Jordan

Highlights of Jordan

This short tour provides the ideal introduction to Jordan, including all of the main sights and is suitable for children of all ages. If you want to add in a bit more activity or perhaps a bit longer on the beach then of course just let us know. You will be accompanied throughout by a private English-speaking chauffeur.

Highlights

  Picnic lunch at Ajlun castle
  Explore Roman ruins in Jerash
  Explore the desert city of Petra
  4WD jeep ride in Wadi Rum
  Snorkel in the Red Sea
  Mud bath & swim in Dead Sea

9 days from £850 pp

Plus international flights from £400

A 9-day holiday in Jordan with a private English-speaking chauffeur usually costs a minimum of £3,400 based on mid-range hotels (excluding international flights)

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Highlights of Jordan day-to-day itinerary

Day 1 Amman
Arrive in Amman where you will be met by a Stubborn Mule representative and transferred to your hotel.


Day 2 Jerash & Ajlun
Drive about an hour north of Amman to the wonderfully preserved Roman ruins of Jerash. This is a history lesson writ large and the children will enjoy clambering over the ruins, climbing precipitous staircases and dodging the goats that come to the far reaches of the site to graze.

Later you will pick up a picnic lunch and continue on to Ajlun, one of our favourite castles, in a very peaceful spot with gorgeous views over the surrounding valleys. This is one of the most fertile parts of Jordan and you can enjoy your picnic in the shade of an olive grove before visiting the castle.

Return to Amman for the night.


Day 3 Kings Highway & Kerak
Follow the scenic Kings Highway south towards Petra. Along the way you will stop in Madaba where you can see the exquisite Byzantine mosaics as well as Mt Nebo, from where Moses surveyed the Promised Land. From here the road meanders across farmland before suddenly arriving at the edge of Wadi Mujib, a huge canyon that cuts its way east to the Dead Sea. The road drops 1,300m down the side of the canyon and the views are absolutely staggering.

Later you will arrive at the crusader castle of Kerak, perhaps the best preserved in Jordan with thick battlements that soar over the town below, and many dusty tunnels and rooms to explore.

Overnight near Petra.


Day 4 Petra
A full day to enjoy the Nabatean ruins of Petra. Even getting to the site is an adventure, following the narrow ‘siq’ through the cliffs before arriving at the intricately carved façade of the Treasury which you may recognise from Indiana Jones films. Younger children may enjoy riding through the siq on a horse-drawn carriage to keep little legs fresh for exploring the rest of this huge site.

The city was built by the Nabateans over 2,000 years ago and although the more well-known images of the ruins are the facades carved into the rock face, there is also a huge amphitheatre and a long colonnaded main street that leads from one edge of the city to the other.

Active families will enjoy the climb up to the Monastery, perched on a hill-top high above the ruins with commanding views across to the Dead Sea. There is also the option to take a donkey up to the monastery which means that you can get even the youngest children to the top!


Day 5 Wadi Rum
Drive to Wadi Rum where you will take a 4WD jeep ride into the desert. Lawrence of Arabia was filmed here and the massive rock outcrops, chiselled by the wind into weird and wonderful shapes, will fire the imagination of both children and adults.

Children will adore clambering to the top of the highest sand dunes – a safe activity for even the youngest with no sheer drops and only endless soft sand to roll down. Go exploring in the maze of small canyons nearby and wonder at the weird and wonderful rock formations the weather has created from the crumbling sandstone. Stop for a cup of hot sweet mint tea in a Bedouin tent and climb to a narrow rock bridge….if you dare.

You will spend the night in a traditional Bedouin camp. Dine on exquisite Jordanian food, served outside under the sky. Spotting a shooting star in a sky of a thousand stars, amidst the peace of the desert will be one of those moments your family will savour forever.

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Day 6 Wadi Rum – Aqaba
Rise early to hop on a camel and take a step (or hoof) back in time, exploring the desert as the ancient tribes once did. After a leisurely breakfast you will drive to Aqaba where the rest of the day is free. There are many diving and snorkelling centres in Aqaba where you can snorkel in the Red Sea and catch a glimpse of the colourful marine life for which the area is famous. Younger children may prefer a glass-bottomed boat trip out into the bay with a barbeque lunch on board.


Day 7 Aqaba
A free day to relax and enjoy the beach or go snorkelling.


Day 8 Dead Sea
Drive north to the Dead Sea. This is the lowest place on earth and the children will love wading into the warm water and bobbing up to the surface. It is impossible to swim, the waters are so buoyant that you can’t keep your legs under the water for longer than a few seconds. Lie on your back and enjoy the strange sensation! You can also cover yourselves in the thick black mineral-rich mud that is found on the edge of the sea and which is said to make your skin beautifully smooth.

You will spend your final night in a hotel near the Dead Sea as this is conveniently located for the international airport.


Day 9 Airport
Transfer to the airport in time for your flight home.

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