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Journey Through Ancient Wonders: Exploring the Cave of Saint Lot and Petra in 4 Days

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Embark on a fascinating four-day journey through ancient wonders, steeped in history and culture. Begin your adventure with a visit to the majestic ruins of Jerash, an archaeological gem showcasing Roman architecture at its finest. Explore the serene village of Anjara and the historical site of Tel Mar Elias before continuing to the Baptism Site where Jesus Christ was baptized. Ascend to the sacred Mount Nebo for breathtaking views of the Promised Land and delve into the mosaic-laden town of Madaba. Relax at the lowest point on Earth, the Dead Sea, known for its therapeutic mineral-rich waters, followed by a stop at Lot’s wife Pillar and the mystical Cave of Saint Lot. Conclude your journey with the crown jewel of Petra, a UNESCO World Heritage Site renowned for its ancient rock-cut architecture and fascinating history. Let this meticulously curated itinerary immerse you in the wonders of antiquity while offering a profound appreciation for the legacy of civilizations past.


Day 1: Exploring Ancient Wonders of Jerash, Anjara, and Tel Mar Elias

Today’s itinerary is a delightful experience designed for history enthusiasts and travelers with a passion for exploration. We will be immersing ourselves in the rich historical tapestry as we traverse through the ancient sites of Jerash, Anjara, and Tell Mar Elias in Jordan.

Our initial destination is Jerash, an ancient Greco-Roman city that breathes life into history with each step along its cobblestone paths. Prepare to embrace your inner gladiator as we delve into the remarkable ruins and architectural wonders that resonate with echoes of bygone civilizations.

Next on our agenda is Anjara, a hidden jewel nestled amidst the olive groves. This picturesque village not only offers a tranquil retreat but also holds religious significance as the sanctuary where the Virgin Mary sought solace during her journey.

Lastly, we will conclude our day at Tell Mar Elias, an intriguing archaeological site brimming with untold stories awaiting discovery. So, grab your cameras, don your explorer’s cap, and let us embark on a memorable voyage filled with awe-inspiring moments and historical revelations.

Day 2: Journeying Through Baptism Site, Nebo, and Madaba

Today’s adventure takes us on a whimsical expedition to explore the captivating historical marvels of the Baptism Site, Mount Nebo, and Madaba. Prepare yourself for an exhilarating journey through time as we delve into the profound significance of these ancient sites.
At the Baptism Site, we will witness a fusion of history and spirituality that leaves an indelible mark on the soul. This sacred place holds a deep significance and provides a unique opportunity to reflect on the spiritual essence of the past.
As we ascend Mount Nebo, we will savor the awe-inspiring panoramas that once enchanted Moses as he gazed upon the fabled Promised Land. The breathtaking views from this vantage point offer a glimpse into the captivating beauty that has inspired awe for generations.
In Madaba, we will immerse ourselves in the artistic splendor of the city’s mosaic treasures. Each mosaic piece serves as a radiant portal to bygone eras, showcasing the intricate beauty and cultural richness of ancient craftsmanship.
Prepare to be enchanted by this mesmerizing voyage through antiquity as we uncover the allure of history in all its coolness. Join us as we unfurl the tapestry of the past before your very eyes, revealing the wonders and mysteries of a bygone era.

Day 3: The Mysteries of the Dead Sea, Lot's Wife Pillar, and Lot's Cave

Today, we embark on a journey to the Dead Sea, which proudly sits at the lowest point on earth. As we venture forth, we shall indulge in the pleasures of swimming, floating, and partaking in a luxurious mud bath – truly a day of leisure awaits us.
Ah, let us delve into the tales of Sodom and Gomorrah, cities infamous for their dramatic and enduring presence in the Old Testament. Picture the scene as Lot and his kin hastily flee the blazing city of Sodium. Alas, Lot’s wife, in an act of defiance, cast an ill-fated glance back and was swiftly transformed into a pillar of salt as punishment for her disobedience.
But fear not, for amidst the chaos, Lot’s two daughters emerged unscathed and sought refuge in the sanctuary of Lot’s cave, nestled near the quaint town of Zoar in modern-day Safi. Legend has it that from the loins of these daughters, sons were born, whose descendants would go on to form the mighty Ammonite and Moabite peoples. Their kingdoms flourished in what we now know as central Jordan.
As the sun sets on this riveting chapter, we find ourselves standing upon a hillside overlooking the town of Zoar, where Byzantine Christians once erected a divine church and monastery in honor of Saint Lot, immortalizing his tale for generations to come.
But our journey doesn’t end here, for we now set our sights on the enchanting city of Petra, where mystery and wonder await us under the cloak of night. Join me as we continue our expedition into the heart of history and myth. Onward to Petra, our next destination for the night.

Day 4: Unveiling Petra's Splendor and Reuniting with Amman

In the morning, kick off your exploration of Petra, the breathtaking city carved right into the rose-red Mountains by the ingenious Nabateans and forgotten by civilization until the Swiss explorer Burkhardt stumbled upon it.

Stroll through the Siq, a narrow and twisting fissure flanked by towering cliffs, leading you to iconic sights like the Treasury, the Nabatean Theater, the Royal Tombs, the Roman Road, the majestic temple, the Winged Lion temple, and the serene basin. In the era of Jesus, Petra stood as a bustling hub of trade in the East Mediterranean, proudly serving as the rock-hewn capital of the Nabataean Kingdom.
Circling back to ancient times, during the Exodus, the legendary Moses and his people journeyed through the Petra area nestled in Edom. 

Legend has it that a spring at Wadi Musa (known as the Valley of Moses) just beyond Petra is where Moses miraculously struck a rock to yield water for his people. Moses, despite gazing upon the Holy Land from Mount Nebo, was destined to never set foot in it. His brother Aaron met his end in Jordan and found his final resting place in Petra, said to be at Mount Hor or Jabal Harun in Arabic. Over time, a Byzantine church and an Islamic shrine/tomb dedicated to Aaron were constructed on the mountaintop, drawing pilgrims from afar.

The program includes

  • Pickup from any place in Jordan and drop off.
  • Transfers by air-conditioned vehicle.
  • English-speaking guide.
  • Entrance fees to the sites.
  • Meals.
  • 4 – night accommodation 

The program does not include:

  • Personal travel Insurance expenses.
  • Tips / gratuities.
  • Government tax, Value Added Tax (VAT), or compulsory charges introduced after publication.
  • Optional excursions and activities (are subject to availability).
  • Any beverages with meals, unless mentioned and upon request.
  • Carriages and camel rides.
  • Extra costs due to unanticipated changes in the itinerary for reasons beyond our control.
  • Any other items not listed in the “includes”.

Tour options

  • Optional activities are subject to availability.
  • Optional private or onsite local guides.
  • Guides in languages other than English are available upon request and subject to availability.
  • Optional special private vehicles are available upon request

Changes overview

The itinerary may change due to unanticipated circumstances, factors beyond our control, or at the guide’s discretion.

Important notes

  • Staying Healthy
  • The time frame for this tour is approximate and subject to change according to the client’s preference.
  • The tour itinerary is subject to change due to factors beyond our control and event of unforeseen circumstances or at the guide’s discretion.
  • In the event of an increase in fuel prices, Via Jordan Travel & Tours reserves the right to raise the prices for its services without prior notice.
  • Optional excursions and activities are subject to availability.
  • Optional special private vehicles available upon request.
  • Copies of your passports are required in advance to issue port permits (if needed).
  • You need to take your passport or a good quality photocopy of it with you.
  • Reservations made less than 20 working days before the start of the service may be subject to change.
  • Your booking is confirmed only upon the provision of 50% prepayment.
  • Using sufficient amount of sun protection lotion is essential for avoiding sun burn.

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