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Amman: Petra, Wadi Rum, and Dead Sea 2-Day Tour

1. Amman: Petra, Wadi Rum, and Dead Sea 2-Day Tour

Explore some of Jordan's most spectacular sites on a 2-day, private tour from Amman.  Day 1: Amman - Petra Depart Amman and travel south to Petra. Founded by the Nabateans, Petra is considered one of the wonders of the world. Located 139 miles (225 kilometers) from Amman, Petra was carved in stone more than 2,000 years ago. It dominated the trade routes of ancient Arabia. Upon arrival, walk the narrow path of the Siq to discover the main entrance to the city. At the end of the Siq, see the Treasury (al-Khazneh), which was believed to hold countless treasures. Continue to the monastery and Altar of Sacrifice. Then, transfer to Wadi Rum in the afternoon. Spend the night in a Bedouin camp and enjoy dinner and some nighttime activities. Day 2: Wadi Rum - Dead Sea After breakfast, drive to Wadi Rum by 4WD jeep. Wadi Rum ("Valley of the Moon") is where the legendary film "Lawrence of Arabia" was filmed. Marvel at the unique shape of the mountain as it rises from the rose-red sand of the desert. See towering cliffs of brownish, reddish, and golden colors.  Choose from 2 tent styles: the Deluxe style with a private bathroom and air-conditioning/heating, and the Classic style with a shared bathroom and no air-conditioning. Then transfer to the Dead Sea, famous for the biblical story of Sodom and Gomorrah. Located 400 meters below sea level, the Dead Sea is one of Jordan's most spectacular sites. Marvel at the calm waters glinting in the scorching sun. Legendary for its high concentration of salt and minerals, the Dead Sea is therapeutic and provides for a unique swimming experience. After some free time to swim, return to your hotel in Amman.

From Amman: Jerash, Ajloun Castle or Umm Qais Private Tour

2. From Amman: Jerash, Ajloun Castle or Umm Qais Private Tour

Choose from a tour from a private tour from Amman to Jerash, Ajloun Castle, and Umm Qais, a private tour from Amman to Jerash, a private tour from Amman to Jerash and Aljoun Castle, or a private tour from Amman to Jerash and Umm Qais. Start with pickup from your hotel in Amman and travel towards your next destination in an air-conditioned car or van. Pick a tour with the option to visit the ancient city of Jerash and explore the city which was a rich a prosperous Greek and Roman settlement. Wander down the Colonnaded Street, and discover a well-preserved Roman amphitheater, the Temple of Artemis, the Forum, Oval Plaza, and Hadrian’s Arch. Select a tour to Ajloun and visit Ajloun Castle, a 12th-century fortress built by Saladin from the Ayyubid dynasty. View its Arab-Islamic military architecture, which guarded the major passages into northwest Jordan. Discover its towers, chambers, galleries, and staircases that form part of the town. Admire the beautiful scenery that surrounds the hills. Climb the tower and take in the fantastic views of the Jordan Valley and the Dead Sea. Opt for a tour to Umm Qais and visit one of the most stunning Greco-Roman cities in the region. Learn about the ruins of the Decapolis city of Gadara, now known as Umm Qais. Take in the breathtaking views of Jordan, Syria, Israel, and Palestine.  Finally, reconvene with your driver and return to Amman, where your tour ends with a drop-off at any central location of your choosing.

From Amman: Private Day Tour to Petra & Wadi Rum

3. From Amman: Private Day Tour to Petra & Wadi Rum

Experience the incredible sights of Jordan in a single, action-packed day tour from Amman. This adventure allows travelers staying in Amman the ability to explore two of the world's most awe-inspiring destinations. Embark on a journey that begins at Jordan's crown jewel, the legendary "lost city" of Petra. As one of the Seven Wonders of the World, Petra unveils a millennia-old Nabatean city, perfectly preserved beneath layers of sand until its rediscovery just 200-years ago. Wander through Petra's intricate rock-cut architecture, marvel at the iconic Treasury, and immerse yourself in the rich history that emanates from every ancient stone. Continue on to the mesmerizing landscapes of Wadi Rum. Prepare to be captivated by the majestic desert scenery, with its towering sandstone cliffs, dramatic rock formations, and vast golden dunes. Experience the timeless beauty of this UNESCO World Heritage Site as you venture deep into the heart of Wadi Rum, immersing yourself in its otherworldly tranquility and Bedouin culture. Conclude this unforgettable journey with a comfortable transfer back to your hotel in Amman.

Petra Full-Day Private Tour from Amman

4. Petra Full-Day Private Tour from Amman

Awaken before dawn in Amman, the city's heartbeat still slumbering. Your chariot awaits, a sleek mirage against the sun-kissed horizon. Together, you'll weave through landscapes painted in ochre and gold, chasing the whispers of a rose-red wonder in the distance – Petra. As you near, the desert unfolds like a tapestry – ancient ruins whispering tales of forgotten empires, Bedouin tents clinging to the wind's embrace. Then, the Siq, a narrow canyon carved by time, paints the air with a thousand shades of ochre. Each bend a silent promise, each footstep a pulse of anticipation. Suddenly, the canyon bursts open, revealing a sun-drenched amphitheater. There, bathed in the dawn's rosy kiss, stands the Treasury – a masterpiece etched in living rock, its facade blushing with the desert's secret desires. Choose your adventure: saddle up for a majestic horseback ride through the Siq, the wind whipping tales through your hair, or savor the ancient whispers on foot, each step an echo of forgotten footsteps. Petra unfolds. Wander down the Street of Facades, where time stands still amidst tombs and temples adorned with intricate dreams. Witness the majesty of the Royal Tombs, perched like silent sentinels atop the cliffs, their presence a testament to a civilization that danced with the desert wind. Unravel the deeper secrets with a knowledgeable guide (available for hire at the visitor center with your driver's assistance). Let their stories breathe life into the stone, revealing the whispers of history and the vibrant culture that once thrived within these hallowed walls. Discover the ingenious water channels that nurtured this desert jewel, the hidden tombs tucked away in secret alcoves and the echoes of trade routes that once pulsed through the canyons. This is your Petra, a symphony of silence and wind, unfolding at your own pace. Savor a leisurely lunch under the Jordanian sun, capture timeless memories with every click, and lose yourself in the desert's embrace. Remember, the Monastery's promise can wait – let it be a whisper on the wind, an invitation for another adventure. As the sun paints Petra in fiery hues, it's time to return to Amman. But carry this rose-red wonder within you, a secret shared only with the desert wind. Ready to experience your Petra? Just let me know, and let's make it an adventure forever etched in your soul.

Amman: Private Tour to Madaba, Mount Nebo, and Baptism Site

5. Amman: Private Tour to Madaba, Mount Nebo, and Baptism Site

Start with a pickup from your hotel in Amman and hop in a climate-controlled vehicle with a private English-speaking driver and Wi-Fi access. Take in the views of Jordan’s desert landscapes as you travel south to Madaba. See places of interest and particular information on the journey. Upon arrival at Madaba, discover the ancient mosaic town with a history dating back to the 2nd century. See the 6th-century mosaic map of Jordan and the Holy Land in the Greek Orthodox Church of St. George; marked with points related to historical stories mentioned in the bible. The St. John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church in Madaba, Jordan, is a hidden gem waiting to be discovered! While not as widely known as some of the city's iconic sites like the Church of St. George, this charming church offers a unique blend of history, religious significance, and architectural beauty Historical Gem: Built in the 19th century, the church stands as a testament to Jordan's rich Christian heritage. Its elegant stone façade and stained glass windows whisper stories of devotion & faith across generations. Architectural Intrigue: The church's design blends Western & Eastern influences, showcasing a graceful mixture of Romanesque and Byzantine architectural styles. Take in the delicate arches, the intricate detailing around the entrance, & the peaceful courtyard adorned with greenery Religious Significance: Dedicated to St. John the Baptist, a pivotal figure in both Christianity & Islam, the church offers a space for quiet contemplation and prayer for visitors of all faiths Then, Mount Nebo, a sacred Mountain in Jordan that stands at approximately 817 meters above sea level. Mount Nebo is steeped in religious significance as an important Judeo-Christian pilgrimage site. It is where Moses first viewed the Promised Land from the summit and where Prophet Moses is said to have died. Visit the basilica at the summit of the mountain, built by Egyptian monks in the 4th century. Inside, see a collection of well-preserved Byzantine mosaics, illustrating images of wildlife and hunting. Also, enjoy a panoramic view of the Holy Land and the Jordan River Valley from the summit. Next, head to The Baptism Site of Jesus Christ; located on the Jordan side of the Jordan River. It was known as Bethany beyond the Jordan in Biblical times and is considered one of the three holiest sites of Christianity. Get the chance to pray or simply explore this significant pilgrimage site that many prophets are said to have visited. The Baptism Site, known as ‘Maghtas’ in Arabic, is one of the most important recent discoveries in biblical archaeology, having only been discovered in 1996.  After experiencing these holy sights and enjoying the fantastic views, reconvene with your driver for the return journey, which ends with a hotel drop-off in Amman.

Amman/Dead Sea: Petra & Wadi Rum Day Trip with Hotel Pickup

6. Amman/Dead Sea: Petra & Wadi Rum Day Trip with Hotel Pickup

Are you ready for a whirlwind tour of Jordan's crown jewels? This one-day adventure combines the ancient wonders of Petra with the breathtaking landscapes of Wadi Rum, guaranteeing an unforgettable experience. Here's what you can expect: Petra: Early morning pick-up at your hotel in Amman or Aqaba. Journey through the dramatic Wadi Musa desert, culminating at the iconic Siq entrance to Petra. Walk the Siq, a narrow gorge carved by millennia of wind and water, feeling the anticipation build. Emerge into the Treasury, Petra's most famous monument, and be awestruck by its scale and intricate carvings. Explore the ancient city, discovering tombs, temples, and amphitheaters carved into the rose-red sandstone cliffs. Learn about the Nabataean civilization, who built this incredible city over 2,000 years ago. Enjoy a delicious lunch at a local restaurant within Petra. Wadi Rum: After lunch, drive to the stunning Wadi Rum, a UNESCO World Heritage Site known for its otherworldly landscapes. Hop on a 4x4 jeep for a thrilling ride through the Martian-like terrain, passing towering sandstone formations and hidden valleys. Experience the Bedouin lifestyle by visiting a traditional tent and sipping on authentic tea. Enjoy breathtaking views from atop Jebel Khaz'ali, also known as the Lawrence Spring. Watch the sun dip below the horizon, painting the desert in a kaleidoscope of colors. Return to your hotel in Amman in the evening, brimming with memories and photographs.

From Amman: Dead Sea Day Tour

7. From Amman: Dead Sea Day Tour

Visit the lowest point on earth, the Dead Sea at 420m below sea level. Enjoy a unique swimming experience as you float at ease in the mineral-rich waters. Be sure to strike the classic pose of lying back and floating. Leave Amman city behind and drive for 1 hour to the Dead Sea, one of the most incredible places in the world. The salt lake is the lowest point on earth and the special climatic conditions have positive effects on dermatological and rheumatic diseases. The mineral concentration in the mud is used for therapeutic and beauty treatments. When you arrive at sea level, the driver will stop to let you see the map before continuing to drive down 420 meters below sea level. At this time you will feel the change in the weather The Dead Sea speaks for itself, there are no living fish. Its calm shining water is known for its concentration of salt and minerals, which gives it therapeutic properties, as well as a unique swimming experience not to be missed On arrival, head inside the Hotel (Holiday Inn Or Crowne Plaza ) and enjoy free time to enjoy the waters and setting as you, please. Make use of the available towels and lockers, and relax on the mineral beaches. Bask in the sunshine and scenery, coat yourself in mud for a revitalizing natural spa, and enjoy floating in the waters. Be sure to strike the classic pose of lying back and floating as you read a newspaper or book.

From Amman: Dead Sea, Mount Nebo, Madaba, & Baptism Day Trip

8. From Amman: Dead Sea, Mount Nebo, Madaba, & Baptism Day Trip

Begin with a private tour service from your Amman hotel and enjoy a scenic ride to your first stop. Uncover the profound Christian legacy in Madaba, one of the world's oldest Christian cities. Explore the famous map of Christian cities that tells the story of centuries of faith. Ascend to Mount Nebo, a renowned Christian pilgrimage site and home to the sacred shrine of the Prophet Moses. Marvel at the breath-taking panoramic views from this sacred peak. Descend 300 meters below sea level to visit the very place where Christ was baptized, a spiritually enriching location. Then, it's time for ultimate relaxation and recreation at the Dead Sea with an optional lunch and 5-star resort entry upgrade. Float on the water's surface with the extraordinary buoyancy of the saline waters. Finally, enjoy a relaxing and convenient return transfer to your hotel in Amman.

From Amman: Petra, Wadi Rum and Dead Sea 3-Day Tour

9. From Amman: Petra, Wadi Rum and Dead Sea 3-Day Tour

Discover the highlights of Jordan on a 3-day trip with a driver-guide from Amman. Marvel at the monuments of the rock-carved city of Petra, witness the sunset over the Dead Sea, and experience Bedouin life at a camp in Wadi Rum. After pickup from your hotel in Amman, Visit Mount Nebo, and Madaba city Churches, then travel along the desert highway toward Petra. Stop at the Dana Reserve and marvel at the beautiful scenery. Continue to Shobak Castle, visit Little Petra, and admire the cut-out rock tombs. Be dropped off at your 3-star hotel in Wadi Mousa for your overnight stay. Spend the day at Petra and marvel at this well-preserved archaeological city. Take your time to explore this architectural feat before heading to Wadi Rum, where you will spend the night in a Bedouin camp. Explore the valley on a Jeep safari and admire the stunning landscapes. Then depart for a Dead Sea beach, passing through the Great Rift Valley to Aqaba City. Enjoy floating at the Dead Sea, and return to Amman in the evening.

From Amman: Petra, Wadi Rum, and Dead Sea Private 2-Day Trip

10. From Amman: Petra, Wadi Rum, and Dead Sea Private 2-Day Trip

Day 1: From Amman, your journey begins with a scenic drive towards the magnificent city of Petra. Upon arrival, be enchanted by the pink rock formations and the ancient wonders that lie within. Immerse yourself in the rich history as you walk through the narrow Siq, a natural sandstone gorge. Marvel at the iconic Treasury, admire the ornate facades of the royal tombs, and explore the fascinating sites that make Petra a true archaeological wonder. After exploring Petra, the adventure continues as you head into the fascinating desert of Wadi Rum. As the sun sets, you'll find yourself in the midst of a vast expanse of golden sand dunes and rugged mountains. Get caught up in the spirit of the desert as you settle into a Bedouin camp where warm hospitality awaits you. gather around the campfire as you gaze at the twinkling stars in the night sky. Day 2: Wake up to the tranquil beauty of Wadi Rum ,Get ready for an exciting 2-hour jeep tour (if option selected) . Get swept up in the thrill of traversing the gently rolling sand dunes, discovering ancient rock inscriptions, and admiring the mesmerizing rock formations sculpted by wind and time. Every turn reveals a new wonder, from hidden canyons to towering natural arches, and provides ample opportunity for unforgettable photos and beautiful memories. After bidding farewell to Wadi Rum, your journey takes you to the remarkable Dead Sea, the lowest point on earth. Here, the therapeutic effects of the mineral-rich waters await you. Immerse yourself in the floating water and experience the unique sensation of floating effortlessly. Treat yourself to a revitalizing mud bath where you spread the mineral-rich mud on your skin for a natural spa experience. Feel the rejuvenation as the minerals work their magic. Finally let the tranquil environment relax you even more. With unforgettable experiences in your heart and mind, return to Amman and reflect on the wonders and memories you experienced on this captivating 2-day journey through Petra, Wadi Rum and the Dead Sea.

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Amazing! My driver Ramzi was incredibly polite, generous and funny. I had incredible and interesting conversations with him and we stopped whenever I wanted to have a break, have a coffee or go to the bathroom. There was WiFi, Drinks and Snacks in the car and Ramzi made sure that you will get there comfortably and safely. Petra was beautiful and I took loads of pictures. After I was done, Ramzi picked me up straight away and we drove back. Thanks to him, the 3-hour drive felt like 15 minutes. Make sure to ask for him when you book this ride. I can’t imagine a better companion than him!

One of the most well organised and incredible tours I have ever done in a country. Jafar our guide was amazing, funny, and so helpful. You get to see the real Jordan on this trip, breathtaking scenery and just when you think Petra is breathtaking wait until you see and experience Wadi Rum. Nothing needs to be improved it’s was perfect in every way.

I absolutely loved the tour. Majd has a lot of knowledge and makes sure you see everything. Also he is an amazing conversationalist. Thank you so much for the tour Majd, I will never forget the experience!

Bigger and better than we were expecting. A very pleasant and informative guide, named Anus. Would highly recommend doing this tour.

We discovered Amman through the eyes of a local. Beautiful and rich experience.