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I have been lucky enough to have finally found travel friends. Last time we took on the Asian leg of Malaysia and Thailand.
This time we thought why not see the rest of Middle East and it's surrounding
nations seeing as we're already living near it.

Another lucky strike is having a Jordanian friend within the group who is willing to accommodate and prepare all the travel
details for us. Below is the draft itinerary that she sent and my boss stopped
the torture and signed my leave form already! Woohooo. LOL

Jordan has been one of my must see places. The interlacing history that goes beyond the countless
holy books I've read, the mixed culture, the people and of course the architectural beauty of nature.

Day one: Petra - Wadi
Amman to Petra –4 hrs drive
brkfast in Amman on the way
Full day in Petra – lunch Petra It is a vast, unique city, carved into the sheer rock face by the Nabataeans, an industrious Arab people who settled here more than 2000 years ago, turning it into an important junction for the silk, spice and other trade routes that linked China, India and southern Arabia with Egypt, Syria, Greece and Rome. Entrance to the city is through the Siq, a narrow gorge, over 1 kilometre in length, which is flanked on either side by soaring, 80 metres high cliffs. Just walking through the Siq is an experience in itself. The colours and formations of the rocks are dazzling. As you reach the end of the Siq you will catch your first glimpse of Al-Khazneh (Treasury).
Seen these on books and websites and oh Transformers =))

Petra to Wadi Rum
1 hr drive Camping centre (night program with dinner overnight) Maze of monolithic rocks capes rise up from the desert floor to heights of 1,750 metres creating a natural challenge for serious mountaineers. Hikers can enjoy the tranquillity of the boundless empty spaces, explore the canyons and water holes to discover 4000 year old rock drawings and the many other spectacular treasures this vast wilderness holds in store.

This photo reminds me of Queen Noor and her King on the Motorcycle in her biography book.

Day 2 Aqaba
Wadi rum to Aqaba 2hr drive
Breakfast on the way –
lunch at the beach activities shopping dinner on the way aqaba - Amman 5 hrs drive Aqaba brings a refreshing release from the rose-coloured desert to the north. Its sandy beaches and coral reefs are the most pristine on the Red Sea, and Jordanians hope to preserve them through careful planning. With several first-rate hotels, restaurants and shops, Aqaba caters to a tourist crowd that is tranquil and relaxed, seeking its pleasures more by day than by night.

Day 3 Hammamat Ma’in
Breakfast in amman,
Max 1hr 45munits will visit before the springs Southwest of Madaba is Hammamat Ma’in, the thermal mineral springs that for centuries have attracted people e to come and immerse themselves in the sites’ warm therapeutic waters. There is an excellent 4-star hotel here, which offers indoor and natural outdoor hot pools, a swimming pool and spa facilities

Greek Orthodox Church of St. George, in Madaba The Madaba Mosaic Map covers the floor of the Greek Orthodox Church of St. George, which is located northwest of the city centre. The church was built in 1896 AD, over the remains of a much earlier 6th century Byzantine church. The mosaic panel enclosing the Map was originally around 15.6 X 6m, 94 square meters, only about a quarter of which is preserved.

Mount Nebo where here Moses was buried Within the area is Mount Nebo, one of the most revered holy sites of Jordan and the place where Moses was buried. A small Byzantine church was built there by early Christians, which has been expanded into a vast complex. During his visit to Jordan in 2001, the Late Pope John Paul II held a sermon here that was attended by some 20,000 faithful.

My grand mother would be so proud just like she was when my mother went here =))
Day 4 Dead Sea (I CAN'T WAIT TO FLOAT!!!!)
Breakfast in amman
Less than 2 hrs drive
Full day in hotel using swimming pool beach, coupons to uses facilities around 100dhs per person.
Then back to amman Dead Sea is over 400 metres (1,312 ft.) below sea level. The lowest point on the face of the earth, this vast, stretch of water receives a number of incoming rivers, including the River Jordan. Once the waters reach the Dead Sea they are land-locked and have nowhere to go, so they evaporate, leaving behind a dense, rich, cocktail of salts and minerals that supply industry, agriculture and medicine with some of its finest products

Day 5 Jerash, Aljlon, debeen
Morning breakfast in amman a round in the city, the old roman stages
Then to jerash to tour in the roman city, will take my aunt with us. Jerash lies on a plain surrounded by hilly wooded areas and fertile basins. Conquered by General Pompey in 63 BC, it came under Roman rule and was one of the ten great Roman cities, the Decapolis League
The city's golden age came under Roman rule, during which time it was known as Gerasa, and the site is now generally acknowledged to be one of the best preserved Roman provincial towns in the world. Hidden for centuries in sand before being excavated and restored over the past 70 years, Jerash reveals a fine example of the grand, formal provincial Roman urbanism that is found throughout the Middle East, comprising paved and colonnaded streets, soaring hilltop temples, handsome theatres, spacious public squares and plazas, baths, fountains and city walls pierced by towers and gates.

A tour in ajlon castle, lunch
Mountains for snow
Then to deepen for dinner at the family farm
Ajloun Castle (Qal'at Ar-Rabad) was built by one of Saladin's generals in 1184 AD to control the iron mines of Ajloun, and to deter the Franks from invading Ajloun. Ajloun Castle dominated the three main routes leading to the Jordan valley and protected the trade and commercial routes between Jordan and Syria; it became an important link in the defensive chain against the Crusaders, who unsuccessfully spend decades trying to capture the castle and the nearby village.

I have no idea how we're going to accomplish and visit all of the above but heck
we sure are going to try. My Canon G11 will be sorely tested here! Now, if only I'm visa upon arrival. LOL

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