Arrive in Amman via the Queen Alia International Airport and meet your driver and English-speaking guide for a private transfer to your hotel. After checking-in to your hotel, the remainder of the day is at your leisure.
Amman, Jordan's vibrant capital, balances both the ancient and modern. The city's historical sites are located downtown with Roman, Byzantine, and ancient Islamic remnants found at the area known as the Citadel, including the Roman temple of Heracles and the Umayyad Palace, while western Amman is home to residential homes, modern malls, and galleries. Sprawling over hills, Amman's neighborhoods are named after the respective hills they occupy. Known for its street art and café culture, the diverse city is teeming with regional cultures, arts, and food just waiting to be discovered just over the next hill.
Wake up bright and early to make the trip to the legendary lost city of Petra after breakfast. This ancient city was carved into rose-red sandstone desert cliffs, concealed from the prying eyes of travelers for centuries. Approach the lost city by winding through the tall stone walls of the Siq corridor, steadily building anticipation before you arrive at the impressive Al Kahzneh façade, easily recognized by some as the location of Holy Grail in Indiana Jones. Referred to as both the Rose City and the Lost City, this UNESCO World Heritage Site still holds many mysteries as less than 15% of Petra has been discovered and over 85% of the city is still buried underground.
After the tour of Petra, check-in to your nearby hotel where the rest of the evening will be at your leisure. If you're feeling up to it, add-on a cooking class at the Petra Kitchen! Learn traditional Jordanian cooking techniques with a local chef, learning about the local culture and customs as you cook an entire course.
(Breakfast, Amman & Accommodations, Petra)
After breakfast, take a private transfer to a resort on the Dead Sea. This lake earned its name because it is so full of saline that no living thing can survive its waters. However, that same saline-density means that it is nearly impossible to sink while swimming in the lake! Additionally, these mineral-rich waters produce an equally rich mud that is renowned for its rejuvenating properties. Cake yourself in mud, bake on the sandy shore, and wash it off in the saline-heavy water to engage in a centuries-old skincare routine.
Many of the Dead Sea Resorts offer world-class spa programs that incorporate the mineral-rich materials found here while also providing lavish and luxurious accommodations, making this an ideal destination for wellness and true relaxation. Furthermore, the Dead Sea is only a 45-minute drive from Amman and is optimally positioned near important religious and historic sites such as Bethany Beyond the Jordan, where John the Baptist baptized Christ.
(Breakfast, Petra; Accommodations, Dead Sea)
After breakfast, check-out of the hotel and return to the Amman Airport via private transfer for the return home or onwards to your next Avanti destination!
(Breakfast, Dead Sea)