06 days and 05 nights
Visit Jordan’s oldest places in 6 days. Explore Gadara, Jerash, Ajloun, Jabal l Weibdeh, Abdali, As-Salt Harmony Trail, Madaba, Petra.
Arrival at Amman airport. Handling of border formalities and transfer to the hotel in Amman with local assistant. Dinner & overnight.
Breakfast. drive north to visit Site of the famous miracle of the Gadarene swine, Gadara was renowned in its time as a cultural centre. It was the home of several classical poets and philosophers, including Theodorus, founder of a rhetorical school in Rome, and was once called “a new Athens” by a poet. Perched on a splendid hilltop overlooking the Jordan Valley and the Sea of Galilee, Gadara is known today as Umm Qays, and boasts an impressive colonnaded street, a vaulted terrace, and the ruins of two theatres. You can take in the sights and then dine on the terrace of a fine restaurant with a breathtaking view.
proceed to visit Jerash is an amazing blend of Greco-Roman and Oriental influences. A great place to visit during the spring with its beautiful rolling hills and lush greenery, Jerash has a rhythm not seen anywhere else in Jordan. Also, every year Jerash hosts the Jerash Festival of Culture and Arts, a three week summer program filled with folk dance, music, and theatrical performances. After that we will visit Ajloun, the marvels of nature and the genius of medieval Arab military architecture have given northern Jordan two of the most important ecological and historical attractions in the Middle East: the sprawling pine forests of the Ajlun-Dibbine area, and the towering Ayyubid castle at Ajlun, which helped to defeat the Crusaders eight centuries ago. Locals often take advantage of the green landscapes of Ajlun to take a break from city life and connect with nature. Then return to Amman, dinner & overnight.
Breakfast. visit Amman, the capital of Jordan, is a fascinating city of contrasts – a unique blend of old and new, situated on a hilly area between the desert and the fertile Jordan Valley. In the commercial heart of the city, ultra-modern buildings, hotels, smart restaurants, art galleries and boutiques rub shoulders comfortably with traditional coffee shops and tiny artisans' workshops. Amman’s neighborhoods are diverse and range in cultural and historical context from hustle and bustle of the downtown markets to the art galleries of Jabal Lweibdeh and the modern shopping district of Abdali. Then we will proceed to visit Salt, Get a feel of the interreligious harmony and coherence within the neighborhoods of As-Salt on the Harmony Trail. Reflected in the long-standing mosques and churches that reside together in peace, As-Salt is known for its sense of unity and community. While on the trail, keep an eye out for the Islamic and Christian symbols and inscriptions that are infused within the architecture of old homes and houses of worship.
The visitor stops at the beginning of the passageway with a unique view of the fallen oak forest on the one hand and on the cultivated pine forest on the other. During the walk, the visitor can see some annual plants such as hawthorn, Sweden, kandul, wild almond, and figs.
Then the trail will leads you to the viewpoint, which is 308 degree above sea level, where you take a rest and enjoy watching the Lake of Tiberias, Tur Mountains and Golan heights. The corridor is one of the evidence of previous civilizations, which contains water channels used in the Roman era, sections of rocks and caves, some military trenches, and an artillery point used in the sixties of the nineteenth century. Return to Amman for dinner & overnight.
Breakfast, then drive to explore Madaba: is located 30 kilometers south-west of the capital Amman. It is best known for its Byzantine and Umayyad mosaics, especially a large Byzantine-era mosaic map of The Holy Land. Madaba, one of the most spectacular churches around the world; ST. George church where you will find the Mosaic Map of Jerusalem painted on the floor of the church. Proceed to visit Mount Nebo, the place where Moses buried. You will be lucky if the sky is clear enough; you will have a wonderful view up from the mountain seeing the Jordan Valley, the Dead Sea, and Jericho in the other bank of the Jordan River. Continue towards the Kings' Road to visit Kerak, the capital of the biblical Kingdom of Maob. Perched atop a steep hill, Kerak is a predominantly Christian city, dominated by the largest and best-preserved Crusader castle in the region. A typical example of Crusader architecture, with Romanesque stone vaults, numerous corridors and strong doors. Proceed to your hotel in Petra for dinner & overnight.
Breakfast, explore Petra: There is no visit of Jordan will be complete without having seen the capital of the ancient Nabatean kingdom, Petra. The long-lost city of Petra, carved entirely by man into the rose-red sandstone rocks, puts your imagination to the test. Its aMystic and glorious place, an eternal tribute to a lost civilization. Petra was the central meeting point of the Nabatean spice routes which originated from the Persian Gulf, Western Arabia and the Red Sea. About two thousand years ago Petra became the capital of the Nabatean Empire. The city was so renowned that one of its kings, Aretas IV, is even mentioned in the Bible. The natural richness of the mountainous area combines in a superb way with the refined culture and massive architecture of the Nabateans, who carved their theatre, temples, façades, tombs, monasteries, houses roads entirely the rose-red sandstone rocks. No wonder UNESCO placed Petra on its World Heritage List one enters Petra by passing the Siq, a deep and narrow gorge, at the end of which all of a sudden dramatically appears the most famous monument in Petra: al-Khazneh or the Treasury. Maybe you will recognize it as the stage of the final sequence of the movie ‘Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade’. But the Treasury is just the start. Walking and climbing in Petra hundreds of buildings carved in stone and eroded through the centuries into fabulous multi- colored walls will be revealed to you. Transfer back to Amman, dinner and overnight.
Breakfast, transfer to the airport for departure.