This adventure includes visits to the Dead Sea and the historical city of Petra, a jeep tour at Wadi Rum and the Red Sea reefs of Aqaba.
Starting from Amman, the ancient cities of Jerash, Kerak and Petra provide an insight into Jordan's great cultural and historical treasures, before continuing to the Dead Sea, the lowest point on earth.
At Aqaba, snorkellers and divers alike will enjoy the uncrowded reef and the majority of dive sites are accessed from the shore. Highlights include the wreck of the Cedar Pride, the colourful deep wall dive at Power Stations and Kiwi Reef, a breeding ground for juvenile species and great for photographers.
It is possible to complete this trip as a self-drive trip, however we suggest relying on the expertise of a local driver.
Day1: Fly to Amman
Arrive in Amman and transfer to your hotel for an overnight stay.
Day2: Discover Jerash, Ajlun and the Dead Sea
You will be met by your driver and proceed with your adventure. Considered the most complete and best preserved city of the Decapolis, the ancient Greco-Roman city of Jerash lies an easy hour’s drive from Amman. Ajlun village, a forty-minute drive from Amman, offers the visitor a remarkable castle, dating from 12th century AD.
Your overnight stop is at the Dead Sea, the lowest point on earth, some 400 metres below sea level. Due to an extremely high content of salts and minerals, as the name suggest, the sea is devoid of life. However, it is these very minerals that give the Dead Sea its renowned curative powers, recognised for over 2,000 years.
Day3: Experience Madaba, Mt Nebo and Kerak
First stop is Madaba, for its markets, ancient mosaics and nearby Mount Nebo, where Moses looked over the Promised Land. Then head via Kerak, dominated by its Crusader castle before arriving in Petra. This is a long (5 hours) but interesting day’s drive. Overnight near Petra
Day4: Explore Petra
Explore the historical and archaeological city of Petra. Situated between the Dead and the Red Sea, Petra is half-built, half-carved into the rock, and is surrounded by mountains riddled with passages and gorges.
Later in the day, continue to Aqaba and Tala Bay. Check in to your resort for a six night stay.
Days5-8: Dive Aqaba
Time to relax and enjoy the underwater world with eight shore dives included. The Gulf of Aqaba is very narrow and deep, the majority of the 30 dive sites are easily accessed from the shore. The area is renowned for its colourful reefs and wreck diving opportunities and suits divers of all levels of ability.
There’s also plenty of history here to be explored.
Day9: Wadi Rum jeep excursion
Enjoy your morning at leisure. In the afternoon head to Wadi Rum for a jeep tour (4 hours). Here you'll enjoy picturesque desert landscapes, colourful canyons and dunes and unusual rock formations.
Day10: Return to the UK
Our trip ideas are offered to inspire you and can be tailored to suit your requirements.
Duration and price including flights from/to UK: 10 daysfrom £2,195 pp
When to go: Jan-Dec: Daily throughout the year
Included in the price/package:
Flights from the UK
9 nights accommodation (4*)
English speaking driver
Entrance fees to sites
Wadi Rum jeep tour
8 shore dives Aqaba
Tanks and weights
Aqaba’s Red Sea coastline offers easy access to over 20 shore diving sites along the fringing reef with colourful marine life, well preserved corals, pinnacles, canyons and walls. The crystal clear waters and pleasant climate make Aqaba an ideal year round destination.
Excellent for: Resort based diving, Family diving, Learn to dive, Shore diving, Snorkelling
The ancient city of Petra is one of Jordan’s national treasures and now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It has headed travel wish lists for 200 years, and the towering façade of the Treasury is just one its myriad of archaeological wonders.
Excellent for: History & culture
The Dead Sea is one of the most spectacular natural and spiritual landscapes in the world, but its leading attraction is the hot, soothing super salty sea water, where you can float effortlessly and soak up the water’s healthy minerals.
Excellent for: Activity & adventure
Wadi Rum is one of the world’s most beautiful desert regions, with ancient valleys, granite outcrops and towering sandstone formations rising out of red coloured sand. The area has been inhabited for millennia and is now home to several Bedouin tribes.
Excellent for: Activity & adventure, History & culture
Suggested accommodation is shown below.
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Located at the entrance to Tala Bay in Aqaba, this 4-star property enjoys stunning views of the nearby marina and is ideal for divers and snorkellers who come to enjoy Jordan's Red Sea resort.