Jordan - Ancient Treasures of the Hashemite Kingdom
£2,045 excl. flight
- World Heritage sites of Umm er-Rasas, Amra and Petra
- Jerash, a magnificent city of the Roman Decapolis
- The ‘Desert Castles’ of the 8th century Umayyad dynasty
The Jordan River valley is synonymous with 10,000 years of historical events - the Nabaeatans, the Pharaohs, Alexander the Great, Moses, the Prophet Mohammed and Lawrence of Arabia have all passed along its way. Travel the length and breadth of this small country, including the ‘Rose Red City of Petra’ one of the new ‘Seven Wonders of the World’ and delight in the endless treasures on offer in this fascinating destination.
Day 1 London/ Amman – Arrive in Amman.
Day 2 Amman, Salt - Morning exploration of Amman’s acropolis, citadel, archaeological museum and Roman Amphitheatre. After lunch head northwest to Salt and explore the city on foot, you will come across wonderful Ottoman architecture, bustling bazaars and have a chance to visit the Abu Jaber Archaeological museum.
Day 3 Pella, Ajloun, Jerash – Head to Pella, a Decapolis
city, exceptionally rich in antiquities. You then continue to Ajloun Fortress, one of the best preserved and most complete examples of medieval Arab-Islamic military architecture. After lunch drive north to the magnificent 2,000 year old Roman Decapolis city of
Jerash, originally founded by Alexander the Great.
Day 4 Amman, Desert Castles, Madaba – Morning excursion into the desert to visit the extraordinary ‘Desert Castles’, including Qasr Kharanah, Amra and
the black basalt fort at Azraq. A traditional lunch will be had with a family from one of the surrounding communities. In the afternoon journey to Madaba, Jordan’s most important Christian centre, have a walking tour and visit the Church of St George to see its intricate mosaic map of the Holy Land.
Day 5 Mt Nebo, Umm ar-Rasa, Karak, Wadi Feynan - Morning excursion to Moses’ 4th century Memorial Church at Mount Nebo. Then journey south to Umm ar-Rasas, which contains ruins from Roman, Byzantine and early Muslim civilizations. Afternoon visit to the imposing hilltop fortress of Karak, whose galleries, towers and ramparts still echo with the resolve of the Crusaders who built them almost a thousand years ago. Overnight in Wadi Feynan.
Day 6 Wadi Feynan, Dana Village, Petra - Morning excursion with a Bedouin shepherd for part of his morning goat herding routine and learn all about life in
the desert. Afternoon visit to the charming 15th century village of Dana before continuing your journey to Petra.
Day 7 Petra – A full day exploring the superb and extensive monuments of Nabataean Petra, Jordan’s most well-known UNESCO World Heritage site, rediscovered by the Swiss traveller, Burckhardt, two hundred years ago.
Day 8 Petra - Return to Petra for further exploration, including the High Place of Sacrifice, a sacred open-air altar atop a mountain summit, and the drive to ‘Little Petra’ and the prehistoric village at Beidha.
Day 9 Wadi Rum, Dead Sea – Drive to Wadi Rum, the largest and most magnificent of Jordan’s desert landscapes and enjoy a 4x4 excursion into the dunes. Drive on to the Dead Sea with the chance to float in its salty waters.
Day 10 Dead Sea/ Amman / London – Transfer to Amman and fly to London.
Jennifer Scarce B.A., F.S.A.Scot, was Curator of Middle Eastern Cultures for the National Museums of Scotland. She is now an Honorary Lecturer at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, University of Dundee, a research and travel consultant, freelance curator and author.
She has arranged many permanent and temporary exhibitions of Middle Eastern culture for the National Museums of Scotland and has travelled widely in the Middle East, North Africa and Eastern Europe.
She specialises in collecting contemporary textiles and dress for the Museum and also pursues various research projects such as the material culture of the North Africa and the Arab world. She has published articles and books on Middle Eastern dress, Romanian carpet weaving, Kuwait and Iran and most recently Domestic Culture in the Middle East.
She has lectured widely for conferences and groups and many tours to the Middle East and North Africa, including cruises to the Red Sea to visit archaeological sites in Jordan and Egypt
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