Cultural Tour in jordan
DAY 01 : Q.A.I.AIRPORT – AMMAN
Upon arrival to Queen Alia International Airport, you will find our representaive holding a sign with your name, he will assist you with immigration & customes formalities, then proceed to your hotel in Amman for dinner & overnight.
DAY 02 : AMMAN – UMM QAIS s/s – AJLOUN s/s – JERASH s/s – AMMAN
After breakfast, drive north of Amman towards Umm Qais. Site of the famous miracle of the Gadareane swine, Gadara was renowned in its time as a cultural centre. It was the home of several classical poets and philosophers, including Theodorus, founder of a rhetorical school in Rome, and was once called “a new Athens” by a poet. Perched on a splendid hilltop overlooking the Jordan Valley and the Sea of Galilee, Gadara is known today as Umm Qays, and boasts an impressive colonnaded street, a vaulted terrace, and the ruins of two theatres. You can take in the sights and then dine on the terrace of a fine restaurant with abreathtaking view. Proceed to visit the stronghold of Qala’at el-Rabbad in Ajloun. This medieval fortress, was built by the Arabs of the Ayyubid dynasty around ( AD 1185 ) as a defense against the Crusaders and was once surrounded by a sixteen-meter wide moat with a drawbridge. Finally stop at Jerash ( Gerasa ) where you will visit the best-preserved Roman city of the Decapolis. Enter through the monumental South Gatethe city of Jerash, where you will come upon the lovely OvalPlaza, the Templeof Zeus, and the South Theater, which seats more than 3,000 spectators. Walk through the Colonnaded Street& pass by the Market Place, the Omayyad residential quarter, the 4th century AD cathedral, St. Theodore’s Church, the Nymphaeum & the North Theater. Re-turn back to your hotel in Amman for dinner & overnight.
DAY 03 : AMMAN – MOUNT NEBO s/s – MADABA s/s –
WADI EL MUJIB – KERAK s/s – PETRA
After breakfast, drive to the rose-red city of Petra along the Kings’ Highway which has been in continuous use for the past 5,000 years and is considered one of the oldest roads in the world. En route stop at Mount Nebo, which dates back to the time of the Prophet Moses, around the 12th century BC & is believed to be the site of the Prophet’s burial place and the point from where he viewed the “Holy Land”. On the top of the hill, housed beneath a protective structure built by the Franciscans, are the ruins of a beautiful small church, built by the early Christians in the 4th century AD. Inside, are the remains of mosaic floors with stunning designs that feature hunting and pastoral scenes. From a platform in front of the church, a visitor may see a bronze memorial of a snake on a cross which symbolizes the serpent lifted up by Moses in the desert, as well as the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. Proceed to Madaba, home of the most famous Byzantine mosaics. Visit the greatest and most significant of all the city’s treasures, the wonderful mosaic map of ancientPalestine, which is located on the floor of the Greek Orthodox Church of St. George. The 6th centuryAD map, hailed as the oldest in existence, was depicted for the benefit of the pilgrims on their way to the Holy Land, as it represented the surrounding regions as well. The River Nile, the Jordan River, Lake Tiberias and the Dead Sea are easily identified on this map, in addition to many cities such asBethlehem,GazaandJerusalem. One can clearly make out the walls, towers, gates, streets and buildings of the Holy City of Jerusalem, especially the colonnaded main street or Cardo, and the domed Church of the Holy Sepulcher. Continue throught the stunning canyon of Wadi el Mujib to Kerak, where you will visit its imposing Crusader castle built in ( AD 1142 ). Visitors will be amazed by the network of the dimly lit vaulted rooms and corridors, interconnected through heavy arches and doorwaysThen proceed to your hotel in Petra for dinner & overnight.
DAY 04 : PETRA s/s
After breakfast, a full day dedicated for the exploration of the breathtaking Nabatean city of Petra which was carved out of the rose-red sandstone about 2,000 years ago & has recently been voted as one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. The tour starts by passing by the Obelisk Tomb and then proceeding through the Siq –the narrow gorge that leads to Petra’s most impressive monument, the Treasury. Then on to the Street of Facades, the Theatre, the Royal Tombs, the Colonnaded Street, the Byzantine Church, the Temple, the Monumental Arch, Qasr el-Bint Faroun & finally climb up to the gigantic 1st century AD monument of the Monastery for those who wish.Re-turn back to your hotel in Petra for dinner & overnight.
DAY 05 : PETRA – BEIDHA s/s – WADI RUM ( 4X4 ) – DEAD SEA
After breakfast ( check-out ) and drive to one of the region’s most important archaeological sites, the 9,000 year old Neolithic settlement of Beidha and to the nearby Siq el-Barid, a miniature Petra ( Little Petra ) with its own small Siq ( gorge ), carved tombs and monuments. Continue to Wadi Rum, one of the world’s most colorful and unique landscapes of desert and mountain scenery and where T.E. Lawrence was based during the Arab Revolt. Go on a two hours excursion by Bedouin four-wheel drive vehicles through the desert enjoying the different rock formations / inscriptions, canyons & sand dunes. They pass & stop at : Seven Pillars of Wisdom ( view from a distance ), al Hsany Sand Dunes, al Amaleh inscriptions, Siq Um Tawaqi. Then drive north to the Dead Sea; the lowest point on earth (417) meters below sea level. The uniqueness of the Dead Sea has been known long time ago. It’s the only place in the world with this particular combination of exclusive spa benefits: peculiar sun radiation (ultra-violet filtered), enriched oxygen atmosphere, mineral-rich salt sea, thermo-mineral springs, and mineral-rich mud. Check-in at your hotel in the Dead Sea for dinner & overnight.
DAY 06 : DEAD SEA ( FREE ) – AMMAN
After breakfast, drive to the capital city of Jordan Amman, enjoy a free afternoon in Amman.Check-in at your hotel in the Amman for dinner & overnight. Walking around the city in Amman is very safe even at night & you will find that most of the people can speak English, Since English is a second language here in Jordan.
DAY 07 : AMMAN – Q.A.I.AIRPORT
After breakfast, drive to Queen Alia International Airport, for your departure flight going back home along with your unforgetable memories.