DEPTH OF JORDAN
(8 DAYS - 7 NIGHTS )
DAY 1: QUEEN ALIA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT – AMMAN
Arrival at Queen Alia International Airport, where you will be met by JAT representative to help you through formalities and finalizing your entrance visa to Jordan and collect your baggage. Overnight / Amman.
DAY 2: AMMAN CITY TOUR
Pick up from your hotel in Amman for a tour of the capital city of Jordan. Your visit includes sites and museums such as the Archeological Museum, the Folklore Museum, The CITADEL and the AMPHITHEATRE.
Having a walking tour in the downtown of Amman, meeting local people, passing by the spices and vegetable market. Overnight / Amman.
DAY 3: AMMAN - UM QAIS – AJLOUN- JERASH - AMMAN
UM QAIS, the site of the famous miracle of the Gadarene swine, Gadara was renowned in its time as a cultural centre. It was the home of several classical poets and philosophers, including Theodorus, founder of a rhetorical school in Rome, and was once called “a new Athens” by a poet. Perched on a splendid hilltop overlooking the Jordan Valley and the Sea of Galilee, Gadara is known today as Umm Qays, and boasts an impressive colonnaded street, a vaulted terrace, and the ruins of two theatres. You can take in the sights and then dine on the terrace of a fine restaurant with a breathtaking view.
AJLOUN CASTEL, The marvels of nature and the genius of medieval Arab military architecture have given northern Jordan two of the most important ecological and historical attractions in the Middle East: the sprawling pine forests of the Ajlun-Dibbine area, and the towering Ayyubid castle at Ajlun, which helped to defeat the Crusaders eight centuries ago. Locals often take advantage of the green landscapes of Ajlun to take a break from city life and connect with nature.
Continue to JERASH, an amazing blend of Greco-Roman and Oriental influences. A great place to visit during the spring with its beautiful rolling hills and lush greenery, Jerash has a rhythm not seen anywhere else in Jordan. The largest archaeological site in Jordan and the best-preserved example of Roman civilization in the Middle East. Overnight / Amman.
DAY 4: AMMAN – MADABA – KERAK - LITTLE PETRA
Visit MADABA, the city of Mosaics, a combination of rural home life and a hot spot for religious tourism. Known as the “City of Mosaics” Madaba is the cultural epicenter for Byzantine and Umayyad mosaics. Just a short distance from the capitol visitors are just a stone's throw away from the holy monuments of religious iconography.
Proceed to MOUNT NEBO is most known for being the site where Moses overlooked the Holy Land but did not enter it and where a church and a monastery were built to honor him. The book of Numbers (33:47) mentions that when the children of Israel moved from Almon Diblathaim they camped in the mountains of Abarim, before Nebo, and that the children of Reuben rebuilt the city (Numbers 32:38).
Visit KERAK, an ancient Crusader stronghold, Karak sits 900m above sea level and lies inside the walls of the old city. The city today is home to around 170,000 people and continues to boast a number of restored 19th century Ottoman buildings, restaurants, places to stay, and the like. But it is undoubtedly Karak Castle that dominates.
Transfer to LITTLE PETRA “ AL BEIDA “ Siq Al Barid (Cold Canyon) is well worth a visit. It was thought to have served as an agricultural center, trading suburb and resupply post for camel caravans visiting Petra. The surrounding area is picturesque and fun to explore, especially as it is home to some of the oldest settlements in the world. Overnight / Petra.
DAY 5: PETRA
Visit the ancient city of PETRA, one of Jordan’s national treasures and by far its best known tourist attraction. Petra is the legacy of the Nabataeans, an industrious Arab people who settled in southern Jordan more than 2,000 years ago. Admired then for its refined culture, massive architecture and ingenious complex of dams and water channels, Petra is a UNESCO World Heritages Site and one of the new Seven Wonders of the World. Inhabited by the Nabateans, Edomites and Romans, Petra brought together the knowledge and skill of these civilizations to create this world wonder. Caravans laden with incense, silks, spices and other exotic goods would rest at Petra. Overnight / Petra.
DAY 6: PETRA – WADI RUM
Transfer to WADI RUM . “The Valley of the Moon”, depicted as Mars in several Hollywood feature films Wadi Rum is an Arabian fairy-tale waiting to be discovered. Home to nomadic Bedouin tribes, Wadi Rum is a a quiet getaway of stars, sand, and sun; a perfect complement from Amman’s epicenter. Once inhabited by the Nabataeans of prehistoric times, Wadi Rum allows you to get lost in large landscapes and horizon lines. The calmness of the desert is sure calm your spirit and de-clutter your thoughts. explore the desert in 4x4 Jeeps visiting the holographic pictures carved before Christ on this intriguing tour. Overnight / Wadi Rum
DAY 7: WADI RUM – DEAD SEA
Proceed to Dead sea which is the lowest point on earth 400 meters below sea level.
A spectacular natural wonder the DEAD SEA is perfect for religious tourism and fun in the sun with the family. With its mix of beach living and religious history you can soak up the sun while Biblical scholars can get their daily dose of religious history. The leading attraction at the Dead Sea is the warm, soothing, super salty water itself – some ten times saltier than sea water, and rich in chloride salts of magnesium, sodium, potassium, bromine and several others. The unusually warm, incredibly buoyant and mineral-rich waters have attracted visitors since ancient times, including King Herod the Great and the beautiful Egyptian Queen, Cleopatra. All of whom have luxuriated in the Dead Sea's rich, black, stimulating mud and floated effortlessly on their backs while soaking up the water's healthy minerals along with the gently diffused rays of the Jordanian sun. Overnight / Dead Sea.
DAY 8: Dead Sea– QUEEN ALIA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
Transfer to the airport for departure .