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Treasures of Jordan: A Small-Group Luxury Tour

Uncover the dazzling treasures of Jordan on this luxury eight-day small-group tour (max. 12 travellers). Stay at five-star Kempinski and Mövenpick hotels and enjoy breathtaking experiences like a 'Petra by Night' candlelit tour, camel ride in the Wadi Rum desert, dinner with the local Bedouins and visits to some of the world's most significant historical sights. Includes luxurious five-star accommodation, daily breakfast and gourmet experiences, return airport transfers and private transportation throughout, English-speaking local guides, insider experiences and so much more.

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AUD$3,999/person

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Explore one of the most diverse countries in the Middle East and tick some of Jordan's most iconic sites off your bucket list on this eight-day luxury small-group tour (max. 12 travellers). Indulge in unique dining experiences, tasting your way through the glorious Jordanian food that reflects the country's diverse heritage with a vibrant mix of Bedouin flavors and local variations of Levant's most iconic dishes. Visit the striking UNESCO World Heritage-listed site of Petra, experience the wilderness of the Wadi Rum desert, float in the Dead Sea, discover ancient religious sites, and vast rose-red desert landscapes dotted with towering cliffs and camels.

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The Luxe Accommodation – Experience glamping in the desert and stay in Jordan's most luxurious hotels

Located on the edge of the banks of the Dead Sea at the lowest point on earth, staying at the enchanting Kempinski Hotel Ishtar Dead Sea is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Enjoy uninterrupted views across the sea towards the west bank, and views of religious sites and the majestic countryside.

Witness the majesty of the desert at night with the ultimate glamping experience at Discovery Bedouin Desert Camp. This eco-hideaway in the heart of the Wadi Rum’s shimmering red sands has six stunning tents and a chef on hand to create gourmet desert delicacies over a traditional woodfire.

Situated at the entrance to the city of Petra and nestled among rocky outcrops, the Mövenpick Resort Petra boasts luxurious facilities and spectacular views.

The Sights – Stand in awe at the majesty of Petra, explore the red sands of Wadi Rum and venture on incredible experiences

Start your tour in Amman, Jordan's capital city where ancient ruins and modern buildings sit side by side. Visit Amman's main attractions including the ancient Citadel monument, marking the centre of the capital, the Temple of Hercules and the Roman Theatre, one of the largest and most impressive amphitheaters of the ancient world.

Discover the magic of Petra on a day tour, revealing an intricate network of tombs, caves, a small amphitheatre and ruins of temples dotted around the area. Climb up the 800 stairs to the Monastery for a panoramic view of this stunning UNESCO World Heritage site.

Experience the breathtaking 'Petra by Night': walk through the towering walls using only candlelight to guide the way and catch your first glimpse of the Treasury through the clefts in the walls, a truly inspiring and heart-thumping moment.

Head to Wadi Rum, also known as The Valley of the Moon – a valley cut into the sandstone and granite rock in Southern Jordan. Here you will explore the red-tinted desert landscape in a 4WD, stopping at impressive sights of the region made famous by British soldier, author and inspiration for the movie ‘Lawrence of Arabia’, T.E. Lawrence.

Spend a night in the desert at the luxurious Discovery Beduin Desert Camp: watch the sun setting on the lunar-like landscape before being treated to a truly special meal of Zarb, a traditional Bedouin feast cooked in the ground for many hours and infused with herbs and spices.

Float in the world-famous Dead Sea - so salty people are buoyant on the surface - and admire the views across to Jericho and Jerusalem. Indulge in a 60-minute spa treatment at Ishtar Spa at the five-star Kempinski Hotel – located at the lowest point on earth.

Your Package Includes:

  • Luxurious five-star accommodation in Jordan's most lavish hotels
  • Two nights at the five-star Intercontinental Hotel Amman, two nights at the Kempinski Hotel Ishtar Dead Sea, and two nights at the Mövenpick Resort Petra situated at the entrance to the ancient city of Petra
  • One night at the Discovery Beduin Desert Camp, a small and exclusive luxury camp featuring just six tented suites located in the heart of the magnificent Wadi Rum.
  • Daily breakfast, three lunches and three dinners
  • A true Bedouin cuisine experience: dine on a traditional meal of Zarb, a Bedouin meal cooked under the ground and infused with herbs and spices
  • Return airport transfers from Queen Alia International Airport in Amman
  • A 60-minute massage treatment at Kempinski Ishtar Hotel
  • A unique jeep tour in the Wadi Rum
  • An unforgettable Petra by Night experience
  • Private air-conditioned transportation throughout the tour
  • Expert local English speaking guides throughout the tour
  • All sightseeing and entrance fees
  • Insider experiences

Ultimate Egypt Tour Extension with an exclusive River Nile cruise

Add another unforgettable experience to your tour with a seven-day Egypt extension including a three-night cruise on the Nile including all meals and drinks (non alcoholic), and activities on board as well as a visit to the one of the most impressive markets in the world, the Khan El Khalili Bazaar.

Fly to Cairo for an incredible visit to the UNESCO World Heritage site of The Great Pyramid of Giza - the only remaining relic of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Journey to the heart of the city, and walk through the bustling streets of the Khan El Khalili Bazars, one of the most impressive markets in the world, brimming with stalls that stock everything from aromatic spices to semi-precious stones to oriental-style lamps.

Visit the wondrous Valley of the Kings, on the west side of the river Nile, which is home to one of the world’s most famous archeological discoveries, the tomb of Tutankhamun.

Cruise the waters of the famous river Nile aboard the deluxe Sanctuary Sun Boat IV, an intimately sized ship boasting plush cabins with floor-to-ceiling windows and a luxurious teak and marble sundeck with heated swimming pool, for a scenic three- night cruise. Ask all of your questions about Egypt to the onboard expert Egyptologist and enjoy all-inclusive food crafted by an award-winning chef.

Your Extension Package Includes:

  • Two nights' accommodation at the Mena House Hotel - located just minutes from the famous pyramids
  • One-night accommodation at Kempinski Nile Hotel
  • One-way flight from Amman, Jordan to Cairo, Egypt
  • An all-inclusive*, three-night cruise on the Sanctuary Nile IV (* please note alcoholic beverages are not included)
  • Daily breakfast, four additional lunches and five additional dinners
  • An Egyptian cooking lesson on board the cruise
  • Return airport transfers
  • Private transportation throughout
  • Local English speaking guides

Departure dates:

12 September 2018

26 September 2018

17 October 2018

7 November 2018

12 December 2018

16 January 2019

13 February 2019

20 March 2019

10 April 2019 (Egypt extension not available)

24 April 2019 (Egypt extension not available)

15 May 2019 (Egypt extension not available)

18 September 2019

The ’7 day change of mind guarantee’ does not apply for Tour bookings. Due to the high demand and limited departures any cancellation / refund requests must be made within 48 hours of purchase. Otherwise, the standard Luxury Escapes Refund Policy applies.

After you have made your booking, please follow the instructions on your confirmation email and ensure you complete your traveller information details within 48 hours.

*Important: *Please allow for travelling time from Australia. International flights are not included in your package and must be purchased separately. It is your responsibility to make your own travel arrangements and ensure that you arrive in Amman on your chosen tour start date.

Instant Booking: To secure your dates at purchase, click 'Instant Booking' and select your preferred package. Once your preferred package is selected you'll click through to 'Choose Your Dates of Travel' and will be able to enter in your preferred tour commencement date.

*Twin-share package: *The package is valid for ONE PERSON aged 18 years or older (based on twin share). If you are travelling with another person you must purchase TWO PACKAGES, otherwise, an additional single traveller surcharge will apply. Single travellers will get their own room throughout the tour.

Tour includes accommodation at the following hotels:

Intercontinental Hotel Amman

Mövenpick Resort Petra

Discovery Bedu Desert Camp

Kempinski Hotel Ishtar Dead Sea

Mena House Hotel**

Sanctuary Sun Boat IV**

Kempinski Nile Hotel**

(** extended tour only)

Accommodation is subject to availability and may be substituted for a hotel of a similar standard.

*Maximum Room Capacity: *The maximum room capacity is two adults.

Maximum tour capacity is 12 people, minimum tour capacity is two people.

Please note, disability access is limited during the tour, please consider this when making your booking.

Packages do not include international flights, visa fees, travel insurance, additional activities and upgrades and anything else not listed in the itinerary.

Travel insurance is compulsory. We suggest purchasing travel insurance as soon as possible after purchasing this package.

Tipping and gratuities are not included in the package and are at your own discretion (as a guide, approx. US$10-15 per person, per day is the industry standard).

Strictly no refunds for this package for amendments and change of date.

Arrival and departure transfers are only available on the first and last day of the tour. Any arrivals and departures outside of these days will need to make their own arrangements to/from the airport.

Travellers should have a basic level of physical fitness and mobility and must be able to negotiate uneven surfaces, climb stairs and board boats.

Travellers are advised to check with their local health professional at least 45 days prior to departure, as some vaccinations require 30 days or more to be effective. Proof of vaccination is not usually required unless you are coming from an infected area.

Dining inclusions do not include beverages (unless otherwise stated) and menu options are subject to change.

Not valid in conjunction with any other offer or on existing reservations.

Any unused portion of the package is non-refundable and cannot be exchanged for other services or cash.

Additional expenses such as (but not limited to) flights are not included with this package.

Package cannot be split.

Multiple packages cannot be purchased or combined.

Offer only available for consecutive nightly stays.

Your passport must be valid at least 6 months beyond your intended stay overseas.

A visa may be required to the countries you are visiting and transiting. It is your responsibility to ensure you are holding a current visa.

The value and comparative savings have been determined based on published rack rates and the value of inclusions. Please be advised that rack rates may not be reflective of actual rates being charged, dependent on the timing and manner of your booking and therefore are only indicative of the level of saving.

Occasionally our itineraries are updated prior to departure to incorporate improvements stemming from past travellers’ feedback as well as updates from our ground operators. Please note that while we operate successful tours in this region throughout the year, some changes may be necessary due to inclement weather and common seasonal changes to timetables and transport routes. This can happen with little notice so please be prepared for modifications to the route. The order and timing of included activities may also vary from time to time.

Please note that full terms and conditions apply.

DAY 1 – AMMAN

On arrival in Amman you will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. Depending on your arrival time the day is at your leisure.

This evening meet your leader and the rest of your group for a welcome dinner at the hotel.

ACCOMODATION: Intercontinental Hotel

MEALS: Dinner

DAY 2 – AMMAN TOUR - PETRA BY NIGHT

Enjoy a morning tour of Amman, the capital and the largest city of Jordan. Our first stop is the ancient Citadel, towering above Downtown and the rest of the capital. This is the original city, with its monumental Temple of Hercules, Umayyad Palace, National Archaeological Museum and panoramic views of Amman’s jabals (hills) and the Roman Theatre, one of the largest and most impressive amphitheaters of the ancient world. We then transfer to Petra, arriving at our hotel in the late afternoon. This evening you enjoy a magical experience of Petra by Night. Experience an incredible walk down The Siq - your path lit only by candlelight, with your first glimpse of the Treasury through a cleft in the wall - is one of the most inspiring and heart-thumping moments in travel, an experience that will take your breath away.

*ACCOMODATION: *Mövenpick Resort Petra

*MEALS: *Breakfast

DAY 3 – FULL DAY TOUR OF PETRA

Enjoy a full day of exploring Petra, with an early start meaning you will avoid the tourist crowds. The main path from the Treasury opens out to a wider valley lined with tombs, caves and a small amphitheater cut into the rock-face. Further on is the Roman quarter, a colonnaded street surrounded by the ruins of temples that are well worth exploring. If you still have energy after the main tour of Petra, it’s worth taking the climb up to the remote Monastery. The climb takes about 50 minutes and is best done in the late morning when there is some shade along the way. The Monastery itself is quite photogenic and there are stunning views from some of the nearby rocks.

Return to the hotel in late afternoon.

*ACCOMODATION: *Mövenpick Resort Petra

*MEALS: *Breakfast & lunch

DAY 4 – PETRA - WADI RUM

This morning we head to Wadi Rum, during which the scenery changes from craggy hills to a wider expanse of open desert interspersed by rocky outcrops. Wadi Rum is like the landscape of another planet, a series of dramatic jebels (rocky mounds), joined together by valleys of sand that stretch for miles toward a hazy, distant horizon. Look out for black Bedouin tents and flocks of sheep and goats as a reminder of the few Jordanians who still practice this traditional lifestyle. We arrive at our tented desert resort just in time for sunset - and there is no better place to see this then at our camp. Afterwards we are treated to a truly special meal of Zarb, a traditional Bedouin meal cooked under the ground for many hours infused with different herbs and spices that stimulate your senses.

ACCOMODATION: Discovery Bedu Desert Camp

*MEALS: *Breakfast, lunch & dinner

DAY 5 – WADI RUM - DEAD SEA

After breakfast, we enjoy a 4WD safari to further explore the surrounds. Afterwards we head to the Dead Sea, the lowest point on Earth, an intense blue lake surrounded by reddish brown hills. Here you’ll be able to experience the sensation of floating in its water as well as spending the day at the resort enjoying swimming and relaxation, with views across the Dead Sea to Jericho and Jerusalem, some 27km away.

*ACCOMODATION: *Kempinski Ishtar Hotel

*MEALS: *Breakfast

DAY 6 – DEAD SEA - BETHANY - MADABA AND MT. NEBO

This morning we visit the Baptism Site at Bethany, where it is believed John the Baptist lived and Jesus was baptised. Next we visit the laidback town of Madaba, best known for its superb, historically significant Byzantine-era mosaics; a map of the Holy Land which was unearthed on the floor of St Georges Church in 1884.

Following lunch at the beautiful Haret Jdoudna restaurant we visit Mt Nebo, where Moses first cast his eyes upon the Promised Land before we head back to the Dead Sea. The afternoon is at your leisure and a good time for you to enjoy your exceptional 60-minute massage and spa treatment at the hotel, which includes full access to the Spa including steam, sauna, Dead Sea pools, Jacuzzi, hydro pool and the Tepidariums.

ACCOMODATION: Kempinski Ishtar Hotel

*MEALS: *Breakfast & lunch

DAY 7 – JERASH - AMMAN

We check out after breakfast and drive north to the ruins of Jerash, one of the best-preserved Roman cities of the Middle East. As we wander the paved, colonnaded Cardo Maximus it is easy to imagine life in ancient times, with bustling streets full of shops, roaming performance artists and open public spaces alive with debates. Continue to Amman for a free afternoon before we gather and enjoy our last dinner in Jordan at a local favourite Fakhr El - Din restaurant in Amman.

*ACCOMODATION: *Intercontinental Hotel

*MEALS: *Breakfast & dinner

DAY 8 – TOUR ENDS

This morning you are transferred to the airport where you farewell your leader and board your onward flight.

MEALS: Breakfast

EGYPT TOUR EXTENSION

DAY 8 – AMMAN - CAIRO

This morning you are transferred to the airport for your flight to Cairo. On arrival, you are met by our local guide and transferred to Mena House Hotel - located just minutes from the famous pyramids. After a chance to check in we head to the Museum of Egyptian Antiquities where you can feast your eyes on the priceless artefacts - including treasures from the tomb of Tutankhamun - which date back across 5,000 years of Egypt’s history. See the famous Royal Mummies Halls, which is home to the mummified remains of Egyptian pharaohs. This evening, we enjoy a group dinner at a local favourite.

ACCOMODATION: Mena House Hotel

MEALS: Breakfast & dinner

DAY 9 – GIZA PYRAMID TOUR This morning, behold the mystery and majesty of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed ancient pyramids as you tour the Giza Plateau. See the legendary Great Pyramid of Giza – the only remaining wonder of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World – which is believed to have been constructed around 2,560BC in the Fourth Dynasty, the Pyramid of Khafre and the Pyramid of Chephren. Learn the fascinating history behind the pyramids, which were constructed as tombs for Egyptian pharaohs. Next, visit the Giza Solar Boat Museum, where the funerary ship created for Khufu (King Cheops) – which was buried at the foot of the Great Pyramid of Giza in around 2,500BC – resides, and a familiar sight from the movies, the Great Sphinx of Giza.

The evening is at leisure.

*ACCOMODATION: *Mena House Hotel

MEALS: Breakfast & lunch

DAY 10 – EMBARK IN ASWAN – NILE CRUISE

This morning you are transferred to the airport for your flight to Aswan. On arrival, you are transferred to the river to board the five-star deluxe Nile cruise boat the Sanctuary Sun Boat IV, moored in a private dock, where you will be welcomed by the crew. Lunch will be served on board and in the afternoon, visit the Granite Quarries, which supplied the ancient Egyptians with most of the hard stone used to build the pyramids and temples, and still hold a huge unfinished obelisk. Enjoy afternoon tea served in the lounge and tonight you will be greeted by your Boat Manager as you enjoy a selection of canapés with some complimentary Egyptian wine and local beer. Gourmet dinner served on board.

ACCOMODATION: Sanctuary Sun Boat IV

*MEALS: *Breakfast, lunch & dinner

DAY 11 – NILE CRUISE - PHILAE, KOM OMBO AND EDFU TEMPLES

Breakfast buffet on board followed by a short motorboat ride to visit the romantic and majestic Philae Temple on the Island of Agilika. Back on board you enjoy an Egyptian cooking lesson with the boat’s local chef. Enjoy lunch, while you cruise to Kom Ombo and then visit the magnificent Temple of Kom Ombo, dedicated to the crocodile-god Sobek. Afternoon tea will be served while you cruise to Edfu followed by a chance to explore the Temple of Horus at Edfu. Tonight’s dinner on board will be an “Egyptian Night” themed party for all guests, with a chance to dress up in traditional Egyptian “galabeyya”. Dinner will be a lavish buffet of Egyptian specialties, followed by oriental music and dancing for everyone.

ACCOMODATION: Sanctuary Sun Boat IV

*MEALS: *Breakfast, lunch & dinner

DAY 12 – NILE CRUISE - EAST AND WEST BANK OF LUXOR

Breakfast buffet will be on board whilst sailing to Luxor. This morning your Egyptologist will guide you around the strikingly graceful Temple of Luxor dedicated to the god Amun and then onwards to the Temple of Karnak. After lunch, visit the Valley of the Kings. You will also have the chance to visit at least one tomb in the Valley of the Queens and visit the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut. On the way back to the river Nile, you will pass by the famed Colossi of Memnon, known in Ancient Greek times for their haunting voices at dawn. Return to your cruise for afternoon tea on board. Tonight’s farewell dinner will be a gala dinner (jacket required), with white-gloved waiters serving gourmet cuisine.

ACCOMODATION: Sanctuary Sun Boat IV

*MEALS: *Breakfast, lunch & dinner

DAY 13 – LUXOR - CAIRO

A buffet breakfast will be served on board, before you disembark and fly back to Cairo. On arrival in Cairo you will be met and transferred to your hotel before a day visiting the highlights of Islamic Cairo. First stop is the Citadel. Perched high on limestone hills above Cairo, the Citadel is a medieval fortress built by Salah El Din (Saladin) in 1176 to protect the city from Crusaders. The Citadel has always had a military use, and was expanded over the centuries by Egypt’s rulers who often resided there. Today, the Citadel complex has mosques and museums, including the National Military Museum. Next we visit the Mosque of Sultan Hassan, with its grand, soaring architecture and rich decoration, one of the finest in Egypt. In recesses around its open courtyard, each of the four schools of Sunni Islam was taught to students, and in its mausoleum, Sultan Hassan’s sons are buried. Finish off the day with a visit to one of the most impressive markets in the world – the Khan El Khalili Bazars. We journey from one end of the Bazaar to the other, recalling a time when the area was the heart of the old walled city of Cairo. The fascinating Khan El-Khalili Bazaar is reputed to be the largest bazaar in the Middle East. Originally founded as a watering stop for caravanserai in the 14th century, the bazaar has now grown to vast proportions. As one wanders through the labyrinth of narrow streets you will find workshops and stalls selling all manner of things from woodwork, glassware and leather goods to perfumes, fabrics and Pharaonic curiosities.

This evening we enjoy our final dinner as a group.

*ACCOMODATION: *Kempinski Nile Hotel

MEALS: Breakfast & dinner

DAY 14 – TOUR ENDS

This morning you are transferred to the airport where you farewell your leader and board your onward flight.

MEALS: Breakfast

Your tour starts and ends in Amman. Getting to Amman is easy. Regular flights are available via Dubai, Doha or Abu Dhabi with carriers including Emirates, Qatar Airways, Royal Jordanian and Etihad with an approximate flight time of 19 hours.

If you are extending your tour to Egypt, the tour will end in Cairo.

Book your flight through us. First, confirm your tour booking dates. Our Tours Concierge will then be in touch within 48 business hours to assist with additional arrangements, with no booking fee to you.

Private return airport transfers are included in your tour on the first and last day only. Please arrive into Amman before dinner on Day 1 (before 4pm) and depart any time after breakfast on Day 8. If travelling on the extended tour, you can depart Cairo anytime after breakfast on the last day.

A visa may be required to the destination you are visiting. It is each travellers responsibility to ensure they are holding a current visa. Please take the time to visit our preferred vendor website Visa’s Direct to assist you with any visa application requirements and processes. If you require any supporting documentation when applying for your visa please let us know and we would be more than happy to assist. Click here to visit their website.

Fantastic trip - great guide, Nasser is a credit to your comapny. Met our expecatations - have waited a very long time to visit Jordan - our time here has been wonderful.
- N&C McDermott, September 2017
Absolutely fantastic. Exceeded our expectations. Nasser was the best, most informative, kind guide we could have asked for.
- M&K Langridge, October 2017
We have had a wonderful time. Sami and our drivers were great. Sami is a wonderful guide, so much fun and flexible. He is a fountain of knowledge!!! We have loved Jordan. Everything was just as the tour described and more! We are impressed.
- C & A Eglit, November 2017
Wonderful tour. I would have enjoyed another day in Petra. Hotel Kempinski was exceptional!! Nasser was the perfect guide and Mohammed the bus driver also made the tour that much more enjoyable.
- T. Bornstein, April 2018
Wonderful tour lead by a very knowledgeable guide. Enjoy the tour immensly. Thankyou!!
- K. Hardy, April 2018