The rest of your day is at leisure to relax, enjoy the facilities of your hotel, and get ready for your upcoming adventure. Tonight, enjoy a welcome dinner at the Wild Jordan Restaurant.
Your home for the next two nights is the elegant Grand Hyatt, conveniently located in the heart of the capital’s stately business and diplomatic district. Each of the 311 rooms and suites feature the latest in modern conveniences combined with traditional Arabesque ornaments, offering the ultimate in luxurious accommodation in the city. Overnight at the GRAND HYATT AMMAN. https://www. amman.grand.hyatt.com/
Enjoy lunch at the Artemis restaurant and head to Jerash, one of the most complete surviving examples of a provincial Roman city with ruins dating back to the Neolithic Age. Jerash, part of the Decapolis, has been called the “Pompeii of the East” for its unique state of preservation. The city features theaters, churches, temples (Zeus and Artemis), a Nymphaeum and colonnaded streets. Proceed to the Saracen castle at Ajlun, a 12th-century castle built by Saladin in his successful campaign to drive the Crusaders from Jordan in 1189, and an outstanding example of Arab and Islamic military architecture. Drift back in time almost 6500 years as you walk along colonnaded streets to see baths, plazas and arches in pristine condition. Return to Amman where the rest of your day is at leisure. Overnight at the GRAND HYATT AMMAN.
Dinner at Petra Kitchen is a delightful way to round up your Jordan travel experiences. Like any home kitchen, the Petra Kitchen is a relaxed, informal atmosphere where you’ll gather to prepare an evening meal, working alongside local women under the supervision of an experienced chef. Each evening meal includes soup, cold and hot Mezza, salads and a main course—all typical Jordanian dishes. You will get an inside glimpse of the secrets behind the famous regional cuisine of the Levant. Petra Kitchen offers an evening of learning, fun and a very special dining experience, with each dish gaining the special flavor of a reward well-earned. Great care has been taken to make Petra Kitchen a truly Jordanian experience—right down to the furnishings, all crafted in Jordan, the tableware, all produced by the Iraq al Amir Women’s Co-operative, and the aprons and table linen, all hand-embroidered by the Jordan River Foundation.
In Petra, your home for the next two nights is the Moevenpick Hotel. Located at the entrance to Petra site, this 183-room luxury hotel boasts authentic antiques, artwork, and fine gold inlay. It is one of the most notable hotels in the Middle East and a recipient of the Aga Khan award for outstanding Islamic architecture. Overnight at the PETRA MOEVENPICK HOTEL. http://www.moevenpick-hotels.com/en/pub/hotels_resorts/worldmap/petra/welcome.cfm
Petra still forms part of the domain of the Bedouin. You will see them with their horses and camels as you begin your unforgettable trip into this cultural landmark. After passing tombs outside the city, you come to the “Siq,” an immense crack in the Nubian sandstone almost one half mile long. This winding fissure separates overhanging cliffs that appear to meet 300 feet overhead. Near the end of the passage, the Siq makes one last turn and out of the gloom Petra’s most impressive monument Al Khazneh (The Treasury) appears in the sunlight. One of the most elegant remains of antiquity, Al Khazneh is nearly 140 feet high and was carved from the mountain’s solid rock in the First Century B.C. originally used as a Nabataean king’s tomb; Al Khazneh was later used as a Nabataean temple. Film buffs will recognize it from its starring role in the final scenes of the movie Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom.
Beyond Al Khazneh you are surrounded by hundreds of Petra’s sculpted structures, soaring temples, elaborate royal tombs, a Roman amphitheater (seating 3,000) large and small houses, burial chambers, banquet halls, water channels and reservoirs, baths, monumental staircases, cultic installations, markets, arched gates, public buildings and paved streets – it’s quite overwhelming! Overnight at the PETRA MOEVENPICK HOTEL.
Wadi Rum, the majestic, mountainous desert located in the far south of Jordan, was named this summer to UNESCO’s World Heritage List. The Wadi Rum protected area, which includes more than 275 square miles of sweeping dunes and dramatic, sheer-sided mountains, has become one of Jordan’s top tourist attractions. It is also home to many of Jordan’s traditional Bedouin tribes, as well as a number of archaeological sites dating from the prehistoric periods to the Islamic era. Particularly prominent are inscriptions and carvings dating to the time of the Nabataean kingdom of Petra, which controlled the trade routes that passed through the region more than 2,000 years ago.
You will be staying in a Bedouin tent built deep inside the desert away from lights, traffic, crowds and noise. While an amazing experience as you’ll truly understand how the Bedouins live, the conditions are remain quite nice – you’ll be staying in luxury tents, each spacious guest tent is luxurious furnished completed with comfortable king-size or twin beds, Bedouin sofa, mirrors, lamps, and the finest bed linens. Tonight, enjoy a special Bedouin feast at your camp. Be aware that no alcohol is served, but you’re welcome to bring your own and discreetly consume it. Overnight at WADI RUM NIGHTS CAMP. http://www.wadirumnight.com/
Resume your drive to the Dead Sea and your fabulous resort. In the afternoon, enjoy the Dead Sea beach for mud wrap – the perfect way to end your Jordanian adventure.
Set on the northern shores of the Dead Sea at the lowest point on earth, your deluxe resort offers a soothing, therapeutic atmosphere with an oriental flair. The hotel provides uninterrupted views across the vast sea towards the west bank and access to some of the most beautiful scenery in the world. Each room comes equipped with a private bathroom, and a balcony or terrace where you can enjoy these special views. Overnights at the KEMPINKSI ISHTAR HOTEL. https://www.kempinski.com/en/dead-sea/hotel-ishtar/
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