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Start Amman. Those not travelling with the group from London will join us in the Amman hotel in the evening.
There is free time to relax this morning before heading south to the Dead Sea for a 'float' in the thick saline waters. We then head to Madaba where we spend the afternoon. Known as 'The City of Mosaics', Madaba is best known for its spectacular 6th century mosaic map of Jerusalem and the Holy Land.We will stop at Mt Nebo on the way, believed to be the spot where Moses was shown the 'promised land'. We return to our hotel in Amman for the evening.
Today we have a spectacular drive down the King's Highway, which winds its way up and down many 'wadis' (valleys). We stop en route at Kerak, a castle that was hugely important in Crusader times. We then head south to reach Jordan's premier historical site and one of the world's most outstanding ancient cities; Petra.
The whole day is spent at Petra, the 'Rose-red city, half as old as time', which was hidden for centuries until the Swiss explorer Burkhardt made his great discovery in 1812. Petra was founded by the Nabateans, an Arab tribe which arrived here in the 6th century BC and is an incredible site to explore. Building at Petra began in the 3rd century BC and continued through the Roman period, financed by taxes levied on the desert caravans. Two features of Petra are unique: firstly, it is a city made defensible by being built down a series of chasms, rather than on a hilltop. Secondly, it is built directly into the rock - beautiful red and yellow sandstone carved into the most impressive facades which glow in the brilliant sunlight. To enter mystical Petra we must begin by walking down the Siq, the narrow chasm providing the only entrance to the city, and come out directly in front of iconic El Khazneh, the Treasury. Please note that although we suggest you walk to the Siq, the short journey on horseback is included in your Petra entrance ticket. However, we do not recommend this as we cannot guarantee safety and you will be expected to tip the horse handler; please speak to your leader about this in advance. Continuing to the centre of the city, we pass the houses and tombs of the rich citizens and the amphitheatre. A long walk beyond the centre is El Deir, the Monastery, with its superb façade topped by a huge urn (the walk up is by a series of steps). You will have an informative guided tour providing background and historical information about this incredible site and some time for independent exploration.
We now join the modern desert highway and make our way to Wadi Rum, a stretch of beautiful sand and rock desert. This is where Lawrence of Arabia and Prince Faisal assembled the Arab tribes for the attack on Aqaba in the First World War and also where sections of the film of 'Lawrence of Arabia' were shot. We take a 4x4 excursion to explore the protected desert area before returning to our private camp, located near the small village of Disseh, where we enjoy traditional Bedouin hospitality and may have the chance to sleep out under the stars.
Beyond Wadi Rum, the road drops sharply through dramatic scenery to Aqaba, Jordan's port and holiday resort, famous for some of the most beautiful coral reefs to be found anywhere in the world. Over the next two days we have time to lounge on the beach, swim, go snorkelling around the coral or relax by the pool in the hotel. There are several good restaurants in Aqaba for evening meals too. Your leader will be able to advise you on which are the best private beaches to visit as the public beaches generally do not have as many facilities.
Free day in Aqaba.
Today we drive back to Amman. It is a fairly long drive, but for those with enough energy it is possible to take a taxi from Amman to explore Jerash, one of the ten wealthy, self-governing cities of the Decapolis or visit the Bethany-Beyond the Jordan, where Jesus was said to have been baptized.
7 nights comfortable hotels all en suite, 1 night private camp with running water and plumbed WC
Travel by air-conditioned minibus and 4x4 jeep
Flights direct with Royal Jordanian
Whilst staying in hotels breakfast is included in the tour cost as are lunch and an evening meal in Wadi Rum. No other meals are included. Whilst staying in hotels we usually eat in local restaurants and on some occasions the leader will take those who wish to a restaurant for a 'mezze' style meal. These allow fast service with a variety of good quality food for the group and usually cost JOD10-15 pp. Allow about GBP200-250 (approx. . USD320-400) to cover these meals (obviously this will be less for children). If you are vegetarian, please note that main meals are limited in choice; however, mezze is almost always available in restaurants and is a good, filling choice. There is also a good choice of seafood available when at the Red Sea.
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