11 DAYS - 10 NIGHTS
Day 1: Arrive Amman
Arrive at Amman airport. Meet & Assist, then to our hotel.
Day 2: Amman / Madaba / Mt Nebo / Dead Sea
Full day tour to visit main sites in the capital Amman including the Citadel, Roman Theatre, Archaeological and Folklore Museums, as well as the modern area. Proceed to Madaba and visit its famous St. George Church, home to the oldest mosaic map of Palestine. Drive to Mt. Nebo for its spectacular view of the Holy Land and descend to the Dead Sea, the lowest spot on earth, after which we return to Amman.
Day 3: Amman / Petra (Drive)
Drive to Petra to visit one of the most magnificent sites in the Middle East. After passing the main gate we ride on horseback for about 700 meters to the entrance of the SIQmand walk along the SIQ until the most astonishing monuments of Petra, the Treasury, suddenly appear. We wander among the tombs, temples, water cisterns, Roman Theater, street of Facades, Royal Tombs, the massive Courthouse, Roman Street, Triumphal Arch, ending at Qasr Al-Bint. Time flies at Petra and before we know, it will be time return to our hotel.
Day 4: Petra / Wadi Rum / Amman (Drive)
Drive to Wadi Rum for an exhilarating jeep tour, then proceed back to Amman.
Day 5: Amman / Jerash / Bosra / Damascus (Drive)
Drive to visit Jerash, the Greco-Roman city, where we also cover the Triumphal Arch, the Hippodrome, the Temple of Zeus, the Forum, a mile long street of Columns, the Nymphaeum, the Temple of Airtimes and the Viaduct Church. Proceed towards the border with Syria. Meet & assist and proceed to Bosra to visit its Roman amphitheater, which dated back to the 2nd century AD, together with an ancient Islamic minaret. Continue to our hotel.
Day 6: Damascus
Visit one of the world's oldest cities where many civilizations, such as the Armenians, Greeks, Romans, Byzantines and Arabs, have left their marks over the centuries. Some of the most popular sites to visit are: The Omayyad Mosque, Al-Azem Palace, the Chapel of St. Ananias, St. Paul's Window, the National Museum, Hamidiye Bazaar, Saladin Mausoleum and the legendary Straight Street of Damascus.
Day 7: Damascus / Maaloula / Palmyra (Drive)
Drive to Maaloula, one of the most beautiful and picturesque villages in the region (60km from Damascus) and 1300 meters above sea level. It is said to be the first monastery in Christianity, unique in that the inhabitants still speak Aramaic (the language in which Christ preached and addressed his pupils). Later proceed to Palmyra.
Day 8: Palmyra
Palmyra was the capital of the Arab Emirate of Tadmor, which stretched to Egypt and the Bosphorus strait in the third century A.D. During the rule of its queen Zenobia who challenged the Emperors of Rome. Visit its highlights including Bel Temple, Bel Shamin Temple, Nebo Temple, the Street of Colonnade's, the Theater, Forum, tombs, and Museum.
Day 9: Palmyra / Krak des Chevaliers / Hama / Aleppo (Drive)
This morning depart for Krak des Chevaliers, the castle that played a vital role during the crusaders war. Visiting this strategically built castle, we then continue onto Hama, a historical city located on the Orontes River, to visit the ancient water wheels (the norias). Arrive Aleppo, the second Capital of Syria.
Day 10: Aleppo / St. Simeon / Aleppo
Today's tour starts out with a visit to the Archaeological Museum of Aleppo. Then on to visit the most dominating site of Aleppo, the Citadel, which dates back to the Fatimid & Ayyubid eras - 11th & 12th centuries AD. Next stop is the Grand Mosque and Al Wazir Caravanserai with all kinds of goods. We then continue for St. Simeon - a striking example of the architecture during the times of the Dead Cities that flourished for more than 400 years.
Day 11: Aleppo / Damascus Depart (Drive)
After a journey into history, transfer for our flight home.