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Welcome to Jordan and the start of your holiday! Arrive into Amman and transfer to your 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.
Today, we tour the citadel, Archaeological Museum and enjoy free time in the local souq. We then have time for a dip in the Dead Sea before we head down to 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 Treasury. We’ll explore the ancient Nabatean tombs and the Roman rock-carved streets lined with temples, royal tombs, staircases, arched gates, public buildings.
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.
Leaving Wadi Rum we visit coastal Aqaba enjoying in a short city tour and some free time to explore. Afternoon departure via Wadi Araba and Lot’s cave, stopping at Mt Nebo to take in panoramic views across the Promised Land and onward to Madaba.
Madaba a bustling Muslim-Christian market town, is renown for its mosaics including the stunning 6th century Byzantine mosaic map depicting Jerusalem and other holy sites, located at the Greek Orthodox Church of St George, we travel on to Damascus.
Today, we enjoy a tour of reputedly the oldest inhabitated city on earth. Straight Street was one of the main streets of Roman Damascus and still exists today. Studded with examples of Islamic and Ottoman architecture, we see the Umayyad Mosque - one of the largest mosques and one of the oldest sites of continuous prayer since the rise of Islam and much more.
Free day to enjoy Damascus or book our optional excursion to Ma’ alula, an ancient town where the locals still speak Aramaic, the language of Christ & Krac des Chevaliers, a crusader castle of epic proportion OR the spectacular ruins of Palmyra – perhaps Syria’s number one sight!
Bidding Damascus farewell, we travel south to Bosra , a city of the ancient Roman Decapolis, which boasts possibly the best preserved Roman theatre in the Middle East. Leaving Bosra, we continue south to the frontier, where we attend to customs formalities and cross back over into Jordan. Onward to Amman, we’ve the remains of the evening to relax.
We will transfer you to the airport in time for your departure flight.