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.
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)
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 (approx. USD$25 payable locally). 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
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
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)
Prices & Dates
Prices shown are per person when there are 2 persons sharing a room. The 'Single Room' price is applicable when a single room is required, based on a travelling party of at least 2 adults.
The hotels listed below are ones which we frequently use on this tour. We reserve the right to substitute these hotels to ones of a similar standard.
Old Village Resort, Petra
Located above Wadi Mousa, Old Village Resort has a wonderfully traditional feel about it with open stonework and original architecture. Rooms are full of character, some with delightful archways and all directly accessed from the outside. The hotel boasts an indoor swimming pool and sauna and beautiful views of the surrounding mountains. For dinner why not dine al fresco at the restaurant overlooking the mountains. Well located in forested wadis facing Petra’s mountains.
Petra Moon Hotel, Petra
Just 300 ft from the entrance gate to Petra, the Petra Moon hotel features spacious rooms with private balconies and flat-screen TVs. It also has a roof garden with a seasonal outdoor pool. The soundproofed rooms and suites at Petra Moon come with satellite channels, a DVD player and extra-long beds. Each has air conditioning and a private bathroom. The hotel's restaurant serves a delicious selection of international meals in both buffet-style and a la carte.
Holiday Inn Resort, Dead Sea
Graced with interconnecting palm fringed swimming pools leading to the Dead Sea, the Holiday Inn is an Arabesque style hotel. Guest rooms are elegantly furnished and benefit from complimentary high speed internet. The hotel also has an on site fitness centre and a fine choice of Spa facilities. The 24 hour sleek bar is the perfect place for a tipple at any time of the day or night. The accommodation is located on the shores of the world famous Dead Sea.
Prices & Dates
We also offer a chauffeured option of this holiday where all transfers and conducted by a tourism registered driver and vehicle. It's as simple as our driver drops you off and returns to pick you up when you are ready to move on to the next arrangement.Read More