Join us on this compelling 8-day tour of Jordan’s scenic and cultural highlights, featuring the cream of the country’s extraordinary desert landscapes and Greco-Roman ruins. It begins in the capital, Amman, with a visit to Hadrian’s Arch and the sublime colonnaded Forum at Jerash, then proceeds to Petra for a 4-night stay in a luxury hotel close to the fabled carved facades of the ‘Rose City’. From there we continue on to Wadi Rum, using a stylish camp as a base for explorations of the area’s desert mountains. A spa break in the Dead Sea brings the trip to a suitably relaxing conclusion.
Day 1 Amman
Greeted on arrival in Amman and escorted to Landmark Hotel for four nights.
Day 2 Amman
This morning, we visit the Desert Castles – the spectacular early Islamic art complexes with their fine mosaics, frescoes, stone and stucco carvings inspired by the best Persian and Greco-Roman culture. Later we explore Amman – the White City. Start at the Citadel which houses several impressive structures like Temple of Hercules, Umayyad Palace, Byzantine church, Archaeological Museum and the Folklore Museum.
Day 3 Amman
Today we enjoy a full day excursion to Pella and Umm Qais – two brilliant ancient Greco-Roman cities of the Decapolis. In Pella, we visit the remains of Chalcolithic settlement from 4th century BC, Byzantine churches and a small medieval mosque. Umm Qais boasts impressive ancient remains including stunning black basalt theatre, the basilica and underground mausoleum.
Day 4 Amman
After breakfast, start your day with a visit of Jerash, ‘the Jewel of the North’ - one of the largest and most well-preserved sites of Roman architecture in the world outside Italy. Continue to the Dead Sea, one of the most spectacular natural and spiritual landscapes in the world and the lowest point on Earth, at 400m below sea level. Spend some time at the Dead Sea before returning to hotel in Amman.
Day 5 Amman, Petra
After breakfast, drive along the 2000-year-old King’s Highway, an ancient road mentioned in The Bible. Stop at Madaba, ‘The City of Mosaics’. Proceed to Mount Nebo, known as the burial place of Prophet Moses. Arrive at Kerak, the magnificent Crusader Castle. Proceed to Petra and stay at Movenpick Resort for two nights.
Day 6 Petra
After breakfast, a full day visit of the “Rose Red City” of Petra - a treasure of the ancient world- rediscovered in 1812.
Day 7 Petra, Wadi Rum, Amman
After breakfast, visit ‘Al-Beidha’ – also known as the Little Petra. It was an important suburb of the City of Petra and the entry point for trade routes to the north and north-west. Later we drive to Wadi Rum, Jordan’s vast and echoing desert. We enjoy a Bedouin 4x4 jeep ride exploring the stunning moonscape. Later we drive back to Amman for overnight stay in Landmark hotel or similar.
Day 8 Amman
After breakfast, transfer to Amman airport for your return flight.
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