12 Day Highlights of Jordan

Summary

On this 12 day itinerary you will journey throughout Jordan’s past and present, taking in all the different sights and places of historical, religious, and cultural significance. You will get to enjoy a city tour of Amman, a safari jeep ride through the dramatic desert scenery of Wadi Rum, a visit to the ancient ruins of Jerash, a visit to the ancient rock-cut city of Petra, a dip in the Dead Sea, and more. Find your own bit of desert peace as you explore archaeological ruins and take in the stunning scenery.

Price

From $3,698.52 per person based on 2 people sharing a room

Best time to go

Spring and autumn are the most pleasant times to visit with clear, sunny days and moderate temperatures.


Day 1: Four Seasons Amman (BB)
Depart the UK on a flight to Amman. Upon arrival you will be transferred by private vehicle to the luxurious Four Seasons Amman where you will stay for the next five nights. With its bright and airy rooms, excellent location, and superb facilities including a spa that uses mud from the dead sea, you are sure to enjoy your stay.

Day 2: Four Seasons Amman (BB)
Today you will have the opportunity to enjoy a private tour of the city of Amman. The tour will show you many of the different historical and cultural sites of the city, with highlights including a visit to the Citadel, National Museum, Roman Amphitheatre, Folklore Museum, and King Abdullah’s Mosque.

Day 3: Four Seasons Amman (BB)
On your third day you’ll enjoy a full day visit to Jordan's desert castles, beautiful examples of early Islamic art and architecture which stand testament to a fascinating era in the country's rich history. Their fine mosaics, frescoes, stone and stucco carvings and illustrations, inspired by the best in Persian and Greco-Roman traditions, tell countless stories of life as it was during the 8th century. Called castles because of their imposing stature, the desert complexes actually served various purposes as caravan stations, agriculture and trade centres, resort pavilions and outposts that helped distant rulers forge ties with local Bedouins. This is sure to be an interesting visit for anyone keen to learn more about Jordan’s past.

Day 4: Four Seasons Amman (BB)
Today you will visit Madaba, Nebo, and Mkawer and see the sites of significance found within them. In Madaba you will have the chance to visit the Greek Orthodox Church of St. George where the historical Madaba Mosaic Map covers the floor. Next you’ll visit Nebo, and specifically Mount Nebo, where according to the Bible Moses was buried; making it a place of much religious significance. Finally, you will head to Mkawer to take in the stunning panoramic views of the surrounding countryside, the Dead Sea, and the West Bank, on a clear night you can even make out the lights of Al Quds and Ariha.

Day 5: Four Seasons Amman (BB)
Today you will explore more of Jordan’s historical sites, paying visits to Jerash, Ajloun, and Umm Qais. Jerash reveals a fine example of the grand, formal provincial Roman urbanism that is found throughout the Middle East, comprising paved and colonnaded streets, soaring hilltop temples, handsome theatres, spacious public squares and plazas, baths, fountains and city walls pierced by towers and gates. Next you will visit Ajloun Castle, built by one of Saladin’s generals in 1184 AD to control the iron mines. The castles dominated the three main routes leading to the Jordan valley and protected the trade and commercial routes. Finally, you will visit Um Qais, a town perched atop a hilltop 378 metres about sea level and offering amazing views over the Yarmouk River, the Golan Heights, and Like Tiberias.

Day 6: Movenpick Petra Hotel (BB)
This morning transfer by road to Petra, stopping on the way in Dana for a 2 hour self-guided trail. The trail winds above the Dana Village and through the terraced gardens and local craft workshops. Visitors can meet the local residents, see original Ottoman architecture, and learn more about Dana’s rich history. Upon arrival in Petra, you’ll check into the Movenpick Petra Hotel for a 2 night stay.

Day 7: Movenpick Petra Hotel (BB)
This morning you will enjoy a full day visit to Petra with a local English speaking guide from the entrance until you reach the Qasr Al Bint Monument. Afterwards you will head to Little Petra for a visit, where highlights include all the colours and formations, the tombs intricately carved into the rock face, the Roman-style theatre, obelisks, temples, sacrificial altars and colonnaded streets.

Day 8: Movenpick Aqaba (BB)
Today you will transfer by road to Aqaba, stopping at Wadi Rum for a 90 minute desert jeep ride along the way. Wadi Rum is a vast, silent landscape of ancient riverbeds and the largest and most magnificent of Jordan's desert landscapes. Continue to Aqaba for a private city tour and check into the Movenpick Aqaba for a 1 night stay. Enjoy the beach, go snorkelling or venture into the city.

Day 9: Movenpick Dead Sea (BB)
Today you will transfer by road to the Dead Sea and check in for a 2 night stay at the Movenpick Dead Sea. At 410 meters below sea level, the Dead Sea is the lowest place on earth. The salt content of the water is 31.5% making the water so buoyant that it is impossible to sink, so enjoy the unique sensation of floating weightlessly on its surface.

Day 10: Movenpick Dead Sea (BB)
This morning you will have to spend at leisure before enjoying an afternoon visit to Bethany. The Bethany area sites formed part of the early Christian pilgrimage route between Jerusalem, the Jordan River, and Mount Nebo. The area is also associated with the biblical account of how the Prophet Elijah (Mar Elias in Arabic) ascended to heaven in a whirlwind on a chariot of fire.

Day 11: Four Seasons Amman (BB)
Today you’ll transfer by road back to the Four Seasons Amman for an overnight stay. Your afternoon will be spent at leisure so perhaps enjoy the hotel’s facilities or revisit some of your favourite sites from earlier in your holiday.

Day 12: Departure
This morning you will depart early and transfer to Amman Airport for your flight to the UK.

 

Inclusions
All flights, transfers, accommodation, meals and activities as specified.

Exclusions
Transfers, meals and activities not specified, visas, insurance, gratuities and items of a personal nature.

Cleveland Collection tailor makes all itineraries to include highlights of your choice. Speak to one of our travel experts to create your perfect holiday based on your travel requirements

*We try to keep our 'from prices' as accurate as possible, but please do be aware that when travelling in peak times such as Christmas and school holidays, prices shown will vary considerably.


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