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Jordan tour, 8 nights, from $999

As you travel from Amman to Aqaba and back, visit the Roman ruins at Jerash, float in the Dead Sea, go horseback riding in Petra, and camp out in the Wadi Rum desert.
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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.