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Taste of Jordan (10 Days/9 Nights)

The Hashemite kingdom of Jordan, which once captivated ancient travelers, continues to enthrall a whole new generation as a modern, vibrant nation. From the haunting, primeval starkness of Wadi Rum, to the teeming center of urban Amman, from the majestic ruins of bygone civilizations to the timeless splendor of the Dead See, Jordan is unveiled as a unique destination offering breathtaking and mysterious sights, high standard accommodations, exquisite cuisine  and countless activities that can provide visitors with inspiration, motivation and rejuvenation.

ITINERARY

1. day : Amman Airport – Amman
Upon arrival at the Airport, you will be met and assisted through immigration and then transferred to Amman for overnight.

2. day: Amman tour – Lunch at Sufra – Royal Automobile Museum – Beit Sitti cooking class
After breakfast you will sink your teeth into the ancient city of Amman. Next you will have lunch at Al Sufra Restaurant, located on Amman’s busy Rainbow Street. The restaurant is famous for its Jordanian dishes inspired from the Bedouin Kitchen, as well as its wonderful hospitable atmosphere. You will then be transported to the Royal Automobile Museum which is home to a very unique car collection. The late King Hussein was an avid car collector who donated his vehicles to this purpose built museum. Your day will culminate in a very unique dinner at Beit Sitti. Nestled in one of Amman’s oldest neighborhoods, the intimate establishment will provide you with a unique cook and dine experience. Here you will learn how to make a four course Arabic meal (appetizer, salad, main course and dessert). After this you can sit back and unwind with flavorsome food and an astounding view of downtown Amman. Overnight in Amman

3.day: Breakfast at Hashem – Downtown souqs visit – Shawerma at Reem – Zalatimo Experience – Dinner at Winemaker
Today will start with an incredible breakfast at Hashem, a place that overflows into an ancient alley of downtown Amman. It is incredibly popular for hummus, fool (fava-bean paste) and falafel. Continue with a walk through the hustle and bustle of down town Amman, strolling through the fruit and vegetable market, sampling the local spices and enjoying the renowned Knafeh in all its cheesy goodness. Knafeh is a Middle Eastern dessert of shredded dough and sweet cheese, topped with delicious pistachios and with a hearty drizzle of orange-blossom syrup. Afterwards you will enjoy an authentic Shawerma at Reem, which are renowned throughout Middle East for “the best shawerma in the world”. The juicy meat, with just the right flavor of Tahini, is a winning combination with the fresh and crunchy salad veggies, all wrapped up in the goodness of a warm, soft flat bread. You will then head to Zalatimo Sweets. Here you will be led to the kitchen, where you can watch trained chefs prepare these traditional desserts. Upon completion of this back kitchen tour, you will have the opportunity to sample their delicacies. The day will end with a gourmet dinner prepared by an expert chef at The Winemaker, a boutique wine tasting venue that carries the international award-winning St. George wines. Enjoy samples of local red and white wines, along with different varieties of cheese, followed by an exquisite traditional Arabic dinner.

4.day:  Amman – Ajloun Soap Trail – Lunch – Ajloun Reserve
After a hearty breakfast, you will head towards Ajloun, where you will be led on a soft hike through the reserve by an expert guide. After learning about the different indigenous flora and fauna of the area, you will stop at Orjan Soap House where you will witness the ancient methods of olive oil soap making first hand. Local women from Orjan village will explain the process and you will have the opportunity to sample and buy these soaps directly from the local community. After this soapy experience, you will then be led to one of the village women’s homes to feast on one of the local specialties prepared right before your eyes. Dinner and overnight at Ajloun Nature Reserve where beautifully designed cabins provide the perfect way for you to experience nature with some additional luxury. Each cabin has comfort and style and is equipped with a private bathroom and a small terrace that invites you to sit for hours enjoying the soft breeze and rolling forest vistas. Dinner will also consist of dishes that are specialties of the area.

5.day: Jerash – Lebanese House lunch – Desert Castles – Azraq
This morning you will head towards the ancient city of Jerash, which boasts an unbroken time-line of human inhabitance dating back more than 6,500 years. Hidden for centuries underground before being excavated and restored over the past 70 years, Jerash reveals a fine example of the grand formal and provincial Roman urbanism that is found throughout the Middle East. You will then stop for lunch at the Lebanese House. The menu here (as its name implies) is decidedly Lebanese. Enjoy a wide range of mouth watering mezzas (appetizers) and delicious salads organically grown in the garden surrounding you. Continue to the Desert Castles, beautiful examples of both early Islamic art and architecture. Their fine mosaics, frescoes, stone and stucco carvings and illustrations, are inspired by the best in Persian and Greco-Roman traditions. This evening you will have dinner and overnight at Azraq Lodge, where the staff members are from local Bedouin, Chechen, and Druze communities. They provide a variety of Chechen home cooked food and delights, such as Manteesh. This dish consists of tasty, meat-filled dumplings, steamed and then served warm with fresh vegetables.

6.day: Zikra Initiative – Feynan
After breakfast in Azraq, you will head towards Ghor al Mazra’a. Depending on the season, The Zikra Initiative offers different programs. The local community holds workshops such as tomato picking, hiking or rural skills. Here you will pick vegetables for lunch and prepare a traditional Galayat Bandora (Tomato in a pan) with a local family. Continue to Feynan; this is a completely self sustainable ecolodge which operates on solar panels and uses only organic ingredients for its food. Enjoy healthy delicious vegetarian dishes inspired by traditional Arab cuisine that combine fresh local produce in a delectable way. The most delightful dining choice is whether to enjoy the dinner on the outer terrace aglow from the moon, or in the dining room lit solely by the magical flicker of candles.

7.day: Petra & Petra Kitchen experience
After breakfast you will be assisted onto pickup trucks heading to Petra through the scenic Namela Pass. This is most definitely a rugged and unique experience and not for the faint of heart, but Namela pass on Bedouin pickup trucks is definitely a one of a kind experience! After check in at the hotel, you will start your first visit of Petra. Although much has been written about this forgotten city, nothing really prepares you for this amazing place. Petra, one of the seven world wonders, is without a doubt Jordan’s most valuable treasure and greatest tourist attraction. In the evening you will start the Petra Kitchen experience. Here you will cook a full Jordanian dinner including a soup, a number of both hot and cold mezza dishes and a main course. You’ll prepare your evening meal — from the most basic chopping and grating to the elegant presentation of each mezza dish — a hallmark of Levantine cuisine. When the meal is prepared, you’ll join your fellow participants for a well earned meal served family style. Overnight in Petra

8.day: Petra & Wadi Rum
After breakfast you will enjoy a second visit of the rose-red city of Petra. Upon completion, you will be transferred to Wadi Rum for a thrilling 4×4 ride along the one of a kind landscape of this unique desert. Zigzagging around, over and through towering sand dunes surrounded by imposing mountains is a humbling experience even for the most seasoned explorer. Rum’s terrain is often described as “a Martian experience” due to awe inspiring shades of red that flood the landscape through the color of its sand and mountains. Your 4×4 adventure ends at your private camp where your Bedouin hosts will be waiting to greet you. Dinner tonight is a truly ancient and unique meal called Zarb. Lamb and chicken is cooked for hours in the ground using nothing but piping hot stones. Salads and Arabic mezzas will be enjoyed with tender meat falling off the bone. Overnight tonight will be at your private camp in Rum.

9.day: Kerak / Mansaf & Dead Sea
After a fulfilling Bedouin breakfast, you will be transported into the Jordan Valley, but not before stopping Kerak for Jordan’s national dish, Mansaf. Dig into succulent pieces of lamb chunks seasoned with aromatic herbs, slowly cooked in a sauce made from aged yogurt (Jameed). This seriously tasty dish is served on a bed of saffron scented rice,layered on shrak bread and sprinkled with fresh parsley and toasted nuts. It is traditionally eaten collectively from a large platter in the Bedouin style, standing around the platter with the left hand behind the back and using the right hand instead of utensils. When you are invited into a Jordanian house and you are served Mansaf it is considered the ultimate sign of generosity and hospitality. Now you will reach your final destination, the Dead Sea, where you will have a free afternoon to wind down and enjoy its healing power. The world class spas in the area can also be taken advantage of with a menu full of one of a kind massages and treatments. Overnight at the Dead Sea.

10.day: Dead Sea – Amman Airport
Free time at the Dead Sea. At the appointed time, you will be transferred to Amman Airport for your departure flight.

The price includes:
– accommodation at your chosen hotels with breakfast included
– meals as per program
– transportation in modern vehicle (type of vehicle depends on the number of people)
– English speaking driver
– guide available in multiple languages for the duration of your tour (for 5 pax and more)
– local guides in Petra and Jerash (2 hours) for less then 5 pax
– 4×4 Jeep tour in Wadi Rum for 2 hours
– entrance fees to above mentioned sites
– horse ride in Petra from main entrance till the Siq
– 1 bottle of water per person/day

The price does not includes:
– visa to Jordan for less then 5 pax
– flight tickets
– lunches & dinner unless otherwise specified
– any personal expenses
– tips for driver, guide, hotel staff
– any insurance
– extras or anything mentioned above

 

All offers will be considered tailor-made. Therefore please do not hesitate to contact us for the best possible price.

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