Sunday: Arrival to Amman
Meet at Amman International Airport (arrivals between the hours of 8.00 AM and 8.00 PM), and transfer to hotel of choice.
Morning tour of Amman, visiting the Roman Theater, the Citadel, the Archeology and the Folklore Museums, old and modern Amman, and one of the many art galleries in this capital city. After an afternoon at leisure, dinner at a local restaurant.
Tuesday: Dead Sea
Drive down to the lowest spot on earth and experience floating in the waters of the Dead Sea. Continue northwards to Pella in the Jordan Valley. Continue to Um Qais, Gedara of the Bible (Mathew 8:28-43), for a spectacular view of the Sea of Galilee, the Yarmouk River and the Golan Heights.
Return in the late afternoon to Amman.
Wednesday: Jerash/ Ajloun
A late morning tour of Jerash (Gerasa of antiquity), the best preserved city of Roman times, to visit its theaters, temples, churches and colonnaded streets. Then continue to Ajloun to tour the 12th century Saracen Castle built by one of Saladin’s lieutenants in the campaign against the Crusaders.
Thursday: Madaba /Mount Nebo/ Kerak/ Petra
Drive southwards along the Kings’ Way to Petra, visiting Madaba with the oldest map of the Holy Land, and its Mosaic School, Mt. Nebo and
the alleged burial site of Moses overlooking the Dead Sea and the Jordan Valley; then drive through the magnificent scenery of Wadi Mujib to Kerak to visit the Crusader Castle of (stop for optional lunch).
Overnight in Petra.
A full day to visit the many sites of Petra, this city that was carved into the rose-red Sharah Mountains by the Nabateans and lost to
Civilization until re-discovered by the Swiss Burkhardt. Walk through the Siq, a narrow and winding fissure between the cliffs, to reach the Treasury, the Roman Theater, the Courts, Qasr Bint Pharaoun, Temple of the Winged Lion and other monuments. A break for optional lunch, or you may wish to climb up to the Monastery.
Overnight in Petra.
Saturday: Petra /Wadi Rum/ Amman
Visit the Wadi Rum Desert (with a short ride in a 4x4 vehicle) and its awesome moonlike landscape, where the film “Lawrence of Arabia”
was shot. If time permits a short visit to Aqaba, Jordan’s only sea port city. Return to Amman on the Desert Highway (stop en route for optional
Overnight in Amman.
Sunday: Departure from Amman
Transfer to Amman International Airport, and assistance with departure formalities.