Highlights of Jordan (6 Days 5 Nights)
Day 1: Amman Airport - Amman
Arrive to Amman airport (QAIA). Meet and greet at the airport. Transfer to your hotel in Hotel for overnight.
Day 2: City Tour of Amman - Jerash – Amman
After breakfast, we will start off with the tour of Amman, the capital city of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. Starting with the downtown area, the oldest part of Amman, this is crowned by the Citadel offering a panoramic view of the whole city. Here you can also see the ancient ruins of the Temple of Hercules that dates back to AD 161 – 180, the Byzantine Church, the Omayyad Palace, the Archaeological Museum which has an excellent collection of the antiquities of Jordan. At the foot of the Citadel is the 2nd century AD Roman Theater, still used for cultural events. After that, drive north of Amman towards Jerash (Gerasa) where you will visit the best-preserved Roman city of the Decapolis. Enter through the monumental South Gate the city of Jerash, where you will come upon the lovely Oval Plaza, the Temple of 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. Return back to your hotel in Amman for dinner & overnight.
Day 3: Amman – Madaba - Mt. Nebo – 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. In 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 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 through 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 doorways. Then proceed to your hotel in Petra for dinner & overnight.
Day 4: Petra (visit)
After breakfast, a full day dedicated for the exploration of the breathtaking Nabataean 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 Theater, 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. Return back to your hotel in Petra for overnight.
Day 5: Petra – Wadi Rum (02 hours 4x4) – Amman
After breakfast, we head further down to southern Jordan to visit another significant site Wadi Rum. Wadi Rum was best described by T.E. Lawrence as “Vast, echoing and god-like”, and by the locals as “Valley of the Moon”. Here you will have the opportunity to drive through the Jordanian desert by your 4x4 Jeeps in a 2 hours Jeep ride to explore the most spectacular sites of the area, ending with a cup of tea made by Bedouins after your visit. Upon completion, transfer to your hotel in Amman for overnight.
Day 6: Amman - Amman Airport
After breakfast, transfer to QAIA for your next destination where your memorable tour comes to its end.