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Day 1: Arava Border – Aqaba - Wadi Rum
Our representative will meet you upon arrival on the Jordanian side of Arava Border and assist with your entry and visa to Jordan. After, meet the driver and guide and continue to Aqaba. We will explore the Great Arab Revolt Plaza, mosques, and spice market. After, continue to the natural world heritage site of Wadi Rum, where you can embrace genuine Bedouin way of life. During this once in a lifetime opportunity, live the lifestyle of the nomadic Bedouin people. During a 3 hour 4x4 safari, you will explore the most spectacular and untouched parts of Wadi Rum such as the small arches, red sand dunes, ancient inscriptions and mushroom rocks. Dinner and overnight camping in Wadi Rum.
Day 2: Wadi Rum - Petra Guided Tour
Breakfast at the camp, then continue with your driver and guide to Petra for the site visit. The site is accessed by walking through a kilometer-long chasm (known as the Siq), the walls of which soar to a height of 200m. Petra's most famous monument, the Treasury, appears dramatically at the end of the Siq, carved out of the sheer, dusky-pink rock face. Miraculously well preserved, this massive 43-meter-high façade dwarfs everything around it and perfectly represents the engineering genius of the Nabataeans. While you wander through literally hundreds of tombs, temples and colonnaded streets, your mind finds it easy to picture caravans loaded with frankincense, spices and textiles travelling through the Siq. After the guided tour, have lunch inside Petra at Al Basin Restaurant, then we will climb to the Monastery, hidden high in the hills. It is one of the legendary monuments of Petra. Similar in design to the Treasury but far bigger (50m wide and 45m high), it was built in the 3rd century BCE. The ancient rock-cut path of more than 800 steps starts from the Basin Restaurant. Dinner and overnight in Petra.
Day 3: Petra – Mt. Harun (Tomb of Aaron) – Shobak - Dana
Breakfast at the hotel, the driver and guide will meet you to start the 5 to 6-hour hike to Mt. Harun (Tomb of Aaron). It is believed that Moses' brother Aaron died and was buried in the Petra area and a white-domed mosque, built in the 14th century, commemorates this. It stands atop Mt. Harun which is the highest peak in the area at 1350 meters above sea level. We then continue to Shobak to explore its famous Crusade castle built by King Baldwin I in 1115. Perched in a wild, remote landscape, the castle wins over even the most castle-weary visitor. It's especially imposing when seen from a distance, as it sits on a dramatic hill (formerly called Mons Realis, or the Royal Mountain). End the day in Dana with dinner and overnight.
Day 4: Dana – Lot’s Cave – Wadi Mujib Siq Trail – Machaerus - Ma’in Hot Springs
Breakfast at the hotel, the driver and guide will meet you and continue to Lot’s Cave where Lot and his two daughters survived Sodom and Ghomorrah and fled to the cave near the small town of Zoar (modern-day Safi). The Bible says Lot’s daughters gave birth to Moab and Ben Ammi, the forefathers of the Moabite and the Ammonite people. We then continue to Wadi Mujib to hike the Siq Trail. This water adventure starts at the visitor center near the Mujib Bridge, where you will take the cantilevered walkway over the dam and follow the course of the river between towering sandstone cliffs to the base of a large waterfall. Depending on seasonal rainfall levels, the gorge may contain pools deep enough for swimming. This is an ideal walk to take slowly and enjoy the cool water and shade, especially in the heat of the summer. The trail is graded as easy to moderate depending on the season and guests must be at least 18 years old, know how to swim with a reasonable level of fitness. The trail is closed from November to April, so if you are travelling with us during this time, we will instead visit Bethany – the baptism site of Jesus. We then continue to is Machaerus (Mukawir), the hilltop stronghold of Herod the Great. Upon Herod’s death, his son Herod Antipas inherited the fortress and it is from here that he ordered John the Baptist to be beheaded after Salome’s fateful dance of the seven veils. Dinner and overnight at the Ma’in Hot Springs.
Day 5: Ma’in Hot Springs – Madaba – Mt. Nebo – Tall El Hammam - Amman
Breakfast at the hotel, the driver and guide will meet you, then continue to Madaba – the city of mosaics. Here explore St. George Church, home to the oldest map of the Holy Land in existence. Crafted in 560 AD, it once contained more than two million mosaic pieces, and depicted all the major biblical sites of the Middle East. Next stop is Mt. Nebo, where Moses is said to have seen the Promised Land. After a short drive, arrive to Tall El Hammam – the biblical site of Sodom. It was also one the largest Bronze Age cities in the Levant during the Bronze Age. Along with its extensive field of stone circles, menhirs, and dolmens, the landscape of Tall el-Hammam has also been identified as the final camping sites of Moses and the Israelites before they crossed into Canaan. End the day in Amman with dinner and overnight.
Day 6: Amman City Tour – Jerash – Sheikh Hussein Border
Breakfast at the hotel, the driver and guide will meet you to start the Amman City Tour. Visit the Citadel, Roman Theater, and Umayyad Palace. We will then explore the Jordan Museum which houses the famous Ain Ghazal statues dating back to 8,6oo years ago and Dead Sea Copper Scroll among other artifacts. We continue to Jerash, known as Gerasa in ancient times. The ruins weave a powerful spell capable of evoking the ghost of Rome. Populated for over 6,500 years, the city's golden age was in Roman times when it was conquered by General Pompey and became one of a confederation of ten important and luxurious cities in the Middle East, known as the Decapolis League. Now, because of the way it has been preserved in sand before its excavation last century, it is widely acknowledged as one of the best-preserved Roman provincial towns in the world. Explore the colonnaded streets, oval forum, soaring hilltop temples, handsome theatres, the impressive temple of Zeus and the chariot-racing stadium. After a good look around, we head to Sheikh Hussein Border.
The program includes:
- Meet and assist upon arrival on the Jordan side of Arava Border
- Jordan visa for non-restricted nationalities
- Private transportation according to the program in a modern, full option tourist vehicle
- English speaking driver
- Private English speaking guide throughout the program
- Entrance fees to the sites mentioned in the program
- Lunch inside Petra at Al Basin Restaurant
- 3 hour 4x4 safari in Wadi Rum
- 5 nights’ accommodations at 3*, 4*, or 5* hotels with dinner and breakfast at the hotels/camp
The program does not include:
- Departure tax Israel
- Personal expenses and travel insurance
- Lunches unless mentioned; drinks in general
- Tips for the driver, guide, 4x4 driver in Wadi Rum, hotel/camp staff
- Any other expenses not mentioned