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How to Spend 3 Days in Amman

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How to Spend 3 Days in Amman
Jordan offers a lot for visitors, but with three days in and around Amman, you'll have just enough time to hit the city's major sites and get out and about to important attractions such as Petra and the Dead Sea—you just have to be strategic about it. Here’s how.

Day 1: Amman
Spend your first day taking in the sights and smells of the Jordanian capital. In the morning, visit popular attractions such as the blue-domed King Abdullah I Mosque and the 6,000-seat Roman Theater. The Citadel is also worth a visit—not only does it offer great views, but it’s also home to the fascinating Jordan Archaeological Museum, replete with ancient artifacts. Other popular museums here include the Jordan National Gallery of Fine Arts, which showcases contemporary art by local and international artists, and the Royal Automobile Museum, full of classic cars, motorcycles, and even a private plane owned by Jordan’s royal family.
 
Spend the afternoon exploring Rainbow Street, a trendy little area full of cafés and popular shops. If you’re visiting in summer, don’t miss Souk Jara, the night market here, which is a good spot to pick up handicrafts—just remember to bargain.

Day 2: Petra 
Devote your second day to Petra, considered one of the New7Wonders of the World and easily the most important archaeological site in Jordan. This ancient city predominantly cut from rose-red sandstone is believed to have been inhabited as early as around 9000 BC and was an important trading hub under the Nabateans. Popular attractions within the expansive complex include Al Khazneh, or the Treasury, at the entrance to the ancient city, named for the funerary treasures it is believed to contain. Just beyond the Treasury is a long expanse full of tombs, caves (many of which are inhabited by Berber people to this day), and other ancient structures. If you have the time, the Monastery toward the end of the complex is a gargantuan Nabatean tomb that dwarfs other sites within Petra, but getting there is a bit of a trek (much of it uphill).

Day 3: The Dead Sea, Mount Nebo, and Madaba
Spend your third day a bit closer to Amman, visiting the Jordanian side of the Dead Sea for a float and potentially a lunch break at one of the area's many stylish hotels, many of which have showers and changing facilities specifically for use by day visitors. From here, you can make your way slowly up to Mount Nebo, an important pilgrimage site—Moses is said to have first seen the Promised Land from here. Not far from Mount Nebo, visit the historic city of Madaba, celebrated for its gorgeous mosaics, the most notable of which is a depiction of the Holy Land dating back to the Byzantine era. Additional mosaics can be found in nearby Umm ar-Rasas, a UNESCO World Heritage Site full of ruins dating back to the Roman, Byzantine, and early Islamic periods.
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Private Tour: Petra Day Trip Including Little Petra from AmmanDay Trips

Private Tour: Petra Day Trip Including Little Petra from Amman

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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.
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Private Amman, Jerash, and Dead Sea Full-Day Transfers from AmmanDay Trips

Private Amman, Jerash, and Dead Sea Full-Day Transfers from Amman

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Classical ruins, city sights, and relaxation by the Dead Sea: this day trip from Amman packs a little of almost everything into a single day. Start with a round-up of Amman’s Citadel and Roman Theatre, before traveling to the well-preserved ancient Roman city of Jerash. Lastly, relax and swim in the Dead Sea. Your tour includes private round-trip transport, with entrance fees and local guides at the sites at own expense.
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  • 10 hours

Petra day trip from AmmanBus Tours

Petra day trip from Amman

Experience 2,000-year-old Petra on a full-day private tour from Amman that frees you from any worries about transport or haggling with guides. Admire Jordan’s landscapes en route to the UNESCO-listed rock-hewn city, and enjoy a privately guided tour to ensure you don’t miss any detail about its Treasury, tombs, and key monuments. Lunch, admission, and hotel pickup and drop-off are included to make your trip complete.
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Private Full-Day Petra Tour with Lunch from AmmanPrivate Day Trips

Private Full-Day Petra Tour with Lunch from Amman

Visit Petra with ease on this private day trip from Amman, so skipping the need to organize your own transport, tickets, or guiding. Cruise to the UNESCO-listed site by private air-conditioned vehicle with a personal driver. Meet a pre-arranged private guide and tour the highlights as you hear stories of Petra's history you might miss if exploring on your own. Hotel pickup and drop-off, entry fees, and lunch are included.
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Full-Day Private Tour: Dead Sea and Baptism Site from AmmanDay Trips

Full-Day Private Tour: Dead Sea and Baptism Site from Amman

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Visit the baptism site of Jesus and Dead Sea on a private, 8-hour tour from Amman. Travel to the River Jordan where it’s believed John the Baptist lived and baptised Jesus, and take a group tour to the revered spot, called Bethany Beyond The Jordan or in Arabic, as El-Maghtas. Then, visit the Dead Sea, at the Earth’s lowest point, to float in the salt-rich waters. Private transport plus hotel pickup and drop-off included.
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One Day Tour to Madaba - Mount Nebo - Bethany - Dead SeaDay Trips

One Day Tour to Madaba - Mount Nebo - Bethany - Dead Sea

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Visit several holy sites on this day tour from Amman. Visit Madaba, an ancient town known for its 6th-century mosaic map of the Holy Land. Continue on to Mount Nebo and John the Baptist's settlement at Bethany, which is believed to be the site of Jesus’ baptism. Finally, take a dip in the Dead Sea, the lowest point on Earth at 1,400 feet (400 meters) below sea level. 
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Private Petra Day Trip Including Amman SightseeingHistorical & Heritage Tours

Private Petra Day Trip Including Amman Sightseeing

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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.
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Private Amman Tour: Jordan Museum, King Abdullah Mosque, Roman Theatre, Citadel, Rainbow Street and Royal Automobile Museum with LunchPrivate Tours

Private Amman Tour: Jordan Museum, King Abdullah Mosque, Roman Theatre, Citadel, Rainbow Street and Royal Automobile Museum with Lunch

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Experience the old and modern essence of Amman in one day on this private 10-hour tour. Visit landmarks such as the Citadel, Roman Theatre, King Abdullah Mosque, and Jordan Museum, and soak in local culture along Rainbow Street. Plus, visit the Royal Automobile Museum, shop for souvenirs at Al Bukaria Souk, and enjoy lunch at a local restaurant. Your tour includes a locally guided Citadel tour, private transport, and hotel pickup and drop-off.
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