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Amman – Jerash – Umm Qais – Amman. This morning we visit Jerash, the world’s best-preserved Roman provincial city, built over 2,000 years ago and known as the ‘Pompeii of the East’. Here we visit the Forum, with its forest of towering columns, the arena, where the tracks of chariot wheels can still be seen, the souk area, Temple of Artemis and the South Theatre with its near-perfect acoustics. We continue on to Umm Qais , a dramatic black-basalt Roman city with panoramic views over the Sea of Galilee.
Amman – Madaba - Petra. Today, we tour the citadel, Archaeological Museum and enjoy free time in the local souq. Driving onward to Madaba we visit the Greek Orthodox Church of St George which has incredible 6th century Byzantine mosaics, depicting Jerusalem and other holy sites. Late afternoon visit to Shobak castle en route to Petra.
Get ready to be amazed! All but lost to the modern world until 1812, Petra is a real archaeological gem, full of ancient tombs and ruins ripe for the modern-day discoverer. We access Petra on horseback, through the mysterious mile-long Siq which leads to the spectacular façade of the Treasury (of Indiana Jones fame). This is just the beginning of a day filled with true adventure, where we’ll explore amazing sights such as the Street of Facades, the Theatre, Colonnaded Street and Qasr al Bint. On day 5, there is an opportunity to return to the Rose City.
Today you have the opportunity to return to the Rose City.
Petra – Wadi Rum – Aqaba. Today we transfer to Wadi Rum for a 4x4 tour of the moonscape terrain which T. E. Lawrence described as “vast, echoing and God-like.” The desertscape of Wadi Rum is truly stunning with its ancient riverbeds and amazing eroded rock formations. We drive onward to Aqaba - Jordan’s premier Red Sea hotspot and enjoy an afternoon of R&R.
Aqaba - Bethany - Dead Sea. Driving north via Wadi Araba, you’ll stop at Lot’s Cave and the Dead Sea Panorama point. Later a city tour of Bethany before descending to the lowest point on the earth’s surface, the Dead Sea . Take a dip in the mineral rich waters, where you’ll bob around like a cork; there is certainly no risk of sinking here! Your skin will also receive a fabulous detox, thanks to the curative qualities of the water.
Enjoy a free day relaxing by the Dead Sea . Perhaps treat yourself to a Dead Sea spa treatment or two; everybody deserves a little pampering on holiday.
Dead Sea – Amman airport. Enjoy your last morning with a final dip, before hotel check out and onward departure transfer to Amman's Queen Alia airport for your flight to Tel Aviv. After arrival at Ben Gurion Airport, we drive to the picturesque village of Ein Karem, birthplace of John the Baptist. Then we continue to the new city of Jerusalem. We stop at the Menora situated in front of the Knesset, Israeli Parliament. All above mentioned s/seeing of day one are subject to flight landing time in Israel.
After breakfast begin tour of Jerusalem at the Mt. Of Olives to enjoy the spectacular panoramic view over the Old City and Temple Mount. If possible visit at Gethsemane, where Jesus spent the night before his arrest. Drive to Dung Gate and enter the Old City and walk to the Western Wall. Continue across the Muslim Quarter to see the spectacular Temple Mount (closed on Fridays and Saturdays). Walk to the Via Dolorosa, along which Jesus walked bowed under the weight of the Cross to the Church of Holy Sepulchre. Cross over the Armenian and Jewish Quarters to Mt. Zion to visit the Last Supper Room and Dormition Abbey. In the afternoon drive to Bethlehem to see the Church of Nativity, Manger Square and Shepherds Field.
Today we bid you farewell and transfer to the airport for your onward flight home.
The lowest point on the earth’s surface, the Dead Sea is a natural phenomena and gift of Mother Nature. Straddling ...