All Roads Lead to Jordan. Kingdom in the Heart of the Desert.
Ready for a remarkable history lesson? Touch down in Amman, Jordan's capital city. Then head to Jerash, part of the Roman Decapolis. On to Madaba, city of mosaics, to Mount Nebo, and to amazing Petra. Then Wadi Rum, stomping grounds of Lawrence of Arabia. And, finally, the Dead Sea.
Jordan’s location has long made this turf a prized possession. It has hosted numerous civilizations—Sumerian, Akkadian, Israelite, Babylonian, Assyrian, Mesopotamian, and Persian. For a time, it was even a part of Pharaonic Egypt. And it spawned the Nabataeans, who so thoughtfully left behind Petra, an unparalleled relic. Others from the west—Macedonians, Romans, Byzantines, and the British—also came and went. Now it's your turn. Come and see what other before you have left behind.
This is a nine-day sample itinerary. Remember that R. Crusoe can create a Jordan journey of any length to meet your exact specifications.
Day 1: United States
• Overnight flight to Jordan.
Overnight in flight
Day 2-3: Amman, Jordan
• Land in Amman.
• City tour including gold souk, market, Al Husseini Mosque, Roman sites including Nyphaneum, amphitheater, Temple of Hercules, Hill of the Citadel, Jordan National Museum.
Overnights in Amman
Day 4: Jerash, Rassoun, Ajloun, Amman
• Drive to Jerash, walking tour of Roman ruins including Temple of Artemis, oval forum, and triumphal arch.
• Lunch with a local family in the village of Rassoun.
• Ajloun's 12th-century castle.
• Return to Amman.
Overnight in Amman
Day 5: Madaba, Mount Nebo, Petra
• Drive Kinbg's Highway to Madaba, St. George’s Church.
• Um Al Rassas mosaic churches.
• Drive to Mount Nebo.
• Arrive at Petra, a spectacular UNESCO World Heritage site.
Overnight in Petra
Day 6: Petra
• Petra walking tour along the siq, Treaasury, Roman theater, palace tomb.
• Optional walk up to the "Monastery."
• Cooking lesson.
• Option for Petra vby Night tour.
Overnight in Petra
Day 7: Wadi Rum, Dead Sea
• Drive to Wadi Rum, four-wheel-drive safari including Bedouin settlement, Seven Pillars of Wisdom.
• Drive to the Dead Sea.
Overnight by the Dead Sea
Day 8: Bethany, Dead Sea
• Optional drive to Bethany, baptism site on the River Jordan.
• Dead Sea at leisure including spa treatment options, Dead Sea Panoramic Complex, and the Dead Sea Museum.
• Fly home.
Dayroom by the Dead Sea
Day 9: United States
• Welcome home.
Per person sharing room from $4,380 for this sample nine-day itinerary.
For more information, to book, or to speak to an R. Crusoe & Son tour specialist, please call us at 800-585-8555.
Petra: Prepare to Be Amazed.
Petra, Jordan, is such a spectacular place, that we think it’s worth getting familiar with the site before you arrive. We've found that during a visit, the magnificence before us was so stunning that it was impossible to take in much historical information while we gazed about—even with an amazing R. Crusoe guide by our side.
The written history of Petra begins with mentions in the Old Testament’s Book of Genesis. That biblical reference pertains to the victory of King Amaziah over the Edomites and the casting down of 10,000 of the vanquished from a rock. That location is known in the Book of Genesis as "the Rock of Edom" and likely refers to the flat-topped mountain, Umm Il-Biyarah, at Petra.
Over time, Egyptians, Seleucids, Nabataeans, Romans, and Crusaders would all rule Petra. During the Nabataean era, Petra thrived as a trade center. After the Romans came and went, the hidden site stood deserted, only to be rediscovered as an archeological site centuries later.
A visit to Petra is a day of walking, so be sure to put on your most comfortable, treaded shoes. First, from the hotel, you’ll take a very short walk with your guide to the entrance of the archaeological park. From there, you’ll follow a half-mile trail to the entrance of the siq.
If you’ve seen photographs of Petra, you’re familiar with the siq, a mile-long natural gorge that slices through bedrock veined with stunning colors—pink, red, ocher, yellow… At the end of the siq, you emerge into a wider space, and there before you stands the glorious Treasury (not a treasury at all, but sometime in the past, it earned the misnomer, and it stuck). You’ll want to spend some time here before continuing your walk to examine other ruins from other eras. You’ll see the theater; tombs of all sorts and for ancient citizens of all walks of life; a colonnaded street; and the mosaic floor of a Roman villa. This all takes about half a day. There is a restaurant within the Petra site where you can stop for lunch. And if you’d like, you can hire a horse, a cart, or a camel to get you close to the Treasury (or back to the beginning of the siq).
In the afternoon, consider taking an ambitious walk up to al-Deir, also known as the Monastery (again, a misnomer; this was likely a Nabataean tomb). The trail leads you along a footpath of 800-odd steps carved into the bedrock. Though not particularly steep, the one-hour walk can be a bit slippery, and it does keep you pointed uphill the entire way (of course, the return is all downhill). The best time to take the climb is in the afternoon, when the path is in shade, and the sun is shining on the Monastery's facade. If you have the energy, we highly recommend this walk, which you can easily do on your own, without a guide. If you prefer, you can hire a donkey to get you up to the Monastery. Beyond the ruin is a short path that leads to some of the most spectacular views of the surrounding valley.
There are other, gentler walks within Petra. Your guide can help you choose an afternoon route. Alternatively, return you to the hotel for some time at leisure.
All of the walking is quite flat, but there are horses and donkey carts that can carry those who would like to ride.
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