DID YOU KNOW THAT A CAMELS’ HUMP ISN'T FULL OF WATER, BUT FULL OF FAT? IT HELP CAMELS SURVIVE UP TO TWO WEEKS WITHOUT FOOD, ALLOWING THEM TO LOSE UP TO 25 GALLONS OF WATER WITH NO SIDE EFFECTS. IT ALSO HELPS KEEP THEIR BODY TEMPERATURE IN CHECK. NOW THAT’S A HUMP WORTH HAVING.
DAY 1 - AMMAN
Make a beeline for Rainbow Street for a falafel and a sheesha. It's what the locals would want.
Arrive in Amman and check in to your hotel. There is usually a meeting at the hotel at 6pm, where you'll meet your tour leader and group
DAY 2 - AMMAN - AQABA
Hop on a JETT bus for a four-hour journey down the Desert Highway to Aqaba. Keep your eyes peeled for camels at around the 230km mark. Out to the left. No, the other left.
Hop on a JETT bus for a 4-hour journey down the Desert Highway to Aqaba
Free time in Aqaba to check out the town's history, like the Ottoman fort near the beach. Otherwise, there are plenty of cafes and restaurant's to help you enjoy the local cuisine.
DAY 3 - AQABA - WADI RUM - PETRA
After an optional snorkel in the Red Sea, it's off to Wadi Rum where you'll explore the desert moonscape with the crazy young local Bedouin in their rickety old jeeps.
Awesome desert landscape with rocky outcrops.
Arrive in Petra for the evening.
DAY 4 - PETRA
When confronted with the stunning facade of the Treasury building in Petra, you might scratch your head and wonder why it looks so familiar. Unless you haven't seen Indiana Jones & The Last Crusade, then you might not recognise it at all (and you will probably be the butt of a few jokes. Go and watch it immediately).
(1 day's entrance fee to Petra is included)
Explore the ancient city of Petra. Optional walks to the Monastery and up the clifftop path overlooking the Treasury.
Wander through the narrow ‘siq’ and the numerous tombs, temples and public buildings - as well as the rock-hewn amphitheatre
Keep an eye out for the cafe run by Marguerite van Geldermalsen, the Kiwi woman who has been living in Petra with a local Bedouin for 30 years or so.
Relax with an optional Turkish Bath at the hotel.
DAY 5 - PETRA - AMMAN
Speaking of Crusaders, they built Shobak Castle atop a grassy knoll and thought it would last forever, but Saladin's Arab army knocked it over after an 18-month siege.
Reach Dana and stroll though the ancient village, buy some crafts in the craft centre
Visit the Greek Orthodox church of St. George, which houses a 6th century mosaic map depicting the old city of Jerusalem
Arrive in Amman and head out out on the town
DAY 6 - AMMAN - DEAD SEA - JERASH - AMMAN
Do your Biggus Dickus impersonation in Jerash's main street, then take an optional excursion to the Dead Sea where you can get that photo of you reading a paper while floating on the water just like the ten billion visitors before you.
Take a morning tour of the grand ancient city of Jerash
Perhaps visit the Dead Sea in the afternoon, or simply explore Amman further
DAY 7 - AMMAN
The tour ends in Amman after breakfast. You can (and probably should) kick around in Amman for longer if you want. There's heaps more to do, just ask your tour leader for pointers.
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