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

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 arts 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. Safe travels!

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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 20 - Jan 23, 2018

Traveler: Thanya Y. - Local specialist: Carmen Scholten

My overall experience with the travel arranged for me in Jordan was quite nice.

Plus
- all the drivers arranged for my pick-ups were professional, polite and kind. They made some calls for me on the way to the hotel and so on to make sure everything goes smoothly. I really appriciated that

Minus
- I feel like I didn’t get enough information about Jordan and all the destinations I was going to prior my trip. Carmen created Vamoos app for me for my itenerary, which was great, but I thought... read more

My overall experience with the travel arranged for me in Jordan was quite nice.

Plus
- all the drivers arranged for my pick-ups were professional, polite and kind. They made some calls for me on the way to the hotel and so on to make sure everything goes smoothly. I really appriciated that

Minus
- I feel like I didn’t get enough information about Jordan and all the destinations I was going to prior my trip. Carmen created Vamoos app for me for my itenerary, which was great, but I thought I’d get more personalised information about some interesting places , where to dine, or some local facts I wouldn’t normally get from the internet. Clicking the map didn’t help much, since most of the places on the map don’t have any information. Also the traveling date was wrong, and is still wrong up til now. It’s Febuary in the app.

- on my first day, my visit to Amman beach was pretty disappointing. The facility was not great, shower room broken, no hair dryer, lockers with no lock, and no staff to borrow the lock or lend towels from. Good thing I had my towel with me so I didn’t have to, but i had a hard time showering and drying my hair after the swim, espeically with that much salt on my body and hair. I would have been willing to pay more for better places, like one of those 5 star hotel facilities nearby (Kempinski, movenpick, dead sea spa etc.)

- on my last day, it seemed like my bus ticket from Aqaba to Amman was wrong. I couldn’t read Arabic of course, but my driver was kind enough to check for me at the bus station when he dropped me off, so they changed the new one for me.
And since my bus was at 6 PM and i was dropped off at 10 AM with my luggages, I had to find a place to store those before I could do anything, which was pretty troublesome. At that point I wish I was told or suggested beforehand what to do with my luggages. In the end I mannaged to ask Movenpick hotel to keep them for me, eventhough I wasn’t staying with them.
And I also wish I was given some interesting information about Aqaba, restaurants, cafe and attractions. Since it was a very low season, whatever I tried to do (glass bottom boat tour etc.) everything was unavailable due to too small group of people joining.

I think that’s pretty much my opinion on my trip to Jordan. Thank you Carmen for all the help in planning and everything. Jordan was an amazing country and I loved my experiences there.

Thanya

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Traveler: Mary Elizabeth W. - Local specialist: Bianca Abma

As a solo female American, Bianca and Jolanda did a great job making me feel comfortable.

Bianca was amazing. She planned every step for me perfectly.

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Traveler: Arnold A. - Local specialist: Bianca Abma

It was a short trip. I would say the biggest surprise was just how beautiful, well-equipped/appointed the Fig Tree B&B is. The food and accommodation exceeded every expectation. The host Jolanda even does chair massages!

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