Your Jordan Real Food Adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 6 pm. This trip puts a focus on the delicious cuisine of Jordan, a gastronomy shaped by centuries of social and political change. Jordan also has bragging rights as one of the largest producers of olives in the world, so it’s no surprise that olive oil is commonly used in their dishes. Garlic, onions, tomato sauce, lemon and za’atar (a spice blend with sumac, sesame seeds, salt and other spices) are all big-ticket items and should pop up often on this adventure. After your meeting, get your first taste of Jordanian cuisine at the Hashem Restaurant. Dinner
Petra/ Dead Sea
After filling up on arguably the best bread in town at the Salaheddin bakery, board a bus and head to Madaba, famous for its Ottoman-style houses and beautiful Byzantine-era mosaics. Then head to the Dead Sea. After drying off, prepare for a traditional picnic lunch, mezze style. Continue to Petra for dinner. Learn from a local family how to prepare mansaf, delicious lamb with fermented, dried yoghurt sauce. After a hearty meal and a few shared stories from the family, arrive at your hotel near the ancient ruins of Petra. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Today you’ll have the chance to explore ancient Petra, known as one of the new ‘seven wonders of the world’. This archaeological city sits within 80-metre-high cliff walls – the iconic treasury, carved into the face of one of these cliffs, is the highlight of this visit. The site is expansive and to explore it all requires quite a bit of walking, and a basic level of fitness will enhance your experience. With a free afternoon to proceed at your own pace, there’s ample time to see the museum, the Roman amphitheatre, the palace and other places – just head to the visitor centre for a map and a few suggestions as to where to go. Once the day is done, head back to your hotel for a free evening. Breakfast
A mezze style breakfast under this towering scenery will be the perfect setting to chat with the local shepherd and learn about their life and culture. Afterwards, head on to Wadi Rum, a place often referred to as The Valley of the Moon. Enjoy a 4-hour jeep ride through the region. Later, head back to a Wadi Rum campsite for a traditional Bedouin barbecue, known as zarb. Bedouin locals will prepare dinner by digging a large hole in the ground and stoking a coal fire underneath it. Breakfast, Dinner
This morning starts off with a delicious Bedouin breakfast. You may get the chance to wash it all down with a cup of Bedouin (non-alcoholic) whiskey. Prepare for a 3.5-hour drive back to Amman through stunning desert scenery and stop for a delicious falafel sandwich along the way. The final meal of this Real Food Adventure awaits in the city with a self-prepared dinner at the Beit Sitti cooking school, known as one of the most innovative developments in Jordan’s dining scene. Visitors to the school get to cook (and eat) an authentic meal under supervision, with tonight’s dish being maqluba. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Return to Malta
Your tour ends after breakfast. More time? This tour can be extended or combined with tours in nearby countries. Ask for details.
This is a small group tour. For private or self-drive itineraries please visit our ‘Wonders of Jordan’ suggestion, or call to discuss options.
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