Jordan with Ancient Petra
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Epic desert landscapes, astounding monuments and the wonderfully restorative Dead Sea make the tiny kingdom of Jordan truly rewarding to explore. On this tour we walk the streets of spectacular Petra, an ancient rock-hewn city rediscovered beneath the sand in 1812. We enjoy lunch in the heart of Wadi Rum, the desert where much of Lawrence of Arabia was filmed. And we travel to the Dead Sea, 400m below sea level, for a relaxing float in its exceptionally salty water.
10 excursions and visits
Day 1 UK – Amman
Titans VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from home for your flight to Amman, where well base ourselves for three nights. Amman, the capital of Jordan since 1921, is built on seven hills. Remains from the Roman, Greek and Ottoman empires are dotted around the city, the most impressive being the Roman theatre in the city centre.
Day 2 Ajloun – Jerash
We visit the 12th-century medieval castle at Ajloun before continuing our journey along the Kings Highway to the ancient city ruins of Jerash. With its forum of colonnaded shops, temples and theatres, Jerash might seem a little daunting at first, but it is one of the worlds best-preserved classical sites. Take some time to perch on a ledge and enjoy the spectacular views.
This beautiful Greco-Roman city is also famous for its Triumphal Arch, the Hippodrome and the wide street of columns, which leads to the Temple of Artemis.
Day 3 Desert Castles – Amman
We journey to the historic desert castles of Qasr Kharaneh, Qasr Amra and Qasr Azraq, before returning to Amman for a tour that includes a visit to the Citadel and the Archaeological Museum.
Day 4 Mount Nebo – Madaba – Shobak – Petra
Today we visit Mount Nebo to stand on the spot from which Moses is believed to have surveyed the Promised Land. We continue to Madaba, once a flourishing Byzantine town, and the Greek Orthodox Church with its fascinating 6th-century mosaic map. We end our day at the impressive Shobak Crusader Castle, before arriving in Petra as the evening rolls in.
Day 5 Petra
Were up early for a tour of the spectacular ancient Rose-Red City’ of Petra, entering the city on foot. Hidden by the golden desert sand for centuries, this is one of the worlds most treasured UNESCO sites. The highlights are the spectacular Treasury and the Monastery, both of which have been hewn out of solid rock.
Most of this unique city was built by the Nabataean Arabs in the 6th and 5th centuries BC. It was an important link in the caravan routes, added to by the Romans who carved out a huge theatre and possibly the spectacular classical faade of the Treasury.
Day 6 Wadi Rum – Dead Sea
This morning we depart for Wadi Rum. Stunning in its beauty and inhabited by the Bedouin tribes, it epitomises the romance of the desert. Much of David Leans Lawrence of Arabia was filmed here. Enjoy lunch at Sun City Camp.
We continue, travelling down to the Dead Sea 400 metres below sea level, where the biblical cities of Sodom and Gomorrah are thought to be buried beneath its waters. The Dead Sea is rich in salt – even non-swimmers can float freely in the water.
Day 7 Dead Sea
Today is free to indulge yourself at the hotel – the Dead Sea is famous for its relaxation and healing properties. Alternatively, take an optional excursion to Bethany, described in the New Testament as the site where Jesus was baptised by John the Baptist.
Day 8 Dead Sea – Amman – UK
We transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK. Upon arrival, your Titan vehicle will be waiting for the journey home.