Be dazzled by the dreamlike world of Oman.

Adventure from portside Muscat and Muttrah into the heart of Oman's richly coloured past. Discover the awesome Islamic forts, age-old mud-brick houses, and silver- and spice-filled souqs that makes this Middle Eastern jewel such a feast for the senses. The treasures aren't all man-made: trip to the blazing remote landscapes of Wahiba Sands for a desert getaway with the Bedouins, and soak up breathtaking canyon views at Jebel Shams and Wadi Bani Awf before returning to the seaside capital and travelling to the cosmopolitan city of Amman, explore Jordan's mystic desert landscapes in Wadi Rum, visit the stunning ruins of Petra and trek to the remote hilltop village of Dana on this enriching and exciting tour of Jordan. With cultural gems, ancient artefacts and warm hospitality waiting around every corner, Jordan is an enthralling and magnetic land to visit.

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Terms & Conditions

Start
Muscat, Oman
Finish
Madaba, Jordan
Countries
Jordan, Oman
Style
Original
Theme
Explorer
Code
ELSJC
Physical rating
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1, Max 12

Why we love this trip

  • Experience some traditional Omani hospitality with a one-night camping getaway under the stars in Wahiba Sands

  • Discover Oman's most phenomenal fortresses and mosques, including the beautifully preserved Jabrin Fort

  • Spend a whole day uncovering the majesty and mystery of the world wonder of Petra. The first glimpse of the Treasury from the narrow path of the Siq is unforgettable

  • Experience the best weightlessness this side of outer space with an effortless float in the super-salty waters of the Dead Sea

Is this trip right for you?

  • The flight between Oman & Jordan is not included and un-escortedThe flight between Oman & Jordan is not included and un-escortedit's important to show respect by dressing appropriately, even in the heat. Ladies should cover their arms and wear a head scarf; trousers or a long skirt are recommended. Gentlemen are required to wear trousers and long sleeve shirts.

  • There is quite a bit of walking involved in visiting Jordan's historic sites, especially in Petra and Wadi Rum, so a reasonable level of fitness is required. Most of the time there is no shade so remember to bring a hat, sun protection, and sturdy, comfortable walking shoes.

  • Winters can get quite cool, so if you're visiting at this time, don't forget to pack some warmer layers too.

  • The desert camp is basic but incredibly memorable. There are tents and shared western bathroom facilities. Please be aware that while the desert may be very hot during the day, it will still be cool at night and warm clothes and a sleeping bag is highly recommended when travelling outside of the summer months.

  • As tourism is a developing industry in Oman, it is possible your driver will not speak English.

  • 4x4 vehicles are used on most parts of the trip as we travel around Oman. You will travel in convoy style and due to the configuration of the vehicles there may be times where you are not travelling with your leader.

Itinerary

Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 5 pm on Day 1. Please look for a note in the hotel lobby or ask the hotel reception where it will take place. If you can't arrange a flight that will arrive in time, you may wish to arrive a day early so you're able to attend. We'll be happy to book additional accommodation for you (subject to availability). If you're going to be late, please inform the hotel reception. We'll be collecting your insurance details and next of kin information at this meeting, so please ensure you have all these details to provide to your leader.

The rest of the day is free for you to make you own discoveries.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
After breakfast at the hotel, visit the beautiful Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque. Then proceed to the Natural History Museum, which offers a brief introduction to Oman’s colorful past. Driving down to the busy fishing harbour at Muttrah, with its quaint wooden dhows and fishing boats, stop at the bazaar (souq) where you can mingle with the locals and browse the silver and spice shops. Also see the two 16th-century Portuguese forts, Jalali and Mirani, which guard the entrance to the city, before returning to your hotel. Enjoy free time in the afternoon.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Muscat - Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque
  • Muscat - Natural History Museum
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Your round trip starts in the morning. Board a 4x4 vehicle and drive through the spectacular rugged landscapes to the small fishing town of Quriyat. Then visit Wadi Shab, a gorgeous oasis with inviting pools where it may be possible to take a dip. Continue to Sur, renowned in the past for its dhow shipyards, before reaching Ras al Jinz on the coast. After an early dinner, visit the turtle sanctuary at Ras Al Jinz, where green turtles come from thousands of kilometres away to lay eggs at night.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
After breakfast, drive to the palm-lined Wadi Bani Khalid. Follow a well-worn path into the heart of this rocky oasis and discover a big pool that offers both visual and physical refreshment, particularly in the hotter months.  After deflating the tyres a little, make the exhilarating drive over the dunes to your desert camp. In the evening, enjoy some traditional music over dinner, around an open fire, under the stars.

Notes: Activities are arranged at the discretion of camp management, and some may not be available during low occupancies and off-season periods.
Accommodation
  • Desert Camp (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
Head north to Ibra, which was one of the oldest cities in Oman, and once the centre of trade,religion, education and art. Drive through the quaint roads to see the ancient houses and mosques.
Continue to Jabrin Fort, which is considered one of the finest and most picturesque forts in the whole country. It's one of the few forts designed as a residence, with beautiful carved wooden doors and ornate lattice work. On the way to Nizwa you will stop at Bahla to snap a photo or two of the immense ruins and perhaps check out some of the town's famous pottery. On any day of the week, except Friday, you might find a metal worker toiling next to his red-hot furnace, or a weaver assembling a goat hair cloak.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Jabrin - Fort visit
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Drive to the traditional old town of Al Hamra. Visit Misfat Al Abyreen, one of the oldest villages in the region. The traditional mud houses are as old as 400 years and are still occupied. Enjoy a short trek into the village where you can see the famous falaj network (the old Omani water distribution system). You’ll also enjoy a traditional Omani lunch before proceeding to Jebel Shams. Even on the hottest days, it's nice and cool up here. On arrival, check into your hotel.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
After breakfast, check out Jebel Shams, the ‘Grand Canyon of Oman’. Then it's over to Wadi Bani Awf, the end point of the canyon and with what is called the ‘snake gorge’ in the middle of the steep mountain cliffs. This is a stunning part of Oman, with fantastic views of the surrounding scenery. Drive to the town of Nakhl, and see its fully restored fort on a rocky outcrop, before arriving in Muscat for the night.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Travel to Jordan. Although the flight is not included, a complimentary departure transfer to Muscat Airport and a complimentary arrival transfer in Amman are included with your trip. Please remember to let your booking agent know your flight details to confirm this service.

On arrival at Amman Queen Alia International Airport , you will be met and transferred to your hotel. This is simply an arrival day, so you may arrive in Amman at any time. There will be an important welcome meeting in the evening, usually at around 5 pm. The afternoon is your free time to relax or start exploring the city of Amman.

As this is a combination trip, your group leader and the composition of your group may change at this location. There will be a group meeting to discuss the next stage of your itinerary and you're welcome to attend, as this is a great chance to meet your new fellow travellers.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Amman - King Abullah Mosque - JOD2
  • Amman - Roman Theatre Entrance - JOD2
  • Amman - Citadel - JOD3
  • Amman - Bethany Baptism site - JOD12
  • Amman - Jordan Museum - JOD5
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Follow in the footsteps of Lawrence of Arabia with a journey to the extraordinary desert scenery of Wadi Rum, a rugged moonscape of huge sandstone mountains (approximately 5 hours). A 4-hour jeep safari will take you through some of the most beautiful and sublime desert scenery on the planet, a true highlight of this trip. Wadi Rum is full of weird and beautiful lunar-like rock formations, and traces of ancient civilisations can be seen in the many carved inscriptions found throughout the area, from pictographs to Thamudic, Nabataean and Arabic texts. The most enduring monuments in Wadi Rum are those carved by nature – the natural rock bridges, towering rose-coloured sand dunes and scattered rocky peaks. Tonight you’ll sleep in a simple desert camp, with the choice of sleeping under a camel hair tent or out under the stars. Enjoy a delicious dinner cooked in an earthen oven by your Bedouin hosts. Conditions are basic at the desert camp, but the hospitality of your hosts is legendary and you'll treasure the memory of sleeping beneath the twinkling desert night sky.

Notes: A mattress and blankets are provided. Please be aware that while the desert may be very hot during the day, it will still be cool at night and warm clothes and a sleeping bag are highly recommended when travelling outside of the summer months. Western-style toilet facilities are available, however there is no hot water showers.
Accommodation
  • Desert camp (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Wadi Rum - 4WD jeep safari and desert camp
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
After waking up in the unique surrounds of the Bedouin camp this morning, you will enjoy a trek around the area (approximately 12 to 15 kilometres), with a stop for tea and a lunch break. You might scale one of the large sand dunes for sensational views of the surrounding area. This is the perfect chance to snap some unbelievable pictures. Wadi Rum is a truly beautiful place, where great gouts of rock on a carpet of bright red sand have been eroded into fantastical gnarled shapes. Explore the distinctive rock formations and soak in the vast silence of this lunar-like landscape. Wadi Rum is probably best known for its connection with the enigmatic British officer T.E. Lawrence, who was based here during the Great Arab Revolt of 1917-18. You’ll get to spend another memorable night in the desert camp with your new Bedouin friends. Meaning ‘Desert Dwellers’ in Arabic, the Bedouins are a semi-nomadic people, and in Jordan up to 40 per cent of the general population is though to have Bedouin ancestry. This might explain the legendary hospitality of the Jordanians – in traditional Bedouin culture, a huge onus is placed on taking in and feeding any visitor, and so you’ll enjoy brilliant hospitality while you’re here in this incredible place.

Notes: Please make sure you have appropriate, sturdy, comfortable footwear for this trek.
Accommodation
  • Desert camp (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Wadi Rum - Guided trek
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
This morning you'll leave your desert camp, taking 4WDs to the main entrance, which is opposite the Seven Pillars of Wisdom, the mountain named after Lawrence of Arabia’s book. The visitor's centre here is also a great spot to buy some jewellery and handicrafts, mostly made by a women's co-operative that is aimed at supporting traditional local industries. You will then continue your journey to the fabled city of Petra (approximately 2 hours) by private van. On arrival there is time in the afternoon to check out the town that has grown up around the site.

Petra is justifiably on most people’s list of ‘must-visit’ places. It's the jewel of Jordan, the lost city of the biblical Nabateans, an impressive series of tombs and dwellings hidden behind ornate façades carved directly into the rock, and one of the new Seven Wonders of the World. Dating back to the 6th century BC, the site was lost to Western minds until it was rediscovered in 1812 by a Swiss explorer – he dressed up like a local to sneak in and then revealed the secret to everyone. Thankfully he did though because this isn’t something you’d want to miss. Squeeze through a mile long narrow path, known as the Siq, through huge towers of rock and get your first glimpse of the iconic Treasury – it’s impossible not to imagine the armies and traders who made their way down here in the ancient times. It’s amazing to think that this awesome, intricate building entrance was hand carved out of the rock. The site is surprisingly big, and you can explore the old Roman road, temples and several old tombs, as well as the rock-hewn amphitheatre. In the afternoon, you have the opportunity to explore the rest of the site at your own pace. For those with the energy, there's the challenging but highly rewarding walk up the steps to the stunning Monastery (approximately 1 hour). Seek out a Turkish bath for the perfect end to an incredible day.

Notes: One day's entrance fee to Petra is included. Please note that when entering Petra as a group, a complimentary horse ride is included in the ticket price from the entrance point down to the Siq. Intrepid doesn't recommend that you take this option due to the safety and insurance liability involved. Please note a lot of walking is required to see all the sites and viewpoints of Petra. A basic level of fitness will enhance your enjoyment of your visit.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Petra - Guided tour of Petra ( Including 1 day pass ).
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Today is your day to either return to Petra and continue exploring or consider checking out the town.
Perhaps a visit to a turkish bath to relax.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Petra - Second day entrance (no guide)
Optional Activities
  • Petra - Petra By Night tour - JOD17
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Travel the King's Highway to the historic crusader castle of Kerak, which stands on a cliff commandingly overlooking Wadi Karak and the Dead Sea in the distance (approximately 2.5 hours). You’ll have time to explore the evocative ruins and discover the legends of the 12th-century battles between the Crusaders and the Muslim armies led by the Arab hero, Saladin. Pack your swim gear as next you can wash off the dust from exploring with a dip like no other. Drive to the shores of the Dead Sea, the lowest point on Earth (420 metres below sea level). This isn’t actually a sea but a super-salty lake (dead because of the lack of life in it) where the density of the water means you’ll go for a float, not a swim. Spend some time relaxing here and get some classic floating pictures. The mud here is supposed to have healing properties, so why not cover yourself from head to toe for a nutrient-rich natural mineral mud bath. Towels are available for hire. Continue to Mt Nebo, the spot where the prophet Moses is said to have seen the ‘promised land’ and where he’s supposedly buried. Explore this sanctuary and view the remarkable mosaics of the 4th century church. 30 minutes down the road is the historical town of Madaba, famous for its Ottoman-style houses and beautiful Byzantine-era mosaics, including the famous 6th-century mosaic map of Jerusalem and the Holy Land at St George's Church. Other mosaic masterpieces found within churches and the Archaeological Museum depict a rampant profusion of flora and fauna, as well as scenes from mythology and daily life. Literally hundreds of other mosaics from the 5th to 7th centuries are scattered throughout Madaba’s churches and homes.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Kerak - Kerak Castle
  • Mt Nebo - Mt Nebo visit
  • Dead Sea - Dead Sea visit
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Today you will leave Madaba for a short drive north (approximately 75 minutes) to Jerash, once one of the grandest ancient Roman cities in the world. These are some of the best preserved Greco-Roman ruins around. The city thrived due to its position on the route of the spice and incenses trade, and it reached its zenith as a favourite of the emperor Hadrian around AD 130. The ancient walled town that survives today is a remarkable evocation of life 2,000 years ago. It has a striking collection of archways and theatres, baths, public buildings and colonnaded streets, and is a beautiful place to spend a day exploring. Discover Hadrian’s arch, the partially restored hippodrome, ornate public fountains, the south amphitheatre, and see the collection of daily artefacts uncovered during excavations. Grand ionic columns encircle the city's centrepiece, the Oval Plaza, a wonderfully atmospheric place to linger after uncovering Jerash's riches. After a full day of exploring, transfer back to Madaba for your final night. Maybe gather your travel buddies together and share a celebratory shisha as this Jordan exploration comes to an end.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Jerash - Roman ruins
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
This trip comes to an end today. There are no activities planned and you are able to depart the accommodation at any time.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast

Meals

14 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 4 dinners

Transport

Mini Bus, 4x4, bus, van, Jeep

Accommodation

Hotel (11 nights), Desert Camp (3 night)

Included activities

  • Muscat - Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque
  • Muscat - Natural History Museum
  • Jabrin - Fort visit
  • Wadi Rum - 4WD jeep safari and desert camp
  • Wadi Rum - Guided trek
  • Petra - Guided tour of Petra ( Including 1 day pass ).
  • Petra - Second day entrance (no guide)
  • Kerak - Kerak Castle
  • Mt Nebo - Mt Nebo visit
  • Dead Sea - Dead Sea visit
  • Jerash - Roman ruins

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Important notes

1. The international flight between Muscat and Amman on day 8 of this itinerary is not included in the price of this trip. It must be arranged and purchased separately.
2. A single supplement is available for purchase on this trip. Please speak to your booking agent for further information. Please note, on the following nights the Single Supplement is not available:
Day 9 & 10: Wadi Rum camp

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