Amman, Jordan

Best of King’s Highway from Amman to Petra

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Amman downtown and Petra are among Jordan’s most beloved tourist attractions, but many people tend to miss out on the amazing wonders in-between, along the King’s Highway. With a comfortable car trip, offerings of drinks and snacks, and a whole day to enjoy the many famed monuments, you’ll find yourself falling in love with this journey.

From such sites as Mount Nebo and Khirbet al-Mukhayyat where you discover some truly wonderful mosaics, and remarkable Nabatean temples and Crusader Castles to stunning views over Dana – you’ll find yourself having seen some of Jordan’s very best sites by the end of the trip. This is a one-way tour from Amman to Petra only, we will drop you off at your hotel in Petra, no doubt ensuring a comfortable end to a long but memorable journey.

Departure Location
Amman, Jordan (your hotel or residence)
Departure Time
What's Included
✓ Private luxury transfer✓ Entrance fees✓ Bottled water, soft drinks, snacks✓ Coffee/tea (on request)✓ WiFi, iPhone charger, iPad with Netflix✓ Masks and hand-sanitiser
What's Excluded
✕ Professional on-site (local) guide✕ Personal expenses✕ Lunch
Tour Checklist
✓ Comfortable shoes✓ Sun hat✓ Sunblock✓ Sunglasses

Note: We will meet you at the hotel lobby or at your residence five minutes before the scheduled departure time for an introduction and small briefing. Please be on time.

After the tour, we will drive you back to Amman and drop you off at your hotel, where we picked you up or any other location specified by you, at no additional cost.

Tour Itinerary

Amman to King's Highway

We’ll begin with a friendly introduction, and a small tour briefing. A detour to Starbucks to pick up your favourite coffee will take place after, on your request. From there, it’s a 1-hour drive from Amman to Mount Nebo, our first stop, in a 4x4 vehicle which includes WiFi, sipping coffee and enjoying your selected snacks. Water and soft drinks are provided at no extra cost. There is also an iPhone charger, headphones and you’ll have access to an iPad with an internet connection, and Netflix.

Mount Nebo

Found at about 710 meters above sea level, the biblically famous ridge of Mount Nebo is a must-see if you’re touring through Jordan’s most popular sites from ancient literature. This mountain is mentioned in the Old Testament, as the place where Moses had received his vision of the Promised Land, and thus remains a famous spot to visit for believers. Some say it’s also the place where Moses’ body is buried, though nobody’s entirely sure. With its historical and literate significance, stunning mosaics, as well as its surrounding beauty is well worth the first stop on this trip.

Umm Ar-Rassas

With ruins left over from the Roman, Byzantine and early Muslim periods, there’s plenty enough to discover. The perfectly preserved mosaic floor of the Church of St Stephen, alone, is worth the trip to see. It’s the largest mosaic floor in all of Jordan, in fact. But what really makes this a memorable trip is the stylite tower, which once served for isolated Christian ascetics as a place to live, as well as a place of prayer. The tower’s survival is iconic, going against all odds, but chance made it possible.

Karak Castle

Perhaps one of the most interesting ancient military structures in all of Jordan, Karak was a Crusader castle, the construction of which began in the 1140s. It was later besieged in 1183 by the famed Saladin, who led the campaign against the Crusaders in the Levant. The siege would come to be relieved by King Baldwin IV, the Leper King of Jerusalem. The castle would live on, but this was only the beginning of its long and interesting history – a history just ripe for the discovery. As one of the largest Crusader castles in the Levant, there’s plenty to explore.

Khirbet Al-Dharieh

This well-preserved archaeological site which includes an unforgettable Nabatean temple, found along the King's Highway, undoubtedly has its charms. It’s the temple’s elaborately carved façade that is the main interest for many tourists who come by, however, making for a beautiful and artistic adventure around this Nabatean settlement.

Dana

The largest nature reserve in all of Jordan, the Dana Biosphere Reserve is one of the country’s most recent yet most popular additions, driving in visitors since its opening in 1989. It covers an area of 308 square kilometres inhabited by 703 plant species, 215 species of birds, and 38 species of mammals. The reserve itself is among Jordan’s greatest beauties, with landscapes so fine, rocky, and occasionally green that the reserve ought to top just about any tourist’s itinerary for the best places to visit in Jordan.

Shobak Castle

Built-in 1115 by Baldwin I, the Crusader King, Shobak (Montreal) Castle has a rich history, having later been expanded by the Mamluks and perching along the high rocks of the Arabah Valley. It’s one of the best, and oldest, of the Jordanian castles to visit. With awe-inspiring views, and a comfortable café, you’ll find it to be one of the most tourist-friendly sites in the country, and with its long violent history of sieges and battles, you’ll soon see yourself enthralled in all the right ways.

Litle Petra & Al-Beidha

Next up on the journey is Little Petra, which is also known by the name ‘Siq al-Barid.’ It’s located at an archaeological site in the town of Wadi Musa, just North of Petra. Next to it, the Al Beidha is one of Jordan’s most major Neolithic archaeological sites. Al Beidha consists of the remains of an ancient village – thought to have been inhabited from around 7200 BC to 6500 BC.

Vaux Moise

What better way to end the tour than with yet another Crusader Castle? This ruined Crusader castle, found in Wadi Musa, used to serve as something of an outpost for the Shobak castle, long ago. It was smaller, as a result, though also founded by the Crusader King Baldwin I a year after the creation of Shobak castle, in 1116 AD. It was once thought proud and unconquerable, having been one of several such castles at the time. Today, it serves as a popular tourist attraction, reflecting the violence and bloodshed that was once wrought across Jordan by the Crusades.To conclude the tour, we will drop you off at your hotel in Petra. No doubt after a satisfying and inspiring day in some of Jordan’s most famed archaeological sites along the King’s Highway.

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Additional Info

  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Infants must sit on laps

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the tour for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the tour’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the tour’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the tour’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on Jordan’s local time.
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