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Family Holiday to Jordan

Ancient tombs of Petra, desert landscapes of Wadi Rum and the underwater world of the Red Sea

9 days

from £1,895pp (excluding flights)

Jordan is a wonderful family destination. Easy to get around and only five hours away it offers the perfect introduction to the culture, people and history of the Middle East. This holiday to Jordan is designed to appeal to both teenagers and younger children, balancing culture with activities and leisure to ensure that all family members are kept engaged throughout. 

  • Walk in the footsteps of gladiators at Roman Jerash
  • Step into the world of Indiana Jones and explore the once lost city of Petra
  • Explore the deserts of Wadi Rum before spending time with a local shepherd and his flock
  • Float in the waters of the lowest place on earth - the Dead Sea
  • Dive or snorkel in the Red Sea

Amman and the Roman gladiators of Jerash

This family holiday begins in the capital city of Amman and a visit to the Royal Automobile Museum in King Hussein gardens. Home to a wonderful selection of classic cars and motorbikes, from Rolls-Royces to modern sports cars, all from the personal collection of King Hussein.

Travel north and transport yourselves back to Roman times at the beautifully preserved site of Jerash, where gladiators once did battle.


Learn about the ancient incense trade as you explore the caves, tombs and sandstone cliffs of Petra. Round the day off with an interactive cookery session at the Petra Kitchen where everyone lends a hand to prepare your evening meal.


Journey to the southern tip of Jordan and the cosmopolitan city of Aqaba, located on the Red Sea. A perfect spot for a few days relaxing and enjoying some diving or water sports.

Wadi Rum for families

Adrenalin and desert adventure are served up next amidst the magical lunar-like scenery of Wadi Rum. Explore by 4WD jeep safari, camel or on foot and there is even the option for some rock climbing. Meet with a Bedouin family for a traditional lunch and spend time with a young shepherd as he tends to his flock, for a wonderful insight into their daily life.

The Dead Sea

After exploring the crusader castle of Kerak head north to the lowest point on earth, the Dead Sea. Here the whole family can bathe in the restorative muds of the Dead Sea (or mum can sneak off to the spa!).

For a more detailed itinerary with great ideas on what to do and where to stay, please get in touch with our experts.

Price Excluding Flights £Flight cost from 
£ 1895 £ 575
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what is included

  • Activities in Wadi Rum including 4WD, camel ride, Bedouin and shepherd experience
  • Entrance fees to all sites
  • Traditional Bedouin lunch in Wadi Rum
  • Accompanied throughout by a private English speaking guide, except on days at leisure.
  • All accommodation as detailed in suitable family rooms on a bed and breakfast basis
  • All transfers and transportation as detailed

what is excluded

  • Gratuities
  • International flights
  • Travel Insurance
  • Visas


Itinerary at a glance

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Day 1

Fly London to Amman

You will be staying at Intercontinental Amman, bed and breakfast

Day 2

Sightseeing of Amman and Jerash
This morning visit the Royal Automobile Museum which is located in the gardens of King Hussein and home to a wide range of vintage and modern vehicles. Drive from Amman to visit the ancient city of Jerash. Sitting on a plain surrounded by hilly woodland this is one of the best preserved Roman cities in the Middle East. The site was conquered by General Pompey in 63 BC coming under Roman rule and was one of the ten great Roman cities of the Decapolis League. Hidden for centuries in sand before being excavated and restored over the past 70 years, the site showcases paved and colonnaded streets, soaring hilltop temples, handsome theatres, spacious public squares and plazas, baths, fountains and city walls pierced by towers and gates.

This afternoon travel south on the Desert Highway to Petra.

The Petra Kitchen Cooking Class
The Petra kitchen is a relaxed and informal dining experience offering an evening preparing a variety of dishes alongside local Jordanian women. After the cooking lesson, you get to enjoy what you have prepared.

You will be staying at Movenpick Resort Petra, bed and breakfast

Day 3

Petra Sightseeing
Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Petra, accompanied by a private local guide.

Petra is the legacy of the Nabataeans, an industrious Arab people who settled in south Jordan more than 2,000 years ago. From here they dominated the trade routes of ancient Arabia, levying tolls and sheltering caravans laden with Indian spices and silks, African ivory and animal hides. The kingdom endured for centuries and became widely admired for its refined culture, massive architecture and ingenious complex of dams and water channels. By the 16th century however, Petra was completely lost, and remained so for 300 years until it was rediscovered by a Swiss traveller, Burckhardt, in 1812. View the 'Treasury', Roman-style 3,000-seat theatre, and numerous temples, facades, tombs, baths and funerary halls.

Petra by Night
An additional option would be to visit Petra by the light of 1,800 candles. Walk through the Siq to the Khazneh following a candle-lit path and enjoy the haunting music of the Bedouin at the Treasury.

You will be staying at Movenpick Resort Petra, bed and breakfast

Day 4

Drive from Petra to Aqaba

A journey of approximately two hours

You will be staying at Kempinski Hotel Aqaba, bed and breakfast

Day 5

You will be staying at Kempinski Hotel Aqaba, bed and breakfast

Day 6

Explore Wadi Rum
Drive from Aqaba to Wadi Rum to explore the desert landscapes of Wadi Rum, a land of dramatic sandstone mountains hiding prehistoric inscriptions and carvings, rocky caverns and steep chasms. Explore by 4WD, camel or on foot or even the opportunity for some rock climbing. Join a local Bedouin family for a traditional lunch in one of their goat hair tents, typical of the region. After lunch, join a local shepherd and his flock, watching the sheep being milked and joining them on a walk through the desert.

You will be staying at Kempinski Hotel Aqaba, bed and breakfast

Day 7

Travel from Aqaba to the Dead Sea via Kerak

Travel north to the Dead Sea, stopping en route to visit the imposing hilltop fortress at Kerak, built almost a thousand years ago. This ancient Crusader stronghold is home to galleries, towers, chapels and ramparts, all ripe for exploring.

The Dead Sea valley is typically Mediterranean with mild winters and hot summers and is a natural greenhouse rich in minerals. In ancient times it was one of the most fertile places in the Middle East and some of the world's oldest civilisations sprang up here.

You will be staying at Kempinski Hotel Ishtar Dead Sea, bed and breakfast

Day 8

Time at Leisure on the Dead Sea
Float in the salty waters of the Dead Sea or relax with a soothing massage.

You will be staying at Kempinski Hotel Ishtar Dead Sea, bed and breakfast

Day 9

Fly Amman to London


Below you can see some of the wonderful places we recommend you stay on your journey.

Intercontinental Amman

Intercontinental Amman

Situated at the top of one of Amman's seven hills, the Intercontinental is in the heart of the business district, within walking distance of the city centre and a short taxi ride from popular sites such as the Citadel....

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Kempinski Hotel Ishtar Dead Sea

Kempinski Hotel Ishtar Dead Sea

The Kempinski Hotel Ishtar Dead Sea is made up of three properties set amidst gardens dotted with lagoons, waterfalls and private pools....

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Movenpick Resort Petra

Movenpick Resort Petra

Located at the entrance to the site of Petra, the Movenpick Resort combines Arabic and oriental styles with beautiful mosaic features and original antiques and artwork throughout....

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Kempinski Hotel Aqaba

Kempinski Hotel Aqaba

Kempinski Hotel Aqaba Red Sea occupies a wonderful location on the shores of the Red Sea and ensures it makes the most of the sea views....

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For a more detailed itinerary with great ideas on what to do and where to stay, please get in touch with our experts.

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