9 days
Duration
Middle East
Destination
Level 1 - Introductory to Moderate
Activity

Ancient History of Jordan escorted Small Group educational Tours

Ancient History of Jordan escorted Small Group educational Tours. The historical riches of Jordan serve as a reminder of its pivotal role as the links between the Persian and Greco-Roman empires. During Odyssey Traveller Australia's  small group tour of Jordan we visit the nation's capital, Amman, the Dead Sea, the ancient Desert Castles, and Petra. This tour is ideal for those looking to experience the iconic culture, architecture, and landscape of Jordan.

Arriving in Amman, we will see the Archaeological Museum, the Folklore Museum. We will also visit The Blue Mosque, a spectacular holy structure built in the 17th century.

After Amman, we travel to the ancient city of Jerash.

Jerash is visually stunning, with paved and colonnaded streets, soaring hilltop temples, theatres, spacious public squares and plazas, baths, fountains and city walls. The tour also visits Madaba, a city best known for the famous 6th century mosaic map of Jerusalem & the Holy Land.

Small group tour to Jordan highlights

In addition to several amazing buildings and castles in Jordan, we visit Shobak Castle. It is an early 12th century Crusader castle in barren surroundings. The castle is perched on the side of a rocky conical mountain, 1300m above sea level, overlooking fruit trees below.

Another significant highlight of the trip is the Nabatean Red Rose city of Petra, one of the 7 wonders and a UNESCO World Heritage site. We enter the city through a 1km long narrow gorge which is flanked either side by 80m high cliffs. There are dazzling colours and formations formed by the rocks. The massive site contains hundreds of elaborated rock-cut tombs, a treasury, Roman-style theatres, temples, sacrificial altars and colonnaded streets.

At the end of the tour we arrive at the famous Dead Sea. Here, we will find the lowest land elevation in the world, 410m below sea level.

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This tour runs after Odyssey Traveller Australia's  small group tour of Iran. Click here to view the Iran tours.

It is also linked to Odyssey's Egypt tour in November, click through to read more.

Tour Notes
  • Group size limited to 16.
  • This tour is paired with Odyssey's Treasures of Egypt tour.

PDF of Tour PDF of Reading List

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Visit the mosaic cities of Madaba and Mount Nebo.
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Feel the romance of the Arabian Desert with a visit to the spectacular Wadi Rum the Valley of the Moon.
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Discover the stunning Capital City of the Nabateans, Petra, a city fully carved in the rose red stones.
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Float in the Dead Sea, the lowest point on earth at 400 metres below sea level.
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Explore the fascinating city of Amman.

Overview: On arrival make your own way to the hotel. In the evening meet with the group for a welcome dinner at the hotel.

Accommodation: 04 nights at Toledo Hotel or similar.

Overview: After breakfast, we tour the downtown part of the capital city, visiting sites and museums including the Archaeological Museum, the Folklore Museum, The citadel, the Blue Mosque and the Amphitheater.
Later we proceed to the Eastern Deser to visit Al Kharraneh Castle, Amra Castle (a UNESCO World Heritage site), and Al Azarq Castle where Lawrence of Arabia resided and wrote part of his book “Seven Pillars of Wisdom”

Accommodation: Toledo Hotel or similar.

Overview: After breakdast we head to visit the ancient Roman city of Jerash, including the paved and colonnaded streets, soaring hilltop temples, theatres, spacious public squares and plazas, baths, fountains and city walls.
We then proceed to northern Jordan to visit one of the most important ecological and historical sites of the Middle East: Ajloun. Ajloun Castle (Qal’at Ar-Rabad) is a fine example of Islamic architecture as it was built by Saladin’s general in 1184 AD to control the iron mines of Ajloun, and to counter the progress of the Crusaders by dominating the three main routes leading to Jordan Valleu and protecting the communication routes between Jordan and Syria)

Accommodation: Toledo Hotel or similar.

Overview: After breakfast, we head to visit Madaba, a city best known for the famous 6th century mosaic map of Jerusalem & the Holy Land and for its spectacular Byzantine and Umayyad mosaics. We then continue to Mt. Nebo (visit location only as the church is currently closed for renovations), a city mentioned in the bible as the place where Moses was granted a view of the promised land that he would never enter.

Accommodation: Toledo Hotel or similar.

Overview: After breakfast we travel south to visit Shobak Castle, it is an early 12th century Crusader castle in barren surroundings. It is perched on the side of a rocky conical mountain at 1,300m above sea level, looking over fruit trees below. Although not so well preserved or visited as Kerak Castle, its isolation from the nearest town makes it more atmospheric. Further we vist the Karak Castle – a Crusader’s Castle built on a triangular plateau dating back to the 12th century. We then continue to Petra, we check in our hotel in time for dinner.

Accommodation: 02 nights at Amra Palace or similar.

Overview: After breakfast, we head to visit the Nabatean Red Rose city of Petra, one of the 7 world wonders and a UNESCO World Heritage site. We enter the city through a 1km long narrow gorge which is flanked either side by 80m high cliffs. We notice the dazzling colours and formations of the rocks. The site is massive and contains hundreds of elaborated rock-cut tombs, a treasury, Roman-style theatres, temples, sacrificial altars and colonnaded streets.
We return to our hotel for dinner in the evening.

Accommodation: Amra Palace or similar

Overview: Today we head further south to visit other significant sites including Wadi Rum and Aqaba. Explore Wadi Rum on a 1h30min jeep ride into the Jordanian desert. Wadi Rum was best described by T.E. Lawrence as “Vast, echoing and god-like”, and by the locals as “Valley of the Moon”. We proceed our journey south to the sole gulf city in Jordan for an overnight stay.

Accommodation: 01 night at Marina Plaza or similar.

Overview: Enjoy a free morning to explore the area or relax by the Red Sea. At lunch time we travel to the Dead Sea via Wadi Araba. At 410m below sea level, the Dead Sea is the lowest place on earth. Jordan’s Dead Sea coast is one of the most spectacular natural and spiritual landscapes in the world and it remains as enticing to international visitors today as it was to the kings, emperors, traders and prophets in antiquity. The main attraction of the Dead Sea is of course the soothing, abnormally salty water itself. The salt content of the water is 31.5%, making the water so buoyant that it’s impossible for the visit to sink. The water also contains 21 minerals including high levels of magnesium, sodium, potassium and bromine and other 12 of these are found in no other water n the world.

Accommodation: 01 nights at Holiday Inn or similar

Overview: After breakfast we transfer back to Queen Alia International Airport where our tour ends.

What’s included in our Tour

  • 8 nights hotel accommodation
  • 8 breakfasts and 8 dinners
  • Transport in comfortable and modern coaches.
  • All excursions, entrance fees and local guides as indicated.
  • Gratuities and necessary tips.
  • Service Charges and Gratuities
  • Services of Tour Leader for the duration of tour.
  • Detailed Preparatory Information.

What’s not included in our Tour

  • International airfares and departure taxes.
  • Comprehensive international travel insurance.
  • Items of a personal nature such as telephone calls and laundry.
Map of jordan
Ancient History of Jordan
Joradan, Petra

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