7 Days / 6 Nights
Amman is a city of contrasts. The capital of Jordan, it is situated on a hilly area between the desert and the fertile Jordan Valley. Its residential districts range from ancient villages to modern suburbs while its cultural diversity is evident in its historic citadel, historic souks and modern museums. The city’s commercial heart contains ultra-modern buildings, hotels, restaurants and boutiques rubbing shoulders comfortably with traditional coffee shops and tiny artisan workshops
A day to visit Um Qais or Gadara of antiquity, with its superb vistas over the northern Jordan Valley and the Sea of Galilee (Lake Tiberias). Then proceed to the shadow of the imposing Ajloun Castle and the magnificent view from its roof terrace, gazing over to the Golan Heights and Yarmouk River gorge. After visiting Ajloun, you will head for Jerash. The ruins of “Gerasa” are among the most extensive and well-preserved of any ancient city in the Middle East. Jerash is a must see for history lovers, with impressive ruins of the Roman city including a long colonnaded street and an ancient hippodrome for chariot races. The highlight of your stay in Jordan
Wander through its large theatres, temples, churches and colonnaded streets before continuing on to Amman.
Jordan’s spectacular landscapes are a huge tourist draw, and the Dead Sea, Amman’s Roman ruins, and Wadi Mujib even made it onto the lists of National Geographic’s “50 Best Tours.” But that’s just the beginning. From cultural sites there’s so much history to explore in this small country.
Moses is regarded as a prophet and as the lawgiver of Jewish culture. He was one of the founding fathers of a nation and its many facets, including their religion. After Moses led his people to freedom and gave them the Ten Commandments, he was never allowed to enter The Holy Land himself. Take this journey through Jordan to understand one of the brothers who were not allowed to enter The Promised Land.”
Then proceed to Madaba, known as the City of Mosaics, which features many famous mosaics that exist in public and private buildings.
Moses is regarded as a prophet and as the lawgiver of Jewish culture. He was one of the founding fathers of a nation and its many facets, including their religion. After Moses led his people to freedom and gave them the Ten Commandments, he was never allowed to enter The Holy Land himself. Take this journey through Jordan to understand one of the brothers who were not allowed to enter The Promised Land.” After Madaba a short drive will bring you to Mt. Nebo where you will see Moses’s first glimpse of the Holy Land from his burial site overlooking the Jordan Valley and Dead Sea. From here Franciscans built a structure that protects a 4th and 6th Century Byzantine church..
A trip to Jordan is not complete without a visit to Petra. It was once the Nabataean capital and reveals itself as you walk through its hand carved facades. Your tour begins at the visitors’ center, where you will be assigned a local leader and guide who will lead you through the winding SIQ crack to el Khazneh – The Treasury, one of the most elegant remains of antiquity.
Truly, a city out of time. The world’s largest carved sculpture is adorned with Corinthian columns, obelisks and friezes carved from bedrock. This ancient city, once the capital of the Nabatean kingdom, is not to be missed
Discover Jordan’s desert in a jeep tour that will have you traversing sand dunes and breathing in the desert winds at high speeds, as you gasp at Wadi Rum’s amazing rock formations. Schedule a tour with your camp or through the visitor’s center and it’s even more awesome moonlike landscape, where the film “Lawrence of Arabia” was shot.
Aqaba the Red Sea has been Jordan’s most prominent diving and snorkeling destination for decades. It is home to some of the most exotic marine life in the world, including thousands of species of fish that live in the warm waters around Aqaba. Whether you are looking to explore ghostly shipwrecks or colorful sea creatures, Deep Blue Dive Center has a trip that’s right for you. In addition to diving, this center also offers lessons for beginners, PADI certification courses, underwater photography equipment rentals and much more.
Arrival at QAIA – Meet & Assist – Transfer to the hotel in Amman for overnight
Breakfast at hotel then transfer to visit Um Qais or Gadara of antiquity, Gadara commands a magnificent view over the northern Jordan Valley, the Sea of Galilee (Lake Tiberias), the Yarmouk River gorge and the Golan Heights. After the visit, proceed to the Saracen castle at Ajloun. This 12th Century castle was built by Saladin in his successful campaign to drive the Crusaders from Jordan in 1189 and is an outstanding example of Arab/Islamic military architecture. Continue to visit Jerash (Gerasa of antiquity), the best preserved city of Roman times, to visit its theatres, temples, churches and colonnaded streets. Back to Amman for overnight at your Hotel.
Depart Amman to visit the mosaic city of, Madaba, known as the City of Mosaics. Here you will visit the oldest map of the Holy Land on the floor of Saint George’s Church. Madaba, or Medeba in antiquity, features many famous mosaics that exist in public and private buildings. After Madaba a short drive will bring you to Mt. Nebo, the alleged burial site of Moses overlooking the Jordan Valley and the Dead Sea. From this mountain top Mosaic had his first glimpse of the Holy Land, a land he was never allowed to enter. Here Franciscans have built a structure that protects a 4th and 6th Century Byzantine church. After visiting this site, continue on via the scenic canyons of Wadi Mujib (Arnon Valley in the Bible) to the Crusader castle at Kerak. This 12th Century hill top fortress features galleries, towers, chapels and ramparts that recall the gallantry of the Crusaders themselves. This is yet another castle in the great chain of Crusader fortresses which stretches across Jordan. The stronghold, known as Mont Realis (Montreal), was constructed in 1115 CE by Baldwin I. Then on to Petra for check in & overnight at your hotel in Petra
After breakfast, depart on a full day tour of Petra. Once the ancient Nabatean capital, this city gently reveals itself as you walk through its hand carved facades. Starting at the visitors’ center, each person is assigned a horse guided by a local Bedouin who will lead you to the once hidden entrance to the lost city. After passing some tombs which are located outside the city, the visitor passes through the SIQ, an immense crack in the Nubian sandstone. It is a winding, one-kilometer-long fissure between overhanging cliffs that seem to meet more than 300 feet overhead. Near the end of the passage, the SIQ, with great style, makes one last turn and out of the gloom in towering brightness appears Petra’s most impressive monument, el Khazneh - The Treasury. This is one of the most elegant remains of antiquity, carved out of the solid rock from the side of the mountain and is nearly 140 feet high and 90 feet wide. Beyond el Khazneh the visitor is surrounded on both sides by hundreds of Petra’s carved and built structures, soaring temples, elaborate royal tombs, a carved Roman theater, large and small houses, burial chambers and much more. The Victorian traveler and poet, Dean Burgon, gave Petra a description which holds to this day - “Match me such a marvel save in Eastern clime, a rose-red city half as old as time.” Wadi Rum O/N.
After the breakfast at the hotel, Optional Prepare for a lively 4x4 jeep tour that will have you traversing sand dunes and breathing in the desert winds at high speeds, as you gasp at Wadi Rums amazing rock formations. Schedule a tour with your camp or through the visitor’s centered its awesome moonlike landscape, where the film “Lawrence of Arabia” –Departure to Aqaba
Free day for swimming & relaxation – drive to Amman-O/n
After Breakfast Drive to Amman Airport