CULTURE EXTENSION ITINERARY
SEPTEMBER 5 - 8
Although Petra is the best-known historical site in Jordan, this country has loads of other cultural and historical places worth a visit. On this extension we visit most of them.
Day 1 – Petra
We start the day with a visit to the former Crusader fortress of Shoubak, a castle from the mamluk period with original Crusader features. The rest of the day can be spent exploring some of the places in Petra that most visitors usually don't see.
Day 2 – Madaba, Mt Nebo As Salt and Amman
Checking out in the morning and driving north to visit the historic city of Madaba, famous for the ancient "Mosaic of Jerusalem" - one of the oldest pictured testimonies of the Holy City. A church has now been built up around the mosaic to to protect this historical site.
We continue to Mt. Nebo, the mountain where Moses saw the Holy Land before finding his final resting place on the mountain. Like Moses we can enjoy the great views of Israel and the Jordan Valley before heading to the small town of As Salt. A walking tour through this exciting community showcases some of Jordan's most charming buildings and bazaars. We end the day in Amman where we check into the four-star Grand Palace Hotel before going to dinner at a local restaurant.
Breakfast and lunch and dinner included.
Day 3 – Jerash and Amman
After breakfast we head north through the Jordan Valley to the city ruins of Jerash. These well-preserved ruins were once the ground pillars of a Roman Decapolis city built in approximately 330BC. During its peak, the city flourished from trade with the Nabateans from Petra and was one of the most important cities in the Roman province. In 747AD Jerash was hit by an earthquake and the city was slowly abandoned. As the years went by, sand covered the columns and buildings, which is why everything was so well preserved when a Russian expedition excavated the city in 1878. After our visit to Jerash we drive back to Amman and go on a sightseeing tour of the capital's most prominent sites and buildings.
Breakfast and lunch included.
Day 4 – Farewell Jordan
Our adventure in Jordan is over and it’s time to bid farewell to this extraordinary country. Check-out from the hotel must be completed before 12:00 in the afternoon.
All participants are provided an airport transfer from Beit Zaman to Queen Alia International Airport in Amman. Two transfers are arranged and ARRIVAL times at the airport are:
08:00 and 14:00. It is possible, for an extra charge, to book an individual transfer to Amman if the group transfers don't fit your onward journey.
Breakfast included today.