Family Adventures

Jordan is well-known for the warmth and friendliness of its people. Anywhere and everywhere you go you will always find someone to assist you. Jordanians have always been eager to open their doors and welcome visitors to experience their remarkable country. Jordan is an easy country to explore and to get close to activities and experiences perfect for the whole family!

We hope this sample itinerary inspires and helps direct you to some of the best and most authentic experiences that Jordan has to offer, an ideal place for your next family vacation!

Day 1: Jerash

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Take the family to the ancient city of Jerash, a 1-hour drive north of Amman. Here you can walk around this Greco-Roman city which is one of the most well preserved Roman ruins in the world. Take the family to watch a live performance of the Roman Army and Chariot Experience (RACE) at the hippodrome followed by lunch at a local Arabic restaurant.


   

Ajlun - Umm Qays - Pella – Overnight in Amman

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Head 30 minutes north of Jerash to Ajlun Castle, built by one of Saladin's generals in 1184 AD to control the iron mines of Ajlun, and to deter the Franks from invading Ajlun. Here you can walk around in the well preserved castle and have your kid’s imaginations run wild. Walk around the lodging area for some outdoor fun. A short drive further north, visit and experience the ancient ruins of Umm Qays & Pella, once Decapolis cities.

Enjoy this evening’s dinner at Kan Zaman, this hundred-year old village, now a charming complex of shops, a handicraft center, cafes and a large restaurant located in what originally were huge, very high-ceilinged stables. The shops sell everything from spices to antiques and in many of them visitors can watch the artisans practice their trades. Local music provides the background for a delicious home-style dinner.


 

Day 2: Amman City Tour (Museums, Souqs, archaeological sites) & Desert Castles – Overnight in Amman

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Below are a list of activities that will take more than a day to enjoy, if you are short on time choose what you think is best for your family in Amman. This extremely diverse capital city is filled with fun things to do with the family. Start off visiting some of these museums; The Children’s Museum - fun activities for the kids; The Royal Automobile Museum - The history of Jordan through Late King Hussein’s fleet of automobiles; The Jordan Archaeological Museum; The Jordan National Gallery of Fine Arts; Relax at the King Hussein national park or take the kids to the water park or horseback ride at one of the horse riding clubs.

Take the kids downtown for some mouthwatering authentic Jordanian cuisine. Walk around and enjoy the market place (souq) and small shops and mingle with the friendly locals of Amman. Right across the street go to the Roman Amphitheatre and then to the Citadel where you can walk and be overwhelmed by the beautiful and well preserved ruins. You can also catch a train ride on the historic Hejaz Railway or head east and visit some of Jordan’s Desert Castles.

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Day 3: As-Salt – Overnight in Amman

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45 minutes north of Amman is the city of As-Salt which provides you and your family with a grassy landscape full of peaks and valleys and stunning views. As-Salt was once the most important settlement in the area between the Jordan Valley and the Eastern Desert. Because of its history as an important trading link, it was a significant place for the region’s many rulers. Take a walk with the family around the old town and explore the narrow streets, museums (archaeological & folklore), and visit a handicraft school where you can admire the traditional skills of ceramics, weaving, silk-screen printing and dyeing.


 

Day 4: Madaba

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Your next stop should be the town of Madaba, famously known as the “City of Mosaics” which is about an hour away from Amman. The family will love the scenery of this quiet town and enjoy walking around. Once a Byzantine community and one of the most important Christian communities east of the Jordan River. Today it harbors a collection of extraordinary mosaics, including the incredible 6th century Mosaic Map of the Holy Land.


Mount Nebo

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Ten minutes to the west of Madaba is the most revered site in Jordan, Mount Nebo, where Moses viewed the Holy Land and is said to be buried. Sixty years of excavation on the hilltop of Mount Nebo reveals a basilica church with one of the most magnificent mosaic floors in the world. From the platform in front of the church, you will have an inspiring, breath-taking view across the Jordan Valley and the Dead Sea to the rooftops of Jerusalem and Bethlehem.


Ma’in Hot Springs - Overnight in Ma’in

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Enjoy lunch at Haret Jdoudna and embark on your journey to Ma’in Hot Springs. These therapeutic falls are relaxing and a lot of fun for everyone. Enjoy the sunset and overnight at the Evason Ma'in Six Senses Spa.


 

Day 5: Karak

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On the way to the Dana Nature Reserve, make a quick stop at the ancient crusader city of Karak, dominated by the castle built by Baldwin I of Jerusalem in 1142 AD, which greatly impressed Lawrence of Arabia on his study tour in 1909. He spent many days exploring tunnels, dungeons and sketching the castle. The family is sure to enjoy exploring this maze of stone-vaulted halls and endless passageways.


Dana Nature Reserve – Overnight Dana Nature Reserve

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Continue further south to the Dana Nature Reserve, the only reserve in Jordan that includes the four different bio-geographical zones of the country and is home to some 555 species of plants and 200 species of animals. Tour one of the oldest villages in the world and then settle in at the beautiful Rummana campsite. Enjoy an evening of authentic cuisine by the fire, Bedouin style. Wake up early and visit the look-out to see what animals you can find. If you are lucky you will see one of the beautiful Jordanian Hyenas that have been rehabilitated and reintroduced into the wild or if you are really lucky you may spot the Caracal Cat! The beauty of this nature reserve goes as far as the eyes can see. Make sure to take time to hike and explore this world of natural treasures.


 

Day 6: Feynan

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Take the family on a 5 hour hike from your campsite in Dana to Feynan. Experience walking through various ecosystems and enjoy some local tea along the hike with your local Nature guide who will entice you with his stories about Bedouin life. Once at the infamous Feynan Eco-lodge, enjoy the incredible vegetarian cuisine and take a tour around the village. Make sure to visit the local Bedouin families to learn how to make bread, Kohl eyeliner, candles and traditional Arabic coffee. Enjoy the storytelling of the Bedouins and experience first-hand their incredible hospitality. Don’t forget to visit the rooftop at night because gazing at the stars is the most beautiful site. If you are lucky you will see Saturn, Mars, Jupiter and the craters on the moon with the lodge's high definition telescope!


 

Day 7 & 8: Petra – Overnight in Petra

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Depart Feynan and drive along the Wadi Namaleh road, boasting some of the most stunning views of the surrounding desert landscape and head to one of the world's most beautiful sites, and 7 wonders of the World, the Jewel of the Middle East, the rose-red rock city of Petra. Surrounded by imposing mountains and approached through a deep, narrow cleft in the rocks known as the Siq, Petra is a unique and memorable place, an altogether overwhelming experience that neither you or your family will forget. Approaching the Siq you will follow its towering sandstone walls towards the site of the captivating and iconic splendor of the beautiful Khazneh (the famous Treasury), one of the city’s most iconic structures. A guided orientation tour will then take you and the family to some of the key parts of this remarkable and ancient site, one of the most impressive and exciting anywhere in the world. You will see the Royal Tombs and enjoy the site of its amazing theatre, with 8,000 seats carved from the solid rock that surrounds it. If you happen to be in Petra on a night that it is available, the Petra by night tour is a must! Tours start at 8.30pm and finish at 10.00pm every Monday, Wednesday and Thursday.

If you have extra time, return to the city the next day and you can climb steep paths to the sacrificial ‘High Places’ (altars) and hike to the top of Jebel Harin (1396m) for a stunning view over Wadi Araba and the Negev Desert. The Monastery is the largest of Petra’s monuments and certainly worth the steep climb up to it. Towering to a height of 40m its doorway alone measures 8m in height, dwarfing anyone framed within it. This is truly a place to lose oneself in the history and ambience of the past.

You and your family can go to Petra Kitchen if you wish to learn some of the secrets of Middle Eastern cuisine. Prepare the evening meal and treat yourselves to some tasty delights. A fun experience for the whole family.


 

Day 9: Wadi Rum – Camp & Overnight in Wadi Rum

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No trip to Jordan is complete without a visit to the infamous UNESCO world heritage site Wadi Rum. Take the time to visit the Ibex and Oryx reserve and learn about these incredible animals. A trip to Wadi Rum is not complete without a hike and some time on a camel ride. Make sure to take in the stars at night as you lay by a campfire outside your Bedouin tent and don’t forget to taste the best cuisine of Wadi Rum, Zarb, which is cooked in the ground! Oooh and tea at sunset in the middle of the desert is really a MUST!


 

Day 10: Aqaba – Overnight in Aqaba

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You will find Jordan’s Red Sea resort town just 45 minutes south of Wadi Rum (1.5 hours south of Petra, 4 hours south of Amman). Aqaba is a warm, sunny and inviting resort city lined with palm trees and lapped by the crystal clear waters, cooled by a constant steady breeze and surrounded by mountains that change in color as the sun sets. The Red Sea and its surrounding pink mountains is truly one of nature’s most breathtaking sites. Take a stroll on the beaches of Aqaba and make sure to take in one of the many options of water sports offered. However, the most beautiful attraction in Aqaba is the untouched coral reefs. Scuba dive through the shipwreck or snorkel in one of the reserves. Have a fresh lunch made by your chef on board a private boat or explore the waters on a glass bottom boat. Make sure to try our famous fish dish Sayadeyeh while visiting this resort town.


 

Day 11 & 12: Dead Sea

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Depart Aqaba and head towards the Dead Sea, the lowest point on Earth. Take the family, young and old, and float in the Dead Sea where you cannot sink! The Dead Sea Resort area is home to some of the best spas in the region. Enjoy a relaxing afternoon and treat yourselves to a soothing massage, or try the renowned healing powers of the minerals right from the sea’s muddy floor.


Mujib Nature Reserve - Overnight at the Dead Sea

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If you and the family are up for some adventure, visit the Mujib Nature Reserve, a 20 minute drive from the resort area and the world’s lowest nature reserve. Hike Jordan’s Grand Canyon by jumping, abseiling and floating. Its walls are filled with running water that plunges through a 15 m waterfall.

A great way to end the day is by enjoying a beautiful sunset dinner at the Dead Sea Panorama Complex that sports an indoor dining area and an outdoor dining terrace where you will enjoy the dazzling views of the Dead Sea and the surrounding mountains at every turn.


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