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Jordan: Fabled Petra, plus Wadi Rum and the Dead Sea Extension

Lost Cities, Desert Realms & the Dead Sea

Please note that this special extension is exclusively for participants in the Wonders of Ancient Egypt symposium. For participants in other trips please see your Jordan extension here.


On this extension to our Wonders of Ancient Egypt Symposium, discover “rose-red” Petra, the long-lost city of the Nabateans, one of the archaeological wonders of the world, carved from solid red sandstone in the 3rd century BC. You’ll also visit the ancient Roman city of Jerash, the pilgrimage site of Mt. Nebo, Madaba, “the city of mosaics,” and the Crusader fortress of Kerak, then enjoy the magnificent desert realm where massive rock peaks rise out of pink sands at the famed canyon of Wadi Rum. Cap it with a relaxing stay at a spa resort on the Dead Sea. 

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1, Dec 14, 2022
Amman, Jordan

Fly from Cairo to Amman, where you are met at the Amman Airport and transferred to your hotel. Overnight at the Intercontinental Hotel Amman...meals on your own

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Day 2, Dec 15, 2022
Amman / Jerash

In the morning, enjoy a tour of Amman, one of the most ancient cities in the world, with archaeological finds dating back 3,000 years. Inhabited since the Bronze Age, the city is mentioned in the Old Testament as Rabath Ammon, capital of the Ammonites, and it was here that David met Bathsheba. Visit the Citadel, archaeological museum, Roman theater, and enjoy a walk through the bazaar. Afterwards, visit the ancient Roman city of Jerash, an archaeological masterpiece framed by the hills of Gilead. It was founded by the soldiers of Alexander the Great during the 4th century BC and later joined the Roman Decapolis. Monuments of this prosperous Roman city—one of the best preserved in the Roman Empire—include a triumphal arch, a stadium, a monumental fountain, and temples. Return to Amman for overnight...BL

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Day 3, Dec 16, 2022
Mt. Nebo / Madaba / Kerak / Petra

On our way to Petra, we visit Mt. Nebo, the mountain where Moses was allowed to view the Holy Land, yet not allowed to enter it. Today it is the site of the Church of Moses, built by the first Christians. The views over Jordan, the Dead Sea, and Israel are tremendous. When the weather is clear, you may even see Jerusalem, about 30 miles away. Continue to Madaba, whose St. George’s Church houses a world-famous mosaic floor that is a large map of Palestine, including a detailed mosaic of Jerusalem as it was during the 6th century AD. After lunch in Madaba, we continue to Kerak. About 75 miles south of Amman, this Crusader fortress is filled with galleries, rooms, and secret passageways, and its thick defensive walls are pierced by narrow arrow slits where Crusader archers held out for over 100 years. Payen Le Boutellier, the lord of Montreal, built the fortress in 1142, and made Kerak the new capital of the province because of its strategic position on the King’s Highway, where it could control all traffic from north and south. Continue to the Petra Movenpick Resort for overnight...BL

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Day 4, Dec 17, 2022

We travel to Petra, the ancient capital of the Nabataens, a nomadic Arabian tribe who ruled the Trans-Jordan area in pre-Roman times and derived their great wealth and power from the passing trade caravans. The city reached the peak of its fame after the Romans took over in the first and second century AD. With the rise of the coastal trading center at Palmyra and the opening of sea trade routes, Petra declined in importance and was forgotten by the outside world for a thousand years. In 1812, Swiss explorer John Lewis Burckhardt, a young convert to Islam traveling the Middle East’s deserts in Bedouin disguise, heard local Bedouins tell of fantastic ruins hidden in the mountains of Wadi Musa and persuaded one to lead him there. His journal and sketches of Petra eventually made their way to London, where they inspired many to seek this lost city.

Sheer sandstone hills in beautiful shades of deep rust banded with gray and yellow form a deep canyon that protects Petra in all directions. Today’s full-day visit begins with a short horseback ride (or walk) from the main gate of Petra to the entrance of the old city. From here, we walk through the narrow canyon called the Siq to visit the rose-red city of Petra. The archaeological site covers an area of about 50 square miles, with over 800 monuments excavated, including the famous Al-Khazneh (“Treasury”), featured in the film Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. The modern town outside of Petra is called Wadi Musa (Valley of Moses). This is the spot where Moses is thought to have struck the rock with his staff, bringing water flowing forth as it does today. Overnight at the Petra Movenpick Resort...BL

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Day 5, Dec 18, 2022
Wadi Rum

Head to the famed desert canyon of Wadi Rum, where British officer T. E. Lawrence was based during the Great Arab Revolt of 1917-18. Enjoy an optional ride by camel to Lawrence’s spring, and explore by 4WD vehicle to enjoy a magnificent desert world where massive rock peaks rise out of pink sands. Our remote tented camp, Mazayen Rum Camp, offers a comfortable desert getaway in a superb wilderness setting. Before dinner this evening, head out to a scenic spot to enjoy sunset over Wadi Rum. Overnight at Mazayen Rum Camp...BLD

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Day 6, Dec 19, 2022
Wadi Rum / Dead Sea

After a short walk this morning to a small natural arch with inscriptions dating from the time of the Nabateans, the builders of Petra 2,000 years ago, continue to your hotel at the legendary Dead Sea, with the afternoon at leisure. Overnight at the 5-star Dead Sea Movenpick Resort & Zara Spa...B

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Day 7, Dec 20, 2022

After breakfast at hotel, transfer to airport for departure on homeward-bound flights via Amman...B


The trip leaders for this special symposium extension will be Jordanian guide Nadine Tali, who will meet you in Jordan, and Egyptian guide Mohamed Ossama, who will be one of the symposium guides and will travel with you to Jordan.



Length: 7 days
Cost From: $3295  
Arrive: Amman, Jordan
Depart: Amman, Jordan
Lodging: 5 nights hotels, 1 night tented camp
Meals: Meals as indicated
Activity: Archaeology, Cultural Adventures
Trip Level:

Cultural explorations and walking tours