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 s/s – DESERT CASTLES s/s – AMMAN ( D )

After breakfast, tour Amman, the capital city of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. Start with the downtown area, the oldest part of Amman, which is crowned by the Citadel offering a panoramic view of the whole city. Here one can also see the ancient ruins of the Templeof Herculesthat dates back to ( AD 161 – 180 ), the ByzantineChurch, the OmayyadPalace, and the fascinating ArchaeologicalMuseumwhich houses an excellent collection of the antiquities of Jordan.

At the foot of the Citadel is the 2nd century ADRomanTheater, still used today for cultural events. finally pass through Abdoun, a contemporary area which boasts some of the best modern architecture.

Drive east towards the Desert Castles which were built in the 7th & 8th century AD as retreats from city life. Widely varied in function & architectural style, these ancient castles, baths, hunting lodges & fortified palaces were mostly belonging to Umayyad princes.Qasr el-Kharaneh, which was probably rebuilt by the Umayyads in ( AD 711 ) over a Roman or Byzantine site. This mighty structure, with its imposing walls and narrow slits, looks like a military fortress; experts believe that it was probably used as a caravansary, being set on the path of several ancient trade routes.Qasr Amra is the most charming of all the Umayyad buildings inJordan. It was built as a bath-house ( a place of leisure ) by the Umayyad Caliph el-Walid around (AD 711).

The real outstanding attraction of Qasr Amra is the frescoes adorning its interior walls and ceilings.

They are of exceptional interest for what they portray of human life: men hunting, athletes competing, women bathing and dancers performing and hence Qasr Amra is a UN-declared World Heritage site. Qasr el-Azraq (Qal’at el-Azraq ) was built by the Romans as a military outpost. It was then used by the Byzantines, and later on by the Umayyad Caliphs for their hunting expeditions in and around the marshes. Qal’at el-Azraq is most famous for having been the headquarters of T.E. Lawrence, better known as “Lawrence of Arabia,” in World War I during the Great Arab Revolt against the Ottoman Turks.

Re-turn back to your hotel in Amman for dinner & overnight.

DAY 03 : AMMAN – JERASH s/s – AJLOUN s/s – AMMAN

After breakfast, drive north of Ammantowards 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. 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. Re-turn back to your hotel in Amman for dinner & overnight.

DAY 04 : AMMAN – M. NEBO – MADABA – WADI EL MUJIB – UMM RASSAS – KERAK – 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 century AD map, hailed as the oldest in existence, was depicted for the benefit of the pilgrims on their way to theHoly 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 spectacular canyon of Wadi el Mujib to Umm Arrassas, contains ruins from the Roman, Byzantine, and early Muslim civilizations. The majority of the site has not been excavated. Among the portions excavated so far include a military camp and several churches. Where also you will get the chance to see the most preserved mosaic floor & the largest one in Jordan.

Then proceed 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 doorwaysCheck-in at your hotel in Petra for dinner & overnight.

DAY 06 : 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 07 : 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. Embark on a two hour 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 spot on earth - 417 meters below sea level. The uniqueness of theDead Seahas been known for centuries. 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 08 : DEAD SEA – Q.A.I. AIRPORT

After breakfast, drive to Queen Alia International Airport, for your departure flight going back home along with your unforgetable memories.

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