I never thought we could capture the highlights of Jordan in 3 days, but we did! My husband and I arrived late in the evening and arranged a driver (through Mozio) to pick us up from the airport and drive us directly to the Dead Sea Marriott Resort. Such a relief not to worry about taxis, bags, directions… We drove over Mt. Nebo and he dropped us off just in time for a late dinner.
Here’s what our trip looked like…
7am: A long run along the Dead Sea followed by taking mud baths and floating off the shore of the Marriott.
9am: Breakfast at the hotel.
10am: We met friends who rented a car from the airport and drove north (for about 20 minutes) to the Jordan River where Christ was baptised. Tickets for the tour are sold on the spot and you’ll need about 1.5 hours to complete the walk.
12pm: Checked out of hotel and drove 3 hours south to Petra stopping at the lowest point on earth and Lot’s Cave along the way. A cafe selling the most delicious shwarmas is within walking distance from Petra’s Visitor’s Center. You’ll find it next door to the Movenpick. Purchase tickets for Petra by Night and the day pass for hiking the following day.
4pm: Drove 15 minutes to Little Petra – no tickets are required here. This is the back entrance to Petra, you can hike from here to Big Petra but you need a guide and climbing gear and 3-4 hours. After arriving at little Petra, we met our Bedouin Airbnb host and set a time for dinner. We spent the next 2 hours hiking in little Petra.
6:30pm: Met our host for a dinner made at our Bedouin Cave (where we would be sleeping).
It was delicious and so much fun to have a meal over an open fire.
7:30pm: Drove to Big Petra for Petra by Night. Petra requires a lot of hiking. There are some donkeys/horses for hire, but the animals don’t go in at night. It is beautiful to see everything lit up.
9pm: Slept in our Bedouin Cave carved more than 3000 years ago.
7am: Packed up and drove to Big Petra. Petra gets crazy crowded, so get in as early as you can.
8am: Started hiking. We wanted to get all the way through to the Monastery which requires 800 steps at the end. It’s best to start early. It’s also well worth the hike. Take water and snacks to keep you going.
2pm: Late lunch at Alqantarah Restaurant.
3pm: Hit the road and headed to Amman. On the way we stopped at Al Shobak Castle for our history enthusiasts on the way.
We enjoyed breakfast at the hotel before visiting the Roman Forum and Colosseum in old Amman. A great reminder about the power of Rome at the height of its Empire.
We were so busy we didn’t stop for lunch but that made dinner even better!
There are walking tours available or cooking classes listed on Airbnb under Experiences. I would recommend a cooking class with Shereen if you have time.
I would also recommend eating at Sufra in Old Amman and walking down to Habibah Sweets for some local Jordanian desserts.
At 8pm we headed to the airport for our flight home.
That’s it – the highlights of Jordan in 3 days! It was action-packed for sure. I’m so glad we got to experience it!