The Real Deal: Seven nights' hotel accommodations; one night camping in the desert; eight breakfasts and one dinner; admission to the Jerash Temple of Artemis; a day trip to the Dead Sea; a drive along the King's Highway; admission to Madaba, Mount Nebo, Karak Castle, and Petra; a horseback ride in Petra; transportation by a private van and a bus; hotel taxes; and the services of an English-speaking tour leader and local guides, from $999 per person—including all taxes.
When: Depart Nov. 21, 2009, Jan. 16, Feb. 20, March 20, April 17, May 15, June 19, July 17 Aug. 14, Sept. 18, Oct. 16, Nov. 20, Dec. 18, 2010; add $80 for Dec. 19, 2009.
The fine print: Airfare is not included. The starting rate includes a local cash payment of $200. Airport-hotel transfers by taxi are $56–$70 each way and can take anywhere from 20 minutes to one hour, depending on traffic.
Allow about $200 for meals that are not included. Based on double occupancy; no single supplement, solo travelers are paired with a roommate. The average group size is 10 people, with a maximum of 15. When booking, refer to trip code AWHJ. Read these guidelines before you book any Real Deal.
Book by: No deadline; based on availability.
Contact: Gap Adventures, 800/708-7761, gapadventures.com.
Why it's a deal: The cost of this trip breaks down to about $125 a night, and it covers accommodations, breakfast daily, a dinner, transportation, and all taxes.
Beyond the monetary value of the package, Gap Adventures makes all of the travel arrangements for you, and it offers the services of an English-speaking group leader to help you easily get around in a country where English is not widely spoken, thus ensuring an enjoyable, safe, and hassle-free trip.
More: Add a two-hour optional tour of the Wadi Rum desert on a 4x4 vehicle ($15 per person) or a one-hour camel ride ($20 per person). You can add pre- or post-tour nights in Amman; rates vary by hotel.