JORDAN - IN ALL IT'S GLORY - TOUR
6 DAYS/ 5 NIGHTS
Day 1: Amman
Hello Jordan! Upon arrival you’ll spot our friendly representative before immigration and they’ll take you to collect your luggage. The rest of the day is yours to discover Amman.
Day 2: Amman to the Dead Sea
This morning, you’ll get to explore the sprawling city of Amman, which reaches across 19 ‘jebels’ (or ‘hills’). Capital of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, Amman has been around since the Iron Age - once it was even known as Philadelphia, the ancient city forming part of the Decapolis League.
Amman’s long history means there are a number of exciting excavations and renovations going on all throughout the city. During the tour you’ll want to keep an eye out for the ancient site known as the Citadel, home to the remains of the Temple of Hercules, the Umayyad Palace and the fantastic Byzantine Church. The Citadel has been the focus of archaeologists since the early 1920s, but a large portion of the site remains unexcavated - there’s a lot left to discover!
Later in the day head down to the foot of the Citadel to find the 6000-seat Roman Theatre, an impressive bowl carved into the hill which continues to be used for concerts, ceremonies and fairs, today. We’ll have time to pop into one of Amman’s impressive archaeological museums before heading into downtown Amman, for a proper taste (literally, if that’s up your alley - there’s street food galore!) of true Jordanian culture.
This afternoon you’ll take a drive to Dead Sea and check-in to your luxury hotel which is located on the shores of the Dead Sea.
Boasting 410 metres deep of water so salty you’d float just trying to step into it (and you’re welcome to try!), the Dead Sea is the lowest point on planet Earth. Take in those spectacular views - the place hasn’t changed much in thousands of years, so it’s the same view that’s been enjoyed by the kings, emperors, traders and prophets of antiquity. Did you know it’s called the Dead Sea because it’s too salty for anything to grow and thrive there? Enjoy your time here and take advantage of the massages and spa treatments offered by local Dead Sea hotels
Day 3: Dead Sea to Wadi Rum then Petra
Good morning! We’re headed out to Petra (via Wadi Rum) on an open Bedouin Jeep tour this morning, so make sure you have your camera on hand. You’ll need it to snap pics of those beautiful panoramic views, scenic canyons, Nabatean sites and awe-inspiring rock arches. Wadi Rum’s landscape is as unique as it is beautiful - often compared to the moon itself, the endless desert of Rum is dotted with mountains made out in shades of red, yellow and orange - hues which spill into the horizon. It’s really a special treat to be travelling through such a breathtaking country. We’ll take sand dunes over skyscrapers, any day.
This afternoon we head to Petra for an overnight stay.
Evening option: Petra by Night AUD$70
You know those incredible pictures that you would have seen of the treasury lit up by candles? That’s what you will see – but in person! To visit Petra during daylight is awe-inspiring! However, to experience it at night by the light of 1,800 candles is an out-of-this-world experience. Petra by Night is an after-dark guided excursion into the ancient city that adds an entirely new dimension to your experience in Petra; the candlelit walk, leaving the lights of Wadi Musa behind to enter the split of the siq in silence is magical. This 2 km walk is an experience you will never forget!
Day 4: Petra to Amman
Today we’re headed out on horseback through the siq (a kilometre-long chasm we’ll need to pass through to reach Petra). Petra is a fascinating, ancient city, sometimes called the eighth wonder of the ancient world: it attracts archaeologists, geologists and architects, alike, to study the rich cultural history and gasp-inducing beauty of Petra. You’ll be awed by the multi-coloured sandstone mountains which stand, imposing and iconic, above the city; Petra is a secluded city full of rocky slopes, craggy mountaintops and breathtaking views.
Among the theatres, tombs and intricate carvings which have earned Petra its reputation and its place as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, you’ll have a chance to visit a number of archaeological wonders in Petra including the Treasury, which you may recognise from its use in the end scene of the film, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. Petra is free to explore at your leisure today, but we recommended checking out the 3000-seat open-air theatre, the enormous 1st-Century Monastery and the Modern Archaeological Museum. Ask your tour guide for suggestions if you’re stuck for ideas - but trust us, you won’t be :)
The day will end with a transfer back to Amman, where you’ll stay overnight in preparation for your flight in the morning.
Day 5: Amman to Jerash and back
The Jerash ruins of Jordan are said to be the best-preserved Roman ruins outside of Italy. Inhabited since the Bronze Age and home to The Temple of Artemis (although not the ancient wonder- that one’s in Ephesus, Turkey), Jerash is Jordan’s number two attraction. With plenty of space to wander around, try counting all the pillars. (P.S. if you don’t quite manage it- there’s 1000 of them!)
Today you will wander among the original temples, theatres, plazas, paths and colonnaded streets, all enclosed within the remaining city walls –Visit the Oval plaza, roman Theatre and stunning Byzantine churches.
Through a scenic vista of pine trees and olive groves, you’ll arrive at the Castle of Ajloun. Resting atop mount Ajloun the beautiful marvel of Islamic architecture was built during the 12th century by Salah El-din.
Continue to Umm Qais, which belonged to the famous Decapolis, a union of 10 cities, founded by Alexander the Great. Here you have an overwhelming view of the north Jordan Valley, the Golan Heights and the Sea of Galilee. Incredible! Back to Amman you go, for your last night on this side of the world.
Day 6: Amman
Today you’re headed home. Sad face! We’ll transfer you to Amman Airport for your flight. This is a beautiful, cultural part of the world, and you are always welcome here - make sure you come back one day! Maybe nab yourself a last slice of the unusual at one of the airport’s tax & duty-free stores (own cost) before you leave.
2018 PACKAGE COST
This is a private tour, so it can fit it in with any other travel arrangements
SUPERIOR HOTELS - 4-5 STAR
$1,350 per person twin share
$350 - Single Supplement
Meet and assist at the airport
Portages at hotels
Transportation by modern AC vehicles
4/5 star accommodation (3-4 star hotels also available)
Daily breakfasts and dinners at hotels
English Speaking guide in Amman, Petra and Jerash
Entrance fees as per itinerary
Horse riding in Petra as part of Petra Entry Ticket during the first visit of Petra only.
2 hours tour in Wadi Rum by the open Bedouin trucks
All applicable taxes.
Exclusions: Airfares in or out of Jordan, Departure and border tax if applicable, lunches, tipping and gratuities, drinks with meals including water, carriages in Petra, travel Insurance, optional tours, any items of a personal nature.
All our tours are guaranteed departures with a minimum of 2 people.
Prices are based on per person twin share
Tours and accommodation is subject to availability. Terms and conditions apply.
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