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Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Classical Jordan Tour Taba-Petra-Aqaba

Classical Jordan Tour Taba-Petra-Aqaba
03Days – 02Nights :

Tour Itinerary:

Day 1: Taba Port – Aqaba Port – Wadi Rum visit to Petra ON:
Morning arrival to Aqaba Port. Greeted by Explore Jordan Tours representative who will assist you with getting your visa, retrieving your bags and going through customs.

Leaving Aqaba Port and driving toward Wadi Rum, the wild desert landscape, which fascinated the British liaison officer Lawrence of Arabia. Describing Wadi Rum as "vast, echoing and god-like" we believe he could not have said it better. We will drive for two hours in a 4-wheel drive jeep through the desert to see Lawrence’s spring. We will pass majestic mountains and explore a gorge with some ancient rock drawings. You will have free time to hike on your own enjoying the silence and the awesome sunset. You will then be transported to your hotel in Petra for check-in.

Day 2: Petra full day visit & ON (B):
Breakfast at the hotel followed by the tour of the Rose Red City of Petra. The city is thought to have been first established in the 6th century BC by Nabataean Arabs, a nomadic tribe who settled in the area and laid the foundations of a commercial empire that extended into Syria. Despite successive attempts by the Seleucid king Antigonus, the Roman emperor Pompey and Herod the Great to bring Petra under the control of their respective empires, Petra remained largely in Nabataean hands until around 100 AD, when the Romans diverted to the north the caravan routes that had brought Petra its wealth.
It was still inhabited during the Byzantine period, when the former Roman Empire moved its focus east to Constantinople, but declined in importance thereafter. The Crusaders constructed a fort there in the 12th century, but soon withdrew, leaving Petra to the local people until the early 19th century, when it was visited by the Swiss explorer Johann Ludwig Burckhardt. The approach to Petra is unforgettable, made either on foot or horseback through the Outer Siq and then on foot through the Siq itself. The Siq ends in an open space which is dominated by the Treasury, Petra’s most famous building. A local guide will give a brief history of the city. You will also see Pharaoh's Castle, the Triumphal Arch, the Amphitheater and Monastery before returning to your hotel.

Day 3: Petra to Aqaba Port for final departure (B):
Today you will have a free day in Petra. You can explore the lost city of Petra on your own or you can add one of our optional tours.

Afternoon, you will be transferred to Aqaba Port for departure with our Assistance by our English-speaking representatives.

(End of Program)

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