Azraq Wetland Reserve Holidays

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Jerash buglers

Day 1: Amman

Welcome to Jordan! You will be met off the plane by an airport representative and fast tracked through immigration and customs. Our representative will be in arrivals area to greet you and assist with the transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day is free to relax.

Day 2: Amman - Azraq Wetland Reserve

After breakfast your guided sightseeing begins with a visit to Um al-Jimal, a Nabatean/Roman/Byzantine caravan way station in Jordan's eastern Badis. We continue onto Azraq Oasis to tour the Roman fortress, later used as a winter headquarters during the Arab Revolt of the early 20th Century. This afternoon enjoy a visit to the Wetland Reserve in Azraq, an oasis for migratory birds. Starting at 08:00am in Amman, arriving at Azraq Lodge around 16:00 hrs.

Day 3: Azraq Wetland Reserve - Amman

Heading back towards Amman, we stop off to visit the "Desert Castles" (8th Century Omayyad hunting lodges) of Qasr Amra and Qasr Kharanah. Then continue to Amman for an afternoon city tour including visits to the Citadel, Archaeological Museum and Souq. Starting at 08:00 am, arriving at the hotel in Amman at approx. 15:00 hrs.

Day 4: Amman

Today we drive north to Jerash to visit the world’s best-preserved Roman provincial city, including the Southern Theatre, Cardo, Forum, Temple of Artemis and Byzantine church. Finish your visit in a truly Roman fashion—join the crowd in the actual Roman Hippodrome to watch the Roman Army and Chariot Experience, a demonstration of Roman Army weapons and tactics, gladiator contests and an exciting 7-lap chariot race in the Hippodrome. In the afternoon, drive to visit Um Qais (Biblical Gadara), the dramatic black-basalt Roman Decapolis city overlooking the Golan Heights and Sea of Galilee. Starting at 08:00 am, arriving back in Amman at 17:00 hrs.

Date palm

Day 5: Amman

Today's sightseeing starts with a drive to Qallat ar-Rabadh, Ajlun's Crusader-era Saracen Castle. Journey through the Jordan Valley and up into the Dibeen National Forest to Pella, which was one of the Decapolis trading cities. It is magnificently set in a fold of hills that rise from the Jordan Valley. Known in Arabic as Tabaqat Fahl, Pella is one of the most ancient sites in Jordan and a favourite of archaeologists being exceptionally rich in antiquities. Some recent finds 2km north even date to Paleolithic times, around 100,000 years ago. Starting at 08:00 am, arriving at the hotel in Amman at approx. 15:00 hrs.

Sunrise in Madaba

Day 6: Amman - Dana N.R.

This morning we drive on to Um ar-Rassas, Jordan's newest World Heritage site, to see the dramatic mosaic floor in the St. Stephen Church. Continuing to Madaba, home to the world’s largest collection of ancient mosaics, to visit the St. George Church with its famous 6th Century map of the Holy Land. On Mt. Nebo, from which Moses viewed the Promised Land, take in the view of the Jordan Valley, Dead Sea, Jericho and the distant spires and domes of the Mount of Olives. Following the Kings Highway through one of Jordan’s big nature-spectacles, the Wadi Mujib - Jordan’s own “Grand Canyon”, we will take you to Karak to visit the immense Crusader Castle. Starting at 7:00am, arrival in Dana will be around 19:00 hrs.

Dana Nature Reserve flora

Day 7: Dana N.R. - Petra

Enjoy a leisurely 4 hour walk in the Dana National Park with your RSCN guide. After lunch back at the guesthouse, we drive to visit Shobak Crusader Castle before heading to Petra to visit Siq al Barid (Little Petra), the northern Nabatean customs point outside the bounds of the city of Petra. Start the walk in the morning at 08:00 am, you will be in Petra around 17:00 hrs.

Exploring Petra

Day 8: Petra

Welcome to the Rose City! Access to the city on our guided exploration is through the famous narrow, deep siq. The rocks then give way to the most amazing site – the fantastically impressive Treasury. Walking down the gravel tracks, we’ll explore the ancient Nabatean tombs and the Roman rock-carved streets lined with temples, royal tombs, staircases, arched gates and public buildings. This evening, experience an amazing candle-lit visit to Petra. At the al Khaznah (The Treasury), music and stories will help you experience Petra as the travel-weary traders of old must have known it. The visit to Petra takes 4-6 hours with the guide, and it's recommend to start at 07:00 am.

Looking through the Siq at the Treasury

Day 9: Petra

Today you will return to Petra. You will enter by al Madras, with visits to the High Place of Sacrifice, Wadi Farasa, Great Temple and the Royal Tombs. Petra is endless and based on your preferences, your guide will show you many amazing highlights within the city. The more intrepid can ascend to Ad Deir, better known as the monastery. This evening, enjoy a cooking session and learn how to make dishes such as baba ghanoush, fattoush, sambousek b’jibn (cheese triangles) and proper hummus from scratch. Then enjoy the fruits of your labour - a feast fit for a king, sultan or khedive! 4 hour visit to Petra, times can be arranged locally with the guide to suit you.

The deep reds of the Treasury

Day 10: Petra - Aqaba

After breakfast, we are off to Wadi Rum for a full-day jeep tour with lunch on the moonscape terrain T. E. Lawrence rightly described as "vast, echoing and God-like." Later this afternoon we continue onto the Red Sea Resort of Aqaba. Driving from Petra to Wadi Rum takes 1.5 hours, and the jeep tour will be until sunset, with Lunch included at the camp in Wadi Rum. Driving from Wadi Rum to Aqaba takes 45 minutes to an hour.

Aqaba beachfront

Day 11: Aqaba

Today you will have a free day in Aqaba to sit back and relax, enjoying the sunshine, sand and sea. Here you can opt to go snorkelling or diving to view the amazing array of aquatic life in the reefs directly off the beach.

Rolling dunes of Wadi Rum

Day 12: Aqaba - Dead Sea

Drive along Wadi Araba road to tour the newly excavated Maqdas Baptismal Site. Biblical archaeologists, working from clues from the Madaba mosaic map, believe this to be the spot where John the Baptist lived, and where Jesus was baptised in the waters of the Jordan River. The extensive water channels, cisterns and baptismal fonts suggest that this is where the earliest Christian pilgrims believed the Baptism took place. The walk past "Elijah's well" to the St. John church on the banks of the Jordan is a pleasure in itself, as you follow the winding trail through marshes of high reeds and tamarisk trees. Driving from Aqaba to Bethany takes 3 hours, visit to Bethany is 2 hours, and then the transfer to the Dead Sea hotel takes 30 minutes.

Dead Sea salt up close

Day 13: Dead Sea

After breakfast, we drive to visit Mukawir, one of Jordan’s Biblical gems - Herod the Great's ancient fortress of Machaerus. Here is where the beautiful Salomé danced for Herod, who presented her with the head of the Prophet Yahya or John the Baptist in reward. The fort was perched on a 700-metre-high hill which was first fortified about 100 BCE, and expanded by Herod the Great seventy years later. Afterward, we drive to Ma'in to enjoy a relaxing swim in the thermal mineral hot springs and waterfall. Driving from Dead Sea to Mukawir takes 1.5 hour and from Mukawir to Ma'in takes 45 minutes, and from Ma'in to the Dead Sea takes 1 hour.

Relaxing in the Dead Sea

Day 14: Dead Sea

Enjoy a free day to swim in the Dead Sea. Obviously, power boating is an impossibility but floating is very much a possibility! Whilst giving your skin the best detox it will ever have thanks to the curative qualities of the water, the salt-rich waters will have you bobbing around just like a cork!

Day 15: Dead Sea

Today you bid farewell to Jordan. After breakfast and hotel check out, you will be transferred to the Airport for your departure flight. Transfer to airport to approximately 1 hour.

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last updated - 31 Jan 2015 3:15 AM