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Day 1: Arrive in Amman
You are met on arrival at Amman Airport and transferred to your hotel. Dinner and overnight in Amman.
Day 2: Amman, to Petra via Jerash
After breakfast, depart for Petra, visiting Jerash en route. Jerash is considered one of the largest and most well-preserved sites of Roman architecture in the world outside Italy. Within the remaining city walls, archaeologists have found the ruins of settlements dating back to the Neolithic Age, indicating human occupation at this location for more than 6500 years. Jerash is a wonderfully complete record of the layout and architecture of a typical Roman city of its time. Arrive in Petra and check-in your hotel.
Day 3: The Rose City of Petra
After breakfast, set off to see the Rose City of Petra. Approach the ancient site from the impressive eastern entrance through a dark and narrow gorge called the Siq (the shaft), a natural geological feature formed from a deep split in the sandstone rocks and serving as a waterway flowing into Wadi Musa. At the end of the narrow gorge stands Petra's most elaborate ruin, Al Khazneh (the Treasury) hewn directly out of the sandstone cliff.
Day 4: Wadi Rum, Return to Petra
After breakfast, depart for a full day excursion to Wadi Rum including a 2-hour desert safari by jeep. "Rum the magnificent ... vast, echoing and godlike" is how a captivated T.E. Lawrence described Wadi Rum. Massive pillars of sandstone rock rise from the rosered desert floor. Uniquely weathered, these majestic cliffs tower over 4, 900 feet (1,500 m) high. Dawn and dusk bring an amazing spectacle of changing colors of light on the rock and sand. Wadi Rum is a protected area, with plans in place to create a 500-square-kilometre (193-square-mile) national park.
Day 5: The Dead Sea, Madaba, Mt. Nebo
Check out of your hotel after breakfast to return to Amman with stops en route at the Dead Sea, Madaba and Mt. Nebo. The Dead Sea is famous geographically as "the lowest point on earth," lying some 1,312 ft (400 m) below sea level. In addition to the historical significance of the "Salt Sea," as it was referred to in the Bible, the Dead Sea is today an important and rich source of minerals essential for agricultural and industrial development, as well as for the treatment of various medical conditions such as psoriasis.
Day 6: Depart Amman
After breakfast, free time before transferring to Amman Airport for your departure flight.
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