Day 01 : Q.A.I. Airport – Dead Sea
Arrive at Queen Alia International Airport in Amman. Transfer to the Dead Sea for a three night stay at the lowest spot on earth.
Day 02 : Dead Sea
Day at leisure in the Dead Sea, where one can experience floating ethereally on its saline waters without exerting any effort.
Day 03 : Dead Sea – Bethany – Mujib Reserve – Dead Sea
Drive to Bethany, the most important and extraordinary biblical site in Jordan where Jesus was baptized. Proceed to the Mujib Reserve, one of the most enchanting nature reserves in Jordan and enjoy a delightful adventurous short hike along its water filled canyons, crystal-clear pools & waterfalls. Return to the Dead Sea.
Day 04 : Dead Sea – Jordan Valley – Umm Qais – Jerash – Amman
Drive north along the fertile Jordan Valley, to the Decapolis city of Umm Qais with its magnificent panoramic views over the Golan Heights, Lake Tiberias (the Sea of Galilee) and the Jordan Valley. Proceed to visit one of the most splendid provincial cities anywhere in the Roman Empire, the 2,000 year old city of Jerash. Continue to Amman.
Day 05 : Amman
Tour Amman. Start with a visit to the Royal Automobile Museum, the downtown area which is crowned by the ancient Citadel, the 2nd century AD Roman Theater & the Jordan Museum. Drive up from the old downtown area to Jabal Amman. Explore on foot Rainbow Street renowned for its fine old villas. stop at Jordan River Foundation & Wild Jordan which promotes items often produced by rural women in the different nature reserves of Jordan ranging from jewelry to painted ostrich eggs, organic herbs, dried fruits and soap. finally drive through Abdoun, a contemporary residential area which boasts some of the best modern architecture.
Day 06 : Amman – Desert Castles – Azraq Wetland – Amman – Turkish Bath
Drive towards the magnificent Eastern Jordanian desert complexes, collectively known as the ‘Desert Castles’. Visit the mighty structure of Qasr el-Kharaneh, the bath-house of Qasr Amra & Qasr el-Azraq; the headquarters of Lawrence of Arabia. Proceed to visit Azraq Wetland Reserve, home to the wild water buffalo & where scores of birds flock to the reserve each year. Return to Amman and experience a delightful traditional ritual at hammam Al-Pasha Turkish Bath where your whole body would be rejuvenated.
DAY 07 : AMMAN – MADABA s/s – MOUNT NEBO s/s – DEAD SEA PANORAMIC COMPLEX s/s – MA’IN
After breakfast, drive to Madaba the “City of Mosaics” which is renowned for its magnificent collection of lavish Byzantine mosaics found in its churches and homes. The most famous and significant of all the city’s treasures is one of the oldest maps of ancient Palestine, the 6th century AD mosaic map which covers the floor of the Greek Orthodox Church of St. George, depicting the major biblical sites from Egypt to Palestine. The extraordinary map offers a historical insight into the surrounding region and was depicted in the past for the benefit of the pilgrims on their way to the Holy Land. The River Nile, Mount Sinai, the Dead Sea, the Jordan River and Lake Tiberias are easily identified on this map, in addition to many cities such as Gaza, Bethlehem and the detailed Holy City of Jerusalem where one can still clearly make out the city walls, gates, the main street (cardo) and the domed Church of the Holy Sepulcher.
The City of Mosaics has an interesting Archaeological Park which houses a rich collection of ruins and mosaics from the area, and a Folklore Museum housed at the Madaba Museum, which displays a collection of ancient artifacts, pottery, jewellery and traditional costumes.
Proceed to Mount Nebo which dates back to the time of the Prophet Moses, around the 12th century BC and is believed to be the site of the Prophet’s burial place and from where he viewed the Holy Land. On the top of the 1000m hill are the ruins of Moses Memorial Church, built by the early Christians in the 4th century AD. Inside, are the remains of magnificent mosaic floors with stunning designs that feature hunting and herding scenes but unfortunately the church is now momentarily closed for renovation. From a viewing platform in front of the church and looking out towards the Holy Land, a visitor may see a an Italian-designed bronze memorial of a snake on a cross which symbolizes the serpent lifted up by Moses in the desert, and the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. Mount Nebo commands excellent sweeping views over the Dead Sea and the entire Jordan Valley and on a clear day one can also see the rooftops of Jerusalem (46km) and Bethlehem.
Drive on to the Dead Sea Panoramic complex with its spectacular views over the Dead Sea and the Holy Land and where you will visit the Dead Sea Museum which exhibits samples of rocks and minerals and displays the unique geological features of the Dead Sea and the Rift Valley.
Continue to Ma’in, which is set dramatically amidst the mountains around a series of hot springs and waterfalls, for a two night stay.
DAY 08 : MA’IN ( FREE )
Day at leisure to enjoy the therapeutic properties of the hot springs and hyper-thermal waterfalls of Hammamat Ma’in that cascade into natural mineral-rich hot pools, making it a wonderful retreat in the colder months.
DAY 09 : MA’IN – WADI EL MUJIB – KERAK s/s – PETRA – CAVE BAR – PETRA BY NIGHT s/s ( Mon, Wed & Thu )
After breakfast drive to the rose-red city of Petra, for a two night stay, along part of one the oldest continuously used routes in the world; the 5,000-year-old Kings’ Highway. Pass through the spectacular canyon of Wadi el-Mujib to the Crusader stronghold of Kerak where you will visit its imposing fortified castle which was built in AD 1142 and had witnessed many battles between the Crusaders and Saladin’s Muslim armies until its surrender to the Arabs after more than a one year of siege. Visitors will be amazed by the network of the dimly lit vaulted rooms and long winding corridors, which lead into each other through heavy arches and doorways. Also of interest, are the narrow arrow slits in the walls, to prevent invaders from climbing up the steep rocky slope to the castle.
Arrive at Petra and check in at your hotel.
Enjoy a drink at the Nabatean Cave Bar before joining the Petra by Night evening excursion where the ‘rose-red’ city is transformed into a world of magic with only the flickering light of candles to guide you way to the Treasury (Petra by Night operates on Mondays, Wednesday & Thursdays).
DAY 10 : PETRA s/s – THE ROCK CAMP ( DINNER )
After breakfast, explore the legendary city of Petra which was carved entirely out of solid sandstone rock more than 2,000 years ago and has been recently voted as one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. The breathtaking ancient city is accessed by foot through the magnificent 1.2 km narrow Siq (gorge), which leads to Petra’s most famous 1st century BC monument, the spectacularly carved Treasury which appears dramatically as you enter the hidden city at the end of the Siq. The numerous stunning ruins of tombs, known as the Street of Facades, lead your way into the remarkable 3,000 seat rock carved Theatre, and the impressive collection of Royal Tombs. The once bustling colonnaded market street, leads to the Great Temple, the beautiful 5th century AD Byzantine Church and to the mighty Qasr el-Bint Faroun. Should you wish to explore Petra further, a flight of about 900 steps cut into the colorful rock, takes you up to the gigantic 1sth century AD monument of the Monastery, with its stunning views over Wadi Araba.
Drive to The Rock Camp in Little Petra area which is set on an ancient site of a Nabatean winery and where 2,000 year old water channels are still visible. The camp offers an insight into the Bedouin’s way of life. Enjoy their hospitality while dining under lamp-lit, hand woven tents. Share in authentic Shraak bread baking, and relax around the campfire under the starlit skies. Tantalize your senses with the taste of fresh cardamom-spiced coffee grinded and roasted in front of you. Get adorned with temporary Henna tattooing; traditionally thought to have magical powers & Kohl eyeliner, still popular amongst the Bedouins as a natural protection against the harsh desert sun. Return to your hotel in the evening.
DAY 11 : PETRA ( FREE ) – WADI RUM ( 4X4 ) ( DINNER ) – AQABA
Morning at leisure.
At noon drive to Wadi Rum best described by Lawrence of Arabia as ‘vast, echoing and God-like’ for its stunning natural beauty, and known by the Arabs as the Valley of the Moon for its moonscape terrain of ancient riverbeds, soaring wind carved rocks and smooth golden dunes, offering the most spectacular desert scenery in the world. Explore its stunning landscape and venture far into the magnificent desert by Bedouin four-wheel drive vehicles while marveling at the massive mountains, beautiful canyons, awe-inspiring rock formations and remarkable desert sunset. Enjoy dining in the desert before driving to the Red Sea resort of Aqaba for a two night stay.
DAY 12 : AQABA ( FREE ) – SUBMARINE ( TRIP )
Morning relax at the palm-fringed beaches of Aqaba.
Afternoon, enjoy a trip on the semi-submersible submarine to explore the wanders of the Red Sea, famed for its remarkably rich marine life.
DAY 13 : AQABA – PHARAOH’S ISLAND ( TRIP )
Join a full day cruise to Pharaoh’s Island in the Red Sea where you can explore the Crusader’s castle and enjoy a barbecue lunch aboard the yacht and snorkelling amongst the pristine reefs.
DAY 14 : HOTEL – AQABA AIRPORT
Transfer to Aqaba Airport for departure to Amman to connect flights.