Adrenaline Factor: 3
Day 1: Arrive Amman, Jordan
Today you arrive in Amman, the capital of Jordan. After clearing customs at the Queen Alia Airport, you meet your Big Five Tours & Expeditions representative who will transfer you to the hotel. This evening you are driven to Fakhr El-Din restaurant for dinner-then back to the Four Seasons hotel for overnight. Four Seasons Amman – Executive Suite (D)
Day 2: Amman / Jerash / Amman
After breakfast, begin your tour of this ancient city, Amman. The capital since 1921, Amman contains about a third of the population of Jordan. It was formerly the Ammonite capital of Rabbath-Ammon and later the Greco-Roman city of Philadelphia. Often referred to as the 'white city', Amman was originally, like Rome, built on seven hills. With extensive modernization, Amman is well-equipped with excellent hotels and tourist facilities. The busy central market (souk) offers a glimpse of a more traditional city. Traces from Roman, Greek and Ottoman Turk occupations of the region are found throughout the city. In the center of the city is the dramatic Roman amphitheatre, which dates from the 2nd century A.D. Amman’s Citadel offers stunning views of the city.
Discover the distinctive collection of vintage cars at the Royal Automobile Museum, which includes such classics as a 1936 Cord Westchester, a 1916 Cadillac, a Mercedes C-111, a 1952 Aston Martin DB2, and a classic Rolls Royce as well as a variety of vintage motorcycles.
North of Amman lays Jerash, the Roman city of Gerasa. Jerash has some of the finest, most extensive and well-preserved remains of the former empire to be found anywhere. The colonnaded streets, temples, theatres, bathhouses and magnificent oval plaza are complemented by the superbly restored hippodrome, which in Roman times seated up to 15,000 people. Here, the Roman Army and Chariot Experience offers a glimpse of the past, when the Roman Army spanned the centuries from around 700 BC to the fall of Constantinople in 1453 AD – more than 2,000 years. Four Seasons Amman – Executive Suite (B,D)
Day 3: Amman / Madaba / Mount Nebo / Karak / Petra
This morning, travel along the King’s Highway for a fascinating day that features many of Jordan’s unique treasures. Madaba is home to the oldest known mosaic map of the Holy Land, dating back to the 6th century and is housed at the Saint George’s Greek-Orthodox Church. The Archaeological Museum of Madaba also has several other priceless mosaics from the Byzantine era. Mount Nebo is said to be the burial site of Moses; and it was from here that he saw the Holy Land for the first time. En route, you stop at Kerak Castle, a massive crusader castle in the Kerak Mountains. The locality of al-Kerak, now the site of a flourishing town, is known for the imposing fort erected in the first half of the 12th century by the Crusaders. It was later conquered by the Arabs. Travel on to the legendary Rose City of Petra, Jordan's premier national treasure, and by far its best-known tourist attraction. Fans of the Indiana Jones movies may recognize it from “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.”
Admired for its refined culture, massive architecture and ingenious complex of dams and water channels, Petra is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, which is about three-hour drive south of Amman. Movenpick Petra – Junior Suite (B,D)
Day 4: Petra
This morning, you explore Petra. It is the legacy of the Nabateans, an industrious Arab people who settled in southern Jordan more than 2000 years ago. From the main entrance, you walk through the awesome "SIQ," an immense crack in the sandstone that winds for one kilometer between overhanging cliffs. Petra's most famous monument, the Treasury, appears dramatically at the end of the Siq. Petra reveals itself through the many walks and climbs around the ruins of the city. Hundreds of buildings remain including facades, tombs, baths, funerary halls, temples and a 3000-seat theatre from the 1st Century AD. Movenpick Petra – Junior Suite (B,D)
Day 5: Petra / Bethany / Ma’in Hot Springs
Travel to Bethany, the baptism site where John the Baptist baptized Jesus. Located at the natural hill at Tell El Kharrar where John the Baptist lived, preached and baptized, the village of Bethany Beyond the Jordan River was explicitly mentioned in the Bible. Lying 866 feet below sea level, Ma’In Hot Springs is the inspired site for the well-appointed Evason Ma’In Hot Springs. Like an oasis in the dramatic terrain, the property defines the resort and spa experience in the Middle East. It is perfect for those seeking a relaxing retreat to be pampered and enjoy the therapeutic benefits of Ma’In hot spring waterfalls. Evason Ma’in – One Bedroom Suite (B,D)
Day 6: Ma’in Hot Springs
After a leisurely morning, you will be taken to the Marriott Dead Sea Hotel to relax at their pools and play on the crystal shores of the Dead Sea. After lunch at the hotel, you will be transferred back to your hotel, Evason Ma'in, where the remainder of the day is at leisure for you to use as you wish. Perhaps enjoy an optional rejuvenating treatments at the spa. Evason Ma’in – One Bedroom Suite (B,L,D)
Day 7: Ma’in Hot Springs / Amman / Dubai, UAE / Zighy Bay, Oman
Today you will have a private transfer to Queen Alia International airport for your flight to Dubai. Upon arrival, you will be met and privately transferred to Six Senses Hideaway Zighy Bay, located on the northern Musandam Peninsula in the Sultanate of Oman. Zighy Bay is about 75 miles, a 90-minutes drive from Dubai International Airport.
You will be taken to the top of the hill overlooking the bay. Guests have a choice of arrival experiences, which include a scenic 15-minute speed boat trip or a drive down from the top of the hill overlooking the bay. Many guests, however, opt to float down to the beach on a paraglider!
The indigenous village-style resort and private marina are nudged up against mountains on one side and the mile-long sandy beach at Zighy Bay on the other. The resort is infused with a blend of the surrounding traditional Omani village-style with modern amenities that provide luxury amid local cultural themes. The villas offer a spacious, personal environment with rustic chic décor. Six Senses Hideaway – Pool Villa Suite Beach Front (B,D)
Day 8: Zighy Bay
You have the day at leisure to relax and enjoy the amenities of your hideaway, or indulge with a treatment in the Six Senses Spa. Optional touring is available that will allow you to experience the local culture of Oman and the buzz of the United Arab Emirates. Six Senses Hideaway – Pool Villa Suite Beach Front (B)
Day 9: Zighy Bay / Dubai, U.A.E. / Depart
Today you will take the speed boat to Dibba Port where your private car will be waiting to transfer you to Dubai International airport for your departing flight home. (B)
Land price, per person, double occupancy: From US$1000 per person per day