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Journey to Petra
Transport - Minibus, 4WD, on foot
Accommodation - Stylish Hotels & Lodges (7nts), Bedouin camp (1nt, multi-share)
Meals - 8 breakfasts & 2 dinners
We often have multiple itineraries so please check to see which itinerary is suitable for you, by selecting the relevant tab.
Fly to Amman
After your flight, transfer to your hotel and check in. Hotel - 2 nights
Warwick International Hotel - Newly built in 2012, this 4-star hotel is located directly in the City Center. With stylish elegance, they cater to executive and leisure travelers alike, while their attentive service expresses luxurious Arabic hospitality. This is the perfect place to relax and recover after a long flight journey.
Jerash & Aljoun Castle
Amman is a modern city with an ancient history; the Philadelphia of Roman times, it spreads over seven hills and is the starting point for your exploration of this desert kingdom.
This morning you’ll head 50km (one hour) north to Jerash, which, with a history stretching back at least 2,300 years, is one of the finest examples of a provincial Roman town anywhere in the world. Although it was inhabited in pre-Roman times, it was with the coming of Alexander the Great that things really took off. As one of the league of ten cities known as the Decapolis, Jerash grew in importance until, in the 1st and 2nd centuries AD, it was home to more than 25,000 people. The extraordinarily complete remains, which include a forum, a nymphaeum, hippodrome, two theatres (complete with numbered seats) and several temples, date mainly from this period. Along the famous Colonnaded Street, grooves in the paving stones show where chariot wheels once rolled, and elsewhere remnants of exquisite mosaics still cover some floors.
After your exploration, you’ll head to Aljoun, the only complete Arab castle in the country. It was built in 1184 AD by the nephew of Saladin to help stop the Crusader invasion. Perched on a hilltop overlooking the Jordan Valley, wadis and the highlands of north Jordan, it was well placed to spot invaders from miles away. Aljoun also features a pioneering new eco project to protect the surrounding forest - the southernmost complete pine forest in the world. Less visited than Jerash, this natural beauty coupled with the man-made marvel which is the castle, makes the site unique and one of the highlights of any trip to Jordan. Entering the castle by drawbridge, you’ll have time to look around and soak up the views before heading back to Amman. (B)
Mt Nebo, Kerak & Dana National Park
This morning you drive to Madaba, famous for its 6th century mosaics. Just beyond is the biblical site of Mount Nebo, which overlooks the Jordan Valley. This is, the Bible tells us, the final resting-place of Moses. From here he looked out onto the Promised Land, and thousands of years later you’ll do the same. You’ll then set off southward, where just ahead is a huge crack in the earth, 1,000 metres deep and with spectacular views over Wadi Mujib.
You’ll drive down one side and up the other before arriving at the small town of Kerak, whose formidable Crusader castle overlooks a long, winding road down to the Dead Sea. The Crusaders had a huge impact on the region in the 11th, 12th and 13th centuries, when they fought the forces of Islam in a long and bloody campaign that saw many atrocities committed.
Their temporary successes can be attributed - at least in part - to an outstanding ability to construct impregnable defensive fortifications, of which Kerak Castle is a prime example. Amazingly - given that it is over 850 years old - a great deal of the structure remains intact, and you can explore the dungeons, passages, refectory and kitchens of the castle, which also houses a small museum.
After visiting Kerak you continue along the King's Highway, the road winding as it follows the contours of the rocky hills. Occasionally you pass nomadic shepherds as they tend their flocks in the few areas where there is water; the land can be quite unforgiving. Your journey takes you across the deep gorge of Wadi al-Hesa, of similar proportions to Mujib. Turning west off the King’s Highway, you travel for about two hours to your next destination - the recently developed nature reserve at Dana. The reserve aims to protect some of Jordan's endangered species, including ibex, mountain gazelle, wolf and red fox. As well as conserving wildlife, Dana has also managed to preserve the timeless traditions still practised in its village. You will travel to the lodge by 4WD. Lodge - 1 night (BD)
Feynan Lodge - this is an award winning eco lodge located within the Dana Nature Reserve, is lit only by candlelight creating a wonderful atmosphere.
Dana National Park & Petra
After breakfast, you’ll spend time exploring this fascinating reserve, taking a guided walk along old paths through the mountains. Wadi Dana drops from 1,500m above sea level to 100m below sea level as it plunges from the eastern plateau of the Great Rift Valley down to the Dead Sea. It’s possible to gauge the remarkable variety of habitats ranging from semi-arid forests to sub-tropical wadis as you walk.
This afternoon you make your way by bus through spectacular mountain scenery to Little Petra and explore a smaller version of this architectural treasure and enjoy a cup of traditional tea with a bedouin familly, as an introduction prior to uncover the fascinating town of Wadi Musa, on the very edge of the Araba Valley, the biblical land of Edom (70km / one hour). Wadi Musa gives its name to the modern town that stands close to the well-concealed city of Petra - perhaps the world's most famous 'lost city'. Its exact location was unknown in the West until 1812, when the Swiss explorer J.L. Burckhardt, a convert to Islam, made a short detour to sacrifice a goat at the nearby meli (tomb) of the prophet Harun. As he picked his way towards the foot of the mountain, he stumbled across the siq, the narrow gorge that leads to Petra - and the rest is history. Since that day many others have made their way along the same path and, as Burckhardt must have done, gazed in awe at the splendid monuments that adorn this remote valley. Hotel - 3 nights (B)
Movenpick Resort - located directly at the entrance to the historic city of Petra, this resort has an oriental flair and features an exciting combination of natural stone, handcrafted wood and luxurious Middle Eastern fabrics and textures.
Today you’ll make your way into the fabled site, taking the same path followed by Burckhardt, which takes you through the banded rock walls that tower above. At the end of the kilometre-long path, you are rewarded by a glimpse of the most beautiful building of all - the Khazneh or Treasury - so-called because the Bedouin believed that the urn crowning the façade held a cache of gold and jewels. The first sight of this perfectly proportioned tomb, carved from solid rock, is truly unforgettable, but there's much more to come!
Some 2,400 years ago the Nabataeans taxed the trade caravans that plied between southern Arabia and the shores of the eastern Mediterranean and, using the proceeds, built the first houses and temples here. Later these taxes proved even more rewarding, and today the Nabatean legacy includes houses, tombs, temples, a Roman-built amphitheatre and much more.
It is well-worth making the hour or so ascent up the rocky path, which leads to ed-Deir, the Monastery, a vast structure rivalling even the Treasury in size and grandeur. Time may also allow you to climb to one of the High Places - the mountaintop altars where ritual sacrifices were made; from here there are spectacular views of the mountains, valleys and canyons below. (B)
NB - Watch out for donkeys on the walk up to the Monastery, they can be quite pushy so take care.
Today has been left free for you to explore more of Petra (if you wish an extra day’s ticket can be arranged, at your own cost) or, for those not wishing to enter the main site a second time, you may choose to see the area lying just to the north of Petra.
The Neolithic ruins of al-Beida date back some 9,000 years, with evidence of occupation from the 7th century BC. At el-Barid, popularly known as ‘Little Petra’, you’ll discover the unique sense of mystery and calm – a stark contrast to the bustling community of Nabataean times which can almost be felt as you explore the narrow ‘main street’ leading from the short siq. This entire area is ideal for walking and you may be able to explore the canyons and passages, too. (B)
This morning you journey south for 145km (two hours) to Wadi Rum, initially passing through highland plateau, then descending into the dramatic, rocky landscape of southern Jordan. Taking to the desert road, you pass through scenery that seems ever more impressive, before arriving at the little Bedouin settlement of Rum.
As you explore you will undoubtedly see the black beit ash shar tents of the hardy Bedouin who still wander throughout the Middle East as they have for centuries. Moving between the few grazing spots which dot the parched landscape, they survive by breeding goats, sheep and camels, which are then sold at local markets. Although the traditional nomadic way of life is starting to disappear as some Bedouin succumb to the lure of fixed accommodation, many adhere stolidly to the old way - albeit with the occasional addition of a 4WD vehicle for transport! Living in such a hostile environment taught them long ago the importance of a friendly welcome and the ancient code of hospitality to travellers still survives.
There is plenty of time to explore the wadi, which offers some of the most extraordinary desert scenery in the world. From a distance, Wadi Rum's sheer sandstone cliffs appear to hover like a shimmering mirage on the horizon. It's only from close quarters that one can fully appreciate just how large some are, rising to a height of over 1,800m. Be captivated by the same scenery that had Lawrence of Arabia smitten! To the Howeitat Bedouin, who have taken it as their own, the area is known as the Valley of the Moon. These people are reputedly descended from Lawrence's Arab army who marched with him from Azraq in the north, then stayed behind once battle was done.
There is an array of ancient rock art to see, inscribed by Thamud nomads from Saudi Arabia, as well as the famous fort where members of the Desert Patrol guard Jordan's desert approach in an attempt to prevent cross-border smuggling. During your jeep adventure, you’ll stop many times to climb hills and to enter narrow siqs where Nabatean inscriptions can be found.
Set in the Wadi Disi area, a short distance from the entrance to the Wadi Rum protected area, you camp in true desert fashion tonight - sleeping in a traditional Bedouin tent, made comfortable for overseas travellers! As the sun sets on the rocky outcrops an astonishing transformation takes place - the sandstone passes through a spectrum of colours; yellow, gold, orange, red and, finally, purple, as the shadows lengthen and the stars come out. Bedouin-style camp (communal sleeping arrangement) - 1 night (BD)
Private Captain Bedouin Camp in the desert - This authentic bedouin camp set up in the desert is a great opportunity to experience the traditional desert life, with evening fire and peace and quite in a private dunes to enjoy the Milky Way, satellites and shooting stars across a perfec tly clear sky.
This morning you’ll leave Rum behind and travel for approximately 3 hours to the shores of the Dead Sea - at 400 metres below sea level it's the lowest place on earth. Here the mineral content of the water is so dense that anybody attempting to swim finds that they float! It's a remarkable feeling and one you'll be able to experience for yourself as you relax this afternoon. Hotel - 1 night (B)
Marriott Dead Sea - This stylish hotel is located on the shores of the Dead Sea, with a wealth of restaurants and bars to choose from! It also boasts swimming pools and health and fitness facilities where you can indulge in one of the many treatments on offer.
The trip ends for Land Only clients. Those travelling on our grup flights drive to Amman airport (a journey time of about 90 minutes) and fly home. (B)