Q.A.I.A/Amman O/N (B)
Meet and Greet by our representative upon arrival at Queen Alia Intl. Airport and Transfer Directly to Amman – hotel of your choice for overnight.
Amman/Jerash / Ajlun / Amman – O/N (B).
After Breakfast head directly to the second on the list of favorite destinations in Jordan, and one of the best preserved Roman provincial towns in the world, the ancient city of Jerash boasts as unbroken chain of human occupation dating back more than 6,500 years.
Visiting the paved and colonnaded streets, soaring hilltop temples, handsome theatres, spacious public squares and plazas, baths, fountains and city walls pierced by towers and gates. A short drive to the north is Ajlun, with its fortress and magnificent view into the Jordan Valley formally known as Qala’at al Rabadh, Ajlun Castle, is the major ancient site within the Ajlun forests region. The castle is one of the best preserved and most complete examples of medieval Arab-Islamic military architecture. Head afterwards to another Decapolis city, Pella now known as Tabqat Fahel 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 residence and a small medieval mosque Last destination of the day would be to Gadara now known Umm Qais which is In addition to Amman, Jerash & Pella, was also once one of Decapolis cities. Perched on a splendid hilltop overlooking the Jordan Valley, and the Sea of Galilee and with its unique appeal. Umm Qais 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 on outlines of what was a massive hippodrome., Back to Amman for overnight.
Amman/Desert Castles / Amman – O/N (B).
After Breakfast Start a tour for the Scattered throughout the black basalt desert, east of Amman, the Desert Castles stand as a testament to the flourishing beginnings of Islamic-Arab civilization. These seemingly isolated pavilions, caravan stations, secluded baths, and hunting lodges, were at one time integrated agricultural or trading complexes, built mostly under the Umayyads (661-750 AD), when Muslim Arabs had succeeded in transforming the fringes of the desert into well-watered settlements
Most of the Desert Castles can be visited over the course of a day in a loop from Amman via Azraq and back to Amman at the end of the day for overnight.
Amman City tour /Iraq Al Amir / Amman – O/N (B).
After Breakfast, Discover the city of Amman, a sprawling city spread over 19 hills, or Mountains (Jebels). Amman is the modern, as well as the ancient capital of the Hashemite kingdom of Jordan. Known as Rabbath-Ammon during prehistoric periods and later as Philadelphia, the ancient city that was once part of the Decapolis league.
You will be visiting the Citadel which is located in Jabal Al Qala’a Towering above Amman; the site includes many structures such as the Temple of Hercules, the Umayyad Palace and the Byzantine church. The site is overlooking the 6000 seat Roman Theatre which is deep-sided bowl carved into the hill and still used for cultural events. The Museum of Folklore and Popular Tradition, Last but not least you will be able to watch King Hussein Mosque bustles with pedestrians, juice stands and vendors. The area around the King Hussein Mosque, also known as Al- Husseini Mosque, is the heart of modern downtown Amman. The Ottoman-style mosque was rebuilt in 1924 on the site of an ancient mosque, probably also the site of the cathedral of Philadelphia. Head afterwards to Iraq Al Amir, Located near the narrow fertile valley of Wadi Al Seer, a contrast to the bare, treeless plateau around Amman to the East. Iraq El-Amir (Cave of the Prince), where eleven caves are carved into the cliff face and Qaser El-Abd (Palace of the Slave) is 10 km down the valley of Wadi Al Seer, The hellinistic ruins of Qaser El-Abd are of an enormous palace thought to have been built by Hyrcanus of the powerful Tobiad family during the 2nd century AD. The name “Tobia” is engraved in Aramaic at the entrance and there is also a carving of a lioness sheltering a cub at the palace. A degree of mystery surrounds the reason of the construction of Qaser El-Abd that was devastated by great earthquake of 362 AD, Back to Amman for Overnight.
Amman /Bethany / Dead Sea – O/N (B).
After Breakfast, Drive to Less than 2 kms east of the Jordan River is an important place associated with the lives of Jesus and John the Baptist (pbut), the settlement of Bethany, where John lived and baptized. John 1:28 refer to it as “Bethany beyond the Jordan, where John was baptizing”. In John 10:40 it is mentioned as the place to which Jesus (pbuh) fled for safety after being threatened with stoning in Jerusalem: “Then Jesus went back across the Jordan to the place where John had been baptizing in the early days”.
This settlement beyond the Bethany has recently been identified on the south bank of the small perennials stream named Wadi Kharrar, just east of the Jordan River and opposite Jericho. It is being excavated, protected, and made accessible for visitors.
The small natural hill forming the core of Bethany is called Elijah’s Hill, or Tell Mar Elias in Arabic. Local tradition for thousands of years has identified it as the place from where Elijah (pbuh) ascended to heaven.
Bethany‘s ancient remains include structures from the 1st century settlement of John the Baptist (pbuh), including large plastered pools with steps for full immersion, and the 5th-6th century remains of the Byzantine period settlement called Ainon or Saphsaphas and depicted on the 6th century Madaba Mosaic Map of the Holy Land.
When Jesus (pbuh) spent 40 days in the wilderness after his baptism (Mark 1:12), he had been in the stark, desolate marl area immediately east of Jordan River and north of Bethany. He spread his message throughout Transjordan on several different occasions, including during his last journey from Galilee to Jerusalem (Matthew 19), drive afterwards to the Dead Sea, more than 400 meters below sea level and the lowest point on earth to enjoy a swim by the Dead Sea Shores rich in minerals that have seeped from adjacent wadis, the Dead Sea, as well as having exceptionally buoyant water, is believed by many to have curative powers. The nearby waters of Hammamat Ma’in, where a thermal spa has been built, are thought to be similarly imbued.
The area is believed to have been home to five Biblical cities: Sodom, Gomorrah, Adman, Zebouin and Zoar. Spend the rest of the day at relaxation, overnight at your chosen Hotel in the Dead Sea Area.
Dead Sea / Madaba / Mt. Nebo / Kerak / Petra – O/N (B)
After early Breakfast, head towards the Red Rose city of Petra
Via the king’s way, an ancient route that still has marks left from traders, armies and pilgrims who crossed it centuries ago, the first city to encounter is Madaba, “the City of Mosaics “. The city, best known for its spectacular Byzantine and Umayyad mosaics, is home to the famous 6th century mosaic map of Jerusalem and the Holy Land. With two million pieces of colored stone, the map depicts hills and valleys, villages and towns as far as the Nile Delta. Only 7 Km from Madaba Lies Mount Nebo, the site of the endearing monastery Built by some Franciscan Priests as a sanctuary and a prayer place in memorial of Prophet Moses who took the last look at the Promised Land, they perpetrated themselves to serve the pilgrims who comes to pay tribute to Prophet Moses place of death and burial.
After taking a look at the Holy land from Mt. Nebo and if the weather was clear maybe you could see Jerusalem, Head further north through Wadi Mujib. A deep valley featuring one of Jordan‘s most breathtaking views. To reach Kerak and Kerak Castle, the authentic hill top fortress of Kerak, is a fascinating example of architectural and military traditions of the time. Its galleries, towers, chapels and ramparts still echo with the resolve of the Crusaders who built them almost a thousand years ago, finally drive to the City of Petra for overnight at your chosen Hotel.
Petra Full day visit/ ON (B)
After Breakfast begin the visit to one of the new Seven Wonders of the World and Jordan’s national treasures, the ancient city of Petra is located about three hours south of Amman, Petra is the legacy of the Nabateans, (an industrious Arab people who settled in southern Jordan more than 2000 years ago.) Admired then for its refined culture, massive architecture and ingenious complex of dams and water channels, Petra is now a UNESCO world heritage site that enchants visitors from all corners of the globe.
Your Trip will include an approximately 800 Meters Horse ride from the Visitors center to the main access to Petra, and by walking through a kilometer long chasm known by the Siq, at the end of the walk you will be rewarded by the Breathtaking Scene of Petra‘s most famous monument, the Treasury.
Various walks and climbs reveal literally hundreds of buildings, tombs, baths, funerary halls, temples, arched gateways, colonnaded streets and haunting rock drawings – as well as a 3000 seat open air amphitheatre circa, and if time permits the high place of Sacrifice, a gigantic first century Monastery and a modern archeological Museum, all of which can be explored.
You will also be able to look at the modest shrine commemorating the death of Aaron, brother of Moses, was built in the 13th century by the Mamluke Sultan, high a top mount Aaron in the Sharah range. Overnight in Petra and at your chosen hotel.
Petra / Wadi Rum / Aqaba – O/N (B).
After breakfast head directly to the enchanting desert of Wadi Rum where you shall pass the famous seven pillars of wisdom to explore, the vast beauty of Wadi Rum will be further explored on 4×4 vehicle tour of approximately 2 Hours that take you deep into the heart of the desert. Back to the visitors center, to proceed finally to the Jordan‘s only outlet to the sea, Aqaba is surrounded by rugged mountains that subtly change color as the day unfolds, Its crystal clear waters, abundant marine life and pleasant climate (With moderate temperatures in winter and fresh cooling sea breezes in summer), make it an ideal location for year round scuba diving, snorkeling and other water sports. With its clean beaches and transparent waters, Aqaba, is an ideal location for both relaxation and water sports.
Sunbathing, Swimming, parasailing, water skiing and jet skiing, are just some of the activities to partake in. Overnight in Aqaba at your chosen hotel.
Aqaba Free day at Leisure – O/N (B).
Spend the day at leisure and overnight in Aqaba and overnight.
Aqaba / Amman – O/N (B).
Spend the day at leisure check out to go back to Amman for overnight.
Amman – Q.A.I.A (B).
After Breakfast, Checkout and drive to Queen Alia International Airport for departure back Home.
Visas to Jordan:
The cost of one entry visa for all nationalities is JD 40 (around $59).
Certain nationalities require an entry visa to be obtained prior to travel. Please check with us or with the Jordanian Diplomatic Missions in your country prior to travel to ensure that you have all the necessary paperwork for travel and to know which nationalities require visa clearance.
Travellers arriving through Ugarit will be granted free of charge (Gratis) visa upon arrival provided to forward a copy of the passports for the individuals and a passport manifest alongside with the passport copies for groups (5 Pax – Above) at least 72 Hours prior to arrival