Tips from Oliver

To avoid the crowds I’d recommend at least 2 visits to the Lost city of Petra

Crusaders, Traders and Raiders tour with Dr Faulkner

In the centenary year of the great Arab revolt, travel with expert lecturer and archaeologist Dr Faulkner who, as co-director of a pioneering series of excavations into TE Lawrence, has exclusive behind-the-scenes access to sites not open to the wider public. Jordan is one of history’s crossroads and battlegrounds, and this tour encompasses the entire range of its heritage and culture.

Day 1: Fly to Amman
Fly from London (regional connections available) to Amman with Royal Jordanian Airways. Transfer to the Boulevard Arjaan Hotel (or similar) for 3 nights. (N)

Day 2: Jerash
Drive north through the hills of biblical Gilead for a full day’s tour of Jerash, one of the most beautiful and best-preserved provincial Roman cities in the Middle East. Welcome dinner. (B, D)

Day 3: Amman • Desert castles
Explore the ancient citadel of Amman, including the archaeological museum, the splendid Roman theatre and the Jordan Museum. Drive into the eastern desert to Azraq, a Roman fort rebuilt in the 13th century and later used by TE Lawrence. Visit the early Islamic Umayyad castle of Kharana and the outstanding wall paintings of the baths complex at Amra. (B)

Day 4: Madaba • Mount Nebo • Shobak castle • Petra
Drive along the King’s Highway to Madaba, renowned for its Byzantine mosaics. Visit the Greek Orthodox Church of St George, which contains the famous sixth-century mosaic map of Palestine, and the archaeological park, with the Church of the Virgin and the Hippolytus Hall. Stop at Mount Nebo and see the Moses Memorial Church and its fine floor mosaics. Continue to little-known Shobak castle, an early 12th-century crusader castle built by King Baldwin I of Jerusalem to guard the road from Egypt to Damascus. Drive to Petra and stay 3 nights at the Mövenpick Resort Petra (or similar). (B, D)

Day 5: Petra
Enjoy a full-day’s exploration of Petra, the remote desert stronghold of the Nabatean Arabs. Walk through the Siq, the narrow gorge leading into the city, to the Treasury, with its stunning Hellenistic facade. Continue past the theatre, carved out of solid rock, to see tombs, temples and churches. Visit Al Deir monastery, a whole mountainside carved into a temple overlooking Wadi Araba and the largest of Petra’s monuments. Evening visit by candlelight to Petra. (B, L)

Day 6: Wadi Rum
In the morning, drive to Wadi Rum. From there, travel by 4×4 along the same route across the desert that was taken by Lawrence of Arabia and bedouin guerrillas to attack the Hejaz railway. Visit wartime sites, newly discovered by a British archaeological team, including an overnight campsite used by Lawrence, tented encampments used by the Turks, and the blockhouses and breastworks of fortified stations and hilltop redoubts.* (B, L)

Day 7: Little Petra • Wadi Araba • Machaerus • The Dead Sea
Morning visit to the less well-known and peaceful Little Petra. Continue through spectacular mountain scenery to Wadi Araba and visit Machaerus, a Herodian palace and the scene of a famous siege. Drive to the Mövenpick Dead Sea Spa (or similar) for 1 night. Farewell dinner. (B, D)

Day 8: Fly to London
Transfer to Amman airport and fly to London with Royal Jordanian Airways. (B)

Meal Basis
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast,  L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals

Departure dates and costs per person

6th April 2019: £2425
12th October 2019: £2425

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