DAY 1: 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 2: AMMAN – CITY TOUR – JERASH – AJLUN NATURE RESERVE – AMMAN
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 Temple of Hercules that dates back to ( AD 161 – 180 ), the Byzantine Church, the Omayyad Palace, and the fascinating Archaeological Museum which houses an excellent collection of the antiquities of Jordan. At the foot of the Citadel is the 2nd century AD Roman Theater, still used today for cultural events. Then continue to Jerash. where the most beautiful and preserved Roman city in existence. proceed to Ajlun Nature Reserve which is located in the Ajlun highlands, around the extension of the long valley known as Wadi Ain Zubia. It consists of Mediterranean-like hill country, dominated by open woodlands of Oak and Pistachio trees. Time for a nice trekking through the reserve. Where you have 02 trails for hiking to choose the preffered one by your part, either the Easy Trail or the Moderate one:
Easy Trail ( Scenic Viewpoint Trail / 2 KM – taking 1 – 2 hours ), leading from the campsite to the summit of a nearby hill overlooking the reserve. The trails' route surrounded by the wild flowers especially during the springtime. It’s an excellent spot for a picnic. Not too far from the campsite you will find an old stone winepress. The return trip goes through the breeding enclosures for the Roe Deer and back to the Visitors Center.
- Moderate Trail ( Rockrose Trail / 8 KM – taking 3 - 4 hours ), passing across heavily wooded valleys and ridges ( inside and outside the nature reserve ). This highly scenic trail passes through the villages and olive orchards and offers beautiful panoramic view to the West Bank and Syria.There are steep scrambles en-route that demand a reasonable level of fitness After a refreshing walk,
Then back to your hotel in Amman for dinner and overnight.
DAY 3: AMMAN – MADABA – NEBO – WADI MUJIB – DANA
After Breakfast. Drive 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 ancient Palestine, 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 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 as Bethlehem, Gaza and Jerusalem.
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 to 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, the visitors 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.Then drive to Wadi Mujib reserve which is located within the deep Wadi Mujib gorge, which enters the Dead Sea at 417 meters below sea level. The reserve extends to Kerak and Madaba Mountains to the north and south reaching 900 meters above sea level in some places.
This 1,300 meter variation in elevation, combined with the Valley's water flowed from seven tributaries, means that Wadi Mujib enjoys a magnificent biodiversity that is still being explored and documented today. Hiking in Wadi Mujib is the real experience of adventure in Jordan, with the choice of hiking in the mountains ( Easy Trail ) or hiking in the mountain waterfalls ( Moderate Trail )
- Moderate Trail The Eagle Nest Trail ( Malaqi / Circuit Trail ):The trail starts from the Mujib Bridge area by the Dead Sea, then inside the reserve through the Wadi System until reaching the Mujib Gorge. After that, hiking in the Mujib River up to the Malaqi Area where visitors will enjoy swimming in the natural swimming pools then back to Mujib Bridge. It takes 5-6 hours. Continue to Dana for dinner and overnight either in the Guest House or the Rummana Camp down the nature reserve itself.
Day 4: Dana – Petra
After breakfast. Full day visit of Dana with the following choice of hiking trails.
. Easy Trail ( Traditional Tribal Arts Tour ) : One hour visiting some spectacular viewpoints above Dana Village, exploring the terraced gardens, meeting some local farmers, visiting a traditional bakery, Dana’s Jam Factory and silver workshop.
. Easy Trail ( Campsite Trail ) : Two hours circular walk around the campsite area, check the most attractive area for both kind of birds
( nesting or migrating ).
. Moderate Trail ( Fienan Copper Mine Tour ) : Short trail, taking 1-2 hours, visiting ancient copper mines, Irone Age sites, a Roman Tower and the impressive tell of Khirbet Fienan, with its Byzantine churches and Christian and Islamic graves.
. Moderate Trail ( Water drops area Tour ) : 02 KM trail, taking 2.5 hours, starting from Al-Barra area to the beautiful springs and ancient ruins in Nawatef area going back to Al-Barra area. P.M. drive to Petra for dinner and overnight.
Day 5: Petra
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 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
( Monastery unguided ).Check-in at your hotel in Petra for dinner & overnight.
Day 6: Petra – Wadi Rum
After breakfast, free morning in Petra. Then drive 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's rebellion. Enjoy a two hours excursion by Bedouin four-wheel drive vehicles through the desert to watch the different rock formations / inscriptions, canyons & sand dunes. Seven Pillars of Wisdom ( view from a distance ), al Hsany Sand Dunes, al Amaleh inscriptions, Siq Um Tawaqi.
Day 7: Wadi Rum – Dead Sea ( SWIM ) – Amman
After Breakfast, proceed to the Dead Sea, the lowest point on earth (417) meters below the sea level. The uniqueness of the Dead Sea has been known very long time ago. It’s the only place in the world with the uniq combination of the spa benefits: peculiar sun radiation
(ultra-violet filtered), enriched oxygen atmosphere, mineral-rich salt sea, thermo-mineral springs, and mineral-rich mud.
Day 8: Amman – Q.A.I. AIRPORT
After breakfast, drive to Queen Alia International Airport for your departure flight going back home with your unforgettable memories.