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Travel with expert lecturer and archaeologist Dr Konstantine Politis, who discovered and excavated the biblical sites of Lot’s Cave and Zoara. He also initiated and set up the Museum at the Lowest Place on Earth. 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 nights. (N)
Explore the ancient citadel of Amman,
visit the early Islamic Umayyad Palace, the
Graeco-Roman Temple of Hercules, Byzantine
churches and see sweeping views across the
city. Visit the Archaeological Museum, housing
important finds spanning over 100,000 years.
Then drive to the eastern desert, passing
Umayyad Qasr Kharana and seeing the hunting
lodge of Qasr Amra with recently-restored
wall paintings. Continue to Azraq oasis, seeing
a Roman fort rebuilt in the 13th century and
later used by TE Lawrence during the Arab
Revolt, and the impressive Wetlands Reserve.
Return to Amman via the new highway and
Qasr Al-Hallabat. (B, D)
Drive north through the hills of biblical Gilead
to Jerash, one of the best-preserved provincial
Graeco-Roman cities in the Near East. Walk
through magnificent monumental arches,
sprawling oval piazza, colonnaded streets,
temples, theatres and Byzantine churches.
Then on to visit Umm Qais, ancient Gadara
where Jesus performed the swine miracle, then
drive down to the Jordan valley with stunning
view of Golan Heights overlooking the Sea of
Galilee, finally returning to Amman. (B, L)
Drive to Mount Nebo, from where Moses
viewed the Promised Land and see where
early Christians built the Memorial Church of
Moses adorned with beautiful floor mosaics.
Drive to Madaba on the biblical King's Highway,
a city with many Byzantine mosaics. Visit the
Greek Orthodox Church of St George which
contains the famous sixth-century mosaic
map of the Holy Land, then the Church of the
Virgin complex. On to biblical Mefa'at at Umm
ar-Rasas, a town at the edge of the desert with
a dozen churches and important mosaics.
Continue to the crusader castle of Monréal at
Shobak, built in 12th century by King Baldwin
I of Jerusalem but later conquered by Saladin,
then rebuilt. Drive to Petra and stay 3 nights at
the Mövenpick Resort Petra (or similar). (B, D)
A full-day’s exploration of Petra, the remote
desert stronghold of the Nabataean Arabs
who created a city in their sandstone valleys,
unique in the ancient world. Walk through the
Siq, the narrow gorge leading to the Treasury,
a magnificent Hellenistic-style rock-cut tomb
facade. Continue past the theatre, carved out
of solid sandstone, to see other sepulchres,
temples and churches. After lunch, take an
optional visit to Ad Deir, the largest tomb in
Petra overlooking Wadi Araba, the deepest
part of the Great Rift Valley. Evening stroll
down the Siq illuminated by atmospheric
candlelight. (B, L, D)
Morning drive to Wadi Rum, the spectacular
desert made up of vast valleys and towering
sandstone peaks, which was the original base
of the Great Arab Revolt (1917-1918) and
where Lawrence of Arabia, Red Planet and
The Martian films were shot. Visit Lawrence’s
spring and see ancient graffiti with animal
depictions. Picnic lunch at a Bedouin camp.
Return to Petra to see a new museum
there.* (B, L)
Morning visit to the lesser-known Little Petra at
Beidah, passing the crusader castle at Wu’eira
and a prehistoric settlement. Continue through
spectacular mountain scenery down to Wadi
Araba and the shores of the Dead Sea. Stop at
Safi to see the first medieval sugar factory and
the Ottoman fort attacked by the Arab Legion
with Lawrence in 1918. Then climb up to the
Sanctuary of Lot, venerating the cave where
Lot and his daughters took refuge from the
destruction of Sodom. Below, visit the Museum
at the Lowest Place on Earth, which explains the unique human and environmental history
of the Dead Sea. Drive along the shores of
the Dead Sea to the Mövenpick Resort & Spa
Dead Sea (or similar) for 2 nights. (B, D)
At leisure to swim in the Dead Sea with use the
resort’s spa and facilities. Optional excursion
to the site where Jesus is believed to have been
baptised in the Jordan river and/or the Dead
Sea Panorama Complex, which describes the
geology of the region. (B, D)
Morning transfer to Amman airport and
fly direct to London Heathrow with Royal
Jordanian Airways. (B)
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
There are limited facilities on day 6, when most of the day will be spent in the desert.
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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 accommodation.
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 the exclusive and individual nature of private visits means that they are subject to confirmation nearer the time of departure. Mosques, private houses and other buildings often have fluid opening times. If any visits have to be rearranged, please be assured that we will seek alternatives of equal interest.
This itinerary can be taken privately on a date that suits you, for which guideline prices are shown. Alternatively, it can be tailored to your exact requirements. Please call to speak with a Cox & Kings consultant or enquire online.
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JCC2020: 8 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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