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To avoid the crowds I’d recommend at least 2 visits to the Lost city of Petra
The sight of the Great Treasury of Petra is one of the most thrilling travel experiences you will encounter, giving the visitor a great sense of discovery and something very special to savour. You will experience Petra, plus many other fascinating places in Jordan, with the expert guidance of Dr Neil Faulkner.
Dr Neil Faulkner was educated at King’s College, Cambridge, and the Institute of Archaeology, UCL. He is currently Research Fellow at the University of Bristol, Editor of Military History Monthly, and Co-director of archaeological field projects in Norfolk, Jordan, and Slovenia. The author of eight books, he works as a freelance lecturer, writer, and broadcaster. Originally trained as a Romanist, he now considers himself a generalist interested in history’s ‘grand narratives’
DAY 1 – AMMAN: You fly from London Heathrow to Amman where you stay for the first three nights of the tour at the centrally located 5 star Kempinski Hotel Amman.
DAY 2 – AZRAQ CASTLE: A visit to the city’s Archaeological Museum will be followed by a drive into the surrounding countryside to see a selection of the beautiful desert castles that dot the landscape, including Azraq Castle which was used by Lawrence of Arabia during the Arab revolt.
DAY 3 – JERASH: You will explore Jerash, one of the finest and best-preserved Roman sites to be found anywhere. Its altitude of 500metres makes for wonderful views over the surrounding fertile countryside which you shall see as you drive through the Jordan Valley to the excavations at Pella.
DAY 4 – SHOBEK: You will leave the capital and drive to Petra, stopping at the Crusader Castle at Shobek. Built in 1115, it is part of a string of imposing castles that stretches from Aqaba to Turkey. You will stay in the 5 star Petra Marriott Wadi Mousa for four nights.
DAY 5 – PETRA: The day is spent at Petra. Situated at the end of the siq, a narrow passage through a cliff, is the magnificent Treasury of Petra. There will be plenty of time for you to explore the other sites of interest, including The Royal Tombs, Qsar El Bint and the Temple of the Winged Lion.
DAY 6 – AQABA AND WADI RUM: You will visit Aqaba and Wadi Rum, an area closely associated with T. E. Lawrence.
DAY 7 – THE DESERT: Today you will discover the route of the grand Hijaz railway project and see abandoned stations, track and rolling-stockleft exactly as they were by Lawrence and his Arab guerrillas. On your journey through the desert you will visit Lawrence’s Camp (at Tooth Hill), Tell Shahm fort, Wadi Rum station and fort, and Batn el-Ghoul fort. You drive back to the hotel on the Desert Highway.
DAY 8 – MACHAERUS: You leave Petra and travel along the Escarpment to the fortified hilltop palace, Machaerus. The tour moves on to the Dead Sea arriving mid-afternoon where you will spend the final night of the tour at the 5 star Kempinski Hotel Ishtar.
DAY 9 – FLIGHT BACK TO LONDON: You will drive to Amman airport for the flight back to London.
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