On this short but action packed trip we explore the 'Lost City' of Petra, built by the ancient Nabatean people nearly 2,000 years ago. We discover the magnificent rock-cut tomb facades including the famous Treasury, carved from the soft ochre sandstone. We also float in the Dead Sea, travel into the dramatic landscapes of Wadi Rum and camp Bedouin-style in the desert.
Explore Tour Leader
10 - 16
Itineraries on some departure dates may differ, please select the itinerary that you wish to explore.
During April to November days are generally sunny and hot without rain with temperatures around 32°C. In spring and autumn evenings can be cool and night temperatures can drop suddenly especially in the desert. Expect cold nights in winter (December to February) when temperatures can drop to around 0 degrees. Some rain should also be expected at this time of year.
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Lightweight clothing is essential in mid- summer, with a sun-hat and neck protection, though a sweater and light jacket are advisable for Wadi Rum. Early mornings and winters in Jordan can be very cold, especially when camping in the desert, so please bring suitable warm clothing. We recommend a waterproof jacket. Women are advised not to wear shorts or dresses that are too revealing as this can attract unwelcome attention in the streets of Moslem towns - loose fitting trousers or slacks are ideal. Women should also cover their head and shoulders when entering a mosque and men should wear long trousers.
omfortable walking shoes or boots, trainers and sandals (good grip is vital for Petra).
One main piece of baggage and a day sack. Hotel porters are not always available, so please make sure you don't overload yourself.
Sleeping bags, blankets and mattresses are provided, but we suggest you bring your own sleeping sheet. A personal water bottle and small torch are useful for the nights in Wadi Rum. Anti-bacterial hand wash, such as Travelproof's 'H20-No' water- less hand scrub (available through Explore Trader catalogue); try to avoid anti-bacterial wipes as these can pose a disposal problem. Camping at Wadi Rum is wild in a communal tent. Privacy and facilities are thus limited but more than compensated for by the location.
Jordan's tourism infrastructure is well developed and standards are generally good. Our accommodation throughout this tour is in modern midrange hotels with en-suite facilities and air conditioning. We start in a good hotel in Amman. Our hotel in Petra enjoys a superb location, close to the entrance to the site so perfect for exploring. A highlight of our trip is at our desert camp in Wadi Rum. The location is stunning in a little visited part of the Wadi. We camp in a communal Bedouin tent and all bedding is provided along with basic facilities.
Can you drink the water?
The water quality is poor and therefore it is recommended to avoid drinking tap water during your trip.
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The Jordanian government have announced that from 01 June 2015, all visa fees will be waivered for tourists of all nationalities on arrival at an international Jordanian airport. There are however, certain conditions that each tourist must meet in order to gain the free visa. Most of these are already met by Explore tours, however flight information and arrival date into Jordan both have an effect on qualifying for the free visa. Please see below for the category that is applicable to your flight arrangements: The following information relates to all nationalities travelling on flights to Jordan arranged by Explore arriving on the first day of the tour: In order to qualify for the free visa, tourists must be met by a representative who will assist with the visa process, this is already arranged as part of the transfer arrangements from the airport to the start of the tour. The following information relates to all nationalities with Land Only arrangements arriving on the first day of the tour: In order to qualify for the free visa, tourists must be met by a representative who will assist with the visa process. All Land Only customers arranging their own flights to arrive in Jordan on the first day of the tour must advise their full flight details to Explore at least 14 days prior to your departure date. We will then arrange for the representative as part of the transfer arrangements from the airport to the start of the tour. The following information relates to all nationalities arriving in Jordan prior or after the first day of the tour: In order to qualify for the free visa, tourists must be met by a representative who will assist with the visa process. To qualify for the free visa, you must contact Explore at least 14 days prior to your departure date to arrange and purchase a private transfer. We will then arrange for the representative as part of the transfer arrangements. Please Note: For all nationalities that do not advise their flight and passport details within the above specified timelines to Explore, and/or arrange their own travel and joining arrangements you will not be included in the visa wavier and will be required to pay for your visa on arrival. The Jordanian visa fee of JD40.00 (approximately £40), this must be paid on arrival at an international Jordanian airport in order for individuals to gain a visa to enter the country. All nationalities should consult the relevant consulate. All visa information is subject to change. You should confirm all visa related issues with the relevant Embassy prior to departure.
If you do require assistance in obtaining a visa then you may be able to apply through Explore's recommended visa service in the UK, Travcour. See www.travcour.com to download the relevant visa application for your trip, if applicable (UK citizens only), along with details of how to apply for your visa through Travcour. The Team at Travcour will be happy to answer specific questions relating to visa applications, please call them directly on 0208 5431846.
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Customers who have chosen to book on the ‘Land Only’ arrangements of our tour, please ensure that you have checked your tour specific ‘Joining Instructions’ prior to booking your own travel arrangements. Your joining instructions can be found below in the dates and prices information.
You may also be eligible for the Free Explore Transfer.
Customers booked on the ‘Land Only’ arrangements will receive a Free Transfer, provided you arrive and depart on the tour only itinerary start and end dates. The complimentary transfers will be arranged from the Explore designated airport or train station to your trips joining point, and then back from the ending point to the designated airport or train station. Generally the airport or station that Explore have selected will be the one that is closest to the town or city where the trip starts, or the one nearest to the joining point. It will be either an airport or train station but not both.
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Free transfers are not available for Polar customers.
If you are not eligible for the Free Transfer then you will need to make your own way through to the joining and ending point. On a majority of our tours Explore will be able to provide a private transfer at an additional cost. Please ask for a quote at the time of booking.
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You are able to book this tour on a 'land only' basis or as a ‘flight inclusive’ package. Your flight inclusive package will be fully protected by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) ATOL protection scheme.
We have a good selection of flights not only from London but from many regional airports around the UK allowing us to compare fares between scheduled carriers as well as low cost and charter airlines. Our dedicated flights team will match the best flight options to your arrival and departure airport.
On our website we display a UK flight inclusive package guide price which is generally based on a London departure. To avoid paying supplements or to secure your preferred flight option, we recommend booking as early as possible, especially for peak travel dates.
An ability to swim is essential for your safe enjoyment of the water based activities on this trip. If you wish to participate in these activities then we insist that you are able to swim.
Nothing compulsory, but we recommend protection against typhoid, tetanus infectious hepatitis and polio. Consult your travel clinic for latest advice on different prophylaxis available against malaria. Please check the latest requirements with your travel clinic or doctor prior to departure. The above is not an exhaustive list. Further information regarding vaccinations and travel health advice can be found by following the NHS and NaTHNaC links at Explore Travel Health and from your local healthcare provider. Visa and vaccination requirements are subject to change and should be confirmed by you before travelling.