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Admire the wealth of this spectacular country's culture and history on a 7 day, 6 night tour of the most stunning and popular sites of Jordan. Incorporating the captivating city of Petra, one of the New Seven Wonders of the World, the tour also visits the capital, Amman, the ancient city of Jerash and the renowned mosaics in Madaba. Marvel at the majestic view of the Holy Land from Mount Nebo and experience the desert landscape of Wadi Rum on a jeep safari.
Depart London on your scheduled flight and arrive at Amman airport where you will be met and transferred to your hotel in Amman.
After breakfast, you will take a tour of the historical capital city, Amman. Your guide will take you to the Archaeological and Folklore Museums, the Citadel, Blue Mosque and the Amphitheatre. You will then continue to the Eastern Desert to see Al Karraneh Castle, the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Amra Castle and Al Azraq Castle where Lawrence of Arabia resided and wrote part of his book, "Seven Pillars of Wisdom". Return to your hotel in Amman to spend the night.
Start the day with a visit to the ancient Roman city of Jerash with its hilltop temples, theatres and fountains. Here you can enjoy a walk through the paved, colonnaded streets and spacious public plazas. Then continue to northern Jordan to see Ajloun, one of the most important ecological and historical sites in the Middle East. Also known as Qal'at Ar-Rabad, Ajloun Castle is one of the finest examples of Islamic architecture. Built by Saladin's general in 1184 AD, it was used to control the iron mines of Ajloun, to inhibit the progress of the Crusaders and to protect the communication routes between Jordan and Syria. Return to Amman for your overnight stay.
This morning, head to the city of Madaba, famous for the 6th century mosaic map of Jerusalem and the Holy Land as well as its spectacular Byzantine and Umayyad mosaics. Then travel on to the site of Mount Nebo to see the city mentioned in the bible as the place where Moses was granted a view of the 'promised land' that he would never enter. From here you will travel south to Al Karak, a Crusaders Castle built on a triangular plateau dating back to the 12th Century, before continuing to Petra for an overnight stay.
Following breakfast, you will head to visit the magnificent Nabatean Red Rose city of Petra, one of the 7 New Wonders of the World and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Entering the city through a one kilometre long winding, narrow gorge, flanked either side by 80 metre high cliffs you will pass dazzling colours and rock formations along the way. The final turn opens up to a view of the famous and iconic 2,000 year old facade of the treasury. Believed to be a royal tomb, the impressive site, carved into the rock may be recognised from the film 'Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade'. Continuing deeper into the ancient city you can explore hundreds of elaborated rock-cut tombs, temples, sacrificial altars, Roman-style theatres and colonnaded streets. Tonight you will spend the night in Petra.
Today you will head further down to southern Jordan to explore the Wadi Rum Jordanian Desert on a one and a half hour jeep safari. Described by T.E Lawrence as 'Vast, echoing and god-like', the locals refer to the untamed sea of red sand as the 'Valley of the Moon'. Touring around this beautiful desert by jeep is the perfect way to appreciate the unbelievable rose sandstone mountains, canyons and dunes. Return to Amman for an overnight stay.
Transfer to Amman International Airport.
UK passport holders are not currently required to obtain a visa prior to travel. You will be issued with a
visa from the representative on arrival into Jordan free of charge. If you are adding the Holy Land extension to the end of your tour you will need pay for a visa on arrival at a cost of JOD 40.00 (which must be paid for in Jordanian Dinar) along with a departure tax of USD 15.00. Further advice should be sought from the applicable tourist authority for other nationalities and for general queries. We strongly advise you to check with your destinations' Tourist Board or Embassy for the most up to date guidelines regarding required passport validity.
You must obtain suitable travel insurance prior to departure. Mercury Holidays is partnered with Holiday Extras which offer insurance at the following prices:
|Age in Years||Up to 64||65 - 74||75 - 85|
|Up to 10 days cover||£37||£72||£104|
If booking more than 10 weeks before departure a deposit of £250pp will need to be paid at the time of booking with the full amount payable at 10 weeks prior to departure. The deposit applies to adults and children. If you are within 10 weeks of travel then the full balance of the holiday will be payable.
All flights are operated by Royal Jordanian Airlines. Each passenger is entitled to 20kg of hold luggage plus one item of hand luggage not exceeding 8kg in weight and 23cm x 40cm x 55cm in size. Flight times are for guidance only & subject to change.
It is your responsibility to check any health and vaccination requirements applicable to your booked arrangements. We can only provide general information about this. Health and hygiene facilities and disease risks vary from country to country. You should take health advice about your own needs as early as possible and in good time before your departure. Sources of information include; www.fco.gov.uk, http://travelhealthpro.org.uk/, www.hpa.org.uk, your General Practitioner or a specialist clinic.
This tour is accessible to most people with an average level of fitness and normal mobility. It involves full days of sightseeing, often on foot, and includes some climbing of stairs and getting on and off coaches. This tour is not suitable for anyone with walking difficulties.
The minimum number of travellers in your group will be 10, and the maximum will be 40. If in the unlikely event there are less than 10 people booked on your tour date then you may be asked to change to a different date. A full refund will be made available to you should this alternative not be suitable.
This is a fully escorted tour, meaning that you will be met on arrival by your local guide who will remain with you for the duration of your trip, ensuring that you have first-hand knowledge at all times.
The currency in Jordan is the Jordanian Dinar, known as JOD. We recommend that you exchange your currency before you depart US Dollars are also widely accepted in Jordan should you wish to keep an alternative currency on you. Visa's on arrival will cost JOD 40.00 (which must be paid in Jordanian Dinar).
You will need to take some extra money with you to cover any personal purchases, such as souvenirs, laundry and extra drinks and snacks. Approximately £300 will be sufficient for the duration of the tour, depending on how much of a bargain-hunter you are!
|Depart UK||Arrive UK||Price|
|04 Sep 2017||10 Sep 2017||£1225pp|
|09 Oct 2017||15 Oct 2017||£1225pp|
|27 Nov 2017||03 Dec 2017||£1225pp|
Unfortunately, we do not have any places with no single supplements on this tour. However, if you are happy to share with another passenger of the same gender, then let us know at the time of booking and we will endeavour to find you a travelling partner. Alternatively, please ask about our single supplement prices in order to book your own twin room.
If the group departure dates are not suitable for you and you would prefer a more personal and flexible experience then you can choose to book a private guide for your tour at a reasonable supplement.
Weather can vary quite considerably throughout the year, so please familiarise yourself with the climate charts below.
Extend your stay in Jordan with a beach break and relax in the beautifully serene surroundings, flanked by mountains to the east and the rolling hills of Jerusalem to the west. Situated over 400 metres below sea level in a remarkable landscape, the Dead Sea is the lowest point on earth. The land-locked waters of the Dead Sea evaporate to leave a dense, rich cocktail of salts and minerals, supplying industry, agriculture and medicine with some of its finest products.
Located between the Dead Sea and the Mediterranean, Jerusalem is one of the oldest cities in the world and the holiest to the three faiths of Christianity, Islam and Judaism. Within the ancient walled city, discover the bustling bazaars among a labyrinth of alleyways, the Church of the Holy Sepulchure, the Western Wall and the Al-Aqsa Mosque. Whatever your faith, the city promises a fascinating experience. Add this extension to the end of your tour of Jordan and explore the city at your own pace or simply relax in the capital of ancient Israel.