Only have a week to travel to Jordan and experience the highlights of the country? This itinerary is perfect for you, as it only requires 6 days to embark on a memorable journey. Here we present an enticing proposal to explore Jordan in a week, with a package that encompasses the country’s top attractions, such as Petra, Wadi Rum, and Madaba, while ensuring the quality of the included services.
Despite its brevity, this nearly one-week circuit in Jordan is comprehensive in terms of itinerary, focusing on the truly essential: the two major international draws of the country, namely the Nabatean city of Petra and the Wadi Rum desert. Along the way to these destinations, the itinerary also includes Mount Nebo, a place steeped in mysticism for Jews and Christians, and the astonishing Madaba, where the most spectacular Byzantine mosaics are preserved, as well as the Crusader castle of Shobak. All of these elements combine to create a fantastic tour of Jordan for nearly a week, showcasing the diverse attractions of nature, religion, history, and local gastronomy.
Due to the short duration of this 6-day, 5-night circuit in Jordan, the program maximizes each day to the fullest. Below is an overview of the itinerary and planned activities, from arrival in Amman to the return home from the same city.
The first day of this circuit is dedicated to travel, arrival, and accommodation at the hotel. Our agency’s staff and a private vehicle will be waiting for you at the terminal of Queen Alia International Airport for transfer to the city center, where the accommodation for the first night on half-board basis will be arranged, allowing for dinner at the hotel upon arrival. Depending on the flight arrival time, there may be some free time for a brief tour of Amman, the vibrant capital of Jordan.
In a circuit like this, where the objective is to visit the highlights of Jordan in less than a week, the second day starts with a generous breakfast and, without further delay, sets the traveler on the way to Petra, the country’s most famous destination.
However, on the way to Petra, it’s worth stopping at other places of great symbolism and interest. The first of these is Madaba, a city known for its rich Christian heritage. It boasts magnificent churches from the Byzantine period, as well as archaeological sites from that era. Our visit will take us to the most prominent site in Madaba: the Church of St. George, where a unique mosaic in the world is preserved, depicting the oldest map of the Holy Land.
This contemplation is a magnificent preview of what comes next: a visit to one of the holiest places for Judaism and Christianity, which is none other than Mount Nebo. Here, Moses caught a glimpse of the Promised Land, which stretches across the other side of the Dead Sea and the Jordan Valley. And here he died, although his tomb has not yet been found. What is preserved is a religious complex that includes a memorial church and an interpretive center, as well as truly inspiring panoramic views (Jerusalem, the Golan Heights, etc.) for all types of travelers, whether believers or not.
The route will then head south, either along the Dead Sea Highway or the King’s Highway, both offering a very interesting view of Jordan’s geography. The next stop will be Shobak, a castle built in the 12th century during the time when the Crusaders ruled Jerusalem, although it was soon after taken by Saladin’s troops.
With the stories of medieval battles still in mind and the panoramic views still fresh in the memory, we will continue on to Petra. By the end of the day, we will arrive at Wadi Musa, the town located near Petra where all the hotels serving this tourist destination are located. Dinner included in the travel package awaits you at the hotel as well.
The third day of this circuit that explores Jordan in almost a week is dedicated entirely to visiting Petra, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1985. It is one of the most spectacular places in the world, internationally popularized after being featured in the movie Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.
The visit to the site is guided and takes the traveler to the most unique corners of this destination, created by the Nabateans as the capital of their empire centuries before the birth of Christ, and later enriched by the Romans and Byzantines. Its layout, carved directly into the rock, gives it an unmistakable appearance, combined with the distinctive pastel hue of its walls, earning it the nickname of the ‘Rose City’.
Among the notable places to visit are the Siq or main canyon, the Treasury with its famous façade of columns, the Street of Facades filled with tombs, and the urban nucleus of the ancient city. Additionally, if energy permits, panoramic viewpoints on elevated points will be reached, with the Monastery Al Deir being a highlight.
After such a comprehensive and demanding visit, the day concludes back at the hotel in Wadi Musa from the previous night. Before a well-deserved rest, dinner will be served, included in the half-board meal plan.
After breakfast at the hotel in Wadi Musa, the program dedicates the morning to a surprising excursion: a visit to Little Petra. Its name doesn’t deceive: it is another ancient settlement carved into the rock, just a few kilometers from Petra, where charming corners are preserved, including canyons, remains of temples and houses, and even fragments of Nabatean-era wall paintings, which are of enormous historical importance.
Little Petra is smaller in size compared to Petra, as it is believed to have been a satellite hub that served Petra, possibly for logistical or agricultural production purposes. However, the number of visitors is also smaller, so the visit will be pleasant and enjoyable, guided by the professional provided by our agency, as with the rest of your week in Jordan.
After visiting Little Petra, we will return to our vehicle to travel further south towards Wadi Rum, where we will arrive well into the afternoon. The simple drive to access this desert by car anticipates its beauty, which we will explore in depth the following day.
Even though the visit to this natural reserve will have to wait a few hours, the mere fact of spending the night in Wadi Rum is already a different and enriching cultural experience: the accommodation will be a Bedouin camp, where the traveler will feel like the nomads who used to live in these types of fabric tents, obliged to follow the caravan routes that crossed what is now Jordan, en route to or returning from Syria, Arabia, Iraq, or Egypt.
Despite the traditional tent accommodation in Wadi Rum, it is equipped with all the comforts to enjoy the night, where the silence is overwhelming and the starry sky simply incomparable. Dinner will also be served at the camp.
If sleeping in a Bedouin camp in Wadi Rum is already a fascinating experience, waking up and seeing the sunrise in the desert is no less so. The first rays of sunlight bathe the mountains of this natural reserve in a special light, creating an almost mystical atmosphere during breakfast.
With renewed energy, we will begin our visit to the Wadi Rum natural reserve. We will travel in a 4×4 vehicle to facilitate our movements and to venture into the most remote parts of this desert, which hides whimsical rock formations as well as inscriptions and petroglyphs with thousands of years of history, created by the various civilizations that have populated or crossed these lands: the Zamudians, the Nabateans, the Arabs…
There will be constant references to T.E. Lawrence, better known as Lawrence of Arabia, the British writer and military officer who participated in the Arab Revolt against the Ottomans in 1917. In fact, a spring is named after him, just like one of his books (“Seven Pillars of Wisdom”) is also used to name one of the most iconic mountains in this area.
In the afternoon, after a truly intense day, we will return to our circuit vehicle to head back to Amman. We will arrive in the Jordanian capital with enough time to enjoy dinner at the hotel, which is reserved on a half-board basis.
The sixth day is the last day in Jordan: after almost a week of travel, it’s time to conclude this tour that, despite its brevity, will have filled your backpack with experiences and memories of unforgettable places.
After breakfast at the hotel in Amman, the day will be organized according to your flight back home. If the schedule allows, there may be some free time for a short stroll around the city. In any case, at the agreed time, our staff will come to pick you up for the transfer to Queen Alia International Airport in Amman, where we will bid farewell with immense gratitude for the trust you have placed in Jordania Exclusiva.
Our agency provides you in this circuit everything you need to enjoy Jordan: one week, approximately, in which you will enjoy the following quality services included in the package:
Some details are left out of this travel program by Jordan. In this weekTherefore, you will also have a margin of decision to choose the following services, which are not included in the package.