Jordan (8 Days/ 7 Nights)
DAY 1: AMMAN
Arrive in Amman (QAIA). Meet and greet at the airport. Overnight stay in Amman
Day 2: AMMAN TOUR – DESERT CASTLES – AMMAN
After breakfast, we tour the downtown part of capital city Amman for 2 hours, visiting sites and museums including the Archeological Museum, the Folklore Museum, The citadel, the blue mosque and the Amphitheatre. Everywhere you look there is evidence of the city’s much older past! Now, we proceed to the Eastern Desert to visit Al Kharraneh Castle, Amra Castle (a UNESCO World Heritage site), and Al Azraq Castle where Lawrence of Arabia resided and wrote part of his book “Seven Pillars of Wisdom”.
Day 3: JERASH – AJLOUN – AMMAN
After breakfast, we head to visit the ancient Roman city of Jerash, including the paved and colonnaded streets, soaring hilltop temples, theatres, spacious public squares and plazas, baths, fountains and city walls. Now, proceeding to northern Jordan to visit one of the most important ecological and historical sites in the Middle East; Ajloun. Ajloun Castle (Qal’at Ar-Rabad) is a fine example of Islamic architecture as it was built by Saladin’s general in 1184 AD to control the iron mines of Ajloun, and to counter the progress of the Crusaders by dominating the three main routes leading to the Jordan valley and protecting the communication routes between Jordan and Syria.
Day 4: PELLA – UM QAIS – AMMAN
After breakfast, we head to visit Pella where you can see the remains of a Chalcolthic settlement the 4th millennium BC, Byzantine churches and houses and a small medieval mosque. Proceed to Um Qais, previously known as Gadara, a city renowned as the site of the famous miracle of the Gadarene swine, a cultural center in its time and the home to several classical poets and philosophers. Promenade through Um Qais and see its colonnaded street, vaulted terrace and the ruins of two theatres.
Day 5: MADABA – MT NEBO – KERAK – PETRA
After breakfast, we head to visit Madaba, a city best known for the famous 6th century Mosaic map of Jerusalem & Holy Land and for its spectacular Byzantine and Umayyad mosaics. Proceed to Mt. Nebo (site only as the church is closed down for renovation) a city mentioned in the bible as the place where Moses was granted a view of the promised land that he would never enter. Head south of Jordan to visit Umm Ar Rassas and Kerak Castle. Kerak Castle is a Crusaders’ Castle built on a triangular plateau dating back to the 12th century.
Day 6: PETRA VISIT – PETRA
After breakfast, we head to visit the Nabatean Red Rose city of Petra, on e of the 7 world wonders and a UNESCO World Heritage site. Enter the city through 1KM long narrow gorge which is flanked either side by 80m high cliffs! Notice the dazzling colors and formations of the rocks. The site is massive, and contains hundreds of elaborated rock-cut tombs, a treasury, Roman-style theatres, temples, sacrificial altars and colonnaded streets.
Day 7: WADI RUM – AQABA – WADI ARABA – DEAD SEA
After breakfast, we head further down in southern Jordan to visit other significant sites including Wadi Rum and Aqaba. Explore Wadi Rum on a 1.30 hour jeep ride into the Jordanian desert! Wadi Rum was best described by T.E. Lawrence as “Vast, echoing and god-like”, and by the locals as “Valley of the Moon”. Proceed to the sole gulf city in Jordan; Aqaba for a quick tour. Its sandy beaches and coral reefs are the most pristine on the Red Sea. Now, leave for the Dead Sea via Wadi Araba.
Day 8: DEPARTURE DEAD SEA
Departure from the Dead Sea via (QAIA), to your next destination.