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Amman Suggested Itineraries

By Viator, August 2014

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This city of two million is graciously traditional, with steep and narrow side streets, small glasses of sweet mint tea, and flowing daytime fashions. Amman is also optimistically modern, with its skyscrapers, miniskirts, and some of the Middle East’s best nightlife. It offers every modern convenience the most demanding travelers might require, alongside historic treasures such as the Amman Archaeological museum, chronicling more than 10,000 years of human habitation; the Roman Amphitheater, almost 2000 years old; and the glorious blue onion domes of striking King Abdullah Mosque, completed in 1990. The city’s comforts and conveniences make Amman a delightful base for exploring the rest of the region, replete with natural and cultural gems.

Day 1: Around Amman

This city, recently swollen with refugees from Iraq and Palestine, sprawls. Consider acquainting yourself with the sites by booking a four-hour tour taking in the city’s top sites, including the Citadel, Amman’s originally occupied hilltop city, first fortified during the Bronze Age, and today boasting Roman, Byzantine, and Ummayad remains; you could also opt for a traditional Meza (Arabic sampler platter) lunch, or try a brilliantly illuminated night tour instead. You can also combine an Amman city tour with a trip to nearby Jerash, about 50 kilometers (31 miles) north, considered the best-preserved city of the Roman Empire.

Day 2: Petra and Beyond

The “Rose-Red City of Petra,” carved some 2000 years ago by the rather mysterious Nabateans into pink sandstone cliffs, is truly a wonder of the world. The precise grace of these ancient architects is revealed with aplomb, at the end of a steep, narrow, smoothly worn gorge called the Siq, that opens onto the exquisite sunlit façade of “The Treasury,” its exquisite cascade of columns familiar to anyone who has seen an Indiana Jones movie. Most people visit Petra, 225 kilometers (140 miles) south of Amman, on a day trip, with a two-hour tour of the most famous sites. You can arrange to spend three days three days here, however, exploring every corner of this carefully crafted UNESCO World Heritage Site. Most multi-day tours from Amman stop at Petra as well.

Day 3: Out into the Wilderness

The wind-sculpted wilderness that surrounds Amman has inspired prophets, kings, and cinematographers with its awesome dreamscape of sunset-streaked mountains, ancient stone villages, and the magnificent Dead Sea Dead Sea. Amman makes a very comfortable base from which nature lovers can explore the unforgiving dunes and spectacular rock formations of Wadi Rum Wadi Rum, where Lawrence of Arabia first befriended the Bedouin. History buffs could consider trips to Umayyad-era (circa 700 AD) castles; Um Quais, dating to the Ottoman Empire, or to see the Byzantine mosaics of Madaba and Mount Nebo, a tour that can also be combined with a float atop the salty Dead Sea.

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Private Tour: Desert Castle Tour of Eastern Jordan from Amman

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 3 Reviews

Discover Lawrence of Arabia country on a half-day desert castle tour around the beguiling plains of eastern Jordan. With a private driver, visit three of the ...  Read more

Location: Amman, Jordan
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $87.50

Private Tour: Petra Day Trip from Amman

4.5 star rating: Recommended 42 Reviews

No visit to Jordan is complete without a visit to the rose-red city of Petra, one of the wonders of the world. Carved from the pink-hued stone more than 2,000 ...  Read more

Location: Amman, Jordan
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $246.80

Private Tour: Mount Nebo, Madaba and The Dead Sea Day Trip from Amman

4.5 star rating: Recommended 12 Reviews

Combine visits to Holy Land sites with a trip to the Dead Sea on a full-day excursion from Amman! With a private driver, travel to the Amman citadel and Roman ...  Read more

Location: Amman, Jordan
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $120.23

Private Half-Day Jerash and Amman City Sightseeing Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 10 Reviews

See the best of Jordan’s capital and ancient city of Jerash on this private half-day tour from Amman! Admire the impressive hilltop Citadel and Roman Theater ...  Read more

Location: Amman, Jordan
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $143.75

Private Amman City Sightseeing Tour with Optional Arabic Meza Lunch

4 star rating: Recommended 6 Reviews

Visit Amman's downtown market and city center, it's traditional souks, coffee shops, restaurants selling local food and sweets, churches and mosques amongst ...  Read more

Location: Amman, Jordan
Duration: 4,6 or 8 hours

From USD $118.75

Private Half-Day Tour to The Dead Sea

4 star rating: Recommended 5 Reviews

Experience the unique sensation of floating in the Dead Sea on this half-day private tour from Amman! Travel with a private driver to the lowest point on ...  Read more

Location: Amman, Jordan
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $81.25

Private Tour: Jerash and Umm Qais Day Trip from Amman

4 star rating: Recommended 2 Reviews

Immerse yourself in the glory days of the Roman Empire on a private day trip to Jerash and Umm Qais from Amman! Surrounded by Jordan’s ochre desert dunes, the ...  Read more

Location: Amman, Jordan
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $156.25

Private Half Day Tour to Madaba and Mount Nebo

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 6 Reviews

Witness two of Jordan’s historical treasures on this half-day private tour from Amman! Traveling in a private vehicle, the tour takes you to St George’s Church ...  Read more

Location: Amman, Jordan
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $87.50

Private Three Day Tour to Petra - UNESCO World Heritage Site

Discover one of the wonders of the world, carved from the pink-hued stone more than 2,000 years ago. On this 3-day tour you will have ample time to fully ...  Read more

Location: Amman, Jordan
Duration: 3 days (approx.)

From USD $325.00

Private Full-Day Trip to Wadi Rum from Amman

Explore magnificent Wadi Rum in a 4x4 on this private full-day trip from Amman! Travel to this protected wilderness and ride a 4x4 with a Bedouin driver ...  Read more

Location: Amman, Jordan
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $175.00

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