Arabian Adventure in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Oman & Qatar - 2017

Doha • Muscat • Dubai • Abu Dhabi

  • HEAD OUT TO THE AL MAHA CONSERVATION RESERVE TO ENJOY AN UNFORGETTABLE 4X4 DESERT ADVENTURE
  • VISIT THE AL SHAQAB EQUESTRIAN CENTER TO ENJOY A DELICIOUS FARM-TO-TABLE LUNCH AT THE CHEF’S GARDEN RESTAURANT
  • VISIT A UNIQUE AVIAN VETERINARY CENTER, THE ABU DHABI FALCON HOSPITAL

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Petra & Amman, Jordan

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FROM $1,899 PER PERSON | 5 DAYS | $380 PER DAY

Once lost in time, the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Petra is a not-to-be missed icon whose beauty is as spellbinding as the history that surrounds it. Its intricate temples are hewn into the red rock of the jebels, and to see the soft desert light illuminate it with a rosy glow will have a striking effect on you. Best of all, it’s within striking distance, just a short included flight from the last city on your base program, Abu Dhabi. Your Jordan stay includes a visit to the Dead Sea; two nights in the capital, Amman; an excursion to Biblical Mount Nebo (where Moses took his last breath after seeing the Promised land), and more. Make the most of your time in the Middle East by adding these travel milestones, at a great value.

Your Price Includes:
  • Flight from Abu Dhabi to Petra
  • Accommodations for 4 nights at the Movenpick Resort Petra and Intercontinental Jordan Amman
  • 11 meals: Daily breakfast, 3 lunches, 4 dinners
  • Guided sightseeing in Petra, the Dead Sea, Amman, Mount Nebo, and Madaba
  • Services of a Vantage Adventure Leader and a local guide in Petra
  • All overland transportation
  • Transfers and baggage handling (where permitted)
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DAY 16: Abu Dhabi, UAE / Petra, Jordan

We’ll fly directly from Abu Dhabi to the ancient city of Petra, a 2,300-year old UNESCO World Heritage Site and symbol of Jordan. Its strategic location at an important trade crossroads prompted the nomadic Arab Nabataeans to establish a settlement here around 312 B.C. Carving beautiful buildings directly in to the rose-red rock of the area’s jebels, they also applied ingenious methods to control the water supply, creating a prosperous oasis. The city declined under Roman rule and eventually was abandoned, falling into obscurity until its rediscovery by the Swiss explorer Johann Burckhardt in 1812. Our hotel is set directly across from the entrance to this spectacular archaeological site. You will enjoy a full day of discovery here tomorrow. For the balance of today you are free to relax and join your fellow travelers for dinner at the hotel. 


DAY 17: Petra, Jordan

Today will be a highlight of your travels as we set out to explore Petra. Our entrance is appropriately grand as we make our way along the narrow alley wedged between two sandstone cliffs known as the Siq (keyhole), which opens up before the majestic El Kazneh (Treasury) building. Its intricate, galleried facade, carved into a rock wall, may be familiar to you as it was the setting for a crucial scene in the movie Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (among other films.) You will also see the Roman Theater, Great Temple, Monastery, and many rock tombs and monuments as your Adventure Leader recounts the history and legends of this amazing place. After lunch at a local restaurant, we’ll return to the hotel either on camelback or by horse-drawn carriage. Then, with the afternoon at leisure, discover the area on your own or relax at the resort. Cultural Discovery: This evening, get to know the local Bedouin community’s culture and traditions when you travel to their village in nearby Little Petra. Enjoy a Farewell Dinner with welcoming local Bedouins, followed by an entertaining performance by some traditional sword dancers.

DAY 18 : Petra, Jordan / Amman, Jordan

We’ll begin our overland journey to the Jordanian capital of Amman today, stopping first to explore and swim in the legendary Dead Sea. Set at the earth’s lowest point, its salinity is so high you can float on your back and read a newspaper. We’ll enjoy lunch at a local resort here and then proceed to our hotel in the heart of Amman’s business and diplomatic area. The balance of the day is free.


DAY 19 : Amman, Jordan

This morning we’ll discover the highlights of Amman, whose origins date to the Bronze Age and includes a stint as the Roman city called Philadelphia. All this history comes alive at the old Citadel, set atop the city’s highest hill and scattered with antiquities like the Temple of Hercules, Roman Theater, and Umayyad Palace. Time permitting we’ll also peek into the small archaeological museum, with its treasure trove of ancient coins, glassware, and statuary. From here we set out on the 5,000-year old King’s Highway, a scenic route that was mentioned in the Bible, Our first stop is Mount Nebo, from which Moses was said to have finally gazed upon the Promised Land before he died. It is believed that his tomb lies here. Take in the spectacular views of the Jordan Valley and Dead Sea before we continue to Madaba. After breaking for lunch we’ll visit the St. George Greek Orthodox Church. It is famous for its striking 6th-century Byzantine mosaics that depict an old map of Jerusalem and the Holy Land. Afterwards, we’ll return to Amman for a leisurely evening.

 Included meals: Breakfast and Lunch


DAY 20: Depart for US

After breakfast you’ll transfer to the airport for your return flight to the U.S.

 Included meals: Breakfast

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