This quick, 5-day getaway is the perfect introduction to Jordan's Golden Triangle—a region rich with stunning scenery and ancient wonders. Start at the Red Sea port of Aqaba for some laid-back beach time and watersports, then transfer deep into Wadi Rum for an off-road adventure among the desert dunes. After a day exploring the mysteries of Petra, head north along the historic King's Highway to end your trip in the vibrant capital of Amman.


  • Snorkel, swim & sunbathe at the Red Sea resort of Aqaba
  • Go off-road to explore the rugged red desert of Wadi Rum 
  • Wander Petra's incredible carved canyons & temples
  • Sample traditional Jordanian fare in Amman

Brief Itinerary

Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Aqaba  Aqaba
Day 2 Free Morning in Aqaba, Transfer to Wadi Rum & Desert Jeep Excursion Wadi Rum
Day 3 Transfer to Petra, Explore the "Rose City" Petra
Day 4 Transfer to Amman via Madaba & Mount Nebo, Amman City Tour Amman
Day 5 Depart Amman  

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Aqaba

Crystal clear waters and sandy beaches at the Red Sea resort of Aqaba
Welcome to Jordan! Upon arrival at the Red Sea port of Aqaba, you'll be met by your driver and transferred to your hotel. Inhabited since 4000 BCE, Aqaba is Jordan's only coastal city and is home to colorful market stalls, delicious food, and, of course, access to the water. Go for a stroll and explore the bustling port, head to the beach for a swim, or enjoy platters of delicious local fish and expertly prepared meats in town.

Day 2: Free Morning in Aqaba, Transfer to Wadi Rum & Desert Jeep Excursion

Camp under desert skies in the Wadi Rum

This morning is free for you to enjoy more of Aqaba at your leisure. Explore more of the lively port, soak up some sun at the beach, or embark on one of the many watersport excursions on offer. Hop aboard a glass-bottom boat to enjoy views of abundant marine life, try your hand at parasailing or diving, or go for a leisurely snorkel through the clear waters. 

In the afternoon, your driver will take you east into the wilderness of Wadi Rum, an expanse of desert dubbed the "Valley of the Moon" by Lawrence of Arabia. Along the two-hour drive, you'll pass through red valleys, rock canyons, and dunes to reach your base for the night at a Bedouin-style camp.

After settling in, you'll board a sturdy Jeep for an off-road excursion that takes you deeper into the UNESCO-protected desert. Travel through valleys, rock canyons, dunes, and deserts, stopping to check out rock inscriptions and petroglyphs as well as majestic views. Spend a little time at each stop to hike and scramble and explore at your own pace. Along the way, you'll visit desert oases, see 2,000-year-old Kufic rock art, and learn about the history of the area and the local Bedouin culture. 

As evening falls, return to your camp for a traditional meal around the campfire and a night sleeping under the stars.

Day 3: Transfer to Petra, Explore the "Rose City"

Marvel at the Nabataean stonework of Petra
Rise early this morning to set out on an hour-long hike to watch an unforgettable sunrise over the desert with a cup of tea or coffee brewed over an open fire.
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After breakfast back at the camp, you'll be met by your driver for the two-hour journey to Petra, where you'll spend the remainder of the day exploring Jordan's beloved archeological treasure. Known as the "Rose City" for the area's distinctive red sandstone, it's easy to see why Petra was named one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World. Its intricate architectural design is hundreds of years old, and remarkably well maintained. 

Enter through the Siq, a dramatically narrow gorge flanked by towering cliffs, and spend your day wandering at your leisure through Petra's seemingly endless temples, tombs, and colonnaded streets. Navigate the impressive water conduit system of the historic Nabataean city, paying a visit to Qasr al-Bint, a grand temple that was once the population's primary place of worship. After a two-hour guided tour, you'll have free time to explore the canyons and temples at your own pace.

If you're feeling adventurous, climb your way up the 800 steps to the Monastery, Petra's largest and lesser-visited monument. For a stunning view overlooking the Treasury and jagged mountains beyond, hike the steep stone-carved staircase to the top of Jabal al-Khubtha.

After a full day of exploring, head to your hotel to rest up and cool down before dinner. If your visit falls on a Monday, Wednesday, or Thursday, you can head out again after dark to experience an unforgettable Petra by Night tour. Stroll through canyons lined with thousands of candles to reach the illuminated Treasury, where live Arabic music sets the scene and a welcoming cup of tea awaits. 

Day 4: Transfer to Amman via Madaba & Mount Nebo, Afternoon City Tour

The Temple of Hercule's on Amman's Citadel

After breakfast, check out and meet your driver for today's journey north to Amman. Along the way, you'll stop in Madaba to check out its intricate Byzantine and Umayyad mosaics, including the spectacular Madaba Map, the oldest preserved mosaic map of the Holy Land. Nearby, the Madaba Archaeological Park preserves the mosaic-rich Church of the Virgin Mary and artifacts from the Hellenistic, Roman, Byzantine, and Islamic eras.

Continue to Mount Nebo, an elevated ridge of the Abarim range said to be where Moses took in the view of the Promised Land. Follow in his footsteps and look out at the Dead Sea and beyond, before eventually making your way to the Memorial Church of Moses, a modern structure that now houses excavated relics from the region.

Upon arrival in the capital, get settled into your hotel then head out for an afternoon tour. Amman has been inhabited since the Bronze Age and is full of cultural and historic highlights. Discover the magnificent Amman Citadel (Jabal al-Qal'a) and the 2nd-century Roman Theater, two of the most famous archaeological sites in the capital, and stroll amid colorful wares and aromatic spices in Amman's old souks (markets). 

Celebrate your final evening in Jordan with dinner at a local restaurant, where you'll sample Jordanian specialties like mansaf (rice topped with lamb and pine nuts), Arabic sweets, and mint tea. 

Day 5: Depart Amman

Sunset over Amman

Spend a relaxed morning in Amman exploring any city highlights you may have missed or picking up some last-minute souvenirs. When the time comes, your driver will be waiting to transfer you to the Queen Alia International Airport for your departing flight. Safe travels!

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