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JORDAN ON A SHOESTRING

Price from
£499
(per person)
Duration
6
Days
Tour Type
Shoestring

HIGHLIGHTS

Bustling city of Amman, Roman remains at Jerash, float in the Dead Sea, scenery along the Kings Highway, Madaba & Mt Nebo, imposing crusader castle of Kerak, magnificent rose-city of Petra, dramatic Wadi Rum desert scenery
COUNTRIES : Jordan

Is a visit to Jordan on your travel wishlist? Then this affordable Jordan tour is perfect for you, covering all its top highlights such as Amman, Jerash, Petra, the Dead Sea and even includes a jeep safari & camping underneath the stars in a Bedouin Camp in Wadi Rum.

This Jordan tour starts and ends in the busy capital city of Amman, as we head out on a city tour which includes visits to the Citadel and its impressive Roman Theatre. We'll also visit the Roman ruins at Jerash - one of the most well-preserved roman architecture sites on the planet.

We'll venture down the scenic King's Highway, crossing deep wadis with stops at Madaba, Mount Nebo and Kerak Castle before we reach the Rose Red City of Petra - undoubtedly the jewel in Jordan's crown.

We'll spend a full day exploring the beauty of Petra, walking through its narrow and winding Siq before we marvel at the towering Treasury, which was built more than 2000 years ago. From Petra, we'll make our way into the Wadi Rum desert, famous for its links with the British Army officer Lawrence of Arabia. This is where we'll spend the night in a Bedouin Camp, with clear, starry skies above us.

After a 4x4 jeep safari through the spectacular desert scenery, we'll enjoy a scenic drive, this time heading north along the banks of the Dead Sea. We'll stop for a swim, or float in its incredibly salty waters - an experience you'll never forget - before returning to Amman.

Upgrades are available to 4 or 5-star hotels on request.

Note - this updated itinerary will start operating from 1st August 2018. Departures up until then will spend an extra night in the hotel in Petra in place of the Wadi Rum camp.

Once you arrive, our staff will collect you from the airport and drop you off at your hotel in Amman. We'll help you check in, show you where the local shops, cafes or restaurants are and you'll have the rest of the day free to explore Amman independently before our sightseeing starts tomorrow.

  • OVERNIGHT:
    Amman hotel
  • EXTRAS:
    Amman city tour, 4-star hotel upgrade, Single room supplement (JOSHJS), Extra day in Amman - pre-tour

Your first full day of your Jordan tour starts with a city tour of Amman, also known as the 'white city' given its numerous white limestone buildings. Your guide will enlighten you on the city's history while showing you excavations and renovations from the Neolithic period, the Hellenistic period and the late Roman to Arab Islamic ages.

Next, we visit the Citadel, exploring the ancient temple of Hercules, the 8th century Umayyad Palace, the Byzantine church and the 6,000 seat Roman theatre, built into a hill.

We leave Amman later in the day, venturing to the city of Jerash, also known as the 'Jewel of the North'. Hidden by sand for many centuries, this vast and well-preserved site is a prime example of Roman architecture. We'll explore its ruined hilltop temples, theatres, baths, fountains, colonnaded streets and large public squares

  • OVERNIGHT:
    Amman hotel
  • MEALS:
    Breakfast

The Jordan tour departs from Amman today, as we drive along the majestic King's Highway to Petra. This route takes slightly longer but offers beautiful views as we cross cavernous wadis, olive groves and quaint rural villages.

We stop in Madaba, giving you the chance to stretch your legs and walk to the Greek Orthodox Church of St. George. It is here where you can view the famous 6th century Byzantine mosaic map of the Holy Land along with other biblical sites. We'll also venture up Mount Nebo, which provides spectacular views of the Holy Land.

We continue our journey across more deep wadis, including the magnificent Wadi al-Mujib, until we reach Kerak Castle - which is one in a chain of Crusader fortresses strung across Jordan in the 12th century on the ancient Egypt-Syrian caravan route. Constructed in 1132 AD by the Crusader King Baldwin, the castle fell to Saladin in 1188AD. It remains a remarkable structure overlooking the rolling hills and plains.

We're arrive in Petra later today. Your evening is free to do some independent exploring or as an option, you can enjoy a Petra by Candlelight tour.

  • OVERNIGHT:
    Petra hotel
  • MEALS:
    Breakfast

Today, we spend time inside the renowned Nabatean site of Petra. This historic city was the ancient capital of the Nabatean commercial empire until the Romans took over in 106AD. Petra was then forgotten, except by the local Bedouins until it was rediscovered in 1812 by the Swiss explorer, Johann Ludwig Burckhardt.

This ancient city is set on the edge of Wadi Aruba with enclosed canyon walls and hills making it difficult to reach apart from a tight cleft in the rock, called the Siq. There are few freestanding buildings as the Nabateans chose to carve their homes and other structures into the sandstone cliffs.

You will have the entire day to get acquainted with this unique city (a 2-3 hour guided tour and then free time to wander). Your guide will lead you through the Siq, rising 200 metres above and just 2 metres wide. The ancient Nabatean water channel can still be spotted on one wall along with terracotta pipes that brought water into the city. As you turn the corner, you will be welcomed with a mesmerising view of one of Petra's most remarkable monuments - the Khazneh - also known as the Treasury.

You will also see the ruined Roman amphitheater and colonnaded streets and in your free time, we suggest walking along the narrow gorge past the multi-colored sandstone cliffs to the Monastery. This is Petra's biggest carved monument at 50 metres high and 45 metres wide. From this point, the views of the Wadi Aruba and the Jordan Valley are outstanding.

Later that afternoon, the tour will leave Petra and drive back into the desert where you will be greeted by welcoming Bedouin hosts. You will spend a memorable night at a comfortable camp positioned beneath rising rocks and cliffs. In this serene setting, you can spend the evening relaxing at the camp, watching the stars and feasting on a traditional Jordanian meal.

  • OVERNIGHT:
    Wadi Rum Bedouin camp
  • MEALS:
    Breakfast
  • EXTRAS:
    Petra by night

After a tasty breakfast, the tour will venture back through the desert and mountains of Wadi Rum. It was in this desert, that TE Lawrence was impressed by the soaring copper coloured rocky 'jebels' during the Arab Revolt of 1917- 1918. This led to the inspiration for the film Lawrence of Arabia. The tour will travel via safari jeep through the desert, passing steep cliffs and eye-catching rock formations.

We then drive up north to the banks of the Dead Sea - the lowest point on earth. The Dead Sea region receives numerous incoming rivers including the Jordan River. As the waters reach the Dead Sea, they are land-locked with nowhere to go and evaporates, leaving behind a mix of salts and minerals, supplying the local industries with excellent products.

On the west of the Dead Sea you can see the hills of Jerusalem. This area is now sparsely populated and was believed to have been home to 5 biblical cities: Sodom, Gomorrah, Adman, Zebouin and Zoar (Bela). The Jordan tour will stop so that you can paddle in the salty waters. As a result of its highly saline waters, normal swimming is not possible so rather float. Be careful not to get any water in your eyes, as it will sting.

Later today, we make our way back to Amman.

  • OVERNIGHT:
    Amman hotel
  • MEALS:
    Breakfast
  • EXTRAS:
    Post-tour Wadi Rum camp extension, Aqaba extension

You are free to do some last-minute exploring or shopping until it is time to be transferred to Amman Airport. You can alternatively take one of the optional day trips. These options include a full-day tour to the Baptism site at Bethany and Ajloun Castle, a trip to Pella and Umm Qais, a tour of the 'Desert Castles', or a tour into Israel to visit Bethlehem and Jerusalem.

  • OVERNIGHT:
    N/A
  • MEALS:
    Breakfast
  • EXTRAS:
    Amman city tour, Bethany & Ajloun Castle, Extra day in Amman - post-tour
Included:
  • All accommodation as stated in the itinerary in 3-star hotels (upgrades available)
  • All transport and transfers in AC vehicles
  • 24-hour airport arrival & departure transfer service
  • Services of a specialist tour guide for all sightseeing tours
  • 4x4 Bedouin jeep safari in Wadi Rum
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary
  • Entrance fees (worth approx. US$110)

Excluded:
  • International flights (available on request)
  • Visa fees (currently waived for most nationalities)
  • Travel insurance (compulsory, available from Egypt Uncovered)
  • Meals not indicated in the itinerary
  • Drinks, snacks, tips and other personal expenses (e.g. laundry)
  • Any other items not mentioned above
Jordan on a Shoestring 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
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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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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.

Jordan on a Shoestring 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 (JOSHJS)
Price from
£99
per person



Single room supplement (JOSHJS)
Min numbers: 1 person

This option books a single room in all the accommodation throughout the tour. Room shares may be available but the supplement is payable if a ..


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.

Note: The price shown is a low season price. Slightly higher prices may apply during high and peak seasons - the exact price for your dates will be shown on the online booking form and is always available on request.

Extra day in Amman - pre-tour
Price from
£20
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
£20
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.

4-star hotel upgrade
Price from
£139
per person



4-star hotel upgrade
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 3 to 4-star. Prices are based on twin/double share, single room supplements apply.

Pella and Umm Qais
Price from
£59
per person



Pella and Umm Qais
Min numbers: 1 person

Visit the ancient town of Pella and explore it's many antiquities and then take a tour of Greco-Roman city of Umm Qais with its stunning black..


If you are arriving in Jordan a day early we have an additional tour to Pella and Umm Qais which leaves every Monday from Amman. Pella is one of the most ancient towns in the world and a favourite of archaeologists. Pella is exceptionally rich in antiquities, some of which are exceedingly old. Besides the excavated ruins from the Graeco-Roman period, Pella offers visitors the opportunity to see the remains of a Chalcolithic settlement from the 4th millennium BC, evidence of Bronze and Iron Age walled cities, Byzantine churches, early Islamic residential quarters and a small medieval mosque. In addition to Jerash and Amman, Gadara (now Umm Qais) and Pella (Tabaqit Fahl) were once Decapolis cities, and each has unique appeal. Umm Qais is one of the most brilliant ancient Greco-Roman cities of the Decapolis. Perched on a splendid hilltop overlooking the Jordan Valley and the Sea of Galilee, Umm Qays boasts impressive ancient remains, such as the stunning black basalt theatre, the basilica and adjacent courtyard strewn with nicely carved black sarcophagi, the colonnaded main street and a side street lined with shops, an underground mausoleum, two baths, a nymphaeum, a city gate and the faint outlines of what was a massive hippodrome. Drive to hotel in Amman for overnight.

Note: You will need to add an extra night to your booking in order to book this option.

Bethany & Ajloun Castle
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On
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per person



Bethany & Ajloun Castle
Min numbers: 1 person

This one day option takes you to the recently excavated biblical site 'Bethany-beyon-the-Jordan' where John baptised Jesus Christ. You'll also..


This tour takes in two important sites with very different but linked history. Your first stop is in the Jordan Valley, at a relatively recently excavated site believed to be the biblical 'Bethany-beyond-the-Jordan' where John baptised Jesus Christ. Several churches, caves and pools dating from Roman and Byzantine periods have been discovered here. Both Pope John Paul II, and Pope Benedict XVI have visited here. An electric minibus takes you from the visitor centre to your choice of one of three sites: Tell Mar Elias, the Baptism Pools and/or John the Baptist's Church. You can also walk between these, but the distances are quite long and the low lying land in the valley can lead to stifling temperatures Ajloun castle is an hour or so's drive away, which involves a long climb up from below sea level up to Jordan's highest point (around 1240m). The scenery in the region is beautiful with forested hills and olive groves. You can stop for a short walk in the Ajloun Forest Reserve if you wish. The castle itself is now partly ruined but is still huge and a very good example of an Arab/Islamic military fortress. It was built in AD 1184-1185 to control entry into the Jordan Valley, protect against Crusader attacks from nearby Kerak and Bisan, and to control nearby iron mines. There are many rooms, narrow passages and staircases to explore, and you can enjoy magnificent views over the Jordan Valley.

Note: You will need to add an extra night to your booking in order to book this option.

Amman city tour
Price from
£45
per person



Amman city tour
Min numbers: 1 person

This half day guided city tour takes in the ancient centre of Amman, including the citadel, Roman amphitheatre, and downtown area...


This half day guided city tour takes in the ancient centre of Amman, including the citadel, Roman amphitheatre, and downtown area. This tour can be done on either the first or last day of the tour, if your flight times allow. Otherwise an extra night in Amman will be required. A supplement will apply for single travellers.

Post-tour Wadi Rum camp extension
Price from
£199
per person



Post-tour Wadi Rum camp extension
Min numbers: 2 people

This 1 night post-tour extension includes 1 night at a Bedouin Camp in Wadi Rum and an additional visit to Wadi Mujib (seasonal)...


This 1 night post-tour extension includes 1 night at a Bedouin Camp in Wadi Rum and an additional visit to the canyons of Wadi Mujib (seasonal). This extension will add 1 extra night onto the end of your tour as shown below:

Friday - This morning we visit the site of Little Petra, which was a suburb of the main city and provides a great insight into the building of the larger buildings and tombs. Next we head for the spectacular desert & mountains of Wadi Rum. The desert here, with its towering rust coloured rocky 'jebels' awed TE Lawrence during his visits during the Arab Revolt of 1917-18, and was later made famous in the film Lawrence of Arabia. After arriving in Wadi Rum, we take a jeep safari through the beautiful desert scenery, seeing more of the sheer cliffs and bizarre rock formations, before finishing at a Bedouin camp located against the cliffs right inside the Wadi Rum reserve. We have the rest of the afternoon here, and you can relax in the camp, take a short or longer hike through the beautiful scenery around you, or enjoy an optional camel safari. We then spend a memorable night here at the camp where we enjoy our Bedouin hosts' hospitality, traditional food, and plenty of tea. You can sleep in comfortable Bedouin tents (beds & all bedding provided), or find an atmospheric spot outside under the stars if you prefer (bring a sleeping bag).

Saturday - After breakfast at the Bedouin camp we leave the spectacular scenery of Wadi Rum and start our drive back up the Desert Highway to Amman. During the summer months (and weather permitting) you may also have the opportunity to do the Siq Trail at the mouth to Wadi Mujib. This is a fun ‘canyoning’ adventure that takes between 1 and 2 hours and involves walking, scrambling and some easy rock climbing through a spectacular narrow canyon (siq) up to a waterfall. The recent rainfall levels will determine how much water there is but you should expect some pools and swimming and to get very wet. A good level of fitness is required and we recommend wearing shoes not sandles to protect your toes. On arrival back in Amman we stay in a 3-star hotel in Downtown Amman where you are within walking distance of many cafes, restaurants and shops for your last night in Jordan.

Note: The Siq Trail is not available all year round and is generally only open from April to October and may also be closed at times during these months. Local guides are in place to assist inside the Siq but this is a self-guided section. If the water levels seem high & fast, or you are not confident in your fitness then we recommend not to proceed. Always follow the advice of the local guides. You must be able to swim as life jackets are not always available. A minimum age limit of 16 applies. When a stop a Wadi Mujib is not possible we will return directly to Amman where an optional city tour will be offered (payable locally).

Sunday - Your time is free today until we transfer you to Amman airport for your departure flight. Alternatively you may wish to take one of a number of optional day trips. These include tours to Ajloun Castle, a tour of the 'Desert Castles', a visit to the Baptism Site at Bethany on the Jordan, or a tour into Israel to visit Bethlehem and Jerusalem. We can also arrange a transfer to Tel Aviv either by flight or overland for people wanting to connect this tour with our Fantastic Israel tour departure which starts on Sunday.

Wadi Rum camp & Aqaba extension
Price from
£299
per person



Wadi Rum camp & Aqaba extension
Min numbers: 1 person

This extension leaves the main tour after your jeep safari in Wadi Rum. You will spend the night in a comfortable Bedouin camp, located right ..


This extension leaves the main tour after your jeep safari in Wadi Rum. Instead of returning straight to Amman, you leave the main group and spend the night in a comfortable Bedouin camp, located on the desert sands, beneath the cliffs right inside the desert reserve. Your Bedouin hosts will look after you and provide a delicious meal in the evening. Accommodation is in traditional goat hair tents with proper beds and bedding, or you can sleep under the starts if you prefer (bring a sleeping bag). Camel rides are available at sunrise and sunset, and you have free time in the afternoon to walk around and enjoy the spectacular scenery.

The next morning we leave Wadi Rum and make the short drive south to Aqaba, which sits on the northernmost tip of the Gulf of Aqaba in the Red Sea. You have 2 nights in a 5-star resort here to relax on the beach or by the pool. Snorkelling, scuba diving and glass bottomed boat trips are available to get a taste of the Red Sea's famous coral reefs and fish. Finally we return up the Desert Highway to Amman for one last night in a 4-star hotel there before we transfer you to the airport (Tuesday, Day 9).

Prices are based on a minimum of two travellers; single room and solo traveller supplements apply.

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Jordan on a Shoestring 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.

We use good quality hotels rated at the Jordanian 3-star level on this tour. Local star ratings may vary slightly from international standards but we ensure we use some of the best hotels available at the level stated.

Accommodation is based on twin, triple or double en-suite rooms with air conditioning. We will endeavour to give all couples a private double room.

We are committed to being a small group operator, as we feel this gives everyone in the group the best chance to get to know their fellow travellers and to hear and make the most of their guide. There’s no point in us providing great guides if you’ve got to peer over 30-40 shoulders to see them! So, we won’t ever put you in a 50-seater coach with 49 other people and just one guide. Most of our tours have a maximum of 12-18 travellers. However, to keep costs down, we do allow our Shoestring tours to have slightly larger groups and this tour departs with a maximum of 26 travellers.  We may also share this departure with travellers booking through other operators.

In Jordan we provide fully trained, local English-speaking guides for all of the sightseeing tours. Our local reps in all the towns and cities en-route are also at your service, and will be handling all the practical arrangements for the tour.

At Egypt Uncovered we only use local Jordanian guides and reps. We feel this gives you the best experience of the country and the sites you are seeing. This tour may use different guides for the tours from Amman and from Petra.  Please check our website for more details and profiles of some of our most famous local guides.

You may also like to check our 8-day Jordan Encounters tour which has a slightly higher level of hotels, includes an overnight Bedouin Camp in Wadi Rum, time by the Red Sea in Aqaba, and has a maximum of 18 travellers.

The tour price includes include entrance fees to all the tourist sites mentioned in the itinerary (worth about US$110). If you visit any sites not mentioned in the itinerary then you will need to cover the entrance fee costs.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

We run regular small-group departures on this tour starting every Monday throughout the year. All departures are guaranteed to run. Departure dates & prices are on our website and in our brochure (please check the website for up-to-date prices & special offers).

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.

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.

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).

You can stay in touch with us online by following us on Facebook and Twitter. We post updates on relevant travel news in our destination countries, special offers and discounts and other interesting travel related news and information.
www.facebook.com/EgyptUncovered
www.twitter.com/encounterstravl (yes, without the 'e')

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).

Jordan on a Shoestring 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
25 Mar, 2019 30 Mar, 2019 £499 - - Book now
08 Apr, 2019 13 Apr, 2019 £499 - - Book now
15 Apr, 2019 20 Apr, 2019 £499 - - Book now
29 Apr, 2019 04 May, 2019 £499 - - Book now
06 May, 2019 11 May, 2019 £499 - - Book now
13 May, 2019 18 May, 2019 £499 - - Book now
27 May, 2019 01 Jun, 2019 £499 - - Book now
17 Jun, 2019 22 Jun, 2019 £499 - - Book now
08 Jul, 2019 13 Jul, 2019 £499 - - Book now
29 Jul, 2019 03 Aug, 2019 £499 - - Book now
19 Aug, 2019 24 Aug, 2019 £499 - - Book now
09 Sep, 2019 14 Sep, 2019 £499 - - Book now
23 Sep, 2019 28 Sep, 2019 £499 - - Book now
07 Oct, 2019 12 Oct, 2019 £499 - - Book now
21 Oct, 2019 26 Oct, 2019 £499 - - Book now
04 Nov, 2019 09 Nov, 2019 £499 - - Book now
18 Nov, 2019 23 Nov, 2019 £499 - - Book now
02 Dec, 2019 07 Dec, 2019 £499 - - Book now
16 Dec, 2019 21 Dec, 2019 £499 - - Book now
30 Dec, 2019 04 Jan, 2020 £499 - - Book now
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JORDAN ON A SHOESTRING 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 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
Pleasant customer service experience, prompt and helpful response always. Real easy to book :)
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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 Jun 10, 2016
Service rating : The travel was coordinated and managed nicely. Airport pick-up and drop-off were highlight.
Product : Except the first day of arrival without giving a briefing about the meeting time and gathering spot, everything else was excellent. I was a little bit lost on my first day of arrival and had to ask the hotel front desk about what time I should come down the next day to meet my group. If there can be a debriefing session, that would be nice.
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Posted Apr 15, 2016
Service rating : This was an excellent value and the guides genuinely enjoyed what they did.
Product : Quite hectic a tour. We stayed busy but we got to check a lot of our bucket list in a short period of time.
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Posted Oct 26, 2015
Best tour company I have worked with!
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Posted Oct 23, 2015
Very helpful
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Posted Oct 23, 2015
Service rating : Only downside was some of the suggested food places for lunch were very expensive compared to what you could get locally.
Product : Overall loved my trip
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Posted Oct 23, 2015
So far it has been good. Clear and easy to understand.
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