• Delve into the rich layers of Jordan’s history, from the grand colonnades of Rome to the castles of the crusaders
• Marvel at the awe-inspiring stronghold of Petra, carved from rock by the Nabataeans more than 2000 years ago
• Journey through the desert landscape of western Arabia, discovering the prehistoric rock engravings of Wadi Rum
BA, BD, FSAScot
specialist in archaeology and ancient history
Depart London Heathrow 1705 on Royal Jordanian, arriving Amman 0010. Transfer to Amman Marriott Hotel for three nights.
Whole day excursion to Madaba for Church of St George (6th century mosaic floor map of the Holy Land and Jerusalem) and Mount Nebo for mosaic museum, Sanctuary of Moses and decorated early churches.
Whole day excursion to the Hellenistic and Roman city of Jerash in northern Jordan: early Byzantine remains, oval forum, theatres, colonnaded Roman streets and restored Precinct of Artemis.
Transfer to Petra via Dhiban (where the famous Mesha Stele was found), Wadi Mujib river and the crusader town of Kerak. Four nights at Mövenpick Resort, Petra.
Visits in Petra: rock-cut tombs, Al Khazneh (the Treasury), ancient Roman remains, theatre, colonnaded street, the Great Temple and the Nabataean temple of the Qasr al-Bint. Optional walk to Al Deir (rock-cut monastery with preserved tombs).
Morning: Siq al-Barid (‘Little Petra’) for well-preserved Nabataean tombs and archaeological site of Al-Beidha (Neolithic ruins dating back 9000 years). Afternoon: optional return visit to Petra for ascent to the High Place of Sacrifice.
Whole day excursion to southern Jordan into the Wadi Rum Protected Area (safari drive in 4x4s to see the prehistoric rock engravings and magnificent desert landscapes) and Nabataean temple.
Transfer to the edge of the Dead Sea for visit to Bethany (traditional baptismal site of Jesus). Overnight stay at Dead Sea Marriott Resort & Spa.
Return to Amman by road for two nights at Amman Marriott Hotel. Afternoon: Jordan Archaeological Museum, Roman Theatre and Citadel.
Whole day excursion to the Umayyad Desert Castles of Qasr al-Kharana (8th century inscriptions) and Qasr al-Hallabat (2nd century mosaics); Azraq (oasis and headquarters of Lawrence of Arabia); and Shaumari Wildlife Reserve (chance to see Asiatic wild ass and Arabian oryx). Continue to Umayyad hunting lodge of Qasr Amra (remarkable frescoes).
Depart Amman 1200, arriving Heathrow 1525.
19 Oct — 29 Oct 2020
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Please note that some of the walks in Petra take in long, steep and demanding gradients, and a good level of fitness is required for this tour.
Cost of £3245 includes: return airfare, group visa, accommodation based on sharing a twin or double bedded room, breakfast, nine lunches, dinner with water, excursions & admissions, gratuities.
Not included: travel insurance, double room for single use supplement £800.
Own flight reduction: £440.