We are inspired to travel to destinations from all different ways whether it be through word of mouth, advertisements, TV shows, magazines, books or movies. Jordan may be a bit off the beaten track to some, but it has been on our hit list since we saw Indiana Jones: the Last Crusade (and this year was the 25th anniversary!). It may seem weird but the landscape, the outfits and the incredible history made us want to visit Petra and if there was a few extra places to see while there then why not? Here is our guide to a week in Jordan.
Amman – the capital
Day trip to Jerash – This is an entire town in ancient ruins. Make sure you have plenty of water when walking through the site as it can take a couple of hours to complete.
Shopping Malls (air conditioned) – like City Mall
Essentials Spa Amman – Offers massage, manicures, pedicures, hamman and many more options.
Wild Jordan Cafe – go here for lunch, on top of a hill overlooking the city
Hasheem – go here for dinner – no menu, no meat, a cheap option
Fakhrel Din – go here for dinner – a fancier option with delicious food in a gorgeous old house
Wadi Musa – the City of Petra
Petra – Go in early when the gates open so you aren’t spending the hottest part of the day in the sun. Make sure you wear good walking shoes and wear a hat. The Treasury is amazing but there is so much more to experience. Make sure you walk right to the very end and climb the 850 stairs to the Monastery – it is worth every single drop of sweat. Drink lots of water.
Petra by night – Only offered on certain days of the week. Walk along the candle lit pathway through siqs all the way down to the Treasury. If you can do this the night before going in to experience the entire site by day it will be even better.
Three Steps Restaurant & Cafe – lunch or dinner – great local food with good service.
Red Cave – go for lunch – great sandwich wraps, we recommend the falafel wrap.
Reem Al-Wadi Restaurant – great for dinner – more of a local restaurant. Tasty food and cheap.
Cave Bar – Under the Crowne Plaza Resort a 2000 year old tomb has been converted into a bar.
Movenpick Rooftop Garden – Head to the top level of the Movenpick to a gorgeous rooftop bar and a view over Wadi Musa. They offer drinks, tea/coffee and ice-cream. More expensive.
Wadi Rum – the desert
Do an overnight trip into the desert and stay in a local camp hotel. All meals will be included while at the hotel.
A 4×4 Jeep safari in the desert – A 2-3hr ride in the desert will take you across sand dunes to show you different areas, markings and landscapes of the amazing Wadi Rum.
A camel safari – Wake up early (like 4:30am early) and do a sunrise camel trek. Don a camel and ride around to view the sun rise over the dunes while you enjoy a cup of tea.
The Dead Sea area
Float in the Dead Sea – the Marriott Hotel has a 60JD entrance fee for the day which includes a 25JD food and drink coupon. Head here to have access to a pool, a private beach, lunch and more. If you would rather, you can go to the Amman Tourist Beach, which has a 20JD entrance fee and a buffet lunch on top of that.
Mujib Valley – Get a guide, buy some waterproof shoes and enter the valley. You will splash through water, climb over water falls and scurry over rocks but what you see along the way is totally worth it. This was one of our favourite parts out of the whole country and is a must do!