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10 Day Classic Tour of Jordan

A pilgrimage in the footsteps of Jacob, Moses, Joshua, Elijah, John the Baptist, the Wise Men and, of course, Jesus and his disciples!

We begin in Amman including a visit to Jerash, one of the best-preserved Roman towns in the world. We travel to lost desert castles, the amazing rock-cut city of Petra and the stunningly beautiful desert landscape of Wadi Rum.

Petra is the high point of any visit to Jordan, but the country offers so much more, including numerous sites of biblical importance: we will also visit Mount Nebo, from where Moses viewed the Promised Land, and Bethany Beyond the Jordan, where Jesus was baptised by John.

During our travels, we will have the opportunity to meet with local people:  the Revd Luay Haddad at the Holy Land Institute for the Deaf in Salt, the Bedouin living in tents with herds of camels, sheep and goats giving us a rich insight into their traditions and culture.

We will end the pilgrimage  in Aqaba by the Red Sea. Come and join us on what promises to be an unforgettable and profoundly rewarding  spiritual experience.

Itinerary

  1. Fly to Amman

    Royal Jordanian afternoon flight departs Heathrow 1705 arriving Amman 0010. Three night stay in Amman.

  2. Desert Castles & Amman

    We visit the desert castles of Amra,  Azraq and, time permitting, Kharanah. Lunch in Amman and visit the citadel, the heart of the ancient city, with its Roman temple, theatre and the  Archaeological Museum.

  3. Umm Qays

    Jerash & Umm Qays

    We drive to the site of Umm Qais,  Gadara at the time of Jesus, with panoramic views over the Sea of Galilee. Lunch at the Lebanese Restaurant and visit to the spectacular ruined city of Jerash. En route back to Amman, we stop at  the Jabbok River where we recall the story of Jacob wrestling with the angel.

  4. Salt & the Jordan Valley

    We leave Amman and travel the short distance to the city of Salt where we visit the Revd Luay Haddad and hear about the wonderful work at the Anglican-supported Holy Land Institute for the Deaf. Lunch en route to Bethany beyond the Jordan, believed to be where John baptised Jesus.

  5. Mount Nebo Memorial of Moses

    Madaba & Mount Nebo

    We drive the short distance to Mount Nebo and celebrate Holy Communion on the mountain where Moses viewed the Promised Land. On a clear day there are wonderful views over the Jordan Valley to Jericho and sometimes even Jerusalem. Continue to Madaba and the Church of St George with its famous mosaic map of the Bible Lands. Lunch at Haret Jdoudna.  Return to the hotel with time to relax and swim in the pool or float in the Dead Sea. Today there will be the opportunity to meet with local Christians.

  6. Kings Highway

    We drive along the Kings Highway to Machaerus, the hilltop fortress where John the Baptist was imprisoned and executed.   Lunch and visit to Shobak Castle. An impressive early Crusader castle in a very dramatic and remote location, it was  inhabited until the 1950s. Three night stay

  7. Petra

    Petra’s fame is well deserved: the scale of the site and the extraordinary beauty of the rock-cut tombs and temples is breath-taking. At the time of Jesus, Petra was a magnificent Nabatean city of enormous wealth which controlled much of the trade that passed through the region. We enter Petra on foot through the narrow Siq and  spend the entire day here visiting many of its magnificent monuments, including some of the Royal Tombs.  Lunch within the site at the Basin Restaurant.

  8. Petra

    Today we visit Little Petra and after lunch there is the option of a second visit to the main site of Petra.

  9. Wadi Rumm

    Wadi Rum

    Morning drive to Wadi Rum where we transfer to 4x4 pickups to drive  into the wadi, looking at rock drawings and inscriptions, natural rock arches, canyons and red sand dunes. We enjoy a traditional Bedouin lunch in the desert before driving to Aqaba on the Red Sea. We  tour the city including the excavations at Ayla Church, site of one of the earliest church buildings. Overnight stay in Aqaba.

  10. Return Flight

    Royal Jordanian departs Aqaba in the early via Amman and arriving back at London Heathrow airport mid afternoon.

Essential Information

The price you pay is inclusive

The only extras you need to budget for are, drinks and shopping. We include lunches and gratuities to guide, driver and hotel staff.

2020 Price from: £2,445, Single Supplement from: £455, Travel Insurance Premium: £89 aged up to 75 and £169 aged 76-85.

Included

Flights, Hotel accommodation, Breakfast, lunches and dinner daily, Sightseeing programme, Entrance fees & guiding, Gratuities

Not included

Travel Insurance, Single Room supplement

Touring Information

Touring is by air-conditioned private coach. Days generally start at 8am and finish around 5pm with dinner served around 7 or 7.30. Ideal months to visit are April through June, and September and October. Entrance fees are high reflecting a rare resource for a poor country. For example, entry to Petra now costs around £50.

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 £89. Travellers aged 76-85 pay £169. 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 use four and five-star graded hotels and all rooms are twin-bedded with private facilities.

You can click on the hotel websites below:

Grand Palace Hotel, Amman

Mövenpick Dead Sea Resort

Mövenpick Aqaba Resort

 

Cuisine

Breakfast and dinner are included daily as well as lunches en route. You will normally have a buffet-style breakfast and dinner. Drinks are not included, except at breakfast when tea, coffee and fruit juices are provided. Do try the Eastern dips and Arabic salads. We recommend you drink bottled water, which is provided on the coach, at lunch and dinner as well as in the hotel bedrooms. Alcoholic drinks are very expensive due to a very hefty government tax. Please note that prices shown on drinks menus are subject to a service charge (usually 10%) and an additional local tax (usually 7%).

If you have any special dietary requirements, please let us know and we will advise the airline, hotels and restaurants. Please speak to the head waiter regarding your special requirements.

 

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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