5 Day Group Tour: Amman - Nebo- Jerash- Petra- Rum- Red / Dead Seas and Desert Castles

Trip Overview

 Enjoy a 5-day Small group tour that covers Amman city, Jordan Desert Castles, Baptism site, Madaba city & Churches, Mount Nebo, Machaerus castle, Jerash, Ajloun Castle, Petra, Wadi Rum, Red Sea at Gulf of Aqaba (During summer season only) and the Dead Sea. Spend three nights in Amman including breakfast (Separate rooms for separate bookings - not shared with others). Also sleep overnight at a Bedouin camp at Wadi Rum including dinner and breakfast. Entrance fees and local guide services at each attraction are NOT included.

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Trip Highlights

  •  -Take in southern Jordan's top sights in five days—ideal for those short on time.
  •  -Explore Petra, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  •  -Discover the desert of Wadi Rum on a 4x4 tour.
  •  -Visit the Red Sea at Aqaba and soak up the mineral-rich waters of Dead Sea.

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Inclusions

  •  -Amman city, Jordan Desert Castles, Baptism site, Madaba city & Churches, Mount Nebo, Machaerus castle, Jerash, Ajloun Castle, Petra, Wadi Rum, Red Sea at Gulf of Aqaba and the Dead Seas five Full Days Tour from Amman.
  •  -English speaking Driver all over the trip.
  •  -A modern vehicle is used with AC including gas. (Sedan Car or H1 Van).
  •  -Water, 2 Hours Jeep Tour at Rum Valley & one night sleep at a Bedouin camp including dinner & breakfast.
  •  -Home / Hotel pick-up and drop-off.

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Exclusions

  •  -Entrance fees.
  •  -Local tour guides.
  •  -Meals and other expenses unless specified.
  •  -Travel Insurance.

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Additional Info

  •  -Confirmation will be received at time of booking.
  •  -A moderate amount of walking is involved, wear sensible shoes.
  •  -No stop at Aqaba  city on the Red sea during winter season from November to end of March due to short time - ( we need to catch Dead Sea before Sunset ).
  •  -For the Wadi Rum overnight stay you need your personal items, towel, toothbrush, and warm clothes as it gets cold in the desert at night in winter times.
  •  -The Jeep tour at Wadi Rum is taken with the Bedouin cars / trucks which are provided with back seats ( no air conditioning and open air - suitable clothes during December - January  like warm hats to cover your ears, neck and face is highly recommended.
  •  -The camp at Wadi Rum is basic camp in a good location inside Rum reserve,  consist of Tents, with beds, blankets , public Toilets, dining room - all necessaries for life including electricity via solar system (No heating system on the tents; Air conditioning and private toilette  is available only with with the Luxury option - Luxury camp).
  •  -For the Group Tour Option (up to 7) : It is very important to be ready on the scheduled times particularly for pick up in the morning which is between 06:30 - 07:30 - if these times doesn't fit you or you need flexible time  then this option will not work with you - go for the private tour option.

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Cancellation Policy

 Cancelation prior 14 days of starting the tour is fully refunded, any cancelation within the last 14 days before starting the tour is NOT refunded.

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Trip Itinerary

Day 1: Jordan Desert Castles and Amman city tour.

 A full day tour to Jordan Desert Castles : Qasr Amra, Qasr Al-Azraq, Qasr AL-Kharraneh, and Amman city tour : Amman Citadel, Roman Theater and down town tour.

08:00 Hotel Pick up and starting of the Desert Castles .

13:00 Beginning of Amman Tour and visiting Amman Citadel

14:00 Visiting of Roman theater & the museum

15:00 Down Town Tour - visiting Al-Husseini Mosque and old markets with lunch time.

17:00 Hotel Drop off.

Day 2: Baptism site, Madaba Churches - Mount Nebo and Machaerus castle

 08:00 Hotel pick up and moving to the Baptism site.

 09:00 Baptism site tour.

 12:00 Visiting of Mount Nebo (The place where Moses was granted a view of the Promised Land)

 13:00 Madaba Mosaic Shops & Lunch time.

 14:00 Visiting St George’s Church & Mosaic Map (5-6 century church)

 15:00 Visiting of Machaerus castle (Imprisonment and execution of John the Baptist) 17:00 Moving back to Amman

Day 3: Jerash, Ajloun Castle

 08:00am: Hotel pickup and moving to the north.

 09:00 Jerash city tour.

 02:00 pm visiting to Ajoun castle afterwards. 

 05:00 pm Hotel drop of at Amman.

Day 4: Petra and Wadi Rum 

 Morning departure from Amman via the desert high way to Petra – Wadi Mousa and start Petra tour by passing the marvelous Siq reaching The Treasury, and moving afterwards toward the Theater and later to The Monastery which is beautifully carved, though much less decorated than the Treasury, and so huge that even the doorway is several stories tall - So you would actually be able to cover those two main trails on Petra in around 4-5 hours of walking, and Moving afternoon toward Wadi Rum and spend the night in a bedoiun camp inside Rum reserve (You won’t imagine or believe that the desert can be so beautiful till you see it with your eyes). 

Day 5: Wadi Rum, Red and Dead Seas. 

 07:00 am: Having breakfast at the camp.

 08:00 am: Starting morning Jeep tour (In Bedouins truck) and visiting some of the amazing places at Wadi Rum.

 10:00 am: Moving toward Gulf of Aqaba and visiting the public beach.

 01:00pm: Moving toward Dead Sea and enjoying the beach and floating at Dead Sea area.

 06:00 pm: Leaving back to Amman

 07:00pm: Home/Hotel drop off (Time might differ a little because day light is shorter in winter time).

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Site Highlights

 

Amman

 The fabled seven hills of Amman have given way to about twenty, and the magic of the city has grown as well. It is one of the oldest continually inhabited cities in the world and has seen most of the many civilizations that have come through the area. While most visitors only see the modern Amman, one of the enchanting aspects of the city is how a visitor can turn a corner and find a Byzantine church ruin in a busy shopping district, or see the ruins of an Ammonite fortress tower from the windows of a hotel. Like its jebels, or hills, the fortunes of Amman have risen, fallen, and risen again.

Petra (Pink City Of Petra)

 The city of Petra, capital of the Nabataean Arabs, is one of the most famous archaeological sites in the world, it is Located 240 km south of the capital Amman and 120 km north of the red sea town of Aqaba, Petra the world wonder is undoubtedly Jordan's most valuable treasure and greatest tourist attraction, and it is visited by tourists from all over the world.

 It is not known precisely when Petra was built, but the city began to prosper as the capital of the Nabataean Empire from the 1st century BC, which grew rich through trade in frankincense, myrrh, and spices.

Wadi Rum

 Wadi Rum also known as The Valley of the Moon is a valley cut into the sandstone and granite rock in southern Jordan 60 km (37 mi) to the east of Aqaba; it is the largest wadi in Jordan. The name Rum most likely comes from an Aramaic root meaning 'high' or 'elevated'.To reflect its proper Arabic pronunciation, archaeologists transcribe it as Wadi Ramm .

Gulf of Aqaba ( Red Sea)

 The seaside town of Aqaba is located on the Red Sea, within sight of Saudi Arabia and Egypt. Jordan may have only 26 kilometers of coastline, but they are being put to good use, and below the sparkling Red Sea waters are some of the most fantastic dive sites in the world. This area has been of strategic interest since old times, and evidence of these civilizations is still visible,

 Although visitors may have to tear themselves away from the five­ star hotels and the beach in order to do so. Aqaba is also popular as a base camp for travelers wanting to see Wadi Rum and Petra.

The Dead Sea

 Located in the Jordan Valley, part of the Great Rift Valley that runs from East Africa to Turkey, the Dead Sea is the remains of a giant inland lake. Lake Lisan was 200 kilometers long and approximately 200 meters deeper than the current level of the Dead Sea. As it contracted, it left Lake Tiberias and the Dead Sea, which at 408 meters below sea level is the lowest point on earth.

 The salt content of the sea is 20%, eight times the level of the world's oceans. This concentration contributes to the amazing buoyancy of the water and is a legacy of years of evaporation. The only life forms left in the Dead Sea are eleven species of bacteria. The waters are rich in minerals, including calcium, magnesium, bromine, iodine, and bitumen. All these have healing properties that can alleviate or ease allergies, skin rashes, bronchial irritations or glandular conditions. Visitors come from all over the world to ease or cure their conditions at the medical treatment centers at the Dead Sea. Even those suffering only from ennui can enjoy the high-quality spas in the area. In addition, due the unique depth of its location, the climate and quality of sunshine in the Dead Sea area is beneficial. Dead Sea salts and mud are known worldwide for their healthful properties.

Jerash - Gerasa

  •  Jerash is one of the best-preserved Roman-era cities in the world. Located only 40 kilometers north of Amman, visitors today can trace the chariot ruts on the Cardo, admire the mosaics which were laid contemporaneously to those found in Madaba, and test the acoustics of the North and South Theatres. Inhabited since Neolithic times, Jerash came of age when Pompey swept through the region in 63 BC Jerash became one of the largest cities in the Decapolis federation.

  • Madaba City and Churches

     The fertility of Madaba's plains have made it a strategic location for 3500 years. Fought over by many peoples during different times, it later became a Nabataean town. During the Byzantine era, the city became a bishopric and the mosaics, for which it became famous, were laid. Today, the city is still famous for mosaics, both historical and for its mosaic school, the only one of its kind in the Middle East.

    Mount Nebo

     Mount Nebo is an elevated ridge in Jordan, approximately 710 metres (2,330 ft) above sea level, mentioned in the Hebrew Bible as the place where Moses was granted a view of the Promised Land. The view from the summit provides a panorama of the Holy Land and, to the north, a more limited one of the valley of the River Jordan. The West Bank city of Jericho is usually visible from the summit, as is Jerusalem on a very clear day.

  • The Baptism Site

     The third most holy site for Christians in the world, after the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and the Church of the Nativity, is the site of the baptism of Jesus Christ, known in Arabic as al-Maghtas. Excavations at Wadi Kharrar carried out after the 1994 peace treaty found evidence of a complex of churches, hermit cells and other buildings described in the writings of many pilgrims who have visited the site since the 2nd century AD. Now preserved as a tourist destination, al-Maghtas attracts tourists year-round.

  • Machaerus and Mukawer

  •  The archaeological site of Mach­aerus, found 2 km to the west of the vil­lage, is located on the east side of the Dead Sea and provides a spectacular view of it. It may be divided into two segments: the fortress ruins on the isolated spur of Qal 'at al-Mishnaqa , and the associated lower town built on the steep northern slope. According to Josephus (War 7), Alexander Jannaeus (reigned 103-76 BC), a Hasmonean ruler, built the for­tress consisting of upper and lower seg­ments. Gabinius, one of Pompey's gen­erals, destroyed it in 57 BC; Herod the Great (reigned 37-4 BC) rebuilt it. After Herod's death, his son Herod Antipas inherited the fortress. Upon the lat­ter's death in AD 39, it passed to Herod Agrippa I until his death in AD 44. After this time it came under the control of the Romans. Subsequently, during the First Jewish Revolt, Jewish rebels took control of it after AD 66. The Romans besieged the fortress in AD 72, the rebels were allowed to leave, and then the Romans tore it down, leaving only the foundations. In the 1800s, explorers visited and recorded the ruins at the site.

  • Ajloun Castle

     Ajloun Castle is one of the greatest examples of Islamic Ayyubid military architecture. The first stage of construction began ca.1184 by General Izzidin Usama, nephew of Salahuddin AL Ayyoubi, who built it on a hill 1100 meters above sea level.