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Amman's old city walls

Day 1: Amman

Welcome to Jordan and the start of an amazing adventure. Arrive Amman, included transfer to our hotel and overnight. Overnight - Amman

Some of the Roman ruins in Amman

Day 2: Amman

Amman - Jerash - Umm Qais - Amman. Heading north, we visit Jerash, the Graeco-Roman city known as the ‘Pompeii of the East’. Built over 2,000 years ago, Jerash is widely regarded as the best-preserved city of the Decapolis, a confederation of 10 Roman cities dating from the 1st century! We’ll explore the site taking in the colonnaded street, amphitheatre, nymphaeum, forum and more before continuing to Umm Qais (Gadara), a dramatic black-basalt Roman city of the Decapolis with panoramic views over the Sea of Galilee and the Golan Heights. Overnight - Amman

Amman amphitheatre

Day 3: Amman - Petra

This morning, we tour the citadel of Amman, Archaeological Museum and enjoy free time shopping in the local souq, before visiting Mt Nebo. Enjoy the excellent views offered of the Jordan River Valley, the northern shore of the Dead Sea. Later we visit Umm ar Rasas, a haunted deserted city on the ancient caravan routes. The village is the site of the now ruinous Roman garrison town of Kastron Mefaa, which developed during the Byzantine and Umayyad periods into a relatively important city. Afterwards you will travel to Petra. Consider doing a Petra by Night excursion (payable locally) for a tantalizing candlelight stroll through Petra’s Siq….a romantic preview of things to come! Overnight - Petra

Looking through the Siq at the Treasury

Day 4: Petra

We access the hidden archaeological treasures of the Rose City on a walk through a narrow, deep siq, where the rocks finally give way to reveal the famous facade of Al-Khazneh (the Treasury). Continuing our walk, we’ll then go on to explore chunks of this fantastic once-lost city which is full of tombs, temples, an impressive amphitheatre and a Roman colonnaded street. The intrepid can ascend the hundreds of rock-cut steps to Ad-Deir. Better known as the Monastery, Ad-Deir has a similar facade to that of the Treasury, but is far bigger and the views from the nearby cliff-tops are awesome. Want to learn how to cook Middle Eastern food? Consider opting for our Petra Kitchen bolt-on tonight! Overnight - Petra

The deep reds of the Treasury

Day 5: Petra - Wadi Rum

A chance to revisit Petra before our afternoon drive to Wadi Rum. A vast, silent landscape of ancient riverbeds, pastel coloured stretches of sandy desert and amazing rock formations known as jebels that rise from the desert floor, the desertscape of Wadi Rum represents some of the most stunning countryside on the planet. Boarding 4x4s jeeps, we take a safari through the sand dunes, getting up close and personal to the surrounding scenery of Wadi Rum. Tonight, we enjoy a Jordanian dinner. Overnight - Wadi Rum

Local camel boy in Wadi Rum

Day 6: Wadi Rum - Jerusalem

Travelling out of Wadi Rum you head back north where you will cross into Israel via the Allenby bridge. Once you have finished with the border formalities you will be met by our Israeli representatives and transferred to your hotel in Bethlehem. Enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure. Overnight Bethlehem.

Day 7: Jerusalem

Enjoy a tour of Jerusalem and Bethlehem. Our first stop is the holy Mount of Olives to see the amazing panoramic views. We take a walking tour of the old city; wander through the Armenian and Jewish quarters to the Cardo. Continue through the old City and visit the famous Wailing Wall - a place of constant prayer and one of the most revered Hebrew sites. Retrace the final laboured steps of Jesus, along the Via Dolorosa to the hallowed Church of the Sepulchre; the site of the crucifixion, Jesus’ tomb and the resurrection. A short drive from Jerusalem is Bethlehem – the birthplace of Jesus; where we visit Manger Square and the Church of Nativity, which is reputed to be the oldest Church in the world. Overnight - Bethlehem

Day 8: Jerusalem - Amman

Today you are transferred back to Jordan, after border formalities you will be met by our Jordanian representatives and transferred to your hotel in Amman where you will enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure. Overnight Amman.

Amman fruit stall

Day 9: Amman

Sadly your time with us has come to an end as you are transferred to the airport in time for your departure flight to your onward destination.

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