Amman Suggested Itineraries

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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 Full-Day Trip to Wadi Rum from Amman

Experience the extraordinary beauty of Wadi Rum by 4x4 on this private full-day trip from Amman. Travel by private, air-conditioned minivan to the protected desert valley and tour its spectacular beauty spots by 4x4. Trundle through narrow gorges and desert plains past crimson dunes, natural rock bridges and towers; and view ancient inscriptions and Lawrence’s Spring, a hidden oasis made famous by TE Lawrence, also known as ‘Lawrence of Arabia.’ Upgrade to include a camel ride, and during your explorations, visit a Bedouin tent to enjoy a refreshing mint tea.
  • Duration: 10 hours
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Private Tour: Petra Day Trip Including Little Petra from Amman

Experience Jordan’s greatest ancient treasure on this private day trip to Petra from Amman. After traveling from Amman to Petra with a private driver, enjoy a 2-hour guided tour of UNESCO-listed Petra: a rock city cut into a sandstone valley some 2,000 years ago. Walk or ride a horse along the Siq entrance canyon, and behold the rose-tinted Treasury, Royal Tombs and more. During your explorations, learn about Petra’s history from your local guide and see lesser-known Little Petra, whose sculpted rock buildings were a suburb of the main city.
  • Duration: 10 hours
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Private Tour: Mount Nebo, Madaba and The Dead Sea Day Trip from Amman

Discover the ancient jewels in Jordan’s crown on this private Mount Nebo, Madaba and Dead Sea day trip from Amman. Explore Amman with your guide and discover top attractions such as the Citadel and the Roman theater. Visit St George’s Church in Madaba and learn of the city’s rich history. Enjoy panoramic views over the Jordan Valley from the top of Mount Nebo, and admire ancient relics and mosaics in a Franciscan monastery. Then, soak up the sunshine and enjoy free time to swim in the Dead Sea’s salty waters.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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2-Night Jordan Private Tour from Amman: Petra and the Dead Sea

Experience magnificent Petra and the Dead Sea on this private 2-night Jordan tour from Amman. After a night in Jordan’s bustling capital, meet your private driver-guide and travel to UNESCO-listed Petra. Take a private guided tour of the ancient, rock-hewn city before continuing to the Dead Sea for an overnight stay. Here, ‘swim’ in the salt-rich waters and enjoy the beautiful setting and your hotel facilities before your return to Amman. Daily breakfast and dinner, your choice of hotel accommodation on both nights, and airport pickups and drop-offs are included.
  • Duration: 3 days
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4-Night Jordan Biblical History and Highlights Private Tour Including Petra and the Dead Sea

Explore thousands of years of mystical history around Petra and the Dead Sea on this 4-night private tour from Amman, with hotel accommodation and transport included. Discover UNESCO–listed architecture and biblical heritage in Amman, Jerash and Madaba. Ascend Mount Nebo for panoramic views over Judah and Jericho. Visit the Christian pilgrimage site of Bethany and swim in the Dead Sea’s salty waters. Enjoy a full day’s sightseeing in Petra, one of the Seven Wonders of the World, and admire top attractions including the Nabataean Theater and Petra Church.
  • Duration: 5 days
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Private Half-Day Tour to The Dead Sea

Discover the delights of the Dead Sea on this half-day private tour from Amman. Travel by private, air-conditioned vehicle through Jordan’s desert landscapes to the eastern shores of this shimmering, natural salt lake. Visit a water’s edge hotel and enjoy ample free time to ‘swim’ in the waters, lounge on the beach and absorb the beautiful setting. Alternatively, upgrade to a hotel with a wider range of facilities, including outdoor swimming pools, showers and a stylish spa offering Dead Sea mud treatments (own expense) including revitalizing body scrubs and massages.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Private Half-Day Jerash and Amman City Sightseeing Tour

Witness the classical antiquities of Amman and Jerash on this 5-hour private tour. Traveling between the sites by air-conditioned minivan, take guided tours of the sun-burnished ancient ruins of Amman Citadel and see the city’s stellar Roman amphitheater, a 6,000-seater stadium from the 2nd century. Then, drive to the spectacular ruins of Jerash, one of the Middle East’s best-preserved Roman cities. Stroll around the semi-crumbled temples, fountains, column-ringed Oval Plaza and other relics as your guide tells fascinating stories of the city, once a prosperous outpost of the Roman Empire.
  • Duration: 6 hours
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Private Amman City Sightseeing Tour with Optional Arabic Mezze Lunch and Turkish Bath

See the highlights of ancient and modern Amman on this private 4-hour city tour. Traveling by private, air-conditioned vehicle with an informative private guide, discover the many different faces of Jordan’s capital, from its dusty classical ruins to vibrant markets and the upscale malls of the modern city. See top Amman attractions including the stunning Roman amphitheatre, King Abdullah Mosque and the ruins and archaeological museum of the hilltop Citadel. Upgrade to finish with a lunch of delicious ‘mezze’ (small dishes) or lunch followed by a pampering Turkish bath experience.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Private Tour: Desert Castle Tour of Eastern Jordan from Amman

Discover three of Jordan’s famous desert castles on this 4-hour private tour from Amman. With an informative private driver, learn about these fabled castles, built by Umayyad rulers during the 7th and 8th centuries as you visit each one in the desert plains of eastern Jordan. Explore UNESCO-listed Qusayr Amra, famous for its 8th-century frescoes of hedonistic scenes, before continuing to the atmospheric Qasr Kharana and Qasr al-Azraq castles, the latter used as a military base by TE Lawrence, known as ‘Lawrence of Arabia,’ during World War I.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Private Half Day Tour to Madaba and Mount Nebo

Explore ancient ruins and top regional attractions in central Jordan with ease on this private half-day tour to Madaba and Mount Nebo from Amman. Visit St George’s Church in Madaba, home to beautiful Byzantine mosaics depicting the Holy Land and Jordan. Enjoy panoramic views over the Jordan Valley to Jericho and Jerusalem from Mount Nebo with your guide. Explore the ruins of a Byzantine church that once stood on the hilltop, and gain insight into biblical legend for which this ancient corner of the world is famous.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Private Tour: Jerash and Umm Qais Day Trip from Amman

Rewind to the time of ancient Rome on a private day trip to Jerash and Umm Qais from Amman. After heading north from Amman in a private, air-conditioned minivan, enjoy a guided tour of the ruins of Jerash. Gaze in awe at the well-preserved remains, including Hadrian’s Arch, the Oval Plaza and Hippodrome as you hear tales of the city’s golden age. Continue to the Greco-Roman site at Umm Qais to see its basilica terrace, theaters and other relics, and visit the town archaeological museum before returning to Amman.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Private Three Day Tour to Petra - UNESCO World Heritage Site

Enjoy ample time to explore glorious Petra on this 3-day private tour from Amman, with hotel accommodation and transport included. On the first day, discover this rock-cut UNESCO World Heritage site, carved 2,000 years ago, on a guided tour, seeing highlights such as the Treasury and Royal Tombs as you learn about their history. Then, the next day, with tips from your guide, delve further into Petra’s wonders and other sites as you wish. Your choice of Petra hotel accommodation, daily breakfasts and dinners, and round-trip private transport, are included.
  • Duration: 3 days
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2-Night Independent Dead Sea Tour from Amman

Experience the delights of Jordan’s famous Dead Sea at your own pace on this 2-night independent Dead Sea tour from Amman. Travel through the rugged desert landscape to the Dead Sea and enjoy a drop-off at your hotel of choice. Take relaxing walks along the beach and bob in the Dead Sea’s salty waters at your leisure. Enjoy a soothing mud bath or seaweed wrap, and soak up the rays at the water’s edge. Enjoy your time in this beautiful corner of Jordan, and return to the city feeling revitalized!
  • Duration: 3 days
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2 Nights in Aqaba with Round-Trip Transport from Amman

Spend two nights in the ancient Red Sea city of Aqaba on this independent trip from Amman. Soak up the sunshine on the Red Sea’s beautiful beaches at your leisure. Discover vibrant coral reefs, explore ancient ruins at Ayla or Aqaba Fort and take night-time strolls through the city streets. Browse the bustlnig markets and perhaps haggle for souvenirs among the busy shoppers and traders — your time is yours to spend how you like! Afterward, meet your guide at the pre-arranged time and return to your hotel in Amman.
  • Duration: 3 days
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Jerash Half-Day Trip from Amman

Explore ancient Roman ruins and learn of a civilization lost in time on this half-day Jerash trip from Amman. Travel to the ancient city of Jerash, and head through the main gates on foot as your guide shares insight into the city’s fascinating history. Discover top attractions such as the Oval Plaza alongside ancient amphitheaters, grand arches and mighty colonnades. As you explore, imagine life in Jerash under Roman rule and hear tales from the Empire’s heyday. Then, relax in comfort on route back to Amman.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Petra Day Trip from Amman

Discover UNESCO–listed heritage and ancient treasures from a lost civilization on this Petra day trip from Amman. Visit the UNESCO–listed city of Petra and delve into deep canyons beneath towering sandstone cliffs with your guide. Admire intricate rock carvings on the mighty facade of the Treasury (Al-Khazneh) and listen as your guide explains their significance. Explore the desert-city on foot and discover top attractions such as the amphitheatre and royal tombs. Then, enjoy free time at your leisure in Petra before your return journey to Amman. 
  • Duration: 11 hours
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