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​Oct 31, 2019 - Nov 8, 2019Join us in getting to the heart of the culture through an exploration of Jordan's tantalizing cuisine. Sample the most authentic regional cuisine in homes, neighborhood eateries, and elegant gourmet restaurants. Delve into the secrets of Jordanian dishes by participating in a cooking class. And enjoy talks on culinary topics and visits to bustling markets to learn about the herbs, spices, and condiments that are prevalent in Jordanian cookery. ​We will also see major tourist sights, including the Dead Sea, Petra, and Wadi Rum, yet still have time to shop and relax along the way. You’ll come away with a knowledge of the culinary traditions of Jordan and a deep appreciation of the magnitude of history and culture that this ancient land possesses.

Description:
Itinerary

Day 1: October 31: Depart for Amman

Stop At: Al Balad – Downtown Amman, Amman, Amman Governorate
Depart for Jordan.
Duration: 1 day

No meals included on this day.
No accommodation included on this day.

Day 2: November 1: Amman Airport – Amman Hotel

Stop At: Al Balad – Downtown Amman, Amman, Amman Governorate
Upon arrival at the airport, you will be welcomed by our representative, who will help you obtain your entry visa. Afterwards you will drive (about 45 minutes) to your hotel for some free time.
Duration: 1 day

Stop At: JR The Wine Experience, Amman, Amman Governorate
At 4PM we will gather in a group and attend a wine tasting with appetizers at JR Winery, Amman. Return to Amman hotel.
Duration: 3 hours

Meals included:
• Dinner: Wine tasting with appetizers at JR Winery, Amman.
Accommodation included: Overnight at Downtown Hotel Apartments, a 4 star hotel.

Day 3: November 2: Amman Hotel – Umm Quais – Jerash – Amman Hotel (B, L, D)

Stop At: UMm Qays Archeological Site, Irbid, Irbid Governorate
We will begin our journey early and drive two hours from Amman to Gadara (Umm Qais), which belonged to the famous Decapolis, a union of 10 cities, founded by Alexander the Great. There is an overwhelming view over the north Jordan Valley, the Golan Heights and the Sea of Galilee.
Duration: 4 hours

Stop At: Jerash Ruins, Jerash, Jerash Governorate
After lunch we will leave for Jerash, the best example of a Roman provincial city in the whole Middle East. We will see the spectacular Forum, Roman colonnaded street, the Nymphaeum and the Temple of Artemis.
Duration: 4 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.
• Lunch: Lunch at Umm Quais Rest House.
• Dinner: Dinner at Tawaheen Al Hawa.
Accommodation included: Overnight at Downtown Hotel Apartments, a 4 star hotel.

Day 4: November 3: Town of Salt – Amman Tour - Amman Hotel (B, L, D)

Stop At: Salt Turk Sehitligi, Al Salt, Balqa Governorate
The day will begin with a 45 minute drive to the town Salt. We will walk along Hammam Street to see the highlights of 19th century architecture—houses with long-arched windows in picturesque narrow streets. Well known is the Abu Jabermansion, built between 1892 and 1906, reputed to be the finest example of a 19th century merchant house in the region. The building now houses the Historic Old Salt Museum recounting the golden age of salt, which lasted from the end of the 19th century until the thirties of the 20th century.

Duration: 4 hours

Stop At: Al Balad – Downtown Amman, Amman, Amman Governorate
We will return for a city tour of Jordan's capital, Amman, already mentioned in the Bible as Rabbath Ammon. It is a bustling modern city. The historical places are located downtown, where following lunch at Hashem Restaurant and kanafeh from Habibah Sweets, we will visit the Citadel with remains from the Roman to the early Islamic period, and a small Archaeological Museum. We will see the Roman Theatre (built in the 2nd century) with 6000 seats. In the heart of downtown we will explore the markets (Souqs), and spice and herb shops.
Duration: 4 hours

Stop At: Home Cooking and Dining Experience Tour at Beit Sitti House, Amman, Amman Governorate
We will complete our day with a cooking class and dinner at Beit Sitti in Amman. Return to Amman hotel.
Duration: 3 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch: Lunch at Hashem Restaurant and kanafeh from Habibah Sweets.
• Dinner: Cooking class and dinner at Beit Sitti in Amman.
Accommodation included: Overnight at Downtown Hotel Apartments, a 4 star hotel.

Day 5: November 4: Amman Hotel – King’s Way - Mt Nebo – Madaba – Kerak Castle – Petra Hotel (B, L)

Stop At: Mount Nebo, Madaba, Madaba Governorate
After breakfast, we will drive to Mt. Nebo, the place where Prophet Moses gazed at the Promised Land before he died. We will see the old monastery, and overlook the Jordan Valley, Dead Sea, and parts of the Holy Land.
Duration: 4 hours

Stop At: Madaba Mosaic Map, Madaba, Madaba Governorate
We will then proceed to Madaba, for lunch at Haret Jdourdna Restaurant, and the famous 6th century mosaic map of Palestine in St. George’s church. Driving along the famous ancient caravan route, the King's Way, we will have a short stop in Wadi Al-Mujib, a great wide valley with a magnificent geological formation. In Kerak we will visit the famous Crusader Castle built in 1132/34 by King Baldwin I of Jerusalem.
Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Dead Sea, Madaba, Madaba Governorate
We will then continue to the Dead Sea where we will have leisure time to float on salty waters or to try a mineral rich mud bath on its shores before Continuing to Petra. We will check into our hotel and have the rest of the evening at leisure. Dinner will be on your own.
Duration: 4 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.
• Lunch: Lunch at Haret Jdourdna Restaurant,
Accommodation included: Overnight at Sella Hotel, a 4 star hotel.

Day 6: November 5: Petra visit – Petra Hotel – Little Petra (B, L, D)

Stop At: Petra, Petra - Wadi Musa, Ma'an Governorate
After breakfast, we will walk to the red rose city of Petra, the biggest attraction of Jordan. Petra was first established around the 6th century B.C. by the Nabataean Arabs, a nomadic tribe that settled in the area and laid the foundation of a commercial empire that extended into Syria. With the guide we will go through the canyon, the so called Siq, to see the most beautiful monument: the Treasury. We will continue walking via the Street of Facades to the Royal Tombs and Pharaoh's Castle. The guide says farewell to us at the restaurant area and we will have free time to explore Petra on our own (for example, climb the 800 stairs to the Monastery El Deir) and return the same way to the entrance gate. After our Petra visit, we will have lunch at Grand City Restaurant.
Duration: 4 hours

Stop At: Al-Beidha - Little Petra, Petra - Wadi Musa, Ma'an Governorate
​We will go to a Bedouin camp for a demonstration of Zarb, Bedouin barbecue - meat and vegetables cooked underground - before returning to the hotel to rest. Then we will return to the Bedouin camp for Zarb dinner. Return to Petra hotel.
Duration: 4 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.
• Lunch: Grand City Restaurant
• Dinner: Little Petra Bedouin Campsite for Zarb dinner.
Accommodation included: Overnight at Sella Hotel, a 4 star hotel.

Day 7: November 6: Petra Hotel – Wadi Rum 3 hours LandCruiser Ride – Aqaba Hotel (B, L, D)

Stop At: Wadi Rum Protected Area, Wadi Rum, Al Aqabah Governorate
We will begin our day with a 1.5 hour drive southwards to the protected area of Wadi Rum, one of the most impressive desert landscapes in the world. Here Bedouins still live in the traditional way. Touring in 4x4 LandCruisers we will discover canyons, sand dunes, and Nabatean rock inscriptions. We will enjoy a lunch of homemade shishbarak at Rum Village. We will then drive one hour to our hotel in Aqaba. Dinner will be at Ali Baba Restaurant.

Duration: 4 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.
• Lunch: We will enjoy a lunch of homemade shishbarak at Rum Village.
• Dinner: Dinner will be at Ali Baba Restaurant.
Accommodation included: Overnight at DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Aqaba, a 4 star hotel.

Day 8: November 7: Aqaba (B, L, D)

Stop At: Aqaba Marine Park, Aqaba, Al Aqabah Governorate
Today we will enjoy a glass boat bottom boat ride with lunch. The rest of the afternoon will be free to explore, followed by our Farewell Dinner. Overnight in Aqaba hotel.
Duration: 4 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.
• Lunch: Lunch aboard our boat.
• Dinner: Farewell dinner.
Accommodation included: Overnight at DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Aqaba, a 4 star hotel.

Day 9: November 8: Aqaba – Aqaba or Amman Airport (B)

Stop At: Aqaba Marine Park, Aqaba, Al Aqabah Governorate
After breakfast at the hotel we will depart for Aqaba airport to connect with our international flights.

Duration: 1 day

Meals included:
• Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.
No accommodation included on this day.

Highlights:

    Location: Amman, Jordan

    Duration: 9 days

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    • Inclusions:
      • 7x Breakfast
      • 6x Dinner
      • 6x Lunch
      • Accommodation included: 7 nights
      • Accommodation in Amman, Petra and Aqaba (including breakfast)
      • Private transportation
      • All airport transfers and group transfers
      • Professional English-speaking guide for all of the featured group tours
      • Services of tour leaders Joan Peterson and Susan Chwae
      • Entrance fees to museums and historical sites included in the group day tours
      • Cooking class at Beit Sitti Amman
      • All cooking demos, lunches and dinners, unless specified
      • 3 hour LandCruiser ride with Bedouin driver in Wadi Rum
      • Jordanian Cookbook
      • Bottled water
      • Entry/Admission - Al Balad – Downtown Amman
      • Entry/Admission - JR The Wine Experience
      • Entry/Admission - UMm Qays Archeological Site
      • Entry/Admission - Jerash Ruins
      • Entry/Admission - Salt Turk Sehitligi
      • Entry/Admission - Home Cooking and Dining Experience Tour at Beit Sitti House
      • Entry/Admission - Mount Nebo
      • Entry/Admission - Madaba Mosaic Map
      • Entry/Admission - Dead Sea
      • Entry/Admission - Petra
      • Entry/Admission - Al-Beidha - Little Petra
      • Entry/Admission - Wadi Rum Protected Area
      • Entry/Admission - Aqaba Marine Park

    • Exclusions:
      • Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages during lunch and dinner unless specified in the itinerary
      • International flights
      • Tips for guide and driver
      • Tips for porters at hotels
      • Tips for wait staff

    • Other Information:
      • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
      • Wheelchair accessible
      • Stroller accessible
      • Near public transportation
      • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
      • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
      • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
      • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate


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