Best of Jordan

Highlights:

  • Amman
  • Jerash
  • Ajlun
  • Madaba
  • Mount Nebo
  • Mujib Valley
  • Petra
  • Wadi Rum
  • Dead Sea

** Rates are valid from October 1st, 2019 till April 30th, 2020 excluding Christmas, New year & Easter.

** Rate per person traveling alone in Single room in 5 stars Standard Hotels: $ 1,745

** Rate per person traveling alone in Single room in 5 stars Deluxe Hotels: $ 2,235

ITINERARY

Day 1: Arrival Amman

Upon landing in Jordan, meet and assist at Queen Alia International Airport by our representative, then transfer to your hotel.

Overnight in Amman Hotel.

  • Meals included today: No Meals.
Day 2: Amman (Jersah and Ajlun Castle)

Breakfast, then start visiting the ancient city of Jerash boasts an unbroken chain of human occupation dating back more than 6,500 years. The city’s golden age came under Roman rule and the site is now generally acknowledged to be one of the best-preserved Roman provincial towns in the world. Hidden for centuries in sand before being excavated and restored over the past 70 years, Jerash reveals a fine example of the grand, formal provincial Roman urbanism that is found throughout the Middle East, comprising paved and colonnaded streets, soaring hilltop temples, handsome theatres, spacious public squares and plazas, baths, fountains and city walls pierced by towers and gates. Beneath its external Graeco-Roman veneer, Jerash also preserves a subtle blend of east and west. Its architecture, religion and languages reflect a process by which two powerful cultures meshed and coexisted – The Graeco-Roman world of the Mediterranean basin and the ancient traditions of the Arab Orient. Ajlun Castle (also known as Qal’at [Castle] Ar-Rabad) was built in 1184 by ‘Izz ad-Din Usama bin Munqidh, a general of Saladin, who defeated the Crusaders in 1187. A fine example of Islamic architecture, the fortress dominated a wide stretch of the northern Jordan Valley and passages to it. From its hilltop position, Ajlun Castle protected the communication routes between south Jordan and Syria, and was one of a chain of forts that lit beacons at night to pass signals from the Euphrates as far as Cairo. Today, Ajlun Castle is a splendid sight with a fascinating warren of towers, chambers, galleries and staircases to explore, while its hilltop position offers stunning views of the Jordan Valley.

Overnight in Amman Hotel

  • Meals included today: Breakfast.
  • Sights to be visited: Jersah and Ajlun Castle.  

 

Day 3: Amman (Madaba , Mt. Nebo)

Breakfast and then a sprawling city spread over 19 hills, or “jebels,” Amman is the modern – as well as the ancient – capital of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. Known as Rabbath-Ammon during the Iron Age and later as Philadelphia, the ancient city that was once part of the Decapolis league, now boasts a population of around 2.3 million people. Amman, often referred to as the white city due to its low size canvas of stone houses, offers a variety of historical sites. There are a number of renovations and excavations taking place that have revealed remains from the Neolithic period, as well as from the Hellenestic and late Roman to Arab Islamic Ages. The site which is known as the Citadel includes many structures such as the Temple of Hercules, the Umayyad Palace and the Byzantine Church. At the foot of the Citadel lies the 6,000 seat Roman Theatre, which is a deep-sided bowl carved into the hill and is still being used for cultural events. Another newly restored theatre is the 500-seat Odeon that is used for concerts. The three museums found in the area offer a glimpse of history and culture; they are the Jordan Archaeological Museum, The Folklore Museum and the Museum of Popular Traditions. The trip south from Amman along the 5,000-year-old Kings Highway is one of the most memorable journeys in the Holy Land, passing through a string of ancient sites. The first city to encounter is Madaba, “the City of Mosaics.” The city, best known for its spectacular Byzantine and Umayyad mosaics, is home to the famous 6th century mosaic map of Jerusalem and the Holy Land. With two million pieces of coloured stone, the map depicts hills and valleys, villages and towns as far as the Nile Delta. Other mosaic masterpieces found in the Church of the Virgin and the Apostles and the Archaeological Museum, depict a rampant profusion of flowers and plants, birds and fish, animals and exotic beasts, as well as scenes from mythology and everyday pursuits of hunting, fishing and farming. Literally, hundreds of other mosaics from the 5th through the 7th centuries are scattered throughout Madaba’s churches and homes. From Mount Nebo’s windswept promontory, overlooking the Dead Sea, the Jordan River Valley, Jericho and the distant hills of Jerusalem, Moses viewed the Holy Land of Canaan that he would never enter. He died and was buried in Moab, “in the valley opposite Beth-Peor” (Deuteronomy 34:6). His tomb remains unknown. After consulting the Oracle, Jeremiah reportedly hid the Ark of the Covenant, the Tent and the Altar of Incense at Mount Nebo. Mount Nebo became a place of pilgrimage for early Christians from Jerusalem and a small church was built there in the 4th century to commemorate the end of Moses’ life. Some of the stones from that church remain in their original place in the wall around the apse area. The church was subsequently expanded in the 5th and 6th centuries into the present-day large basilica with its stunning collection of Byzantine mosaics. The Serpentine Cross, which stands just outside the sanctuary, is symbolic of the bronze (or brazen) serpent taken by Moses into the desert and the cross upon which Jesus was crucified. The Kings’ Highway winds its way through the different ecological zones of the country, including forested highlands, open farmland plateaus, deep ravines, the edge of the Eastern Desert, and the warm tropical Gulf of Aqaba. Lining both sides of this 335km (207 mile) thoroughfare is a rich chain of archaeological sites that reads like an index of ancient history and a biblical gazetteer — prehistoric villages from the Stone Age, biblical towns from the kingdoms of Ammon, Moab and Edom, Crusader Castles, some of the finest early Christian Byzantine mosaics in the Middle East, a Roman-Herodian fortress, several Nabataean temples, two major Roman fortresses, early Islamic towns, and the rock-cut Nabataean capital of Petra. First mentioned by name in the Bible, the Kings’ Highway was the route that Moses wished to follow as he led his people north through the land of Edom, which today is in southern Jordan. The name may, however, derive from the even earlier episode recounted in Genesis 14, when an alliance of “four kings from the north” marched their troops along this route to do battle against the five kings of the Cities of the Plain, including the wicked cities of Sodom and Gomorrah.

Overnight in Petra Hotel

  • Meals included today: Breakfast
  • Sights to be visited: Madaba, Mount Nebo and Kings High Way (Mujib Valley)

 

Day 4: Petra

Breakfast, and then start visiting the ancient city of Petra which is one of Jordan’s national treasures and by far its best known tourist attraction. Located approximately three hours south of Amman, Petra is the legacy of the Nabataeans, an industrious Arab people who settled in southern Jordan more than 2,000 years ago. Admired then for its refined culture, massive architecture and ingenious complex of dams and water channels, Petra is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site that enchants visitors from all corners of the globe. Much of Petra’s appeal comes from its spectacular setting deep inside a narrow desert gorge. The site is accessed by walking through a kilometre long chasm (or siq), the walls of which soar 200m upwards. Petra’s most famous monument, the Treasury, appears dramatically at the end of the Siq. Used in the final sequence of the film “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.” the towering façade of the Treasury is only one of myriad archaeological wonders to be explored at Petra. Various walks and climbs reveal literally hundreds of buildings, tombs, baths, funerary halls, temples, arched gateways, colonnaded streets and haunting rock drawings – as well as a 3,000 seat open air theatre, a gigantic 1st century Monastery and a modern archeological museum, all of which can be explored at leisure. A modest shrine commemorating the death of Aaron, brother of Moses, was built in the 13th century by the Mamluk Sultan, high atop mount Aaron in the Sharah range.

Overnight in Petra Hotel

  • Meals included today: Breakfast
  • Sights to be visited: Petra   

 

Day 5: Wadi Rum

Breakfast and then start visiting the moonlike landscape of Wadi Rum. The desert of Rum is dotted with massive mountains, coloured in shades of red, yellow, and orange. Their hues spill over to colour the sand dunes around the desert and the horizon of its breathtaking panorama. This is a place where you can become one with nature, where visitors are humbled by the towering mountains and overwhelmed by the serenity and quiet ambiance of this magnificent place. The eco-system of Wadi Rum holds many rare and endemic plants. Spring reveals hundreds of species of wild flowers. About 120 bird species have been recorded in the area, including the Griffon Vulture, the Fan-Tailed Raven, Bonelli’s Eagle, and Hume’s Tawny Owl. Baseline surveys show the existence of the Grey Wolf, Blandford’s Fox, the Sand Cat, and the Ibex within the area. One activity which keeps attracting thrill-seekers to Wadi Rum is mountain climbing. Ascents can range from simple hikes to serious 900m climbs up sheer granite and sandstone cliffs. Overnight in Dead Sea Hotel

  • Meals included today: Breakfast
  • Sights to be visited: Wadi Rum

 

Day 6: Amman -Departure

Breakfast and then transfer to Queen Alia International Airport for final departure.

  • Meals included today: Breakfast

Inclusions:

  • Two nights accommodation in Amman on BB basis.
  • Two nights accommodation in Petra on BB basis.
  • One night accommodation in Dead Sea on BB basis.
  • Transportation by modern AC vehicles as mentioned above and as per exact itinerary.
  • Portages at hotels and airport.
  • 2 hours Local English speaking guide in Petra, Jerash & Baptism sites only and where visted only where rest sites are self touring.
  • Entrance fees to sites mentioned in the program that requires entrance fees as some sites are on free basis fees.
  • Horse riding in Petra as part of Petra Entry Ticket during the first visit of Petra only. This is not insured services and guest can take it or skip it and walk. Please note that the horse boys do expect a tip if you do take the horse ride at around $ 4 per way X 2 ways
  • 2 hours tour in Wadi Rum where visited and where included only by the open Bedouin trucks (trucks are of different types, models and age, we do not have any control on what type of vehicle will be given to our clients as this is come according to the available vehicles waiting to serve on that day). Each 6 pax will be accommodated in 1 vehicle (1 pax in front seat + 5 pax in the backyard of the jeep)
  • One bottle of Water on board vehicles on daily basis per person.   

Exclusions:

  • Personal expenses.
  • Visa (Not Restricted Passports): Free of charge group visas as long as stay is 2 nights and more in Jordan and as long as we receive passports details in advance. This is according to the current governmental regulations that may change at any time without prior notice and without any liability on us
  • Departure tax: Included in the air ticket via Amman Airport, this is according to the current governmental regulations that may change at any time without prior notice.
  • Drinks with meals including water.
  • Any not mentioned meals
  • Carriages in Petra.
  • New Years Eve Dinner where obligatory
  • All kind of tips (Guide where included, Driver, Translator where included, Horse Boy in Petra where visited, Wadi Rum Jeeps where used, Local Guides Where included … etc).
  • All kind of insurance.
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