Day 1: Aqaba. Arrival at Aqaba airport. Meet and assist. City tour of Aqaba. Transfer to Wadi Rum, 4x4 Jeep tour for two hours. Visit to Wadi Rum is a journey to another world, a silent and timeless place where you will be dwarfed to insignificance. "Vast, echoing and Godlike", that's how Lawrence of Arabia described. The uniquely shaped massive mountains rise out of the rose-red desert sand. This desert is the home for the local Bedouin tribes. See the sunset, then drive to Petra Hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 2: Petra. After breakfast visit 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-colored walls will be revealed to you. Back to Petra Hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 3: Petra. Transfer through the King’s Highway to visit Dana Nature Reserve. Dana Nature Reserve covers 308 square kilometers and is a world of natural treasures. It is composed of a chain of valleys and mountains which extend from the top of the Jordan Rift Valley down to the desert lowlands of Wadi Araba. The visitor to this area will be awed by the beauty of the Rummana mountain, the mystery of the ancient archaeological ruins of Feinan, the timeless serenity of Dana Village and the grandeur of the red and white sandstone cliffs of Wadi Dana.
The Reserve contains a remarkable diversity of landscapes, that range from wooded highlands to rocky slopes and from gravel plains to dunes of sand. Moreover, Dana supports diverse wildlife which includes a variety of rare species of plants and animals. Dana is home to about 600 species of plants, 37 species of mammals and 190 species of birds. Continue to visit Kerak, a magnificent Crusader fortress. It is located 124 km south of Amman on the King's Highway, where it could control all traffic from north and south. Transfer to Amman Hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 4: Amman. Drive to Madaba, which is famous for the unique mosaic map of the Holy Land, which can be found in Saint George's church floor. Then head to the Mount Nebo, a 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. Next you will visit Bethany.
Head to 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. Free Time for swimming. Back to Amman Hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 5: Amman. Drive to Desert Castles, Qasr El Kharanah, Qasr El Amra, Qasr Azraq. Stop in wetland oasis located in the heart of the semi-arid Jordanian eastern desert in Azraq. Safari trip by walk inside the Wetland Reserve. Back to Amman. Free time in Souk, then back to Hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 6: Amman. Drive to visit Gadara, Ajloun and 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 marvelous 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. Back to Amman Hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 7: Amman. City Tour of Amman. Visit the Citadel featuring a spectacular view over the hills and valleys of the capital, the temple of Hercules, the Ummayyad palace, a Byzantine church and the archaeological museum. Down the hill is the Roman theater which seats 6,000 and the nearby Grand Hussein Mosque. Continue to Queen Alia Airport for Departure Home.
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