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.
7 nights in hotel (accommodation as specified or similar)
Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from home for your flight to Amman. On arrival, we board our coach for a transfer to the AlQasr Metropole Hotel (4T), Amman Kempinski Hotel (4T) or similar. 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.
Amman - Jerash - Amman
We visit the 12th century medieval castle at Ajloun before continuing our journey along the King’s Highway to the ancient city of Jerash. Likened to Pompeii, Jerash is one of the best preserved classical sites, with its forum of colonnaded shops, temples and theatres. 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. We return to Amman for dinner and stay overnight.
Amman - Desert Castles - Amman
After enjoying breakfast, 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. Return for dinner and overnight.
Amman - Mt 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 conclude our day at the impressive Shobak Crusader Castle, before arriving in Petra for dinner and overnight at the Movenpick Resort (4T) or Petra Guest House (4T).
Early departure for a tour of the ‘Rose-Red City’ of Petra, entering the city on foot. This ancient city lay beneath the desert sands for centuries, and was only rediscovered in 1812. The highlights are the spectacular temple, the Treasury and the Monastery 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. As an important link in the caravan routes, it was added to by the Romans, who carved out a huge theatre and possibly the spectacular classical façade of the Treasury. We return to our hotel for dinner and overnight stay.
Petra - Wadi Rum - Dead Sea
This morning we depart for the desert of Wadi Rum. Stunning in its beauty and inhabited by the Bedouin tribes, it epitomises the romance of the desert. Much of David Lean’s ‘Lawrence of Arabia’ was filmed here. Enjoy lunch at Sun City Camp in the heart of the desert. 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 and even non-swimmers can float freely in the water. We stay two nights at the Movenpick Dead Sea Resort & Spa (4T).
Today is free to indulge yourself at the hotel; the area is well known for relaxation and healing properties and there are many possibilities to choose from. 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.