|8 Days 7 Nights|
|category: Tours in Jordan|
Day 1: Sheikh Hussein Bridge - Amman
Meet and assist at Sheikh Hussein Bridge. Transfer to hotel in Amman for overnight..
Day 2: Amman - Jerash - Ajloun - Madaba
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 lays the 6,000 seat Roman Theatre, built in 161 CE, and which to much amazement is still used for cultural events today. Next, a beautiful drive through the hilly landscape covered with olive and orange trees will lead to Jerash, so well preserved that one 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. There are numerous and breathtaking ruins of colonnaded streets, arches, temples and baths in a remarkable state of preservation and completeness. A private guide will extensively explain the history of this special place. 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. End the day with a drive along the 5,000 year-old King's Highway to Madaba inue to Petra and enjoy the morning with a private local guide discovering the ancient "Rose Red City" and UNESCO World Heritage Site. Built more than 2,000 years ago by the Nabatean's, around every bend in the Siq, there is another engineering marvel to behold. WIth the guide, visit the Treasury, Street of Facades, the Theater, the Nympheom and Qaser El Bent. Later in the day, take some free time to explore further on your own.
Day 3: Madaba - Mt. Nebo - Dead Sea - Petra
Start the day exploring the “City of Mosaics” with a visit to the Church of St. George and view the oldest preserved ancient mosaic map of the Holy Land and the Church of the Apostles, where some of Madaba's most extensive and beautiful mosaics adorn the floor. 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 years 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 he is believed to have died. Continue to the world's largest natural spa and one of the most unique spots in the world - the Dead Sea. Experience the strange sensation of floating effortlessly while the mineral rich water and black mud treatment soothes both body and soul. End the day in Petra.
Day 4: Petra - Little Petra - Wadi Khudereah - Little Petra
After a short drive to Little Petra, start a full day of hiking in Wadi Khudereah. The trail quickly veers off into a streambed lined with pink oleander, eventually flowing into the siq or slot canyon where towering sandstone cliffs rise up. It is like walking through a giant art gallery, a living, constantly changing gallery offering a rainbow of colors woven into the rock. Enjoy lunch along the way and return to Little Petra for camping under the stars.
Day 5: Little Petra - Petra
Today, trek to the legendary city of Petra, a UNESCO world heritage site and one of the 7 New Wonders of the World. Through the “secret” back entrance to the Rose Red City, this “off the beaten path” reveals parts of Petra unknown to many. Full of suspense and stunning views, trek through magnificent gorges, negotiate wadis, and scramble over mountains on the way to the Monastery. This massive façade, Petra’s largest monument, was build by the Nabataean’s over 2000 years ago. These ancient people were not only engineering geniuses but also a mastermind in business as they played a major role in trade and commerce. Continue exploring over 800 individual monuments including buildings, tombs, baths, funerary halls, temples, arched gateways, and colonnaded streets built over 2000 years ago. And imagine, this mystical city still has many other secrets to reveal, as only 15% has been uncovered!
Day 6: Petra - Wadi Rum
During the second day in Petra, enter the site from the main entrance – the Siq. This narrow gorge is hundreds of meters high; the walls are bursting with color from deep pink to purple to ocher. The path abruptly ends at an opening that reveals Petra’s most famous monument - the Treasury - carved into shear rock and towering over 40 meters high. Continue exploring the city until mid-day, and then transfer to Wadi Rum. Imposing, towering rocks and crags – God’s skyscrapers - rise up from the desert floor and the silence seems to thunder through the canyons. Famous for its rugged mountains and colored sand dunes, this is without doubt a place where heaven and earth come closer together. Explore its vastness during one of the best rides of your life - during a sunset jeep safari. Settle into the campsite and enjoy an authentic Bedouin meal around the campfire.
Day 7: Wadi Rum - Aqaba
Today, experience Wadi Rum as the Bedouin have for centuries – by camel. Towering, castle-like mountains ad beautifully colored cliffs can be seen in every direction. One can easily imagine that Lawrence of Arabia might come galloping around the next corner. After, continue exploring the desert during a 2-4 hour trek on foot. Get an up close and personal view of the desert landscape and see why Lawrence described this enchanting land as “vast, echoing and God-like”. In the afternoon, continue to the seaside resort of Aqaba to explore the many souks, eateries and coffee shops. This “Red Sea Riviera” is also a famous diving location .
Day 8: Aqaba - Arava Border
Transfer to Arava Border for departure.