The Ultimate Jordan Road Trip

  • destination Jordan
  • traveltime15 days
  • moneyFrom € 1645,- pp

During this 15-day trip through Jordan you will visit all popular sites in the country. On the way you can enjoy the beautiful nature and spectacular views Jordan has to offer.

Sites such as Jerash and Petra will take you back in time. Jordan has experienced tremendous developments over the years and offers a perfect combination of culture, nature and history. The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan has been ruled by the current dynasty since 1923. The king is very popular in this country. The hospitality of the population is reason enough to travel to Jordan. The Jordanians are eager to welcome you!

Your trip starts in the capital, Amman. With four million inhabitants, this is the most densely populated area in the country. From Amman, you head towards Jerash and continue south along the Kings Highway towards Petra. Via this road you will pass beautiful nature reserves. After visiting Petra, one of the seven wonders of the world, you will spend the night under the stars in the Wadi Rum desert. Your trip ends at the Red Sea, where you have plenty of time to relax and explore the beautiful marine life.

  • Explore the ancient archaeological sites of The Amman Citadel and the Greco-Roman city of Jerash
  • Enjoy a fascinating guided tour of Petra
  • Stay in a luxury tented camp in Wadi Rum
  • Float in the Dead Sea

Would you like to combine Jordan and Israel in 15 days? Have a look at our combination trip

Itinerary

Flight to Amman, Jordan including meet & assist and airport transfer

On the first day you travel from your home address to Jordan. You will arrive in the capital, Amman. One of our local representatives of ArabEscape.com will guide you through the visa procedure whereafter the driver takes you to your accommodation.

The rest of your day is at leisure. Depending on the time of arrival you can explore Rainbowstreet in the evening where you can find many restaurants and where shops are open until late.

Amman optional with guide

You will wake up in the bustling capital of Jordan, Amman. King Hussein of Jordan lives here along with four million Jordanians. It is a lively and modern city which offers you a glimpse into modern Jordanian life.

The city has a number of highlights that you definitely should not miss. After visiting the souq and the blue King Abdullah I Mosque, head towards the Citadel and visit the Amphitheater. The remains from Roman times are located together in the center of the city.

Amman has a vibrant nightlife with countless restaurants, rooftop bars and clubs. There are two main entertainment areas, Rainbow Street and the City Mall area.

Amman - Jerash - Ajloun - El Himma instructions local representative + pick up rental car

After breakfast our local representative will meet you in the lobby of your hotel to discuss the rest of your trip. You receive the keys from the rental car and from here the adventure begins.

The first stop is Jerash, “the Pompeii of the Middle East”, a city founded by Alexander the Great. It is one of the best-preserved Roman cities in the world. Unfortunately Jerash is not listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site, because wrong methods were used to restore the city. Nevertheless, Jerash is one of the biggest surprises of Jordan. Located in the middle of a contemporary city, you can imagine yourself back in Roman times. A must see in Jordan.

The second stop is Ajloun. The Ajloun Castle protected the communication routes between south Jordan and Syria, and was one of a chain of forts that lit beacons at night to pass signals from the Euphrates as far as Cairo. Today, Ajloun Castle is an amazing sight with a fascinating labyrinth of towers, chambers, galleries and staircases to explore. This fortress is on top of a hill which gives you a stunning view of the Jordan Valley.

If you have not had enough you can travel towards Pella. Archaeological finds from the Bronze and Iron Ages indicate that Pella was a prosperous city known for trading merchandise with Egypt, Syria and Cyprus.

Continue your journey north to El Himma, a hidden treasure which is still unknown to many people. You will visit the natural hot springs and spend the night in our private accommodation, El Himma Chalets. The private accommodation is located near the hot springs of El Himma. A private dinner will be prepared by the local owner.

El Himma

Today is at leisure. Enjoy the lush and green surroundings of El Himma. Even though the lodges are not as luxurious, you can enjoy the beauty and tranquility at your private pool. The owner of the accommodation will be happy to show you around town. Visit the public hot springs and see for yourself how the locals spend their time here.

El Himma - Umm Qais - Jordan River - Dead Sea

After a relaxing morning at the hot springs in El Himma, you will continue your journey to Umm Qais, a ruin complex near Irbid. Since you are in the far north of Jordan, you will hardly encounter any tourists. After visiting Umm Qais you will continue south and drive to the Dead Sea in about 2.5 hours.

On the way south you will drive along the banks of the Jordan River. Jesus was baptized here, you can even visit the exact spot.

When you arrive at your hotel next to the Dead Sea, you can check-in and relax. The rest of the day is at leisure.

Dead Sea - Madaba - Mount Nebo - Dead Sea

Today you will stay in the Dead Sea area, which is the lowest point on earth. From your accommodation you can travel towards Madaba, which is known for the very well preserved mosaic map in the St. George Church. From Madaba you can easily reach Mount Nebo. This place is well known because from here, Moses looked out over the Promised Land.

Alternatively you can visit Wadi Mujib today or you can choose to relax at your accommodation and float in the Dead Sea. Wadi Mujib offers breathtaking views into the beautiful gorge. For the real adventurous among us, you can walk, swim and climb through the gorge. Definitely recommended for the adventure-seeking traveler.

Dead Sea

You have a day at leisure in the Dead Sea area. Relax at your resort, float around in the Dead Sea or visit one of the highlights in the area.

Dead Sea - Wadi Bin Hammad - Kings Highway - Kerak - Dana

After breakfast you will leave your accommodation behind and continue to travel south. Along the way you can stop at one of Jordan’s most beautiful valleys: Wadi Bin Hammad. This is a nature reserve where you can take a walk through the gorges and enjoy the beautiful nature. This hike will take approximately 2 hours.

Your journey continues south via the famous Kings Highway also known as the King’s Road. This old trade route is still an important connecting road in Jordan. This highway brings you to the crusader castle of Kerak.

After visiting Kerak, you drive towards the Dana Biosphere Nature reserve. This is the biggest nature reserve of Jordan. Here you will check-in at your accommodation for the night.

Dana - Little Petra - Petra optional hike with guide

Today you wake up in the valley of Dana. The Dana Nature Reserve  is Jordan’s largest nature reserve and consists of various mountains and dry river beds.

You can discover the area with one of our local guides today. After breakfast you will meet your local guide. He will take you on an adventure for the next four hours. The guide will tell you all about the different plant- and animal species living in the region. Around noon he will cook a traditional Bedouin lunch in the Nature Reserve.

When you finished the hike, you will continue to Petra and check in at your accommodation. You can also choose to visit Little Petra in advance. Archaeologists believe Little Petra used to be a trading suburb and agricultural center. This is the place where visitors of Petra would resupply. Also, a couple of the oldest settlements in the world find their home here. Visiting Little Petra gives you a taste of tomorrow, when you will visit Petra. Our advise: start your visit early in the morning to avoid the crowds and heat in the afternoon.

Petra including backdoor hike with guide

Today you will visit the ancient city of Petra, one of Jordan’s national treasures and one of the seven wonders of the world! Today you enter the red city of the Nabataeans. Centuries ago, the Nabataeans built a kingdom which was hidden in the mountains. The ingenious water system enabled the kingdom to flourish in this remote place for a long time. This also is one of the main reasons why all the carvings are so well preserved.

You can spend an entire day in the city. It will be an unforgettable visit but make sure you are ready for a full day of hiking. There are two ways to visit the site. The first one is the traditional way through the Siq (Canyon), this is the main entrance. The Siq will take you to the Treasury. You can visit the Treasury, basin, the royal tombs and the theater, the High Place of Sacrifice and the Roman soldier tombs. All the way at the end of the complex you will find the Monastery.

The second one is through the back door of the complex; the more adventurous route! It begins with a 20 minute drive through the desert. After the drive you will begin with a 1,5 hour hike through a mountain area, until you reach the Monastery. Then you will continue through the main site of Petra. Your guide will explain about the archaeology and the history of the site and it inhabitants. After exploring the city you will be exiting from the main gate. This way you are avoiding the tourist crowds, definitely an advantage.

Petra - Wadi Rum including jeepsafari with lunch

AFter breakfast you leave the Nabataean city of Petra and head towards the Wadi Rum desert. The local Bedouins still live here and preserve the area. As the landscape hasn’t changed much over the years it feels like you go back in time. The Bedouins make sure that the protected area still has the same charm it had a thousand years ago.

Wadi Rum is one of the most beautiful deserts in the world, alternated by rugged rocks on both sides. The unique appearance creates the feeling you are on a different planet. No wonder this area served as a film location for many large productions, for example the classic Lawrence of Arabia (1960), and more recent Star Wars the Rise of Skywalker (2019).

Upon arrival your local Bedouin guide will be waiting for you. He will take you on a jeep safari for about four hours and will provide a delicious traditional lunch along the way. At the end of the tour you will be brought to your desert camp. Enjoy the beautiful starry sky at night.

Wadi Rum - Aqaba optional balloon flight Wadi Rum at sunrise

If you wish you can start the day in a very unique way: with a balloon flight over the Wadi Rum at sunrise!

Today you will leave the desert and return to civilization. You can still enjoy the quietness of the desert in the morning before you continue your journey towards Aqaba. After one hour drive you can check-in at your resort and process the impressions of the past few days. It is time to sit back and relax!

Aqaba optional snorkeling or diving excursion

Today is at leisure, you have time to relax by the pool or go explore the Red Sea and its underwater world. Additionally, we can arrange a diving or snorkeling excursion. The Red Sea is well-known for its beautiful corals. Additionally, Aqaba has many souqs and restaurants worth a visit.

Aqaba - Amman - flight back home hand in rental car

Your Jordanian adventure has come to an end. Depending on the time of your departing flight, you will be picked up by our driver at the accommodation for your transfer to Amman airport. If you still have your rental car you will drive to the airport in approximately 3,5 hours, where you drop off the rental car and check-in for your flight back home. We hope you have had an amazing trip.

Accommodation

Corp Amman Hotel

Amman The Corp Amman Hotel is located in front of the Royal Cultural Centre in the Queen Alia Street in Amman. The hotel features an outdoor swimming pool and a gym.

Memories Aicha Luxury Camp

Wadi Rum The beautifully situated Memories Aicha Luxury Camp is located in Wadi Rum and offers a view over the mountains. All tents have a shower and toilet. In the morning, a rich breakfast buffet is served.

Dana Guesthouse

Dana Dana Guesthouse is a unique accommodation located in Dana. It features a spacious terrace and a restaurant.

Al Manara Aqaba

Aqaba The world-class Al Manara Hotel in Aqaba features its own beach, an infinity pool and several restaurants serving excellent food.

Samara Chalets

El Himma This unique private villa is exclusively bookable at Arabescape.com. You will have a private swimming pool heated by the nearby hot springs. The host caters all meals for you.

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Add-ons

Extra’s always included when you book a trip with Arabescape.com

  • Stay in unique accommodations
  • 100% tailormade itineraries, all your personal preferences possible.
  • Personalized travelapp with all information about your trip. ( Also available offline.)
  • 24/7 available via our emergency nr.

Details & Prices

The Ultimate Jordan Road Trip

  • destination Jordan
  • traveltime15 days
  • moneyFrom € 1645,- pp
Included
  • Transfers to and from the airport
  • Overnight stay in selected hotels
  • Meet & assist local representative
  • Visa Jordan
  • Jeepsafari Wadi Rum
  • Guide in Petra
  • Jordan Pass – for allmost all entrance fees
  • Daily breakfast buffet
  • Car rental with full insurance and witout excess
  • All taxes and fees
  • Personal travel app with travel route and information
  • An unforgettable experience! 
Excluded
  • Other meals and beverages
  • Personal expenses & tips
  • Optional excursions
Optional
  • Private driver on travel days
  • Hot air balloon flight Wadi Rum
  • Snorkeling and/or diving excursion Aqaba
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