With the many types of rulers passing through Jordan, their legacy sings through to you. From 13th century B.C., the Citadel with impressive Greek and Roman ruins to the old souks and markets, the ancient Nabatean city of Petra with it’s iconic Treasury building, to many more such UNESCO World Heritage ruins. Jordan is littered with the glory of yester years.
If man made legacies seem impressive, the natural beauty is sheer perfection. Wadi Rum with it’s unusual terrain and colors, seems like other worldly, probably the reason why it’s always used to depict Mars or Moon! Not to mention the Dead Sea! Jordan is a place one must experience for the hospitality and amazing history! Let’s go.
On arrival at the Amman Airport, meet & greet with our representatives for help through customs and formalities. Check in at hotel, and rest for the night.
Today the historical journey in Jordan starts with a dose of Roman in Jerash, the best-preserved example of Roman civilization. A part of the Decapolis has been called the Pompeii of the east for its unique state of preservation, featuring theatres, churches, temples of Zeus and Artemis, a Nymphaeum and colonnaded streets.
Here, you can experience the incredible Roman Army and Chariot Experience (Race). It's a re-enactment of the Roman army, gladiators and chariot racing performances in a Roman setting. It's a great spectacle to watch, and Caesar would have been proud!
After that, continue to 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.
Start the day with Amman City, the Capital of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, also called the White City due to the white stone used to build its’ houses. Check out the Roman Theater, Citadel, Folklore & Archeological Museum before heading to Um Qais, exploring its’ fascinating ruins, the stunning black basalt theatre, the colonnaded main street, and the city’s gate. Also stop to enjoy the spectacular views of the Jordan Valley, the sea of Galilee, and the Golan Heights. There is also a charming museum in a restored Othman house which is a lovely discovery for those interested in history.
The famed king’s road awaits us today! Take the King's Road to visit the Mosaic city of Madaba; where the oldest map of the Holy Land exists on the floor of Saint George’s Church.
The city features many such famous mosaics that exist in public and private buildings.
Drive on to Mt. Nebo; the alleged burial site of Moses overlooking the Jordan Valley and the Dead Sea. You can find the various Franciscan structures that were built to protect the 4th and 6th Century Byzantine church. Drive on to Khirbet Al-Mukhayyat, this place is mentioned in the bible as well as on the Mesha Stele. You can find a church with a rich carpet of mosaics built in the sixth century. Check out the centerpiece of Um Al Rassas, the church of St. Stephen, which features a detailed mosaic floor depicting major cities of the region in ancient times including Jerusalem, Nablus, Gaza, Kerak and Philadelphia (Amman). Tarry forward to Shobak Castle, built in 1115, by King Baldwin I of Jerusalem to guard the road from Egypt to Damascus.
We continue our trail to Petra.
A man made wonder - Petra. Today the whole day is dedicated the incredible city of Petra, a city carved into the rose-red Sharah Mountains by the Nabateans and lost to Civilization until re-discovered by the Swiss Burkhardt.
Walk the Siq, a narrow and winding fissure between the cliffs, to reach the Treasury, the Roman Theater, the Courts, Qasr Bint Pharaoun, Temple of the Winged Lion and other monuments. It's a day to remember, even though Petra was forgotten for a while there!
A natural wonder, Wadi Rum. Start your day with Little Petra, walk through 8,000 year old excavated stone age village set in Beidah and Basta. Wander among the ruins of settlements of the biblical Edomites, to explore the sprawling remains of the Roman legionary fortress at Udruh. Continue to Wadi Rum; the desert and its awesome other planetary landscape. Be prepared to have your mind blown away!
It's time to see Dead Sea and soak up some nutrients today! Take the Araba road to visit Bethany, the site of John the Baptist's settlement. This is claimed to the place where Jesus was baptized.
Then continue till you reach the Dead Sea, located in the Jordan Rift Valley, about 422 meters below sea level. It needs no introduction, it's one of the world's saltiest bodies of water, so naturally doe not have any life.
It's time to transfer back to Amman and say good bye to the historical Jordan and fly back home.
- Meet and assist upon arrival.
- Accommodation in 4* hotels.
- Transfers in a private A/C car for 2 pax with English speaking driver.
- Entrance fees to all sites mentioned above
- Entrance fees to Petra including the horse ride for 800 meters.
- 2-hour jeep tour at Wadi Rum.
- Permanent English speaking guide during sightseeing from day 2 – day 7.
- Porterages at the Airports.
- Departure tax.
- Carriages at Petra.
- Petra by night.
- Tips to guide, driver, horse boy at Petra, and jeep driver at Wadi Rum.
- Drinks with meals.
- Tips Portrages at hotels to restaurants’ staff.
- Personal expenses and any other services not mentioned above.
- English guide upon arrival/departure.
- Extension Dead Sea.