Petra (Treasury)

The Red Sea, Dead Sea and fascinating Petra.... Lively modern cities rubbing shoulders with ancient streets, castle keeps that have kept their looks since the Crusades; Jordan is every traveller's Holy Grail.

The ayyubid castle of Ajloun in northern Jordan, built in the 12th century.

Why Go?

  • A delightful journey through ancient history 
  • View the oldest map of the Holy Land in Madaba 
  • Mt Nebo; the alleged burial site of Moses
  • UNESCO World Heritage site of Petra
  • Jeep excursion in the Wadi Rum Desert
  • Float effortlessly in the Dead Sea
  • Encounter ancient ruins in Jerash

Itinerary

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A land of ancient cities, friendly people and landscapes that are out of this world! Evening arrival with check-in.

  • Accommodation 3* Toledo Amman Hotel
  • MEALS No meals included

Once the capital of the Hashemite Kingdom, Amman is now a contemporary and busy energetic city. Recently known as the ‘White City’ due to the white stone used, today our guided tour explores the incredible 1900 year old Roman Amphitheatre, the Folklore & Archaeological Museum, Jordan Museum, and one of the world’s oldest inhabited areas standing on the highest hill in downtown Amman; the Citadel. We then move on to Al Salt City. Tightly built on a cluster of three hills, the splendid yellow sandstone buildings incorporate a variety of styles. The most beautiful is the Abu Jaber mansion with its painted fresco ceilings built between 1892 and 1906. 

  • Accommodation 3* Toledo Amman Hotel
  • MEALS Breakfast & Dinner included

Today we take the King’s road travelling to the 'City of Mosaics'; Madaba. Famous for its beautiful mosaics in the public and private buildings, we view St. George's Orthodox Church which houses a two-million piece jigsaw of the oldest map of the Holyland depicting Jerusalem and other centres of pilgrimage. We continue on to Mt Nebo, the alleged final resting place of Moses overlooking the Jordan Valley and the Dead Sea. It’s then on to Kerak before stopping at Shobak Castle. Built in 1115 by King Baldwin I of Jerusalem it was used to guard the road from Egypt to Damascus.

  • Accommodation 4* The Old Village Hotel
  • MEALS Breakfast & Dinner included

A full day at this exquisit city carved into the rose-red sandstone of the Sharah Mountains by the Nabateans. Once lost to civilisation, we can walk along the Siq, a narrow gorge that pierces through cliffs to the dramatic Treasury. Explore the Roman Theatre, the Courts, Qasr Bint Pharoaun as well the Temple of the Winged Lion. As the sun sets, it's easy to imagine caravans laden with incense, silk and spices kicking up the dust as they creep over the horizon. 

  • Accommodation 4* The Old Village Hotel
  • MEALS Breakfast & Dinner included

Today takes us to Little Petra & Beidah where we can walk through the 8000 year old excavated stone ages villages and the as well as the ruins of settlements of the biblical Edomites and the Roman legiondary fortress at Udruh. After this we continue on to the Wadi Rum Desert. It is here the dramatic ‘Lawrence of Arabia’ was filmed and with it’s breathtaking moon-like landscape, we take a tour in 4x4 vehicles. 

  • Accommodation Wadi Rum Night Camp – Luxury Tent
  • MEALS Breakfast & Dinner included

Leaving the desert we head for the Sea; the Dead Sea. With its’ year-round sunny skies and dry air, the Dead Sea is is about 422 meters below sea level and one of the world's saltiest bodies of water. Well-known for its mineral-rich mud and waters, boasting health properties. we spend a leisurely afternoon swimming at Dead Sea Spa Hotel before continuing to Iraq Al Amir; the Hellenistic ruins of Qaser El-Abd. Consisting of an enormous palace, it is thought to been built by Hyrcanus of the powerful Tobiad family during the 2nd century AD.

  • Accommodation 3* Toledo Amman Hotel
  • MEALS Breakfast & Dinner included

On our final day we visit the Graeco-Roman city of Jerash, hidden under desert sands until its excavation 70 years ago. The result is one of the best preserved cities of its kind. Our tour features, churches, theatres, temples and colonnaded streets. We finish at the 12th Century Ajloun Castle; an exceptional example of Arab military architecture. It was built in 1184AD by Saladin in his campaign to drive the Crusades out of Jordan.

  • Accommodation 3* Toledo Amman Hotel
  • MEALS Breakfast & Dinner included

Transfer early this morning to the airport for your flight home.

  • Accommodation
  • MEALS No meals included
TIME DIFFERENCE

GMT + 2 hours

APPROX. FLIGHT TIME

5 hours 

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Useful Information

Hotels

We stay in comfortable hotels throughout the tour.

Transfer Time

The transfer time from Amman Airport to the hotel is approximately 40 minutes depending on traffic.

Optional Excursions

Our tours are planned to be as fully inclusive as possible. However, from time-to-time your Solos Tour Leader or Local Guide may suggest optional tours/sightseeing in addition to the standard sightseeing planned for that city. Such options are at an additional cost (payable in local currency). If you do not wish to take part in any optional extras, you will have the option of enjoying some free time at leisure or to return to the hotel.

Petra by night - USD25.00 

Dress Code

During the day when sightseeing, we recommend casual, lightweight cotton clothing, that covers the shoulders and knees (both men and women). You will find that smart casual wear is acceptable, even in the best hotels during the evening. We would recommend an umbrella or hat for protection against the sun. Comfortable shoes are a “must” for sightseeing. From time to time, your guide will advise you about observing local customs. On certain occasions it will be necessary to remove your shoes to enter temples so easily removable footwear (eg. trekking sandals) is recommended. Women are advised not to wear shorts or dresses that are too revealing as this can attract unwelcome attention in the streets of Moslem towns - loose fitting trousers or slacks are ideal. Women should also cover their head and shoulders when entering a mosque and men should wear long trousers.

For the latest Foreign Office Travel Advice to Jordan see here

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Depart Return Nights Age Group Price COMMENTS  
30 Mar 2019 06 Apr 2019 7 All Ages £ 1989 BOOK

What's included:

  • Scheduled return flights London Heathrow/Amman with British Airways & transfers
  • Airport taxes & charges
  • Twin/double room for single use with private facilities
  • Welcome drink & information meeting
  • Guided Amman city tour
  • Visit of Al Salt City
  • Visit to Madaba & Mount Nebo
  • Photo stop at Kerak, visit to Kerak & Shobak Castles
  • Guided Petra city tour
  • Visit of Little Petra & Beidah
  • 4x4 jeep excursion in Wadi Rum Desert
  • Dead Sea visit, with swimming
  • Tour of Iraq Al Amir; Hellenistic ruins
  • Tour of Jerash & Ajloun Castle
  • Jordanian group visa on arrival, when arriving on group flight
  • Accompanying Solos Tour Leader
  • Solos Board: Breakfast daily & 6 dinners

What’s extra:

  • Flight upgrades (World Traveller Plus) from £165 one way
  • Insurance see here

Optional excursions*:

  • Petra by Night *Any excursions bookable in resort are subject to availability

 

NB:

  • A reasonable level of fitness/mobility is required as we include plenty of sightseeing/travelling, sometimes with early starts. Please refer to Medical Conditions in Important Information.

 

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