Discover the highlights of the Hashemite Kingodm of Jordan on this introductionary tour featuring the cities of the Decapolis in the north, the hidden “Desert Castles” in the east, biblical Jordan by the Jordan River and of course Petra and Amman.
Upon arrival and after completing formalities (luggage, passport control and customs) you will be met by your driver and transferred to your hotel in Amman.
After breakfast, meet you guide and drive north to the area of the former Decapolis. The Decapolis (“Ten Cities”) was a group of ten bigger and smaller cities in what is today Jordan, Israel and Syria during the time of the Roman Empire. However, they did not form a political body of its own, they shared the same language, culture and political status. On your way, visit Gerasa (Jerash) with its extensive excavations, Gadara (Umm Qais) and later on, see the medieval fortress in Ajloun.
The Desert Castles
Today, you will drive into the Jordanian desert, extending to the east of Amman and visit some of the so-called “Desert Castles”. The castles consist of a number of small rock castles and fortresses which are scattered throughout the desert; most of them located along ancient trade routes connection the Levante with Medina and Kufa. Built between the 7th and 8th century CE, the castles may have served as caravanserais, defensive structures, control posts or have been built for other reasons. What ever purpose they may have been originall been designed for, they are some of the most remarkable examples of Islamic architecture from the early centuries of Islam and definetly worth a full day trip.
After breakfast, drive in westward direction to the riverbank of the Jordan River and visit the traditional baptism site in “Bethany beyond the Jordan” where John the Baptist is said to have been baptizing his followers, among them Jesus himself. Afterwards, drive up to Mt. Nebo and enjoy the panoramic view from its top, which Mose himself once saw (Dtn 34,1-5). After lunch, arrive to the small city of Madaba which is home to the famous mosaic map of the Holy Land, dating back to the 6th century CE. The Madaba Map covers parts of the floor of the Greek Orthodox Church of St. George and is the oldest map of Christians sites found to date.
The Kings’ Highway
In ancient times, the so-called “Kings’ Highway” connected Memphis in Egypt with Resafa on the banks of the Euphrates. Along its way, it passed through Heliopolis, Suez, Nakhl (all in Egypt), Aqaba, Petra, Kerak, Madaba, Amman, Jerash (all in Jordan) and Bosra and Damaskus in Syria, creating one of the most important travel and trade routes of the Ancient World.
Today, you will travel along this route from Amman to Petra with stops in Kerak (crusaders’ castle, bulit in 1140 CE as “Crac des Moabites”) and Shobak (another crusader’s castle, built by Baldwin I. of Jerusalem in 1115). In the late afternoon, you will arrive to Petra for relaxation and overnight.
Today, you will spend a full day visiting the most famous and most astonishing of all Nabatean cities, Petra. Follow your guide through the narrow passage, the “Siq”, that will lead you deep into the rocks, directly into the heart of the ancient city, possibly founded as early as 312 BCE. Discover the magnificant rock-cut temples, tombs and houses, before you will head to Wadi Rum for overnight.
Spend a full day in Wadi Rum, also known as the “Valley of the Moon”, the largest wadi in Jordan and one of the most spectacular. With your guide, discover some of the ancient traces of human inhabitation, such like the Nabatean temple of the Thamudic inscriptions and rock engravings and admire the bizarre structures, carrying names like “Seven Pillars of Wisdom”. Depending on the weather, you may also board a hot-air balloon for a fascination view from above.
Machaerus, Hammamat Ma’in
Depart Wadi Rum and head back north. On your way, visit the ancient fortified hilltop palace “Machaerus”, where, according to Flavius Josephus, John the Baptist was held captive and eventually beheaded. Afterwards, relax in the hot-springs of Hammamat Ma’in, a number of hot mineral springs, small lakes and waterfalls, not far from Amman.
As a conclusion of your visit to the Kingdom of Jordan, spend a full day in its capital. You will start with the citadel, a national historic site in the middle of today’s downtown of Amman. Also, pay a visit to the Jordan Archaeological Museum, which is located inside the citadel. Afterwards, stroll through the Old and New City of Amman and spend your afternoon at leisure.
Depending on your flight time, transfer to Amman Airport or extensions.
All our tours are private tours including private transportation and private guiding.
- Meet & Assist at Amman Airport.
- 9 nights stay in mentioned places in good middle class hotels, all overnight stays incl. breakfast.
- All mentioned sightseeing tours, including transportation by private modern & tourism-licensed a/c vehicles (according to group size).
- Professional guiding by a qualified & tourism-licensed guide.
- Half board (breakfast + dinner, excl. beverages).
- Recommended gratuities.
- Travel Security Consultation prior to and throughout your tour.
All prices are inclusive of all mentioned services and valid throughout the year except major holidays during the high season. Please inquire for details.
- Private tour, 4 to 9 people: 1250 €.
- Private tour, 10 to 14 people: 1180 €
- Private tour, 15 to 20 people: 1100 €
- Private tour, 21 to 30 people: 1030 €
- Private tour, 31 to 39 people: 990 €
- Private tour, 40 and more: Please inquire for individual pricing.
This tour is offered as a private tour at any given date of the year. Just tell us about your favorite day of departure an we will organize everything accordingly.
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