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Jordan

Step back in time to the ancient world of the Middle East, where overwhelming historic architecture towers over the present day. Embrace the endless layers of spiritual and religious icons dotting this Holy Land, culminating with a once-in-a-lifetime visit to the Dead Sea.
Post-Tour Rate***
Double: $3,895
Single: $4,895
Itinerary:
Day 14: Cairo / Flight to Amman
A sprawling city spread over 19 hills, Amman is the modern—as well as the ancient—capital of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. Known as Rabbath-Ammon during the Iron Age and later as Philadelphia, the city that was once part of the Decapolis League (10 cities in eastern Palestine that were formed after the Roman conquest of Palestine in 63 B.C.). The city now boasts a population of around 4 million people.
Overnight: InterContinental Jordan Hotel (L,D)

Day 15: Amman / Jerash / Ajloun / Amman
Travel to Jerash, the city of 1,000 Pillars. Buried beneath sand for centuries and excavated over the past 70 years, the ruins of Jerash reveal urban development from an ancient time, such as paved streets, public plazas, temples, and fountains.

Continue to the Triple Arched Gate, the enormous Hippodrome, the Roman Amphitheatre, and the only Roman Forum surrounded by 63 jonick columns. In Ajloun, view the Jordan Valley from Saladin's imposing Qalat Al-Rabad fortress.
Overnight: InterContinental Jordan Hotel (B,L,D)

Day 16: Amman / Madaba / Mount Nebo / Petra
After breakfast, explore the prosperous ecclesiastical center of Madaba, where some of the world's finest Byzantine mosaics were produced between the 4th and 7th centuries. Several church floor mosaics can be seen in their original locations, including Madaba's real masterpiece inside the the Orthodox Church of Saint George. It features a 6th-century A.D. map of Jerusalem and the Holy Land, which is the earliest religious map of that area to survive from antiquity.

Afterward, travel to Mount Nebo, which overlooks the Dead Sea, Jordan's River Valley, Jericho, and the distant hills of Jerusalem. A small church was built on Mount Nebo in the 4th century to commemorate the end of Moses' life. The church was subsequently expanded in the 5th and 6th centuries into the present-day large basilica with its stunning collection of Byzantine mosaics.
Overnight: Mövenpick Resort Petra (B,L,D)

Day 17: Petra
Today's journey includes a visit to Petra, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1985 and is considered Jordan's most valuable treasure and greatest tourist attraction. A major caravan city for merchants during the Hellenistic and Roman times, Petra is impressively carved from the surrounding red rock cliffs and is the site of on-going archaeological excavation missions.
Overnight: Mövenpick Resort Petra (B,L,D)

Day 18: Petra / Wadi Rum / Dead Sea
Embark upon an exciting 4x4 Jeep tour through the desert of Wadi Rum—a place virtually untouched by humanity. Over thousands of years, nature's winds and weather have carved towering skyscrapers from the sandstone mountains, some reaching heights of 6,000 feet.

The day concludes at the Dead Sea, with its warm, soothing, and supremely salty water. With its sea bed resting some 1,400 feet below sea level, the Dead Sea's azure waters contain a high concentration of minerals, creating an incredibly buoyant site for soaking and rejuvenating.
Overnight: Kempinski Hotel Ishtar Dead Sea (B,L,D)

Day 19: Dead Sea / Amman / Depart for U.S.
Spend a leisurely day at the Dead Sea. Enjoy a sumptuous breakfast and lunch, and perhaps take time for a final mud mask and dip. In the evening, depart on the group transfer to Amman’s Queen Alia International Airport for flights home. (B,L)

B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner
(Itinerary subject to change.)
Activity Level:

Moderate

Activities are generally not very strenuous, but there is a considerable amount of walking—on uneven surfaces such as gravel, sand, and stone—climbing stairways, and standing for long periods of time. Guests should be able to walk miles over uneven surfaces to be able to fully enjoy this program. Due to the nature of some structures, handrails may not be present, and facilities for people with disabilities are limited. Participation in itinerary activities is up to the individual.

Accommodations:

InterContinental Jordan Hotel

Situated at the top of one of Amman's seven hills, this five-star property provides modern amenities with a Middle Eastern touch. Bright, elegantly appointed rooms feature colorful décor and vibrant furnishings.

Room Amenities: Climate control, desk, cable TV, Wi-Fi (additional fee), safe, and en suite bathroom with sundries and hair dryer.

Mövenpick Resort Petra

Conveniently located at the entrance to the city of Petra—one of the most famous archaeological sites in the world—Mövenpick Resort's five-star comforts welcome travelers with luxurious flair. During free time, relax in the outdoor pool, unwind in the sauna, or stroll the grounds to take in the unparalleled views.

Room Amenities: Individual climate control, views of the Arabic-style courtyard, desk, HDTV, phone, complimentary Wi-Fi, complimentary minibar, coffee maker, safe, and en suite bathroom with sundries and hair dryer.

Kempinski Hotel Ishtar Dead Sea

Perched directly on the shore of the Dead Sea, this 5-star European-style property boasts of uninterrupted views and an enchanting atmosphere. After soaking in the sea, take a dip in one of the nine hotel pools, including a lazy river, infinity pool, and sunken pool—all with spectacular views. Or visit one of the lively bars to sample a tea or cocktail. A 24-hour, fully equipped fitness center is on site, as well as an outdoor tennis court (advance booking required) for those who'd like to indulge in extracurricular activities.

Room Amenities: Individual climate control, balcony or terrace with sea view, desk, flat-screen TV, complimentary Wi-Fi, complimentary minibar, coffee maker, safe, and en suite bathroom with sundries and hair dryer.
(Accommodations subject to change.)

What's Included:
  • Internal airfare from Cairo to Amman
  • 5 nights luxury accommodations
  • 5 breakfasts, 6 lunches, and 5 dinners
  • Admission to all sites listed in the 6-day itinerary
  • Touring by an English speaking guide
  • Wadi Rum desert 4x4 Jeep excursion
  • All gratuities and porterage
  • Airport transfers for guests departing during the suggested times
***Post-tour rate is per person based on double occupancy except where noted as Single, in U.S. dollars. Single availability limited. Internal airfare from Cairo to Amman for the Post-Tour is included. Airfare otherwise not included.