Amman and Amman Citadel
Amman is the capital of Jordan where is an evidence about the existence of the city since 7000 BC. During the Iron Age, the town was named Rabbath Ammon and was the capital of Ammonite civilization. In the 3rd century BC, Ptolemy II Philadelphus re-designed the city and named it “Philadelphia.” The name of the town has been changed several times before it was finally called Amman. The city flourished very recently in the 20th century. The city’s population density increased rapidly in four episodes, 1948, 1967, 1990, and 2003, when refugees from Iraq and Palestine started settling in. The current population of the city is somewhat near about 4.5 Millions.
Amman Citadel is one of the chief attractions of Amman, Theatre and Umayyad Palace being the attraction sites. The Citadel is placed at the top of Jebel Al Qala’a at the height of 850 meters above sea level. The Citadel is the home to the Umayyad Palace, Hercules Temple, Byzantine Church, and the Archaeological Museum. The Citadel is a fascinating remnant of the Iron Age, which has traversed through century after century, rule after rule.
Engulf a soothing sunset from the viewpoint near Citadel. Fall in love with the hills and the green grass to hug the acoustic version of nature in the city of Amman. Have a look at the Citadel Theatre from the top. Hercules temple along with the Archaeological Museum We will spend a time sightseeing the historical and natural blessings in Amman. The city has everything for the tourists, from flavors of history to shopping hubs, fine restaurants; there is nothing that Amman lacks. We have designed the itinerary so that you can enjoy sufficient time in Amman, the capital city.
Strolling through the Roman City (Jerash)
Jerash is one of the most ancient towns of Jordan, which envelopes the perfect blend of history and nature. The city has architectural evidence dating back to the 4th century BC. The town reached the epitome of name and fame during Roman culture when it was called Gerasa.
You can walk through the historic town of Jerash among the remains of theatres, streets, public baths, and everything else to inhale Roman architecture with every breath. Every granule of sand awaits you with a rich, exciting history. We will help you unveil the past as we take a tour across the city. Conclusively, the second day of your trip is certainly going to be a blast.
Jerash experiences an excellent climate throughout the year and was one of the chief reasons for the city to thrive in the Roman era. But due to unavoidable catastrophic events like floods and earthquakes in the later years are responsible for the downfall of the town. Till today, there is no better place than Jerash across the globe, which preserves Roman architecture most delicately. The entire city of Jerash was under sand till 1800, after which it was re-excavated again. The rich history of Jerash will give you a bucket full of thrills right on the second day of your Jordan tour.
Jerash, in the overview, looks something like an ancient city with Roman monuments and buildings all along the paved roads. The remains of architecture throughout the town
are undoubtedly going to mesmerize you. Among the architectural remains, Hadrian’s Arch is the most notable. This marks the entrance to the city and carries a rich history behind it. The arena, the Oval Plaza are all prominent historical spots that we will explore throughout the day. The thistle along the sides of the roads signifies a lot about Roman architecture. Visits to the cathedral and both the North and South theatres. We will narrate the history of each of these sites when we are en-tour.
Do not forget to charge your camera to the fullest before starting the day. We will be having a long day with wonders peeping from every corner of the town. Also, try to wear flat shoes coupled with comfortable clothes as you have to walk a considerable distance throughout the day. If you are planning your Jordan trip in summer, then sun creams and shields are very recommended.
For the first half of the day, you will be taken all around Mt. Nebo. We will show you the remains of the church, monastery, and other historically significant spots. We will narrate the story as we move from one place to another. From a height of 2,330 feet above sea level at the top of Mt. Nebo, there is a viewing platform, from where you can get a panoramic view of the surrounding valleys and plains. This includes the Valley of the River Jordan, Dead Sea, Jericho, Bethlehem, and if clouds do not congest the sky, you can even see Jerusalem. Many pilgrims visit this hilltop regularly. The peak of the hill and the tranquil surroundings gives a touch of aesthetic feel to the tourists.
We will guide you to Mt. Nebo. Apart from the scenic beauty, Mt. Nebo is highly popular because of its historical fragrance. Its name has been mentioned in the Old Testament of the Bible. The Bible says that Moses lived on the peak of Mt. Nebo in his final days, and there he visualized the Promised Land, in which he was determined not to enter. It is believed that Mosses died in Mt. Nebo and was buried here itself. As years passed by, Mt. Nebo slowly evolved as the place of pilgrimage. To show respect to Mosses, a church was built on the top of Mt. Nebo in the 4th century. The pillar and mosaic remains are still preserved very carefully.
Wear flat or comfortable shoes, as you have to walk on uneven lands. Please bring your camera along with you to click enough snaps and preserve them as memories for later.
Welcome to the latter part of the third day of your trip to Jordan. Here, we are going to take you around Karak Castle and the surroundings. Karak became significant during the time of the Crusades. It was the largest castle built by the Crusaders. The castle is at a distance of 250 kilometers, approximately from Wadi Rum.
The castle has a rich history piled in the air that it breathes. The rich engravings of the castle are one of the best examples of architecture dating from those times. The ancient city walls envelop the castle from the sides.
The geographical location of the castle was strategic. It was built 950 meters above sea level. The castle overlooks the Dead Sea on one side. The location of the castle was beneficial because people from the castle could control both land and water navigations. This was indeed a planned architecture as the rulers could control the trading routes from Damascus to Mecca and Egypt.
We will guide you to some specific points from which the view of the castle surroundings are wow. The highest point of the castle is another important attraction that you cannot dare to miss. We will enjoy a combo of history and architecture together on this trip. So, gear up for this third day.
Remember to bring a flashlight or torch light with you (if it is possible) as we will be peeping into the dark areas of the castle. You can also bring sweatshirts to wear because while touring underground; you may feel a bit chilly. Wear comfortable shoes, the castle is big enough, and we will see every corner of the court.
The Dead Sea
We visit the lowest point on the earth, the Dead Sea, at a depth of 434 meters below sea level. Get ready to take a dip in the saline, blue water of the Dead Sea. The experience will be nothing less than excellent.
The Dead Sea is a site of tourist attraction by itself. Why not take a dip in this cool and clear water to conclude this memorable trip? The Dead Sea is indeed a beautiful place to visit, and the following three paragraphs are going to give you an immediate insight into the Dead Sea.
Have a look at the panoramic view of the vast sea from the shore of Jordan. The view is exclusive from this part of the country. Just sit on a rock along the shore and watch the waves hitting the coast. The place is significant both in terms of historical and architectural importance.
We advise the tourists to be careful against the sinkholes. Due to underground salt deposition, there are formations of sinkholes. So, while walking along the shore, be careful about where you are placing your feet. Also, carry enough water for the day. You may go thirsty repeated times in between the day. Protect yourself against the blazing sun rays by applying sun creams.
With the Dead Sea, our trip to Jordan draws the end line. But a tourist can never stop in one destination. We provide other tour packages. Just have a look at them and confirm the dates for your next vacation.
Petra, one of the Seven New Wonders of the World
We will be taking you to the area of Petra. We will be starting early in the morning so that we can reach the site as early as possible. It is one of the most extensive historical sites, so we will be having a long day seeing all historical milestones and learning the stories behind them. As you must be knowing, Petra is one of the Seven Wonders of the World and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, so be ready for some eye-washing moments.
The history of Petra dates back to Fourth Century BC, when it was crowned as the capital of Nabataeans. It was crowned as a trade hub city until 64 AD, when the Romans took over the city of Petra. But due to weather adversities, the town was abandoned in the 12th century. Later, Johann Ludwig Burckhardt, a Swiss explorer, found it and brought the city’s remains to light. It was known as the ‘Lost City of Petra’ because, for a long time, it was not known. Some historians also referred to Petra as the Rose City because of the color of the stones found widely in the city. The rocks and the rich engravings cast light on the history of Petra. We will be walking through the rocks as we discuss unknown facts.
Petra covers a ground area of 60 square kilometers with uneven terrain and even some elevation. However, there are some short trips on donkeys, camels, or a carriage. It would be best if you walked for hours at a stretch to absorb the entire ocean of history that lies all over Petra. We will be spending the whole day in the area digging out the historical significance and architectural significance of Petra.
If you have any presumption that Petra is only about the Treasury, then ditch that idea as you will have eyes full of destinations to see and enjoy in Petra. We will take you along the Siq, a long canyon starting from the Visitors Centre to the Treasury. Next comes the Al-Khazneh, which is more commonly called the Treasury. It is a symmetrical carved with detailed faces along with ornaments. From the Treasury, we will go directly to the Theatre. The Theatre is just by the side of the road and has a remarkable capacity of 8000 seats. We will see a lot more like the monasteries and Royal Tombs where viewpoint for a bird’s eye view of Petra. A view that you can never dare to miss. We will guide you to some Instagram-perfect selfie zones to click enough of social media-perfect photos.
We will be touring throughout the day so bring enough water with you. Although there is no restriction on dressing style, we advise you to wear comfortable shoes and dress for the day. If you are visiting in summer, then sun creams and hats are necessary.
We will give our eyes a treat by visiting Wadi Rum on the fifth day of your trip to Jordan. Wadi Rum is one of the very few places in Jordan which is beautifully crafted by nature itself. The moving wind and the water eroded from one site to another giving rise to the mind blowing Wadi Rum.
Wadi Rum is dramatically beautiful, with nature being the only ornament of decoration. The vast desert, and the sandstone landscape, have a flourishing history from the pages of the past. The rich popularity of Wadi Rum dates back to the Iron Age, when trade routes across the area were established. Wadi Rum was declared as a national park in 1990. The government of Jordan, along with the local people, is responsible for managing the aesthetics of the garden and enhancing tourism.
Nature can be the greatest architect of all times, and The Seven Pillars of Wisdom in Wadi Rum is an excellent example. Due to erosion, wind and water moved from one place to another and then slowly piled up to build the seven long pillars of wisdom. There is an observation platform towards the center of the Pillars from where you can get an incredible view of the entire area. Next, we will be visiting Lawrence’s spring. Spring in the middle of a vast desert looks stunning during the day. You will get soothing panoramic views of the area from Wadi Rum. Our next destination is the Khazali Canyon. This canyon is short and awaits exploration by foot. The opening of the canyon is a narrow fissure that is surrounded by stones streaked in orange and pink. We will also visit the Burdah Rock Bridge and the Umm Fruth Rock Bridge to see the best example of nature’s architecture.
We will be investing an entire day in touring Wadi Rum. We can go rock climbing, jeep safari tours, or even a camel ride. We will see the inscriptions on the walls of the stones and what they mean. We will be walking amidst the sand dunes for some once in a lifetime experience.
There are no shops in Rum village. Bring sun creams and hats on this day without any fail. The sun is harsh in this desert area, so protecting yourself from the scorching heat is essential. If you are visiting in summer, then you have to be ready with extra energy drinks. Charge your phones and cameras before you set out for the day. And last but not least, wrap your electronics in bubble wrap; there are sand dunes everywhere in the desert. Welcome to Wadi Rum; we will guide you through the horizon, touching desert sand.
Overlooking the Red Sea, in the southernmost tip of Jordan, is the beautifully presented city of Aqaba. It is a beach resort with a sunny setting throughout the day. Aqaba beach has many freshwater springs, which are evident about the habitation of people here since the Biblical area. The name of the site has been changed many times from Elot to Aela and then to Aqaba.
Your trip to Jordan cannot end without a visit to a beautiful beach in the heart of Jordan. Aqaba is a perfect tourist destination if you are searching for some serene spot to spend some quality time with yourself. The historical significance of Aqaba is diffuse, and it dates from the era of King Solomon in the Old Testament of the Bible. Aqaba was like an ordinary sea facing city since the late 20th century before it underwent a complete makeover.
The streets, lamps, roadside pieces of furniture, sea beach, everything was upbuilt to make the area more tourist concentrated. The city was neither a commercial nor a trading hub. The site is quiet and awaits footfalls of tourists and pilgrims. There are a bunch of activities that you can zoom into Aqaba throughout the day. We will guide you through each of them so that you can enjoy hassle free travel.
You can enjoy a short cruise trip on the Red Sea, boarding and getting off the cruise from Aqaba Shore. The major attraction of Aqaba is the glass bottomed boat that you can avail yourself of right from the shore. You can see the benthic surface of the sea through the glass bottomed boats. A trip in this type of boat is what you can never afford to miss! And if you are an adventure hunter, then Aqaba welcomes you with open arms. Sailing through long water paths while zooming in the scenery is perhaps one of the best moments of the entire tour.
Bring an extra set of clothes with you. You may get a beach bath, and then it is convenient if you change your dress. If you are visiting in summer, sun creams are necessary; the sun is mighty in the mid-day times.
All these sites are included in this trip