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Taylor-Made Tour of Jordan

Escorted tours with Jane Taylor

This is a most comprehensive 12 day tour of Jordan led by a true expert. Jane Taylor lived here for twenty seven years and has produced many publications with unrivalled Jordanian photography. On this 12 day experience, you will visit the main sites and also explore off the beaten path and benefit from Jane’s extensive network of contacts. Some evenings, Jane will give in depth briefings. We stay at three deluxe hotels: the Intercontinental in Amman, the Marriott at Petra and the Movenpick Dead Sea. This is a small group holiday where you will have personal attention every step of the way. The party won’t exceed 22 participants.

Itinerary

  1. Travel to Jordan

    Royal Jordanian flight RJ112 departs London Heathrow airport at 1705 hours, arriving Amman at 0010. 4 night stay at the Amman Intercontinental Hotel.

  2. Jarash

    Jordan Museum, Jarash

    After a gentle start to the day, we visit the excellent new Jordan Museum for an introduction to the country’s rich history.

    Continue to Jarash for lunch at the Lebanese House. Spend the afternoon visiting ancient Gerasa, a major Decapolis city and one of the loveliest and best preserved Roman sites, with its hippodrome, colonnaded Cardo and oval piazza, impressive temples of Zeus and Artemis, two theatres and several early churches.   Dinner in the hotel

  3. Desert Castles

    An all-day excursion to some early complexes in the eastern desert, first visiting Qasr al-Kharaneh, an early 8th-century Umayyad building that looks like a caravanserai; then the black basalt Azraq castle, Roman in origin, rebuilt in the 13th century, and used as a base by TE Lawrence in 1917-18. Lunch at Azraq Lodge, a 1940s British military field hospital, now a resthouse of the Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature.

    On our return to Amman we visit the mid-8th-century Umayyad hunting lodge of Qusayr Amra, a UNESCO World Heritage site, whose audience hall and bath house are decorated with unique wall paintings, contemporary with the building, superbly restored in 2010-15 by the World Monuments Fund.   Our first lecture followed by dinner in the Sofra Restaurant.

  4. Umm Qays

    Umm Qays, ACOR

    Drive to the north-west corner of Jordan to Umm Qays, ancient Gadara, the most spectacularly sited of the Decapolis cities, with wide views over the Sea of Galilee and the southern Golan Heights. We walk along the colonnaded street and see the impressive remains of a black basalt theatre, a market place, some finely carved tombs and several early churches. The museum is in one of the handsome houses of the late 19th-century village that was built inside the ancient site.

    Lunch at Romero’s restaurant inside the site. On our return to Amman we visit the American Center of Oriental Research for a private viewing of 6th-century papyrus scrolls, found in Petra 1993.

  5. Amman Citadel, Umm ar-Rasas, Karak

    Morning visit to Amman’s citadel, the heart of the ancient city, with its Roman Temple, Umayyad palace and Archaeological Museum.

    Heading south, we stop first at Umm ar-Rasas, another UNESCO World Heritage site, to see the Roman castrum and some exceptional 8th-century church mosaics.

    Picnic lunch at the Visitors’ Centre, before driving via Wadi Mujib to see Karak’s impressive Crusader castle, with some fine Mamluk additions. Drive on to Petra. Dinner and 4-night stay at the Petra Marriott Hotel.

  6. Petra

    We spend the whole day in Petra, the iconic capital of the ancient Nabataeans, walking in through the Siq, an atmospheric gorge with a complex hydraulic system and many relief carvings. Our visits in the centre of Petra will include lunch and the Khazneh (Treasury), theatre, High Place of Sacrifice (optional), Wadi Farasa, Colonnaded Street, Byzantine church and mosaics, and Nabataean temples.   Second lecture before dinner at the hotel.

  7. Petra

    We drive to Bayda, a short distance north of Petra and visit the Nabataean sanctuary site of Little Petra. We continue on foot with a bedouin guide, walking through some beautiful wadis to reach the heart of Petra. After lunch we visit more sites, including an optional climb to see the spectacular ad-Deir (Monastery). Dinner independently.

  8. Wadi Rumm

    Wadi Rum

    We drive to Wadi Rum, recently inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage list for both cultural and environmental importance. Here we transfer to 4x4 pickups to drive deep into the wadi system, looking at rock drawings and inscriptions, natural rock arches, canyons and red sand dunes. Traditional bedouin lunch in the desert before returning to Petra for last night. Dinner independently.

  9. Floating in the Dead Sea

    The Dead Sea

    We drive northwards, then down the spectacular Tafilah-Feifah route to the southern end of the Dead Sea, and on northwards to Suwaymeh at its northern end.

    Lunch in the hotel. Optional afternoon visit to the Baptism Site at Bethany beyond the Jordan, where it is believed Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist. Our third lecture . Independent dinner. 3 night stay at the Dead Sea Movenpick hotel.

  10. Mount Nebo Memorial of Moses

    Mount Nebo, Madaba

    Morning drive to Mount Nebo to see the newly restored Memorial of Moses with its spectacular 6th- and 7th-century mosaics. Here, it is said, Moses viewed the Promised Land, and here he died and was buried.

    We continue to Madaba to see the church and mosaics of the Archaeological Park; we walk to the Church of St George to see the unique 6th-century mosaic map of the Levant. Lunch at nearby Haret Jdudna restaurant. On our return to the Dead Sea, we divert to see the mid-6th-century Church of SS Lot and Procopius with an exceptionally beautiful mosaic floor. Dinner independently.

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    Machaerus

    Morning at leisure. In the afternoon we drive to Machaerus, the hilltop palace-fortress overlooking the Dead Sea, originally built by Alexander Jannaeus, rebuilt by Herod the Great and inherited by Herod Antipas. Here John the Baptist was imprisoned and executed. It was destroyed by the Romans in AD 71. Farewell dinner at hotel.

  12. Return flight

    0900 Departure from hotel. Royal Jordanian flight RJ111 departs Amman at 1200 arriving Heathrow at 1525.

  13. Your Tour Leader

    Jane Taylor studied Mediaeval History at St Andrews University, after which she has worked as a teacher, television producer, writer and photographer. She lived in Jordan for 27 years. Her books include Testament to the Bushmen (with Laurens van der Post); Imperial Istanbul; Petra and the Lost Kingdom of the Nabataeans; Jordan Images from the Air; and Beyond the Jordan.

Essential Information

The price you pay is inclusive

The cost of this journey includes flights, first-class accommodation in a twin-bedded room, daily breakfast and selected lunches and dinners, (see detailed programme) porterage, a full sightseeing programme, guiding, entrance fees and gratuities.

Price: £2,895, Single Supplement: £645, Travel Insurance Premium: £79/£119

Included

Flights, Hotel accommodation, Breakfast, 9 lunches and 7 dinners, Sightseeing programme, Entrance fees & guiding, Gratuities

Not included

Travel Insurance, Single Room supplement

How strenuous

You do not have to be super fit to participate in this tour, but expect a good deal of walking on uneven terrain. If you are in any doubt at all, please give the McCabe office a call or have a chat with your GP. Touring is by air-conditioned private coach. Days generally start at 8am and finish around 5pm with dinner served around 7 or 7.30.

Passports, visas and health

A visa is required to enter Jordan and we obtain this free of charge for our parties. We will ask you to complete a passport information form, which we will send with your final invoice, for us to process this visa in advance of travel. If you are holding a non-British passport, please do consult us as arrangements can be different and you may need to apply for a visa in advance. Please ensure your passport is valid for six months beyond your return date. No inoculations are required but do consult your GP about your own particular requirements.

Travel Insurance

The McCabe recommended insurance policy is designed for the older traveller. The premium for this pilgrimage to Jordan is £79. Travellers over 75 pay £119. We also recommend that older travellers obtain a note from their doctor stating that they are fit to travel. Do feel free to shop around as there are many suitable insurance options including annual policies on the market. We do insist that all travellers take out medical insurance.

A key feature of our recommended policy is that there is no requirement to call a Medical Help Line as most pre-existing conditions are covered.

You can read the full policy wording here.

Airline

Flights are from Heathrow to Amman with Royal Jordanian Airways.

Hotels

Jordan is expensive to visit. Hotels are either basic or superior with little middle ground. We are using only deluxe properties on this tour.

You can click on the hotel websites below:

Intercontinental Hotel in Amman

Petra Marriott House

Movenpick Dead Sea

 

Practical information

Travelling Alone

Many of our passengers travel alone and object to expensive single room supplements. McCabe Pilgrimages will accept individual bookings on a 'guaranteed share' basis. We charge the basic price and accommodate you with a person of the same sex also requesting shared accommodation. If we do not find someone to share with you, you will be accommodated in a single room at only 50% of the usual single room supplement. For single travellers who do require single accommodation this should be requested when booking and, if available, the normal supplement will be payable.

The McCabe Educational Trust

For many, meeting the ‘Living Stones’ of The Land becomes a real highlight of their pilgrimage. The McCabe Educational Trust is an independent registered charity with the aim of helping inspiring people we meet on pilgrimage. On your pilgrimage you will meet some of these people. As ‘the haves’ encounter the ‘have nots’ the Trust has become a practical tool for one to help the other.

McCabe Pilgrimages invite all travellers to become partners in this work. A £15 voluntary donation to the Trust’s work is added to every pilgrim’s invoice and all money raised in this way is given in full to the projects the Trust supports. This scheme is voluntary and confidential with nobody put under any pressure to participate.

Full Financial Security

All money paid to McCabe is fully secure. Holidays including flights are covered by our ATOL license from the Civil Aviation Authority, and holidays without flights are protected by our membership of the ABTOT bonding scheme. If a pilgrimage is cancelled, for instance through lack of numbers or for political considerations, McCabe will promptly refund all monies paid.

AITO Quality Statement

McCabe Pilgrimages is a member of the Association of Independent Tour Operators. The Association represents Britain’s leading independent tour operators and encourages high standards of quality and service. McCabe abides by the Association’s Code of Conduct and adheres to the AITO Quality Charter.

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