Day 1 Depart USA
- Exploring the remains of the Roman city of Jerash
- Visiting Mount Nebo where Moses was allowed to see, but not enter, the Holy Land
- An exploration of Petra, made famous in “ Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade”
- Taking a 4 x 4 ride over Wadi Rum, military base for Lawrence of Arabia and location for the movie based on his life
- Living the Good Life on the Dead Sea
Tonight you board your overnight flight to Amman and the beginning of your Jordanian experience.
Day 2 Welcome to Amman
Upon arrival at Queen Alia International Airport, you will be met by your guide who will assist you with visas, luggage and customs. Your car will be ready to take you to the hotel where you are already checked in so you go directly to your room with your luggage following soon after. You have the rest of the day to relax before enjoying dinner at the hotel.
Day 3 Discovering Amman and its People
Much of Amman is a bustling cosmopolitan city reflecting its selection as the Jordanian capital. There are, however, several historical artifacts relating to its past history. Your guide will meet you at the hotel and start the day by taking you to the hilltop citadel dating back to Roman times. You can view the Temple of Hercules and also get a dramatic vista of Amman spread out beneath you. You will also visit the Archaeological Museum, the Folklore Museum and the Roman Theatre before stopping for lunch at a local restaurant. After lunch, you have the chance to walk through the bazaar and gold market with your guide. This evening you dine at a restaurant where you can enjoy authentic Jordanian food and be among real Jordanians.
Day 4 Jerash and the Triumphal Arch of Hadrian
After breakfast, you meet with your guide and head off to the Greco-Roman city of Jerash. Second only to Petra in tourist appeal, the ancient city of Jerash is remarkable for its long history of human habitation. Here, at this well-watered site in the hills of Gilead, remains dating back to Neolithic times have been found, as well as Greek, Roman, Byzantine, Umayyad and others. Jerash's golden age, however arrived with Roman rule. Today it is acknowledged as one of the best-preserved provincial cities of the Roman Empire. When Emperor Hadrian visited Jerash in 129 AD, it was already thriving. To honor its guest, the city built a Triumphal Arch, just bone part of a large scale building program. Today you can walk beneath the imposing south gate and make your way up the Street of columns" running 2,000 feet north. As you step over the tracks of the chariot wheels, still visible in the paving stones, it is easy to imagine the prosperous citizens of that time window- shopping beneath a covered sidewalk. After the visit to Jerash, you return to Amman where there is time for a dip in either the indoor or outdoor pool before enjoying dinner at the hotel.
Day 5 Mount Nebo, Madaba and the Crusaders’ Castle
This morning you will check out of your hotel and your luggage will be placed in the car as you make your way to Petra. On the way, however, are some interesting and historical stops. Your first stop is Mount Nebo, the mountain from where Moses was allowed to see the Holy Land, but not allowed to enter it. Ever since the first days of Christianity, the mountain has been a holy place and a pilgrimage site. Like Moses you can witness the breathtaking view over Jordan, the Dead Sea and Israel. When the weather is clear you should be able to see Jerusalem which is about 40 miles away. Leaving Mount Nebu, you take a brief ride to Madaba the "City of Mosaics" At St George's Church is one of the highlights, the world famous mosaic floor depicting a large map of Palestine. Centrally located on this mosaic floor is a detailed map of Jerusalem as it was during the 6th Century AD. After a stop for lunch, you visit Kerak Castle Built by Payen le Boutellier, the lord of Montreal, in 1142. Sitting on a hilltop and filled with underground galleries, rooms , secret passageways and its thick defensive walls pierced by narrow arrow slits it controlled the traffic from north to south on the king's highway. After inspecting the castle you depart via the Desert Highway for Petra.
Day 6 Petra…An Adventure in Time
Today you will take part in adventure back in time. Your day will start when your guide picks you up at your hotel and takes you to the main gate of Petra. There you mount a horse which will take you on the short journey from the main gate to the entrance of the old city. Experience is not necessary since the horses are led by their handlers. After dismounting, walk through the "Siq" a narrow gorge about a third of a mile long with red rock walls over 240 feet on either side. Your mind will turn to "Indiana Jones and the last Crusade" which was filmed here. At the end of the "Siq" you come face to face with The Khazneh (the Treasury) carved into the rocks and which also played a starring role in the movie. But Petra is more than this iconic image. The ancient city was built from 800 BC to 100 AD by Nabetean Arabs. In this era, Petra was a fortress, carved out of craggy rocks in an area which was virtually inaccessible. In the 1st and 2nd Century, after the Romans took over, the city reached the peak of its fame. Petra covers an area of 80 square miles and over 800 monuments can be found, mainly carved into the rock. You will spend time exploring the city with your guide and even having lunch within the city. When shipping slowly replaced caravan routes, the city's importance gradually dwindled; it fell into disuse and was lost to the world until 1812, when it was re-discovered by the Swiss explorer Johann Ludwig Burckhardt. After you have made your own discovery of the "rose red city half as old as time" you will be taken back to your hotel.
Day 7 The Legend and Legacy of Lawrence
After a leisurely breakfast, you will meet your guide for the next stage in your journey. Your luggage will be loaded into the car and you ill set off for the desert, specifically a historic area called Wadi Rum. Otherwise known as Valley of the Moon, the landscape of Wadi Rum with its immensity, color and awe-inspiring shapes creates an almost supernatural atmosphere. The location for the film " Lawrence of Arabia" and the actual base of operations for Lawrence and his Arab army as they battled the Ottoman Turks in World War One, you will be impressed with both its strangeness and its familiarity. Lawrence's book "the Seven Pillars of Wisdom" was named after the seven natural columns varying in height and located en route to Wadi Rum. At Wadi rum you will transfer to a 4 X 4 and a local driver who will take you through some of the best desert scenery. Bedouin camps are evident in the Wadi, which is still home to a number of Bedouin families at it was in the days of Lawrence. They welcome visitors with the hospitality and generosity for which Bedouins are justly famous. After your desert experience you meet up with your regular driver and head for your deluxe resort on the Dead Sea.
Day 8 Living the Good Life on the Dead Sea
At 1,200 feet below sea level, the Dead Sea has a micro-climate and eco-system unlike any other. Ever since the days of Herod the Great, people have flocked to the Dead Sea in search of its curative powers. Due to high annual temperatures, low humidity and high atmospheric pressure, the air is extremely oxygenated and the high content of oxygen and magnesium in the air makes breathing a lot easier. With the highest content of minerals and salts in the world, the Dead Sea water possesses ant-inflammatory properties and the dark mud found on the shores has been used for therapeutic purposes for over 2,000 years. This day of leisure is more to restore the spirit not the body. You can certainly try floating in the Dead Sea but you can also use one of the nine fresh water swimming pools. Instead of mud from the sea why not treat yourself to mud administered by an attendant at the Anantara Spa, the largest in the Middle East? You can also lounge on the longest private beach in Jordan. The choice is yours.
Day 9 Return to USA
After breakfast, you are driven to the airport in Amman for your return trip to the US.
Available Year Round
Private Luxury Tour - Splendors of Hashemite Kingdom ULJO01 Location and other villas and tours nearby
Disclaimer: Pins in map may not be accurate if Google Maps cannot find the exact address. In this case an approximation is made.
Tour Location / Places Visiteds
Amman, Petra, Dead Sea, Madaba
Additional Pricing Information
- Luxury rail travel as indicated
- Superior Rooms at the properties indicated in the accommodations area (We reserve the right to substitute a property of equal quality in advance of departure should the designated hotel be unavailable)
- Entrance fees to all museums, attractions and other venues as indicated on the daily itinerary
- Private Transfers to and from the airport at destination
- All meals as indicated on the itinerary by B=Breakfast, L=Lunch and D=Dinner
- Private guides for city explorations and private driver/guide while traveling.
- Baggage handling at all hotels and camps
- All applicable taxes and service fees
Services Not Included
- International airfare (round-trip from hometown departure gateway to destination)
- Beverages with included meals (unless otherwise indicated on itinerary page)
- Any meals not indicated on the Itinerary page
- Items of a personal nature e.g. minibar, film, postcards etc.
- Gratuities to Guides and Driver/Guides (we provide suggested guidelines for your selected destination in your pre-departure material)
- Any passport or visa fees or government departure taxes (It is the traveler’s responsibility to secure the latest information regarding passports and visa requirements)
Other Nearby Tours and Activities