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Jordan: Kingdoms of the Desert

29 Mar — 8 Apr 2021 | Tour Director: Andrew Wilson

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Tour Director

Andrew Wilson portrait

Andrew Wilson,

BA, BD, FSAScot

specialist in archaeology and ancient history

full biography and other tours

Itinerary

Day

1

Depart on flight from London to Amman.

Day

2

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.

Day

3

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.

Day

4

Transfer to Petra via Dhiban (where the famous Mesha Stele was found), Wadi Mujib and the crusader town of Kerak. Four nights at Mövenpick Resort, Petra.

Day

5

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).

Day

6

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.

Day

7

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.

Day

8

Transfer to the edge of the Dead Sea for visit to Bethany (traditional baptismal site of Jesus). Overnight at Dead Sea Jordan Valley Marriott Resort & Spa.

Day

9

Return to Amman by road for two nights at Amman Marriott Hotel. Afternoon: Jordan Archaeological Museum, Roman Theatre and Citadel.

Day

10

Whole day excursion to the Umayyad Desert Castles of Qasr al-Kharana (8th century inscriptions), Qasr al-Hallabat (2nd century mosaics) and Azraq (oasis and headquarters of Lawrence of Arabia). Continue to Umayyad hunting lodge of Qasr Amra (remarkable frescoes).

Day

11

Flight from Amman to London.

Tour Dates

29 Mar — 8 Apr 2021

Days

11

Cost

£3285

Tour Code

JORD-21

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Testimonial

“…excellent value for money. Well planned, led and informative”
“Very good tour leader, Andrew Wilson, with an encyclopedic knowledge of the area”
ACE customers on 2019 Jordan tour with Andrew Wilson

FITNESS / PRACTICALITIES

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. We recommend participants read the ‘Our Visit to Petra’ information for further details.

FLIGHTS

For customers who wish to make their own travel arrangements, ACE is pleased to be able to offer a flight reduction of £490.

Cost of £3285 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.

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