Arab heritage From Oman to Amman

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13 Days 14 Nights
Category: Combined Tours
Type: Classic Tours
Start in: Oman-Muscat
Finish in: Jordan-Amman

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Guide
Hotels accommodations on FB
Jeep tour
Local guide
Meet and assist at the airport
Transportations

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Any optional tours
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Flight tickets
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The personal expenses
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Itinerary

DAY 1 : Muscat.

Arrive to Muscat ( possible to combine the two country with Oman Air and Turkish Airlines ). Airport assistance and transfer to hotel.


DAY 2 : Muscat - Nakhl - Bilat Sayt - Nizwa.

Departure. Visit to the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque. After the visit we start an exciting 4wd journey through the magnificent Hajjar Mountains. Nakhal: visit to the fort, After lunch, we drive through Wadi Bani Awf crossing the Hajjr Mountains, we start our descent to Al Hamra village, a 400-year-old town in the region Ad Dakhiliyah. Some of the oldest preserved houses in Oman can be found in Al Hamra, a town built on a tilted rock slab. Many of the houses have two stories, with ceilings made of palm beams and fronds topped by mud and straw. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.


DAY 3 : Nizwa - Wahiba Sands.

After breakfast, departure from the hotel for Nizwa, visit of the Fort, traditional Souq and Falaj Daris (world Heritage Site). After the visit we proceed to Al Hoota Cave, please note that cameras and video cameras are not allowed inside the cave. Lunch in a local restaurant. After lunch we proceed to Wahiba Sands, After the check-in at the camp, you can enjoy the sun setting over the dunes. Dinner and overnight at the camp.


DAY 4 : Wahiba Sands - Wadi Bani Khalid - Sur.

After breakfast, we leave the camp for an amazing experience, driving deep inside the Wahiba desert and bashing the highest dunes, with our skilled drivers. After that, we leave the desert and we proceed to Wadi Bani Khalid, Here you can swim in the crystalline water or have a short trekking up to the cave. (Technical shoes required). Lunch at the small kiosk, with a wonderful view of the Wadi. After lunch, we continue our journey to Sur,visit of the traditional dhow factory and the ancient district of Al Ayjah. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.


DAY 5 : Sur - Wadi Shab - Wadi Tiwi - Muscat. 

We proceed to Wadi Shab. Lunch at Wadi Shab Resort, where you can also swim in the wonderful blue water of Arabian Sea, photo-stop at the ancient city of Qalhat (UNESCO world heritage). On our way back we will stop at Bimah Sink Hole: is located in the fenced and toilet-equipped Hawiyat Najm Park. Check-in at the hotel and fancy dinner. Overnight.


DAY 6 : Muscat - Amman (Jordan) - Desert Castles - Amman.

Transfer to airport in the morning. Flight to Amman in Jordan. Arrive to Amman, airport assistance and transfer to hotel to leave your hotel to leave your lugage. After, 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 colourful 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.

The afternoon we spend 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, Byzantine Church and the museum as well as the 6,000 seat Roman Theatre. Enjoy oriental life with a stroll through the Suk in Downtown and enjoy dinner in a typical Jordanian restaurant.

NB : You must book the flight to Amman in Jordan by yourself. The flight is not included in our offer. If you need any help, we can check for you availability and book for you on extra payment.


DAY 7 : 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 The 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 Pella, one of the oldest cultural sites of Jordan.

In the evening we will arrive at Dead Sea.


DAY 8 : Dead Sea (with option Bethany).

Here you will be at the lowest place on earth with more than400 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 an option.


DAY 9 : Dead Sea - Mt. Nebo – Madaba – Karak - Petra.

From Dead Sea the road winds up to Mt. 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 at Little Petra and have a glance at one of the very few preserved Nabataea paintings.


DAY 10 : Petra

This day belongs to Jordan most famous attraction: the rose-red Nabataea city of 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, which after1 kmopens 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.

Alternativ: 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 colourful past.

End this day with a Jordanian dinner at the hotel and review the day.


DAY 11 : 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 bring you to this 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 12 : 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 with swimming, relaxing, shopping or take a trip with the glass-bottom boat at the Read Sea.


DAY 13 : Aqaba – Um Ar Rassas – Amman.

Umm al-Rasa’s, an important archaeological site that was declared a World Heritage Site in 2004. Its structures date from the 3rd to 9th centuries and most have 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. Those on the north side are in Palestine; those on the left are in Jordan.


DAY 14 : Departure.

Transfer to Airport