The Chef’s Tour

8 days - from £1280 per person

Everybody, whether child or adult, falls in love with Jordanian cuisine from the very first bite. Choose our 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.

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!

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.