Day 1: Arrival Amman
Jordan Beauty representative will meet and assist
at Queen Alia International Airport, Followed by transfer guests to
Amman (33 km from airport) for check-in and welcome drink at hotel.
Freshen-up followed by briefing, then dinner and O/N hotel.
Day 2: Amman – Desert Castles
Breakfast in hotel, 9:00 am departure for 2-hour
city tour of Amman (Ancient Philadelphia, Citadel, Temple of Hercules,
Roman Theatre, Nymphaeum, King Abdullah Mosque [Blue Mosque] and Ummayad
Palace) followed by transfer to tour the desert castles. The Ummayad
Caliphs in the 8th c. AD built the desert castles and palaces. They
built these castles and palaces in the Jordanian desert in order to
maintain the caravan routes and to secure the loyalty of Jordanian
tribes. We will tour Azraq Castle, (90 km from Amman) including lunch .
We will then continue to Kharanah Palace, Amra Palace, and then transfer
back to Amman for freshen-up followed by transfer to Dinner outside
hotel , for an authentic Jordanian dinner. Back to hotel for O/N.
Day 3: Jerash – Ajloun – Amman
Breakfast in hotel, followed by 8:00 am transfer
to Jerash, (45 km from Amman) one of the most important and preserved
Roman cities in the Near East. Half-day tour of Jerash, visiting the
oval plaza in the south theatre, the colonized street, the Temple of
Artemis, Zeus and the Three Churches of Cosmos and Demanos. Lunch in
Jerash. After lunch, transfer to Ajloun (24 km from Jerash) to visit the
only Islamic castle in Jordan, which was built from 1184-1185AD and one
of the very few Islamic castles built to protect the country against
Crusader attacks. Transfer back to Amman to freshen-up followed by
dinner Outside hotel . Back to hotel for O/N.
Day 4: Umm Qais – Pella – Dead Sea
Breakfast in hotel, 8:00 am transfer to Umm Qais
(old Gadara), dating back to 2nd century AD, sightseeing over Golan
Heights and Tayberias Lake. Tour Umm Qais, one of the most important
cities during the Greco-Roman period, dating back to the 2nd c. AD
including lunch. Continue driving along the Yarmoukh River beside the
Jordanian / Israeli border to Jordan Valley viewing Pella, which has
been inhabited for over 6000 years (a Decapolis city of the Roman
Empire), tour Pella. Then continue to the Dead Sea, the lowest point on
the earth, 409m below sea level. Free afternoon to swim, float and relax
in the water rich in mineral salts, ideal for spas and medicinal
treatments. Dinner and O/N hotel at the Dead Sea.
Day 5: Madaba - Mt. Nebo - Mekawir - Kerak - Petra
Breakfast in hotel, departure at 8:00 am to Madaba
(20 km from Dead Sea), famous as a land of Mosaics. The most famous of
the mosaics being the wonderful map of Palestine and Jordan in the Greek
Orthodox Church of St. George. Continue to Mt. Nebo for tour of the site
believed to be home to the tomb of Moses. Then transfer via the Kings’
Highway to Mekawir. This is the site of Herod’s Palace, where John the
Baptist was beheaded. Tour of Mekawir, transfer via Kings’ Highway to
Kerak (located 129 km from Amman) one of the finest examples of Crusader
military construction, its walls are strengthened with rectangular
projecting towers, long stone vaulted galleries lit only by narrow
slits, and a deep moat from the west which completely isolates the site.
Lunch at Al-Mujib (in Kerak), followed by transfer to Petra for dinner
and O/N hotel.
Day 6: Petra
Breakfast in hotel, 8:00 am departure for full day
tour of Petra (the Rose-Red city) including the Siq, the Treasury, city
centre, the Royal tomb, the theatre, the High Place of Sacrifice, Wadi
Farasah and the Roman Soldier Tombs. Lunch in Petra, then evening hike
back via the Siq to Wadi Musa for freshen-up followed by transfer to
Beidha (little Petra) for gala B-B-Q dinner under the stars, then back
to Wadi Musa for O/N hotel. ***The dinner will be Arabic cuisine served
open buffet style including Bedouin (folklore)
Day 7: Petra
Breakfast in hotel, 9:00 am departure for full day
Petra tour including Al-Dheir, the Monastery and Al Habis castle. Lunch
inside, followed by evening hike back via Siq back to Wadi Musa for
dinner and O/N hotel.
Day 8: Beidha (Little Petra) - Wadi Rum - Aqaba
Breakfast, then checkout of hotel, 9:00 am
departure to visit Little Petra (Beidah, 8 km from hotel), a caravan
station from the 3rd century BC. Then drive via the caravan roads back
to Wadi Musa for lunch at the Red Cave Restaurant. After lunch, bus
transfer to Wadi Rum (Valley of the Moon) for a 2-hour jeep tour to
explore the Arabian desert and watch the beautiful sunset. Tour through
the Sharah Mountain to Aqaba for dinner and O/N hotel.
Day 9: Aqaba
Breakfast in hotel, followed by free morning in
Aqaba, situated on the gulf of the Red Sea. Guests can swim, snorkel,
dive or just relax. Lunch in Aqaba , followed by afternoon glass boat
trip for all guests to explore the beautiful coral reefs situated in the
Red Sea. Followed by gala B-B-Q dinner on the hotel beach then O/N in
Day 10: Departure
Breakfast and checkout of hotel, followed by
transfer to departure.