Best of Jordan
Islamic Sites Tour
A 9-Day Quranic and Islamic Tour
the top Islamic sites in Jordan on this locally escorted tour
Add the Pilgrimage to Al-Qouds Al Shareef
1 - AMMAN-Daily -Year Round
Arrive at Amman Airport. Our local rep will meet you upon arrival
and help with the transfer to your hotel in Amman . Please secure the
visa for Jordan from consulate nearest you . Passport must be valid at
least for 6 month beyond the date of your arrival. While this is a daily
tour, you may choose your own arrival date, we may have to change the
sequence of the itinerary to accommodate any closure of specific sites
and/or border crossing, subject to local holidays and regular maintenance
of sites etc.
2 - Amman (BL)
Breakfast at the hotel
, then we will start by heading out to Salt and its surroundings , where
we will see and visit several tombs of prominent figures of Islam and
others mentioned in the Holy Qur'an. Within a modern mosque in Wadi
Shu'ayb lies the shrine of Prophet Shu'ayb (Jethro) , the Midianite
father-in-law of Prophet Moses and with whom Prophet Moses took refuge
after he killed an Egyptian. Repeatedly he preached to his people about
monotheism and to abandon their corrupt practices such as under-weighing
and under-measuring the commodities they sold. Within
a mosque to the west of Salt, on a hill carrying his name lies the shrine
of Prophet Yusha (Joshua) . He was the apprentice of Prophet Moses and
later his successor. Prophet Joshua led the army of the tribes of Israel
in conquest over the land of Palestine . Lunch is included enroute ,
then continue to Amman and your hotel .
3 - Jordan valley (BL)
Breakfast is included
daily at the hotel , and then proceed north to visit Jordan valley.
Join other pilgrims in the Jordan Valley and visit the tombs of Prophet
Mohammad's venerable companions and military leaders The venerable companion
Abu Ubeida Amer ibn Al-Jarrah was the Prophet's relative and one of
the first converts to Islam. Among the early Muslims who fled to Abyssinia,
Abu Ubeida participated in all major events. Furthermore, he is one
of the 'Blessed Ten', to whom the Prophet, promised paradise. Lunch
is included at a local restaurant. Back to Amman and your hotel.
the supreme commander of the Northern Muslim Army, Abu Ubeida successfully
conquered Greater Syria Prophet Mohammad dubbed him "The Trustee
of the Nation" because of the knowledge he acquired.
the Prophet (SAAWS) died, Abu Ubeida was among the candidates for the
Caliphate. He believed Abu Bakr Al-Siddiq was to lead the Muslims and
become Caliph because Prophet Mohammad (SAAWS) had asked him to lead
prayers upon his death.
Ubeida thus managed to avoid insurrection and disunity amongst Muslims.
At the age of 58, he fell victim to the Great Plague that spread through
Greater Syria . In the central Jordan Valley, his tomb is a major Islamic
center with a mosque, library, and a cultural center.
handsome, generous and venerable companion Mo'ath ibn Jabal entered
Islam at the age of 18. He was one of the six charged with the task
of compiling the Holy Qur'an during the life of Prophet Mohammad who
said of him "the most knowledgeable on what is allowed and prohibited
(in Islam) is Mo'ath ibn Jabal" and that "Mo'ath will be at
the forefront of all scholars on Judgment Day".
fact, he was regarded as the most learned in matters of Halal (permissible
acts) and Haram (forbidden acts). Before accompanying Abu Ubeida Amer
ibn Al-Jarrah on his conquests and later succeeding him, Prophet Mohammad
sent Mo'ath ibn Jabal as counselor to the people of Yemen.
also took part in the Aqaba Allegiance Convention between the Prophet
and his supporters from Medina. He died at the age of 38 in the Jordan
Valley, having spent his short life teaching faith and the Holy Qur'an.
Today a modern building with 5 domes houses the tomb.
venerable companion Shurahbil ibn Hasanah was among the early Muslims
who fled to Abyssinia. He was reputed for his strong faith, intelligence,
bravery and successful administration. Shurahbil .actively participated
in the Battle of Yarmouk and the conquest of Jerusalem . When the Caliph
Abu Bakr Al-Siddiq sent the Muslim armies to Greater Syria .Shurahbil
was in command of the army assigned to the conquest of Jordan.
the Caliph Omar ibn Al-Khattab appointed Shurahbil the governor of a
province in Greater Syria, where he distinguished himself for his fair
dealings with subordinates. He died from the plague on the same day
as the venerable companion Abu Ubeida Amer ibn Al-Jarrah .
venerable companion Amir ibn Abi Waqqas was the maternal cousin of the
Prophet and the 11th man to convert to Islam. He was devoted to his
faith, although his mother Himnah, daughter of Abi Sufyan ibn Harb ibn
Umayyah, swore to stay out in the burning sun until he renounces Islam.
He migrated to Abyssinia and fought in the Battle of Uhud and was later
entrusted with carrying messages from the commanders of the Muslim army
to the Caliph in Medina.
he was the deputy of the venerable companion Abu Ubeida in his governorship
of the military district of Syria. You can visit his tomb located inside
a new building erected on vaults, within the village of Waqqas in the
northern Jordan valley.
venerable companion Derar ibn Al-Azwar was a poet and a fierce warrior
who loved combat. He fought in the wars of Apostasy and took part in
the conquest of Greater Syria along with his distinguished sister Khawlah
bint Al-Azwar. In the town of Deir Alla a mosque superimposed by a dome
houses the tomb of Dirar ibn Al-Azwar. The 18th year after Hijra was
when he, too, became a victim of the Great Plague.
Day 4 : Mutaa - kerak (BL)
Breakfast at the hotel
. Lunch is included enroute .
Head south to mutaa. The most significant and the fiercest battle fought
during Prophet Mohammad's lifetime was the Battle of Mutah (629 AD).
It also took the lives of his closest companions, martyred fighting
against a combined Byzantine/Ghassanid army. You can visit the tombs
of the venerable companions Zaid ibn Harithah, Ja'far ibn Abi Talib,
and Abdullah ibn Ruwahah in the town of Al-Mazar Al-Janubi near Kerak.
Mohammad's (SAAWS) adopted son, the venerable companion Zaid ibn Harithah
led the Muslim army during the Battle of Mutah. Zaid fought in matchless
spirit of bravery until he fell, fatally stabbed. He is the only companion
mentioned in the Holy Qur'an by name [Sura 33, verse 37]: "Then
when Zaid had dissolved (his marriage) with her, we joined her in marriage
to thee: in order that (in future) there may be no difficulty to the
Believers in (the matter of) marriage with the wives of their adopted
sons, when the latter have dissolved (their marriage) with them. And
Allah's command must be fulfilled".
deputy commander of the army the venerable companion Ja'far ibn Abi
Talib, cousin of Prophet Mohammad , then took the banner after Zaid.
He is often known as "The Flying Ja'far" because he lost his
hands during the battle and continued to hold the banner. Ja'far, was
known to be similar to the Prophet both in features and in character.
He was renowned for his kindness towards the needy and for narrating
the hadiths directly from the Prophet .
was charged with heading a group of Muslims who migrated to Abyssinia
(Ethiopia). The non-believers sent a delegation headed by Amr ibn Al-Aas
to bring the Muslims back to Mecca. A debate took place in the presence
of the King of Abyssinia where Ja'far proved to be indomitable and unflinching
in elaborating the Muslim viewpoint.
the King asked him about Prophet Mohammad's (SAAWS) opinion of Jesus
the son of Mary, Ja'far wisely answered: "I will tell you what
Prophet Mohammad says about Jesus based on the words of Allah: Jesus
is the spirit and word of Allah who revealed it to Mary the Pious Virgin".
Content with the reply, the King of Abyssinia allowed the Muslims to
venerable companion Abdullah ibn Ruwahah, the third in charge of the
army after Zaid and Ja'far, then assumed command. Abdullah was known
among the companions for his piety, obedience and patience. Furthermore,
he was a faithful and selflessly dedicated soldier. He was a famous
poet of his time, and became the Prophet's poet. Before being martyred
in the Battle of Mutah, Abdullah said the following lines as his army
faced an overwhelming number of Byzantine and Ghassanid Arab troops:
my soul! If you are not killed, you are bound to die anyway. This is
the fate of death overtaking you. What you have wished for, you have
been granted. If you do what they (Zaid and Ja'far) have done. Then
you are rightly guided".
and around Kerak other shrines of significance to Islam are located.
You can visit Prophet Nuh 'Noah' shrine in the city of Kerak. Allah
sent Noah to his people to warn them of divine punishment if they continued
to worship idols. As stated in the Holy Qur'an in a Sura entitled Noah
(Sura 71, verses 1-3): "We sent Noah to his People (with the Command):
Do thou warn thy People before there comes to them a grievous Chastisement.
He said: O my People! I am to you a Warner, clear and open: That ye
should worship Allah, fear Him and obey me".
with great wisdom and piety, the Prophet and King of Israel, Sulayman
'Solomon' , has a shrine in Sarfah near Kerak. Prophet Solomon had great
powers that included control over the winds, over the Jinnis and understanding
the language of birds and other animals. Islam regards Solomon as impeccable
like his father Prophet and King Dawud 'David' . Prophet Solomon is
mentioned in 16 verses in the Holy Qur'an.
in Kerak is the shrine of Zaid ibn Ali ibn Al-Hussein. He was the great,
great, grandson of Prophet Mohammad , and a religious leader known for
his righteous, majestic and knowledgeable ways. When describing Zaid,
Al-Imam Ja'far Al-Sadiq said: "Among us he was the best read in
the Holy Qur'an, and the most knowledgeable about religion, and the
most caring towards family and relatives". (120 km) continue to
kerak to visit the castle of kerak .
5 : AMMAN (BL)
at the hotel . Lunch is included at a local restaurant . Full day tour
: In addition to the main Islamic attractions in Amman: the citadel
,grand Husseini Mosque, king Abdallah Mosque , we will tour many noteworthy
Jubeha, a suburb of Amman, visit the tomb of the venerable companion
Abdul-Rahman ibn Awf Al-Zuhri. Lined up stones mark the burial place
of one of the 'Blessed Ten', to whom Prophet Mohammad promised paradise.
He took part in all major battles and campaigns of Islam; including
Badr, Uhud (in Medina), Al-Khandaq (the Trench), the Conquest of Mecca,
was the signatory on behalf of the Muslims at the Treaty of Hudaybiyah
(west of Mecca), a compromise that was reached between Prophet Mohammad
and Meccan leaders, in which Mecca gave political and religious recognition
to the growing community of Muslims.
the conquest of Jerusalem he was one of the Muslim signatories. Abdul-Rahman
was a successful businessman who shared his wealth. On one day he managed
to free 31 slaves, another time he gave a caravan of 700 camels loaded
with food to charity and upon his death he made a charitable will of
1000 horses and 50,000 dinars.
modern building protects the tomb of the venerable companion Bilal ibn
Rabah at the village of Bilal, in Wadi Essair another suburb of Amman.
Whilst still a slave Bilal embraced Islam, which brought upon him the
wrath of his master Umayyah ibn Khalaf who tried to coerce him into
rejecting his faith by placing a huge rock on his chest during the peak
summer heat of Mecca.
fought bravely in the Battles of Badr and Uhud, where he was able to
avenge himself from his former master. Gifted with a beautiful voice
Bilal became the Prophet's personal muezzin.
popular attraction outside of Amman is Kahf Al-Raqim or The Cave of
The Seven pious young men who slept for 300 year . Mentioned in the
Holy Qur'an in a Sura named Al-Kahf (the Cave), it is located outside
the village of Al-Raqim, 10 km east of Amman. Persecuted by despotic
rule of Trajan for monotheism, a group of pious youths took refuge in
the Pious Seven awoke, they thought that they were only asleep for a
day or so. Christianity was widespread by then . At the cave, there
still stands Byzantine and Roman ruins as well as a mosque . in the
after noon visit the cave of the seven sleepers then back to your hotel
in Amman for the night .
6 - Petra (BLD)
drive south along the King's Highway, an ancient caravan route, to PETRA
. Lunch is included enroute.
afternoon is at leisure to get some rest, and enjoy your hotel . Dinner
is included at the hotel.
DAY 7 - PETRA (BD)
spend the entire day at Petra, the stunning desert city hewn by the
Nabateans from solid cliffs of pink and violet sandstone. Petra was
known in the bible as Sela, and rediscovered only in 1812. You'll feel
like Indiana Jones in Raiders of the Lost Ark as you penetrate into
the city through a narrow sandstone gorge, the Siq, and wander among
the Temple of the Winged Lion, tombs, Roman theater, and the imposing
has a lot to tell. The visit starts at the visitor’s center, where
each person is assigned a Bedouin guided horse for the journey to the
entrance of the lost city. After passing some tombs which are located
outside the city, the visitor passes through the SIQ, an immense crack
in the Nubian sandstone. It is a winding, one-kilometer-long fissure
between overhanging cliffs that seem to meet more than 300 feet overhead.
Near the end of the passage, the SIQ, with great style, makes one last
turn and out of the gloom in towering brightness appears Petra’s
most impressive monument, el Khazneh - The Treasury. This is one of
the most elegant remains of antiquity, carved out of the solid rock
from the side of the mountain, is nearly 140 feet high and 90 feet wide.
Beyond el Khazneh the visitor is surrounded on both sides by hundreds
of Petra’s carved and built structures, soaring temples, elaborate
royal tombs, a carved Roman theater, large and small houses, burial
chambers and much more. The Victorian traveler and poet, Dean Burgon,
gave Petra a description which holds to this day - “Match me such
a marvel save in Eastern clime, a rose-red city half as old as time.”
After that, we will return to the hotel to get prepared for a Moonlight
dinner served at a Bedouin camp. This evening we have a fantastic traditional
dinner under the stars in a Bedouin camp, at a site that dates back
more than 2,000 years.
8 - Petra - Dead Sea - (BL)
Breakfast at the hotel then off to the
DEAD SEA / GALILEE
After breakfast we continue northwards to Pella in the Jordan Valley.
Visit Um Qais, for a spectacular view of the Sea of Galilee, the Yarmouk
River drive down to the lowest spot on Earth and experience floating in
the waters of the Dead Sea and your resort such as the Mövenpick
Dead Sea , the Ishtar Dead Sea Kempinski Resort for Deluxe category ,
or similar . Lunch is included enroute
Day 9 - Departure From Amman (B)
Transfer to Amman Airport for your return flight. Transfers
are always on a private basis, private air-conditioned vehicle, private
chauffeur . Salam
& Bon Voyage
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fully escorted tour includes:
transfers, and guided sightseeing as per itinerary.
with breakfast and dinner daily (as indicated in the itinerary)
of a professional guide escorting you from Amman throughout the tour
fees to museums and sites as detailed in the itinerary .
tour does not include:
expenditures (beverages, laundry, special meals, etc.)
to hotel and restaurant staff, drivers and guides etc.
for Jordan ( Visa fee will be waived for groups or families with a minimum
of 5 paying guests ).
Plaza Petra Hotel
Dead Sea Spa Hotel
Movenpick Dead Sea