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Thursday, April 21, 2011

Jordan Royal Wedding itinerary with Abercrombie & Kent


The Royal Wedding is just over a week away and the rumour mill is going into overdrive with rumours of where the newlyweds will honeymoon.  One of the destinations speculated upon has been Jordan.

Abercrombie & Kent provides a wonderful luxury itinerary exploring Jordan including the modern bustling city of Amman where Middleton and her family lived for more than two years after her father Michael, a pilot, was transferred there in 1984; the ancient 'Rose- Red City', whose tombs, temples and exquisite monuments are hewn from solid mountain rock and topped off by a whole day to explore the Dead Sea.

The itinerary is 7 days and commences at Amman airport with a personal Abercrombie & Kent welcome and private transfer to the Four Seasons Amman.  Day two will take in Amman, taking in the city sights with a morning visit to the National Archaeological Museum, the Roman Theatre and the Darat al Funun arts centre. Also visit A&K's philanthropy project, a school rehabilitation initiative, 'Madrasati'.  The itinerary then allows the afternoon to be tailored to suit varying interests: a traditional falafel lunch at Jabal Amman followed by a private guided walk of ancient Amman's streets; or an excursion north out of the city to the ancient Roman city of Jerash to explore one of the most well-preserved ancient Roman cities in the world. In the evening guests are invited to experience the warm hospitality of a Jordanian family for dinner.

Time is spent in Petra to savour the many wonders of the ancient 'Rose- Red City', whose tombs, temples and exquisite monuments are hewn from solid mountain rock. Sights include the Treasury, accessed through the narrow 'siq'; the Roman Theatre; the Corinthian and Palace Tombs; and the Roman Road. In the afternoon guests have the opportunity to climb the 1,200 steps to the impressive Monastery with spectacular views over Petra and the Negev Desert. In the evening is a choice of learning to cook and eating Arabian dishes alongside local women at the Petra Kitchen, or return to Petra's ancient city to view it under lights.
The itinerary offers a choice of activities while based in Petra including: travel to the Dana Nature Reserve, where guests will spend a couple of hours hiking the guided nature trail; visit Wadi Rum with its huge mountains of sandstone and narrow canyons for a 4X4 excursion; spend another morning exploring Petra, including a visit to the home of a Bedouin family for a traditional Arabic coffee; or visit Bethany, on the east bank of the Jordan River, an ancient baptismal site.

No itinerary would be complete without a visit to the Dead Sea and the A&K itinerary allows a full day at the Dead Sea. At 410m below sea level, this is the lowest point on earth!  A serene, beautiful place, the high levels of salt in the water keep the body afloat, whilst the variety of minerals including magnesium, sodium, potassium and bromine is believed to promote good health.

Accommodation is in the most luxurious hotels and resorts in Jordan including: The Four Seasons Amman; Petra Movenpick Hotel and The Kempinski Hotel Ishtar Dead Sea.
The Petra Movenpick offers a newly refurbished 60 sqm Royal Suite. A blend of Arabian and contemporary design, elegantly decorated with selective fixtures, it suits the most discrete couple.
The Kempinski Hotel Ishtar Dead Sea offers three luxurious enclaves set amidst gardens dotted with lagoons, waterfalls and private pools, where ancient olive trees mingle with palm trees, providing guests with absolute privacy in a serene and unmatched setting unlike any other by the Dead Sea.   All rooms and suites are enriched with quintessential facilities; luxurious Dead Sea inspired amenities, and complimentary benefits.  It also offers Ishtar Royal Villas for the regal guest.
The price for this itinerary is from $4,130 per person based on twin share.

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