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Jordan: Amman - Madaba - Mt. Nebo - Kerak - Petra - Wadi Rum

Syria: Bosra - Damascus - Maaloula - Palmyra - Krak des Chevaliers  - Hama - Aleppo
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jewels of jordan and syria:

Introduction

Jewels of Jordan & Syria is collection of the remains of different epochs of civilization that takes us back in time to explore and understand how the world was then and help us understand why it is the way it is today. We will be walking over centuries of pre biblical to biblical, Christian, Islamic and modern eras - all having added to the previous and leaving behind much for the next civilization to take over. This journey has also a vivid cultural experience as we meet the local folks at the tea houses, souqs and the various other places we visit.

Day by day tour itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Amman
Arrival at Amman airport. Meet and assist and transfer to hotel.
Overnight, Amman (1 night)

Day 2: Amman / Madaba / Mt Nebo / Kerak / Petra
This morning we proceed to Madaba to visit its famous St. George Church where the oldest mosaic map of Palestine ever exists. Then drive to Mt. Nebo for its spectacular view of the Holy Land. Continue onto the Crusader Castle of Kerak for a visit then onto Petra.
Overnight
, Petra (2 nights) (B, D)

Day 3: Petra
Today we will be visiting one of the top most magnificent sites in the Middle East. After passing the main gate we take a horse ride for about 700 meters to the entrance of the SIQmand walk along the SIQ until the most astonishing monuments of Petra, the Treasury, appear all of a sudden. We wander among the tombs, temples, water cisterns, the Roman Theater, street of Facades, the Royal Tombs, the massive Courthouse, Roman Street and Triumphal Arch and ending at Qasr Al-Bint. Time flies at Petra and before we know, it will be time to proceed to our hotel.
Overnight (1 night) (B, D)

Day 4: Petra / Wadi Rum / Amman
Drive to Wadi Rum for a jeep tour to discover what Laurence of Arabia did, then proceed back to Amman.
Overnight
, Amman (2 nights) (B, D)

Day 5: Amman
Morning tour of Amman city, which is also known as Philadelphia. Then 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. (B, D)

Day 6: Amman / Bosra / Damascus
Proceed towards the northern 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.
Overnight
, Damascus (2 nights) (B, D)

Day 7: Damascus
Visit one of the world’s oldest cities where many civilizations have left their marks over the centuries: Armenians, Greeks, Romans, Byzantines and Arabs. Some of the most popular sites to visit: 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. (B, D)

Day 8: Damascus / Maaloula / Palmyra
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, and the unique thing is that the inhabitants still speak Aramaic (the language in which Christ preached and addressed his pupils). Proceed to Palmyra.
Overnight
, Palmyra (2 nights) (B, D)

Day 9:  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: Bel Temple, Bel Shamin Temple, Nebo Temple, the Street of Colonnade’s, the Theater, the Forum, the tombs, and the Museum. (B, D)

Day 10: Palmyra / Krak des Chevaliers / Hama / Aleppo
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.
Overnight
, Aleppo (2 nights) (B, D)

Day 11: Aleppo
Today’s tour starts out with a visit to the Archaeological Museum of Aleppo. Then onto visit the most dominating site of Aleppo, the Citadel, which was 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. (B, D)

Day 12: Aleppo / Damascus Depart
After a journey into history, we bid farewell with a transfer for our flight home. (B)

GROUP SIZE:
02- 06 Pax

guides and assistance

AAccompanying with specialized English guides in each country for such tours
 

Transportation: By A/C minibus, for the whole tour