known for the famous 6th century mosaic map of Jerusalem & the Holy Land and for its spectacular Byzantine and Umayyad mosaics. We then continue to Mt. Nebo (visit location only as the church is currently closed for renovations), a city mentioned in the bible as the place where Moses was granted a view of the promised land that he would never enter.

Accommodation: Toledo Hotel or similar.

Overview: After breakfast we travel south to visit Shobak Castle, it is an early 12th century Crusader castle in desert surroundings. It is perched on the side of a rocky conical mountain at 1,300m above sea level, looking over fruit trees below. Although not so well preserved or visited as Kerak Castle, its isolation from the nearest town makes it more atmospheric. Further we vist the KarakCastle – also a Crusader Castle built on a triangular plateau dating back to the 12th century. We then continue to ancient city of Petra, we check into our hotel in time for dinner.

Accommodation: 02 nights at Amra Palace or similar.

Overview: After breakfast, we head to visit the Nabatean Red Rose city of Petra, one of the 7 world wonders and a UNESCO World Heritage site. We enter the city through a 1km long narrow gorge which is flanked either side by towering80m high cliffs. We notice the dazzling colours and formations of the rocks. The site is massive and contains hundreds of elaborated rock-cut tombs, a treasury, Roman-style theatres, temples, sacrificial altars and colonnaded streets.

We return to our hotel for dinner in the evening.

Accommodation: Amra Palace or similar

Overview: Today we head further south on a day tour to visit other significant sites including Wadi Rum and Aqaba. Explore Wadi Rum on a 90 minute jeep ride into the Jordanian desert. Wadi Rum was best described by T.E. Lawrence as “Vast, echoing and god-like”, and by the locals as “Valley of the Moon”. We proceed our journey south to the sole gulf city in Jordan for an overnight stay.

Accommodation: 1 night at Marina Plaza or similar.

Overview: Enjoy a free morning to explore the area or relax by the Red Sea.

At lunch time we travel to the Dead Sea via Wadi Araba. At 410m below sea level, the Dead Sea is the lowest point on earth. Jordan’s Dead Sea coast is one of the most spectacular natural and spiritual landscapes in the world. Home originally to the dead sea scrolls found in the Qumran caves on the north shore of the Dead sea. This location remains as welcoming to the international tourist today as it was to the kings, emperors, traders and prophets in antiquity.

Accommodation: 1 nights at Holiday Inn or similar

Overview: After breakfast we transfer back to Queen Alia International Airport where our tour ends.

Visit the mosaic cities of Madaba and Mount Nebo.
Feel the romance of the Arabian Desert with a visit to the spectacular Wadi Rum the Valley of the Moon.
Discover the stunning Capital City of the Nabateans, Petra, a city fully carved in the rose red stones.
Float in the Dead Sea, the lowest point on earth at 400 metres below sea level.
Explore the fascinating city of Amman.

What’s included in our Tour

  • 8 nights hotel accommodation
  • 8 breakfasts and 8 dinners
  • Transport in comfortable and modern coaches.
  • All excursions, entrance fees and local guides as indicated.
  • Gratuities and necessary tips.
  • Service Charges and Gratuities
  • Services of Tour Leader for the duration of tour.
  • Detailed Preparatory Information.

What’s not included in our Tour

  • International airfares and departure taxes.
  • Comprehensive international travel insurance.
  • Items of a personal nature such as telephone calls and laundry.
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Roman temple of Hercules in the Amman Citadel in Jordan
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