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Magic Cultural Tour

 

Day 1:  QAIA – Amman

Arrive Queen Alia International Airport, meet & assist, Transfer to Amman Hotel for overnight.

 

Day 2:  Amman – City Tour – Desert Castles - Amman

City Tour of Amman; the Capital of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, first known as a Rabbath Ammoun in the Iron Age, and later as Philadelphia, one of several Greco-Roman cities in the urban confederation known as the Decapolis, and recently the «white City» because of the white stone used to build its’ houses, visiting the Roman Theatre, Citadel, Folklore & Archeological Museum, ending the visit with King’s Abudllah Mosque, Lunch at Windmill Restaurant. Proceed to visit Desert Castles, located in the eastern desert of the Kingdom, which offer the fresco art and zodiac dome of Qasr Amra baths; fortress-like enigmatic Qasr Karana; and the black basalt Roman/Medieval Islamic fort at Azraq. Overnight at Amman Hotel.

 

Day 3: Amman – Jerash – Ajloun – Um Qais - Amman

Heading to visit Jerash, the best-preserved example of Roman civilization, part of the Decapolis (the ten big Roman cities of the East) has been called the Pompeii of the East for its unique state of preservation. Featuring theatres, churches, temples (Zeus and Artemis), a Nymphaeum and colonnaded streets.  Lunch at Jerash Resthouse. Proceed to Visit  Ajloun, the 12th Century Castle which was built by Saladin in his successful campaign to drive the Crusaders from Jordan in 1189 and is an outstanding example of Arab/Islamic military architecture, to Um Qais, the most dramatically situated of the Decapolis cities, through exploring its’ fascinating ruins, the stunning black basalt theatre, the colonnaded main street, and the city’s gate, among others, enjoying spectacular views of the Jordan Valley, the sea of Galilee, and the Golan Heights. In addition to a charming museum in a restored Othman house. Overnight at Amman Hotel.

 

Day 4: Amman – Madaba – Mt. Nebo – Kerak - Petra

Kings’ road to visit the Mosaic city of Madaba, where the oldest map of the Holy Land exists on the floor of Saint George’s Church. The city itself features many famous mosaics that exist in public and private buildings. Mt. Nebo, the alleged burial site of Moses overlooking the Jordan Valley and the Dead Sea. Here Franciscans have built a structure that protects a 4th and 6th Century Byzantine church, via Wadi Mujeb to Kerak distinguished by its fine crusader castle built in the 12th century on the remains of earlier citadels, which date back to Nabatean times. There is a small but interesting museum in the castle, which is one of the finest of its type surviving today. Lunch at King’s Castle Restaurant. Continue to Petra Hotel for overnight.

 

Day 5:  Petra Visit - Petra

Full day visit of Petra, a city that was carved into the rose-red Sharah Mountains by the Nabateans and lost to Civilization until re-discovered by the Swiss Burkhardt. Walk through the Siq, a narrow and winding fissure between the cliffs, to reach the Treasury, the Roman Theater, the Courts, Qasr Bint Pharaoun, Temple of the Winged Lion and other monuments.  Lunch at Basin Restaurant. Overnight at Petra Hotel.

 

 

Day 6:  Petra – Little Petra & Beidah – Wadi Rum

Fifteen minutes drive from Petra to Little Petra & Beidah, walk through 8,000 year old excavated Stone Age village sat Beidah and Basta, wander among the ruins of settlements of the biblical Edomites, to explore the sprawling remains of the Roman legionary fortress at Udruh, Continue to Wadi Rum Desert and its awesome moon-like landscape, where the film “Lawrence of Arabia” was shot, after lunch at the Resthouse, the Jeeps will be ready to start a 3-Hour tour in 4x4 Vehicles. Overnight at the Camp.

 

Day 7: Wadi Rum – Bethany – Dead Sea

Via Araba road to visit Bethany; Baptism site area in front of Jericho has been identified as the place where Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist for almost two thousand years, the amazing discoveries made since 1996 between Jordan and Tall al-Kharrar confirm that this place is the 'Bethany beyond the Jordan, from the Bible or John lived when he baptized Jesus. Discoveries of which was dated the 1st century AD can be concluded that the site was live time of Jesus and John the Baptist. Being the only place in the Holy Land affected by Abraham, Jacob, Moses, Joshua, Elijah, Elisha, John the Baptist and Jesus Christ, proceed to Dead Sea Hotel for leisurely afternoon and overnight.

 

Day 8: Dead Sea - QAIA

Transfer from Dead Sea Hotel to Queen Alia International Airport for departure.