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Self Drive Tour of Jordan

Self Drive Tour of Jordan

Self Drive Tour of Jordan Overview

Self drive tour of Jordan There's no better way to explore Jordan than on a self drive journey. Starting in Amman, explore the land of the Nabataeans. Visit Amman's Citadel, the mosaics of Madaba, the Dana Nature Reserve, the Crusader Castle of Karak, the ancient Nabatean stone city of Petra, Wadi Rum and the Red Sea.

Day 1: Arrival in Amman

On arrival in Amman, you will be met by our representative for a private transfer to your hotel.

Overnight.

Day 2: Desert Castles

Your car will be delivered to you this morning. Drive to the eastern desert of Jordan to visit the Desert Castles. These castles were built between the 7th century and 8th century AD, under the caliphs of the Umayyad dynasty. Their fine mosaics, frescoes, and stone carvings are beautiful examples of early Islamic art and architecture. Visit Qasr Amra, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, then on to Qasr Al Kharrana and Qasr Al Azraq. Drive back to Hotel in Amman for overnight.

Overnight in Amman.

Day 3: Full day Amman sightseeing and Jerash

Visit Amman, the capital of Jordan, a fascinating city of contrasts. Visit the Citadel, which is situated on one of the highest hills in Amman that offers a splendid view of the old city. Near the citadel pay a visit to the Archaeological Museum that houses an excellent collection of Jordan’s antiquities.

Proceed to the old city to visit the Roman Theatre, which dates back to the 2nd century AD. It is also the home of Jordan’s Folklore Museum, which displays various artefacts of the traditional Jordanian life including, costumes, home furnishings, musical instruments and handicrafts dating back to the 19th century.

Drive north to visit Jerash, which remains today as one of the most beautiful and best-preserved Greco-roman cities outside Italy. Excavations made it possible to update two theatres, several temples, churches, a market, thermal baths, and the famous Cardo Maximus alley of 600 meters bordered columns.

Overnight in Jordan.

Day 4: Amman - Mt Nebo - Madaba - Kerak – Petra

Depart for Mt Nebo where Moses first saw the Promised Land. See the remarkable ruins of basilicas and churches dating from Byzantine times. Continue to Madaba to visit a special site showing a mosaic map of Palestine including Jerusalem as it was in the 6th century. Continue to Kerak to visit the fortress built by the crusaders.

Arrive in Petra for 2 nights.

Day 5: Full day Petra touring

The highlight of any trip to Jordan!

Begin your visit by enjoying a walk or a short horse ride from Petra’s main entrance to the entrance of the old city “Al Siq”, which is a 350 meters narrow canyon. As you reach the end of the Siq, the first and greatest monument of Petra slowly comes into view. This is the famous Treasury monument “Al Khazneh”. Petra “The Rose City” is an extraordinary and unique place, which was built by the Arab Nabateans more than 2000 years ago. The Nabateans carved their monumental tombs, palaces, temples and treasury from the desert’s natural rose-coloured rocks and sandstones.

Walk through the architectural and spiritual wonders of this majestic place. You may choose to climb 800 steps to visit the Monastery. The Monastery is similar to design to the Treasury, but it is much larger (50 m high x 45m wide) and much less decorated. The facade is flat on the lower level and deeply carved on the upper level, with engaged columns and two half-pediments flanking a central urn (10m high).

Petra by Night

Walk through the Siq with thousands of candles lighting the path until you reach the Treasury. Be greeted by an Oud (Arabic guitar) Player producing some mellow tunes. Sip sweet tea and absorb the magical atmosphere. This is an experience not to be missed.

Overnight in Petra.

Day 6: Petra to Wadi Rum

Depart to the Natural Resort of Wadi Rum “The Valley of the Moon” a unique place unlike anywhere else you have ever visited. Arrive at the visitor centre of Rum where you will be picked up by local Bedouins to explore this splendid desert. They will drive you with their 4x4 Bedouin Pick Ups (6 pax per pick Up) for approximately 03 hours to the Seven pillars of wisdom, then to the yellow sand dunes, the ancient inscriptions, Um Al tawaqi area, siq Lawrence of Arabia, Lawrence house, and siq al Barrah.

Overnight in Wadi Rum.

Day 7: Wadi Rum to Aqaba

Enjoy your beach extension in Aqaba. It is the perfect location for divers as the unusual vertical current and sea breezes makes diving cool and pleasant even in the heat of the summer. Aside from diving, you can participate in the following water activities snorkelling, fishing, sailing, Jet skiing, parasailing, regional cruises or take a tour in the famous glass-bottomed boats.

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