The Must See Sights in Jordan

Visiting the Citadel, the Archaeological Museum, the Roman Theatre, and the Folklore Museum, and then stroll downtown to the shops, bazaars and the gold and spice markets

Day 1 Welcoming

Welcome to Jordan, your visit starts with a meet and greet at Queen Alia International Airport by your Monaco Business Development representative and assist with visas, luggage, and customs. You will then be driven to your hotel in Amman for an overnight stay.

Day 2: Amman

The next morning, enjoy your breakfast and a day tour of Amman. Start the day by visiting the Citadel, the Archaeological Museum, the Roman Theatre, and the Folklore Museum, and then stroll downtown to the shops, bazaars and the gold and spice markets. After the bustling downtown visit, a visit to the Darat al Funun, a haven for the arts and the artists community of Jordan and the Arab World. Overlooking the heart of Amman, Darat al Funun is housed in three historical residences built in the 1920's alongside the remains of a 6th century Byzantine church. It speaks of an enduring ancient legacy of urbanism, architecture and cultural identity that is now enriched by a modern flowering of the visual arts.

Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant. Afterwards, visit the Nature Center of the Royal Society for the Conservation and walk through the oldest part of Amman located in 'Jabal Amman' the historical district of the capital, where most of the houses of the well-known families were living or are still living today with architecture from the 1920's and 1930's. Also visit the Jordan River Design Shop, featuring local handicrafts, during the walking tour and end at the 'Pacha' Turkish bath for a traditional Turkish bath. Overnight stay in Amman

Day 3: Amman- Jerash- Ajloun- Amman

Meet your Monaco Business Development guide at 8am at the lobby of your hotel and travel North with a visit to Jerash and Ajloun Castle. In Jerash, the Roman excavations are of about the same size as the modern part of the town, often referred to as the Pompeii of the East, Jerash flourished in the first century AD and in the biblical land of Gilead, lies this city sheltered in a fertile and well-watered valley. Jerash was home to over 25,000 people with theatres and temples were continuously added as the city thrived under the Roman Empire. In 330 AD Emperor Constantine announced that Christianity would be the new religion of the Roman Empire's eastern half and Jerash fell into the newly formed Byzantine segment. The massive ruins are spread over a large area divided and crisscrossed by colonnaded streets whose pavements still show the grooves of chariot wheels.

Continue on to Ajloun to visit the 'Al Rabad Castle.' Qalat er-Rabad, the name in Arabic, is located on a high peak overlooking the city of Ajloun. According to a Salah-Eddin biographer, this castle was built between 1184 and 1185 by one of the Salah-Eddin nephews to oppose the Crusades. Return to Amman for the evening .

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

After breakfast and hotel checkout, depart Amman for a journey south along the Kings' Highway to Petra, the Wonder of the World.

Drive to Mount Nebo, the mountain where Moses stood and saw the Promised Land and is believed to be buried. Here also is the 'Church of Moses,' built by the first Christians. Since the beginning of Christianity, Mt. Nebo is one of the Holy destinations for pilgrimage. While visiting Mt. Nebo, the views are breathtaking with great views of the Dead Sea, Jordan and on a very clear day, views the Holy city of Jerusalem.

Next a stop in Madaba, known as the 'City of Mosaics', perched on an archaeological site with more than 4,000 years of history. The quality and quantity of mosaic flooring has made Madaba one of the most prominent cities in the world. Visit, St. George's Church and the famous mosaic floors depicting a large map of Jerusalem. Centrally located, the church houses the detailed map of Jerusalem as it was during the sixth century AD. Next return to your bus and meet your Monaco Business Development drive to Kerak and a visit to one of the largest Crusader Castles in the Middle East, Kerak Crusader Castle. The Crusaders build their stronghold because it was built over a promontory overlooking 360' of the valley, and was mid-way between Jerusalem and Shobak. The Castle built by Payen le Bouteiller in 1142, it could compete with Syria's Crac des Chevalier. After conquered by Salah-Eddin, it was amply rebuilt and enlarged. A steep drop of the terrain naturally protects the south and north sides and a ditch surrounded the castle for added safety. Today's access is in the north wall where living rooms, storage rooms, courts, stairs and turrets are still largely visible and give an idea of how mighty this fortification was in its heyday. Afterward an historical tour, proceed to Petra for an overnight stay.

Day 5: Petra

After a relaxing breakfast begins your full day tour of Petra, a Wonder of the World.

Nabetean Arabs built the ancient rose red city from 800 BC to 100 AD. In this era, Petra was a fortress carved out of rocks in an area virtually inaccessible to man. In the first and second centuries after the Romans took over, the city reached the peak of its fame. Petra now covers an area of about 100 square kilometers, where over 800 monuments can be found. The city's importance gradually dwindled as it fell to disuse and was lost to the world until 1812, when it was re-discovered by Swiss explorer Johann Ludwig Burckhardt. Petra is Jordan's number one tourist attraction, and a must see by everyone. Petra is known as the 'rose-red city half as old as time.' The Khazneh (Treasury) starred in the movie Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. Overnight stay in Petra.

Day 6: Petra- Wadi Rum- Petra

Another day in Petra! You will have the option to continue in Petra or explore Wadi Musa, known as the Valley of Moses. After lunch, drive to Wadi Rum and enjoy a Bedouin 4????4 jeep ride and trekking through the beautiful desert of Wadi Rum with stunning views.

Wadi Rum, with landscape of immensity, color and awe-inspiring shapes creates an almost supernatural atmosphere. The setting for the film, Lawrence of Arabia and the actual location where T.E. Lawrence set his camp, the book 'The Seven Pillars of Wisdom' was named after the seven natural columns varying in height located in route to Wadi Rum. And today is a Hollywood movie backdrop for blockbusters films.

Bedouin camps are evident in Wadi Rum, which is still home to a number of real families, who welcome visitors with the hospitality and generosity of the Bedouins are so famous for. Enjoy a special dinner under the tents with local music and live entertainment. Overnight stay in Petra.

Day 7: Petra- Dead Sea

Transfer to Little Petra for a half-day visit. Return to your vehicle and you're your Monaco Business Development guide and drive to the Dead Sea Jordan via the Desert Highway. Arrive at the Dead Sea Hotel and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.

Day 8: Dead Sea

Enjoy the Day at the Lowest Spot on Earth. A day to float, swim and rest.

The Dead Sea, at 400-meters below sea level, is infinite in what it has to offer. Ever since the days of Herod the Great, people have flocked there in search of its curative secrets. Due to high annual temperatures, low humidity and high atmospheric pressure, the air's high content of oxygen and magnesium make breathing a lot easier. With the highest content of minerals and salts in the world, the Dead Sea water possesses anti-inflammatory properties, and the dark mud found on the shores have been used for over 2000 years of therapeutic purposes. Overnight stay at the Dead Sea Hotel.

Day 9: Dead Sea- Amman- Depart

After breakfast, meet your Monaco Business Development guide and say your good byes. You transfer will be waiting for your departure to Queen Alia International Airport.

Monaco Business Development wishes you a pleasant journey back home and hopes to see you back in Jordan soon.

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