Day 1 - Overnight Amman 5 Star Hotel
Arrival times vary for international arrival and therefore no sightseeing is planned on Day 1
Arrive at Amman Airport - Discovery Circle representatives will meet and assist you through immigration, organise your free visa, and guide you through customs and baggage handling. You will then be introduced to you driver who will accompany you to your hotel in Amman approximately 30 - 40 minutes away by car.
Day 2 - Overnight Amman 5 Star Hotel
Sites visited today - Amman (Philadelphia from Roman times) Souk, Markets, Citadel, Amphitheatre and Archaeological Museum
After breakfast in your hotel you will be met by your driver so you can begin a city tour of Amman, the capital of the Hashemite Kingdom. Often referred to as the “White City” because of the white stone used to build houses, Amman offers a contrast between oriental and cosmopolitan.
The city tour includes a visit to th Citadal and Amphitheatre dating back to Roman times as well as the Archaeological Museum. Amman is a vibrant capital and a fantastic city to walk in. The people of Amman arewarm, friendly and sincere and will do everything they can to make you feel at home. Full of local cafés, coffee shops and eateries it is a foodies delight. You will get chance to experience the local herb and vegetable markets in the Old Town and taste Knafeh, a
traditional Middle Eastern dessert made with filo pastry, soaked in sweet syrup, and layered with cheese and nuts. The best place to eat this in Jordan is from Habeba sweets who have been feeding the people of Amman since 1951. Amman has plenty of restaurants to suit all budgets so with a free evening ahead and a car and driver at your disposal you can head back to your luxury 5 star hotel before heading out for another eating extravaganza.
Day 3 - Wadi Rum - Overnight Petra
Sites visited today - Wadi Rum
After breakfast at your hotel in Amman we head to the magical desert of Wadi Rum, made famous by T.E. Lawrence better known as Lawrence of Arabia. The desert of Wadi Rum boasts one of the most spectacular desert landscapes in the world with rolling sand dunes and mountains of sandstone. It has been used by Hollywood for years and has been the backdrop for movies such as Lawrence of Arabia,The Red Planet, Transformers and more recently The Martian with Matt Damon. You will experience all of this and more on your 4x4 tour through the dunes and sandstone mountains of Wadi Rum, which will be led by one of the local, expert Bedouin drivers.
Historically significant for its role in the great Arab Revolt headed by Grand Sharif Hussein, its mystery and charm are sure to captivate you, as it has done with so many visitors before. Lawrence of Arabia describes as “vast, echoing and godlike.....”. A visit to
Wadi Rum is truly memorable and one that you will never forget.
After you tour of Wadi Rum you will head to Petra for Overnight.
Day 4 - Petra and the Dead Sea - Overnight Dead Sea
Sites visited today - Petra and Dead Sea
After breakfast at your hotel in Petra you will depart for a wonderful day visiting one of the true World Wonders - The Rose Red City of Petra. On arrival at the visitor centre you will meet you private English speaking guide who will spend 2 hours with you highlighting the main elements of the Siq, Treasury and some the other important monuments in Petra.
Winding through the desert, the gates of the past open up to one of the world’s most famous wonders: the ancient city of Petra. Experience the magic of this ancient city, as you are guided through the architectural and spiritual wonders of the Rose City. Entry to this hidden city is through crack in the rock that is almost 1.2 km long. This is probably the most peaceful and awe inspiring 1.2 kilometre walk anywhere in the world. Relive the Indiana Jones moment as the Treasury, the most important facade in Petra, reveals itself bit by bit at the end of the Siq. But the Treasury is one of only 800 facades
and monuments in Petra including the Theatre, Royal and Silk Tombs and the Monastery, the biggest facade and featured in one of the Transformers films. The Nabatean tombs and monuments in Petra are all hand-carved into the soft sandstone rock and makes Petra the effort of the Nabateans all the more impressive.
This capital of the Nabatean empire was eventually captured by the Romans, who built more traditional buildings including a Cardo (main street) and temples. After the Romans the early Christians came to this impressive city building a church with a fantastic mosaic floor. It was then hidden from time for almost 1,000 years before it was rediscovered in 1812 by the Swiss traveller Johann Ludwig Burckhardt.
After the visit, depart Petra to the lowest spot on earth Dead Sea at more than 400 metres below sea level. On arrival at the Dead Sea the remainder of the day is free with nothing to do but relax in oxygen rich air and the super salty, buoyant waters of the Dead Sea. Ten times saltier than sea water, rich in chloride, salts, magnesium, potassium and more it is the perfect way to unwind after a tour of this incredible country. Float in the Dead Sea, sooth all the aches and pains and reflect on this incredible little Kingdom.
You will overnight at the Holiday Inn Resort on the Dead Sea.
Day 5 - Dead Sea and Airport
Perhaps there is just one last chance, depending on your flight time, to have a soothing float before breakfast and heading to the airport for your flight home. You will be met at the hole and transferred to the airport where your Discovery Circle
Representative will guide you though check-in and lead you to passport control.
At this point we wish wave you goodbye, wish you a safe flight and thank you for visitingJordan with Discovery Circle Tours.
Optional Extra Tours - all transfers included
1. Museums in Amman - Why not add two fantastic museums to your tour of Amman
The Jordan Museum presents the history and cultural heritage of Jordan in a series of beautifully designed galleries as part of the ongoing story of Jordan’s past, present, and future. The museum serves as a comprehensive national centre for learning and knowledge that reflects Jordan’s history and culture presented in an engaging yet educational way.
The Royal Automobile Museum a favourite museum of King Abdullah II and visited by all the international dignitaries and
guests of the King. The museum is home to the Royal Car collection started by the late King Hussein and not only show the families love of cars but also tells the modern day history of Jordan through some incredible cars. It really shouldn’t be missed whether you like cars or not.
2. Cooking Class and Dinner Learn to cook Jordanian Style
After the tour of Amman you will learn how to cook traditional Jordanian food, a real feast, with the help of a fantastic local family at Beit Sitti restaurant and cooking school. You will be taught recipes that have been tried, tested and enjoyed for generations in families grandmothers home, of this engaging family, located in one of Amman’s oldest neighbourhoods. You will start with a main course, accompanying sales and finally a desert that you can then cook at home and impress your family and friends.
3. Jerash - the best preserved Roman city in Jordan and includes, transport, entrance fees and a private English speaking guide.
After the city tour of Amman, north to visit the city of Jerash. Jerash, part of the Decapolis (the ten big Roman cities of the East) has been called the Pompeii of the East for its unique state of preservation. The city features theatres, churches, temples (Zeus and Artemis), a Nymphaeum and colonnaded streets. In fact there are over 800 columns still standing in Jerash and you can still feel the ruts made by chariots over 2,000 years ago. Jerash is also a centre for Christian Pilgrimages with its numerous early Byzantinechurches and mentions in the Bible that Jesus walked through the Decapolis cities, of which Jerash was the biggest and most important in the region.
4. Madaba and Mount Nebo - City of Mosaics and Moses’ final resting place and includes transfers and entrance fees.
After the city tour of Amman, transfer to visit the mosaic city of Madaba, where the oldest map of the Holy Land exists on the floor of Saint George’s Church. Madaba, or Medeba in antiquity, features many famous mosaics that exist in public and private buildings. After Madaba, a short drive will bring you to Mt. Nebo, the place where Moses first viewed the Promised Land and his alleged burial site. Mount Nebo overlooks the Jordan Valley, the Dead Sea and on a clear day can see the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem. Here Franciscans have built a structure that protects a 4th and 6th Century Byzantine church and the best preserved mosaic in Jordan.
5. Wadi Rum Camel Ride - ride majestically through the moonscape of Wad Rum and feel like Lawrence of Arabia
Be led by the local Bedouin who will expertly steer you through the beautiful Wadi Rum. Riding in Rum by camel give you a real sense of scale and how beautiful but also harsh life in the desert can be.
6. Petra through the back door. Enter Petra through one of the oldest hidden entry points, used by the Nabateans and which is now part of the official Jordan Trail.
Enter Petra though the back door via a spectacle but little known or used Bedouin trail through the mountains. The trail enters Petra at the Monastery, Petra’s largest facade. Leaving early and arriving in Petra before the crowds this is one of the most iconic ways to visit the city. By entering Petra via the back door you will walk a total of 16km including sightseeing around the rest of the site, so this is not for the feint hearted.