- Jordan Extension
Post trip - 5 Days
Located at the crossroads of Asia, Africa, and Europe, the desert kingdom of Jordan is packed with natural wonders, spellbinding ancient cities, and sacred Biblical sites. Delve into eclectic Amman, a maze of restaurants, mosques, and historic monuments. Then venture to the fabled rock-cut city of Petra, and spend a night at a luxurious hotel on the shores of the Dead Sea.
Arrive in Amman, the capital of Jordan. Dating to the Chalcolithic Age, this ancient city bears the traces of countless empires and peoples, from the Ammonites to the Romans and the Umayyads to the Ottomans. Take a drive through the modern part of the city before lunch, then set out to explore old Amman. We begin our tour at the historic Citadel, considered one of the oldest continuously inhabited places in the world. Marvel at fascinating artifacts at the Jordan Archaeological Museum and wander the steps of the magnificent Roman Theatre, boasting a seating capacity of 6,000. The evening is yours to relax at our hotel or discover Amman on your own. Enjoy a delicious dinner of typical Levantine dishes tonight.
Drive to Mount Nebo, a hill outside of Amman where Moses was offered a glimpse of the Promised Land, according to the Hebrew Bible. Take in your first view of the Dead Sea from the summit, and continue to Madaba. A town of importance during the early Byzantine era, Madaba is home to a stunning mosaic floor map—the oldest surviving map of the Holy Land. Pause for a traditional Jordanian lunch, then make your way to legendary Petra, carved out of sandstone cliffs by the Nabataean Arabs as early as the second century B.C. Settle into our hotel, and head out after dinner to experience the city by night, when it glows under the light of more than a thousand candles.
Set out on a full-day tour of Petra with an expert guide, venturing into the rock-cut city by way of the Siq, a narrow gorge that forms a natural opening to this UNESCO World Heritage site. Admire the exquisite façade of the iconic Treasury, which once served as a royal tomb; stroll the colonnades of the Great Temple complex; and choose to climb up more than 800 steps to the top of the impressive Monastery. Enjoy a refreshing lunch at the Basin Restaurant, surrounded by towering rose-colored ruins, and return to your hotel for an evening at leisure.
Travel north to the Dead Sea Panoramic Complex. Take in breathtaking views of the Dead Sea and the Jordan Rift Valley from the lookout, and visit the Dead Sea Museum to learn about the geology and history of this fabled salt lake, situated at the lowest point on the surface of the planet. Then continue to the lakeshore and settle into our luxurious spa hotel. The mineral-rich waters and mud of the Dead Sea have long been known for their healing properties; Queen Cleopatra is said to have been a frequent visitor here. Treat yourself to a revitalizing spa treatment this evening.
Depart our hotel after breakfast. Drive to Amman and transfer to the airport to connect with your flight home.