Jewels of Jordan
Discover the mystical treasures of Oman
|Tour Provider||Bunnik Tours|
|Number of Days||
4 to 20
|01 Sep 2018||19 Sep 2018||Available||AUD $9,510|
|13 Oct 2018||31 Oct 2018||Available||AUD $9,510|
|03 Nov 2018||21 Nov 2018||Available||AUD $9,510|
|01 Dec 2018||19 Dec 2018||Guaranteed Departure||AUD $9,710|
|05 Jan 2019||23 Jan 2019||Available||AUD $10,010|
|02 Feb 2019||20 Feb 2019||Available||AUD $9,710|
|09 Mar 2019||27 Mar 2019||Available||AUD $9,710|
|06 Apr 2019||24 Apr 2019||Available||AUD $9,810|
Abbreviation: [B,L,D] Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Welcome to Jordan! This afternoon we'll take a short city-sightseeing tour, including some free time to explore the souq of Old Amman, before a group welcome dinner this evening. [D]
Today we visit the beautifully preserved Roman cities of Umm Qais and Jerash, as well as the impressive Ajloun Castle. [B,D]
Heading out of Amman, we travel to the lowest point on Earth - the Dead Sea. The salt content of the water is four times that of most oceans! [B,L,D]
Special Experience: Take a dip in the Dead Sea and cover your body in the therapeutic mud, said to have amazing benefits for your skin.
This morning we make our way to Madaba and visit the Church of St George. We'll also stop at the biblical site of Mt Nebo, where Moses first saw the Promised Land. This afternoon we visit 'Little Petra', one of the oldest archaeological sites in the Middle East. [B,D]
Special Experience: Discover the magic of Petra by night as the rock city is lit by more than 1,000 candles. Enjoy Jordanian music and Bedouin mint tea whilst admiring the spectacular view.
Today we revisit the famous Lost City of Petra. Carved into the sheer rock face by the Nabataeans more than 2,000 years ago, it was an important junction for the silk and trade routes. [B,D]
We venture south to Wadi Rum, one of the most stunning desertscapes in the world. We'll enjoy an exciting jeep tour, guided by local Bedouin tribesmen. Later we'll take a camel ride through the uniquely shaped mountains and see traces of ancient civilisations in the many carved inscriptions found throughout the area. We'll spend the night in a Bedouin style desert camp underneath a blanket of stars. [B,D]
This morning we make our way back to Amman via the crusader fortress of Kerak. [B,D]
We bid farewell to Jordan and fly to the vibrant port city of Muscat, capital of the Sultanate of Oman. [B]
This morning we explore Muscat, starting at the magnificent Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque. We'll then visit the lively Muttrah Souq, thought to be one of the oldest marketplaces in the Arab world. We'll see the Sultan's Palace and finish at Bait Al Zubair Museum, home to a beautifully curated display of Omani culture and history. [B,D]
Travelling by 4WD along the spectacular coastline, we'll stop to visit the fishing village of Qurayyat. In Wadi Shab we'll enjoy a short hike to discover the beautiful waterfalls and turquoise pools nestled between stone cliffs. This afternoon we'll reach the Ras al Jinz Scientific Research Centre on the easternmost point of the Arabian Peninsula. An important nesting site for the green sea turtle, each year 30,000 turtles come here to lay their eggs. Tonight we'll venture down to the beach to see the nesting area. [B,L,D]
Today we'll discover enchanting Wadi Bani Khalid, where you'll be able to swim in the incredible emerald pools. In the afternoon we'll head inland to the vast desert of Wahiba Sands. Travelling off-road by 4WD, we'll explore the mesmerising landscape of endless dunes and witness a breathtaking sunset. Tonight we'll sleep under a blanket of stars in a basic Bedouin desert campsite. [B,D]
Wake to the sun rising over the desert.
Special Experience: Visit a Bedouin house and experience the warm Omani hospitality with a cup of kahwa (Arabic coffee) & dates.
We'll then leave the desert behind and discover the old abandoned mercantile village of Al Mansfah on our way to the town of Nizwa. Here we'll visit its round fort and the Silver Souq, renowned for its handcrafted jewellery. [B,D]
Special Experience: An early start to visit Nizwa's unique goat market and experience more of the genuine old Omani culture and traditions.
We'll then stop for a photo at the UNESCO World Heritage-listed mudbrick fort of Bahla, and then tour the beautifully decorated interior of Jabrin Fort. We'll also enjoy a traditional Omani lunch at the picturesque village of Misfat Al Abrein, where time seems to have stood still. After lunch we'll visit Birkat Al Mauz and the heritage-listed Falaj Irrigation System. [B,L,D]
We travel to majestic Jebel Shams ('Mountain of Sun'), Oman's highest point, via the remote towns of Al Hamra and Wadi Ghul. We'll venture up to the 'Grand Canyon of Oman' and meet some of the local weavers selling their wares as we walk along the canyon rim. [B,D]
After some time to relax this morning we'll depart for Muscat, stopping at the Al Hoota Caves. Estimated to be more than 2 million years old, this great example of a karst cave system is home to spectacular stalagmite and stalactite formations, as well as the blind cave fish. [B]
Today we discover the stunning Batinah Coast north of Muscat. We'll explore the villages of Seeb and Nakhl and enjoy a picnic lunch near the hot springs of Al Thowarah.
Special Experience: Enjoy a magical sunset on board an Omani dhow cruise this evening. Admire the grand homes and palaces that dot the coastline near Muscat and watch as the sun disappears behind the mountains.
We'll then enjoy a group farewell dinner at a local restaurant. [B,L,D]
Today we begin our journey home. [B]