Jordan – Healing and History – 14 Days
3N Amman | 2N Petra | 3N Aqaba | 1N Shobak | 4N Dead Sea.
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Vacation Style Holiday Type
Activity Level Fairly Easy
Embark upon an in-depth exploration of Jordan which will offer a fascinating insight into the nation’s history. As well as witnessing Jordan’s highlights, including Petra and the Dead Sea, you will visit some lesser known sights, savor the local cuisine, and experience Bedouin culture, allowing you to discover the true essence of this exotic region.
Amman - Arrival
On your arrival you’ll be met and transferred to your hotel where you have the rest of the evening at leisure. Proposed Stay: Millennium Amman Hotel.
Amman - Qasr Al-Kharana
After breakfast, explore Jordan’s remarkable desert castles, scattered throughout the arid plains to the east of Amman. These desert castles are actually a string of palaces, forts and estates dating from the 7th-8th century. You’ll then visit the Qasr Al-Kharana, a tributary of the Wadi Sirhan and the Qusayr Amra where you’ll discover the Wall paintings, which represent a formative stage in the development of Islamic art. Figures and even erotic scenes were portrayed, showing late Hellenistic and Persian influences. You’ll then enjoy lunch at a local restaurant in Amman before heading off on a city tour which will introduce you to the diversity of the people as well as the Citadel of Philadelphia, the Amphitheatre, Archeological Museum. This evening you’ll enjoy a welcome dinner at a local restaurant. Propose Stay: Millennium Amman Hotel. B, L, D.
Amman - Um Qais
This morning drive to north of Jordan to visit the Um Qais, which rests on a hilltop that overlooks the Golan Heights and Lake Tiberius. The site contains the remains of the ancient Roman city of Gedara, including a fascinating black basalt theatre. You’ll then move on to the Roman City of Jerash, the city of the thousand columns. Lunch will be at a local restaurant before you move on to Ajloun village with its Saladin castle, known as Qala’at Ar-Rabad. From its hilltop position, it dominates a wide stretch of the northern Jordan Valley. This evening you’ll visit Rainbow Street, Amman’s trendiest district, an area in the midst of an artistic and cultural renaissance. Propose Stay: Millennium Amman Hotel. B, L.
Amman to Petra
Today, descend into the Jordan Valley to ‘Bethany beyond the Jordan’, the site where Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist. Discovered only recently, excavation work has unearthed a 1st century AD settlement with plastered pools and water systems, in addition to a 5th to 6th century AD late Byzantine settlement. Next, depart to Mount Nebo where you can enjoy the breathtaking views at this place of pilgrimage for early Christians from Jerusalem. You’ll then head on to Madaba where you’ll stop at the Greek Orthodox Church which houses the famous 6th century map of the Holy Land. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant before continuing on to the ancient city of Petra. Propose Stay: Mövenpick Petra Resort. B, L.
After breakfast you’ll head into the ancient city Petra. Myths say it was built by magic and it could not be taken by the Romans until 106AD because of the rough terrain guarding its borders. Lunch will take place within a local restaurant among the spectacular ruins of Petra. Propose Stay: Mövenpick Petra Resort. B, L.
Petra to Aqaba
This morning you’ll visit the site of Little Petra, only a few kilometres from Petra and hidden away in the centre of a mountain. This miniature version of Petra contains a number of notable tombs some of which are amazingly well preserved. Next, enjoy your lunch at Taybet Zaman Eco-Village. The facilities at the village are built around themes allowing visitors to experience the old village way of life. After lunch you’ll head to the south of Jordan for a few days at leisure on the shores of the Red Sea. Propose Stay: Mövenpick Aqaba. B, L.
Enjoy the next two days free day at leisure at your resort. Relax on the beach, explore, or enjoy some of the many water sports on offer. Propose Stay: Mövenpick Aqaba. B.
Aqaba to Shobak
Today you’ll spend some time wandering about the partially rebuilt Mameluk Fort, one of the main historical landmarks of Aqaba that was originally a crusaded castle. Enjoy lunch at a local fish restaurant before continuing to Shobak where you will visit Shobak Castle, an early 12th-Century Crusader castle. Propose Stay: Montreal Hotel, Shobak. B, L, D.
Shobak to Dead Sea
Awaken to the sound of traditional drums and enjoy herbal tea as the sun paints the area in warm hues of reds, orange and yellow. After breakfast, you’ll leave Shobak and head to one of the projects of The Royal Society for the Conversation of Nature, Dana Eco Village.
Upon arrival you’ll enjoy a guided walk which takes you through the Dana Village, the terraced gardens and local craft workshops. Here you’ll meet local residents and learn more about Dana’s rich history. You’ll enjoy an organic lunch at Dana Guest House before leaving for the Dead Sea where your afternoon is yours to spend at your leisure. Propose Stay: Mövenpick Dead Sea Resort. B, L, D.
Today visit the holy cave of Lot located on a steep mountain slope overlooking the Dead Sea and the Jordan Valley. Lot was the nephew of Abraham and features repeatedly in the colourful annals of the Dead Sea’s southern shores. The cave is a ten-minute climb up a steep flight of steps and is surrounded by the ruins of a small Byzantine church, a reservoir and some mosaics. Your afternoon is at leisure. Propose Stay: Mövenpick Dead Sea Resort. B, D.
After breakfast, enjoy a day at leisure on the shores of the Dead Sea perhaps taking a dip and experiencing its healing properties due to the high mineral content first hand. Alternatively, you may like to embark on a optional excursion to the historic and ancient city of Jerusalem. Propose Stay: Mövenpick Dead Sea Resort. B, D.
Dead Sea to Amman
Enjoy time at leisure in the Dead Sea. Propose Stay: Mövenpick Dead Sea Resort. B, L, D.
Amman - Departure
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your onward flight. B.