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A Middle Eastern Sojourn – Jordan

Jordan has got to be the most underrated and undersold tourist destinations in this country.
Why the discerning Indian traveler does not fling herself headlong into this beautiful, charming, and historic land, even as hordes of her countrymen make a nuisance of themselves in Bangkok, Singapore & Switzerland, has got to be one of the mysteries of the outbound tourism industry.

Jordan is the kind of country where if you go with few expectations and an open mind, you are sure to come back delighted and enriched.  I didn’t really know what to expect and didn’t really have an open mind (having been a bit suspicious of the rave reviews I had read before going) – but Jordan has surely been one of the most stirring experiences of my life.

Jordan is where Arabia meets the Levant and can be considered a melting pot of Middle Eastern culture. Its history predates the Bible, its architectural relics are as old as Rome & Damascus and its landscape is simply stunning; moving from the lowest point on Earth – the Dead Sea to desert and thence to mountains whose colours are reminiscent of Ladakh, all in the course of a two hour drive.

And to top it all, there is Petra….

But first our itinerary begins in the charming and laid back city of Amman, capital of Jordan. A highly underrated city because it compares well with the stars of the region such as Jerusalem, Beirut (er…before the civil war), Damascus (er…ditto) .
It’s the kind of place which makes you want to stroll the streets and the bazaars, stopping every now and then for coffee, sheesha or delicious kebabs.

Next is Jerash, one of the best preserved Roman Cities in the Eastern Mediterranean, conquered for Rome by Julius Ceaser’s nemesis Pompey the Great.

Then a night in a true Arabian Desert – Wadi Rum

And two days at the magical and ancient Nabatean city of Petra with its legendary approach (immortalized in countless films) through a high walled Wadi that twists & turns before reluctantly revealing the exquisite entrance to the city chiseled out of pink-hued cliffs –definitely a wonder of the world!

And finally to the Dead Sea, where the salt laden waters ensure that even the most nervous non-swimmer will float!

The hotels that we stay at have been carefully selected to ensure that we are centrally located as well as in charming environs and most importantly – without spending a Bomb.

We have been to Jordan a few times in the past – and this is a new and improved itinerary.

Itinerary

14th April (Saturday)– land at Queen Alia International Airport

(group transfer and group visa on arrival)
Transfer to Heritage House in Amman

If you land in the afternoon and have the energy– we can stroll around Rainbow Street

15th April – (Sunday)– (includes breakfast and lunch)

8:00 am – breakfast at the hotel – and leave for Jerash

  • – We start our day with a visit to Jerash, originally known as Gerasa – one of the best-preserved Roman cities in the eastern Mediterranean.

Walk through paved and colonnaded streets, soaring hilltop temples, handsome theatres, spacious public squares and plazas, baths, fountains and city walls pierced by towers and gates.

  • – Head back to Amman and have lunch with a local family
  • – Late afternoon and evening at Amman.

Visit the citadel and Roman theatre of the erstwhile Roman Philadelphia
Take in all the sights, sounds and smells of downtown Amman and the city centre

Overnight at Heritage House

16th April (Monday)– Amman – Madaba – Mt. Nebo – Amman (Includes breakfast)

  • – Start with the small and charming Madaba, known for it’s fine Byzantine mosaics preserved in its churches and museums, including the oldest Map of the Holy Land
  • – Then we drive to Mt. Nebo – comprising of a series of mountain peaks

Having led the Israelites for forty years through the wilderness, Moses finally saw, from this vantage point, the Promised Land that God had forbidden him to enter.

  • – Short hike at Wadi Mujib – which is absolutely stunning

Overnight at Heritage House in Amman

17th April (Tuesday) – Amman to Petra (includes breakfast and dinner)

  • – Today we drive to Petra.

Reach Petra and post lunch half day visit to Petra historical site
Relax at the hotel for a bit before dinner

Dinner at Petra Kitchen.
Petra Kitchen is not a restaurant but a local initiative to get a hands-on experience of Jordanian culture by working with a team of locals (both men and women) to prepare ingredients, cook an evening meal and then eat together.

Overnight at Petra Guest House

18th April (Wednesday) – Petra (includes breakfast and a packed lunch box)

I had read “Petra astounds” – and it truly does.
Built in the 3rd century – the Nabateans carved palaces, temples, tombs, storerooms and stables from the sandstone cliffs

We spend the entire day in the rose city – known as Sela in the Bible and lost to the world for five centuries until it was rediscovered in 1812.

You approach Petra through the legendary 1.2km-long, high-sided Siq  that opens up and we won’t spoil it by giving a description of what lies ahead – it is magical!

This whole day will be spent in the city visiting the many sites of Petra.

Back to the hotel at Petra

(PETRA BY NIGHT – OPTIONAL TOUR – for those of you who have the energy!)

19th April – Petra – Wadi Rum (includes breakfast and dinner)

Today we drive to a quintessential Arabian Desert and spend a night with the Bedouins

On arrival we proceed on a two hour Desert Safari – post that the evening is at leisure

Overnight at Suncity Desert Camp

20th April – Petra – Dead Sea (includes breakfast and dinner)

(Hot air balloon ride at Wadi Rum optional)
Post breakfast we drive to the Dead Sea – the lowest point on earth

Float in the Dead Sea and get your essential photo reading a book while doing so!

Just relax those muscles post the two hectic days at Petra.

We head to Haret Jdoudna in Madaba for our last meal in Jordan

Overnight at Dead Sea Spa hotel

21th April – Transfer to Queen Alia airport and fly back to Destination
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COST

COST :  Rs 98000 on a twin sharing basis (exclusive of GST – rate is at 5% at the moment)

Single supplement – Rs 25,000
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TERMS AND CONDITIONS

INCLUDES:

  • - Accommodation on a twin sharing basis in the hotels mentioned in the itinerary
(All hotels are very centrally located – and while Heritage at Amman is a service apartment in the heart of town / the hotels in Petra and Dead Sea are 4 stars. Desert camp is a good campsite)
  • - Entrance to all sights as mentioned in the itinerary
  • - An English speaking guide
  • - Group transfer from airport and back and group visa. If arriving separately from the group – the cost of Visa and transfer will be separate

(Please discuss flights with us before booking)

  • - Meals as mentioned in the itinerary (including bottled water for the table)

EXCLUDES:

  • - International air fare
  • - Meals not mentioned in the itinerary
  • - Insurance
  • - Tips for Guide and drive (please budget about $50.00)
  • - Beverages with meals where the meals are included. (other than bottled water)
  • - Individual transfers from or back to airport.
  • - GST – at 5% currently
  • - Petra by Night optional tour ($25.00 / head)

(Note: we need a minimum of 7 participants for this your)

PAYMENT PLAN

  • - Please pay a booking deposit of Rs. 10,000 to reserve your spot
  • - Balance payment due by 15th March, 2018

CANCELLATION POLICY

  • - Upto 90 days in advance – 100% refund
  • - Between 90 days – 60 days before departure– 5000 rupees off the booking deposit is non refundable
  • - Between 60 days – 50 days – the entire booking deposit is non refundable
  • - Between 50 days – 30 days – 75% of the total amount will be refunded
  • - Between 30 days – 25 days –25% of the total will be refunded
  • - Between 25 days – 0 days – No refund
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