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Marco Polo Journeys

Lawrence of Arabia's Jordan 2017


10 Days from TBA

Limited to 18 guests

Follow in the footsteps of T.E. Lawrence as you ride on the Hejaz Railway, explore Wadi Rum alongside a Bedouin guide and savor dinner under twinkling desert skies, capping your visit off with a therapeutic dip in the Dead Sea.

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Discover the desert outposts of T.E. Lawrence "of Arabia," explore the lost city of Petra and float in the therapeutic Dead Sea on this inspiring journey spanning the best of Jordan

Trace Lawrence's footsteps, riding the historic Hejaz Railway, meeting the descendants of revolutionaries and traversing the dunes of Wadi Rum

Savor a traditional Bedouin dinner under the stars in Wadi Rum, an experience that brings the desert alive

Explore Petra, a vast cityscape chiseled from sheer, red cliffsides by a lost civilization thousands of years ago

Float in the restorative waters of the Dead Sea, taking in a time-tested spa treatment some 2,000 years in the making

Itinerary at a Glance

DAY 1
Arrive Amman, Jordan
DAY 2
Amman | History & the Hejaz Railway
DAY 3
Desert Castles | Mighty Structures
DAY 4
Madaba | Marvelous Mosaics
DAY 5
Petra | The “Rose-Red” City
DAY 6
Wadi Rum | Valley of the Moon
DAY 7
Aqaba | Sunset Cruise
Day 8
Dead Sea | Journey to the Lowest Place on Earth
DAY 9
Dead Sea | Bethany Beyond the Jordan
DAY 10
Depart Amman
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
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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
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Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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
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Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
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. Prepare an evening meal with a local chef during an authentic Chef’s Table experience.

Mövenpick Petra
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Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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. This evening, enjoy a leisurely dinner at your hotel.

Mövenpick Petra
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Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 6
Wadi Rum | Valley of the Moon

Discover Little Petra, once inhabited by the Nabataeans. After seeing its tombs, cisterns and channels, continue to Wadi Rum, also known as the “Valley of the Moon.” 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 desert by 4x4 vehicle alongside a native Bedouin guide, and explore a seemingly endless maze of narrow valleys and gorges. Then saddle up for a camel ride and admire the towering sandstone peaks, brilliantly illuminated in the soft light at sunset. You are then treated to zarb, a local Bedouin form of barbecue where chicken, lamb and vegetables are cooked in an underground pit. After dinner, depart for your hotel in Aqaba on the shores of the Red Sea.

Kempinski Hotel Aqaba
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Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 7
Aqaba | Sunset Cruise

Enjoy the morning at leisure on the relaxing shores of the Red Sea, with opportunities to scuba dive or snorkel if you so choose. Spend the afternoon exploring Aqaba with your guide. 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. Visit Aqaba Archaeological Museum for a close look at regional antiquities. Later in the evening, enjoy a sunset cruise on the Red Sea, enjoying dinner and views of Jordan, Israel, Egypt and Saudi Arabia.

Kempinski Hotel Aqaba
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Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 8
Dead Sea | Journey to the Lowest Place on Earth

The morning is yours to partake of the amenities available at your resort. Later, you are driven along the Jordan Rift Valley to the Dead Sea, earth’s lowest point at 1,400 feet below sea level. Offering a high content of minerals and salts, its water possesses anti-inflammatory properties, and the mud on its shores has been used for therapeutic purposes for over 2,000 years.

Kempinski Hotel Ishtar Dead Sea
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Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
DAY 9
Dead Sea | Bethany Beyond the Jordan

After breakfast, proceed to nearby Bethany Beyond the Jordan, considered to be the location of the baptism of Jesus. Archaeologists at Bethany have uncovered a settlement from the 1st century AD that includes plastered pools and water systems almost certainly used for mass baptisms, as well as a fifth-to-sixth-century Byzantine settlement with churches, a monastery and other structures most probably catering to religious pilgrims. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure. This evening, gather with fellow guests at a farewell dinner.

Kempinski Hotel Ishtar Dead Sea
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Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
DAY 10
Depart Amman

Transfer to the airport and board your flight home.

Meals: Breakfast

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


Prices are in USD, per person, based on double occupancy.

Journey Details

Minimum age is 10 years.

First group event: welcome briefing at 8:30 a.m. on Day 2.

Last group event: farewell dinner at 7:00 p.m. on Day 9.

Departures are guaranteed to operate with a minimum of 2 guests.

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


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