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Itinerary

Day 1: Amman (Arrival)

After passing through Immigration and Customs, proceed to the Arrivals Hall where your English speaking driver will be waiting to transfer you direct to your hotel.
Overnight: Amman.

Day 2: Umm Qais - Jerash - Amman

This morning, drive to the far north of Jordan to Umm Qais with its spectacular panoramic views over the Sea of Galilee. The basalt basilica is believed to be the site of Jesus' miracle of the Gadarene swine. Drive to Jerash, one of the best preserved and most complete Roman provincial cities in the world. With your guide enjoy a 2 hour walking tour through the ruins of this city, entering through Hadrian's Arch and visiting the Hippodrome, Temple of Zeus, Roman Theatres, Temple of Artemis, colonnaded streets and more. Return to Amman.
Overnight: Amman.

Day 3: Desert Castles - Umm ar-Rasas

Visit 3 of the desert castles of Jordan, beautiful examples of both early Islamic art and architecture, which stand testament to a fascinating era in the country's rich history. Travel to see the ruins of Umm ar-Rasas located in a once lush fertile terrain. At the Church of St Stephen, see the best examples of mosaic floors in Jordan.
Overnight: Amman

Day 4: Madaba - Mt Nebo - Baptism Site - Dead Sea

After breakfast, drive along the Kings' Highway to the 6th Century St George Church in Madaba to see the oldest known mosaic map of the Holy Lands. A short drive brings us to Mt Nebo where God permitted Moses a view of the Promised Land before he died. From the lookout see Jericho and the Dead Sea. Descend to the Rift Valley and travel to Bethany Beyond the Jordan. It is here that Jesus was baptised by John the Baptist and where Joshua led the children of Israel into the Promised Land. Drive to the Dead Sea to check-in to your hotel for your overnight stay. The rest of the day is free-time. At 420m below sea level the Dead Sea is the lowest point on earth. Float in the therapeutic waters or laze by a freshwater pool.
Overnight: Dead Sea

Day 5: Dead Sea - Lot's Wife Pillar - Dana Biosphere Reserve - Shobak Castle - Petra

Drive south beside the Dead Sea to reach Lot's Wife Pillar. Travel up the winding road through the al-Sharah Mountains, every turn providing stunning scenery of Wadi Araba and the Rift Valley, until we reach the nature reserve at Dana on the Kings' Highway. We will stop at a place overlooking Dana and enjoy the view before continuing along the Highway to Shobak Castle. This Crusader Castle is where Saladin fought Richard the Lion. Drive on to Petra.
Overnight: Petra

Day 6: Petra

Following breakfast meet with your English speaking guide for a 3-4 hour tour of the rose-red city of Petra. Walk the 1.2km-long Siq (chasm) passing shrines, tombs and carvings before exiting to the breathtaking sight of the Treasury. Walk the Street of Facades, passing the Roman Theatre to reach the Royal Tombs. See the Byzantine Church, Temple of the Winged Lions and Great Temple. At the museum your tour ends. Spend the rest of the day exploring more of the city or climb to the Monastery and/or High Place of Sacrifice. Make your own way back to your hotel for overnight.
Overnight: Petra

Day 7: Petra - Little Petra - Wadi Rum

Check-out of your hotel then travel the short distance to Little Petra (Bayda). On these once-fertile plains, the large caravans (with up to 1,000 camels) used to assemble/rest before entering Petra or beginning their treks to the Far East, Egypt or Damascus. Little Petra provided accommodation and eateries for the cameleers and merchants. Take the Kings' Highway and travel south to the desert of Wadi Rum. Freshen up at your campsite and have a bbq lunch before climbing into the back of a 4WD jeep for a 3-hour tour of this vast desert - see rugged mountains, canyons, ancient rock inscriptions, towering sand dunes and more. Return to your campsite for sunset to enjoy a traditional Jordanian dinner (zarb) under the stars.
Overnight: Wadi Rum Campsite

Day 8: Wadi Rum - Aqaba

After breakfast, leave the desert behind and travel to Aqaba on the Red Sea. Drive through the city centre to reach the Aqaba Castle and Museum. The castle was originally built by the Mamluk sultan Qansweh Al Ghuri in the 14th century. The fort is located next to the Aqaba Flagpole which carries the flag of the Arab revolt of 1916 against the Ottomans. Adjacent to the fort is the Aqaba Archaeological Museum, once the residence of Sharif Hussein.
Check-in to your hotel and have free-time to explore the duty free shops or head to the beach for swimming, snorkeling, scuba diving, etc.
Overnight: Aqaba

Day 9: Aqaba

Free day.
Overnight: Aqaba

Day 10: Aqaba - Amman (Departure)

Following breakfast and check-out, drive north along the Desert Highway to the Queen Alia International Airport for your departure flight..
Check-in to your hotel and have free-time to explore the duty free shops or head to the beach for swimming, snorkeling, scuba diving, etc.
Overnight: Aqaba

 

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