Day 1: Arrival Meeting and assistance at Queen Alia Airport: visa formalities, transfer to Amman, check in at your hotel, dinner and overnight.
Day 2: Amman / Ajlun / Jerash / Amman
After breakfast, transfer to Ajlun castle (Qala'at ar-Rabad) : you will visit the Islamic military castle of the end of the 12th century, used by the Islamic armies of the sultan Saladin to protect the region against the Crusaders and watch the comercial roads to Syria. Your next destination will be Jerash, the « Pompei of the East ». Jerash has been covered by sand for centuries, the main reason why it is still so well-preserved. You will enter Jerash through the monumental South Gate and find yourself wandering around in a Roman city. You will walk on the Oval Plaza surrounded by colonnades, visit the Roman theatre. You may experience the marvellous acoustics of the theatre, stage for the Jerash festival which takes place every year (festival of arts and culture, in July). Enjoy a stroll along Jerash’ main road, the Cardo, and pass by the Nymphaeum. You will see for yourself how the Romans built the earthquake-proof columns of the colonnaded streets. Jerash also used to be a Byzantine site, and nestles several churches with mosaic-covered floors. In the evening, back to Amman: enjoy the night highlights of the capital of Jordan. Dinner at your hotel or at nice restaurant. Overnight.
Day 3: Amman / Madaba / Mount Nebo / Kerak / Petra After breakfast, transfer to Madaba and visit of the famous mosaic map of Jerusalem and the Holy Land, in St George church. Your next stop will be Mount Nebo, where, like Moses, you will be able to overlook the Holy Land and the Dead Sea. If the sky is clear, Jerusalem, Jericho and Bethlehem will meet your eye. The journey will continue along the King’s Highway. On the way you will pass through Wadi Mujib, the grand canyon of Jordan. You will stop in Kerak for lunch (optional), and visit, in the afternoon, the huge castle where Saladin and Richard Lionheart fought during the crusades. While enjoying the beautiful landscapes, the journey continues along the King’s Highway to Petra, your final destination for today. Dinner and night in a hotel.
Day 4: Petra In the morning, a local guide will escort you into the ancient city of Petra and show you the highlights of the Nabatean city. You will enter through the Siq and be rewarded with the most astonishing and dramatic monument in Jordan: the Treasury. You will also visit the theatre, the royal tombs and façades and the colonnaded street. You will have lunch inside Petra and climb the stairs to the Monastery to admire the splendid view over Wadi Araba. In the evening, back to your hotel, dinner and overnight. Please, note: the local guide in Petra is not included in the tour. If you want a private tour guide, it will be 50JOD.
Day 5: Petra / Wadi Rum In the morning, you will be transferred to Wadi Rum. You will explore the region by jeep, escorted by a Bedouin guide. You will see the famous Seven pillars of wisdom, described by Lawrence of Arabia, and see the house where he lived. You will also discover the inscriptions made by the Thamudic and Nabatean peoples centuries ago. And you may even climb one of the natural rock bridges. We will check in at deluxe campsite (all equipments are available). You will enjoy a Bedouin BBQ for dinner. Overnight at the campsite in the middle of Wadi Rum.
Day 6: Wadi Rum / Aqaba In the morning, travel to Aqaba, directly to your hotel. Free day in Aqaba and overnight. You can choose water activities (diving, snorkeling, swimming, boat trip...), a city tour (the fort, the museum, the mosks...), shopping and strolling along the city center beach. Aqaba is a coastal town on the Red Sea, in the far south of Jordan. It is the capital of Aqaba Governorate, strategically important to Jordan as it is the country's only seaport. The town is best known today as a diving and beach resort. However, industrial activity remains important to the area, and the town is an exporter of phosphate. Aqaba is also an important administrative center within the far south of Jordan. It borders Eilat, Israel , and there is a border post where it is possible to cross between the two countries. Both Aqaba and Eilat are at the head of the Gulf of Aqaba.
Day 7: Aqaba / Dead Sea / Amman In the morning, travel via Wadi Araba, where you will enjoy the sand dunes and the costal road between Jordan an Israel, where peace was signed in 1995. You will reach the Dead Sea, the lowest point on earth, and will have free time for swimming, relaxing, trying mud mask... In the late afternoon, drive to Amman, check in at your hotel, dinner and overnight.
Day 8: Free day in Amman (city tour and shopping for instance) This day can be dedicated to shopping in Amman. However, you could rather prefer to visit the Desert Castles and wetlands at Al-Azraq, and you could shop in the late afternoon/evening in Amman.
Day 9: Departure Breakfast and checkout of hotel, followed by transfer to the airport for your departure.
Jordan Desert Hikes organizes special tours for ladies, with a lady to be your guide for the whole trip, and adapt to your wishes : adventure, local culture, ancient civilizations, local fauna and flora, Bedouin food... She can also guide you for hikes of different levels of difficulty.
From the outset, whether alone or in a group, you will be met and assisted at the airport, transferred to your hotels and escorted the entire trip. The itinerary below is an example and can be tailored to your requirements. It is for instance possible to visit a Bedouin family, and have a traditional meal with them, or do more outdoor activities.