Sunrise in the Wadi Rum

Tailor Made: A Week in Jordan Trip Notes

Ways to Travel:
Tailor Made Adventures
Destinations:
Jordan
Programmes:
Tailor Made, Culture
Trip Code:
BXW
Activity Rating - Leisurely/Moderate
Leisurely / Moderate

You are reasonably fit, enjoy the outdoors and are looking for some exercise. Some previous experience is preferable for activity based trips.

9 Days Land only

Trip Overview

Jordan is an ideal destination for a one-week adventure. Bursting with things to see and do this trip includes the best of what this magnificent country has to offer, visiting all the major sites of interest.  Take two full days to explore the so called 'rose-red city' of Petra and a guided visit around Jerash, one of the best preserved Roman cities in the Middle East. There is time to 'float' in the salty waters of the Dead Sea and snorkel (optional) over the beautiful coral reefs of the Red Sea.  Experience the fabulous scenery in the desert at Wadi Rum, where we take a 4WD excursion into the more remote regions and camp out like the Bedouin.

At a Glance

  • 7 nights hotels, 1 night permanent camp
  • Travel by air-conditioned bus and 4WD in Wadi Rum

Trip Highlights

  • Discover Petra's secrets, with two full days at the rose-red city
  • Experience Bedouin life at a desert camp in Wadi Rum
  • Stroll through the ancient streets of Roman Jerash
  • Put your feet up and float in the tranquil Dead Sea
  • Visit Mt Nebo, claimed to be Moses' burial site

Is This Trip for You?

Although this is a cultural trip, some days (such as those in Petra) can be long and tiring. To walk up to the  Monastery which involves 750 steps you should have a reasonable level of fitness. Your guide for Petra will be able to provide you with further advice about the walks in this amazing site 

In very rare instances we may need to amend the order of the itinerary but we will ensure that all the elements are still included and site visits are of the same duration.

Ramadan
The holy month of Ramadan runs from 5th of May to the 4th of June 2019 . During this time the opening hours to sites and museums may be affected by an hour or two. The timing of your itinerary will be adapted to accommodate this. Purchasing snacks and meals during the day may also be affected as some shops may be closed. Please note that the energy levels of our local staff may be a bit lower during this period. That said, Ramadan is a special time to visit a Muslim country - each evening the streets empty for an hour while everyone breaks their fast, and there's a feeling of festivity in the air at night.

Following a review of all our trips we have categorised this trip as generally not suitable for persons of reduced mobility. However if you are a regular traveller on such trips, please contact customer services to discuss the trip and your personal condition.

Group

For private departures there is an English speaking driver and local guides at each of the sites visited. 

Itinerary

Land Only

Start City:
Amman
End City:
Dead Sea

Flight Inclusive

Start City:
London
End City:
London

Land Only Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Start Amman.

    Start Amman.  Please note flights usually arrive late evening so if you would like a free day before your trip starts please speak to one of our Tailormade consultants. 

    Amman West Hotel or similar

  • Day 2

    Visit Jerash then Amman city tour

    This morning drive north to Jerash, known as Gerasa in ancient times. This was one of the ten wealthy, self-governing cities of the Decapolis during Roman times, and was famous throughout the Roman world for the luxury of its lifestyle. Buried for centuries under blown sand, Jerash is the only city of the Decapolis to have survived, with a dramatic oval forum, colonnaded main streets which remarkably have the drains still intact, two theatres and the impressive temple of Zeus. After a good look around head back to Amman for a city tour including the Citadel, the Roman Theatre and the old city.

    Amman West or similar

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
  • Day 3

    Drive down King's Highway to Petra via Mt Nebo, Madaba and Kerak.

    Today is a long driving day down the King's Highway up and down huge 'wadis' (valleys). There are several stops of interest en route including Madaba, known as the city of the mosaics, Mt Nebo and Kerak, which is a magnificent fortified town. Further south  reach the magnificent city of Petra; Jordan's premier historic site and one of the world's most outstanding ancient cities.

    Amra Palace Hotel or similar

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
  • Days 4-5

    Two days to explore the expansive sights of Petra.

    Two days to explore Petra, the so called rose-red city, 'half as old as time'. Petra was hidden for centuries until the Swiss explorer Burckhardt made his great discovery in 1812. It was founded by the Nabateans, an Arab tribe that arrived here in the 6th century BC. Building at Petra began in the third century BC and continued through the Roman period, financed by taxes levied on the desert caravans. Two features of Petra are unique: firstly, it is a city made defensible by being built down a series of chasms, rather than on a hilltop. Secondly, it is built directly into the rock - beautiful red and yellow sandstone carved into the most impressive facades which glow in the brilliant sunlight.

    To enter Petra there is a walk down a narrow chasm, known as the Siq, surrounded by high cliffs on either side. Unveiled at the end of the Siq is El Khazneh, the Treasury. This is just the first breathtaking sight of a remarkable day. Continuing to the centre of the city, pass the houses and tombs of the rich citizens and the remarkable scale of the site begins to unveil itself. A long walk beyond the centre is El Deir, the monastery, with its superb facade topped by a huge urn (the walk up is by a series of steps).  This walk is optional so you may or may not want to include it in your day.

    On the second day explore the site further and there is the option to have the guide take you to the High place of sacrifice.  This can be quite arduous and is not recommended for those who are unsure of their fitness. However, those who do make it to the top are rewarded with wonderful views over parts of the site visited on the previous day.

    Amra Palace or similar

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
  • Day 6

    Drive to Wadi Rum desert; jeep safari; 4WD excursion; Bedouin camp.

    This morning drive south on the Desert Highway to Wadi Rum. This world heritage site is where dramatic sandstone mountains rise from the sandy desert floor and Lawrence of Arabia and Prince Faisal assembled the Arab tribes for the attack on Aqaba in the First World War.  It is also where sections of the 1962 epic film were shot.

    Take a 2-hour 4x4 jeep trip to explore some of the highlights of the protected area. Visiting the main popular sights, there is time to sample bedouin tea and then watch the sunset from the vantage point of a rock formation.  Back at the camp enjoy Bedouin hospitality and dinner. 

    Permanent Bedouin tents

    Meals included:
    Breakfast,
    Dinner
  • Day 7

    Morning in Wadi Rum; drive to Aqaba; relax at the Red Sea

    Wake amidst the dramatic desert scenery and enjoy breakfast in this picturesque setting. Travel on to Jordan's port and holiday resort, famous for beautiful coral reefs.  There is time to relax on a local beach with transport and entrance included.  Add to the experience by hiring snorkelling equipment for a swim over the coral reef watching out of colourful fish.  Please note snorkelling can be arranged and paid for on the day.  There is a local bazaar and several restaurants in Aqaba and it is easy to explore on foot from the hotel. 

    La Costa Hotel

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
  • Day 8

    Drive from Aqaba to the Dead Sea

    Leaving the Red sea behind head to the Dead sea which is one of the most fascinating places on earth.  Free time to experience floating and trying the dead sea mud then cooling off in one of the swimming pools or taking a cocktail at the bar.  This evening enjoy a buffet dinner. 

    Holiday Inn, Dead Sea or similar 

    Meals included:
    Breakfast,
    Dinner
  • Day 9

    End Dead Sea

    Trip ends after breakfast at the Dead Sea.  A private transfer to the International Airport or back to Amman can be added to your trip.  

    Meals included:
    Breakfast

Accommodation

Hotels and camping

Spend 2 nights in a 4-star hotel in Amman, 3 nights in a standard hotel in Petra, 1 night in a 4-star hotel in Aqaba and the final night in a 5-star hotel at the Dead sea.   One night is spent in a desert camp in Wadi Rum. 

Throughout the tour we use hotels with en suite facilities and air conditioning.  Some hotels have more facilities than others however it is always good to keep in mind that the star rating in Jordan is quite different to what you may expect at home.  Sometimes we may use less centrally located hotels in the interests of comfort. Accommodation in Petra is limited and demands on the infrastructure are high; this creates occasional problems with hot water and plumbing for all hotels.  In general, the hotels in Petra are of an older style and more basic in comparison with the rest of Jordan. 

At the Wadi Rum camp there are traditional style tents equipped with basic beds, sheets and blankets. There are plumbed toilets and basins, and simple shower facilities with (limited) hot water. 

 

Where a single supplement is available, paying for a single will only guarantee a room for single use. It does not necessarily mean a twin or double room will be provided for sole occupancy.

Please note that a member of the group may be allocated a single room by default if the make-up of the group means there isn’t anyone for them to share with. Paying the supplement in advance is the only way to guarantee a single room.

Single supplements cannot be refunded retrospectively.

Food & Transport

Eating & Drinking

All breakfasts and two dinners are included at the Wadi Rum camp and the Dead Sea resort.  For other meals there are restaurant a number of restaurant choices although these are more limited in Petra.  Allow about £200-£250 (approx. US$320-400) to cover meals. If you are vegetarian, please note that main meals are limited in choice; however, mezze is almost always available in restaurants and is a good, filling choice. There is also a good choice of seafood available when at the Red Sea. While camping the food provided consists of rice with a selection of chicken, lamb and vegetables.

Transportation

Sedan cars or vans are used depending on the number in your party.
To reach the Wadi Rum camp and to explore the surrounding desert, basic 4-wheel-drive vehicles are used.  The vehicles are appropriate for local desert travel but may fall below normal vehicle safety standards expected on our trips. As there are no other vehicles available and as we are not travelling by road we feel that they are an adequate means of transport.

Weather & Seasonality

Weather Information

Spring and autumn are very popular as it is cooler at around 24ºC in the day and down to 8ºC at night. Rain is more likely but protracted bad weather is unlikely. Summer in Jordan is hot and dry but not unpleasant. Daytime maximum temperatures are around 32ºC in Amman. Aqaba is very hot when the air is still, but there is usually a breeze. Rain is unusual but possible. In winter it is generally crisp and warm in the day, approximately 10-15ºC. However desert temperatures can approach freezing or below at night. There are even occasions when it snows in Jordan during winter.

Weather Charts

Joining Instructions

If you have arranged a private transfer or pre-tour accommodation at the start hotel you will be met on arrival by our representative who will assist you with the visa on arrival process. Please discuss the best options for your arrival with our Tailormade consultants. 

Regional Flights

The Flight Inclusive price is based on a London departure, but we are happy to tailor this to your local or regional airport. Please ask about flights from local or regional airports.

If booking regional flights other than with Exodus, you must allow a minimum connecting time (in addition to the international check-in time) of 1 hour at Gatwick, and 1.5 hours at Heathrow; this is longer than the official minimum, but baggage handling is known to be subject to delays.

Full joining instructions including local emergency numbers will be sent to you as part of our Final Joining Instructions. If you do not receive these at least a week before departure, or require them earlier please contact our office or your travel agent.

Transfers Details

Arrival and departure transfers can be added to your trip at extra cost.  Please discuss with our Tailor Made consultants.

Location start:
Amman
Location end:
Dead Sea

What to Take

Essential Equipment

Day sack
Good shoes for walking and lightweight walking boots for the High Places in Petra
Water bottle
Sunhat
Sun cream
Insect repellent for the night at the desert camp
Torch for desert camp
Wet wipes
Appropriate footwear for the Dead Sea as parts are rocky underfoot

You will encounter a range of temperatures on these trips; in spring and autumn the days are generally quite hot (very hot in July and August), the nights are cool in the desert. Light cotton clothing is suitable for daytime use, but you may need a sweater, and for departures from the end of September onwards you should also bring a warm jacket.

Please note that Jordan is a Muslim country and so modest dress is required on this trip when visiting holy sites, and rural areas (i.e. legs, shoulders and upper arms to be covered). In the larger cities and more popular destinations this is not necessary.

At time of writing the standard weight limit for hold baggage on the recommended international carrier for this trip is 20kg. We recommend packing only one piece of checked baggage.

As advice about luggage allowances for both hand and hold luggage is subject to change, we suggest you check the airline's website for the latest information prior to your departure.

Water Included

Plastic bottles are a big issue in many countries where recycling isn’t yet widely available; they often end up in landfill sites or get burnt, both processes are harmful to the environment and we would like to reduce our impact here. For your trip we provide an alternative to single-use plastic bottles in order to reduce the amount of plastic used. This means that safe drinking water will be available throughout so all you need to do is bring a bottle to re-fill along the way. Please add this to your packing list!

Optional Equipment

Swimwear and flip flops for the Dead Sea and the hotel pools.
Sleeping bag/liner for extra comfort for the night spent in the desert (please note that the basic bedding is already provided including sheets and blankets).

Reading List

TE Lawrence: Seven Pillars of Wisdom

Practical Information

Passport

Jordan

All nationalities require a full passport that must be valid for 6 months beyond the intended length of stay. It is your responsibility to have the correct personal documents and to obtain your own visa, if one is necessary, in accordance with the regulations of the country you are to visit. The information below is primarily for UK passport holders, and other nationalities should check with their travel agent or the relevant embassies. We are not responsible for the actions of local immigration and customs officials, whether at points of entry or otherwise, and any subsequent effects.

Visa

Jordan

Visas are required by most nationalities, including British, and can be obtained at the border or Amman airport. At time of print, visa fees (usually 40JOD) have been waived for all nationalities travelling to Jordan with a tour operator and spending a minimum of 2 nights in country. Our airport representative will meet and assist you with obtaining the free visa on arrival in Jordan at Customs & Immigration. He will be carrying an Exodus sign.

For more information on the free Jordan Visa, please see the link below:
http://international.visitjordan.com/MediaCenter/News/JordanianGovernmen...

Visa regulations can change without notice: please check the current regulations in good time to obtain a visa if one is required.

There are no specific health risks on this trip.

Vaccination

Jordan

There are no mandatory vaccination requirements. Recommended vaccinations are: Polio, Tetanus, Typhoid.

Travel health can often be something people forget about before going away, but a little preparation and knowledge can go a long way to help you stay fit and healthy while abroad.

The above information can change at short notice; as we are not qualified to answer all your questions about travel health we strongly recommend you contact your Medical Professional or a Travel Health Clinic at least 8 weeks prior to departure for up-to-date information. Please note: vaccinations that are routinely recommended to residents of the UK, North America or Australasia are not considered to form part of the travel health advice, and you should ensure these are kept up to date where necessary.

For additional information please visit: https://travelhealthpro.org.uk/countries

Insurance - are you adequately covered?

It is a condition of joining any of our holidays that you must be fully insured against medical and personal accident risks (to include repatriation costs and air ambulance or helicopter rescue services where appropriate). On arrival in destination for your trip, you will be asked to present details to your leader or local representative of your policy.

If you are resident in the UK we strongly recommend the Exodus travel insurance policy, this is specifically designed to cover all activities on your trip. If arranging your own policy please ensure that you are covered for all activities that are part of the trip, optional activities that you intend to take part in and/or on high altitude itineraries, that you are covered up to the maximum altitude of the trip.

Local Time

Jordan's Timezone:
Asia/Amman EEST (GMT +03:00)

Electricity

Jordan's Electricity:

230 Volts. Plug types B,C,D,F,G & J; establishments often take UK plugs and/or two round pin plugs.

You will need a round 2-pin plug. This type of plug is very common in most universal adaptor sets. Supply is generally 230V and 50Hz frequency.

Money

Jordan's Currency

The national currency of  Jordan is the Jordanian Dinar (JOD).  At time of publication (November 2019) this was equivalent to approximately GBP£1.10.  US$1.40, CAD$1.87, AUD$2.00.

The Dinar (JOD) is divided into 1,000 fils. Ten fils is referred to colloquially as 1 piastre, and quite frequently prices of small items are given in piastres.

ATM Availability

You can choose to either change your money in advance or on arrival at Amman airport. Here you will find both ATMs and Bureaux de Change. ATMs can also be found in the major towns and cities, such as Madaba, Petra, Aqaba and Amman. However not all ATMs will take British/ European cards. Your leader will be able to advise you. Larger shops in the cities may take credit cards, but do not rely on this. We suggest taking some money in cash (Sterling, Euros or US dollars), with a mix of denominations. Changing Travellers Cheques in Jordan can be quite difficult as very few places now accept these. If you do wish to take them we advise using those issued by either Thomas Cook or American Express, as you may find others even more difficult to change. Small denomination cash dollars are useful for times when you want to change a small amount of money outside the major towns or cities.

Extra Expenses & Spending Money

There are a range of extra excursions that can be added to your private itinerary at additional cost.  Our Tailormade consultants will be happy to discuss these with you if you would like to add to your Jordan adventure. 

Tipping

Our local staff are paid well and fairly for their work with Exodus. Although accepted as part of the local culture, tipping is entirely at your discretion for any local staff.  

Responsible Tourism

At Exodus we believe in the power of Responsible Travel.

Every time we travel, we are part of a global movement that creates jobs, builds more sustainable societies, encourages cultural understanding and safeguards common natural and cultural heritage. To learn more about what Responsible Travel means to Exodus click here… 

Exodus Community

Join the Exodus online community

Don't forget to visit the Community area on our website. You can view the range of Exodus videos and podcasts, read trip write-ups which have featured in the national media and take advantage of some special deals on travel gear and equipment.

In the Community Travel Forum you'll find the Departure Lounge where you can discuss your trip with fellow travellers before you depart. When you get back from your holiday remember to upload your images to the relevant trip page on our website. This helps other people see what our holidays are really like and you'll be entered automatically into our monthly photo competition.

To make full use of the Community you'll need to join My Exodus. It's free, registration is simple and easy, so what are you waiting for?

Important Information

On all guided trips

Although our leaders are well trained to deal with different capabilities, if they have any concerns about someone’s ability to safely partake in an activity, or their impact on other people’s enjoyment, we authorise them to take necessary action which, in some circumstances, may involve asking someone to miss that activity.

Although rarely enforced, by booking this trip you agree to section 14 of our Booking Conditions which clearly states that our leaders have the authority to do this. In these circumstances we will ensure anyone sitting out is safely provided for and offered alternative options where possible. Refunds will not be provided for activities missed and customers may be liable for additional costs incurred.

On all trips

In booking this trip you should be confident in your ability to participate in all activities described in these Trip Notes. If you have any doubt about your suitability you should call the Exodus office and ask to speak to one of the experts on this itinerary.

In an emergency, please contact our 24 hour out of hours service on +44 (0) 844 326 7041.

Every time that you travel abroad you should take the time to read the warnings in the essential information in the brochure.

Full joining instructions including local emergency numbers, and details of how to reach the start point, will be sent to you approximately 2 to 3 weeks prior to departure. If you do not receive these at least a week before departure, or require them earlier please contact our office or your travel agent.

The information in these Trip Notes is given in good faith. Where differences exist between the Trip Notes and our current brochure or website, the Trip Notes supersede the brochure and website. All holidays can be subject to unexpected changes; in order to enjoy them you should be prepared to be flexible where necessary. Occasionally, as stated in our brochure, it may not be possible to follow the itinerary as planned. This may be for a variety of reasons - climatic, political, physical or other. In these circumstances we will make the best possible alternative arrangements that maintain the integrity of the original itinerary.

As fuel prices, airport taxes and exchange rates fluctuate, and airlines manage their rates to match demand, it is proving harder than ever to guarantee our Flight Inclusive prices. Although we endeavour to keep our website as accurate as possible, daily fluctuations mean that our Flight Inclusive price may be out of date. For accurate prices we recommend that you contact one of our Travel Experts, or your Travel Agent.

TRAVEL AWARE – STAY SAFE & HEALTHY ABROAD

 

The Foreign & Commonwealth Office and the NHS have up-to-date advice on staying safe and healthy abroad. For more on security, local laws, plus passport and visa information, see https://travelaware.campaign.gov.uk/

Keep informed of current travel health news by visiting https://travelhealthpro.org.uk/

Advice can change so check regularly for updates.

For all latest travel information about your holiday, please visit our Travel Safety Advice page.

Please note, although this trip doesn’t visit any FCO no-go areas, it does visit a region close to an area where the advice is not to travel. If joining this trip, or if planning any additional travel pre or post tour in the area, you should ensure you visit their website to familiarise yourself with the advice. Any independent travel to these areas is entirely at your own risk and is likely not to be covered by your insurance.

How to Book

1. Check availability

Go online to check availability, or contact us by phone or email.

2. Secure your place

You can provisionally hold a place on this trip, usually for between three and seven days.

3. Complete your booking and payment

When you're ready to book, go to our website for online bookings, book over the phone or you can complete a booking form (available online or on request by calling us). We accept all major credit and debit cards, or you can pay be cheque. Book with confidence: Exodus is fully licensed and bonded as a tour operator. We hold Air Traffic Organisers Licence (ATOL) number 2582 issued and bonded with the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). We are also bonded to the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and we are members of the Federation of Tour Operators (FTO) and ABTA ‐ The Travel Association. This means you can book your Exodus holiday with confidence, as all monies paid to us for your trip are fully protected.

TRIP NOTE VALIDITY

These Trip Notes are valid from the "Current as" date on page one. They will occasionally be updated post booking and pre-departure; if there are any updates that significantly impact the inclusions or itinerary bookers will be written to separately. All customers will also receive a link to the most up-to-date version of the Trip Notes with their Final Joining Instructions pre-travel.