An Amazing Jordan Travel Adventure
Looking for a destination that offers fun, adventure? History & culture? Eco & nature? Leisure & wellness? The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan seems to have it all — from its capital Amman to Wadi Rum’s vast desert, Petra’s “rose city” and the healing powers of the Dead Sea.
Whether you’re looking for a solo adventure trip, romantic getaway or a family vacation to remember, Jordan is a fantastic destination. “Marveling at herds of gazelles and oryx and migrating birds, camping amidst the grandeur of Wadi Rum or Dana Reserve, trekking the ancient caravan trails from the highlands of Moab and Edom, hiking the wooded hills of biblical Gilead, or experiencing the unique, cleansing mud baths of the Dead Sea are just a few examples of the treasures awaiting visitors to this unique kingdom,” shares Janine Jervis, Deputy Director for the Jordan Tourism Board.
Find out our favorites from our 5-day trip to Jordan as we visit Amman, Jerash, the Dead Sea, Wadi Rum, and Petra, with Golden Crown Tours.
Arrive to Amman, explore the city and visit the Amman Citadel, the Jordan Museum, the Roman Theatre, and downtown souk area. If you have time for lunch, stop for the best falafels at Hashem and for one of Jordan’s most popular deserts, try Knafeh at Habibah – all downtown. Enjoy pre-dinner drinks & appetizers with shisha at FIVE Grill & Lounge, then dinner at Sufra. Overnight in Amman at the Intercontinental.
Breakfast in Amman at Intercontinental Jordan, and then travel north to Jerash (45 minute drive). Take time to lunch at the Lebanese House, then head to Ajloun Castle, and continue to the Dead Sea. Head straight to the Dead Sea, and cover your body with the mineral-rich black mud. After 30 mins., wash off and go floating in the Dead Sea, while watching the sun set. Savor an Italian dinner at Ashur Pizza & Grill. Overnight at Kempinski Hotel Ishtar Dead Sea.
Sleep in, enjoy a delicious brunch at Kempinski Dead Sea Resort, then check into their Spa “Resense” largest spa in the Middle East. After a leisurely spa treatment, check out by noon and depart the Dead Sea. Head south to visit Mount Nebo, and then off to Madaba, lunch at Haret Jdoudna in Madaba. Following your visit in Madaba, depart to Wadi Rum and overnight Rahayeb Camp well equipped with bathroom facilities. Camping overnight in Wadi Rum is a highlight, but if you’re not a camper, stay at the Petra Movenpick, and have a dining experience at the Petra Kitchen.
Get an early start for Petra at 6:00 am. You’ll arrive to Petra a couple hours later when it’s still cool, and hike about 45 mins to the famous Treasury. Or hire a horse buggy that will take you straight there in 10 mins. Explore the ancient city of Petra and walk to the Monastery or hire a camel to take you there. Follow the park rules so you can plan your visit, and be sure to hire official guides and rides in the park. Drive 45 mins to Aqaba for a relaxing afternoon. Overnight in Aqaba.
Depart from Aqaba, or drive 4 hours back to Amman for a flight out of Jordan.
STAY & DINE
Intercontinental: Centrally located, we stayed at the Intercontinental Amman and loved our comfortable luxurious rooms. Don’t miss! The buffet breakfast – delicious.
Kempinski Hotel Ishtar Dead Sea: When visiting the Dead Sea, an overnight stay at the Kempinski Hotel Ishtar is a must! Beautifully designed with expansive views of the Dead Sea.
DINING IN JORDAN
Bourj Al Hamam: For fine Lebanese dining, book a reservation at the Bourj Al Hamam, located on the ground level of the Intercontinental.
Four Seasons Amman FIVE Grill & Lounge where you can enjoy Middle Eastern appetizers, main dishes, drinks & shisha on a terrace overlooking the city.
La Capitale Brasserie at the Four Season Hotel
Looking for an authentic French dining experience in the desert? Then look no further than this wonderful restaurant nestled in the Four Seasons hotel. Your senses are awakened immediately upon entering the restaurant by the décor and the warm welcome by the staff. Opening 2 years ago, this restaurant has taken a unique and thirst quenching focus on craft cocktails of both the alcoholic and non alcoholic kind. This combined with locally sourced foods and a forward focus on French continental cuisine is no surprise as to why the locals flock to fill the restaurant every night of the week. Start with a lavender cocktail and then move on to try the Onglet De Boeuf and the not to be missed Loup De Mer. Worth the journey for the food and the service.
Four Seasons Amman Spa: Book a Dead Sea mud treatment and relax at this luxurious spa!
Kempinski Hotel Ishtar Dead Sea Resense –
As you drive down the winding road to the Dead Sea, your senses are heightened by the anticipation of arriving at the largest spa in the Middle East. The Ishtar Spa by Resense has quite a reputation to fulfill for the Global Adventuress since her last luxury experience at this same resort a number of years ago. It does not fail to fulfill expectations. This time the spa experience was a luxury massage called The Arabian. Prior to the massage you are greeted with a crisp glass of water and guided to one of 20 beautifully designed treatment rooms with private shower facilities, six outdoor individual treatment and relaxation areas, sauna, and whirlpool. The Dead Sea pool and the largest hydro-pool in the Dead Sea rounds out the spa. After a sense altering and muscle relaxing massage, the Global Adventuress was recharged and relaxed for another day of adventure. 5 stars for the excellent staff and beautiful facilities.
CLICK HERE to see Jordan Tourism Office official site with their recommendations
Check out itineraries and inspiration CLICK HERE from the Jordan Tourism Board with sample itineraries.
Here is the link to a list of hotels in the country, CLICK HERE.
Global Adventuress thanks Golden Crown Tours for hosting our tour of Jordan. We also thank Intercontinental Amman, Kempinski Hotel Ishtar Dead Sea, and Four Seasons Amman for hosting our stay, meals and spa treatments.
Finally, a big thanks to the Jordan Tourism Board for their help planning our trip to Jordan.