JORDAN PILGRIMAGE – 07 DAYS
03 NTS AMMAN / 02 NTS PETRA / 01 NIGHT RUM
D01/ AIRPORT/ AMMAN
Visit the holy christian places in Jordan related to many balbical events.
D2/ AMMAN / UMM QAIS / JERASH / ANJARA / AMMAN
UMM QAISOne of the Decapolis, known in Antiquity as GADARA, where the house of Ottoman governor has been restored and opened as a museum. GADARA commands a magnificent views over the northern Jordan valley, the sea of Galilee (Lake Tiberias) , the Yarmouk river gorge and the Golan Heights.
GADARA Is believed to be the place where the Biblical Miracle of swine took place.
JERASH (48 km North of Amman – 04 Hrs)
Graeco-Roman city (Called also Jerasa in ancient time), One of the Decapolis (a confederation of Ten Roman Cities dated back to the First Century B.C.) . Jerash is known as POMPEII of the East for its extraordinary state of preservation. Jerash is considered the best preserved and the most completed city of the Decapolis.
In Jerash You will See: Original Temples, Theaters, Plazas, baths and colonnaded streets.
Inside the remaining walls of the city have been founded the remains of Settlement dating from the Bronze age, the Iron Age, The Hellenistic, Roman, Byzantine, Umayyad & Abbasid periods, which indicate human occupation at this location for more than 2500 Years.
JERASH HOSTS THE ANNUAL JERASH INT’L FESTIVAL OF CULTURES & ARTS IN JULY OF EACH YEAR.
ANJARA Anjara is a biblical city and features on most biblical tours of Jordan. Visitors head for the shrine of the Lady of the Mountain at the Roman Catholic Church.
The church consist of a large hall to receive pilgrims who come to honor the list size wooden statue of Virgin Mary holding baby Jesus placed within a newly built grotto.
It is believed that Jesus Christ and his disciples including Virgin Mary passed through Anjara once and rested in a cave there during a journey between Jerusalem and Galilee.
Anjara is best reached from Ajloun.
D3/ AMMAN /M. NEBO/MADABA / UMM RSAS/AMMAN
Madaba: Just 30km from Amman, along the 5,000-year-old Kings´ Highway, is one of the most memorable places in the Holy Land. After passing through a string of ancient sites, the first city you reach is Madaba, known as the “City of Mosaics."
Best known for its spectacular Byzantine mosaics, Madaba is home to the famous 6th century Mosaic Map of Jerusalem and the Holy Land. With two million pieces of vividly coloured local stone, it depicts hills and valleys, villages and towns as far as the Nile Delta
The Madaba Mosaic Map covers the floor of the Greek Orthodox Church of St. George, which is located northwest of the city centre. The church was built in 1896 AD, over the remains of a much earlier 6th century Byzantine church. The mosaic panel enclosing the Map was originally around 15.6 X 6m, 94 sq.m., only about a quarter of which is preserved.
Other mosaic masterpieces found in the Church of the Virgin and the Apostles and in the Archaeological Museum depict a rampant profusion of flowers and plants, birds and fish, animals and exotic beasts, as well as scenes from mythology and the everyday pursuits of hunting, fishing and farming. Literally, hundreds of other mosaics from the 5th through the 7th centuries are scattered throughout Madaba's churches and homes.
In line with Jordan's commitment to restoring and preserving its mosaic masterpieces, Madaba’s extensive Archaeological Park and Museum complex encompasses the remains of several Byzantine churches, including the outstanding mosaics of the Church of the Virgin and the Hyppolytus Hall, part of a 6th century mansion.
Close to the Church of the Virgin is the Madaba Institute for Mosaic Art and Restoration, which operates under the patronage of the Ministry of Tourism. The only project of its kind in the Middle East, the Institute trains artisans in the art of making, repairing and restoring mosaics.
What to See in Madaba
St. George's Church and the Madaba Map Madaba Archaeological Park Shrine of the Beheading of Saint John the Baptist , a church with acropolis and a bell tower with good views of the whole town. Madaba Museum Iron Age Fortification Wall on West Acropolis Dolmens at Al Fayha
MOUNT NEBO (35 km south/West of Amman – 03 Hrs)
Is the hilly district of Madaba on the western edge of the plateau with a spectacular view across Jordan valley and the Dead Sea. Mount Nebo is believed to be the place Prophet MOSES’ burial, it is also believed that he stood at the site and watched the Holy land after he came from Egypt. Visitors will also view the Byzantine 4th & 6th Century Church which floor is still covered with marvelous Mosaics. A building constructed by the Franciscans who started
D04/FULL DAY VISIT OF PETRA
240 Kilometers south of Amman using Desert highway and could be reached through Kin’s Highway (Visiting Madaba, Nebo, Kerak, and Shobak en route).
Was built more than 2000 years ago by the Arabic Nomads NABATEANS, all carved in mountains.
Considered by the UNISCO as one of the international archeological heritage.
Petra was built as a fortress city that had a domain on the trade routes crossing the area including the famous SILK ROAD
The archeological city of Petra is reachable only by one narrow entrance through high natural passage crack in rocky mountain, this passage is called “ AL SIQ” in Arabic.
An attached village called Wadi Moussa (Moses Valley), contains hotels and is the place to start the journey from.
10 kilometers away from Petra, visitors can find the excavations of stone age villages: BEIDA & BASTA, which are 8000 years old.
Visit of Petra Starts at the entrance of the archeological city, where visitors can hire a local guide for a visit of 03 Hrs and to buy a ticket for horse ride.
Entering the gate visitor will proceed on feet till the entrance of the passage crack in the mountain (Al Siq), which is one Kilometer and 200 Meters long, winding fissure between over hanging cliffs of 100 Meters high (300 Feet). Near the end of the passage, visitor will make one last turn and suddenly view the glorious brightness of Petra’s most impressive monument “Al Khaznah” (THE TREASURY), a faced which has been carved in rocky mountain and has a dimensions of 45X30 Meters (140X90 Feet). After viewing this marvelous structure, continue behind it through hundreds of Petra’ curves and built structures: “ Temples, Royal Tombs, a carved roman Theater which seats 3000, Large & Small Houses, burial chambers, banquet halls, water channels, Markets, arched gates and paved streets”.
When Spending more time in Petra, visitors can climb mountains to make a visits to two other special attractions: “The High Place of Sacrifices & the monastery “. The monastery is similar in design to the Treasury but Larger in Dimensions “ 45X50 Meters 140X 160 feet” and less refined in its details than the Treasury.
These two Places: The high place & Monastery, Can be visited same day, but preferably when staying for one or two nights and having two Visits to the archeological city of Petra, as reaching them will be by climbing a very long stairways up to the mountains with a little difficult, but very pleasant, journey.
D05 /PETRA / RUM
Wadi is an Arabic word for VALLEY, and enchanted area of magical atmosphere and landscapes, where dawns and sunsets can have a totally new experience and meanings.
Sunsets in Rum is a view that must be seen. At Wadi Rum feel the Romance of the Arabian Desert in the spring time or anytime.
Rum Valley is also called (The Moon Valley) with its moonlike shaped landscapes. The giant mountains rising up in the middle of pink colored sands. At the entrance of Rum Valley Visitors will watch the marvelous view of the desert Police, with their unique traditional beautiful uniforms, riding the camels (Ships of the Desert), with a unique beauty. Rum is one the world’s most virgin areas inhabited only by Bedouin tribes who can be viewed in the scattered nomadic camps around the area. Visitor may be invited to share mint tea or cardamom coffee in their black tents, or perhaps sitting by the fire under a starry desert sky. It will be a life time, unforgettable, experience.
Rum Visit: is conducted usually by 4X4 Jeeps, and it can be conducted on camel back as well.
The regular trip is conducted for two hours jeep’s trip, but visitor have many choices to extend his trip for hours or even for days of Safari Trips, which will be a unique experience of Camping in Desert with many facilities provided, there are fixed camping site at the entrance of Rum Valley or visitor can hire a movable camp through the desert with a full experienced guide.
Rum will always be a special place on earth for any traveler looking for Genuine adventures lifetime experience
D06/ RUM / DEAD SEA / BETHANY / AMMAN
THE BAPTIM SITE (Bethany)
The place has been Officially Recognized by the Vatican in the year 2000 as the Place where JESUS CHRIST Has been Baptized by John The Baptist based on Intensive historical studies, researches and excavations, and on BIBLE itself.
This place has spiritual significance for religious people and has a historical significance for those who are interested in archeology.
D07/AMMAN / QUEEN ALIA AIRPORT (01 HRS)
MUST BE AT AIRPORT 03 HRS PRIOR TO FLIGHT DEPARTURE TIME
PRICES INCLUDE (ONLY):
PRIVATE MEET & ASSIST AT AIRPORT
FREE VISA FEES ( GOVERNMENTAL REGULATIONS – MAY CHANGE IN FURTURE) ( WE NEED PASSPORT COPIES )
ACCOMMODATION AT HOTELS AS MENTIONED ABOVE ON BED & BREAKFAST BASIS.
TRANSFERS AS PER MENTIONED IN THE PROGRAM.
01-03 PAX IN CAR
04-06 PAX IN 6 SEATER MINI VAN
07-08 IN 10 SEATS MINI VAN
09-18 PAX IN SMALL BUS
19-28 PAX IN MEDIUM BUS
29+ IN LARGE BUS
FOR GROUP OF 7 PAX AND OVER: PRIVATE NATIONAL (ENGLISH/RUSSIAN/ITALIAN/FRENCH/GERMAN) SPEAKING GUIDE THROUGH DAYS OF TOURS ONLY FOR FIT (LESS THAN 7 PAX) ENGLISH SPEAKING ESCORT/DRIVER ALL THROUGH DAYS OF TOURS AND TRANSFERS LOCAL ENGLISH SPEAKING GUIDE AT PETRA & JERASH FOR 01HRS30-02 HRS FOR INDIVIDUALS (01-06 PAX) ENTRANCE TO ALL SITES MENTIONED IN ITINERARY. 4x4 JEEP RIDE IN RUM VALLEY (BEDOUIN JEEP) FOR 2 HOURS (WHERE & IF APPLICABLE) 02 SMALL BOTTLES OF MINERAL WATER PER PAX PER DAY FOR TOURING DAYS
PRICES DO NOT INCLUDE:
LUNCHES OR DINNER DEPARTURE TAXES FLIGHT TICKET TRAVEL INSURANCE CARRIAGES IN PETRA TIPS TO HORSE BOYS IN PETRA OR FOR JEEP DRIVER IN RUM (RECOMMENDED TO SUPPORT LOCAL COMMUNITY) ANY PERSONAL EXPENSES OF ANY KIND, I.E. PHONE CALL, LAUNDRY, DRINKS, MINI BAR, ETC... GRATUITIES (TIPS) TO GUIDES, DRIVERS, HORSE BOYS IN PETRA, RESTAURANTS & HOTEL STAFF. ANY EXTRA TOURS UNMENTIONED IN TOUR PROGRAM. ANY MEALS UNMENTIONED IN TOUR PROGRAM. PRIVATE NATIONAL GUIDE FOR INDIVIDUALS (01-06 PAX) OF ANY LANGUAGE ANY ITEM NO MENTIONED AS INCLUDED – EVEN IF MENTIONED IN PROGRAM TEXT