- All Inclusive Pricing
- First Class Hotels
- Breakfast and Dinner Daily
- Deluxe A/C Motor Coaches
- Fuel Surcharges and Gov't Taxes
- Entrance and Program Fees
- Guided Tours
- International Airfare from NY
- Overseas Airport Transfers
Day 1 SEPTEMBER 19 - ARRIVAL
Your Jordan holiday begins with your arrival to the Queen Alia International Airport. Our airport representative will assist you with visas, luggage, and customs. Transfer to Amman. Overnight at hotel.
Day 2 SEPTEMBER 20 - DESERT CASTLES & AMMAN CITY TOUR
Qasr Al-Kharraneh These three castles (Kharraneh, Amra and Azraq) are all disseminated on the black basalt desert running East of Amman. This castle was built in the late seventh century, Qasr Al- Kharrana remains the best preserved, most dramatic and enigmatic of the “desert castles.” It lies 55 kilometres east of Amman, just south of the main road. Two stories high, with powerful stone walls interspersed with rounded interval and corner towers, this caravanserai, like some other desert castles, was never fully completed. Qasr Amra Continuing 15 km past Qasr al-Kharrana is Quseir ‘Amra. Certainly the finest of the Umayyad “desert resort pavilions.” The interior of this bathhouse reveals a breathtaking treasure of splendid sensuous frescoes from the mid-eighth century. It is believed to have been built either by the Caliph Walid I, who built the famous mosque of Damascus, or by his son Yazid II. The buildings were constructed of limestone, yet the real attractions to Quseir Amra are the extensive frescoes. Qasr Azraq Qal’at al-Azraq (one hour drive from Amman, the last one of the three mentioned above) is located on the ancient main trade route, which served as a key junction from Saudi Arabia, Iraq and Syria. Pools of fresh water, now depleted, made it the largest oasis in the Jordanian desert. These pools of water gave name to the castle, which means blue in Arabic. There is indication that this area was used as a main centre prior to Roman times. It is believed that it was rebuilt during the reign of Constantine and served as a defensive military fortress overlooking the trade route. The Ayubbids rebuilt the fort in the 13 century. Archaeologists believe that it was used almost continuously until World War 1. Travel back to Amman City, which includes the Citadel, the Archaeological Museum, the Roman Theatre, the Folklore Museum, and the Royal Automobile Museum. Amman The capital, Amman, is known in history as Rabbath-Ammon and in Greco-Roman times as Philadelphia. High above the city at the ancient Citadel, study the traces of Amman’s many lives: the regal columns of a roman temple in silhouette against the sky, the elegant capitals of a Byzantine church, endlessly inventive carvings in the Umayyad Palace, fascinating displays in the Archaeological Museum, and digs and ruins everywhere you step. At the foot of the Citadel, take a seat in the Roman Theatre, a deep-sided bowl carved into the hill and still used for cultural events. Back to your hotel in Amman for overnight,
Day 3 SEPTEMBER 21 - JERASH & AJLOUN
Jerash Second only to Petra in tourist appeal, the ancient city of Jerash is remarkable for its long chain of human occupation, Here at a well-watered site in the hills of Gilead, remains from Neolithic times have been found as well as Greek, Roman, Byzantine, Umayyad and other ruins. Jerash’s golden age, however, arrived with Roman rule. Today, it is acknowledged as one of the best-preserved province cities of the Roman Empire. Jerash was a member of the Decapolis, a dynamic commercial league of ten Greco-Roman Cities. Today, you can walk beneath the imposing south gate and then make your way up the ‘Street of Columns’ – the Roman Cardo- Running 600 meters north from the Oval Plaza. As you step over the tracks of chariot wheels, still visible in the paving stones, imagine prosperous citizens window-shopping beneath a covered sidewalk. Ajloun Castle Qalat er-Rabad, this is the name in Arabic, is located on a high peak overlooking the city of Ajloun, in the North of Jordan, some 24 km. West of Jerash. According to Salah-Eddin biographer, this castle was built between 1184 and 1185 by one of the Salah-Eddin nephews to oppose the Crusaders castles of Kerak and Shobak. Back to your hotel in Amman for overnight,
Day 4 SEPTEMBER 22 - MT. NEBO, MADABA, KERAK & PETRA
MOUNT NEBO is the mountain where Moses was allowed to see the Holy Land and not allowed to enter it. Nowadays the mountain is a memorial site. Here is the Memorial Church of Moses built by the first Christians. Ever since the first days of Christianity, this mountain has been a holy place and a destination for pilgrimage. Like Moses, you can have a great view over Jordan, the Dead Sea and Israel. When the weather is clear, you should even be able to see Jerusalem, which is about 60 kilometers away. Madaba South of Amman proudly stands the “City of Mosaics”, Madaba, perched on an archaeological site with more than 4000 years of history buried beneath it. The quality and quantity of mosaic flooring has made Madaba one of the most prominent cities in the world for mosaics. St. George’s Church houses the world famous mosaic floor depicting a large mosaic map of Palestine. Centrally located on this mosaic floor is a detailed map of Jerusalem as it was during the sixth century AD. At the Church of the Apostles, at the southern entrance of the city, is a mosaic floor attributed to the craftsman, Salamanios. It depicts the sea, with the central figure of a woman encircled with a selection of creatures, vegetation and an inscription. Karak lies 129 kilometers south of Amman, or 88 kilometers south of Madaba. Within Karak, numerous small hotels are available. Karak can be reached via the Desert Highway by turning right at Qatrana. However, the King’s Highway is the recommended route as it will take you over one of Jordan’s most spectacular sights, Wadi Mujib. About 50 kilometers north of Karak, this canyon is over 1000 meters deep. Wadi Mujib was the “Arnon Gorge” or “Arnon River” of the Bible (Numbers 21: 24; Judges 11: 18), a natural boundary which separated the Moabites in the south from the Amorites in the north. Arrive to your hotel in Petra for overnight.
Day 5 SEPTEMBER 24 - PETRA
The ancient city of Petra was built from 800 BC to 100 AD by Nabetean Arabs. In this era, Petra was a fortress carved out of craggy rocks in an area, which was virtually inaccessible. In the first and second century, after the Romans took over, the city reached the peak of its fame. Petra covers an area of about 100 square km, where over 800 monuments can be found. When shipping slowly displaced caravan routes, the city’s importance gradually dwindled. It fell into disuse and was lost to the world until 1812, when it was re-discovered by the Swiss explorer Johann Ludwig Burckhardt. Nowadays, Petra is Jordan’s number one tourist attraction, known as the “rose-red city half as old as time”. The Khazneh (the Treasury) starred in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.
Day 6 SEPTEMBER 25 - PETRA - LITTLE PETRA - WADI RUM
Wadi Rum Otherwise known as Valley of the Moon, the landscape of Wadi Rum with its immensity, color and awe-inspiring shapes, creates an almost supernatural atmosphere. This is the setting for the film Lawrence of Arabia, and the actual location where T.E. Lawrence set his camp, whose book “The Seven Pillars of Wisdom” was named after the seven natural columns varying in height located en route to Wadi Rum. Bedouin camps are evident in the Wadi, which is still home to a number of Bedouin families, who welcome visitors with the hospitality and generosity that Bedouins are so famous for. Explore the desert with a 4x4 driven by a local Bedouin, or overnight in a real Bedouin tent, in the middle of the desert. Dinner and overnight at your camp in Wadi Rum
Day 7 SEPTEMBER 26 - WADI RUM - DEAD SEA
After breakfast, check out from Camp in Wadi Rum and transfer to your hotel at the Dead Sea. At 400 meter’s below sea level, the Dead Sea is infinite in what it has to offer. Ever since the days of Herod the Great, people have flocked to the Dead Sea in search of its curative secrets. Due to high annual temperatures, low humidity and high atmospheric pressure, the air is extremely oxygenous, and the high content of oxygen and magnesium in the air make breathing a lot easier. With the highest content of minerals and salts in the world, the Dead Sea water possesses anti-inflammatory properties, and the dark mud found on the shores have been used for over 2000 years for therapeutic purposes. Overnight at Dead Sea hotel.
Day 8 SEPTEMBER 27 - DEAD SEA
After breakfast check out from your hotel. Transfer to Queen Alia International Airport for your departure flight. The drive from the Dead Sea to the airport will take around 45 minutes. Our representative will assist the guests with formalities and immigration procedures.
Day 9 SEPTEMBER 28 - RETURN TO THE USA
RETURN TO THE USA
Enhance Your Journey
Eilat Extension OPTIONAL EXTENSION
Departure form Jerusalem and drive to Eilat. Stop at Htzevat Complex for a light lunch on the client account.
Continue to Timna Park. The park has different forms of granite and sandstone whose erosion has created beautiful formations. Visit Solomon’s Pillars, named after the king who, according to the Bible, had copper mines. See the “Mushroom” rock-formation carved out by the elements as well as the ruins of an ancient Chatchor Temple (the goddess of precious stones). View the new amazing multi- media journey through time. Arrive at your hotel in Eilat.
Today, drive to the unique Dolphin Reef Eilat, on the shores of the Red Sea. The reef is an ecological site unique in Israel and the rest of the world, where you can enjoy a natural atmosphere, magical views, and a secluded beach. Here, you will have the unusual opportunity of meeting and observing dolphins in their natural habitat. A group of “bottlenose” dolphins, including babies born at the site, maintain their daily routine of hunting, playing, courting and socializing here. You can enjoy getting close to the dolphins from the floating piers and observation points and partake in one of the activities offered: introductory dive with dolphins, snorkeling with dolphins, watching the dolphins, relaxing at the dolphin reef beach, or watching a nature movie about the life of the dolphins at the reef. Finish your day visiting the Underwater Observatory for a beautiful view of life underwater. Return to Eilat port at the end of this amazing experience.
An exciting jeep tour including some of the most famous highlights of the Eilat Mountains Nature Reserve. This 4x4 adventure (in open jeeps) follows the Great Rift Valley and includes the breathtaking views spanning the whole of the bay of Eilat, to Jordan, Egypt and Saudi Arabia. Go back to the Eilat to enjoy the rest of the day on your own.
After you check out of your hotel, depart Eilat and drive via the Arava Valley to the Hai-Bar Animal Reserve, where you will see animals that have been living in Israel since the times of the Bible. Depart Hai-Bar and drive to Kibbutz Yotvata, where you will hear the story of this communal settlement type unique to Israel. Visit the local dairy which produces widely-used dairy products, such as ice-cream, yogurt and milk. Enjoy a Kibbutz lunch and have Yotvata Ice cream for dessert.
Drive to Ben Gurion Airport for your return home.