Itinerary

Days One and Two - Amman

Welcome to Jordan, and its capital, Amman, a modern city which is dotted with ancient ruins, revealing its long history from the pillars of the Roman Temple of Hercules perched atop Jabal al-Qala'a hill, and the 6,000-capacity 2nd century Roman Theatre, to the 8th Century Umayyad Palace complex. As day one is arrival day, there are no activities planned until the welcome meeting in the evening, when you'll meet your Chief Experience Officer (CEO) and fellow travellers. Day two begins with a visit to Jerash, one of the largest and best-preserved Roman ruins outside of Italy, walking along its paved and colonnaded streets to admire hilltop temples, baths, and spacious public squares and plazas, followed by an exclusive visit to a local cafe run by women, where you'll enjoy a cooking class and lunch. In the afternoon, you'll return to Amman to visit the National Museum and archaeological site of the Citadel.

Included meals: One breakfast (on day two) and one lunch (on day two)

Days Three and Four - Wadi Musa

An early start today for the journey along the King's Highway to Petra, filled with interesting stops along the way, the first of which is Mount Nebo, the reputed site of Moses' death, making in an important pilgrimage centre since the earliest Christian times. Trekking to the 817m summit, you'll be rewarded with views of the surrounding countryside, and Israel in the distance. Your next visit is the town of Madaba, which is famous for its Byzantine mosaics, which are widely considered to be amongst the finest in the world. Your guided tour of the city will detail its fascinating history, including its role as the centre of early Christianity, as you admire the famous 6th-century mosaic map of the Middle East (amongst other treasures), touring churches, the Archaeological Park, and the local museum that's housed in several old Madaba residences. Upon arrival at Wadi Musa, the gateway to Petra, for an overnight stay, you'll join an archaeologist for a talk about the iconic UNESCO World Heritage Site of Petra, learning about the ongoing excavation taking place, and getting a better understanding of the site on the eve of exploring it for yourself. Day four is an early start, but a memorable day, as you visit Petra, starting with a guided walking tour, with some free time afterwards, perhaps to hike up for magnificent views from the top of the treasury. The Nabateans carved this incredible city from the living rock of the surrounding pink sandstone mountains, giving rise to its nickname 'the Rose City'. During your tour, you'll visit monuments such as the Pharaoh's Castle, the triumphal arch, the monastery, and the amphitheatre. In the evening, you can choose to return to visit the city when it's lit up by candlelight.

Included meals: Two breakfasts

Day Five - Wadi Rum

From one great Jordanian icon, to the next; today's destination is Wadi Rum, the heart of Jordan's desertscape, which so enticed T.E. Lawrence, and was featured in the 1962 film 'Lawrence of Arabia', igniting the public's imagination with its intriguing, lunar-like landscapes. Enjoy lunch at your desert camp, before heading out on an exciting 4x4 excursion into the desert, where you'll find the perfect spot to watch the sunset. Afterwards, you'll return to camp to enjoy a traditional Bedouin feast, followed by a walk into the desert to admire the night sky with a local Bedouin guide.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day Six - Wadi Rum and Dead Sea

Enjoy some free time in the desert - perhaps opting to take an early morning camel trek or hot air balloon ride over the desert, or perhaps simply relaxing - before heading out to a G Adventures-supported community cafe for a local lunch, and then heading onwards to the Dead Sea. The shores of the Dead Sea are 423m below sea level, at the lowest land elevation on Earth, and its waters are so high in salinity (up to nine times that of the world's oceans), only a few microorganisms can live in its waters, giving rise to its name. Today, you'll enjoy the chance to relax, swim, and use the Dead Sea's natural sea salts and mud as your own personal spa.

Days Seven and Eight - Amman

Before heading back to Amman, you'll head to the archaeological site of Bethany, believed to be where Jesus was baptized, and the site of John the Baptist's settlement. The site is an important archaeological find, and was fairly recently rediscovered, and features Roman and Byzantine Baptismal pools, as well as caves and ancient churches. Enjoy your last night in Amman, where your tour concludes on day eight.

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*No single supplement - based on sharing accommodation with a member of the same sex. However if you require or prefer a room of your own, please note that a small surcharge will apply

**Itinerary is subject to change, as on occasion it may be necessary, or desirable to make alterations.