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On the Road to Damascus On the Road to Damascus - WEA

ItineraryDAY 1Saturday 13 MarchDepart Adelaide domestic airport to Melbourne International Terminal wherewe board our direct Emirates flight to Dubai. After a short layover in Dubai wecontinue on our flight to Amman.(Meals in flight). Overnight in flight.DAY 2Sunday 14 MarchWe arrive early morning and transfer to our hotel for the next three nights, theAmman Crown Plaza. You have some free time to spend the remainder of theday exploring the city of Amman, the capital of the Hashemite Kingdom ofJordan. Nearly half of Jordan’s population lives in Amman. The history of thiscity dates back 9000 years and was an important location on trade routes. Overthe millennia the city has been ruled by many kingdoms. Amman returned toprominence when the city was rebuilt and renamed Philadelphia by PtolemyII (285-247 BC). Absorbed by the Roman Empire it became the southern mostcity of the Decapolis.(Buffet breakfast, lunch, dinner). Overnight Amman.DAY 3Monday 15 MarchThe day is spent visiting the major historical sites of Amman. From thecolonnade street we visit the second century Roman theatre, built by theemperor Marcus Aurelius, which is estimated to hold 6000 people; there aretwo small museums in the theatre. Adjacent to the theatre is the restored Odeonand nearby is the Nymphaeum which is still being excavated and restored.Next we visit the citadel which is dominated by the remains of the Temple toZeus and the restored Umayyad Palace (720-750 AD) which is to the rear of themuseum.(Buffet breakfast, lunch, dinner). Overnight Amman.DAY 4Tuesday 16 MarchDotted through the steppe-like terrain of eastern Jordan can be found numeroushistoric ruins. These are collectively know as the ‘Desert Castles’ and includeruins such as castles, forts, towers, baths, caravan inns and fortified palaces.Today our full day tour will include visits to: Qasr al-Mushatta; Qasr al-

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