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Discover Jordan's classic sites of Petra, Wadi Rum, Red Sea and Dead Sea in extra style and comfort, including a unique desert stay in the UFO camp deep in the Wadi Rum desert

Jordan is renowned the world over as home to the stunning Nabatean Kingdom of Petra. It really is one of the must-see sites in the world. Led by your expert named leader, Muayad Mismar, who’s been guiding trips in Jordan for 21 years, you’ll spend two days exploring the beautiful temples and tombs carved into the rose-red sandstone.

Gradually entering the site through the Siq Canyon there really is nothing to compare with your first glimpse of the famous Treasury.  There is more to marvel at on this trip including the majestic rock outcrops of Wadi Rum. Take in its deep red lunar-like landscape from our premium accommodation, the unique UFO camp, where you’ll witness the most intense fiery sunsets and experience stargazing on another level. Step back in time to the Roman Empire as we walk along the cobbled streets of Jerash, one of the best-preserved Roman cities in the Middle East. You’ll also have the opportunity to soak up the immense views across the Red Sea and float in the world-famous salt waters of the Dead Sea.   



  • Spend an unforgettable two days exploring the Nabatean Kingdom of Petra with your expert guide Muayad Mismar
  • Experience the vibrant city of Amman, capital of the modern Kingdom of Jordan, and visit ancient sites such as the Citadel and Roman Theatre
  • Explore the incredibly well-preserved ruins of Roman Jerash with expert leader Muayad, who teaches you about the fascinating archaeological history
  • Stargaze beneath the vast desert skies of Wadi Rum at the epic UFO camp
  • Unwind with sundowners on the private beach of your Red Sea hotel
  • Experience the natural phenomenon of the Dead Sea as you float in its salt waters

Key information

  •  8 nights Premium accommodation including 1 night at UFO camp in Wadi Rum
  • Travel by private air-conditioned bus and 4WD in Wadi Rum
  • Group normally 4 to 16 plus tour leader
  • Countries visited: Jordan

What's included

  • All breakfasts, 3 lunches, 4 dinners
  • All accommodation

  • Tips for local staff

  • Named tour leader, chosen for their experience and great customer feedback

  • All transport and listed activities

  • Arrival & departure transfers

What's not included

  • Tip for the tour leader

  • Travel insurance
  • Single accommodation (available on request)
  • Visas or vaccinations
Call for general departures:
1300 131 564
Call for private group trips:
1300 131 564
Trip Notes

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Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Sustainable Travel

People, Places & Planet

We work hard to create trips which improve life for the people and places we visit, and look after the planet we explore. Find out more about our sustainable travel ethos and practice here, and find out about the work of the Exodus Travels Foundation here.

In Jordan we are very proud to work with a local partner who received the Travelife Partner award in July 2021. Travelife is a certification system dedicated to achieving sustainable practices in the global tourism industry. In order to receive the award our Jordanian partner had to comply with over 100 criteria related to Corporate Social Responsibility. The Travelife standard is formally recognised for full compliance with the UN Sustainable Tourism Criteria.

Some sustainable travel highlights of this trip include:


How this trip helps improve life for local communities.

  • The use of a local guide means our customers will be well informed about local traditions, and cultural and social sensitivities.
  • This trip brings income and opportunity to the destination community through the inclusion of locally-owned hotels and restaurants, the emphasis on eating locally produced food and support of other local enterprise.
  • The hotels and camp we stay in are dedicated to hiring local staff, this helps to benefit the surrounding community by providing employment opportunities and income alternatives where they may be otherwise hard to come by.
  • This trip stays one night in Wadi Rum desert where all camps are run by local Bedouins.  This not only provides a source of income for their families but is a wonderful opportunity for our guests to interact with local people and share aspects of their traditions.
  • In Wadi Rum we also do a jeep safari which provides another source of income for local people.
  • This tour encourages guests to visit local cafes and restaurants and use markets to purchase traditional crafts.


How this trip helps protect and conserve local landscapes and nature.

  • Read about our commitment to nature protection and restoration here including our rewilding commitment for every customer who travels.
  • By travelling in a small group, led by a local guide, we ‘tread lightly’ to minimise our impact on local resources and the environment.
  • On this trip we visit national heritage sites and the entrance fees included generates income which is used for the upkeep and development of these important monuments and nature parks.
  • Our trips adhere to ABTA’s industry-leading animal welfare guidelines to ensure the best possible practices with regard to working animals and wildlife viewing. Our animal welfare policy can be found here.
  • In Petra we do not recommend that guests ride horses or mules as we are not convinced their treatment is in line with industry-leading animal welfare guidelines.
  • We work with our partners on the ground to proactively eliminate or reduce waste, for example eliminating all single-use plastic water bottles and instead providing refills for re-usable bottles.
  • It is standard practise in Jordan to distribute left-over restaurant food to people in need through local charities.  On this trip we include a dinner at a restaurant where this is the practise. 
  • Where possible on this trip paper bags are used as an alternative to single-use plastics.


How we seek to keep the carbon footprint of this trip low.

  • Read about our climate action here, including our carbon reduction and compensation commitments.
  • Accommodation and restaurants in the itinerary use locally-sourced food which has not been transported long distances.
  • A number of hotels on this trip adhere to sustainable practises as part of their corporate goals. For Example the Crowne Plaza and Intercontinental adheres to the groups Green Engage system which takes into serious consideration the environment and its conservation. 
  • At theHilton Dead Sea Resort & Spa they have a number of sustainability initiatives including Soap for Hope – recycling used soap bars and donating them and using recycled water for irrigation. 

Tips for sustainable travel on this trip

  • Leave no trace: We do all we can to ensure we leave no rubbish behind in the wild and beautiful places we visit; we ask that you do the same. If there are no recycling facilities in-country, we’d ask you to consider bringing recyclable materials home with you.
  • Plastic waste reduction: Please bring your own re-usable water bottle on this trip; filtered water will be provided where tap water is not drinkable.

Cultural respect:

  • Some Jordanians especially women and the elderly object to being photographed so please ask first.
  • Jordanians are very proud of their country and can be offended if you take pictures of anything ‘negative’ or suggestive of poverty. Photography in military zones and strategic areas like public buildings is prohibited.
  • Handshaking is only between members of the same sex.
  • It's polite to use only your right hand when eating something without cutlery and when handing money and small objects to someone else.
  • It is common practice to remove one’s shoes before entering a mosque or someone’s home and you should tuck them under if sitting on the floor. It is respectful for women to cover their heads with a scarf when entering a mosque. Please note many mosques are not open for tourist visits.
  • Generally men’s and women’s clothing should cover shoulders and be on or below the knee.
  • During the holy month of Ramadan Muslims refrain from eating, drinking, and smoking during daylight hours. Even chewing gum is considered haram. (forbidden). Although foreigners are not expected to follow these practises it is respectful to be discrete and not eat, drink, or smoke in general public.
  • Making the effort to fit in is invariably appreciated so being aware of these aspects of cultural respect will assist you during your travels in Jordan.



Dead Sea
  • Day 1

    Start Amman

    We start at our hotel in Amman on day 1 of the itinerary.  Those on the group flights from London will arrive in the evening.  Land only clients need to provide their flight details if they would like to receive a free arrival transfer. Your expert leader, Muayad Mismar, will leave instructions for you at the hotel. 

    Premium accommodation: Crown Plaza Hotel, Amman (5 star)

  • Day 2

    Visit Jerash then Amman city tour

    This morning we drive north to the awe-inspiring, ruined city of Jerash, known as Gerasa in ancient times, and awash with imposing colonnades, ancient temples and theatres. This was one of the ten wealthy, self-governing cities of the Decapolis during Roman times, and was famous throughout the Roman world for its affluent 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, we head back to Amman for an exciting city tour where we’ll visit notable ancient sites such as the Citadel, Roman Theatre and the old city. Take in the striking views of the capital of the Kingdom of Jordan from the heady hights of the Citadel complex.

    This evening we enjoy a welcome dinner at a local restaurant and sample some traditional Jordanian food. 
    Premium accommodation: Crown Plaza Hotel, Amman (5 star)

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 3

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

    Today we head along the famous King's Highway, an old trade route which connects Amman and Petra, weaving up and down huge 'wadis' (valleys). There are several stops of interest en route, including the ancient town of Madaba, known as the city of the mosaics; the biblical Mt Nebo where Moses was believed to have witnessed the Promised Land; and the crusader castle of Kerak which stands on a rocky outcrop.

    Further south we reach the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Petra; Jordan's premier historic site and one of the world's most outstanding ancient cities. Also known as the rose-red city, Petra is a phenomenal sandstone city made up of ornate palaces, temples and tombs that are carved into the cliffs. Your expert leader will reveal all about the history of this spectacular ancient city.

    Premium accommodation: Old Village Hotel & Resort, Petra (5 star)

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Days 4-5

    Two days exploring the Nabatean Kingdom of Petra

    Enjoy two days exploring the striking Nabatean Kingdom of Petra, known as rose-red city, 'half as old as time'. Petra was hidden for centuries until the Swiss explorer Burckhardt made his great discovery in 1812. 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 sparkle in sunlight.

    To enter Petra your expert leader, Muayad, will take you down a narrow chasm, known as the Siq, surrounded by high cliffs on either side. Explore the wondrous Al Khazneh, an elaborate temple known as The Treasury which was once inhabited by the Arabs of the Nabatean Kingdom. This is just the first of many wonderful sites to explore. Continuing to the centre of the city, we pass the houses and visit the tombs of the rich citizens. Witness the vastness and sheer beauty of this ancient city from various vantage points. There is also an optional walk up 850 steps to El Deir, a monumental monastery carved out of rock.

    On the second day your leader will take you into the site either for an optional hike up to the High Place of Sacrifice, a clifftop sacrificial altar with immense views over Petra, or for free time to explore the city further. Only a few people attempt a visit to the High Place as it can be quite arduous and is not recommended for those who are unsure of their fitness or are uncomfortable with heights. However, those who do make it to the top are rewarded with wonderful views over parts of the site visited on the previous day.

    Premium accommodation: Old Village Hotel & Resort, Petra (5 star)

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch
  • Day 6

    Drive to Aqaba; relax by the Red Sea

    This morning there is the option to take a guided tour through the intriguing archaeological site of Little Petra or you can relax at our premium accommodation before we join the modern Desert Highway and make our way south to Aqaba, Jordan’s only coastal city, on the Red Sea. The purpose of Little Petra is not clear, however, archaeologists believe it was probably a suburb of Petra where visiting traders on the silk route may have stayed. Aqaba is Jordan's picturesque port famous for its beautiful coral reefs, ancient ruins and stunning scenery.

    Our hotel has a private white-sand beach with direct access to the Red Sea where you can dip your toes in the water and absorb the coastal views. The day is free to relax and enjoy the facilities of this 5-star hotel. Meet for a sundowner overlooking the sea before heading out for dinner at one of the exceptional restaurants in Aqaba. Enjoy a taste of the traditional Jordanian cuisine and sample some of the fresh, local seafood, which is a speciality in the area.

    Premium accommodation: Intercontinental Hotel, Aqaba (5 star)

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 7

    Explore Wadi Rum from the comfort of the unique UFO camp

    Today we enter the natural and cultural World Heritage Site of Wadi Rum where dramatic sandstone mountains rise from the sandy desert floor. This is where Lawrence of Arabia and Prince Faisal assembled the Arab tribes for the attack on Aqaba in the First World War and also where sections of the 1962 epic film were shot.

    After checking into our premium UFO camp, we join a thrilling, 4-hour 4x4 jeep trip to explore some of the highlights of this protected area. The spellbinding Wadi Rum is a favourite of Muayad’s, your expert leader, and his passion and knowledge of the desert landscape is unmatched. Experience an authentic Zarb dinner (cooked underground) at our Bedouin camp and relax beneath the stars above your premium unique dome pod.

    Premium accommodation: UFO Camp, Wadi Rum (5 star)

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 8

    Drive from Wadi Rum to the Dead Sea

    Leaving the Mars-like landscape of Wadi Rum we head to the Dead Sea which is one of the most fascinating places on earth. Enjoy free time to experience floating in the saline waters and smothering yourself in Dead Sea mud before cooling off in one of the two infinity pools at our premium accommodation. A totally relaxing way to end your Jordan adventure. This evening there will be a memorable group dinner to celebrate your time in Jordan and say your farewells. 

    Premium accommodation: Hilton Dead Sea Hotel & Spa, Dead Sea (5 star)

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 9

    End Dead Sea

    Your tour ends this morning after breakfast at the Dead Sea.

    Meals included: Breakfast
Trip Notes

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Essential Info



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:



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

Eating and Drinking

All breakfasts, 3 lunches and 4 dinners are included. 

Dinners are included at the UFO camp and Hilton Dead Sea Resort & Spa. In Amman we include a welcome dinner at a restaurant known for its excellent Jordanian food.  Dinner on the first night in Petra is included at our hotel. 

In Aqaba we include Sundowners drink from the private-beach overlooking the Red Sea. 

When not on half board we usually eat in local restaurants and the leader arranges bookings for those in the group who would like to join. We suggest you budget around 15- 20 JOD pp ( GBP £16-21, USD $21-28, CAN $27-36, AUD$30-40 at time of writing) for non-included 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 vegetarian choice. There is a good choice of seafood available when at the Red Sea. At the camp in Wadi Rum we enjoy a traditional dinner called Zarb which is cooked underground.  This consists of rice with a selection including chicken, lamb and vegetables. Vegetables are cooked separately to the meat. 


Spring and autumn are very popular in Jordan as it is cooler, around 24ºC in the day and down to 8ºC at night. Rain is more likely, however, protracted bad weather is unlikely. It is hot and dry, but not unpleasant, throughout Jordan in the summer. Daytime maximum temperatures are around 32ºC in Amman. Jerash temperatures are the same.
Wadi Rum on average in summer is around 30ºC though it can get as high as 40ºC. At night it is usually around 10ºC cooler. In winter it is much cooler and can get as low as 10ºC during the day. In the evening it is around OºC . There are occasions when there is rain or even snow in the desert. If weather conditions require it we may need to modify the itinerary or the camp location for your comfort and safety.
Aqaba is very hot when the air is still, but there is usually a breeze. Rain is unusual but possible.  
The Dead Sea air temperatures vary from around 14ºC in winter up to high 30s in summer months. The water temperature however doesn’t drop below 20ºC.

As with many countries in the world seasons can go on longer than usual so it is advisable to always check the weather of the country you are travelling to a week or two before your trip so you can pack appropriately.  

Is this trip for you?

Although this is a cultural trip, some days (such as those in Petra) are long and you should be ready to expend some energy. To do the optional 850 steps up to the monastery or the climb up to the High Place of Sacrifice you should have a reasonable level of fitness. Your leader will be able to provide you with further advice about these hikes. It is not advisable to do the High Place of Sacrifice if you suffer from vertigo as there are some very steep narrow steps and cliffs. The leader always accompanies any one doing this option. If you don't do the optional hikes there is still plenty to see wandering through the ancient city. 

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

Please note Ramadan runs from 2 April to 1 May 2022.  Ramadan is a special time to visit Jordan as it is one of the most important times on the Muslim calendar. Each evening the streets empty while people return home to break the fast and then there is an air of festivity every evening. Our leaders and drivers choose to work at this time so we continue to run trips however please be aware their energy levels may be slightly lower. Tourist sites are still open although closing times may be earlier than usual. Your leader will know how the timings for each day need to be adapted in order to still experience all the inclusions on this trip. Restaurants may close during the day and this is also accounted for in planning meal arrangements for your group. Shops are usually open though their hours may vary and they will definitely be closed during the breaking of the fast. To fully enjoy your holiday experience at this unique time of year we suggest patience and flexibility. (In fact these are useful at any time of year on any overseas holiday.)

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.

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1300 131 564
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Premium Hotels & Camp

Wadi Rum UFO camp outside
Wadi Rum UFO camp outside

UFO Camp (5 star), Wadi Rum. 1 night.

UFO camp inside geodome room

  • Enjoy mountain views from the unique UFO camp
  • Experience an authentic Bedouin adventure in the heart of the Wadi Rum desert
  • Stargaze and watch the fiery sunsets from your incredible dome pod

Crowne Plaza (5 star), Amman. 2 nights.

Crowne Plaza twin room

  • Unwind in your premium accommodation overlooking the white city of Amman
  • Relax in the outdoor and indoor pool or Spa
  • Within walking distance of the Citadel, Theatre and Souq Zara, this is the perfect base for exploring the main sights or sampling the local street food.
  • Dine on authentic dishes from the rooftop terrace where you’re surrounded by impressive city views

Old Village Hotel & Resort (5 star), Petra. 3 nights.

Old Village Resort Petra

  • Experience this beautiful setting on the fringes of Wadi Musa overlooking the mountains
  • Sleep in premium rooms designed to reflect Bedouin culture and showcase local handicrafts  
  • Enjoy sunset over the imposing mountains from the terrace

Intercontinental Hotel (5 star) Aqaba. 1 night.

Intercontinental Aqaba outside view

  • Relax at this premium beachside accommodation complete with its own private white-sand beach that’s lapped by the waters of the Red Sea
  • Enjoy leisure time in the outdoor pools, sip cocktails at the Beach Front Bar, or soak up the views from the balcony
  • Sample the fresh coffee and homemade pastries at Deli Café in the elegant lobby

Hilton Dead Sea Hotel & Spa (5 star), Dead Sea. 1 night.

Hilton Dead Sea & Spa view

  • Stay overnight at this premium hotel situated at the lowest point on earth
  • Enjoy direct access to the beachfront with the only floating pontoon in the area
  • Unwind and immerse yourself in the views from the infinity pools or the rooftop bar


The accommodation shown has been booked and agreed in advance, however we may need to make changes to a property of similar or higher standard after you have booked. While we will endeavour to inform you of any changes in advance which could, on rare occasions, be at late notice.

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