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Culture & Fun (8 Days/7 Nights)

Some of the world’s earliest known churches have been recently discovered in Jordan. The remains of a mudbrick building in Aquaba may be the worlds oldest known purpose-built church. This Aquaba early church dates from the late 3rd or early 4th century.

ITINERARY

1.day: Amman Airport – Amman
Our meet and assist representative will pick you up from Amman Airport and you will be transferred to Amman.

2.day: Amman – Jerash – Ajloun – Amman
After breakfast, pick up from your hotel and drive towards Jerash, the well preserved city of the Roman Empire, often called Pompeii of the East. Initially built by Alexander the Great, the town started to prosper after the Roman conquest, and was one of the Decapolis cities in northern Jordan. Visit Hadrian’s Arch, built in 130 AD to honor the visit of Emperor Hadrian. Pass the Hippodrome offering space for 15,000 spectators, the impressing Forum, continue to the Temple of Artemis, which columns are 12 meters high and each drum weights 20-40 tons. Other highlights are the Colonnaded Street and the Nymphaeum. After Jerash, we will head out to visit Ajloun the great 12th century Islamic castle built around 1184/85 by the famous Islamic leader Salah al-Din. Back to Amman hotel for overnight.

3.day: Amman – Madaba – Nebo – Petra
Today you will head South towards Petra with 2 stops on the way. First you will go to Madaba, where you will find the famous 6th century mosaic map of the Holy land in St. George’s church. Before returning to your hotel for some well deserved relax time, you will visit Mount Nebo, the place where Prophet Moses gazed at the promised land before he died and alleged to be his burial place. In the afternoon you will reach Petra and go to your hotel for overnight.

4.day: Petra Full day visit – Aqaba
After breakfast, we will explore the rose red city of Petra, the biggest attraction of Jordan. Petra was first established around the 6th century B.C. by the Nabataean Arabs, a nomadic tribe who settled in the area and laid the foundations of a commercial empire that extended into Syria. Upon arrival you will begin the trip on horseback to the canyon, the so called Siq, and then by foot to the most beautiful monument: the Treasury. Among other monuments you will see are the Street of Facades, the Royal Tombs and Pharaoh’s Castle. Petra was also chosen to be one of the New 7 Wonders of the world. After the tour, we will transfer to Aqaba for overnight.

5.day: Aqaba free day
Free day at leisure in Aqaba
Optional tours available

Wadi Rum 4×4 Tour
Discover the area featured by rugged mountains and colored sand dunes during a 4×4 Jeep tour, enjoy canyons, sand dunes and rock inscriptions. The area was made famous in the west by Lawrence of Arabia who described it as “vast, echoing and god-like”.

Sunset Cruise in Aqaba
Watch the sun sets behind the mountains to the west of the Red Sea, while Aqaba mountains change their colours to Amber. Enjoy another level of serenity, listening to soft music in the background and having your favourite drink in your hand, on a 3 hours cruise on the Red Sea.

Ski jets
In Aqaba there are lots of water sports available, such as jet skiing, water skiing, parasailing, banana boat, inner tube rides and more.

Scuba Diving
Enjoy a full day boat trip with one or two dives, either with or without guide. Lunch served onboard. Things to see: Cedar Pride wreck, Japanese Gardens, one of the best dive sites in the world, and Black Rock

Snorkeling
Situated on the shores of the Red Sea, Aqaba is blessed with an abundance of stunning dive sites. Whether you choose to dive or snorkel, wide fields of near-perfect soft corals stretch off into the clear blue water, huge heads of stony corals growing as big as a house. Fish life is also thrillingly diverse, with endless species of small and large multicolored swimmers goggling back at you from all sides.

6.day: Aqaba – Dead Sea
At noon you will be transferred to the Dead Sea for overnight.
Optional tours available

Bethany
Visit the Baptism Site (Bethany), the place where Jesus Christ was baptized by St. John the Baptist. It is now one of the 3 most important places of pilgrimage in Catholicism. (2 days)

Moujib – siq trail
Take a trip to Wadi Mujib Reserve, the lowest nature reserve in the world. Here you will do the self-guided Siq Trail following a water stream deeper inside the cool canyon. Depending on your fitness level you can scramble along small waterfalls, but the further you get the higher the water, sometimes up to shoulders.(2 days)

7.day: Dead Sea free day
Today you will have a free day to relax and float at the Dead Sea.
Optional tours available

8.day: Dead Sea – Amman Airport
Free morning to relax at the Dead Sea. At the appointed time, you will head towards Amman Airport for your departure flight.

The price includes:
– accommodation at your chosen hotels with breakfast included
– meals as per program
– transportation in modern vehicle (type of vehicle depends on the number of people)
– English speaking driver
– guide available in multiple languages for the duration of your tour (for 5 pax and more)
– local guides in Petra and Jerash (2 hours) for less then 5 pax
– entrance fees to above mentioned sites
– horse ride in Petra from main entrance till the Siq
– 1 bottle of water per person/day

The price does not includes:
– visa to Jordan for less then 5 pax
– flight tickets
– lunches & dinner unless otherwise specified
– any personal expenses
– tips for driver, guide, hotel staff
– any insurance
– extras or anything mentioned above

All offers will be considered tailor-made. Contact us for our best prices for this programme and information on availability.

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