Day 1: Arrival at Amman Airport. Transfer to Amman Hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 2: 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. Back to Hotel in Amman for dinner and overnight.
Day 3: Madaba - Mount Nebo. After breakfast, transfer to Madaba. Madaba is famous for the unique mosaic map of the Holy Land, which can be found in Saint George's church floor. After head to Mount Nebo, which 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. Transfer to Petra Hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 4: Petra. After breakfast, full day visit of 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 theater, 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 hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 5: Wadi Rum. After breakfast in Petra, transfer to Wadi Rum for a 4x4 jeeps tour for two hours. 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. Back to Wadi Rum camp for Bedouin dinner under the tent and overnight in Wadi Rum.
Day 6: Free Day in Wadi Rum. Dinner and overnight in Wadi Rum camp.
Day 7: Kerak. After breakfast in Wadi Rum, transfer 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. Continue to Dead Sea, 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. Dinner and overnight at Dead Sea Spa Hotel.
Day 8: Jerash. After breakfast at Dead Sea Spa Hotel, transfer to visit 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 theater, 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 Dead Sea Spa Hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 9: Dead Sea. After breakfast, free day for relaxing and swimming at Dead Sea. Dinner and overnight at Dead Sea Spa Hotel.
Day 10: Departure. Transfer to Amman Airport for departure.
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