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Jordan tour, 12 days

Jordan has so much to offer a traveler. Besides a rich history with many remarkable monuments and ancient castles, the country has beautiful nature and indescribable landscapes. 

Join our international groups with active travelers, of all ages. Most will come from Holland and Belgium, but you will find they have an excellent command of English. Your tour leader addresses the group in Dutch and English.

Join us for a truly cultural experience.

Itinerary

  1. Amman
  2. Amman, excursion Jerash and Salt
  3. Amman
  4. Amman - Wadi Al Seer - Mukawir - Dead Sea - Madaba
  5. Madaba - Mount Nebo - Kerak - Dana N.P.
  6. Dana N.P. - Petra
  7. Petra
  8. Petra - Wadi Rum
  9. Wadi Rum - Aqaba
  10. Aqaba
  11. Aqaba - Amman
  12. Amman


Land program begins: Amman day 1 late evening
Land program ends: Amman early morning day 12

Subject to change

Day by day

On the Road with Djoser

Djoser's active journeys offer an ideal balance of guidance and freedom. Our guide-assisted adventures cover the globe and feature wildlife, beautiful natural settings, historic sights and authentic cultural experiences. During Djoser travels, the daily schedule is not rigidly set.

The day-to-day descriptions describe the anticipated, or possible daily activities. Our travel days are obviously fixed, but each day the program may deviate depending on the preferences of the group, in consultation with the tour leader. The tour guide offers a program daily, with planned excursions. You are never obligated to participate. Those who desire more freedom may go out exploring or may dine on their own. Your tour leader can offer suggestions for safe explorations and fun restaurants. You will find that Djoser participants will take advantage of this flexibility. We believe a sense of discovery is an integral element of a great trip.

We offer the land program only. Below, you will find the day-to-day description days numbered to correspond with that of the Dutch participants (which includes their transit days from/to Amsterdam). This is so that when you are traveling and refer to this day-to-day description, all travelers will be “on the same page” or the same day number.

Amman
Day 1 Amman (Land begins)
Day 2 Amman, Jerash and Salt excursion
Day 3 Amman

We begin our Jordan tour in the Jordanian capital Amman. From the Citadel with ruins from a Roman temple and Umayyad Palace, you have a nice view of the city, which built on seven hills. The modern city has an ancient Roman theater and shopping streets which are lively and bustling in the evening. On day 2 we make an excursion to Jerash. A visit to this place is among the highlights of this trip. Jerash, once known as Gerasa, lies on a plain surrounded by fertile hills and is one of the best preserved Roman provincial towns in the world. The city was conquered in 63 BC by General Pompey, after which it came under Roman rule. During the 8th Century an earthquake covered much of the city with with sand and ash. As a result, the theater, temples, markets and streets remained very well preserved; so much so that it is compared to Pompeii. There is a daily show: 45 soldiers in full armor demonstrate the battle techniques of the Roman army, ten gladiators fight "to the death" and several Roman chariots hold a contest in a classical seven lap race around the ancient hippodrome. Later in the day we visit the picturesque Salt, the former capital of Jordan. You can wander through the lovely narrow streets of the old town. You can also visit a school for handicraft techniques, where traditional skills are demonstrated for ceramics, weaving, silk screen printing and dyeing. Back in Amman, you still have a full day to go out on your own. Amman has much to offer and there is something for everyone. Whether you like to shop, to relax in a hammam, go horseback riding, exploring museums or just want to sample some delicious local specialties, anything is possible.

Dead Sea, Dana National Park and Petra

Day 4 Amman - Wadi all Seer - Mukawir - Dead Sea - Madaba
Day 5 Madaba - Mount Nebo - Kerak - Dana National Park
Day 6 Dana National Park - Petra
Day 7 Petra

We leave Amman and stop at Wadi Al Seer in the Jordan Valley, where we find a castle built by a Persian prince in the 3rd Century BC. In Mukawir, where the fortress of King Herod is located, we enjoy a magnificent view of the Dead Sea, and subsequently go further to see this more closely. The Dead Sea is the lowest point on earth. There is so much salt that even the worst swimmers float. While you can read a newspaper while floating in this water, swimming is considerably more difficult. Because of the minerals in the water, the Dead Sea is also popular as a spa.

In the afternoon we arrive in Madaba where you find the world famous mosaic the madaba Map, which was found to be, a map of ancient Jerusalem. You will see biblical historic sights with your own eyes From Mount Nebo where Moses led the exodus to Israel from Egypt, to the promised land across the Jordan. The view from the top is breathtaking and on a clear day and reaches to Jerusalem. We drive along the spectacular King's Highway to the south. There are stories along every step of this road. Jordan is famous for its beautiful varied desert landscapes. We also stop regularly for the magnificent views of the gorges. En route we visit the famous crusader castle Kerak. From the meter-thick walls of the castle you look into the immeasurable depths of gorges. We continue our way to the Dana National Park. Here you will find stunning nature. Steep mountain ridges are interspersed with jagged rock formations that extend into the valley. We stay overnight in a hotel in Dana Village, just outside the park. The next day we set off towards Petra, the most famous Jordanian monument, which is on the the UNESCO World Heritage List. Petra means "rock" and was the Greek name of the capital of the Nabataeans. It is also one of the seven wonders of the world. This millennia-old city, which remained long-hidden, was built in a closed valley. By donkey you reach the narrow gorge, and you can marvel at the beautiful façade of the “Treasury” which is carved entirely into the sandstone cliff. Especially at sunrise the play of colors on rocks are unforgettable: yellow, pink and even blue. A must is the optional excursion to Little Petra. This smaller, but no less impressive settlement completes your visit to Petra.

Wadi Rum

Day 8 Petra - Wadi Rum
Day 9 Wadi Rum - Aqaba

Following Petra we travel to the Wadi Rum desert  a huge valley with rock formations of sandstone and granite. The wonderful landscape is awe-inspiring. We spend the night under the stars in a desert camp. You can choose an optional excursion by jeep or camel to experience the desert even further. Then it is time to enjoy the sun, sea and sand.

Aqaba
Day 10 Aqaba
Day 11 Aqaba - Amman
Day 12 Amman (land ends)

Aqaba, on the Red Sea, is the only port of Jordan. And it is a tax-free zone! Take advantage of this in the bazaar and buy your last souvenirs to take home. Aqaba is also popular among beach lovers and diving enthusiasts. A beautiful boat ride is among your possibilities. On day 11 we drive by bus from Aqaba to Amman. Back in the capital, you still have time to visit a museum or to explore Amman a bit further. We return to the hotel in Amman to bid farewell to our fell travel companions before returning home.

Dates and prices

Departure dates 2018

Land Begins Land Ends Price Availability  
Dec-19-18Dec-30-18$1,5350 seats

Departure dates 2019

Land Begins Land Ends Price Availability  
Mar-20-19
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Mar-31-19$1,5358 seatsbook now >
Mar-27-19Apr-07-19$1,6700 seats
Apr-10-19Apr-21-19$1,5350 seats
Apr-17-19Apr-28-19$1,6700 seats
Apr-25-19May-06-19$1,5350 seats
May-08-19May-19-19$1,53512 seatsbook now >
May-15-19May-26-19$1,53518 seatsbook now >
Jul-17-19Jul-28-19$1,53520 seatsbook now >
Jul-24-19Aug-04-19$1,53520 seatsbook now >
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Departure dates 2020

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Apr-08-20Apr-19-20$1,53520 seatsbook now >
Apr-15-20Apr-26-20$1,53520 seatsbook now >
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May-06-20May-17-20$1,53520 seatsbook now >
May-13-20May-24-20$1,53520 seatsbook now >

Conditions "Guaranteed leave"

Price includes

Included in our Jordan tour package: land package beginning and ending at hotels, transportation, hotel accommodation with breakfast, camping night with breakfast and dinner in Wadi Rum, excursions according to program, Dutch tour leader (speaks Dutch & English), local English speaking guide to Aqaba.

Price excludes

Excluded in our Jordan tour package: international flights from/to United States, meals, and optional excursions, entrance fees if not specifically named as included, Jordan tourist visa, exit taxes (if applicable), tips, personal expenses, travel insurance, airport transfers at arrival & departure.

Cost Overview

Single accommodations $240
   
Extension hotel city #1 Amman
Double room per person $38
Single room $63
Extension hotel city #2 Aqaba
Double room per person $63
Single room $72
   
Estimated out-of-pocket, weekly $450
   
Deposit due upon booking $500
  * Deposit based on 20% of minimum land price, or $500 minimum
  * Balance due 60 days prior to departure. 

Practical information

Accommodations & Meals

Accommodations - During our Jordan tour we use comfortable hotels, mostly located within walking distance of attractions and entertainment. All rooms have private shower and toilet and are equipped with air conditioning. In Jordan overnight you spend one night in a Bedouin camp in the desert near Wadi Rum. There are bath facilities, as well as mattresses and blankets; you should bring your own sleep sheet (sack).

Some examples of our usual hotel (subject to change)

Dana Dana Tower Hotel
Petra Edom Hotel
Wadi Rum  Desert Camp
Aqaba Rae'd Hotel Suites


Single room -
Djoser is single friendly! If you are traveling solo, we will match you with a same-sex roommate. If we cannot match you, there will be no additional room charge. For a reasonable charge, you may request single accommodations, subject to availability. Just indicate this preference on your booking form. You will find pricing for single accommodations on "Dates & Prices" page.

Hotel extensions - It is always great to be well rested when you begin a journey such as this. If you would like to book an extension hotel night upon arrival in the city where the land program begins, let us know on your booking form. You will find the prices for extension nights listed on the "Dates & Prices"  page.

Meals -
Breakfast during our Jordan tour is included in the fare. Also dinner in Wadi Rum is provided. We often take lunch while we are on the road at a beautiful location. For dinner you decide where and with whom you wish to eat. The tour leader can make suggestions. In restaurants you are sometimes offered a menu that starts with the Arabic appetizers, mezze. You will see different pastas, humus and tahini, assorted salads, kibbe (meatballs prepared in many ways). Bread is also brought to your table. These starters are is sometimes quite abundant then whole followed by a main course, which usually consists of grilled meat and fries. For dessert you will see seasonal fruit on the table, possibly coffee or tea. At the mezze vegetarians have enough options and can also ask for an omelette or the typical Arab lentil soup. Jordan is a predominantly Muslim country and alcohol is therefore not served in any restaurant.

Flights & Transportation


Land program begins: Amman day 1 late evening
Land program ends: Amman early morning day 12

Subject to change

Booking your international flight - We provide the land package and transportation within the program as described. We do not arrange international flights from or to the United States or Canada. The land program will begin approximately two hours after the arrival of the Netherlands (NL) participants who will be arrive from Amsterdam. The land program will end about 4 hours prior to their scheduled departure time, which allows for time to get to the airport. The proposed flights for the Dutch participants and the land beginning and times are listed in this section. They are subject to change based on flight delays or changes. We will keep you posted of any flight changes that we are aware of prior to the trip. When scheduling your flights, keep the following times in mind:

Dutch participants' proposed flights: (subject to change)
Airline: Lufthansa
NL participants arrive: Amman 1:55 AM
NL participants depart: Amman 2:55 AM

Before you book your flight - To avoid flight change or cancellation costs get email confirmation from our office that the trip has enough participants to be a “GO”.

Verify the spelling of your name-within 24 hours - When you book your flights, double check your flight records to confirm that your name is spelled on your ticket exactly as it appears on your passport. Some companies (for example, ORBITZ) will only allow a 24 hour window to correct any errors without penalty. You may incur heavy fees for changes, forfeiture of your flight ticket, or even worse, you could be denied entry to a border upon arrival.

Send us a copy of your flight itinerary - We will forward to the tour leader so they will know when to expect you at the hotel and when you will be departing.

Keep in mind hotel extensions - If the Dutch travelers arrive early in the morning, we recommend that you arrange to fly in the day or night before so you will be meet the group. Some trips involve an immediate transfer from airport to the next town so make sure you will arrive before the others so you don’t miss the first meeting or transfer to the next location. We can arrange an extension hotel night for you. Prices for hotel extensions can be found in the "Dates & Prices" section

If the Dutch participants arrive in the late evening - Should they arrive very late in the evening, the group will have their first meeting in the morning in the hotel lobby. You can check in earlier and relax or explore on your own.

Airport transfer to/from hotel – not Included - If you will be arriving and or departing on the same flight as the Dutch travelers let us know. Then you can join them on the bus for the group transfer at no additional charge. Notify us in advance so we can alert the tour leader. If you schedule your flight at the same time as theirs, or later, you can join them on the group transfer to the airport at no additional charge. Otherwise, you can take an authorized taxi to the first hotel on the list we have provided for you. Private airport transfers can be very costly . If your flight is delayed, they are difficult to reschedule or cancel. With a taxi, you are not charged for waiting time or cancellations.

Useful Links for booking your flights
Orbitz.com
Expedia.com
Kaykak.com

Local transportation - We use our own air-conditioned bus. The buses are driven by local drivers, and they are familiar with the route and driving style of the country. The bus is at our disposal and we can stop according to the wishes of the group. Although the distance are not large and the infrastructure is good, you can still spend a long day on the road, but there will be many stops to visit en route. In the cities we do not use our bus. Here you will get around easily by public transport or taxis.

Money Matters

A summary of all trip costs can be found on our "Dates & Prices" page. Prices may fluctuate throughout the year depending on currency exchange, gas costs, etc.

Included in price of our Jordan tour package

  • Land package (begins & ends at hotel)
  • Tour leader (logistics coordinator, not a lecturer), speaks Dutch & English
  • Local English speaking guide to Aqaba
  • Transport by bus
  • Hotel Accommodation with breakfast
  • Camping Overnight with breakfast and dinner in Wadi Rum
  • Tour Jerash and Salt
  • Visit Wadi al-Seer, Mukawir and Dead Sea
  • Visit Mt Nebo and Kerak Castle
     

When you book a trip

  • $500 deposit is due upon booking to hold your place
  • Payments by charge card or check are accepted
  • Balance is due 60 days prior to departure date


While you are traveling

Local Currency: Dinar
ATM Machines: Widely available 
Cash accepted:  Dollars are sometimes accepted - small dominations
Credit Cards: Accepted most places


Tipping - 
It is customary to tip for services rendered. The tour leader will organize a tip jar at the beginning of the trip, from which tips to drivers, guides, hotel staff are paid. Depending on the size of the group, each participant will be asked to contribute $40 to $50. This does not include a tip for your tour leader. Tipping the tour leader is appreciated and the amount up to your discretion.

** You will find a list of all trip costs in the "Dates & Prices" section, including your estimated out of pocket costs.

Excursions

Freedom and choice are important elements of a Djoser trip. In addition to scheduled group activities, wherever possible, you may decide which attractions you wish to visit, and with whom. Unless otherwise indicated, entrance fees are not included in the price, so you have the freedom to make your own choices. One person may prefer to stroll through the market in search of bargains, while someone else may want to relax by the pool, go to a museum, or take a bike ride. Join the guide or break off with others in the group to explore on foot or with the local transport. Some attractions should not be missed, or they are not easily accessible, or are en route to our next overnight location and are therefore built into the program. In the "Dates & Prices" section you will find the estimated out-of-pocket, weekly expenses that have calculated in typical entry fees in addition to meals and other costs.

During our Jordan group tour, the following excursions are included in the program:

  • Excursion to Jerash, a typical provincial town from the Greco-Roman antiquity and the former capital of Jordan: Salt

Along the way of our Jordan group tour, our bus stops at a number of places where you will need to pay an entrance fee:

  • Visit to the Petra declared World Heritage site by UNESCO in 1985 It is also one of the seven wonders of the world
  • Visit to Wadi al-Seer, Mukawir and the Dead Sea. The Dead Sea is the lowest point on earth where you can float effortlessly through the high salt content in the water
  • Visit Madaba and Mount Nebo. Behold the world famous mosaic Madaba and look, over the promised land like Moses from Mount Nebo. In Mukawir visit of King Herod's fortress.

Once there, you will have other possibilities for optional excursions:
A jeep safari or camel safaris is possible during our stay in Wadi Rum. In Aqaba there are various excursion opportunities for example scuba diving or snorkeling so you can explore the underwater world in the Red Sea.

Travel Documents

When you book a trip we will provide you with more details about necessary documents. Passports should be current and valid for at least 6 months beyond your departure date. If a visa is required, you may need extra pages in your passport for your stamps. Check all visa requirements carefully and leave yourself plenty of time to send and receive documents before your trip.

Travel documents needed
Jordan tourist visa needed - YES Consulate link 

Visa expeditor - 
If you are anxious about the visa process, or if you are short of time, you can pay an additional fee for an expediting service. They will look over your paperwork and should be able to guaranty a swift return of your visa or passport. We can recommend TRAVISA. 

Health Issues & Insurance

Health - Check for the Center for Disease Control – Travelers information for recommendations. Keep in mind that they may recommend an inoculation or medication such as malaria pills, which may be necessary for one specific part of a country but not another, or for a particular season. Shots are expensive. Make sure to get only what is needed. We recommend asking your doctor for a prescription to combat a more serious intestinal disorder.

When you book a trip we will provide you with information regarding the usual recommendations for the region we will visit. You will be responsible to check with your travel clinic or physician to review your plans and to find out the most up-to-date recommendations and needs for your particular situation. Plan to get your inoculations four to six weeks in advance of your trip. Some offices may need to preorder the medicines so call in advance.It is wise to pay careful attention to what you eat. Also, we recommend you bring medicines such as pain-killer and for remedy for intestinal disorders (such as IMMODIUM). Bring a small first aid kit. Tweezers, band-aids, antiseptic cream, insect repellent , salt rehydration tablets. The tour leader will have a first aid kit.

Climate and altitude changes can sometimes cause illness. Be sure to drink plenty of water. Bottled water is readily available. Excessive alcohol intake contributes to dehydration and makes you more vulnerable to illness. Make sure that you get plenty of rest and enough food and drink during the trip.

Most people are recommended to get

  • Vaccinations against DTP and Hepatitis A recommended

Insurance - For piece of mind, we recommend that you procure travel insurance. In the event of an illness or injury, an emergency evacuation can be incredibly expensive and you would want access to the best possible facility. Also, lost baggage or missed flights can mean added expenses, Even events at home may prevent you from taking a trip, such as a lost job or ailing family member. It is important to get travel insurance immediately after booking. Most companies have a brief window (within 10 days of booking) for coverage for a preexisting condition. You will be asked to provide us with travel insurance contact information before your departure.

You are free to choose your own provider. Over the years, we have recommended TRAVELEX. They offer a variety of plans and most importantly, they are responsive. Should you choose to go with TRAVELEX, you will contact them directly and the cost of your coverage will depend on the plan you choose. The cost will be based over the total cost of your trip and flights, and the amount is also subject to your age. Ask about the TRAVEL PLUS plan and the more economical TRAVEL LITE plan. * Arrange for insurance immediately after booking your trip so that you are covered for any pre-existing situation. TRAVELEX 1-800-228-9792

Group Composition

Djoser travelers are active, enthusiastic travelers of all ages. Join an international group with travelers from the Netherlands, Belgium and North America, who will be the minority group on these trips. Most of our trips range from a minimum of eight participants to a maximum of 20 or 22. You will find couple and singles on our trips. Feel free to call us if you wish to know the demographic make-up of a particular trips (number of singles and age range).

Minimum group size: 8 
Maximum group size: 20


What to expect when traveling with an international group - 
Djoser, Inc. (the United States office) has been a Jordan tour operator for over 15 years. Djoser, B.V. (the Netherlands office) has been a Jordan tour operator for over 25 years. So together we bring vast experience.Most of our trips are arranged in cooperation with Djoser, B.V. in the Netherlands. Because they cater to the voracious travel appetites of the Dutch, we can offer a vast number of programs around the world with hard-to-find itineraries, with numerous departure dates.

On our Jordan group tour, you will travel with an international group, with most participants from Holland and Belgium. The international make-up of our groups is the attraction for many regular Djoser travelers and adds another cultural element to the trip. Typically, there are only one to five North Americans per group. You will find that almost all of your fellow travelers have an excellent command of English and most are very willing to socialize. It’s a great idea to extend an invitation to a few travel mates for coffee or a drink early in the trip. They will appreciate your effort and this is a great way to break the ice. It will be easier for them to test out their English skills in a quiet, one-on-one setting. Group members tend to warm up to one another in a day or two. As with every tour group, compatibility has most to do with individual personalities.

The Dutch are experienced and hearty travelers. We attract travelers of all ages and we enjoy the mix! You will find our participants welcome opportunities for independent explorations in addition to group activities. No matter their age, Djoser travelers expect, and are up to lots of walking, hiking, biking, or whatever comes our way. The Dutch and Belgian travelers will fly as a group from Amsterdam. You will meet the group and tour leader at the hotel where you will begin the land program with the group.

Tour Leaders & Support Staff

Our trips are guided by an experienced Dutch guide who speaks Dutch and English. He or she will be responsible for the organizational and technical aspects of the trip. He/she coordinates with the driver, hotels, and other vendors along the way. The tour leader has extensive travel experience and expertise as well as a comprehensive training. On this trip a local guide will also assist us in and will explain about the customs, religious influences and cultural aspects of the area.

Our experienced land representatives are situated in the destination country you will visit. We work closely with them and they function as the liaison between our office, the guide, drivers and hotels. They are also available in the case of an emergency and their number will be provided on your emergency contact list.

Climate & Geography

Our trips are organized with weather conditions in mind. On our website, we will provide you with a weather summary of the region: Check temperature and rainfall for specific cities on your trip, during your month of travel at worldweather.org

Jordan has different climate zones ranging from a Mediterranean climate to a desert climate. Basically, the entire region has a Mediterranean climate with four seasons, with warm to hot summers and winters are cool. But as you go deeper o into the desert, there is a more extreme the differences between day and night, summer and winter. Temperatures also vary greatly by region.

In the Jordanian city of Aqaba on the Red Sea, in the far southern tip of Jordan, it is warm all year round and in summer even hot. In the capital, Amman, on the coast of the Dead Sea and along the banks of the Jordan, it is significantly cooler, but on the whole year very pleasant Mediterranean temperatures. Here the annual temperature differences are less marked than in the desert. In the desert the summer temperatures

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Highlights

  • International groups - all ages
  • Dutch tour guide and accompanying local guide
  • Visit unique Jerash and the ancient capital of Jordan Salt
  • Visit to Wadi al-Seer, Mukawir and to the salty Dead Sea
  • Visit the impressive mosaic of Madaba
  • View of the Promised Land from Mount Nebo as Moses witnessed it
  • Visit to the famous Kerak castle
  • Ample time for the World Wonder Petra, with the possibility of visiting "Little Petra"
  • Night in a Bedouin tent with breakfast and dinner in the desert at Wadi Rum
  • Stay and visit to Dana Nature Reserve
  • Relax on the Red Sea in Aqaba with plenty of diving and snorkeling
  • Combination of culture, nature and relaxation
  • Comfortable hotels with air conditioning and breakfast included