Damascus Holidays

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Amman's old city walls

Day 1: Amman

Welcome to Jordan! On arrival into Amman airport we will meet you and transfer you to your hotel. Remainder of the day at leisure.

Some of the Roman ruins in Amman

Day 2: Amman

Drive to Jerash for a tour of the world’s best- preserved Roman provincial city. Continue north in the afternoon to dramatic UM Qais, (Biblical Gadara), another of Jordan’s Greco- Roman Decapolis cities with a stunning view over the Golan Heights and Sea of Galilee. Return to Amman for overnight.

Amman amphitheatre

Day 3: Amman - Petra

Morning city tour of Amman (Decapolis Philadelphia), including the Citadel and Archaeological Museum. Visit Mt, Nebo, legendary site from which Moses viewed the Promised Land. Then, drive to visit the ruins and beautiful mosaics of Umm ar-Rassas. Continue south to visit Shobak Crusader Castle, before heading to Petra for overnight.

Looking through the Siq at the Treasury

Day 4: Petra

Full day touring in Petra, including horseback entry, visits to the Treasury, Theater, Colonnaded Street and Ad-Deir, Petra’s largest carved façade. Overnight Petra.

Petra Siq

Day 5: Petra - Wadi Rum

Morning transfer to Wadi Rum enjoy a 4 hours 4x4 jeep ride in the area offering some of the most awe inspiring views of the most unspoilt countryside on earth. Enjoy the night at our remote desert camp.

Local camel boy in Wadi Rum

Day 6: Wadi Rum - Madaba

Breakfast at the campsite. Drive to visit Karak Crusader Castle. Descend to the Dead Sea, lowest point on the earth’s surface, for a chance to swim in the buoyant mineral rich waters of the world’s oldest spa. Lunch at the Dead Sea hotel, and then drive to Madaba for dinner at the renowned Haret Jdoudna restaurant, and overnight in Madaba.

Sunrise in Madaba

Day 7: Madaba - Damascus

Today early you will transferred north to the border of Syria. After formalities we drive you to Bosra where you have free time wander around and see the site. The driver than takes you onward to Damascus and check into your hotel.

Day 8: Damascus

Today, enjoy a tour of reputedly the oldest inhabited city on earth. Thoroughly charming, compact and bustling Damascus (Ash-Sham to locals) is studded with rich examples of Islamic and Ottoman architecture. The heart of the city is Martyrs Square. This evening, enjoy a hamam at a Damascene bath house before enjoying the view and a drink on Mt Qassioun.

Day 9: Damascus

Drive to ancient Palmyra today, for a city tour. Palmyra was an important and wealthy city from the 2nd century BC as it was located on the caravan trade routes connecting Persia, India, China and the Roman Empire. A colonnaded street leads us to the ruined city where we will see a well preserved theatre, interesting Museum, the striking Ba’al temple and the Valley of tombs. Return to Damascus by evening.

Day 10: Damascus

Today we enjoy a visit to the remarkably well preserved and beautifully formed UNESCO crusaders castle of Krac des Chevaliers and the pretty Ma'alula village – a site of great importance in the Christian religion, where the people still speak Aramaic – the language of Jesus.

Day 11: Damascus

We bid you farewell with a transfer to the airport in time for your flight home.

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