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Located between the Dead Sea and the Mediterranean, Jerusalem is one of the oldest cities in the world and the holiest to the three faiths of Christianity, Islam and Judaism. Within the ancient walled city, discover the bustling bazaars among a labyrinth of alleyways, the Church of the Holy Sepulchure, the Western Wall and the Al-Aqsa Mosque. Whatever your faith, the city promises a fascinating experience. Add this extension to the end of your tour of Jordan and explore the city at your own pace or simply relax in the capital of ancient Israel.
Depart London on your scheduled flight and arrive at Amman airport where you will be met and transferred to your hotel in Amman.
After breakfast, you will take a tour of the historical capital city, Amman. Your guide will take you to the Archaeological and Folklore Museums, the Citadel, Blue Mosque and the Amphitheatre. You will then continue to the Eastern Desert to see Al Karraneh Castle, the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Amra Castle and Al Azraq Castle where Lawrence of Arabia resided and wrote part of his book, "Seven Pillars of Wisdom". Return to your hotel in Amman to spend the night.
Start the day with a visit to the ancient Roman city of Jerash with its hilltop temples, theatres and fountains. Here you can enjoy a walk through the paved, colonnaded streets and spacious public plazas. Then continue to northern Jordan to see Ajloun, one of the most important ecological and historical sites in the Middle East. Also known as Qal'at Ar-Rabad, Ajloun Castle is one of the finest examples of Islamic architecture. Built by Saladin's general in 1184 AD, it was used to control the iron mines of Ajloun, to inhibit the progress of the Crusaders and to protect the communication routes between Jordan and Syria. Return to Amman for your overnight stay.
This morning, head to the city of Madaba, famous for the 6th century mosaic map of Jerusalem and the Holy Land as well as its spectacular Byzantine and Umayyad mosaics. Then travel on to the site of Mount Nebo to see the city mentioned in the bible as the place where Moses was granted a view of the 'promised land' that he would never enter. From here you will travel south to Al Karak, a Crusaders Castle built on a triangular plateau dating back to the 12th Century, before continuing to Petra for an overnight stay.
Following breakfast, you will head to visit the magnificent Nabatean Red Rose city of Petra, one of the 7 New Wonders of the World and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Entering the city through a one kilometre long winding, narrow gorge, flanked either side by 80 metre high cliffs you will pass dazzling colours and rock formations along the way. The final turn opens up to a view of the famous and iconic 2,000 year old facade of the treasury. Believed to be a royal tomb, the impressive site, carved into the rock may be recognised from the film 'Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade'. Continuing deeper into the ancient city you can explore hundreds of elaborated rock-cut tombs, temples, sacrificial altars, Roman-style theatres and colonnaded streets. Tonight you will spend the night in Petra.
Today you will head further down to southern Jordan to explore the Wadi Rum Jordanian Desert on a one and a half hour jeep safari. Described by T.E Lawrence as 'Vast, echoing and god-like', the locals refer to the u
After breakfast, transfer to the Jordanian side of Allenby Bridge for departure to Israel. Cross over to the Israeli side of Allenby bridge and head to Jerusalem.
Enjoy a day free to explore this fascinating city at your leisure.
Transfer to Allenby Bridge for your departure back to Jordan and your hotel in Amman. Have the rest of the day at leisure to relax or do some last minute shopping.
Transfer to the airport in time to catch your flight back to the UK.
UK passport holders are not currently required to obtain a visa prior to travel. You will be issued with a visa from the representative on arrival into Jordan free of charge. If you are adding the Holy Land extension to the end of your tour you will need pay for a visa on arrival at a cost of JOD 40.00 along with a departure taxes of USD 15.00.
You must obtain suitable travel insurance prior to departure. Mercury Direct is partnered with Holiday Extras which offer insurance at the following prices:
|Age in Years||Up to 64||65 - 74||75 - 85|
|Up to 17 days cover||£39||£75||£129|
If booking more than 10 weeks before departure a deposit of £250pp will need to be paid at the time of booking with the full amount payable at 10 weeks prior to departure. The deposit applies to adults and children. If you are within 10 weeks of travel then the full balance of the holiday will be payable.
All flights are operated by Royal Jordanian Airlines. Each passenger is entitled to 20kg of hold luggage plus one item of hand luggage not exceeding 8kg in weight and 23cm x 40cm x 55cm in size. Flight times are for guidance only & subject to change.
We recommend that you consult your local GP for advice on vaccinations and travel health before your departure.
This tour is accessible to most people with an average level of fitness and normal mobility. It involves full days of sightseeing, often on foot, and includes some climbing of stairs and getting on and off coaches. This tour is not suitable for anyone with walking difficulties.
The minimum number of travellers in your group will be 2, and the maximum will be 40. If in the unlikely event there are less than 2 people booked on your extension date then you may be asked to change to a different date. A full refund will be made available to you should this alternative not be suitable.
This is a fully escorted tour, meaning that you will be met on arrival by your local guide who will remain with you for the duration of your trip, ensuring that you have first-hand knowledge at all times. Please note: there is no guide for the extension options.
The currency in Jordan is the Jordanian Dinar, known as JOD. We recommend that you exchange your currency before you leave the UK. US Dollars are also widely accepted in Mexico should you wish to keep an alternative currency on you.
You will need to take some extra money with you to cover any personal purchases, such as souvenirs, laundry and extra drinks and snacks. Approximately £100 - £200 will be sufficient for the duration of the tour extension, depending on how much of a bargain-hunter you are!
|Depart UK||Arrive UK||Extension Price||Tour Price||Total Price||Book Now|
|04 Sep 2017||13 Sep 2017||£479pp||£1225pp||£1704pp||Please call for availability|
|09 Oct 2017||18 Oct 2017||£479pp||£1225pp||£1704pp||Please call for availability|
|27 Nov 2017||06 Dec 2017||£479pp||£1225pp||£1704pp||Please call for availability|
This extension is not available to add to the end of the following main tour dates: 7th October 2014 and 6th October 2015.
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