From Petra to Palmyra: Jordan & Syria: 11 Nights - 12 Days


 

Itinerary

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Day 1: Arrival Amman Airport - Hotel in Amman

Upon arrival to Queen Alia Airport our representative will meet and assist you through immigration procedures. Transfer for 30 min. to hotel in Amman for overnight.

Day 2: Hotel in Amman - Madaba - Mt. Nebo - King's Way - Kerak - Petra Hotel (B)

After breakfast we drive to Madaba, to view the famous mosaic 6th century map of Palestine in St. George's church. We proceed to Mt. Nebo, the place where Prophet Moses gazed at the Promised Land. You visit the old monastery and overlook the Jordan Valley, Dead Sea and parts of Israel. Along the famous biblical caravan route, the King's Way, we drive to the Crusader castle in Kerak. Proceed to Petra for overnight.

Day 3: Petra Visit - Petra Hotel (B)

In the morning you start the full day tour to the red rose rock city Petra, the biggest attraction of Jordan and on of the New Seven Wonders of the World! Petra was first established around the 6th century B.C. by the Nabataean Arabs, a nomadic tribe who settled in the area and founded a commercial empire. They left magnificent buildings carved in the sandstone, you will discover today. On horse back you ride to the narrow canyon, the so-called Siq, and then walk to the most beautiful monument: the Treasury. Go on to the Street of Facades, see the Royal Tombs and Pharaoh's Castle. Overnight Petra.

Day 4: Petra Hotel - Amman City Tour - Hotel in Amman (B)

We leave Petra and drive back to the capital Amman. Here you visit the Citadel with remains from 3 different periods, the Archaeological Museum and the Roman Theatre from 2nd century in downtown where you get a glimpse of everyday life in the Souq. Overnight Amman.

Day 5: Hotel in Amman - Jerash - Syrian Border - Bosra - Damascus Hotel (B)

Then we drive in the north of Jordan to Jerash, the best example of a Roman provincial city in the whole Middle East. We visit the spectacular Forum, Roman Colonnaded Street and Artemis Temple. Overnight Damascus. Then, further in the north we cross the border to Syria, where you will be met by our representative and transferred to Bosra. The city was the Roman capital for the Arabic region. We see the remains of temples, palaces, high columns and mosques made of dark basaltic stones. Highlight in Bosra is the magnificent amphitheater dating back to the second century. Transfer to Damascus hotel for overnight.

Day 6: Damascus Hotel - Maaloula - Apameia - Aleppo Hotel (B)

Maaloula is a rocky village located in Al Qalamoon mountains, which houses cling on hills of limestone. The old Aramaic language is still used here and we visit the famous monasteries St. Sergius and St. Tekla. Next stop is Apamea wit its charming ruins, old houses and big churches dating back to the 5th and 6th centuries. Transfer to hotel in Aleppo.

Day 7: Aleppo Hotel - St. Simeon Basilica - Aleppo City Tour  - Aleppo Hotel (B)

Today you visit the St. Simeon Church honoring the Christian saint Simeon who lived over 30 years on a pillar. Back in Aleppo we view the Citadel, the biggest, oldest and most impressive monument in Aleppo. The Citadel is situated at the center of the city on a hill about 40 meter high. We also visit the Great Mosque, the Aleppo Museum, suqs and khans.

Day 8: Aleppo Hotel - Hama - Crac des Chevaliers - Palmyra Hotel (B)

We drive to Hama to see the popular waterwheels, and further on to Crac des Chevaliers. This is the most famous Crusader castle. It stands proudly on a volcanic crater and overlooks the Bekaa plain, Homs and Lattakia. Drive to Palmyra for overnight.

Day 9: Palmyra Hotel - Palmyra City Tour - Palmyra Hotel (B)

Start your visit of ancient Palmyra, located in an oasis, and Syria's most famous tourist attraction. Amongst other monuments you view the castle, the theater, the Nabu Temple, the Temple of Bel, the supreme Palmyrene god, and tombs. Overnight in hotel.

Day 10: Palmyra Hotel - Damascus Hotel (B)

After breakfast and a leisurely morning, drive back to Damascus, check in at your hotel. Rest of the day is free. Overnight in Damascus.

Day 11: Damascus Hotel - Damascus City Tour - Damascus Hotel (B)

On your today's program will be the Azem Palace, a jewel of 18th century Damascus architecture, the Umayyad Mosque and Salah al-Dins mausoleum. Besides you visit the ancient Hananya Church and St. Paul's Church, which marks the site where St. Paul escaped from the city avoiding persecution. You visit also the famous Suq Hamidiyyeh. Overnight Damascus.

Day 12:  Damascus Hotel - Damascus Airport (B)

Breakfast, transfer to Damascus Airport to board your flight.

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