what to see and do in Dubai in 2 days, the best itinerary for Dubai


Are you planning to visit Dubai but are unsure what to do in Dubai in 2 days or how much to fit into your 2-day Dubai itinerary?

I recommend visiting Dubai for at least two days. 2 days is the minimum to get a good glimpse of the city and see the main tourist attractions. If you stay longer, check out my 7-day Dubai itinerary.

In this 2-day Dubai itinerary, you will find out where to go and what to see, plus many travel tips for a smooth 2-day trip.

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2 days in Dubai is a good amount to get an idea of the city. You can visit some of the main sights and attractions but 2 days is not enough to see some hidden gems or really see all of the main sights. It is the minimum amount of days to explore Dubai.


Here are places I suggest visiting in Dubai in 2 days. I also give a time frame, but of course, it really is up to each person how much you can actually do and see.






So, let´s start your 2-day trip by visiting the souks (markets).

Stop 1: Gold and Spice Souk in Deira

The Gold and Spice Souk is located in Deira, the old part of Dubai. Deira is located in the north of the city and quite close to the airport. Discover the hectic and crazy part of Dubai. Retailers can be quite persistent, which can be quite stressful. However, I truly enjoy strolling along this part, and it is one of the places you have to visit in Dubai in 2 days.

Many people say it is a very intense place, and some did not like it that much. I understand the criticism, but for first-time Dubai visitors, the souks are a must. 

  • Most stores open around 9 to 10 pm, and it gets busy quickly.
  • So I recommend a start early in the morning before all the other tourists come and it gets even more hectic.

  • You can buy souvenirs, clothes (including Arabian clothes), gold, spices, rugs and all kind of things.
  • The prices are much better than in the malls (especially for souvenirs) and if you are about to buy something, then do it here.
  • If you buy something, you must haggle. It is part of shopping in this area, and actually, it can be fun if you do it n a nice way.

TIP FOR SOLO FEMALE TRAVELERS: I love this area, but as a solo traveler, it is not easy. There are stares. There will be shop owners who approach you, and so on. It is safe, no need to worry, but it can be tiring. I recommend wearing less revealing clothes if you want to avoid them.

Stop 2: Abra Ride / Bur Dubai 

A must-do to include on your Dubai itinerary is a short abra ride. Abras are traditional water taxis that are popular and super cheap. Bra Ride in Dubai things to do in Dubai in 2 days

  • The most authentic abra ride is near the gold and spice souk.
  • You can walk towards the abra station of Deira Gold Souk and get to the other side (Bur Dubai) by taking an abra (water taxi).
  • It just costs a few cents and is a nice and cheapest way to get to the other side of the creek where you can continue your travel.
  • You can also have the whole abra to yourself for 5€. This allows great photo opportunities with no one else in the picture, but if you make it to the front of the abra, you can take good pictures even with other people on the boat.
  • In Bur Dubai are some museums and another souk where you find more spices, gold, and other things.
  • Of course, you can spend a whole day exploring this part of Dubai, but if you only have 2 days in Dubai, I recommend planning in 2-5 hours for seeing these two parts of Dubai.
  • If you want to budget your time more wisely, you can plan in one hour. 

Stop 3: La Mer

La Mer, a new beachfront area with tons of cool and hip restaurants and cafes, street arts and cool graffiti, and fun details, is a great place to chill. It can be quite busy (for Dubai standards when it comes to beaches), but it is a place you should not miss out on.  La Mer Beach Dubai

  • La Mer is a must-see in 2 days in Dubai.  
  • The beach at La Mer comes with a Burj Khalifa view.
  • Take a dip in the ocean, or do some water sports.
  • Have some lunch, enjoy the graffiti (there is quite a lot) and then head to the next place.
  • Check out my guide on La Mer.

Stop 3: OR Jumeirah Beach

Okay, honestly, you won’t probably be able to visit Jumeirah Beach and La Mer. This would be too busy. So you have to decide on one of the beaches.

La Mer comes with Burj Khalifa’s view, while Jumeirah Beach comes with Burj al-Arab’s view.Where to go in Dubai in 2 days

  • Jumeirah Beach is not too far from Dubai Deira and the souks. You can get there by bus or taxi.
  • The open Jumeirah Beach also offers nice views of the only 7* hotel in the world, Burj Al-Arab. Luckily, the Burj Al-Arab is huge, so the pictures do not really show Burj Al-Arab’s distance to Jumeirah Beach.
  • Here you can take a rest or take a dip.
  • Many beaches in Dubai are private and reserved for relevant hotel guests – Jumeirah Beach is open to the public and free of charge.
  • It can get busy, but it does not get as busy as we know from European beaches. From there, get a bus or taxi to Downtown Dubai.

PERSONAL OPINION: If I had time for one beach, I would choose La Mer.

Dubai Downtown

After some time at the beach, slowly head to Dubai Downtown. Dubai Downtown is stuffed with many interesting attractions. You will find, among others, Dubai Mall, Dubai Fountain, and Burj Khalifa in this area.

  • There is no train connection (neither from Jumeirah Beach nor from La Mer), but you can get there by bus or taxi.

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Stop 4: Burj Khalifa

Burj Khalifa is the highest building in the world – standing at 828 meters. You can enjoy some amazing views “At the Top of Burj Khalifa.” The best of Dubai in 2 days

Stop 5: Dubai Mall

Dubai Mall is definitely worth a visit, even if you are not a big shopper. It is not only about shopping. You’ll also find the Dubai Aquarium and more attractions here. You could spend several days at the Dubai Mall, so it really depends on how much you are into malls and shopping.

What attractions in Dubai Mall

  • Dubai Mall is located right next to Burj Khalifa, so there is no travel time. You can start your window shopping straight away.
  • You can spend anything between 30 minutes to many, many hours here.
  • Considering you only have 2 days in Dubai, try to limit your time to 2 hours max. 
  • Dubai Mall also has a food court that offers affordable food from all around the world. Of course, there are also all kinds of restaurants in and near Dubai Mall, including many luxury hotels.

Stop 6: Dubai Fountain

Next to Dubai Mall is the Dubai Fountain. Here you can watch nice water fountain shows in the evening. 

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Dancing Fountain Show @shutterstock

I suggest ending your first day in Dubai here.

  • Evening shows take place from 6:00 PM – 11:00 PM – every 30 minutes.
  • It is free to watch.
  • It gets busy, and to secure yourself a good spot to watch it, get there way before a show takes place.
  • Dubai is safe, and this area is safe at night. 
  • You can also sit there by yourself in the evening.
  • Sitting there and watching tourists while Burj Khalifa is beautifully illuminated at night is a fun day to crop off your day.

Where to Eat in Dubai – Day 1

Deira is great for cheaper food – you´ll find many different cuisines at the Gold and Spice Souks. I suggest having lunch there or at La Mer.

For dinner, I recommend having it in Downtown. Restaurants with a fountain view tend to be more expensive, but there are also good restaurants in the medium-price segment. For the cheapest dinner in Downtown, check out the Food Court of Dubai Mall. 


Day 2 in Dubai starts in Dubai Marina.

Stop 1: Marina

Start with a nice stroll through Dubai Marina, which probably one of my most favorite parts in Dubai.

This man-made marina is one of the biggest in the world.

  • I really liked the Marina with the canal and all the yachts and could spend hours walking aimlessly around and having a drink once in a while. 
  • Besides skyscrapers, you will also find many bars and restaurants.
  • To see Marina from a different perspective, I recommend a Marina Cruise. There are several options, so look at which one is the perfect choice for you by clicking here.
  • Dubai Marina is a beautiful place to visit at any time of the day. It might be even more fun to visit in the evening when it gets busier, livelier, and prettier with all the lights.
  • However, for the evening, I recommend another place (more on that later). After lunch and 1-3 hours here in Marina, I suggest one or two more stops for the day.

Stop 2: JBR Walk

You can, alternatively or additionally, add JBR – The Walk to your 2-day Dubai itinerary.
Places to see in Dubai in 7 days

Since it is within walking distance (20-30 minutes) to Dubai Marina, you could also combine it with a trip to Dubai Marina.

  • If you prefer some beach time rather than strolling in Marina, I suggest visiting JBR-The Walk only.
  • There is no entrance fee for JBR – The Walk.
  • It is the perfect place to swim – there are many options to rent water sports equipment.
  • You can find some street art, so also get away from the beach and walk around.
  • Ride the “Flying Cup,” where you have a great bird’s-eye view of the beach and JBR Walk. You can buy tickets just at the Fyling Cup.
  • It is also great to have good food – there are so many restaurants and cafes that you will be happy to have a wonderful lunch in a lovely place.

Read more: Best places to visit in Dubai at night

Stop 3: Desert Safari

A desert safari tour incl. BBQ normally starts around 3 or 4 pm, so reserve half a day for a trip to the desert. 

what to do in dubai for 2 days

  • You can do the desert tours either in the morning or afternoon.
  • A morning desert safari is great as it often includes some sandboarding activities and other activities like dune bashing.
  • A morning desert is surely a great experience if you do not have so much time to do shorter tours. The Morning Dune Drive takes about 4 hours instead of 7-8 hours. But if you have two full days in Dubai, I suggest the Sundowner tour. Ending the day in the desert is a great experience.
  • Click here for a desert safari in the afternoon/evening.
  • Find out more about a morning desert safari here.
  • If you have a meal included and are vegetarian/vegan, you can request this in advance. I was so pleased to see the many vegetarian options.
  • Often, you will be picked up at your hotel.
  • If your start starts around 3, make sure to be back at the hotel in time. Plan in possible traffic on your way back from Dubai Marina or JBR – The Walk. It would be a pity if you missed out on the safari because of being late at the pick-up location.

Alternative: Miracle Garden 

If you visit in the winter months, you could also add Dubai Miracle Garden to your 2-day itinerary. Miracle Garden is a very Instafamous flower park, located a bit further from the other popular tourist attractions. 

Miracle Garden @shutterstock

You will see flowers. You will see a lot of flowers. They are designed and decorated in a lot of interesting shapes. It is Dubai, so of course, it is the biggest flower park in the world.

  • The tickets are about 12€.
  • Seeing all pieces should take about two hours.
  • However, it is only open in the winter months (normally, it is open from November to May)
  • Check out their website for more info

Where to Eat in Dubai – Day 2

For lunch, I suggest having it at Dubai Marina or JBR – The Walk.

For dinner, lay back and do not worry. If you book a desert safari with a BBQ, you have to find a perfect dinner spot. 


Here you´ll find essential travel tips for your trip to Dubai.

Security Tips for (Solo Female) Travelers

Dubai is a super safe city to travel to, and I think it is even great to visit as a solo female traveler.

Here are some tips on the dress code for females – to avoid stares and show your respect to the local culture.

How to Get Around in 2 Days in Dubai

Dubai has good public transportation.

  • However, some stations are spread out, which means that some walking may be required.
  • The metro trains and trams are super clean, safe, reliable, and fast.

Using taxis is an easy and safe way to get around.

  • Make sure to use the official ones.
  • The black Lexus cabs are more expensive than the normal ones, which are super fine to use.
  • There is a meter which has to be on when you get onto the taxi. You normally do not have to worry about scams in Dubai. You pay what you see on the meter (and feel free to tip).

One of my favorite ways to get around in Dubai is by getting a hop-on and hop-off ticket.

Where to Stay in Dubai in 2 Days

Accommodation in Dubai is top – even a 3* hotel is often better than other 3* hotels worldwide. I stayed at all of the ones I mention below.

I recommend staying in a central area, so you don’t waste too much time driving around. With a weekend in Dubai only, you don’t want to be stuck in traffic from your hotel to the attraction.

  • Dubai Marina is the best place to stay if you prefer to be in a  lively part of Dubai. With the Marina close by, restaurants and cafes are numerous, but the hotels do not have direct beach access. However, you are quite close to several attractions. Check out this 5* Hotel: Grosvenor House in Dubai.
  • JBR Walk is a lovely area with many restaurants and shops. Most hotels have beach access. It is also close to Dubai Marina and Madinat Jumeirah. Check out this4* Resort: JA Ocean View Hotel Dubai.
  • Extra tip: 3* A decent budget hotel is Ibis Al Barsha. It is not perfectly located, but it offers good value for money and is still quite close to Dubai Marina.
  • My full Dubai accommodation guide is here – all the best areas and all the best hotels for all budgets.

You can also find budget hotels though you cannot expect super bargains. The best prices are often in Deira, and though I recommend visiting this fun area, it is not an area I recommend staying at – especially not as a female traveler. So make sure to book a room on the main street when choosing Deira.

Best Time to Visit Dubai

  • One of the most important travel tips I can give you for your 2-day Dubai is: choose the time of your visit wisely.
  • I do not recommend visiting during the summer (May – September). The average temperature ranges from 32.4 °C (90.2 °F) in May, 36.5 °C (98 °F) in August and 34 °C (93°F) in May.
  • Even October and April were too hot for me already. But it depends on what kind of weather you prefer.
  • Some activities are not possible in the summer months because of the heat.
  • The winter months from November to early March are the best times to visit in my opinion. 
  • The average temperature ranges from 19.5 °C (67.5 °F) in January. 
  • Hotel prices, however, go up during the winter months and it gets busier. Regardless, my tip is to visit in these months.
  • Check also for the fasting time (Ramadan) because life is different during that time. You cannot do many activities during that few weeks (also, alcohol is less available).
  • In 2022 Ramadan is from 3rd April to 2nd May.
  • In 2022 it is from 23rd March to 23rd April. 

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I hope you have found some inspiration. Honestly, this is a good itinerary for Dubai in 2 days – in my eyes, at least. You will see the main sights, which do not include any hidden gems but rather great places for a first-time visitor to Dubai.

There are many more things to do in Dubai, but this 2-day Dubai itinerary might allow you to see the most important attractions in Dubai if you have minimal time.

If you have decided to extend your stay – a good idea, by the way – check out my other itineraries.

Safe Travels, Arzo


How to spend 7 days in Jordan. An Itinerary


Are you planning your Jordan itinerary and wondering how to spend one week in Jordan? Then read on – I happily share my tips on what places to visit in 7 days in Jordan along with many more travel tips for an epic Jordan itinerary.

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Jordan is surely an amazing and stunning country! However, you might need to do some preparation before visiting, so your Jordan trip does not turn out disappointing. Here are tips on how to spend 7 days in Jordan (and up to 10 days) and many travel tips for your Jordan itinerary – including tips on where to stay, how to get around, and more.


Before talking about the best places to visit in Jordan in one week, here are some essential travel tips, so you know what to expect.

One Week in Jordan – Best Time to Visit

Weather-wise, spring or fall are the best times to visit Jordan.

  • March until May is the busiest time in Jordan. Visitors from all around the world flock to Jordan to experience an amazing time. The weather is quite moderate and warm (it can get quite hot in the summer months and chilly in the winter). Prices for accommodation normally increase during this time, though.
  • I visited in mid-October, which is also a good time. The weather was pleasant most of the time (despite a heatwave at the Dead Sea), and there was little rain. All activities I planned were still available. Also, prices for accommodation were not at a peak.
  • However, if you prefer a less busy month, then November (or even December) could be a good time to visit, too or February.

How to Arrive in Jordan

Most likely, you will arrive in Amman. From Amman Airport, you have several options.

  • You can take an airport taxi. Prices are fixed (about $30 to downtown Amman), and you get a receipt/voucher outside the terminal to take to the taxi.
  • There is also a bus running once or twice an hour that costs about $4 (buy tickets at the ticket office outside the terminal). You can get off the North Station and then either take a cab or an Uber (I had free wifi at the station and got my Uber, but many taxis are waiting). From there, it is about $2-3 to get to your hotel in/near downtown.
  • Uber works in Amman, but apparently, they are not allowed to pick you up from the airport. You have free wifi in the airport and can try ordering an Uber, but rides will normally be canceled.
  • You can also pick up your rental car from the airport. There are several companies, and getting from the airport to the other parts of Jordan is quite easy.

Getting Around Jordan For One Week

  • In Amman and Jerash, you can easily get around by buses, shared or regular taxis, Uber, or guided tours/personal drivers.
  • Rental cars could be another option – but maybe only outside of Amman.
  • Personally, I am happy I did not get a rental car for my time in Amman as it can be busy. Driving in an Arabic capital can often feel crazy – and so it does in Amman. 
  • However, outside of Amman, driving was quite easy. Even if not all the streets are in top condition, it was fun to drive because there were not many cars. Window views were often great as the scenery is frequently stunning. 

Just be aware of the speed bumps, and you’ll be fine. I have a more detailed post about road tripping in Jordan, which you can check out here.

What to Pack For One Week in Jordan

  • Jordan is a great country to visit if you are an active traveler/tourist. So, pack your trainers and sweatpants. But also take your swimsuits, because there are times you might be in the water.
  • One of the things you will probably end up buying is a typical scarf that you can use as a head cover – to protect yourself from the heat, but also from sand, or if you want to visit a mosque.
  • Jordan is an Islamic country, after all – so dress moderately. There is no need for scarves or long sleeves, but you might not want to pack the shortest shorts you own or the smallest crop-top.

7 Day in Jordan as a Solo Female Traveler

I visited Jordan by myself and felt totally fine. I tend to be careful in general, and I never felt that I needed to be extra cautious or more careful.

Jordanians are friendly, and compared to other Arabs, it felt like they were more humble and quieter. However, you will not see many women outside of Amman. Actually, I hardly saw any local women outside the town centers or big hotel chains. Petra, Treasury_Regardless, I still felt safe and never worried about my safety. Just ignore the taxi drivers that can be pushy at times. For more general solo travel tips, click here but make sure to check out my solo travel guide for Jordan, too.

Jordan Pass for Your 7 Days

You most likely will have to pay for your visa. As a visitor from the EU (Germany), the visa cost is about $56. If you stay for at least 3 nights in Jordan, you can buy the Jordan Pass (online or on arrival). The price for a Jordan Pass is around $100-113.

With the Jordan Pass, you will get entry to over 40 attractions in Jordan – including Petra, Jerash, and more. However, you must decide whether you want a 1, 2, or 3-day Pass for Petra and can’t change that later.

I only had to pay extra entry fees at Wadi Mujib and Petra by Night- everything else was covered with the Jordan Pass. Since Petra is quite expensive, a Jordan Pass almost always makes sense. Check out prices here.

Here are more Jordan travel tips.


Let´s get started with places to visit in one week in Jordan.

Amman (1 Day)

You most likely will fly into Jordan, and I suggest spending at least one full day in Amman – whether as the first or last stop of your trip. Jordan´s capital is a fun and busy place and should not be missed on your Jordan itinerary. Half of Jordan’s population lives in the Amman area, making it a busy and hectic place. Amman citadel is one of the best places to see in JordanIt is also one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world. Downtown Amman, in particular, has quite a few ancient attractions. But you’ll also find modern buildings, and it is an interesting city full of contrasts. Amman is busy and crazy as so many busy Arabian cities are – chaotic, but still lovely with many sights along the way.


  • Check out the shops that sell all kinds of products and all kinds of restaurants.
  • Amman is also known for its good nightlife, though I have not experienced it firsthand.
  • A few must-see places in Amman include the Roman Amphitheatre and the souks in downtown Amman.
  • Situated in a hilly area, the Citadel offers great views and makes walking a bit of a workout. Watch the sunset from Citadel Hill.
  • End your day in one of the numerous cafes and restaurants on Rainbow Street
  • Amman also boasts museums, and you do not have to pay an entry fee if you have a Jordan Pass.


Amman offers accommodation for all kinds of travelers – you will find everything from luxury hotels to hostels and Airbnb.

  • I am normally not a big hostel fan – but I stayed at Nomad Hostel for one night and loved it. This is a good choice for solo travelers – a good location, a nice hostel, friendly staff, and clean rooms. Check out the hostel and its rates here.

From Amman to Jerash, your next destination, it takes about 1 hour (30miles/50km).

Jerash (0,5 Day)

Jerash, located north of Amman, is an ancient city – dating back more than 6,500 years – and it had its golden age during Roman rule. And Jerash is impressive. After all, it is one of the best-preserved Roman provincial towns and also one of the biggest. It was only rediscovered “recently” and has been restored over the last 70 years. It has become the main Roman site in the country with attractions like the Hadrian´s Arch (Triumphal Arch), the hippodrome, the South Gate, the forum, and the Temple of Zeus, just to name a few.

I did not visit Jerash with a guide, and in hindsight, I regret it. Some more background information – given during a tour – would have been nice in retrospect – to learn more about the places and also understand ancient life better and appreciate Jerash even more.


I went to Jerash and then back to Amman and then picked up my rental car the next day. However, if you leave Amman and do not plan to get back, I suggest picking up your rental car and drive to Jerash yourself. In case you have other plans, you can also get there without your own car.

  • I took a minibus to get to Jerash (direct connection from the North Station) – a ticket is less around $1.50 one-way.
  • You can also easily get there by taxi (look out for a shared taxi to save money) and it is a lovely and scenic drive. 

For the whole trip, ideally plan in half a day or a full day.

From Jerash to the Dead Sea, your next destination, it takes about 90 minutes (60miles/95km).

Dead Sea (1 Day)

With 7 days in Jordan, you should visit the Dead Sea, where you’ll be at the lowest point on Earth – more than 400 meters below sea level.

You cannot really swim in the Dead Sea. It would be like floating in extremely salty water that makes every pore of your body itch. Mud at the Dead Sea, JordanApparently, even Cleopatra came here to enjoy her beauty sessions. So, we should do as Cleopatra did (at least in this case) and enjoy the “largest natural spa in the world.“

Yes, the water contains a lot of salt, magnesium, sodium, and oozier chlorides, which you might not enjoy much at first. And yes, it is true: putting mud – with all the minerals – from the Dead Sea all over your body will give you extremely soft skin.

So, the results are worth it.Dead Sea, Mövenpick pool with a view


  • Do not shave shortly before your trip to the Dead Sea. The minerals in the water will cause some pain – if you have or have open wounds, it will be even worse.
  • Even with only 7 days, you should stop by at the Dead Sea for at least a short time. Most beach sections belong to luxury resorts. There is a beach section open to the public.
  • Since accommodations here are quite pricey, spending a few hours at the Dead Sea is fine, too.


The region is home to several luxury hotels.

  • I stayed a the 5* Mövenpick hotel with its own beach area and a pool with a view. Though it was not as luxurious as some other 5-star hotels, I enjoyed my stay and would book it again. Check out rates here.

From the Dead Sea to Wadi Mujib, your next destination, it takes about 30 minutes (18miles/25km). While Wadi Mujib is at the Dead Sea, this estimation is based on the premise you are staying at/near Mövenpick Hotel.

Wadi Mujib (0,5 Day)

Leave the Dead Sea after your breakfast and head to Wadi Mujib. This place is often overlooked though it is so much fun. Wadi Mujib was actually one of the highlights of my 7-day Jordan trip. I am not overly sporty or adventurous, but that 3-hour trip was so much fun. Wadi Mujib in Jordan is one of the fun places to go in JordanThe Mujib Biosphere Reserve is the lowest nature reserve in the world. The Wadi Mujib Gorge, which enters the Dead Sea at 410 meters below sea level, is a stunning place that took my breath away. With the help of my guide, I waddled like a penguin through the gorge, climbed stairs under waterfalls, floated in between the gorge, and just had an amazing time overall.


  • The starting point of all the adventures and activities (except the Al Hidan trail) is at Mujib Adventure Center. There are parking slots for free and toilets.
  • You need to pay for tickets, which are around $27 (only cash accepted), and I was not sure whether I could get through the gorge without any guidance, so I booked a guide for a total of $50 (including entry fees), and it was worth it.
  • There are several trails you can choose from. I chose the shortest (but as my guide emphasized, it does not translate to be the easiest). It took several hours in total (with getting changed, organizing my tour, etc., it probably took a bit more than 3 hours).
  • Wear shorts (or a swimsuit), a life vest is a must, and you can rent special “water shoes” there for a few dollars. Don’t wear sunglasses (you are in the shade the whole time), and if you take a GoPro, etc., be careful, as my guide found 2 sunglasses and 1 GoPro in the water in the 2,5 hours we were together. You can also rent a waterproof bag if needed.
  • Unfortunately, Wadi Mujib is closed in the winter. The exact date is not fixed, but normally, the winter season is from mid/end of October, so double-check their opening hours and email them if you visit in the winter months.

If you are under the big waterfall, take your time and sit down. There are many little fish that are also used in the fish spa. I am terribly scared of fish but overcame my fear and let them eat my dead skin, and I must say- my feet still feel great (weeks after that “pedicure”).FIsh spa at Wadi Mujib

From Wadi Mujib to Dana Natur Reserve, your next destination, it takes about 2 hours (72miles/116km).

Dana Nature Reserve (1 Day)

Dana is a lesser-known destination in Jordan but a stunning place that you should add to your Jordan itinerary. 

Dana is a top tourist spot, especially for hikers (and sunset lovers) and people looking for off-the-beaten-path places in Jordan – a very tranquil place. Dana Nature Reserve at sunsetDana is the largest nature reserve and located between the Dead Sea and Petra, making it a perfect stop when going from one main site to the other.

It covers more than 300 square km in and around Dana village and Wadi Dana. The native inhabitants, the Al Atata tribe, has been living there for more than 6000 years. Nowadays, there are also a few guesthouses that host visitors from all around the world.

I spontaneously booked my accommodations and planned to go on a short hike the next day. I am not going to lie – I did not do well with the hike. It was hot, and I was exhausted from my Wadi Mujib trip the day before. However, it is a beautiful place to hike.


  • I recommend staying here overnight and enjoying one of the many hiking trails.
  • Normally, the guesthouses offer guided hiking tours (guided tours surely make sense here), and you can book them on the spot once you arrive.


As far as I can judge, the accommodations here are very basic. Dana is not about luxury but more about authentic Jordanian life.

  • I stayed at Al Nawatef Camp and enjoyed my stay at the camp. However, I wished I had brought a sleeping bag, as in Bedouin camps, sheets are not used (you get a wool blanket without any sheet). The dinner was great and the view amazing. I recommend getting to the camp before the sun sets, as, on a clear day, sunsets here are amazing! Check out prices here.

From the Dana to Petra, your next destination, it takes about 60 minutes (34miles/55km).

Petra (1-2 Days)

Petra, also known as the rose-red city, is THE main tourist attraction in Jordan.Treasury view from above

Though it is not known when exactly the city was built, it began to prosper as the capital of the Nabataean Empire after the 1st century BC. It was later annexed by the Roman Empire and flourished until it was destroyed largely by an earthquake in the 4th century AD.  

Bedouins inhabited it after that, but in the 19th century, it was “rediscovered“ by a Swiss explorer and has since become a more famous ancient city. With the Indiana Jones movie, Petra has gained popularity, so now it is often crowded – but believe me, it is still worth it.

When you get a Jordan Pass, you need to decide how many days you want to spend in Petra and buy the exact Jordan Pass you need (if you do not want to pay extra if you want to stay longer). I bought a 3-day pass for Petra, but with only 7 days in Jordan, 2 days in Petra is probably a good amount to spend there. There are several hiking trails, and I could not do the main one in one day. If you are super fit, you can probably do three or so, but I suggest doing two hikes a day.


  • Some of the top things to see in Petra: The Siq, the Theater, the Treasury (Al Khazna), the Monastery (Ad Deir), the Colonnaded Street, and the Royal Tombs.
  • PLEASE, do NOT USE any donkeys when you get around in Petra. The Bedouins were very friendly, but animals used for visitors are maltreated. Please use your feet to get around – even though Petra is big and you are tempted to be carried around. I saw some electric carriages – if you are not fit, rather use them.


I stayed in Petra for three nights in total and stayed in 2 different properties.

  • First, I stayed two nights in Wadi Musa – about 15 minutes walk from Petra and it was a basic place to stay (with a curfew at midnight which I was not aware of when I booked the hotel). However, it is a decent place to stay if you are on a budget. Check out Hotel Cleopatra.
  • Then I stayed at a luxury property a bit further from Petra (15 minutes drive). The place is registered as a 3star hotel at Booking but it is definitely a much, much better place and actually, I liked it better than the 5-star Mövenpick hotel. It is a perfect place to stay if you do not want to stay in Petra directly and escape the tourist crowds. Check out this unique and pretty place near Petra.

Petra By Night (3 Hours)

Three times a week, Petra By Night takes place (Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays). The Siq gets illuminated by candles, and in front of the Treasury, you’ll hear the sound of a Bedouin shepherd´s flute.

I read mixed reviews, but as a blogger, I felt I needed to see it with my own eyes to make a real judgment and tell you about it. I planned my whole Jordan trip around Petra by Night – but it was a disappointment. 

  • I wasted around $24 (this ticket is not included in the Jordan Pass).
  • It was crowded.
  • People were loud in the Siq (which totally killed the mood – seriously guys, sometimes you need to shut up!)
  • And it ended by 9:15 pm already, and people yelled, “Finish, finish.“ 

This was the biggest and only disappointment in Jordan. But of course, it is up to you if you want to experience it yourself. 

You can book your tickets at the Petra Visitor Centre, and it starts at 8:30 pm.

Little Petra (Few Hours)

Little Petra – known as Siq al Barid – is another place to add to your one-week in Jordan itinerary. It is located close to Petra and is also a Nabataean site, with sites built around the same time Petra was built.

Apparently, it is less busy, and hikes are less demanding, but it is worth visiting. I did not visit in the daytime – and I regret it. I visited by night, and it was magical. I did not visit the town center, but some bedouin campsites are so lovely to visit once it gets dark.

You can have tea at one of the places or even book accommodation – the caves were illuminated, and it looked stunning. It is a great place to visit at night – definitely more magical than Petra by night. To check out the Seven Bedouin Camp by night, click here (and my tip: stay there a night, too).

From Petra to Wadi Rum, your next destination, it takes about 90 minutes (65miles/105km).

Wadi Rum (1-2 Days)

Wadi Rum is another fantastic highlight in Jordan. Wadi Rum is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site – in the natural and cultural significance categories.

As with Petra, Wadi Rum was inhabited by the Nabataeans in prehistoric times – and now it is one of the best places to visit in Jordan in one week. Lawrence of Arabia was filmed here, and some other famous movies – and the scenery is unique. Do a desert safari, enjoy the sunset, and admire the interesting landscape you have here.


  • You need to sign up at the Visitor´s Center – if you have a Jordan Pass, you will not need to pay the entry fee. 
  • I recommend arriving there around 4 or 5 pm, so you can still watch the sunset, enjoy dinner at the camp, and book your tour for the next day. I seriously recommend doing a full-day trip, not just a trip for 4-5 hours.  Then you have the chance to see more of the vast desert before enjoying another sunset and having your dinner.
  • Leave early the next day after breakfast and head back towards Amman.


I recommend staying directly in Wadi Rum and not outside of it. If your accommodation is in Wadi Rum directly (and not in Wadi Rum Village), you most likely will be picked up from the village and then driven to your camp. Your car will most likely stay in the Wadi Rum village, but safety is normally not a big issue. 

  • I recommend booking a tent at Bedouin night & tours, but apparently, it closed after my visit (I had a great time, though!). However, most bedouin camps have great reviews. Check out different camps here.

From the Dana to Petra, your next destination, it takes about 4 hours (200miles/310km).

What if you have more than one week in Jordan? If that is the case, I have an extra tip for you.

Aqaba (1-2 Days)

In the south of Jordan, you will find the only coastal city – Aqaba. If you are into diving and snorkeling, then Aqaba might be a good place to spend a day or two. I am not a fan of being underwater, so it was easy for me to skip it. However, with only 7 days in Jordan, you would need to skip one of the other places mentioned above or do everything faster so you can enjoy some diving in Aqaba, too.


Jordan has become one of my most favorite travel destinations of all time. It is such a magical place, and even though places like Petra or the Dead Sea have become quite popular, it did not feel like Jordan is overrun by visitors.

Driving in Jordan felt amazing – with all the empty streets – and the sights and people made the trip perfect. So, whenever you plan your one week in Jordan, I hope you will have as much fun as I had, and this itinerary helps you plan your trip!

Stay safe.


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Safe Travels, Arzo


best things to do in Istanbul in 2 days, itinerary


To find out about the best things to do in 2 days in Istanbul, read on because I am happy to share my travel tips. 

Istanbul is one of the most unique cities globally – what other city is spread over two continents? But that is not the only reason to visit this fun city.

Istanbul is a city that offers many historical and religious sites – but is also rich in modern sights and has the cutest cafes and restaurants, which also translates into a fun nightlife.

It offers all that to its visitors. Of course, I do not want to forget to mention the extremely delicious food (that also caters to vegetarians and vegans) – no, you cannot go wrong with booking a trip to Istanbul for a weekend.

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How to get to the City Center From the Airport

If you arrive at the Istanbul Airport – the main one, the Atatürk Airport, closed and the new main airport just opened in 2019 – you can easily take the Airport Shuttle to get to the city center.

  • Whichever of the two main tourist areas – Sultanahmet or Taksim – you choose, the shuttle bus gets you there for around 3€ one way. The buses are modern, clean, and the ride is quite comfortable. Once you arrive at the bus station, you might have to walk to your accommodations, or you can then take a taxi.
  • Some taxis are waiting just outside, or you can book a private pick-up service in advance.
  • You could rent a car at the airport and drive yourself. However, for this 2-day Istanbul itinerary, driving will not be the best option for getting around.

Getting Around Istanbul in Two Days

Getting to/from the airport is easy via the shuttle bus. However, what is the best way to get around in Istanbul itself if you stay for 2 days?

  • Well, most of the time, walking is the best option. I walked a lot – but I am also very used to walking long distances. Wearing comfortable shoes is just the most important thing when I walk a lot. 
  • The tram and metro is affordable and reliable and are good options if you get tired or do not want to walk that much. For this itinerary, you will not need them often but only if you get from one neighborhood to the other.
  • I normally avoid taxis but I just took a taxi for 2km because this itinerary is quite busy and walking can get exhausting. If you use a taxi, here are some tips to avoid scams: Only take official taxis, they are painted yellow and are named “Taksi ” and make sure that the counter is on once you are in the taxi. I showed the taxi driver my location on Google maps on my phone and also could see if he uses the shortest way possible. However, you can avoid taxis, and will be fine to get around on foot, and public transportation.
  • Renting a car is – in my opinion – a bad idea. There is traffic, the city center is crazy and most places can easily be reached on foot so you avoid headaches if you do not drive yourself.
  • Boat cruises in Istanbul are also a good mode of transportation to see the city – and it is part of this itinerary so you will find out more about it later on.

Where to Stay in Istanbul for 2 Days

I recommend staying in Sultanahmet, which is the old part of Istanbul. I booked two different hotels, and both of them were close to Sultan Ahmad Square.

  • My tip: Hotel Poem is a small but lovely boutique hotel with friendly staff and a great breakfast! Check out rates here and book before it is fully booked (it is quite small).
  • Hotel Spectra Sultanahmad is another option. I booked it just for the views from the breakfast room, and those views did not disappoint. Find out more about this hotel here.
  • However, I liked Hotel Poem a bit more, and if prices are similar, I suggest staying at Hotel Poem (despite the smaller rooms).
  • If you are looking for something more luxurious, check out Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul at Sultanahmet.
  • If you are a hostel person and are looking for a good hostel in Istanbul, this place might be a perfect fit for you.

Blue Musque view

Best Time to Visit Istanbul For 2 Days

Istanbul is a popular travel destination all year round. Expect a lot of crowds in the summer months. If you can, pick spring or fall for your trip to Istanbul though winter in Istanbul might also be a fun time to visit.

Solo Female Travel Tips For Istanbul

I traveled to Istanbul by myself. My Turkish Airlines flight – without any explanation – arrived more than 2 hours late in Istanbul, so I arrived in the middle of the night. I took the airport shuttle and just had to walk a few hundred meters to my hotel – at that moment, it felt uncomfortable. It was raining, it was cold, and it was dark, and there were not many people around.

BUT that was the only short moment I felt uncomfortable. I think Istanbul is a safe place to visit as a solo female traveler. So many people visit Istanbul that you don’t stand out from the crowds when traveling alone. If you exercise common sense, there is no reason not to travel alone in Istanbul.

Be aware of your political statements, but there are no particular precautions to take as a solo female traveler. People are friendly and nice, and it is easy to do small talking to locals (if they speak English). There is so much to do – even solo – that I did not have time to feel bored.


Without further ado, here is how to spend 2 days in Istanbul.

TIP: You might want to check out the Museum Card if you plan to visit many attractions as it could save some money. However, you normally will not be able to skip the lines, and with two days, you might not want to stand in lines forever.


I recommend exploring Sultanahmet – the old town – only and visit the main attractions here for the first day. 

Hagia Sophia (Ayasofya)

One of the top places to visit in Istanbul is the Hagia Sophia. Hagia Sophia was a Christian Cathedral commissioned by Emperor Justinian in the 6th century and converted to a mosque by the Ottomans. But it did not stay a mosque for long.

After 1935 it was converted to a museum (on Atatrürk´s order). But guess what? It has become a mosque again in late 2020. So, even loud protests by many could not stop the religious and conservative Turkish government from converting it. Especially, because Hagia Sophia been a Unesco World Heritage site since 1985 and UNESCO must be given prior notice of any modifications. So, the status of the World Heritage Site is now evaluated and we´ll have to wait for the result.

So, as a museum, it was one of the busiest places in the city – long queues were the result. I haven’t seen what the situation is like since it was converted. So, I recommend visiting as it is a beautiful example of Byzantine architecture.

Hagia Sophia, view from the upper gallery is one of the best things to do in 48 hours in Istanbul


  • Entry is free now
  • Open every day – 24 hours a day
  • Open to Muslims and Non-Muslims
  • Remove your shoes before entering the mosque
  • Dress moderately (scarves for women, cover your arms and legs for men and women)
  • If possible avoid weekends & Friday prayer at noon because as it will be more crowded with the locals
  • Tours available (for a fee)
  • You will probably need around 60-90 minutes for Hagia Sophia

Blue Mosque (Sultan Ahmet Mosque)

Another must-see is the Blue Mosque – which is free to enter and is still used as a mosque (to avoid the busiest times, don’t visit during prayers).

Blue Mosque, (Sultanahmet Camii), Istanbul one of the most beautiful places

The Blue Mosque was completed in 1616 and is beautiful inside and out. While it actually is not really blue from the outside, it has 20,000 handmade mosaic blue tiles surrounding the walls of the interior, which is where it derives its name.

Interior of the Blue Mosque, Istanbul is a must-see in 2 days

The Blue Mosque was built to rival Hagia Sophia, and I must say, from the outside, it is surely more impressive and stunning than the neighboring building.

Visit the Blue Mosque website and check the prayer times.


  • Entry is free now
  • Open every day – 24 hours a day
  • Open to Muslims and Non-Muslims (it’s closed to non worshippers for a half hour or so during the five daily prayers)
  • Remove your shoes before entering the mosque
  • Dress moderately (scarves for women, cover your arms and legs for men and women)
  • If possible avoid weekends & Friday prayer at noon because as it will be more crowded with the locals
  • You will probably need around 20-60 minutes for the Blue Mosque

Sultan Ahmet Square

2 days in Istanbul will most likely be quite stressful, so plan in enough breaks. After visiting the Blue Mosque, it is time for such a break.Snacks in Istanbul

Hagia Sophia and Sultanahmed Square in Istanbul is a must for a 2-day itinerary

The two main attractions mentioned earlier are located on Sultanahmet Square – one of the major public areas in Istanbul. I loved Sultanahmet Square! As busy as it is, it is also pretty and a great place to sit down and watch people.

Also, the little snack stalls that offer delicious snacks, like corncobs and chestnuts, are amazing.

I could have snacked all day (and did), so after the sightseeing, it is time to buy those snacks that are also quite affordable.

Topkapi Palace

Topkapı Palace is the next major attraction to visit.

Topkapi-Palasce is one of the best things to see in 2 days in Istanbul

It has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1985 and was built in the 15th century of the Ottoman period. It was used for the longest time as a royal palace and was the residence of Ottoman sultans and the center of state management and education.

The palace covers around 700,000 square meters, most of which are actually the Royal Gardens (Hasbahçe). 

It is now a museum and one of the best places to learn about its history as you’ll find many weapons, porcelain, Islamic manuscripts, Ottoman treasures and jewelry, and more that date back to those times. There is also an extra section with the Harem – it is where the wives and concubines of the sultans lived.

Given its size and importance, it can take several hours to go through the palace.


  • Open every day except Tuesdays
  • The museum pass is accepted
  • An admission ticket without a Museum Pass is 100 TL – but you can buy skip-the-line tickets for this one as well. Check them out here
  • To see the Harem you have to pay an extra fee of about 70 TL.
  • Plan in between 2-4 hours for visiting Topkapi Palace

Basilica Cistern

This attraction is not just a great way to escape the heat in the summer months: visiting the Basilica Cistern is a popular activity in Istanbul and close to the main attractions mentioned above.

The Basilica Cistern, (Yerebatan), Istanbul, Turkey is one of the best places to see in 2 days

Cisterns were built all around the city to meet the population’s water requirement – in the case of a siege, and the Basilica Cistern was the largest in Istanbul, providing water to the Tokpaki Palace and other buildings in the area. Check out skip-the-line tickets here.


  • The entrance fee is 20 TL
  • Open 7 days a week between 09.00 – 5.30 pm
  • You will need about 30-90 minutes to see the Basilica Cistern

If you visit all places mentioned above, you will have a busy first day in Istanbul and you might want to have dinner and end your day. There are more attractions are located on Ahmed Sultan Square. It is easy to see them on the first day, and it does not take much time, so you will probably more or less pass them.

The Fountain of Ahmed III

One of the other things to see in Istanbul – without much effort – is the Fountain of Ahmed III located on the Ahmed Sultan Square.Fountain in Istanbul in 2 days

It was built in the 18th century and is known as one of the most beautiful samples of Turkish rococo styles.

Mausoleum of Sultan Ahmed

You can also visit the Mausoleum of Sultan Ahmed – the construction of the Mausoleum started shortly after his death in the 17th century. It is free to visit (but dress accordingly and be respectful when visiting).

Bosphorus Cruise

Depending on how fast you have been, you could then end your day at the Bosphorus on day one or start your second day here.Bospherus in Istanbul itineraryI loved this area in particular – it is busy, and it was here that I first got a feel for how big Istanbul actually is. Sultanahmet is beautiful, but it felt like a smaller city on its own.

I am all about boat tours and ferry rides. If you are like me, hop on a boat/ferry and see Istanbul from a different perspective. Those Bosporus boat cruises take a couple of hours and so it is nothing to squeeze in quickly.

  • You can buy tickets on the spot if you like or check out prices here and book in advance.
  • If you want to book a Bosphorus boat cruise with dinner and entertainment, click here.

Extra: Sulemaniye Mosque 

Other than the Blue Mosque, the Süleymaniye Mosque is another well-known mosque in Istanbul and is actually the largest mosque in the city.

It is located on the Third Hill of the city, near Istanbul University, and if you have some free time on your hands, then check out this mosque, too.


After a busy day 1 in Istanbul, it is time to continue your 2-day Istanbul trip.

Grand Bazaar

Of course, you have to visit the Grand Bazaar. But a word of warning: if you visit at the wrong time, it is crazy and hectic and crowded. After checking out the Grand Bazaar, I needed to sit down and take a looooong break.

Grand Bazaar in Istanbul is one of the best places to visit in 2 daysBut given its size, it is one of the oldest and largest covered markets in the world, with around 30,700 square meters with 61 covered streets, and over 4,000 shops and restaurants. It is great for buying souvenirs and little presents – and gold and other jewelry. You can basically shop till you drop.


  • Open every day from 9 am to 7 pm, except Sundays
  • Depending on which streets you visit, you might have to pass a security check
  • Definitely haggle and do not accept prices immediately (you might get “discounts” of 30-50%)
  • Plan in between 1-4 hours for the Grand Bazar

Galata Bridge

After the Grand Bazar, it is time to visit another area of Istanbul. It is time to cross the Galata Bridge – and on your way to Beyoglu, look back because the views are gorgeous!Istanbul from Galata Bridge view_However, I suggest spending some time at the Bosporus River as well. I already suggested a Bosporus cruise for day 1 and now, it is about relaxing and watching people before crossing the bridge. 

You could take the tram (or do a boat ride), but I recommend walking towards Beyoglu from the Old Town. You will arrive in a hipster area of Istanbul – Beyoglu.

Galata Tower

The Galata Tower is one of the main landmarks in Istanbul and Beyoglu, and it is a great place for great views (I did not get up there myself).Gelata Tower, Istanbul in 2 days, ARZO TRAVELS The lines are probably always long (that was the case when I visited in October), so I skipped it. The 66-meter-high medieval stone tower – sitting on a hill about 38 meters above sea level – offers panoramic views over Istanbul. 

The tower was built in the 14th century as an addition to the Galata Wall for defense purposes and was the Galata Walls’ main tower. It also served as a dungeon for slaves before converted to a depot for the boatyard. There was such a fun and relaxed vibe here that you should not miss out on this area – Even if you don’t climb the stairs to enjoy the views.


  • Entrance Fee: 30 TL
  • Opening hours: 1 April – 1 November from 8:30 am until midnight and from 1 November – 1 April from 10:00 am to 8 pm
  • Two elevators take you to the top – or you climb the 146 stairs
  • There is also a cafe and restaurant at the top


This is the place to sit down and have lunch or just a coffee – food and drinks are reasonably priced, and the cafes are the cutest I have seen in Istanbul (indoor and outdoor cafes).Cute cafe in Istanbul is one of the top things to see in 2 days It has a bit of a hipster feel, but it still felt authentic, and I would make sure to plan in enough time to spend some here. Plus, you might get lucky and have some great live music playing somewhere nearby.Fruits in Istanbul


There is an old red tram – similar to the ones in San Francisco – that you can use for a small amount (less than 1€), which will take you all the way up to Taksim Square and back (you need a separate ticket for each ride). Iconic red tram in Istanbul

I hopped on it, but it was so busy that I did not find a seat and was squeezed in with many others. So, my tip is to make sure to wait for the tram and be on time, so you can be one of the first to get in, grabbing a seat and better views.

It will be almost impossible on a busy day to take a picture of the tram without tons of people standing in front of it! They all want a souvenir picture.

Istiklal Street

As I was visiting Istiklal Street on a Saturday, I experienced the busiest shopping street I have ever seen – probably. This long shopping street, pedestrian and tram only, is a hectic and bustling place with many international shops. 

Personally, it was not my favorite place in Istanbul – if you are into shopping, then this is the place to see. If you aren’t, you could skip it.

Taksim Square

Taksim is the heart of modern Istanbul and probably best known at the moment for the place where the demonstrations against the current president, Erdogan, started. Still, it is generally known as a place for political protests.

However, it is also where all the fancier restaurants, shops, and hotels are, but apart from that, there are not that many interesting sights or attractions. It is not really a must-see place with only 48 hours (or a bit less) in the city in terms of attractions, but due to the place’s importance, I have still added it to this 2 days in Istanbul itinerary.

From there, you can either take the tram back to Beyoglu and end your day there, or you can take the underground and go back to Gelata Bridge, and then either walk back to Sultanahmad or end your day at the Bosporus.

I loved the numerous cafes and restaurants in Sultanahmet. So, if you had lunch in Beyuglou already, then I suggest having dinner in one of the many cafes or restaurants in the old town of the city.


Extra: If you have time and want to relax, I definitely suggest visiting a Turkish Hamman.

While I have not visited any in Istanbul, I did so on other Turkey trips and highly recommended them. Because 2 days in Istanbul can be crazy and hectic, what better way is there to relax and enjoy than in a Turkish bath where you can end your day with a relaxing massage? 


I think 48 hours in Istanbul is a good amount (and the minimum) to spend. Whether you are a solo traveler, travel with your partner, friends, or family, Istanbul will not be boring.

2 days in Istanbul will be fun and exciting – the city is so vibrant and interesting. You will not be able to see all of the highlights, but you will get a good idea and cover the main attractions.Safe Travels, Arzo

Epic Things to do in Jordan

best things to do in Jordan


You might have heard about Jordan´s beauty and what an amazing country it is to visit?! Rightfully, Jordan has become more and popular these days, and I am pretty sure Jordan will not disappoint you. However, you might be wondering about the best things to do in Jordan and its main attractions. If so, read on and find out what to do and see.

Yes, Jordan is a quite small country, but there are still many things to do. To be honest, I would need to visit Jordan, again and again, to find out about all the good things to do. And while I do not even claim to have experienced all the fun things, I compiled a list of my favorite Jordan activities as well as more great things to see and do in Jordan.

Visit Petra

Petra is probably the most famous place in Jordan, and you cannot visit Jordan without visiting Petra. Whether you see the monastery or the treasury, or any of the other ancient buildings and sights that were created more than 2,000 years ago, you have to explore this city. It was actually very prosperous back at that time, but it eventually died out.

However, it was rediscovered “recently“ and has become the main tourist attraction. It was also used as a filming location for Indiana Jones if you needed more reasons to visit this UNESCO World Heritage Site. 

Make sure to plan in enough time to see the “Rose City“ as it is home to many sights and people underestimate its size. 

Petra is rather big, and it involves a lot of hiking, so plan in at least one and a half days so that you can do a few different kinds of hikes and see sights like the Treasury, the Monastery or the Tombs (just to name a few).

Price for Petra: The entrance fee for Petra is quite high. You can check the prices out here. If you have a Jordan Pass (highly recommended), you have the fees included.

READ MORE: Solo female travel tips for Jordan

Enjoy Petra by Night

Petra by Night is a big event that takes place three times a week. Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, the Siq gets illuminated by candles, and in front of the Treasury, you’ll hear the sound of a Bedouin shepherd´s flute. For some, it is a must-do in Jordan and a highlight – for me, it was a disappointment. I expected something magical, and people were just loud. Along the Siq, people talked loudly, ran around, and ruined the moment for those looking for something magical. It probably would have been amazing if people could have shut up for some minutes so.

However, I have an alternative that you can do and see Petra by night – without extra costs and with the crowds.

Go to Little Petra, just a few kilometers near Petra, and have tea at one of the Bedouin camps. It is extremely beautiful and romantic and a better experience than the official Petra by Night. Many candles light the caves (they are electric, but you can’t tell from afar), and this is what a romantic and “authentic“ place looks like.

Explore Jerash

Jerash dates back several thousand years and is the best-preserved and largest Roman site outside of Italy and without a doubt, visiting Jerash is one of the best things to do in Jordan. It actually impressed me more than any of the Italian Roman sites. The place is so huge and one of the main attractions in Jordan. It has become the main Roman site in Jordan with attractions like the Hadrian´s Arch (Triumphal Arch), the hippodrome, the South Gate, and more.

From Amman, it is a half-day trip – you can drive there yourself or get there by taxi/Uber or even a public bus (leaving from North Station for around 1,10€). There is no entrance fee if you have a Jordan Pass.

Cycle Through Jordan

This is for you guys (not so for me) – cycling in Jordan seems like an amazing idea for the really active ones amongst you.

Of course, you could bike anywhere, but Jordan does have a specific Bike Trail. It is a 730-kilometer trail from the south to the north – passing the main attractions like Petra, the Dead Sea, and Aqaba. Surely, this is not for everyone, and you have to be a fit and experienced cyclist, but even for someone like me – who just cycles a few kilometers – this sounds absolutely amazing and intriguing.

So, surely exploring Jordan by bike surely is something to consider if you are into being active.

Float in the Dead Sea

Floating in the Dead Sea is a bucket list experience, and in Jordan, you can treat yourself to some time at the Dead Sea (which also makes the lowest point of Earth).Mud at the Dead Sea, Jordan This body of water is partly located in Jordan. Don’t expect to swim or float here for hours, though. Normally, most people are only in it for a few minutes. 

It is known for its healing effects and is good for your skin because the water is so rich in salt and other minerals that it is said that even Cleopatra used to have her beauty spa sessions here. But be aware that you will feel every hole and pore in your skin while in the water.

Also, make sure to wrap yourself from head to toe with the mud here and try to find some salt to mix with it. Leave it on for 15-20 minutes before you wash it away – it will have an amazing effect on your skin, and while it will not last days, my skin has hardly felt better.

So, taking a mud bath and floating in the Dead Sea is another must-do in Jordan. 

Wadi Rum Desert Safari

Wadi Rum is a desert valley in the south of Jordan, and visiting should be on any Jordan itinerary. It is also well-known because Lawrence of Arabia was filmed here, and this is where he actually began his journey through the desert. 

But there is more to it than being a “pretty“ filling location – this UNESCO World Heritage Site was also inhabited by the Nabataeans in prehistoric times (like Petra), and now, it is a place where Bedouins live, and tourists visit for half a day, a full day or even longer. 

You will see beautiful rock formations in this part of Jordan. You can do some really fun desert tours, and they are well worth both the money and the time.

Spend a Few Hours at Wadi Mujib

My favorite sporty, adventurous activity in Jordan was canoeing in Wadi Mujib. The Mujib Biosphere Reserve is the lowest nature reserve in the world. This is a gorge with water in the base which makes a fun activity to walk through (or biplane through, float, etc.).Wadi Mujib in Jordan is one of the fun places to go in JordanYou will have to pay an entrance fee to get in here, and I booked a personal guide who helped me with the canoeing, sliding, climbing, and paddling but you can also do unguided tours. I did the shortest route, which took about 2 hours (3 hours in total with getting changed etc, and I paid around 30€ – cash only), but it was fun, and you can do even longer hikes if you want to.

Unfortunately, you cannot do these activities year-round as it closed in the winter, so make sure you check the opening times.

Stay in a Bedouin camp

I stayed at several Bedouin camps during my time in Jordan, and staying there was unique and amazing.Dana Nature Reserve at sunset Friendly hosts, stunning scenery (depending on where you stay), good food – these are some of the perks when staying in a bedouin camp in Jordan.

Also, most bedouin camps are affordable, but they are also very basic and not the most luxurious. However, it proves once more that there is no need for a luxury hotel to experience happiness. It’s an amazing experience, so don’t miss out on it during your Jordan visit.

Hike at Dana Nature Reserve

Hiking is another great thing to do in Jordan. Probably not in the summer months but when the weather allows it. The Dana Nature Reserve is one of Jordan’s most popular hiking spots. There are several different trails that you can do – from a couple of hours to several days.

To be honest, I had a love-hate relationship with my hiking in Jordan (and I just did a 3-hour hike) – but in the end, it was a fun activity, and others I met along the way LOVED hiking there.

Enjoy Views From Mount Nebo

Mount Nebo is another very interesting thing to do and is especially interesting from a religious point of view. Apparently, Moses climbed up to the top of the mountain and saw the Promised Land before he died. You have great views from here. It is close to Amman and the Dead Sea, so you could easily visit it while staying in Amman.

Visit Amman

Some people skip Amman, but you seriously cannot miss out on Amman. Half of Jordan’s population lives in the Amman area, so it is quite busy and chaotic. But still charming and fun. Amman citadel is one of the best places to see in JordanYou have to visit the capital of Jordan and stay for at least a day so that you can check out the downtown area with the ancient sights like the Amphitheater.  You can hike up to the Citadel – another ancient sight – and enjoy the best city views from there.  Check out my Amman itinerary for more tips.

Watch the Sunset

Jordan has some amazing spots to see the sunset. One of the places to enjoy beautiful sunsets is sown in the Dana Nature Reserve, the Dead Sea, or in Wadi Rum.Dead Sea, Mövenpick pool with a view You can also see great ones from the Citadel in Amman. Either way, make sure not to spend your time indoors when the sun sets but to enjoy this free activity in Jordan.

Dive in Aqaba

Jordan has only one coastal city – Aqaba, and this is a popular diving and snorkeling location off the Red Sea.  Personally, I don’t dive or snorkel as I’m not very interested in these things, but for many, diving in Aqaba is one of the fun stuff to do.

For all those who love to be underwater, Aqaba is the place to be. Or for those who want to relax at the beach after so much traveling in Jordan (as fun as it is, it can be really exhausting).

Road-Trip Jordan

The best way to get around Jordan is road-tripping. I am trying to be as environmentally friendly as possible, but I do make exceptions with flying and driving (sometimes), but Jordan is a country where road-tripping makes the most sense as getting around with – solely- public transportation is not the easiest thing. But driving in Jordan is an experience in itself. I tend to be chicken about driving in some (especially Arabic) countries, but it was actually quite easy and doable in Jordan.

The streets are okay (some are actually pretty good), and there are not many cars on the street, which makes driving in Jordan quite stress-free. I have a detailed post about a Jordan road trip – but in a sentence: Road tripping in Jordan was just amazing!

Enjoy the Food

Last but not least, eat a lot in Jordan because the food is great there. I am aware that I do not often recommend “eating” as an activity, but one of the very best things to do in Jordan is to eat. Eat a lot.Falafel sandwich in Amman Especially the falafel (chickpea balls fried in oil), which are really amazing most everywhere in Jordan, should be part of your diet here.  They also have some meat dishes, but you will not find many places where the vegetarian food is as delicious as it is in Jordan. 

Eat your weight in falafel with delicious bread, veggies, and hummus. And the best: You don’t have to stay in expensive hotels to have that great food – actually, smaller B&B or restaurants often have better and more authentic food so you can have all that great food for little money!

For more Jordan travel tips, click here.

Jordan is such a diverse and interesting place to visit, and these are some of the best things to do in Jordan. Make sure you plan some (or all) of these into your own Jordan itinerary to have the best trip possible. Since prices are lower than in many western European cities (or the US), most activities mentioned here are actually quite affordable – or even free – and they do not cost a fortune, making it even more fun!


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Best places to visit and things to do in Lebanon in 5 days, itinerary


Are you planning your Lebanon itinerary and wondering about the best places to visit in Lebanon in a few days? Then this post will help you find out about the best attractions to visit + more travel tips.

An often overlooked but definitely great travel destination in the Middle East is the small country of Lebanon. It is a beautiful, small country with friendly people, ancient sights, modern cities, cute villages, pretty landscapes, and wild nightlife – that is what you can expect in Lebanon.

Since I am from Germany, I have always been around Lebanese people, but the country was never really high on my bucket list. Eventually, though, I added it to the list and went for about a week, and before, I then went to Jordan.

And what can I say? Lebanon was a fun place to visit and exceeded my expectations. I did not know what to expect as a solo female traveler. But it turned out to be fine, and there is no reason to worry. Lebanon is, in general, a safe travel destination – even for solo female travelers. But of course, for other kinds of travelers, too.

Was everything perfect? No, for sure not. Was it still fun? Yes, definitely. 

A bit crazy, hectic, and chaotic – here is what to expect when visiting Lebanon. Find out where to go and what to see in only 5 days in Lebanon. While I wished that I had two more days in Lebanon (I think that 7 days in Lebanon would be awesome), I got a good glimpse of the country and got to see some wonderful places – and so can you with less than one week.

Lebanon’s political situation is tense at the moment, but it is also a quite liberal and modern country. Especially Beirut reminded me of Southern France. Different religions coexist and, thus, has a different feeling from many other Arab countries.


So, before talking about the very best places to visit in Lebanon, here are some travel tips for your itinerary.Lebanon with Arzo Travels


Before talking about the best places to visit in Lebanon in 5 days (or so), here are some travel tips.

How to Get to Lebanon

I suggest flying into Beirut. There are many flights from Istanbul and other countries in the Middle East, and it allows you to combine your trip easily with a trip to Jordan, Istanbul, or other nearby destinations.

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How to Get Around in Lebanon

If you are brave, you can rent a car and explore Lebanon on your own. However, driving in Lebanon seems very crazy because I experienced it as crazy, hectic, and wild, where drivers make their own rules.

This did not only apply to Beirut but also many other places. Streets are always crowded, and an extra car would only add to the pollution (which is a big problem in the country).

However, the alternatives are not perfect, but there are some fun other ways to get around.

I mostly used the minibusses to get around. There are some newer ones (as you can see in the picture) and some which were really old. In general, they are for sure not fancy, and the drives were insane in some parts, but they were fun – and cheap. And in the end, I did not have to worry about driving myself. Whether I went to Baalbeck, Byblos, or Tyre, it was possible to go in the small buses and get around for very little money. 

There are also Uber and taxis available, but I suggest only using Ubers in Lebanon if needed. My first time using Uber was in Lebanon, actually. I did not use them often, but there are plenty of Ubers available, and you do not have to worry about being ripped off (which can be an issue with taxis).

Where to Stay in Lebanon

For this itinerary, I suggest staying in Beirut most of the time. Lebanon is small but stretched, and Beirut is quite centrally located.

I did only day trips (minibusses all the way). Getting around in Lebanon is time-consuming, and even an 80-km drive can take up to 3 hours. Still, you will also get to see different landscapes and do not have to worry about checking in and checking out all the time.

However, if you stay for more than 5 days in Lebanon, it might make sense to book one or two nights near Byblos and do a few trips from there, so you avoid too much driving.

I stayed in a hostel/hotel in Hamra – a popular district in Beirut. There are dorms, but you can also book private rooms. The great thing about this hostel is that it has a pool on the rooftop and that you, especially if you travel as a solo traveler, easily meet other people. Check out rates at Hamra Urban Gardens.

If you are looking for luxury accommodation, you might want to check out Four Seasons Hotel Beirut. It comes with a great location, and the views from the rooftop are great!

What to Eat in Lebanon

The good news: Lebanon is foodie heaven!

Whether you are a meat-lover or a vegan, this country has amazing cuisine. So, as someone who eats veganish (and strictly vegetarian), I was in heaven. All the delicious food was to dream off. Of course, there are falafel & hummus and the fresh Fattoush salad, but there was so much more to eat and enjoy.

It is more diverse than in many other countries in the Middle East. Though I love Arabic food in general, Lebanon has probably one of the best cuisines in the world, so plan in enough time for good food and fresh juices.

Safety in Lebanon

I am generally cautious but did not feel the need to take extra precautions. Despite its very complicated history (and present), it is a safe destination to visit (INFO: SITUATION MIGHT HAVE CHANGED IN 2021)

However, if you visit these days, there might be some demonstrations and problems. 

Also, not all public services function properly, like waste collection. I must say that Lebanon is – unfortunately – very dirty in many parts, and you will see tons of trash everywhere. However, I doubt that this is the result of the irregular waste collection, but more from people just littering wherever they go.

If you stay in a hotel/hostel, you will not be strongly affected by regular blackouts (even though there are many).


Let´s start with the capital of the country: Beirut.

Beirut – 2 Days

My tip is to spend 1.5 or two days in Beirut and explore the gems of the city. While Beirut is the capital, it is still quite small, and with 2 days, you will have time to see the main attractions and places.I love Beirut sign in Lebanon Also, while Beirut is small, it is not so small that you could see everything in less than one day – especially if you plan on only  (or mostly) walking.

My tip for the first day (especially if you do not have a full day) is to visit the American University first and explore this area for an hour or so before heading to the Rauche Rocks (for the sunset), and then having dinner/drinks there before strolling the promenade. Start this day slowly and prepare for a busy day 2.

If you have more time on your hands, visit Hamra – a popular busy area with many cafes and shops. This is also a good place to visit in the evening.Beirut attractionsDay 2 in Beirut will be busier. Start at the Sursock Museum and then walk down and visit the St. Nicolas Stairs, the St. Elian & Gregory Cathedral, and Beirut Souks, and stroll the Gemayzeh area – this is also a lovely area to have lunch or dinner.

Then, make sure to visit Zaitunay Bay and stroll Beirut´s Marina, where you will find – besides yachts – a lot of restaurants, too.

The most stunning building in Beirut is the Mohammad Al-Amin Mosque. Make sure to not only admire the architecture from outside but also pay a visit inside. The entrance is free, and you do get something to cover yourself up with if you are not dressed appropriately.Mohammad Am Amin Mosque in Beirut

Lebanon mosque in BeirutThere are also a few churches in the area that you can visit. Next to the mosque, you will also find the Roman Baths Gardens that you can visit (it does not take much time, though).

Beirut is one of the very best places to go out – even I went to a club. Okay, it was during the week, and there was not that much going on, but if you want to experience the infamous nightlife in Beirut, visit during the weekends. There are many rooftop bars and clubs where you can dance the night away.

Balbeeck – 1 Day

Plan one day for visiting Baalbeck – and a must-see place in Lebanon. 

Getting there is time-consuming but worth it. Baalbeck is Lebanon‘s greatest Roman treasure. Actually, it is the largest Roman temple ever built and still very well-preserved, even though it has suffered from theft, war, and earthquakes.

Thanks to the efforts of archaeologists, it is still in great condition. So it does not surprise that it is actually quite busy as many people come here to visit this exquisite place. 

There are quite a few sights, including Jupiter Temple, Bacchus Temple, and Venus Temple, so make sure to plan in some time to explore them. Yes, we all know the Acropolis in Athens. Still, Balbeeck is actually way more impressive, so either take a minibus (we had to change buses once, and it took me than 2.5 hours in total, but it was an interesting ride), join an organized group, or hire a car and get there yourself. 

In early July through August, there is an international festival held in Balbeeck.

Jeita Grotto – Harissa – Byblos – 1 Day

My favorite day was when I visited these three spots in one day because they are some of the best places to visit in Lebanon.

Many tour operators offer tours to these places in one day, and it is definitely doable. 

One of the girls I met at the hostel where I stayed and mostly used minibusses to get around (but also Uber and a taxi). It saved us tons of money this way, and we saw all three beautiful places – and it was fun!

Jeita Grotto

The first stop is probably Jeita Grotto, which is less than 20 km north of Beirut. I am surely no expert on visiting caves, but I have seen a few over the years – and these were my favorites.

The best EVER. Unfortunately, it is not allowed to take pictures. I am repeating myself – it one of the best places to visit in Lebanon.

This limestone cave is imposing, and it exceeded my expectations. The grotto was discovered in 1836 by an American and opened in 1958 (Lower Grotto) and 1969 (Upper Grotto).

After a scenic drive, you can get out at the funicular station and buy your ticket (cash only) for a bit more than 11€, and then you can use the funicular to go up.Cable Cars in Jeita Grotto in Lebanon It is a very short ride up, and once there, you can explore the Upper Grotto. 

Over a distance of 700 meters (the total length of the cave is more than 2 km), you’ll find many lime formations, which come in all kinds of sizes and shapes. 

If you look closely, you’ll find many different “animals,“ “vegetables,“ and more.

You cannot take pictures inside, but I can assure you that it is well worth it. It did not take us too long to go through, and after probably less than 30 minutes, we were walking out and walking down to the Lower Grotto.

At the Lower Grotto, you can do a short boat ride over a distance of 400 meters. Don´t worry – you don’t have to row yourself. Just sit down and enjoy the short electro ride. 

It is quite chilly inside, so bring a pullover with you (around 16 degrees Celsius).

All those activities are included in the ticket price (funicular, Lower and Upper Grotto, and a ride on the mini train, which I did not use).

A documentary is also shown in different languages, but we missed the English version and would have had to wait for a few hours for the next one. So, if you want to watch it, ask for the times beforehand.

The whole tour took less than one hour, and on the way to the car park, we also spent time in the pretty gardens on the property.

Jounieh / Harissa – Téléférique 

At the car station, we took a taxi. We were approached by many people and ended up with an older driver in a very ancient but cool taxi that brought us to Harissa – Téléférique. Old Taxi in LebanonWe paid around 12€, but you could probably haggle and get a better price (but I did not feel the need to haggle with this older man).

One of the best tourist attractions in Lebanon is going up via the Téléférique.

The Téléférique leaves a few kilometers north of the old center of Jounieh, and you have beautiful views already on the cable car ride up – I have never seen cable cars riding so close to house buildings (and I am an expert in cable car riding) – and it gets even better once you have arrived in Harissa.  View from Harissa TeleferiqueYou could hike up or drive up, but why not take the cable car and enjoy the ride? Especially given the affordable prices for the cable car (less than 7€ for a 2-way ticket) and the views along the way, I do recommend hopping on a capsule. 

I am all about the views, and here you can probably experience some of the country’s best views.

Also, you’ll find the Our Lady of Lebanon here – a bronze, white-painted, 13-ton statue of the Virgin Lady that has become a popular place for religious people to visit.Our Lady in Lebanon StatuOnce you get out of the cable car, you need to walk a few minutes and then climb a few steps to enjoy the views.Harissa from above

There are several cafes/restaurants with good views and also playgrounds if you visit Lebanon.


From Harissa, we took a minibus and headed to Byblos, which is surely one of the best places to visit in Lebanon.Byblos old town in Lebanon is a must-see in 5 daysThe minibusses leave from the highway, so you need to get there to take them (unfortunately, I did not save the exit location, but if you ask for the minibus to Byblos, locals might help you).

Byblos was another of my favorite places to visit in Lebanon. It is a charming little village with a long history.

Located about 40 kilometers north of Beirut, it is one of the oldest continuously-inhabited cities in the world – with over 7,000 years of history. It received UNESCO World Heritage Status in the 1980s. Vegan food in LebanonI am all about cute cafes, narrow streets, and pretty views, and I found all of that in Byblos. The village is small, and we strolled Byblos for around 2 or 3 hours before having an early dinner. Byblos old town is one of the most beautiful places to seeHowever, I would not have minded staying longer – not because I felt that I missed out on something, but because I liked the relaxed vibe… and because Byblos is so over-the-top cute!

Check out the ancient fishing harbor, the small but pretty historical center with its narrow streets and small shops. Make sure to stroll the side streets for the cute cafes. Visit the archaeological sites, like Crusader Castle, where you can find out more about its history and have lovely views, or St. John the Baptist Church (Eglise St. Jean-Marc).Byblos views

If you‘re in Lebanon for just 5 days – or something like that – 1 day is definitely enough to see the aforementioned places in one day.

 Yes, it might be a busy day (whether you join guided tours or organize it yourself), but it is worth the hassle – this day was my favorite day in Lebanon.

You should add at least one day in the south of the country to your Lebanon itinerary in less than a week.

Tyre – 1 Day

I opted for Tyre (Sour) and wanted to experience a lesser-known place on my itinerary in the south of Lebanon. 

Colorful Tyre in Southern Lebanon is one of the best places to visitAgain, one of the girls from the hostel joined me, and again, the minibus was our best friend that brought us to our destination.

The drive was interesting because it was my only time going to the south, and I loved to see the numerous banana plantations along the way.Again, we got to visit one of the oldest continuously-inhabited cities in the world. 

It is a small town (but busier than Byblos) with several Roman and Byzantine archaeological sites, colorful buildings, and a busy town center.Shopping in Tyre, South Lebanon

Colorful town in Tyre, Sour in LebanonThere is also a beach area (if you are into beaches, check out the public beach in the Tyre Coastal Nature Reserve – the watercolor looks lovely, but unfortunately, there is a lot of trash everywhere, which was sad to see). Beach in Tyre, Sour LebanonTyre suffered a lot during the war, and there are still UN soldiers and jeeps deployed in Tyre, but I also remember the overly friendly people here, so it was another must-see in Lebanon.


With five days in Lebanon, I got a good idea of the country. I wish I had two more days to hike in the mountains because Lebanon is known for some pretty mountain areas, like Qadisha Valley. 

Qadisha Valley

It is great for hiking in the summer and good for winter sports in the winter. If I had 7 days in Lebanon, I would have stayed a night in Byblos, and on my way back to Beirut, I would have stopped at some villages and towns along the way.

Looking back now, I am pretty happy with how I created my 5-day Lebanon itinerary and didn’t regret the way I planned my trip at all.

So, this is why I hope this Lebanon itinerary helps you to plan your trip as well (and if Lebanon isn’t on your bucket list yet, then make sure to add it now) – it is a beautiful country that has deserved much more recognition.

Hopefully, these tips on the best places to visit in Lebanon will help you plan your Lebanon trip!

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Best Places to See Dubai from Above

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Given the many skyscrapers (and rooftop bars) in Dubai, it is not difficult to see Dubai from above. Actually, seeing this super city from above is an amazing way to fall in love with the city. And while those rooftop bars offer scenic views indeed, here are some other ways to see Dubai from above.Dubai best view points

See Dubai From Burj Khalifa “At the Top”

The classic! Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world, is not only a popular site to photograph but is also a popular place to take pictures from and offers perfect views from above.7 days in Dubai - best vintage pointsThe view from level 124+125 (456 meters high) or level 148 (555 meters high) is the most iconic in Dubai, and you´ll get wonderful views of the city. 

You will see how much construction work is still going on, you´ll get to see the desert (which is very close to the city center), but you´ll also have some stunning views of Dubai Fountain.

Overlooking Dubai this way is indeed a unique experience. Unfortunately, you won’t be the only one who thinks that visiting the Top of Burj Khalifa is a good idea – it is quite busy most of the day, so booking tickets in advance can be quite helpful.

Ticket prices depend on the time of the visit – it’s just a few € difference in ticket prices, but if you don’t want to stand in line and have access to level 148, you have to pay a few more extra €.

The building will not be the highest building for long – a new tower will break the record, but for now, book yourself tickets for Burj Khalifa if you want to experience the taller building in the world.

See Dubai from Dubai Frame

One of Dubai´s newest attractions is the golden Frame, located close to Zabeel Park.Views from Dubai FrameThe Frame opened in January of 2018, and this frame allows you to overlook the city and have great views of Burj Khalifa.

But you also have a unique view if you walk the glass floor – looking 100 meters down while casually strolling along. What to do in Dubai in 7 daysThis place is as nice to visit at night as during the day, and the entrance fee of about 12€ is worth it.

Actually, the views from here are almost better than from Burj Khalifa – because you can see the tallest building. Also, it is a great alternative if you are on a budget or want to have some adrenaline rush when walking on the glass and look down.

Enjoy Amazing Dubai Views From a Helicopter Flight

While 15 minutes seem extremely short, it is enough to get some of the best views of Dubai.Best view posts in Dubai Flying over the beaches, the Palm, Burj al Arab, and Burj Khalifa, a helicopter ride gives you the chance to see all the iconic places of Dubai. You can book longer helicopter flights and even get to Abu Dhabi by helicopter – probably the fanciest way to get around in Dubai.

Flying over Dubai was probably one of the best things to do – a unique experience I will never forget. Click here to read my review of a helicopter flight in Dubai.Arzo Travels Heli Dubai Fligh

See Dubai From Flying Cup

The newest attraction in March of 2018 opened at JBR Walk. This fun Flying Cup definitely offers great views of JBR – The Walk and the Beach.Places to see in Dubai in 7 daysYou do not even need a drone to get amazing shots of the pristine waters of the Persian Gulf. Whether you do it by yourself or in a group, it is something different and, by Dubai standards, quite affordable (for about 20€, you can buy your ticket at the counter just in front of it). 

You get 40 meters above the ground, and the capsule rotates, so you have a panoramic view.  Bring your camera to take these shots, and if you are feeling brave, get a drink and enjoy it up there while your feet are dangling in the air.

You do not have to be scared, though – a belt secures you. The experience lasts about 10 minutes, and you can even book the whole capsule and have your birthday celebration up in the sky.  If you travel to Dubai with kids, you can either take them with you or enjoy JBR, one of the best places to visit in Dubai.

See Dubai’s Desert on Hot Air Balloon Ride

One of the most beautiful rides you can take is a hot air balloon ride.Sunrise perfect timing for hot air ballon rides

A balloon ride above Dubai´s desert is gorgeous and unique – seeing the sunrise in the desert (yes, it means waking up very early). At the same time, passing dunes is an exceptional way to experience Dubai.High in the air-how to do a hot air balloon tour in Dubai

While there is no guarantee how high you will soar above the ground (as it depends on the weather conditions), it is a fun thing to do and one of the best views you will have from above. Duration: about 40 minutes, but the whole trip takes a few hours, including hotel pick-up, etc. So if you have a few days in Dubai, add it to your itinerary.

Have Thrilling Views at Dinner in the Sky

The concept of having dinner in the sky (and we are not talking about plane flights) has arrived in Dubai as well. 7 days in Dubai itineraryHead to Dubai Marina and have a fun dinner (or lunch or afternoon tea) experience. There are some similarities to the Flying Cup, but in this case, you get up even higher (about 50 meters) and have a different view. 

You´ll overlook Dubai Marina, Zero Gravity – the hip beach club in Marina, and have views of the beach! Hold your cutlery and especially your camera tight, so you do not see it falling 50 meters down, as there is no ground under your feet.Dinner in the Sky Dubai with Arzo Travels (8 von 24)Oh, I should, of course, mention that food and drink are included (prices depend on the dining option, but the activities start from about 120€ for the afternoon tea, which includes sandwiches and snacks and some non-alcoholic drinks). Click here to read my review “Dinner in the Sky.”

Hop On a Seaplane flight

Something for the bucket list (even mine) is to see Dubai´s attractions from a seaplane.

Dubai - The Palm @shutterstock

The trip starts from the water, and you´ll get to see Burj Khalifa and Palm Jumeirah before landing back in the Persian Gulf.

Each of the passengers has a window to look out from, which gives you perfect views of the Dubai skyline. Though the views from a seaplane are supposed to be amazing, I, myself, still have to experience it, but as I have heard positive reviews, I have added it here for you.

Enjoy Thrilling Views and do Sky Dive

A unique way to overlook Dubai is from a jump from the plane for the fearless ones. 

Best areas to stay in Dubai

At 120 miles per hour, you fall freely, and while you probably will not be able to enjoy the view at the beginning, you might do so once you are more relaxed and soaring rather than falling.

I am not that brave – are you? Apparently, the “crown prince” of Dubai is a fan of skydiving, so you might even meet him up in the sky. Though chances are low, you can still enjoy incredible views that not many others do experience.Dubai from above - best views in Dubai

Whether you decide to go on a tandem skydive or do it solo, skydiving allows you to see Dubai in a way only a few have – so do it (easy said as I would not, but maybe you are braver than me :).

Great Views From Rooftop Bars

So, if you want to enjoy a drink while having great views, here are some rooftop bars with some of the best views in Dubai (though I have not been to all myself, these are known to be the best bars that come with a view).

Level 43 Sky Lounge at Four Points by Sheraton

For 360-degree views of the city, head to this rooftop bar located 155 meters above the ground.

Tomo at Raffles Hotel

This rooftop bar and Japanese restaurant is located on the 17th floor of Raffles Hotel in the older part of Dubai, so you can enjoy the views of the “new” skyline (which includes Burj Khalifa).

Shades at Address Dubai Marina

For beautiful views of Dubai Marina, head to this rooftop bar. It is open in the daytime, too, and was a perfect choice for my lunch. But the views were even better than the food. I did not use the infinity pool there – but you can buy a day pass and enjoy these views while relaxing in the water.

Dubai accommodation in Dubai Marina IC Dubai MarinaThere are some more amazing viewpoints in Dubai – many of the skyscrapers offer stunning views of the city and Burj Khalifa. However, the above-mentioned places are pretty great if you are looking for the ultimate, the best views in Dubai because each offers quite a unique experience.

Dubai is a fun city but to really understand the city, you have to see it from above – and if you pick a few of the places/activities mentioned in my post, you will get to see Dubai from its best side.Safe Travels, Arzo

Review: Dinner in the Sky Dubai

Review Dinner in the Sky Dubai


Best afternoon tea in Dubai

Seen Burj Khalifa? Spent a day at the new hotspot, La Mer? Done all the typical sightseeing things, and now you are looking for something more unique to do in Dubai?

Then, it is time to enjoy dinner in the sky! Dining in the sky, with your feet hanging 50 meters up in the air, is surely something special, and you’ll have great views of Dubai Marina, too!Dinner in the Sky Dubai with Arzo Travels

In this post, I will share my experiences for my dinner in the sky in Dubai. Please find out how to book tickets, where to go, and what to expect, plus my unbiased conclusion of Dinner in the Sky.


Dinner in the Sky is a floating dinner table and a trendy way of eating while having amazing views (and often being a bit scared). These days, you will find Dinner in thy Sky in more than 60 locations – and one of them is in Dubai.

A big dinner table, lifted 50 meters in the sky by a crane, can host up to 22 people (plus the staff that stands in the middle and serves food, entertains, and mostly takes great pictures).

When I saw this activity for the first time (on GetYourGuide, I’m sure), I knew I had to do it – and so I did.

Dining in the Sky is a new invention, and some places offer the experience, but it is still unknown amongst many travelers. When I asked my followers on Instagram about whether I should opt for a helicopter ride or dinner, it was a tie. 

However, most people were thrilled to hear about this activity. If you are interested in having a lunch/dinner or afternoon tea in the sky, here are my impressions and some important information for this experience in the city of superlatives.Review Dinner in the Sky Dubai

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I booked Dinner in the Sky via GetYourGuide – I often use this website (or Viator) and hardly ever book my tours directly. 

I know the cancellation policy is very generous (we never know what could happen, right?), and if something happens, they could help me.


You can either book lunch, afternoon tea, or dinner. Afternoon tea is the least expensive, while dinner is the most expensive.

Depending on the season, you can see the sunset from up there if you book an afternoon tea. Keep in mind that it could be quite hot if you book lunch in the warmer months.

I opted for the afternoon tea (I ended up booking the helicopter tour), and prices vary greatly.

Also, the timing suited me better (it starts around 4 pm).Book Dinner in the Sky


  • You have to be at least 1,20 meters to be allowed to take part.
  • There are lockers (without any charge) to stow your items you do not need (do not forget to take out your cameras and mobiles).
  • The activity lasts about 60 minutes (plus 15 minutes of preparation time), and, personally, I found it to be neither too long nor too short.
  • It allows you to eat while also taking a lot of pictures from different angles and also have pictures taken of you (more on that later).


The activity is located in Dubai Marina, next to SkyDive Dubai and Zero Gravity. Where is Dinner in the Sky DubaiI was in this area already, so I just walked from Dubai Marina. Public transportation does not drop you there directly. So either get to Habtoor Hotel (or close to Grosvenor House) and then walk (about 10 minutes) or take a taxi and ask to be driven to SkyDive or Zero Gravity.

If you have other activities like skydiving planned, or a day at the popular Zero Gravity, you can schedule dinner here around that.Online tickets for dinner in the sky

Review: Dinner in the Sky Experiences Dubai

Okay, here are my impressions – things I liked and things I did not like when I had my afternoon tea in Dubai. I arrived early. There was no wifi, and the toilets did not work, so I went to Zero Gravity for an hour to kill time.


I found out that my request for vegetarian snacks did not go through. It was not a great start, but the staff managed to organize vegetarian food for me last-minute. The catering is by Westin, one of Dubai’s best hotels, so the food is great and of high quality.Afternoon tea in the skyYou get some snacks, juices (not fresh, though it was written in the description), soft drinks, tea, and coffee for afternoon tea.

It can easily replace a meal (you get some more than you see on the tablet here), so I recommend not having lunch right before or planning a big dinner afterward.

The staff, especially onboard, is great. Friendly, fun, with great photography skills (not sure if it was only the person responsible for us, but they did take great pictures and put some effort into it).Unique activities for Dubai They did everything they could to make sure that we had a great time up there, including nice music that was perfect for a fun time.

With a crane, you get lifted 50 meters above the ground, and the table rotates slowly, so you get amazing views from all angles.

I felt safer than I thought I would. Since you get moved to the table very closely and have some arm support on the left and right side, it is not as scary as some people might expect and less thrilling than you might think.

However, if you are scared of heights or faint-hearted, this might be an extreme challenge though. But I am sure you (yes, you) will be able to handle it even if you think you will not.Dinner in the Sky Dubai with Arzo Travels (8 von 24)

I was holding my glass, etc., with two hands, though, and had my camera wrapped around my neck. I had a necklace/wrist strap that made me feel much more comfortable taking pictures.How to book Dinner in the Sky Dubai You can turn the chairs around, which is cool. Unfortunately, not 360 degrees, which is a pity, but it still allows you to enjoy better views, and you can lean back.

Seeing the Marina skyline from this perspective is definitely unique and amazing. Seeing the beach underneath you and Zero Gravity while the sun is setting was a wonderful experience.Where is Dinner in the SkyReview of Dinner in the Sky Dubai

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The experience was great, and I am happy I went for it. It is probably a great one-time experience, and if you want to try something new, this is a unique thing to do.

If you are looking for an extremely thrilling activity, then this is not for you – skydiving might be the better option, but it does not have to be extremely adventurous to have a great time, right?

I wished the crane was positioned differently, though, so the metal bar (sorry, I do not know the technical term) would not be in the way when taking pictures of the Dubai Eye.

However, it is fun and nerve-wracking initially, but the staff makes you feel safe, so even those who are normally terrified should try this out.Book a sunset dinner in Dubai

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How to Visit Burj Khalifa in Dubai 

Burj Khalifa- at the top


Burj Khalifa is the tallest building in the world – making it one of the most famous buildings in the world. It is now standing at 828 meters high and has become one main attraction in Dubai.

At night it gets wonderfully illuminated (LED shows at certain times, not in the summer), and it doesn’t really matter if you visit in the daytime or the evening – this place is a must-see place.

In this post, you can find out more about Burj Khalifa: Some facts, information about visiting the building, and if it is worth it. You will find out about the Top of Burj Khalifa’s ticket prices, about opening hours, and more important information.

Visiting Burj Khalifa had been on my bucket list for quite a while visit to the top of Burj Khalifa in Dubai. I missed it on my first trip, but I made sure to visit on my second visit. And on my fourth trip – and my seventh trip. Yes, I have visited a couple of times, so I share my tips and experiences about my Burj Khalifa with you.Burj Khalifa Angel Wings with Arzo Trav



Here are some facts and background information.

What is Burj Khalifa?

Burj Khalifa is the tallest building in the world. It stands at 828 meters in Dubai Downtown. It was formally opened in 2010.

Burj Khalifa is home to offices, some luxury apartments, the luxury Armani hotel, and a fine dining restaurant at 442 meters. And then, there are the two observation decks that can be visited. 

Records of Burj Khalifa

Its unique shape makes Burj Khalifa distinctive, but of course, its height, standing tall in 828 meters with 160 stories, is the most important feature. It doesn’t really matter where you stay in Dubai (or even in the neighbor emirate of Sharjah). The building is almost visible from any place.

It actually holds several records (among others)

  • The tallest building in the world (828 meters)
  • The tallest free-standing structure in the world
  • The highest number of levels in the world (160 levels)
  • The highest occupied floor in the world
  • The highest outdoor observation deck in the world (level 148 at 555 meters)
  • The elevator with the longest travel distance in the world
  • The tallest service elevator in the world (cruising at 10m/s)

As you can see, there are several records Burj Khalifa holds.Burj Khalifa from Burj Club Arzo Travels

Location of Burj Khalifa

It is located in Dubai Downtown on 1 Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Blvd, next to the Dubai Mall and Dubai Fountain. Well, apparently, it is impossible to miss Burj Khalifa but finding the “entrance” takes some time.

From the airport to the tower, it takes about 20 minutes drive – without traffic (15km). It takes about the same getting from the highest tower in the world to the most expensive hotel in the world -Burj al-Arab (16km).

You have to get the ticket from Dubai Mall at the ticket store. It is on the LG floor, and there are signs with “At the top of Burj Khalifa“ everywhere. There seems to be no direct way to get into Burj Khalifa for us normal people, and we all have to go there to get up.

Getting Tickets for Burj Khalifa

If you want to book tickets, you need to think about the level of access and your visit time.

Tickets for Level 124 & 145 or Level 148?

Let´s start with the level access. There are two ticket options available. You can buy tickets for Level 124 and 125 or for level 148 (that ticket also includes tickets for level 124 and 125)

  • Level 148 is at 555 meters
  • Level 125 at 456 meters 

All levels offer stunning views. But there are some differences which you should know about. It makes a huge difference regarding prices and services (there is a fast lane for level 148). As far as I have heard, it does not necessarily offer a much better view, though.

LEVEL 148: Advantages: If you book your ticket for level 148 you can also visit level 124 and level 125 + you have access to the Sky Lounge (and get serves dates and coffee). Also, you can skip the lines. Burj Khaliga from level 124, 125

However, prices are much higher. Though I have visited three times so far, I have only bought tickets for level 124+125.

If you know about prices, it will maybe help to decide which tickets to buy. Check out tickets:

While I had twice a regular ticket for level 124+125, I also booked a ticket once that included dinner at Burj Club.

Also, there are a few more tickets available. When I visited the Burj Khalifa for the second time, I bought tickets that included a dinner in the Burj Club. THAT was totally worth the money. Check out prices for a nice lunch/dinner with a view, including tickets for Burj Khalifa.

Best Time to Visit Burj Khalifa

Once you have decided whether you are happy with level 124 & 125 or with level 148, you have to decide on the time of your visit. 

  • Sunrise Tickets – only available on Fridays and Saturdays from 5:30 – 7:30 am. You don’t have to leave the Burj at 7:30. You can stay as long as you like. It is just important to arrive by 7:30 am
  • Basic Tickets – from 8:30 am to 3 pm. You can stay longer but need to buy your tickets for that time and arrive in that time span and from 6:30 to midnight.
  • Sunset Tickets – after 3.30 pm (to 6:30 pm) tickets get more expensive – than the tickets for the sunset.

Tip: I can’t guarantee it, but I saw families with little kids who were allowed to skip the lines (which is totally understandable). If you are lucky and don’t buy the more expensive ticket for level 148, you still might get a fast-track entry if you are with little (not the bigger teenager ones) ones.

How to Get Tickets for Burj Khalifa

Burj Khalifa is very popular – tickets can be sold out quickly during busy times. So, buying online tickets in advice is a must between November and April.

If you want to visit between November-March, I recommend booking your tickets a few days earlier (if not weeks in advance). If you visit in the shoulder season, booking tickets a few days in advance should be fine.

I have visited Burj Khalifa three times so far – and I booked via GetYourGuide. Check out prices and availabilities here.

If you have your online ticket, you will still have to go to the main entrance of Burj Khalifa in Dubai Mall.

I came here three times, and to be honest, no one checked the exact time on my ticket. Mostly, because it is so busy, it is difficult to be here totally on time. So, while you decide on the time, don’t worry if you will be a bit late because you stand in line for too long. However, I still recommend being in Dubai Mall at least 30 minutes early. Some people might check, and it takes time to get to the entrance.

Burj Khalifa With Kids

On my third trip, I was accompanied by my two nephews (10 months and 5 years at that time). The younger one did not really enjoy it. The older nephew appreciated the view and had a blast.

I think Burj Khalifa is not very child-friendly – especially if you visit with toddlers, it might be stressful. We were not allowed to take the stroller. So, my little nephew had to be carried around most of the time! This made a trip to Burj Khalifa less fun. Would I visit with strollers/babies again? No, I would only visit Burj Khalifa with kids who can walk. 

Kids under the age of 4 don’t have to pay any entry (for no level). Kids between 4-12 years pay less. However, there is only a reduction for levels 124 and 125 (no reduction in prices for level 148).

Getting to Level 124 + 125 of Burj Khalifa

Whether you buy your tickets online or at the ticket center: The ticket center will be the starting point of your trip to Burj Khalifa. And here is where standing in lines starts. You might have to stand in line for quite a while. If you do not have a VIP ticket (level 148), you need to be patient. While the views aren’t supposed to be better, using the fast track is probably worth it.Burj Khalifa entrance You have to pass security (remember to not carry illegal things with you) and then walk to the elevator (this includes more standing in line). When you take the lift, you will hear some interesting facts about the highest building in the world. This makes waiting a bit less boring, but it can still be tiring.Info on Burj Khalifa

This procedure took me between 30-60 minutes, but the views were worth it.

The first views were nice, but the first impression was not overwhelming. I was looking for THAT one particular view: The view of the Water Fountain and Dubai Mall. This spot was one of the most crowded – apparently, I was not the only one who wanted to enjoy this particular view. 

The view is stunning, and as the Water Fountain Show was going on, it was heavily crowded. People were delighted to see the spectacle from the top of Burj Khalifa.

Once the show stopped and the crowd cleared up (funny how quickly that happened), I waited for another half hour to witness the show again. Watching the water show from above was just nice. However, it isn’t easy to get good pictures through a window, but I tried my best.

Views of Burj Khalifa from level 125Level 124 + Level 125

  • You will have great views of Burj Khalifa from level 124+125 
  • Indoor and outdoor vantage points 
  • Souvenir shops
  • New: step on an inspired glass floor with a twist. Feel the glass crack underneath your feet as you explore the heights on level 125


I have not been on level 148, but the views are apparently the same as from level 124 + 125. However, you can have access to Sky Lounge, where non-alcoholic drinks and coffee is included (plus minor snacks)

Dubai Fountain From the Top of Burj Khalifa

Watching the Dubai Fountain Show from above is amazing. So here are the showtimes (if you like to book your tickets accordingly).

  • Saturday to Thursday: 1:00 PM 1:30 PM 2:00 PM
  • Friday afternoon shows 1:30 PM 2:00 PM 2:30 PM
  • Evening Shows 6:00 PM – 11:00 PM every 30 minutes

Times can change, so please double-check if you want to see the fountain show from Burj Khalifa.

Conclusion: Is At The Top of Burj Khalifa Worth it?

Is it worth to get at the top of Burj Khalifa? I am happy I have visited Burj Khalifa several times. This was, that I visited with my friend the second time and then with my nephews. Except for the long waiting, it was a great experience to get up there. However, if you are willing to pay a lot extra, level 148 might be a good choice. You can buy the “skip the line” ticket here with some extra VIP services.

If you are okay waiting in line and not getting treated like a VIP, level 124+125 is a great opportunity to see Dubai from the top of Burj Khalifa.


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