Azraq Wetland Reserve Holidays

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Alexander the Great

Day 1: Alexandria

Arrival to Alexandria included transfer to your hotel and leisurely afternoon to enjoy your hotel facilities.

Fort Qaitbay, Alexandria

Day 2: Alexandria

Today you set out to explore the Catacombs at Kom El Shoukafa and nearby Roman Ruins, Pompey's Pillar, Fort Qaitbay and more time permitting this is a full day tour.

Alexandria Boats

Day 3: Alexandria - Siwa Oasis

Starting early (7am) we drive North-west toward the Mediterranean coastline, to the World War II cemeteries of El Alamein here we stop for a brief visit to pay respects. Continue on the coast road to Marsa Matrouh. The city has a large Libyan/Berber population distinctive in custom and dress. We stop for lunch, swim in the Med and have time to explore the Libyan souq (if open) before driving onward to Siwa. Evening walk and opportunity for dinner in a typical Siwan style restaurant.

Old buildings in Siwa

Day 4: Siwa Oasis

This morning we take a leisurely bicycle ride through the verdant date palm groves, visiting the local sights en-route. Our first stop is the Temple of the Oracle, dating back to near 570BC, whose most famous petitioner was Alexander the Great. Alexander visited the Siwa in the spring of 331BC, seeking confirmation from the Oracle that he was the son of Zeus (whom the Greek’s identified with Amun – the sun god and creator of all life in Pharaonic history). We cycle to Cleopatra Spring for a dip in the pool as the spring fed warm water bubbles to the surface. Afternoon included sunset dinner, swim and campfire at the ‘Great Saltwater Lake’.

Sunset at Siwa oasis

Day 5: Siwa Oasis

Today we visit Mountain of the Dead and explore Old Shali. Old Shali is the old city abandoned in 1926 after 3 days of rain that literally melted the mud brick city. A hermetic labyrinth of secret corridors, homes, shops, granaries and mosques are all waiting to be explored. Afternoon - Desert Safari. 4x4 through the massive sand dunes of the Great Sand Sea, stopping off at an amazing natural spring fed lake surrounded by miles of sandy desert. We also visit the site of an ancient ocean abundant with marine fossils and finish the day at the hot spring of Bir Wahed for swimming and sunset dinner.

Old buildings in Siwa

Day 6: Siwa Oasis - Bahariyya Oasis

By 4x4 we head into the desert and make our way to Bahariyya Oasis stopping en route to make various stops of interest / rest in particular we visit Nuwamisa Oasis - Arrival into Bahariyya and relax at your hotel.

Bahariyya building

Day 7: Bahariyya Oasis - Cairo

This morning we check out Bahariyya - an ancient oasis. Highlights will be that we visit the Temple of Alexander the Great, Tombs of the Nobles -- When ready we drive you back by highway to Cairo (4 hours drive aprox)

Pyramid at Giza

Day 8: Cairo - Amman

Morning enjoy an in-depth tour of Old Cairo, visit the old Coptic suspended Church and city of the dead, the oldest Synagogue of Ben Ezra, drive to the Citadel of Saladin, and visit the alabaster mosque of Mohammed Ali--- Later included transfer to the airport for your flight to Amman -- Arriving into Amman meet our Jordan team and they will transfer you to your hotel.

Visiting Abu Simbel

Day 9: 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.

Amman's old city walls

Day 10: Amman - Petra

This morning, we tour the citadel of Amman, Archaeological Museum then venture out of Amman to 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 we will visit all it's fascinating nooks and crannies. We then drive south to Petra but first visiting Shobak Crusader Castle. Arrive at your hotel and the evening is at your leisure.

Looking through the Siq at the Treasury

Day 11: Petra

Enjoy a full day guided tour of the site the guide based on your fitness will take for easy to difficult hiking here Petra is a massive site with so much to see.

The deep reds of the Treasury

Day 12: Petra

Today you visit Petra by Siq al Barid ("Little Petra"), the northern Nabatean customs point outside the bounds of the city of Petra. Walk to the Baidha Neolithic site to visit one of man's earliest know agricultural settlements, over 9,000 years old. Continue hiking cross-country by Wadi Merwan, arriving by Petra's "back door" to ad-Deir--the Monastery--Petra's largest carved façade.

Petra Siq

Day 13: Petra - Dana N.R.

Enjoy a 3rd full day guided touring in Petra entering via an alternate access point and exploring a different area of the site. After we drive you to Dhana Nature Reserve.

A gorge in Dana Nature Reserve

Day 14: Dana N.R.

Enjoy a full day with a certified RSCN naturalist guide hiking along the trails in one of the most scenic parts of Jordan.

Jebel formations in Dana Nature Reserve

Day 15: Dana N.R. - Wadi Rum

Enjoy breakfast at the guesthouse then 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.

Local camel boy in Wadi Rum

Day 16: Wadi Rum - Amman

This morning, we explore the vast well preserved 12th century crusader castle of Al Karak. We then enjoy visiting Mt Nebo - the single most important biblical site in Jordan. We then drive to see the famous Byzantine Mosaics at Madaba before driving to your hotel in Amman (Recommend to stop and eat in Madaba at the famous Haret Jdoudna Restaurant)

Some of the Roman ruins in Amman

Day 17: Amman - Azraq Wetland Reserve

Early morning, drive to the eastern desert of Jordan, today you shall see three of the best-preserved desert castles named - Qasr Al-Harrana castle - Qusayr Amra is placed by Unesco on its World Heritage List and - Qasr al-Azraq which is built in black basalt and has been in continuous use since Roman times, during the Arab Revolt it functioned as the headquarters of Lawrence of Arabia. Next visit to the Azraq Wetland and late in the afternoon you will be transferred to Wadi Shummari, here you can enjoy the Wildlife and see the Arabian Oryx.

Day 18: Azraq Wetland Reserve - Dead Sea

This morning, we enjoy time to see the wetland Reserve at Azraq After driving and descending some 1300 metres to the lowest point on the earth's surface we arrive at the Dead Sea. Sitting at 422 metres below sea level we spend the afternoon swimming, lathering up with a detoxifying mud bath and bobbing about in the ever warm mineral-rich body of water.

Dead Sea salt up close

Day 19: Dead Sea

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

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