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The Greatest 7 Day Jordan Tour Itinerary (Household Pleasant)

Welcome to the perfect 7 day Jordan tour itinerary on the web (IMHO)! I went to Jordan for 7 days in September and had a sensible time with my son and my good friend. Right here’s every little thing we did on our Jordan journey, and why!

7 days in Jordan

Travelling to Jordan for per week was a dream, one which I believed must wait a couple of years as soon as my son got here alongside. My associate wasn’t eager to go to Jordan, so, fellow journey blogger and ex housemate Emily stepped as much as be part of my 20-month son and I on a 7 day Jordan itinerary to beat all different Jordan itineraries.

I spent ages on this, not wanting something to go flawed. The stakes had been excessive with a toddler alongside for the journey. I deliberated over inns, rearranged routes, and altered my thoughts quite a bit alongside the planning journey. However with expertise I can say that this 7 day Jordan itinerary WORKS.

floating in the dead sea

With Jordan’s comparatively small measurement you may get a very good look around the nation in 7 days, though you might positively keep for longer. I’ve listed among the actions we didn’t get to do on the finish, for when you have further time.

Travelling spherical Jordan

We determined to journey Jordan by taxi and personal transfers, which, having seen the roads I’m completely satisfied we did. There are alternatives for buses, in case you go searching, and excursions. You might additionally rent a automotive, though having travelled on among the mountain passes now, I wouldn’t!

Between us, I didn’t suppose that the price of the taxis was too unhealthy. Particularly because it gave us time to take a seat and look out the window, seeing extra of the nation in a relaxed approach quite than worrying about instructions, highway guidelines, rest room stops and timings.

How you can do per week in Jordan

Let’s crack on and get to the Jordan 7 day itinerary…

Map of the 7 day Jordan itinerary

what to do in Jordan

Day 1: Flight and journey to Lifeless Sea

In case you’re flying from Heathrow to Amman by way of British Airways, like I did, you’ll arrive into Amman Queen Alia Airport simply after midnight. This was okay, though not perfect for a toddler. I packed a toddler service so he may keep asleep on me as I travelled via the airport, which turned out to be a nice thought.

With baggage, visas and the Jordan go, we had a couple of queues earlier than we may go away the airport, though it was quiet and didn’t take too lengthy. I’d positively suggest you attempt to get off the aircraft ASAP although to get forward.

As soon as we had been out, it was straight to our lodging by the Lifeless Sea, prepared to start out our Jordan journey itinerary.

We travelled by MyTransfers from the airport to O Seashore Resort. It was £67.

After an hour’s journey with loopy evening drivers, police verify factors and being squashed in with buggies and automotive seats, we had been glad once we received there!

Reggie and I had a beautiful room, though, sadly it had a couple of ranges in it so I used to be too nervous to depart him for any longer than a fast wee. It’ can be attractive’d be nice for households with older kids. Emily’s room didn’t have the completely different ranges, so ensure to verify earlier than you e book. She additionally had a greater view.

Other than that, it was great. A HUGE mattress, that Reggie and I had been asleep in inside 20 minutes of getting within the room. What a day!

Visiting the Lifeless Sea on a day journey from Amman

In case you’re rejigging your 7 day Jordan itinerary from my solutions right here, it’s good so that you can know that the Lifeless Sea is definitely solely an hour’s drive from Amman. You might go to it in a day journey.

relaxing at the dead sea

I made a decision we’d keep there on our Jordan journey as a result of it was £100 an evening per room and also you get earlier entry earlier than the tour buses come. The excursions I noticed had been about £100 anyway. I additionally didn’t wish to should rise up for a tour on the primary day, and it simply labored higher for our itinerary for desirous to be in Petra on a day that they do Petra by Night time. I additionally wished to get up when Reggie awoke, so to ease the strain, we began our Jordan 7 day itinerary on the Lifeless Sea.

We stayed on the O Seashore Resort – primarily as a result of it was the perfect priced and we simply wished to expertise the Lifeless Sea. We didn’t want the bells and whistles of the higher resorts just like the Kempinski and the Marriott as we solely actually had one morning. I used to be proud of our choice, though after all, in case you’ve received the cash, spend it!

Greatest Motels on the Lifeless Sea, Sowayma

O Seashore ResortThe place we stayed. Nice swim up pool, common meals, unbelievable room – one of many least expensive.
Kempinski Ishtar Lifeless SeaSwanky. Instagrammy pool, breakfast is supposed to be fab – mid worth.
Lifeless Sea MarriottThe premium choice – in case you can afford it, go for it!

Day 2: Journey to Petra & Petra by Night time

We spent a beautiful morning at O Seashore Resort and within the Lifeless Sea.

We loved the (common) breakfast on the resort after which went to discover the Lifeless Sea. God it was a mission! As I’m certain you already know, the Lifeless Sea is the bottom level on earth so there have been a LOT of steps to get down. With a pushchair and a toddler I didn’t truly get spherical to taking an image of them, however I’d say it was over 100 steep steps down, in a couple of completely different instructions, throughout completely different terrains.

I couldn’t course of how we had been going to get again up, however knew we’d come this far to expertise the Lifeless Sea, so I couldn’t again out now. I needed to take care of one step at a time, actually.

by the dead sea

I’d learn on-line how the excessive density salt water can damage any cuts or delicate areas – positively don’t shave within the 24 hours earlier than getting in!

For that reason I made a decision to not let my son go in. I didn’t wish to be caught 100 steps down with a toddler screaming as a result of it’d received in his cuts, or it damage his winky (I had messages from ladies after saying it’d stung their VJJ after they’d gone in, FYI). Mine was advantageous you’ll be happy to know.

As a substitute, Reggie was completely completely satisfied sat safely within the shade, strapped into his pushchair, watching YouTube just some ft from us, whereas we ventured in.

Gawd it was salty!

Don’t get any in your face, after which attempt to wipe it off together with your hand. Voice of expertise.

The newborn wipes got here in useful that day.

floating in the dead sea

As soon as I’d discovered my movement within the buoyant water although, it was nice! It made the final 24 hours of journey all price it. Mendacity within the Lifeless Sea, in Jordan, with my son in instant imaginative and prescient, and laughing with Emily – the vacation had begun!

We stayed down there about an hour. May’ve stayed longer however time was ticking on our journey to Jordan, and we had 100 steps to rise up with a toddler and a pushchair. In addition they say to remain in a max of 15 minutes for the total advantages, and so that you don’t get dehydrated. You probably have time on the airport ensure to choose up some Lifeless Sea mud to use after and let dry within the solar. You’ll be able to wash it off within the bathe afterwards.

I’m eternally grateful to the Lifeless Sea Gods for the person who supplied to take the pushchair up for us after about 10 steps. Significantly, what a hero. I feel it could nonetheless be there if it was left to us.

Avoid wasting vitality for the best way up!

A freshly squeezed orange juice from the resort’s swim up bar, a litre of water, and a swim within the solar, and we had been feeling good. Rejuvenated even.

swimming in the dead sea

We had an (common) buffet lunch on the resort after which it was onto our subsequent cease, Petra.

Our Lifeless Sea to Petra switch was the perfect of the 4 journeys we took. We booked with this man from Viator. I’d strongly suggest getting in contact with him to see if he’ll take you elsewhere in Jordan as his automotive was wonderful and spacious, it was very clear, he helped with becoming the automotive seat I took and was simply very nice and pleasant however respectful of our want for some quiet!

transfer from dead sea to petra

Petra by Night time

We’d deliberate our Jordan journey round seeing Petra by Night time, when the Nabatean historical metropolis is lit up majestically to wander round.

Petra by Night time is held each Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 8:30 to 10:30pm. The ticket is 17JOD, and isn’t included in your Jordan Cross.

There are a couple of articles on-line about whether or not Petra by Night time is definitely worth the 17JOD charge. For me, it was. Regardless of a very difficult stroll there, because of the pram and terrain, I nonetheless thought it was wonderful, and positively price it. I cherished seeing it by evening and I’ll keep in mind it as one of many stand out moments of the journey.

Relaxing at Petra by Night

Greater than a 1000 lanterns gentle the 2km / 1 mile route from the customer centre to the Treasury – wonderful in itself. Then, when you get to the Treasury you sit down (it stinks btw) with a free tea, and also you watch a Bedouin present that includes a flute (extra like a recorder). Then there’s a little bit of chat concerning the environment, and it’s throughout. The entire present lasted about 45 minutes. I simply loved the sit down in such lovely environment, with my son in my lap.

I dreaded the stroll again, however we truly managed to get a carry again with a workers member, that means we had been among the final there.

Petra by Night

The place to remain in Petra

I’d suggest you keep in Wadi Musa, which is simply exterior of the Petra grounds. We stayed at Petra Jewel Luxurious Resort which was a 10-minute stroll up or down a hill from the doorway. I selected Petra Jewel because of its location and worth, and it turned out to be an important alternative. The workers there have been beautiful to Reggie, and it had every little thing you wanted. There was additionally a couple of slides and a swing over the highway.

Park at Petra

You probably have cash to spend, the Movenpick Resort Petra was fab. That might be my high suggestion and it’s simply over the highway from the doorway.

Two mid choices financially and geographically, are the Petra Moon and the Venus Resort.

These are the closest and greatest inns to remain at in Wadi Musa.

Greatest Motels in Wadi Musa, Petra

Petra Jewel Luxurious ResortThe place we stayed. Glorious rooftop restaurant, nice location, beautiful workers, cheaper choice.
Movenpick Resort PetraWith a premium location, eating, a pool and all of the fanciness you might dream of, that is the one!
Petra Moon ResortMid-priced, nice location, with a swimming pool – e book early to ensure a room!

Day 3: Petra

We received a glimpse final evening, as Petra by Night time solely goes so far as the Treasury, however at the moment, we had been going for it. Petra is the enduring landmark of Jordan. It’s so distinctive and beautiful that its a UNESCO World Heritage Web site and is likely one of the New 7 Wonders of the World.

Indiana Jones and The Final Campaign was filmed right here.

driving into Petra

After final evening’s journey, and a later begin than deliberate, we determined to skip the primary 2km / 1 mile stroll via the sig and save our vitality for once we had been in there. We paid 25JOD to get a golf buggy return – completely no regrets. The joureny would’ve been enjoyable for a bit, however I might’ve ended up carrying my son for many of it and being exhausted earlier than we even received there.

This fashion Reggie had enjoyable waving at everybody as we drove by, and we had been dropped proper on the Treasury stuffed with the day’s vitality.

Breakfast at the treasury

We had breakfast exterior the Treasury on the small cafe throughout the quick interval of the day that The Treasury (Al-Khazneh) is lit up, between 8 and 9am. The remainder it’s within the shade.

With a couple of biscuits and (grim) long-life crammed croissants in us, and a robust espresso we had been able to go. We’d shared the desk with a beautiful Dutch man and his three kids. He was decided that being a father wasn’t going to cease his adventures. I really like that outlook!

Petra is unbelievable. I’m going to write down extra about visiting Petra with a toddler, as a result of it’s positively price it. There’s a lot to see, take in and discover. This was Reggie and I’s huge mission, the primary lookout level by the Treasury. After some misunderstanding with a neighborhood lad about whether or not we would have liked a information or not (you do if you need a pic like this), he helped us rise up to the perspective, and to hold my heavy nappy bag, so we had been free to discover.

It was nice to be up above the motion, Reggie cherished being trusted to climb up, and I used to be glad we’d managed it between us. We received the illustrious Petra image!

Up at the treasury petra

After coming again down, we wandered alongside the ‘Road of Facades’ and all of the market stalls, and into the ‘Starbucks Cafe’. It was cool and darkish in right here – a welcome change from the solar and stress of climbing up an historical construction. We sat and had a drink, and one thing candy, to realize the vitality to get again on the market.

There are a variety of issues to do in Petra, and see. I didn’t count on it to be so huge and sprawling, up in addition to throughout. I wouldn’t suggest bringing a buggy right here, it is advisable stroll and carry.

I managed to see the Treasury, the Theatre, the Road of Facades and the Royal Tombs, earlier than I had to surrender. You might get a donkey, or a carriage, however I simply didn’t really feel comfy doing both with Reggie, and I used to be proud of what I’d seen, and will see from a distance.

Issues to Do in Petra

  • The Petra Treasury (Al-Khazneh)
  • The Royal Tombs
  • The Petra Theatre
  • Road of Facades
  • Colonnade avenue
  • Byzantine Church
  • The Winged Lion
  • The Al-Habees Museum
  • Archaeological museum
  • The Petra Monastery

As a substitute, Reggie and I climbed again down from the tombs and went and sat by the Petra Theatre having fun with a juice and a few toddler snacks. We had been completely satisfied.

Near the theatre in Petra

I debated staying round for Reggie’s nap, however simply determined to get out so he may have it at dwelling. I didn’t wish to be out too lengthy at the moment anyway.

We left Petra at about 1pm, and it was a lot busier.

Exploring the Treasury

We received the golf buggy on the best way again, and he fell asleep en route. Fortunately there have been taxis ready simply by the golf buggy cease. I positively paid a premium simply to go up a hill, but it surely was price it to get again to the resort for a nap with Reggie already asleep.

Some individuals suggest utilizing the ‘again door’ into Petra, by climbing to the Monastery (or Advert Dier), after which strolling to the principle entrance. This fashion you’ll finish at one of the beautiful spots, The Treasury, quite than beginning at it.

Come 3pm and I used to be hungry, we wandered again all the way down to the Petra web site. We went to Crimson Cave purely on the idea that it wasn’t up a hill and it was serving shawarma, AND falafel, each of which I hadn’t had but. We ordered each – low cost, cheerful, and fast too.

As soon as we had been completed we strolled over to the well-known Cave Bar, lower into the rocks close to Petra, to have a chilly beer and look ahead to Emily to return again from her odyssey as much as The Monastery.

Time for supper

The Movenpick Petra

We went for a luxurious dinner at The Movenpick after such a busy day. Starters had been the native fare with moutabal, falafel and hummus. However for predominant, Reggie and I shared an avocado salad, and spaghetti bolognaise with prawns. It tasted higher than my image seems!

The Movenpick Restaurant was lovely, and there’s additionally a gelato bar subsequent door, and a rooftop bar to look at the solar set too. Positively suggest!

Day 4: Little Petra & Wadi Rum for sundown jeep tour

We had been about to get a taxi to Little Petra, after which our resort man informed us concerning the free bus from the guests centre. So off we popped down the hill and onto the bus. It was a 15-minute drive out to Little Petra and we had been dropped simply exterior.

what to do at little petra

Little Petra is because it sounds, a smaller model alongside the strains of what we’d seen at Petra. It’s quite a bit much less busy, and way more relaxed, particularly for toddlers. We had enjoyable taking part in within the caves, and climbing up the viewpoints. We had been right here about 90 minutes.

Simply to handle your expectations on this Jordan journey itinerary, you is likely to be slightly upset by the ‘greatest view on the earth’ marketed at Little Petra. Though the recent orange juice and the cats made all of it price it for Reggie, and the adventurous climb up.

Visiting Little Petra
Little Petra views

There are a couple of spots for refreshment, some market stalls, and plenty of cute little kitties. It’s tremendous chill right here and a pleasant morning journey out.

Seeing as we wished some brunch, and wanted to be again for our taxi to Wadi Rum that afternoon, we received a taxi again to Petra, quite than look ahead to the bus. It wasn’t a lot.

We brunched at Mamas Recipe Kitchen which took quite a bit longer than anticipated, however was a very good feed all the identical. Simply couldn’t get sufficient of that Moutabel!

That afternoon we headed out to the Kings Freeway, a surprising drive from Petra to Wadi Rum. We stopped on the ‘Greatest View’, and will see out for miles.

Arriving into Wadi Rum

Wadi Rum is so placing, it’s been used for units like set for motion pictures like The Martian and Lawrence of Arabia. It’s one of many absolute should stops on a visit to Jordan.

driving into wadi rum
what does wadi rum look like

When reserving our Wadi Rum lodging I used to be completely bamboozled by all of the camps on supply. A lot alternative!

Some divine intervention led us to Desert Magic Camp & Resort, which was the excellent alternative. Staying right here was an actual spotlight of our 7 day Jordan tour itinerary.

From the second we arrived they had been so beautiful and welcoming, particularly to Reggie. In truth, they taught him tips on how to fist pump, which is a fairly cool lesson to be taught from the bedouins!

staying at wadi rum

Desert Magic Camp was unbelievable. I went for the tremendous luxurious room, as is my approach now. So glad I did. We had an enormous room, with only a mattress, couch and chest of drawers in it. This meant there was loads of house for Reggie to maneuver about and play along with his toys, with out worrying about him hurting himself or damaging resort property. Each of us may chill out.

bedroom in wadi rum

Desert Camp run many excursions, however with Reggie, we simply went for the shortest sundown tour. The 2-hour sundown tour was excellent for us. We drove round to five completely different spots within the desert, noticed the Lawrence of Arabia Home, some cool rock formations, after which settled with tea on an open hearth whereas we watched the solar set.

I really feel emotional writing about it now, it was simply the perfect day!

cruising round wadi rum
drinking tea

One of many highlights was Reggie sitting within the sand, getting a bit aggy, after which our driver came to visit and took Reggie’s footwear off and dug his ft into the sand and informed him to really feel the vitality. A smile unfold throughout Reggie’s face, it simply warmed my coronary heart.

On our return to the camp our Zarb barbecue dinner was about to be taken out of the bottom.

“Zarb is a conventional Bedouin model of cooking the place marinated meat and greens are buried in an oven dug in sandy floor. This technique permits the meals to slow-cook in its juices, leading to tender, flavorful meat and completely cooked greens.”


After a very good feed we sat across the campfire with the remainder of the friends watching the bedouins jam, whereas Reggie danced alongside to the music and stalked for cats.

stargazing wadi rum

Many of the camp went out stargazing that evening, however Reggie and I went again to our luxurious hut and he went to sleep and I sat on the terrace stargazing with an app on my cellphone. That brilliant star there may be Uranus!

This was an actual spotlight on our Jordan journey itinerary, and felt like the primary time I’d correctly relaxed since a couple of week earlier than setting off!

Greatest camps at Wadi Rum

Desert Magic CampTHE place to remain, you don’t want to have a look at the others! We cherished it right here.
Captains Desert CampWill get rave evaluations and people tents look magical!
Bubble LuxotelOne other that comes extremely really helpful. Will get booked out VERY early!

Day 5: Wadi Rum & journey to Amman

We determined to simply chill on the Camp this morning. We may’ve completed a camel journey, or exit on one other jeep, however we chilled within the grounds as a substitute. It was excellent.

my room at wadi rum

We tried a little bit of sandboarding, had a beautiful breakfast and lunch, and relaxed within the conventional Bedouin space. Reggie received to have some YouTube time within the room in entrance of the fan, I received to lie on the hammock, and we simply received to relax earlier than the lengthy journey that afternoon.

It’s a 4+ hour journey from Wadi Rum to Amman. Reggie fell asleep as quickly as we received within the automotive, seeing as I’d given the man the flawed decide up deal with so my fastidiously deliberate taxi nap was out of whack. Be sure to know the place to get picked up from – ask your camp workers to intervene in case you want!

After about three hours we stopped at a providers, fortunately. The workers in there have been so good to Reggie and he had a run spherical to interrupt up the journey.

After we lastly arrived in Amman (the site visitors!) we had been hungry, and drained, and sick of vehicles and journey.

So, we determined to go for the best choice and went over the highway from our resort at Shams Alweibdeh Resort Residences to Cafe Maestro for dinner. It turned out to be a wonderful alternative.

We received a couple of issues to share between the three of us, as is the Jordanian approach.

where to eat in amman

Thus far we’d been fairly extensive ranging in our meals picks, however up till now the meals hadn’t been centre stage as we’d had a lot else happening. That was positively about to alter in Amman!

The place to remain in Amman

I spent hours and hours searching for the proper resort in Amman for us. We truly booked a special resort however then realised it was fairly far out. We cancelled and moved to the Shams Alweibdeh Resort Residences a couple of week earlier than. This was nice for our wants, and launched us to the fabulous Cafe Maestro so I’m fairly completely satisfied we did it. We had a two-bedroom condominium right here. Our rooms had been good, it was nice to share a lounge and the workers had been pleasant. One of many predominant causes for our alternative was the pool, which sadly was actually chilly and within the shade so we didn’t use it a lot.

It was solely a JOD or two away from every little thing we went to by way of taxi although, which was nice.

Greatest inns in Amman

Shams Alweibdeh Resort ResidencesThe place we stayed. Sensible location, beautiful workers, (chilly) pool & breakfast. Bit darkish.
Nu Fifty TwoNearly stayed right here however was booked up. Beautiful and ethereal, nice location, tremendous trendy.
Nomads ResortPositioned on Rainbow Road that is within the thick of the motion. Primary for anybody on a funds.

Day 6: Amman

All of us had the 4JOD breakfast buffet at our resort. There was numerous choice, and it had a fab view over the town. It was good for in the future, however I wouldn’t have wished it daily. I really like an a la carte breakfast served sizzling – particularly when you have got kids concerned. An excessive amount of faff getting up and down on a regular basis.

Hotel breakfast

That morning Reggie and I went off to the Prince Hashem Fowl Backyard, whereas Emily went for an grownup day in museums and hammams.

I’d deliberate our day trip round all of the toddler actions, however sadly inside about 5 minutes of arriving on the playground within the hen backyard, Reggie fell off the climbing body. It was terrible, so I’m going to breeze over it. He hit his head, the person on the ice cream store gave me ice from the facet of his freezer to placed on it, and I purchased two ice lollies – one for his head and one for him. I used to be frantically trying up paediatricians and head accidents…

I might be without end grateful to that fluffy hen for making Reggie chuckle once more, and to Emily who I used to be desperately texting on the opposite facet of the town, who was saying all the suitable issues again to me.

In brief, he was advantageous, simply with a purple head. We determined to depart the park and go to a comfortable play I’d marked. Known as Yippee, it was within the Abdali Mall, and was completely sensible. After the trauma of the morning, it was only a welcome protected house for us each. I may really feel us each chill out because the acquainted sounds of Cocomelon songs performed over the speaker and he had someplace protected to discover the place I may let him roam free. Employees had been wonderful too, particularly Lemonie. She made us really feel so a lot better concerning the fall.

We stayed about two hours, though you may truly drop your little one off and buy groceries in case you like. It additionally runs as a nursery.

Yippee is correct subsequent to a meals courtroom with about ten completely different choices. We determined to go for Lebnani Snack – the place you might order salads and smoothies galore. And I wished to attempt the Jordanian Manaqeesh – flatbreads (oily however scrumptious).

We went again to the resort to recharge, after which again out to fulfill Emily from her hammam.

We determined to do our personal meals tour of Amman, quite than paying the extortionate quantities for group journeys just for it to be too rushed or TMI for Reggie to maintain up.

We began at Gerard ice cream store on Rainbow Road. Reggie and I shared a blueberry cheesecake one and simply sat on the step exterior and ate all of it.

Stroll down Rainbow Road and also you’ll arrive on the well-known Al Quds Falafel. Simply subsequent door is this glorious juice store the place you may drink freshly squeezed pomegranate juice exterior, which is precisely what we did with our shared falafel.

drinking on rainbow street

The remainder of our tour didn’t go so effectively. Going up and down steps and the rickety pavements was tiring with a toddler and a pushchair. Locations had been closed once we received in, because it was early to eat (about 4pm). We simply wished a rooftop bar for a drink, however then most didn’t serve alcohol.

Ultimately we discovered the great Prego Bar and Restaurant rooftop, and ended up staying a couple of hours, placing a giant pause on our ‘Nice Amman Meals Tour.’ All of the foods and drinks was HALF PRICE, we had been the one ones there, and it was all tasty and great, so why transfer?

We ordered a spherical of dynamite prawns and hen tenders, after which did it once more because it was all so scrumptious. Reggie had a spag bol and we watched the solar set over the town, with a glass of wine and simply… relaxed. It wasn’t fairly the few hours of the meals tour we had in thoughts, but it surely was great after the busy week / day / hour we’d had.

We determined to go again dwelling and go to the Cafe Maestro rooftop bar reverse our resort. One other swift 2JOD Uber journey later and we had been dwelling. We stashed the pushchair within the resort reception and wandered over the highway and up within the carry to the Cafe Maestro rooftop. The workers had been beautiful and welcoming to Reggie – I nervous they wouldn’t need him at 8pm however, they did.

We went for it with the desserts right here – Um Ali Bread Pudding, the native Knafeh, and a fried banana for Reggie. Together with a glass of native wine every too. It was a really stress-free night – my boy was completely satisfied, so I used to be completely satisfied too.

Our self guided, made up as we went, meals tour of Amman was completed. For at the moment.

It was additionally nice to know that dwelling and mattress on the Shams Alweibdeh Resort Residences was just some steps away, in truth we may see it from our rooftop.

Day 7: Amman

It was our final day at the moment, so we went to discover the large sights of Amman. Beginning with the Roman Theatre and the Citadel. After a fast, very low cost, breakfast at a bakery we ventured in.

Breakfast in Amman

Amman Roman Theater

Positioned on the base of the Citadel, you’ll discover the outstanding Roman Theatre, serving as one more testomony to Amman’s Roman heritage. Constructed throughout the 2nd century, throughout the metropolis’s Philadelphia period, this amphitheater can accommodate roughly 6,000 spectators. Even at the moment, it continues to host live shows and varied musical performances.

It’s one of the well-known Jordan landmarks, and an unmissable cease in your Jordan journey itinerary.

Roman theater in Amman

The Amman Citadel

Only a fast journey away, the Amman Citadel dates again to the times of Roman occupation over Amman in 162AD. Some of the fashionable websites right here is Hercules’ hand. It was extremely popular up right here, and with a toddler the perfect factor to do was sit underneath the timber and go searching from there.

What to do in Jordan

We did go within the Byzantine Church, and the Jordan Archaeological Museum – though Reggie set off an alarm getting too near the reveals. Bit cooler than the skin although!

Entrance to each is included in your Jordan Cross, and I’d strongly suggest getting a taxi up there because it’s excessive up on the hill. It was about 2JODs from the Roman Theatre.

There’s slightly cafe up there. We arrived and received a espresso to evaluate what there was to see first. There are bathrooms up there, and naturally, epic views.

Wild Jordan Middle

Lunch time!

One other taxi to the Wild Jordan Middle and we had been in Jordanian meals heaven. This was my favorite meal of the journey. Brunch on the Wild Jordan Middle is an absolute should if you’re in Amman.

Lunch at Wild Jordan Center

The Middle has a store, a restaurant, a baby pleasant house and plenty of enjoyable available within the life, in line with my son. It additionally has beautiful views out to Amman – you may see the citadel you had been simply at from the consolation of an air-conditioned couch.

Excellent spot for a toddler nap!

King Abdullah Mosque

That afternoon we went to the King Adbullah Mosque – the one mosque in Amman that lets vacationers in. We needed to don a head to toe gown for entry and pay a couple of JODs, but it surely was fascinating to see inside. We arrived simply at a name to prayer and it was wonderful to be so shut and listen to it play out.

Mosque in Amman

There have been fairly a couple of areas to discover within the mosque, however we solely went in the principle room, and noticed a little bit of the skin. Reggie was positively getting antsy by this level, and I used to be too within the sweaty gown.

in the mosque

We had been right here about half-hour earlier than heading again to the Yippee comfortable play on the mall a 10-minute stroll up the highway. We each cherished it there!

Dinner in Amman

Hasham is likely one of the most infamous eating places in Amman, because of its legendary falafel and the very fact it’s additionally the oldest. It’s a big restaurant within the coronary heart of Downtown Amman with upstairs seating, and down. Downstairs was positively extra atmospheric, however when you have little ones, upstairs was simpler to maintain them confined!

Hashem Downtown in Jordan

Reggie simply ate chips right here sadly, however there’s bread, falafel, hummus and falafel for all. It’s a well-liked spot for breakfast if that works higher for you.

The entire meal for the three of us got here to lower than £10 – unbelievable!

We tried to discover downtown after, but it surely was simply too loopy. I used to be positively feeling the week of travelling with a toddler, and Reggie simply wished to have a look at all the brilliant lights and funky issues. We stood on what was I feel, the busiest avenue nook of Amman, and flagged a taxi dwelling (ultimately).

Mattress time, prepared for our 5:30am airport alarm.

Day 8: Flight dwelling from our week in Jordan

Our taxi via the resort to the airport was 25JOD. I’d truly suggest utilizing the GetTransfers web site although, you may decide your car and will journey to the airport in a Tesla! It was the identical kind of worth.

The roads and airport had been fairly quiet at 7am – we arrived in loads of time.

And our journey to Jordan was completed!

time to go home from jordan

Prime ideas for a household vacation in Jordan

In case you’re planning a household journey to Jordan, listed below are a couple of tricks to pay attention to…

Take your individual journey seat

I took this transportable journey seat from Kanga. Regardless that I ordered them in each automotive we took, I didn’t belief them to be adequate. I’m glad I trusted my instincts as just one automotive of the 5 turned up with a seat. This one helps your little one’s head for highway journey naps, and is comparatively straightforward to hold round. Though because the evaluations counsel, the bag it is available in wants some reinforcement – it’s garbage!

Don’t count on there to be cots

Once more, one other inkling. Reggie is completely satisfied in his cot as of late, and though we’ve co slept up to now, these days are very a lot gone. Being 20 months he’s not prepared for a mattress so I ordered a cot in all of the rooms – this additionally didn’t seem.

sleeping baby in jordan

Other than the one above in Petra which was on no account appropriate for my chunk.

We ended up sharing the double beds, which I moved in direction of the wall at any time when I may, though it wasn’t doable within the O Seashore Resort, which meant I had a wakeful sleep worrying about him falling off the large mattress. It wasn’t a large drawback all through our Jordan journey, but it surely did imply I couldn’t absolutely chill out at evening.

Bear in mind, you may take a cot on BA as a part of your two items of free baggage (though I already had a buggy and a automotive seat).

Consider carefully about whether or not you want your buggy

In all places we went in Jordan the pavements had been horrible.

Total, I’m glad we had the buggy because it meant I may strap Reggie in within the shade once I went within the Lifeless Sea, and once I went within the resort pool, however that’s all it was good for. It was ineffective for getting him round – and sadly Emily ended up pushing it fairly a bit because it was too arduous to carry Reggie and push that with the uneven pavements.

It was additionally actually annoying attempting to suit it within the taxis on our journey to Jordan – for 3 of the 5 journeys (fortunately the shorter ones) the three of us, with the automotive seat, had been squashed within the again whereas the blummin pushchair was folded within the entrance passenger seat. There was simply no option to get all of the individuals, baggage and pushchair within the automotive in any other case.

It was completely ineffective in Petra and Wadi Rum due to the sand. I ended up carrying Reggie quite a bit!

Take sufficient nappies and wipes

I often suggest selecting up these chunky and heavy objects if you’re in your vacation spot if you’re travelling with little ones, however for Jordan I’d say take them. Ever since trawling the streets of Playa D’en Bossa in Ibiza searching for measurement 6 nappies I’ve simply determined it’s simpler to take them. I took about 40 nappies and three packets of wipes. I had loads of nappies however did find yourself shopping for a packet of wipes whereas I used to be there, as we’d used so many for restaurant dinner clear ups and to wipe our personal arms out and about too.

We tried about 5 little retailers earlier than discovering some close to the Citadel in Amman.

In case you’re beginning in Amman, try to be advantageous with all the department stores, however in case you’re doing all of your week in Jordan following this itinerary, I’d suggest you are taking sufficient to cowl these first few days at the very least.

7 day Jordan tour itinerary

Take some tried and examined meals from dwelling

I positively wouldn’t class Reggie as a fussy eater, however he didn’t actually wish to attempt something new in Jordan. He ate pasta, bread, bananas, avocado and ham, on repeat. Fortunately I’d clearly taken numerous snacks to substitute this eating regimen, however I additionally took a few of these Hipp Natural toddler meals too.

Use SMA milks

My 20 month previous has been on cow’s milk for ages however I wasn’t certain how it could be completely different, or how I’d retailer it safely on our travels. I made a decision to simply use the SMA toddler milks as a substitute, as they’re completely sanitised. These labored effectively.

Gown appropriately

Try my article on what to put on in Jordan for extra recommendation on what to pack for Jordan.

The Jordan Cross

The Jordan Cross, an initiative by the Jordanian authorities, gives entry to a few of Jordan’s most famed sights. It’s an important alternative if you wish to save time, cash and problem in your 7 day Jordan tour itinerary. Even in case you simply go to Petra throughout your week in Jordan, the go will prevent cash. We additionally used it on the Citadel and the Roman Theatre in Amman.

citadel fun

One of many key benefits of this go is that it consists of the waiver of the everyday vacationer visa charge of 40 JOD. This exemption applies if you buy the go earlier than arriving in Jordan and plan to remain within the nation for at least 3 nights.

You should purchase The Jordan Cross right here, and also you discover a complete record of included sights as effectively. Even in case you go for a guided tour, acquiring the Jordan Cross stays helpful, as most excursions don’t cowl attraction tickets or vacationer visa bills.

Simply to notice, though kids can enter sights free of charge on an grownup Jordan Cross, you’ll nonetheless should pay the visa charge. I didn’t realise this and so was coughing up the 40JOD on the airport on our midnight arrival. It wasn’t a problem, however simply surprising.

You completely MUST print this earlier than you go. In truth, I’d suggest you print a spare.

Is Jordan protected?

After I visited in September 2023, Jordan was a really protected nation to go to.

My household and buddies had been apprehensive about my go to, however I used to be assured in my alternative and had completed a variety of analysis. You will want to do your individual primarily based on present occasions, however traditionally Jordan has stayed out of battle, regardless of its geographical location.

The place is Jordan?

Jordan borders Syria, Iraq, Israel and Saudi Arabia, among the most controversial nations within the twenty first century.

Politics apart, I felt very protected in Jordan with my younger son. We didn’t get any problem strolling the streets, anybody we interacted with was very pleasant to Reggie, and all of the resort workers and taxi drivers had been form too. I wouldn’t hesitate in recommending a household go to Jordan for a 7 day journey.

My solely grievance and security fear in Jordan was with the quantity of individuals driving and utilizing cellphones. I truly needed to request our taxi driver cease whatsapping on his TWO telephones whereas he drove us. It’s truly unlawful in Jordan, I regarded it up whereas sat within the again, however you may simply go searching whilst you’re on the highway to see that nobody appears to care.

Extra locations to go to in Jordan

I didn’t go to any of those locations on my week in Jordan, however possibly you need some inspiration to remain longer, or see extra of the nation. These are all locations I might’ve cherished to discover, however simply didn’t have the time.

Dead Sea in Jordan

Dana Biosphere Reserve – Jordan’s greatest nature reserve at 308 sq km. It has an enormous variety of vegetation, birds, and mammals. You’ll be able to camp right here, like in Wadi Rum. Rummana Campsite comes extremely really helpful.

Wadi Mujab – the ‘Grand Canyon of Jordan’.

As-salt – aka Salt, As-salt is a historic metropolis within the north of Jordan identified for its wealthy historical past, structure, and cultural heritage.

Jerash – one other Jordan itinerary should see as one of the well-preserved and spectacular Roman archaeological websites on the earth.

Aqaba – the seashore resort vacation spot in Jordan.

Madaba – an enthralling metropolis identified for its mosaics.

The Baptismal Web site of Jesus Christ – you may go to the spot the place John the Baptist baptised Jesus, though it is advisable be part of a tour. You’ll be able to even be baptised there your self!

Mount Nebo – Mount Nebo is believed to be the place the place Moses glimpsed the Holy Land earlier than he died. It has wonderful views!

7 Day Jordan Tour Itinerary

I had an excellent time with Reggie and Emily in Jordan. I’m so, so glad we did it. I don’t really feel like I missed out on a lot, having Reggie. Possibly the odd further drink right here and there, a couple of further websites at Petra, and I might’ve cherished to have gone procuring in Al Balad in Amman, however that was about it.

family week in jordan

It was price these minor sacrifices to have been in a position to see his pleasure with the cats of Little Petra, the epic array of breads at meal occasions, at fist pumping with the bedouins in Wadi Rum, and splashing within the swimming pools within the Lifeless Sea and Amman.

Jordan is a superb vacation spot for an adventurous household. I hope this 7 day Jordan itinerary lets you plan your journey there, and let me know when you have any questions in any respect!

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