JORDAN HERITAGE PROGRAM
8 Days / 7 Nights
DAY 1: ARRIVAL AT AMMAN AIRPORT / AMMAN (D)
Arrive Amman Airport where our airport Pan East staff will meet the group at the gate just as they leave the airplane. Full assistance with the visa and customs formalities will be provided at Amman Airport. Leave the Airport for the transfer to Hotel in Amman, and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure. Buffet Dinner and overnight at Hotel in Amman
DAY 2: CITY TOUR OF AMMAN / DESERT CASTLES / AMMAN (B, L, D)
Buffet Breakfast at hotel. Visit Amman, the capital of Jordan, a fascinating city of contrasts. Visit the Citadel, which is situated on one of the highest hills in Amman that offers a splendid view of the old city. Near the citadel pay a visit to the Archaeological Museum that houses an excellent collection of Jordan’s antiquities. Proceed down hill to the downtown of the old city to visit the Roman Theatre, which dates back to the 2nd century AD. It is also the home of Jordan’s Folklore Museum, which displays various artifacts of the traditional Jordanian life including, costumes, home furnishings, musical instruments and handicrafts dating back to the 19th century. Conclude your sight seeing tour of Amman by visiting King Abdullah Mosque to be familiar with the classic / modern Islamic architecture. Proceed to Iraq Al Amir Women’s Cooperative founded by Noor Al-Hussein Foundation in 1994 with the support of Swiss Government. The project employed 41 women in the production of hand-made paper, hand-woven fabric, ceramics/clay, and food processing. Enjoy a traditional lunch prepared by the local women of Iraq Al Amir. Drive to the eastern desert of Jordan to visit the Desert Castles. These castles were built between the 7th century and 8th century AD, under the caliphs of the Umayyad dynasty. Visit Qasr Amra, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, then on to Qasr Al Kharrana and Qasr Al Azraq. Drive back to Amman for Buffet Dinner & overnight at hotel.
DAY 3: AMMAN / JERASH / AJLUN / AMMAN (B, L, D)
Buffet Breakfast at hotel. Drive north to visit Jerash, which remains today as one of the most beautiful and best-preserved Greco-roman cities outside Italy. Excavations made it possible to update two theatres, several temples, churches, a market, thermal baths, and the famous Cardo Maximus alley of 600 meters bordered columns.Lunch in Artemis Restaurant in Jerash. Proceed north to Ajlun situated in the northern region of Jordan to visit Ajlun’s Castle. Ajlun’s Castle is a fine example of the genius of medieval Arab military and Islamic architecture. Drive back to Amman for Buffet Dinner & overnight at hotel.
DAY 4: UMM QAYS / JORDAN VALLEY / PELLA / DEAD SEA / AMMAN (B, L, D)
Buffet Breakfast at hotel. Drive north to Umm Qays, the ancient Graeco-Roman City of Gadara, which offers a splendid panoramic view overlooking the lake of Tiberias, Jordan Valley and the Golan Heights. Continue via the Jordan Valley, which is a beautiful landscape and an exceptionally fertile soil that stretches Jordan from north to south, to Pella. Besides the excavated ruins from the Graeco-Roman period, Pella offers visitors the opportunity to see the remains of Bronze and Iron Age walled cities. Lunch in Pella Rest House. Proceed to the Dead Sea the lowest spot on earth 400 meters below sea level. Spend the rest of the day bathing and relaxing in the gently lapping waters of the Dead Sea and be amazed that you can’t sink! Drive back to Amman for Buffet Dinner & overnight at hotel.
DAY 5: MADABA / MT. NEBO / KINGS HIGHWAY / KARAK / PETRA (B, L, D)
Buffet Breakfast at hotel. Drive 30 Km south of Amman to visit Madaba “the City of Mosaics”. Visit the Greek Orthodox church of St. George where the famous 6th Century Byzantine mosaic map of the holy sites in the biblical world is found. Proceed to Mount Nebo, the place where it is believed that Moses was buried. Drive via the Kings Highway, the ancient road mentioned in the bible, which links prehistoric villages from the Stone Age, and biblical towns from the kingdoms of Ammon, Moab and Edom, to arrive at Karak. Lunch in Kings Castle Restaurant. Visit Karak’s Crusaders Castle built in the 12th century AD, which is situated on a hilltop about 1000 meters above sea level and surrounded by a valley on three sides. Proceed to the greatest city of the Arab nation which existed 2000 years ago: Petra. Buffet Dinner & overnight at Hotel in Petra.
DAY 6: FULL DAY VISIT OF PETRA (B, L, D)
Buffet Breakfast at hotel. Begin your visit by enjoying a walk or a short horse ride from Petra’s main entrance to the entrance of the old city “Al Siq”, which is a 350 meters narrow canyon. As you reach the end of the Siq, the first and greatest monument of Petra slowly comes into view. This is the famous Treasury monument “Al Khazneh”. Petra “The Rose City” is an extraordinary and unique place, which was built by the Arab Nabateans more than 2000 years ago. The Nabateans carved their monumental tombs, palaces, temples and treasury from the desert’s natural rose-colored rocks and sandstones. Indulge yourself, and allow our professional PAN EAST guide to walk you through the architectural and spiritual wonders of this majestic place explaining every detail in sight. Buffet lunch at Crowne Plaza Basin Restaurant. After lunch, the clients interested to visit the Monastery will climb 800 steps to visit the Monastery. The Monastery is similar to design to the Treasury, but it is much larger (50 m high x 45m wide) and much less decorated. The facade is flat on the lower level and deeply carved on the upper level, with engaged columns and two half-pediments flanking a central urn (10m high). Drive back to Hotel in Petra for Buffet Dinner & overnight.
DAY 7: PETRA / WADI RUM / AMMAN (B, L, D)
Buffet Breakfast at hotel Depart to the Natural Resort of Wadi Rum “The Valley of the Moon” a unique place unlike anywhere else you have ever visited. Arrive at the village of Rum where you will be picked up by local Bedouins to explore this splendid desert. They will drive you with their 4×4 Bedouin Pick Ups (6 pax per pick Up) for approximately 03 hours to the Bed of the Valley of the Moon to the great mountain of Al Khazali. Lunch in Bedouin Camp. In the afternoon proceed to Amman for resting at hotel until dinner time; drive to Tawaheen Al Hawa Restaurant translated to Windmill in English as the restaurants exterior shows. This very fresh and nice restaurant has a wonderful typical Bedouin decoration with oriental atmosphere. Many local people go there so the group can have the chance to see the local people of Jordan. The restaurant is famous with its Arabic Starters (Mezza). The clients will also have the opportunity to smoke the Hubbelly Bubbly (Water pipe) In the afternoon proceed to Amman for Buffet Dinner & overnight.
DAY 8: TRANSFER TO AMMAN AIRPORT FOR DEPARTURE (B)
Buffet Breakfast at hotel. Transfer to Amman Airport for departure including meeting and assistance during formalities.
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