Eco - Jordanie
(10 days / 9 nights)
Arrive to Amman Queen Alia International Airport, Meet & Assist by our representative. Transfer to your hotel in Amman.
Dinner & Overnight in Amman
After Breakfast, Drive for a nice city tour in Amman. Amman, the capital of Jordan, is a fascinating city of contrasts – a unique blend of old and new, ideally situated on a hilly area between the desert and the fertile Jordan Valley. Due to the city’s modern-day prosperity and temperate climate, almost half of Jordan’s population is concentrated in the Amman area. The downtown area, the oldest part of Amman is crowned by the Citadel, offers a panoramic view of the whole city. Here one can also see the ancient ruins of the Temple of Hercules that dates back to (AD 161 – 180), the Byzantine Church, and the fascinating Archaeological Museum which houses an excellent collection of the antiquities of Jordan. At the foot of the Citadel is the 2nd century AD Roman Theater, still used today for cultural events.
Head Northeast to Azar and along the way visit the UNESCO World Heritage site of Qasr Amra, one of Jordan’s Many desert Castles with beautiful example of architecture art. If time allows, visit some of our desert castes along the way. Then stop at the infamous black basalt fort at Azraq, the headquarters of lawrance of Arabia During the Arab revolt. Afterwards, take a tour of the Azraq wetlands, a heaven for birdwatchers. Visit the museum and learn about the Azraq Killfish, the only true endemic vertebrate species indigenous to Jordan. Restoration work has been done on its habitat, in order to protect the species from extinction and has greatly increased the numbers of killifish in their natural habitat. Don’t forget your binoculars so that you can watch how Azraq water buffalo interact and play in the water. After lunch take a safari vehicle and learn about the re-introduction of the Arabian Ibex and Oryx at the Shawmari Wildlife Reserve. Check in to the Azraq Eco – lodge, an old military hospital that has been turned into a wonderful eco-friendly lodge and enjoy the local cuisine from the Northern parts of Jordan. Tour the local handicraft center where all products that are made are eco-friendly and made to help sustain the lodge and the local people.
Diner & Overnight in Azraq wetland reserve
After Breakfast at the Azraq lodge, Drive to visit Jerash. Jarash is the best-preserved Roman city of the Decapolis. Entering the city through the monumental South Gate, one comes upon the lovely Oval Plaza, the Temple of Zeus, and the South Theater, which seats more than 3,000 spectators. Walking through the Colonnaded Street, one can see the Market Place, the Omayyad residential quarter, a 4th century AD cathedral, St. Theodore’s Church, the Nymphaeum, and the North Theater.
Continue to Ajlun forest Located in Ajloun Highlands in the north of Jordan, this beautiful nature reserve consists of 12 km2 of rolling hill country dominated by open woodlands that are home to a diverse collection of plant and animal species. The rich greenery makes Ajloun a popular spot for picnickers and hikers, especially in the spring, when the reserve is coated in a wide variety of wildflowers.
Ajloun Forest Reserve was established in 1987 to help conserve the important Evergreen Oak forest ecosystem.
Dinner & Overnight in Ajlun Forest Camp
After Breakfast, take a short Roe Deer trail inside the reserve this shortcut circular trail starts at the campsite and offers a great views over the reserve. Not far from the campsite you will find an old stone wine press. Early in the morning you may be lucky to see Roe Deer.
Drive south towards the Ma’in hot springs which are located 264m below sea level in one of the most breathtaking desert oases in the world. Thousands of visiting bathers come each year to enjoy the mineral-rich waters of these hyper-thermal waterfall and indulge yourself in this natural spa! Continue to the Dead Sea, free time for leisure to enjoy one of the most spectacular natural and spiritual landscapes in the whole World.
Dinner & Overnight in Dead Sea.
After breakfast, drive for a hiking on one of the many trails in Wadi Al Mujeb and if you are not afraid of heights, repel down a 20 meter waterfall. The trail starts at the visitor center near the Mujib bridge, where you will take the cantilevered walkway over the dam and follow the course of the river between towering sandstone cliffs to the base of a large waterfall. Depending on seasonal rainfall levels, the gorge may contain pools deep enough for swimming. This is an ideal walk to take slowly and enjoy the cool water and shade, especially in the heart of the summer.
Continue to Dana Nature Reserve which is the only reserve in Jordan that includes the four different bio-geographical zones of the country. Tour one of the oldest villages in the world and then settle in at the beautiful Rummana campsite. Enjoy an evening of authentic cuisine by the fire, Bedouin style.
Dinner & Overnight in Dana Rummana Camp.
Wake up early and look-out to see what animals you can find. If you are lucky you will see one of the beautiful Jordanian Hyenas that have been rehabilitated and reintroduced into the wild or if you are really lucky you may spot the Caracal Cat! The beauty of this nature reserve goes as far as the eyes can see. Make sure to take time to hike and explore this world of natural treasures. You will experience up to 2 hours trail in Rummana Camp. This circular walk around the camp is a great place to see birds, especially during migration seasons. The scenic view points along the trail offer great view of Dana Mountains.
Drive to visit Shobak castle which was originally called Krak de Montreal or Mons Regalis. Built in 1115, it was the first of many fortifications built beyond the Jordan by King Baldwin I of Jerusalem to guard the road from Egypt to Damascus. It successfully resisted a number of sieges until it fell to Saladin’s troops in 1189. Much of what remains of Shobak Castle today are reconstructions and additions from the Mamluk period, but there are numerous original Crusader features as well. Continue to Petra.
Dinner & Overnight in PETRA.
After Breakfast, the world wonder and 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. It was carved out of the solid Rock before about 2000 years ago by the Arab Nabateans. Start the tour on horse-back till the Dam area, then on foot pass by the fascinating narrow gorge (the Siq), which is about one kilometer long and eighty meters high. Once of a sudden you will be facing Petra’s most famous monument the Treasury (el-Khazneh), continue on foot towards the Monastery (ed- Deir) passing by the Theater, Qasr el-bint, small houses and curved gates. From the top of the Monastery one can clearly view Palestine the blessed land, the whole area of Sinai & the shrine of the prophet Aaron.
Afternoon drive to Wadi Rum which lies in the far south of Jordan, set on a high plateau at the western edge of the Arabian desert. Gargantuan rock formations, rippled sand dunes, and clear night skies create an almost fairy-tale setting across an unpopulated area the size of New York City. This is truly the “reddest” part of Jordan, colored by iron oxide, and by far the most dramatic in terms of landscape. Visiting Wadi Rum is a voyage through the geological evolution of Earth, and many of these topographical features are older than the Dead Sea Rift that forms the western border of Jordan. Massive mesas pop straight up from the sea of sand, the result of primordial tectonic movement that cleaved the bedrock with almost cubic perfection before raising it high above the desert floor. Blowing sand and winter floods smoothed the valleys and gorges, shaping the sandstone into natural towers and curving arches. Harder, older granite forms the substrate of Wadi Rum and is visible among the base strata of the higher mountains
Dinner & Overnight in Wadi Rum Campsite.
Breakfast at Campsite, No trip to Jordan is complete without a visit to the UNESCO world heritage site of Wadi Rum. A trip to Wadi Rum is not complete without a hike and some time on a camel ride. Oooh and tea at sunset in the middle of the desert is really a MUST! Make sure to enjoy gazing the stars at night as you lay by a camp fire outside your Bedouin tent after tasting the best cuisine of Wadi Rum, Zarb, which is cooked in the ground!
Afternoon drive to Aqaba, It is a microcosm of all the good things Jordan has to offer, including a fascinating history with some outstanding sites, excellent hotels and activities, superb visitor facilities, good shopping, and welcoming, friendly people, who enjoy nothing more than making sure their visitors have a good time. But perhaps Aqaba’s greatest asset is the Red Sea itself. Here you can experience some of the best snorkeling and diving in the world. The temperate climate and gentle water currents have created a perfect environment for the growth of corals and a teeming plethora of marine life. Here you can swim with friendly sea turtles and dolphins as they dart amongst the schools of multi-colored fish.
Dinner & Overnight in Aqaba.
Breakfast at the hotel, The Red Sea and its surrounding pink mountains is truly one of Nature’s most beautiful sites. Head to the beaches of Aqaba and make sure to take in one of the many options of watersports offered. However, the most beautiful attraction in Aqaba is the untouched coral reefs. Dive at the ship site or snorkel in one of our reserved areas. Make sure to try our famous fish dish Sayadeyeh while visiting Aqaba.
Afternoon transfer heading to Amman. Dinner & Overnight in Amman
Breakfast at the hotel, Drive heading to Queen Alia International Airport for final departure back home