An Escorted Journey

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Travel throughout with Archaeologist, Dr Konstantine Politis
This journey has been created in conjunction with Dr Politis, who played a pivotal part in the creation of this one-off itinerary ensuring our clients see the very best of this extraordinary country. Dr Politis will take you through Jordan through the ages to explore its layered and rich history. It is a privilege to be able to spend seven days with Dr Politis; his findings and excavations in the area along with his general input ensures guests will gain an unrivalled view into Jordan. Dr Politis is charismatic, personable and effusive and is arguably one of the most qualified people to lead a specialist tour through Jordan. He has participated in excavations over the past 25 years, from the Umm Qais in the North to Petra in the South. He has also worked extensively throughout the Middle East; his experiences in the surrounding regions put Jordan into context and paint a picture of Jordan through the ages in an extraordinary way.

Insider Access in Amman
Whilst staying in the luxurious five-star Four Seasons Hotel Amman, a crown jewel in the heart of Jordan’s bustling capital city, enjoy a visit to the Royal Stables for a private Arabian Horse show performed by horses owned by the King. Drive from the Royal Stables in one of the King’s vintage cars for another private visit to the Royal Automobile Museum, set up in honour of the late King Hussein who was an avid car enthusiast and collector.

Stay in the Most Luxurious Tented Camp in Wadi Rum Taken Exclusively by cazenove+loyd
Wake up to the serenity and silence of the desert whilst staying in Wadi Rum, one of the most spectacular desert landscapes in the world with rolling sand dunes and huge sandstone mountains. Staying in an authentic yet luxurious camp deep in this natural wilderness is a truly extraordinary experience.

Experience Petra Before the Crowds
Walk through Petra’s Siq as the sun rises and the site comes alive before it officially opens to the public. Explore Petra with Dr Politis and hear about the layers of history that Petra holds. We have also organised for a very special private viewing of Petra by night – walk the entire Siq to The Treasury lit with over 1500 candles.

A Private visit to the King Hussein Cancer Foundation
This trip includes an inbuilt donation to the King Hussein Cancer Foundation’s early detection centre.

Luxury holiday to Jordan

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Accommodation

21st April – 24th April

Four Seasons Amman

Located between the prestigious Al Sweifiyah residential area and the Shmeisani financial district, the luxurious five-star Four Seasons Hotel Amman is a crown jewel in the heart of Jordan’s bustling capital city. With spacious, large rooms, modern facilities and unparalleled service, the Four Seasons sets a new standard of quality and excellence.

24th April – 25th April

Most luxurious Camp in Wadi Rum taken exclusively by cazenove+loyd

Located in the South of Jordan, roughly 300km from Amman, Wadi Rum is one of the most spectacular natural environments in the Middle East. It’s stunning panoramas are shaped by granite, basalt and sandstone mountains rising up to 800m from the desert floor.  T.E Lawrence’s love of this area meant that it was the chosen location for the Oscar-winning film ‘Lawrence of Arabia’. Staying in an authentic yet luxurious camp deep in this natural wilderness is a truly extraordinary experience. Uniquely tailored to blend in with the surrounding desert, the camp offers an authentic Bedouin style experience without compromising on comfort.

25th April – 27th April

Movenpick Resort Petra

You will stay in a Junior Suite at The Movenpick Resort, located directly at the entrance of the historic Jordanian city of Petra. With an oriental flare, a combination of natural stone, handcrafted wood and Middle Eastern fabrics and textures, the Movenpick’s newly remodelled rooms are elegantly designed and decorated.

27th April – 29th April

Kempinski Hotel Ishtar

The Dead Sea, sitting 400m below sea level, is the world’s greatest natural spa. This vast stretch of water is flanked by mountains to the East and the rolling hills of Jerusalem to the West. This area is one of the world’s most exclusive hubs of health and wellness. Surrounded by beautiful scenery and majestic countryside, the 5 star Kempinski Hotel Ishtar sits on the edge of the famous salt lake with uninterrupted views across the vast sea towards the west bank. Staying in an Ishtar Superior Room, the hotel is the perfect place from which to explore the rich culture and history of the area but mainly the perfect spot to relax and recharge at the end of an adventure filled holiday.

Extensions

The Dead Sea

The Resense Spa in Kempinski Hotel Ishtar on the shores of the Dead Sea is the largest spa in the Middle East at 10,000spm. The Dead Sea mud is known for its healing properties. The hotel has 9 outdoor pools, tennis courts and a 24 hour gym. We would be happy to arrange a few more nights for you to stay on here and enjoy the world renowned spa treatments that this hotel has to offer.

Guides

Dr Konstantine Politis

Dr Konstantine Politis is an archaeologist educated in Greece, the United States, Belgium and Britain. From 1988 until 2011 he was based at the British Museum which was the principal sponsor of his excavations in Jordan and Oman. He specialises in the early Byzantine and early Islamic periods. Most recently Dr Politis was a EU-funded researcher at Athens University.

Dr Politis’ most important work to-date was the discovery and subsequent excavation of the Sanctuary of Lot on the south-eastern shore of the Dead Sea, followed by the publication of  a major report on that project with the British Museum (2012). He has also published Holy Footprints across the Jordan: A Journey to the Ancient and Religious Sites on the Eastern Side of the Jordan Rift Valley (2010), The World of the Nabataeans (2007) and many scholarly articles. Currently Politis is preparing Archaeological Landscapes of Zoara in the Ghor es-Safi to be published by the Palestine Exploration Fund (London) and Excavations of the Nabataean Cemetery at Khirbet Qazone. He has just concluded a seminal research on ‘The Origins of the Sugar Industry’ funded by the European Union which resulted in a comprehensive book, website and exhibition on that theme.

Dr Politis is chairperson of the Hellenic Society for Near Eastern Studies and an active member of the Palestine Exploration Fund. He leads continuing excavations of Zoara, modern Safi in Jordan, and at Ra’s al-Hadd in Oman.

Henrietta Loyd

Henrietta Loyd, Co-Owner and Founder of cazenove+loyd, will personally accompany this trip. Henrietta first visited Jordan in 2015 and was blown away by the landscape, the incredible monuments, the friendliness of the people and importantly the feeling of being totally safe – cocooned in a country of immense beauty with Petra exceeding every expectation. cazenove+loyd are extremely honoured to have Konstantinos Politis lead this trip who is a leading expert on Jordan and the Middle East. We have honed this trip to being a truly one off in terms of access, lecturers and content.

Flights

Flying time from London is around 5 hours. Economy class flights are included in the cost, however we would be more than happy to look into Business class upgrades.

We recommend flying with Royal Jordanian on the following flights:

Friday 21st April
Depart London 17:05
Arrive Amman 00:10 +1

Saturday 29th April
Depart Amman 12:00
Arrive London 15:25

Pricing Information

Price with flights:
£6,327 per person based on twin share (including Economy class flights from London)

Price without flights:
£5,827 per person based on twin share

Single supplement – £1,500
Due to limited number of tents at the luxury camp in Wadi Rum single travellers may be required to share a twin bedded tent with a fellow traveller of the same sex for the one night spent at the camp.

INCLUDES

+ Return international flights
+ Transfers
+ All accommodation as specified
+ 5 Dinners, 6 lunches, and 8 breakfasts
+ House wine or beer included with each dinner
+ All road transfers
+ Guiding and excursions as specified
+ Park fees and other entry fees
+ Visa

EXCLUDES

+ Some meals as specified – Dinners on 23rd + 27th and Lunch on 28th not included
+ Premium alcohol when drinks are included with the meal
+ Travel insurance
+ Drinks and tips
+ Vaccinations
+ Any other extras e.g. Hot Air Balloon Flight

Please view our booking conditions here.

where you will go on the trip

Amman
Wadi Rum
Petra
The Dead Sea