TNN’s Jordan Tour
Jordan is a country full of stunning ancient sites, sweeping desert vistas, and laid-back seaside resorts. It’s also home to the famed archaeological site of Petra, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the Wonders of the World.
This itinerary is packed with traditional experiences and local interactions, making it ideal for travelers who wish to dig deep and truly explore the fascinating history, culture, and landscapes of Jordan. The country also has a delectable food scene that we’ll explore in detail!
Using our extensive local connections, you’ll get cultural experiences not available on other tours. You’ll wander through Petra, spend two nights under the stars in the dramatic Wadi Rum, swim in the Dead Sea, dine with local Bedouins, hike the underrated northern part of the country, and eat some of the best food in the world.
This tour is for people looking to see more than just the famous sites of Jordan — it’s for travelers who want to understand the country’s culture, history, and food.
If you’re the kind of person who wants a more authentic and nuanced experience, this tour is for you.
Our chapter manager, Amanda, will be joining you on this tour!
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Upon arrival in Amman, you’ll be picked up by a private driver and taken to our excellent hotel in the heart of Jordan’s capital. Once the entire group has arrived, we’ll get together to officially kick off the tour with a quick orientation and a traditional Jordanian dinner.
Today, we’ll take a guided walking tour that highlights some of the most fascinating parts of Amman, including the city’s most impressive mosques, citadels, and historical sites. In the afternoon, we’ll do a food tasting to sample traditional Jordanian delicacies and desserts, after which we’ll spend time perusing the many souks/market stalls examining the colorful displays of fresh produce, spices, and local handiwork. In the evening, we’ll go for an optional group meal while taking in the lively atmosphere of one of Amman’s most vibrant neighborhoods.
Today, we’ll travel (a 45-minute drive) to the ruins of the former Roman city of Jerash, the largest Roman city located outside of Rome itself. As one of the best-preserved archaeological sites in Jordan, we’ll admire the stonework as we take a guided walk through the ruins. After, we’ll drive an hour to Madaba, an ancient city from the Bronze Age that’s known as the ‘city of mosaics.’
Madaba is home to the world’s largest mosaic, and in the morning, you’ll learn all about this amazing site and town from our local guide. In the afternoon, we’ll continue to Mount Nebo, the place where Moses looked out over the Promised Land. After our visit to Mount Nebo, we’ll continue to the town of Wadi Musa, the gateway to magnificent Petra. Once there, we’ll share a meal with some local friends!
After an early breakfast, we’ll make our way to one of the New Seven Wonders of the World, the city of Petra. With a full-day tour of one of the greatest and most magical archaeological sites in the world, we’ll visit the surreal gorges, the famous “Treasury”, royal tombs, towering temples, sacrificial locations, and the hilltop monastery. With stops for tea, lunch, and conversations with local bedouins, we’ll take our time as we walk through this UNESCO World Heritage site. Once our walking tour is over, you’ll be able to spend more time exploring the ruins or return to town, where we’ll share an optional group dinner.
Today we’ll visit a few of the local Bedouin villages around Petra to learn more about the Bedouin culture and way of life. We’ll then do some light hiking through the countryside before returning to have a home-cooked lunch in a Bedouin home. After, we’ll visit the Bedouin caves, which have been inhabited for thousands of years. Finally, we’ll return to Wadi Musa, where you have the option of joining the group for dinner.
We’ll start today with a 2-hour drive to the town of Aqaba on the Red Sea. We’ll then take a guided walk around this ancient town, which has been inhabited since 4000 BCE, stopping along the way to enjoy lunch together as a group. You’ll then have the rest of the day free to explore Aqaba as you wish. If you’d like, you can join up with the group again in the evening for an optional dinner.
Today we’ll leave the sea behind to visit the beautiful and mysterious land of the Wadi Rum desert. Only one hour away, we’ll soon meet with our local hosts and switch into 4WD vehicles so that we can head straight into the sands of Wadi Rum. Stopping to soak in the otherworldly landscape, pastel-colored rock formations, and rippling sand dunes, we’ll learn about the desert, its inhabitants, and their culture. We’ll spend the night at a desert camp where we’ll sit down for a wonderful evening meal, listen to traditional music, admire the star-filled skies, and have a chance for a quiet, energizing sleep.
Today, we’ll continue exploring Wadi Rum, choose-your-own-adventure style. You can either go for a desert hike to a canyon, ride a horse across the desert, take a hot air balloon ride, or even go rock climbing. Our staff will be on hand to assist and help you organize any activities you wish to do in this surreal destination. We’ll then recount our day’s adventures over dinner together at the desert camp.
In the morning, we’ll embark on a 4-hour drive to the Dead Sea, the lowest point on earth (and almost 10 times as salty as the ocean). After checking into our rooms, you’ll have time to head down to the beach (which is right on the hotel’s property), float in the Dead Sea’s incredibly buoyant waters, and cover yourself in its therapeutic and infamous mud. After our day by the sea, we’ll all meet up in the evening for a farewell dinner.
Today, you’ll be picked up at our resort and transferred to the Queen Alia International Airport in Amman in time to catch your departing flight. The airport is only an approximately 50 minutes drive from the Dead Sea.
Accommodation on this trip is a mix of 2 and 3 hotels and desert camps. All the rooms come with their own bathrooms. If you are in a twin share room, you’ll be paired with someone of the same gender.
During the trip, we’ll travel via private bus throughout the country.
Daily breakfast, four lunches, and five dinners are included. All dietary restrictions can be accommodated with prior notice. Alcohol is not included.
We aim to offer as sustainable an experience as we can. The tap water is safe to drink so we encourage you to bring a water bottle. Trash is recycled whenever possible and we avoid mass tourism activities that cause harm to the environment and/or do not benefit local communities.
This tour requires a minimum of 10 participants and has a maximum of 15 participants in order to ensure the best small group tour experience. With such a small group, you’ll be able to enjoy unique, rewarding activities that would not be accessible with more people.
Your tour will be led by a licensed and local expert guide. Our guides are always on hand, every day of the trip, to provide additional information, create spontaneous activities, join the group for non-included activities and meals, and to ensure that the trip is as memorable, fun, and informative as possible.
- Transportation in a private van with driver
- All meals listed above
- All activities and entrance fees mentioned above
- Airport transfers
- Local guides during activities
- Expert Tour Leader throughout the trip
What’s Not Included
- Flights to/from Jordan
- Passport/visa fees
- Meals not mentioned above
- Travel insurance (which is required)
- Optional activities not listed above
I liked the tour because it was filled with new experiences every day. It was also physically challenging for me. I embraced the new and the unexpected, and enjoyed getting to know 14 new people! We visited awe-inspiring places, met warm and welcoming people, and I appreciated the flexibility the tour offered.
What are your COVID policies?
This tour is currently open to all travelers. We will closely monitor any new policies and comply with any new restrictions or requirements needed. If the rules change, we’ll let you know.
What about COVID testing?
Should COVID testing be required as a condition of entry or exit, we will help you find testing locations, though you are responsible for the cost of the COVID test and for booking your own tests.
What is the age range of people on this tour?
Our tours see people from 22 to 75. They really run the gambit. In the past, the average age on this tour is about 40. As we’ve found age is only a number, the variety in ages has never been detrimental to the group dynamics!
Is there a lot of walking?
All our tours have lots of walking tours involved that last between 2-3 hours each. While there is no strenuous hiking involved on this tour, you should be prepared to be on your feet a lot. In Petra and Wadi Rum, we’ll do a lot of desert walks.
Tell me about your guides.
Our expert tour leaders are fully licensed guides. They’ll be responsible for ensuring the smooth operation of the trip, handling all of the local logistics, and dealing with any unforeseen situations that may arise. Our tour leaders are always on hand, every day of the trip, to provide additional information, create spontaneous activities, join the group for non-included activities and meals, and ensure that the trip is as memorable, fun, and informative as possible. During the course of the trip, we’ll also use other guides for some of our day tours.
Will I have any time to myself?
Of course! We hate tours that book every minute of your day. While we will be busy, there will also be plenty of time for you to explore on your own. Travel is about adventure and discovery, so we emphasize that on our tours. We want you to see stuff that interests you specifically.
What am I going to do during the listed “free time”?
Our guides will be on hand to give you suggestions, help you decide what to do, and be around. If you want to go off on your own, we get that. We want you to explore and break out of your comfort zone! Our guides are here to help and, after you join the tour, you’ll be sent a list of potential activities you can do on your own.
How many spots can I purchase at once?
Reservations on the tour are limited to a maximum of two per person to ensure that everyone who wants to gets a chance to go.
What kind of rooms are we staying in?
We will be staying in 2 star hotels the entire trip.
Is airfare provided?
No, you’ll be responsible for your own airfare to and from the tour.
Will I need travel insurance?
Yes, all guests will be required to have travel insurance for the duration of the trip. We’ll be asking for proof before departure. If you don’t have it, you won’t be able to continue on the tour.
Is there an age requirement?
You must be at least 18 years old.
Will I need to fill out any release forms?
Yes, you’ll be required to fill out and sign a liability waiver releasing us from any and all liability related to the tour.
What about visas?
If you require a visa to enter any of these destinations, you’ll need to get that in advance at your own expense. We do not offer any help in this area.
What if I change my mind? What is your refund policy?
We understand plans change. Deposits are refundable up to 30 days after purchase. They can be transferred once in a calendar year to another tour. (You have to do so within 90 days.) Balance payments are due 31 days after purchase. Cancelations made between 90 – 60 days before the tour start date: 50% refund of the balance amount (the deposit is not included in the refund). Cancelations made between 59 – 0 days before the tour start date: 0% refund of the balance amount.
Is there a waiting list?
People sometimes rush to secure a spot but don’t always get the time off work and might need to cancel. If you’d like to be added to a waiting list, please email us at [email protected]
I still have questions. Can I contact you?
Of course! Our email is [email protected]