Jordan’s Ancient Ruins, Desert Landscapes, and Starry Skies - October 4, 2019 - Atlas Obscura Trips
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Jordan’s Ancient Ruins, Desert Landscapes, and Starry Skies

from $3,590 USD per person for 13 days, 12 nights
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  • Max Group Size: 16
  • Moderate
  • Road Trip

Join us in a vibrant country with stark landscapes and dramatic ruins, exploring magnificent Petra, floating in the Dead Sea, riding a camel across the desert, and cooking and eating with Jordanians. We’ll visit long-abandoned desert fortresses, spectacular mosques, Biblical landmarks, and Roman ruins. We will marvel at intricate mosaics of Madaba and Bedouin textiles, and the pale stone structures of Beidha. Discover dramatic rock formations, pine forests, and shrubland up close, journey across the rugged, desert landscapes by jeep and camel, and sleep beneath a blanket of stars in Wadi Rum, the orange-colored dunes that “Lawrence of Arabia” deemed “vast, echoing and God-like.” On this unforgettable trip, we’ll find traces of the wondrous past at every turn.

  • Awe-inspiring ruins
  • The Dead Sea and other natural wonders
  • Sleep in a "Martian dome"
  • Home cooking and local perspectives


Itineraries and daily schedules are subject to change. We expect to do everything listed in the itinerary, though the order may be rearranged based on weather or other local conditions.
World Expeditions
In Partnership with World Expeditions

Additional Info

Arrival & Departure

Our trip begins with a welcome dinner on October 4. Yyou’ll be met and driven to our comfortable hotel in Amman, Jordan’s capital city. There, we’ll start to learn about Jordan's biblical roots, and its remarkable geography before meeting our guide and group for dinner. Our trip concludes after Breakfast on October 16 in Madab. If leaving Jordan directly after our tour, we recommend departing after 12 pm, on October 16. If you'd like to extend your trip, we’re happy to provide suggestions for things to do and see in Jordan on your own!

Activity Level

Adventure is always accompanied by an element of the unexpected. The most important thing to bring with you is a flexible, positive, and open-minded attitude. During this trip, you will sometimes be staying in simple accommodations, and visiting remote regions. We recommend a medium level of physical fitness, since we'll be embarking on very active days together. Some of the drives are quite long, and sections of the roads are unpaved. You should be comfortable walking between three and five miles per day without difficulty, and spending extended periods of time on your feet. If you're uncertain about whether this trip is a good fit, please contact us and we'd be happy to discuss with you further. 


In cities or large towns you will be accommodated in convenient, modern 3- to 4-star hotels, while in more remote areas the hotels are comfortable but basic (2-star).  In Wadi Rum, you'll stay in a "Martian Dome" tent with terrace, en-suite bathroom and air‐conditioning. In addition to being comfortable, these tents allow you to gaze at a spectacular night sky from the comfort of your bed. 

Dates and Prices

Oct 04–16, 2019
Shared Room
$3,590 USD per person
Single Room
$4,240 USD per person
The total cost of this trip is $3,590. A $500 deposit is required to hold your space. The deposit is non-refundable after three days. The final payment of $3,190 will be due by July 5, 2019. All reservations will be final after this date and subject to our cancellation policy. By submitting your deposit, you agree to the trip's Terms & Conditions. For travelers wishing to have single accommodations during the trip, an additional $650 will be due at the time of the final payment.
  • Accommodations throughout the tour as listed in the itinerary (double-accommodation rooms in 2- to 4-star hotels for 10 nights and 2 nights in an air-conditioned "Martian Dome" tent with an en-suite bathroom). 
  • 12 breakfasts, 7 lunches, and 10 dinners.
  • All entrance fees, activities, and excursions.
  • Private transportation throughout the trip and airport transfers.
  • Local guides accompanying the entire trip.
  • A full briefing packet for each explorer, including country information, final itinerary, logistical and contact information, recommended reading list, and packing list.
  • A great group of fellow Atlas Obscura fans, excited to explore all that this unique region has to offer!
  • International airfare to/from Amman, Jordan.
  • Travel insurance (recommended).
  • Baggage charges.
  • Tips and gratuities.
  • Camera and video fees at sites and monuments.
  • Additional meals and drinks outside of Atlas Obscura offerings.
  • If applicable, application for a Jordanian visa (not required for U.S. citizens).
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