Jewels of Jordan & Syria is collection of the remains of
different epochs of civilization that takes us back in time to
explore and understand how the world was then and help us
understand why it is the way it is today. We will be walking
over centuries of pre biblical to biblical, Christian, Islamic
and modern eras - all having added to the previous and leaving
behind much for the next civilization to take over. This journey
has also a vivid cultural experience as we meet the local folks
at the tea houses, souqs and the various other places we visit.
Day by day tour itinerary
Arrival at Amman airport. Meet and assist and transfer to hotel.
Overnight, Amman (1 night)
Amman / Madaba / Mt Nebo / Kerak / Petra
This morning we proceed to Madaba to visit its famous St. George Church
where the oldest mosaic map of Palestine ever exists. Then drive to Mt.
Nebo for its spectacular view of the Holy Land. Continue onto the
Crusader Castle of Kerak for a visit then onto Petra.
Petra (2 nights) (B, D)
Today we will be visiting one of the top most magnificent sites in the
Middle East. After passing the main gate we take a horse ride for about
700 meters to the entrance of the SIQmand walk along the SIQ until the
most astonishing monuments of Petra, the Treasury, appear all of a
sudden. We wander among the tombs, temples, water cisterns, the Roman
Theater, street of Facades, the Royal Tombs, the massive Courthouse,
Roman Street and Triumphal Arch and ending at Qasr Al-Bint. Time flies
at Petra and before we know, it will be time to proceed to our hotel.
Overnight (1 night) (B, D)
Petra / Wadi Rum / Amman
Drive to Wadi Rum for a jeep tour to discover what Laurence of Arabia
did, then proceed back to Amman.
Amman (2 nights) (B, D)
Morning tour of Amman city, which is also known as Philadelphia. Then
drive to visit Jerash,
the Greco-Roman city, where we also cover the Triumphal Arch, the
Hippodrome, the Temple of Zeus, the Forum, a mile long street of
Columns, the Nymphaeum, the Temple of Airtimes and the Viaduct Church.
Amman / Bosra / Damascus
Proceed towards the northern border with Syria. Meet & assist and
proceed to Bosra to visit its Roman amphitheater, which dated back to
the 2nd century AD, together with an ancient Islamic minaret. Continue
to our hotel.
Damascus (2 nights) (B, D)
Visit one of the world’s oldest cities where many civilizations have
left their marks over the centuries: Armenians, Greeks, Romans,
Byzantines and Arabs. Some of the most popular sites to visit: The
Omayyad Mosque, Al-Azem Palace, the Chapel of St. Ananias, St. Paul’s
Window, the National Museum, Hamidiye Bazaar, Saladin Mausoleum and the
legendary Straight Street of Damascus. (B, D)
Damascus / Maaloula / Palmyra
Drive to Maaloula, one of the most beautiful and picturesque villages in
the region (60km from Damascus) and 1300 meters above sea level. It is
said to be the first monastery in Christianity, and the unique thing is
that the inhabitants still speak Aramaic (the language in which Christ
preached and addressed his pupils). Proceed to Palmyra.
Palmyra (2 nights) (B, D)
Palmyra was the capital of the Arab Emirate of Tadmor, which stretched
to Egypt and the Bosphorus strait in the third century A.D. During the
rule of its queen Zenobia who challenged the Emperors of Rome. Visit its
highlights: Bel Temple, Bel Shamin Temple, Nebo Temple, the Street of
Colonnade’s, the Theater, the Forum, the tombs, and the Museum. (B, D)
Palmyra / Krak des Chevaliers / Hama / Aleppo
This morning depart for Krak des Chevaliers, the castle that played a
vital role during the crusaders war. Visiting this strategically built
castle, we then continue onto Hama, a historical city located on the
Orontes River, to visit the ancient water wheels (the norias). Arrive
Aleppo, the second Capital of Syria.
Aleppo (2 nights) (B, D)
Today’s tour starts out with a visit to the Archaeological Museum of
Aleppo. Then onto visit the most dominating site of Aleppo, the Citadel,
which was dates back to the Fatimid & Ayyubid eras - 11th & 12th
centuries AD. Next stop is the Grand Mosque and Al Wazir Caravanserai
with all kinds of goods. We then continue for St. Simeon - a striking
example of the architecture during the times of the Dead Cities that
flourished for more than 400 years. (B, D)
Aleppo / Damascus Depart
After a journey into history, we bid farewell with a transfer for our
flight home. (B)