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Study Trip

A visit to the Kingdom of Jordan

Tuesday, 25 April - Wednesday, 3 May 2017
Leader: Khun Kanitha Kasina-Ubol, General Manager

 

The history of Jordan is one of invasion and conquest.  Historically, Jordan for the most part has been a collection of city-states, but the strategic geographic location of the area ensured that all the great early civilizations passed through this land. The Egyptians, Assyrians, Babylonians, Greeks, Romans, Arabs, Turks and Crusaders all helped to shape the history of the region. They traded, built cities and fought their wars here, leaving behind rich cultural influences.

Jordan today is a small country. Its total area, including the West Bank, is about 98,000 sq. km. It is only about 430 km. from Ramtha in the north to Aqaba in the south. The distance from Aqaba to the capital, Amman, is only 396 km. From Amman to the furthest point of interest in the east, Azraq, is just 130 km. Jordan today is comprised of four major regions: the Jordan Valley, the West Bank Plateau, the East Bank Plateau and the desert. The population is more than four million.

The Siam Society has organized an nine-day study trip to the Kingdom of Jordan, during which time we will visit the rose-red city of Petra, along with Jerash, an outstanding example of a rich Roman provincial town and one of the best preserved of the cities of the Decapolis. Apart from this, members will also visit Mt. Nebo, Madaba city and see the natural wonders of Wadi Rum and the Dead Sea.

 

The tentative programme will be as follows:

Day 1: Tuesday, 25 April: Bangkok

10:00 p.m. Meet at Suvarnabhumi Airport, check in counter of Jordanian Airlines.

Day 2: Wednesday, 26 April: Bangkok - Amman

00:30 a.m. Depart to Amman by flight RJ 181 (9 hour flight).
5:30 a.m. Arrive Amman International Airport and transfer to hotel for breakfast. After that we will start with a half day tour to the Roman Amphitheater followed by the Citadel, the Archeological Museum, and the beautiful King Abdullah Mosque.
Noon: Lunch at local restaurant and check in at hotel Marriott, free time at your leisure.
Evening: Dinner and overnight at hotel Marriott, Amman.

Day 3: Thursday, 27 April: Amman - Jerash - Ajlun - Amman

- After breakfast, drive to the ancient Roman city of Jerash, one of the best preserved Roman cities in the world. Here you can see the Elliptical Forum, the Street of Columns, and the Temple of Artemis. This ancient city hosts an annual Arts Festival with performances taking place in the theater. Then proceed to see the Saracen castle at Ajloun that was built in the 12th century.
Noon: Lunch at local restaurant.
 
Evening: Return to Amman and dinner at local restaurant. Overnight at Hotel Marriott, Amman.

Day 4: Friday, 28 April: Amman - Madaba - Mt. NeboShoback - Petra

- After breakfast, check out of the hotel and proceed by coach to Petra. On the way stop at Madaba and see the famous geographically accurate mosaic of Palestine. Next, travel to Mt. Nebo from where Moses viewed the Promised Land and experience the spectacular panorama of the Jordan Valley, Jericho and the Judean Hills.
Noon: Lunch at local restaurant.
Afternoon: Visit Shoback Castle, was built in 1115 by Baldwin I of Jerusalem. It was strategically located on a hill on the plain of Edom, along the pilgrimage and caravan routes
from Syria to Arabia. This allowed Baldwin to control the commerce of the area.
Evening: Dinner and overnight at hotel Movenpick in Petra.

Day 5: Saturday, 29 April: Petra

- After breakfast, take a horse ride to the head of the Siq (a canyon), then walk into the ancient city of Petra. Petra, the "Rose Red City," was for centuries an incredible hidden city, inhabited by the ancient Nabateans, and concealed from 100 AD until it was re-discovered by a Swiss explorer in 1812. See the Treasury, carved in pink stone, and continue past the Roman Theatre, the Corinthian Tomb and the Palace Tomb. Enjoy a full day of walking and hiking through the ancient city.
Noon: Lunch at local restaurant.
Evening: Dinner and overnight at hotel Movenpick in Petra.

Day 6: Sunday, 30 April: Petra - Beida - Wadi Rum - Aqaba

- After breakfast, check out of the hotel, depart to visit Beida, also known as little Petra,
the place where Nabateans used to entertain their guests and continue to Wadi Rum.
Made famous by both the film and the legend of Lawrence of Arabia, this wadi is one of nature's wonderlands. Behold the towering limestone and granite cliffs that make up this unusual pastel-pink desert terrain.
Noon: Lunch at Rest House in Wadi Rum.
Afternoon: Continue excursion in this amazing region of Jordan by 4x4 vehicle, visit sites along
the way.
 
Late Afternoon: Proceed to Aqaba.
Evening: Dinner and overnight at hotel Movenpick in Aqaba.

Day 7: Monday, 1 May: Aqaba - Dead Sea

- After breakfast visit Aqaba Fort and proceed to the Dead Sea (400 meters below
sea level) and experience an unforgettable swim in the salty water of the Dead Sea (those interested should bring their bathing suit)
Noon: Lunch at local restaurant.
Evening: Dinner and overnight at hotel Movenpick Dead Sea.

Day 8: Tuesday, 2 May: Dead Sea - Desert Castles – Dead Sea

- After breakfast, start a full day journey into the eastern desert where the plains are
dotted with a string of atmospheric early Umayyad inns and hunting lodges, known as
the “Desert Castles.” Our first stop will be Qasr el Karana (Hraneh), built in a
traditional Umayyad style with many ornate decorations. Continue to Qasr Amra,
a small bathhouse built to take advantage of the waters of Wadi Butm. The walls of
this small building are completely covered with wonderful frescoes celebrating earthly
pleasures. We then continue to Azraq Oasis, 110 kilometers east of Amman at the
junction of roads leading northeast into Iraq and southeast into Saudi Arabia. With 12 square kilometers of lush parklands, pools and gardens, Azraq has the only water in
all of the eastern desert. The oasis is also home to a host of water buffalo and other wildlife. There are four main springs which supply Azraq with its water as well as its
name, which in Arabic means “blue”. We will then visit Azraq Qasr al-Azraq whereLawrence of Arabia made the fortress his desert winter headquarters in 1917, during the Great Arab Revolt against the Ottoman Empire.

Noon: Lunch at local restaurant.
Late afternoon: Proceed back to hotel.
Evening: Return to the hotel and dinner at hotel.
11:00 p.m. Depart the hotel and proceed to Amman Airport.

Day 9: Wednesday, 3 May: Amman - Bangkok

- Check in at counter of Jordanian Airlines at Amman Airport.
2:50 a.m. Depart to Bangkok by flight RJ 180 (7:25 hrs. flight).
2:15 p.m. Arrive Suvarnabhumi Airport.

Booking

Bt. 125,000 (or Bt. 128,000 for non-members). Single room surcharge Bt. 18,500 There is a 4% surcharge for credit/debit card payment to cover bank charges. A deposit of Bt. 35,000 and photocopy of passport must accompany the booking. Please pay by cash or cheque payable to ‘The Siam Society’. Alternatively you can deposit/transfer the money to the Siam Society travel account at the Thai Military Bank, Asoke Branch saving account no. 053-2-18000-7. Please fax or e-mail the deposit or transfer docket to us.

Includes/Excludes:

The contribution includes airfares, airport transfers, 7 breakfasts, 7 lunches, and 7 dinners, accommodation for two persons per room, entrance fees, tips to local guide and driverand other costs incurred to make this trip possible.

It excludes visa fee to Jordan, personal expenses, tips for additional services, any chargeable beverages/drinks (e.g. hotel minibar), payment or offering for photographing and video shooting, individual service apart from the group, other expense of personal nature like telephone calls, laundry etc.

Cancellation charge:

30 days before the start of the trip                           No cancellation charge
30 – 15 days before the start of the trip:                  50% of the tour cost
Less than 15 days or cancellation without notice:       No refund

Photos from Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia.

The Siam Society reserves the right to change the programme as necessary. Seats are limited. Please book your place as soon as possible. For further information and bookings please contact Khun Prasert or Khun Pinthip.