Are you passionate about cooking? Would you like to learn all about Jordan’s traditional
meals and explore the highlights of Jordan as well? Then this holiday is made for you! In this program you learn how to cook Jordanian food, alongside local people and experience the
local culture. Cook the famous dishesmagluba, zarb and mansaf. See how the local Taboun
bread is made, in ovens hundreds of years old. Experience; see, smell and taste Jordan!
Arrival at Amman Queen Alia International airport. After a quick and easy procedure you go through customs, through the luggage area into the arrival hall. Note that the visa is at your own costs (40 JD/57 USD per person). Your driver will wait for you in the arrival hall, also holding a name sign and he will transfer you to your hotel in Amman for overnight, including breakfast.
After breakfast enjoy a city tour in Ammanincluding visits to the Citadel and the Roman Theater. Then drive toward one of the best preserved old Roman provincial cities;Jerash. After your visit toJerash, you will have lunch at the Artemis Restaurant in Jerash city, before transferring back to Amman. In the afternoon you will meet the chef of Beit Sitti and visit the vegetable market in the old downtown of Amman together. A public place that has been visited for many decades. On this trip you will get to experience the hustle and bustle of the city, interact with interesting locals and get a glimpse of the live of Jordanians. Tonight you will learn how to cook Tabbouleh, Humus, Maqloubeh and a desert. Enjoy your dinner! Overnight at a 4* hotel in Amman. (B, L, D)
At approximately 07.30 am you will leave your hotel in Amman. Drive to Madaba to visit the St. George Church, with its famous mosaic map. Continue to Mt. Nebo, from where Moses viewed the Promised Land.Continue to Ghor al Mazra’a to participate in Bandoora day. Bandoora is the Arabic word for Tomato. Help the locals with harvesting the tomatoes from the farms. After enjoy a lunch with the locals. Together you will prepare galayah. A local dish with tomatoes being one of the main ingredients.
Time permitting you also have a chance to learn how to make Kohol (from olive oil) or learn the traditional way of wool spinning, basket weaving etc. Transfer to Petra for dinner and overnight at a 4* hotel. Tonight you get an introduction of what to expect of the cooking the coming days in Petra! (B, L, D)
Approximate at 07.30 am you will leave your hotel in Amman to Ajlun to visit the castle and enjoy its beautiful view. Then transfer to Jdeit where you help today with the harvest of fruits with local people, and then together you will prepare a traditional dish. After lunch you will have time to search for wild herbs and pines and learn how to roast and cook them. Walk together with the locals through their village and enjoy several activities. Transfer to Petra for dinner and overnight at a 4* hotel. Tonight you get an introduction of what to expect of the cooking the coming days in Petra! (B, L, D)
Full day to explore one of the seven world wonders. After your visit to the Siq, Treasury, Street of Facades, Theatre and Colonnaded Street you still have time to see: the Monastery and/or the High Place of Sacrifice. It is a lot of climbing, but worth the views!
Lunch suggestion inside Petra: the local Tent Restaurant or Basin Restaurant operated by 5* Crown Plaza Hotel.
At sunset you will learn how to bake Taboon Bread with a local family who uses the traditional Taboon bread ovens. After you will learn how to prepare a simple dish called Fattah, incorporating the Taboon Bread into the meal. It’s a very traditional Bedouin meal, that has been made for centuries. Overnight at your hotel in Petra. (B, D)
Free morning to visit Petra. If you did not had the chance to visit the High Place of Sacrifice and/or the Monastery the day before, 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 meat, that you will need for tonight. After you will go to a local family and help with milking the sheep. The milk of the sheep is used to prepare Jameed, which is used for the famous local dish Mansaf. In the evening you will go together with our team of local people to little Petra. You will bring all the ingredients you got today and together you will prepare Mansaf on an open fire! Overnight at your hotel in Petra. (B, D)
Drive to Wadi Rum for a half day jeep tour inside the protected area. Wadi Rum is famous about the 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! Enjoy preparing a chicken barbeque together.End your jeep tour at a campsite located in the middle of the desert. The camp has sanitaire facilities and private tents. In the evening you will learn how to prepare Zarb. This is a dish cooked under the ground. Learn how to prepare this special dish with the local Bedouins of Wadi Rum. (B, L, D)
After breakfast drive to the Dead Sea, lowest point on the earth’s surface. Today is all about relaxing, float in the salty waters and try out the famous healing mud. There is no cooking course included for today as you have deserved a day of complete relaxation after all the cooking you have done! Overnight at a 4* hotel at the Dead Sea. (B, D)
Transfer to the airport in Amman for departure. You would need to leave the hotel 3 hours in advance of your departure time.