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Petra

Petra Jordan

Description

A land of contrasts, the intriguing destination of Jordan mystifies from the start. It's a place best known for images of the entrance to the city of Petra made famous in near-endless documentaries and well-known Hollywood blockbusters like Indiana Jones. Beyond Petra, Jordan's natural treasures simply amazes travelers...from its mineral rich Red Sea, to its desert, and the Jordan Valley. Here you will journey to one of the best-preserved Roman settlements of Jerash. Then tour Ajloun Castle overlooking the West Bank. In Amman you can choose among a variety of exciting optional excursions or explore on your own. Next you will visit Madaba and the Church of St. George and step on Mt. Nebo, the site where Moses was to have seen the "Promised Land." Continue on to Dana for free time at the Dana Guesthouse lounge that overlooks the valley and mountains then delve into the village on a locally guided tour. Petra awaits your exploration as you continue along your adventure in Jordan. This remarkable ancient settlement was once an important intersection for trade routes that linked East and West. Petra was founded in 200 B.C. by the Nabataean, an ancient people responsible for the valley's most impressive monument, Al- Khazneh. If you opt to enter Petra by horseback you will commence your full-day exploration at Al-Khazneh, the massive facade carved out of rocks that face a narrow gorge at city's entryway. Optional excursions can take you to delve deeper into the culture with a cooking class or a Turkish bath experience. Further along, your journey takes you to Wadi Rum for a jeep tour of the desert, terrain that served as the background of the famous 1962 film Lawrence of Arabia. You hotel near the Dead Sea beckons with time at leisure to soak in the mineral leaden waters. More time for exploring and unique experiences is yours for the taking with options including a meandering camel ride or authentic Bedouin tea experience. The riches of Jordan await on STI by Central Holidays' Taste of Jordan vacation package.


Itinerary

Day 1 - AMMAN

Transfer from the Amman Airport to your hotel.

Day 2 - AMMAN/JERASH/AJLOUN/AMMAN

Journey north to Jerash, a town that is considered one of the finest preserved Roman provincial settlements. Then, overlooking the West Bank, tour Ajloun Castle, an enormous fortress built by a general of Saladin from 1184-1185 to control local iron mines. Enjoy an optional authentic cooking and dining experience at Beit Sitti, a culinary school whose name translates to ''my grandmother's house'', or join a walking tour through the old market of Amman. (B)

Day 3 - AMMAN/MADABA/MT. NEBO/DANA/PETRA

Depart from Amman for Petra via Kings Highway. On this history-laced route, visit Madaba and the Church of St. George. Stand on Mt. Nebo, the site where Moses was to have seen the Promised Land and his believed burial place. Soak in the expansive views over Jordan Valley; on a clear day, you can see as far as Jericho and Jerusalem. Continue on to Dana for free time at the Dana Guesthouse lounge that overlooks the valley and mountains before beginning a two hour tour of the village with a local guide. Continue on to Petra for the evening. (B)

Day 4 - PETRA

Once an important intersection for trade routes that linked East and West, Petra was founded in 200 B.C. by the Nabataean, an ancient people responsible for the valley's most arresting monument - Al- Khazneh (Treasury). Chose to enter Petra by horseback and being your full day tour at Al-Khazneh, the massive facade carved out of rose-hued rocks that face Siq, a narrow gorge at the entrance to the city. Then try your hand preparing a regional meal during an optional cooking and dining experience at Petra Kitchen. Today you can also choose to partake in an optional Turkish bath. (B)

Day 5 - PETRA/WADI RUM/DEAD SEA

Travel south from Petra to Wadi Rum for a jeep tour of the desert. In this isolation region, the land is mostly void of human settlements though the pounding winds have etched away the cliffs to form natural skyscrapers as tall as 5,742 feet. This terrain served as the background of the famous 1962 film Lawrence of Arabia. Continue to your hotel near the Dead Sea for leisure time - perhaps take a swim at the lowest point on Earth and enjoy the nutrient-rich benefits that are bottled by the beauty industry. Today you can also choose to participant in an optional camel ride or authentic Bedouin tea experience. (B)

Day 6 - AMMAN TO USA (OR EXTEND YOUR STAY)

Transfer from the Dead Sea area to the Amman Airport for your departure. (B)

Print A Taste of Jordan details

Includes

  • Arrival and departure transfers
  • Hotel accommodation for 5 nights
  • Daily breakfast
  • Transportation by modern air-conditioned coaches or car
  • Water onboard vehicles
  • Sightseeing, including local guide/driver and all entrance fees as follows:
    - Visit Jerash and Ajloun Castle
    - Visit Madaba and Mt. Nebo
    - Full day tour of Petra
    - 2 hour jeep tour in Wadi Rum
  • Baggage handling
  • Hotel taxes
  • Document holder and luggage tags
  • Map and visitors guide per person

Hotels

Petra

Marriott Petra Hotel| hotels in Petra Jordan

Marriott Petra Hotel

2 Nights / Deluxe
Petra Marriott Hotel offers comfort, luxury, and spacious rooms, most of them with spectacular views of the Petra Valley...

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Petra Panorama| hotels in Petra Jordan

Petra Panorama

2 Nights / First Class
Petra Panorama Hotel, ideally located overlooking the breath-taking rocky mountains of Petra, and has 130 rooms includ...

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Amman

Le Meridien Amman| hotels in Amman Jordan

Le Meridien Amman

2 Nights / Deluxe
Set in the heart of Jordan's capital city, Le Meridien Amman is located in the centre of Amman`s Shmeisani commerc...

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Amman Cham Palace| hotels in Amman Jordan

Amman Cham Palace

2 Nights / First Class
Amman, the capital of Jordan, is a fascinating city of contrasts - a unique blend of old and new,ideally situated on a h...

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Dead Sea

Dead Sea Spa Hotel| hotels in Dead Sea Jordan

Dead Sea Spa Hotel

1 Nights / First Class
All the 100 Guest rooms feature Air conditioning, central heating, Electricity 220v Cycles-50Hz, Plug adapters, Mini b...

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Jordan Valley Marriott Resort & Spa| hotels in Dead Sea Jordan

Jordan Valley Marriott Resort & Spa

1 Nights / Deluxe
The Jordan Valley Marriott Resort & Spa is tucked between the mountains and the Dead Sea near ancient, sacred site...

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Excludes

      • Airfare is not included: Call for Rates
      • Airport taxes & Fuel Surcharges 
      • Visa upon arrival (and upon re-entry) 
      • Tips and Personal items 
      • Travel Insurance 
      • Listed optional Tours are not included in the program prices

Notes

    Optional Tours: Beit Sitti dinner $105, Turkish bath $45, Bedouin tea experience $25, Camel ride (2 hours), Petra by night $26 (Mon, Wed, Thu only)
    Minimum of two passengers required to operate the tour.
    Price is person based on double occupancy.a
    Holiday supplements will apply.

Departures & Rates

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