“Match me such a marvel, save in Eastern clime; a rose-red city, half as old as Time.” John William Burgon famously described Petra, founded 2,000 years ago by the Nabataeans and re-discovered by Burckhardt over 200 years ago. Our ‘Perspectives of Petra’ maximises your enjoyment of this astonishing site.
Jordan is a journey through religious and ancient history: from Mount Nebo, burial site of Moses, from where he viewed the ‘Promised Land’ to Bethany, baptism site of Jesus on the river Jordan; from Madaba’s mosaic map of ancient Palestine to Jerash, best preserved Roman city of the Decapolis and known as ‘Pompeii of the East’; from the evocative Desert Castles of the Umayyad caliphs, used as a refuge by T.E. Lawrence to the Crusader castle of Kerak on the King’s Highway. Jordan’s natural beauty is all around, best displayed in dramatic Wadi Rum, used for the filming of ‘Lawrence of Arabia’.
Take a tour of Jordan to discover a fascinating cultural heritage and diverse natural wonders. Unearth the treasures of the lost city of Petra; drift away on the surface of the Dead Sea; and uncover the lesser-known gems of this small and surprising country.
The highlight of any visit to Jordan is Petra. Its rich historical past, ruined Roman cities and desert citadels are Jordan’s most valuable treasures. Points of interest are bountiful and include the Street of Façades, the Royal Tombs, a Byzantine church and the incredible, ancient Qasr el-Bint Faroun.
If you’re interested in exploring the biblical themes of Jordan, you could visit Umm Qais was Gadara, where Jesus gave permission to the evil spirits to enter a herd of pigs, or view the baptism site of Jesus at Bethany, the mosaic of ancient Palestine at Madaba and Mount Nebo. Whatever your faith, the prosperous biblical sites of this country can have a profound impact.
Red, dusty scenes and arid deserts: this is a common perception of Jordan’s landscape. See it for yourself and you’ll discover majestic peaks, vast valleys and the unique Dead Sea – the lowest point on the earth’s surface surrounded by a protective, rugged, mountainous terrain where you can bathe in the highly saline waters infused with minerals and health enhancing mud.
- Flight Dublin to Amman via London
- Airport transfer to your hotel 9 nights accommodation in 5* hotels (see Itinerary)
- Meals: breakfast daily, 2 dinners
- All tours outlined in the itinerary
- Return transfer from your hotel to airport
- Return flight Aqaba to Dublin via Amman & London
- Services of guide and local representatives
- One 15kg check-in bag
- Taxes and charges
Fly from Dublin to London Heathrow and on to Amman in Jordan. Transfer to the Dead Sea for two nights at the 5-star Mövenpick Dead Sea.
Morning free to float on the Dead Sea. Visit Mount Nebo and Madaba with its Byzantine St. George’s Church, archaeological park and Church of the Apostles. (B)
Visit Bethany and ancient Jerash. Continue to Amman for two nights at the 5-star Marriott Amman. (B)
City tour includes the Citadel and Royal Automobile Museum. Visit the Desert Castles. Optional dinner at a Jordanian restaurant (bookable locally). (B)
Visit the Jordan Museum and Kerak Castle. Continue to Petra for three nights at the 5-star Mövenpick Petra. Private dinner at a camp. (B, D)
Morning guided visit of Petra (4 hrs of walking) and afternoon free to explore independently (perhaps climb up to the Monastery, el-Deir). Enjoy a drink at the Nabataean Cave Bar. (B)
Return to Petra for a morning walk up to the High Place of Sacrifice. Afternoon at leisure. Optional Petra by Candlelight to the Siq and Treasury (bookable locally). (B)
Visit Little Petra. Afternoon excursion to Wadi Rum including a 90-minute Bedouin jeep drive, sunset view and dinner in a Bedouin tent with local musicians. Continue to Aqaba for two nights at the 5-star Mövenpick Aqaba. (B, D)
Optional morning excursion on the ‘Yellow Submarine’ (£29), a see-through semi-submersible viewing the Red Sea marine splendours and coral reserve. (B)
Return flight to Dublin via Amman & Heathrow or extend in Aqaba for three extra nights. (B)
Key B – Breakfast L – Lunch D – Dinner
This is a full itinerary with many visits on foot including some uneven surfaces and inclines. Petra visit involves much of the day on foot.
Dead Sea – 2 night
Amman – 2 nights
Petra – 3 nights
Aqaba – 2 nights
Movenpick- Dead Sea
A 5-star resort in ‘village’ style, one of the world’s top spas, on the north-eastern shore with beach-front access. Pools (one heated in winter), gym, restaurants, cafés, bars, a library and WiFi (chargeable). 358 rooms with private facilities, air-conditioning, hairdryer, safe, mini-bar (complimentary soft drinks), satellite TV and balcony.
Marriott – Amman
A central 5-star hotel with restaurants, bar, lounge, gym, indoor and outdoor pools. 293 air-conditioned rooms with private facilities, hairdryer, safe, mini-bar, tea/coffee making facilities and satellite TV. WiFi (chargeable).
Movenpick – Petra
In a perfect location at the entrance to the site, a 5-star hotel with oriental architecture and intricate interior design, authentic antiques and artworks. Restaurants, bars, library, gym, pool, WiFi (free) and 183 rooms with air-conditioning, private facilities, hairdryer, tea/coffee making facilities, safe, mini-bar (complimentary soft drinks) and satellite TV.
Movenpick – Aqaba
A central 5-star resort hotel. Private beach, outdoor pools (one heated), jacuzzi and gym. Restaurants, bars, café, bakery shop and WiFi (free). 235 air-conditioned rooms with private facilities, hairdryer, tea/coffee making facilities, safe, mini-bar (complimentary soft drinks) and satellite TV.
- Inclusive of taxes and service charges as indicated
Single supplement €570
- NO single supplement on the 12th February 2019 departure
- Non-refundable or transferable booking deposit 10% per person
- Full payment due 12 weeks before travel
- Optional Insurance available (call for details)
- Taxes, charges or compulsory charges introduced after publication are not included in the above price.