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Exploring The Kingdom of Jordan

The Chef’s Tour

Everybody, whether child or adult, falls in love with Jordanian cuisine from the very first bite. Choose our Jordan Chef’s Tour, and you’ll be privy to the most closely-guarded secrets of the locals themselves, allowing you to bring all of the mouth-watering tastes of the country back to your kitchen at home. You’ll wander the markets of Amman and shop for ingredients with experienced chefs, harvest fruits and herbs with local Jordanians, and sit around campfires cooking up delicious meats and breads with Bedouin families as you swap recipes and stories under a perfect starry sky.

Enjoy an experience that will last a lifetime, and wow your guests with your new skills at your next dinner party back home.

Your Itinerary

Day 1 - Amman

Arrive at Queen Alia International Airport in Amman, where our airport representative will be waiting to assist you with the visa procedures. The airport rep will walk with your through customs and the luggage hall and will bring you to the driver at the arrival hall. Your driver will be waiting for you in the arrival hall with a name sign to take you to the 3*Larsa hotel l in Amman for an overnight stay

Day 2 - Amman - Roman Theatre—The Citadel—Jerash—Amman

After breakfast you’ll take a city tour of Amman, with a visit to the Citadel and the Roman Theater. You’ll then drive toward one of the best preserved old Roman provincial city, Jerash. After your tour of Jerash, you will have lunch at the Artemis Restaurant in Jerash city, before being transferred back to Amman. In the afternoon you’ll meet the chef of Beit Sitti who will take you to the vegetable market in the old downtown area of Amman. This is a public place that has been visited for many decades, and on this trip you’ll get to experience the hustle and bustle of the city, interact with interesting locals and get a glimpse into the real, everyday lives of Jordanians. Tonight you will learn how to cook Tabbouleh, Humus, Maqloubeh and a desert. Enjoy your dinner! You’ll stay overnight in the 3*Larsa Hotel in Amman

Day 3 - Madaba—Mt. Nebo—Ghur Al Mazra’a — Petra

At approximately 07.30 am you will leave your hotel in Amman and drive to Madaba to visit the St. George Church, with its famous mosaic map. From there you’ll continue to Mt. Nebo, where Moses viewed the Promised Land.

You’ll then continue to Ghor al Mazra’a to participate in Bandoora day. Bandoora is the Arabic word for Tomato. You’ll help the locals with harvesting the tomatoes from the farms, and then enjoy lunch with the locals. Together you’ll prepare galayah, a local dish with tomatoes as one of the main ingredients.

Time permitting, you will also have a chance to learn how to make Kohol (from olive oil) or learn the traditional way of wool spinning, basket weaving etc. You’ll then be transferred to Petra for dinner and an overnight stay at 3*Petra Palace Hotel including breakfast. Here you’ll get an introduction to what to expect during the coming days of cooking in Petra!

Day 4 - Petra & Taboon & Fattah

You’ll have a full day to explore one of the seven wonders of the world. After your visit to the Siq, Treasury, Street of Facades, Theatre and Colonnaded Street you will still have time to see the Monastery and/or the High Place of Sacrifice. It’s a lot of climbing, but worth it for the views!

We suggest lunch inside Petra: The local Tent Restaurant or Basin Restaurant of the 5* Crown Plaza

In the evening you will learn how to bake Taboon Bread with a local family who uses the traditional Taboon bread ovens. After that you will learn how to prepare a simple dish, Fattah, which incorporates the Taboon Bread into the meal. It’s a very traditional Bedouin meal, that has been made for centuries. Stay overnight in the 3* Hotel in Petra

Day 5 - Petra—Mansaf

You’ll have a free morning to visit Petra. If you did not have the chance to visit the High Place of Sacrifice and/or the Monastery on the previous day, then now is your chance! You could also think about visiting the Royal Tombs.

In the afternoon you will go with your guide to the butcher, to buy the meat you will need in the evening. After this you will meet with a  local family and help them with milking the sheep. The milk of the sheep is used to prepare Jameed, which is used for the famous local dish Mansaf. After this you will go together with  our team of local people  to little Petra,  where you’ll use these ingredients to prepare Mansaf on a campfire! Stay overnight stay in the 3*Petra Palace Hotel in Petra

Day 6 - Petra—Wadi Rum, Bedouin Zarb

You’ll drive to Wadi Rum for a half-day jeep tour inside the protected area. Wadi Rum is famous for its red sand and beautiful rock formations. Upon arrival you may decide if you would like to include a camel ride or start directly with your jeep tour. Lunch will be freshly prepared by your driver – and of course you can give him a hand! You’ll enjoy preparing a chicken barbeque together, and end your jeep tour at a campsite located in the middle of the desert. The camp has facilities and private tents. In the evening you will learn how prepare Zarb, a dish which is cooked in the ground. You’ll learn how to prepare this special dish with the local Bedouins of Wadi Rum.

Day 7 - Wadi Rum - Dead Sea

After breakfast you’ll drive to the Dead Sea, the lowest point on the earth’s surface. Today is all about relaxing, so float in the salty waters or try out the famous healing mud. There is no cooking course included for today as you have deserved a day to unwind after all the cooking you have done! Stay overnight at the 3* Ramada Hotel.

Day 8 - Departure back home

You’ll be transferred to the airport in Amman for your departure. You’ll need to leave the hotel 3 hours in advance of your departure time.

This is the end of your tour of Jordan: Ahlan wa Sahlan!

What's included?

  •    Meet and assist at the airport including visa cost
  •    All hotel accommodations (2 nights Amman, 3 nights Petra, 1 night Wadi Rum,  1 night Dead Sea ) based on double/ twin rooms, including breakfast and all government taxes and service charges.
  •    All transfers throughout the program in a private  modern air-conditioned tourism vehicle
  •    All entry/user fee tickets for the sights mentioned throughout the program.
  •    ( Roman Theatre, Citadel,  Jerash, Madaba, Mt. Nebo, Petra, and Wadi Rum)
  •    Local English speaking guide in Jerash and Petra
  •    All meals as noted in the program are included.
  •    Afternoon visit to the vegetable market in Amman with the chef of Beit Sitti on day 2.
  •    Beit Sitti cooking course including Tabbouleh, Humus, Maqloubeh and a desert on day 2. And a Shrak Bread maker to enjoy fresh bread during dinner.
  •    Bandoora day at Ghor Al Mazra’a on day 3. Including picking tomatoes, preparing Galayah lunch, (winter and spring) . Or cooking a traditional dish plus picking seasonal fruits and a walking tour there at Jdeit including. (summer and autumn)
  •    Welcome word in your hotel in Petra on day 3 with a short introduction for the coming days in Petra.
  •    Dinner at 3* Petra Palace Hotel in Petra on day 3.
  •    Learning how to make Taboon Bread and Khobez Fattah with locals on the evening of day 4.
  •    Visit to the local butcher to buy the meat needed for the Mansaf tonight, meat costs included on day 5.
  •    Seeing how to milk the sheep on day 5.
  •    Learning how to make Mansaf on the evening of day 5.
  •    Half-day jeep tour inside Wadi Rum protected area with local Bedouin English-speaking drivers.
  •    Learning how to prepare a barbeque lunch inside Wadi Rum Desert with local Bedouins.
  •    Learning how to prepare a Zarb dinner at the camp inside Wadi Rum Desert with local Bedouins.
  •    All ingredients needed for the meals that you will learn how to prepare during the tour.
  •    Liability insurance
Not Included:
  • Flight
  •  Visa
  •  All other transfers.
  •  All other meals not mentioned in the program
  •  All other consumptions not mentioned in the program
  •  Tips for guides / drivers, restaurants etc.
  •  Travel insurance.
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If you're looking to immerse yourself in a labyrinth of souks and bazaars, where all kinds of colourful and exotic fruits, clothes and jewellery spill out from their stalls onto the streets, then look no further than Amman. What really makes the city unique, however, is how it has managed to combine both the ancient and the modern like no other city in the region. As you wander the bustling interwoven streets that flow through the valleys of Downtown you're forever in the shadow of Jabal Al Qal'a - the highest hill in the city, and home to the sprawling ruins of the Roman citadel. In fact, wherever you go in Amman you'll find ancient history around every corner, such as the spectacular Temple of Hercules and the magisterial Umayyad Palace. When visiting Jordan, Amman is one of the must-see places on your visit.
The Roman ruins of Jerash are among the most well-preserved in the world; so well in fact that it's very easy to lose yourself in its history and imagine how it was back in its day. There's the hippodrome, where chariot races were once held, Hadrian's arch, built purposely for a visit from the emperor Adrian, and the Corinthian columns of the Temple of Artemis. If you love history make sure it's on your itinerary.
Jordan is famously home to one of the seven modern wonders of the world - the ancient, rose red city of Petra - which is so utterly captivating that it's reason alone to travel there. You arrive at Petra through the Siq, a long narrow canyon formed over many years, which gradually opens out onto the most elaborate of Petra's facades - the treasury. Carved out of sandstone onto the face of the rock itself, the size and grandeur of this sight will simply take your breath away, making it the perfect introduction to this awe-inspiring city. If you have the time, don't miss the chance to wander Petra by night - the magical, candlelit facades make for the experience of a lifetime.
Wadi Rum
The deserts of the Wadi Rum are simply packed with things to see and do. Whether you fancy camping and stargazing under a perfect night sky, rolling down immense sand dunes, riding in 4x4s with experienced guides, or simply pretending to be Lawrence of Arabia - here at FleeWinter we can help you do them all. You'll discover Bedouin tented camps, fantastic natural rock bridges, ancient drawings carved into the stones thousands of years ago, all set against the gorgeous red and yellow backdrop of the desert itself. An absolute must.
Dead Sea
What trip to Jordan would be complete without a visit to the Dead Sea? It's impossible not to be amazed at the salinity and viscosity of the water as you wade in, desperately trying to make your foot touch the floor - something which catches all first-timers by surprise. Be sure to take a newspaper with you for the customary floating and reading pic, and be sure to treat your skin to a good soak in the rich, black, mineral-infused mud you'll find along the shore. The most beautiful health spa you'll ever visit.
The waters of Aqaba are among the most colourful in the world, so be sure to take the time to try a little snorkelling. Even right by the coast you can float over vast, sloping coral gardens but go a little further to the King Abdullah Reef in the middle of the Red Sea and you can share the water with turtles, rays, and huge shoals of brightly coloured neon fish. Be sure to take an underwater camera.
Dana Nature Reserve
Dana is Jordan’s largest nature reserve, covering spectacular mountains and wadis along the face of the Great Rift Valley. From scorching sand dunes in the west to cool mountain tops in the east, the Dana Biosphere Reserve is home to a great variety of wildlife. There are plants and animals characteristic of true desert, of Mediterranean forests and of the dry plains of Russia. In fact, Dana is really a melting pot of species from three continents: Europe, Africa and Asia.
Madaba, known as the “City of Mosaics" is best known for its spectacular Byzantine and Umayyad mosaics. Madaba is home to the famous 6th century Mosaic Map of Jerusalem and the Holy Land. With two million pieces of vividly coloured local stone, it depicts hills and valleys, villages and towns as far as the Nile Delta.

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