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Day 1: Amman Airport – Amman
Our representative will meet you upon arrival at Amman Airport and assist with your entry and visa to Jordan. After, meet the driver and continue to Amman for dinner and overnight.
Day 2: Amman – Ajloun 3 Houses Trail - Jerash – Amman
Breakfast at the hotel, the driver will meet you and continue north to Ajloun to hike 3 to 4 hours (6-7KM) on the 3 Houses Trail. On the way, you will hike through thick woodlands filled with oak, pistachio, and oriental strawberry trees. Take a short detour to view an ancient wine press before your way down into the valley. The trail climbs to 1100m above sea level at Eagle’s View Point before descending to the first house - the Soap House in Orjan Village. Local women use a variety of local ingredients including lavender, geranium, mint and pomegranate to create high quality handmade natural soaps. All the soaps are produced using pure olive oil, combined with other natural oils, and plant extracts. Next stop is the Biscuit House where Tasali Jordanian delights are created. These products are handmade by local women and consist of natural ingredients, some of which are produce by the local community. Products include tahini sandwich cookies, olive oil crisps, and energy bars. The last house is the Calligraphy House in Rasun Village. It offers you the chance to have your name and favorite phrases written in fine Arabic script on leather, clothes or silk, as well as to interact with the local workers of the area. After the hike, 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. With a site guide, 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 back to Amman for a city tour including the Citadel, the Roman Theatre and the Folklore and Archeological Museums. Dinner and overnight in Amman.
Day 3: Amman City Tour – Madaba – Mt. Nebo – Kerak
Breakfast at the hotel, the driver will meet you to start the Amman City Tour. Visit the Citadel, Roman Theater, Umayyad Palace, and Archeological and Folklore Museums. 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. Continue the journey, just as traders, armies and pilgrims have done before us, south along the impressive 5,000- year-old King's Highway to Kerak. Imposingly situated on a rocky outcrop next to the road and containing a maze of stone-vaulted halls and passageways, this ancient Crusader castle was a place of legend in the battles between the Crusaders and the armies of Saladin. Dinner and overnight in Kerak.
Day 4: Kerak – Wadi bin Hammad - Dana
Breakfast at the hotel, then today, we will hike 4 hours in Wadi bin Hammad. Hiking in this wadi is like hiking in a subtropical rain forest. Water seeps from every crevice while an abundance of plants and palm trees grows vicariously from the canyon walls displaying all different hues of green. The dripping water paints the underlying rock surfaces various shades of red while crystal-type stalactites dangle from above. Around every corner, there is another breathtaking view to be discovered. End the day in Dana with dinner and overnight.
Day 5: Dana Village Hike – Petra 1st Day – Little Petra
Breakfast at the hotel, then explore Dana Village during a 2-hour hike. This hidden gem is an eco-tourist’s dream. This trail winds above the village and through the terraced gardens and local craft workshops. Meet with the local residents, see original Ottoman architecture, and learn about Dan’s rich history. We then continue to Petra for the site visit with a guided 3-hour tour. 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 you have some free time to discover more of Petra's beautiful and awe-inspiring buildings and scenery. Dinner and overnight in Little Petra.
Day 6: Petra 2nd Day hiking Little Petra to Monastery – Wadi Rum
Breakfast at the camp, then enter Petra in a way in which very few visitors have – through the secret entrance to the Monastery. Start the trek on a trail which initially winds across open farmland. For the first two hours of the trek the path contours around the mountain ridge with fantastic views to Wadi Araba desert. Then the climb starts as the narrow route, open to sheer drop-offs, leads to perhaps Petra's most awe-inspiring monument, the Monastery. We will then walk down the well-worn Nabataean steps into the heart of Petra, where we will visit Facades Street, Urn Tomb, the Theatre, Colonnaded Street, Royal Tombs and Qasr al Bent before having lunch near the amphitheater. Then 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 7: Wadi Rum – Wadi Mujib Siq Trail - Dead Sea
Breakfast at the camp, 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. Dinner and overnight at the Dead Sea.
Day 8: Dead Sea – Amman Airport
Breakfast at the hotel, free time, then according to your flight details, we will transfer you to Amman Airport.
The program includes:
- Meet and assist upon arrival at Amman Airport
- Jordan visa for non-restricted nationalities
- Private transportation according to the program in a modern, full option tourist vehicle
- English speaking driver
- Entrance fees to the sites mentioned in the program
- Private English speaking site guide in Jerash for 2 hour
- Private English speaking site guide in Petra for 3 hours
- Private English speaking hiking guide in Wadi bin Hammad
- Private site guide in Dana for the Village Hike
- Private English speaking guide throughout the program for 7+ guests
- Lunch inside Petra at Al Basin Restaurant
- 3 hour 4x4 safari in Wadi Rum
- 7 nights’ accommodations at 3*, 4*, or 5* hotels with dinner and breakfast at the hotels/camp
The program does not include:
- Personal expenses and travel insurance
- Lunches unless mentioned; drinks in general
- Tips for the driver, guide(s), 4x4 driver in Wadi Rum, hotel/camp staff
- Any other expenses not mentioned