Jordan: Petra & Wadi Rum with Michael Ballam, Ph.D.Roberto Massis

There isn’t a better way to start your Holy Land experience than to begin it all with Jordan.  See the ancient ruins of Jerash and one of the New Seven Wonders of the World — Petra — which also happens to be one of Diane (Cruise Lady) Larsen’s two favorite places in the world.  (You can ask her where her other favorite place is when you see her.)


Day 1 Sunday / April 5

Fly to Amman. (overnight on plane)

Day 2 Monday / April 6

ancient city of Jerash

Arrive in Amman, Jordan. We will transfer to our hotel to rest from our flights and prepare for our tour. (D)

Day 3 Tuesday / April 7

After breakfast, we will travel to the ancient city of Jerash where we can wander the ruins and imagine the chariot races of so long ago. After lunch near the ruins, we stop at the 12th century Al-Shawbak Castle built on a hill in the plain of Edom. Our day continues with a stop at Al Beidha, better known as Little Petra. In one of the buildings, we find remains of painted frescoes with birds, grapes and flowers. We end our day at Petra where we will check into our fascinating hotel—a converted Bedouin village where each room is unique. (B, L, D)

Day 4 Wednesday / April 8

We will spend this day visiting one of the New Seven Wonders of the World—Petra! At Petra we will walk between the towering cliffs leading to the magnificent edifice made famous by the movie, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. The entire area is filled with fascinating caves and carvings that are sure to leave a lasting impression. Take the opportunity to ride a camel, a horse, or a horse-drawn chariot for part of the journey. Enjoy lunch at Petra before traveling on to Jordan’s largest wadi (a valley cut into sandstone and rock). Wadi Rum is the actual valley where Lieutenant T.E. Lawrence led the Arab revolt of 1916-18 and also where the 1962 film Lawrence of Arabia was filmed. Our adventurous journey through the sand dunes of Wadi Rum will be safari-style on the open-air seats of trucks. Our safari ends with an unforgettable meal in an authentic Bedouin tent. We then board our bus and return to our hotel. (B, L, D)

Day 5 Thursday / April 9

Today we leave Petra and stop at Mt. Nebo where Moses looked out on the Holy Land. At Mt. Nebo we enjoy lunch and some shopping time before heading to the border to begin our Israel tour. (B, L)


Michael Ballam, Ph.D.

MICHAEL BALLAM has performed in the major concert halls of America, Europe, Asia, Russia, and the Middle East, with command performances at the Vatican and the White House. His operatic repertoire includes more than 600 performances of over 70 major roles. He currently serves as the General Director of the Utah Festival Opera, a company he founded in 1993. Michael is a popular BYU Education Week speaker and CD artist. He and his family lived in Israel for over a year and he has led many tours to Israel over the years as he is drawn to this incredible part of the world. He will touch our hearts with his fascinating experiences and talented performances as he shares his testimony through word and song.

Roberto Massis

Cost: …$TBA per person based on double occupancy plus $10 additional reservation fee and $58 pre-paid gratuities (due at final) for cash or check payments. Credit card payments:  $TBA per person plus $10 additional reservation fee and $58 gratuities. Single Supplement is $200.

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Terms & Conditions


  • Jordan Visas, Border Fees, & Departure Taxes
  • Meals as indicated
  • Transportation in deluxe air-conditioned Coaches
  • Bilingual Jordanian Guide
  • Hotel Accommodations at 4 star hotels
  • All entrance fees to all sites in itinerary
  • Group transfer from airport to hotel (extra charge if not with group)

Not Included

  • Standard gratuities: $58 per person to be pre-paid with final payment
  • Reservation fee of $10 per person

Payment Schedule 

  • $200 per person plus $10 per person reservation fee due at time of booking
  • Final Payment by January 8, 2020

Cancellation Policy 

  • $50 per person after deposit is received; $200 per person after January 8, 2020
  • 100% cancellation penalty after final payment February 8, 2020

****PASSPORTS ARE REQUIRED and should be valid through November 2020***

IMPORTANT NOTE: Due to the nature of this tour you must be able to climb stairs and walk briskly unassisted. 

Please note that minor changes to the itinerary may occur due to local conditions and to better accommodate our group.

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