8 Days 7 Nights
Arrival at Amman airport. Welcome to Jordan. Border formalities and transfer to the hotel. Free time.
After breakfast we travel to northern Jordan. In the mountains, we discover the Ajlun Fortress, a powerful castle from the 12th century. Muslims and Orthodox Christians have always lived in this region. We will visit the ancient CHURCH OF SAINT-SERGE. Will we all pray for peace? Lunch is included. We continue towards JERASH and visit its impressive Roman archaeological site. Return to AMMAN. Arrival and accommodation.
We will leave for the DESERT CASTLES, built between the 7th and 8th centuries. We will visit QASR KHARANA, with its imposing structure of thick walls and the world heritage site QUSAYR AMRA, notable for its remarkable frescoes. Then we go to MADABA, lunch is included. We will visit the Madaba Archaeological Park, which we cross via an ancient Roman road, and the Church of St. George, with its fantastic 6th century mosaic depicting the oldest known map of the Holy Land. We continue to MOUNT NEBO, where Moses stops to look at the Promised Land. Return to Amman. Arrival and free time.
We leave for BETHANY on the banks of the Jordan River, a UNESCO World Heritage Site; this is where John the Baptist baptized Jesus. Next, we visit the DEAD SEA MUSEUM, which is an impressive panoramic complex. Lunch is included. Arriving at our hotel at the DEAD SEA, don't forget to take a dip in the saltiest, lowest altitude sea on earth. Dinner and accommodation included.
Exciting section in the heart of Jordan. We go up to the historic King's Road, which tells us about the kingdom of Moab from the Bible. On top of a hill, we will be surprised by KARAK Castle (entrance included), an impressive example of military architecture from the 12th century. It quickly became one of the most important fortresses between Jerusalem and Aqaba. Arrival at DANA, a picturesque little town of stone houses on a huge cliff. Lunch is included. We continue along the King's Route to SHOBAK, where we take photos (exterior only) of the great Crusader castle. We continue to WADI MUSA (the site around Petra). We will explore the SPRING OF MOSES, where Moses is said to have tapped the rock with his cane and water gushed out, and the Petra Museum, an excellent exhibit that allows us to learn about the history of the Nabataeans and see magnificent pieces found in the region. Dinner and accommodation. All travelers who wish can go to an ancient Turkish bath or see a light and sound show in Petra.
Today we have the most exciting day of the trip: First, we visit the impressive archaeological site of PETRA, accessible through a narrow canyon, and discover the temples and tombs carved into the cliffs of this city founded 300 years before Christ. After lunch (included) we leave for the impressive WADI RUM desert. At the visitor center we board 4x4 vehicles to visit some of the most impressive landscapes. We stop in the town of RUM to visit the ruins of the Nabataean temple. We include a 45-minute camel ride through the desert. We will also visit Khazali Canyon. In this spectacular place, we will see the engravings that reveal the origins of the Arabic language. Dinner and accommodation included in a desert camp.
After breakfast, we will leave for AQABA, the second city of Jordan. We will visit Jordan's second city, a modern and commercial port city. Free afternoon to enjoy the hotel-resort and the warm waters of the Red Sea!
After breakfast, we will leave by the “desert road” towards AMMAN. Arrival at Amman airport and end of our services. Please check your flight time in case you need an extra night.
Note: Depending on the number of travelers, the trip from Aqaba to Amman can be done by regular VIP coach.