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An Incredible Biblical Journey: Exploring Anjara and Wadi Rum in 4 Days

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Petra is a Jordanian ancient city famous for its amazing rock-cut architecture and historical significance. The Treasury, a spectacular building carved out of sandstone rock that dates back to the 1st century AD, is one of Petra’s most renowned attractions. The view from the top of the Treasury is a memorable experience that provides stunning vistas of the surrounding area.To visit Petra and see the Treasury from the top, you must hike up to the “Al-Khubtha Trail” viewpoint. This is a moderate-level hike that takes around 45 minutes to complete. You’ll pass through tight gorges and steep staircases along the route, so be prepared for some difficult terrain. As you reach the top, you’ll be rewarded with a breathtaking view of the Treasury. Before descending, you can take your time admiring the spectacular buildings and photographing the panoramic view. descending. Consider returning by Wadi Mudhlim to round off your Petra experience. This trek provides a picturesque journey into Petra’s center, passing through several rock-cut tombs and temples. The climb takes around 2 hours and is relatively difficult, but it’s a terrific opportunity to see the area’s natural beauty and history. Overall, witnessing the Treasury from the summit of Petra is a once-in-a-lifetime event that will leave a lasting impact. Bring lots of water, wear comfortable shoes, and be prepared for some difficult terrain along the way.

Day 1: A Spiritual Journey through Jerash, Anjara, and Tel Mar Elias

Today marks the commencement of your grand adventure in Jerash, a city that was once part of the Roman Decapolis. This exceptional city is often likened to the famed Pompeii of the East, showcasing remarkable preservation from the Roman era. Channel your inner explorer as you traverse through ancient theaters, temples, churches, and bustling streets teeming with history.
As your journey unfolds, proceed towards Anjara, a renowned site that finds mention in the pages of the Bible. It is here that Jesus, Mary, and their disciples found solace in a humble cave, a sacred spot now elevated by the presence of the Our Lady of the Mountain shrine and church. The air carries whispers of ancient prayers and profound moments of rest.
To cap off this enriching day, venture from Wahadneh to Tel Mar Elias, a significant hub in Jordan boasting a grand Byzantine church. This magnificent structure holds immeasurable historical importance, serving as a sanctuary for pilgrims, worshippers, and advocates of interfaith harmony. Immerse yourself in the intricate inscriptions and vibrant mosaics, hinting at the church’s origins as a loving tribute to the revered Elias. 

It’s crucial to note that this Tel Mar Elias stands distinct from its namesake near the Baptism Site, where tales of ascension swirl in mystic whispers. Conclude your visit with a detour to Amman for a delightful dinner before resting your wanderer’s soul for the night.

Day 2: Exploring Baptism Site, Nebo, and Madaba

Begin your day by visiting the Baptism Site, Bethany Beyond the Jordan, where Jesus Christ was baptized by John the Baptist at al-Maghtas, located in a lush valley to the east of the Jordan River.
Next, make your way to Mount Nebo, offering panoramic views of the Dead Sea, the Jordan River Valley, Jericho, and the distant hills of Jerusalem. This site marked the final stop in Moses’ journey from Egypt to the Holy Land, with Moses and his followers likely camping in the valley near Beth-peor, believed to be Ayun Musa, a fertile valley northeast of Mount Nebo. Mount Nebo is also known as Pisgah or Syagha in Arabic.

These locations play a significant role in various biblical stories involving Moses and the Israelites’ exodus, King David’s conflicts with the Moabites, the prophecies of Isaiah against Moab, and the rebellion of King Mesha of Moab against Israel.
In central Jordan, the city of Madaba and its surrounding areas boast a wealth of impressive artwork dating back to early Christian periods. The Church of Saint George, in particular, is famous for its mosaic depiction of Jerusalem and the Holy Land, which is considered one of the oldest religious maps of the region.
End your day with a visit to Petra for a relaxing dinner and an overnight stay in this extraordinary setting.

Day 3: A Journey Through Petra's Timeless Beauty

Today is dedicated to exploring Petra and taking in the breathtaking grandeur of this ancient Nabatean city.
Your tour begins with a luxurious ride to the entrance in a chauffeur-driven car, where you will be welcomed by an expert guide who will reveal the mysteries and history of this UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Walk through the renowned Siq, a tiny ravine bordered by towering sandstone walls, before arriving at the magnificent Treasury, carved into the rock face.
As you see the Royal Tombs, the Great Temple, and the Roman Theatre, enjoy the exclusivity of a personalized tour tailored to your interests and speed.
Enjoy a delicious lunch at a lovely location within the archaeological park, complete with tasty local food.
Conclude your exceptional day with a sunset experience at the Monastery, a colossal structure positioned high above the valley, offering a moment of pure richness and tranquility. Experience Petra in unrivalled luxury, with every detail cared to, resulting in a day of elegance and exploration that will fascinate and inspire you.

Day 4: Exploring Petra, Wadi Rum, and return to Amman

In the early hours of the morning, take an attractive excursion to the lovely Wadi Rum, where you will pass by the mythical seven pillars of knowledge immortalized by the great Lawrence of Arabia. Within the embrace of this spectacular desert terrain, go on a four-hour exquisite tour of Wadi Rum by jeep, all guided by your experienced escort.

Behold the legendary Lawrence Spring and observe the antique inscriptions chiseled by the venerable Thamudic and Nabatean civilizations of the past. Explore the enchanting allure of Khazali Canyon, ascend one of the charming rock bridges, proceed to the awe-inspiring Umm Fruth Rock Bridge, traverse to Lawrence of Arabia’s housing, ascend the lofty sand dunes, and finally conclude this eminent excursion with a leisurely drive back to the vibrant city of Amman.

The program includes

  • Pick up from your lodging 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.

Dress Code

  • Dress appropriately for the weather.
  • In order to protect oneself from the summer heat, you should use caps, sunscreen lotion, and loose, cool clothing.

Walking distance

This tour involves a moderate amount of walking and comfortable shoes are required.

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