Bird Watching in Jordan
From $2,398 pp
Listen for the flutter of the Honey Buzzard and Montagu's Harrie as you hike through the lush Azraq Nature Reserve on this Travelous bird watching tour of Jordan. In the sounds of nature, search for the Ruff, Avocet, Little Stint and Little Ringed Plover, as they come to rest on still ponds in the cool of the morning. This wild journey will bring you into the heart of Jordan to see the most astounding natural and historic sites. Breathe in the delicious aromas at the spice market and stroll through the enchanting Citadel and Roman Theater in Amman. Explore Jordan's desert castles, whispering of Roman legacies with their fine mosaics, frescoes, stone carvings. Discover the Biblical site of Mount Nebo, the memorial of Moses, offering spectacular views of the Jordan Valley, Dead Sea and the River Jordan. Feel the magic at Petra, the city of the Nabateans, beautifully carved into the face of a rock. Follow the candle lit path under a canopy of stars, all the way to the enchanting Treasury. This classic journey through Jordan generously displays the best of ancient traditions, raw nature and a diverse culture that has evolved through the ages.
| Day 1 |
| || Amman Grand Hyatt Hotel - Standard |
Bed and Breakfast
| Day 2 |
Amman - Azraq Nature Reserve
| || Azraq Lodge - Guest Room |
| Day 3 |
Azraq Nature Reserve - Madaba
| || Mosaic City Hotel - Standard Room |
Bed and Breakfast
| Day 4 |
Madaba - Dana Nature Reserve
| || Dana Guesthouse - Deluxe Guest Room |
| Day 5 |
Dana Nature Reserve - Petra
| || Movenpick Petra - Superior Room |
| Day 6 |
Petra - Dead Sea Jordan
| || Movenpick Dead Sea - Classic Sea View Room |
| Day 7 |
Welcome to Amman International Airport (also called Queen Alia). An Airport representative awaits your arrival holding a sign with your name printed on it, assisting you through the visa process (included) & luggage identification before introducing you to your Travelous representative & private English-speaking driver who will be on call throughout your entire stay.
A Jordanian Tourism Tax will be paid on your behalf upon entering the country to cover public liability insurance on equipment such as jeeps, camels and horses.
Transfer in private vehicle with English speaking driver from the Airport to your hotel for overnight.
In the early evening, your driver will be waiting to head downtown for a walking tour of the old city Amman to mix with the locals, eat Arabic Sweets (Knafeh) and drink fruit cocktails at a famous fruit stand. Return transfer provided.
Amman Grand Hyatt Hotel - Standard Room
Amman - Azraq Nature Reserve
Begin your day exploring Jordan's capital city - Amman. The visit will include the fascinating Roman Theater, Nymphaeum, and the enchanting Citadel, which has stood since the ancient times of the Ammonites. For a more exotic and traditional experience, you will walk through the ''Souq'', taking in the traditional sights and smells of the spice market, while shop for authentic souvenirs.
Drive East to see the Desert Castles of Jordan. Beautiful examples of both early Islamic art and architecture, stand as a testament to a fascinating era in Jordan's rich history. Their fine mosaics, frescoes, stone carvings and illustration , inspired by the best in Persian and Graeco - Roman traditions, tell countless stories of the life as it was during the eighth century. Called castles because of their imposing stature, the desert complexes actually served various purposes such as caravan stations, agricultur al trade cent e r s, resort pavilions and outposts that helped distant rulers forge ties with local bedouins. Several of these preserved compounds, are clustered to the east and south of Amman.
Qusair Amra, one of the best preserved monuments, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Its interior walls and ceilings are covered with lively frescoes, and two of the rooms are paved with colorful mosaics. Qasr al - Kharrana, has been restored and in excellent condition. The black basalt fort at Azraq, in continuous use since Late Roman times, was the headquarters of Lawrence of Arabia during the Arab Revolt.
Azraq Lodge - Guest Room
Azraq Nature Reserve - Madaba
With the restoration of the marshland, several species of birds have returned to breed in Azraq, such as the Hoopoe Lark, Cetti's Warbler, the Desert Finch and the Marsh Harrier. About 280 migratory bird species have been recorded in Azraq, such as the Ruff, Avocet, Little Stint and Little Ringed Plover. Several birds of prey stop to drink and hunt at the pools as well, including the Honey Buzzard and Montagu's Harrier. From the lodge's rustic bird hide, made of local mud brick and overlooking a large stretch of shallow water, you can observe many birds according to the season.
Transfer in private vehicle from Azraq Nature Reserve to Madaba for overnight. Duration is approximately 2 hours.
Mosaic City Hotel - Standard Room
Madaba - Dana Nature Reserve
Welcome to Madaba. Best known for its spectacular Byzantine and Umayyad mosaics, Madaba is home to the famous 6th century Mosaic Map of Jerusalem and the Holy Land. With two million pieces of vividly colored local stone, it depicts hills and valleys, villages and towns as far as the Nile Delta. The Madaba Mosaic Map covers the floor of the St. George Greek Orthodox Church. 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.
Continue to visit Mount Nebo, the mountaintop memorial of Moses with captivating views of the Jordan Valley, Dead Sea and The River Jordan. A small Byzantine church was built there by the 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.
Stop enroute to Dana at Mujib View Point overlooking the Grand Caynon of Jordan then visit the Crusaders Castle in Kerak. Check in at Dana Guesthouse for dinner & overnight.
Dana Guesthouse - Deluxe Guest Room
Dana Nature Reserve - Petra
Enjoy the breathtaking view from the Guesthouse terrace. It is a good place to watch birds, especially in the early morning. Binoculars can be provided upon request. In Rummana Campsite, take a short trip to the bird hide early in the morning to observe the large variety of birds visiting the water pool each day.
Transfer in private vehicle from Dana Nature Reserve to Petra. Driving time is 1.5 hours.
To visit Petra during daylight is awe-inspiring, to experience it by the light of 1,800 candles is truly an out-of-this-world experience! Walk through the Siq to the Khazneh, following a candle-lit path and enjoy the haunting music of the Bedouin at the Treasury. Tours start at 8.30pm and operates every Monday, Wednesday and Thursday.
Movenpick Petra - Superior Room
Petra - Dead Sea Jordan
The wonder of Petra is without a doubt, Jordan's most valuable treasure and greatest tourist attraction. It is a vast, unique city, carved into the sheer rock face by the Nabateans; an industrious Arab people who settled here more than 2000 years ago. It was turned 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 kilometer in length flanked on either side by soaring, 80 meters high cliffs. Just walking through the Siq is an experience in itself. The colors 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). This is an awe-inspiring experience. A massive facade, carved out of the sheer, dusky pink, rock-face and dwarfing everything around it. It was carved in the early 1st century as the tomb of an important Nabatean king and represents the engineering genius of these ancient people.
The Treasury is just the first of the many wonders that make up Petra. You will need at least four or five days to really explore everything here. As you enter the Petra valley you will be overwhelmed by the natural beauty of this place and its outstanding architectural achievements. There are hundreds of elaborate rock-cut tombs with intricate carvings - unlike the houses, which were destroyed mostly by earthquakes, the tombs were carved to last throughout the afterlife and 500 have survived, empty but bewitching as you file past their dark openings. Here, also is a massive Nabatean-built, Roman-style theatre, seating 3,000 people. There are obelisks, temples, sacrificial altars & colonnaded streets, and high above, overlooking the valley, is the impressive Ad-Deir Monastery - a flight of 800 rock cut steps takes you there. Lunch will be served at Basin Restaurant inside the Petra site.
Transfer in private vehicle from Petra to the Dead Sea. Driving time is approximately 3.5 hours.
Movenpick Resort & Spa Dead Sea - Classic Sea View Room
Unfortunately, we say goodbye to you today. Transfer in private vehicle with full assistance to Amman Airport for your flight home. Keep the memories alive and we hope to see you in Jordan again soon. Stay Travelous!
Welcome to the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan; an ancient land that has captivated travelers for thousands of years. It continues to enthral a whole new generation as a modern, vibrant nation deeply rooted in culture and religion. From the haunting, primeval starkness of Wadi Rum, to the teeming centre of urban Amman, to the majestic ruins of bygone civilizations. From the Red Sea to the timeless splendour of the Dead Sea, Jordan is reveals itself as a unique destination offering breathtaking and mysterious sights, pictouresque landscapes, exquisite cuisine and countless activities that provide visitors with inspiration, rejuvenation, shock and awe.
Amman Grand Hyatt Hotel
Discover the 5-star luxury hotel experience that awaits you at Grand Hyatt Amman - located just two kilometers away from the city center, in the heart of the business and diplomatic district of Jabal Amman. Delight in the ideal balance of comfort and convenience, just 30 minutes from Amman's airport, Queen Alia International Airport (AMIA). Enjoy the full range of facilities at this 5-star Amman hotel - including a health center, spa, restaurants and dining, chic bars and lounges.
Enjoy contemporary decor with arabesque touches and one king or two twin beds featuring plush pillows, the softest of sheets and duvet. Magnificent views welcome you to an elegant retreat offering every amenity, including marble bath with separate walk-in massaging shower, generous work area and high-speed Internet access.
The Azraq Lodge is a converted 1940"s British military field hospital, located at the edge of the Eastern Desert, only a short distance from the Azraq and Shaumari nature reserves. It has an authentic period atmosphere, combined with a modern twist, and provides comfortable and characterful accommodation from which to explore the Eastern Desert. There are 16 fully equipped 1940's style rooms, air conditioned with private bathrooms and terraces, overlooking Azraq Village and sand flats of the Azraq Basin. The rooms can accommodate up to 40 people at full capacity. All the staff members are from local Bedouin, Chechen, and Druze communities and the kitchen and restaurant are under the management of a local family, who provide home-cooked Chechen food. The Lodge is open all year. Many interesting archaeological sites lie within easy reach of Azraq Lodge, including the famous but misnamed "desert castles": Qasr Amra, Qasr Kharana and Azraq Castle. Qasr Amra is one of the best preserved Umayyad bath houses in the world and a World Heritage Site. Its interior walls are covered in lively frescos dating back to the 700 AD. There are also many dramatic desert landscapes to discover, including moon-like plains of black basalt and white valleys of chalk.
Each of the fully equipped 1940's style rooms is air conditioned with private bathrooms and terraces, overlooking Azraq Village and sand flats of the Azraq Basin.
Mosaic City Hotel
The Mosaic City Hotel is an intimate and affordable hotel that is located in the very heart of Madaba, within short walking distance from the Church of St. George which houses the famous mosaic map of the Holy Land. While all hotels express a desire to please, our highly trained staff make personalized service far more than a lofty promise. The hotel provides individual attention that is tailored to your individual needs, which made it the top rated hotel in Madaba by TripAdvisor, Booking.com and others. The hotel"s name was inspired by the city it is located in, as Madaba has been dubbed the "city of mosaics", which is considered home to one of the world"s largest collections of ancient mosaics.
The hotel offers comfortable guest rooms richly designed with materials of good quality only found in true luxury hotels. Beautifully appointed accommodations, each room in the hotel is smoke-free and is equipped with mini bar, heating and air conditioning system and is furnished with the utmost attention to detail.
Perched on the edge of the precipitous cliffs of Wadi Dana, this beautifully styled building merges elements of village vernacular architecture with more modern elements, creating a structure with a definable Arabic character, unlike any other in Jordan, offering breath-taking views of the reserve.
It consists of only 9 comfortable rooms, but with a few extra beds, it can be made to house up to 23 people. Considering that the Guesthouse was originally meant to house researchers, all the rooms share external toilets & showers, except for one suite, which has a private bathroom, adding character and authenticity to the entire experience. Most rooms also come with private terraces that offer spectacular views of the surrounding wadi and mountains. The Guesthouse is also equipped with facilities for courses and conferences, making a perfect location for retreats and workshops. The Guesthouse is open all year round.
The Movenpick Resort Petra is located directly at the entrance to the historic Jordanian city of Petra. This resort with an oriental flair features an exciting combination of natural stone, handcrafted wood and Middle Eastern fabrics and textures. With 183 newly renovated rooms and suites and a wide variety of restaurants for your culinary cravings, the Movenpick Resort Petra will certainly provide long lasting memories. Enjoy your time spent in one of the world's most extraordinary destinations.
Superior Rooms offer one king-size bed or two twin beds, sitting and working areas, free minibar and all modern facilities. Connecting rooms and non-smoking available upon request. Room can accommodate a maximum of 3 people. All rooms are equipped with air-conditioning/heating, satellite TV, direct-dial telephones, coffee and tea-making facilities, and hairdryer.
Movenpick Resort & Spa Dead Sea
The 5-star Movenpick Resort & Spa Dead Sea is found in a traditional village setting nestled amongst lush gardens. The resort is set on the northern shores of the Dead Sea, at the lowest point on earth. With your well-being and balance in mind, this resort is an oasis of tranquillity. Relax into our award-winning Arabian Dead Sea Zara Spa with breathtaking views of the healing waters. Offering world-class facilities on 6,000 square metres, you can be sure to experience ultimate spa luxury. A unique revitalising and therapeutic experience awaits you.
The view from this 29 sqm Classic Sea View Room is second to none. Soak up the tranquil atmosphere as you unwind while looking out to the Dead Sea. Situated in the main building, the rooms offer the choice of king-size or twin beds. The bathrooms have a bathtub and shower combination, as well as a bidet, making them the perfect place to relax after a busy day. Enjoy complimentary coffee and tea tray, minibar, WiFi, TV, and air-conditioning.
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