Have limited time, and want to see Jordan's highlights in a few days? Experience a perfect snapshot of Jordan's history and natural beauty on this 4-day, 3-night journey. This efficient itinerary packs a punch, balancing exploration of ancient Petra with a mellow evening camping in the desert of Wadi Rum.

Day 1: Arrival at QAIA - Petra Exploration (Day & Night)

The Monastery at Petra
The Monastery at Petra

Arrive at Jordan's Queen Alia International Airport first thing in the morning, and get excited for the day of adventure ahead. One of our trusted representatives will be available to assist with the immigration process, after which you'll be driven to your first stop: the ancient city of Petra

Marvel at the beauty of the ‘most visited archeological site in Jordan, where you can wander for hours among its countless caves, tombs, and structures meticulously cut from the naturally occurring rose-colored rock walls. Navigate the impressive water conduit system of the historic Nabatean city, aptly named one of the Seven Modern Wonders of the World, and pay a visit to Qasr al-Bint, a grand temple that was once the population's primary place of worship.

Get settled at your hotel in the village of Wadi Musa and enjoy some much-deserved downtime before returning to Petra for a captivating nighttime tour of the area's architectural wonders. From the Siq's astoundingly high walls to the pristinely preserved edifice of the Treasury, everything will appear transformed by the light of hundreds of candles in the place often said to be "half as old as time itself."

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Day 2: Petra - Wadi Rum Jeep Tour - Desert Camping

Petra is seemingly endless, and you'll start the day with a few more hours of exploration in the dazzling Rose City. Take a stroll down the Street of Facades, a row of forty houses and easily accessible tombs with ornately carved exteriors, or hike up to the High Place of Sacrifice, where you can get an up-close look at its famous obelisks and sacrificial platform - all while surrounded by panoramic views of the rocky desert below.

You might also trek (or take a donkey ride!) up the 800 steps to The Monastery, a gigantic mountaintop temple. On the way, you’ll pass Qattar ad-Dayr, a pleasant, oasis-like grotto where water always flows, and the Hermitage, a pinnacle carved with decorative crosses. The Monastery itself is the largest monument in Petra, and after you take a peek at its plaza and massive interior, reward your effort with a snack at the nearby café.

After getting your fill of Petra, continue south to the wilderness of Wadi Rum, an expanse of desert made even more intriguing by the huge basalt slabs jutting prominently out of the sand. You'll explore canyons, rock bridges, and rolling dunes from your Jeep on a four-hour tour of the area, stopping periodically to hunt for rock inscriptions or snap photos with the surreal natural backdrop. With a full day of activity under your belt, you'll be more than ready to relax back at camp, enjoying the hospitality of the Bedouins before falling asleep beneath a blanket of stars.

Day 3: Amman City Tour

Amman City Tour
Amman Citadel

Wake up well-rested after a cozy night of camping, taking in the majestic desert scenery one last time with a hot beverage in hand. From there, you'll travel back to Amman for an extended walking tour of the Old City, starting with the famous Citadel and the Roman Theater - two of the region's best-known attractions. See the capital of Jordan from a local's perspective as you're guided through back streets, colorful food markets, and tiny shops full of handmade crafts. 

Have lunch at a local restaurant, one of your last opportunities to savor traditional Jordanian cuisine like mansaf - an aromatic meal of roasted lamb and yogurt sauce, widely regarded to be the country's national dish. Make a stop at the impressive King Abdullah Mosque, and spend the rest of your afternoon checking out the charming contemporary art galleries of Jebal Al-Waibdeh or hanging out in the pubs and shops on Rainbow Street. 

Day 4:  Departure from QAIA

On your last morning in Jordan, enjoy breakfast at the hotel and pack up for your journey home. Depending on your departure time, you may be able to squeeze in some exploration and last-minute souvenir shopping before heading to QAIA, where you'll catch your return flight. 

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Map of Jordan: Amman, Petra and Wadi Rum - 4 Days
Map of Jordan: Amman, Petra and Wadi Rum - 4 Days

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Jordan: amman, petra and wadi rum - 4 days, Jordan - Jan 5 - Jan 9, 2019

Traveler: Richard A. - Local specialist: Tamara Salameen

To begin with Tamara and the Why Jordan team did a comprehensive and very professional service from itinerary to drop off at the airport. At no time did we feel unsure of procedures or plans for the next day which is in direct contrast to our experience in Egypt.
Our driver/guide Mohamed Ali was all you could ask for. His attention to detail, protectiveness to our family, detailed explanations of sites and customs and flexibility to our whims throughout is a great credit to your company... read more

To begin with Tamara and the Why Jordan team did a comprehensive and very professional service from itinerary to drop off at the airport. At no time did we feel unsure of procedures or plans for the next day which is in direct contrast to our experience in Egypt.
Our driver/guide Mohamed Ali was all you could ask for. His attention to detail, protectiveness to our family, detailed explanations of sites and customs and flexibility to our whims throughout is a great credit to your company and countrymen, a real gentleman in the old-fashioned sense. We would not hesitate to recommend Kim Kim, Why Jordan and specifically Mohamed Ali to friends and family.
Regarding other guides, both guides in Jaresh and Petra were well informed, courteous and entertaining, excellent. Our guide for the day in Wadi Rum was lazy( never left his car to guide us), had limited English and the filthiest car I have ever been in... a real disappointment. Our bbq lunch in the desert was a meal on plastic chairs in a deserted old camp. Why would we prefer lunch in an ugly place compared to our night camp. In such an amazing place to see it in such a disappointing way lets you and your team down badly. An open LandRover and small fire under the shelter of some rocks away from civilization was all we wanted to enjoy the charm of such a desert place... disappointing.
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Jordan: amman, petra and wadi rum - 4 days, Jordan - Oct 19 - Oct 23, 2018

Traveler: Peter M. - Local specialist: Carmen Scholten

A stand out negative- the Oscar hotel in Petra is not clean and is very tired and smoky. I asked for simple but clean. We ended up moving to the move pick for our second night. I would remove it from your hotel list.

We also had three different drivers all were nice and efficient but better to have one that can tell a few stories. They were very reliable and punctual though.

Otherwise Jordan was fantastic. Thank you.

Jordan: amman, petra and wadi rum - 4 days, Jordan - Oct 23 - Oct 27, 2018

Traveler: Satish K. - Local specialist: Carmen Scholten

We had a wonderful trip organised by Carmen. We were able to see Wadi Rum, Petra and Dead Sea. The whole experience has been breathtaking and it will remain in our memories for a long time. Our driver Mustafa was always prompt and ensured that we were taken to the places of the visit as per our Itinerary. We loved this trip and will recommend to our Friends as well.

Jordan: amman, petra and wadi rum - 4 days, Jordan - Sep 26 - Sep 30, 2018

Traveler: Michael J. - Local specialist: Raísa Jorge

Petra was great and we all enjoyed that. I was disappointed with Wadi Rum and the organization/lack of information of what we were doing and its duration. For example, we were told we should leave Petra early to get to wadi rum, thinking there was a lot to do. After getting there around 11, we sat around for over an hour not knowing what was going on. We then went on our jeep/camel ride for a few hours and got back around 4 with nothing to do til dinner. Our driver told us he was picking us... read more

Petra was great and we all enjoyed that. I was disappointed with Wadi Rum and the organization/lack of information of what we were doing and its duration. For example, we were told we should leave Petra early to get to wadi rum, thinking there was a lot to do. After getting there around 11, we sat around for over an hour not knowing what was going on. We then went on our jeep/camel ride for a few hours and got back around 4 with nothing to do til dinner. Our driver told us he was picking us up the next morning around 6 to do a 1 1/2 hour jeep ride then a 2 hour hike. We woke up at 6 and then told there was a booking issue to see if we could pack up and move our stuff to a different tent. On our ride, the jeep broke down and were stuck for 1 1/2 hours before the replacement jeep came. At that point we were not in the mood to drive another 1 1/2 and hike in the heat of the day which was the whole point we left early. So when we got back we had nothing to do for the whole day and thats why we called our agent to go to Amman earlier. I just felt that if we had known how long that hike/jeep ride was and that we would be doing it in the morning, we wouldn't have stayed an extra night at the camp and went to Amman early and saved the expense of the extra car ride/hotel cost.

Jordan: amman, petra and wadi rum - 4 days, Jordan - Jun 8 - Jun 12, 2018

Traveler: Catarina R. - Local specialist: Imke Herold

I had a great experience with kimkim. The chat is great and made it very easy to book everything. Imke was extremely helpful since the first contact. She accommodated all our changes and answered all my questions. I was quite happy with the support and overall service.