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JORDAN ENCOUNTERS

Price from
US$1,279
(per person)
Duration
8
Days
Tour Type
Small Group

HIGHLIGHTS

Sightseeing in Amman, Pella & Umm Qais, Roman Jerash, crusader castle of Kerak, rose city of Petra, Bedouin camp inside Wadi Rum reserve, floating in the Dead Sea
COUNTRIES : Jordan

This is the perfect Jordan adventure tour. Our 8-day tour starts with 3 nights in Amman from where we'll take various day tours to visit the Roman ruins in Pella, Umm Qais and of the incredible Roman site at Jerash. From Amman we'll also visit the Dead Sea where you can swim (or float!) in the strange salty waters. Leaving Amman, we drive down the beautiful King's Highway through rural Jordan, crossing several deep Wadis along the way. This is a lovely drive, and we stop en-route to see the ancient Roman mosaics at Madaba and the impressive Crusader castle at Kerak. Our next stop is the amazing lost city of Petra, where we spend plenty of time exploring this incredible UNESCO world heritage site. A visit to Little Petra follows, and then our next highlight is a jeep safari and remote Bedouin camp inside the spectacular Wadi Rum desert reserve. Sunset or sunrise camel rides are possible here amidst the towering rocky cliffs and sand. Our tour concludes with a drive back to the capital via the 'Desert Castle' of Qasr Mushatta and an Amman city tour.
This tour connects well with our Egypt tours and with out Fantastic Israel tour, and we can arrange overland or flight transfers to connect the two together.

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.

Upon arrival our staff will meet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel in Amman for the start of your trip. They'll help you settle in and introduce you to the local area.

  • OVERNIGHT:
    Amman hotel
  • EXTRAS:
    Single room supplement (JOSGJE), Extra day in Amman - pre-tour

Our Jordan sightseeing begins today with a journey north to the ruins at Pella and Umm Qais. Pella is one of the most ancient towns in the world and a favourite of archaeologists. It 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. Our next stop, 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 Qais 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. In the afternoon we'll return to Amman where we'll spend the night.

  • OVERNIGHT:
    Amman hotel
  • MEALS:
    Breakfast

After breakfast, we leave Amman for nearby Jerash, ‘the Jewel of the North’. One of the largest and most well-preserved sites of Roman architecture in the world outside Italy, the ancient city of Jerash boasts an unbroken chain of human occupation dating back more than 6,500 years. The city's golden age came under Roman rule and Jerash is now generally acknowledged to be one of the best-preserved Roman provincial towns in the world. Having been hidden for centuries in sand, evacuations restorations over the past 70 years have revealed a fine example of the grand, formal provincial Roman urbanism that is found throughout the Middle East, comprising paved and colonnaded streets, soaring hilltop temples, handsome theatres, spacious public squares and plazas, baths, fountains and city walls pierced by towers and gates.

This afternoon we continue to the Dead Sea, one of the world's most amazing places. As well as being the lowest point on earth at over 400m below sea level, the Dead Sea region is moe of the most spiritual landscapes in the world as well as being full of dramatic natural beauty. The Sea itself receives a number of incoming rivers, including the River Jordan. Once the waters reach the Dead Sea they are land-locked and have nowhere to go, so they evaporate, leaving behind a dense, rich, cocktail of salts and minerals that supply industry, agriculture and medicine with some of its finest products. The Dead Sea is flanked by mountains to the east and the rolling hills of Jerusalem to the west, giving it an almost other-worldly beauty. Although sparsely populated and serenely quiet now, the area is believed to have been home to five Biblical cities: Sodom, Gomorrah, Adman, Zebouin and Zoar (Bela). We stop here to enjoy a 'swim', though the internsely salty waters lead to a very strange swimming experience. In fact, normal swimming is not really possible, and it is easier (and more photogenic!) just to float, sitting or lying in the water. Be careful not to get any water in your eyes, as it will sting very strongly - you’ll also discover various tiny cuts you never thought you had.

  • OVERNIGHT:
    Amman hotel
  • MEALS:
    Breakfast

We depart Amman for a scenic drive south along the King's Highway to Petra. The King's Highway is a slower, but much more interesting and beautiful drive than the busy Desert Highway, and during our journey we'll cross deep Wadis, drive through olive groves, and pass remote rural villages. En-route we stop in Madaba and see the town’s main attraction, the Greek Orthodox Church of St. George where we'll see its famous 6th Century Byzantine mosaic map of the Holy Land and other biblical sites. We'll also enjoy great views of the Holy Land from Mt. Nebo, known as the burial place of the propher Moses.

Continuing south we cross several deep Wadis including the majestic Wadi al-Mujib, where the road winds down and down, and then back up the other side of this 1km deep canyon. Next stop is Kerak Castle, one in a chain of Crusader fortresses built across Jordan in the 12th Century on the ancient Egypt-Syrian caravan route. Built in 1132AD by the Crusader King, Baldwin 1 of Jerusalem, the castle fell to Saladin in 1188AD. It is still a hugely impressive building with commanding views over the surrounding hills & plains.

  • OVERNIGHT:
    Petra hotel
  • MEALS:
    Breakfast

We enjoy a full day today inside the world famous Nabatean site of Petra. The ancient capital of the Nabataean commercial empire until the Romans finally took over in 106AD, Petra was largely forgotten, except by the local Bedouins, until it was ‘discovered’ in 1812 by a young Swiss explorer, Johann Ludwig Burckhardt. Petra is situated on the edge of Wadi Aruba., whose canyon walls and surrounding hills make it almost impossble to approach except through a narrow, winding cleft in the rock, called the Siq. The city itself has very few free-standing buildings, as the Nabateans chose to carve their homes, buildings and tombs into the multi-coloured sandstone cliffs. Nowadays, the Jordanian government and local people are well aware of Petra’s interest to tourists, and the tourism infrastructure in the adjoining village of Wadi Musa is booming, though, thankfully, once you enter through the Siq, the site is protected, and all the building feels miles away.
We have a whole day today to tour this fascinating city (2-3 hour guided tour, then free time to explore yourselves). We start by walking through the Siq, which rises to 200m above us, and narrows to just 2m wide in places.  The ancient Nabatean water channel can still be seen on one wall, as well as some remnants of the terracotta pipes that brought water into the city. All of a sudden, a now classic view appears around one corner, and one of Petra’s most impressive monuments, the Khazneh (Treasury) comes into view. Our guide will explain how this, and the other buildings here, are mainly elaborate facades carved into the rock from the top down, and also discuss the spiritual significance of the building style. From the Khazneh, the valley opens out, with tombs carved into the rock on both sides. We’ll see the ruined Roman amphitheatre, and colonnaded street, and during your free time you can walk up a steep and narrow winding gorge past beautifully coloured sandstone cliff walls to the huge and imposing ‘Monastery’. The biggest of Petra’s carved monuments at 50m high and 45m wide, this is truly spectacular, as are the distant views west across Wadi Aruba and the Jordan valley.
Another climb can take you to the High Place of Sacrifice, and Lion Fountain.
All in all, this is a full & tiring, but hugely rewarding day touring one of the world’s most famous ancient sites. We spend the evening and night relaxing at our hotel.
An option is available to return to the Siq in the evening for the atmospheric Petra by Candlelight tour through the Siq to the Treasury.

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

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 hike around the beautiful scenery around the camp, or enjoy an optional camel safari at sunset. 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).

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

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. Along the way we'll make a stop to visit Qasr Mushatta, one of Jordan's 'desert castles'. Called castles because of their imposing stature, the desert complexes actually served various purposes as caravan stations, agriculture and trade centers, resort pavilions and outposts that helped distant rulers forge ties with local Bedouins. Many of these numerous sites are now in various degrees of ruins, but make for a fascinating stop. Qasr Mushatta is the largest of the Umayyad palaces in Jordan, surroneded by a square enclosing wall with multiple semi-circular towers. In its time, Wasr Mushatta was a showcase of early Islamic stonework and carved plaster, of which some remnants can still be seen. Most of the ornate carvings were sent to Germany by the Ottoman Sultan Abdul Hamid as a gift for Kaiser Wilhelm and can be seen in a Belin museum. The Palace was started by the Caliph Walid II around 743 AD but never finished. We spend some time exploring here before continuing on to Amman where we take lunch before starting to explore the city.

Amman is often referred to as the 'white city' due to its facade of white limestone buildings and houses, and the centre of the city offers a variety of historical sites. A number of renovations and excavations have taken place revealing remains from the Neolithic period, as well as from the Hellenistic and late Roman to Arab Islamic Ages. We will visit the Citadel which houses many structures such as the Temple of Hercules, the Umayyad Palace and a Byzantine Church. At the foot of the Citadel lies the 6,000 seat Roman Theatre, which is a deep-sided bowl carved into the hill and is still being used for cultural events. Another newly restored theatre is the 500-seat Odeon that is used for concerts. If time allows, you will also pay a visit to the Jordan Archaeological Museum and the Folklore Museum, located within the above two sites, to get a further glimpse of history and culture. Finally we return to our hotel in Downtown Amman for our final night in Jordan.

If you wish you can extend your tour by heading to the Red Sea at Aqaba this morning for a couple of nights in a 5-star resort before returning to Amman.

  • OVERNIGHT:
    Amman hotel
  • MEALS:
    Breakfast
  • EXTRAS:
    Aqaba extension

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.

  • OVERNIGHT:
    N/A
  • MEALS:
    Breakfast
  • EXTRAS:
    Bethany & Ajloun Castle, Extra day in Amman - post-tour
Included:
  • All accommodation as stated in the itinerary in 3 & 4-star hotels and Bedouin desert camp
  • All transport and transfers
  • 24-hour airport arrival & departure transfer service
  • Professional local tour guide escorts groups of all sizes
  • 4x4 jeep safari in Wadi Rum
  • All camping equipment 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 Encounters Travel)
  • Meals not indicated in the itinerary
  • Hotel gala dinner supplements if applicable
  • Drinks, snacks and other personal expenses (e.g. laundry)
  • Tips
  • Any other items not mentioned above
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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Jad Hotel Suites
Amman, Jordan

This 4-star hotel is located in western Amman, a short walk from the Sixth Circle where there are plenty of shops and restaurants. Including free Wi-Fi, it offers self-catering accommodation along with a gym, business centre and on-site restaurant.


This 4-star hotel is located in western Amman, a short walk from the Sixth Circle where there are plenty of shops and restaurants. Including free Wi-Fi, it offers self-catering accommodation along with a gym, business centre and on-site restaurant.

The fully furnished units at Jad Hotel Suites feature air conditioning and a living room with a dining area and flat-screen satellite TV. The kitchenette is equipped with a fridge, microwave and stove. A shower and hairdryer are fitted in the bathroom.

The main restaurant serves a buffet for breakfast and an a la carte menu of oriental and international cuisine for lunch and dinner. Room service is available.

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Petra Guest House
Petra, Jordan

Petra Guest House Hotel is situated at the entrance of ancient Petra. It offers traditionally furnished, air-conditioned rooms that overlook Wadi Musa's mountains.


Petra Guest House Hotel is situated at the entrance of ancient Petra. It offers air-conditioned rooms that overlook Wadi Musa's mountains.

All of the rooms have traditional furnishings. Each offers an en suite bathroom with bathroom amenities, satellite TV and a minibar. Room service is available 24 hours a day.

The restaurant serves daily breakfast. The Cave Bar, set in a restored 1st century Nabatean house, features Arabic and European specialities in an al fresco setting. The bar also serves cocktails each evening. Guests receive a discount when dining at the restaurant.

Guests can relax on Petra Guest House Hotel’s outdoor terrace or walk in the landscaped gardens. Hotel reception can arrange car rental and is available 24/7. Laundry and ironing services are available at the hotel.

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Wadi Rum Bedouin Camp
Wadi Rum, Jordan

In Wadi Rum we use a small Bedouin camp located inside the Wadi Rum Reserve. Typically the camp will sleep up to around 30 people.


In Wadi Rum we use a small Bedouin camp located inside the Wadi Rum Reserve. Typically the camp will sleep up to around 30 people, and you will normally share the camp with other travellers (though when our camps are nearly full we will aim to arrange a private camp just for us). Our Bedouin crew will set up camp and cook our meals before we fall asleep under the stars. Mattresses and blankets are provided, together with basic toilet facilities. You may sleep inside one of the tents, or outside under the stars if you prefer (we recommend bringing a sleeping bag if you want to sleep outside, and for extra warmth in the winter months).

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Antika Hotel
Amman, Jordan

Antika Hotel is located in the heart of the old city of Amman and offers simple but comfortable accommodation. This characterful hotel is perfect for your last day in Amman, unlike other hotels further from the city centre.


Antika Amman Hotel is located in the heart of the old city of Amman; on the edge of Rainbow Street, 5 minutes walking distance from Downtown Amman. Guests can enjoy the on-site snack bar.

All rooms are equipped with a flat-screen TV. Certain units include a seating area for your convenience. The rooms are equipped with a private bathroom.

There is a 24-hour front desk and gift shop at the property.

Al Hussainy Mosque is 0.7 miles from Antika Amman Hotel, while Temple of Hercules and the Roman Corinthian Column is 0.7 miles away. Queen Alia Airport is 16.2 miles from the property.

You can also enjoy free WIFI during your stay.

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 (JOSGJE)
Price from
US$419
per person



Single room supplement (JOSGJE)
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 room share cannot be arranged.


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
US$59
per person



Extra day in Amman - pre tour
Min numbers: 1

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.


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
US$49
per person



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

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.


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
US$29
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 in front of the Treasury is lit up by numerous candles.


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.

Bethany & Ajloun Castle
Price from
US$114
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 visit the partially ruined, but still very impressive Ajloun Castle.


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.

Camel Ride in Wadi Rum
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per person



Camel Ride in Wadi Rum
Min numbers: 1 person

This option adds on a fun sunset or sunrise camel ride through the Wadi Rum desert.


This option adds on a fun sunset or sunrise camel ride through the Wadi Rum desert.
Aqaba extension
Price from
US$169
per person



Aqaba extension
Min numbers: 1

This extension leaves the main tour after your night in Wadi Rum. Instead of returning to Amman, you make the short drive south to Aqaba. You have 2 nights in a 5-star resort here to relax on the beach or by the pool before heading back to Amman.


This extension leaves the main tour the morning after your night in the Bedouin camp in Wadi Rum. Instead of returning straight to Amman, you 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 for departure. Overall this extension adds 2 days to the length of your original tour.

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

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Jordan Encounters 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 and 4-star level on this tour. Local star ratings may vary slightly from international standards but we ensure we use some of the very 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.

In Wadi Rum we use a small Bedouin camp located inside the Wadi Rum Reserve. Typically the camp will sleep up to around 30 people, and you will normally share the camp with other travellers (though when our camps are nearly full we will aim to arrange a private camp just for us). Our Bedouin crew will set up camp and cook our meals before we fall asleep under the stars. Mattresses and blankets are provided, together with basic toilet facilities. You may sleep inside one of the tents, or outside under the stars if you prefer (we recommend bringing a sleeping bag if you want to sleep outside, and for extra warmth in the winter months).

Our trips feature a mix of different transport options. We want you to feel like you’re really experiencing the country you’re travelling through, but at the same time we want you to finish journeys refreshed enough to enjoy the next stage of the tour. The small distances involved in Jordan mean that we use private vehicles throughout this tour. These will be minivans, minibuses or small coaches, depending on the number of travellers in the group.

The jeeps used in Wadi Rum are provided by the local Bedouins we work with, and while suitable for your desert safari, they may fall below the normal safety and quality standards for vehicles we use during the rest of our tours.

Your airport transfers are only included on the first and last day of the set tour itinerary, plus on any additional days if you book your hotel room with us. If you make your own arrangements for additional accommodation at either the beginning or the end of the tour then you will need to arrange your own airport transfers on these days.

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 happy to book your flights for you, and our ATOL (UK flight sales license) covers all holidays booked together with a flight from the UK.

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 whether you book your flights independently or through us. Nearly all our Jordan tours start and finish at Amman airport (AMM).

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. Instead, we set our Jordan group departures to have a maximum of 26 travellers; average group sizes are around 8-12 people.

In Jordan we provide fully trained, local English-speaking guide throughout the tour until you arrive in Wadi Rum. The final journey back to Amman is done with an English speaking driver. 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 Encounters Travel 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.

The tour price includes all entry fees for the places visited on this tour.  

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. There is an entrance ticket (currently US$26) which is not included in the tour price.  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.

If he group splits and some people do not want to do this section, then they can enjoy a walk along the shore of the Dead Sea or relax in the vehicle.

Tipping is common practice in Jordan, as a sign of appreciation for services provided. You may therefore wish to tip your guide and driver at the end of the tour.  You should not feel obliged to tip any particular amount, and should consider your personal budget. We are often asked to provide a guide however, and can suggest that approx. USD 3-8 per person per day would be appropriate.

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 is currently waiving Visa fees for certain nationalities (including UK, USA, CA, EU, AU, NZ, SA). When confirming your reservation with us, please could you complete all passport details on your travellers information sheet and return it to us promptly and at least 4 weeks prior to departure so that we can take steps to arrange your free arrival visa if available. The free visa offer requires a stay in Jordan of at least 2 nights if you are arriving by air, or 3 nights if you are arriving by land.

Multiple 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.

If you wish to arrange your visa in advance or your stay will be shorter than described above, 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.

Luggage: Suitcases, rucksacks or fabric holdalls are all fine to bring with you to Jordan. You should also bring a small daypack/bag to take out during the day. Your main luggage will normally be left in the hotel during your sightseeing trips – you will not need to carry it far, and there are nearly always hotel porters to assist.

Luggage limits: There is no luggage limit for this tour. However, most airlines restrict you to between 20kg and 25kg for your hold luggage and between 5kg and 10kg for hand luggage. Please check with your airline before travelling to the airport.

Clothing: The climate in Jordan varies widely from hot days in the summer to cool and sometimes wet days in the winter months. At night, especially in the deserts, the temperatures can drop quite dramatically. So you must pack for cool conditions. Formal dress (eg. suits & ties) is not required. Modesty rates highly in Jordan, especially for women, so to respect the local culture & people, please ensure all clothes are loose fitting and not revealing. Shorts (not hot-pants) are OK in tourist sites, as are T-shirts, but these should not show too much bare flesh (we suggest that your shoulders should remain covered). When visiting any mosques, legs and arms should be covered.

Other items: If your tour includes an overnight Bedouin camp then bedding is provided but we recommend bringing a light sleeping sheet or sleeping bag liner for comfort all year round (even with the best efforts, sand does find its way pretty much everywhere). In the winter months, or if you think you would like to sleep under the stars instead of in your tent, then we recommend you bring a sleeping bag with you as it can get very cold at night. We also recommend you bring a sun hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, a basic first aid kit, toiletries, money belt, small torch, camera & charger.

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.

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

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

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.

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 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.

We run regular small-group departures on this tour starting on Sundays throughout the year. All departures are guaranteed to run with a minimum of 2 travellers and maximum of 18. Departure dates and prices are listed on our website and in our brochure (please check the website for up-to-date prices and 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 International Passenger Protection 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 Encounters Travel 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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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 'Know Before you Go' campaign which provides further useful and invaluable information.

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Jordan Encounters 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 Dec, 2016 01 Jan, 2017 US$1359 - - Book now
01 Jan, 2017 08 Jan, 2017 US$1359 - - Book now
08 Jan, 2017 15 Jan, 2017 US$1279 - - Book now
15 Jan, 2017 22 Jan, 2017 US$1279 - - Book now
29 Jan, 2017 05 Feb, 2017 US$1279 - - Book now
12 Feb, 2017 19 Feb, 2017 US$1279 - - Book now
26 Feb, 2017 05 Mar, 2017 US$1279 - - Book now
05 Mar, 2017 12 Mar, 2017 US$1279 - - Book now
12 Mar, 2017 19 Mar, 2017 US$1359 - - Book now
26 Mar, 2017 02 Apr, 2017 US$1359 - - Book now
09 Apr, 2017 16 Apr, 2017 US$1359 - - Book now
16 Apr, 2017 23 Apr, 2017 US$1359 - - Book now
23 Apr, 2017 30 Apr, 2017 US$1359 - - Book now
07 May, 2017 14 May, 2017 US$1279 - - Book now
28 May, 2017 04 Jun, 2017 US$1279 - - Book now
04 Jun, 2017 11 Jun, 2017 US$1279 - - Book now
18 Jun, 2017 25 Jun, 2017 US$1279 - - Book now
02 Jul, 2017 09 Jul, 2017 US$1279 - - Book now
30 Jul, 2017 06 Aug, 2017 US$1279 - - Book now
13 Aug, 2017 20 Aug, 2017 US$1279 - - Book now
27 Aug, 2017 03 Sep, 2017 US$1279 - - Book now
03 Sep, 2017 10 Sep, 2017 US$1359 - - Book now
10 Sep, 2017 17 Sep, 2017 US$1359 - - Book now
17 Sep, 2017 24 Sep, 2017 US$1359 - - Book now
01 Oct, 2017 08 Oct, 2017 US$1359 - - Book now
08 Oct, 2017 15 Oct, 2017 US$1359 - - Book now
15 Oct, 2017 22 Oct, 2017 US$1359 - - Book now
29 Oct, 2017 05 Nov, 2017 US$1359 - - Book now
05 Nov, 2017 12 Nov, 2017 US$1359 - - Book now
19 Nov, 2017 26 Nov, 2017 US$1279 - - Book now
03 Dec, 2017 10 Dec, 2017 US$1279 - - Book now
17 Dec, 2017 24 Dec, 2017 US$1359 - - Book now
24 Dec, 2017 31 Dec, 2017 US$1359 - - Book now
31 Dec, 2017 07 Jan, 2018 US$1359 - - Book now
07 Jan, 2018 14 Jan, 2018 US$1279 - - Book now
14 Jan, 2018 21 Jan, 2018 US$1279 - - Book now
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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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Posted Aug 08, 2016
Service rating : The booking process was easy and simple

Product : My only complaint was that the first hotel we stayed at in Jordan, the JAD Hotel was not the hotel in the itinerary. It was supposed to be the Imperial Palace, which looked like a substantially better hotel
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Posted Aug 08, 2016
the trip was excellent; the tour guide and driver were both excellent and knowledgeable.
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Posted Aug 04, 2016
Personal interactions were very positive and timely with helpful information and good suggestions. Just hope the trip has more travelers joining!
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Posted Jun 08, 2016
Service rating : Very vood service whenever needed to contact them in the uk

Product : The tour on the whole was fantastic hotels were well above what was expected for the price paid the sites were amazing and the guide was knowledgeable but i did feel he rushed through things a bit compared to other tour guides I've encountered in the past.

Unfortunately the tour was totally let down by the desert camp experience we were virtually abandoned at a so called desert camp at 11am with no tour vuide nobody who spoke English told us what was happening or what to do. At no time were we offered any excursions ie camal ride as stated in intinery. It was a complete waste of a day sleeping unxer the stars could of made up for it if we weren't next to a busy road. I definitely wouldn't recommend the desert night. However the rest of the tour and Jordan are spectacular.
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Posted Oct 25, 2015
I haven't gone on my holiday yet, but staff have been very pleasant and helpful so far.
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Posted Oct 21, 2014
Service rating : Service very good our driver was excellent.

Product : all very good indeed
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Posted Aug 12, 2014
Service rating : Everyone was really helpful and I had a really great time.

Product : I had a brilliant time although I car with working seat belts and possible without upholstery full of holes would have been better.

The holiday itself was brilliant.
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Posted May 23, 2014
Service rating : Great value,well organised and friendly

Product : A fantastic trip with a great guide and driver and a perfect itinerary. A wonderful country
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Posted Feb 18, 2014
Service rating : I have already written to Encounters. Original hotel was awful but they did change the room. Breakfast was still poor. We were supposed to come back to this hotel but encounters did change this.

Big thing was we were in Jordan such an historic country and we had no guide. Good guides at Jerash and Petra. Our driver tried to get more money for the guides even though they were supposed to be included.

Product : See above. Barring the hotel in Amman having a tour guide would have made such a difference.
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Posted Feb 13, 2014
Service rating : Encounters Travel were efficient, helpful and friendly. we will certainly use them again in the future we were very impressed

Product : The tour and all the the local guides were excellent
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