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Jordan

Unveiling the Treasures of the Ancient Crossroads

From the ancient Rose City of Petra, one of the New Seven Wonders of the World, to the surreal landscapes of Wadi Rum, where the Bedouin traditions endure, Jordan is a realm of stunning contrasts and harmonious coexistence. Whether you’re a history enthusiast, an adventure seeker, or simply a lover of breathtaking landscapes, Jordan has something exceptional to offer.

Come with me in this journey through the heart of the Middle East, a journey that will lead you to the gates of Petra, the shores of the Dead Sea, and the timeless city of Amman. Jordan, often referred to as the “Cradle of Civilization,” offers a tapestry of experiences that will ignite your imagination, awaken your senses, and introduce you to a culture as warm and inviting as the desert sun.

Top highlights

Explore Petra
Float in the Dead Sea
Discover Wadi Rum
Visit Amman
Bethany Beyon the Jordan
Roman ruins of Jerash
Canyoning at Wadi Mujib

Where, What and How?

Accommodation – Major cities like Amman, Petra, and Aqaba offer a range of choices. Many hotels provide modern amenities and services, making them a convenient choice for travelers. In Wadi Rum and other desert areas, you can opt for a desert camp experience. Spend a night under the stars in traditional Bedouin-style tents, enjoying local cuisine and cultural experiences. Aqaba on the Red Sea and the Dead Sea area offer a selection of upscale beachfront resorts with luxurious amenities.

Food – Considered the national dish of Jordan, mansaf is a traditional feast. It features tender lamb cooked in a rich yogurt sauce and served with fragrant rice. The dish is often garnished with almonds and pine nuts and is typically shared with family and friends. I personally have a weakness for Knafeh, a sweet dessert made from shredded phyllo dough layered with sweetened cheese or semolina and soaked in sugar syrup. It’s served warm and garnished with crushed pistachios.

Transportation – Taxis are readily available in cities like Amman, but if you are not used to the Arabic culture were negociating is their way of living, I recommend you to use Uber, you will know the price in advance.

  • The colors of Petra and Wadi Rum.

My itinerary

Day 1-3: Arriving late in the night to Amman airport we picked up the car and headed to our hotel Dead Sea Spa Hotel. The hotel was on the shores of the Dead Sea close enough to a couple of interesting points, plus the facilities were very good. The next morning we visited the historical place of Bethany, where we saw the Baptismal Site of Jesus Christ, an Orthodox church and the Jordan river. Then we came back to the hotel and we spent the rest of the day chilling at the Dead Sea. It was a very weird and funny feeling floating there, almost like the water was rejecting me.

Day 3-6: After a very nice breakfast on the terrace of the hotel, we took the car to the south and stopped at Wadi Mujib. Here, we started a route through the gorge of the Mujib river and I would say that it was one of the best parts of the trip. But it is important to outline that you must be relatively fit to arrive at the last waterfall, there were a lot of people coming back who did not make it till the end. Once we were back in the car we headed to Wadi Musa, but we stopped for a couple of pictures at the Salt Statue of the Wife of Prophet Lot. 

We arrived late to Wadi Musa where we stayed at Esperanza Petra, a budget hotel perfectly located next to Petra Visitor Center. The day after we woke up early just for being there at the opening and enjoying Al Khazneh (The Treasure) without the crowds, it was really worth it! The rest of the morning we visited all the temples and tombs in the City of Petra. In the afternoon, we decided to go to Wadi Rum and watch the sunset in the desert. We chose to walk instead of hiring any “desert tour” because it was just a thirty minutes’ walk from the visitor center. We were fascinated by the colors of this desert.

For our last day in Petra we decided to visit everything that we didn’t the day before. We took the bus which departs from the visitor center to Little Petra. Once we checked every single spot in this area, another bus took us to the starting point of the hiking route to Ad Deir (The Monastery). This route was fascinating and allowed us to avoid the hordes of tourists. After enjoying the magnificence of this place we took the Ad Deir trail back to Petra. We stopped at Nabatean to drink some fruit juices and recover a bit before our next hiking session. From the restaurant we went around Qasr al-Bint and the back of the Great Temple all the way to the top of the mountain where the Altar of Sacrifice was. On this route, we saw the Tomb of the Roman Soldier and the Lion Fountain. We also stopped for tea at the tent of a very kind old lady. Both trail and views are worthy of the effort, even under the scorching sun of Jordan.

That evening we left Wadi Musa with the feeling of having enjoyed it to the fullest. On our way to Amman, we stopped at Queen Alia’s Airport to return the car and we continued the trip by public transport.

Day 6-9: The airport bus left us in the city center and from there we took a taxi to our hotel at Beirut Hotel. This hotel was perfectly located close to the main attractions of the city, and the breakfast at the terrace was served by a very kind and attentive lady. In our first morning at the capital we saw the Old Roman Theatre, the Odeon and we went up to the Citadel of Amman where we visited Jordan’s Archaeological Museum together with the ruins of the old Byzantine church, the Umayyad mosque and the temple of Heracles.

The day after, we took a bus towards Jerash departing from the North bus station. Important to know is that the buses do not depart on schedule but when they get full, so don’t panic or get stressed if they do not leave on time! We arrived in the city and immediately went to The Archaeological Site of Jerash, it was simply impressive. The place was so huge that we stayed till late in the afternoon contemplating the ruins.

For the last day at Amman we planned nothing but to chill and enjoy the city (and eat a lot of knafeh!), from restaurants to busy bazaars, passing through King Abdullah I Mosque. While walking at the famous Rainbow Street, we stopped at Sufra Restaurant, to taste some of the local delicatessen, it was a good choice. In the evening we took a taxi to the airport.

Money Saving Tips

1
Jordan Pass This is a must. Not only because it includes the Visa but also because it is your pass for most of the attractions in the country. Do not forget to add Petra or Bethany separately.
2
Uber As usual in an Arabic country, if you are not good at negotiating simply take an uber with a fixed tariff.
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Local currency Be careful with the conversions! This currency is the fourth strongest in the world and therefore, stronger than the dollar or even euro.
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Petra This place is huge. Most tourists arrive thinking in the picture of Al Khazneh, but there is a whole city waiting for you. Thus, I strongly recommend you to take two days with the Jordan Pass.

 

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