PRIVATE SELF-DRIVE TOUR: Get behind the wheel of a rental car on this 7-day Jordan private tour, with a great mix of included sightseeing and free time to explore your way. Enjoy a full-day guided tour of the legendary city of Petra, and take a jeep safari deep into the Wadi Rum desert. Explore Amman and Madaba independently, and opt to take some time to visit the famous Dead Sea for a float in its rejuvenating waters.
On arrival at Amman's Queen Alia Airport, you will be met by our representative and assisted with the visa and customs process. It's then time to pick up your rental car. You won't have far to drive today as your first night will be spent in the Jordanian capital. We recommend heading out to Rainbow Street, a modern part of the city, with great restaurants, art galleries, and bookshops to explore.
Today you can explore Amman further as you choose. There's the historic Amman Citadel, or you can hop in the car and head a little further afield. The Graeco-Roman city of Jerash is known as the "Pompeii of the East", and the black basalt city of Umm Qais is also worth visiting. Then it's back to the hotel in Amman for an evening at leisure.
Overnight: Amman | Breakfast
Amman - Petra. Today you will make the drive to Petra, a distance of about 230km. If you'd like to break up the journey, then consider a stop at one of the many spas and resorts beside the Dead Sea. Enjoy floating in the mineral-rich salty water and slap on some of the location's rejuvenating mud before getting back on the road to Petra, one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Tonight is free to relax, or you may want to become a Middle Eastern chef with our Petra Kitchen add-on!
Driving distance: Approx 230km (3 hours)
Overnight: Petra | Breakfast
Today you will enjoy a full-day guided tour of Petra, which will surely be the highlight of your trip to Jordan! Walk through the narrow Siq passage to the iconic Treasury, see the impressive Street of Facades and the Theatre, and if you are up to it then why not make the steep climb to visit the towering Monastery? Tonight is at leisure, and you may wish to return to Petra by night (approx. USD$25 payable locally). The Siq and Treasury are illuminated by hundreds of candles, Bedouin music plays, and locals and travellers alike gather in the shadows to share stories and drink tea. It's a totally different experience to exploring Petra by day and one that we thoroughly recommend!
Overnight: Petra | Breakfast
Wadi Rum jeep safari
Petra - Wadi Rum. Departing Petra this morning, you will drive to the edge of the Wadi Rum desert. This incredible landscape is almost lunar in appearance and has been used in numerous films including The Martian and Dune. You will enjoy an included jeep safari into the desert, passing dramatic rock formations and colossal red sand dunes. Arriving at our desert camp, you will enjoy a traditional Bedouin dinner and can watch a memorable sunset over the desert sky.
Driving distance: Approx 120km (2 hours)
Overnight: Wadi Rum | Breakfast, Dinner
Wadi Rum - Madaba. After breakfast this morning you will be transferred back to your rental car, from where you can drive to Madaba. This historic town is best known for its 6th-century mosaic map of the Holy Land at the Church of Saint George. Any keen archaeologists will want to book a guided walking tour here (book and pay locally), otherwise, the day is free to head out and explore independently.
Driving distance: Approx 300km (4 hours)
Overnight: Madaba | Breakfast
Madaba - Amman. Tuck into a final breakfast this morning before you complete the drive back to Amman. Return your rental car at Queen Alia Airport and check in for your onward flight. If you would like to stay in Amman for a few days then we would be happy to book post-tour accommodation for you.
Driving distance: Approx 25km (35 mins)
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.
Al-Qasr Metropole, Amman
Recently refurbished, the Al Qasr Metropole is a modern and chic boutique hotel. Guest rooms are beautifully furnished and include free Wi-Fi connection and luxury en suite facilities. All guests at the Al Qasr gain free access to the on site Fitness First gym as well as a complimentary breakfast. The rooftop restaurant has fantastic panoramic views of Amman and is a great place to spend the evening. The hotel is well located in Shmeisani, one of Amman's most prestigious neighbourhoods.
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.
Wadi Rum Luxury Nights Camp, Wadi Rum
Surrounded by the rugged elements of Wadi Rum, this luxury desert camp delivers the feel of a hotel in the wilds of Jordan. The 25 comfortable private tents are spacious and fully furnished with large beds, a Bedouin sofa, modern bathroom amenities (shared) and cozy sit-out area for panoramic views of the surroundings. Solar power provides guest tents with electricity in the evening. The camp also features a restaurant tent and sitting tent where guests can enjoy Bedouin-style BBQ dinners and freshly prepared breakfasts.
Mosaic City Hotel, Madaba
Cosy and modern, two words to describe the Mosaic City Hotel in Jordan's vibrant Madaba. Guest rooms are comfortable and simply furnished and the hotel offers complimentary Wi-Fi to all guests. The restaurant serves a range of dishes on request. The hotel is located in the very heart of Madaba, within short walking distance from the Church of St. George which houses the famous mosaic map of the Holy Land.
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