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From Amman: Private Day Trip to Petra with Pickup

1. From Amman: Private Day Trip to Petra with Pickup

Depart Amman in the morning and drive along the desert highway to Petra and Wadi Mousa. Upon arrival at the ancient city, enter the archaeological site and make your way to the famous rock-carved Treasury via the stunning Siq canyon. Visit the vast Theater, carved out of the mountainside, and then continue to the Monastery to marvel at the remains of the facade of the holy site. Return through the rock walls via the impressive High Place of Sacrifice, where breathtaking views and amazing rocks of different colors are your reward. Depart in the afternoon and get dropped off at your hotel in Amman.

From Amman: Petra & Wadi Rum Day Trip with Hotel Pickup

2. From Amman: Petra & Wadi Rum Day Trip with Hotel Pickup

Begin with a pickup from your accommodation in Amman and head off on the 225-kilometer journey to the ancient city of Petra. Upon arrival, take a stroll through Al-Siq, a narrow and deep pathway that acts as the main entrance into Petra. Inside, admire the Al-Khazneh, where elegant remains of antiquity can be found carved deep into the rocks. See the monastery, Altar of Sacrifice, Street of Facades, Royal Tombs, and more. After soaking up all the sights, continue the tour towards Wadi Rum, also known as the Valley of the Moon. Next, head to Wadi Rum, the filming location of blockbuster movies such as Lawrence of Arabia and The Martian. Allow yourself to be transported into this other-worldly landscape. Embark on an adventurous 4x4 safari ride through the desert and visit several sites including Nabatean Temple. Later, stop at a picturesque Bedouin for a refreshing cup of Arabic tea or coffee and the opportunity to mingle with the locals. Finally, gaze upon a breathtaking sunset across the silky desert plains before beginning the return journey back to Amman.

Private Tour Madaba, Mount Nebo, Baptism Site & Dead Sea

3. Private Tour Madaba, Mount Nebo, Baptism Site & Dead Sea

Depart your Amman hotel by a leisure air-conditioned vehicle with English-Speaking Driver who doubles up as your guide, and set off on your private tour, traveling to Madaba the city of mosaics. Arrive at Saint George’s Church, the 19th-century basilica in the heart of the town. This famous church houses the Madaba Mosaic Map, an intricately detailed floor mosaic of the Holy Land believed to have been created in the 6th century A.D. Admire the church interior and marvel at the stunning floor map, with its evocative depictions of ancient Jerusalem, Jericho, and lands including the Lebanon, Sinai, and Egypt. Proceed to the open-air museum known as the Archaeological Park, which houses a collection of ruins and mosaics like the Church of Virgin Mary and other floor house mosaics. Visit the historic Catholic Church of Saint John the Baptist, with its beautiful Bell Tower for a breath-taking view of Madaba. Visit its underground museum memorial of Saint John the Baptist. Continue to Mount Nebo, the hill where Moses is believed to have gazed out over the Holy Land. Absorb the sweeping views over the Dead Sea and Jordan Valley, and visit the Byzantine Church on the summit to see its fabled mosaics. Behold the luminous pieces of early art and their vivid recreations of animals, people, and hunting winemaking scenes in this beautiful Franciscan Monastery. On route, soak in views of Jordan’s barren landscapes, and pull up at Bethany Beyond the Jordan River, known as “El-Maghtas” in Arabic, the site on the eastern bank of the river where it’s believed Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist. Meet up with a local guide, and take a tour of the riverbanks and key excavated ruins, learning how the site was sanctified as the place of Jesus’ baptism by the Vatican and a visit by Pope John Paul II in 2000 A.D. Drink in the powerful sense of spirituality, and see the remnants of Roman and Byzantine churches, caves, wells, and baptismal pools. As you walk, listen as your guide explains why archaeologists believe that it was here that John the Baptist lived, preached, and performed baptisms. Hear more about this famous Christian pilgrimage spot and how it is held holy in all three major religions — Christianity, Judaism, and Islam for being the believed site of the Prophet Elijah’s ascension to heaven. Please note: the Bethany in this trip should not be confused with Bethany in Jerusalem, where it's believed that Mary Magdalene lived and Lazarus rose from the dead. Drive to the lowest point on earth for free time to swim in the therapeutic waters of the Dead Sea for an experience not to be missed, as it the first world’s natural spa! Afterward, reconvene with your driver and return to Amman, where your tour ends with a hotel drop-off.

From Amman: Dead Sea and Madaba Tour with Hotel Pickup

4. From Amman: Dead Sea and Madaba Tour with Hotel Pickup

Begin your 10-hour tour with a drive from Amman to Madaba. Madaba is one of the oldest towns in the Middle East, and home to a number of churches. Many are now in ruin, but you can still see extraordinary mosaics from the 7th and 8th centuries. Visit the St. George and Martyrs churches, and later the Mount Nebo Church. Take in views of the Holy Land and the Jordan River Valley from the summit. Jericho is usually visible, and on a clear day you may see Jerusalem. Continue to the Jordan River Baptism Site, and then the Dead Sea for an amazing panoramic view. Stop at the Dead Sea Beach for an hour to relax and enjoy lunch, before heading back to Amman.

Amman: Madaba City, Dead Sea, & Mount Nebo Private Day Tour

5. Amman: Madaba City, Dead Sea, & Mount Nebo Private Day Tour

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. Enjoy free-time before swimming in the Dead Sea, and returning back to your hotel.Start this private 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 streets.See the local markets, pass churches and mosques, a Roman Theater, and the Rainbow Street. Then, proceed to the new modern Amman for a sightseeing tour of the famous white architecture of the city.Continue to the mosaic city of Madaba. Proceed to the open-air museum known as the Archaeological Park, which houses a collection of ruins and mosaics, like the Church of Virgin Mary and other floor house mosaics.Visit the historic Catholic Church of Saint John the Baptist with its beautiful bell tower where yo can see views of Madaba. Visit its underground museum memorial of Saint John the Baptist.Next, take advantage of free-time to explore a mosaic workshop, if interested. Then, climb up Mount Nebo where Prophet Moses is said to have died.Finally, swim in the therapeutic waters of the Dead Sea. After this long day end the tour with a return to your hotel in Amman.

Full Day Private Ancient and Modern Tour of Amman

6. Full Day Private Ancient and Modern Tour of Amman

Discover the wonders of Amman from ancient times to modern on a private tour. Enjoy included entry tickets to sights like the Royal Automobile Museum, Amman Citadel, and the Roman theater. Choose to add an optional Arabic lunch or Turkish bath to your trip. Standard TourBegin your day with morning pickup directly from your Amman hotel. Meet your private driver who will double as your guide for the day. Start learning about the highlights of Jordan’s capital as you take off to your first stop. Travel as far back as 3500 B.C. or before as you hear about the city’s origins. Learn about the city’s days under the Roman Empire and how it was occupied by the Nabataeans and Byzantines. Arrive at one of Amman’s star attractions, the King Abdullah I Mosque, famous for its blue mosaic dome. Spot the nearby Parliament Building and Orthodox Church. Make your way to the Amman Citadel, the hilltop collection of antiquities that looms over the city. At the Amman Citadel, explore the timeworn Roman, Byzantine, and early Islamic relics with your private guide. Pay a visit to the Citadel’s Jordan Archaeological Museum to inspect its collections of ancient artifacts discovered at sites from across Jordan. Continue to the Roman Amphitheater with its Hashemite Plaza, 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. Next, head to 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 colorful markets, mosques like the Grand Husseini Mosque, and churches. Later, stroll along Rainbow Street, Amman’s colorful arts and shopping hot spot, passing the Jordan River Foundation and the residence of King Talal. Delve into the upscale neighborhoods of Abdoun and Al Swaifyeh, where luxury shopping malls and swanky private villas line the streets. Get a closer look at local history during a visit to the Jordan Museum. Proceed to visit the vintage, Hashemite private collection of cars at the Royal Automobile Museum, located in the leafy gardens of King Hussein Park, home of the late King Hussein’s grand mosque. The Royal Automobile Museum showcases a rare collection of Jordan's vehicles ranging from King Hussein bin Ali's cars that came to Amman in 1916 A.D. to modern sports cars. If you didn’t choose the Turkish Bath or lunch options, your tour ends back at your hotel. Alternatively, you can ask to be dropped off at one of the malls along the tour route, like Galleria Mall, Taj Mall, or at Abdali Boulevard. Turkish Bath OptionAdd a Turkish bath to your tour to experience a luxurious Turkish bath, including an invigorating steam room session, soapy scrub, and muscle-melting massage. End your day feeling refreshed and revitalized. Arabic Lunch OptionThe tour with lunch option lets you savor a mouth-watering lunch of Arabic Mezze (small cold and hot dishes) at a local restaurant.

Private Tour to Jerash and Ajloun from Amman

7. Private Tour to Jerash and Ajloun from Amman

Begin your private tour with a pick-up from your central Amman hotel, and travel by comfortable, air-conditioned vehicle to Jerash with your own private English-Speaking Driver who doubles up as your guide. Wander among the original temples, theaters, plazas, paths and colonnaded streets, all enclosed within the remaining city walls. Within the city walls have been found the remains of settlements dating from the Bronze Age, the Iron Age, the Hellenistic, Roman, Byzantine, Umayyad, and Abbasid periods; indicating human occupation at this location for more than 2,500 years. A local English-Speaking Guide will be included for your classic 2 hours visit of this Roman Decapolis City of Jerash. This ancient city was one of the most prosperous in the Roman Empire, and was covered by sand for centuries until its remnants were discovered in 1806. Head through the ancient city gate and walk around the well-preserved ruins as your guide tells you tales about the city in its heyday. See its arches, theaters, and elegant colonnaded street. Snap photos of the stunning Oval Plaza, the Temples of Zeus and Artemis, as well as the intriguing egg-shaped public square framed by standing columns. Having explored here, continue to the 12th-century Castle of Ajloun, built in the time of Saladin to defend against Crusader armies. Head inside this semi-intact hilltop fortress, roam the rambling corridors and staircases. See the murder holes used by the invaders, and admire the stunning views over the lush hills of the Jordan Valley from the towers. Then, reconvene with your vehicle and relax on your long ride back to Amman where your trip ends with a hotel drop off.

From Amman: Private Amman and Jerash Sightseeing Tour

8. From Amman: Private Amman and Jerash Sightseeing Tour

Begin your 6-hour private tour with a pick up from your central Amman hotel, and travel by comfortable, air-conditioned vehicle to Jerash with your own private English-Speaking Driver who doubles up as your guide. Soak up the views of the passing towns and green landscapes, along the way, hear the history of Jerash. Largely established by Alexander the Great in the 2nd century B.C., this ancient city was one of the most prosperous in the Roman Empire, and was covered by sand for centuries until its remnants were discovered in 1806 A.D. Head through the ancient city gate and walk around the well-preserved ruins as your guide tells you tales about the city in its heyday. See its arches, theaters, and elegant colonnaded street. Snap photos of the stunning Oval Plaza, the Temples of Zeus and Artemis, as we all the intriguing egg-shaped public square framed by standing columns. After this long walk, return to the capital of Amman, for a panoramic tour of the city’s highlights. Drive around the city and downtown area past the animated markets, churches, and mosques like King Abdullah’s Mosque. Start by discovering the Roman, Byzantine, and Islamic-era ruins of Amman Citadel for a view point. Gaze in awe at the Roman Amphitheater, carved into a hillside in the 2nd century B.C. and the most important remnant of Amman’s predecessor, the Roman white city of Philadelphia. Free time at leisure in Amman downtown area for souvenir shopping in the local gold and spice markets. Pass by King Hussein’s Palace, where the late, revered king is laid to rest. Your tour then concludes by strolling along “Jabal Al-Webdeih” and “Jabal Amman” Quarters, the Rainbow Street, Amman’s colorful arts and shopping hotspot. Delve into the upscale neighborhoods of “Abdoun” and “Swefieh”, where luxury shopping malls and swanky private villas line the streets. After passing thru the modern Amman drive back to your hotel.

Bethany Baptism Jordan River Site Visit from Amman

9. Bethany Baptism Jordan River Site Visit from Amman

Meet your driver at your Amman hotel, and travel by private, leisure air-conditioned vehicle to the River Jordan with your own private English-Speaking Driver who doubles up as your guide. On route, soak in views of Jordan’s barren landscapes, and pull up at Bethany Beyond the Jordan River, known as “Al-Maghtas” in Arabic, the site on the eastern bank of the river where it’s believed Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist. Meet up with a local guide, and take a tour of the riverbanks and key excavated ruins, learning how the site was sanctified as the place of Jesus’ baptism by the Vatican and a visit by Pope John Paul II in 2000. Drink in the powerful sense of spirituality, and see the remnants of Roman and Byzantine churches, caves, wells, and baptismal pools. As you walk, listen as your guide explains why archaeologists believe that it was here that John the Baptist lived, preached, and performed baptisms. Hear more about this famous Christian pilgrimage spot and how it is held holy in all three major religions — Christianity, Judaism, and Islam for being the believed site of the Prophet Elijah’s ascension to heaven. Afterward, reconvene with your driver and return to Amman, where your tour ends with a hotel drop-off. Please note: the Bethany in this trip should not be confused with Bethany in Jerusalem, where it's believed that Mary Magdalene lived and Lazarus rose from the dead. Upgrade Iraq Al Amir Visit: Alternatively, if you’ve chosen to upgrade, travel to Iraq Al Amir, home to numerous cliff-side caves dating to the Copper Age. Drive through olive groves and pine trees, and after viewing the caves, continue to nearby Qasr al-Abad, a restored pre-Roman building dating from the 2nd or 3rd century B.C. Admire the exterior, pillars, and animal carvings as you walk around the age-old edifice, thought to have been a villa or minor palace. Then, rejoin your driver and conclude your tour with an Amman hotel drop-off.

From Amman: Private Petra Day Trip with Guide

10. From Amman: Private Petra Day Trip with Guide

See the ancient architecture and geological rock formations of the desert with your guide there to explain the history of the city. Spend some free time to explore before being dropped off again at your hotel. Depart your hotel early-morning to drive south to the Nabatean Red Rose City of Petra, one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Reach Petra's main site to learn more about its magnificent history. Enjoy a tour of this UNESCO Heritage-listed wonder with a local guide. First, walk through the famous “Siq”, a narrow path of 1.2-kilometer rock fissure that was once the main entrance to the city. Marvel at your first glimpse of the hauntingly beautiful Treasury “Al - Khazneh” as the canyon suddenly opens up. Admire this rose-pink masterpiece, originally built to house priceless treasures. Walk through the widening canyon to witness other monuments such as the 3,000-seat theater called the Royal Tombs, and the Byzantine Church. as your guide describes how the Nabateans sculpted the buildings. Next, enjoy some free-time to explore. Climb up the Monastery, see the Petra Museum, or visit the High Place of Sacrifice, a clifftop altar that was once used for animal sacrifices and other ceremonies. After leaving the sites you will pass by Little Petra, a small rocky valley with carvings. Then, journey back to Amman, where your day trip ends with a hotel drop-off.

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based on 12 reviews

Picked up from our hotel in Amman at 6am to begin 3 hour drive to Petra in comfortable air conditioned car. Arrived at Petra at 9am. Our driver was very friendly and he said we could take as long as we liked exploring Petra and meet him back at the car. We were grateful for this as the site is very big. We spent 5 hours inside Petra and met back at the car at 2pm to begin drive to Wadi Rum which was another 1.5 hr drive. When arriving we exchanged tour guide and vehicle (for a Toyota land cruiser) and began tour of the Wadi Rum. Our tour guide was a local, born and raised in the Wadi Rum and very knowledgeable. Stopping to take photos every now and then. We even stopped at a Bedouin desert camp to have tea. We returned to our original driver after and arrived back in Amman about midnight. What a fantastic day. Worth every penny!

From A to Z it was an excellent trip and experience our driver yousif he is an amazing guys, friendly and informative. The car was neat and clean, provided us with cold water and told us about petra history in details in addition we stopped for a break to get some souvenirs and refreshments with coffee! , our tour guide Zayd super awesome guy multilingual and experienced guide he told us about the ancient history of peers from scratch , showed us a hidden place made our mind to points that we will miss if we were alone me and my friend spended a wonderful time there, definitely when I visit Jordan again well contact those guys because they are friendly more thann you can imagine I totally recommend them!!

This was a wonderful experience. The driver was very knowledgeable about the routes and showed me some views of difference destinations which was extra. Zach, was punctual and was very eager in making sure you were safe and satisfied. I enjoyed spending time with him. He also gave pointers on things to look out for while touring Petra. There are people that will try to swindle and take advantage but you’ll just have to say no and keep moving. I did not do any donkey or camel rides for to me it wasn’t worth it. It will take the same time walking. I was able to do the tour myself without guide. I simply did a lot of research and reading prior to trip.

Excellent trip. Covered everything and more. Our driver was Basil and he was great-safe, knowledgeable and gave us lots of tips for visiting. Lots of beautiful places covered.

Ahmad , was the best guide/driver that I met in the last 10 years. He managed fantastic the entire day . I recommend 100 % the tour and the guide .