Ancient & Modern - Jordan
Amman, Petra, Wadi Rum & Dead Sea
- 10 nights
- from $3500 per person
This privately-chauffeured tour brings together all of Jordan’s remarkable highlights, from Amman, Jerash, Petra, Wadi Rum and the Dead Sea. It uses the finest hotels and offers a chance to explore Jordan in depth at a leisurely pace.
At a Glance
Jordan is incredibly interesting historically, and this itinerary enables guests to see the best of the country in a more leisurely fashion
The views are spectacular: across the countryside from Showbak Castle, over Wadi Araba from Petra's Monastery and of course in the spectacular Wadi Rum
Even Wadi Rum is bursting with history, being the location in which Lawrence of Arabia's Arab Revolt was launched, and giving you the opportunity to visit the Seven Pillars of Wisdom and TE Lawrence's house
Spending a night in the desert gives an immense feeling of space and tranquillity
Jordan's spas utilize Dead Sea materials, excellent for recuperating at the end of a busy itinerary
For the most impressive view of Petra's Wadi Musa, then climb the 870 stone steps to the Monastery - not for the faint hearted but totally worth it!Scott Dunn team
Treat yourself to some treatments at the Kempinski Ishtar Dead Sea's largest spa in the Middle East, run by Anantara.Scott Dunn team
We design each itinerary around you, so this suggested itinerary is a starting point that we can tweak or transform into something completely bespoke to you. Call us on 858 523 9000 to start planning your vacation.
Jordan is in many ways the ultimate destination; it contains a multitude of things to see and do from the cultural and adventurous to the relaxing – all within a few hours drive of each other. Jordan’s people are wonderfully warm and remarkably welcoming and its natural beauty is simply stunning.
Your journey begins in Amman, a bustling city full of life and best explored on foot. Amman is perfectly located for exploring the Roman town of Jerash to the north – quite possibly the best preserved still is existence. The site is continually being excavated and offers a chance to take you back to the time when Jordan was the barbaric outpost of the Roman Empire and the vital trading hub between the wild and untamed yet mysterious East and the Roman West. With shops, temples, amphitheaters and the colonnaded agora, Jerash is an absolute marvel to behold.
Staying in Amman gives guests the opportunity to visit the Desert Castles of Amra, Azraq and Kharraneh. These strongholds date back to the early decades of Islam, mostly built during the Umayyad dynasty, and giving visitors a good feel for the infrastructure of the time as these impressive structures filled purposes such as caravanserais and baths, as well as residences.
It is always worth taking the King’s Highway to Petra rather than the newer Desert Highway, it winds through glorious wadis (valleys) and small towns. There are a number of interesting places to stop, such as the Crusader Castle at Showbak or the religious sites of Mt Nebo or Madaba.
Petra itself is an absolute gem – only rediscovered in 1812 by John Louis Burckhardt, it was the city of the Nabateans who before the Romans, cornered the trading routes between East and West. Accessed by a narrow canyon, the site has a multitude of things to see and so. A walk up the 1000 or so steps to the ‘Monastery’ is certainly worth the effort. During your stay in Petra we will also include a visit to Little Petra and Petra Kitchen to learn a little about Arabic cookery if you so wish (we understand it is not everyone's cup of tea).
A short drive to the south lies Wadi Rum, famous for the scenery in ‘Lawrence of Arabia’ and offering spectacular geological marvels and sandstone spectacles. You will begin your desert experience with a drive through by 4x4. After watching sunset in the desert you will drive to your camp where you will spend the night under the stars. For many this is the highlight of their time in Jordan. For dinner, enjoy a traditional Arabic BBQ, after which you can relax around the fire drinking tea, playing cards and chatting, before you retire to your comfortable private tent for the night.
The Dead Sea is 400 meters below sea-level, and has drawn people to its ozone rich air, medicinal waters and UV filtered sunlight. The resorts on the banks are exceptional and it is the perfect relaxing end to a stay in Jordan.
Location & Directions
Amman, Petra, Wadi Rum & Dead Sea
The Four Seasons, Amman is located on Al-Kindi Street between the prestigious Al Sweifiyah residential area and the Shmeisani financial district, in the heart of Jordan’s bustling capital city Amman. Next you'll head to The Mövenpick Resort Petra which is located directly at the entrance to the historic city of Petra. Petra lies about 3.5-hours south of modern Amman, about 2-hours north of Aqaba, on the edge of the mountainous desert of the Wadi Araba. Then onto Kempinski Hotel Ishtar Dead Sea which sits at the lowest point you can get to on Earth while remaining on its surface, at the north end of the Dead Sea, east of the West Bank. Needless to say, it is central to some of the most pivotal sites in Western and Middle Eastern history, including the baptism site of Jesus Christ, the ancient city of Jerash, and the Lost City of Petra.
When to go
For a small country, Jordan has an extraordinary range of climates. The best time to visit climate-wise is in spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November), when the daytime temperatures aren't too extreme. April is probably the best month, when temperatures are warm and wildflowers are in bloom. March can be cold and rainy in the north but is balmy by the Gulf of Aqaba and the Dead Sea.