Archaeological Jewels of Jordan 2022

Romans, Crusaders and Lawrence of Arabia

Trip Scholar: Dr Neil Faulkner

Archaeological Research Fellow, Bristol University and specialist in Roman, Anglo Saxon and First World War archaeology
Available to Alumni of Oxford and Cambridge, family and friends

10 day tour
Price from £2,995

Departing 22 April 2022

Experience mesmerising Jordan and explore its incredible archaeological sites and ruins before they are once again overrun with tourists.

With archaeologist Dr Neil Falkner, explore the colonnaded avenues, temples and gateways of the ruins of Jerash, one of the world’s best-preserved Roman provincial towns. Traveling over the Ras el Negev into the dramatic desert scenery of Wadi Rum, you’ll discover prehistoric rock engravings and stay in a luxury desert camp. Uncover the history of Lawrence of Arabia in Jordan with a 4×4 trip to key campaign sites including Tooth Hill Camp, Tell Shahm Fort and Wadi Rum Fort.

Drive along the famous King’s Highway to visit the Madaba Map mosaic and fabulous crusader castle of Shobak.  And of course a visit to Jordan would not be complete without an exploration of the incredible Nabataean sites of Petra and Little Petra, voted one of the new seven wonders of the world.

Tour highlights

  • Explore the colonnaded avenues, temples and gateways of the ruins of Jerash, one of the best-preserved Roman provincial towns
  • Uncover the history of Lawrence of Arabia in Jordan, with a 4×4 trip to key campaign sites including Tooth Hill Camp, Tell Shahm Fort and Wadi Rum Fort
  • Travel over the Ras el Negev into the dramatic desert scenery of Wadi Rum to look for prehistoric rock engravings and stay in a luxury camp in the desert, with all mod-cons.
  • Drive along the famous King’s Highway to visit the Madaba Map mosaic and fabulous crusader castle of Shobak
  • Gain special insights with lectures from Neil Faulkner, who has undertaken more than 10 years of fieldwork in Jordan

Itinerary at a glance

Day 1:    Tour starts in Amman with a road transfer to Marriott Hotel | Overnight Marriott Amman
Day 2:    Explore Ancient City of Jerash | Dinner and overnight Marriott Amman
Day 3:    Drive the Kings’ Highway , see the Madapa Map | Visit Kerak for lunch | Dinner & overnight Petra Marriott
Day 4:    Full day exploring Petra | Dinner and overnight Petra Marriott
Day 5:    Visit Siq el Barid (Little Petra) & Beidha | Wadi Musa | Overnight Petra Marriott
Day 6:    Travel to Wadi Rum | Desert excursion by 4 x 4 |  Overnight Wadi Rum Nights Luxury Camp
Day 7:    Tooth Hill Camp, Tell Shahm Fort, Wadi Rum Station & Fort & Batn El-Ghoul Fort | Overnight Wadi Rum Nights Luxury Camp
Day 8:    Drive up desert highway to Amman | Afternoon visit to Citadel & Theatre | Overnight Marriott Amman
Day 9:    Umayyad Desert Qasr as-Karraneh & Qasr al-Hallabt | Farewell Dinner and overnight Marriott Amman
Day 10:  Those on recommended flights are transferred to the airport for lunchtime flight home

Dates and Prices
Prices are in UK£, per person, based on double occupancy

22 April - 01 May 2022
Room TypePriceSingle SupplementOptional Flight from LondonAvailability
Standard£2,995£950£550 return approxAvailable

4-5* Hotel accommodation in a twin or double bedded room with en-suite bathroom throughout, all excursions mentioned, with local guides including entrance fees (except any optional excursions if mentioned or private excursions during leisure time), full board apart from Day 1 (no meals), Days 5 and 8 (breakfast and lunch only) and Day 10 (breakfast only).

International flights, meals on Day 1, dinner on Day 5 and 8, lunch and dinner on Day 10, travel insurance, drinks, tips to drivers & local guides, items of a personal nature. Optional cooking class and dinner at Petra Kitchen on Day 5 at £38 per person.

Optional flights
Temple World can arrange flights from London to coordinate with this tour. We recommend flying with Royal Jordanian from London Heathrow on the 17:05 flight, arriving 00:05 (5 hour flight). The cost is approximately £525-£550 per person including taxes. Other airline rates and departures from regional airports may be available. We will arrange a group transfer to and from the airport to coincide with the flight/departure time of the Royal Jordanian flight. Private transfers to meet any flight are possible at a small extra cost.

Booking your own travel
Clients wishing to use airmiles to buy or upgrade flights, or who wish to fly from a city  other than London are advised to book their own flights. * The start and end point of the tour is Amman.

*Very important! Those who plan to book their own flights should not make any binding or non-refundable arrangements until their place has been confirmed in writing on the tour and Temple World has confirmed that it is a guaranteed departure



NHS Fit For Travel advises travellers to Jordan are usually recommended to immunise against: Tetanus, Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Rabies and Typhoid.

Yellow Fever Certificate is required if entering from an area with risk of yellow fever transmission. Please seek professional medical advice at least 8 week before departure. NHS Fit For Travel Website


Entry Regulations
You’ll need a visa to enter Jordan. You can get a single entry visa valid for 1 month on arrival.  Those arriving on our group flight will be eligible for a complementary visa.

Note about Covid-19: We are awaiting notification from the UK government that the FCO advice for Jordan will be lifted in time for this tour, and whether or not there will be a requirement to quarantine on return.  Jordan currently has no domestic transmission of Covid-19 since 6 July 2020 so once it reopens to international tourism we expect that the UK government will add it to its list of ‘Covid-safe’ destinations.  Jordan may put into place a swab test requirement as a condition of entry, similar to the system now in place in Iceland. We will know more about any new entry requirements soon and will update this page.

Your passport should be valid for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of entry into Jordan.

Fitness Guideline

We have graded the fitness level required for participation in this tour as  Moderate. This is a busy itinerary with a number of hotel changes and a full schedule of sightseeing without much free time during the tour. There are no strenuous uphill hikes but many of the archaeological sites have very uneven flooring and are totally exposed to the hot sun. The day at Petra involves a (flat) walk on sand of 8-10km round trip to see the main sites, although it’s possible to pay for donkeys, horses or camels to cover parts of the distance.  On most sightseeing days we could be ‘on the go’ for several hours at a time, walking at a moderate pace and standing for talks from the guide, without anywhere to sit and rest in some cases. It is important that everyone is able to keep up with the group. There is no wheelchair access at many of the sites. For this reason we don’t recommend this tour for people who routinely use a walking aids such as a frame or sticks to get around, although those who can walk 2-5km regularly even with hiking poles for balance will find this tour manageable.

Trip Scholar
Dr Neil Faulkner
Dr Neil Faulkner, FSA is a British archaeologist, historian , writer, lecturer and broadcaster. Educated at King’s College, Cambridge and the Institute of Archaeology, University College London. He is currently a Research Fellow at the University of Bristol, Editor of Military History Monthly, and Co-director of the Great Arab Revolt Project, which searched for military sites related to Lawrence of Arabia in Southern Jordan. He writes regularly for publications such as World Archaeology Magazine and has written ten books, including Rome: Empire of the Eagles and a book about his findings in Jordan, Lawrence of Arabia’s War. His numerous television appearances include Channel 4’s Time Team, BBC2’s Timewatch, and Channel Five’s Revealed series.

Lectures during our tours
All our tours are accompanied by an academic ‘trip scholar’ as well as local guides. The local guide or guides provide the day-to-day guiding on our tours, whilst the trip lecturer will give regular lectures on his/her specialist subject throughout to provide an academic overview. Lectures/talks usually last 30-40 minutes including questions and answers (if applicable). These are generally held in the evenings before dinner and attendance is optional. We don’t usually specify before travel which days the lectures will be given (for operational reasons) but guests can expect them roughly every other day as a minimum, with some lecturers giving some kind of talk or presentation more frequently.

Private extensions in Jordan and the rest of the Middle East

For those with more time, there is an almost unlimited choice of short and long private extensions we can add to this itinerary. Our private extensions are planned to your exact specifications and can be as simple as an extra few nights in a spa hotel for you to relax after your tour, or as complex as a privately guided multi-country itinerary.

Here are a few of our favourite extension ideas to coordinate with this tour:

Dead Sea – Kempinski Ishtar – rooms from £115 per person, per night including breakfast
Only an hour from Amman by road, the Kempinski Ishtar is a luxury spa hotel on the edge of the Dead Sea and the perfect place to spend two or three nights unwinding at the end of our tour.  A series of stunning swimming pools overlooking the Dead Sea lead to a small private beach, where guests can cover themselves in the black, mineral rich mud and then go for a float in the extraordinarily buoyant, salty sea water. The lowest point on the face of the earth,  the Dead Sea has no outlet, so as the waters evaporate they leave behind a dense, rich, cocktail of salts and minerals. The exceptional on-site spa at the Kempsinski Ishtar makes use of the special properties of the Dead Sea salt and mud in many of its signature treatments, and spa day guests can enjoy a vast suite of spa pools as well as a whirlpool, sauna, steam room, Dead Sea pools, hydro-pool, tepidariums and experience showers.  With excellent food and a number of exciting excursions like Wadi Mujib and the Dana Nature Reserve within reach to explore, this is one of Jordan’s finest hotels and well worth a stop for any traveler visiting the country.

Elsewhere in Jordan and the Middle East
Jordan’s location right next to key Holy Land sites and opposite Egypt’s Red Sea coastline make it perfectly located for further exploration of the region. We have in-house experts to help plan extensions in both these regions, whether the focus is on archaeology, history, biblical sites or relaxation.  We can also arrange bird-watching extensions to Azraq Wetland Reserve or any of Jordan’s other Important Birding Areas such as Dana or Wadi Mujib for example.  Temple World’s founders have been operating holidays across this whole region for nearly forty years, so there’s not much we can’t do in this part of the world.

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A fantastic holiday, one of my best ever. Our lecturer was excellent. He pitched his frequent impromptu and organised speeches at just the right level for those of us, the majority, who had no previous experience of Geology. Rosemary

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