Explore Jordan: Awe-Inspiring Discoveries, a Rose-Hued “City of Stone,” and More
Posted September 19, 2019
you’ve ever wondered about the places from which ancient tales and legends
originated, imagined how otherworldly feats of architecture could be hewn from
the natural world, or simply reflected on the stark and timeless beauty of a
desert nation, our Treasures of Jordan: Antiquities & Natural Wonders small group tour could be just right for you. Priced from $3,297 (air & land
inclusive), the 11-day Treasures of Jordan offers a dazzling diversity of
man-made and natural attractions.
“Treasures of Jordan” begins with a walking tour of the streets of Amman …
In Jordan’s capital city, relics of ancient history stand curiously close to the bustling shops and buildings of contemporary life. The Nymphaeum fountain (ca. 191 CE), for example, neighbors Amman’s vegetable markets. And the Roman Theatre (ca. 170 CE), still in use today for sporting and cultural events, proves that the ancient past is still very present.
highlight of our small group tour experience comes when we enjoy lunch in the
home of a gracious Amman family on our first full day of sightseeing (Day 3).
And no trip to Jordan is complete without visiting Petra (UNESCO site), the “Lost City of Stone,” whose rose-red sandstone architecture was literally carved into a rockface of the Sharah Mountains more than 2,000 years ago by the Nabataeans.
to be astonished by Petra’s jaw-dropping beauty as we enter through the Siq,
the long, narrow rock chamber that leads to the city …
exploration leads us past colonnaded streets, rock-cut tombs, temple facades, a
3000-seat theatre, and of course the dramatic Treasury shown above — an iconic
backdrop for the movie Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.
One of the best ways to fully take in a new culture is to experience it with the people who live it every day … Our final night in Petra culminates in a special event: an opportunity to prepare a Jordanian meal alongside locals and a chef at Petra Kitchen. To add an authentic flavor to the evening, all furnishings, décor, and tableware at Petra Kitchen are handcrafted by Jordanian artisans.
Much of our “Treasures of Jordan” tour is filled with man-made wonders. But Jordan’s scenes of natural beauty – carved by wind and time – are just as impressive …
Along the way to our tented camp in Wadi Rum (UNESCO site), we witness the dramatic landscape of pink and white sands, ancient valleys, and towering sandstone monoliths worn smooth by desert winds, rising from the desert floor.
On Day 8 of our tour, we take a late-afternoon jeep ride to fully experience Wadi Rum’s stark and sweeping beauty. After dinner, we retire to one of our more singular lodgings: Memories Aicha Luxury Camp.
Our trip finishes in Biblical Bethany Beyond the Jordan, where we get the opportunity to “float” in the therapeutic waters of the Dead Sea.
As these highlights show, our “Treasures of Jordan” tour will open doors into the ancient past and acquaint you with man-made and natural wonders that could show up in your dreams — both in your tented camp in Wadi Rum and in the comfort of your own home upon return …