Arrive In Amman Welcome to Jordan! This evening we'll enjoy a group welcome dinner. (D)
Jerash Excursion Today we visit the beautifully preserved Roman cities of Umm Qais and Jerash, as well as the impressive Ajloun Castle. (B/D)
Amman - Dead Sea Heading out of Amman, we make our way to Madaba and visit the Greek Orthodox Church of St George. We'll also stop at the biblical site of Mt Nebo, where Moses first saw the Promised Land. We'll then venture south to the lowest point on Earth - the Dead Sea. The salt content of the water here is four times that of most oceans, so you can float without even trying. (B/L/D)Special Experience: Take a dip in the Dead Sea and cover your body in the therapeutic mud, said to have amazing benefits for your skin.
Dead Sea - Wadi Rum We continue south to Wadi Rum, one of the most stunning desertscapes in the world. Later we'll take a camel ride through the unique landscape carved by nature: the natural rock bridges, towering rose-coloured sand dunes and vast peaks are stunning. We'll spend the night in a typical Bedouin desert camp underneath a beautiful blanket of stars. (B/L/D)
Wadi Rum - Aqaba An early start for an exciting jeep tour through the breathtaking landscape, guided by local Bedouin tribesmen. We'll then continue south to picturesque Aqaba on the Red Sea. Enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure in this resort town. (B/D)
Aqaba - Petra
This morning we cruise through the crystal-clear waters of the Red Sea at Aqaba Marine Park, before making our way to Petra
with a stop en route to visit “Little Petra”. With a history dating back some 9,000 years, it is one of the oldest archaeological sites in the Middle East. Hidden away amidst the undulating hills, it was lost for almost 300 years until it was rediscovered in 1812. (B/L/D)Special Experience (for departures September 2017 onwards): Discover the magic of Petra by night as the rock city is lit by more than 1,000 candles. Enjoy Jordanian music and Bedouin mint tea whilst admiring the spectacular view. Note: for departures prior to September, this option can be added for a small fee.
Petra Today we discover the famous Lost City of Petra. Carved into the sheer rock face by the Nabataeans more than 2,000 years ago, it was an important junction for the silk and spice trade routes that linked the Eastern world with that of the West. We'll enter Petra through the Siq, an 800m-long gorge flanked by soaring cliffs, before we reach the incredible Treasury, hewn into the cliff face. (B/D)
Petra - Amman Why not return to Petra for another optional visit this morning? We'll then make our way back to Amman via Shobak Castle and the magnificent Crusader fortress of Kerak. (B/D)
Amman - Muscat We bid farewell to Jordan and fly to the vibrant port city of Muscat, capital of the Sultanate of Oman. (B)
Muscat This morning we explore Muscat, starting at the magnificent Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque. We'll then visit the lively Muttrah Souq, thought to be one of the oldest marketplaces in the Arab world. We'll see the Sultan's Palace and finish at Bait Al Zubair Museum, home to a beautifully curated display of Omani culture and history. (B/D)
Muscat - Ras Al Hadd Travelling by 4WD along the spectacular coastline, we'll stop to visit the fishing village of Qurayyat. In Wadi Shab we'll enjoy a short hike to discover the beautiful waterfalls and turquoise pools nestled between stone cliffs. This afternoon we'll reach the Ras al Jinz Scientific Research Centre on the easternmost point of the Arabian Peninsula. An important nesting site for the green sea turtle, each year 30,000 turtles come here to lay their eggs. Tonight we'll venture down to the beach to see the nesting area. (B/L/D)
Ras Al Hadd - Wahiba Sands Today we'll discover enchanting Wadi Bani Khalid, where you'll be able to swim in the incredible emerald pools. In the afternoon we'll head inland to the vast desert of Wahiba Sands. Travelling off-road by 4WD/ we'll explore the mesmerising landscape of endless dunes and witness a breathtaking sunset. Tonight we'll sleep under a blanket of stars in a typical Bedouin desert campsite. (B/D)
Wahiba Sands - Nizwa Waking to the sun rising over the desert, our tour today includes the old abandoned mercantile village of Al Mansfah and the town of Nizwa. Here we'll visit its round fort and the Silver Souq, renowned for its handcrafted jewellery. (B)Special Experience: Visit a Bedouin house and experience the warm Omani hospitality with a cup of kahwa (Arabic coffee) & dates.
Nizwa - Muscat Special Experience: An early start to visit Nizwa's unique goat market and experience more of the local culture and its people.On our way back to Muscat, we stop for a photo at the UNESCO World Heritage-listed mudbrick fort of Bahla, and the beautifully decorated Jabrin Fort. We'll also enjoy a traditional Omani lunch at the picturesque village of Misfat Al Abrein, where time seems to have stood still. (B/L)
Muscat - Khasab This morning we fly to Khasab, dubbed the ‘Norway of Arabia' due to its remarkable fjord-like inlets and surrounding mountains. Our sightseeing tour here includes the restored Fort, built by the Portuguese in the 16th century, and the 2,000 year-old rock carvings at Wadi Tawi. (B)
Khasab Special Experience: We spend the morning on a traditional dhow cruising the fjords of the Musandam Peninsula, with an opportunity to swim or snorkel in the sparkling sea. After lunch on board we'll take a scenic drive through the mountains for magnificent views over the Gulf of Oman. This evening we'll enjoy a group farewell dinner at a local restaurant. (B/L/D)
Khasab - Depart Dubai Today we begin our journey home. (B)