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Treasures Of The Lost City

7 days  |  Amman to Amman  |  from USD $3,649  |   Guaranteed Departure 

PREMIUM TOUR. Uncover the treasures of Jordan on this premium tour! Explore the Roman ruins of Jerash and Umm Qais, watch a chariot race, learn to cook Jordanian cuisine, float in the Dead Sea, admire the views of the Holy Lands from Mt Nebo and discover the spectacular rose city of Petra, by candlelight! Maximum group size 18 travellers.

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Day 1

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

    Amman
Day 2

Amman - Jerash - Umm Qais - Amman. This morning we visit Jerash, 45 km north of Amman. Second only to Petra in tourist appeal, the 2,000 year-old Graeco-Roman ruins of Jerash which are set in the bowl of a well-watered valley, are recognised as the world’s best-preserved Roman provincial city. Exemplifying the finesse of Roman urban life, Jerash possesses a large number of striking monuments including Hadrian’s Arch, an impressive Hippodrome which as a sports field once held up to 15,000 spectators and two immense temples dedicated to Zeus and Artemis. There is also a unique oval Forum which gracefully links the main north-south axis of Jerash, a colonnaded street paved with original stones and the rut marks of chariots, a nymphaeum replete with ancient fountains trimmed with dolphins, two theatres, one of which offers amazing acoustic abilities even today and an almost complete circuit of city walls. After touring the site we head to the Jerash Hippodrome to attend the RACE (Roman Army and Chariot Experience) re-enactment show, with Roman Army demonstrations, gladiatorial contests and an exciting 7-lap chariot race.

This afternoon we drive on to Umm Qais, in Jordan’s far north west corner. Umm Qais is the modern name for the site of the ancient Graeco-Roman town of Gadara, one of the cities of the Decapolis, which provides wonderful panoramic views over the Sea of Galilee and the Golan Heights. Today, a considerable portion of the original Roman amphitheatre has survived and next to the theatre is a colonnaded street that was once the town’s commercial heart. Also near the black basalt theatre are the columns of the great Basilica of Gadara. We tour the site of Biblical Gadara before returning to Amman.
Overnight: Amman  |  Breakfast

Day 3
Mt Nebo & Petra by Night

Amman - Mt Nebo - Madaba - Shobak - Petra. Today we visit Amman’s National Archaeological Museum, The Forum and Citadel Hill, which represent the few remaining Roman ruins in Amman. The hill affords a sweeping view of the city. We drive on to Mt. Nebo, the site from which it is believed that Moses saw the Promised Land, to enjoy the panoramic view and the restored Byzantine mosaics.

In nearby Madaba, we enjoy a traditional Jordanian feast at Haret Jdoudna, one of Jordan’s best restaurants, and then walk through the bustling market town to visit the Archaeological Park, St. George Church and Museum. Mentioned in the Old Testament, the prime attractions of the venerable town of Madaba are its many 6th-century Byzantine mosaics. Perhaps the most impressive of these is an enormous 6th-century map of Palestine and Egypt that we will see in St. George’s Greek Orthodox Church.

We make a brief stop at the Shobak Crusader Castle before continuing to Petra. After hotel check-in, we gather at the Petra Visitors’ Center to attend the incredible Petra by Night candlelight walk. We take an atmospheric walk through the narrow Siq to reach the famous facade of the Treasury, lit up by over 1500 candles. Here we sit and listen to haunting Bedouin music, soak up the wonderful surroundings and starlit sky above us.
Overnight: Petra  |  Breakfast, Lunch

Day 4

Petra. Chief among Jordan’s many archaeological riches is the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Rose City of Petra. The city was first settled around the 6th century BC by the Nabataean tribe from Western Arabia. Rediscovered in 1812, it remains on the list of many travellers. 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). It's also possible to ride a horse through the Siq. 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.
Overnight: Petra  |  Breakfast

Day 5

Explore more of Petra’s wonders today. Taking an alternate route to Petra, through the breathtaking “secret road” of al-Madras, and visiting the High Place of Sacrifice, Wadi Farasa, Great Temple and Royal Tombs. In the evening we enjoy a cooking session and tasty meal at the Petra Kitchen.
Overnight: Petra  |  Breakfast, Dinner

Day 6

Petra - Dead Sea. This morning we drive to the Dead Sea, the lowest point on the earth’s surface. The Dead Sea is a natural phenomena, straddling the border between Israel and Jordan, the mineral content of this 75-km-long and 10-km-wide saltwater lake tops out at 33%, or about six times as salty as a normal ocean, creating unusual buoyancy. Spend the day at leisure, enjoying the beach, pool and wellness spa facilities at the resort.
Overnight: Dead Sea  |  Breakfast

    Dead Sea
Day 7

Friday. Dead Sea - Amman airport. Departure transfer from the Dead Sea to Amman's Queen Alia airport for your flight back home.
Breakfast

Why choose a premium tour?

This 7 day premium tour provides discerning travellers with extra comfort, staying in centrally located 4-5 star accommodation, whilst seeing the best of Jordan. In Amman we stay at a boutique 4 star hotel with a wonderful rooftop terrace, providing fantastic views over the city and an abundance of amenities. Set against the breathtaking backdrop of the Petra Mountains, our 4 star hotel in Petra is ideally located within minutes of the town centre and the visitors entrance to the Siq and the archaeological gems of the Rose City. Relax with a drink on the patio or swim in the pool, whilst soaking up the wonderful views. Whilst at the Dead Sea our 5 star contemporary Arabesque-style resort has palm fringed swimming pools which lead down to the shores of the Dead Sea and a luxurious spa, ideal for indulging with some Dead Sea treatments!

Entrance fees to all sites are included in this premium tour and we have also included several special treats, such as the incredible Petra By Night candlelit walk, a Petra Kitchen cooking session and the opportunity to watch an exhilerating chariot race in Jerash!

The hotels listed below are ones which we frequently use on this tour. We reserve the right to substitute these hotels to ones of a similar standard when necessary.

Accommodation on Tour

For all our tours and tailor-made holidays we provide you with a clear categorisation of all hotels we use. The REGIONAL CATEGORY indicates the local rating of each hotel in each respective country. We have also rated each hotel using OUR CATEGORY, which will be in line with generally accepted western hotel grading standards.

Simple
Basic hotels and simple accommodation is a no frills option with an adventurous authentic feel.

Standard
Standard accommodation equates to a Western 3-star standard, always featuring en-suite rooms and usually a restaurant.

Superior
Superior accommodation equates to a Western 4-star standard, featuring en-suite rooms and usually a restaurant and often a swimming pool and/or a fitness centre.

Deluxe
Deluxe accommodation equates to a Western 5-star standard, usually featuring spacious, en-suite rooms, a restaurant, swimming pool and fitness centre and an array of amenities, excellent service and customer care.

Lavish
Lavish accommodation equates to a Western 5-star plus standard - the creme de la creme. Featuring spacious, en-suite rooms, a restaurant, swimming pool and fitness centre and an array of amenities, this accommodation is a cut above the rest. Sheer opulence!

Al-Qasr Metropole, Amman
Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

Recently refurbished, the Al Qasr Metropole is a modern and chic boutique hotel. Guest rooms are beautifully furnished and include free Wi-Fi connection and luxury en suite facilities. All guests at the Al Qasr gain free access to the on site Fitness First gym as well as complimentary breakfast. The rooftop restaurant has fantastic panoramic views of Amman and is a great place to spend the evening. Well located in Shmeisani, one of Amman's most prestigious neighbourhoods.

Beit Zaman, Petra
Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

Located above Wadi Mousa, Beit Zaman has a wonderfully traditional feel about it with open stonework and original architecture. Rooms are full of character, some with delightful archways and all directly accessed from the outside. The hotel boasts an indoor swimming pool and sauna and beautiful views of the surrounding mountains. For dinner why not dine al fresco at the restaurant overlooking the mountains. Well located in forested wadis facing Petra’s mountains.

Holiday Inn Resort, Dead Sea
Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 5 Star Hotel

Graced with interconnecting palm fringed swimming pools leading to the Dead Sea, the Holiday Inn is an Arabesque style hotel. Guest rooms are elegantly furnished and benefit from complimentary high speed internet. The hotel also has an on site fitness centre and a fine choice of Spa facilities. The 24 hour sleek Loby bar is the perfect place for a tipple at any time of the day or night! Well located on the shores of the world famous Dead Sea.

Trip Highlights

Amman - Ancient hilltop citadel, fascinating Archaeological Museum and bustling souqs
Umm Qais - Roman Decapolis city, once a cultural centre, home to poets and great philosophers
Petra - The fabled Nabataean city that was all but lost to the modern world until its rediscovery in 1812
Mt Nebo - Perhaps one of the most sacred sites in Jordan with views across the Promised Land
Jerash - Ruins of the ancient Roman city, which at over 2000 years old is still surprisingly well-preserved
Dead Sea - Dramatically beautiful landscape with warm buoyant mineral-rich waters
Shobak Crusader Castle - Reminder of the former glory of the Crusaders
Madaba - Christian market town, Church of St George, Jordan’s finest Byzantine mosaics

Included

6 breakfasts, 1 lunch and 1 dinner
Petra By Night candlelit walk
Petra Kitchen cooking session
Touring of Amman, Jerash, Umm Qais, Mt Nebo, Madaba and Petra
Escorted by licenced Jordanian Guide
All transfers and transportation in private air-conditioned vehicles
6 nights 4 - 5 star hotels
Jerash RACE show
Dead Sea - Free time to swim and detox
Airport arrival and departure transfer on day 1 and day 7
English speaking specialist guides at some local sites
Entrance fees to all included sites

Not Included

Laundry, drinks and items of a personal nature
Tip for your tour guide. We recommend you allow $3 - 5 USD per day, per traveller. Tipping your guide is an entirely personal gesture
International flights and visa
Entrance Fees: included

Prices shown are per person travelling. 'Twin/Double' prices per person apply when there are 2 people travelling, sharing a room. The 'single supplement' applies for single travellers and needs to be added to the 'Twin/Double' price. Single travellers will also need to book a single room for any pre and/or post tour accommodation required.

If you are happy to be paired up with another single traveller of the same sex on your tour, this can be arranged provided there is another single traveller booked on the tour date of your choosing.

All our scheduled tour departures are guaranteed subject to a minimum of 2 travellers.

Prices shown are per person travelling. 'Twin/Double' prices per person apply when there are 2 people travelling, sharing a room. The 'single supplement' applies for single travellers and needs to be added to the 'Twin/Double' price. Single travellers will also need to book a single room for any pre and/or post tour accommodation required.

If you are happy to be paired up with another single traveller of the same sex on your tour, this can be arranged provided there is another single traveller booked on the tour date of your choosing.

All our scheduled tour departures are guaranteed subject to a minimum of 2 travellers.

Tour Details
Starts
Amman
Ends
Amman
Departs
Saturdays
Hotel Rating
4-5 star hotels
Local Payment
None
Tour Guide
Yes
Meals
Breakfast: 6, Lunch: 1, Dinner: 1
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