Petra & Jordan Tour: Discover Madaba, Jerash, Petra, Wadi Rum, Umayyad fortress-palaces in the eastern desert and all the wonders of Jordan
Why Take The Petra Jordan Tour?
- Petra Jordan Tour is led by Gary Rollefson, who discovered the Ain’ Ghazal statues
- Tour three of Jordan’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites
- See the legendary ‘Ain Ghazal statues discovered by the study leader
- Three full day tour exploring Petra and its environs
- Private tour and cocktail party in ACOR house, hosted by the director
- Private tour of Petra Church with ACOR archaeologists
The Royal Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan is a charming land that has preserved a remarkable character unlike any other in the Near East. Ruled by King Abdullah, the people have an unparalleled reputation for hospitality, from the office worker in the city to the Bedouin in his desert camp. Parts of the country are so rich in archaeology that it is literally impossible not to step tens of thousands of years back into time. The unique majesty of Petra, the Roman splendor of Jerash, and the elegant Omayyad fortress-palaces scattered in the eastern desert are only a few of the major attractions. And in addition to a splendid wealth of ancient cities, castles, Christian churches, and mosaic masterpieces, the landscape offers some of the most breathtaking vistas to be had anywhere on earth.
This 14-day Petra and Jordan tour has been designed to give an understanding and appreciation of the country and its compelling history. The itinerary includes several highlights, including Petra, the marvelous repository of Nabataean culture and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, explorations of Professor Rollefson’s latest discoveries in the eastern desert, Bronze Age shrines unearthed by Professor Rollefson in Wadi Rum, and ACOR, the American Center of Oriental Research where we will enjoy a private tour of collections, including the intriguing Petra Scrolls.
‘In these times of conflict, it’s more important than ever to have a direct understanding of the Middle East – both its history and its current culture. Jordan is an easy travel destination: it felt very safe, lots of people speak English, and there’s tons of stuff to see from pre-history through recent history and up to the changes of today.’ – Joy Mundy
‘Clearly Petra was the main highlight of the trip. While we had seen many photos of the city, seeing it in person made us remember the resourcefulness, creativeness and resilience of people throughout the ages. This was reinforced by seeing Gary’s digs and other desert community remains going back to the Bronze Age.’ – Marolyn Hatch
PETRA & JORDAN TOUR DAILY ITINERARY
Day 1: Depart the USA.
Day 2: Arrive to Amman.
Day 3: Visit Qasr al-Abd, the Palace of the Slave, and Wadi Seer. City tour of Amman.
Day 4: Full day excursion to Jerash.
Day 5: Umayyad Desert Palaces.
Day 6: Travel to the Ghura al-Qattafi mesas.
Day 7: Madaba, Shobak Castle. Um ar-Rasas. Transfer to Petra.
Day 8: Beidha. “Little Petra”, or Siq al-Barid.
Day 9: Wadi Rum.
Day 10: Petra Tour.
Day 11: Petra Tour.
Day 12: Ed Deir. Return to Amman.
Day 13: Ajlun Castle. Umm Qais. Pella.
Day 14: Return to the USA.