Explore the rose city In Jordan
Check into the Four Seasons Amman
Arriving at the airport, our driver will be waiting to meet you from your flight and accompany you to the hotel. You’ll check in to the luxurious Four Seasons Amman, whose rooms and suites offer extraordinary panoramic views over the city. There’ll be time to settle in and have a meal before our guided city tour commences. The Jordanian capital is often referred to as the White City as its buildings are made from blocks of limestone.
This afternoon’s itinerary can be tailored to your specific requests. Perhaps you’ll choose to visit one of the city’s museums, such as the Royal Automobile Museum or the Jordan Museum, or maybe some of the city’s fascinating archaeological sites such as the Temple of Hercules, Umayyad Palace complex or the Citadel. Dinner tonight will be at the hotel’s acclaimed restaurant, La Capitale.
Excursion to Jerash
This morning, you’ll be collected from the hotel and taken by private car to the nearby city of Jerash. Known as Gerasa, it was the most important Roman settlement in Jordan and is well preserved today. Entering via the towering South Gate, you’ll be accompanied by a guide who will lead you through this fascinating ruined city. The path you take was once used by Roman carts and you’ll see the grooves worn by their wheels under your own feet. The Oval forum is sure to make a lasting impression.
Rainbow Street shopping
Returning to the Jordanian capital, you’ll enjoy a leisurely lunch and some time for shopping in this modern, safe city. Don’t miss Rainbow Street with its vibrant mix of cafés, art galleries and boutiques. Later you’ll dine at one of its best restaurants, Fakhr el-Din, whose Lebanese cuisine has been recognised with many awards.
Check into the Mövenpick Resort Petra
The road from Amman to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Petra is a good quality paved highway, and it will take around three hours in your private car to reach the Mövenpick Resort. After checking in, you’ll have lunch and a time to freshen up.
Siq Al-Barid excursion
This afternoon we’ll begin with an excursion to Little Petra, also known as Siq al-Barid. These ruins are like a miniature version of their more famous neighbour, but are little visited and very atmospheric. The Painted House has no counterpart in Petra and is especially impressive. Returning to Petra, you’ll have an early dinner at the hotel.
Candlelit tour of Petra by night
This evening, you’ll be transferred to the entrance of Petra and candle in hand, will walk along the narrow chasm known as the Siq, lit only by the flickering lanterns that line its sheer rock faces. It’s about a kilometre to reach Petra’s most iconic sight, the Treasury. There, you’ll sit on blankets under the stars and listen to traditional Bedouin music and a tale about the ancient Nabateans who built Petra in 300BC. The evening will end with mint tea and a stroll back through the Siq; your driver will be waiting to take you back to the hotel when you emerge.
Horse riding through the Siq with a knowledgeable guide
Today, you’ll return to Petra and ride on horseback through the Siq. With a knowledgeable and entertaining guide, you’ll be able to explore Petra at leisure. You’ll begin at the Treasury, carved right out of the rock face, and meet the camels who sit in the dust in front of it. Then you’ll walk further down the gorge and into the city, marvelling at both the ruins and the natural colours of the much-faulted rock. It will be apparent why Petra’s nickname is the Rose Red City. Along the way, there’s a cafe to stop and rest, before we head up the 822 steps to reach the Monastery, actually a Nabatean temple.
Optional donkey ride to monastery
It’s possible to hire a donkey to carry you up the steep hill; if you wish to do so, your guide will arrange it. The tough climb is well worth the effort. The views from the top are incredible. Returning to the bottom, we’ll retrace our steps along the canyon and head back to the hotel where we’ll have dinner.
Check into the Kempinski hotel
Today, we’ll drive across Jordan to our final destination, the Dead Sea resort of Sweimah. There, your base will be the beautiful Kempinski Hotel Ishtar, whose architecture has been carefully designed to complement its surroundings.
Swim in dead sea and have luxury spa treatment
The Dead Sea’s health-enhancing properties have been recognised in these parts for many centuries – even Cleopatra came here. The water has a high sodium content, giving people the ability to float more easily on its surface, and there is also plenty of magnesium and bromide too. The mud is rich with these minerals too, and having a soothing clay mask is thought to draw out toxins and exfoliate the skin, leaving it soft and smooth. You’ll take a dip under close supervision – too long in the water isn’t good for you – before returning to the hotel spa for a range of luxury treatments. Dinner will be at the hotel.
Visit the Dead Sea Museum
This morning, we’d recommend a visit to the Dead Sea Panoramic Complex a short drive south of the hotel. Its Dead Sea Museum was opened as the first natural history museum specialising in the geology and ecology of this fascinating region. Most interesting is the section of the museum called The Dead Sea in Danger, which highlights the fragility of the region and its uncertain future as a result of the decreasing water levels, currently averaging a metre a year.
Relaxation at the hotel
Returning to the hotel for lunch and to maintain your new state of relaxation, we’d recommend devoting the rest of the day to enjoy the hotel’s facilities. There are nine pools to choose from, tennis courts and a fitness centre if you feel like a workout and plenty more treatments should you choose to return to the hotel’s spa.
Checkout and drive to airport for flight back home
It’s the end of your Jordan tour today. There’ll be time for you to relax at the hotel before checking out for your transfer to Jordan’s Queen Alia International Airport, about an 80 minute ride away.