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Historians and archaeologists have identified Irbid as the Decapolis city of Arbela. The area likely predates the Romans, with significant grave sites suggesting settlement since the Bronze Age. Aside from the tell lying at the centre of town, however, there is little evidence today of such antiquity.


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Eat Smart Culinary Tour to Jordan

ItineraryDay 1: October 31: Depart for AmmanStop At: Al Balad – Downtown Amman, Amman, Amman GovernorateDepart for Jordan.Duration: 1 dayNo meals included on this day.No accommodation included on this day.Day 2: November 1: Amman Airport – Amman HotelStop At: Al Balad – Downtown Amman, Amman, Amman GovernorateUpon arrival at the airport, you will be welcomed by our representative, who will help you obtain your entry visa. Afterwards you will drive (about 45 minutes) to your hotel for some free time.Duration: 1 dayStop At: JR The Wine Experience, Amman, Amman GovernorateAt 4PM we will gather in a group and attend a wine tasting with appetizers at JR Winery, Amman. Return to Amman hotel.Duration: 3 hoursMeals included: • Dinner: Wine tasting with appetizers at JR Winery, Amman.Accommodation included: Overnight at Downtown Hotel Apartments, a 4 star hotel.Day 3: November 2: Amman Hotel – Umm Quais – Jerash – Amman Hotel (B, L, D)Stop At: UMm Qays Archeological Site, Irbid, Irbid GovernorateWe will begin our journey early and drive two hours from Amman to Gadara (Umm Qais), which belonged to the famous Decapolis, a union of 10 cities, founded by Alexander the Great. There is an overwhelming view over the north Jordan Valley, the Golan Heights and the Sea of Galilee. Duration: 4 hoursStop At: Jerash Ruins, Jerash, Jerash GovernorateAfter lunch we will leave for Jerash, the best example of a Roman provincial city in the whole Middle East. We will see the spectacular Forum, Roman colonnaded street, the Nymphaeum and the Temple of Artemis. Duration: 4 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel. • Lunch: Lunch at Umm Quais Rest House. • Dinner: Dinner at Tawaheen Al Hawa. Accommodation included: Overnight at Downtown Hotel Apartments, a 4 star hotel.Day 4: November 3: Town of Salt – Amman Tour - Amman Hotel (B, L, D)Stop At: Salt Turk Sehitligi, Al Salt, Balqa GovernorateThe day will begin with a 45 minute drive to the town Salt. We will walk along Hammam Street to see the highlights of 19th century architecture—houses with long-arched windows in picturesque narrow streets. Well known is the Abu Jabermansion, built between 1892 and 1906, reputed to be the finest example of a 19th century merchant house in the region. The building now houses the Historic Old Salt Museum recounting the golden age of salt, which lasted from the end of the 19th century until the thirties of the 20th century.Duration: 4 hoursStop At: Al Balad – Downtown Amman, Amman, Amman GovernorateWe will return for a city tour of Jordan's capital, Amman, already mentioned in the Bible as Rabbath Ammon. It is a bustling modern city. The historical places are located downtown, where following lunch at Hashem Restaurant and kanafeh from Habibah Sweets, we will visit the Citadel with remains from the Roman to the early Islamic period, and a small Archaeological Museum. We will see the Roman Theatre (built in the 2nd century) with 6000 seats. In the heart of downtown we will explore the markets (Souqs), and spice and herb shops.Duration: 4 hoursStop At: Home Cooking and Dining Experience Tour at Beit Sitti House, Amman, Amman GovernorateWe will complete our day with a cooking class and dinner at Beit Sitti in Amman. Return to Amman hotel. Duration: 3 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch: Lunch at Hashem Restaurant and kanafeh from Habibah Sweets. • Dinner: Cooking class and dinner at Beit Sitti in Amman.Accommodation included: Overnight at Downtown Hotel Apartments, a 4 star hotel.Day 5: November 4: Amman Hotel – King’s Way - Mt Nebo – Madaba – Kerak Castle – Petra Hotel (B, L)Stop At: Mount Nebo, Madaba, Madaba GovernorateAfter breakfast, we will drive to Mt. Nebo, the place where Prophet Moses gazed at the Promised Land before he died. We will see the old monastery, and overlook the Jordan Valley, Dead Sea, and parts of the Holy Land. Duration: 4 hoursStop At: Madaba Mosaic Map, Madaba, Madaba GovernorateWe will then proceed to Madaba, for lunch at Haret Jdourdna Restaurant, and the famous 6th century mosaic map of Palestine in St. George’s church. Driving along the famous ancient caravan route, the King's Way, we will have a short stop in Wadi Al-Mujib, a great wide valley with a magnificent geological formation. In Kerak we will visit the famous Crusader Castle built in 1132/34 by King Baldwin I of Jerusalem.Duration: 1 hourStop At: Dead Sea, Madaba, Madaba GovernorateWe will then continue to the Dead Sea where we will have leisure time to float on salty waters or to try a mineral rich mud bath on its shores before Continuing to Petra. We will check into our hotel and have the rest of the evening at leisure. Dinner will be on your own.Duration: 4 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel. • Lunch: Lunch at Haret Jdourdna Restaurant,Accommodation included: Overnight at Sella Hotel, a 4 star hotel.Day 6: November 5: Petra visit – Petra Hotel – Little Petra (B, L, D)Stop At: Petra World Heritage Site, Petra - Wadi Musa, Ma'an GovernorateAfter breakfast, we will walk to the red rose city of Petra, the biggest attraction of Jordan. Petra was first established around the 6th century B.C. by the Nabataean Arabs, a nomadic tribe that settled in the area and laid the foundation of a commercial empire that extended into Syria. With the guide we will go through the canyon, the so called Siq, to see the most beautiful monument: the Treasury. We will continue walking via the Street of Facades to the Royal Tombs and Pharaoh's Castle. The guide says farewell to us at the restaurant area and we will have free time to explore Petra on our own (for example, climb the 800 stairs to the Monastery El Deir) and return the same way to the entrance gate. After our Petra visit, we will have lunch at Grand City Restaurant.Duration: 4 hoursStop At: Al-Beidha - Little Petra, Petra - Wadi Musa, Ma'an Governorate​We will go to a Bedouin camp for a demonstration of Zarb, Bedouin barbecue - meat and vegetables cooked underground - before returning to the hotel to rest. Then we will return to the Bedouin camp for Zarb dinner. Return to Petra hotel.Duration: 4 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel. • Lunch: Grand City Restaurant • Dinner: Little Petra Bedouin Campsite for Zarb dinner.Accommodation included: Overnight at Sella Hotel, a 4 star hotel.Day 7: November 6: Petra Hotel – Wadi Rum 3 hours LandCruiser Ride – Aqaba Hotel (B, L, D)Stop At: Wadi Rum Protected Area, Wadi Rum, Al Aqabah GovernorateWe will begin our day with a 1.5 hour drive southwards to the protected area of Wadi Rum, one of the most impressive desert landscapes in the world. Here Bedouins still live in the traditional way. Touring in 4x4 LandCruisers we will discover canyons, sand dunes, and Nabatean rock inscriptions. We will enjoy a lunch of homemade shishbarak at Rum Village. We will then drive one hour to our hotel in Aqaba. Dinner will be at Ali Baba Restaurant.Duration: 4 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel. • Lunch: We will enjoy a lunch of homemade shishbarak at Rum Village. • Dinner: Dinner will be at Ali Baba Restaurant.Accommodation included: Overnight at DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Aqaba, a 4 star hotel.Day 8: November 7: Aqaba (B, L, D)Stop At: Aqaba Marine Park, Aqaba, Al Aqabah GovernorateToday we will enjoy a glass boat bottom boat ride with lunch. The rest of the afternoon will be free to explore, followed by our Farewell Dinner. Overnight in Aqaba hotel.Duration: 4 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel. • Lunch: Lunch aboard our boat. • Dinner: Farewell dinner.Accommodation included: Overnight at DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Aqaba, a 4 star hotel.Day 9: November 8: Aqaba – Aqaba or Amman Airport (B)Stop At: Aqaba Marine Park, Aqaba, Al Aqabah GovernorateAfter breakfast at the hotel we will depart for Aqaba airport to connect with our international flights. Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.No accommodation included on this day.