Day 1: Arrival to Amman, meet and assist at the airport, transfer to the hotel. Amman is the capital of Jordan, was built on several of mountains. In the centre you can find a 6000 seats Roman Theatre and the Citadel, from which you can have a beautiful panorama for the ancient downtown. On the other mountains you found luxury houses, hotels, restaurants. Overnight in Amman.
Day 2: Amman - Jerash - Ajloun - Umm Qais. Jerash, the Pompei of the East. Jerash has been covered by sand for centuries, the main reason why it is still so well-preserved. You will enter Jerash through the monumental South Gate and find yourself wandering around in a Roman city. You will walk in the Oval Plaza surrounded by colonnades, visit the Roman theatre and Byzantine churches with mosaic-covered floors. Enjoy a stroll along Jerash' main road the Cardo and pass by the Nymphaeum. You may experience the marvellous acoustics of the theatre, the stage of the Jerash music festival which takes place every year. And see for yourself how the Romans built the earthquake-proof columns of the colonnaded streets. Ajloun, is an Islamic military castle was used by the Islamic armies of Saladin to protect the region against the crusaders. Umm Qais was built mainly out of black basalt. Here you can enjoy the impressive view over Lake Tiberias and the Golan Heights. Overnight in Amman.
Day 3: Madaba - Mt. Nebo - Dead Sea - Petra. Madaba is famous for the unique mosaic map of the Holy Land, which can be found in Saint George’s church floor. Mount Nebo, is the place where Moses looked over the Holy Land and the Dead Sea. That is the place where Moses was seen for the last time, therefore we consider this place as burial place for Moses. You can visit here the memorial church of Moses. If the sky is clear Jerusalem, Jericho and Bethlehem will meet your eye at the other side of the Dead Sea. Dead Sea is one of the most spectacular natural and spiritual landscapes on earth. It lies on the western frontier of Jordan and is well-known to be the lowest spot on earth, 400 meters below sea level. The unusually salty and mineral rich water, the rich black mud along the shoreline, the thermal mineral springs are healing both for your body and your soul. They have attracted kings, emperors, traders and prophets since antiquity. Overnight in Petra.
Day 4: Petra. No visit of Jordan will be complete without having seen the capital of the ancient Nabatean kingdom, Petra. The long-lost city of Petra, carved entirely by man into the rose-red sandstone rocks, puts your imagination to the test. It's a mystic and glorious place, an eternal tribute to a lost civilization. Petra was the central meeting point of the Nabatean spice routes which originated from the Persian Gulf, Western Arabia and the Red Sea. About two thousand years ago Petra became the capital of the Nabatean empire. The city was so renowned that one of its kings, Aretas IV, is even mentioned in the Bible.
The natural richness of the mountainous area combines in a superb way with the refined culture and massive architecture of the Nabateans, who carved their theatre, temples, façades, tombs, monasteries, houses and roads entirely into the rose-red sandstone rocks. No wonder Unesco placed Petra on its World Heritage List. One enters Petra by passing the Siq, a deep and narrow gorge, at the end of which all of a sudden dramatically appears the most famous monument in Petra: al-Khazneh or the Treasury. Maybe you will recognize it as the stage of the final sequence of the movie 'Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade'. But the Treasury is just the start. Walking and climbing in Petra hundreds of buildings carved in stone and eroded through the centuries into fabulous multi-coloured walls will be revealed to you. Overnight in Petra.
Day 5: Wadi Rum - Aqaba. Visit to Wadi Rum is a journey to another world, a silent and timeless place where you will be dwarfed to insignificance. This desert is the home for the local Bedouin tribes. Overnight in Aqaba.
Day 6: Aqaba - Amman. Aqaba lies at the Red sea. Jordan's only port is the place to be. The waters of the Red Sea are crystal clear and have an abundant marine life. Aqaba offers a wide variety of opportunities to explore this amazing underwater world, such as scuba diving and snorkelling. The Red Sea is home to more than 140 species of coral and countless species of brightly coloured fish. And if you are lucky you may also experience close encounters with friendly sea animals like turtles and dolphins. The weather near the Gulf of Aqaba is splendid all year around. Even in the midst of winter the temperature hovers steadily around 20ºC. The water temperature averages from 22.5ºC in winter to 26ºC in summer. Overnight in Amman.
Day 7: Aqaba - Amman. Overnight in Amman.
Day 8: Amman. Transfer to Amman Airport for departure. End of the tour.
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