Xmas in Petra - 8 Days

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Prepare a Jordanian Christmas feast in the Petra Kitchen, participate in a Boxing Day talent competition at Wadi Rum, take a dip in the Dead Sea, explore Petra in depth and visit Roman ruins and the world’s oldest mosaic map of the Holy Land…all these highlights and more on our special Christmas in Petra tour.

Day 1: Amman
22nd December. Welcome to Jordan and the start of your Christmas holiday! Arrive Amman, included transfer to hotel and overnight. Overnight - Amman
Day 2: Jerash & Umm Qais
Amman - Jerash - Umm Qais - Amman. Today we tour Jerash, arguably the world’s best-preserved Roman provincial city with whisper-perfect acoustics in the South Theater, chariot-wheel marks in the paving stones of the Cardo and an exciting chariot race in the 2,000-year-old Hippodrome. Drive on to Umm Qais (Biblical Gadara) to visit a dramatic black-basalt Roman Decapolis city featuring great views over the Sea of Galilee and the Golan Heights. Later on we return to Amman. Overnight - Amman (B)
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The impressive roman ruins of Jerash
Day 3: Mt Nebo & the Promised Lands
Amman - Mt Nebo - Umm ar Rasas - Petra. After a quick visit to the Citadel and Archaeological Museum, we’ll walk through the bustling local souk to enjoy typical Jordanian street treats of felafal and hummous at the country’s most popular local street stand. As the pictures on the wall will prove, the unglamorous food stand was a great favorite of the late King Hussein!

Leaving Amman, we’ll stop first at Mt. Nebo, the site from which Moses saw the Promised Land. The amazing panorama includes the Jordan River Valley, Dead Sea, Jericho and the spires and domes of the Mt. of Olives and Bethlehem on the Judean hills just across the wide valley. Your next port of call will be one of Jordan’s World Heritage Sites at Um ar-Rasas, once an important stop on the busy caravan routes. The impressive mosaic floor of the St. Stephen Church features medallions commemorating all the early Christian pilgrimage sites of the region, and the extensive ruins also include one of the area’s earliest Stylite towers, where a Byzantine hermit lived atop the tower and preached to the pilgrimage visitors.

You’ll make a late afternoon stop at the Shobak Crusader Castle (Mont Real) en route to Petra for the night. Overnight - Petra (B)
The treasury in Petra
Merry Christmas Petra-style! Begin the day with a walk through the mysterious mile-long Siq, the narrow gorge with towering sandstone walls which leads into the ancient capital city of the Nabatean trading empire. Explore the Khazneh (the temple of Indiana Jones fame), Theater, Colonnaded Street and Museum. After lunch, climb to ad-Deir (the Monastery), Petra’s largest carved façade.

In the evening join fellow travellers for a cuisine course at the Petra Kitchen, where you’ll help prepare a memorable Jordanian Christmas feast. Overnight - Petra (B, D)
The desert sands capture the morning light in Wadi Rum, Jordan
Petra - Wadi Rum. This morning we have the opportunity to join our guide for a return to Petra along the “secret way” of al-Madras, with visits to the High Place of Sacrifice and Wadi Farasa. Mid-day stop in the Wadi Musa souk to pick up shawarma sandwiches or fruit and veggie snacks from the local produce souk before making the scenic drive to Wadi Rum. We make a late afternoon Jeep tour of this moonscape desert terrain, arriving to our remote camp site deep in the heart of the Wadi Rum Protected Area.

During dinner we’ll enjoy entertainment by local Bedouin musicians. Afterwards, we’ll turn the tables and let you show us your own special talents….with special prizes for those of you judged most worthy by your fellow travellers Overnight - Wadi Rum (B, D)
The Dead Sea from Israel
After breakfast at the camp site, we head north along the Desert Highway. We make a drive through the busy market town of Karak under the towering shadows of the Karak Crusader Castle, descending some 1300 meters to the Dead Sea - the lowest point on the earth’s surface. More than 500 meters below sea level, the mineral-rich Dead Sea - the world’s original health and beauty spa. Float in the waters and slap on some of the famous black Dead Sea mud to give your skin an invigorating boost. After the experience, we’ll enjoy a buffet lunch before heading up to Madaba, home to the world’s largest collection of ancient mosaics. We’ll have a lavish Jordanian feast at Haret Jdoudna, a restaurant in Madaba’s city centre offering the best of Jordanian cuisine in a setting created from some of the city’s traditional 19th-century homes. Overnight - Madaba (B, D)
Trek and hike the valleys and Wadi's from Dana Nature Reserve to Petra
In the early morning we’ll discover that Madaba’s population is approximately an equal mix of Christians and Muslims—evident when the early morning calls to prayer from the mosques are overlaid by bells from the Christian churches. Spend the day exploring this busy market town, with visits to the Madaba Archaeological Park (Herodian through Byzantine mosaics, including two complete church floors and a civic dining hall floor preserved at the affiliated Madaba School for Mosaic Art, established under the patronage of Queen Noor al-Hussein in 1994), and the famous 6th Century map of the Holy Land displayed in the Orthodox St. George Church. Biblical archaeologists have discovered several important ancient sites, including Jerusalem’s Cardo and the Bethany Baptismal Site, following clues found in this noteworthy work of mosaic art. Madaba’s city center is full of shops and cafes where you can hang out with the local people and wind up your tour in relaxing fashion. Overnight - Madaba (B)
Day 8: Amman
Madaba - Amman Airport. Hotel check-out and included onward departure transfer to Amman's Queen Alia airport. (B)
Tour Details
  • Starts in: Amman / Ends in: Amman
  • Departs: 22 December 2014
  • No local payment required
  • Breakfast:7, Lunch: 0, Dinner: 3
  • Hotel Rating: 4 star and deluxe camp in Wadi Rum
  • Tour Guide: Yes, escorted by a tour guide
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