CULTURE EXTENSION ITINERARY
August 28 - August 31, 2017
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 (August 28) – Shoubak, Madaba & Mt Nebo
We start the day with a visit to the former Crusader fortress of Shoubak, a castle from the mamluk period with original Crusader features. From there we continue to 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 buiold up around the mosaic to protect this historical site. We continue to Mt. Nebo, the mountain where MOses saw the Holy Land before finidng his final resting place on the mountain. Like Moses we can enjoy the great views to Israel and the Jordan Valley.
Day 2 (August 29)– As-Salt and Baptism Site
Today we'll be heaeding to the small town of As-Salt. Being a living museum, As-Salt features old lanes and dazzling houses from the late Ottoman period and a walking tour through ths inviting community showcases some of Jordan's most charming buildings and bazaars. In As-Slat, many traditional businesses and skilled artisans enrich the city's cultural lfe, and as you walk down the street, you will see a variety of different trades and shops, including blacksmiths, shoemakers, barbershops, Arabic sweet stores, and herbalists.
From As-Salt we continue down the Jordan Valley to Bethany Beyond the Jordan, or better known as the Baptism Site. The place has been identified as the site where John the Baptist preached and where Jesus was baptised by John.
We end the day back in Amman where we enjoy dinner at a local restaurant.
Breakfast and lunch and dinner included.
Day 3 (August 30)– 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 (August 31)– 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. Three transfers are arranged and ARRIVAL times at the airport are:
06:00, 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.