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Treasury Temple (Al Khazneh), Petra, Jordan

UNESCO Highlights of Jordan

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Duration

8 Days

Prices Start from

$2,159 ex. flights

There are five UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Jordan. Visit Petra, one of the most famous archeological sites, with ancient rock-cut architecture; and Wadi Rum Protected Area, a valley cut into from granite rock and sandstone.

Key Highlights of this Itinerary

Ancient City of Gera, Jerash, Jordan 1

Jerash

Explore the Roman ruins of Jerash and Ajloun Castle

Ad Deir Monastery, Petra, Jordan 2

Petra

As well as seeing Petra by day, visit by night, lit by candle and moonlight.

Wadi Rum Rock Carvings, Jordan 3

Wadi Rum

Visit the Rock Formations and widespread petroglyphs dating back 12,000 years.

Jordan, Dead Sea, Below sea level sign 4

Dead Sea

Pamper yourself with a soothing massage or with the well-known healing powers of Dead Sea mud.

Why we like it

There are many different ways to visit Jordan. This holiday focuses on archeology. For people who are passionate about ancient archaeology, fleeting visits to see these great sites is rarely enough. Spend quality time to explore a little deeper the UNESCO World Heritage Sites at Petra and Jerash. Travel at a distinctly relaxed pace, and visit other important UNESCO highlights of Amman district and Wadi Rum.

Don't forget, we will customise this journey to suit you.

Explore our suggested itinerary

  • Day 1 -2
    Amman
  • Day 3
    Amman - Petra
  • Day 4 -5
    Petra
  • Day 6
    Petra - Dead Sea
  • Day 7
    Dead Sea - Wadi Rum
  • Day 8
    Wadi Rum - Aqaba
Ancient City of Gera, Jerash, Jordan
Jerash, Jordan

Jerash And Ajloun Castle

From the capital city of Amman, travel north to visit the wonderfully preserved ancient ruins of Jerash as well as the 12th-century hilltop Muslim castle at Ajloun. Jerash was once the most powerful outposts in ancient times and today has a beautifully preserved sense of history. Although not recognised as a UNESCO site, it is worth visiting to wander through the columns, plazas and temples. The top sites are the Hippodrome and the Temple of Artemis. A short distance from Amman, the Aljun Castle sits atop a hill overlooking the town of Aljun and offers a stunning vista of Northern Jordan.

View from the Kings Highway, Jordan
Jordan

The Kings Highway

This ancient route connects the Christian town of Madaba, famed for its wonderful 6th-century mosaic map of the holy land and the iconic site of Petra in the south of the country. A slower route but well worth it for the host of historic sites and fabulous views along the way.

Close to Madaba is the presumed burial place of Moses where a memorial stands with commanding views across the Jordan Valley and the Dead Sea towards Israel in the distance, a pilgrimage site for many. Um er-Rasas is an ancient UNESCO site close to Madaba that was once inhabited by the Romans, Byzantines, and Early Muslims. It is known for its mosaics within the 16 churches. Further south on the route passing dramatic valleys, winding mountain roads and sandstone cliffs are the crusader castles of Kerak and Shobak.

The Garden Hall, Petra, Jordan
Petra, Jordan

UNESCO Sites of Petra

The UNESCO World Heritage site of Petra is a highlight of any holiday to Jordan. Spend a full day exploring the temples, theatres, and tombs of this wonderful site. The Petra’s Treasury (tomb) after dark. A second day here would be easily filled and highly recommended. Visit Little Petra (Siq al-Barid) where there are some rare examples of Nabataean paintings or for the energetic, brave the 850 steps up to the monastery.

Dead Sea, Israel
Israel

The Dead Sea & Al Maghtas

From Petra, take the fast route north to spend a day at leisure and experience the bizarre sensation of floating in the dead sea. After experiencing this phenomenon, travel a short distance to reach Bethany Beyond the Jordan, believed to be a location where Jesus of Nazareth was baptized by John the Baptist.

Wadi Rum Rock Carvings, Jordan
Rock Carvings, Wadi Rum, Jordan

Wadi Rum Cave Paintings

Explore the desert wilderness of Wadi Rum Protected Area. Wadi Rum’s cultural significance comes from its collection of petroglyphs, inscriptions, and other archaeological findings made on the site. People have been living in Wadi Rum for more than 12,000 years and have left their mark on the landscape by leaving behind more than 25,000 rock carvings and 20,000 inscriptions.

Accommodation

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

Intercontinental Amman £££££

  • Jordan
  • City

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. The guestrooms are contemporary and comfortable, and many have views of the city. Facilities include a choice of restaurants plus a spa as well as indoor and outdoor swimming pools, both heated.

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Movenpick Resort & Spa Dead Sea £££££

  • Jordan
  • Wellness and Spa

Located on the shores of the Dead Sea, Movenpick Resort & Spa has been built in the style of a traditional Arabic village with the 346 guestrooms connected by walkways, stairwells and courtyards, planted with bougainvillea and plumbago. From the main building, an artificial river runs through the valley gardens towards a central square where shops, a restaurant, pools and the spa converge on the shores of the Dead Sea. Each of the rooms has a balcony or terrace and the vast spa takes full advantage of its location in an area rich in year-round filtered sunshine, ozone-rich air, high barometric pressure and mineral-loaded sea waters.

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Movenpick Resort Petra £££££

  • Jordan

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. Some of the 183 rooms have balconies and some have views of the mountains or pool. For the ultimate view over the site of Petra, request the Royal Suite. The hotel includes a wellness centre with indoor pool, steam bath and gym plus several restaurants and bars.

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A note on price

Prices will vary depending on the time of year you are travelling. Prices do not include international flights. Please ask one of our Travel Experts for an accurate quote. Flights purchased through Steppes Travel departing from the UK are ATOL protected.

This Itinerary
Price
From $2,159 Per person

When to travel

Jordan in January

December to February is winter across the country. Snow is common around Petra and Amman and the mountainous central spine. This period has 70% of the average annual precipitation, although it is a very dry country. It is a good time to visit the coast around Aqaba and the Dead Sea, as it remains pleasantly warm and dry in the day.

Jordan in February

December to February is winter across the country. Snow is common around Petra and Amman and the mountainous central spine. This period has 70% of the average annual precipitation, although it is a very dry country. It is a good time to visit the coast around Aqaba and the Dead Sea, as it remains pleasantly warm and dry in the day.

Jordan in March

March is a good time to visit Jordan, with the main sites remaining fairly quiet and spring on it’s way. Nights in the desert remain cold, but it is very pleasant in the day.

Jordan in April

April and May are the most popular times to visit Jordan, as the wildflowers carpet the country’s otherwise desolate slopes. It is a good time for hiking as it is not too hot generally. Temperatures are warm across the country, with it starting to get hot around the Dead Sea and Aqaba. We recommend getting up very early to see Petra at sunrise, before most tourists arrive.

Jordan in May

April and May are the most popular times to visit Jordan, as the wildflowers carpet the country’s otherwise desolate slopes. It is a good time for hiking as it is not too hot generally. Temperatures are warm across the country, with it starting to get hot around the Dead Sea and Aqaba. We recommend getting up very early to see Petra at sunrise, before most tourists arrive.

Jordan in June

June to August is the height of summer, with stifling temperatures across much of the country. However, it is a dry heat, with pleasantly warm evenings and mornings. By avoiding the middle of the day and taking lots of water, Jordan can still be enjoyed at this time of year. It is a quieter time of year so it is easier to reserve a spot in your favourite accommodation.

Jordan in July

June to August is the height of summer, with stifling temperatures across much of the country. However, it is a dry heat, with pleasantly warm evenings and mornings. By avoiding the middle of the day and taking lots of water, Jordan can still be enjoyed at this time of year. It is a quieter time of year so it is easier to reserve a spot in your favourite accommodation.

Jordan in August

June to August is the height of summer, with stifling temperatures across much of the country. However, it is a dry heat, with pleasantly warm evenings and mornings. By avoiding the middle of the day and taking lots of water, Jordan can still be enjoyed at this time of year. It is a quieter time of year so it is easier to reserve a spot in your favourite accommodation.

Jordan in September

September to November is generally a very good time to visit Jordan, although autumn is often indistinct. Temperatures start to cool off at the end of September, and the first signs of rain appear towards the end of October. It is a perfect time to visit Aqaba, with warm waters accommodating turtles and eagle rays.

Jordan in October

September to November is generally a very good time to visit Jordan, although autumn is often indistinct. Temperatures start to cool off at the end of September, and the first signs of rain appear towards the end of October. It is a perfect time to visit Aqaba, with warm waters accommodating turtles and eagle rays.

Jordan in November

September to November is generally a very good time to visit Jordan, although autumn is often indistinct. Temperatures start to cool off at the end of September, and the first signs of rain appear towards the end of October. It is a perfect time to visit Aqaba, with warm waters accommodating turtles and eagle rays.

Jordan in December

December to February is winter across the country. Snow is common around Petra and Amman and the mountainous central spine. This period has 70% of the average annual precipitation, although it is a very dry country. It is a good time to visit the coast around Aqaba and the Dead Sea, as it remains pleasantly warm and dry in the day.

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