The Wonders of Jordan

The Wonders of Jordan

Jordan is a land with a long and fascinating history. It has been home to some of mankind's earliest settlements and villages, and relics of many of the world's great civilizations can still be seen today. As the crossroads of the Middle East, the lands of Jordan and Palestine have served as a strategic nexus connecting Asia, Africa and Europe. Thus, since the dawn of civilization, Jordan's geography has given it an important role to play as a conduit for trade and communications, connecting east and west, north and south. Jordan continues to play this role today.

Tour highlights:
Petra - the Nabatean Red-Rose City, one of the New 7 Wonders of the World
Wadi Rum - where many scenes from the movie "Lawrence of Arabia" were shot
Dead Sea - the salty sea, where plants and animals cannot flourish

Itinerary:

Day 1: Amman
Arrival to Amman and transfer to your hotel.

Day 2: Amman City Tour. Al Salt.
Amman City Tour the Capital of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, first known as a Rabbath Ammoun in the Iron Age, and later as Philadelphia, one of several Greco-Roman cities in the urban confederation known as the Decapolis, and recently the «white City» due to the white stone used to build its’ houses, visiting the Roman Theatre, Citadel, Folklore & Archeological Museum and The Jordan museum, on to Al Salt City, tightly built on a cluster of three hills, As-Salt has several other places of interest, these splendid yellow sandstone buildings incorporate a variety of local and European styles. Typically, they have domed roofs, interior courtyards, and characteristic tall, arched windows. Perhaps the most beautiful is the Abu Jaber mansion, built between 1892 and 1906, which has frescoed ceilings, painted by Italian artists, and is reputed to be the finest example of a 19thcentury merchant house in the region. Dinner and overnight at Amman Hotel.

Day 3: Madaba - Mount Nebo - Kerak - Shobak - Petra
In the morning transfer to Madaba to visit the Greek Orthodox church St. George, home of the enormous Madaba Mosaic Map, discovered in 1894. Continue to Mount Nebo, from where Moses had seen the Promised Land before he died. You will also visit Shobak Castle built in 1115 by King Baldwin of Jerusalem. Proceed to the highlight of this tour - Petra, where you will overnight.

Day 4: Petra
The whole day is dedicated to exploring Petra - one of the wonders of the world. The ancient Nabatean city is located 225 km from Amman and had been carved in stone more than 2000 years ago. You will visit its tombs, dams and water channels, the treasury Khazneh. Overnight in Petra.

Day 5:  Petra - Wadi Rum
After breakfast drive to Little Petra & Beidah, where you will walk in a 8000-year old stone age villages of Beidah and Basta. Continue to Wadi Rum, known as the Valley of the Moon. Wadi Rum is a uniquely shaped massive mountain that rose amongst the rosy red sand of the desert with towering cliffs of various brownish, reddish and golden colors. Discover Wadi Rum by 4x4 jeep tour. Dinner and overnight in Wadi Rum Camp

Day 6:  Wadi Rum - Dead Sea - Amman
Today you visit Bethany - the site of John the Baptist's settelement, where Jesus was baptised. Drive to the Dead Sea - the lowest point on earth at 429 m below the sea level. The Dead Sea is an impressive and spectacular place to visit - its water has high levels of concentration of salt and minerals, which makes it a therapeutic and unique swimming experience. Leisurely afternoon before you continue to Amman. Overnight in Amman.

Day 7: Jerash -  Ajloun - Amman
Depart to visit Jerash; the best-preserved example of Roman civilization, part of the Decapolis (The ten big Roman cities of the east) has been called the Pompeii of the east for its unique state of preservation, featuring theatres, churches, temples (Zeus and Artemis), a Nymphaeum and colonnaded streets. Proceed to visit Ajloun; the 12th Century Castle which was built by Saladin in his successful campaign to drive the Crusaders from Jordan in 1189 and is an outstanding example of Arab/Islamic military architecture. Dinner and overnight at Amman Hotel.

Day 8: Departure

Transfer to Amman airport for departure
 

The price includes: ► 6 nights at a 3*** hotels in a double room with private facilities and 1 night in camping in Wadi Rum ►half board (breakfast+dinner) ► local English speaking guide during sightseeing ►horseriding in Petra for 800 m ► tips to hotels' staff ► transport as per program ► entry fees

The price does not include: ►international flights ►drinks and meals not mentioned in the program ►visa ►tips to guide and driver ►tips for horseriding ►insurance ►supplements during holidays ►personal expenses  

Price of extra services: ►single room supplement:  165 EUR (low season) / 175 EUR (high season)  ►extra nights: on request ► This tour can be organised with accommodation at 4**** hotels and 5**** hotels: contact us for a price 

Visa: European citizens can get their visa on arrival to Jordan. For people staying more than 2 nights in Jordan it is usualy free of charge. Please, send to us a scanned copy of your passport in order to arrange the visa in advance.

Practical information: ►The tours are guaranteed with a minimum of 2  travelling together. 1 person can be confirmed only if other people are booked for the same date. ►The hotels' category is according to local standards and does not necessarily corresponds to the international standards. ►Local currency in Jordan is dinar (JOD), known as "jay-dee" among young locals ►Tips of 10% are generally expected in better restaurants (and often included in the bill). ►Avoid tap water, refrozen ice cream, shellfish and raw-meat dishes. Eat meals only at busy restaurants. ►It is hot in the desert in the daytime but in the night it becomes very cold, so don't forget warm clothes ►June-August are not recommended for visiting Jordan - it gets extreme hot and many places are closed ►Jordan has low levels of crime.

Recommended period of travelling: September - May

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