Jordan's Ancient Wonders at Christmas

8 Days from £1,899.00

Christmas in Jordan Holidays

Discover historic and biblical sites, explore the 'Lost City' of Petra and soak up magical desert landscapes as you immerse yourself in Jordan's treasures.

Departure from: Dec 2019 - Dec 2019


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  • Return flights from Heathrow with Royal Jordanian
  • 7 nights in 4 and 5-star hotels
  • 13 meals: 7 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 5 dinners
  • Travelsphere Tour Manager and Local Guide
  • Overseas transfers and other transportation
  • Porterage

Included holiday highlights

Tours of Amman and the preserved Roman city of Jerash

Visit Mount Nebo and Madaba, where St George's Church houses the Mosaic Map

Discover the ancient Shobak fortress

Explore 'Little Petra'

Walking tour of Petra

Wadi Rum visit

The Dead Sea

Your Itinerary


Day 1 UK/Amman

​Depart on your flight to Amman today, the capital of Jordan. On arrival, we'll transfer you to your hotel.​

Day 2 Amman

​A full day of discovery begins with a morning tour of Amman. You'll see many of its treasures, including a Roman amphitheatre, the magnificent citadel and it's archaeological museum, which towers above downtown Amman, as well as the King Abdullah Mosque.
In the afternoon we're going to Jerash, one of the largest and best-preserved Roman cities in existence. Highlights here are the Temples of Artemis and Zeus, Hadrian's Triumphal Arch and a street of columns a mile long.
This evening we will head to a restaurant for dinner.

Day 3 Petra

​We're heading south today, to Petra, and on the way we'll visit many interesting sites. First stop is Mount Nebo, an elevated ridge that rises more than 700 metres above sea level and is cited in the Hebrew Bible as the point from which Moses saw the promised land. As you stand on this revered spot, you can take in panoramic views of the Holy Land and the valley of the River Jordan.
We'll then head to Madaba, to visit St George's Church, the home of the Mosaic Map. This treasure of early Christianity dates back to the 6th century and is the oldest map of Palestine that exists today.
A further highlight of our journey is the ancient fortress of Shobak. This is one of the largest and most impregnable of the chain of forts built by the Crusaders and is an impressive example of architectural military genius. Every stronghold was built to be a day's journey from its neighbour, and at night, beacons were lit to signal to Jerusalem that each was safe.The rose-red city of Petra is our final destination, and accommodation here is a hotel built in and around a traditional Jordanian village. If you can't wait to see Petra, we offer the opportunity to view the Treasury lit by candles this evening.

Day 4 Petra

​Today's the day you will get to explore Petra on a guided walking tour. This extraordinary city carved into the sandstone is concealed beyond a long, narrow gorge – the Siq – and your Local Guide will lead you through this corridor of rock. Get ready for your first glimpse of the magnificent Treasury building in the daylight, it will not disappoint. There will be the opportunity for you to explore the area at leisure before returning to the hotel.
This evening why not join our optional excursion which offers a dinner with a difference. We'll head to a restaurant where we'll actually work alongside the chefs as they create typical Jordanian dishes, eating what we have prepared.

Day 5 Wadi Rum

​Start the day with a visit to Siq al-Barid, a northern suburb of Petra known as 'Little Petra'. Here you'll see houses, temples and staircases all carved out of rock and hidden away in the centre of a mountain. 
We then head to the desert of Wadi Rum, home to the nomadic Bedouin people and immortalised in the 1962 film Lawrence of Arabia. With sand dunes and sandstone rock formations of all shapes, sizes and colours, this magical landscape is sure to leave a lasting impression.
You'll stay tonight in the heart of Wadi Rum, where your hotel is in the guise of a Bedouin camp, and you will stay in your own Bedouin-style tent. If you have chosen to upgrade, your 'Martian dome' comes complete with spectacular views of the star-strewn sky, which you can take in from your bed. Once you've settled in, enjoy an included dinner of traditional dishes and afterwards, maybe join an optional star-gazing excursion in the company of an expert guide who can tell you about the formations you will see in the clear desert skies.

Day 6 Dead Sea

​Your journey continues today as you head towards another famous destination, the Dead Sea. This is the lowest spot on earth, and as you stay here for two nights in a hotel right on its shores, you'll have the chance to experience its unique waters, renowned for their buoyancy and therapeutic qualities.

Day 7 Dead Sea

​You can spend today at leisure, or you might choose to join an optional excursion to the nearby River Jordan and the biblical site of the baptism of Jesus.

Day 8 Dead Sea/Amman/UK

​This morning we will transfer you to Amman for your flight back to the UK.


Every hotel you will stay in on your holiday is hand-picked by us. We relish the challenge of finding the right accommodation for each and every tour, whether it's chosen for its location, its facilities or its downright quirkiness.


Day 1 - 2 :

Kempinski Hotel Amman
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Day 3 - 4 :

Hyatt Zaman Hotel
The Hyatt Zaman is located 7.5 miles from Petra and Aqaba is a 90-minute drive from the resort. This hotel offers stunning views of the Sharah Mountain Range. Hotel facilities include a fitness room, a traditional hammam, and an outdoor pool. Air-conditioned rooms feature modern amenities combined with traditional decorations. All rooms have a seating area, a flat-screen TV, and a minibar. There are several restaurants offering authentic Arabian dishes as well as international cuisine. Guests can enjoy an evening cocktail at the garden bar. The resort’s hammam features original Ottoman features and offers professional massages. There is also a handicraft souk, and a small shop selling a selection of incense, tea, hand soaps, and body creams. The well-tended walkways of the resort lead to the old village centre, with its original water-well and marble benches.

Day 5 :

Suncity Wadi Camp
At this unique camp in the heart of the Wadi Rum Desert, you’ll stay in a Bedouin-style tent with en suite facilities, a fan and mountain views. The camp also features a reception tent and dining area.

Day 6 - 7 :

Holiday Inn Resort Dead Sea
Soak up the ancient magic of Jordan''s Dead Sea in contemporary comfort at the Holiday Inn Resort Dead Sea hotel. A 45-minute drive from Queen Alia International Airport, the 5-star hotel has a sun-drenched private beach whose soft sands are lapped by the healing waters of the world’s most famous salt lake. Three palm-fringed, heated pools link the Dead Sea with the sand-coloured hotel, making this a water lover''s paradise. Parents can watch the horizon from the infinity pool, or sip a cocktail at Dive Inn Bar while their children splash in the kids'' area. Swim out to Jacuzzi island and forget the outside world – or stay in touch using complimentary, high-speed Wi-Fi. Luxurious massages and facial treatments in Shape Up spa use natural Dead Sea products.

Dates and Prices

You have chosen to arrange your own flights and transfers and meet us at your first hotel. Please see essential information for full terms and conditions.


SAT 21 DEC 19

London (Heathrow)




Royal Jordanian

Saturday 21 December 2019


16:05 London (Heathrow)


23:05 Amman (Queen Alia)

Operated by

Royal Jordanian

Royal Jordanian - RJ

Saturday 28 December 2019


11:20 Amman (Queen Alia)


14:45 London (Heathrow)

Operated by

Royal Jordanian

Prices are based on twin occupancy of a double or twin bedded room. Single occupancy supplements will apply. Travelsphere have made every effort to ensure the accuracy of the hotel images provided on this website and images of room types displayed may vary to those offered on your tour. Therefore due to the possibility of inadvertent errors we do not guarantee their accuracy. Hotels, airlines used and flight times are subject to change and will be confirmed in your final documents.

Optional Excursions

Experience even more of your destination by adding one or more optional excursions to your holiday before you set off. Right now is the perfect opportunity to do that – with everything booked and paid for you’ll have even more to get excited about and all you’ll need to think about while you’re away is having a great time.

By the way - look out for ‘Optional Excursion Packages’. For some holidays we’ve grouped a selection of excursions into a package which means you can make a saving when you book in advance.

Prices shown may vary according to departure date and are subject to change.  The full range of excursions will be detailed in your holiday information pack, sent approximately 15 weeks prior to departure.

Jordan - Cooking Class in Petra

FROM £45.00

Tonight, in a casual, family atmosphere, you’ll be able to experience the authentic, local cuisine Jordan has to offer. You’ll have the fantastic opportunity to work alongside local chefs and prepare dishes found on a typical Jordanian family menu using beautifully fresh ingredients. By sharing recipes and flavours, exploring the history and culture, you’ll be able to return home and share the tastes with friends and family.

Evening excursion – Minimal walking – Delicious


Jordan - River Jordan

FROM £79.00

The site of John the Baptist's settlement at Bethany, where Jesus was baptized, has long been known from the Bible and from the Byzantine and medieval texts. The site has now been identified on the east bank of the Jordan River, in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, and is being systematically surveyed, excavated, restored, and prepared to receive pilgrims and visitors. The Bethany area sites formed part of the early Christian pilgrimage route between Jerusalem, the Jordan River, and Mount Nebo. The area is also associated with the biblical account of how the Prophet Elijah (Mar Elias in Arabic) ascended to heaven in a whirlwind on a chariot of fire.

2-3 hours - Moderate walking – Religious Interest


Jordan - Stargazing in Wadi Rum

FROM £48.00

Nicknamed “The Valley of the Moon”, Wadi Rum is one of the most extraordinary and preferred places for stargazers from around the world. A stunning backdrop of nature, boasting golden dunes during the day and the unique emptiness of star light at night. The stars in Wadi Rum are particularly exceptional as the serenity of the desert gives them that extra shine and mystery! You’ll have a Stargazing experience by Telescope followed by a talk.
Evening excursion – Minimal Walking – Truly unforgettable


Jordan - Petra at night

FROM £29.00

To visit Petra during daylight is an awe-inspiring experience; but to experience it at night by the light of 1,800 candles is truly an out-of-this-world experience! Walk through the Siq to the Khazneh following a candle-lit path and enjoy the haunting music of the Bedouin at the Treasury.

Evening excursion – difficult walking through the Siq at night (approx.1hrs there and 1hrs back) on rough unlit ground

Please note - This excursion will take place at night and the walk through the Siq (approx.1hrs there and 1hrs back) is illuminated by a dim light on uneven and uphill surfaces, therefore extreme caution & fitness is required.