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8 Day Classic Tour of Jordan

The neglected other half of the Holy Land, Jordan is a country full of Biblical and cultural highlights. You will visit Petra, one of the wonders of the ancient world; Jerash, the best preserved city of the Decapolis; the Baptismal place of Jesus on the River Jordan; Mt Nebo, from where Moses viewed the promised land, and for fun, we include an afternoon of relaxation including a float on the Dead Sea.

The itinerary below is our standard programme. For full details of the itinerary on this featured date click download brochure above.


  1. Fly to Amman

    Royal Jordanian afternoon flight departs Heathrow arriving Amman late at night. Three night stay in Amman.

  2. Umm Qays

    Jerash & Umm Qays

    Drive north to the Jabbok River where we recall the story of Jacob wrestling with the angel. Continue to the spectacular ruins of Jerash, the best preserved of all the Decapolis cities. Lunch here. On to the site of Umm Qais (Gadara at the time of Jesus) with panoramic views over the Sea of Galilee, or perhaps visit Brother Andrew at the Deaf Institute in Salt.

  3. Baptism of Jesus

    We visit Amman citadel before travelling to Bethany beyond the Jordan, a wonderfully evocative site on the Jordan River, where John baptised Jesus. Lunch and afternoon floating opportunity on the Dead Sea

  4. Mount Nebo Memorial of Moses

    Madaba & Mount Nebo

    Drive to Mount Nebo and the mountain where Moses viewed the Promised Land. Continue to Madaba with its famous mosaic map of the Bible Lands. Lunch here. Head south along the Kings Highway, with views of Wadi Mujib, ‘Jordan’s Grand Canyon’ to Shawbak Crusader Castle, inhabited up until the 1950s. Three night stay at Petra.

  5. Petra

    Petra’s fame is well deserved: the scale of the site and the extraordinary beauty of the rock-cut tombs and temples is breath-taking.  At the time of Jesus, Petra was a magnificent Nabatean city of enormous wealth which controlled much of the trade that passed through the region. We enter Petra on foot through the narrow Siq and spend the entire day here visiting many of its magnificent monuments. Lunch in the site included.

  6. Petra

    A second day to revisit Petra at leisure and visit the surrounding area.

  7. Wadi Rumm

    Wadi Rum

    Morning drive to Wadi Rum where we explore in jeeps, looking at rock drawings and inscriptions, natural rock arches, canyons and red sand dunes. We enjoy a traditional Bedouin lunch in the desert before driving north to Amman for our last night.

  8. Return Flight

    Royal Jordanian departs Amman late morning arriving back at London Heathrow airport mid afternoon.

  9. Visiting Brother Andrew at the Salt Deaf Institute

    Brother Andrew, an Episcopalian priest, has turned a fledgling vision into a project supporting over 500 deaf children, offering education, health, care and vocational training. Former Archbishop, George Carey is their Patron and they welcome McCabe parties visiting. The location is near Jerash.

Essential Information

The price you pay is inclusive

The only extras you need to budget for are, drinks and shopping. We include lunches and gratuities to guide, driver and hotel staff.

2020 Price from: £1,975, Single Supplement from: £445, Travel Insurance Premium: on request


Flights, Hotel accommodation, Breakfast, lunches and dinner daily, Sightseeing programme, Entrance fees & guiding, Gratuities

Not included

Travel Insurance, Single Room supplement

Touring Information

Touring is by air-conditioned private coach. Days generally start at 8am and finish around 5pm with dinner served around 7 or 7:30pm. Ideal months to visit are April through June, and September and October.

Passports, visas and health

A visa is required to enter Jordan and we obtain this free of charge for our parties. We will ask you to complete a passport information form, which we will send with your final invoice, for us to process this visa in advance of travel. If you are holding a non-British passport, please do consult us as arrangements can be different and you may need to apply for a visa in advance. Please ensure your passport is valid for six months beyond your return date. No inoculations are required but do consult your GP about your own particular requirements.

Travel Insurance

The McCabe recommended insurance policy is designed for the older traveller. The premium for this pilgrimage to Jordan is £79. Travellers over 75 pay £119. We also recommend that older travellers obtain a note from their doctor stating that they are fit to travel. Do feel free to shop around as there are many suitable insurance options including annual policies on the market. We do insist that all travellers take out medical insurance.

A key feature of our recommended policy is that there is no requirement to call a Medical Help Line as most pre-existing conditions are covered.

You can read the full policy wording here.


Flights are from Heathrow to Amman with Royal Jordanian Airways. We recommend Tuesday departures, but other days are possible.


Jordan is expensive to visit. Hotels are either basic or superior with little middle ground. We use four and five-star graded hotels and all rooms are twin-bedded with private facilities.

You can click on the hotel websites below:

Grand Palace Hotel, Amman / Petra Guest House, Petra


Breakfast and dinner are included daily as well as lunches en route. You will normally have a buffet-style breakfast and dinner. Drinks are not included, except at breakfast when tea, coffee and fruit juices are provided. Do try the Eastern dips and Arabic salads. We recommend you drink bottled water, which is provided on the coach, at lunch and dinner as well as in the hotel bedrooms. Alcoholic drinks are very expensive due to a very hefty government tax. Please note that prices shown on drinks menus are subject to a service charge (usually 10%) and an additional local tax (usually 7%).

If you have any special dietary requirements, please let us know and we will advise the airline, hotels and restaurants. Please speak to the head waiter regarding your special requirements.


Practical information

Travelling Alone

Many of our passengers travel alone and object to expensive single room supplements. McCabe Pilgrimages will accept individual bookings on a 'guaranteed share' basis. We charge the basic price and accommodate you with a person of the same sex also requesting shared accommodation. If we do not find someone to share with you, you will be accommodated in a single room at only 50% of the usual single room supplement. For single travellers who do require single accommodation this should be requested when booking and, if available, the normal supplement will be payable.

The McCabe Educational Trust

For many, meeting the ‘Living Stones’ of The Land becomes a real highlight of their pilgrimage. The McCabe Educational Trust is an independent registered charity with the aim of helping inspiring people we meet on pilgrimage. On your pilgrimage you will meet some of these people. As ‘the haves’ encounter the ‘have nots’ the Trust has become a practical tool for one to help the other.

McCabe Pilgrimages invite all travellers to become partners in this work. A £15 voluntary donation to the Trust’s work is added to every pilgrim’s invoice and all money raised in this way is given in full to the projects the Trust supports. This scheme is voluntary and confidential with nobody put under any pressure to participate.

Full Financial Security

All money paid to McCabe is fully secure. Holidays including flights are covered by our ATOL license from the Civil Aviation Authority, and holidays without flights are protected by our membership of the ABTOT bonding scheme. If a pilgrimage is cancelled, for instance through lack of numbers or for political considerations, McCabe will promptly refund all monies paid.

AITO Quality Statement

McCabe Pilgrimages is a member of the Association of Independent Tour Operators. The Association represents Britain’s leading independent tour operators and encourages high standards of quality and service. McCabe abides by the Association’s Code of Conduct and adheres to the AITO Quality Charter.

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