Welcome to Iraq

The country's attractions include breathtaking mountains, vibrant cities and numerous archaeological sites, not to mention a warm and hospitable population. But Western governments continue to advise against all but essential travel to parts of Iraqi Kurdistan and the south of the country, and against all travel to most of the north and west of Iraq. Follow their advice and postpone your visit until peace returns.

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$285 Day Trips & Excursions

Amman Culture: Tea, Art und Markets

We start exploring Amman, City of the brotherly love, which was called "Philadelphia" by the ancient Greeks. With a knowledgeable local tour guide the enjoyment is accordingly high.Start with a photo stop at King Abdullah mosque. Then head to the citadel, called Jebel al-Qala'a, from which you can enjoy a fascinating panoramic view of the Former 7 Hills of Amman. On the highest terrace of the citadel hill are parts of the Omayyad palace, Al Qasr, and not far from it, rise the mighty columns of the former Hercules temple in the sky. On the circular route you will visit the archaeological museum, which presents finds from a period of over 50,000 years.As long as this place was interesting for people, they settled here already at the Stone Age, here they manufactured hand axes, here they created artifacts, which are still highly artistic today. 8,000-year-old figures from the Neolithic settlement of Ain Ghazal witnessing the artistic characteristics of the civilizations lived here.We visit Amman downtown, which is referred to as “Wast Al Balad”, which made up Amman until 50 years ago, before the construction boom broke out. Today, 4.4 million people live in the new neighborhoods, mainly immigrants from Palestine, Iraq and currently from Syria.2 hours walk from the Citadel through one of Amman's oldest neighborhoods is planned for beautiful snapshots, it highlights the top experiences of the old town. On the way visit Amman Panorama Art Gallery, in one of Amman's oldest houses where you can have a cup of Arabic coffee with Jordanian dates or enjoy tea with typical Jordanian flavors.The most significant in the old town is the astonishingly well-preserved Greco-Roman theater with its six thousand seats in the southeast of the city. You go past gold dealers, perfumeries offer original Jordanian fragrances with a special oriental touch, spice shops, the obligatory clothing stores for child, man, woman bring us closer to the city. Not far away is the Al-Husseini Mosque. Behind the big mosque the fruit and vegetable market lure us. Humus & falafel shops are to be discovered almost every corner. Not to mention the sweetshops famous for “Knafa”, a traditional Arab dessert made with thin noodle-like pastry, or alternatively fine semolina dough, soaked in sweet, sugar-based syrup, and typically layered with cheese.

$94 Private & Custom Tours

Expert-Led Private Tour of the British Museum

This walk explores how the British Museum came into existence in the mid-eighteenth century during the period of Enlightenment, so called because of people's desire to re-examine received ideas and explore new ones using different methods of collecting data.During the Enlightenment period different disciplines were born, among them archaeology, art history and the study of languages and scripts.We will look at some of the antiquities and languages of ancient Iraq and Iran as material from these areas forms some of the earliest collections in the British Museum. Large-scale excavation in the ancient Middle East and the race for deciphering of hieroglyphic and cuneiform scripts were inspired by the finds from Mesopotamia and Persia. The beginnings of the British Museum are inextricably tied to the European re-discovery of these ancient cultures.We begin our walk in the Enlightenment Gallery where we will talk about how archaeology evolved from the work of antiquaries; how art history was born with the study of ancient Greek sculpture and vase painting, and how Greek art set the standard for the next 200 years of what was considered the model of fully evolved art. We then move onto discussing how ancient texts came to be deciphered in the first place and we will compare the ways in which hieroglyphs and cuneiform, the two earliest scripts, were cracked.Our discussion will be illustrated by the Rosetta Stone which now lives in the British Museum, along with about 130,000 pieces of cuneiform tablets from ancient Iraq, some of which are on display. Depending on the interests of your guide and the group, we may then spend time looking more in depth at the art of ancient Iran and/or of ancient Iraq in its earlier phases, before taking in the palace reliefs of ancient Assyrian kings, which form the best collection of ancient Iraqi sculpture outside of Baghdad. If time permits, and we are in the mood, we may take a peek at the Parthenon marbles, which will bring us back to the beginning of our discussions of what the 18th and 19th century European viewer perceived as the highest art form.

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