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Sample Itinerary - REF JORDAN 640

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Amman amphitheatre

Day 1: Amman

We will pick you up the airport and transfer you to the hotel.

Day 2: Amman

Today we driving north and visit the Roman ruins of Jerash. Recognised as one of the best-preserved member cities of the Decapolis, Jerash is deservedly one of Jordan’s major attractions. The traditional Roman street is very impressive and still boasts chariot ruts, the South Theatre boasts astonishing ancient amplification. We continue to Umm Qais, a dramatic black-basalt Roman city and then Aljun before returning to Amman.

Day 3: Amman - Petra

Today we journey on the Kings Highway stopping at Madaba and Karak. Madaba is the most important Christian centre in Jordan. 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.

The deep reds of the Treasury

Day 4: 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 – that of 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, public buildings and more the intrepid can ascend to Ad Deir, better known as the monastery.

Day 5: Petra - Wadi Rum

This morning you have the option to revisit Petra in your own time before we drive you to Wadi Rum. We have a 4x4 jeep tour of the moonscape terrain which T. E. Lawrence rightly described as "vast, echoing and God-like." 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, The region is also home to semi-nomadic Bedouin living in their great goat hair tents tonight, we enjoy a Jordanian dinner tonight at your camp.

Dead Sea salt up close

Day 6: Wadi Rum - Damascus

Today we head to the Dead Sea, with free time to float in the mineral rich waters. Travelling onward we attend to immigration formalities at the border, and onward to Syria's charming capital.

Day 7: Damascus

Enjoy a full day’s touring of the city’s historic heart, including the beautiful Ottoman Azem Palace, the tomb of Saladin and the Grand Mosque Umayyad Mosque. Filled with exquisite guilded mosaics, the mosque is without doubt one of the greatest architectural creations of its time. We continue on to Straight Street, the baptism site of Apostle Paul, St. Ananias Church with its sunken crypt and Hamedieh bazaar.

Day 8: Damascus

We will head north today for a full day's guided sightseeing to visit the ancient town of Ma'alula and Krac des Chevaliers - a crusader castle of epic proportions, that stands 650 metres above sea level and commands the strategic valley between Homs and Tripoli.

Day 9: Damascus - Beirut

Drive early morning towards the border, cross into Lebanon, meet & assist with entry formalities and proceed to visit Lebanon’s greatest Roman treasure, Baalbeck, counted among the wonders of the ancient world. The site includes the temples of Jupiter, Bacchus & Venus, with the remarkable Great Court and the Hexagonal Forecourt. Drive then through Beqaa Plain and Visit Ksara Winery, a large producer, famous for using the Roman caves as wine natural cellars, producing many varieties of wines of which 50% are red.

Day 10: Beirut

Today we will take you on a half day tour of Beirut city.

Day 11: Beirut

Travel out of the city to visit the beautiful mountain landscapes with spectacular views of the peaks and gorges of the Qadisha Valley and Bcharre region. You will also visit the cedars of Lebanon today, which are the national emblem of Lebanon and where some of the trees are over 1000 years old.

Day 12: Beirut - Jerusalem

We will transfer you back to Damascus, then through Jordan and on to the border with Israel. We will pick you up from the Israeli side and transfer you to the hotel in Jerusalem.

Day 13: Jerusalem

This morning takes us up to the Mount of Olives for the best view of Jerusalem. Nearby visit the Garden of Gethsemane with its ancient olive tree. We enter the Old City to visit the Wailing Wall and explore the Temple Area with the Al-Aksa Mosque and Dome of the Rock. In the Jewish quarter we visit the Synagogue. Walk through the Cardo and visit Burnt house which dates back Second Temple period. We continue on to visit the Via Dolorosa, the Convent of Zion sisters, the station of the Cross, and the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. We visit Mt Zion, before returning to our hotel.

Day 14: Jerusalem

Free day to relax (everything is closed due to Shabbat).

Day 15: Jerusalem

We will transfer you to Tel Aviv airport in time for your departure flight.

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last updated - 22 Dec 2014 3:28 PM