|Amman begin your stay in the capital, Amman, known in history as Rabbath-Ammon and in Graeco-Roman times as Philadelphia. No more than five hours drive from anywhere in the country, it is a convenient base for your tour. Business and the arts are thriving, and there are first-rate hotels, restaurants, galleries and shops to enjoy. Add to this energetic mix the mystique of old Amman, and all your expectations will be surpassed.|
|Petra, the rose-red city, 262 km south of Amman. This Nabatean city is the most famous attraction to Jordan. Dean Burgon, gave Petra the description which holds to this day: "match me such a marvel save in eastern claim a Rose-Red city half as old as time". Petra was used as a refuge by nomadic Nabatean Arabs- Bedouin, who came north, Petra still forms part of the domain of the bedouin. Visitors can reach this marvel through the awesome "Siq" an immense crack in the nabatean sandstone. It is a winding one km long fissure between overhaning cliffs that seem to meet more than 300 feet over head.|
Jerash, about one hours drive from Amman. This "Greco-Roman" city is known as the best preserved and most intact city of the Decapolis, a confederation of ten roman cities dating from the B.C. Visitors may wonder through the temple of Artemis, the Theatres, Plazas, Bath and Colonnaded streets, all enclosed within the city walls of Jerash. Within these walls have been found the remains of settlements dating from the bronze age. In the month of July, sound and light performances bring the ancient to life, with its cultural festival, provdes a stage and meeting place for artists and performers world wide.
|Madaba The trip south from Amman along the 5,000-year-old King's Highway is one of the most memorable journeys in the Holy Land, passing through a string of ancients sites. The first city you come upon is Madaba, "the City of Mosaics". Madaba's chief attraction -in the contemporary Greek Orthodox church of St.George- is a wonderfully vivid, sixth-century Byzantine mosaic map showing Jerusalem and other holy sites. Ten minutes to the west is the most revered site in Jordan: Mount Nebo, the memorial of Moses, the presumed site of the prophet's death and burial place. A small, square church was built on the spot by early Byzantine Christians, and later expanded into a vast complex.|
|Mount Nebo, not far away from Madaba, on the top of the hill, a spectacular view across the Jordan Valley, and the Dead sea. On a clear day the spires of the churches in Jerusalem are visible in the distance, and at night the lights of the city are visible too. Mount Nebo is believed to be the tomb of Moses, a lonely, windswept hill, protecting the ruins of a 4th and 6th century church, whose floor is still covered with marvelous mosaics.|
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