Tour Summary

The Green & Gold Army is heading to Amman to support the Matildas at the AFC Women’s Asian Cup Jordan 2018 (19th edition) which will be held in Jordan between 7 and 22 April 2018. It is also the final stage of Asian qualification for the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup, with the top five teams qualifying for the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019. Jordan (host), Japan, Australia, China, South Korea, Thailand, Vietnam and the Philippines have qualified for the event. The final draw will be held in early December 2017 at which time we will publish our final itinerary. Games will be played every 2-3 days at the 17,600-seater Amman International Stadium and the 13,000-seater King Abdullah II Stadium in Amman.

The Destination: Jordan

In April in Amman, sunrise is 6am and sunset is 7pm. Temperatures range from between 21c and 32c with very little rain and low humidity. In 2016 approximately 2.5 million visitors travelled to Amman, which made it the 5th most visited Arab city. The city has a population of 4 million and is among the most popular locations in the Arab world for tourism and business. Jordan is a fascinating mix of modernity and ancient wonders. We will live it up in the cosmopolitan city of Amman, explore the biblical sights at Mt Nebo and Madaba, float in the Dead Sea, explore the Roman town of Jerash and visit the stunning ruins of Petra on an enriching and exciting tour of Jordan. With cultural gems, ancient artefacts and warm hospitality waiting around every corner, Jordan is an enthralling and magnetic land to visit and combine with supporting the Matildas at the Asian Cup.

International Flights

Tour Packages do not include return international flights. Guests are able to add to their package a Green & Gold Army group flight which is provided at the best price available at the time of booking. Green & Gold Army group flights can be ordered when completing the booking process. Guests who wish to organise their own flights will be advised of the arrival time (window) and recommended services in order to meet up with tour supplied airport/hotel arrival transfer services.

Notes

  • Guests Booking both Group and Finals stage enjoy a $250 discount

  • Guests who have been on a tour with Green & Gold Army previously enjoy a loyalty discount of $250 which is deducted from your balance payment.

  • 50% of tour fee is payable at time of booking with the 50% balance due on 1st February 2018.

  • Important Travel Information & Our Travel Tips

Package Inclusions

  • Group Stage: 6-15 April 2018

  • Finals Stage: 15-23 April 2018

  • 4.5* Accommodation at The Boulevard Arjaan by Rotana, Amman

  • 4* Accommodation at the Petra Marriot, Wadi Musa

  • Daily Breakfast

  • Airport/Hotel/Airport arrival and departure transfers

  • Guided vehicle stadium transfers for all games and selected Matildas’ training sessions

  • All Match Tickets

  • Matildas pre-game functions including food/drink and entertainment

  • Experienced Green & Gold Army tour host/guide/s

  • Qualified & experienced local guides

  • Cultural & Sightseeing Tours (including all entrance fees) to sites as detailed in the itinerary

  • Overnight Wadi Rum desert safari (Semi-final/Final Stage only)

  • Iconic Green & Gold Army Matildas Scarf & tour pack/gift

Pricing

ProgramOccupancyPrice
Group StageTwin/Double Share$3400
Group StageSingle (Own Room)$5,600
Finals StageTwin/Double Share$2,600
Finals StageSingle (Own Room)$4,600
Combo - Group & FinalsTwin/Double Share$5,750
Combo - Group & FinalsSingle (Own Room)$9,950

ITINERARY | GROUP STAGE | 6-15 APRIL 2018

GS- Day 0: Thursday 5 April 2018

GGA Group Flights depart eastern Australia (BNE/SYD/MEL) in the evening.

GS- Day 1: Friday 6 April 2018 (Amman)

GGA Group Flight arrive in Amman approximately 09:50. Our local guides will meet the group and transfer to the Amman Hotel. Ahlan Wa Sahlan! Welcome to Jordan, cosmopolitan and contemporary, yet steeped in biblical history. In the afternoon following the tour briefing  the group will get out on to the streets, where you’ll soon hear “Welcome to Jordan” from the locals, and maybe pick up a coffee from one of the cafés and partner it with an ara’yes, a toastie filled with spicy mincemeat. Late afternoon transfer to the Matilda’s training grounds to watch the team train (subject to FFA approval) followed by an informal welcome dinner to get to know your fellow tour participants.

Overnight in Amman.

GS- Day 2: Saturday 7 April 2018 (Amman Citadel)

Morning visit to citadel with its amazing sweeping views of Amman, the Jordan Museum – home to the Dead Sea Scrolls, King Abdullah Mosque and the Roman Theatre, right in the middle of downtown Amman. 18:00 transfer to the opening match of the AFC Women’s Asian Cup Jordan 2018 involving the hosts Jordan. It is sure to be a match to remember.
Tour Fact: In 2005, Jordan was the first country in the Middle East to allow a women’s team. It was a big jump in comparison to other states which Islam mainly prohibited women from playing sports like Saudi Arabia, Iran and Iraq.

Overnight in Amman.

GS-Day 4: Monday 9 April 2018 (Jaresh Roman Ruins)

After breakfast, the group leave Amman for a short drive north (approximately 80 minutes) to Jerash, once one of the grandest ancient Roman cities in the world. These are some of the best preserved Greco-Roman ruins in the world. The city thrived due to its position on the route of the spice and incenses trade, and it reached its zenith as a favourite of the emperor Hadrian around AD 130. The ancient walled town that survives today is a remarkable evocation of life 2,000 years ago. It has a striking collection of archways and theatres, baths, public buildings and colonnaded streets, and is a beautiful place to spend a day exploring. Discover Hadrian’s arch, the partially restored hippodrome, ornate public fountains, the south amphitheatre, and see the collection of daily artefacts uncovered during excavations. Grand ionic columns encircle the city’s centrepiece, the Oval Plaza, a wonderfully atmospheric place to linger after uncovering Jerash’s riches. After a full day of exploring, transfer back to Amman.

Overnight in Amman.

GS-Day 5: Tuesday 10 April 2018 (Dead Sea/ Madaba/ Mt Nebo))

After breakfast drive to the shores of the Dead Sea, the lowest point on Earth (420 metres below sea level). This isn’t actually a sea but a super-salty lake (dead because of the lack of life in it) where the density of the water means you’ll go for a float, not a swim. Spend some time relaxing here and get some classic floating pictures. The mud here is supposed to have healing properties, so why not cover yourself from head to toe for a nutrient-rich natural mineral mud bath. Towels are available for hire. Continue the Bethany Baptism Site and to Mt Nebo, the spot where the prophet Moses is said to have seen the ‘promised land’ and where he’s supposedly buried. Explore this sanctuary and view the remarkable mosaics of the 4th century church. 30 minutes down the road is the historical town of Madaba, famous for its Ottoman-style houses and beautiful Byzantine-era mosaics, including the famous 6th-century mosaic map of Jerusalem and the Holy Land at St George’s Church. Other mosaic masterpieces found within churches and the Archaeological Museum depict a rampant profusion of flora and fauna, as well as scenes from mythology and daily life. After a full day of exploring, transfer back to Amman.

Overnight in Amman.

GS-Day 6: Wednesday 11 April 2018 (Matildas Match Day 2)

Matildas Match Day: Enjoy a relaxed morning at your leisure before a pre-match luncheon and transferring to either the Amman International Stadium or the King Abdullah II Stadium for the Matildas 2nd Group Match.

Overnight in Amman.

GS-Day 7: Thursday 12 April 2018 (Petra)

Leave early at 07:30 for the fabled city of Petra. (approximately 3 hours) by private van. On arrival, check into your hotel, have lunch and explore the ruins. Petra is justifiably on most people’s list of ‘must-visit’ places. It’s the jewel of Jordan, the lost city of the biblical Nabateans, an impressive series of tombs and dwellings hidden behind ornate façades carved directly into the rock, and one of the new Seven Wonders of the World. Dating back to the 6th century BC, the site was lost to Western minds until it was rediscovered in 1812 by a Swiss explorer – he dressed up like a local to sneak in and then revealed the secret to everyone. Thankfully he did though because this isn’t something you’d want to miss. Squeeze through a mile-long narrow path, known as the Siq, through huge towers of rock and get your first glimpse of the iconic Treasury – it’s impossible not to imagine the armies and traders who made their way down here in the ancient times. It’s amazing to think that this awesome, intricate building entrance was hand carved out of the rock. The site is surprisingly big, and you can explore the old Roman road, temples and several old tombs, as well as the rock-hewn amphitheatre. In the afternoon, you have the opportunity to explore the rest of the site at your own pace. Overnight in Petra. Please note that when entering Petra as a group, a complimentary horse ride is included in the ticket price from the entrance point down to the Siq. We don’t recommend that you take this option due to the safety and insurance liability involved. Please note a lot of walking is required to see all the sites and viewpoints of Petra. A basic level of fitness will enhance your enjoyment of your visit.

Overnight in Petra.

GS-Day 8: Friday 13 April 2018 (Petra/ Amman)

Check out of your hotel in Petra and return to Petra at 8.30am and enjoy the early morning light which changes the colour of the Treasury, rock hewn Siq and the Roman road. You can choose the challenging, but highly rewarding walk up the steps to the stunning Monastery (approximately 1 hour) which is the highlight of Petra for many people. Return to your hotel for lunch, freshen up and board your van for the 3-hour journey back to Amman. Arrive back in Amman at about 5.30pm.

Overnight in Amman.

GS-Day 9: Saturday 14 April 2018 (Matildas Match Day 3)

Matildas Match Day: Enjoy a relaxed morning at your leisure before a pre-match luncheon and transferring to either the Amman International Stadium or the King Abdullah II Stadium for the Matildas 3rd Group Match.

Overnight in Amman.

GS-Day 10: Sunday 15 April 2018 (Amman)

The group stage is now finished so for those on the Group phase of the tour program only sadly it is time to return to Australia or other onward journeys, check out of the hotel and transfer to the Amman airport for your international flight home.

ITINERARY | FINAL STAGES | 15-23 APRIL 2018

FS- Day 1: Sunday 15 April 2018 (Amman)

Guests joining the tour arrive in Amman approximately 09:50. Our local guides will meet the group and transfer to the Amman Hotel. Ahlan Wa Sahlan! Welcome to Jordan. In the afternoon following the tour briefing  the group will take in the local surrounds. Late afternoon transfer to the Matilda’s training grounds to watch the team train (subject to FFA approval) followed by an informal welcome dinner to get to know your fellow tour participants.

Overnight in Amman.

FS- Day 2: Monday 16 April 2018 (Wadi Run Desert Safari)

Depart Amman at 08:00 and arrive in Wadi Rum Desert at 12:00. Follow in the footsteps of Lawrence of Arabia with a journey to the extraordinary desert scenery of Wadi Rum, a rugged moonscape of huge sandstone mountains. A 4-hour jeep safari will take you through some of the most beautiful and sublime desert scenery on the planet, a true highlight of this trip. Wadi Rum is full of weird and beautiful lunar-like rock formations, and traces of ancient civilisations can be seen in the many carved inscriptions found throughout the area, from pictographs to Thamudic, Nabataean and Arabic texts. The most enduring monuments in Wadi Rum are those carved by nature – the natural rock bridges, towering rose-coloured sand dunes and scattered rocky peaks. Tonight, you’ll sleep in a simple desert camp, with the choice of sleeping under a camel hair tent or out under the stars. Enjoy a delicious dinner cooked in an earthen oven by your Bedouin hosts. Conditions are basic at the desert camp, but the hospitality of your hosts is legendary and you’ll treasure the memory of sleeping beneath the twinkling desert night sky. Notes: A mattress and blankets are provided. Please be aware that while the desert may be very hot during the day, it will still be cool at night and warm clothes are highly recommended. Western-style toilet facilities are available, however there is no hot water showers.

Overnight Wadi Rum Desert.

FS- Day 3: Tuesday 17 April 2018 (Wadi Run Desert/ Amman)

After waking up in the unique surrounds of the Bedouin camp this morning, you will enjoy a 1 hour relaxed walk through the desert. Wadi Rum is a truly beautiful place, where great gouts of rock on a carpet of bright red sand have been eroded into fantastical gnarled shapes. Explore the distinctive rock formations and soak in the vast silence of this lunar-like landscape. Wadi Rum is probably best known for its connection with the enigmatic British officer T.E. Lawrence, who was based here during the Great Arab Revolt of 1917-18. Meaning ‘Desert Dwellers’ in Arabic, the Bedouins are a semi-nomadic people, and in Jordan up to 40 per cent of the general population is thought to have Bedouin ancestry. This might explain the legendary hospitality of the Jordanians – in traditional Bedouin culture, a huge onus is placed on taking in and feeding any visitor, and so you’ll enjoy brilliant hospitality while you’re here in this incredible place. Depart Wadi Rum at 11am, stop for lunch and arrive back in Amman at 4pm.

Overnight in Amman.

FS- Day 4: Wednesday 18 April 2018 (Matildas Semi Final)

Matildas Match Day: Enjoy a relaxed morning at your leisure (maybe by the pool) before a pre-match luncheon and transferring to either the Amman International Stadium or the King Abdullah II Stadium for the Matildas Semi-Final Match.

Overnight in Amman.

FS- Day 5: Thursday 19 April 2018 (Amman or Amman Citadel)

For guests joining the tour for the Final Stage only this is your day to explore the Amman Citadel. See the entry above for Group Stage Day 2 for activity descriptions. Other guests can experience urbane western Amman with its residential districts, cafes, bars, modern malls and art galleries; and in earthy eastern Amman, it’s easy to sense the more traditional and conservative pulse of the capital.

Overnight in Amman.

FS- Day 6: Friday 20 April 2018 (Amman)

Transfer to the Matilda’s training grounds to watch the Matildas prepare for the Final. Other time is free to relax by the hotel pool or explore more of Amman. It’s easy to sense the more traditional and conservative pulse of the capital.

Overnight in Amman.

FS- Day 7: Saturday 21 April 2018 (Amman or Jerash Roman Ruins)

Guests who joined the tour only at the Finals Stage will enjoy the day trip to the Jerash Roman Ruins as detailed above in the Group Stage Day 4 itinerary. For other guests it is a well-earned rest day allowing for recovery ahead of the next day’s Final.

Overnight in Amman

FS- Day 8: Sunday 22 April 2018 (Final in Amman)

Matildas Match Day: Enjoy a relaxed morning at your leisure (maybe by the pool) before a pre-match luncheon and transferring to either the Amman International Stadium or the King Abdullah II Stadium for the Matildas Final Match. It is sure to be a wonderful night celebrating the tournament achievements of the Matildas. Who knows we could be celebrating winning the cup with the team!

Overnight in Amman.

FS- Day 9: Monday 23 April 2018 (Amman)

Sadly today is the final day. We check out of our hotel and transfer to the Amman airport for your international flights home. GGA group flight/s will depart Amman for Dubai and Australia at approximately 17.35.