Jordan's Ancient Wonders at Christmas

From £2,339.00
Duration 8 Days
Departures from Dec 2020 - Dec 2020
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From £2,339.00
Duration 8 Days
Departures from Dec 2020 - Dec 2020
Tour Overview

​Discover historic and biblical sites, explore the 'Lost City' of Petra and soak up magical desert landscapes as you immerse yourself in Jordan's treasures.

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Your Holiday Includes

  • Return flights from Heathrow with Royal Jordanian
  • 7 nights in 4-star hotels
  • 14 meals: 7 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 6 dinners and welcome drink
  • Travelsphere Tour Manager and Specialist Local Guide
  • Overseas transfers, other transportation and porterage

Included Holiday Highlights

  • Visit the preserved Roman city of Jerash
  • Tour of Amman
  • Visit Madaba, where St George's Church houses the Mosaic Map, and Mount Nebo
  • Discover the ancient Shobak fortress
  • Walking tour of Petra
  • Explore 'Little Petra'
  • Lunch at a Beduoin village​
  • Wadi Rum visit
  • Float in the Dead Sea
  • Start the festivities with a Christmas Eve gala dinner
  • Feast on mezzes of local Arabic specialities in a restaurant

Itinerary

Day 1 UK – Amman

​Depart on your flight to Amman, the capital of Jordan, ​today. On arrival, we'll transfer you to your hotel.​

Day 2 Jerash

This morning we're going to Jerash, one of the largest and best-preserved Roman cities in existence. Highlights here are the Temples of Artemis and Zeus, Hadrian's Triumphal Arch and a street of columns a mile long. 
We'll return to Amman this afternoon, and after some time at leisure we'll head to a restaurant for dinner. Here we'll feast on mezzes of local Arabic specialities as we listen to traditional music.​​

Meals included: B,D

Day 3 Amman

​Our day begins with a city tour of Amman. You'll see many of its treasures, including a Roman amphitheatre, the magnificent citadel and the King Abdullah Mosque. 
We'll then head to Madaba, to visit St George's Church, the home of the Mosaic Map. This treasure of early Christianity dates back to the 6th century and is the oldest map of Palestine in existence. We then​​ visit Mount Nebo, an elevated ridge that rises more than 700 metres above sea level and is cited in the Hebrew Bible as the point from which Moses saw the Promised Land. From here, you can take in panoramic views of the Holy Land and the valley of the River Jordan.
We then return to Amman and dinner will be served at the hotel this evening.

Meals included: B,D

Day 4 Christmas Eve, Amman – Petra

​We're heading south to Petra today, and on the way we'll visit the ancient fortress of Shobak. This is one of the largest and most impregnable of the chain of forts built by the Crusaders and is an impressive example of architectural military genius. Every stronghold was built to be a day's journey from its neighbour, and at night, beacons were lit to signal to Jerusalem that each was safe.
The rose-red city of Petra is our final destination, and our hotel here is built in and around a traditional Jordanian village. Dinner will be served at the hotel this evening. 

Meals included: B,D

Day 5 Christmas Day, Petra

​It's Christmas Day and you're going to explore Petra on a guided walking tour. This extraordinary city carved into the sandstone is concealed beyond a long, narrow gorge – the Siq – and your Local Guide will lead you through this corridor of rock. Get ready for your first glimpse of the magnificent Treasury building, it will not disappoint. There will be the opportunity for you to explore the area at leisure before returning to the hotel for dinner.

Meals included: B,D

Day 6 Boxing Day, Petra – Wadi Rum – Dead Sea

​Start the day with a visit to Siq al-Barid, a northern suburb of Petra known as 'Little Petra'. Here you'll see houses, temples and staircases all carved out of rock and hidden away in the centre of a mountain.
​The Beduoin people who live in the deserts of Jordan consider it a great honour to receive guests, and you'll experience their hospitality when we visit a Bedouin village, the Ammarin Camp. Over herb tea and lunch, we'll get to know our hosts and learn about their semi-nomadic lifestyle and traditions.
We then head to the desert of Wadi Rum, which was immortalised in the 1962 film Lawrence of Arabia. With sand dunes and sandstone rock formations of all shapes, sizes and colours, this magical landscape is sure to leave a lasting impression. We'll make a stop at the visitor centre before continuing our journey to another famous destination, the Dead Sea. This is the lowest spot on earth, and you will stay here for two nights in a hotel right on its shores​.

Meals included: B,L,D

Day 7 Dead Sea - at Leisure

​Today is yours to relax at leisure. You might choose to experience the unique waters of the Dead Sea, which are renowned for their buoyancy and therapeutic qualities. Alternatively, you could join an optional excursion to the River Jordan and the biblical site of the baptism of Jesus.

Meals included: B,D

Day 8 Dead Sea – UK

​This morning we will transfer you to Amman for your flight back to the UK.

Meals included: B

Accommodation

Landmark Amman Hotel & Conference Centre

This elegant hotel is located in the heart of Amman’s business district. Facilities include a choice of restaurants and bars offering a delicious range of dining options, and a health club with gym, hot tub and sauna. Guest rooms have en suite facilities, TV and tea/coffee-making facilities.

Hyatt Zaman Hotel

The Hyatt Zaman is located 7.5 miles from Petra and Aqaba is a 90-minute drive from the resort. This hotel offers stunning views of the Sharah Mountain Range. Hotel facilities include a fitness room, a traditional hammam, and an outdoor pool. Air-conditioned rooms feature modern amenities combined with traditional decorations. All rooms have a seating area, a flat-screen TV, and a minibar. There are several restaurants offering authentic Arabian dishes as well as international cuisine. Guests can enjoy an evening cocktail at the garden bar. The resort’s hammam features original Ottoman features and offers professional massages. There is also a handicraft souk, and a small shop selling a selection of incense, tea, hand soaps, and body creams. The well-tended walkways of the resort lead to the old village centre, with its original water-well and marble benches.

Holiday Inn Resort Dead Sea

Soak up the ancient magic of Jordan's Dead Sea in contemporary comfort at the Holiday Inn Resort Dead Sea hotel. A 45-minute drive from Queen Alia International Airport, the 5-star hotel has a sun-drenched private beach whose soft sands are lapped by the healing waters of the world’s most famous salt lake. Three palm-fringed, heated pools link the Dead Sea with the sand-coloured hotel, making this a water lover's paradise. Swim out to Jacuzzi island and forget the outside world – or stay in touch using complimentary, high-speed Wi-Fi. Luxurious massages and facial treatments in Shape Up spa use natural Dead Sea products.

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