Meet and assist at Queen Alia Airport, Amman. Transfer to your Amman hotel for overnight
Visit Um al Jimal, a haunting caravan outpost with impressive architectural features such as its iconic archways and the remains of some 14 Byzantine churches. Drive on to visit the Roman fortress of Azraq was later re-used as a winter headquarters by T. E. Lawrence during the Arab Revolt of the early 20th Century. Stop for lunch at the RSCN's Azraq Lodge, a restored British Army hospital now used to welcome visitors to the Azraq Wetlands Reserve managed by the RSCN (Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature - a vital reclamation project which has begun to attract hundreds of migratory bird species back to their ancient migratory routes between Africa and Asia or Europe). After lunch visit two of Jordan's famed "Desert Castles". These structures scattered throughout Jordan were in fact Omayyad hunting lodges built during the 8th Century: Qasr Amra, one of Jordan's World Heritage Sites, has a frescoed vault roof and bathhouse and Qasr Kharanah, a more formidable structure, displays the "hidden within the walls" structural style well suited to the heart of the desert. Return to Amman for overnight. [B.L]
Head north to visit the dramatic Um Qais (Biblical Gadara), one of Jordan's Greco-Roman Decapolis cities with a stunning view over the Golan Heights and Sea of Galilee. Continue driving to Jerash and tour of the world's best-preserved Roman provincial city. Return to Amman for overnight. [B]
Morning city tour of Amman including Citadel, Archaeological Museum and Souq. Drive on to Mt. Nebo, the site from which is it believed that Moses saw the Promised Land, enjoy the spectacular view over the Jordan River Valley, Dead Sea, Jericho and the hills of Judea, as well as the fine collection of Byzantine mosaics restored from the series of churches which have occupied this venerated spot. Drive on to Um ar-Risas for a visit to the Stylite Tower and fine mosaic floor or the St. Stephen Church at Jordan’s newest World Heritage site. Continue driving to your hotel in Petra. In the evening, join the fun at the Petra Kitchen as you learn to cook a traditional local meal. Overnight Petra. [B.D]
Full day touring in Petra, including visits to the Treasury, Theater, Colonnaded Street and ad-Deir, Petra's largest carved facade. In the evening join the candlelight stroll through Petra’s Siq with the “Petra by Night” program for a romantic introduction to the legendary Nabatean Capital city. Overnight Petra. [B]
Morning return to Petra by the "secret road" route. Visit the High Place of Sacrifice, Wadi Farasa and the Royal Tombs. In the afternoon, drive to Wadi Rum for a jeep tour of the moonscape terrain. Arriving to our remote private campsite in the heart of the desert. With no lights, no noise and no pollution, this is the ideal spot to enjoy the meteor shower, with an average of one shooting star every 60 seconds. That's a lot of wishes! We'll have an astronomical expert from Jordan's Royal Astronomical Society on hand to answer questions and de-code the map of the heavens. Dinner and overnight camping in Wadi Rum. [B.D]
Breakfast at campsite. Spend the day experiencing desert life on a camel safari through the land T. E. Lawrence rightly described as "vast, echoing and God-like." Return to the camp in the late afternoon, it’s good time to catch a nap so you'll be able to enjoy another peak night of the meteor shower. [B.L.D]
Visit the Crusader Castle of Karak en route to the Dead Sea, where you can soak off the desert sands and relax at the lowest point on the Earth's surface. After lunch and an afternoon's leisure, drive to Madaba for overnight. [B.L]
Transfer to Queen Alia Airport for departure. [B]
* Hotel accommodations: three nights in Amman, two nights in Petra and one night in Madaba on bed/breakfast basis.
* Two overnights camping in the Wadi Rum Protected Area, dinner/breakfast at campsite.
* All transfers by air-conditioned deluxe touring coach or car.
* Meals as noted in program: Breakfast [B], Lunch [L] or Dinner [D].
* English-speaking guide throughout touring program.
* All entry/user fees for sightseeing program.
* Jeep tour and camel safari in Wadi Rum.
* Day use facilities at Dead Sea.
* Petra by Night show.
* Tips for hotel porters, waiters, jeep drivers and camel escort.
* Meet and assist at Queen Alia airport with Jordanian gratis visa on arrival.
What's Not Included
* Exit tax.
* Tips for guide and coach or car driver.
* Personal extras.
* Other meals and drinks.