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'the Hashemite Kingdom'

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS:

Jerash, huge Roman site; Famous mosaics of Madaba; Two full days at ancient 'Rose Red City' of Petra; Crusader Castles; Relaxing at Dead Sea resort

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Dates & Prices

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Prices are in US Dollars (USD), before taxes (if applicable) - All pricing reflects per-person Land Only expenses, however, we can book flights from virtually every city. Please call us for an air quote.


Start DateEnd DatePriceMore Info
Sat 17 Oct 2015Sat 24 Oct 2015 $2130
Sat 31 Oct 2015Sat 07 Nov 2015 $2130
Sat 13 Feb 2016Sat 20 Feb 2016 $2130
Sat 05 Mar 2016Sat 12 Mar 2016 $2130
Sat 15 Oct 2016Sat 22 Oct 2016 $2130
Sat 29 Oct 2016Sat 05 Nov 2016 $2130

Optional Single Supplement: $460 (number of singles limited).


Tour Overview


Amman, the modern yet ancient capital city of Jordan, is our entry point on this memorable eight-day tour of a country brimming with Biblical and historic sites and one whose urban centres that are among the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world. We see marvellous stone amphitheatres and striking temples in Jerash, once a wealthy city that is today considered one of the most important and best-preserved of all Roman sites. Travelling past Byzantine churches and along the shores of the Dead Sea, we head to the hidden valley of Petra, 'the rose red city half as old as time' and one of the highlights of our tour. Perhaps the most impressive archaeological site in the Middle East, Petra boasts attractions that rival the temples and pyramids of Egypt in grandeur and promises remarkable photo opportunities by the dozen. The gold-sand beaches on the banks of the Red Sea provide the most idyllic of settings in which to relax and our cultural exploration of the area includes mingling with Bedouin tribesmen -- the nomadic herdsmen of the desert who made up Lawrence of Arabia's army.

Regions visited: Middle East
Countries visited: Jordan


Testimonials


I was happy with all the excursions on the itinerary. Petra and little Petra and the neolithic site at Beida were wonderful. Wadi Rum was beautiful. Our Jordanian guide, was excellent. Excellent bus and driver. Excellent windows. All meals were very good. Our tour leader was observant, well organized and clear providing instructions and information. He made himself freely available to anyone who had a question or suggestion. He took time looking up information for us and showing us individually or the group as a whole. I highly valued his positive, cheerful, people-oriented attitude, and adventurous-exploratory openness to suggestions, questions, etc. Can t think of anything critical or of any improvements to be made in his leadership. Would enjoy traveling with him anywhere.

All excursions were excellent. Our local guide was very knowledgable, caring and expressed a deep love for his country. Very good transportation. Bus was very comfortable. The evening meal plan met my expectations. It was good to experience several local Jordanian restaurants. Our tour leader was very out going and cared that we were having a good time and that we were safe at all times. We were pleased that he was our tour leader and would recommend him. It was a great trip and would highly recommend the tour!

Really enjoyed the excursions to Petra, Jerash, Dead sea. Transportation was excellent. The meal plan was good, particularly the ones with local families. Our tour leader Lorna was thorough, organized, intelligent, well read. Went out of her way to provide opportunities to see and meet the people and enhance the travel experience. Good trip.

Full Itinerary

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Day 1 Arrive in Amman
Arrival in Amman, Jordan.

Amman, the modern and ancient capital of Jordan, is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world, where the city's modern buildings blend with the remnants of ancient civilizations.

Overnight in Amman.

Meal plan: dinner

Day 2 Amman: Jerash & Amman City Tour
This morning we leave Amman by bus for a tour of the extensive Roman site of Jerash. In the 1st and 2nd centuries AD, Jerash was a wealthy city and is today considered one of the most important and best preserved of all Roman sites. We visit the famous elliptical forum, the beautiful amphitheatre with its superb natural acoustics, and the site of the huge Temple of Artemis.

This afternoon we tour Amman, visiting the Roman Amphitheatre, Archaeological Museum, and the ruins of the Temple of Hercules.

Overnight in Amman.

Meal plan: breakfast,dinner

Day 3 Amman - Madaba - Mt Nebo - Shobak - Petra
This morning we travel to Madaba, a small town famous for its magnificent mosaic floors. A unique mosaic covers the floor of St. George's church and consists of a huge map of the Holy Land as it appeared in the 6th century AD.

Driving to the edge of the Jordan Valley we reach Mount Nebo from where Moses and the Children of Israel first saw the Promised Land. On a clear day you can look down to see the Dead Sea and the River Jordan. On the other side of the valley is the city of Jerusalem. Here we see a huge mosaic of hunting scenes covers the floor of a ruined Byzantine church.

We leave Mt Nebo and travel south via the King's Highway. Along this route, castles and towns were positioned a one day's travel distance apart. En route we see Kerak Castle, a 12th century Crusader fortress (photo stop only). Later we visit Shobak Castle, built by the Crusaders in 1115 and sacked by Moslem forces under Saladin in 1189. We finish our full day at Petra.

Overnight in Petra.

Meal plan: breakfast,dinner

Day 4 Petra: Site Tour
Petra was the capital of the Nabataean Kingdom from the fourth century BC to the 2nd century AD. From the 12th century until its rediscovery in 1812, Petra was lost to the world -- a closely guarded secret of the local tribes. Today the 'rose red city half as old as time' is probably the most impressive archaeological site in the Middle East, rivaling the temples and pyramids of Egypt in grandeur.

This morning, on our way into the hidden valley of Petra, we will see the Obelisk Tomb and the irrigation system that carried water from a dam throughout the desert city. Access to the monuments of Petra is through a narrow gorge in the towering rocks called the 'Siq'. As we emerge from the 'Siq' you stand in awe in front of the 'Treasury' (El Kazneh), a graceful structure carved from the living rock. After pausing to admire the elegant columns and carvings we carry on into the valley where elaborate tombs are carved into the multi-coloured walls. Everywhere the sandstone swirls and twists in shades of red, orange, yellow, pink and white. Next we will see the Roman amphitheatre, carved directly out of the mountain, with space for over 3,000 spectators.

Further on in the main valley of Petra, are the Royal Tombs including the Palace Tomb and the Silk Tomb. We visit the temple of the Nabataeans' main god, Dushara, and we also see the 'Temple of the Winged Lion'. Our formal guided tour of the site terminates with a visit to the Petra Nabataean Museum.

At this point, you may explore further on your own, or return to our hotel to relax and / or shop. You may also take a strenuous walk up a narrow pass to see the magnificent 'Monastery' building, El Deir. The views of Petra and the surrounding area are expansive. The walk is steep, mostly on steps carved into the rock, and will take APPROXIMATELY one hour up (30 minutes down).

NOTE: Access to Petra is by means of footpath only. The main sites occur near ground that is level and well-worn, though the overall site is huge. Our pace is leisurely with frequent breaks; however, to fully experience Petra you must be prepared for a considerable amount of walking and little shade.

Overnight at Petra.

Meal plan: breakfast,dinner

Day 5 Petra: El Beidha & Leisure Time
This morning we take a tour by bus to the nearby Nabatean site of 'el Beidha' (known as 'Little Petra'). We will also see a settlement dating from the Neolithic period, some 8,500 years ago. This is one of the oldest sights in the Middle East; it shows evidence of habitation by a "Pre-Pottery" population who were herders experimenting with agriculture. We return to our hotel by bus.

This afternoon, you can either relax or re-enter the breathtaking main site of Petra. You can join your Tour Leader on a steep walk to the 'High Place', which (some believe) was the site of human sacrifice to the Nabataean gods. From here it is possible to see the tomb of the Jewish prophet, Aaron. This site offers the best views of the entire site of Petra, but should be attempted only by the fit!

Overnight at Petra.

Meal plan: breakfast,dinner

Day 6 Petra - Wadi Rum - Aqaba
Leaving Petra we stop briefly at 'the Spring of Moses', supposed to have magical properties. We then have an excursion into Wadi Rum where Lawrence of Arabia conducted many of his campaigns during the First World War. While at Wadi Rum we take four wheel drive vehicles out into the desert where the sand is red and the rocks look like gigantic multi-layered chocolate cakes melting in the setting sun. We may be invited into a goat-hair tent to share a glass of tea with some Bedouin tribesmen -- the nomadic herdsmen of the desert who made up Lawrence's army. Running along the floor of the valley is the Hejaz Railway that Lawrence blew up repeatedly. Today we include a traditional Bedouin lunch at Wadi Rum in lieu of dinner.

We overnight at Jordan's only port, Aqaba, located on the Red Sea. Though we acknowledge that Aqaba is of limited interest, it is the best place for us to conveniently overnight in the vicinity of Wadi Rum. Plus it's our only chance to see the Red Sea!

Overnight in Aqaba.

Meal plan: breakfast,lunch

Day 7 Aqaba - Dead Sea
Today we travel along the Dead Sea Highway to the Dead Sea. En route we make a stop at Lot's Cave & Museum. Located 1,329 feet below sea level, the aptly-named Museum at the Lowest Place on Earth features important archaeological finds recovered from the Ghor es-Safi region of Jordan (ancient Zoar/Zoora), including artifacts from Lot's cave.

King David, King Herod, Jesus, and John the Baptist were closely linked with the Dead Sea and its surroundings. During the Egyptian conquest it is said that Queen Cleopatra obtained exclusive rights to build cosmetic and pharmaceutical factories in the area. Later the Nabataeans discovered the value of bitumen extracted from the Dead Sea used by the Egyptians. Our hotel is located on the shores of the sea where you will have the chance to swim and experience your amazing buoyancy in the ultra-salty waters.

Overnight at the Dead Sea.

Meal plan: breakfast,dinner

Day 8 Dead Sea - Departure
Today we transfer back to Amman's Queen Alia International Airport to connect with homeward flights. Departure from Amman.

LAND ONLY customers can make their own way to the airport by taxi directly from the Dead Sea (your Tour Leader will assist).

NOTE that many international flights from Amman depart late at night. Most passengers enjoy the extra "downtime" (ie all day today) at the Dead Sea; however, some prefer to depart earlier (ie last night). You might consider this situation and your preferences before finalizing your air.

RHLAH S'IDAH

Meal plan: breakfast

Tour Map

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*The red tour trail on the map does not represent the actual travel path.


Hotel List


The following is a list of sample hotels at some locations included on this tour. The hotels shown here are meant to provide a general sense of the standard of hotel we usually aim for; they are not necessarily confirmed for your chosen departure.


Al Qasr Metropole

Rating: 4 Star Accommodation4 Star Accommodation4 Star Accommodation4 Star Accommodation
Location: Amman
Country: Jordan

AlQasr Metropole Hotel is a charming four star boutique hotel, with a breathtaking view of the capital Amman, with 66
... It is located in Shmeisani, one of the most prestigious and commercial areas in the capital. It is within walking distance to most of the major banks, shopping arcades, other reputable hotels, many business centers and the acclaimed cultural street of Amman. AlQasrMetropole is the ideal destination to combine business, pleasure and fun.

AlQasr Metropole boasts its dedication to provide services that are not only personable but which also provide affordable 5 star hotel services. The hotel is notorious for its great outlets, which are considered to be Jordan's most popular.

The newly renovated lobby has uplifted the hotel to create an even higher standard of services and appearance. AlQasr Metropole is Amman city's first hip, trendy and chic boutique hotel.
AlQasr Metropole Hotel has set high standards of excellence, with the help of its friendly and attentive staff, and it will certainly make sure all your needs are tended to.

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Hotel Beit Zaman


Location: Petra
Country: Jordan

Situated 2km from Petra in the neighbouring village of Wadi Musa, Beit Zaman is a carefully restored 19th century village
... to afford guests a high level of comfort away from the busy day's sightseeing. The very nature of the hotel's history means that it abounds with character, and each of the 129 rooms and suites possess much of the original stonework, while modern touches give the rooms a comfortable finish. The location means that the sunsets here can be striking over the valley, and the open areas are extremely pleasant, with the highlights including a covered swimming pool.
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Aqaba Gulf Hotel

Rating: 4 Star Accommodation4 Star Accommodation4 Star Accommodation4 Star Accommodation
Location: Aqaba
Country: Jordan

The Aqaba Gulf Hotel, an auspiciously stinging-white edifice represents all that is exciting in this beach-front city, rejuvenating your body
... soul through the freshness of the deep blue sea.

The stylish hospitality of Aqaba Gulf Hotel is truly original, mellowing local flavors and high international service, with its extremely-conscious staff creating comfort, happiness and belonging for our guests to reflect on their Aqaba holiday long after they’ve gone home.

The ticking improvements at the Aqaba Gulf Hotel adds to our standards and reputation whether in reception, lobby, culinary, cuisine or in good housekeeping. Our rooms are designed to suit your every taste.

Our trained staff are at your beck-and-call, 24-hours-a day, offering advice and recommend where-to-go in Aqaba, whether it’s on the beach for swimming, sun-bathing, diving and snorkeling, or to the quaint shops for your mementos, souvenirs and duty-free goods.

At the Aqaba Gulf Hotel, guests are at a happy medium experiencing a cozy diversity and an aroma of delicacies in the background of towering pink mountains that you can breathtakingly climb if you wish.



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Dead Sea Marriott

Rating: 5 Star Accommodation5 Star Accommodation5 Star Accommodation5 Star Accommodation5 Star Accommodation
Location: Dead Sea Jordan
Country: Jordan

Luxurious surroundings, majestic views, incredible sunsets. Relax and rejuvenate at this stunning resort tucked between the mountains and the Dead
... near ancient, sacred sites. Almost every guest room features a view of the Dead Sea, as well as comforts such as individual climate control, mini-bar and luxurious bedding. 3 swimming pools with 4 whirlpools.


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Trip Information

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Inclusions

Breakfast and dinner daily. All transport, accommodation, sightseeing and entrance fees for sites noted as 'visited' in the detailed itinerary. Gratuities for drivers, restaurant staff, porters, local guides. Airport transfers for land & air customers and for early arriving / late departing land & air customers who book their extra hotel nights through us.

Exclusions

Tour Leader gratuities, lunches, drinks, personal items (phone, laundry, etc), international (if applicable) air taxes, visa fees, and any excursions referenced as 'optional'. Airport transfers for Land Only customers. Optional trip cancellation insurance. Our post-reservation trip notes offer further guidance on shopping, not included meals, and visas.

Seasonality and Weather

This tour is offered in spring and fall when temperatures are the most pleasant. Spring is green season, while fall brings the harvest of dates, melons, grapes, and many other local crops. Showers are possible both times but the overall area is arid on average.

Transport and Travel Conditions

Ground transport provided by private air-conditioned motor coach, 12-36 seats depending on ultimate group size. The tour is not strenuous though it is busy; you must be steady on your feet and be able to endure some heat and long travel days. We have numerous walking tours and visit several archaeological sites - Petra, Jerash, etc - that are LARGE with steps and uneven surfaces.

Accommodation

Hotel used on tour are well-located, air-conditioned, 3-4-star (maybe the odd 5-star) properties with en suite bath / toilet. Single rooms are limited and possibly smaller than twins. Porters are generally available (see 'Inclusions').

Staff and Support

Tour Leader throughout, local drivers, local guides at various locations.

Group Size

10-21 (plus Tour Leader)