Amman – Jerash – Ajloun – Anjara – Umm Qais – Baptism Site – Elijah’s Hill – Mount Nebo – Madaba – Mukawir – Shoubak Castle Petra – Wadi Rum Lot’s Cave – Dead Sea – Aqaba – Desert Castles – Dana – Wadi Al Mujib -– Amman City Tour –( Little Petra )– Kings highway – Petra By Night .
Full Itinerary Program :
Arrival to Queen Alia airport, our representative will meet assist you through passport control formalities, luggage identification & portage will greet you. From the airport you will be transferred to your hotel in Amman.
Overnight in Amman.
This morning we drive (approx.. two hour ) north towards Um Qays, the old Decapolis city of Gadara, with its spectacular panoramic views overlooking the Sea of Galilee, is the proposed site of Jesus’miracle of the Gadarene swine. A rare five-aisled basilica from the 4th century was recently discovered and excavated at Umm Qays. Everything about this distinctive arrangement of a church above a tomb at this particular place, strongly indicates that it was designed and built to commemorate the very spot where the early church believed that Jesus performed his miracle. Nearby we find Jabbok, the place that is said to be where Jacob wrestled with God who was in the form of an angel (Genesis 32:24-30).
Then we drive back (One our and a half)to Jerash, one of the best preserved and most complete provincial Roman cities. Jerash, Gerasa of Roman Times, was one of the cities of the Decapolis, a confederation of 10 Graeco-Roman cities dating from the 1st century BC situated in Jordan, Syria and Israel. Known as the Pompeii of the East for its extraordinary state of preservation, the ruins indicate human occupations at this location for more than 2,500 years.
Overnight in Amman.
After breakfast, drive east of Amman towards the Desert Castles. Visit the fortress-like Qasr el-Kharaneh, the charming bathhouse complex of Qasr Amra and the black basalt stone fortress of Qala’at el-Azraq.
Then back to Amman for a quick City Tour : Archaeological Museum of Amman , The view of the old city of Amman .
Overnight in Amman.
We start after breakfast at the hotel to : Machaerus (Mukhawer), where John the Baptist was beheaded. Next we visit St. George Church , The St. Georges church was built in 6th Centrury AD and is known for the map that showed all major biblical sites from Lebanon to Egypt. Some of the finest art of the early Christian centuries can still be seen in Madaba city and its surrounding regions in central Jordan, Church of Saint George, mosaic map of Jerusalem and the Holy Land, the earliest religious map of the Holy land. Then we drive to Mount Nebo, the place where Prophet Moses gazed at the Promised Land before he died. You visit the old monastery and overlooking the Jordan Valley, Dead Sea, Jericho and Jerusalem.
Next we visit the fascinating site of Bethany on the Jordan river , the place where Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist, where Elijah and Elisha crossed the Jordan as well as the area where the children of Israel led by Joshua entered the Promised Land.
We drive to the Dead sea (approx.. 20 minutes), the Dead Sea the lowest spot on earth, 1306 feet below sea level. Enjoy the bizarre but delightful experience of floating on the surface of the buoyant waters, four times saltier than regular seawater. See the lowest point on the earth 420 Meters below sea level. It is one of the most spectacular, natural landscapes in the world , where you can recline on water reading a newspaper and try a truely unique swimming . it is devoted of life due to high content of salt and minerals , which gives the water curative and therapeutic qualities for arthritis , rheumatism, psoriasis and eczema . 35 types of minerals makes the water essential for health and body skin .
Experience the unique combination of the chemical composition of water , mineral rich black mud , fresh , water , Oxygen rich air and thermal mineral springs .
We check out by 09:00 morning , passing through the Dead Sea road and stop at the bottom of Wadi Al-Mujib (Biblical Name Arnoon Valley ) , then we continue to Lot’s Wife Pillars and cave , We will view from a distance a hillside cave near to the small town of Zoar (modern-day Safi). The Bible says Lot’s daughters gave birth to sons whose descendents would become the Ammonite and Moabite people, whose kingdoms were in what is now central Jordan. It is here that Byzantine Christians built a church and monastery dedicated to Lot.Lot’s Cave near the town of Safi, Here Prophet Lot lived together with his daughters after he fled the sinful cities Sodom and Gomorrah.
Then drive up the high mountains which is very gracious through Al Sharah Mountains , to the wild natural reserve of Dana , Dana Nature Reserve (308 square km) is a world of natural treasures. It is composed of a chain of valleys and mountains which extend from the top of the Jordan Rift Valley down to the desert lowlands of Wadi Araba. The visitor to this area will be awed by the beauty of the Rummana mountain, the mystery of the ancient archaeological ruins of Feinan, the timeless serenity of Dana Village, and the grandeur of the red and white sandstone cliffs of Wadi Dana. We stop overlooking Dana and enjoying the views of the top mountains.
Next, we stop (20-30 min.) at ShoubaK Castle , one of the crusader castles , The area that holds the castle, Alshobak, thought to be inhibited in the Edom period and was restored in the Nabataean’s reign. Shobak castle was used as a monastery until it was rebuilt by the crusader prince Baldwin I and after him by Jerusalem king in 1115 AD. It was called Mount Real. The castle has nine towers shaped on different forms circular, rectangle, and square. The castle is surrounded with fruit trees below. The outsider look of the castle leaves you impressed with its big gate and walls and the precautions its builder put in mind through its construction. Because of the strong building of this castle, Saladin spent a long time before he invade it and proud his success in that by the inscriptions on its walls.
Then we dive to Petra (approx.. 30 Min.) for overnight .
After Breakfast, we start the tour of the second wonder of the world , the rose red city of PETRA , Biblical Name “Sella”, which means the Red Rock , the traditional entry to Petra is through the mile-long winding chasm called the Siq. This is a must-do walk; the extravagant colors of the sandstone walls, and many remains of the Nabatean shrines, water channels, wall carvings and some of the original paving stones make the Siq an archaeological wonder in itself—and then there is the heart-stopping moment when you suddenly reach the end of the canyon and face the towering Treasury, the memorable carved façade of Indiana Jones fame. Around the corner from the Treasury, you’ll see many carvings along the Street of Facades, and in the ancient city center you will want to explore the Theater, Royal Tombs, Colonnaded Street, Byzantine Church, Winged Lion’s Temple, Qasr al Bint, and the Petra Museum, with a collection of the very fine Nabatean pottery, ancient statuary and other artifacts. The religion of the Nabateans led to the creation of temples and cult centers on most of the mountain peaks ringing the Petra city center. Climbs to these high points are rewarding for the archaeology and also for the natural beauty of the colorful sandstone mountains—and rewarding in the magnificent views which many of the peaks command. Places of worship, funerary monuments and other points of interest are particularly popular at ad-Deir (the Monastery). During the Exodus, Moses and the Israelites passed through the Petra area in Edom, local tradition says that the spring at Wadi Musa (Valley of Moses), just outside Petra, is the place where Moses struck the rock and brought forth water.The Bible says that Moses was not allowed to enter the Holy Land but could only glimpse it from Mount Nebo because he struck the rock with his rod to bring forth water, instead of speaking to it, as God had commanded.Aaron, the brother of Moses and Miriam, who was called by God to be Moses’ prophet, died in Jordan and was buried in Petra at Mount Hor, now called Jabal Harun in Arabic (Mount Aaron). A Byzantine church and later an Islamic shrine/tomb of Aaron were built on the summit of the mountain, which today attracts pilgrims from all over the world. Aaron was the first High Priest of the Bible and is remembered for the beautiful blessing that God commanded him to give people.Then walk gradually back to the lower part of Petra , Back to the hotel .
You will be able to experience having the Turkish Path .
In the morning , we enter through the main entrance to Al Madras road through Danghour Al Khaznah via over looking the treasury and the Quarter of the Siq , and theatre as well . Then continue to the high place of Sacrifice , Wadi Farasa , where you can see the lion fountain , and garden temple then back to the hotel for over night in Petra .
After breakfast , we drive to wadi rum (approx.. one hour and a half ). Through our road to Wadi Rum , We stop at the high mountains which overlooks Araba and Naqab . En route we make an excursion to Wadi Rum where Lawrence of Arabia conducted many of his campaigns during the First World War. While at Wadi Rum we take four wheel drive vehicles out into the desert where the sand is red and the rocks look like gigantic multi-layered chocolate cakes melting in the setting sun.
After Wadi Rum , We drive south to Aqaba , The lonely port in Jordan . Aqaba, When fantasy, sun and sea meet the charms and atmosphere of antiquity, the visitor can find himself, at any time of the year, at the 13th century Red Sea resort of Aqaba, which was in ancient times, the main port for shipments from the Red Sea to the Far East, known by the names of Aila.For relaxation, water sports, and winter warmth, Aqaba is warm, sunny and inviting, fringed with palm trees, lapped by the crystal clear waters of the Gulf of Aqaba, cooled by a steady northerly breeze, and ringed by mountains that change in color with the change of the hours. Snorkeling, water skiing, wind surfing, para-sailing, fishing and a variety of other water sports, including unsurpassed scuba diving are just some of the popular activities to partake in.
Overnight in Aqaba .
Today we leave Jordan behind where our journey will end on arrival at Amman’s International airport.
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