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From Jerusalem: Petra, Jerash and Amman 2-Day Tour

1. From Jerusalem: Petra, Jerash and Amman 2-Day Tour

This 2-day Jordan tour leaves from Jerusalem and includes visits to the incredible cities of Jerash and Amman, as well as Petra. Enjoy authentic meals, an overnight stay with local Bedouins, and a full day in Petra are all part of the package. Depart Jerusalem in the morning and take in stunning views of the Judean Desert landscape along the Israeli side of the Jordan valley. Arrive at the ancient city of Jerash, an incredibly well-preserved Roman city featuring colonnaded streets, baths, theaters, temples, and a hippodrome. See a striking blend of Eastern and Western architectural traditions. Your next stop is Jordan’s capital city of Amman. Visit both the modern downtown area of the city, now the economic, political, and cultural center of Jordan, and also the old Citadel above the city. At the Citadel, you’ll see the Temple of Hercules and historic palaces, and have excellent views of the modern city. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant, and try some sweet Kanafeh for dessert. After lunch, you’ll continue south to the desert, where you’ll spend the night in a Bedouin camp. The Bedouins, nomadic inhabitants of the desert, have lived in the region for thousands of years. Experience Bedouin hospitality as they share their tasty meals and comfortable tents with the group. The second day is devoted to Petra. You’ll stand in awe at Petra, one of the New 7 Wonders of the World, poetically described as a rose-red city half the age of time. Carved into the red rocks of the desert cliffs thousands of years ago by the ancient Nabatean people, Petra was hidden under sand for centuries before recently being made accessible again. See the iconic Treasury, the amphitheater, the royal tombs, the monastery, and much more, before you return to Jerusalem via the Allenby crossing. This is a fully guided tour, with transportation to all sites and an extensive informational travel app for smartphones and tablets that provides additional information about each of the sites you visit. It also contains useful information about border crossings. The app, with maps, information and pictures, can be downloaded before you set out, and doesn’t require an internet connection.

Madaba, Mount Nebo, and the Dead Sea Day Trip

2. Madaba, Mount Nebo, and the Dead Sea Day Trip

Start the tour with a panoramic visit of the capital of Jordan, Amman. Begin from the ancient area with a view point from the Citadel, and continue to downtown passing by the Roman Theater and the Rainbow Street. Then, proceed to the new modern Amman for a sightseeing tour of the modern white architecture that the city is well known for. Continue to visit the mosaic city of Madaba, the most popular and well known of the ancient mosaic map of Jordan and the Holy Land. Founded in the 6th century at the Saint George Orthodox Church, visit points of interest from various historical stories recorded in the Bible. Then, climb up Mount Nebo where Prophet Moses is said to have died. Enjoy the view of the Holy Land and the Jordan Valley, and visit the mosaics and ancient relics found inside the Mount Nebo Franciscan Church. Drive to the lowest point on earth for free time to swim in the therapeutic waters of Dead Sea, the world's first natural spa. This is an experience not to be missed. After a long day, end the tour with a return to your hotel in Amman.

Amman: Day or Night Private Sightseeing Tour

3. Amman: Day or Night Private Sightseeing Tour

Start the tour driving through Jabal Al - Hussein for a breathtaking view of old Amman from the Citadel. Gaze in awe at the Roman Amphitheater, carved into a hillside in the 2nd-century BC. Pass King Hussein’s Palace, where the late, revered king is laid to rest. Proceed to the downtown area and take some free time to wander through the old gold and spice markets. The tour will continue to the city’s various mosques including King Abdullah Mosque and churches such as Coptic Orthodox Church.  Continue the tour with a stroll through the historical area of Jabal Al – Webdeih, famous for its different art galleries. Then, wander down Rainbow Street in Jabal Amman Quarter, the cradle of many of Amman’s landmarks including headquarters of the Jordan River Foundation, and the residence of King Talal.  After discovering Amman’s colorful arts and shopping hot spot, head over to the modern part of town. Delve into the upscale neighborhoods of Abdoun and Swefieh, where luxury shopping malls and swanky private villas line the streets. Alternatively, ask to be dropped off at one of the malls like Galleria and Taj Mall or at Abdali Boulevard, a stylish new enclave of designer shops regarded as Amman’s up-and-coming downtown area.

Amman Sightseeing Private Tour with Additional Options

4. Amman Sightseeing Private Tour with Additional Options

Begin your 4-hour private tour with a morning pick up from your central Amman hotel. Meet your informative private driver who doubles as your guide, and begin your explorations of the Jordanian capital’s highlights. As you travel, hear about the history of this fascinating city, whose past stretches back to 3500 B.C. or before. Hear about the city’s days under the Roman Empire, and how it was occupied by the Nabataeans and Byzantines. View one of Amman’s star attractions, the King Abdullah Mosque, famous for its blue mosaic dome, and the nearby Coptic Church. Next, make your way to Amman Citadel, the hilltop collection of antiquities that looms over the city with a private local guide. Explore the timeworn Roman, Byzantine and early Islamic relics, and pay a visit to the Citadel’s Archaeological Museum to inspect its collections of ancient artifacts discovered at sites from across Jordan. Then, continue to the Roman Amphitheater, a magnificent hillside structure believed to have been built in the 2nd century. Admire the symmetry and scale of the theater as your guide explains how it was built as part of the Roman city of Philadelphia, and could accommodate up to 6,000 spectators. Continue to visit the Museum of Popular Traditions to see the exhibition of traditional dress and jewelry. Pass the Raghadan Palace, the burial place of the late King Hussein, and ride around the downtown area for free time at its vibrant markets, traditional mosques, and churches. Then, stroll along Rainbow Street, Amman’s colorful arts and shopping hotspot, passing the Jordan River Foundation and residence of King Talal. Delve into the upscale neighborhoods of Abdoun and Swefieh, where luxury shopping malls and swanky private villas line the streets. Your 4-hour tour ends back at your hotel. Alternatively, ask for a drop off at one of the malls on your tour like Galleria or Taj Mall or at Abdali Boulevard, a stylish new enclave of designer shops regarded as Amman’s up-and-coming downtown area. The tour itinerary of the Jordan Museum and Royal Automobile Museum. After your classic city tour, visit the Jordan Museum marking Jordan’s history. Then proceed to visit the vintage, Hashemite Royalty private collection cars at the Royal Automobile Museum, located in the leafy gardens of King Hussein Park, home of the Late King Hussein beautiful grand elegant Mosque. The museum showcases a rare collection of Jordan's vehicles ranging from King Hussein bin Ali's cars that came to Amman in 1916 to modern sports cars. Please note that Tuesdays both museums are closed. Tour option with Arabic lunch: Upgrade to a 6-hour tour and after your city tour, savor a mouth-watering lunch of Arabic Mezze, small dishes, at a local restaurant. Enjoy an assortment of small plates, such as barbecued chicken and beef, hummus, salads and bread, and after your meal, relax with a hotel or shopping mall drop off, your choice. Tour with Arabic lunch and Turkish Bath: Upgrade to an 8-hour tour and following a succulent lunch of tasty Arabic Mezze, small dishes, at a local restaurant, wallow in a luxurious Turkish bath experience, including an invigorating steam room session, soapy scrub, and muscle-melting massage. Then, duly refreshed and revitalized, relax with your choice of either a hotel or shopping mall drop off, your choice.

Amman: Private Sightseeing City Tour

5. Amman: Private Sightseeing City Tour

Discover more about the fascinating city of Amman on this private tour with an professional guide. Learn more about the culture and history as you visit the Amman Roman theatre, the Citadel, Umayyad Palace, and King Abdullah mosque. Start your trip with a delicious traditional Jordanian breakfast at a local restaurant. Drive to King Abdullah mosque and visit the ruins of the Amman Roman theatre. Take a trip to the past as you walk through the Citadel and the Umayyad Palace. Satisfy your curiosity at the archaeological and folklore museums and stroll through the vibrant souks and markets before heading to Jordan Museum. View the unique architecture on Rainbow Street, one of Amman's oldest suburbs. Have a filling lunch before visiting some local shops. Relax, as your professional driver takes you back to your accommodation.

From Amman: Amman, Jerash and Dead Sea Day Tour

6. From Amman: Amman, Jerash and Dead Sea Day Tour

At 8 am, you will be picked up from your hotel and start your tour of Amman. The geography is often described in reference to the eight circles which form the spine of the city. First Circle is located near downtown, and the series extends westward through Eighth Circle. A close second to Petra on the list of favorite destinations in Jordan is the ancient city of Jerash, which boasts an unbroken chain of human occupation dating back more than 6,500 years. Jerash lies on a plain surrounded by hilly wooded areas and fertile basins. Conquered by General Pompey in 63 BC, it came under Roman rule and was one of the ten great Roman cities of the Decapolis League. Its 2km south of the main resort strip, is run by Amman municipality to give affordable access to the Dead Sea. The grounds are attractively landscaped and the beach is clean, with sun umbrellas, freshwater showers and a vibrant local flavor, making it a great place to strike up conversation with a Jordanian family. There are also a number of swimming pools, a restaurant (JD 10 buffet), some drinks stalls, basketball courts and an amusement park next door. At the end of the day, you will be taken back to your hotel.

Full-Day Amman City Tour and the Dead Sea from Amman

7. Full-Day Amman City Tour and the Dead Sea from Amman

Be picked up from your accommodation in Amman and enjoy a panoramic visit of Jordan's capital. Amman is a city enriched with glamour of the past and the present. Visit ancient and modern Amman by visiting the main highlights of the breathtaking view of old Amman from the Citadel - down town area with a short free time in the old gold and spice markets like Al Bukaria Souk. After that hit the road towards the Dead Sea. Be driven to visit the Dead Sea and the desert of Moab, which is 55 kilometers from Amman – the lowest point on earth, 400 meters under sea level. The Dead Sea is one of the most incredible places in the world. It is known for the Biblical story of the destruction of Sodom and Gomorra, which was turned into salt. The Dead Sea speaks for itself; there is no living fish! It is by far one of Jordan’s most impressive and spectacular places to visit. Its calm shining water glowing from its scorching sun is known for the concentration of salt and minerals, which makes it a therapeutic as well as a unique swimming experience not to be missed. Once your half day tour has finished you will be returned to Amman.

Full Day Private Ancient and Modern Tour of Amman

8. Full Day Private Ancient and Modern Tour of Amman

Begin your 6-hour private tour with a morning pick up from your central Amman hotel. Meet your informative private driver who doubles as your guide, and start your exploration of the Jordanian capital’s highlights. As you travel, hear about the history of this fascinating city, whose past stretches back to 3500 B.C. or before. Hear about the city’s days under the Roman Empire, and how it was occupied by the Nabataeans and Byzantines. View one of Amman’s star attractions, the King Abdullah Mosque, famous for its blue mosaic dome, and the nearby Coptic Church. Next, make your way to Amman Citadel, the hilltop collection of antiquities that looms over the city with a private local guide. Explore the timeworn Roman, Byzantine and early Islamic relics, and pay a visit to the Citadel’s Archaeological Museum to inspect its collections of ancient artifacts discovered at sites from across Jordan. Then, continue to the Roman Amphitheater, a magnificent hillside structure believed to have been built in the 2nd century. Continue to visit the Museum of Popular Traditions to see the exhibition of traditional dress and jewelry. Pass the “Raghadan Palace”, the burial place of the late King Hussein, and enjoy free time downtown at vibrant markets, traditional mosques, and churches. Then, stroll along Rainbow Street, Amman’s colorful arts and shopping hot spot, passing the Jordan River Foundation and residence of King Talal. Delve into the upscale neighborhoods of “Abdoun” and “Swefieh”, where luxury shopping malls and swanky private villas line the streets. After your classic city tour visit of the Jordan Museum marking Jordan’s history. Then proceed to visit the vintage, Hashemite Royalty private collection cars at the Royal Automobile Museum, located in the leafy gardens of King Hussein Park, home of the Late King Hussein beautiful grand elegant Mosque. The museum showcases a rare collection of Jordan's vehicles ranging from King Hussein bin Ali's cars that came to Amman in 1916 to modern sports cars. Your 6-hour tour ends back at your hotel or alternatively, ask for a drop off at one of the malls on your tour. 

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What people are saying about Amman Citadel

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 81 reviews

A wonderful experience. If you are staying in Amman then do go with this package. It covers maximum locations in short period of time. A wonderful resort awaits to as well where kids can enjoy a lot. The driver was very friendly throughout.

From my point of view this Amman tour is a must if you want to see the main touristic sights, the main areas of the town, all these mixed with good informations about every aspects of Jordan and Jordanians way of living. Was a pleasure.

Our guide Mahmoud did everything to ensure that my son and I feel comfortable and that we have a wonderful start to our Jordan tour. His hospitality was beyond compare!

Khakis Al Wahsh is a great tourist driver. Very helpful and courteous.

Was a very good short tour, we did liked. Very nice driver.