STUDY TOURS AND EXCURSIONS
Study tours and excursions in Dublin and in Amman bring the theories and concepts learned in class to life! Included in the Peace & Conflict program are a variety of off-site tours included but not limited to the following:
Amman City Tour
The Amman City Tour shows you different areas in Amman that will be of interest to you while you are staying in Jordan. The areas covered include Abdoun, 4th to 1st Circle, Rainbow Street, Downtown, the Citadel, Jabal Al-Hussein, Medical City Street (which has the two major malls, King Hussein Park, the King Hussein Mosque, and the Automobile Museum).
The tour also stops at the Roman Amphitheater and the Citadel which you will have a chance to explore. The Amphitheater was built in the 2nd Century AD, and had a seating capacity of 6000! Concerts and other performances are still held here occasionally in the summer.
Next to the amphitheater are the Museum of Popular Traditions and the Folklore Museum. These showcase traditional costumers and jewelry as well as items illustrating traditional Jordanian life.
The Citadel is the site of ancient Rabbath-Ammon. The hill was a fortress for thousands of years and has ruins from the Bronze and Iron Ages as well as the Roman, Byzantine and the Umayyad periods. Some of what you will see include the Umayyad Palace, the ruins of a Byzantine Basilica, remains of the Roman Temple of Hercules as well as the National Archeological Museum. The museum has items spanning all eras of the region’s history as well as examples of Dead Sea Scrolls found at Qumran.
The Biblical Jordan excursion includes visits to Madaba with its church of Saint George and its Archeological Park, Mount Nebo, the Baptism Site and the Dead Sea.
Madaba is a quaint town that was an ecclesiastical center between the 4th and 7th centuries AD- producing some of the world’s finest collections of Byzantine mosaics, many of which are well preserved. Our first stop will be the Greek Orthodox Church of Saint George in Madaba. In this church is a 6th century AD mosaic map of Jerusalem and the Holy Land – the earliest religious map of the Holy Land in any form to survive from antiquity. Next we will visit the Madaba Archaeological Park, which contains many mosaics moved there for protection and display. It also contains remains of a Byzantine Villa and the Church of the Virgin Mary.
A short drive away is Mount Nebo. From here, it is believed Moses viewed the Holy Land of Canaan that he would never enter. He died and was buried in Moab, “in the valley opposite Beth-peor”. His tomb remains unknown. Mount Nebo became a place of pilgrimage for early Christians from Jerusalem and a small church was built there in the 4th century to commemorate the end of Moses’ life. Some of the stones from that church remain in their original place in the wall around the apse area. The church was subsequently expanded in the 5th and 6th centuries into the present-day large basilica with its stunning collection of Byzantine mosaics. Currently under renovation, you can still enjoy the mosaics found as well as the view. On a clear day, you can see the Dead Sea, the Jordan River Valley, Jericho and the distant hills of Jerusalem.
The Baptism Site, also called Bethany beyond the Jordan, is where Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist. Our tour takes us on a walk by the Jordan River as well as the main archeological site which has the remains of three churches, one on top of the other, and stairs that lead down to what was once the water level and the most likely place of Jesus’ baptism.
The last part of the day is spent at the Dead Sea. Here you will have the chance to float in the water and try the famous Dead Sea Mud, as well as relax by swimming pools and enjoy the sun.
Excursion to the South
The excursion to the South starts at Wadi Rum. The desert of Rum is dotted with massive mountains, colored in shades of red, yellow, and orange. Their hues spill over to color the sand dunes around the desert and the horizon of its breathtaking panorama. Here, we will start with a tour of the area in a jeep before heading to a camp site for a delicious meal, an evening under the stars and a night at the camp.
The next morning we will head to the ancient city of Petra- one of Jordan’s national treasures and by far its best known tourist attraction. Built by the Nabataeans, an industrious Arab people who settled in southern Jordan more than 2000 years ago, it was an impressive city with massive architecture and a complex system of dams and water channels. Much of Petra’s appeal comes from its spectacular setting deep inside a narrow desert gorge. The site is accessed by walking through a kilometer long chasm (or siq), the walls of which soar 200 meters upwards. Petra’s most famous monument, the Treasury, appears dramatically at the end of the siq. While this is the most famous landmark in Petra, it is only one of myriad archaeological wonders to be explored. Various walks and climbs reveal literally hundreds of buildings, tombs, baths, funerary halls, temples, arched gateways, colonnaded streets and haunting rock drawings - as well as a 3000 seat open-air theatre, a gigantic first century Monastery and a modern archeological museum, all of which can be explored at leisure. We will take a two hour tour together, have lunch and then you will have the chance to walk around and explore the city.
Please note, FIE's on-the-ground partner in Amman, AMIDEAST reserves the right to change the excursions at any time.