Jordan Family Adventure Trip Notes

Take a tour of Jordan with the whole family. From the city of Amman travel to the Dead Sea, take a trip to Petra and visit Wadi Rum and Aqaba.

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Jordan Family Adventure
Trip code: ECFJ
Validity: 01 Jan 2011 to 30 Apr 2011
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StylePhysical ratingJoining point description
ThemesGroup sizeJoining point instructions
MapAccommodationFinish point description
ItineraryMeals
Culture shock rating Transport
Style
Original
  • Original trips are classic Intrepid adventures. With a mix of included activities and free time, they offer plenty of opportunities to explore at your own pace and take part in activities that really get beneath the skin of a destination. While the occasional meal may be included, you'll have the freedom to seek out your own culinary adventures. Accommodation is generally budget or tourist class (2-3 star), but you're as likely to find yourself as a guest of a local family as staying in a hotel or camping. Transport will vary as well. Depending on the destination and the itinerary you could find yourself travelling on anything from a camel to a train or a private safari vehicle. It's all part of the adventure! Original travellers have a desire to make the most of their travel time and really get to know a place, its people and cultures.
Themes
Family
Map
Jordan Family Adventure
Itinerary
Days 1-2 Amman
Ahlan Wa Sahlan. Welcome to Jordan!
You can arrive at any time on day 1 as there are no activities planned until the welcome meeting at 6PM
Built on a series of hills, Amman is a complex mix of old and new. An important Biblical and trading city in ancient times, it faded to little more than a village by the time it was resettled in 1878. It became the centre of Jordan in 1921 when King Abdullah moved here, and today is a fairly modern and Westernised city in the context of the Middle East.
In the morning on day 2 we head north on a 45-minute drive to Jerash. Second only to Petra in terms of antiquity, it is one of the ten great Roman cities of the Decapolis League. Hidden for centuries under the sand, it has slowly been excavated over the last 70 years, revealing a distinct blend of Roman and Greek influences. After walking around Jerash you have time to watch the Roman Army Experience (optional), featuring legionaries in full armour in a display of Roman Army drill and battle tactics, Roman gladiators fighting 'to the death', and several Roman chariots competing in a classical race around the ancient hippodrome.
We then return to our hotel in Amman for the night.
Included Activities
  • Excursions to Jerash
Optional Activities
  • Roman Army Experience - JOD15
Accommodation
Hotel (2 nts)
Day 3 Itinerary
We set off today for the Dead Sea, a drive of approximately 2 hours, arriving in time to spend most of the day at the Dead Sea Spa Resort.
The lowest point on the surface of the earth (over 400 metres below sea level), the Dead Sea has been famous over the centuries for its minerals and natural healing powers: Cleopatra reputedly had her cosmetics factory here, and Mark Anthony had to step in and conquer the area for her to safeguard it.
It is unique with its combination of climate, enriched oxygen atmosphere, mineral-rich salt sea, mud and hot springs. You can experience the unusual sensation of floating while reading a book in the salty water – it’s impossible to sink in this viscous saline solution! Make sure you don’t get any water in your eyes though, as it’s so salty that it can really sting – so no splashing!
There are also many treatments on offer that you may wish to try – how about a massage followed by a mud pack, and the children can enjoy the swimming pools and waterslide complex.
After relaxing at the Dead Sea, we’ll continue the short distance to Madaba, famous for its 6th Century mosaic map. Lunch is included today at the spa resort.
Included Activities
  • Petra-Entrance
  • St Georges church in Madaba
Accommodation
Hotel (1 nt)
Days 4-5 Petra
This morning we continue to Mt Nebo, the biblical resting place of Moses, overlooking the Promised Land. We then head further south through hilly countryside to the market town of Kerak where we explore its magnificent castle, built in the twelfth century by the crusaders who came from all over Europe to fight for the holy city of Jerusalem against the great Muslim ruler Saladdin. The castle is well preserved and it is easy to imagine what life must have been like during the crusades.
We then continue on to Petra. Hewn out of rose coloured rock, the ancient Nabataean city of Petra is one of the most spectacular destinations in the Middle East and one of the new Seven Wonders of the World. The approach to Petra is through a narrow gorge known as a siq. We follow the siq for just over a kilometre before emerging onto the great plaza in front of Petra's most famous monument, the Treasury, which is instantly recognisable from the film, 'Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade'. According to legend, the Nabataeans hid the treasure they amassed from controlling trade routes here - but no one has found it yet.
Further inside the site we can see the 7,000 seat outdoor theatre, and the Royal Tombs where the Nabataean kings were supposedly buried. If you're feeling energetic, perhaps tackle the 45-minute climb up a steep rocky path from the museum area to the Monastery. The viewpoints from up here offer dramatic vistas over the surrounding mountains. Alternatively, stay in the lower part of the site to soak up the atmosphere of the temples and tombs.
Included Activities
  • Entrance to Mt Nebo Church
  • Kerak Castle
  • Petra-Entrance
Accommodation
Hotel (2 nts)
Day 6 Itinerary
We drive to the protected area of Wadi Rum. This area was made famous by the exploits of the legendary Lawrence of Arabia who, during World War I, assembled a force and encouraged the Bedouin to attack the Ottoman Turks in Aqaba.
It is here that our true desert experience begins as we head out to our night stop in a Bedouin-style camp. Tonight you can sleep in tents if you wish, but we recommend dragging your mattress outside for at least part of the night and sleeping out under the stars. If it is clear - and it generally is - the night sky is dotted with stars.
Accommodation
Desert camp (1 nt)
Days 7-8 Aqaba
There is time for an optional camel ride (approx. 2hrs) before leaving this magical wadi behind for the short journey to Aqaba, Jordan's Red Sea resort. As well as being a busy port, Aqaba boasts sandy beaches, warm seas and coral reefs offering good diving and snorkelling opportunities, as well as sailing and other water activities. It is a pleasant and relaxing base to round off a comprehensive trip to Jordan. Your time here is free to relax or take various optional activities on offer; you might like to take a boat trip on the Red Sea, visit Aqaba Fort and the Marine Aquarium or simply relax by a pool or on the beach.
Day 8 is departure day and there are no activities planned so you can leave at any time.
Accommodation
Hotel (1 nt)
      Culture shock rating

      Expect some culture shock. You'll be exposed to signs of poverty and access to services may be sporadic. The food will be quite different to home and English speakers harder to find. Respecting the local culture will make it easier to fit in and really experience the location.
      Physical rating

      Some easy physical activities included in your trip. No physical preparation is required to make the most of the journey.
      Group size
      Maximum of 20 travellers per group.
      Accommodation
      Hotel (6 nts), Desert camp (1 nt)
      Meals
      7 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 1 Dinner
      Please budget for additional meals and expenses while on your trip. Our suggestion is based on past traveller feedback but you may choose to spend more or less.
      USD 120.00
      Transport
      4x4, Private Bus
      Joining point description
      Amaken Plaza Hotel is located in central Amman. Rooms include air conditioning, TV, private facilities and safe. Facilities include 24 hour reception, restaurant, bar and high speed internet.
      Joining point instructions
      Queen Alia International Airport is 35kms south from Amman city centre. An airport bus runs between the airport and Abdali Bus Station. A taxi from the airport to the hotel should cost no more than 25 JOD but you will need to fix the price before departing.
      In case of unforeseen problems joining your tour please call our local agent:
      TLB Destinations
      Telephone: +961 4 419 848
      Mobile: +961 3 595 283
      Finish point description
      Hotel Zaitouna Is a modern hotel located in central Aqaba, with shopping and restaurants nearby. Rooms include air conditioning, private facilities and TV.