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JORDAN Ancient Petra and Arabian Deserts 8 nights from £1799 Including optional travel insurance or from £1772 without insurance§ Discover Jordan, a beautiful land steeped in four millennia of history. Visit the hidden city of Petra, one of the seven wonders of the world. Follow in the footsteps of Lawrence of Arabia in the dramatic Wadi Rum desert. Explore UNESCO-listed Bethany, the site of Jesus' baptism, and float in the salty waters of the Dead Sea. The ornate Al Khazneh, `the Treasury' ACTIVITY LEVEL Day 1: UK-Amman. Fly to Amman, arriving in the evening for a three-night stay. Day 2: Jerash. This afternoon's included tour of Amman introduces the capital's highlights. Start at Citadel Hill, which towers over the city. Herod the Great built a temple to Hercules here in 30 BC, and some Roman ruins still survive, including a theatre that could seat 6,000 spectators. Afterwards, drive to Jerash, which in Roman times was one of the ten leading cities in the region. The well-preserved ruins include a Roman Forum, two theatres, a hippodrome and the 600-metre colonnaded `Street of Columns', where you can still see ruts in the paving stones made by chariot wheels! Lunch is in a Jerash restaurant. B, L Day 3: Desert Castles. After breakfast, head out to explore Jordan's Desert castles. This array of 7th and 8th century buildings in the desert plains of eastern Jordan ­ including small palaces, bath houses or caravanserai ­ are variously thought to have been built for Umayyad princes as desert retreats, traders' rest stops or even agricultural sites. Visit the best-preserved castles of Qasr Amra, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Qasr al Kharrana and Qasr al Azraq. B Day 4: Mount Nebo-Madaba-Shobak-Petra. Check out and travel to Mount Nebo, the site from which Moses was allowed to see the Holy Land. Thought to be the site of his tomb, various temples and churches have been built here. Mosaics from an early Christian monastery are preserved in the Franciscan church. Continue to Madaba, an ancient, rambling town mentioned in the Bible's Book of Numbers, and known as the `City of Mosaics'. Admire Madaba's masterpiece ­ a 6th-century mosaic map of Jerusalem and the Holy Land, believed to be the earliest created. At Shobak, see the mountaintop Crusader castle, built in the early 12th-century to protect the trade route between Damascus and Egypt. Continue to Petra, where you'll stay for two nights. B, D Day 5: Petra. Enjoy a full-day walking tour around Petra, known as the `rose-red city half as old as time'. Petra was built from 800 BC to 100 AD by Nabatean Arabs in a canyon, with the only entrance being through a narrow gorge. Many of its buildings were carved out of the rock, and this vast archaeological site is one of the wonders of the world. Walk back to your hotel for dinner. B, D Day 6: Petra-Wadi-Rum-Dead Sea. Check out and take a coach drive to Wadi Rum. The largest, most magnificent valley in the south of Jordan, its name means `Moon Valley'­ you'll see why ­ and there remain many traces of early civilisations. Enjoy lunch in a dome-shaped restaurant in Sun City Camp. Afterwards, continue to the Dead Sea or a three-night stay. You'll have time to take a dip before you check in. B, L Day 7: Bethany. Visit Bethany, one of the most sacred Christian places in the world, on an included half-day tour. The Bible records that Jesus was baptised here by John the Baptist who lived and preached in this village on the south bank of Wadi Kharrar. Return to your hotel for the afternoon. B Day 8: Dead Sea. Today is at leisure to enjoy the Dead Sea. At 400 metres below sea level it is the earth's lowest point on dry land. Because of its high concentration of salts, even a non-swimmer can float quite safely! The dark mud on the shore has been used for for therapeutic purposes for more than 2000 years. B Day 9: Dead Sea-Amman-UK. Travel to Amman airport for your return flight to the UK. B Accommodation... AlQasr Metropole Hotel (4*), Amman · Movenpick Petra Resort Hotel (5*) · Movenpick Dead Sea Resort and Spa (5*). **Tourist visa for full British citizens resident in the UK. See the Essential Information for details. Mount Nebo Bethany Dead Sea Jerash Amman Desert Castles Madaba Shobak Israel Petra Jordan nights in hotel Wadi Rum Exclusively for solo travellers 8 nights departing March 4, 2020. Follow the same itinerary and enjoy the company of other solo travellers. Holiday code: AF105. Visit saga.co.uk/solos or call for details. 80 Please quote SMT19 Questions on an existing booking? Call FREE on 0800 300 600 or visit saga.co.uk/managemybooking