The adventurous soul, follow in the footsteps of Nabataean culture. The journey begins in Saudi Arabia, one of the rare destinations where the traveler really feels like an explorer discovering the unknown. Direction Jeddah, former fishing port, its typical houses with windows roshan of Iranian inspiration, its traditional cafes, its fabric souk. The AlUla oasis, in the heart of a 22,500 km² desert province in the northwestern part of the country, is a true open-air museum. The excursion is carried out in the company of a rawi (Arabic storyteller), who will pass on the secrets behind the ancient Nabataean tombs in Hegra, which originate from the V.e century and yet remarkably preserved. Then explore the Ashar Valley and its sandstone cliffs, deciphering the hundreds of rock inscriptions by Jabal Ikmah …
Then you cross the border to reach Jordan. On the program: the mythical Petra, an ancient city sculpted in red sandstone, a passageway for caravans dealing in incense and myrrh to the Roman Empire on the Silk Road to China and India. Then the desert Wadi Rum, a wealth of raw nature, where dunes, devils, giant stone bridges and ancient rock carvings follow each other. Finally, the indispensable Dead Sea, with therapeutic virtues and anchored in a lunar landscape along beaches …
During this journey through time, you will enjoy privileged conditions, to be accompanied and live exceptional experiences such as an evening in the desert with a storyteller to observe the stars, a zareb dinner according to the traditional method or tasting Jordanian wines in Amman.
DAY 1: Paris / Jeddah
Flights from Paris to Jeddah via Istanbul. Arrival at night, reception and transfer to your hotel.
DAY 2: Jeddah / Alula
Panoramic excursions to Jeddah and its must-see sites, including the historic city center built by Unesco, reflecting the lifestyle and culture of this former fishing port. Visit the House Museum in Beit Nassif; this former residence for wealthy merchants now traces the history of the city. Then you fly to the Alula region, which consists of desert plains and palm groves.
DAY 3, 4: Alula
Two days are dedicated to the archeological sites of AlUla, with an evening under the stars of the desert with a storyteller. Accompanied by a “Rawi” you are entitled to a perfect history lesson. You discover Hegra and its Nabataean tombs carved into the sandstone. You are considering the burial tombs “for the lions”. Then right Jabal Ikmah, where hundreds of inscriptions in a dozen different alphabets are preserved and provide information about the site’s multi-millennium origins. The next day you visit the old town and Alula Fort. After some free time in the souk, you will discover the exterior of the Maraya building (subject to obtaining permits). It consists exclusively of mirrors and blends into its desert environment. The journey continues to the stunning Ashar Valley where you visit a farm. So stop by the “Elephant Rock” site to admire this geological nugget at sunset.
DAY 5: Alula / Tabuk / Aqaba
Direction Jordan (6h30 drive). Lunch at Tabuk, where the meeting of different cultures has given rise to a cuisine of different origins. Road to Aqaba, border crossing, formalities and transfer to your hotel by the beach.
DAY 6: Aqaba / Wadi Rum
Free morning at the seaside resort of Aqaba to take advantage of the exceptional depths of the Red Sea. Then 4×4 excursion to the heart of the Wadi Rum desert, a geological marvel with flamboyant colors featuring landscapes shaped by erosion. “Zareb” dinner, a traditional dish cooked in an oven under the sand. Night in the desert in the Bedouin camp.
DAY 7: Wadi Rum / Beidha / Petra
Head to Little Petra and then to the Neolithic village of Beidha, built by Unesco. It represents the first agricultural community in the Middle East. At the end of the day, check in at your hotel in Petra, which looks like a traditional village …
DAY 8: Petra
Day dedicated to Petra, a jewel classified by Unesco. After the passage of Siq, you will discover Khazneh, the lower city in Roman times, including the theater, the palace, the baths, the temples and the royal tombs. Then leisure on site.
DAY 9: Petra / Dead Sea / Amman
Leisure to relax by the Dead Sea, whose water salt content is the highest in the world and to which it is assigned therapeutic virtues. Enjoy a private beach while admiring the unreal panorama of the sparkling sea … Continue to Amman, where you can taste Jordanian wines in the capital’s trendy district.
DAY 10: Amman / Paris
Return flight to France.
The price includes
- International flights PARIS / JEDDAH; AMMAN / PARIS (1)
- JEDDAH / ALULA Domestic Flight (2)
- Flight taxes (value: 318 €)
- Full board (from breakfast on day 2 to dinner on day 9)
- Land transport by air-conditioned bus (3)
- Visits and shows mentioned
- Visas to Saudi Arabia and Jordan
- Services from a specialized English speaking guide throughout the trip
- Accompaniment by a representative Travel houses
- A unique responsible travel bag, made to measure for Les Maisons du Voyage, including gifts and attention
- A briefing before departure
- Assistance home transport luggage insurance (including epidemic / pandemic guarantees): costs 1.5% of the trip amount
(1) International flights : operated by Turkish Airlines via Istanbul.
(2) Domestic flight : operated by Saudi Airlines.
(3) Land transport : is generally driven in air-conditioned buses with 30 to 49 seats, giving passengers better comfort
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