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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: Private Day Tour to Petra & Wadi Rum

2. 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.

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

3. 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. Enjoy a traditional Bedouin dinner featuring the delicacies of Jordanian cuisine and 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 and enjoy a delicious breakfast at camp. Get ready for an exciting 2-hour jeep tour. 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, enjoy a delicious lunch on the shores of the Dead Sea and 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.

From Jerusalem: Petra and Wadi Rum 3-Day Tour

4. From Jerusalem: Petra and Wadi Rum 3-Day Tour

The tour begins in Jerusalem, as you head toward the Jordanian border. Cross at the Allenby Bridge border, and enter Jordan, driving through the desert for about an hour to then have a local lunch. Continue towards the exquisite desert landscape of Wadi Rum, virtually untouched by humanity. Travel through the vast scenic desert valley on a 4×4 Jeep tour, providing the best possible experience of this moon-like landscape, the red sand dunes, towering cliffs of weathered stone, and desert animals with the sunset’s beautiful colors. From there, go to a Bedouin camp near Petra where you will enjoy Bedouin hospitality, including an Arab-style dinner and a comfortable bed for the night. Before going to sleep, sit beneath the clear desert skies and stargaze, as you drink a cup of delicious Bedouin tea. Waking up early the next morning, have a quick breakfast before getting on the bus and departing for Petra. This day of the trip is focused entirely on Petra, a famous archeological site set in a stunning red sandstone landscape. Discover the site, one of the Seven Wonders of the World. You will have the whole morning to tour Petra with a guide, before taking a lunch break at a local restaurant. Then in the afternoon, you will have the opportunity to explore the various sites, such as the monastery, on your own before heading back to camp for dinner and another night in the Bedouin camp. The third day of this tour will be a half day. Start with breakfast at the campsite and from there drive to Madaba, an ancient Jordanian city, and go up to the viewpoint of Mount Nebo. Have lunch and then head back to the Allenby Bridge border crossing, and arrive in Jerusalem in the afternoon.

From Jerusalem: Petra 2-Day Tour

5. From Jerusalem: Petra 2-Day Tour

This fully-packed two-day tour begins in Jerusalem. Driving through the Judean desert, head towards the border and go through the Allenby Bridge/King Hussein crossing into Jordan. Once in Jordan, visit the historical site of Mount Nebo, a unique viewpoint of the Jordan River's west bank. After lunch at a local restaurant, take your time and gaze at the ancient mosaic map of Jerusalem in the Greek Orthodox Church of St. George at Madaba. From there, enjoy a scenic drive south. Eventually, arrive at your accommodation for the night, a Bedouin camp near Petra. The Bedouin hospitality, including an Arab-style dinner, will open your heart. Before going to sleep on a comfortable bed, sit beneath the clear desert skies and stargaze, as you have a cup of local tea. Wake up and start the day with breakfast in camp before heading out to Petra. One of the world's seven wonders and Jordan’s most treasured attraction, Petra is an unforgettable place. It was carved into the red rocks of the soaring cliffs in the early 1st century as the tomb of a Nabataean king and was hidden under sand for centuries before recently becoming accessible again. A licensed tour guide will lead you through the Siq (a narrow gorge), the Treasury, and the Amphitheater while you marvel at the beauty of each structure. Following, you will have time to explore independently: climb to the Royal Tombs, walk down the Roman Cardo or hike up to the Monastery. Meet the rest of the group again for lunch in Wadi Musa, before returning back to Jerusalem via the King Hussein/Allenby border crossing.

From Amman: Wadi Mujib River Canyon Hike & Private Day Trip

6. From Amman: Wadi Mujib River Canyon Hike & Private Day Trip

Wadi Mujib is a spellbinding canyon that towers above the Mujib River and stretches along 70 kilometers. The Mujib River in Jordan flows into the Dead Sea which is the lowest place on earth. There are many excursions that allow visitors the chance to trek through the water, beneath the towering canyons, and into the Dead Sea itself. Sections of Wadi Mujib also cover the Mujib Biosphere Reserve which is home to a number of rare wildlife species. A trip to Wadi Mujib is a canyoning adventure like no other and it is arguably one of the best ways to enjoy Jordan’s Dead Sea. Those looking for a unique pit stop along The King’s Highway can take a break at the gorge to admire the stunning vistas below. the most things that you can do in Wadi Al-Mujib - WADI MUJIB GORGE TREK Hike through the water of the Wadi Mujib Gorge that flows into the Dead Sea. The trek leads to beautiful waterfalls and is a perfect activity during the warm summer months. Within the gorge, many tour companies also organize canyoning and abseiling adventures. - MUJIB RESERVE BIOSPHERE The Mujib Biosphere Reserve covers an impressive 212 square kilometers. The reserve spans between the King’s Highway and the shore of the Dead Sea and includes many notable sites such as Ma’in Hot Springs Resort and the Mujib River. The reserve also protects seven wadis and the wildlife that resides within them. Visitors can look out for the Syrian Wolf and Caracal mountain cat. The entrance into Mujib Biosphere Reserve is around one hour and 20 minutes from the capital city Amman.

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: Umayyad Desert Castles Tour with Transfer

8. From Amman: Umayyad Desert Castles Tour with Transfer

Jordan's Umayyad desert castles are beautiful examples of early Islamic art and architecture and stand testament to a fascinating era in the country's rich history. Take a half-day tour and delve deep into the history of Jordan under the expertise of a professional guide. The structures are called “castles” because of their imposing stature. The desert complexes once served various purposes as caravan stations, agriculture and trade centers, resort pavilions, and outposts that helped distant rulers forge ties with local Bedouins. Inside the castlesm, early Islamic art can be found. The fine mosaics, frescoes, stone and stucco carvings are inspired by the best in Persian and Graeco-Roman traditions and reveal to us countless stories of the life as it was during the 8th Century. Alongside the castles you will also visit the black basalt fort at Azraq, which had been in continuous use since late Roman times, and was the headquarters of Lawrence of Arabia during the Arab Revolt

From Amman: 5-Hour Dead Sea Experience with Lunch & Return

9. From Amman: 5-Hour Dead Sea Experience with Lunch & Return

After the pick up from your hotel in Amman in a private Vehicle & we head to the Dead Sea to enjoy free time at one of the 5* Resort with access to it's pools and beach; The leading attraction at the Dead Sea is the warm, soothing, super salty water itself – some ten times saltier than sea water, and rich in chloride salts of magnesium, sodium, potassium, bromine and several others. The unusually warm, incredibly buoyant and mineral-rich waters have attracted visitors since ancient times, including King Herod the Great and the beautiful Egyptian Queen, Cleopatra. All of whom have luxuriated in the Dead Sea’s rich, black, stimulating mud and floated effortlessly on their backs while soaking up the water's healthy minerals along with the gently diffused rays of the Jordanian sun.

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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Absolutely amazing experience, we would definitely recommend. We were a group of 6 people with our awesome guide Jafar (also famously known across the globe as Mr see you tomorrow!!). Jafar made the experience 100 times better with his humour, knowledge and kindness! Best guide we had. The tour started early in the morning - by about 10-11 am we were in Petra with 5 hours free to walk around the sights. This requires a certain amount of fitness and appropriate shoes and clothing. Then we headed to wadi rum just before sunset (again amazing). We had about an hour free time before dinner (delicious jordanian food). The next day we had breakfast at the camp, then 2 hours on the jeeps around the desert and then on our way to the Red and Dead sea. Beware that when we went they would only allow us to be 2 meters from the shore, claiming the beach is closed (but they had a sign it was open). Ladies also take toilet tissue with you as in a lot of the toilet stops we did there was no tissue.

I don’t even know where to begin!! This tour is absolutely incredible and I highly recommend it. Our driver Jaffar made everything so easy and fun for us. He treated us like family and made us feel very comfortable and welcomed. Every part of the tour was enjoyable, and the sites are incredible. The traditional food was so tasty. Jordan is stunning, with such rich history. The pace of the tour was perfect. I recommend packing light because there is a lot of movement and bringing cash for your convenience. Don’t skip out on this tour!

This is a once in a lifetime experience. But please. Take it from me. Do at least a three day tour. You need a whole day at Petra for sure.

Amazing experience. Magnificent locations, truly memorable and a must see and experience for everyone.

highly recommended for solo traveler, good experience, everything was well organized