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Day 1: Q.AIA AIRPORT – AMMAN (B)
Meeting will be after you pass the final Stage passing through customs area - Where you will find your rep waiting for you, holding a board sign of your name, drive to Hotel in Amman for overnight.
Day 2: AMMAN - PELLA – UMM QAIS – JERASH - AJLOUN (B)
Depart for a visit to Pella, one the most ancient towns and a favourite of archaeologists: Pella is exceptionally rich in antiquities, some of which are exceedingly old. Besides the excavated ruins from the Graeco-Roman period, Pella offers visitors the opportunity to see the remains of Chalcolithic settlement from the 4th millennium BC, evidence of Bronze and Iron Age walled cities, Byzantine churches, early Islamic residential quarters and a small medieval mosque. In addition to Jerash and Amman, Gadara (now Um Qays) and Pella (Tabaqit Fahl) were once Decapolis cities, and each has unique appeal. The Decapolis ("Ten Cities”; Greek: deka, ten; polis, city) was a group of ten cities on the eastern frontier of the Roman Empire in Jordan and Syria. The ten cities were not an official league or political unit, but they were grouped together because of their language, culture, location, and political status, with each possessing a certain degree of autonomy and self-rule. The Decapolis cities were centers of Greek and Roman culture in a region that was otherwise Semitic (Nabatean, Aramean and Judean).
Um Qays is one of the most brilliant ancient Greco-Roman cities of the Decapolis. Perched on a splendid hilltop overlooking the Jordan Valley and the Sea of Galilee, Um Qays boasts impressive ancient remains, such as the stunning black basalt theatre, the basilica and adjacent courtyard strewn with nicely carved black sarcophagi, the colonnaded main street and a side street lined with shops, an underground mausoleum, two baths, a nymphaeum, a city gate and the faint outlines of what was a massive hippodrome. Proceed to Jerash – Visit the site and have appox. 90 min touring with a private English Speaking Guide. Return to Amman for overnight stay
Day 3: AMMAN – DESERT CASTLES – AMMAN CITY TOUR -AMMAN (B)
After breakfast, a full day visit to the spectacular early Islamic art complexes, the Desert Castles: Jordans Desert Castles, beautiful examples of both early Islamic art and architecture, stand testament to a fascinating era in the country’s rich history. Their fine mosaics, frescoes, stone and stucco carvings and illustrations, inspired by the best in Persian and Graeco-Roman traditions, tell countless stories of the life as it was during the 8th century.
Continue for a tour of the modern capital of Jordan, Amman. Amman often referred to as the white city due to its low size canvas of stone houses, offers a variety of historical sites. There are a number of renovations and excavations taking place that have revealed remains from the Neolithic period, as well as from the Hellenistic and late Roman to Arab Islamic Ages. The site which is known as the Citadel includes many structures such as the Temple of Hercules, the Umayyad Palace and the Byzantine Church. At the foot of the Citadel lies the 6,000 seat Roman Theatre, which is a deep-sided bowl carved into the hill and is still being used for cultural events. - If you mange to do the Amman City tour day before you will then have free time in the city as yu are located in the heart of the old town so great to be able to explore it independently. Back to Hotel overnight in Amman.
Day 4: AMMAN – MADABA – MT. NEBO – KERAK – DANA (B.D)
Drive to DANA along the Kingsway road, visit en route Madaba, Mt. Nebo & Kerak, overnight in DANA . After breakfast, drive along the Kingsway Road, the 2000-years old highway, visiting Madaba, The City of Mosaics. Visit the towns main attraction, the Greek Orthodox church of St. George where the famous 6th century Byzantine mosaic map of the holy sites in the biblical world is found. Proceed to Mount Nebo, known as Moses burial place. This mountain offers a spectacular view of the holy land. Drive via the Kings Highway, the ancient road mentioned in the bible, which links prehistoric villages from the Stone Age, and biblical towns, to arrive at Kerak, the magnificent crusader fortress. Visit Keraks Crusaders Castle built in the 12th century AD, which is situated on a hilltop about 1000 metres above sea level and surrounded by a valley on three sides. Kerak has been inhabited since at least the Iron Age, and was an important city for the Moabites.
Proceed to Dana which is an area of staggering beauty, history, and biodiversity. The only reserve in Jordan that encompasses the four different bio-geographical zones of the country (Mediterranean, Irano-Turanian, Saharo-Arabian, and Sudanian), it is a melting pot of species from Europe, Africa, and Asia. Such a combination of natural communities in a single area is unique in Jordan and many of Dana’s animals and plants are very rare. So far, a total of 800 plant speciesand 449 animal species have been recorded in the Reserve, of which 25 are known to be endangered, including the Sand Cat, the Syrian Wolf, the Lesser Kestrel and the Spiny Tailed Lizard. Overnight in Dana. (B)
Day 5: DANA – HD HIKE TRAIL TO FENAN ( 14 KILOMETERS) – PETRA (B.D)
After breakfast, Start Hike From Dana To Fenan – Around 6 Hours With Site Local Guide Dinner Over Night in Fenan (Luggage Transferred By Car) Join the hotel’s Sunset Hike if also preferred
Day 6: FENAN – PETRA (B.D)
After breakfast pick up and transfer to Petra via Little Petra. Arrive at your hotel in the afternoon and rest. DINNER AT PETRA KITCHEN - you get involved in cooking as well. Overnight Petra
Day 7: PETRA (B & D)
Morning Start Visiting Petra. Visit the Red Rose City of Petra. During 2012 Petra celebrated its 200th Year Anniversary of its rediscovery. The ancient Nabatean city of Petra was also recently voted as one of the Seven Wonders of the World. It is without a doubt Jordans most valuable treasure and greatest tourist attraction. In 1985 Petra was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Begin your visit by enjoying a walk or a short horse ride from Petras main entrance to the entrance of the old city Al Siq, which is a 350 metres narrow canyon. As you reach the end of the Siq, the first and greatest monument of Petra slowly comes into view. This is the famous Treasury monument Al Khazneh. Petra The Rose City is an extraordinary and unique place, which was built by the Arab Nabateans more than 2000 years ago. The Nabateans carved their monumental tombs, palaces, temples and treasury from the deserts natural rose-colored rocks and sandstones. Petra was an important junction for the silk, spice and other trade routes that linked the Eastern world with that of the West. Overnight in Petra. (B)
Day 8: PETRA – WADI RUM - (B.D)
Morning at leisure. Mid day transfer to Wadi Rum. This is the most beautiful and largest desert of Jordan with a stunning backdrop. Bedouin 4X4 ride 1-2 hours in the desert. Camel Ride late afternoon in order to watch the sunset on Camels. DINNER Over Night in Rum Under tents
Day 9: WADI RUM - Dead Sea (B)
Depart Early and continue towards Dead Sea A stop can be arranged at MUJEB VALLEY on the way to Dead Sea Optional Hike at the site According to available Hikes at that day which can be locally arrayed at extra cost. Or arrive to Dead Sea early for an afternoon at leisure. Arrive to Dead Sea, one of the most spectacular natural and spiritual landscapes in the world and the lowest point on Earth. Without a doubt the world's most amazing place, the Jordan Rift Valley is a dramatic, beautiful landscape, which at the Dead Sea, is over 400m (1,312 ft.) below sea level. The area is also believed to have been home to five Biblical cities: Sodom, Gomorrah, Adman, Zebouin and Zoar (Bela). Over Night Dead sea
Day 10: DEAD SEA – Q.AIA AIRPORT (B)
After breakfast transfer to Q.AI Airport with our full assistant with all airport procedures and formalities via Customs & Immigration.
Price includes: London Heathrow daily flights with British Airways, above private itinerary, five-star or boutique accommodation where possible based on B&B with the exception of one night in Petra and one night in Wadi Rum where it is based on Half Board, private driver throughout the journey, all museum entry tickets mentioned above and services of our local office.
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