You will start the tour at the Roman city of Jerash, view the pilgrimage site of Mount Nebo, follow the King's Road and compare the Arabic castle of Ajloun and the crusader castle at Kerak. Discover Jordan's largest and most diverse nature reserve at Dana biosphere, and go on a journey to the past in the Nabataean city of Petra. Follow in the footsteps of the Bedouin heritage on a full day's exploration of the Wadi Rum desert.
Arrival at the airport, where your guide and your driver will meet you to transfer you to Amman/Madaba, around 20 minutes drive for overnight.
Jerash – Ajloun
This morning we visit Jerash, the world’s best-preserved Roman provincial city, built over 2,000 years ago and known as the ‘Pompeii of the East’. Here we visit the Forum, with its forest of towering columns, the arena, where the tracks of chariot wheels can still be seen, the souk area, Temple of Artemis and the South Theatre with its near-perfect acoustics. We continue on to Ajloun and visit its castle, with panoramic views over the Jordan valley.
Overnight in Amman/Madaba.
Madaba - Mount Nebo - Dead Sea
Today, in Madaba we visit the Greek Orthodox Church of St George which has incredible 6th century Byzantine mosaics, depicting Jerusalem and other holy sites. From Madaba we travel to Mount Nebo, the place where Moses looked over the promised land. You will have spectacular views over the Holy Land and the Jordan valley. Next we move on to the Dead Sea where you can enjoy the amazing floating experience in the salty waters of the lowest point on earth. You will spend your third night in your hotel before we move on to Petra, via Kerak and Dana..
King's road - Kerak - Dana - Petra
After breakfast we leave Madaba and travel by the King's highway to the stunning crusader castle of Kerak. Next we move on to visit Jordan's largest nature reserve at Dana, the most diverse area of plant life in the country and home to endangered species including Nubian Ibex and Caracal. Finally we arrive at Petra, the jewel of Jordan's archeological past, where you will take dinner and stay overnight in a comfortable hotel close to the entrance to the ancient site, ready to discover its highlights on day 5.
Today spend a full day visiting the red rose city of Petra, the biggest attraction of Jordan. You will have a 4 hours guided visit with an official cultural guide, and you will have additional free time to explore areas of the site on your own. Petra was first established around the 6th century B.C. by the Nabataean Arabs, a nomadic tribe who settled in the area and founded a commercial empire. Starting your tour walking through the Siq, the first monument you see is the beautiful Treasury. Walk from here to the Street of Facades, the Royal Tombs and Pharaoh's Castle, and if you wish, explore further amazing structures including the Monastery and the High Place of Sacrifice. Take lunch in one of the restaurants located within the site itself, and spend a second night in your hotel in Petra.
Petra - Wadi Rum
Travel one and a half hours from Petra to Jordan's most recent UNESCO world heritage site, the spectacular desert of mountains, Wadi Rum. After a first tea with your local Bedouin guide, you will ride friendly camels through wide, golden valleys, take a jeep tour through the desert to see amazing natural rock bridges (you can even climb one!) and walk through one of the beautiful hidden canyons of the desert. After watching a beautiful desert sunset you will spend a night under 1,000 stars in a private, secluded Bedouin camp dining on freshly-cooked traditional food and sleeping in comfortable goat hair tents.
Wadi Rum - Aqaba
We drive onward to Aqaba, Jordan's premier Red Sea destination, to enjoy a day of rest and relaxation. Choose to shop in the duty-free economic free zone, watch the world go by from one of the welcoming cafes, relax on one of Aqaba's golden beaches or rent a snorkel and discover the underwater wonders of the Red Sea where you can see schools of multi-coloured fish. You can even take a trip in a glass-bottomed boat! Dinner in Ali Baba restaurant, famous for its variety of local meals, especially the famous Sayadiyah, a speciailty of Aqaba, cooked with fish from the Red Sea. Overnight in one of our selection of hotels.
desert castles- night in Madaba
After breakfast, departure for the desert castles. The first castle we visit is Qasr Al Kharaneh, located 55 km away from Amman. It is probably the only castle which had a military function, as shown by its architecture. We move on to Qasr Amra, standing to the south west of Azraq, on an island in a wadi which is almost always dry. This small, well preserved castle features clean lines with rounded walls of yellow stone the same colour as the desert, a camouflage allowing it to blend into the landscape. Qasr Amra was built in the early VIII century by the caliphate Walid I who particularly enjoyed hunting, poetry, and other pleasures within its surroundings. Next we visit Qasr Al Azraq, greatly affected by an earthquake in 1927; however the castle remains a magnificent building. The inscription above the main gate allowed archaeologists to date the restoration to the XIII century, the supposed date of the mosque built in the centre of the castle courtyard.
On your final day we transfer you to the airport at a convenient time for your check-in and homeward travels.
● Hotel accommodation on BB basis.
● Meet & Assist upon arrival and departure
● Transfers in private, a/c , car/ minivan with English speaking tour leader.
● English speaking cultural guide in Jerash (about 1 hour).
● English speaking cultural guide in Petra (about 3 hours).
● Entrance fees to mentioned sites.
● Short horseback ride in Petra (included in ticket).
● Travel insurance.
● Jordanian visa ( 20 JD at Amman airport).
● Lunch & dinner.
● Personnal expenses.