Interior without Aqaba

Jordan in 8 days: a program for the many attractions of the interior of the country

If you want to discover Jordan in 8 days and you have no special interest in reaching the Red Sea, this circuit is made for you: it concentrates all the attractions of the interior of the country, even those that often stay outside the great tourist tours, such as the desert castles. In addition, it is full of cultural visits, all of them guided to squeeze the most out of each day. Take a look at this proposal, which will bring out your exploratory vein from the first day to the last.

A circuit for culture lovers

Traveling is probably the most entertaining way to acquire knowledge. Therefore, people eager for culture will enjoy this circuit of Jordan in 8 days, as it stops at places steeped in history and full of religious symbolism for Jews, Christians and Muslims.

The list is very extensive and covers every day: the Nabataean city of Petra, the ancient Roman city of Jerash (Gerasa), castles that tell us about the different periods of Jordanian history (Byzantines, Umayyads, Crusaders, Ayyubids, Mamluks, Ottomans …), a vibrant capital (Amman) with some of the best museums in the Middle East, sacred places such as Mount Nebo … and a long etcetera.

And thanks to the guide in Spanish that our agency will provide you in each museum or monument, you will be able to understand the importance of all these places. In addition, we will provide you with help and advice to freely discover other aspects of Jordanian culture, such as gastronomy or crafts.

8 days in Jordan to know its nature in its purest state

If you think you will have time to rest on the way back from the trip, this Jordan circuit in 8 days It will meet your expectations. It does not reach the city of Aqaba (as do many other circuits of our agency), often chosen for its holiday resorts and beaches suitable for a dip. Instead, it includes a very special bath for being unique in the world: in the Dead Sea, a large body of water with a very high level of salinity, which makes bathers float and is recommended for numerous diseases and health conditions.

But the Dead Sea isn’t the only natural landscape that will dazzle participants on this 8-day Jordan circuit.. The desert offers its most beautiful side here, especially in the Wadi Rum nature reserve, with rock formations that seem to have come out of a fairy tale. In addition, on the route there will be time to enjoy dreamy prints and spectacular panoramic views, such as those of the Ajloun nature reserve or the surroundings of Mount Nebo.

Program of this tour in Jordan of 8 days

This tour of Jordan, 8 days and 7 nights, has as its starting and ending point the capital of the country, Amman. The entire route is done by road in a comfortable vehicle with air conditioning, performing the following stages.

  • Day 1: Amman Airport
  • Day 2: Amman – Desert Castles – Dead Sea – Amman
  • Day 3: Amman – Jerash – Ajloun – Amman
  • Day 4: Amman – Madaba – Mount Nebo – Shobak – Petra
  • Day 5: Petra
  • Day 6: Petra – Little Petra – Wadi Rum
  • Day 7: Wadi Rum – Amman
  • Day 8: Amman – Amman Airport

Day 1: Queen Alia Amman International Airport - Amman

The first day of this circuit involves the arrival in the country and provides accommodation at the hotel in Amman. For this, the staff of our agency will be waiting at the Reina Alia International Airport, where the basic border procedures must also be carried out.

After the welcome, we will board our private vehicle with driver for the transfer to the city center, where the hotel is located. Depending on the available timetable, there may be some free time to contact Amman before dinner, which is included in the hotel’s half board.

  • Arrival at Queen Alia Amman International Airport
  • Border formalities
  • Meeting with our staff
  • Transfer to the hotel by private vehicle with driver
  • Dinner and overnight at hotel in Amman

Day 2: Amman - Desert Castles - Dead Sea - Amman

After resting from the trip and recharging energies with breakfast at the hotel, we will climb aboard our vehicle for a day of great mileage. And the proposal is more than justified by the beauty of the places visited and the enormous contrast between them.

In the morning we can head east to enter the desert that opens around Azraq, which is often outside the great tourist circuits. An advantage for us, because then we can feel its immensity and its sensation of stillness. That amplifies the beauty of the desert castles, erected around the eighth century when this was a fertile and lively area, because it is a crossroads of caravan routes between Syria, Arabia, Iraq and Egypt.

The constructions we will stop at are Qasr Kharana and Qusayr Amra. The first was probably a large caravanserai, while the second was a pavilion or palace of the Umayyad caliph Walid I, with luxury dependencies such as its thermal baths. In Qusayr Amra, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, we will contemplate mural paintings of enormous historical importance: there are realistic representations of and even kings of that century, such as the Visigothic Don Rodrigo, an iconography that was later censored in Islamic art.

With the surprise still in our minds, we will get back in the car to travel by road in a westerly direction, to the Dead Sea: when leaving the Highlands, the road will descend significantly until reaching a height of about -400 meters above sea level. That is, we will have reached the lowest point on the planet, to which we must add another unique aspect: the waters of this endorheic lake have such a high salinity that the bather floats effortlessly.

This you can check during a two-hour bath in an area enabled for it. But beyond that strange feeling of buoyancy, there are many people who come here for the health benefits of these waters, which do not allow the existence of marine life. After the bath, we will resume the vehicle to return to the hotel in Amman, where dinner, a refreshing shower and a night of peaceful rest await.

  • Breakfast at hotel in Amman
  • Road trip to:
    • Desert castles: Qasr Kharana and Qusayr Amra
    • Dead Sea: two-hour bath in its waters of great salinity
  • Return to Amman
  • Dinner and overnight at hotel in Amman

Day 3: Amman - Jerash - Ajloun - Amman

An advantage of this 8-day tour of Jordan is that it offers plenty of time to discover the capital, Amman. For example on this third day, in which we will take a tour in the morning to know the most interesting places in the city. Therefore, it is an option very well valued by travelers most interested in culture, both popular and related to history.

The Amman route, which starts after breakfast at the hotel, usually reaches such interesting places as the Archaeological Museum or the Roman Theater, as well as the Citadel. And all of them are ideal to realize the rich past of this city, called Philadelphia by the Romans and later magnified by the Arabs. And between visits, the traveler will be able to capture the vibrant rhythm of life of the capital, which permeates all the streets of the center.

After that, our private vehicle will take us to Jerash, a city located about 50 km away, which in times of Roman domination was known as Gerasa. Precisely to that time goes back the huge archaeological site that we will visit, where they are still erected, imposing, monuments such as the Arch of Hadrian, two theaters, the dozens of columns of the Oval Square and remains of religious temples, both Roman and Christian, as well as a circus and many other spaces of interest that our guide will reel you off.

Jerash will not be the last stop of this third day, because there is still a very interesting visit: the nearby Ajloun Castle, built by Saladin’s army to consolidate the advance towards Jerusalem in the late twelfth century, then under the rule of the Crusaders. The beautiful green surroundings that surround it rival in beauty the military architecture of the well-preserved and restored enclosure.

After knowing this strategic enclave, located about 1,250 meters above sea level, it will be time to return to Amman, where you will spend the last night in the hotel of the capital after having dinner in its facilities.

  • Breakfast at hotel in Amman
  • Visit Amman:
    • Archaeological Museum
    • Roman Theatre
    • Citadel
  • Road trip to:
    • Roman city of Jerash
    • Medieval Ajloun Castle
  • Return to Amman
  • Dinner and overnight at hotel in Amman

Day 4: Amman - Madaba - Mount Nebo - Shobak - Petra

On this fourth day we leave the city of Amman, to which we will only return at the end of this circuit through Jordan of 8 days. After the corresponding breakfast at the hotel, we will start a road trip that will take us to places full of history and symbolism.

The first of these is Madaba, just 30 kilometers from the capital, known for its religious tolerance and the presence of numerous churches. Its main point of interest is the church of San Jorge and during the guided tour we will contemplate the famous mosaic of its pavement, where the Holy Land is represented: this work transcends the artistic and becomes a religious and devotional document, visited daily by tourists and pilgrims.

The oldest and most sacred is the next place to visit: Mount Nebo. According to the Torah and the Bible, this was the exact point from which Moses contemplated the Promised Land, which was denied him. However, he decided to remain here until his death, which led to the subsequent construction of an early church with rich Byzantine mosaics. At present, the entire enclosure is a memorial, restored and themed as an interpretation center. In addition, a viewpoint provides the visitor with the same view that the prophet experienced: from here you can see not only the Dead Sea and the Jordan Valley, but also the Golan Heights, the Sea of Galilee and even Jerusalem, if the day is clear.

That panoramic view is one of the highlights of this 8-day tour of Jordan, but the day will continue with more experiences of interest. Our vehicle will travel about 200 km by road along the King’s Road until you reach the castle of Shobak: it was built by the troops of King Baldwin I in the early twelfth century with the name of Mont Real, but conquered decades later by the armies of Saladin. What remains standing is one of the best examples of military architecture of that turbulent period.

That will be the last stop of this day, as the trip ends in Wadi Musa, the town located next to Petra. Here is the hotel where you will have dinner and spend the night to rest, with an eye on the fascinating visit of the next day.

  • Breakfast at hotel in Amman
  • Road trip:
    • Madaba: visit of mosaics
    • Mount Nebo: visit of the sacred space
    • Shobak Castle
  • Arrival in Wadi Musa (Petra)
  • Dinner and overnight at hotel in Wadi Musa (Petra)

Day 5: Petra

Of these 8 days of circuit in Jordan, it is definitely worth spending an entire one in Petra. And that is precisely what we will do on this fifth day: after having breakfast at the nearby Wadi Musa hotel, we will go to the Visitor Center to start the visit of this spectacular city carved into the rock.

From the Tomb of the Obelisks and passing through the Siq canyon, where you can still see the channeling of water carved in the stone, we will arrive at the Treasury, its most symbolic space: immortalized in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, the refinement of the façade is due to its function as the tomb of the Nabataean king Aretas III.

But the visit does not end there, far from it: continue along the Street of the Façades, with more tombs, as well as a theater that demonstrates the intense cultural life that this city, capital of the Nabataean empire, had. The Romans contributed to further enlarge Petra, as evidenced by the rich monumental and archaeological remains of the urban core, where the Columned Street stands out.

And if the forces allow it, we will reach the Al Deir Monastery, which is reached after a steep ascent of hundreds of steps. The effort is also worth it for the panoramic views, which are repeated in other High Places of the enclosure.

The whole visit will be guided and, in addition, we will help ourselves with horses to speed up the displacements, especially in the section of the Siq. At the end of the day, we will return to Wadi Musa’s hotel, where dinner is also planned.

  • Breakfast of hotel in Wadi Musa (Petra)
  • Full day visit to Petra
  • Dinner and overnight at hotel in Wadi Musa

Day 6: Petra - Little Petra - Wadi Rum

After the intense day of Petra, the sixth day is also full of great emotions to discover other complementary and iconic places in the country. And to them we will leave en route after breakfast at the hotel of Wadi Musa.

The first section of the day will be dedicated to visiting Little Petra which, as its name suggests, is an enclave close to Petra and smaller, but of great beauty and closely related to it. It was probably a logistic or agricultural nucleus for the great Nabataean city, and its footprint is still appreciated today: it is excavated in the rock, with cannons and constructions for religious, commercial, residential use, etc. And in addition, your visit is usually more relaxed due to the lower presence of tourists.

Once we have visited Little Petra, we will travel by road to the other great attraction of Jordan: the Wadi Rum desert. This protected nature reserve recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site dazzled T.E. Lawrence (Lawrence of Arabia), and still today it continues to do so to travelers who dare to explore its corners. In our case, it will be by 4×4 vehicle, which we will take on arrival. This will allow us to move more easily to canyons, high places, rock formations in the form of a bridge and many other spaces of enormous beauty.

With the sunset, we will be picked up at our canvas tent camp, which is a Bedouin-style cultural experience, but with all the comforts. Dinner will also be served here and, before going to sleep, you can enjoy a unique spectacle in the world: its sky full of bright stars.

  • Breakfast at hotel in Wadi Musa
  • Little Petra Tour
  • Road trip to Wadi Rum:
    • 4×4 route through the desert of Wadi Rum
  • Dinner and overnight at Bedouin camp in Wadi Rum

Day 7: Wadi Rum - Amman

This Jordan Tour in 8 Days It has a program full of plans in each day. Therefore, it is also appreciated some free time at the end, specifically on this seventh day. But first, there is one last and magical experience in the desert of Wadi Rum: watching the sunrise, which dyes the rocky environment of the camp, where breakfast will also be served, with unimaginable colors.

After that, we will head by road to Amman. The capital of the country is the most appropriate place to enjoy free time, since it offers a wide variety of proposals for all tastes. In this way, on this seventh day you can do the shopping that you have not done in previous days, enjoy the local cuisine in its varied restaurants or visit museums that had been left in the pipeline, among other proposals.

Dinner is included at the hotel in Amman where you will spend the night, which is the last of this 8-day tour of Jordan.

  • Sunrise and breakfast at Bedouin camp in Wadi Rum
  • Road trip to Amman
  • Free time in Amman
  • Dinner and overnight at hotel in Amman

Day 8: Amman - Queen Alia Amman International Airport

In the last of these 8 days in Jordan You will leave the country back home. And so that the return goes smoothly, you will have breakfast at the hotel in Amman and our staff will pick you up at the requested time to transfer you with enough time to the airport. Once in the terminal, we will say goodbye with gratitude for the trust placed and with the hope of a future reunion to discover other attractions that were left out of the program.

  • Breakfast at hotel in Amman
  • Transfer to Queen Alia Amman International Airport
  • End of our services

Services included in this Jordan circuit in 8 days

To enjoy these 8 days in Jordan with comfort and safety, we include the following services in your travel package:

  • Pickup and assistance from Queen Alia Amman International Airport
  • Airport transfers with private vehicle and driver
  • Private vehicle with driver and / or companion in Spanish language throughout the circuit
  • 4 nights in hotel in Amman, half board
  • 2 nights in hotel in Wadi Musa (Petra), half board
  • 1 night in Bedouin camp in Wadi Rum, half board
  • Tickets and guided tours in the monuments described in the program
  • Visa to visit Jordan (send documentation at least two weeks in advance)
  • Horse service in Petra
  • 4×4 route through Wadi Rum

Services not included

These other services, on the other hand, are not included in the package and their choice will depend on the preferences of each traveler:

  • International flights
  • Lunch
  • Beverages
  • Tips to circuit professionals: guides, driver, restaurants, etc.
  • Any other personal expenses not specified in the program

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