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From Amman: Petra & Wadi Rum Day Trip with Hotel Pickup

1. From Amman: Petra & Wadi Rum Day Trip with Hotel Pickup

The day begins with pickup from your accommodation in Amman and heads off on the 225 kilometer journey to the ancient city of Petra. This UNESCO listed location, which dates back over 2000 years, once dominated the trade routes of ancient Arabia. Upon arrival, take a stroll through Al-Siq, a narrow and deep pathway that acts as the main entrance into Petra. Inside, admire the Al-Khazneh, also known as the treasury where elegant remains of antiquity can be found carved deep into the rocks. Other highlights of Petra include the monastery, Altar of Sacrifice, Street of Facades, Royal Tombs, the Roman Theater, and more. After soaking up all the sights that Petra has to offer, continue the tour towards Wadi Rum, also known as the Valley of the Moon. As you head to Wadi Rum, which was the filming location of blockbuster movies such as Lawrence of Arabia and The Martian, allow yourself to be transported into this other-worldly landscape. Embark on an adventurous 4x4 safari ride through the desert and visit several sites including Nabatean Temple while marvelling at the extraordinary mountains that rise from the sand. Later, stop at a picturesque Bedouin for a refreshing cup of Arabic tea or coffee and the opportunity to mingle with the locals. Finally, gaze upon a breathtaking sunset across the silky desert plains before beginning the return journey back to Amman.

From Amman: Private Day Trip to Petra with Pickup

2. From Amman: Private Day Trip to Petra with Pickup

Depart Amman in the morning and drive along the desert highway to Petra and Wadi Mousa. Upon arrival at the ancient city, enter the archaeological site and make your way to the famous rock-carved Treasury via the stunning Siq canyon. Visit the vast Theater, carved out of the mountainside, and then continue to the Monastery to marvel at the remains of the facade of the holy site. Return through the rock walls via the impressive High Place of Sacrifice, where breathtaking views and amazing rocks of different colors are your reward. Depart in the afternoon and get dropped off at your hotel in Amman.

From Amman: Dead Sea and Madaba Tour with Hotel Pickup

3. From Amman: Dead Sea and Madaba Tour with Hotel Pickup

Begin your 10-hour tour with a drive from Amman to Madaba. Madaba is one of the oldest towns in the Middle East, and home to a number of churches. Many are now in ruin, but you can still see extraordinary mosaics from the 7th and 8th centuries. Visit the St. George and Martyrs churches, and later the Mount Nebo Church. Take in views of the Holy Land and the Jordan River Valley from the summit. Jericho is usually visible, and on a clear day you may see Jerusalem. Continue to the Jordan River Baptism Site, and then the Dead Sea for an amazing panoramic view. Stop at the Dead Sea Beach for an hour to relax and enjoy lunch, before heading back to Amman.

Madaba, Mount Nebo, and the Dead Sea Day Trip

4. Madaba, Mount Nebo, and the Dead Sea Day Trip

Start the tour with a panoramic visit of the capital of Jordan, Amman. Begin from the ancient area with a view point from the Citadel, and continue to downtown passing by the Roman Theater and the Rainbow Street. Then, proceed to the new modern Amman for a sightseeing tour of the modern white architecture that the city is well known for. Continue to visit the mosaic city of Madaba, the most popular and well known of the ancient mosaic map of Jordan and the Holy Land. Founded in the 6th century at the Saint George Orthodox Church, visit points of interest from various historical stories recorded in the Bible. Then, climb up Mount Nebo where Prophet Moses is said to have died. Enjoy the view of the Holy Land and the Jordan Valley, and visit the mosaics and ancient relics found inside the Mount Nebo Franciscan Church. Drive to the lowest point on earth for free time to swim in the therapeutic waters of Dead Sea, the world's first natural spa. This is an experience not to be missed. After a long day, end the tour with a return to your hotel in Amman.

Wadi Mujib Siq Trail Hiking Experience from Amman

5. Wadi Mujib Siq Trail Hiking Experience from Amman

Enjoy the convenience of being picked up at your hotel in a private air-conditioned vehicle by an English-speaking driver. Take in the scenery as you drive to Wadi Mujib. After arriving at the visitor’s center, start your self-guided trek. Follow the trail of the towards the dam. Take a leisurely hike through the shade and enjoy the serenity of nature. Trek between towering sandstone cliffs and cross over the dam on a cantilevered walkway. Reach the base of the waterfall and the gorge. See the Wadi Mujib, a breath-taking gorge that is the lowest natural water reserve in the world. Admire the spectacular biodiversity: over 300 species of plants, 10 species of carnivores, and many species of permanent and migratory birds are native to Wadi Mujib. If the season is right and there’s been enough rain, you’ll have the chance to take a refreshing dip in the water.

From Amman: Private Amman and Jerash Sightseeing Tour

6. From Amman: Private Amman and Jerash Sightseeing Tour

Begin your 6-hour tour with hotel pickup from central Amman, then travel in an air-conditioned vehicle to Jerash. Admire the passing towns and landscapes as your driver explains the history of Jerash, an ancient city covered by sand for centuries. Head through the city gate and walk around the well-preserved ruins as your guide tells you about the city in its heyday. See arches, theaters, and elegant streets. Snap photos of the stunning Oval Plaza, an egg-shaped public square framed by columns.   After this, return to Amman for a panoramic tour of the city’s highlights. Drive around the downtown area past markets, churches, and mosques such as King Abdullah’s mosque. Pass King Hussein’s Palace, where the late king is laid to rest. Discover the Roman, Byzantine, and Islamic-era ruins of Amman Citadel. Gaze in awe at the Roman Amphitheater, carved into a hillside in the 2nd century B.C. Enjoy free time for shopping in the local gold and spice markets. Your tour then concludes by strolling the Jabal al Weibdeh and Jabal Amman areas, and the Rainbow Street, Amman’s colorful arts and shopping hotspot. Delve into the upscale neighborhoods of Abdoun and Sweifieh, where luxury shopping malls and private villas line the streets. After passing through modern Amman, drive back to your hotel.

Amman: Private Half-Day Tour to Jerash

7. Amman: Private Half-Day Tour to Jerash

Start your tour with pickup from your central Amman hotel, then travel to Jerash in a private air-conditioned vehicle. With your experienced guide, wander among the ancient temples, theaters, plazas, paths and streets enclosed within the remaining city walls. Discover the remains of settlements dating back to the Bronze Age, Iron Age, Hellenistic, Roman, Byzantine, Umayyad, and Abbasid periods. Learn about the history of the land and the people who inhabited it for more than 2,500 years as you explore the Roman Decapolis City that has been left behind. This ancient city was once one of the most prosperous in the Roman Empire, and was covered by sand for centuries until its remains were discovered in 1806. Journey through the ancient city gate and walk around the well-preserved ruins as your guide tells you the marvellous tales of the city. Snap a photo of the wonders of the ruins, including the stunning Oval Plaza, and the intriguing egg-shaped public square framed by standing columns, before heading back to your hotel in Amman.

Bethany Beyond the Jordan River & Iraq al Amir Tour

8. Bethany Beyond the Jordan River & Iraq al Amir Tour

After pickup from your accommodation in Amman, travel in an air-conditioned vehicle to the River Jordan, soaking in views of Jordan's barren landscapes along the way. Arrive at Bethany Beyond the Jordan River, known as El-Maghtas in Arabic, which is the site on the eastern bank of the river where it is believed that Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist. Meet your local guide and take a tour of the riverbanks and key excavated ruins. Learn how the site was sanctified as the place of Jesus’ baptism by the Vatican and visited by Pope John Paul II in 2000. Drink in the powerful sense of spirituality and see the remnants of Roman and Byzantine churches, caves, wells, and baptismal pools. Discover why this place is held to be deeply holy in Christianity, Judaism, and Islam: learn why archaeologists believe that John the Baptist lived, preached, and performed baptisms here, and why it is believed to be the site of the Prophet Elijah’s ascension to heaven. Afterward, reconvene with your driver and return to Amman, where your tour ends at your accommodation. You can also choose to include a visit to Iraq Al Amir after your tour of Bethany Beyond the Jordan River. This is home to numerous cliff-side caves dating to the Copper Age. Drive through olive groves and pine trees and after viewing the caves continue to nearby Qasr al-Abad, a restored pre-Roman building dating from the 2nd or 3rd century B.C. Admire the exterior, pillars, and animal carvings as you walk around the age-old edifice, which is thought to have been a villa or minor palace. Then, reconvene with your driver and return to Amman, where your tour ends at your accommodation. 

Petra Day Trip from Amman

9. Petra Day Trip from Amman

Enjoy an early morning hotel pickup to drive south to the Nabatean Red Rose City of Petra, one of the Seven Wonders of the World. As you travel, gaze at the desert landscapes and hear tales of Jordan’s history. Hewn into a sandstone valley carved by the Nabataean people some 2000 years ago, this ancient rose-red rock city, located 245 kilometers from Amman at the crossroads of age-old trading routes, dominated ancient Arabia. Pass by Little Petra, a small rocky valley with carvings that archaeologists believe acted as the Nabatean’s caravan, before heading to the main city. Continue to Petra to learn more about its magnificent history. On arrival, enjoy a 2 hour tour of this UNESCO World Heritage listed wonder with a local guide. First, walk or ride a horse through the famous 'siq', a narrow path of 1.2 kilometers, and a rock fissure that was once the main entrance to the city. Marvel at your first glimpse of the hauntingly beautiful Treasury 'El Khazneh' as the canyon suddenly opens up. Then, walk through the widening canyon to see the 3000-seat Theater, the Royal Tombs, and the High Place of Sacrifice: a clifftop altar that was once used for animal sacrifices and other ceremonies. As you explore, listen as your guide describes how the Nabateans sculpted the buildings, and learn how they mastered the harsh desert conditions to make their lives here. After approximately two hours of exploring, enjoy free time. Later, return to Petra’s entrance and rejoin your private vehicle and driver, at which point you'll journey back to Amman, where your day trip ends with a hotel drop-off.

From Amman: Desert Castles of Eastern Jordan Tour

10. From Amman: Desert Castles of Eastern Jordan Tour

Start your tour with a pick up from your centrally located Amman hotel. Relax in your private, air-conditioned vehicle and travel out of the city and into the desert plains of eastern Jordan. The region is speckled with 7th and 8th-century castles, many within a 15-minute drive of each other, that was originally built by the Caliphs of the Umayyad dynasty as rural retreats and hunting lodges. Hear tales about this powerful dynasty, the first Muslim rulers of the Arab kingdom, including fascinating snippets about their extravagance and debauchery. As you travel, feel free to tell your driver if there’s a castle you want to see more of or another castle you’d like to visit, at your own expense. After about 1-hour on the road, pull up at UNESCO-listed Qasr Amra, one of east Jordan’s most famous castles. Once a hunting palace of the Umayyads, this splendidly restored edifice is graced with 8th-century fresco showing decadent scenes of nude women, wine and parties. Continue to Qasr Al -Kharana, an imperious 2-level fortress standing in a huge plain. Thought to have been built on Roman foundations, this evocative castle exudes intrigue and displays a rich array of Mesopotamian, Arabic, and Greek architectural influences. Finally, head for Qasr Al-Azraq, originally a Umayyad hunting retreat and once used as a headquarters by T.E. Lawrence, the 20th-century British soldier, and Arab Revolt leader perhaps more famously known as Lawrence of Arabia. Wander around the sun-burnished courtyards, towers, and mosque and learn how Lawrence based his operations here from 1917 to 1918. After exploring here, relax on your ride back to Amman where your experience finishes with a hotel drop off. Upgrade your tour to include an accompanied licensed guide from Amman to be with you for the visit of the 3 marvelous desert castles.

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Overall rating

3.8 / 5

based on 12 reviews

This was a great trip. Everything went perfect from my pick up and drop off at hotel. The Sun trail was amazing I did it in my own with no local guide inside the canyon needed. The canyon was easy to navigate and do much fun. It’s a great combination of walking and swimming and climbing ladders . I completed the canyon in a little over 2 hours it was a great experience

A wonderful trip to Petra! My driver Ahmad Ali showed me lots of wonderful sights on the journey and back. He was very kind and hospitable. Thank you for a lovely day. Jordan is beautiful.

First time in Jordan so wanted to use a guide to start exploring. Hassan was on time and extremely pleasant and informative during the tour. Highly recommended.

perfect services, well organized, Hasan was the perfect guide, in 1 day we absolved 2 must sees in Jordan

Khakis Al Wahsh is a great tourist driver. Very helpful and courteous.