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Adventure Extension

Monday, September 3 - Wadi Rum Desert

After breakfast we leave Petra and drive to the magnificent Wadi Rum Desert. It was here the British army officer T. E. Lawrence gathered the Arab tribes to revolt against the Ottoman Turkish rule during World War I.  This is a story that reached world fame in the movie “Lawrence of Arabia”. From the Wadi Rum Visitors Centre you will get into jeeps for a tour passing sand dunes and incredible rock formations. The tour ends in the middle of the desert where we set up our tented camp for the night. Like real Bedouins we will cook dinner over an open fire with the gazing stars and moon illuminating our outdoor hotel.  Please note that there are not toilets and running water at this camp-site.  (breakfast, lunch, and dinner included) 

Tuesday, September 4 - Dana Valley and White Dome Trail

Following Bedouin-style breakfast we will head back to the Visitors Centre, your bus is waiting to take you to the village of Tafilah.   From here we set out on an eight (8) kilometer hike through the Dana Valley, which is one of Jordan’s premier nature reserves. The trail contours the huge escarpments of Wadi Dana and offers breathtaking views of the canyon-like valley while passing through terraced gardens. After an estimated four hours we will reach Rummana Camp where we you will be assigned to a tent for the night.  (breakfast, lunch, and dinner included)

Wednesday, September 5 - Wadi Mujib and Amman

From the Rummana Camp we head north along the Wadi Araba highway. Just before the Dead Sea we reach the Wadi Mujib Gorge, in many ways similar to the Siq in Petra.  It is narrow and has towering cliffs rising on both sides. Through the Gorge runs the Mujib River and it is in this reserve where you will find more than four hundred species of plants, more than a hundred species of birds and animals like the Nubian Ibex, Red Fox, Hyena, Jackal, Wild Cat, Caracal, Badger, Mongoose, Wolf and Arabian Leopard.  Today we will do an estimated four (4) kilometer hike and also have the opportunity to swim.  Following, we will return to Amman and check into a hotel for the evening. (breakfast and lunch included)

Thursday, September 6 - Farewell Jordan

Enjoy a leisure morning before checking out and departing for your international trip home.  Three scheduled airport transfers will be provided to the Queen Alia International Airport in Amman to arrive at the airport at 6:00 am, 9:00 am, and 2:00 pm.  (breakfast included)

 

Cultural Extension

Monday, September 3 - Shoubak, Madaba & Mt. Nebo

After a leisure breakfast, your extension will begin with a visit to the former Crusader fortress, the Shoubak Castle from the Mamluk Period.  From there we will continue to the historic city of Madaba, famous for the ancient "Mosaic of Jerusalem," which is one of the oldest pictured testimonies of the Holy City.  The next stop is Mt. Nebo, the mountain where Moses saw the Holy Land before finding his final resting place on the mountain. You will enjoy the great views of Israel and the Jordan Valley. (breakfast included)

Tuesday, September 4 - As-Salt and Baptism Site

Today you will visit the small town As-Salt.  As-Salt features old lanes and dazzling houses from the late Ottoman Period.  A walking tour through this 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 life, 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 baptized by John.  The day will end back in Amman where you will enjoy dinner at a local restaurant. (breakfast, lunch and dinner included)
 
Wednesday, September 5 - 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 for a tour of the capital's most prominent sites and buildings. (breakfast and lunch included)
 
Thursday, September 6 - Farewell Jordan

Enjoy a leisure morning before checking out and departing for your international trip home.  Three scheduled airport transfers will be provided to the Queen Alia International Airport in Amman to arrive at the airport at 6:00 am, 9:00 am, and 2:00 pm.  (breakfast included)

(activities subject to change)