Explore ancient sights and lost cities, overnight in a Bedouin tent, and dine with the locals amidst the dramatic desert scenery of Wadi Rum. Take in Petra’s fascinating history and marvel at its thrilling beauty, and still have a chance to relax in the therapeutic waters of the Dead Sea. This 8-day trip is ideal for the traveler who is short on time but wants to soak up the colors, culture, and history of a country that’s small in size but big in adventure.
For this program GEEO will be partnering with the Duke-UNC Consortium for Middle East Studies. Accompanying the trip will be Emma Harver, Outreach Coordinator of the Consortium. She will be there to enrich the educational components of this program, and help participants contextualize and reflect upon what they are seeing and learning. She will also share resources and opportunities from the Consortium to assist in the development of lesson plans related to Jordan and the Middle East.
Today is arrival day and, as travelers are arriving from all corners of the world, there are no planned activities. You are free to arrive in Amman at anytime. Hotel check-in is 2:00 p.m., and luggage storage is available if you arrive before your room is ready.
In the early evening, you will meet your tour leader and fellow group members for an important group meeting. Check the hotel notice board (or ask reception) for the exact time and location of this meeting. Afterwards, there will be the option to head out for a meal together in nearby in a local restaurant. If you arrive late, your group leader will leave you a message at the front desk.
Amman is a very big city, and there is not one central area to stay – hotels are spread out across various neighborhoods within the city. For this reason, to move around the city in your free time, you will need to take a taxi, please feel free to ask your tour leader or the hotel front desk for recommendations and assistance.
This morning, we set off on a half-day trip to Jerash, a fascinating site and one of the largest and most well-preserved Roman ruins outside Italy. Wander amid its paved and colonnaded streets, soaring hilltop temples, handsome theaters, spacious public squares, and plazas, baths, fountains, and city walls pierced by towers and gates – all in exceptional condition.
We then discover the legendary healing qualities of the Dead Sea, famous for its unique mineral makeup and salinity. Spot salt chunks drifting by like icebergs on the water’s surface. Take a dip yourself and float like a buoy or cover yourself in the mud along the shore, believed to have medicinal and therapeutic benefits. There are showers nearby to wash off after.
We return to Amman for the night.
Approximate travel time: 7-8 hrs total by private vehicle with stops along the way
We depart early for the first stop, Mount Nebo, a historic site believed by many to be the location of Moses’ death and has thus been a center for pilgrimage since the earliest Christian times. Trek to the summit (817 m or 2,680 ft) and be rewarded with views of the stunning surrounding countryside and Israel in the distance. Learn the ancient history of this spot and check out the views.
We continue on to Madaba to explore its long history on this guided tour, including its role as the center of early Christianity. We will see some of the finest Byzantine mosaics in the world, including the famous sixth-century mosaic map of the Middle East. Tour churches, the Archaeological Park, and the local museum that’s housed in several old Madaba residences.
After, we take a walk through history on a guided tour of Karak Castle, the largest late-Islamic castle in Jordan. Explore its unique construction – initially built in the Crusader period, it was expanded and refortified during the Ayyubid and Mamluk eras.
In the early evening, we arrive in Wadi Musa, the town just outside Petra.
Approximate travel time: 3-4 hrs total by private vehicle with stops along the way
We journey to Petra today to explore this UNESCO World Heritage site. Each tour will be different depending on the interests of the group, but everyone arrives through the dramatic Siq, rounding a corner and setting eyes on the famous treasury building.
With time, hike approximately 25 km (15 mi) to cover the entire site. Climb (steps) to two sacred hilltops. Depending on the weather and the interests of the group, you may opt to hike an additional 2 km (1.2 mi) to see the magnificent views from the top of the treasury. This makes for a unique and unforgettable experience.
We will get a brief history of the city, one of the greatest tourist attractions in the Middle East. The Nabateans carved this capital from the living rock of the surrounding mountains in Petra. Visit monuments that include the Pharaoh’s Castle, the triumphal arch, the amphitheater, and the monastery.
In the afternoon, you may return to Wādī Mūsá or continue exploring on your own.
In the morning, you can take the opportunity to visit Little Petra (Siq al-Barid). We then drive to Wadi Rum, a vast, silent landscape of ancient riverbeds and the largest and most magnificent of Jordan’s desert landscapes. Journey into the stunning, colorful desert on a 4×4 excursion. Make stops along the way to get out and explore, learn about the region or scramble up rocks or sand dunes.
We arrive to the tented camp in time for a traditional meal and learn more about this ancient culture. There is a large, central tent that is traditionally decorated and perfect for relaxing or escaping the cold nights in winter. Our dinner is prepared in traditional fashion, with the meat and vegetables cooked in an underground oven. Soft drinks and water are available for purchase. Lanterns light the way, but we do suggest you bring a flashlight. Spend the evening sitting under the stars, around a fire, listening to stories from the Bedouin hosts. If really lucky, they may bring the drums out for some music!
Accommodation in the desert is in one large goat-hair tent divided into “rooms” with curtains. Basic linens are provided, but many travelers prefer to bring a sleep sheet for extra comfort. There are shared, unisex facilities. For religious reasons, no alcohol is permitted at the camp.
Approximate travel time: 2 hrs by private vehicle, 2 hrs by 4×4
Today, we drive to the Red Sea resort city of Aqaba where you will have free time to relax at the beach, go snorkeling, or check out the city. Make sure to try some fresh seafood for dinner.
Approximate travel time: 1 hr by private vehicle
Today, we journey back to Amman. En route we will stop at a G Adventures- supported community cafe for lunch.
Numeira Environmental Association is a nonprofit organization working in the South Ghour region, south of the Dead Sea, to create a sustainable future for the community. They engage children in environmental education, promote sustainable farming practices, while creating jobs and training opportunities through their work. Their tourism program is key to the expansion of their environmental and social mission. Stop for lunch at the Numeira Environmental Cafe to enjoy a traditional Jordanian meal. Take a tour of the grounds and learn about how this small nonprofit is working to create a sustainable future for community members near the Dead Sea.
Approximate travel time: 4 hrs by private vehicle
You are free to depart at any time today. Please note that check-out time from the hotel is normally mid-morning, but luggage storage facilities are available.
Want more adventure? Book two or more GEEO trips in the same year and receive a discount! GEEO will give you 10% off of the lesser value program(s) (up to 3 programs).
If you don’t see a program that interests you that pairs with this trip but still would like to extend your time abroad, let us know. We will work with you to find a non-teacher trip from our tour operator’s much larger catalog. Even better, if you are an educator we can still offer you a discounted price on the trip you choose!
Visit our recommended reading page to see the list of books GEEO recommends reading before your program (this is not required reading). We also have lesson plans and Pinterest boards that may be useful for you as you learn about your destination and prepare to bring lessons back to your classroom.
It is very important for you to visit our Terms and Conditions page before signing up for this program.
All cancellations must be submitted to GEEO in written form by emailing your request for cancellation to email@example.com. If you do not receive a confirmation that we have received your written cancellation request, please call us at 1-877-600-0105. Verbal cancellation requests will not be honored.
All GEEO/G Adventures group trips are accompanied by one of G Adventure’s group leaders, which they refer to as Chief Experience Officers (CEO). The aim of the group leader is to take the hassle out of your travels and to help you have the best trip possible. They will provide information on the places you are traveling through, offer suggestions for things to do and see, recommend great local eating venues, and introduce you to our local friends. Our itineraries often have plenty of free time to explore on your own.
While not being guides in the traditional sense, you can expect them to have a broad general knowledge of the countries visited on the trip, including historical, cultural, religious, and social aspects. We also use local guides where we think more specific knowledge will add to the enjoyment of the places we are visiting – we think it’s the best of both worlds.
Trip includes light walking and hiking that is suitable for most fitness levels. The hiking in Petra can be exhausting in the heat. Keep hydrated and know your limits! Your tour leader will set a meeting place and time so that you can hike as much as you want, from a little to a lot.
Half of the people that travel with GEEO are traveling by themselves, so please don’t worry if you have no one who can join you on your trip. Our pricing is based on double occupancy or, in other words, two people to a room. You never have to pay for a single room unless you want one. GEEO can find you a roommate of the same gender. Most of our trips have a “My Own Room” option, also known as a “Single Supplement,” which is an extra fee that will allow you to have a room to yourself. If you want to room alone, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. To see the price for the “My Own Room” option, please click here where you can look up your trip in the extra services spreadsheet.
Please note that, if you have booked the “My Own Room” option for this tour, you will receive your own single accommodation for all night stops, with the following exceptions: Night 5 in the Bedouin camp
Day 1 is an arrival day, and no activities have been planned. Upon arrival to the city on Day 1, or earlier if you have booked pre-accommodation with us, please make your way to the joining hotel. Check-in time will be in the afternoon. Once you arrive at the hotel, look for a note at reception from your tour leader. This note will give the details of your Welcome Meeting on Day 1, usually between 5:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m., where you will get a chance to meet your tour leader and other travelers, as well as learn more about how the tour will run. If you don’t see a note, please ask reception for details!
If you miss the Welcome Meeting, your tour leader will leave a note at reception for you with any information you may need and with instructions for the next morning.
Official airport taxis cost around 20 Jordanian Dinar (JOD). The drive can take between 20 minutes and 1 hour depending on the time of day and traffic conditions. You should fix a price with your driver before you get into the car and set off.
If you have paid in advance for an arrival transfer, a G Adventures representative will be at the airport to meet you. If for any reason you are not met at the airport, please call our local support line. If you are unable to make contact for whatever reason, please make your way to the joining point hotel via taxi.
If you need to contact G Adventures in a situation of dire need, it is best to first call their local G Adventures office. If for any reason you do not receive an immediate answer, please leave a detailed message and contact information so they may return your call and assist you as soon as possible.
G Adventures Local Representative (Amman, Jordan)
During office hours (Sun-Thurs 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Local Time) : +962 (6) 4642034 or 4636944 or 4656647/8
After hours Emergency number: +962 79 553 5879
G Adventures Middle East Manager
Emergency number: : +20 122 221 16 99 – Mohammed (Cairo, Egypt)
If you are unable for any reason to contact G Adventures’ local office, they have a toll-free line within North America which will connect you directly with their Toronto office: +1 888 800 4100
If you have purchased an arrival, it has been arranged based on flight information provided to us. If you are advised of a flight schedule change within 48 hours of your scheduled arrival time, we will do our best to rearrange your arrival transfer but we cannot guarantee this. If your arrival transfer does not arrive within 30 minutes after you have exited the arrivals area please take a taxi to your start point hotel.
If your call is specifically concerning Amman Airport Transfer complications please call our local G Adventures Transfer provider directly at: +962 79 5535879
Please read this article on GEEO’s blog for our staff’s suggestions on the best gear to pack for your upcoming travels. You must be prepared to carry your own bags and be comfortable carrying them up and down stairs, on and off transportation, and to hotels. As a rule, we try not to have to walk more than 15-20 minutes with your bags, which is why we recommend keeping the weight of your bags between 22-30 lb. Most travelers carry a backpack or rolling bag of small to medium size. No XXL bags please! A daypack is also essential for carrying everyday items. Space is limited on transportation, so there is a limit of one main piece of luggage per person plus a daypack per person.
Laundry facilities are offered by some of our hotels for a charge or ask your group leader where the nearest laundromat is. If you want to do your own laundry, we suggest you bring your own non-polluting/biodegradable soap.
All GEEO trips require that the participant have a valid passport. Please see our general FAQ for information on obtaining a passport. As with all of our trips, we try to provide the most accurate information we can, but governments sometimes change visa rules. It is your responsibility to double check the information we provide below by searching here.
For Americans, the Jordanian visa is issued upon arrival at the airport and major land borders. It currently costs 40 JOD (approximately $56 USD) for a single entry with one month validity. They accept credit cards and JOD, but not USD cash. You can exchange money at the airport before getting in line to purchase your visa. Non-American participants should check with their government to find out if they need a visa.
The local currency in Jordan is the Jordanian Dinar (JOD).
ATMs are found within main cities in Jordan and will generally accept cards on the Visa and Mastercard networks. It is a great idea to travel with both a Visa and Mastercard, if possible, because, while there is no hard and fast rule, some banks seem to only work with one brand of card. Please note: Your bank will change a fee for overseas withdrawals.
Cash is recommended for times when ATMs are not accessible. Euros, British Pounds, and U.S. Dollars are all easy to exchange to the local currency. You should bring some cash with you for emergency situations, but carrying only cash is a high safety risk. ATM card/s and some cash is the ideal mix.
If you are bringing U.S. Dollars, please make sure that the notes are new and in good condition. Notes older than 1996 or with tears or blemishes may not be accepted. Be fussy with your bank when buying cash!
As currency exchange rates can fluctuate often we ask that you refer to the following website for daily exchange rates: www.xe.com
Tipping – also widely referred to by its Arabic term as “baksheesh” – is a way of life in the Middle East. Locals themselves will usually tip anyone who provides them with services. In many cases, people depend on the tips they receive to supplement the low salary and wages of the Middle East region.
While on tour in the Middle East, it is customary and even expected to tip small service providers such as restaurant and bar waiters, hotel staff, reception, cleaning personnel, bell boys, taxis, and van drivers. Tips are regarded as an essential means of supplementing income for those working in the tourism industry.
To make things as easy as possible and avoid embarrassing situations, G Adventures has developed a tipping kitty system where your Tour Leader will collect a contribution from everybody at the start of your tour and use this kitty to tip anybody who has provided services to the group as a whole. A guideline for tipping is about $5-$10 USD per day, depending on the quality of the service – this does not include your G Adventures Tour Leader. On Day 1 of your tour, your Tour Leader will be able to advise on the amount required from everybody to form the tipping kitty for your trip. You can pay in USD or the equivalent local currency, preferably the latter. The Tour Leader will be able to advise you on the exchange rate and the total required in either currency
If at any time you feel that any service provider failed in maintaining or delivering good service, please bring it immediately to the attention of your Tour Leader so a deduction of tips can take place.
At the end of your trip, if you felt that your G Adventures Tour Leader did an outstanding job, tipping is also expected and appreciated. As a general guideline, $35-$40 USD per person per week can be used to budget. The precise amount, however, is entirely a personal preference.
We legally cannot give you any medical advice. It is very important to consult your doctor or a travel clinic about which vaccinations you will need for your trip. Please take this seriously!
We often find the best prices for purchasing flights is 60 days before departure, but of course this varies greatly from route to route and year to year. You must wait until this trip is confirmed with the minimum number of required participants before you book your flights. Typically, we reach the minimum number needed at least 90 days before departure. GEEO and G Adventures bear no responsibility for any flights purchased before the trip is confirmed. You can find out whether this trip has been confirmed here.
Please double check our itinerary for the date by which you must arrive in Amman, which usually means departing the United States on the prior day. You can arrive at anytime you choose. Your trip ends in Amman, and you can depart whenever you wish on the final day.
There are two components to provide external power to your device: adapters and transformers. The adapter is the plug, adapting the prongs on a standard U.S. two- to three-pronged power cord to match the prongs required by the local outlets. The transformer changes the local voltage to that required by your device.
Jordan takes a mix-and-match approach to electrical sockets. European round two- and three-pin plugs along with British square three-pin plugs are all used across the country, with frequency seemingly determined only by what the electrician had to hand during installation. Their voltage is 220-240 Volts. U.S. outlets are 120 Volts. Most new devices (phones and laptops) can handle the different voltage rates, but some devices only work on the U.S. standard of 120V. Check your device to see what voltage range it handles. Most transformer blocks will have an “Input” line that defines its voltage capacity. For example, “Input: 100-240V” means that it will work on voltages from 100V to 240V. If your transformer can’t handle the different voltage, you’ll need to purchase a voltage converter. You can find world regional voltage converters power packs at various vendors.
“Bring lightweight, light colored, long sleeve shirts for the desert.”
“Pack your Dramamine for the bus ride to Wadi Rum. I would also highly recommend packing rehydration tablets. “
Before you decide on traveling with GEEO, it is important that you read all of the information about the program you are considering. Remember, our programs are quite adventurous.
Hopefully this is the kind of adventure you are interested in!
While it is our intention to adhere to the routes described on our website, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into the itinerary and on occasion it may be necessary, or desirable, to make alterations. The itinerary is brief, as we never know exactly where our journey will take us. Due to our style of travel and the regions we visit, travel can be unpredictable. The information on our website is a general guide to the tour and region, and any mention of specific destinations or wildlife is by no means a guarantee that they will be visited or encountered. Additionally, any travel times listed are approximations only and subject to vary due to local circumstances.
It is very hot in Jordan during the summer with highs often in the 100’s. In general this is a dry heat so isn’t as bad as you might think.
Please keep in mind that this trip offers some free time to pursue activities that interest you. Make sure you look over all of the optional activities in the next section and note these additional costs when deciding whether you can afford this program. Breakfasts and a few dinners are included in this trip, giving you the opportunity to eat out according to your own resources. The prices below are in U.S. Dollars and are rough estimates on which you can budget your trip.
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Approximately $950-$1,700 USD
If you require assistance in booking your international airfare, we would be happy to help you.
Please note: It is mandatory for all of our travelers to have Emergency Medical insurance that covers both emergency evacuation and repatriation to the sum of $200,000 USD. We also strongly recommend purchasing cancellation insurance as well.
$40 USD for your tour leader; an additional $40 USD for other tips
Be sure to budget for these types of expenses
This is usually included in your flight price. Roughly $11 USD, if you leave by a land border
Variable. Please consult your doctor.
Approximately $56 USD for Americans
Variable. At your personal discretion.
$100 USD (Suggested donation)
This is only for non-educator guests traveling with an educator on a GEEO trip. Educators and retired educators should not make this donation.
Most optional activities are booked and paid for locally in the local currency, the Jordanian Dinar (JOD). You do not have to decide in advance for which activities you would like to sign up. The prices listed are based on the latest information we have received from our participants and G Adventures. They are not guaranteed to be accurate, but you may use them as a rough guide for your budget.
Mud Baths: 3 JOD
Black mud from the Dead Sea is rich mineral content and known to have purifying and healing effects when applied to the skin. Take some time to cleanse your body and mind in this tranquil setting.
Petra by Night: 17 JOD
Enjoy a magical night at Petra. Sit back in the candlelit Siq and treasury and enjoy a live Bedouin music show.
Turkish Bath: 20 JOD
You’ve done some walking this tour, so take this opportunity to give your muscles some much needed attention. Enjoy this true hammam experience.
Siq al-Barid (Little Petra): 8 JOD
Explore the narrow alleyway with tall cliff walls and carved rock of Little Petra, which is similar to its larger namesake. Just 9 km (5.6 mi) from Wadi Musa, it’s worth the visit.
Wadi Rum 4×4 excursion extension: 70 JOD
Extend the 4×4 ride by 2 extra hours to see more of the fascinating Wadi Rum desert. The listed price is the price per jeep.
Camel Ride: 14 JOD
Enjoy a camel ride with the Bedouin in the desert of Wadi Rum.
Hot Air Balloon Ride: 130 JOD
Watch the sun rise over the sprawling mountain ranges of the Wadi Rum desert.
Aqaba Castle: 3 JOD
Get in some extra activity and learn about the Aqaba Castle’s long and interesting history on this fascinating trip. Explore the castle’s storied walls. Built by Crusaders, the Castle was occupied by the Ottomans and destroyed by the British.
Aqaba Boat Trip with Snorkeling: 31 JOD
Looking for a perfect day trip to make the most of your time in this seaside town? Board a boat and enjoy a relaxing day on the waters of the Red Sea. Enjoy lunch aboard and join a snorkeling guide to spot marine life beneath the surface. If snorkeling isn’t your thing, sit back and enjoy the view of Aqaba.
Site of Jesus’ Baptism: 18 JOD
Visit the site of Jesus’ baptism with a local guide. Round-trip transportation included.