Precious Journeys Jordan

Biblical cities, ancient ruins, and the stunning Rose City of Petra invite exploration.

Country Information

Jordan

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(Countries Visited)

Jordan


(Interest Type(s))

Adventure Travel


(Tour Length)

9 Days


Tour Highlights

Starting at: $3,150
  • Discover Jerash to see extensive and well-preserved Roman ruins, with colonnaded streets, temples, theaters, bathhouses and magnificent oval plaza are and restored hippodrome
  • Travel to Mount Nebo, Moses’ mountain as in the New Testament, where he is said to have died
  • Travel the King’s Highway  to an impressive Crusader castle built in 1115 by King Baldwin I of Jerusalem to guard the road from Damascus to Egypt
  • Set out on a day-long, 14-kilometer hike through the beautiful Dana Biosphere Reserve to Feynan, sighting many rare flora and fauna along the way
  • Explore the magnificent, 2,000-year-old rock-carved Rose City of Petra, a United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) World Heritage Site, whose mission is to contribute to the building of peace, eradication of poverty, sustainable development and intercultural dialogue through education, the sciences, culture and communication

 

 

Day 1:  Amman, Jordan
Welcome to Amman, the capital of Jordan.  After clearing customs at Queen Alia airport, you meet your Big Five representative who escorts you to the hotel.  Remainder of the day is yours to relax and enjoy your hotel’s amenities.  Four Seasons Amman (B)

Day 2:  Amman – Jerash - Ajlun - Amman
After breakfast, you visit Jerash, also known as the Roman city of Gerasa.  Here are some of the finest, most extensive and well-preserved remains of the former empire to be found anywhere.  The colonnaded streets, temples, theaters, bathhouses and magnificent oval plaza are complemented by the superbly restored hippodrome.  In the time of Romans it seated up to 15,000 people.  Then transfer to Ajlun, famous for its imposing castle, Qalat ar-Rabad, dominating the landscape for miles around.  It is one of the best-preserved medieval fortified structures in Jordan, and from its height above sea level of 1250 meters, it furnishes spectacular views over the valley of the Jordan River.  The fortress was built by Arabs of the Ayyubid Dynasty, around AD 1185, but was destroyed by the Mongols in 1260.  It was immediately rebuilt and enlarged by Mamluke Sultan Baibars.  The castle was once surrounded by a broad moat with a drawbridge, now replaced with a boardwalk.  Explore its entrances and gateways set into the towers.  A steep ramp leads to the upper redoubt, the best viewing area.  Some of the most interesting rooms include casemates and arrow slits with rooms covered with cross or barrel vaulting.  Four Seasons Amman (B,L)

Day 3:  Amman / Mt. Nebo / Madaba / Karak / Petra
Today’s discoveries take you to Mount Nebo - Moses' mountain as mentioned in the New Testament.  It is believed this is where Moses died after wandering with his people through the desert for forty years.  At the top of the mountain are grand views of the Dead Sea.  In favorable weather, you can see as far as Jerusalem.  Then drive to the town of Madaba to view the oldest known mosaic map of the Holy Land, dating back the 6th century AD, at the Saint George’s Greek-Orthodox Church.  The Archaeological Museum of Madaba houses numerous mosaics from the Byzantine era.  Continue along the Kings Highway to Karak Castle, a massive crusader castle in the Karak Mountains.  Now al-Karak is the site of a flourishing town, known for the imposing fort erected in the first half of the 12th century by the Crusaders, later conquered by the Arabs.  You journey to Petra, one of Jordan most priceless national treasures.  About three hours south of Amman, Petra is the legacy of the Nabateans, an industrious Arab people who settled in southern Jordan more than 2000 years ago.  The Rose City was carved out of rock canyon walls, and was admired for its massive architecture and ingenious complex of dams and water channels.  Petra is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that enchants visitors from all corners of the globe.  Movenpick Resort Petra (B,L)

Day 4:  Petra
Return this morning to explore this wondrous city of sandstone.  Much of Petra's appeal comes from its spectacular setting deep inside a narrow desert gorge.  You walk a pathway through the Siq as it winds for a kilometer between overhanging cliffs.  Petra's most famous monument, the Treasury, appears suddenly as narrow Siq opens up to a wider canyon.  While this is likely the most photographs image in Petra, there are many different walks and climbs that reveal the hundreds of buildings, facades, tombs, baths, funerary halls and temples that make up the site as well as a 3,000-seat theater from the 1st Century AD.  Movenpick Resort Petra (B,L)

Day 5:  Petra / Shobak / Fenyan
Travel to Shobak off King's Highway south of Amman, and less than an hour north of Petra.  An impressive castle stands as a lonely reminder of former Crusader glory, crowning a cone of rock that rises above a wild and rugged landscape dotted with fruit trees.  The Crusaders called it Mont Real or Mons Regalis, Fortress of the Royal Mount.  Built in 1115 by King Baldwin I of Jerusalem, it was meant to guard the road from Damascus to Egypt, and was the first of a string of similar strongholds in the Latin Kingdom of Jerusalem.  In 1189, it was captured by Saladin at a time when the Crusaders were losing their foothold throughout the Holy Land.  Inscriptions by Saladin's proud successors appear on the castle wall.  In 1260, it passed to the Mamluks, who restored it in the following century, adorning its walls and towers with Arabic inscriptions.  Since then, it has lain largely untouched, gradually falling into ever greater disrepair.  Fenyan Ecolodge Hotel (B,L)

Day 6:  Fenyan – Dana Biosphere Reserve
After breakfast, you will enjoy a day-long hike into Dana Biosphere Reserve.  The 14-kilometer, guided or self-guided, journey starts from the Dana Guesthouse at 1200 meters above sea level and runs down through the beautiful Dana Biosphere Reserve to Feynan at 325 meters.  Cross paths and exchange warm greetings with local Bedouin tending their goats; or stop to rest and enjoy sweet tea.  Experience the different bio-geological zones of Dana and keep an eye out for the many rare forms of flora and fauna to be found here such as the Nubian ibex.  For those looking for a steeper challenge, this hike can be made in reverse.  Fenyan Ecolodge Hotel (B,L)

Day 7:  Fenyan / Sanctury of Lot / Karak / Dead Sea
Today’s exploration takes you to The Sanctuary of Agios Lot, southeast of the Dead Sea and overlooking the modern town of Safi in Jordan.  It is a Byzantine era (5th -7th centuries AD) monastic site that consists of a basilica church erected at the entrance to a natural cave.  This is thought to have been where Lot sought shelter after Sodom was destroyed.  Then drive to Kerak, now the site of a flourishing town known for its imposing Crusader fort, dating from the first half of the 12th century.  It was later conquered by the Arabs.  This spectacular fortress is located at an altitude of 1,000 meters, and oversees the site of the ancient capital of the Moabite Kingdom (cited in the Bible).  Kempinski Hotel Ishtar Dead Sea (B,L)

Day 8:  Dead Sea
Savor a day to relax or pursue your own interests; perhaps savor a welcomed treatment in the Anantara Spa.  Kempinski Hotel Ishtar Dead Sea (B)

Day 9:  Dead Sea / Bethany / Amman / Depart
Visit Bethany, the Baptism site where Jesus Christ was baptized by John the Baptist, one of the most recent significant archaeological and religious discoveries.  Then, travel on to Amman to catch your flight home.  Four Seasons Hotel – Day Room (B)

Departure Dates:  Jan 5 to Feb 20 and Jun 1 to Aug 31, 2013

Land price, per person, double occupancy:  Starting from $3150

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