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Classical Tours - The Wonders of Jordan Tour

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival to Jordan - Amman

Welcome to the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. Once you have passed through Immigration and Customs at Queen Alia International Airport, your English speaking driver will meet and assist you before transferring you to your Amman hotel.
Overnight: Amman.

Day 2: Amman - 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: Amman - Madaba - Mt. Nebo - Dead Sea - Shobak Castle - Petra

Drive to Madaba to see the oldest mosaic map of the Holy Land in existence on the floor of the 6th Century St George Church. A short drive brings us to Mt. Nebo, where God showed Moses the Promised Land before he died. Descend to the Dead Sea, the lowest point on earth, some 420 metres below sea level. At a Dead Sea Resort, float in the therapeutic Sea or laze by a freshwater pool. Enjoy a buffet lunch at the hotel (drinks extra cost) before continuing our journey. Travel south beside the Dead Sea before climbing back into the mountains to reach Shobak. Visit the famous Crusader Castle built in 1115 by King Baldwin I of Jerusalem. It is here that Saladin fought with Richard the Lion Heart during the crusades. Continue to Petra.
Overnight: Petra.

Day 4: Petra

Have breakfast then 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 5: Petra - Little Petra - Wadi Rum

Near to Petra is al-Barid (Little Petra) where the caravans used to rest on the fertile plains before entering Petra or heading away on one of the trade routes. Little Petra provided the accommodation and eateries for the cameleers. See rare examples of Nabataean paintings on the ceilings. Time permitting, walk to the Neolithic Village - a short distance away - to see life as it was in 9,000-5,500 BC. Transfer to the beautiful desert valley of Wadi Rum, made famous by T E Lawrence. Freshen up at your campsite before climbing into the back of a 4x4 Jeep for a 2-3 hour tour. As you make your way through the canyons and across the vast tracks of red sand, see ancient inscriptions, extraordinarily coloured sand dunes and majestic mountains. Return to your camp to watch the sun set before enjoying a BBQ dinner under the stars.
Overnight: Wadi Rum Camp

Day 6: Wadi Rum - Departure

After breakfast you will be transferred to Queen Alia International Airport for departure.

 

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