‘Grand Tour of Jordan’

Whilst Jordan’s most famous sites may be viewed in under a week, a longer visit allows for a more leisurely journey with additional time for discovery of some lesser known gems and also for independent exploration.
This arrangement goes beyond the treasures of Nabataean Petra and explores Jordan’s Roman, Crusader and Omayyad castles at Azrak, Kerak, Shobak and Aqaba, as well as the well-preserved Roman Decapolis cities of Jerash and Umm Qais. Although a small country, Jordan’s deserts, mountains and Rift Valley contain a great diversity of natural wonders. Dana Nature Reserve has spectacular scenery whilst the Azraq Wetland Reserve is a unique oasis in the arid Jordanian desert and a sanctuary for wild water buffalo. Biblical themes may be explored: Umm Qais was Gadara - where Jesus forced the evil spirits to enter a herd of pigs. View at Bethany the baptism site of Jesus; the mosaic of ancient Palestine at Madaba and Mount Nebo, believed to be the burial site of Moses and the point from where he viewed the Promised Land.

In brief: Aqaba – 2 nights; Amman – 3 nights; Dead Sea – 2 nights; Petra – 4 nights; Aqaba – 3 nights 

Day 1 Fly from London Gatwick to Aqaba for two nights.
Day 2 An optional afternoon tour of Aqaba includes a glass-bottom boat ride to the coral reefs, the Aquarium, Aqaba Fort, Museum and the archaeological site of Old Aqaba ‘Ayla’.
Day 3 Follow the Wadi Araba Road along the Rift Valley. View the fortress of Kerak and pass through Wadi el Mujib before visiting Umm el Rassas. Three nights in Amman.
Day 4 Visit the Desert Castles of the Omayyad princes: Qasr el-Kharaneh, Amra and el-Azraq. Continue to the Azraq Wetland Reserve.
Day 5 A city tour of Amman, capital of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. Visit the King Abdullah Mosque, Citadel, Temple of Hercules, Byzantine Church, Omayyad Palace, Archaeological Museum, Jordan River Design showroom and Royal Automobile Museum.
Day 6 Travel north to Jerash, the best-preserved Roman city of the Decapolis. View the Oval Plaza, Temple of Zeus, South Theatre, Colonnaded Street, Market Place, St. Theodore’s Church, Nymphaeum and North Theatre. Continue to the Decapolis city of Umm Qais with a splendid view of Lake Tiberias and visit the Acropolis, theatre, Byzantine church, colonnaded streets and Greco-Roman tombs. Continue to the Dead Sea for two nights.
Day 7 Optional visit to Bethany, Madaba and Mount Nebo.
Day 8 Morning free for swimming in the Dead Sea. Continue to Petra for four nights.
Day 9 A full-day visit to Petra. On foot through the ‘Siq’ to the Treasury, then to the Street of Façades, the Theatre, Royal Tombs, Colonnaded Street, Byzantine church, the Temple, Monumental Arch, Qasr el-Bint Faroun and perhaps the climb up to the Monastery el-Deir.
Day 10 Return to Petra for a morning walk up to the High Place of Sacrifice. Afternoon free. A drink at the Nabataean Cave Bar has been arranged. Optional ‘Petra by Night’ excursion.
Day 11 An optional morning excursion to Little Petra. Optional afternoon excursion to Shobak Castle and to view the Dana Nature Reserve at sunset.
Day 12 Return to Aqaba for three nights. An optional afternoon excursion on the ‘Yellow Submarine’, a ‘seethrough’ semi-submersible viewing the marine splendours of the Red Sea and Coral Reserve.
Day 13 An optional Red Sea cruise to Pharaoh’s Island includes a tour of the fort, barbecue lunch and option to snorkel.
Day 14 Morning free. An optional excursion to Wadi Rum includes a 90- minute 4-wheel drive and dinner in a Bedouin tent with local musicians.
Day 15 Return flight.

 OPTIONAL EXCURSIONS

Aqaba - £29

Afternoon tour tour of Aqaba includes a glass-bottom boat ride to the coral reefs, the Aquarium, Aqaba Fort, Museum and the archaeological site of Old Aqaba ‘Ayla’.

Bethany, Madaba & Mount Nebo - £44

Visit Bethany on the river Jordan, the baptism site of Jesus Christ; St. George’s Church in Madaba, where the original mosaic map of the Holy Land is found; Mount Nebo, the alleged burial place of Moses with views over the ‘Holy Land’.

Petra by Night - £25

This exclusive optional arrangement reveals the magical ‘rose-red’ city by the light of a thousand candles. After listening under the stars to Bedouin stories and music at the Treasury, walk through the heart of Petra to enjoy dinner at Petra’s only restaurant (about two miles of walking, in stages, over sometimes uneven ground with return to hotel by bus).

Little Petra - £18

Drive to Siq el-Barid (Little Petra) located close to the main site. This is Petra in miniature with a modest gorge but wonderful rock-cut temples, caves and multi-coloured rockfaces and, being less-visited, it has an atmosphere all of its own.

Shobak castle and Dana Reserve -£28

Visit the Crusader castle at Shobak known as “Mont Realis”, the fortress of the royal mount– built to protect the route from Syria to Egypt. See the remains of the enclosing wall, the Crusader chapel and ancient well shaft.  Dana is one of the most beautiful nature reserves in Jordan with spectacular scenery. Enjoy a fresh juice while watching the sunset over Dana Mountains from Dana Guesthouse.

Red Sea cruise - £29

Red Sea yacht excursion to Pharaoh’s Island includes a tour of the fort, barbecue lunch and option to snorkel (charge).

Wadi Rum - £42

Drive to Wadi Rum, where you will take a 4-wheel drive open-top jeep* through the desert. Carry on driving past majestic mountains, explore a gorge and see ancient rock drawings. Watch the sun set over the desert mountain scenery. After dark drive to a Bedouin camp for dinner and enjoy Bedouin singing and music around a camp fire. *Please be advised that the jeeps have no seatbelts and are not suitable for anyone with a bad back.

Yellow Submarine - £25

"The Coral Whispers" is the first see-through boat (semi-submersible) in the region, which allows participants to see some of the Red Sea's underwater treasures and the magical beauty of the Coral Reserved Area via a window in a cabin three metres under the waters' surface.

 

 

Desert paramours Trek and Travel, Petra - Jordan

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