cultureoverview

Enjoy the history of Jordan by going back thousands of years and imagining the different types of cultures that inhabited this ancient land based on various archeological sites. Jordan has the historical remains of many ancient civilizations such as the Romans and Nabateans and more modern empires such as the Ottoman empire.

Intenarary

Day 1 – Arrival in Amman

Warm and friendly welcome by our Amani Tours representative holding a sign with your name on it for identification. Our representative will assist you and your party with immigration and customs procedures. After collecting your suit case/s walk to your private car for the transfer (approx. 40 minutes) to your hotel in Amman.

Day 2 – Sightseeing tour in Amman and the Desert Castles

Admire the ruins of ancient Amman at the Citadel (Jebel al-Qala) which dates back to the Bronze Age. Visit the Roman Amphitheatre, which is an impressive remnant of Philadelphia, as the city was known during the 2nd century A.D. View the Umayyad Palace that dates back to 720 A.D and explore the interesting artefacts on display at the Archaeological Museum, which houses the famous Dead Sea Scrolls and 6500-year-old statues. Enjoy a short drive to visit the Jordan Museum (open on Sat, Sun & Mon from 10:00 to 14:00). Visit the massive King Abdullah I Mosque, which has an unmistakable blue dome and an octagonal prayer hall without pillars. After lunch drive east of Amman to visit the Umayyad castles known as the Desert Castles built in the 7 – 8 AD as retreats from the pressures of city life, where they could hunt and race their horses. They are called Kharraneh, Amra and Azraq. Return back to Amman in the late afternoon to your hotel and overnight. (approx. 150 KM). the Enjoy free time in Amman and overnight in the hotel in Amman.

Day 3- Visit the splendid ruins of Jerash and Ajloun, magnificent view from Um Qais

After breakfast, travel (app 2 hours) to Jerash, the best example of a Roman provincial city in the whole Middle East. While listening to our tour guide and marveling at the breathtakingly well preserved Roman ruins of the ancient city you will feel that you are completely transported 2000 years back in time. Jerash is one of the largest and the most well preserved sites of Roman architecture in the world outside Italy. After Jerash we continue our trip to Ajloun to visit the Ajloun castle. It is beautifully preserved and with its structures, towers, chambers, galleries and staircases is one of the most popular attractions in Jordan. We go to Umm Qais, the site of the ancient Greco-Roman town of Gadara, one of the beautiful cities of the Decapolis where you will have a magnificent view over the north Jordan Valley, the Golan Heights and the Sea of Galilee. Overnight in Amman.

Day 4 – Visit Mount Nebo and Madaba – Drive along the King’s Highway – Visit Kerak Castle

Leave in the morning to drive south west for approx. 30 min. to visit Mount Nebo, which is one of the most revered holy sites of Jordan and the place where it is believed Moses stood and saw the promised land. Then drive for approx. 20min. to Madaba, the ‘City of Mosaics”. Madaba’s main attraction – in the contemporary Greek Orthodox church of St. George – is a wonderfully vivid, 6th-century Byzantine mosaic map showing the entire region from Jordan and Palestine in the north, to Egypt in the south. Then drive south along the King’s highway to Kerak, which is famous for its delicious traditional Arabic food, the mansaf and has one of the three largest castles in the region, the crusader castle Kerak. Arrive at the evening to the hotel in Petra and spend overnight there.

Day 5 – Full day Petra visit

After breakfast at the hotel, enjoy a full day visit of the ancient Nabatian city of Petra. We will guide you from the visitor’s center all the way through the Siq (a long narrow gorge) arriving first at the magnificent site of the Treasury then the Theatre, the Court house, and the Roman Columns in the Basin will be also included. Walking up 800 steps to the Monastery might be a little bit tiring but you can hire a donkey if your feet give up. Return to the visitor’s center and overnight at Petra.

Optional: Petra by night tour only on Mon, Wed and Thu from 20:30 to 22:30

Day 6 – Return to Amman and end of tour.

Optional: Spend another day in Petra to enjoy at leisure the ancient ruins.
Optional: Visit Wadi Rum, Dana Nature Reserve, Aqaba or other. See below suggested tours.

Day 7 – Wadi Rum Jeep Safari and Camel Ride

We leave the hotel in Petra and drive approx. 2 hours for an exciting desert adventure. We take you by Jeep for 2 hours through the best and most beautiful areas of the UNESCO protected nature reserve of Wadi Rum. We visit Lawrence Spring, Khazali canyon, Burdah Arch, Um Frouth Arch, etc. After the trip you can have a short camel ride just for fun and then return to the camp enjoying the impeccable sunset, the well earned dinner, while listening to authentic Arabic music.

Day 8 – Explore nature in Dana Nature Reserve

Today our journey takes us to Dana Nature Reserve, Jordan’s largest reserve that covers a system of wadi’s running down to Wadi Araba and is home to wildlife, jaw-dropping landscapes, and thousands of years of history. It is definitely a must for all nature lovers and it gives you a unique insight into the ecology and geology of the area by our 2 hours guided tour.

Day 9 – Snorkeling in Aqaba

You can enjoy beach holiday by swimming, sunbathing in one of the greatest hotels in Aqaba. At the same time we provide you the possibility to attend a boat snorkeling trip with a professional snorkeling guide and have sumptuous BBQ lunch on board. Overnight in Aqaba.

Day 10 – Transfer to airport