Jordan on a Shoestring

Jordan on a Shoestring

Jordan on a Shoestring

Trip Details:

Operator:   Encounters Travel
Price From: 799 USD
Ideal Age Range: 19 to 30, 31 to 50, Over 51
Fitness Needs: Light Impact
Program duration: 6 days

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About this program

If you’re looking for an exciting adventure in Jordan that doesn’t cost a fortune, this tour is meant for you! 

Discover all of the tourist sites including Amman, Jerash, Petra, Wadi Rum, and the Dead Sea. You’ll start your adventure in bustling Amman, a city where you’ll witness the daily life of the local people. Later, you’ll be transferred to the Roman remains of Jerash, which have been carefully preserved.

After a thorough exploration of the great city of Amman, you’ll head towards the famous Dead Sea, where you’ll enjoy an opportunity to have a weightless float in its salty waters.

Later, head south down the King Highway on your way to Petra. Stop en route and visit Madaba, Mount Nebo, and the historic crusader castle Kerak. 

You’ll later arrive at the “Rose Red City” of Petra, where you’ll have ample time to explore its wonder and enjoy walking along the Siq. Continue south to Wadi Rum, known for its direct link with Lawrence of Arabia, the British Army Officer. Jump on a Jeep and 4×4 through the desert as the sun sets, before you return to Amman and the end of your tour. 

If you’ve been dreaming of visiting Jordan, this is the perfect trip for those on a budget. 


DAY 1 Arrive in Jordan. Transfer to hotel

Upon arrival, staff will meet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel in Amman for the start of your trip. They'll help settle in and introduce you to the local area. The rest of your day is free. If you arrive early in the morning, then a half-day city tour of Amman is available this afternoon.

OVERNIGHT: Amman hotel

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

DAY 2 Dead Sea & Jerash

After breakfast, you drive north for a full day visit to Jerash, one of the largest and best preserved Roman sites outside of Italy. It is an excellent example of Roman architecture including paved and colonnaded streets, hilltop temples, amphitheatres, spacious public squares and plazas, bathhouses, fountains and a city wall pierced by towers and gates.

You'll continue by road to the shore of the Dead Sea where we can float and try to swim in the unique, salty waters before returning to Amman for the night.

OVERNIGHT: Amman hotel

MEALS: Breakfast

DAY 3 King's Highway to Petra via Madaba and Kerak

You'll depart Amman for a scenic drive along the King's Highway to Petra, crossing deep Wadis, olive groves, and driving through remote rural villages.

En-route you see the Roman mosaics at Madaba, enjoy great views of Israel from Mt. Nebo, and visit Kerak Castle, one in a chain of Crusader fortresses built across Jordan in the 12th Century.

OVERNIGHT: Petra hotel

MEALS: Breakfast

DAY 4 Petra tour and free time

You will enjoy a full day today inside the world famous Nabatean site of Petra. Carved into the rocks and left undiscovered for centuries Petra has always been an enduring attraction for explorers.

A guided tour of the area is included with plenty of free time to explore on your own. This evening you may book an optional visit to Petra for the spectacular Petra by Candlelight tour.

OVERNIGHT: Petra hotel

MEALS: Breakfast

EXTRAS: Petra by night

DAY 5 Drive to Wadi Rum via Little Petra

Today you drive towards Wadi Rum and en route 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.

At Wadi Rum you will enjoy Bedouin hospitality and a 4WD jeep safari through the spectacular desert scenery with its towering cliffs, bizarre rock formations and sand dunes. At the end of the day, you'll drive back to Amman for the night. If you wish you can extend your tour today. One option is to just add one day to your trip by spending the night tonight under the stars in a Bedouin camp right inside the Wadi Rum reserve before returning to Amman. Alternatively, you can add 3 days by spending the night in the camp and then heading to the Red Sea for 2 nights in a 5-star resort before returning to Amman.

OVERNIGHT: Amman hotel

MEALS: Breakfast

EXTRAS: Post-tour Wadi Rum camp & Amman Tour, Wadi Rum camp & Aqaba extension

DAY 6 Amman. Free time. Transfer to airport

Your time is free today until a transfer to Amman airport for your departure flight. Alternatively, you may wish to take one of a number of optional day trips. These include a half-day city tour in Amman, a full day tour to the Baptism site at Bethany and Ajloun Castle, a trip to Pella and Umm Qais, a tour of the 'Desert Castles', or a tour into Israel to visit Bethlehem and Jerusalem.

MEALS: Breakfast

EXTRAS: Amman city tour, Bethany & Ajloun Castle, Extra day in Amman - post-tour

Country Fast Facts


Official Language(s)Arabic
Climate(s)Warm Desert Climate, Cold Desert Climate, Warm Semi-Arid, Cold Semi-Arid, Warm Mediterranean
Major Airport(s):Queen Aria International Airport (AMM)
Economic Driver(s):Tourism, Energy, Science & Technology, Transportation

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