A Middle Eastern Sojourn: Jordan

6 –13 April, 2019 | 8 Days/7 Nights

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A Middle Eastern Sojourn: Jordan
6–13 April 2019 (7 nights / 8 days)

(Amman – Madaba – Petra – Wadi Rum – Dead Sea)

Jordan has got to be the most underrated, undersold tourist destination for the Indian tourist.

Why the discerning Indian traveller does not fling herself headlong into this beautiful, charming, and historic land, even as hordes of her countrymen make a nuisance of themselves in Bangkok, Singapore, and Switzerland, has got to be one of the mysteries of the outbound tourism industry.

Jordan is the kind of country where if you go with few expectations and an open mind, you are sure to come back delighted and enriched. I didn’t really know what to expect and didn’t really have an open mind (having been a bit suspicious of the reviews I had read before going), but Jordan has surely been one of the most stirring experiences of my life.

Jordan is where Arabia meets the Levant and can be considered a melting pot of Middle Eastern culture. Its history predates the Bible, its architectural relics are as old as Rome and Damascus, and its landscape is simply stunning; moving from the lowest point on Earth, the Dead Sea, to desert and thence to mountains whose colours are reminiscent of Ladakh, all in the course of a two-hour drive.

And to top it all, there is Petra….

But first our itinerary begins in the charming and laid-back city of Amman, the capital of Jordan. A highly underrated city because it compares well with the stars of the region such as Jerusalem, Beirut (errr … before the Civil War), and Damascus (errr … ditto).

It is the kind of place which makes you want to stroll the streets and the bazaars, stopping every now and then for coffee, sheesha, or delicious kebabs.

Next is Jerash, one of the best preserved Roman cities in the Eastern Mediterranean, conquered for Rome by Julius Caesar’s nemesis, Pompey the Great.

Add to it a night in a true Arabian desert – Wadi Rum.

And two days at the magical and ancient Nabatean city of Petra, with its legendary approach (immortalized in countless films) through a high-walled wadi that twists and turns before reluctantly revealing the exquisite entrance to the city chiselled out of pink-hued cliffs. Definitely a wonder of the world!

And finally the Dead Sea, where the salt-laden waters ensure that even the most nervous non-swimmer will float!

The hotels we stay at have been carefully selected to ensure that we are centrally located as well as in charming environs and, most importantly, without spending a bomb. While the hotel at Amman is a service apartment in the heart of town, those in Petra and Dead Sea are 4-star hotels. The desert camp is a good campsite.

We have been to Jordan a few times in the past, and this is a new and improved itinerary. So plan your leaves and join us for this Middle Eastern sojourn.

 

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Enjoy a full day at Petra
  • Experience stay in the Arabian desert
  • Local family lunch en route Jerash
  • Unique experience of preparing your own dinner at Petra Kitchen
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PRICE

  • Accommodation on a twin-sharing basis
  • Group transfer from airport and back
  • Group visa; if arriving separately, visa and transfer cost will be additional
  • All transportation in deluxe AC minivan or coach as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Two small bottles of mineral water per person per day
  • Tours as mentioned in the itinerary
  • All entrance fees to the sites mentioned in the itinerary
  • Two-hour 4X4 jeep tour at Wadi Rum
  • Group visa
  • Services of an English-speaking guide throughout the tour
  • Services of a trip lead from Wonderful World throughout the trip
  • GST at 5%
  • International flights into and from Amman
  • Travel insurance
  • Any meals not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Any beverages, alcoholic or non-alcoholic
  • Any personal expenses, such as laundry, phone calls, portage, etc.
  • Tips for guide and driver (please budget about USD 50)
  • Any other item not mentioned in Inclusions above
  • Any services not mentioned in Inclusions above
  • Any cost arising out of unforeseen circumstances like ill‐health, land blocks, bad weather, etc.
  • Petra by Night optional tour at USD 28 per person

ITINERARY

Day 1
Day 1 – Saturday, 6th April (includes breakfast) Amman – Arrival
  • Arrive at Queen Alia International Airport in Amman. Group visa on arrival and group transfer to the hotel.
(Please check flight timings with us before booking.)
  • Depending on the flight timings, time permitting, we will visit the Royal Automobile museum in the evening
  • Or simply stroll around Rainbow Street in the evening if you have the energy.
Overnight at Heritage House or similar
Day 2
Day 2 – Sunday, 7th April (includes breakfast and lunch) Amman – Jerash – Amman
  • After breakfast at the hotel, proceed for a city tour of Amman.
Visit the citadel and Roman theatre of the erstwhile Roman Philadelphia. Take in all the sights, sounds, and smells of downtown Amman and city centre.
  • Later, transfer to Jerash. En route have lunch with a local family.
  • Proceed to visit Jerash.
Originally known as Gerasa, this is one of the best-preserved Roman cities in the eastern Mediterranean. Walk through paved and colonnaded streets, soaring hilltop temples, handsome theatres, spacious public squares, and plazas, baths, fountains, and city walls pierced by towers and gates.
  • Return to Amman by evening.
Overnight at Heritage House or similar
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