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Welcome to Jordan and the start of your holiday! Arrive into Amman and transfer to your hotel. Overnight - Le Royal Amman Hotel.
Today a guided city tour of Amman, including the visit to Citadel, Umayyad Palace, with its Mosque, Al Hussein Mosque in the down town built in1924, and Then King Abdullah Mosque, at Al- Hussein National Part, with a chance to visit Science Museum, and the Children Museum. Then, we drive you to visit the Cave of the Seven Sleepers in Sahab, south Amman. Overnight - Le Royal Amman Hotel.
This morning we visit Jerash, the world’s best-preserved Roman provincial city, built over 2,000 years ago. Here we visit the Forum, the arena, where the chariot wheel tracks can still be seen, the Temple of Artemis and the South Theatre. We continue to Umm Qais, a dramatic black-basalt Roman city with panoramic views over the Sea of Galilee. Overnight - Le Royal Amman Hotel.
Today we journey on the Kings Highway stopping at Madaba and Karak. Madaba - the most important Christian centre in Jordan, its mosaics, little shops and restaurants offers us gentle respite. A short distance away, we visit Mt Nebo. Sitting on the edge of the East Bank plateau, it is where Moses is said to have seen the Promised Land. Indeed, from the lookout it is possible to view across the valleys to the Dead Sea, Jericho and - on a clear day - the golden cupulas and spires of Jerusalem. Arrive Petra Later this evening.
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 – that of the Treasury. We’ll explore the ancient Nabatean tombs and the Roman rock-carved streets lined with temples, royal tombs, staircases, arched gates, public buildings.
Today we visit Siq al Barid (Lttle Petra), the Northern Nabaten customs point outside the bounds of the city of Petra. Walk to the Baidha Neolithic site to visit one of man's earliest known 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.
Today we will take you on another full-day guided tour of the legendary capital of the Nabatean trading empire.
This morning you have the option to revisit Petra in your own time before we drive you to Wadi Rum. Wadi Rum is a vast, silent landscape of ancient riverbeds, pastel coloured stretches of sandy desert and amazing eroded rock formations that rise from the desert floor. We camp with the semi-nomadic Bedouin and enjoy a Jordanian dinner tonight.
Today we board a 4 hour 4x4 jeep tour of the moonscape terrain which T. E. Lawrence rightly described as "vast, echoing and God-like." In the afternoon we transfer to Aqaba where we check you into the hotel.
Open your eyes this morning and take a peek out the window to the magical blue of the Red Sea. Sit back and relax by the pool sipping cocktails and soaking up the sun. Here you can opt to go snorkelling or diving, to view the amazing array of aquatic life in the nearby reefs
We transfer you through Wadi Araba to Faynan at the lower, western end of the Dana Nature Reserve. Unique in the Middle East region, Dana NR is a protected region overseen by Jordan’s RSCN (Royal Society for the Protection of Nature) combining scientific research, social reconstruction and sustainable tourism.
Offering a dizzying array of resident flora and fauna, Dana NR has various kinds of eagles, kestrels, falcons, cultures, wildcats, hyenas, foxes, badgers, jackals, wolves and hares. Our base this evening is the RSCN-run Faynan Wilderness Lodge which blends perfectly with the environment, from where we can explore the surrounding area and relish the solitude of this isolated and beautiful location. In antiquity, Faynan was an extensive copper-smelting settlement. Archaeological digs have unearthed remains of Bronze and Iron Age copper mines, remains of Byzantine churches, a Roman tower and more, which can be explored.
After a further opportunity to of some hiking we will head to the Dead Sea.
Sink or swim? There is no chance of either occurring at the Dead Sea. The mineral-rich Dead Sea offers bathers ultimate buoyancy to the point where you will feel like a cork bobbing about! Take a dip in the mineral-rich waters. In addition and perhaps famously, the intense salinity creates an unusually high degree of buoyancy. Opt for a dip, and you will bob about like a rubber duck in a bath, without any effort at all.
Today we transfer to the airport in time for your international flight back home.
The lowest point on the earth’s surface, the Dead Sea is a natural phenomena and gift of Mother Nature. Straddling ...