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12 day self-drive Honeymoon in Jordan - In2Jordan

12 day self-drive Honeymoon in Jordan

by Lena Sluga

Your honeymoon in Jordan: A combination of exploring the UNESCO world heritage sites, some adventurous activities on the way and a romantic getaway with time to relax. With this unique trip plan you can get to know Jordan from a romantic yet adventurous site, leading you to places you would not expect to find in Jordan. Go ziplining in the green north of Jordan! Enjoy the calmness in the Feynan Ecolodge!  Relax in the hotsprings of Ma’In and wander the bustling downtown souks of Amman. Of course, you’ll also have time to relax at the Red Sea, and a chance to float in the salty mineral rich waters of the Dead Sea.

If you’re looking for a more unusual and out-of-the-box honeymoon, you have found the right place. Let us show you Jordan from a different perspective!

 

Day 1: Welcome to your honeymoon in Jordan!

Upon landing in Amman, head straight to the rental car office in the airport to pick up your rental car. For the next 12 days, this car will be yours, and you can explore Jordan on your own! Spend your first night in Amman, Jordan’s bustling capital. If you are not too jetlagged, you can get out and explore some neighbourhoods which are also lively in the evening. Rainbow Street in Jabal Amman, Jabal Weibdeh or the chaotic downtown markets provide plenty of entertainment!

View of the Jabal 3rd Circle during sunset, as seen from the Le Royal Hotel in Amman.

Day 2: Exploring the Concrete Jungle

On your first day on your honeymoon in Jordan, you can explore the concrete jungle that is called Amman. If you head out with a car, keep in mind that parking (and driving!) may be difficult and stressful. It’s an option to use local taxis instead. Make sure the driver switches on the meter, or negotiate the fare in advance to avoid disagreements.

Venture out to the Citadel, the Roman Theatre, the Temple of Hercules and downtown souks. The Jordan Museum is also worth exploring, and the King Abdullah II Mosque is open for tourists. If you feel like having a drink in the evening, then make your way to the Cantaloupe Gastro-Pub. They have a rooftop terrace with breathtaking 360 degree view over the city (take the elevator to the top floor, and then head up one more flights of stairs!).

 

Day 3: Roman ruins, green forests and ziplining

After a delicious breakfast at your hotel, hop into your rental car and drive north! First you will visit Jerash, which are one of the best preserved Roman ruins outside of Italy. The site is quite large and you’ll do quite some walking, so plan 2 – 3 hours for a visit there. To regain some energy, you can have lunch at one of the local BBQ restaurants in Jerash. Here, you can have a mixed grill (usually with kofta, beef and chicken), which comes with delicious side dishes and dips such as hummous or mutabbal.

Then drive a little further north, to the village of Ajloun. It is surrounded by green hills and a forest of strawberry trees, evergreen oak, pine and wild pistachio. If you are there in the right season (start of autumn), then you might also see big pomegranates hanging on trees. In Ajloun, you can visit the castle, situated on a hill and overlooking the surrounding area. If you had your fill of ancient ruins for the day, then drive to the Ajloun Forest Reserve (15 minute drive from the village). The visitor centre has a zipline, where you can “slide over” to the Forest Cabins from RSCN.

From there, you can do a small circular hike called the Roe Deer Trail, which can be done unguided and takes around 1 hour. You can have dinner at the phenomenal restaurant in the visitor centre, which has a lovely terrace with a great view. At the end of the day, drive back to Amman for your overnight stay.

The Ajloun Zipline

 

Day 4: On the Kings Highway

Continue your adventure honeymoon in Jordan! Today, you will travel down the Kings Highway. Whether you stop at the mentioned places and for how long is completely up to you, important is that you reach Petra by night fall. The first stop along the ancient trade route is Karak. This city is famous for being the origin of Jordan’s national dish, Mansaf. If you want to learn more about Mansaf, follow this link: https://in2jordan.com/mansaf-jordans-national-dish/. The city also has one of the largest crusader castles in the Middle East, which you won’t miss driving into Karak. If you decide to visit, you’ll find that there are lots of dark tunnels and chambers to be explored.

Continue down the ancient highway to Dana village, located in the Dana Nature Reserve. The ancient Ottoman village from the 16th century consists of a cluster of stone cottages, with great views over Wadi Dana. If you have some days to spare on your honeymoon, this is a great place to spend the night and go for a hike with a local guide to explore the nature reserve.

Drive further south to Shobak, where you can visit another crusader castle, which is situated on a hill, surrounded by nothing but desert. One guard usually mans the castle, and chances that you’ll be completely alone are high. If you still have time, we recommend to also make a stop at Little Petra. Little Petra (Beida) may have been a suburb of Petra. The site was occupied from 7200 BC to 6500 BC, and is therefore one of the earliest settled villages in human history. Like the main site of Petra, Little Petra also has temples, water channels and cisterns, fresco remains as well as tombs.

After a long and tiring day, you can check into your hotel. Dinner is usually not included, so you can choose to have some food in your hotel, or head to a local restaurant in town.

The Dana Valley

Day 5: UNESCO world heritage site of Petra

You have the day to explore the beautiful UNESCO world heritage site of Petra, and you will surely walk a lot. Take something to eat for lunch from town if you don’t want to eat in the (not cheap) Basin restaurant. Walk through the mystic Siq and see the famous Treasury. Then visit the Street of Facades and perhaps climb up to the High Place of Sacrifice. If you have the energy, then climb up the 800 steps up to the Monastery. In the evening, you can walk out of the site via the Siq again, and head back to your hotel. On some weeknights, the Petra By Night experience is also an option.

Day 6: Camping on Mars

You have another morning to discover Petra, or have a leisurely breakfast and some time to relax. Around noon, drive into the red desert of Wadi Rum. Here, you will go on a 4 hour jeep tour along the best places of Wadi Rum cultural UNESCO world heritage. Visit the Nabatean inscriptions, red sand dunes, rock canyons and Lawrence of Arabia’s House. Then you’ll be taken to a pop up camp site, where you’ll spend the night alone and away from other tourists. In the evening, your guide will cook dinner over the fire, before he will leave you alone for the night.

Newly weds love our honeymoon in Jordan trips as we take out the stress of organizing, planning and booking. Moreover, you’ll have the extra safely of always having someone to call if you need advice or help. Our travel consultants live all over the country (Amman, Aqaba, Wadi Rum and Petra), so you can have the peace of mind of having a staff member nearby.

Enjoy dinner by the fire.

Day 7: To the Red Sea!

In the morning, your guide will return to your distant camp site, providing you with some breakfast and hot tea! He will also take you back to the village in Wadi Rum, where your rental car is parked. Hit the road one more time to reach Aqaba by the Red Sea. This is the most southern destination during your honeymoon in Jordan. Here, you can check into your hotel, and head to the beach for a relaxed afternoon. In the evening, we encourage you to go to one of the local fish restaurants for dinner (Al Shami is one of our favourites!).

Gulf of Aqaba, photo by Yazan Alsaed.

 

Day 8: Time to relax

Today, you have a free day to spend in Aqaba. Relax by the beach, go swimming or snorkeling. The best snorkeling is in South Beach, where a rope leads you to the Japanese Gardens. You can also visit one of the private beaches (Tala Bay, Berenice Beach Club or the Ayla Oasis). You can also go diving, as there are not only beautiful corals to discover, but also old wrecks! If you don’t feel like getting wet, you can also go for a walking tour through Downtown Aqaba or go souvenir shopping. To find out what else you can do in Aqaba, check out this blog post: https://in2jordan.com/what-to-do-in-aqaba/. Overnight stay in Aqaba.

Scuttled tank in Aqaba

 

Day 9: Feynan Ecolodge

In the morning, you can drive to the Feynan Ecolodge. To get there, you’ll have to park your car in the village of Feynan at the visitor centre. Be patient, it’s a bit hard to find. From there, one of the locals will take you to the lodge in a 4×4. Feynan is one of the best eco lodges in the world, away from civilization, where you can enjoy the peace and calm. Feynan Ecolodge has lots of activities to offer where you can learn about the local culture and traditions. There is a schedule of activities on their website: https://ecohotels.me/feynan/calendar). At night, the lodge is lit by candles, as electricity is only by reception.

candlelit room

Candlelit room at the Feynan Ecolodge

Day 10: Canyoning Adventure and Hotsprings Relaxation

The next morning, wake up to the sound of chirping birds, while the sun is rising over the mountains. Feast on a nourishing Arabic breakfast as the shepherds guide goats in search of theirs.

Make your way back to your rental car, and drive to Wadi Mujib, the ‘Grand Canyon of Jordan’, along the scenic Dead Sea Highway. You can do the hike self-guided – a hike through the gorges, which may have water deep enough for swimming. The hike is quite adventurous:You will climb up water falls, slide down rocks and pull yourself on ropes against the current. To get an impression, check out this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lAX1tD4s-V0.

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Wadi Mujib

 

After your hike, continue a little up into the mountains along the Dead Sea shore, to reach the magical Ma’In Hotsprings. Here you will find a cozy resort nestled between mountains and surrounded by lush palm trees. The hot springs are open until 10 PM in the evening. Enjoy relaxing in the warm thermal water, while marveling at the stars. Overnight stay at the Ma’in Hotsprings Resort, including a buffet dinner. ‘

Another option is to stay at the Mujib Chalets overlooking the Dead Sea!

The Mujib Chalets overlook the Dead Sea.

Day 11: The lowest point on earth

In the morning, have breakfast on the terrace of the hotel, overlooking the waterfall. If you like, there is time to head into the hot springs one more time. Around noon, head down to the lowest point on earth: The Dead Sea! Here, you can spend the afternoon floating in the rich mineral water. Also go for a full body mud treatment and soak up the sun. In the evening, you can watch the sun go down over the mountains of Palestine/ Israel. Overnight stay at the Dead Sea, with dinner included.

The Dead Sea

Day 12: Time to say goodbye!

It’s the last day of your honeymoon in Jordan! If your flight is later in the day, you can spend another relaxed morning at the Dead Sea. Alternatively, you can head to the Dead Sea Panorama Complex. Here, you can walk the short Zara Cliff Walk (1.4 kms), before heading to the airport to drop off the rental car.

 

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Zara Cliff Walk

 

Of course, all itineraries are highly customizable, and our dedicated travel consultants are happy to work out your dream trip plan with you. Contact us and get started on your own plans for your honeymoon in Jordan.

 

 

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