Hidden Treasures of Jordan7 days & 6 nights, Private Journey
Handcrafted itineraries for one or more travelers with on-the-ground support, a private guide, and a private vehicle. Private Journeys represent the best of the custom programs we've designed over the years. Our insider knowledge and destination expertise make these innovative journeys truly unique experiences.Private Journey
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Day 1Arrive Amman
Upon arrival, you will be escorted to your hotel.Amman Marriott Hotel - 2 Nights
With your expert local guide, visit old Amman, including the ancient ruins of the Temple of Hercules and the massive Roman theater, a wonderful example of classic Roman architecture that dates back to the second century. Stop at the National Archeological Museum to take a stroll through Jordan's long and fascinating history. Head outside the city to discover the city of Jerash, widely regarded as the best-preserved city of the Roman Decapolis. Continue to Aljun through the hills of northern Jordan to see its towering castle, which was built in the 12th century to protect the region from the Crusaders.Amman Marriott Hotel (B)
Day 3To Petra
Set out on a classic drive along parts of the King's Highway en route to the Lost City of Petra. Stop on the way to visit Mt. Nebo, which is believed to be the site of Moses' Tomb. Continue to Madaba, home of some of the world's most famous Byzantine mosaics. From here, travel to Kerak to discover the imposing crusader castle that sits on a craggy hill above the town. One of the largest crusader castles in the region, "Crac des Moabites," was constructed beginning in the 12th century.Petra Marriott Hotel - 2 Nights (B)
Spend the day exploring the red sandstone city of Petra, built 2,000 years ago by nomadic Bedouins. Situated between the Red Sea and the Dead Sea, the desert city was an important crossroads between Arabia, Egypt and Syria-Phoenicia. Its inhabitants became rich by imposing duties on traveling caravans. Petra is half-built, half-carved into the rock, and is surrounded by mountains riddled with passages and gorges. One of the New Seven Wonders of the World, Petra blends ancient Eastern traditions with the glory of Greek architecture. From the narrow, winding passageway of the Siq and the great Treasury to the hilltop Monastery, discoveries await you at every turn.Petra Marriott Hotel (B)
Day 5To the Dead Sea
This morning, travel to Wadi Rum and enjoy a 4x4 excursion with a local Bedouin guide as well as a camel ride through ancient valleys under towering sandstone mountains. Afterward, continue to the Dead Sea, the lowest point on earth. Situated more than 1,000 feet below sea level, the Dead Sea has attracted travellers in search of rejuvenation for hundreds of years. The sea's high salt content makes swimmers giddily buoyant, and the placid, pale blue waters stretching out to the horizon are blissfully calm.Jordan Valley Marriott Resort & Spa - 2 Nights (B)
Day 6Dead Sea
This morning, take an excursion to the River Jordan and the Baptism site.
Afterward, return to the resort for a final afternoon and evening at leisure. Take a dip in the world's saltiest waters, relax by the pools or pamper yourself with a trip to the spa.Jordan Valley Marriott Resort & Spa (B)
Day 7Depart Amman
Bid farewell to Jordan today as you are escorted to the airport for your onward flight.(B)
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Internal Flights / Delays / Insurance: Internal flights in this brochure use jet airliners. Flight delays have become more commonplace, and additional costs may well be involved. This may be in the form of added accommodation costs, transfers and/or onward tickets. Cox & Kings will endeavor to ensure that arrangements go as smoothly as possible. As services are paid for in advance, any services missed due to delays and/or schedule changes are non-refundable. Many international flight tickets are non-changeable and non-refundable. The insurance policy offered by Cox & Kings is designed to mitigate the costs and effects of such delays in certain circumstances and we strongly advise that you are insured against such eventualities.
Airport Departure Taxes: The cost of our tours does not always include airport/overland departure taxes; it is necessary for you to pay these locally, in local currency. Departure taxes vary in each country and the rates will be advised before your departure from the U.S.A. These taxes are always subject to change and if they do so when you are traveling, your tour leader or our ground handler will advise you.
Generally, the road conditions in the Middle East & North Africa are fairly good. However, please be aware that some tours involve off-road driving, which can be uncomfortable, dusty and quite strenuous. The distance covered in some of our tours is also considerable, especially in Libya. If you have any problems with protracted road travel, please discuss this with your consultant. Types of vehicles vary according to the country visited and the numbers on a tour, but generally the following can be used as a guideline for the size of transportation provided: 2-3 passengers, sedan car; 4-6 passengers, minivan; 6-19 passengers, small bus; 20-28 passengers, medium bus. In destinations where conditions require it, off-road driving will be in 4-wheel-drive Land Cruiser / Land Rover vehicles.
Flights to the Middle East arrive/depart early in the morning and early check-in/check-out times may be required. Most domestic flights are scheduled early in the morning and can be prone to schedule changes. This is beyond our control. To avoid the heat during the warmer months, early morning starts are often made for sightseeing.
Accommodation standards vary dramatically throughout the Middle East and hotels should not generally be compared to Western European standards. For our tours in the Middle East, we have chosen hotels primarily for their location and the facilities available. The hotels listed in the tour itineraries may occasionally be unavailable for the required dates. In this event, we will advise you of the alternative hotels, which will, where possible, be of the same or a higher standard than those featured in the itineraries. We may upgrade hotels featured in the brochure if better options in the same category become available. Christmas and New Year dinners are compulsory at some hotels - these will be charged as a supplement. Please note, all rooms reserved on your tour are standard unless specified; however, if you wish to upgrade your room (e.g. to a deluxe, pyramid view or suite etc.), please speak to your tour consultant, who will be able to advise you about the options and the applicable supplements.
Check-in & Check-out Times: For all tours, hotel check-in / out time is normally 12 noon, but this does vary between hotels. Early check-ins and late check-outs cannot be pre-booked, but can sometimes be negotiated on site.
In most cases, prices for individual arrangements and tour extensions are quoted excluding a guide. The supplement for a guide is available on request. For logistical reasons, some extensions are on a shared basis based upon a minimum of two passengers and not on a private basis.
Many of the sites in the Middle East are quite spread out and our tours consequently necessitate a reasonable amount of walking. While the walking is mostly easy going, a full-day sightseeing can be tiring and sometimes strenuous. At monuments there are many steep sections and uneven surfaces. A reasonable amount of fitness is required.
At certain times of year, particularly during winter, sightseeing during the Nile cruise is subject to change, based on navigational conditions and the captain, at time of sail. Due to the large numbers of cruise boats operating on the Nile, delays can occur, sometimes necessitating sailing at night. Embarkation and disembarkation of cruise boats usually involves descending and ascending a flight of steps. Cruise itineraries are based on full board, but all alcoholic beverages will be charged as extras. Star Goddess suites and Alexander the Great Yacht cabins are based on availability at time of booking. Children under 12 years are not allowed on the Alexander the Great Yacht.
Certain monuments and tourist attractions in the Middle East are closed on certain days for religious/holiday reasons. If in the event your visit to any of these cities falls on a day when these sites are closed, your tour will be adjusted accordingly.
Location: Middle East
Population: 5.85 million (2011)
Official Language: Arabic and English is widely spoken.
Religion: Sunni Muslim, with Shi’a and Druze Muslim and Greek Orthodox Christian minority.
Electricity: 220 volts AC, 50Hz. Round two-pin or three-pin plugs are mostly used.
Official Currency: Dinar. US Dollars are accepted as well as Major Credit Cards. ATMs can be found in most of the larger towns.
Visas: American passport holders can obtain a Jordan visa on arrival at Jordan’s International Airport. For clients visiting Jordan from Israel or Syria, it is recommended clients obtain Jordan visas in advance to avoid any delays at border crossings. Other citizens should check with the Jordan Embassy regarding visa requirements.
Social Conventions: Handshaking is the customary form of greeting. Islam always plays an important role in society and it is essential that Muslim beliefs are respected. Arabic coffee will normally be served continuously during social occasions. To signal that no more is wanted, slightly tilt the cup when handing it back, otherwise it will be refilled. Women are expected to dress modestly and beachwear must only be worn at the beach or poolside.
Photography: It is polite to ask permission to take photographs of people and livestock; in some places photography is forbidden.
Hidden Treasures Of Jordan
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