Amman | Aqaba | Wadi Rum | Dana | Petra
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Day 1: Arrival in Amman
Upon arrival, meet and assist, then transfer to your hotel.
Day 2: Amman
Excursion to Wadi Al Mujib, known as Jordan’s Grand Canyon. Walk along a trail through the river between towering sandstone cliffs to the base of a large waterfall. Depending on seasonal rainfall levels, the gorge may contain pools deep enough for swimming. Later, explore the desert castles, built by Umayyad Caliphs in the 7th and 8th century. (B)
Day 3: Amman | Dana
Morning visit to Madaba, best known for its spectacular Byzantine and Umayyad mosaics, including the famous 6th-century mosaic map of Jerusalem and the Holy Land. Then stop at historic Mount Nebo, one of the most revered holy sites of Jordan and the place where Moses climbed to see the Promised Land. Drive along the picturesque Kings’ Highway to Mukawir (Machaerus), the hilltop stronghold of Herod the Great. Upon Herod’s death, his son Herod Antipas inherited the fortress and it is from here that he ordered John the Baptist to be beheaded. (B)
Day 4: Dana | Petra
After breakfast, a visit to Dana Biosphere Reserve, Jordan’s largest nature reserve. This area of staggering beauty, history, and biodiversity is the only reserve in Jordan that encompasses the four different bio-geographical zones of the country (Mediterranean, Irano-Turanian, Saharo-Arabian and Sudanian). Hundreds of plant and animal species have been recorded in the reserve, of which 25 are known to be endangered. After your visit, visit the 900-year-old Shobak Castle, a lonely reminder of former Crusader glory. It is perched on the side of a mountain, with a grand sweep of fruit trees below. The castle’s exterior is impressive, with a foreboding gate and encircling triple wall. (B)
Day 5: Petra
Morning tour to Jordan’s greatest tourist attraction, Petra, a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the New 7 Wonders of the World. Explore this centuries-old “rose-red” city by horseback and on foot. See Petra’s most beautiful monument, The Treasury, carved out of the solid rock from the side of the mountain. Discover soaring temples, elaborate royal tombs, burial chambers and much more. Then drive to Siq Al-Barid, which is also referred to as “Little Petra,” believed to have been a suburb of Petra. (B)
Day 6: Petra | Wadi Rum
After breakfast, enjoy a 2-hour 4×4 jeep tour with a Bedouin guide in Wadi Rum, a scenic desert valley. This unspoiled area has been virtually untouched by humanity, created only by the weather and wind. (B,D)
Day 7: Wadi Rum | Aqaba
After breakfast, transfer to Aqaba which is a fun place. It is a microcosm of all the good things Jordan has to offer, including a fascinating history with some outstanding sites, excellent hotels and activities, superb visitor facilities, good shopping, and welcoming, friendly people, who enjoy nothing more than making sure their visitors, have a good time. (B,D)
Day 8: Aquaba
Enjoy a remarkable Aqaba Tour, visiting some of the city’s highlights, including the historic Aqaba Mamluk Fortress, Aqaba Museum and Aqaba Aquarium at the Marine Science Station Complex, to see colorful shoals of beautiful fish. (B)
Day 10: Depart Amman
Transfer to the airport for your return flight. (B)