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Lawrence of Arabia's Jordan 2018


10 Days from $6,795

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

Snorkel, scuba dive or soak up the sun with time at leisure on the relaxing shores of the Red Sea

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 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
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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; 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 of 1917. Then, visit the ruins of Umm el-Jimal, where Lawrence staged his first attack on the Ottoman stronghold of Damascus in 1918. End your day with a tasting at Zumat Winery.

Four Seasons Hotel Amman
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Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
DAY 4
Madaba | Marvelous Mosaics

Drive the Kings Highway, an ancient route of pilgrims and prophets. Arrive at Mount Nebo, where Moses is said to have glimpsed the Holy Land he would never enter. Take in views of Jordan, the Dead Sea and Israel, continuing on to the Byzantine mosaics of Madaba and the Greek Orthodox Church of St. George. 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. Abandoned by all but the Bedouins for centuries, Petra was lost to Westerners until 1812. Discover the Siq, 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. Sample zarb, a local Bedouin barbecue cooked in an underground pit. After dinner, depart for your hotel in Aqaba.

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, taking the opportunity 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. Imagine the battles as they unfolded, touring a fortress and a castle that witnessed daring camel charges during the conflict. Later, embark on a sunset cruise of the Red Sea, enjoying dinner and views of Jordan, Israel, Egypt and Saudi Arabia.

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

Take the morning to enjoy your resort’s amenities. Later, drive along the Jordan Rift Valley to the Dead Sea, earth’s lowest point. The seawater’s salts and other minerals are said to ease inflammation, while the mud of its shores has remained a sworn remedy 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, a former settlement that is said to have witnessed Jesus’ baptism. Here, archaeologists have uncovered traces of a first-century settlement, including remnants of plaster pools consistent with those used for mass baptisms. Byzantine artifacts dating from the fifth and sixth centuries also suggest the presence of churches and a monastery that may have catered to religious pilgrims. Following an afternoon at leisure, gather with your fellow guests for a farewell dinner.

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

Transfer to the airport and board your flight home.

Meals: Breakfast

Program Note: This journey entails widely varying temperatures and active elements.


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

  • Apr 15 - Apr 24
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    Single Supplement
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    $6,795
    Single Supplement
    $1,995
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    Price is based on seven or more guests; for 2-6 guests, price will be $8,495 per person double occupancy.

    How many people are travelling in your group?
    Please enter a group size 1-10.
  • Oct 07 - Oct 16
    Available
    Price
    Single Supplement
    Availability
    Price
    $6,795
    Single Supplement
    $1,995
    Availability
    Available

    Price is based on seven or more guests; for 2-6 guests, price will be $8,495 per person double occupancy.

    How many people are travelling in your group?
    Please enter a group size 1-10.
  • Oct 28 - Nov 06
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    Price
    Single Supplement
    Availability
    Price
    $6,795
    Single Supplement
    $1,995
    Availability
    Call for Availability

    Price is based on seven or more guests; for 2-6 guests, price will be $8,495 per person double occupancy.

Journey Details

This journey contains some active elements.

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 and active elements.


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