04:15-Depart on Emirates flight to Dubai, 06:45-Arrive and take a Emirate flight to Amman leaving at 14:00 hrs, 16:15-On arrival, Our representative welcomes you with a signage at Amman Airport, assists you through immigration and customs and matches with your escort. Start with a city tour in Jordan's capital. Amman, already mentioned in the Bible as Rabbath Ammon, is a bustling modern city. The historical places are located in downtown, where we visit the Citadel with remains from the Roman to the early Islamic period. Then we have a round in the Archaeological Museum, housing an excellent collection like several Dead Sea Scrolls. We stroll via the Souq, where you get an idea of everyday life, to the Roman Theatre from 2nd century with 6000 seats. Transfer to your Amman Hotel, check in. Lunch & dinner Indian Restaurant Amman
After breakfast drive to Mt. Nebo, the place where Prophet Moses gazed at the Promised Land before he died. You visit the old monastery and overlook the Jordan Valley, Dead Sea and parts of the Holy Land. After we proceed to Madaba, where to find the famous mosaic 6th century map of Palestine in St.George's church. Driving along the famous ancient caravan route the King's Way, we have a short stop in Wadi Al-Mujib, a great wide valley with magnificent geological formation. In Kerak visit the famous Crusader castle built in 1132/34 by King Baldwin I. of Jerusalem. Continue to Petra hotel, check in and overnight. Lunch & dinner Local Restaurant
After breakfast to the red rose city Petra, the biggest attraction of Jordan. Petra was first established around the 6th century B.C. by the Nabataean Arabs, a nomadic tribe who settled in the area and laid the foundation of a commercial empire that extended into Syria. With the guide pass the canyon, the so called Siq, to see the most beautiful monument: the Treasury. Continue via the Street of Facades to the Royal Tombs and Pharaoh's Castle. After that, free time to explore Petra on your own. Overnight Petra. Lunch & dinner Local Restaurant
In the morning we drive 1.5 hours southwards to the protected area of Wadi Rum, one of the most impressing desert landscapes in the world. Here still Bedouins live in a traditional way, and by 4x4 Jeep tour you discover canyons, sand dunes and Nabatean rock inscriptions. Then 45 minutes to your hotel in Aqaba, check in, remainder of the day free. Lunch Local Restaurant & Dinner Hotel
Leisurely morning, visiting the Mameluk Fort, the bazaars, after lunch we drive 3.5 hours to the Dead Sea hotel.With 400 meters below sea level, the Dead Sea is the lowest point on earth, where ever since the days of Herod the Great, people have flocked to in search of its curative secrets. The area is characterized by high annual temperatures, low humidity and high atmospheric pressure, the air is extremely oxygen rich. With the highest content of minerals and salts in the world, the Dead Sea water possesses anti-inflammatory properties, and the dark mud found on its shores have been used for over 2000 years for therapeutic purposes. Lunch Local Restaurant & Dinner Hotel
Breakfast, latest check out 12:00, 15:00 - Transfer to Airport to board your flight EK 904 to Dubai leaving at 1730 hrs 21:15 - Arrive and take a connecting flight EK 564 leaving at 0250 to Bangalore, arrive at 0820+1
Welcome to the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, founded by King Abdullah I after World War I. It was ruled by his grandson, the late King Hussein, for 46 years until his death in 1999, when his son King Abdullah II assumed the throne.Jordan has grown into a modern nation that has enjoyed a remarkable measure of peace, stability and economic growth in recent decades. Images of the ancient Nabataean city of Petra, carved from the rock over 2000 years ago, have long been most people's first impression of Jordan. While Petra is indeed one of the most stunning attractions in the Middle East and the world, Jordan offers so much more for the modern traveller. A well-travelled bridge between sea and desert, east and west, Jordan is a land of mesmerizing beauty and contrasts. From the Jordan Valley, fertile and ever changing, to the remote desert canyons, immense and still, visitors can explore splendid desert castles, gaze in awe at the haunting wilderness of Wadi Rum, or bathe in the restful waters of the Red Sea. For adventure lovers, there is horse riding, 4x4 safaris, rock climbing, canyoning, and hiking. For pure relaxation, nothing on earth compares to the Dead Sea and its many spa facilities.
Shorts are rarely worn by either sex, and would be out of place in the downtown Amman area. Topless sunbathing is prohibited and one-piece swimsuits are preferred, although two-piece swimsuits are acceptable at hotel pools.
Ramadan is a holy month of fasting, the date of which varies according to the Islamic lunar calendar. During Ramadan, alcohol is not sold, except in larger hotels. Eating, drinking, and smoking in public is discouraged during the hours of daylight. Most stores, banks and offices open late at 09:00, and close early at 14:00; other businesses have limited hours.
Jordan is renowned as a shopping destination and presents a lively blend of modern and traditional items. Browsing through souqs as well as big malls in Jordan can be a lot of fun and may turn into something of a social occasion. In small shops particularly, it is not unusual to be offered a cup of coffee or tea before getting down to business. The souq is one of the remaining places where the tradition of bargaining or haggling over the price is still observed, so practice your negotiation skills and pick up a bargain!Shopping hours are flexible.Some shops are open from 09:30-13:30 and 15:30 -18:00. Others may be open longer, from 08:00 -20:00. Many shops close on Friday, but the Souq does not. Please note that while Jordan has a sizeable handicrafts industry, it also boasts many modern, high-tech shopping outlets, offering the very latest trends in fashion and technology.
Jordan is famous for its dazzling variety of handmade gold and silver items, much of them 24-karat and generally sold by weight at prices much lower than any other country. Look for bargains in more than 50 shops in Amman's Gold Souq, downtown just off King Faisal Street. Silver and amber are good buys as well.
Traditional crafts are making inroads in the world of high fashion. Starting in the 1970s, a handful of enterprising women began to match traditional Jordanian and Palestinian needlework with rich Middle Eastern fabrics, creating elegant gowns and jackets with a modern flare. Today you can find well-tailored vests, shirts and handbags trimmed in delicate needlework.
While Arabic is the official language in Jor dan, English is also widely spoken. When Arabic is written using the Lati n alphabet, English spelling is applied. However, these spellings can be i nterpreted in various ways and the spelling of street addresses, for example, ca n vary widely
Jordan is characterized by a Mediterranean climate ideal for year-round holidays. Best travel time is spring and autumn, as summer is hot and sunny, especially in Aqaba and at the Dead Sea. These two areas are in turn ideal for a winter break due to the mild temperatures (16-22 ℃) in this season. In the rest of the country winter weather can be cool, with rain and occasional snow. Jordan is a very sunny country with average daily sunshine hours ranging from six to seven in winter and twelve to thirteen in summer. Although summer temperatures are high, the nights are rather cool.
The official currency is the Jordanian Dinar (JD), which is divided into 100 piastres or 1,000 fils. Notes are in denominations of JD 50, 20, 10, 5 and 1. Coins are in denominations of JD 1, 1/2 and 1/4; 10, 5, 2 and 1/2 piastres. Foreign currency can be changed at any bank, moneychanger or better hotel. Banks are closed on Fridays and American Express, Visa, MasterCard are the most widely accepted credit cards and can be used at major hotels, restaurants and tourist shops. ATMs are available in larger towns. Traveller's Cheques are accepted by licensed banks and bureaux de change.
Electricity Electrical current is 220 volts AC. European two-pin plugs are the most common. Communications The international dialing code for Jordan is +962. City/area codes are in use, such as 03 for both Aqaba and Petra, 06 for Amman. Internet cafes in Amman and major towns are available.