with Red Sea Diving you get to know the highlights of Jordan’s cultural treasures and end the trip with 3 days scuba diving in the Red Sea. The Gulf of Aqaba is one of the best diving sites in the world with excellent coral reefs and an outstanding underwater world. The diving sites are accessible from the shore, and the great variety suites all diving levels.
Upon arrival at Amman Airport Real Life Egypt representative welcomes you with a sign after passing the customs. Then transfer to your hotel in Amman where the rest of the day is free. Next morning you will start your Red Sea Diving tour.
Start with a city tour in Jordan capital: visit the Citadel with Roman, Byzantine, and Islamic remains as well as the excellent Archaeological Museum. We stroll via the Souq to the Roman Theatre from 2nd century before we continue to the Desert Castles in eastern Jordan. We visit the fortress-like Qasr Kharanah, the UNESCO World Heritage Site Amra with early Islamic fresco paintings and the black basalt fort at Azraq. Return to Amman hotel.
In the morning we drive two hours to Umm Qais, member of the famous Decapolis, a union of 10 cities, founded by Alexander the Great. Here you have an overwhelming view over the north Jordan Valley, the Golan Heights and the Sea of Galilee. We leave to Jerash, the best example of a Roman provincial city in the whole Middle East. Visit here the Cardo, the Nymphaeum and the Temple of Artemis. Back to Amman for overnight.
After breakfast drive to Madaba popular for Byzantine mosaic art, as an example, we will see the famous 6th-century map of Palestine in St. George’s church. We head for Mount Nebo, the place where Prophet Moses gazed at the promised land before he died and his alleged burial place. You visit the old monastery and overlook the Jordan Valley, the Dead Sea and parts of Israel. Then we drive to the lowest point on earth, the Dead Sea, where you have leisure time and the chance to float on water. Continue to Petra hotel
Today explore the breathtaking rock city Petra, the biggest attraction of Jordan. Around the 6th century B.C. the Nabataean Arabs, a nomadic tribe, settled in the area and founded a commercial empire choosing Petra as capital. Here they carved magnificent monuments in the sandstone. On horseback or on foot you reach the canyon, the so called Siq, and continue from here to the most beautiful monument: the Treasury. From here you walk along the Street of Facades, the Royal Tombs and Pharaoh’s Castle. In the afternoon you drive 1.5 hrs to Wadi Rum desert, where you have dinner and spend the night in a camp in tents.
Wadi Rum, the wild desert landscape, already fascinated the British liaison officer Lawrence of Arabia describing it as “vast, echoing and god-like”. By a two hours Bedouin Jeep tour you get an idea of the area with its canyons, sand dunes, and Nabatean rock inscriptions. Then onto Aqaba hotel, the remainder of the day free, overnight in Aqaba.
The Gulf of Aqaba offers one of the most beautiful Red Sea Diving sites worldwide with 500 different fish species and 158 living coral species. Today you will have two dives taking place at the southern part of the coast. Discover more of the well preserved coral reefs home to parrotfish, angelfish, butterfly fish, moray eels, lionfish and sea anemones, the clownfish and turtles. Overnight at the hotel.
After breakfast, the fun and adventure continue. You can enjoy in the calm, clear waters in the Gulf of Aqaba two times more the colorful marine life, one in the morning and one in the afternoon. Overnight at the hotel.
After breakfast relax at the beach, stroll in the souq or visit Aqaba Mamluk Fort. In the afternoon drive ca. 4 hrs back to your Amman hotel.
Dependent from departure time transfer to Amman Airport to say farewell and board your flight. The end of Red Sea Diving Tour.