In the centenary year of the great
Arab revolt, travel with expert lecturer
and archaeologist Dr Faulkner who,
as co-director of a pioneering series
of excavations into TE Lawrence, has
exclusive behind-the-scenes access
to sites not open to the wider public.
Jordan is one of history’s crossroads
and battlegrounds, and this tour
encompasses the entire range of its
heritage and culture.
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Fly from London (regional connections available)
to Amman with Royal Jordanian Airways. Transfer
to the Boulevard Arjaan Hotel (or similar) for 3
Drive north through the hills of biblical Gilead for a
full day’s tour of Jerash, one of the most beautiful
and best-preserved provincial Roman cities in the
Middle East. Welcome dinner. (B, D)
Explore the ancient citadel of Amman, including
the archaeological museum, the splendid Roman
theatre and the Jordan Museum. Drive into the
eastern desert to Azraq, a Roman fort rebuilt in
the 13th century and later used by TE Lawrence.
Visit the early Islamic Umayyad castle of Kharana
and the outstanding wall paintings of the baths
complex at Amra. (B)
Drive along the King’s Highway to Madaba,
renowned for its Byzantine mosaics. Visit the Greek
Orthodox Church of St George, which contains the
famous sixth-century mosaic map of Palestine,
and the archaeological park, with the Church of
the Virgin and the Hippolytus Hall. Stop at Mount
Nebo and see the Moses Memorial Church and its
fine floor mosaics. Continue to little-known Shobak
castle, an early 12th-century crusader castle built by
King Baldwin I of Jerusalem to guard the road from
Egypt to Damascus. Drive to Petra and stay 3 nights
at the Mövenpick Resort Petra (or similar). (B, D)
Enjoy a full-day’s exploration of Petra, the remote
desert stronghold of the Nabatean Arabs. Walk
through the Siq, the narrow gorge leading into the
city, to the Treasury, with its stunning Hellenistic
facade. Continue past the theatre, carved out of
solid rock, to see tombs, temples and churches.
Visit Al Deir monastery, a whole mountainside
carved into a temple overlooking Wadi Araba and
the largest of Petra’s monuments. Evening visit by
candlelight to Petra. (B, L)
In the morning, drive to Wadi Rum. From there,
travel by 4x4 along the same route across the
desert that was taken by Lawrence of Arabia and
bedouin guerrillas to attack the Hejaz railway.
Visit wartime sites, newly discovered by a British
archaeological team, including an overnight
campsite used by Lawrence, tented encampments
used by the Turks, and the blockhouses and
breastworks of fortified stations and hilltop
redoubts.* (B, L)
Morning visit to the less well-known and peaceful
Little Petra. Continue through spectacular
mountain scenery to Wadi Araba and visit
Machaerus, a Herodian palace and the scene of a
famous siege. Drive to the Mövenpick Dead Sea
Spa (or similar) for 1 night. Farewell dinner. (B, D)
Transfer to Amman airport and fly to London with
Royal Jordanian Airways. (B)
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast,
L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
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This tour is fully escorted
throughout by the lecturer, as well as an
experienced local tour manager.
This tour is based in 4- and 5-star
This tour involves walking over rough
terrain and bumpy drives in the desert. At Petra,
visiting the Monastery requires a steep climb of
800 rock-cut steps.
Please note that there are many
private visits on this tour, but their exclusive
and personal nature means they are subject to
confirmation nearer the time of departure. If visits
have to be re-arranged, please be assured that we
will seek alternatives of equal interest.
There are limited facilities on day 6, when
most of the day will be spent in the desert.
Dr Neil Faulkner is an
archaeologist who works
as a freelance editor, writer,
lecturer and excavator. He
is a fellow of the Society of
Antiquaries, the editor of
Military History Monthly,
and co-director of several archaeological
This tour can be booked / reserved online by clicking on one of the coloured links below.
JCC2018: 7 Nights
My most inspirational moment of my holiday was seeing Petra for the first time and glimpsing the Treasury through the Siq. I had waited a very long time to visit Petra and was not at all disappointed. The sunshine glinting on the sandstone made for a constantly changing view..Mrs Anne Blaseby
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