Day 1: Amman Airport – Amman
Our representative will meet you upon arrival at Amman Airport and assist with your visa to Jordan. After, meet our driver and continue to Amman for dinner and overnight at 3* hotel.
Day 2: Amman - Ajloun - Jerash – Amman
Breakfast at the hotel, then start the morning with a city tour of Jordan's capital, mentioned in the Bible as Rabbath Ammon. The city is built on a series of jabals (or hills) and offers spectacular vistas at every turn. Towering above the city on Jabal Qala'a is the Citadel. This site has seen the rise and fall of most of the civilizations that have inhabited Amman for the past 7,000 years. It is most noteworthy for the Temple of Hercules, the Umayyad Palace, and the remains of a small Byzantine Church. At the foot of the hill lies the 6,000 seat Roman Theatre, built in 161 CE, and which to much amazement is still used for cultural events today. Continue to the forested area of Ajloun to explore Al Rabad Castle better known as Ajloun Castle. Though looking like a Crusader fortress, it was actually built by the Muslims in 1184 as a military fort and to protect the region from invading Crusader forces. After a short drive through the hilly landscape covered with olive and orange trees, arrive in Jerash, so well preserved that you can almost hear the banter of the merchants and the creaking of chariot wheels along the cobblestoned streets. It was an extraordinary place in the days of Alexander the Great (332 BC) and was very prosperous - 20,000 inhabitants once lived here. With a site guide, explore the numerous and breathtaking ruins of colonnaded streets, arches, temples and baths in a remarkable state of preservation and completeness. After, return to Amman for dinner and overnight at 3* hotel.
Day 3: Amman - Madaba - Mt. Nebo - Kerak – Petra
Breakfast at the hotel, then start the day with a visit to Madaba. Discover the oldest preserved ancient mosaic map of the Holy Land dating back to the 6th century BC located within the Church of St. George. Continue to Mt. Nebo and retrace the steps of Moses and admire the spectacular view of the Promised Land just as he did over 2,000 year before. It is very easy to feel that you have arrived some place special. On a clear day Jerusalem, Jericho and the Dead Sea can be seen. A memorial in Moses’ honor can be found at the entrance to the early Byzantine Christian church where Moses is believed to have died. Next stop, Kerak, to visit the 12-century Crusader castle built over the remains of earlier citadels, some which date back to Nabataean times. The castle in itself is more imposing than beautiful, although it is an impressive example of the Crusaders' architectural military genius. Wander through underground corridors with huge kitchens, stables and sleeping quarters with several floors. The top of the castle offers magnificent views in all directions. After, continue to Petra for dinner and overnight at 3* hotel.
Day 4: Petra, private guided tour and overnight
Breakfast at the hotel, then begin the day exploring the legendary Rose Red city of Petra. This city of the Nabataean’s was built over 2,000 years ago and lays hidden in a huge rocky mountain accessed via a high and narrow gorge. With monumental facades and spectacular buildings sculpted out of solid rock, this breathtaking site has been described by UNESCO as "one of the most precious cultural properties of man's cultural heritage," and also one of the New 7 Wonders of the World. We will arrange your entrance fees and hire for you a private English speaking site guide to explore the main attractions of the lower part of the city for 2.5 to 3 hours. You and the guide will start from the main gate all the way through the Siq to visit the Treasury, Street of Facades, the Theatre, all the way down to the Nympheom and Qaser El- Bent. You then have some free hours on your own to explore further. After, return to the main gate and to your 3* hotel in Petra for dinner and overnight.
Day 5: Petra - Wadi Rum - Arava Border
Breakfast at the hotel, then we continue to Wadi Rum to experience the solitude and magic of the desert landscape during one of the best rides of your life – on a 2-hour 4x4 safari. Towering castle-like mountains and beautifully colored cliffs can be seen in every direction, and one can easily imagine that Lawrence of Arabia might come galloping around the next corner on his camel. Experience the magic of the desert, the sand dunes and some of the ancient inscriptions , rocky formations and natural bridges. After this amazing adventure, transfer to Arava border for departure.
**Late morning/early afternoon arrival flight to Jordan is recommended; so you could explore some more of Amman, the capital of Jordan.
++If you manage to have late morning arrival flight to Jordan, Amman city tour could be added to your arrival day; so you could explore more of Jordan. This is subject of extra costs.
This tour starts in Amman airport and ends in Arava border in the south, though it is feasible to customize it to depart Jordan from Amman airport too.