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Jordan

14 Oct — 24 Oct 2019 | Tour Director: Andrew Wilson

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Tour Director

Andrew Wilson portrait

Andrew Wilson,

BA, BD, FSAScot

specialist in archaeology and ancient history

full biography and other tours

Itinerary

Day

1

Depart London Heathrow 1705 on Royal Jordanian, arriving Amman 0010. Transfer to Amman Marriott Hotel for three nights.

Day

2

Whole day excursion to Madaba for Church of St George (6th century mosaic floor map of the Holy Land and Jerusalem) and Mount Nebo for mosaic museum, Sanctuary of Moses and decorated early churches.

Day

3

Whole day excursion to the Hellenistic and Roman city of Jerash in northern Jordan: early Byzantine remains, oval forum, theatres, colonnaded Roman streets and restored Precinct of Artemis.

Day

4

Transfer to Petra via Dhiban (where the famous Mesha Stele was found), Wadi Mujib river and the crusader town of Kerak. Four nights at Mövenpick Resort, Petra.

Day

5

Visits in Petra: rock cut tombs, Al Khazneh (the Treasury), ancient Roman remains, theatre, colonnaded street, the Great Temple and the Nabataean temple of the Qasr al-Bint. Optional walk to Al Deir (rock cut monastery with preserved tombs).

Day

6

Morning: Siq al-Barid (‘Little Petra’) for well-preserved Nabataean tombs and archaeological site of Al-Beidha (Neolithic ruins dating back 9000 years). Afternoon: optional return visit to Petra for ascent to the High Place of Sacrifice.

Day

7

Whole day excursion to southern Jordan into the Wadi Rum Protected Area (safari drive in 4x4s to see the prehistoric rock engravings and magnificent desert landscapes) and Nabataean temple.

Day

8

Transfer to the edge of the Dead Sea for visit to Bethany (traditional baptismal site of Jesus). Overnight stay at Dead Sea Marriott Resort & Spa.

Day

9

Return to Amman by road for two nights at Amman Marriott Hotel. Afternoon: Jordan Archaeological Museum, Roman Theatre and Citadel.

Day

10

Whole day excursion to the Umayyad Desert Castles of Qasr al-Kharana (8th century inscriptions) and Qasr al-Hallabat (2nd century mosaics); Azraq (oasis and headquarters of Lawrence of Arabia); and Shaumari Wildlife Reserve (chance to see Asiatic wild ass and Arabian oryx). Continue to Umayyad hunting lodge of Qasr Amra (remarkable frescoes).

Day

11

Depart Amman 1200, arriving Heathrow 1525.

Tour Dates

14 Oct — 24 Oct 2019

Days

11

Cost

£3145

Tour Code

JORD-19

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Testimonial

Andrew Wilson delivers all information with great good humour and confidence - it is a pleasure to be guided by him.


FLIGHTS

For customers who wish to make their own travel arrangements, ACE are pleased to be able to offer a flight reduction of:

£400.00

Cost includes:

return airfare, group visa, accommodation based on sharing a twin or double bedded room, breakfast, nine lunches, dinner with water, excursions & admissions, gratuities.

Not included:

travel insurance, single room supplement £755.

 
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