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Jordan Journey

                                                      JORDAN     JOURNEY 

The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan is a land of delightful contrasts – timeless
ancient sites which transcend centuries to meld with an energetic modernity,
vast landscapes of mountains, deserts, and wetlands, and warm hospitable
people who cherish their  historic culture while greeting guests with open arms.
Our cultural journey  opens  these doors and opens our minds to the treasures of
Jordan and its many UNESCO world heritage sites. We travel from Amman, city of
19 hills, through Graeco-Roman sites such as Jerash, Ottoman and Crusader
desert castles to the rich Dana Biosphere Reserve, focusing on environmental travel, and the historical sites along the Jordan River to Petra, “the rose red city half as old as time” and finally to the  tented camps of Wadi Rum with vast desert landscapes of caves, rock carvings and incredible sunsets.  Ahlan wa Sahlan 

Day 01  Amman, Jordan
 
Arrival at Queen Alia International Airport in Amman. welcome greeting and personalized transfer service to your selected hotel in Amman. Dinner at Khan Zaman    Hotel La Locando.

Cami, Religion, Islam, Architecture, Travel, Minaret


Day 02 – 
Amman The Citadel Your cultural journey begins at the Citadel is an important site because it has had a long history of occupation by many great civilizations.  Most of the buildings still visible at the site are from the Roman, Byzantine, and Umayyad periods,fantastic cultural journey    The major buildings at the site are the the Temple of Hercules and the Umayyad Palace. The Jordan Archaeological Museum, built in 1951, is located on the hill. Though the fortification walls enclose the heart of the site, the ancient periods of occupation covered large areas. Archaeologists have been working at the site since the 1920s, both European and Jordanian projects,  but a great part of the Citadel remains unexcavated. Umayyad Palace The Umayyad Palace is a large palatial complex located on the Citadel Hill  Built during the first half of the 8th century there is now only a restored domed entrance chamber to the area. 

Temple of Hercules Constructed between 162-166 CE during Marcus Aurelius’ Roman occupation of Amman’s Citadel, the great temple is larger than any in Rome itself. Natl Archaeological Museum American Center of Oriental Research
Dinner at a local restaurant

Day 03 Azraq castle Qsar amra 
 Overnight Azraq lodge AZRAQ WETLAND RESERVE,incredible environmental travel  Azraq is a unique wetland, located in the heart of the arid Eastern popular for bird watching.
 From the walkways and hides, visitors get the chance to observe birds close at hand, including local, migratory and occasional rare species.
The Azraq area also has a rich cultural history due to its strategic location and water
resources. It was used as a station for pilgrims and camel trains and Lawrence of
Arabia was stationed in Azraq Castle during the Arab Revolt. The local people are
also unusually diverse, coming from three different ethnic origins, Bedouin, Chechen and Druze; each of which has distinctive beliefs and traditions. Bedouins have lived a nomadic life style in the area for generations, whereas the Chechens are descendants of settlers from the Caucasus and the Druze stem from Arab tribes in Syria and Lebanon, an amazing cultural journey.
Many interesting archaeological sites lie within easy reach of Azraq Lodge, including
the famous: Qasr Amra, Qasr Kharana and Azraq Castle. Qasr Amra is one of the best- preserved Umayyad bathhouses in the world and a World Heritage Site. Its interior walls are covered in lively frescos dating back to 700 AD. There are also many dramatic desert landscapes to discover, including moon-like plains of black basalt and white valleys of chalk.

Theatre, Stairs, Castle, Building, Stone, Old, Ancient

Day 4 Ajlun castle
  
Ajloun Forest Reserve is located in the Ajloun highlands north of Amman and covers13 square kilometers. It is dominated by open woodlands of Evergreen Oak, Pine,Carob, Wild Pistachio and Wild Strawberry trees. These trees have been important to local people for their wood, scenic beauty, and quite often for medicine and food.
The Ajloun area has a long history of human settlement, due to its mild climate,
dense forests, and fertile soil. This rich history is reflected in the many
archaeological ruins scattered in the woodlands and surrounding villages. The
reserve itself supports a wide variety of wild plants and animals and is a peaceful
place to relax and enjoy nature and this wonderful environmental travel Among the more unusual animals to be found in the Reserve are the Striped Hyena, Crested Porcupine and Stone Marten. In spring, the reserve is a carpet of wild flowers, including drifts of anemones and rockroses.
The Royal Academy for Nature Conservation His Majesty King Abdullah II laid the foundation stone of a specialized Academy for training on the protection of nature and sustainable development near Ajloun Forest Reserve in 2010, and HRH Crown Prince Hussein inaugurated in 2015. The academy is “the first center in the Arab world” specialized in offering training for nature conservation and encouraging environmental travel.
The Academy constructed nearby the Ajloun Forest Reserve. It will be physically
linked with the Reserve and its tourism facilities to create a single integrated eco-
tourism complex. This will enable the Academy to use these tourism facilities as
real-life training situations. Some of the key facilities in the Academy are training
rooms, medical clinic, a small conference hall and a restaurant.
Umm Qays On a hilltop overlooking the Jordan Valley and the Sea of Galilee, Gadara is known today as Umm Qays, and boasts an impressive colonnaded street, a vaulted terrace, and the ruins of two theatres. The views are breathtaking.
UMM QAYS ARCHEOLOGICAL SITE The location of Umm Qays is particularly significant. Visitors to the site can view the Syrian Golan Heights, Mount Hermon, Lake Tiberias and the north Palestinian plains.

Day 05 Madaba/ Mt. Nebo/Petra 
Visit the mosaic city of Madaba where the mosaic map of Palestine is the floor of Saint George´s Church. Madaba features many famous mosaics in public and private buildings. From Madaba, a short drive to Mt. Nebo, the alleged burial site of Moses overlooking the Jordan Valley and the Dead Sea. Here Franciscans built a structure that protects a 4th and 6th Century Byzantine church. Continue on via the desert road to visit the Shobak castle. Drive to Petra. Overnight in Petra (B) Petra Guest House

Petra, Jordan, World Heritage, Columnar, Ruins

Day 06 Petra,
  
a highlight of this cultural journey,this UNESCO World Heritage site has a 25 mile radius Archaeologist believe that Petra was founded about 9000 years ago Siq al-Barid (the “Cold Siq”): almost no sun can reach inside to warm the place. It’s about 350m long, with alternating narrow and open sections, and differs from most areas of Petra in the density of carved houses, temples and triclinia and also in the rock-cut stairs which lead off on all sides. In the first open area is a temple with portico above a rock-cut house. The second open area has four large dining rooms for entertaining. On the left, stairs to the Painted House, one of the very few Nabatean painted interiors to have survived the centuries: on the ceiling is a winged cupid with a bow and arrow; a bird, and a Pan figure playing a flute. The third open area culminates in rock-cut stairs which lead through a narrow gap out to a wide flat ledge for some excellent views.

Day 07 Petra
 
The Siq is a winding, one-kilometer-long fissure between overhanging cliffs that seem to meet more than 300 feet overhead. Near the end of the passage, the Siq,
Petra’s most impressive monument, el Khazneh – The Treasury, stands. This most elegant remains of antiquity is carved out of solid rock from the side of the mountain. It is nearly 140 feet high and 90 feet wide. Beyond el Khazneh we are surrounded on both sides by hundreds of Petra carved and built structures, soaring temples, elaborate royal tombs, a carved Roman theater, large and small houses, burial chambers and much more.

Petra, Jordan, The Monastery Ad Deir, World Heritage

Day 8 Petra 
Qsar al Bint temple Qasr al-Bint Far’un was Petra’s main temple. The name, given to it by the Bedouin,  Castle of the Pharaoh’s Daughter and derives from a local legend. It was probably built during the first half of the 1st century AD, during the reign of Aretas IV (9 BC – 40 AD), consecrated to the main Nabataean god Dushara, or center of a joint cult of Dushara and the goddess al’Uzza.  Ad Deir The Monastery is a monumental building carved out of rock. The Deir was probably carved in the mid-first century CE.  Return to your desert camp  Dinner in Bedouin camp.

Day 9 Depart Petra to Wadi Rum
 
Jordan´s Wadi Rum is one of the world´s most beautiful deserts, filled with magnificent sandstone mountains, canyons and dunes. Pass the 7 Pillars of Wisdom made famous by T.E. Lawrence Overnight in tented camp

Day 10 Wadi Rum desert day rock carvings monoliths Overnight tented camp

Jordan, Wadi Rum, Desert, Sand, Wadi, Camel, Caravan  

Day 11 Wadi Rum to Aqaba
 
Bani Hamida House an association to preserve ethnic Jordanian weaving the visit to Bani Hamida Women Weaving project is an unforgettable experience. The center itself is located in beautiful home that has a historical feel to it and is surrounded by spacious outdoor space and garden. Upon visiting the center, visitors are welcomed by the women weavers who are eager to show them their beautiful wool products, and provide them with the opportunity to have a hands experience in using the weaving machines and participate in weaving a carpet or basket to purchase on site.
Lunch features homemade food locally prepared especially for our visit.
In Aqaba enjoy sailing, snorkeling, relax on the beach, explore the museum
Overnight

Day 12 Aqaba to Dead Sea Along the King’s Highway Overnight at Hotel

Day 13 Dead Sea A spectacular natural wonder the Dead Sea features fun in the sun. The warm,soothing, super salty water itself is the main attraction– ten times saltier than sea water, and rich in chloride salts of magnesium, sodium, potassium, bromine and several others. The unusually warm, incredibly buoyant and mineral-rich waters have attracted visitors since ancient times, including King Herod the Great and the beautiful Egyptian Queen, Cleopatra. Today the stimulating Black Sea mud is well known for healing cosmetic and tension relieving properties – the perfect way to relax following a stimulating tour of Jordan. 
Overnight at Hotel

Day 14 Amman After breakfast we return to Amman for last minute exploration, shopping, or relaxation. Farewell dinner Overnight at hotel

Day 15 After breakfast transfer to the airport           Bon Voyage

INCLUDES :

  • 2 Nights hotel accommodation in Amman
  • 2 Night hotel accommodation in Petra
  • 1 Night accommodation in a Bedouin Camp in Wadi Run
  • 1 Night hotel accommodation in Aqaba
  • 1 Night hotel accommodation Dead Sea
  •  8 meals: 7 breakfasts, 1 dinner2 Nights hotel accommodation in Amman
  • 2 Night hotel accommodation in Petra
  • 1 Night accommodation in a Bedouin Camp in Wadi Run
  • 1 Night hotel accommodation in Aqaba
  • 1 Night hotel accommodation Dead Sea
  • 8 meals: 7 breakfasts, 1 dinner
  •  Horse ride in Petra
  • Jeep tour in Wadi Rum
  • Comprehensive sightseeing in Amman, Jerash, Madaba and Mt. Nebo
  • All transfers with baggage handling throughout
  • Entrance fees to sites visited as indicated in the itinerary
  • All transportation within Jordan via a/c vehicle
  • Government Hotel Taxes

EXCLUDES

 International flights

Visa fees

 Drinks and meals not specifically stated

Items of a personal nature