Jordan - a unique and blessed land, mentioned in the Old and New
Testaments, and witness to many civilizations, the birthplace and resting
place of the great prophets. Landscapes, biblical sites, Wonder of the World
- Petra, the unique seaside resorts - all this is Jordan!
Syria - the real cradle of civilization, with its rocky desert, the
booming valleys of the Euphrates and the amazing gardens with picturesque
mountains. The Crusader's fortress and the relics from medieval times;
bazaars of Damascus. This unique blend of ruins of ancient cities and
beaches of the sunny shores of the Mediterranean is only in Syria.
Lebanon - a country with myriad treasures of world culture and history.
From the ancient Phoenician port to the Roman temples in Baalbek; from the
grand castle of the crusaders in Tripoli and the Mameluke mosques - all
reminiscent of the grand and eventful past of this fertile region.
Our program - is a great opportunity to learn of the wealth and culture
of these three ancient states.
Tour 11 Days /10 nights - valid until 31/12/2010
- DAY 1
Meet and assist our guests (by Amira Tour representative) with visa
procedures upon arrival at Queen Alia International Airport; a bus or car
awaits us to transfer to Amman city; check in at the hotel and overnight.
- DAY 2 (Amman - Madaba tour - Mount Nebo - Amman)
Breakfast at the hotel's main restaurant; we start the day with the Amman
city tour. Amman, the capital of Jordan, is a fascinating city of contrasts
- a unique blend of old and new. Our tour will include the downtown area with one of
its historical sites, the restored Roman Theatre, which dates back to the
2nd century AD, and is built into three sides of the hillside and seats
approximately 6000 people. It is still used for performances today. We will
also visit the Citadel, the temple of Hercules, Archaeological Museum and
the Roman amphitheater, and will then continue our tour to the new city of
Amman or the "white Amman," referring to the white rocks used for the buildings. The
driver will take us to the south of Amman where proudly stands the "City of
Mosaics," Madaba, perched on an archaeological site with more than 4000
years of history buried beneath it. The quality and quantity of mosaic
flooring has made Madaba one of the most prominent cities in the world for
mosaics. St. George's Church houses the world famous mosaic floor depicting
a large mosaic map of Palestine. A short visit to Mount Nebo follows. Mount Nebo is
the mountain where Moses was allowed to see the Holy Land. Transfer back to
Amman hotel for overnight.
- DAY 3 (Amman - Bethany - Dead Sea - Amman)
Breakfast at the main hotel restaurant. Less than 2km east of the Jordan
River is an important place associated with the lives of Jesus and John the
Baptist, the settlement of Bethany, where John lived and baptized. Just fifteen minutes driving from
Bethany is the Dead Sea. The
Dead Sea is 400 meter's below sea level; it is infinite in what it has
to offer. Ever since the days of Herod the Great, people have flocked to the
Dead Sea in search of its curative secrets… Due to high annual
temperatures, low humidity and high atmospheric pressure, the air is
extremely oxygenated, and the high content of oxygen and magnesium in the air
make breathing a lot easier. We will have some free time relaxing and
swimming in the waters, with their high concentrations of minerals and
back to Amman hotel and overnight.
- DAY 4 (Amman - Petra - Amman)
After Breakfast at the hotel's main
restaurant, we will drive to the ancient city of Petra, built from 800 BC
to 100 AD by the Nabataean Arabs. In this era, Petra was a fortress, carved out
of craggy rocks in an area which was virtually inaccessible. In the first
and second century, after the Romans took over, the city reached the peak of
its fame. Petra covers an area of about 100 square km, where over 800
monuments can be found. When shipping slowly displaced caravan routes, the
city's importance gradually dwindled; it fell into disuse and was lost to
the world until 1812, when it was rediscovered by the Swiss explorer, Johann
Ludwig Burckhardt. Nowadays, Petra is Jordan's number one tourist attraction,
and one of the globe's wonders, known as the "rose-red city half as old
as time." The Khazneh (the Treasury) was the backdrop for Indiana Jones and the
Last Crusaders… We will spend a full day exploring this amazing city.
Transfer back to Amman hotel and over night.
- DAY 5 (Amman - Bosra - Damascus)
Breakfast at the hotel's main restaurant, then transfer to Jerash city in
Jordan; we will have a short excursion tour for Jerash
city to explore these old Roman ruins before heading to Syria's border,
cross the borders, and meet the guide for the Syria tour. We will start the
tour directly and transfer to Bosra. Bosra is a major archaeological site, containing
ruins from Roman, Byzantine, and Muslim times, its main feature being the
well preserved Roman theatre. Every year there is a national music festival
hosted in the main theater. After this excursion tour, we will drive to
Damascus hotel for overnight.
- DAY 6 (Damascus)
Breakfast at the hotel's main restaurant, and then on to a city tout of
Damascus. Carbon-14 dating at Tell Ramad, on
the outskirts of Damascus, suggests that the site may have been occupied
since the second half of the seventh millennium BC, possibly around 6300 BC.
However, evidence of settlement in the wider Barada basin dating
back to 9000 BC exists, although no large-scale settlement was present
within Damascus' walls until the second millennium BC. The city is considered
by historians to be the oldest continuously inhabited city in the
world. The tour will include: National Museum of Damascus. This museum
contains a world-class archaeological and historical collection. There are
two wings to this Museum, the east wing and the west wing. The west wing
contains pre-classical and Arab Islamic collections, and the east wing
contains Classical and Byzantine collections. The façade of this museum is
fragments of the twin-towered gateway of Qasr al Heir. The Al-Takieh-Suleimanieh
is another place that cannot be missed. It is an historic building that was
built by Sultan Suleiman al-Qanouni in the year 1854. There are two minarets
which are the main attractions of this elegant structure. The Christian
architecture of St. Paul's church should also be on the tour itinerary when
visiting the country. The Omayyad mosque is a beautiful mosque which stands
at the heart of the old city and was constructed in a very efficient manner
by the architect. The mosque is built up very beautifully with polychromatic
stones and marbles. Azem Palace is an excellent example of a Damascene
traditional house; we will visit Saladin, a Religious Leader memorial, and Ananias Chapel which represents the simplicity of the initial Christians, and
is one of the earliest churches still standing where services continue to be
held to this day. We will end the tour with visit to Damascus Bazaar before
we transfer back to hotel and overnight.
- DAY 7 (Palmyra - The castle Krak
des Chevaliers - Homs)
Breakfast at the hotel's main restaurant, and then
transfer to Palmyra city or Tadmur, an ancient Arab city. The most striking
building in Palmyra is the huge temple of Ba'al, considered "the most important religious building
of the first century AD in the Middle East." The second most noteworthy
remain in Palmyra is the theater,
today having 9 rows of seating, but most likely having had up to 12 with the
addition of wooden structures. The castle Krak des Chevaliers - the fortress
was described as "perhaps the best preserved and most wholly admirable
castle in the world." Excursion to the castle Krak des Chevaliers - the
castle is an unsurpassed and well-preserved medieval fortification.
Accommodation at the hotel. Overnight in Homs.
- DAY 8 (Homes - Baalbek - Anzhar - Ksara - Beirut)
Across the Syrian border
to meet the Lebanese guide. Tour in the largest Roman treasure in Lebanon, a
place that was considered as one of the wonders in the ancient world.
Baalbek is known for its temples of Jupiter, Bacchus and Venus, a remarkable
building. We also visit the ancient city
Anzhar. Next, we will visit the famous winery of Lebanon - Ksara, A
fascinating tour of the natural caves, cellars, winery and wine tasting.
Moving to the city of Beirut. Accommodation at the hotel. Overnight in
- DAY 9 (Beirut - Harissa - Jetta Grotto - Byblos)
Breakfast. We visit Jetta cave - the beautiful miracle of nature, the
largest cave of stalactites and stalagmites in the Middle East. You go up
the cableway to the caves, which are composed of two parts: the lower and
upper galleries. The lower cave you can visit by boat, and the upper, on
Enjoy fabulous views, cool temperatures and swirling sounds of water. Next,
we take the path along the coast - in Junia, here, we will go to Harissa by
cable to a statue of Our Lady of Lebanon with arms outstretched above the
beautiful bay. Venture into to one of the oldest cities in the world -
the city of Byblos. Walking through the old streets and old fishing harbor
of a small town with great history. Visit the Church of St. John the
Baptist. Return to the hotel. Overnight in Beirut..
- DAY 10 (Beirut - Tyre - Sidon - Beirut)
Breakfast. Visit the Phoenician city - the Persians divided Phoenicia into
four vassal kingdoms: Sidon, Tyre, Arwad, and Byblos.. The city Tyre is
located 83 km from Beirut and was declared a World Heritage treasure. Next,
visit to the city of Sidon, another important city of Phoenicia, with its
sea castle and ancient bazaars. Return to the hotel. Overnight in Beirut.
- DAY 11 (Beirut - Amman)
Breakfast, transfer to the airport, flight from
- Meet and assist at the airport upon arrival.
- All transfers according to the program.
- All tours and sightseeing according to the program.
- All entrance fees.
- Guides for the tours.
- Syrian visa (passport details must be submitted one week before
- Accommodation will be on BB basis in Standard rooms.
- Jordanian visa, $15 per person upon arrival at the airport;
- Lebanese visa - $18;
- Jordan departure Tax - $8 (5 Jordanian dinars);
- Syria departure Tax-$12 (500 Syrian liras);
- Lebanon departure Tax -$12 ;
- Tips for guides and drivers.
- Personal expenses.
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