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Jewels of Jordan (8 Days/7 Nights)

Petra is sometimes called the “Lost City”. After the 14th century AD, Petra was completely lost to the western world. It was rediscovered in 1812 by the Swiss traveler Johann Ludwig Burckhardt, who tricked his way into the fiercely guarded site by pretending to be an Arab from India wishing to make a sacrifice at the tomb of the Prophet Aaron.
Itinerary

1.day: Amman Airport – Amman
Our meet and assist representative will pick you up from Amman Airport and you will be transferred to Amman

2.day: Desert Castles & Amman Tour
This morning we will head to the eastern Jordanian desert to see three examples of the Desert Castles, built by the Umayyad caliphs in the 7th and 8th century. Qasr Kharanah is featured by high walls and four corner towers. Qasr Amra is a UNESCO Wold Heritage Site due to its unique fresco paintings representing an early stage of Islamic art. Last visit will be to Qasr Azraq, used already by the Romans, but most popular occupant had been T. E Lawrence of Arabia, who had here his headquarter during the Arab Revolt. After visiting Desert Castles, we will head back to the Capital of Jordan, Amman and start our half-day City Tour in Amman. Start your Amman City sightseeing with a visit to the King Abdulla Mosque which was completed in 1989 as a memorial by the late King Hussein to his grandfather. Then pay a visit to the Amman Citadel, Roman Amphitheater. After the city tour of Amman, we will head back to hotel for overnight.

3.day: Umm Qais, Ajloun & Jerash
Today we will drive two hours from Amman to Gadara (Umm Qais), which belonged to the famous Decapolis, a union of 10 cities, founded by Alexander the Great. Here you have an overwhelming view over the north Jordan Valley, the Golan Heights and the Sea of Galilee and stroll through the Greco-Roman remains. After the visit of Um Qais, we will head towards Jerash, the well preserved city of the Roman Empire, often called Pompeii of the East. Visit Hadrian’s Arch, built in 130 AD to honor the visit of Emperor Hadrian. Pass the Hippodrome offering space for 15,000 spectators, the impressing Forum, continue to the Temple of Artemis, which columns are 12 meters high and each drum weights 20-40 tons. Other highlights are the Colonnaded Street and the Nymphaeum. After Jerash, we will head out to visit Ajloun the great 12th century Islamic castle built around 1184/85 by the famous Islamic leader Salah al-Din. After visiting the Ajloun Castle, we will head back to Amman hotel for overnight.

4.day: Madaba, Mount Nebo & Kerak
Today we will drive towards the town Madaba, where you find the famous mosaic 6th century map of Palestine in St. George’s church. After that continue to Mt. Nebo, the place where Prophet Moses gazed at the promised land before he died and alleged to be his burial place. You will visit an old monastery; overlook the Jordan Valley, Dead Sea and parts of the Holy Land. Then we will proceed towards Kerak. This crusader castle that was built in 1132 is situated on top of a high mountain overlooking the city. You can wander through underground corridors with huge kitchens, stables and sleeping quarters with several floors. The top of the castle offers magnificent views in all directions. After visiting Kerak, we depart to Petra for overnight at hotel.

5.day: Petra
Today you will explore the rose red city of Petra, the biggest attraction of Jordan. Petra was first established around the 6th century B.C. by the Nabataean Arabs, a nomadic tribe who settled in the area and laid the foundations of a commercial empire that extended into Syria. Upon arrival you will begin the trip on horse back to the canyon, the so called Siq, and then by foot to the most beautiful monument: the Treasury. Among other monuments you will see are the Street of Facades, the Royal Tombs and Pharaoh’s Castle. Petra was also chosen to be one of the New 7 Wonders of the world.

6.day: Wadi Rum
Today we will drive towards the protected area of Wadi Rum, one of the most impressing desert landscapes in the World. The area was made famous in the west by Lawrence of Arabia who described it as “vast, echoing and god-like”. Discover the area featured by rugged mountains and colored sand dunes during a 4×4 Jeep tour, enjoy canyons, sand dunes and rock inscriptions. After the excursion we will head to our camp for dinner & overnight.

7.day: Dead Sea
Today you will be transfered to the lowest point on earth, the Dead Sea where you will have free time where you may enjoy floating, sun bath and mud wrapping of the Dead Sea and make your body benefit from the medical feature of the Dead Sea minerals. Overnight at the resort on the shores of the Dead Sea.

8.day: Dead Sea – Amman Airport
Free morning to relax at the Dead Sea. At the appointed time, you will head towards Amman Airport for your departure flight.

The price includes:
– accommodation at your chosen hotels with breakfast included
– meals as per program
– transportation in modern vehicle (type of vehicle depends on the number of people)
– English speaking driver
– guide available in multiple languages for the duration of your tour (for 5 pax and more)
– local guides in Petra and Jerash (2 hours) for less then 5 pax
– 4×4 Jeep tour in Wadi Rum for 2 hours
– entrance fees to above mentioned sites
– horse ride in Petra from main entrance till the Siq
– 1 bottle of water per person/day

The price does not includes:
– visa to Jordan for less then 5 pax
– flight tickets
– lunches & dinner unless otherwise specified
– any personal expenses
– tips for driver, guide, hotel staff
– any insurance
– extras or anything mentioned above

All offers will be considered tailor-made. Therefore please do not hesitate to contact us fort he best possible price.