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Duration: 9 Days | Departs Daily
Location: Middle East: Amman | Dead Sea
Price: From $2,875* pp twin share Adult

  • JordanFor many people Jordan begins and ends with the magical ancient Nabataean city of Petra. And while Petra is without a doubt one of Arabia’s most spectacular and unmissable sites, there’s so much more to see in Jordan.

    Ruined Roman cities, Crusader castles, desert citadels and powerful biblical sites; many people and civilisations have left their mark on Jordan, making it a country of great diversity and one of the jewels of Arabia that has captivated travellers since ancient times.

    Explore Jordan’s amazing sites including an overnight at Dana Reserve, one of Jordan’s hidden gems and float in the Dead Sea, the lowest point on the face of the earth. Interact with local Jordanians who are exceptionally hospitable.

    With cultural and natural wonders waiting to be discovered, this is the perfect trip for those who want to experience a different side of Jordan.

    • Day 1: Amman

      On arrival, transfer to your hotel. The remainder of the day is at your leisure. 
    • Day 2: Amman

      Explore Amman on foot on a walking trip of the city. Visit the downtown area of Amman, the imposing Roman Theatre, the Citadel, situated on the highest hill in Amman, and the cultural and arts hub that is Rainbow Street. Along the way, stop by falafel vendors to sample some tasty Levantine cuisine.

      This evening, visit Beit Sitti, located in one of Jordan’s oldest neighbourhoods, offering a cooking and dining experience. Learn how to make an original Arabic dish from scratch and then dine on a balcony overlooking the citadel and old Amman.

      Breakfast/ Dinner Included.

    • Day 3: Amman – Jerash – Umm Qais – Amman

       Today visit the Greco-Roman city of Jerash, widely regarded as the best-preserved city of the Decapolis and sometimes known as the Pompeii of the East. It boasts an unbroken chain of occupation dating back 6,500 years.

      Continue to Umm Qais, an ancient cultural city perched on a splendid hilltop overlooking the Jordan Valley and the Sea of Galilee. It was renowned in its time as a cultural centre and was the home of several classical poets and philosophers.

      Breakfast Included.  

    • Day 4: Amman – Dana Reserve

      Drive to the mosaic city of Madaba, where the oldest map of the Holy Land exists on the floor of Saint George’s Church. Visit the Mosaic School of Madaba, which operates under the patronage of the Ministry of Tourism.

      The only project of its kind in the Middle East, the school trains artisans in the art of making, repairing and restoring mosaics. Continue to Mt. Nebo, the alleged burial site of Moses overlooking the Jordan Valley and the Dead Sea. Proceed to Dana Biosphere Reserve which is Jordan’slargest nature reserve, covering some 320km2 of rugged and beautiful landscape along the face of the Great Rift Valley.

      Breakfast/Dinner Included.  

    • Day 5: Dana Reserve – Petra

      This morning enjoy a two hour hike and see mountain ridges, rising from the 1,500m high plateau near Quadesiyya to the desert plains of Wadi Araba. Continue onto Petra.

      This evening experience a cooking lesson at Petra Kitchens. Located just up the road from the entrance to the Rose City, Petra Kitchens is a locally managed business, staffed by local Jordanians offering a hands-on approach to the preparation of an Arabic repast. After the lesson, enjoy the fruits of your labour.

      Breakfast/ Dinner Included.  

    • Day 6: Petra

      Today visit the “rose-red” city of Petra. Although much has been written about Petra, nothing prepares you for this amazing place. It has to be seen to be believed. More than 2,000 years ago Petra was used as a temporary refuge by nomadic Nabataean Arabs – Bedouins – who came north out of Arabia. Starting with only a few caves, they carved the sandstone to create this spectacular and awe inspiring fortress city.

      They turned it into a junction for the silk, spice and other trade routes that linked China, India and southern Arabia with Egypt, Syria, Greece and Rome. The whole day is yours to spend exploring this impressive city but make sure you arrive early in the morning when the sun highlights the amazing natural colours of the rocks. Enjoy lunch at the Basin Restaurant located inside the city. This evening return to see the Siq and the Treasury lit by the flickering flames of more than 2,000 candles whilst enjoying tea and listening to the Bedouins play their traditional music.

      Breakfast/ Lunch Included.

    • Day 7: Petra – Wadi Rum – Dead Sea

      Head to Lawrence of Arabia’s Wadi Rum to enjoy a 1.5 hour drive in a typical 4×4 Bedouin jeep where the spectacular landscape is dotted with sand dunes, high mountains and wadis.

      Visit several notable sites, including the Seven Pillars of Wisdom, Lawrence’s Creek, Burdah Bridge rock and more. You will have the opportunity to enjoy an optional camel ride. Round off your day by sharing tea with the local Bedouins before continuing on to the Dead Sea.

      Breakfast Included.

    • Day 8: Dead Sea

       Today you will have the day at your leisure to enjoy the Dead Sea and its curative salty waters or you may choose to visit Mujib Reserve and enjoy one of the hikes which can be organised at the time of your visit.

      Breakfast Included.

    • Day 9: Dead Sea – Amman

      Transfer to the airport for your departure flight.

      Breakfast Included.  

  • Included:

    • 8 nights accommodation
    • Meals as per itinerary
    • Sightseeing with entrance fees
    • Local guides in Petra and Jerash only
    • Private vehicle transportation with local English speaking driver

     

    Highlights:

    • Immersing yourself with local Jordanians
    • The wilderness of Dana Nature Reserve
    • Rejuvenate at the Dead Sea
    • Petra, Jordan’s valuable treasure

     

    Not Included:

    • International Airfares
    • Visa, personal expenses
    • Gratuities
    • Departure taxes.

    *Ask Fine Travel for the best available international airfares

     

  • *TERMS & CONDITIONS

    All prices are quoted in NZD (unless otherwise stated), per person, twin share (unless otherwise stated) & are correct as at 01 May 2014. Single supplement and child costs supplied on request. Offers are subject to availability & can change without notification due to fluctuations in charges & currency. Valid for sale until sale date specified with each deal. Valid for travel in low season, unless specified. A deposit must be paid at time of booking & full payment must be received by Book by date where a date is specified. Credit Card surcharges apply. For full terms and conditions please contact Fine Travel on 0800 000 3463. Have a Fine Holiday! (REF: AW)