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Extension: Ancient Petra, Rose-Red City

Program Number: 21151RJ
Start and End Dates:
3/27/2013 - 3/29/2013;
Duration: 2 nights
Location: Jordan
Price starting at: $625.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Adventure Afloat Study Cruise; Ocean Cruises Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 4; 1 Breakfast, 2 Lunches, 1 Dinner    
Meal Options: Vegetarian    

“A rose-red city half as old as time,” Petra was the capital city of the Nabataeans and remains one of history’s most spectacular examples of rock-cut architecture. Walk among its ornate facades, grand tombs and passages and learn what life was like for the people who once lived here. Plus enjoy an expert-led city excursion in Amman, Jordan’s modern capital.

Activity Particulars

Walking a few miles per day. Some uneven terrain and stairs without railings.

This program may only be taken as an extension to Ancient Trade Routes of Arabia, Egypt and Jordan (Program #21115) or Grand Voyage from India to the Pyramids (Program #21116).

Due to the nature of this program, listening devices are not available.

Itinerary At-a-Glance

Petra (Jordan), 1 night.

Day 1: Disembark Aqaba (Jordan) / coach to Petra:

After disembarking in Aqaba on the Jordanian coast, journey north to the archaeological site of Petra, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Join a local expert to explore this ancient city, discovering sites including the Siq, a spectacular narrow fissure between soaring red cliffs, Al Khazneh, the elaborate treasury building, the Street of Facades, the massive theater and more. Lodging: Resort near Petra constructed in authentic desert village style and offering breathtaking mountain views.

Days 2-3: Coach to Amman / departure:

Continue to Amman, the capital and largest city of Jordan. An expert-led city excursion includes the Amman Citadel, one of the oldest continuously inhabited places in the world, where the ruins of several civilizations can be found, and the Roman Theatre. Head to the airport in the evening for overnight return flights to the U.S.A.


In this land that makes up part of the cradle of civilization, the ancient history of Jordan blends with a modern identity strong in commerce, religion and politics. Jordan’s location in the Fertile Crescent is home to the Dead Sea — the lowest elevation point on land — as well as historic landmarks including the ancient city of Petra and the Roman ruins of Jerath.

Meals and Lodgings
   Movenpick Petra
  Petra, Jordan 1 night
   Grand Palace Hotel - Amman
  Amman, Jordan 1 night
 Movenpick Petra
Type: Five-Star Hotel
  Contact info: Wadi Mousa (P.O. Box 214)
71810 Petra
Petra,   Jordan
phone: + 962 3 215 71 11
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes

 Grand Palace Hotel - Amman
Type: Hotel
  Contact info: Queen Alya Street
Amman, NA 11192 Jordan
phone: +8665398430
  Room amenities: bed. In-room safe. Wireless high-speed Internet access (complimentary). Cable television service. Direct-dial phone. Bidet. Hair dryer. Complimentary toiletries. Air conditioning. Climate control. Window opens.
  Facility amenities: Front desk (limited hours); Laundry facilities; Limo or Town Car service available; Medical assistance available; Multilingual staff; Parking (free); Porter/bellhop; Safe-deposit box at front deskSecurity guard
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes

Travel Details
  Start of Program:
This program starts upon disembarkation from the Minerva for participants on programs #21115 and #21116.. You will be staying at Movenpick Petra that night.
  End of Program:
This program ends in Amman, Jordan. Flights depart Amman very early in the morning on Day 3. You will be staying at Grand Palace Hotel - Amman the night before.
  Required documents:
The Participant Information Form is required. All visitors require a passport valid for at least six months after date of arrival in the country and all tickets and documents for onward travel.
  Parking availability:
Driving not recommended and not applicable to this program
Transportation (For Independent Travelers)
  Train or bus availability: not recommended
To Start of Program
  Location:  Petra
  Nearest city or town:  Tafila
  Nearest highway: Petra / Aqaba Airport
  Nearest airport:  Aqaba Airport
  Transportation to site: Arrival Transfer: This program is an extension to Programs 21115 and 21116. Upon disembarking the ship in Aqaba, all participants will be transferred to Petra, Jordan.
  From End of Program
  Location:  Amman
  Nearest city or town:  Zarka
  Nearest highway: Amman/Airport Highway
  Nearest airport:  Queen Alia International Airport
  Transportation from site: Departure Transfer: Amman hotel - Queen Alia Airport is included for participants who purchase their air through Road Scholar' designated travel provider when departing on the group travel dates. Independent travelers may join the group transfer to the airport. If the independent flight does not coincide with the group transfer, then private transfers may be arranged in advance by the local provider for USD 60. The group flight is scheduled to depart Jordan at 1:45 am on the morning of March 29. Transfers to the airport will be very late in the evening of March 28.
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

Daily Schedule

Day 1: Disembark Ship / Coach to Petra Jordan
(Wednesday, March 27)
 Morning: Ship arrives in Aqaba, Jordan. Disembark the ship with your luggage and transfer to Petra, Jordan (2hr drive). Arrive to Petra and explore the Rose Red City. The visit will include the main sites such as the "Siq", a long winding fissure between two walls of overhanging cliffs, the "Khazneh" referred to as the Treasury, the Street of Facades, the Court House and the Amphitheater
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant in Petra.
 Afternoon: Check into the Beit Zaman Resort and have a free afternoon to rest or continue exploring.
 Dinner: Buffet dinner at the hotel
Accommodations: Movenpick Petra
Meals Included: Lunch, Dinner

Day 2: Amman, Jordan
(Thursday, March 28)
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel
 Morning: Check out of the hotel and coach to Amman (approximately 3 hours).
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant
 Afternoon: See the city highlights of Amman with your expert guide. See the Citadel, the Roman Theater, and the compare the new and old parts of the city.
 Dinner: Dinner on your own
 Evening: Transfers to the airport for flights returning to the US.
Accommodations: Grand Palace Hotel - Amman
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 3: Departures
(Friday, March 29)
 Depart From: Flights depart from Amman, Jordan. The group flight is scheduled to depart at 1:45 am. Participants will be transferred to the airport late in the evening on March 28.
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

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