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JGT “Bucket List” Special
Do it before you kick it! Limited places
Land of Ancient History & Culture
A tour to explore Amman, Jerash, Mount Nebo, Dead Sea, Petra and lots more besides.
Group departs Saturday 17th October 2020 for 10 nights.
Fully escorted from Dublin by senior JGT Staff.
If you are interested in seeing this wonderful country, please call us on (01) 207 6555
and book your place now.
Itinerary for October 2020
Saturday 17 October: Dublin – Amman
1055 Depart Dublin on Turkish Airlines flight TK 1976 to Istanbul.
1720 Arrive in Istanbul. You will have a few hours to spare to explore this brand-new airport – one of the largest in the world. Get something to eat here, as you will be arriving in Amman quite late.
2115 Depart Istanbul for Amman on TK 812.
2359 Arrive in Amman. Our airport representative will be waiting for you with a name sign and will help you with immigration and customs procedures. Your English-speaking guide will wait for you in the Arrivals Hall, also holding a name sign and will transfer you to the 5* Crowne Plaza Hotel in Amman for overnight.
L/D (on flights)
Sunday 18 October: Amman – Jerash – Amman
Leisurely breakfast at hotel.
1000 Your English-speaking guide will be waiting for you in the lobby of your hotel. Start your first morning in Jordan with a city tour. Visit the Citadel in Amman, with beautiful views over the city. Continue to the Roman Theatre, located in the heart of Amman for a visit, then drive on to Jerash, to visit the world’s best preserved Roman provincial city. Enjoy (included) lunch at Artemis Restaurant, Jerash.
In the afternoon, return to your hotel, where you will be free for the evening, to explore Amman at your own pace or have an early night.
Overnight at Crowne Plaza in Amman.
Monday 19 October: Amman – Madaba – Mt. Nebo – Dead Sea
Breakfast at hotel.
After breakfast your tour today starts with visiting the St. George Church in Madaba with its famous mosaic map. Drive to Mt. Nebo, from where Moses viewed the Promised Land.
Enjoy (included) lunch at Mazayen Restaurant in Mount Nebo and then drive on to the Dead Sea, the lowest point on the earth’s surface. Float in the salty waters and try out the famous healing mud. Overnight at the 4* Holiday Inn Dead Sea Resort at the Dead Sea.
Tuesday 20 October: Dead Sea – Ma’in Hot Springs – Dead Sea
Breakfast at hotel.
0900 Today, visit the Ma’in Hot Springs (included), to enjoy the mineral-rich waters of these hyper- thermal waterfalls. The springs are located 264m below sea level in one of the most breath-taking desert oases in the world. These falls originate from winter rainfalls in the highland plains of Jordan and eventually feed the 109 hot and cold springs in the valley. This water is heated to temperatures of up to 63° celsius by underground lava fissures, as it makes its way through the valley, before emptying into the Zarqa River. This is a natural spring area and not a modern spa, although spa treatments are available at a supplement. Return to your hotel and you will be free for the rest of the day.
Overnight at the 4* Holiday Inn Dead Sea Resort.
Wednesday 21 October: Dead Sea – Dana Nature Reserve – Shobak – Petra
Breakfast at hotel.
After breakfast transfer to Dana – the largest nature reserve in Jordan, and home to a great variety of wildlife. Today you have a short hiking tour on the Campsite Trail. (Grade: Easy Distance: 1.5 km Time: 1 hour Starting time: 11.00 AM from the Rummana Campsite) Description: This circular walk around the Rummana campsite is a great place to see birds, especially during migration seasons. The scenic viewpoints along the trail offer picturesque views of the Dana Mountains. Lunch box included.
Afterwards, it is a short journey to Shobak to visit the Crusader castle, before continuing on to Petra for what is surely the highlight of any visit to Jordan!
Overnight at the 5* Hyatt Zaman Resort in Petra.
Thursday 22 October: Full day in Petra
Breakfast at hotel.
After breakfast transfer to Petra for a full day to explore one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. You will enter through the Siq and visit the Treasury, Street of Facades, Theatre, Colonnaded Street etc.
Enjoy your (included) lunch in the Basin Restaurant at the 5* Crown Plaza Resort. You will then be able to visit the Monastery and/or the High Place of Sacrifice today. There are a lot of steps involved but it is definitely worthwhile for the spectacular views! Make sure that your camera or phone is fully charged because you will take dozens of photographs in one of the most spectacular places on earth. Return to your hotel for a rest.
Tonight, if you are up to it, you may choose to take the optional (US$25pp) Petra by Night visit from 2030 to 2230. This is a magical way to see part of the rock city by candlelight. Explore the old city, by walking the entire Siq to the Treasury, which is lit by over 1,500 candles. This is not for the faint-hearted, as it requires a lot of walking over rough terrain at night. You will have been on your feet all day, so it is better to decide locally, whether it is for you or not.
Overnight at the 5* Hyatt Zaman Hotel in Petra.
Friday 23 October: Petra – Little Petra – Wadi Rum
Breakfast at hotel.
After breakfast drive to little Petra for a short visit before transferring to Wadi Rum Visitors Centre where you will meet our representative. From there you will start your jeep tour including a freshly prepared barbeque lunch. A jeep tour is the best way to discover lots of sites in Wadi Rum.
The jeep will stop at each site giving you time to explore the area and maybe even climb up on some of the beautiful natural formed bridges in Wadi Rum.
At sunset we will take you to the highest accessible point so that you can watch this spectacular natural occurrence. The absence of light pollution at Wadi Rum means that you will also have the best possible opportunity of seeing the stars there.
Dinner (included) and overnight at the Night Luxury Campsite in Wadi Rum.
Saturday 24 October: Wadi Rum – Aqaba
This morning you have the unique experience of seeing the sunrise at Wadi Rum. After that, it’s back to the campsite for breakfast. Then you will transfer to Aqaba on the Red Sea, where later you will check in at your hotel and have a chance to relax after your two hectic days in Petra and Wadi Rum.
Overnight at the 4* Double Tree by Hilton hotel in Aqaba.
Sunday 25 October: Aqaba
Breakfast at hotel.
After breakfast, enjoy a 4-hour cruise (included), including snorkeling kit and BBQ lunch at the Berenice beach. Return to your hotel to relax for a free afternoon and evening.
Overnight in the 4* Double Tree by Hilton hotel.
Monday 26 October : Aqaba – Amman
Early breakfast at hotel.
After breakfast, depart Aqaba for Amman, arriving there about lunchtime. Take the afternoon to relax or do some shopping. This evening, leave your hotel for a farewell dinner at a nearby restaurant. When you have had your fill, continue on for an Amman by night tour. See this bustling city at its frantic best. You’ll be home early enough, as you have an early start tomorrow.
Overnight at the 5* Crowne Plaza Hotel.
Tuesday 27 October: Amman – Dublin
Depart your hotel at 0600 and transfer to the airport for departure.
0925 Depart Amman on Turkish Airlines flight TK 817 to Istanbul.
1200 Arrive in Istanbul.
1305 Depart Istanbul on TK 1977.
1535 Arrive Dublin.
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Our Quote Includes:-
International flights from Dublin to Amman return on Turkish Airlines via Istanbul in economy class
1 Checked bag included – up to 30kgs
All Airline & Airport taxes (€305.00)
Coach transfers between airport and hotel on arrival and departure
3 Nights accommodation in twin sharing at 5-star Crowne Plaza Hotel in Amman
2 Nights accommodation in twin sharing at 4-star Dead Sea Spa Hotel
2 Nights accommodation in twin sharing at 5-star Hyatt Zaman Hotel, Petra
1 Nights accommodation in twin sharing at Night Luxury Campsite, Wadi Rum.
2 Nights accommodation in twin sharing at 4-star Double Tree by Hilton, Aqaba
Full programme of touring, as mentioned above, including entrances and with services of English speaking guide
Services of Senior Tour Manager from JGT, throughout
Lunch at Artemis Rstaurant, Jerash
Dinner at Fakhreldin Restaurant, Amman or similar
Lunch at Mazayen Restaurant, Mount Nebo
Tour to Ma’in Hot Springs, Dead Sea including entrances
Lunch at Basin Restaurant, Crown Plaza Hotel, Petra
Half-Day Jeep tour including BBQ Lunch, Wadi Rum
Dinner at Night Luxury Campsite, Wadi Rum
Half-Day cruise in Aqaba including lunch
Gratuities for restaurants, guides & drivers
Jordanian Visa Fee
Our Quote Excludes:-
Expenses of personal nature like tipping (other than mentioned above), laundry, telephone calls, alcoholic beverages, camera / video camera fees at monuments, medical expenses etc.
Optional extra Petra by Night US$25pp
Meals other than those specified above
Any insurance – mandatory
Any other services not mentioned in the inclusion
Please be aware that Jordan is a Muslim country and guests should respect their culture. While Jordan is quite westernised, standards there might differ from our own, so be prepared to accept Jordan for what it is. Alcohol is available but not everywhere and some restaurants may not serve it. We try to use venues where you can get a drink but we do not guarantee it. In case of any currency fluctuations or amendments to local Government taxes, or any fuel price rises, we reserve the right to adjust the tour price accordingly. For bookings, we will require names including full first names, date of birth, passport number & expiry date. Passports must be valid for at least 6 months after your departure from Jordan at the end of your trip.
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