10 Day Itinerary
Day 1 Depart USA
Day 2 Arrive Amman. Upon arrival, we will transfer to our hotel and commence introductions and orientation. Dinner will be at the hotel.
Day 3 Our first full day of discovery will start with a full breakfast (as always) at the hotel. We will start with a brief driving tour of Amman to orient ourselves to Jordan's capital city. Our main objectives for the day will be the citadel, the Roman theatre and Jordan's National Museum.
Day 4 Today we will venture beyond Amman to visit Jerash (shown to the right), one of Jordan's most impressive archaeologcial sites and perhaps the best preserved Hellenistic city in the eastern Mediterranean. In the afternoon, after spending most of the day at Jerash, we will visit Ajlun castle, explore this fine example of Crusader architecture and enjoy the outstanding views. Dinner will be at the hotel.
Day 5 Following breakfast, we will embark on a journey to Petra that will take us to Mt. Nebo, Madaba and Kerak castle. By late afternoon we will arrive in Petra. If there is time, you can make your first visit to the site. Dinner will be at the hotel.
Day 6 Today we will explore the ruins of Petra. There is potentially a lot of hiking involved, but you can elect to take part of the journey by horse or carriage. The main objectives will be the Siq (top right), the Kazneh (above right) and the Roman theatre, but this will take us within easy reach of many other impressive monuments. Those who are ambitious can trek all the way to the Deir (above) or "monastery"-- a rewarding hike to a secluded location were Petra's best preserved monument is found. Dinner will be at the hotel.
Day 7 On our second full day in Petra, you can chose between hiking routes to other secluded sites, revisit sites you enjoyed from the day before or relax at the hotel. Dinner will be at the hotel.
Day 8 Today we leave Petra behind and venture onward to Wadi Rum, one of the world's most spectacular desert landscapes. Upon arrival we will meet our Bedouin guides and embark on a camel and jeep safari into the desert. Dinner will be at the hotel in Aqaba.
Day 9 The morning is free for relaxation or casual strolling in Aqaba. In the afternoon, we will depart for Amman as our journey draws to a close.Dinner will be on your own in Amman.
Day 10 Return to the USA or take an elective journey to Jerusalem..
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11-20 November 2008