Arrive in Amman and meet your driver for a private transfer to your hotel. After checking in, the remainder of the day is open, and you are free to relax or explore the city on your own.
After breakfast, meet up with your English-speaking guide to begin your adventure.
Travel north from Amman to Jordan's second-most popular attraction after Petra: Jerash. It is one of the most well-preserved among the plethora of provincial Roman outposts that spread across the once vast empire. Hidden for centuries beneath the shifting sands, the ruins of the ancient settlement were re-discovered in 1806. Explore the storied area where the likes of Alexander the Great and Emperor Hadrian once tread.
Head to Ajloun Castle, a 12th-century Muslim fortification commissioned by Saladin to deter Crusaders and to protect the trade routes between Jordan and Syria. Make your way to the top of one of its imposing towers and you'll be rewarded with uninterrupted scenic views of the surrounding area.
(Breakfast & Accommodations, Amman)
Today enjoy a city tour through the capital of Amman before making your way towards Petra, Jordan's most famous archaeological site located in the country's southwestern desert. En route, you'll get to visit two religiously significant places.
The first stop is Madaba, where you'll witness a different side of Christianity at the Greek Orthodox Church of St. George - famous for housing a 6th-century map of the Holy Land, complete with detailed depictions of major biblical sites. You'll then proceed to Mount Nebo, the holy site where Moses was granted a view of the Promised Land before he died and where his remains were eventually put to rest.
Arrive in Petra and check in to your hotel.
(Breakfast, Amman; Accommodations, Petra)
Meet up with your guide after breakfast and head to Petra, one of the greatest wonders of the ancient world. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is truly a spectacular place to behold.
Dubbed as the "Rose City", Petra's amazing red and pink hues are a result of the red sandstone upon which the ornate temples and tombs were carved into. Walk through the narrow canyon called Al Siq to access Petra's most famous structure, Al Khazneh-a temple with an elaborate Greek-style facade. It has been speculated that over 85% of the lost city is still buried underground.(Breakfast & Accommodations, Petra)
Gear up for your second visit to Petra and uncover anything you might have missed the first time around! You can choose to take a hike within the lost city or visit another archaeological destination known as 'Little Petra'.
Known as Siq Al-Barid in Arabic, this neolithic site situated just eight miles north of Petra was also carved into the walls of the sandstone canyons by the ancient Nabataeans - very much like its more famous counterpart. It is believed that the entire complex was a suburb of Petra, which was the capital of the Nabataean Kingdom, and was eventually used by Bedouin nomads for centuries.
You can also go for optional add-ons like a dazzling night excursion to Petra or a cooking class featuring traditional Jordanian techniques.
(Breakfast & Accommodations, Petra)
After breakfast, embark on your journey towards the legendary Dead Sea. En route, you'll take an exhilarating 2-hour romp across the arid landscape of Wadi Rum. This protected desert wilderness is a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site and features towering sandstone mountains, dramatic rock formations, and steep canyons.
Arrive to the Dead Sea and check into your accommodation. Bordered by Jordan and Israel, the Dead Sea is a salt-lake renowned for being the lowest place on land with an elevation of over 1,300 feet below sea level. The intense salinity of the cobalt blue waters allows people to easily float on the surface without much effort. The region is also highly regarded because of the salt lake's mineral-rich mud, which is said to have incredibly soothing and rejuvenating properties.
(Breakfast, Petra; Accommodations, Dead Sea)
The entire day is open, and you are free to spend it however you wish. For example, you can take advantage of your hotel's spa or choose to float away your worries while relaxing at the Dead Sea.
(Breakfast & Accommodations, Dead Sea)
After breakfast, meet your driver for a private transfer to the international airport in Amman for your flight home or to proceed to your next Avanti Destination!
(Breakfast, Dead Sea)