Welcome to Jordan! We meet you at Amman airport and transfer you to your city centre hotel The rest of the day is free for you to settle in and relax.
We head out of Amman today and visit the extensive Roman ruins at Jerash, some of the best preserved in the whole of the Middle East. After a snack lunch we return to Amman and visit the fun and interactive Children's Museum. This has areas dedicated to the human body, ancient civilisations, stars and space, optical illusions, and some fun flight simulators built into child sized planes, hot air balloons, pedal planes and much more. There are also outdoor exhibits and overall we find this a fun place to take children of all ages for a couple of hours, and for them to see the type of museums and activities available to local Jordanian children.
Leaving Amman, we drive south along the King's Highway, one of the most scenic drives in the Middle East. En-route we will stop to see the Roman mosaics at Madaba, and explore the walls and tunnels of the huge crusader castle at Kerak (bring a torch as the tunnels and halls are great fun for children to explore). We finish the day at the world famous site of Petra.
The main highlight of the tour happens today, as we tour the fascinating hidden Nabatean city of Petra. This is a great place for children as the scenery is dramatic, the history of its rediscovery fascinating, and its numerous paths and steps great fun to explore. We include a 2-3 hour guided tour, lunch, and plenty of free time to walk up to the High Place of Sacrifice and the Monastery if you wish and your children are feeling energetic. You have the option of returning into Petra in the evening for the beautiful 'Petra by Candlelight' tour.
This morning we visit the site of Little Petra, which was a suburb of the main city and provides a great insight into the building of the larger buildings and tombs. Next we head for the spectacular desert and mountains of Wadi Rum. After arriving in Wadi Rum, we take a jeep safari through the beautiful desert scenery, seeing more of the sheer cliffs and bizarre rock formations, before finishing at a Bedouin camp located against the cliffs right inside the Wadi Rum reserve. We have the rest of the afternoon here, and you can relax in the camp, take a hike around the beautiful scenery around the camp, or enjoy an optional camel safari at sunset. We then spend a memorable night here at the camp where we enjoy our Bedouin hosts' hospitality, traditional food, and plenty of tea. You can sleep in comfortable Bedouin tents (beds and all bedding provided), or find an atmostpheric spot outside under the stars if you prefer (bring a sleeping bag).
The pace of the tour slows down today as we make the short drive after breakfast to Aqaba and we have the rest of the day free to relax on the beach or by the pool at a 5-star beach resort. An option is available for a boat trip into the Red Sea to try some snorkelling around one of the nearby islands. Glass bottomed boat rides are also available.
After time for a final morning swim, we head north again today, and drive up the Jordan Valley back towards Amman. En-route we will stop for a swim in the strange, incredibly salty waters of the Dead Sea. Towels and showers are available, and a fun mud bath can also be taken here. The evening is free for a last farewell meal in Amman.
The tour ends in Amman today, and your time is free until we transfer you to the airport for your flight home. Extension options are available to add more time in Jordan, or to head into Israel to visit Bethlehem and Jerusalem.