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Lawrence of Arabia's Jordan

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Limited to 18 guests
Days: 10  |  From: $6,595


Lawrence of Arabia's Jordan

Day 1: Arrive Amman, Jordan

Arrive in Amman, and check in to your exclusive luxury hotel set amid landscapes made famous by Lawrence of Arabia.

Four Seasons Hotel Amman

Day 2: Amman | History & the Hejaz Railway

Set out for an early morning ride on the Hejaz Railway, the focus of Lawrence’s daring guerrilla campaign. Next, drive to the Greco-Roman city of Jerash, pausing for lunch. Return to Amman for an insightful city tour of this vibrant capital, capping your evening off with a festive welcome dinner.

Four Seasons Hotel Amman   |   Meals: B L D

Day 3: Desert Castles | Mighty Structures

See the Qasr el-Kharaneah, purportedly used as a caravansary; the frescoed Qasr Amra, a World War I headquarters of Sheriff Hussein and T.E. Lawrence; and Qal’at el-Azraq, which Lawrence used as a military base during the Arab Revolt against the Turks in 1917. Then, visit the ruins of Umm el-Jimal, where Lawrence staged his first attack on the Ottoman stronghold of Damascus in 1918.

Four Seasons Hotel Amman   |   Meals: B L

Day 4: Madaba | Marvelous Mosaics

Drive the Kings Highway, an ancient frankincense route of pilgrims and prophets. Arrive at Mount Nebo, where Moses glimpsed the Holy Land he would never enter. Take in views of Jordan, the Dead Sea and Israel, continuing on to see the Byzantine mosaics of Madaba. At the Greek Orthodox Church of St. George, examine a sixth-century map of Jerusalem.

Mövenpick Petra   |   Meals: B L D

Day 5: Petra | The “Rose-Red” City

Explore Petra, the once-thriving capital carved into red rock. It was conquered by the Romans, later abandoned by all but the Bedouins and lost to Westerners until 1812. Pass through the Siq to the Treasury, Temple of the Winged Lions and the Palace Tomb. Prepare an evening meal with a local chef during an authentic Chef’s Table experience.

Mövenpick Petra   |   Meals: B L D

Day 6: Wadi Rum | Valley of the Moon

Discover Little Petra, once inhabited by the Nabataeans. After seeing its tombs, water containers and channels, continue to Wadi Rum, the so-called “Valley of the Moon” and the site of your desert camp. This otherworldly landscape was the setting for the 1962 film Lawrence of Arabia and the location where T.E. Lawrence lived with his Bedouin allies. Take to the dunes by 4x4 vehicle alongside a native Bedouin guide, pausing to hike through canyons and ascend Um Ad Dami for Red Sea views. Meet the Zalabia Bedouins, descendants of the tribesmen who joined Lawrence in revolt. Then, sit down to a Bedouin meal at your camp. You may watch the David Lean film where it was made and Lawrence camped.

SunCity Camp   |   Meals: B L D

Days 7-8: Aqaba | Journey to the Red Sea

Saddle up for a morning camel ride on the dunes of Wadi Rum. Next, continue on by private vehicle to Aqaba. Poised at the trade routes from Asia, Africa and Europe, this pivotal battleground witnessed fierce fighting between Lawrence’s Arab allies and the Turks in 1916-17. Imagine the battles as they unfolded, touring a fortress and a castle that both bore witness to daring camel charges during the conflict. Next, visit Aqaba Archaeological Museum for a close look at regional antiquities. The following day, enjoy time at leisure on the relaxing shores of the Red Sea, with opportunities to scuba dive or snorkel if you so choose. Later in the evening, sail the Red Sea by small boat, enjoying a Scenic Sundowner and views of Jordan, Israel, Egypt and Saudi Arabia.

Kempinski Hotel Aqaba   |   Meals: B L (Day 7); B D (Day 8)

Day 9: Dead Sea | Restorative Waters

Drive to the Dead Sea — earth’s lowest point — for lunch and time to swim and relax at the seaside. Offering the highest content of minerals and salts in the world, its water possesses anti-inflammatory properties, and the mud on its shores has been used for therapeutic purposes for over 2,000 years. Proceed to Amman, visiting Darat el-Funun, where it’s believed Lawrence wrote The Seven Pillars of Wisdom. Tonight, attend a farewell dinner.

Four Seasons Hotel Amman   |   Meals: B L D

Day 10: Depart Amman

Transfer to the airport and board your flight home.

Meals: B

Program Note: This journey entails widely varying temperatures, active elements and lodging in a basic camp in Wadi Rum.

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