Day 1: QAIA – AMMAN
Arrival at the airport. Meet and assist and transfer to the hotel in Amman for overnight.
Day 2: AMMAN CITY TOUR – JERASH – AMMAN
After breakfast, drive to the capital city of Jordan Amman. Explore the downtown part of Amman for 2 hours, visiting sites and museums including the Citadel, Roman Theater, Archaeological Museum, the Folklore Museum, King Abdullah Mosque (outside visit), Bazaar & craft shops. Everywhere you look there is evidence of the city’s much older past! After Amman City Tour, head out to Jerash, a tour through the Colonnaded street, Amphitheater, Churches, Temples and the vast Roman Forum. The best-preserved Roman City Gerasa, which is called Jerash today, and known also as the city of 1.000 pillars. The city golden age come under the Roman rule and the site is now generally acknowledged to be one of the best preserved Roman provincial towns in the world. Hidden for centuries in sand before being excavated and restored over the past 70 years, Jerash revels a fine example of the grand, formal provincial urbanism that is found throughout the Middle East. Head back to Amman hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 3: AMMAN – MADABA – MT. NEBO – KARAK – PETRA
Drive from Amman to the lovely city of Madaba, home of the most famous Byzantine mosaics. Visit the greatest and most significant of all the city’s treasures, the wonderful mosaic map of ancient Palestine, which is located on the floor of the Greek Orthodox Church of St. George. The 6th century AD map, hailed as the oldest in existence, was depicted for the benefit of the pilgrims on their way to the Holy Land, as it represented the surrounding regions as well. The River Nile, the Jordan River, Lake Tiberias and the Dead Sea are easily identified on this map, in addition to many cities such as Bethlehem, Gaza and Jerusalem. One can clearly make out the walls, towers, gates, streets and buildings of the Holy City of Jerusalem, especially the colonnaded main street or Cardo, and the domed Church of the Holy Sepulcher. En route stop at Mount Nebo, which dates back to the time of the Prophet Moses, around the 12th century BC & is believed to be the site of the Prophets burial place and the point from where he viewed the Holy Land. On the top of the hill, housed beneath a protective structure built by the Franciscans, are the ruins of a beautiful small church, built by the early Christians in the 4th century AD. Inside, are the remains of mosaic floors with stunning designs that feature hunting and pastoral scenes. From a platform in front of the church, a visitor may see a bronze memorial of a snake on a cross which symbolizes the serpent lifted up by Moses in the desert, as well as the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. Continue through the spectacular canyon of Wadi el Mujib to Kerak, where you will visit its imposing Crusader castle built in (AD 1142). Visitors will be amazed by the network of the dimly lit vaulted rooms and corridors, interconnected through heavy arches and doorways. Then proceed to your hotel in Petra for dinner and overnight.
Day 4: PETRA VISIT
After Breakfast, drive to Site to visit the capital of the ancient Nabatean kingdom, Petra. The long-lost city of Petra, carved entirely by man into the rose-red sandstone rocks, puts your imagination to the test. Its a Mystic and glorious place, an eternal tribute to a lost civilization. Petra was the central meeting point of the Nabatean spice routes which originated from the Persian Gulf, Western Arabia and the Red Sea. About two thousand years ago Petra became the capital of the Nabatean Empire. The city was so renowned that one of its kings, Aretas IV, is even mentioned in the Bible. The natural richness of the mountainous area combines in a superb way with the refined culture and massive architecture of the Nabateans, who carved their theatre, temples, tombs, monasteries, houses roads entirely the rose-red sandstone rocks. No wonder UNESCO placed Petra on its World Heritage List one enters Petra by passing the Siq, a deep and narrow gorge, at the end of which all of a sudden dramatically appears the most famous monument in Petra: al-Khazneh or the Treasury. Maybe you will recognize it as the stage of the final sequence of the movie ‘Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade’. But the Treasury is just the start. Walking and climbing in Petra hundreds of buildings carved in stone and eroded through the centuries into fabulous multi-colored walls will be revealed to you. Back to your hotel for overnight.
Day 5: Little PETRA – WADI RUM (2HR 4X4) – WADI RUM
After breakfast visit Little Petra, Drive to Siq el-Barid (Little Petra) located close to the main site. the visitor can walk through 8,000 year old excavated Stone Age village sat Beidah This is Petra in miniature with a modest gorge but wonderful rock-cut temples, caves and multi-colored rock faces and, being less-visited, it has an atmosphere all of its own Wadi Rum, the valley of the moon according to Lawrence of Arabia; here you will have the opportunity to experience a Jeep tour 4×4 for 2 hours to explore the most spectacular sites of the area (Nabatean Temple, Lawrence Spring, Sand Dunes, Khazali Canyon, Little Bridge, Um Frouth Rock Bridge, Lawrence House) ending with a cup of tea made by Bedouins as a refreshing after your visit. Then Transfer to the camp for dinner and overnight.
Day 6: WADI RUM – AQABA
Breakfast at the camp, drive to Aqaba a Jordanian coastal city situated at the north-eastern tip of the Red Sea. Aqaba is the largest city on the Gulf of Aqaba and Jordan’s only coastal city. It’s dedicated for relaxation, water sports, and winter warmth, Aqaba is warm, sunny and inviting, fringed with palm trees, lapped by the crystal clear waters of the Gulf of Aqaba, cooled by a steady northerly breeze, and ringed by mountains that change in colour with the change of the hours. Then transfer to the hotel in Aqaba for dinner and overnight.
Day 7: AQABA – DEAD SEA
After breakfast, drive to the Dead sea for dinner and overnight.
Day 8: DEAD SEA -QUEEN ALIA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
Transfer to the airport for departure flight. Pick up time 4 hours before flight.