Escorted Package Includes

  • Flights New York-Dubai-Amman, Amman-New York
    Other departure cities available. Click on date of departure for selection and prices
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • 11 nights First Class accommodations
    • 5 nights Dubai
    • 2 nights Dead Sea
    • 2 nights Petra
    • 2 nights Amman
  • Hotel taxes, fees & service charges including Dubai tourism fee
  • Hotel porterage
  • Departure transfer
  • 18 meals: 11 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 3 dinners
  • Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned motor coach
  • Services of English-speaking tour managers throughout
  • Entrance fees per itinerary
  • Comfortable wireless earphones for enhanced touring
  • Visa to Jordan

 

Special Features

  • During the Dubai City Tour, view the man-made Palm Island and Dubai’s signature landmark Burj Al Arab
  • Embark on a city tour of Abu Dhabi that includes a visit to Zayed House and the Louvre Abu Dhabi
  • Visit the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, a masterpiece of modern Islamic architecture
  • Enjoy a traditional Dhow Dinner Cruise on the Dubai Marina Canal
  • Ascend to the very top of Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world
  • Float in the buoyant, salty waters of the Dead Sea in Jordan
  • Stand atop Mount Nebo, where Moses climbed to see the Promised Land
  • At Madaba, view the vivid 6th century mosaic map of the Holy Land
  • Explore astonishing Petra, the Nabatean city sculpted from rock
  • Travel to Wadi Rum, a surreal desert terrain known as “The Valley of the Moon”
  • Tour the archaeological site of Jerash, known as the “Pompeii of the East”
  • Take a city tour of Amman, capital of the Kingdom of Jordan

Is This Trip Right for You?

This active program covers a fair amount of ground each day. In Dubai, expect to walk for two to three hours on some touring days. The pace is moderate, however you will encounter some uneven surfaces, stairs and steps. The longest time spent on the bus is the two hour drive to and from Abu Dhabi. Weather is very pleasant during the day from October through April but sometimes it becomes a little cold and windy in the evening. The optional tour of Desert Safari involves a rough drive over the dunes and low seating in the camp. It is not recommended for pregnant women, people with back problems or heart conditions. In Jordan, the program is minimally active and done at an easy pace. Most sightseeing involves approximately one hour walking; however, Petra requires a full day of walking on various surfaces. Time spent on buses between destinations ranges from one to four hours. Sightseeing in Wadi Rum is done by 4×4 vehicle. This is a Classic program. For more information, click here.

DAY 1, Thursday – Depart for the United Arab Emirates

Depart for Dubai in the United Arab Emirates (UAE)

DAY 2, Friday – Arrive in Dubai

Arrive in Dubai, the quintessential land of opulence, wealth and astonishing skyscrapers that stand alongside traditional mosques. Balance of the day is at leisure to rest, relax and acclimate to the adrenaline-charged tempo of this city and your new time zone
Overnight: Dubai

DAY 3, Saturday – Old Dubai Tour

A fabulous day discovering Dubai, one of the world’s most futuristic cities with its dramatic skyline, once a tranquil port of Bedouin traders and pearl divers. Start with a visit to the Dubai Museum in the Al Fahidi Fort, which has survived for two centuries. Continue the tour through the cloth markets and end up at the Abras, where local water taxis will take you across the Creek to the area of spice and gold souks. Walk through the bustling alleys of these souks and allow the mystical aromas of numerous spices tantalize your senses. The jewelry on sale, varies from the traditional to the latest designs at amazingly affordable prices. Afterward, to Bastakiya area where old wind-towered houses of wealthy merchants can still be seen. While in the area, you’re invited to the important Sheikh Mohammed Centre in the heart of the old Bastakiya area for a specially arranged local Emirati lunch and meeting. Enjoy an open discussion and learn more about Emirati culture and local traditions. Return to the hotel for an afternoon at leisure, before attending an orientation meeting with your Tour Manager and fellow travelers, followed by a Welcome Dinner
Overnight: Dubai
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 4, Sunday – New Dubai Tour*

Begin with a photo stop at Dubai’s signature landmark, Burj Al Arab, the celebrated sail-shaped hotel facing the Persian Gulf. Continue to the Jumeirah Palm, a man-made island, which was built in the shape of a palm tree, known for its posh residential buildings, villas, and luxury resorts. Upon entering the island, board the Palm Monorail which will take you to the far end of the palm. Marvel at the stunning views of the island as you ride high above the ground. The next station will be close to Atlantis hotel for a photo stop before you continue via Sheikh Zayed road to the world’s tallest tower Burj Khalifa. Here, while at the top, a guide will help answer all your questions from your vantage point on level 124 of the building. Free time for lunch in Dubai Mall before returning to your hotel. Tonight, a very special evening with a chance to see the skyline of Dubai from the Creek. Dhows have been the traditional ships used in the UAE for many centuries and tonight you have the chance to board one of these vessels and enjoy a sumptuous buffet while you quietly cruise by the landmarks of this city
Overnight: Dubai
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 5, Monday – Full Day in Dubai

Morning and afternoon at leisure for further exploration of this vibrant city. Or, participate in the optional tour to Sharjah in the morning, a cultural center of the Emirates, known for its major museums, distinctive landmarks, and elegant mosques. As you begin your tour, you will have the opportunity for a photo stop of the cultural square. Then, visit the Islamic Museum, housing over 5,000 artifacts from all over the Islamic World and the Heritage Museum depicting Sharjah’s rich and diverse heritage. The remainder of the day is at leisure to explore the city or join the thrilling optional Desert Safari this afternoon. Board a 4X4 vehicle in Dubai and head out towards the highest sand dunes of the surreal surrounding desert. Feel the thrill of “dune bashing” as you spiral up and down the enormous golden dunes. Upon your arrival to the Bedouin campsite, you’ll be welcomed with traditional Arabic coffee and will have the option to ride a camel. Then, a specially prepared barbecue dinner awaits you. Later, enjoy a Tanoura dance show, then watch as a captivating belly dancer enchants you with her swirling dances before returning to Dubai
Optional: Half Day Sharjah Tour (AM)
Optional: Half Day Desert Safari with dinner (PM)
Overnight: Dubai
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 6, Tuesday – Abu Dhabi City Tour*

Start off the day with a city tour of the capital of the United Arab Emirates, Abu Dhabi, also known as the Arabian Jewel. Begin at the magnificent Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, an iconic symbol of Abu Dhabi. Drive through al Bateen area, also known as the Royal and Presidential District. Stop at the Zayed House for a fascinating sneak peek into the life of the late Sheikh Zayed, ‘Father of the Nation’. Continue to the Emirates Palace and the Etihad Towers for a photo stop. Continue along the city’s glamorous Corniche, with blue waters glittering on one side and shimmering skyscrapers lining the other. At the Breakwater, pause to take photos of the city’s fabulous skyline. After Lunch, admire cultural art at the Arab World’s first universal museum, the Louvre Abu Dhabi. Head back to Dubai via Yas Island, the home of the F1 Circuit and Ferrari World Theme Park
Overnight: Dubai
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 7, Wednesday – Depart Dubai, Fly to Amman, Transfer to the Dead Sea

Bid farewell to the Tour Manager and depart Dubai on a flight to Amman, capital of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan; transfer directly to your hotel in the Dead Sea area. The rest of the day is at leisure to adjust to the exotic surroundings
Overnight: Dead Sea
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 8, Thursday – Full Day in Dead Sea

The morning is at leisure or, join an optional tour to the village of Bethany, the site of Jesus’ baptism by John the Baptist. As it was also where the prophet Elijah ascended to heaven via a chariot of fire. The sites that make up Bethany were part of early Christian pilgrimages between Mt. Nebo and Jerusalem. This evening, attend an orientation with your new Tour Manager and traveling companions
Optional: Half Day Bethany
Overnight: Dead Sea
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 9, Friday – Mount Nebo, Madaba, Shobak Castle

Today, drive towards Petra. En route, travel to Mount Nebo, the reputed burial site of Moses, overlooking the Jordan Valley and the Dead Sea. Continue to the mosaic city of Madaba, where an ancient map of the Holy Land is set into the floor of Saint George’s Church. Afterward, stop at Moses Springs and visit a mosaic school and workshop where you will have the opportunity to learn about this incredible craft. After lunch in Madaba, proceed to Shobak Castle. The ruins of this Crusader castle are located just east of Arabah. Arrive in Petra for overnight
Overnight: Petra
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 10, Saturday – Petra City Tour

An astonishing day exploring Petra! Enter the “rose red” city hand-sculpted from a mountain range by the Nabateans in the 3rd century BC. Begin your walk (or ride) through the “Siq”, a winding canyon road. At the end, you’ll gaze in total amazement at Petra’s most extraordinary monument – the towering Treasury building rising over 140 feet. Beyond, discover soaring temples, elaborate royal tombs, a theatre, burial chambers and water channels – all remnants of a once great Nabatean culture. Today, Petra is both a Jordanian national treasure and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is truly a once in a lifetime experience! After lunch, there will be time on your own to further explore Petra before returning to the hotel
Overnight: Petra
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 11, Sunday – Wadi Rum Desert, Travel to Amman

Morning departure to Wadi Rum, a surreal desert terrain of ancient river beds, wind-sculpted mountains, vast desert vistas and pastel-colored sands. This UNESCO World Heritage Site, often described as the “Valley of the Moon”, served as inspiration (and site of the filming) for T.E. Lawrence’s novel, Lawrence of Arabia. Ride in a 4×4 vehicle to explore the valley, with its looming rock faces that seem to grow directly out of the sand and endless skies. Cross the huge red sand dunes and the eroded pillars of sandstone rock known as “The Seven Pillars”. Then, have lunch in an authentic Bedouin tent in the midst of the desert, where you’ll be introduced to “Zarb” -a selection of foods cooked in an oven with hot coals beneath the desert floor. Afterward, travel back to Amman
Overnight: Amman
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 12, Monday – Jerash, Amman City Tour

Today, embark on a tour to the city of Jerash, the best-preserved example of Roman civilization in Jordan. Jerash, part of the Decapolis (the ten large Roman cities of the East) has been called the Pompeii of the East for its unique state of preservation. The city features theaters, churches, temples of Zeus and Artemis, a Nymphaeum and colonnaded street. Next, proceed with a city tour of Amman, often referred to as the “White City” because of the white stone used to build the houses. Amman is among the oldest continually inhabited cities in the world. The tour will take you to the museums, the Citadel, the Roman Amphitheater, the souks, and the city’s modern district. The balance of the day is at leisure. Later this evening, savor a Farewell Dinner with your Tour Manager and travel companions
Overnight: Amman
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 13, Tuesday – Depart Jordan

Transfer to the airport for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

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