JORDAN VIP EXTENSION
After breakfast, we check out of our hotel and journey to the north border. Shalom to Israel - Marhabah to Jordan. After clearing the Jordanian Immigration and Customs, we go to Jerash to tour the 2000 year-old Roman city, the Hippodrome and watch the reenactment of gladiator fights and chariot races. On the way to the hotel, we stop in Madaba to view the fourth century mosaic map in a church. Visit Mt. Nebo where Moses saw the Promised Land before he died. Arrive our hotel and check in for the experience of a life-time on the shores of the Dead Sea. You can float and cover yourself with the healing properties of the black mud in the mornings before breakfast and after touring before dark. The Jordan Valley Marriott Resort & Spa can't wait to exceed your wildest expectations. Showcasing a picture-perfect location on the sandy shores of the enthralling Dead Sea, the hotel welcomes you with five-star resort lodging and a remarkable assortment of luxury perks. All of the spacious, stylishly appointed hotel rooms and suites provide sensational views of the Dead Sea, deluxe bedding, a flat-screen TV, a mini-bar and much more. You'll be thrilled with the wide selection of food in the dining room, their multiple heated pools and their cutting-edge signature spa.
Overnight: Jordan Valley Luxurious Resort and Spa
Rise early and prepare for a twelve-hour day. A box breakfast will be provided for an early morning departure to Petra.
PETRA ... More Than A Wonder!!
The city of Petra, capital of the Nabataean Arabs, is one of the most famous archaeological sites in the world, it is Located 240 km south of the capital Amman and 120 km north of the red sea town of Aqapa. Petra the world wonder is undoubtedly Jordan's most valuable treasure and greatest tourist attraction, and it is visited by tourists from all over the world. It is not known precisely when Petra was built, but the city began to prosper as the capital of the Nabataean Empire from the 1st century BC, which grew rich through trade in frankincense, myrrh, and spices.
Petra was later annexed to the Roman Empire and continued to thrive until a large earthquake in 363 AD destroyed much of the city in the 4th century AD. The earthquake combined with changes in trade routes, eventually led to the downfall of the city which was ultimately abandoned. By the middle of the 7th century Petra appears to have been largely deserted and it was then lost to all except local Bedouin from the area. In 1812 a Swiss explorer named Johannes Burckhardt set out to ‘rediscover’ Petra; he dressed up as an Arab and convinced his Bedouin guide to take him to the lost city, After this, Petra became increasingly known in the West as a fascinating and beautiful ancient city, and it began attracting visitors and continues to do so today. Petra is also known as the rose-red city, a name it gets from the wonderful color of the rock from which many of the city’s structures were carved. The Nabataeans buried their dead in intricate tombs that were cut out of the mountain sides and the city also had temples, a theater, and following the Roman annexation and later the Byzantine influence, a colonnaded street and churches. In addition to the magnificent remains of the Nabataean city, human settlement and land use for over 10,000 years can be traced in Petra, where great natural, cultural, archaeological and geological features merge. On December 6, 1985, Petra was designated a World Heritage Site, also Petra was chosen by the Smithsonian Magazine as one of the 28 places you should visit them before you die. Dinner will be waiting when you return to the Marriott Resort.
Overnight: Jordan Valley Luxurious Resort and Spa
Finally, this is a day of leisure and relaxation at the Resort. It is time to float in the Dead Sea, cover yourself with the black mud once again, visit the Spa (cost not included), swim in one of the pools, or just stroll the beautiful grounds. This is the day to unpack and repack all those goodies you bought along the way and get ready to head back westward. Breakfast and dinner are the only two things on the schedule. Enjoy!
Overnight: Jordan Valley Marriott Resort and Spa
Check out of the Resort and transport to Queen Alia Airport in Amman for the 11:30 a.m. departure flight to the USA. Sadly, today, we will begin our trip home, only to carry in our hearts the hope of ‘next year in Jerusalem’!
NOTE: Sequence of sites visited may be adjusted to accommodate local openings and/or closing time limitations. Epic Tours reserves the right to change the Itinerary or hotels and/or omit sites based on schedule requirements or local conditions.
Tour cost: $_____ per person/double occupancy (Single room available with additional cost)– Includes round-trip air fare from Newark/NYC, double occupancy hotels throughout tour, breakfast and dinner after departure from USA and prior to arrival upon return to USA, coach/driver and guide, entrance fees to all attractions listed in Itinerary, baggage porterage at hotels, tips for dining rooms, front desks at hotels (as customary), driver and guide.
Not included in price: Lunch each day, beverages other than water at meals (coffee is provided at breakfast only). A rule of thumb: Allow minimum of $20 per day for your lunch and beverages.
Those traveling from the North East and Delaware area will share in the cost of van transportation to and from the airport in New York. Participation is optional and arriving at the airport four hours prior to flight time is required.
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