8 night Itinerary
Meet and Greet Services at Amman Airport (QAIA) or at your arrival point in northern Jordan. Transfer to your Amman hotel. Check-in to the hotel of your choice. Dinner and overnight. D.
Continue northwards from Amman. The drive to Jerash lasts less than an hour. There you will have lunch before visiting the expansive remains of the best preserved of all the ancient Roman Empire’s provincial cities. Jerash was founded in 331 BCE on the orders of Alexander the Great who settled some of his retired Macedonian soldiers there. It flourished for many centuries.
Return to your hotel in Amman, dinner and overnight stay. B. L. D.
Desert Castles Um el Jimal Um Qais
Departure from your hotel after breakfast, heading eastwards from Amman to Jordan’s Desert Castles. They were built during the time of the Damascus-based Umayyad Caliphate from the end of the 600s CE till the 750s as hunting retreats. 65 kilometres east of Amman is Qasr Kharaneh. Qusayr Amra lies 20 kilometres east from Qasr Kharaneh. It is renowned for its frescoes and has been included in UNESCO’s World Heritage list. From Qusayr Amra, we travel to Umm el Jimal, an exceptionally well preserved Nabatean, Roman, Byzantine and early Islamic village built of black basalt stone. We then drive to Umm Qais, also known as Gadara. Its outstanding location has fine views over the Sea of Galilee. After lunch in the excellent restaurant overlooking the archaeological site, wander with your guide round the ancient basalt city of Gadara.
We return to your Amman hotel for dinner and overnight stay. B. L. D.
Kings’ Highway to Petra
Departure with luggage from your Amman hotel for journey along the Kings’ Highway to Petra. Our first visit of the day is to the world-renowned Mosaic Map of Madaba. The map dates from after 542 CE when Jerusalem’s Holy Sepulchre Church which lies at its centre was dedicated. We drive to Mount Nebo where according to the bible, Moses died while viewing the land across the River Jordan and the Dead Sea. Returning via Madaba to the Kings’ Highway we travel through the ancient biblical kingdoms after which this roadway, in existence for more than five thousand years, is named. The scenery of Wadi Mujib and Wadi Hasa is magnificent. At the town of Kerak, we will stop for lunch before visiting Kerak’s Crusader Castle. Arrival at our Petra hotel in the late afternoon. Dinner and overnight. B. L. D.
Departure from our hotel after breakfast for our visit to the world renowned archaeological site of Petra. The Arab Nabateans ruled this area from the sixth century BCE till the Roman Empire took control of the Nabatean kingdom in 106 CE. Nothing can prepare you for this extraordinary ancient city’s astounding beauty. The walk through the Siq, the narrow canyon leading to Petra’s most famous facade, the Khazneh (or Treasury) is just the beginning of your exploration of this ancient city. You will visit the High Place of Sacrifice, the Royal Tombs, the Monastery or El Deir as well as Petra’s main street.
Return to your hotel in the late afternoon. Dinner and overnight in your Petra hotel. B. L. D.
Return to Petra and Visit to Little Petra.
Our return visit to Petra will implant even more wonderful memories of this amazing place. In the early afternoon, we take the 30 minute drive to Siq el Barid, (Little Petra), an enchanting northern trading post with its own small Siq. It is the place where merchants gathered in its triclinia or banquet halls, cut into the rock, to discuss and seal their business deals. Near to Siq el Barid, there is the Neolithic site of Bayda which gives profound insights into the very beginnings of humankind’s discovery of agriculture and how the world’s earliest farmers lived. It dates from 7500 BCE. After the visit to Neolithic Bayda, we return to our Petra hotel for dinner and overnight. Optional excursion to view Petra by candlelight. B. D.
Wadi Rum Aqaba
Departing from our Petra hotel with luggage and a light picnic lunch at 9.00, we drive to the marvellous desert landscape of Wadi Rum. In this magnificent environment with its sheer-sided towering mountains, local Bedouin guides and drivers will demonstrate to you their hospitality and knowledge of their home and ensure your appreciation of them. Wadi Rum is an open-air museum with many thousands of rock-carved inscriptions. In the early evening, we make our way to a Bedouin tent for a traditional home-cooked meal, served fresh from the barbeque spit. Vegetarians’ needs will also be covered. After our evening of entertainment, we travel to Aqaba for a late evening check-in to our hotel. Overnight stay in Aqaba. B. PL. D.
After breakfast, time at leisure in Aqaba to enjoy Jordan’s seaside port city. Optional cruise excursion on the Red Sea to Pharaoh’s Island or in the ‘Yellow Submarine’ to view corals and fish through the glass bottom of the vessel. Dinner and overnight in your Aqaba hotel. B. D.
Aqaba & Departure
After breakfast, departure to Aqaba International Airport, the port or to your Southern Jordan border point. B. We can arrange for you to extend your stay in Aqaba or elsewhere in Jordan.
As per itinerary –
B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, PL: Picnic Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.