Ancient Jordan
01 – 10 April 2022 Special Interest

A Geological and Cultural Tour “500 million years of history”

Ancient Jordan
A Geological and Cultural Tour “500 million years of history” 01 - 10 April 2022 Special Interest

This tour will look at aspects of the geology and geography of Jordan, a country rich in geological and cultural interest, all set in dramatic desert scenery. A highlight of the trip will be our visit to the exquisite ancient Nabataean capital of Petra, hewn out of sheer rock faces of beautifully banded sandstone. Dr Clark-Lowes is well qualified to reveal the details of the geological history of these rocks having studied very similar ‘Nubian Sandstones’ present elsewhere in Arabia for his PhD thesis. In the evenings there will be a chance to learn about the origin of these and other features in geology lectures. With Roman ruins, Crusader castles and locations associated with Lawrence of Arabia - Wadi Rum and Aqaba – you will be taken through a long and varied human as well as geological history.

Dr Danny Clark-Lowes

Dr Danny Clark-Lowes will lead this tour to Jordan. He is a geologist, educated at Cambridge and London universities, who has given industry training courses on geology at locations throughout the world. As well as publishing scientific papers and books on geology, he is a mountaineer who has climbed in the Swiss Alps and in the Himalaya. He has led geological tours for Indus Experiences for some four years now.

10 days from £2,700.00 per person
London - Amman - Jerash - Wadi Mujib (Dead Sea) - Petra - Wadi Rum - Aqaba - Amman - London

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Soaring above the clouds a view from the airplane window

Day 1: To Amman

Friday 1 April

Departure from London on direct British Airways Flight BA312 at 17:00 for Amman.

Day 2: To Dead Sea visiting Jerash enroute

Saturday 2 April

Just past midnight arrival (00:15). Meeting, assistance and transfer to Movenpick Hotel.

Day to explore the beautifully preserved Roman city of Jerash, built from a variety of local stones that record Jordan's ancient volcanic and oceanic environments. Travel to the Dead Sea and stay at hotel Holiday Inn Dead Sea for three nights.
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Day 3-4: Wadi Mujib (Dead Sea)

Sunday 3 - Monday 4 April

Visit the ‘the lowest reserve on earth’ on the eastern bank of the Dead Sea. At 400m below sea level this is the lowest water surface on earth. Here we see a deep canyon and wadis that drain into the sea where luxurious aquatic plants thrive, and the salt water allows the swimmer to float. Option to visit mineral hot springs, the result of hot waters which bubble up from deep in the earth along the transform fault that separates the African and Arabian continents. B, D

Day 5-6: Petra

Tuesday 5 - Wednesday 6 April

Transfer to Petra, visiting Kerak Crusader Castle on the way where the successive buildings of different dynasties can be clearly deciphered by their different building stones. Visit Petra where the stories of rocks and ruins intertwine. Petra is an ancient Nabataean capital city with numerous temples sculpted from towering sandstone rock faces, a stunning site entered by a deep rock cleft only rediscovered in the 19th Century. This spectacular World Heritage site is extensive, and we take two days to fully enjoy its splendour, viewing the different temples from horse back for those who wish to ride. Two nights at Old Village International Hotel. B, D

Day 7: To Wadi Rum

Thursday 7 April

Safari desert tour of Wadi Rum. This is the region of spectacular desert scenery and rock formations famous as the area through which Lawrence of Arabia travelled. We stay at Sun City Camp and use desert vehicles to explore the amazing desert ‘Mesa’ landscape carved out of African sandstone and granite basement rocks. B, D

Day 8: To Aqaba

Friday 8 April

Transfer to Aqaba. Visit a raised beach – undersea coral that once lay below the sea and now lies metres above sea level – evidence of the changing positions of land and ocean. Explore the evidence for the magnificent undersea coral world of the Red Sea, which in many millions of years will petrify into the limestones we see in many locations of our tour. Marvel at this colourful and exotic marine life from the comfort of a glass-bottomed boat. Overnight at Movenpick Resort, Aqaba. B, D

Day 9: To Amman

Saturday 9 April

Transfer to Amman, stopping off at Mt. Nebu, famous as the location where Moses died, and with stupendous views over the Jordan Rift valley, the line along which the continents of Africa and Arabia are moving laterally against each other. Evening: traditional farewell dinner at Khan Zaman Restaurant. Overnight at Movenpick Hotel. B, D

Aircraft in the sky Airbus British Airways

Day 10: To London

Sunday 10 April

Transfer to airport for departure for London by direct British Airways Flight BA313 at 08:05, arrival London Heathrow at 11:40.  B

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Dates & Prices

Dates Price per person (Double/Twin share) Single room supplement
01-10 Apr 2022 £2,700.00 £650.00
Cost includes:
  • International air fare in economy class on Royal Jordanian Airlines. Business class supplements and options for flying from regional UK airports are available on request.
  • Departure taxes from UK and Amman.
  • Accommodation with private facilities.
  • Half Board meals throughout the tour.
  • All transfers, sightseeing and geological visits by a deluxe coach and jeeps where needed.

  • Entry fee to monuments and places of interest. Horse ride in Petra.
  • Geological guide services of Dr Clark-Lowes.
  • Services of an English speaking guide.
  • Full ATOL and ABTA bonding.
Cost does not include:
  •  Tourist visa is available on arrival at the airport. There is a 10JD fee payable on departure from Jordan.
  • Any expenses of a personal nature.
  • Tips and Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance*

Sightseeing arrangements, visits to geological sites may vary according to local circumstances at each place on a day to day basis. Trip scholars may decide to alter the programme where they feel it is necessary.

We aim to be as flexible as possible for new bookings  and have reduced holiday deposits to £250 per person until further notice, and made it possible to request a refund or postpone travel plans at no extra cost, in the event that a trip can’t go ahead due to Foreign Office advice or overseas government restrictions. All tour payments to Indus Experiences are 100% protected by our ATOL and ABTA Licences.

*Travel Insurance

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• Make sure it includes comprehensive medical and repatriation cover.
• Make sure it provides cover for your whole trip (whether one day or over a year).
• Make sure it covers you for all activities.
• Disclose pre-existing medical conditions.
• Take your policy number and the 24-hour emergency contact numbers with you.

If you have any doubts about your cover, check with your insurer. Please note Covid-19 cover is now available.
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