Day 1: Arrival
- Pick up and assistance at the airport
- Transfer to your hotel in Amman to spend the first night.
Day 2: Amman - Desert Castles - Amman
- After breakfast we will visit Jordan's Desert Castles: Qasr al Amra, one of the best preserved monuments, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Its interior walls and ceilings are covered with lively frescoes, and two of the rooms are paved with colorful mosaics.
- The black basalt Fort Al Azraq, in continuous use since Late Roman times, was the headquarters of Lawrence of Arabia during the Arab Revolt.
- We will spend the afternoon in Amman, a sprawling city spread over 19 hills or "jebels”. Amman is the modern as well as the ancient capital of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. Known as Rabbath-Ammon during the Iron Age and later as Philadelphia, the ancient city was once part of the Decapolis.
- Visit the Citadel with the Temple of Hercules, the Umayyad Palace, and Byzantine Church, the museum as well as the 6,000 seat Roman Theatre.
- Enjoy the oriental life with a stroll through the Souk (traditional market) in Downtown and have dinner in a typical Jordanian restaurant.
Day 3: Amman - Jarash - Umm Qais - Dead Sea
- Today we explore Jarash, the ancient Gerasa. Jarash reveals a fine example of the grand, formal provincial Roman urbanism that is found throughout the Middle East, comprising paved and colonnaded streets, temples, theatres, baths, towers and gates.
- From Umm Qais, the ancient Gadara, we will have a marvelous view to the Sea of Galilee and Golan hights. The Site was place of the famous miracle of the Gadarene swine. It was the home of several classical poets and philosophers, including Odours, founder of a rhetorical school in Rome, and was once called “A new Athens” by a poet.
- On our way back through the fruitful Jordan valley we pass by Pella, one of the oldest cultural sites of Jordan.
- In the evening we will arrive to the Dead Sea.
Day 4: Dead Sea
- Here you will be at the lowest place on Earth with more than 400 m below sea level. Relax and enjoy floating effortlessly in the warm, soothing, super salty water while soaking up the water's healthy minerals along with the gently diffused rays of the Jordanian sun and give your skin a treatment with the healthy black mud.
An excursion to the site of John the Baptist's settlement at Bethany, where Jesus was baptized, is a nice tour complement.
Day 5: Dead Sea - Mount Nebo - Madaba - Karak - Petra
- From Dead Sea the road winds up to Mount Nebo, one of the most revered holy sites of Jordan and the place where Moses was buried.
- Madaba is best known for its spectacular Byzantine and Umayyad mosaics and home to the famous 6th century Mosaic Map of Jerusalem and the Holy Land. The Mosaic Map covers the floor of the Greek Orthodox Church of St. George, which was built in 1896 AD, over the remains of a much earlier 6th century Byzantine church. The mosaic panel enclosing the Map was originally around 15.6 X 6m, 94 sq.m., only about a quarter of which is preserved.
- On our way to Karak we will follow the Kings Road, passing Wadi Mujib and the so called ‘Grand Canyon’ of Jordan with its spectacular views. Karak, the ancient crusader fortress, lies 900 m above sea level. Explore its endless labyrinth from arches and corridors. The castle we see today essentially dates back to the 12th century.
- Shortly before arriving in Wadi Musa we will stop in Little Petra and have a glance at one of the very few preserved Nabataea paintings.
Day 6: Petra
- This day belongs to Jordan most famous attraction ``The Rose-Red Nabataea City`` Petra. Petra is a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of The New 7 Wonders of the World. Much has been written about Petra, nothing really prepares you for this amazing place. It has to be seen to be believed. The vast and unique city, carved into the sheer rock face by the Nabataea’s, an industrious Arab people who settled here more than 2000 years ago, was an important junction for the silk, spice and other trade routes that linked China, Indiaand southern Arabia with Egypt, Syria, Greece and Rome.
- After an early breakfast we will enter the city via the Siq, a long narrow gorge, after 1 km it opens for Petra's most famous monument, the Treasury (El-Khazneh). We will pass the Roman-style theatre, which could seat 3,000 people, obelisks, temples, sacrificial altars and colonnaded streets. And high above, overlooking the valley, we enjoy the impressive Ed-Deir Monastery – about 800 rock cut steps take you there.
- If you like, ride a donkey, which is always a fun – not only for children - to climb the stairs to Ed Deir or take a camel back to the Siq.
Alternative: If you prefer to stay at the bottom, visit the Byzantine Church with its mosaics for example or have a cup of tea in the shadow. There are also two excellent museums; the Petra Archaeological Museum, and the Petra Nabataea Museum, both representing finds from excavations in the Petra region and an insight into Petra's colorful past.
- End this day with a Jordanian dinner at the hotel and take time to review the day.
Day 7: Petra - Wadi Rum Jeep Safari
- After breakfast we will drive to Wadi Rum, one of the most fascinating desert landscapes with attractions like rock-bridge and Nabataea inscriptions. Weather and wind have carved the imposing, towering skyscrapers.
- Climb the rocks and enjoy the breath taking view over the endless landscape or feel the soft sand of the beautiful sand dunes.
- We will take you to the best places by 4x4-jeep. If you wish, experience a fantastic camel ride and enjoy the silence of the desert.
- After a breath taking sunset you can learn about the Bedouin way to cook in nature.
- Sleep under a starry sky or spend the night in a Bedouin tent.
Day 8: Wadi Rum - Aqaba and Read Sea
- Have breakfast in the Bedouin tent like Lawrence of Arabia.
- After a last view about the beautiful landscape we drive you to Aqaba, Jordan’s only outlet to the sea.
- Enjoy a free day swimming, relaxing, shopping or to take a trip with the glass-bottom boat at the Red Sea.
Day 9: Aqaba - Um Ar Rasas - Amman
- After breakfast we leave to Amman via desert highway.
- On our way we will have a visit to Um Ar Rasas, an important archaeological site that was declared a World Heritage Site in 2004. Its structures date from the 3rd to 9th centuries and most of it has not yet been excavated. The site is especially known for its magnificent Byzantine mosaics, which have been uncovered in two churches dating from the 6th and 8th centuries. The biggest mosaic shows 15 major cities as they appeared in the 8th century, each labeled in Greek; on the north side are in Palestine and on the left are in Jordan.
Day 10: Departure
End of your Program
Places you are going to see in this tour
Amman - Desert Castles - Jarash - Umm Qais – Dead Sea - Mount Nebo – Madaba – Karak – Petra -
Wadi Rum - Aqaba - Um Ar Rasas.