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Jordan Big Archaeology Tour

If you have completly travelled across Israel, and want to explore the fascanating archaeology of its neighobouring Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, here is a suggested itinerary for the – 

Jordan Big Archaeology Tour“!


Day 1

Crossing into Jordan near Eilat , we first search for Biblical Ezion Gever wikipedia s, and visit in Aqaba  the Aqaba Fortress wikipedia s, and the Aqaba Archaeological Museum wikipedia s.

Next we drive to Wadi Rum  for Bedouin traditional lunch, followed by a 2 hours of-road drive and/or Camel Ride in Wadi Rum .

Upon reaching Wadi Musa, go for the Petra Night Tour .

O/N: Petra.

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Day 2

This day is all devoted to exploring Petra !.

We start with a long and dramatic walk along the The Siq wikipedia s up to the Al-Khazneh (“The Treasury”) wikipedia s, and continue into the ancient city with its fascanating monuments!.

Next to Temple of Dusares (“Qasr el-bint” wikipedia s) we have a lunch break, and then continue to Ad Deir ; the “High Place of Sacrifice”; or Little Petra .

O/N: Petra.

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Day 3

On our last day in Petra we will go for a long hike to the alleged Tomb of Aharon wikipedia s, and Umm el-Biyara / Biblical Sela wikipedia s, learning about Biblical traditions in the vicinity of Petra.

O/N: Petra.

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Day 4

Checking out we will visit “Ain Musa” / “Moses’ Spring” in Wadi Musa wikipedia s, and then head north. 

Our first stop will be the remarkable remains of the Mediavel castle of  Shobak wikipedia s.

Next we will descend to the area of the Dead Sea where we visit Lot’s cave wikipedia s, and nearby explore the ruins of Bab edh-Drah wikipedia s which possibly relate to Biblical Sodom and Gomorrah.

At the end of the day we can for a swim at  Hammamat Ma’in Hot Springs wikipedia s, where we will also stay for the night.

O/N: Hammamat Ma’in Hot Springs.

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Day 5

We first ascend to the top of Mount Nebo  where we will learn about Moses, and appreciate the remarkable panoramas and collection of ancient mosaic floors. 

Next we drive into Madaba  and explore some of its fantastic finds from the Byzantine period, and especially the famous “Madaba Map.

O/N: Madaba

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Day 6

Our first stop today will be one of the most important sites in Christian history – Machaerus , the site where John the Baptist was executed, as a result of Saloma’s 7 scarfs dance..

Next we will drive to former capital of the Moabites, Dibon , where we will learn about the famouse Mesha Stele 

Nearby we will visit another sites famed for its plethora of mosaic floors – Umm Ar-Rasas .

Finally we will head for a stayover in the capital of Jordan – Amman

O/N: Amman.

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 Day 7

The morning will be devoted to exploring the ancient Citadel of Amman wikipedia s, as well as a visit to the The Jordan Museum, where one can see the famed “Copper Scroll“!.

Next we drive to the enigmatic and impressive site of Iraq Al-Amir , and by the Jordan river we will review the Baptism of Jesus at “Bethany beyond the Jordan” .

O/N: Amman or Jarash.

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Day 8

On our last day we will explore two significant and se very well preserved sites from Roman times – Gerasa  and Gadara 

From Gadara we will also be able to view into Syria, the Golan Heights, and the Sea of Galilee.

We will then head to the King Hussein Bridge, to cross back into Israel. 

If time and will permits, we will also visit ancient Pella/Tabaqat Pahl wikipedia s.

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