(Amman, Petra, Dead Sea)
Begin your tour of Jordan exploring the Ajloun Castle, the ancient Roman ruins of Jerash, followed by an afternoon city tour of Amman. The next day is en-route towards Petra where you will tour the Biblical sites of Mt. Nebo and Madaba and on to Little Petra. Continue with the wonderment that is Petra - the rock carved rose-red city full of mysterious charm that was "designed to strike wonder into all who entered it". Petra is the legacy of the Nabataeans, an industrious Arab people who settled in southern Jordan more than 2000 years ago. From there, it is off to Wadi Rum for your day tour and desert safari experience. Making your way back to Amman, the tour concludes with an overnight at the Dead Sea and tours of Bethany (the Baptism site). NOTE: Travel in Egypt and Jordan often involves early-morning starts, designed to avoid crowds and the hottest midday hours. It can be hot, especially in June, July and August, but there is virtually no humidity and evening temperatures cool off dramatically. Egypt and Jordan are moderate secular states, well used to hosting hundreds of thousands of visitors each year. While you'll want to avoid revealing clothing, loose shorts and short-sleeved shirts are fine for both genders while sightseeing.
You will be met by an airport representative , then it is off to baggage claim and finally to passenger pick up. It is here that you will connect with our Kensington associate who will arrange airport transfer to your hotel.
Airport meet and assist/transfer in Amman with a private vehicle and English speaking driver.
With a spectacular hilltop setting, the Sheraton Amman Al Nabil Hotel & Towers echoes the Kingdom of Jordan’s philosophy of hospitality mixed with the amenities of a vibrant, modern nation. Designed in eye-catching white stone, the hotel is located in the heart of Amman’s embassy and business district. The 268 soundproofed and air-conditioned rooms are mini retreats, filled with sunlight and the essentials for a perfect night or day. Amenities include high speed internet access and international direct dialing for relaying the day’s tales, butler service, 24-hour room service, private terraces, and famous Sheraton Sweet Sleeper Bed. For even further relaxation, linger poolside indoors or out, stretch out on the sun deck, in the fitness facility, enjoy a massage or simply do nothing.
The marvels of nature and the genius of medieval Arab military architecture have given northern Jordan two of the most important ecological and historical attractions in the Middle East: the sprawling pine forests of the Ajloun-Dibbine area, and the towering Ayyubid castle at Ajloun, which helped to defeat the Crusaders eight centuries ago.
Jerash, located 48 km north of Amman and nestled in a quiet valley among the mountains of Gilead, rivals the grandeur of Imperial Rome being one of the largest and most well preserved sites of Roman architecture in the World outside Italy. To this day, its paved and colonnaded streets, soaring hilltop temples, handsome theaters, spacious public squares and plazas, baths, fountains and city walls pierced by towers and gates remain in exceptional condition.
Certified Private English speaking guide provided for daily tours.
Avail of a transfer to Petra with a private vehicle and driver.
According to Jewish and Christian tradition, Moses was buried on this mountain by God himself, and his final resting place is unknown. Scholars continue to dispute whether the mountain currently known as Nebo is the same as the mountain referred to in the Torah. Madaba’s most famous site is the Mosaic map in the 19th century Greek Orthodox St George’s Church. Unearthed 1864, the mosaic was once a clear map with 157 captions (in Greek) of all major biblical sites from Lebanon to Egypt. The mosaic was constructed AD 560 & once contained more than 2 million pieces; only 1/3 of the whole now survives.
The Siq Al-Barid (Little Petra) is located to the north of Petra, only a 10 minute drive away. A classical temple stands guard outside the miniature siq which would appear to have been an important suburb of the city of Petra, situated at the point where several ancient caravan routes met, linking Wadi Araba with Gaza, Egypt and the Mediterranean coast. The narrow file, only some 350 m long, is crammed with tombs, temples, triclinia, houses, water channels and cisterns. The surrounding area is picturesque and fun to explore.
Certified private English speaking guide for daily tours outside of Amman.
The splendorous Mövenpick Resort Petra is the close neighbor of the ancient, dusty rose city of Petra. The hotel, offering 183 rooms and suites, plays host to wanderers aching for the short trek into this well of history and ruins. Upon returning, spend time at one of the seven hotel restaurants, each of which opens doors to culinary persuasions from across the world, though special focus is given to Middle Eastern specialties. The hotel itself remains a centre of activity, with a fully equipped fitness gym, health and wellness swimming pool and steam bath, and views of open horizons. Sit down to some traditional Arabic argil at the end of the evening, and absorb the sun as it sets.
Explore Wadi Rum, a vast, silent place, timeless and starkly beautiful. Uniquely shaped massive mountains rise vertically out of the pink desert sand, which separate one dark mass from another in the magnificent desert scenery of strange breathtaking beauty, with towering cliffs of weathered stone.
Spend the evening learning Jordanian cuisine. In a relaxed, informal atmosphere, you’ll prepare an evening meal, working alongside locals and under the supervision of the head chef. Each meal includes soup, cold and hot mezes, salads, and a main course—all typical Jordanian dishes. Discover the secrets behind Levantine Cuisine!
Petra is the treasure of the ancient world, and the rock-carved rose-red city is full of mysterious charm. Indeed, it was "designed to strike wonder into all who entered it". Petra is the legacy of the Nabataeans, an industrious Arab people who settled in southern Jordan more than 2,000 years ago. Admired then for its refined culture, massive architecture and ingenious complex of dams and water channels, this remarkable city of grand buildings carved into massive cliffs evokes wonder to this day.
Enjoy a private transfer from Petra to the Dead Sea. The transfer time is approximately 3hrs in duration.
Set on the northern shores of the Dead Sea at the lowest point on Earth, the Movenpick Dead Sea deluxe resort is built in a traditional village style and offers luxurious rooms, a range of outlets, first-class meeting and leisure facilities featuring the renowned ZARA Spa. The resort has a total of 358 rooms, of which over two-thirds are smoking; there are non-smoking rooms on several floors and blocks. All rooms have either a balcony or a terrace; interconnecting rooms and rooms for physically challenged are also available. With about ten different room categories to choose from, you can either choose a room in the main building, the village or the beachfront with mountain, garden or sea view. The rooms also vary in size, decor and furnishing.
Drive to Dead Sea area to visit the site of John the Baptist's settlement at Bethany beyond the Jordan, where Jesus was baptized, has long been known from the Bible (John 1:28 and 10:40) and from the Byzantine and medieval texts. The site has now been identified on the east bank of the Jordan River, in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, and is being systematically surveyed, excavated, restored, and prepared to receive pilgrims and visitors. Bethany Beyond the Jordan is located an hour by car from the Jordanian capital Amman and 15 minutes from the Dead Sea hotels area.
A private vehicle and driver will pick you up and deliver you to the Dead Sea Panoramic Complex. From here, enjoy the absolutely stunning sunset views of the Dead Sea while enjoy the crisp clean air at this high elevation. This complex also contains the Dead Sea Museum which informs about the physical and chemical characteristics of the Dead Sea, while highlighting the relationship between the Dead Sea and human beings, in an attempt to promote the conservation and protection of the area.
Enjoy time at leisure to explore at your own pace, or relax at your hotel.
Avail of a private transfer between the Dead Sea and Amman.
Please note obtaining a visa is your responsibility. These requirements change often and therefore it is best that you check with the Embassy of Jordan for the most up to date visa information.
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