4 days short trip in Jordan

by Lina Al Tamim

Looking for a short getaway, yet searching for something very special? Then this 4 day trip in Jordan is your go-to plan! Jordan is a small country, yet very versatile and has a lot to offer. In a 4 day trip in Jordan, you will experience history, art, sea, desert, and witness one of the world’s 7 wonders!

VIsit to UNESCO world heritage Petra during this cycling trip

4 days short trip in Jordan

Day 1: The day of your arrival, art, good food, and some sea.

Upon your arrival, you will be greeted and taken by one of our drivers directly to your first destination; the ancient city of Madaba. Madaba is known as the “city of Mosaics” for its unique mosaic art. Here you will have the chance to visit its famous Mosaic Map of Jerusalem and the holy land at the Church of St. George, which covers the floor with 2 million pieces of colored local stone.

After that, we will take you to Hikayet Sitti. A 110 years cozy house converted into a restaurant. Serves many delicious homemade dishes using fresh local products. If you are into cooking, they offer a unique experience where you can learn how to cook a traditional Arabic meal and enjoy it at the end.

The next stop will be Mount Nebo, where you will witness an amazing view. You can see the Valley, the Dead Sea, and the distant hills of Jerusalem. This is the place where Moses came after the long Exodus to view the land he would never enter.

Finally, you will be headed to your overnight stay at the lowest point on Earth: the Dead Sea, so you rejuvenate yourself for the rest of the day and relax. Make sure to pamper yourself with one of  The Dead Sea spa treatments and cover your body with mud.

Floating at the lowest point on earth, the Dead Sea, Jordan

Floating at the lowest point on earth, the Dead Sea, Jordan

Day 2: Exploring south of Jordan, castles, mountains, and nature.

After breakfast, your driver will meet you and take you down the Dead Sea Highway,  passing some stunning viewpoints.  Then drive back up through the mountains to reach one of the largest and most beautiful castles in Jordan, the Crusader castle of Karak. It sits close to 3000 feet above sea level and lies inside the walls of the old city. Here you can take your time to explore and walk through some tunnels.

After exploring the castle it will be lunchtime. Feel free to ask our driver for recommendations! Karak is known for serving the best national Jordanian dish “Mansaf”. Its a dish made of lamb cooked in a sauce of dried yogurt “Jameed” served with rice.

Next, you will continue along the ancient trade route of the King’s Way, and pause at the Dana Nature Reserve to enjoy some breathtaking views.

Dana Village and Nature Reserve

Dana Nature Reserve is a 120 square miles reserve extending from the top of the Jordan Rift Valley to the desert lowlands of Wadi Araba. It offers a vast diversity of landscapes and lots of interesting activities. If you are a fan of hiking then we recommend you check the reserve’s hiking programs for future plans!

The last stop of the day is Little Petra. Where you will get a glimpse of tomorrow’s highlight. Later spend your night at one of Petra’s hotels or guesthouses. If you still have the energy, you can visit Petra by night,  where the Siq and Treasury are lit by candles  ( it happens only 3 times weekly – every Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday).

One of the Seven Wonders of the World

Day 3: Visiting UNESCO and World Heritage sites.

Today you will explore and be amazed by the fantastic UNESCO and World Heritage site of Petra, one of the Seven Wonders of the World which should be on each traveler’s bucket list.

You will start your trail from the main entrance to the city called The Siq. It’s a rock canal that ends up to Petra’s most famous monument: The breathtaking Treasury!

Then you can visit The Royal Tombs and make the climb to the viewpoint to look down onto the Treasury as the morning sun hits it. Or perhaps climb up the mountain opposite to the High Place of Sacrifice and take the trail down to the Garden Temple Complex. If you have enough energy, then climb up to the largest of Petra’s monuments, The Monastery. We can also arrange a local guide to take you through the details and answer all your questions! You can find more about hiking in Petra in our article. 

At the end of the day, your driver will be waiting to take you south to another astonishing UNESCO and World Heritage site in Jordan, Wadi Rum. It’s the largest and most magnificent desert in Jordan. Here you’ll spend the night at one of the eco-friendly or luxury camps.  Enjoy the sunset ( you can take 4×4 jeep tour to explore the desert or have a sunset camel ride), have a traditional Bedouin dinner called Zarb, and simply sit around the fire and look up at the stars.

visiting The Citadel in Amman

Day 4: exploring the North and flying back home.

After your simple breakfast, your driver will take you north to the capital Amman. You  can try the Wild Jordan Centre to enjoy a lunch with a great view over downtown, Jabal Weibdeh, and the Citadel. Then go on an afternoon tour of some of the sites here, such as The Citadel, Roman theatre, and downtown souks.

Then you will visit the beautiful ruins of Jerash, which is one of the best-preserved Roman provincial towns in the world. The car will drive you about 45 minutes north to see the remains of this Roman city. The Hippodrome, Roman theatre, Temples of Artemis and Zeus are some of its highlights.

Lastly, your trip in Jordan comes to an end. We will transfer you back to the airport with unforgettable memories and a reason to come back.

If this short trip interests you as a stand alone plan, or in combination with a visit to one of our  neighboring countries, we can create a custom plan for you.  Feel free to Get in Touch and start planning with our of our travel consultants. 

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