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Xmas in Petra

8 Days  |  Starts/Ends: Amman  |  from USD $2,299  |   Guaranteed Departure 

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.

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Day 1

22nd December. Welcome to Jordan and the start of your Christmas holiday! Arrive Amman, included transfer to hotel and overnight.
Overnight: Amman

    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  |  Breakfast

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  |  Breakfast

Day 4

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  |  Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5

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  |  Breakfast, Dinner

Day 6

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  |  Breakfast, Dinner

Day 7

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  |  Breakfast

Day 8

Madaba - Amman Airport. Hotel check-out and included onward departure transfer to Amman's Queen Alia airport.
Breakfast

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.

Petra Moon Hotel, Petra
Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

Just 300 ft from the entrance gate to Petra, the Petra Moon hotel features spacious rooms with private balconies and flat-screen TVs. It also has a roof garden with a seasonal outdoor pool. The soundproofed rooms and suites at Petra Moon come with satellite channels, a DVD player and extra-long beds. Each has air conditioning and a private bathroom. The hotel is 100 metres from the main gate of Petra.

Rainbow Camp, Wadi Rum
Our Category: Simple   |   Regional Category: Deluxe Camp

A row of permanent tents in the desert make up the popular Rainbow Camp. Inside the tents are comfortable camp beds and warm bedding. Showers and toilets are close by and are cleaned thoroughly everyday. Guests can relax in the communal area which is adorned with colourful rugs and cushions. The food at Rainbow Camp always gets rave reviews. Taking an evening stroll around the beautiful surroundings is a great way to work up an appetite before dinner. Well located in the heart of Wadi Rum.

Best Western Grand Hotel, Madaba
Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

Located just a few steps away from the main tourist attractions of Madaba, the Best Western is a contemporary and stylish accommodation. Guest rooms vary from standard to superior and are all equipped with comfortable beds, modern amenities, complimentary wi-fi and private balconies. The hotel also benefits from a refreshing outdoor pool and cosy Irish bar. Both are great places to relax after a great day sightseeing. Perfectly located a short journey to the main sites of Madaba.

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
Umm ar-Rasas - An ancient city and important stop on the caravan route between east and west
Madaba - Christian market town, Church of St George, Jordan’s finest Byzantine mosaics
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
Wadi Rum - Vast red desert landscape with rolling dunes and dramatic rock formations
Mt Nebo - Perhaps one of the most sacred sites in Jordan with views across the Promised Land

Included

7 breakfasts and 3 dinners (including a Christmas Feast at the Petra Kitchen and Bedouin dinner at Wadi Rum)
Wadi Rum 4 x 4 desert safari
Airport arrival and departure transfer on day 1 and day 8
Escorted by a qualified Jordanian tour guide
6 nights - 4 star hotels, 1 night - Wadi Rum deluxe desert camp
Dead Sea - Free time to swim and detox
Touring of Amman, Jerash, Dead Sea, Petra, Wadi Rum, Umm ar-Rasas, Mt Nebo and Madaba
All relevant transfers and transportation in private modern air-conditioned vehicles

Not Included

International flights and visa
Entrance Fees: $135-145 USD
Laundry, drinks and items of a personal nature
Tipping Kitty: $35-45 USD

Tour was very efficient. Guide was hard working and extremely considerate. Provided insight about culture as well as specific tour destinations.

Donald Zimmer

She (Jamela) was fantastic; efficient, so friendly and extremely experienced and knowledgeable.

It was a joy having a female guide, especially a Jordanian Arab female - it helped me understand far better the role and history of women in the region (something I have never got before on trips to Syria, Iran etc).

She was a formidable lady and we felt we were in capable hands throughout. Fantastic.

Above an beyond this, she welcomed us into her family and we felt as though we really were with friends as a result.

She is a skilled guide and very professional yet maintained the ability to befriend each of us and make us feel special.

A great trip, and a great guide.

Clare Chatterjea

She was fantastic; efficient, so friendly and extremely experienced and knowledgeable.

It was a joy having a female guide, especially a Jordanian Arab female - it helped me understand far better the role and history of women in the region (something I have never got before on trips to Syria, Iran etc).

She was a formidable lady and we felt we were in capable hands throughout. Fantastic.

Above an beyond this, she welcomed us into her family and we felt as though we really were with friends as a result.

She is a skilled guide and very professional yet maintained the ability to befriend each of us and make us feel special.

A great trip, and a great guide.

The last morning in Madaba can be dropped though - trailing round mosaics is a sharp come-down after the previous week of wonders.

Clare Chatterjea

Jamila was an absolutely fantastic guide, she's a treasure, she shared so much more than just her knowledge of our tour, providing much insight into Jordanian culture. Jordan is a wonderful country & Christmas Day in Petra was spectacular, ending with the wonderful evening in Petra Kitchen.

Vanessa Shiels

Had a wonderful time, loved every minute, Jamilah really looked after us and made us feel like family, on the go should be proud to have her on the team. Great holiday would recommend this to all my friends and family, Thanks Jamila.

Kevin Combe

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 who require their own room and needs to be added to the 'Twin/Double' price.

2015
Price/Person
Single Supp.
 
USD $2299
USD $649
2016
Price/Person
Single Supp.
 
USD $2299
USD $649

Supplementary Prices

 
Twin/Double
Single Supp.
Amman Pre-Tour accommodation
USD $119
USD $50
Madaba Post-Tour accommodation
USD $109
USD $30
Tour Details
Starts
Amman
Ends
Amman
Departs
22 Dec 2015
Hotel Rating
4 star
Local Payment
None
Tour Guide
Yes - escorted by a tour guide
Meals
Breakfast: 7, Dinner: 3

Tour was very efficient. Guide was hard working and extremely considerate. Provided insight about culture as well as specific tour destinations.

Donald Zimmer
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