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
Set on the northern shores of the Dead Sea at the lowest point on Earth, the Movenpick Resort and Spa is approximately 40 minutes from the Queen Alia International Airport. Built in the style of a traditional stone village, the resort features a combination of natural traditional local stone, handcrafted wood, luxurious fabrics and an impressive collection of antiques and artwork. Complete with a river and extensive gardens, it is a tranquil place to relax.
Despite the traditional look of the village, all 358 rooms are luxuriously furnished in warm, neutral colours. There are approximately 10 different room categories in either the main building, in the village or on the beachfront with mountain, garden or sea views. All rooms have a balcony or a terrace and standard amenities include air-conditioning, satellite TV, telephone, tea/coffee making facilities, mini bar and a safe.
Located only a few minutes' walk from the entrance to the legendary site of Petra, the Mövenpick Resort features intricate interior design and high standards of service and is one of Petra's most distinguished hotels.
The resort's 183 lavishly spacious rooms are tastefully decorated and feature a host of modern amenities including air-conditioning/heating, satellite TV, telephones, tea/coffee making facilities and minibar. All offer a tranquil environment in this ancient city.
With seven different dining or entertainment venues there is plenty of choice. The award-winning Al Iwan Restaurant is renowned for its lavishly prepared dinners and Mediterranean culinary delights and for a casual dining atmosphere head to the Al Saraya Restaurant, which offers sumptuous cuisine with a view overlooking the serene pool. Spend your afternoon enjoying your favourite drink at Al Maqa'ad Bar...
The Boulevard Arjaan by Rotana is conveniently located in the new downtown area of Amman with the Temple of Hercules and the Roman Corinthian columns just a few kilometres away. The property offers a range of luxurious accommodations from studio apartments to four-bedroom penthouses. The property has a contemporary Italian restaurant with an outdoor terrace which offers a wide range of authentic cuisine.
Features: 391 apartments, 2 restaurants, 2 rooftop pools, fitness centre, WiFi.
Room amenities: Television, safe, bathrobes, hairdryer, kitchenette, tea and coffee...
Regional air connections are available from within the UK. Please contact your travel consultant for current prices from your nearest city.
We can also arrange flights from overseas, simply give us a call to find out more.
If you choose to take the tour without flights arranged through Cox & Kings, please contact one of our travel consultants prior to booking the flights to ensure that you are aware of the tour timings and all the implications of not booking through us. We strongly advise you not to book flights independently of Cox & Kings if significant charges would apply in case of cancellation.
Flight details may be subject to change prior to departure.
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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