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Exotic Treasures of Jordan : A Small-Group Luxury Tour

Uncover the exotic treasures of Jordan on this luxury eight-day small group tour (maximum 12 people). 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 and more.

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Explore one of the most diverse countries in the Middle East with luxurious five-star hotel stays and once-in-a-lifetime inclusions. This small-group tour is perfect for travellers who want to experience some of Jordan's most iconic sites – including Petra, Wadi-Rum and the Dead Sea – at a relaxed pace, with stunning accommodation, all transfers and an English-speaking tour guide. Discover ancient and religious sites, and vast rose-red desert landscapes dotted with towering cliffs and camels.

What you’ll love:

The sights and sites of ancient civilisations

Begin your tour of Jordan with an overnight stay at the five-star Intercontinental Hotel Amman located in the heart of the bustling capital city atop the highest of the famous seven hills, with private airport transfers included *for your convenience. Explore the city's main attractions including the ancient Citadel monument which marks the centre of the capital, the *Temple of Hercules, Umayyad Palace, National Archaeological Museum and the Roman Theatre, one of the largest and most impressive amphitheatres of the ancient world.

Experience the breathtaking** 'Petra by Night'** tour. 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 wall, a truly inspiring and heart-thumping moment. Stay the night at the Mövenpick Resort Petra, located at the entrance to the ancient city.

A day tour of Petra reveals an intricate network of tombs, caves, small amphitheatre and ruins of temples dotted around the area. Climb up the 800 stairs of the Monastery for a panoramic view of the stunning sites.

Explore the red-tinted desert landscape of Wadi Rum 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.**

Discover the fluted turrets of the Seven Pillars of Wisdom rock formation, named after T.E Lawrence’s book and Siq Um Tawaqi shrine. Stop for a picnic lunch at Lawrence's Springs – an important waterhole for caravans traveling from Arabia to Syria.

Enjoy some time at your leisure floating in the Dead Sea, which is so salty people are buoyant on the surface, and admire the views across to Jericho *and *Jerusalem. Enjoy a 60-minute spa treatment *at *Ishtar Spa at the five-star Kempinski Hotel – located at the lowest point on earth – with full access to the spa including steam, sauna, Dead Sea pools, jacuzzi and hydro pools.

Discover the Baptism Site at Bethany where it is believed that Jesus was baptized. Visit the laidback town of Madaba, renowned for its Byzantine-era mosaics including a map of Holy Land on the floor of St Georges Church. After lunch, head onwards to Mount Nebo where Moses first cast his eyes upon the Promised Land.

Luxury Accommodation – This luxury tour includes five-star accommodation at some of Jordan's most luxurious hotels.

Stay two nights at the enchanting Kempinski Hotel Ishtar Dead Sea, located on the edge of the banks of the Dead Sea at the lowest point on earth. Enjoy uninterrupted views across the sea towards the west bank, and views of religious sites and the majestic countryside. Indulge in a** luxurious treatment **at the Ishtar Spa by Resene, voted Jordan’s best hotel spa in 2015.

Situated at the entrance to the city of Petra and nestled among rocky outcrops the Movenpick Resort Petra boasts spectacular views over the Rift Valley. Stay at one of its 183 newly renovated rooms and suites, which offer free wifi and complimentary minibar selection, and enjoy a wide variety of restaurants for stylish dining.

Located on top of the famous seven hills of Amman, **the Intercontinental Amman** offers an intoxicating Oriental atmosphere enhanced by cosmopolitan amenities. Its hallmarks are light-filled rooms, stunning architecture and magnificent views. Dine in style at excellent Mexican, Lebanese and Indian restaurants, and pick up at great souvenir in quality craft and antique shops.

Experience 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.

Gourmet experiences ­– dine in style on authentic chef-prepared meals in the heart of the desert, and sample delicious local delicacies

Indulge your culinary cravings *in fine style throughout your holiday. Head into the spellbinding Wadi Rum desert, with its lunar-like landscape dotted with traditional Bedouin tents. Arrive at the luxury Discovery Bedu Desert Camp by camel or 4x4 ride and watch a stunning sunset 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.

Traditional** taste sensations** are the order of the day at the Haret Jdoudna restaurant in Madaba. The hotel is a 19th-century house with historical charm. Feast on exquisite local mezza dishes, oven-baked delicacies and homemade meals. Choose from hot mezzas such as** fried Halloumi cheese, *grills *such as **Sish Tawouk, and Sawani like** minced meat with sesame. Pass by the **Handicrafts Market on the way out to pick up a mosaic wall hanging, pottery or jewellery.

Your Package Includes

· Luxurious** five-star accommodation** in Jordan's most lavish hotels.

· Spend two nights at the *five-star Intercontinental Hotel Amman *(not consecutively), 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 Bedu Desert Camp, *a small and *exclusive luxury camp *featuring just six tented suites located in the heart of the magnificent Wadi Rum. The desert camp is ideal for those in search of adventure combined with utter comfort and luxury.

· Handpicked meals throughout the tour including seven breakfasts, three lunches and three dinners. Dine on a traditional meal of Zarb, a Bedouin meal cooked under the ground and infused with herbs and spices, and enjoy the opportunity to explore the many traditional and international eateries of Jordan during your leisure time.

·** Return airport transfers** from Queen Alia International Airport in Amman

· All sightseeing and entrance fees with experiences such as a 60 min massage treatment at Kempinski Ishtar Hotel, a jeep tour in the Wadi Rum and an unforgettable Petra by Night experience.

· Small group sizes of just 12 people maximum for the perfect balance of intimacy and freedom throughout your tour.

· Transportation in a private minivan with a driver and an *English-speaking local tour leader *with expert insider experiences.

Egypt Tour Extension

Add another unforgettable experience to your tour with a *seven-day Egypt extension *including an all-inclusive, *three-night cruise on the Nile *and a visit to the one of the most impressive markets in the world, the Khan El Khalili Bazars.


Discover Ancient Egypt with unbelievable visits to The Great Pyramid of Giza - the only remaining relic of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, the wondrous Valley of the Kings which is home to one of the world’s most famous archeological discoveries, the tomb of Tutankhamun – dating back as far as the 16th century BC – the Great Sphinx of Giza, the *UNESCO World Heritage-listed *ruins of the ancient city of Memphis and much more.

Embark on a luxurious three-night cruise with all meals on the famous river Nile. Board 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 cruise with sightseeing guided by an expert Egyptologist. On board, enjoy *all-inclusive food *crafted by an award-winning chef.

Clustered around small courtyards in the tiny lanes of the *Khan El Khalili Bazars *are stalls that stock everything from aromatic spices to semi-precious stones to oriental-style lamps. The most identifiable landmark of this ancient souk, built in the Middle Ages, is the Al Hussain mosque – the square outside is a good place to start your shopping amid the riot of colours and patterns in ceramic wares, hookah pipes and handcrafted goods by local craftsman.

Departure dates:

12th of September 2018

26th of September 2018

17th of October 2018

14th of November 2018

12th of December 2018

20th of March 2019

10th of April 2019

All departure dates are subject to availability and early bookings are highly recommended.

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.

Tour includes accommodation at the following hotels:

Intercontinental Hotel Amman

Mövenpick Resort Petra

Discovery Bedu Desert Camp

Kempinski Hotel Ishtar Dead Sea

Marriott Mena House **

Sanctuary Sun Boat IV **

Kempinski Nile Hotel **

(** extended tour only)

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.

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).

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 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.

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 you must purchase the Single Traveller package option. See the package options for further details. Single travellers will get their own room throughout the tour.

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

Maximum Room Capacity: The maximum room capacity is two people.

Please note, connecting rooms are not available.

All surcharges are payable directly to Luxury Escapes.

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

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

Additional expenses are not included.

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

Before making a reservation, please ensure that the name on the reservation is the same as it appears on your passport. An error may result in a name change penalty or boarding being denied by the airline. Luxury Escapes accepts no responsibility for accuracy of name on the travel documents.

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.

All activities and services (including late checkout) are subject to availability.

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DAY 1 – Amman

Arrive in Amman and be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. Spend the rest of the day at leisure. In the evening, meet your tour leader and the rest of the group a welcome dinner at the hotel.

*Accommodation: 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. Stop at 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.

Transfer to Petra, arriving at your hotel in the late afternoon. This evening enjoy a magical experience of Petra by Night. Experience an incredible walk down The Siq, with your path lit only by candlelight, and your first glimpse of the Treasury through a cleft in the wall. This is one of the most inspiring and heart-thumping moments in travel, an experience that will take your breath away.

*Accommodation: Mövenpick Resort Petra *

Meals: Breakfast

DAY 3 – Full day tour of Petra

Enjoy a full day of exploring Petra, with an early start to 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 rockface. Further on, explore the Roman quarter, a colonnaded street surrounded by the ruins of temples. Afterwards, there’s an option to take 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.

*Accommodation: Mövenpick Resort Petra *

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 4 – Petra – Wadi Rum

Head to Wadi Rum, on a scenic route where 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 practise this traditional lifestyle.

Arrive at our tented desert resort just in time for sunset – and there is no better place to see this then at our camp. Then enjoy 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.

*Accommodation: Discovery Bedu Desert Camp *

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 5 – Wadi Rum – Dead Sea

After breakfast, enjoy a 4WD safari to explore the surrounds. Head to the Dead Sea, the lowest point on Earth, an intense blue lake surrounded by reddish brown hills. Experience the sensation of floating in its water and spend the day at the resort enjoying swimming and relaxation, with views across the Dead Sea to Jericho and Jerusalem, about 27km away.

*Accommodation: Kempinski Ishtar Hotel *

Meals: Breakfast

DAY 6 – Dead Sea – Bethany – Madaba and Mt Nebo

Visit the Baptism Site at Bethany, where it is believed John the Baptist lived and Jesus was baptised. Then head to 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.

After lunch at the beautiful Haret Jdoudna restaurant visit Mt Nebo, where Moses first cast his eyes upon the Promised Land before we head back to the Dead Sea.

Spend the afternoon at leisure – seize the opportunity 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.

*Accommodation: Kempinski Ishtar Hotel *

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 7 – Jerash – Amman

Check out after breakfast and drive north to the ruins of Jerash, one of the best-preserved Roman cities of the Middle East. Wander the paved, colonnaded Cardo Maximus and 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.

*Accommodation: 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


DAY 8 – Amman – Cairo

Transfer to the airport for your flight to Cairo. On arrival, be met by your local guide and transferred to the Marriott Mena House, located just minutes from the famous pyramids, for check in. 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 5000 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.

*Accommodation: Marriott Mena House *

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 9 – Giza Pyramid Tour

Experience 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.

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. Enjoy an evening at leisure.

*Accommodation: Marriott Mena House *

Meals: Breakfast

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.

*Accommodation: Sanctuary Sun Boat IV *

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 11 – Nile Cruise – Philae, Kom Ombo and Edfu Temples

Breakfast buffet on board is followed by a short motorboat ride to visit the romantic and majestic Philae Temple on the Island of Agilika. Back on board enjoy an Egyptian cooking lesson with the boat’s local chef. Enjoy lunch, while you cruise to Kom Ombo, then visit the magnificent Temple of Kom Ombo, dedicated to the crocodile-god Sobek. Enjoy afternoon tea 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.

*Accommodation: Sanctuary Sun Boat IV *

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 12 – Nile Cruise – East and West Bank of Luxor

Enjoy a breakfast buffet on board whilst sailing to Luxor. Your Egyptologist will guide you around the strikingly graceful Temple of Luxor dedicated to the god Amun and on to the Temple of Karnak. After lunch, visit the Valley of the Kings. You will 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, 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.

*Accommodation: Sanctuary Sun Boat IV *

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 13 – Luxor – Cairo

On board, enjoy a buffet breakfast before you disembark and fly back to Cairo. On arrival 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.

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. 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. Wander through the labyrinth of narrow streets and find workshops and stalls selling all manner of things from woodwork, glassware and leather goods to perfumes, fabrics and Pharaonic curiosities. In the evening, enjoy your final dinner as a group.

*Accommodation: Kempinski Nile Hotel *

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 14 – Tour ends

Transfer to the airport where you farewell your leader and board your onward flight.

Meals: Breakfast

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

Book your flight through us. First, confirm your tour booking dates. Our Tours Concierge will then be in touch within 24 business hours to assist with additional arrangements, with no booking fee to you.

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Wow! We had such an amazing experience in Wadi Rum Discovery Bedu camp. We were very comfortable and the food was great. Sunsets and stargazing were the best. We definitely want to come back and hopefully stay for longer than just one night
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Fantastic trip - great guide. Nasser a credit to your company. Have waited a very long time to visit Jordan and our time here has been wonderful.
- N&C McDermott, Sept 2017
The light at the dead sea is just amazing! colors are changing all day, the intense blue shining with daylight and at sunset its an explosion of pink..... Maybe because you are 400 meters below sea level, the energy feels so pure and untouched, I had a total mystical experience being there for few days, its one of the places on Earth where I felt most happy - now I understand why its the site of biblical events. I would love to go back there again in my lifetime
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Issam is a wonderful and knowledgeable, friendly, informative and unfailingly helpful guide. He is at the same standard as the fabulous Kempinski Ishtar Dead Sea Resort. Outstanding!!!!!
- M.Hatton, Oct 2017