Day 1: Europe - Amman
Arrival at Queen Alia International Airport. Meet and assist by our staff through customs and transfer to your hotel (Century park hotel/ Abjar hotel/ Canyon hotel) for dinner and overnight at Amman.
Day 2: Amman – Jerash – Ajloun - Amman
You will start the day by a tour in the city of Amman. 1200 B.C capital of the Ammonite, Rabbath Amman, a city of the Decapolis during the Greco-Roman period. The city was named Philadelphia. Originally spread over seven hills like Rome, now covers 19 hills here.
We will visit the most important ruins of the Greco-Roman Empire, the Citadel and the Roman Amphitheater. We will visit the Jordan Archaeological Museum at the Citadel and both the Jordan Museum of Popular Traditions and the Jordan Folklore Museum at the Roman Amphitheatre. Then drive north of Amman to the Greco-Roman Decapolis City of Jerash, 2000 years old, founded by Alexander the Great 322 B.C. There, we will visit the ruins of the Triumphal Arch, the Amphitheater, Churches, the Forum, the Hippodrome, and walk down the "Street of Columns" the Roman Cardo, passing through many sites of interest and pass by the Oval Market. Proceed to Ajloun Castle located above the city of Ajloun to enjoy the breathtaking view over the Jordan Valley. Dinner and overnight at Amman.
Day 3: Amman – Desert Castles – Amman
After breakfast visit the Desert Castles built by early Islamic Umayyad Caliphs in the seventh and eight centuries AD Qasr Amra, Qasr Kharaneh and Qasr Azraq are some of the best preserved samples of Umayyad art and architecture, including fortifications, baths, mosques, water and agricultural systems, mosaic floors and painted wall frescoes. Return to hotel in Amman. Optional (dinner can be arranged at Alwaha restaurant)our Kaan Zaman restaurant.
Day 4: Amman – Madaba – Mt Nebo. Overnight in Madaba
Heading towards the south of Amman, we drive to the city of Madaba. An ancient Moabite town, it was the center of mosaics during the Byzantine period. See a selection of the world famous Byzantine Mosaics, visit: and walk to Saint George's Church with the 6th century mosaic map of the Holy Land.
10 minutes from Madaba is Mount Nebo, Moses last camp after the exodus. From the summit of the mountain he surveyed the Holy Land before he died. Visit the 4th century memorial church for Moses, one of the reputed sites of Moses' burial. Here we can visit the simple Franciscan chapel, which covers the remains of the original 4th century church and 6th century basilica. Sleep in Madaba in Maryam hotel: enjoy walking by foot to discover Madaba. Dinner can be arranged in local Arabic traditional restaurant (Haret Jdoudna restaurant).
Day 5: Petra
After breakfast leave Madaba for Petra south through Wadi Mujib to Kerak. The 12th century crusaders’ castle was controlling the ancient caravan roads from Egypt to Syria. In 1187 A.D., Saladin defeated the crusaders at Hittin near Tiberius, then in 1188 Kerak passed into the Moslems hands. Proceed to Petra, for dinner and overnight in Petra.
Day 6: Wadi Rum
Check out from Petra Marriott hotel after breakfast enjoy the day in. The Rose city the name being derived from the Greek word for “Rock” Entrance to Petra is after 1200 m walk through a winding snake-like Siq (canyon) for 20 minutes. The Siq is from 80-100 in height; on either side of the canyon are rock-cut channels of water. 560 B.C. the Nabataea’s moved into Petra, 332 B.C. with the Greek arrival, the Nabatean assimilated the Hellenistic culture, curving their temples and tombs with a Greek design. The Nabatean kingdom controlled the caravan trade of frankincense from southern Arabia to Petra, Damascus, Gaza and Egypt.
While walking through the "Siq", one is dazzled by the spectacular view of the "Treasury", the most famous monument of Petra. Several hours will be spent walking through the canyon viewing the temples, tombs, and other places of interest. Dinner & overnight at hotel in Petra (sleeping Wadi rum). The road south from Petra leads to Wadi Rum, another of nature’s wonderlands that has attracted human beings for thousand of years. Wadi Rum is an unusual desert terrain that resembles a pastel pink lunar landscape, with towering limestone and granite cliffs shooting out of the sandy desert floor. In Wadi Rum which was known as "Lawrence of Arabia Land" you have time to ride a camel or join a four-wheel safari.
Day 7: Amman – Dead Sea
After breakfast Early in the morning drive through Araba Road to the Dead Sea shores, the lowest spot on earth 1306 feet below sea level for relax Enjoy the bizarre but delightful experience of “floating” on the surface of buoyant waters, four times saltier than regular seawater. And back to Amman hotel.
Day 8: Departure Day. Back to Amman hotel prepare to leave next day to Queen Alia airport.
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