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A WEEK IN JORDAN

Price from
£669
(per person)
Duration
8
Days
Tour Type
Shoestring

HIGHLIGHTS

Amman, Bethany Baptism Site, As-Salt Harmony Trail, Jerash Roman ruins, Madaba mosaics, Mount Nebo views, Scenic King's Highway, Kerak Crusader Castle, Full day in Petra, Wadi Rum jeep safari & Bedouin camp, Desert Castles
COUNTRIES : Jordan
If you want to experience Jordan's iconic attractions, but are pressed for time, this 8-day Jordan tour is ideal for you.  

Beginning in the capital city of Amman, we kick things off with a visit to the Baptism Site at Bethany on the Jordan River and travel along the 'Harmony Trail' through the hillside town of As-Salt where you'll have the opportunity to learn about the different religions practiced by the locals.  

This Jordan tour also gives you an in-depth tour of the bustling city of Amman before we make our way to the impressive Roman ruins at Jerash. Next, we head south towards Petra, travelling along the breathtaking King's Highway, crossing over gaping wadis and passing by pastoral villages, olive groves and farmlands.  

You will have the opportunity to witness the well-preserved mosaics in Madaba, enjoy the spectacular views from Mount Nebo and walk through a former Crusader Caste in Kerak.  

Petra is a must-see attraction in Jordan and this UNESCO World Heritage Site is nothing short of magnificent. You will have a full day to wander around the site with a guided tour and some free time to walk up to the Monastery and the High Place of Sacrifice.  

The Jordan tour then heads further into the desert of Wadi Rum where you will sleep in a Bedouin camp under the rocky cliffs and a sky of stars. From here, we'll make our way to the banks of the Dead Sea where you'll have the chance to float on the surface of its salty waters.  

The final day will be spent outside of Amman, visiting a few of Jordan's Umayyad 'Desert Castles'. Be prepared though as these structures resemble forts and merchant houses on ancient trade routes rather than castles. The tour will stopover at the Azraq Wetland Reserve and the Shaumari Wildlife Reserve - two nature reserves located in the desert landscape with a variety of wildlife, migratory birds and herds of endangered Arabian oryx.

This Jordan tour is based in comfortable 3-star hotels in Amman and Petra. However, you have the option to upgrade these to the local 4 or 5-star hotel levels if you want a little more comfort. The tour also integrates with our Egypt and Israel tours which start/finish on Sundays, and a flight or overland transfer is available at your request. Extra extensions are also available for more relaxation time or snorkeling and scuba diving at the Red Sea in Aqaba

Note - this updated itinerary will start operating from 1st August 2018.

Private tour option: If our scheduled departure dates don't work for you, or you would prefer not to travel with a group, then we can also run this tour privately for you. Please contact us for more information and prices

At arrivals in the airport, we'll meet and greet you before transferring you to your hotel set in the centre of the capital city of Amman, which is located perfectly for exploring the surrounding sights.

Those who wish to rest can do so in their rooms or the hotel's restaurant. You can also walk around the area and check out the nearby shops and cafés before the city tour tomorrow. If you have any questions or need help settling in, our staff will be on hand.

  • OVERNIGHT:
    Amman hotel
  • EXTRAS:
    Pella and Umm Qais, Extra day in Amman - pre-tour, Single room supplement (JOSGWJ), Half board supplement (adds 7 dinners), 5-star hotel upgrade (JOSGWJ), 4-star hotel upgrade (JOSGWJ)

The tour travels to the hilltop town of As-Salt in the morning, which is a 40-minute drive from the city of Amman. As-Salt was a former trading link between the Jordan Valley and the Eastern Desert as well as the capital of Amman.

Your guide will point out the striking Islamic architecture made out of yellow limestone and you will walk the winding narrow streets, crammed with shops and stalls. This town still provides an example of the religious and cultural friendship between the local Muslim and Christian population. You will then meander along the self-designed 'Harmony Trail' to understand more about the history of the town and life of its residents today. Lunch will be enjoyed with a local family, allowing you to taste some traditional delicacies.

Lunch will be followed by a stroll out of the hills to the Baptism Site at Bethany. This site was recently excavated and is believed to be the biblical 'Bethany-beyond-the-Jordan' - where John baptised Jesus Christ. You will see a collection of churches, caves and pools from the Roman and Byzantine periods. Your guide will tell you how both Pope John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI visited this area. An electric minibus will transport you from the visitors centre to the three sites of Mar Elias, the Baptism Pools and John the Baptist's Church.

The day will conclude back at your hotel in Amman where you can take it easy for the evening.

  • OVERNIGHT:
    Hotel in Amman
  • MEALS:
    Breakfast

Today you will get to see more of Amman and learn about its interesting history. Your guide will go into detail about how many archeological discoveries have uncovered remains from the Neolithic period as well as the Hellenistic and late Roman to Arab Islamic Ages.

The walking tour will head off to the Citadel, which was the home of the ancient Hercules Temple, the Byzantine Church, The Umayyad Palace and a 6000-seater Roman theatre, built during the Roman Period. This theatre is still used as a space to showcase cultural events.

Leaving Amman behind, the tour will venture on to Jerash - one of the world's most well preserved Roman architecture sites outside of Italy. This site was hidden under layers of sand for centuries and was only discovered 70 years ago. Jerash is an important example of Roman urbanism with its towering temples, public squares and plazas, colonnaded streets and imposing theaters.

  • OVERNIGHT:
    Amman hotel
  • MEALS:
    Breakfast

You will vacate your hotel in Amman and take to the King's Highway for a picturesque drive to Petra. This leisurely drive will allow you to view the beautiful scenery, the deep wadis, olive groves, farmlands and rural villages.

Before arriving in Petra, the tour will get off at Madaba where you can visit the Greek Orthodox Church of St. George, famous for its 6th century-old Byzantine mosaic map of the Holy Land and other biblical sites. Your guide will escort you to Mount Nebo - the known burial place of Moses with some spectacular views of the Holy Land.

The tour will then continue south over more deep wadis and canyons and reach the Kerak Castle - one of many Crusader fortresses scattered across Jordan in the 12th century. The Crusaders called the castle 'Crac des Moabites' or 'Karak' in Moab. This castle is perfect for taking in the enchanting vista of the hills and plains.

After arriving in Petra, you will have some time to unwind in the evening. There is also an option to see the city with the Petra by Candlelight tour through the Siq to the Treasury.

  • OVERNIGHT:
    Petra Hotel
  • MEALS:
    Breakfast
  • EXTRAS:
    Petra by night

This day will be spent adventuring around the renowned Nabatean site of Petra. This site was the capital of the ancient Nabatean commercial empire until the Romans took over in 106AD.

Resting on the edge of Wadi Aruba, the best way to get into the site is through the Siq - a constricted curving gorge that cuts through canyon walls and hills. In Petra you will soon see that there are not many freestanding buildings as the Nabateans preferred to construct their homes into the pink sandstone cliffs.

Your guide will show you through the city and you can enjoy some free time to walk around by yourself. The guided tour begins in the Siq and continues to Khazneh - one of the most elaborate temples in Petra. Your guide will describe to you how the houses were carved into the cliffs and the spiritual importance of the site.

The tour will also walk to the ancient ruined Roman Amphitheatre and the colonnaded street and in your free time you can make your way up the gorge to the Monastery - the largest of Petra's carved monuments. This route can take some time and be quite tiring, but the views over the Wadi Aruba and Jordan Valley are worth it. If you keep on going, you can reach the High Place of Sacrifice and the Lion Fountain.

  • OVERNIGHT:
    Bedouin camp in Wadi Rum
  • MEALS:
    Breakfast, Dinner

The tour will drive straight into the desert landscape of Wadi Rum. You should look out for the copper-coloured rocky 'jebels' that inspired the writer TE Lawrence during the Arab Revolt and appeared in the movie Lawrence of Arabia. Travelling by jeep safari, the tour will pass by sharp cliffs and notable rock formations.

Continuing north, the tour will go towards the Dead Sea - one of the world's most remarkable destinations. The Dead Sea is the lowest point on earth at 400 metres below sea level and is also a dramatic sight. A number of rivers including the River Jordan flow into this sea. As these rivers are landlocked, they then evaporate and create a dense mixture of salt and minerals - supplying high quality products to a variety of industries.

Mountains surround the Dead Sea with the hills of Jerusalem to the west. This region is now quiet and sparsely population, but was believed to have been home to the five biblical cities of Sodom, Gomorrah, Adman, Zebouin and Zoar (Bela).

You will get an opportunity to paddle in these salty and salubrious waters. As a result of the salt, normal swimming is not possible so it is better to float or sit in the water. Avoid getting any water in your eyes, as it will sting.

The day will finish back at your hotel in Amman.

  • OVERNIGHT:
    Amman Hotel
  • MEALS:
    Breakfast
  • EXTRAS:
    Petra camel ride

When breakfast is over, the tour will leave Amman again to seek out the assortment of Jordan's Desert Castles - remnants of early Islamic art and architecture. These 'castles' were built on the old trade routes during the Umayyad era and resemble forts, bathhouses and palaces rather than castles.

Your guide will show you the remaining mosaics, frescos, carvings and illustrations that were molded by Persian and Graeco-Roman traditions - offering insight into life during the 8th century. The tour will venture around the castles of Qasr al-Kharrana, Qal'at al-Azraq and Qseirr Amra.

The next stops include the nature reserves run by the Jordanian Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature (RSCN). The first reserve, the Aqraq Wetland Reserve is an idyllic sanctuary in the eastern desert, set between a limestone desert in the west and a basalt desert in the east. This oasis is filled with verdant marshland and sparkling pools and streams that attract a wealth of migratory birds on the Africa-Eurasian flyway.

The second reserve is the Shaumari Wildlife Reserve, which was originally created as a breeding and reintroduction centre for globally threatened and locally extinct wildlife, particularly the Arabia oryx. Over the years, a range of rare animals now reside in the reserve, including ostriches struthio, goitered gazelles and Persian onagers. Red foxes, wild cats, striped hyenas, caracals and wolves also roam the area. Bird lovers should also look out for imperial eagles, pallid harriers and Egyptian vultures.

The visitor's centre on site is a good starting point and guided safaris also take place in the reserves. You can arrange a safari with your tour if there is time and availability before the tour returns to Amman.

You can enjoy your last evening in Downtown Amman, feasting on Jordanian dishes. We recommend tasting the national dish of Jordan, Mansaf (lamb cooked in a sauce of fermented yogurt) or tucking into falafel and hummus along with a sweet dessert.

  • OVERNIGHT:
    Amman hotel
  • MEALS:
    Breakfast
  • EXTRAS:
    Petra camel ride

Your last day in Amman is free for doing any last minute shopping or visiting some more sights. A transfer will then collect you and drive you to the airport for your departing flight back home.

Alternatively, you can go on an optional day trip with choices like an excursion to Aljoun Castle, the Desert Castles and the Baptism Site at Bethany or a tour into Israel to see Bethlehem or Jerusalem.

It is also possible to extend your tour and get a transfer to Tel Aviv by flight or overland to connect with the Biblical Israel tour, starting on Sunday. You can also extend your stay at a resort by the Red Sea or Aqaba.

Note: Options and extensions are subject to flight departure times and may require extra days adding to your tour.

  • OVERNIGHT:
    N/A
  • MEALS:
    Breakfast
  • EXTRAS:
    Pella and Umm Qais, Extra day in Amman - post-tour, Camel Ride in Wadi Rum, Post-tour Wadi Rum camp extension, Aqaba extension
Included:
  • All accommodation as stated in the itinerary in 3-star hotels (upgrades available)
  • All transport and transfers in AC minibus/coach
  • 24-hour airport arrival & departure transfer service
  • Professional local tour guide escorts groups of all sizes
  • 4x4 jeep safari in Wadi Rum
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary (all breakfasts)
  • Entrance fees (worth approx. US$110)

Excluded:
  • International flights (available on request)
  • Visa fees (currently free for most nationalities if all passport details are supplied in advance)
  • Travel insurance (compulsory, available from Encounters Travel)
  • Meals not indicated in the itinerary
  • Hotel gala dinner supplements if applicable (24 & 31 Dec)
  • Drinks, snacks and other personal expenses (e.g. laundry)
  • Tips
  • Any other items not mentioned above
A Week in Jordan accommodation
The hotels and accommodations listed below are the ones we use most often on this tour. From time to time we may exchange these for similar properties at the same level. In general, specific hotels cannot be guaranteed on our group tours, but you may select your preferred options if you are booking a tailor-made trip.
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Local rating
Our rating
Al Waleed Hotel
Amman, Jordan

The Al Waleed is ideally located in the centre of Amman close to one of the cities main shopping areas....


Your premier choice in the capital city of Amman, RUM Hotels "Al Waleed" is located at the heart of Sweifieh district, and just a few steps away from Wakalat street, the ultimate shopping zone which Jordanians and tourists flock to, to shop and enjoy pedestrian life.

At RUM Hotels "Al Waleed", we offer you high quality services where you can experience the modern life of Jordanians while feeling at home in Amman with professional staff at your service around the clock.

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Local rating
Our rating
Al Anbat Hotel
Petra, Jordan

Alanbat Hotel is located in the peaceful heart of Petra with sublime mountains and spectacular panoramic views of Petra's sunset....


Located on the main street in Wadi Musa, this hotel is just 1.9 miles from Petra. Leisure options include an outdoor pool, hammam and hot tub.

The air-conditioned rooms come with private bathrooms equipped with toiletries and hairdryers. Each room has a mini-fridge and a TV set. Some rooms include balconies.

Guests can relax in the Turkish bath and sauna, or have a massage. Al Anbat Hotel & Restaurant also provides a stone lounge with cushioned seats and shisha.

Panoramic views of the mountains can be enjoyed from the hotel's restaurant, which serves traditional local cuisine. Breakfast buffet is served every morning and there is an outdoor dining area.

The hotel is located 5 minutes' drive from the Roman Theatre and 10 minutes by car from Taybeh Village.

A Week in Jordan options

Our tours are designed to include all that you need to enjoy a really special time in the destination you're visiting. However, we do also offer some extra options to complement the tour and add some additional sightseeing or activities, or some extra time at either end of the tour.

All accommodation based options (e.g. Single supplements, extra nights, cruise upgrades) should be booked and paid for in advance so that we can make the appropriate arrangements. Other options may either be booked and paid for in advance or while you are on the tour, though we recommend booking in advance to ensure there are no issues with availability.

Many options are priced the same throughout the year, but some may incur single or high season supplements - full details are given on the tour reservation form or on request.

Single room supplement (JOSGWJ)
Price from
£129
per person



Single room supplement (JOSGWJ)
Min numbers: 

This option books a single room in all the accommodation throughout the tour. If you would like to share a room, then a same-sex room share ma..


This option books a single room in all the accommodation throughout the tour. If you are a single traveller and would be happy to share a room, let us know and we will see if we can pair you up with another single traveller of the same sex. If a room share is not available when you book then we will add the single room supplement to your booking and it will be payable with your balance payment unless we have arranged a room share for you by then. If a room share is arranged after you have paid the supplement then we will refund it to you. Room shares are arranged in order of booking.

Extra day in Amman - pre-tour
Price from
£30
per person



Extra day in Amman - pre-tour
Min numbers: 1 person

This option adds an extra day to the start of your tour, staying in the same hotel as the main tour itself (subject to availability). Your air..


This option adds an extra day to the start of your tour, staying in the same hotel as the main tour itself (subject to availability). Your airport arrival transfer is still included. Prices shown are per person and based on two people sharing.

Note: Single room and peak season supplements apply.

Extra day in Amman - post-tour
Price from
£30
per person



Extra day in Amman - post-tour
Min numbers: 1 person

This option adds an extra day to the end of your tour, staying in the same hotel as the main tour itself (subject to availability). Your airpo..


This option adds an extra day to the end of your tour, staying in the same hotel as the main tour itself (subject to availability). Your airport departure transfer is still included. Prices shown are per person and based on two people sharing.

Note: Single room and peak season supplements apply.

Petra by night
Price from
£20
per person



Petra by night
Min numbers: 1 person

This magical experience takes you in through the narrow and winding Siq to the Treasury at the entrance to Petra. The whole route and the sand..


This magical experience takes you in through the narrow and winding Siq to the Treasury at the entrance to Petra. The whole route and the sand in front of the Treasury is lit up by numerous candles creating a beautiful and atmospheric sight. While at the Treasury you'll also enjoy some traditional Bedouin music and tea.

Half board supplement (adds 7 dinners)
Price from
£39
per person



Half board supplement (adds 7 dinners)
Min numbers: 1 person

This tour is designed to allow you to explore a little in the evenings and give you the chance to eat in local restaurants and cafes instead o..


This tour is designed to allow you to explore a little in the evenings and give you the chance to eat in local restaurants and cafes instead of always in the hotel. If you would prefer to eat in the hotel, this option includes all your dinners there.

5-star hotel upgrade (JOSGWJ)
Price from
£349
per person



5-star hotel upgrade (JOSGWJ)
Min numbers: 1 person

This option upgrades all your hotels on the tour from 3 to 5-star. Prices are based on twin/double share, single room supplements apply...


This option upgrades all your hotels on the tour from 3 to 5-star. Prices are based on twin/double share, single room supplements apply.

4-star hotel upgrade (JOSGWJ)
Price from
£139
per person



4-star hotel upgrade (JOSGWJ)
Min numbers: 1 person

This option upgrades all your hotels on the tour from 3 to 4-star. Prices are based on twin/double share, single room supplements apply...


This option upgrades all your hotels on the tour from the local 3-star level up to 4-star. Local star-ratings do differ from international standards and can generally be considered up to 1 star lower. The specific hotels used may vary on different dates but include the International and Sulaf Luxury hotels in Amman, and Petra Guest House and Nabatean Castle in Petra.

Prices are based on 2 people sharing a twin/double room. Single room supplements apply - please check the website reservation form for prices to match your preferred dates.

 Amman – evening food tasting tour
Price from
£49
per person



Amman – evening food tasting tour
Min numbers: 

This evening culinary tour povides a great taste of traditional Jordanian food. We'll walk along Rainbow Street and in Downtown Amman, checkin..


This evening tour of Amman provides a great taste of traditional Jordanian food. We take a walk down Rainbow Street and through Downtown Amman, checking out the various local restaurants and street food available. Your guide will give you plenty of explanations of what is on offer, and what are the local favourites.

During the tour we'll try several different dishes, starting with a snack of either Manakish (with its various toppings of egg, white cheese or za'atar) or a classic falafel sandwich. Then in Downtown Amman we'll try a main meal, perhaps the Jordanian national dish of Mansaf, slow cooked lamb with rice and yoghurt sauce. Finally we'll try one of the cities famous desserts like Knafeh from one the popular local sweet shops. All 3 dishes are included in the price of the tour, plus transfers to and from your hotel, but you'll need to pay for your own drinks.

A supplement will apply if there is only one person on the tour. The tour can also be booked locally, subject to availability of guides & transport.

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A Week in Jordan tour notes

The detailed Tour Notes below have been written to give you some more detailed information about how the tour runs, what to expect, and how to prepare for your holiday. We recommend downloading an up to date copy of these shortly before you travel in case of any changes.

Sockets are two round pronged and 220 volts (Type C). Universal adaptors are available in most airport shops if you don’t have one already. Standard European adapters will work fine, though sometimes they may feel a little loose in the sockets. All hotel rooms have electrical sockets where you can re-charge cameras, phones etc. Hair dryers are normally available on request from the hotel reception if not in your room already.
If you have US appliances (110 volts) you will need a voltage converter as well as a plug adapter.

You should ensure you are fully insured for medical emergencies including emergency evacuation and repatriation.

Recommended vaccinations and other health protection measures vary according to the country you are visiting and where you are travelling from. We recommend you contact your GP/medical practitioner or a travel clinic for current information on vaccinations needed for your destination.  You should ensure that you are up to date with vaccines and boosters recommended for your normal life at home, including for example, vaccines required for occupational risk of exposure, lifestyle risks and underlying medical conditions.
In addition, additional courses or boosters normally recommended for the countries in this region are:

Egypt: Tetanus, Typhoid, Hepatitis A
Jordan: Tetanus, Hepatitis A
Israel: Hepatitis A, Poliomyelitis
Lebanon: Dipheria, Hepatitis A

Malaria is not generally present unless it has been contracted abroad; you do not need to take malaria prophylactics.

More information is available here: Egypt, Jordan, Israel, Lebanon

Note: We are aware of some places in Egypt using ‘black henna’ instead of pure brown henna. Black henna contains a chemical dye PPD (paraphenylenediamine) which can result in severe allergic reactions and resultant scarring. To be safe we recommend avoiding any henna tattoos while in Egypt unless you are certain they are using pure brown henna.

The time in Egypt, Jordan and Israel is GMT plus 2 hours. Daylight saving adjustments have historically been applied in some years but not others. At present it appears that there will be no daylight saving changes in Egypt 2016 and beyond, though this may change at short notice (with a resulting impact on flight times and schedules). In Jordan and Israel, daylight saving of one hour is generally applied between the end of March and the end of October, making it GMT plus 3 hours. Exact dates vary from year to year and sometimes the changes may be scrapped altogether.

Passports should be valid for at least six months after your departure from the country. Please do not bring an almost full or almost expired passport. Visa arrangements are the responsibility of the traveller, and requirements are subject to change by the local authorities.

To promote tourism to the country, the Jordanian government has designed the Jordan Pass. This provides most nationalities with a free single entry Jordan visa (for stays of 3 nights or more), a discounted package of entrance fees, and free digital brochures for the various sites in Jordan. Please check the Jordan Pass tour note for more information.

Double or multi entry visas for Jordan are no longer available and you will need to arrange two visas if you are doing a combination tour (eg. with Egypt and/or Israel) that visits Jordan more than once. Exceptions may occur if you are crossing to and from Israel via the King Hussein Bridge - please contact us for details.

If you wish to arrange your visa separately in advance, or if your stay will be shorter than four days/3 nights, then a visa fee of 40JD (approx. USD 57) will be due.

Other nationalities may require a visa prior to arrival and to obtain this in advance, please contact your local Jordanian embassy or consulate or a visa agency for details. In addition, if you plan to enter Jordan via the southern Wadi Araba crossing (Eilat-Aqaba) or the Allenby Bridge/King Hussein border with Israel in the north, you will need to obtain your Jordan visa in advance as these are not available on arrival at the border.

The local currency in Jordan is the Jordanian Dinar (JD). You do not need to arrange to bring any Jordanian Dinar with you to Jordan as exchange facilities are available in the international airports and in most hotels, banks and bureau de changes in major towns. You should try to obtain and keep hold of small denomination notes or coins on you during the tour as these are useful for toilets, tips and small purchases. ATMs are readily available in major towns and many local shops will accept VISA/Mastercard or Amex, but may charge fees of up to 10% - check before you pay. Travellers cheques are not recommended as they can not be changed in many places now, and can incur high fees.

While in Jordan you will need sufficient funds to cover meals not included in the itinerary, drinks, snacks, souvenirs and personal expenses such as laundry. These should generally all be paid for in Jordanian Dinar, though tips for guides and drivers may be paid in hard currency (GBP, USD, EUR).

It is difficult to recommend a level of personal spending money which will suit everyone as this can differ greatly, but as a guideline, we would suggest allowing USD 15-25 per person per day as a minimum. Allow more if you plan on doing lots of shopping, or buying many alcoholic drinks.

If you would like to book a place on this tour, please complete the online reservation form on our website (via the Dates & Prices tab on the tour page). You can pay your deposit or full balance online, or just hold a reservation if you prefer. We will then contact you with more details about how to complete your booking. Payments may be made by debit or credit card (subject to a card processing fee), or by making a bank transfer or posting us a cheque/bank draft. Full details will be provided in your booking confirmation email. Please contact us if you would like any more information or have any questions before making a booking.

We are a UK registered company and an ABTA Member (Y4447) and you can be confident when booking with us that your money is safe and protected.
If you book a flight departing from the UK from us with your tour, or if you live in the UK and your tour includes domestic flights, then your entire package is ATOL protected by the Civil Aviation Authority. Our ATOL number is 10467.
Additional financial protection is also provided through a financial failure insurance policy provided by Affirma for passengers not booking flights.
Please see our website or booking conditions for more information.

It is impossible not to have an impact on the local environment, cultures and eco-systems when you travel. However, it is very possible to try and ensure that these impacts are as limited, or positive as possible. We are committed to ensuring that we try to leave our host countries in a better state than we found them and encourage and assist our travellers to help us with this.
The following are a few simple tips that require very little effort on your part but which will help ensure that any effect you have on the locations you visit is positive rather than negative.

  • Don’t prejudge: Things in different countries will almost certainly be different. That doesn’t make them worse or inferior, just different.
  • Communicate: Don’t expect locals to speak your language. Take the trouble to learn a few words or phrases of the local language. Don’t worry about sounding silly. Most locals are patient and accommodating and appreciate you making the effort to communicate in their language.
  • Conserve energy: Be careful not to waste valuable resources. Use local resources sparingly. Switch off lights, air-conditioning and fans when you leave the hotel room and don’t waste water. Remove superfluous packaging. Many countries have far less efficient waste disposal systems than ours. Remove packaging from newly acquired items before leaving home.
  • Don’t litter: No matter how untidy or dirty the country you’re travelling in may look to you, avoid littering, as there is no need to add to the environment's stress. Many of the countries we visit have a tough challenge dealing with rubbish and waste. Please consider taking home as much plastic waste as you can (e.g. water bottles).
  • Choose environmentally friendly products: By using environmentally friendly (bio degradable) sun creams, shampoos and detergents you can help reduce pollution.
  • Respect local customs and traditions: As you are a guest in these countries, you should also comply with the local customs. If you are friendly and well mannered, the locals will reciprocate and it will only enhance your experience. It’s important to follow dress and behaviour guidelines especially when visiting religious or sacred sites (your tour leader will advise you how best to do this).
  • If a client commits an illegal act the client may be excluded from the tour and Egypt Uncovered shall cease to have responsibility to/for them. No refund will be given for any unused services.

All porters are employed and equipped following guidelines set by the International Porter Protection Group (IPPG).

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Travel insurance is compulsory on all of our tours and needs to cover personal accident & liability, medical expenses and repatriation, travel delay & abandonment. We also strongly recommend that you take out cover against cancellation and lost/stolen baggage. Personal medical insurance does not normally provide sufficient cover and is generally not suitable for travel on our tours. You will not be able to join your tour if you have not provided us with details of your insurance or if you arrive without cover in place (no refunds will be due in this event). More information...

You may arrange your own insurance, or you can take advantage of a comprehensive policy that we can arrange for you through Endsleigh Insurance which has been designed to be suitable for our tours. The policy is available to travellers of all nationalities and you do not need to live in the UK  to take out the policy. For full details of cover provided, prices and to apply for one of our policies, please complete travel insurance application form.

Note: Any country that borders the Mediterranean is considered as 'Europe' for the purposes of travel insurance (including Turkey, Israel, Egypt and Morocco). If you are doing a tour that visits one country in 'Europe' and one that is 'Worldwide' (for example, an Egypt and Jordan tour), then you need a 'Worldwide' policy. When completing the form you should enter your travel dates including any extra days involved in overnight flights or connecting travel between your home and the tour. Our policies are not able to cover any extra time or activities other than your tour and options booked with us and your travel to & from home.

If you plan to arrange a hot air balloon flight locally, or do some scuba diving during your tour, you should check the small print in your policy to make sure these are covered (these are covered in our policy). Please also check the maximum altitude that you will be reaching and that full cover including emergency evacuation is provided up to this altitude.

IMPORTANT:  We must have your travel insurance details (policy number and type of insurance) before you depart or you may not be allowed to join the tour.  If you haven't told us already, please let us know the details when you can. You should take a paper copy of your insurance policy with you as you may be asked to show this at the start of the tour.

It is important when considering and preparing to travel anywhere in the world that you have a good understanding of the country you are visiting, its laws and customs, and the possible risks and situations that may occur. This includes specific risks related to your itinerary (eg. does it involve water & can you swim, are you fit enough for the activities included), as well as more general risks such as terrorism and natural disasters.

General details and links to more information about health risks, visa requirements, money, and travel insurance are given in these tour notes. We recommend that you re-read all these before your departure as well as the small print of your travel insurance policy so you know exactly what is covered and what is not.

You should take copies of your important travel documents with you and ideally also store them online securely as a backup. Make sure that you have given us your emergency contact details and told that person where and when you are travelling. Ensure you take enough money with you and that you have access to emergency funds.

Finally, you should read through and stay updated with the current official government travel advice for your destination. We are registered partners with the UK Foreign Office's 'Travel Aware' campaign which provides further useful and invaluable information.

'Travel Aware' campaign

We want to give you as much flexibility as possible when it comes to booking your holiday with us. So, to take account of people with varying travel plans, we don’t include your international flights in the main tour price. We are however very provide suggestions for flights to go with your tour. Please contact us with your preferred dates and departure airport and we’ll give you a selection of airlines, times and fares to choose from.

Your airport arrival & departure transfers are included on the first and last days of the tour. Nearly all our Jordan tours start and finish in Amman airport (AMM).

A Week in Jordan dates & prices
This tour is also available for booking privately for travel anytime through the year, and we can also customise the itinerary to fit your personal requirements. Please contact us for details and prices.
Start Date End Date Price (P/P) Offer Price Note
20 Oct, 2019 27 Oct, 2019 £669 - - Book now
03 Nov, 2019 10 Nov, 2019 £669 - - Book now
17 Nov, 2019 24 Nov, 2019 £669 - - Book now
01 Dec, 2019 08 Dec, 2019 £669 - - Book now
15 Dec, 2019 22 Dec, 2019 £669 - - Book now
29 Dec, 2019 05 Jan, 2020 £699 - - Book now
12 Jan, 2020 19 Jan, 2020 £699 - - Book now
26 Jan, 2020 02 Feb, 2020 £699 - - Book now
09 Feb, 2020 16 Feb, 2020 £699 - - Book now
23 Feb, 2020 01 Mar, 2020 £699 - - Book now
08 Mar, 2020 15 Mar, 2020 £699 - - Book now
22 Mar, 2020 29 Mar, 2020 £699 - - Book now
05 Apr, 2020 12 Apr, 2020 £699 - - Book now
12 Apr, 2020 19 Apr, 2020 £699 - - Book now
26 Apr, 2020 03 May, 2020 £699 - - Book now
10 May, 2020 17 May, 2020 £699 - - Book now
24 May, 2020 31 May, 2020 £699 - - Book now
07 Jun, 2020 14 Jun, 2020 £699 - - Book now
28 Jun, 2020 05 Jul, 2020 £699 - - Book now
19 Jul, 2020 26 Jul, 2020 £699 - - Book now
09 Aug, 2020 16 Aug, 2020 £699 - - Book now
30 Aug, 2020 06 Sep, 2020 £699 - - Book now
13 Sep, 2020 20 Sep, 2020 £699 - - Book now
27 Sep, 2020 04 Oct, 2020 £699 - - Book now
11 Oct, 2020 18 Oct, 2020 £699 - - Book now
25 Oct, 2020 01 Nov, 2020 £699 - - Book now
08 Nov, 2020 15 Nov, 2020 £699 - - Book now
22 Nov, 2020 29 Nov, 2020 £699 - - Book now
06 Dec, 2020 13 Dec, 2020 £699 - - Book now
20 Dec, 2020 27 Dec, 2020 £749 - - Book now
27 Dec, 2020 03 Jan, 2021 £749 - - Book now
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JORDAN Reviews
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Posted Mar 30, 2018
Very poor. At the begining, after closing the transaction with Groupon, neither one of the companies were able to help me.
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Posted Dec 11, 2017
There was a marked difference between the two parts of this tour. The Jordan half was notably inferior with poor hotels and a guide who was knowledgeable but rather disinterested in any sort of engagement and gave the impression that he'd rather be elsewhere. Egypt couldn't have been more different with caring contacts throughout. I was extremely well looked after from only a few minutes after leaving the plane in Cairo right through to passport control on departure. Instructions were very clear, the itinerary was full and carefully planned and the guides were extremely knowledgeable, friendly and engaged. I can't think of any way that the Egypt leg of this tour could have been bettered.
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Posted Nov 21, 2017
Service rating : Excellent, prompt responses to any e mail enquiries, as well as efficient service over the phone when I was considering making the booking. Documents e mailed out as required.
Product : A fabulous trip. Wonderful experience being part of a small group touring a truly amazing country. Sami, our guide, was fantastic - superb knowledge, delivered in a fun and relaxed style. A really outstanding, memorable trip.
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Posted Sep 15, 2017
Very helpful regarding specific queries as well as with general information
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Posted Sep 15, 2017
Pleasant customer service experience, prompt and helpful response always. Real easy to book :)
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Posted Sep 15, 2017
So far so good. The rep I have had dealings with know his subject and very quickly ensured I was doing the right thing by going to Jordan.
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Posted Jul 18, 2017
Service rating : I think the trip overall was fun. However my guide made me feel very uncomfortable and there were changes in plans that were not discussed with the group. When you expect to see certain things and there are changes, the guide should make you aware. When asked why there was a change, we were told that there was an accident and the road was closed. I looked up this upon arrival and see no news of such an accident. I personally think the plan was changed so we arrived earlier so that the guide could study for his exams the next day. At one point he touched me in an inapppropirate manner. I feel this guide was not good at all and would not recommend him.
Product : Sights were great. Easy way to see Jordan and safe.
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Posted Dec 08, 2016
Ant is wonderful and very helpful! I am looking forward to my upcoming trip!
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Posted Dec 08, 2016
Difficulty getting through by phone initially ( cut off before phone answered), but then easy to book.
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Posted Dec 05, 2016
Was not entirely convinced an effort was made to avoid the single supplement..
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Posted Oct 11, 2016
Service rating : Overall good but the communications not always clear
Product : Overall we really really enjoyed the holiday.
But a few things that could be improved:
- better advice on tipping
- the guide was excellent but was not there for the last day and we got a driver who obviously didn't know (or didn't want to know) what was expected of him; so we ended up having to pay for the entrance of sites which were meant to be included and we were not given any guided information on the Amman sites.
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Posted Oct 11, 2016
Overall good but the communications not always clear
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