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Our next adventure will take you to the Citadel Hill, the Temple of Hercules’ remains, and the Umayyad Palace, along with the small Archaeological Museum. Then, you will stop by the Roman Theater, Amman’s famous landmark, dating back to the Roman era. Afterwards, you will have plenty of time to explore Jabal Amman. We will continue our trip to the historical Town of Salt, with its dazzling streets and houses, displaying the magnificent Ottoman architecture.
09.00 AM, Amman
5 – 6 hours
We will start our tour with Jordan’s capital, Amman, and enjoy the magnificent contrast of the historical sites and bustling modern life.
Modern Amman is quite young: the city as such began to form only at the end of the 19th century, but people have been living here for more than 10 thousand years. The Old Testament Rabbath-Ammon and ancient Philadelphia were flourishing for many centuries on the site of modern Amman.
The first point of our visit will be the Citadel (Jebel Al-Qala’a) with historical monuments including the remains of the fortress walls of different eras, the partially restored colonnade of the Temple of Hercules, the Byzantine church (VI century), Al-Qasr palace (VIII century) and the Archaeological Museum (1950), where the famous “Qumran scrolls” are kept. At the foot of the Fortress Mountain, there is an ancient amphitheater in excellent condition (it was designed for 6 thousand spectators), the Nymphaeum (I-II century AD), as well as the Folklore Museum and the Jordanian Museum of Folk Traditions, located in the building of the ancient Odeon.
Afterwards, you will have time to explore Jabal Amman, one of the oldest parts of Amman.
After a 45-minute drive, we will arrive at the historic Town of Salt.After 45 minutes drive we will arrive in the ancient town of Salt – several centuries ago it was the capital of the ancient state that occupied the territory of present-day Jordan.
The architecture of Salt is greatly influenced by Ottoman Empire, which once held undivided dominion over these lands. We will walk along picturesque narrow streets with houses of shining white stone and narrow lancet windows typical of Turkish buildings.
We will visit a school of folk crafts, where potters work in front of the visitors and hand embroidery and local fabrics are made in all their oriental wealth.
The Salt Archaeological Museum houses a large collection of traditional Palestinian embroidery, Bedouin carpets, ceramics, antique silver jewelry, mother-of-pearl and olive wood, and a wide variety of traditional handicraft products.
Finally, you will be transferred to your hotel or residence in Amman.