The Dead Sea | Jordan
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Self Drive Petra & Dead Sea Express - 4 days map

PRIVATE SELF-DRIVE TOUR: Get behind the wheel of your rental car to take in the most popular attractions in Jordan - the UNESCO-listed Nabatean city of Petra, and the unique Dead Sea. Travel from Amman to Petra where you will enjoy free time to head out and explore as you see fit, walking along the famous Siq to see the iconic Treasury. Then drive to the Dead Sea, where you can bob in the mineral-rich salty waters.

Prices & Dates

Trip Highlights

Petra - Explore this UNESCO-protected world wonder independently, and return after dark for Petra by Night
Amman - Start and end your journey in Jordan's vibrant capital, and opt to extend your stay
Dead Sea - Float in the salty, buoyant waters of this famous lake, and slap on some of the rejuvenating Dead Sea mud
Self Drive - Get behind the wheel of your rental car to explore Jordan's incredible desert landscapes at your own pace


3 breakfasts
Rental car from Day 1 through Day 4 (3-day rental period) Includes sales tax, unlimited mileage, Collision Damage Waiver (CDW) (US$500 deductible) and TP insurance, 24-hour emergency road service/replacement through Rent-a-Car company
3 nights in 4 - 5 star hotels
Meet and assist at Queen Alia Airport with Jordanian gratis visa on arrival

Not Included

Other meals, drinks, tips, personal extras, entry fees
Sightseeing - book and pay locally
Fuel for your rental car


Day 1

Welcome to Jordan!

Amman - Petra. Welcome to Jordan. On arrival at Amman's Queen Alia Airport you will be met and assisted through the visa process by our representative. They will then assist you in picking up your rental car before your self-drive adventure begins. Make your way to the hotel in Petra, where the evening is at leisure.

If you fancy yourself as a chef, then why not book our Petra Kitchen add-on? You will learn how to cook authentic Middle Eastern dishes, and will get to feast on your creations!

Driving distance: Approx 230km (3 hours)
Overnight: Petra

Day 2

Exploring Petra

Today is free for you to do as you please, but where else would you head than the ancient Nabatean city of Petra? You can hire an expert guide locally who will be able to show you the iconic Treasury, which you reach by winding through the narrow Siq passageway. The Treasury starred in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade and is the main reason Petra was listed as one of the Seven Wonders of the World. If you choose, you can climb the steep steps to the Monastery, an equally impressive facade that also boasts incredible views over the surrounding desert.

In the evening, you may wish to return to Petra by night. The Siq and the Treasury are illuminated by thousands of candles, local music is playing and shadows dance across the rocks - it's an extremely special experience which we thoroughly recommend!
Overnight: Petra  |  Breakfast

Day 3

Dead Sea

Petra - Dead Sea. This morning is free to relax in the hotel or return to Petra to see some more of this ancient city. Then it's time to hop into your rental car to make your way to the Dead Sea.

The Dead Sea is the lowest point on the Earth's surface, and the water is so salty that it is impossible to sink, and nothing other than microscopic organisms can survive in the water. You'll have time for a float and to slap on some of the rejuvenating Dead Sea mud, with free time this afternoon.

Driving distance: Approx 190km (2.5 hours)
Overnight: Dead Sea  |  Breakfast

Day 4

Farewell to the Dead Sea

Dead Sea - Amman. Enjoy a final dip in the Dead Sea or a spa treatment this morning before driving back to Amman airport. Here you will return your rental car and then it's onwards to your next destination. If you would like to stay in Amman for a few days then our Reservations team will be happy to help you book some post-tour accommodation.

Driving distance: Approx 60km (1.5 hours)

In Brief

Trip Type
Any day of the year
Hotel Rating
4 - 5 star
Tour Guide
No - Explore independently
Breakfast: 3
Petra, Dead Sea, Amman
Click to play videoHouses piled one on top of the other on the hills of Amman, Jordan's capital city
Click to play videoSalt encrusted rim of the Dead Sea at sunset
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