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From the desolate and fantastic landscapes of Wadi Rum to the teeming urban capital of Amman, from the majestic ruins of Petra’s past civilizations to the timeless splendour of the Dead Sea, Jordan is a unique destination with its mysterious and majestic sites.
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- Explore the historical treasures from Amman to Aqaba and learn about the successive civilizations in Jordan throughout the ages.
- Visit UNESCO World Heritage sites: Petra, Wadi Rum, Qusair amra.
- Spend a magical night at the Dead Sea
- Spend a full day in the Wadi Rum to admire the depths of this thousand-year-old desert.
QAIA - Amman
Set out on your journey!
Flight to Amman, the Jordanian capital and dinner on board.
You are welcomed by our representative at the airport. Look for the sign with your name and let our team handle the visa formalities for you.
Amman- Umm Qais- Jerash- Amman
For your first morning in Jordan, you take your breakfast at the hotel.
Then departure for Umm Qais. Built on the site of the ancient city of Gadara, this city of the Decapolis (grouping the ten largest cities of the region during the Roman period) is located on a spectacular site.
From the promontory, enjoy a breathtaking view on the Jordan Valley, the Golan Heights, Lake Tiberias and the Yarmouk Valley.
Composed of two parts, the ancient city and the Ottoman village, you can admire its 3000-seat black basalt theatre, remarkably preserved and restored.
Going further into the Jordan Valley, you then leave for the city of Jerash for lunch.
Explore Jordan's second largest site after Petra! Today, considered one of the best-preserved Roman cities in the Near East, it was hidden under the sand for several centuries before being discovered and restored for 70 years.
The city was built entirely in an orange pink limestone, magnified by the rays of the sun at dawn and sunset. You can admire the treasures of this Roman city with its streets paved with colonnades, huge temples and theatres, its baths and fountains as well as its pierced walls.
Return to Amman for the dinner and night at the hotel.
Amman - Desert Castles - Amman
After the breakfast, departure for the Desert Castles.
The first castle visited is Qasr Al-Kharaneh, located 55 km away from Amman. It is probably the only one among the Desert Castles that had a military function, as the architecture suggests it.
However, for some scientists, the size of the stables suggests, in reality, a caravanserai.
Qasr Amra is located 26km away from Azraq, on an island formed in the bed of a Wadi almost always dry. This small, well-preserved castle has clear lines and rounded outlines with blonde stones that perfectly blends in the desert.
Qasr Amra was built in the early 8th century by Caliph Walid I, a great lover of hunting, poetry and various pleasures. The castle was badly affected by an earthquake in 1927 but is still beautiful. It is the inscription above the main entrance that allowed to date the renovation in the 13th century, the potential date of the construction of the mosque in the center of the courtyard.
Back to Amman to lunch in one of the best restaurants in the city before visiting the capital of the Hashemite Kingdom.
Between the eastern desert and the Jordan Valley, Amman has about one million inhabitants. Built entirely in beige-white limestone, the city is an aggregate of cream-coloured cubes, gilded by the sun.
From the top of the citadel, don't miss the stunning view of the lower town. But before going down, go and explore the Archaeological Museum as well as the Temple of Hercules and the Umayyad Palace.
In the lower town, visit the beautiful Greco-Roman Theatre, which can accommodate about six thousand spectators.
Dinner and night at the hotel.
Amman - Route of the Kings - Madaba - Mount Nebo - Kerak - Petra
Breakfast at the hotel and departure for the Route of the Kings to visit Madaba.
Also called the city of mosaics, this Byzantine bishopship has 14 churches of major artistic value as well as extraordinary schools of mosaics. Enter st. George's Church in Madaba and contemplate its map of Palestine exhumed in 1898 during the construction of the church. This mosaic from the 6th century, barely altered, traces the geography of the Byzantine Near East.
Thereafter depature for Mount Nebo, 10 km northwest of Madaba. It is at its summit that Moses would have seen the Promised Land right before his death. Culminating at 840 m above the sea level, the mountain became a universal pilgrimage site for Christians.
Before leaving this city you will have the opportunity to visit one of the mosaic workshops.
Continuation for the city of Kerak right before Lunch.
Explore this fortress from the crusader era, built around 1140 under the direction of Pagan The Butler. The crusaders called it back then : the Krak of the Mohabites.
The fortress is located on a rocky plateau and is a fine example of crusader architecture mixing with European, Byzantine and Arab style.
You then take the road to Petra via the desert road.
Dinner and night at the hotel.
Breakfast at the hotel and departure for an expedition entirely devoted to Petra, the pink city.
Geology explains the red city, which is entirely carved from soft sandstone. However what you can see today is the result of men's work through the ages. Nearly 800 monuments can be observed in Petra over 100 square kilometers. It is the Eighth Wonder of the World and has been registered World Heriage Site by UNESCO. It is today, the most famous site in Jordan and in the Middle East.
You will cross the Siq, narrow and long fault due to a prehistoric earthquake. At the end of the Siq, suddenly appears Petra's most majestic monument, "Al Khazneh" or the "Treasure" with a Greco-Roman decoration. Be ready to be astonished by the beauty of the city!
Beyond the Treasure, there are hundreds of carved buildings, temples, royal tombs, baths, arch-shaped doors, cobbled streets and above all, The Roman Theatre with about 3000 seats. You will cross the Romain Cardo and visit the Qasr El Bint, the only temple still standing and in a remarkable state of conservation.
Lunch at the site restaurant.
The afternoon is free. If your physical condition allows it, you can attempt the ascent to the monastery El Deir to admire the masterpiece of the site, "The Monastery".
Back to the hotel at the end of the day.
Dinner and night at the hotel.
Petra - little Petra - Wadi Rum
Breakfast at the hotel and departure for "little Petra" for a final tour in this majestic site!
You will then take the road to the Wadi Rum desert.
If Petra is the result of men's work, the cliffs, and valleys of the Wadi Rum owe their peaceful beauty and overwhelming grandeur to themselves.
This desolate site was, in fact, one of the highlights of the Great Arab Revolt, magnified by director David Lean in one of the most impressive scenes of his movie : Lawrence of Arabia.
Lunch in a Bedouin camp to enjoy the hospitality and the gastronomy of the nomads.
In the afternoon, you will go on a 2 hours tour in a 4X4 pick-up to admire the splendour of this thousand-year-old desert.
Dinner and night at the camp.
Wadi Rum - The Dead Sea
Get up early to enjoy the sunrise in this peaceful desert!
Take your breakfast with bedouin and be ready to leave for your last spot.
Departure for the Dead Sea, the lowest point on earth with its 417 meters below the sea level!
This place is recognized around the world to have the most various and high quality natural salts. Rich in minerals, this water is known to treat certain diseases and to literally makes people float due to its salt content. The Dead Sea is not only a sightseeing tour but also an exceptional relaxing place.
Lunch at the hotel's restaurant.
In the afternoon, you can enjoy the hotel's various activities including the Spa (with extra charge).
Dinner and night at the hotel.
The Dead Sea - QAIA
Transfer to the airport to take your flight back home.
- Reception and assistance on arrival and departure, before customs and after customs, for groups and individuals.
- Free visa fees (only if the passport’s copy is provided at least one week before departure)
- Accommodation in a standard double room in a 3 or 4 stars hotel of your choice with hald board.
- Lunch at a local restaurant in Amman named “Tawaheen Al Hawa”
- Lunches during the visits according to the program.
- Transportation in line with the number of customers. (car, van, mini/medium or large coach).
- French-speaking guide during day trips.
- Entrance fees to sites according to the program.
- Local 4X4 pick-up (Jeep) tour to Wadi Rum for approximately 2 hours.
- A free bottle of water on the bus during the tours.
- Meals and drinks not mentioned in the program.
- Any optional service not described in the tour.
- The supplement of the carriage ride in Petra.
- Airline tickets, optional insurance.
- Tips. In Jordan the tip is customary for all the participants during their tour, as it constitutes a significant part of the salary of the staff. A tip of 25 dinars (approx. 32 €) per person will be requested by the guide at the start of the tour to be divided between restaurateurs, hoteliers, waiters, porters, 4×4 drivers, staff in Wadi Rum as well as the bus driver. This tip is requested at the start of the circuit in order to facilitate the organization and redistribution in a fair manner. As for the tip for the guide, it is customary to give it at the end of the tour and is left to your discretion.Again, it constitutes the majority of his salary. As an indication, it takes 3 JD per day and per person, you are free to give more or less, but in any case know that it will be greatly appreciated
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