08 Days History tour itinerary for jordan: Follow In The Footsteps Of Lawrence Of Arabia
Amman, Aqaba, Petra, Wadi Rum, Dead Sea (Jordan), Jerash, Madaba, Ajloun
Explore the echoing formations of the Wadi Rum desert and sleep under the stars. Experience the amazing Jordanian culture, visit the famous ancient ruins of Jerash, bathe in the Dead Sea and discover the lost city of Petra. Drive to Aqaba, Jordon’s only seaport city. Also, make a trip to the Crusader Castle of Kerak: the spot where Moses looked out onto the promised land.
Queen Alia Airport - Amman
Begin your amazing trip to the land of mesmerizing beauty by arriving at Queen Alia Airport. A representative will be waiting after Immigration and Customs to assist and escort you to your hotel. As the capital of Jordan, Amman is a fascinating city of contrasts, a unique blend of old and new, ideally situated on a hilly area between the desert and the fertile Jordan Valley. Amman offers plenty of lively nightlife, with everything from cultural to traditional Arabic entertainment, modern restaurants and night clubs.
No activities or meals are included on your first day. However, if you arrive early, there are a few excursions around Amman you may be interested in.
Amman - Jerash - Ajloun - Amman
Exciting guided tour of the spectacular Greco – Roman city of Jerash and the Crusaders Castle of Ajlun.
Visit the Crusaders Castel of Ajloun: In north Amman, Ajlun has several sights to see, including the towering Arab Islamic Castle.
Later, you will visit the ancient Greco Roman city of Jerash:
After visiting Ajlun, head east to visit the spectacular sight of the ancient Greco Roman city of Jerash. The guide will escort you through this amazing site and impress you with facts of Jerash. This well-preserved site is 2000 years old, yet the ruins are in excellent shape. It was hidden for centuries in the sand before being excavated and restored over the past 70 years.
Spend the remainder of the day at leisure: Consider a stroll in downtown, or relax at a coffee shop and mingle with the locals, or have nice Jordanian dinner in one of the local restaurants.
Amman – Baptism Site - Dead Sea – Wadi Musa (Petra)
Drive to the lowest point on earth and Bethany in the Dead Sea.
Morning drive to the ancient baptism site of John the Baptist.
After breakfast and check out, head west to Amman towards the Dead Sea.
En-route, stop at the ancient baptism site of John the Baptist. This site wad lost for several centuries and was recently discovered and now is home to hundreds of thousands of visitors annually from all different denominations and faiths who seek the divine blessings of this holy site.
Continue to the Dead Sea where you will spend a half-day at the beach.
Head south to Wadi Musa city where ancient Petra is located and you will stay for 2 nights.
Overnight stay in Petra.
Petra Tour - Petra
After breakfast, your guide will escort you to the most exciting historical place in Jordan. Petra became one of the Seven Wonders of the World. It is a spectacular rose–stone city built by the Nabataeans who carved palaces, tombs, temples and storerooms from the rocky cliffs. You will approach Petra through an incredible narrow long path called the Siq. Your tour guide will point out different carvings that represent the culture of the Nabataeans.
Catch a glimpse of the amazing structure carved in the mountain until you stand in front of the beautiful treasury at the end of the Siq.
Continue through the site, to other interesting places which include impressive rock-cut tombs, temples and the amphitheatre.
Explore the rest of the site at your own pace but there is a monument that should not be missed. Located on top of the hill, on the far side of Petra, this site is a challenging but highly rewarding walk up the steps to the stunning Monastery (approx 1 hr) where you can appreciate the breath-taking views from the top of the cliff.
Reward yourself after a long day with nice spa treatments in one of the Turkish baths in Petra.
Wadi Musa (Petra) - Little Petra –Wadi Rum Jeep Tour - Wadi Rum
Visit the ancient village of Petra.
Proceed for a short drive to Beidha and explore little Petra: This morning after checkout, you will head to little Petra. The walk through this ancient city is breathtaking and helps remind you again of the capabilities and sense of community these ancient peoples shared.
Enjoy the magnificent desert of Wadi Rum and drive through the extraordinary scenery of Wadi Rum, one of the most beautiful sand dune deserts in the Middle East.
Spend the remainder of the day at Wadi Rum and sleep in a simple desert camp with a choice of sleeping under goat hair tents or under the stars. The tents include mattresses and blankets. The conditions at the desert camp are usually basic but you will find toilet facilities. Also, dinner will be included and is a wonderful part of the desert camping experience.
Jeep Safari tour optional.
Wadi Rum – Aqaba Free day - Aqaba
After breakfast, continue your exploration of Jordan and drive to the Red Sea port of Aqaba. As the Red Sea resort for Jordan, it is a free zone area and major trading port. Aqaba is a great gateway in winter for tourists and Jordanians alike.
Check-in at your hotel.
The remainder of the day is at your leisure. As Aqaba is the only free zone area in Jordan, you may think of shopping for some souvenirs and as a way to interact with the locals.
Aqaba – KarakCastle -Madaba - Mount Nebo - Amman
Continue to Mt. Nebo and enjoy a spectacular view of the Promised Land.
After breakfast, head back for your last night to Amman, the capital of Jordan. Along the way to Amman, stop and visit a few interesting and important sights from the history of Jordan.
Halt at the fort town of Kerak to visit the Castle of Kerak. The castle was built by the orders of King Fulk, the crusader king of Jerusalem and became the headquarters of the pagans. Built on a hill to dominate the town, it was only in Crusader's hands for 46 years when Saladin’s army occupied the town, dominated the castle, converting it to Islam.
Proceed towards the city of Madaba. En-route stop for your second spectacular visit to Mt.Nebo, where there is a church that has well-preserved mosaics situated among beautiful scenery. The most impressive part of this visit is the breathtaking view from the top of the mountain; the spot where Moses looked out onto the promised land.
Marvel at mosaic masterpieces from the 5th to the 7th century scattered throughout Madaba’s churches and homes.
Overnight stay in Amman.
Amman - Queen Alia Airport (Departure)
After breakfast make the most of your day as you explore the city street by yourself and later prepare for your departure.
Guiding tour service ends here.
Meet & assist service upon arrival & departure
Jordan Visa Fees(Free Visa passport details must be provided in advance)
All transfers by brand-new vehicle with English Speaking driver (assistant driver)
Entrance fees to all sites & sightseeing listed in the itinerary
Entrance fees to Amman Beach/Oh Beach Resort at the Dead Sea with Lunch
English Speaking Guide in Petra for 3 hrs
English Speaking Guide in Jerash for 1.30 hr
Jeep tour in Wadi Rum for 3 hrs approx. with English Speaking Bedouin who is your driver
03 nights Amman including breakfast
02 nights Petra including breakfast
01 night Aqaba including breakfast
01 Overnight camping in Wadi Rum with BBQ Dinner & Breakfast
Mineral Water in the vehicle
All Taxes & Service charges applied for the services listed under "Rate Includes"
All Kinds of tips for the guides & the driver
Entry fees to places covered by the Jordan pass
Travel Insurance & Personal expenses
Dinners & Lunches not listed under "Rate Includes"
If you want, you can upgrade your accommodation to stay in 4/5* hotels.
4 Star Hotels + Standard Lux Tent
Per person Supplement - $ 350
Single Supplement - $ 390
5 Star Hotels + Stargazing Tent
Per person Supplement - Upon Request
Single Supplement - Upon Request
Rate starts from $ 840 USD for this package - 8 Day 7 Night Jordan Tour (CT-JHT-015).
The history of Ajloun Castle made it one of the most important attractions of the Middle East. The castle was built by Saladin’s General in 1184 AD to protect and control the iron mines of Ajlun. It dominated the main routes of the Crusaders in the Jordan valley and protected the trade routes of Jordan. The castle is a fine example of Islamic architecture and dominates a wide stretch of the northern Jordan valley. It was built 1250 meter above the city on top of a hill. The view from the top of the castle is breathtaking and, during a clear day, you can see as far as the Dead Sea.
Jerash reveals a great example of the extensive and formal Roman urbanization that can be found throughout the Middle East. The city is comprised of paved and collonaded streets, soaring hilltop temples, beautiful theatres, spacious public squares, baths, fountains and city walls pierced by towers and gates.
The Dead Sea is the lowest elevation on dry land on the Earth’s surface. The surface and shores are 422 meters (1,385 ft) below sea level and, because of that, it is the lowest point on earth. Famous for its salinity (over ten times that of the Mediterranean Sea), the Dead Sea is said to be home to the first health retreat. The extreme salt content means no life can survive in the sea. You will enjoy an afternoon at the Dead Sea beach and be able to float and enjoy the natural therapy by rubbing yourself with mud from the Dead Sea.
Baptism site of John the Baptist - Jesus came to be baptized over 2000 years ago by John and it was at this very spot that history was made and where for centuries hearts yearning for Divine Grace found untold blessings.
Please note a lot of walking is required to see all the sites and viewpoints of Petra. There is a restaurant for lunch at the site and small cafes for drinks.
Al Beidha or Little Petra is only a few kilometres from Petra and it is literally hidden away in the center of a mountain. It is believed that Little Petra was an important suburb of Petra, the entry and exit point for the trade routes to the north and north-west. The site contains buildings that have been carved into the sandstone, used as residences, storages and tombs, with water channels and cisterns. The stone is whiter than the heavy rose colour of Petra.
Wadi Rum is isolated and the only inhabitants living in this area are the Bedouin people. It was home to T.E. Lawrence during the Arab Revolt against the Ottomans in World War I.
Jeep Safari Tour: The best way to explore the beauty of Wadi Rum desert is the jeep safari. This excursion is not included in the tour and is optional. Wadi Rum is full of beautiful rock formations and traces of ancient civilization carved in the mountains. The 2-hour safari, a definite trip highlight, will give you a chance to see some of the most beautiful and sublime desert scenery on the planet.
Free day to enjoy Aqaba: There are many ways that you could spend a beautiful day in Aqaba, which is famous for its beaches and nice snorkelling spots. There are many nice restaurants and cafe shops that serve local food.
The castle of Kerak played an important role in protecting the caravan route and pilgrimage. The castle itself has been partially restored and has endless passageways and rooms. It is an impressive insight into the architectural military genius of the Crusaders.
The historical town of Madaba is famous for its Ottoman-style houses and beautiful Byzantine-era mosaics, including the famous 6th-century mosaic map of Jerusalem and the Holy Land at St George’s Church. Other mosaic masterpieces found within the Church of the Virgin and the Apostles and in the Archaeological Museum depict a rampant profusion of flowers and plants, birds and fish, animals and exotic beasts, as well as scenes from mythology and everyday pursuits such as hunting, fishing and farming. If these interest you, you’ll be delighted to know that literally hundreds of other mosaics from the 5th to 7th centuries
Amman, Aqaba, Petra, Wadi Rum, Dead Sea (Jordan), Jerash, Madaba, Ajloun
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