If you are travelling around the Middle East, Jordan is somewhere you should definitely see. The best thing is, you can do this trip in 3 days if you don’t have a lot of time.
Fly into Amman Airport. If your flight gets you in early in the day, then you can get on the road straight away, if not, stay one night in Amman and leave early the next morning. (Ladies, make sure that your shoulders are covered here.)
Because we only stayed one night, we staying in a small hotel, Jordan Tower Hotel, in the city centre. It wasn’t the best place I have ever stayed, but it did the job for the couple of hours we needed to sleep. Have a look here. It cost around €30 for 2 people.
Closeby, is a traditional restaurant called Hashem that serves hummus and falafel. The King of Jordan is said to love it here. If you ask at any hotel they will give you directions to it.
If you’re travelling in a group, try to arrange a driver for your time in Jordan. We did this and it was a lot more straightforward and we didn’t have to look for buses etc.. If not, the hotels can arrange trips for you too. Here is the contact we used to arrange a driver, Mohammad +962 7 9593 2679, and our driver’s name was Quis. He was very helpful and it made a huge difference for our trip.
From Amman, you can drive straight to the Lost City of Petra. It is a 3 hour drive from Amman. Petra is just an amazing place. To get in, it costs around €50. Make sure to bring your passport to get your entry ticket! When you get in, you can spend hours there. Be sure to get there early so you can get a great picture of the Treasury without the crowds. You can go horse-riding through Petra and climb up the cliffs to explore different buildings, find great viewpoints and go to the top of the amphitheatre. It is a place that needs to be seen to be believed.
On Monday, Wednesday and Thursday night, you can go see Petra in candlelight. This is an experience you cannot capture on camera but taking in your surroundings with the sound of Bedouin music playing in the background is sure to send a tingle up your spine.
For accommodation in Petra, especially if it is a quick trip, the Sharah Mountain Hotel was cheap and cheerful, and most importantly clean. It included free wifi, breakfast and a shuttle service to and from Petra if you didn’t have a driver. This cost €36 for 2 people.
From Petra, you can explore a number of Wadis, like Wadi Muusa or Wadi Rum, depending on how much time you have. The hotels can organise day trips for you or else, a driver will bring you there along the way. We did stop in a few places for a look on our way back towards Amman.
Another must in Jordan is the Dead Sea. You don’t really need to spend a lot of time here. Booking a hotel with private access to the beach means you can avoid crowds and the hotel also provides free shuttles. We stayed in The Ramada. It was a bit more expensive, but a very nice hotel and the rooms had a balcony with a nice view of the mountains and sea. It was €95 for a double room, but this included the buses from the hotel to the beach and access to the Dead Sea.
When you’re at the Dead Sea, firstly, DO NOT get the water in your eyes or mouth. Also, shaving the day before or day of is a major no-no. It really stings!!
Before you get in, you can use the mud from the Dead Sea and leave it on your skin for 10 minutes. It works wonders. My skin has never felt so soft. The hotel had a bucket of the mud ready for people to use. When you get into the sea, you can just lie back and relax and you will float. It’s a weird but cool experience.
Showers and loungers were available too. It was nice to be able to fully relax and take in the experience because there was no crowd on the reserved area for the hotel.
Once you’re done with the Dead Sea, The Ramada Hotel has a pool and bars which you can use. One tip for food – avoid the buffet and go for the A la Carte or room service options for dinner.
Getting back to Amman from here takes between 1 hour – 1 hour 20.
The great thing about this trip is you can do 1 day in Petra and 1 day and the Dead Sea and leave or you can take days to explore the Wadis at your leisure. Either way, it needs to be added to your bucket list!
- If you’re doing this trip in a short time, having a driver really helps.
- Bring your passport to Petra to get your ticket.
- Make sure you have lots of water with you in Petra – it can get very hot.
Top Tip Traveller 🙂