Perfect for travelers ready for a full week of adventure, this 7 day, 6 night itinerary prioritizes Jordan's best-loved landmarks. You'll bask in the beauty of the Dead Sea, take in panoramic views from the temples of Petra, and camp in Wadi Rum's desert wilderness, finally returning home with a satisfying slice of the country's rich heritage.

Highlights

  • Enjoy a swim in the Red Sea at the Gulf of Aqaba
  • Camp under the stars in the wilderness of Wadi Rum
  • Spend a day marveling at rock-cut architecture in Petra
  • Bask in the scenic desert views from the top of Mount Nebo

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Amman

Amman Citadel
The Citadel in Amman

Once your flight touches down at Queen Alia International Airport (QAIA), you'll be driven to your hotel in Amman to relax and get settled. Depending on the time of your arrival, you may be able to start exploring the city. Visit the massive King Abdullah Mosque, get acquainted with the shops and galleries in the Jebal Al-Waibdeh neighborhood, and celebrate your first night of travel with a plate of mansaf, aromatic roasted lamb with yogurt sauce - it happens to be Jordan's national dish!

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Day 2: Amman Old City Tour + Jerash

Ionic Columns in Jerash
Ionic Columns in Jerash

As the capital of Jordan and the nation's largest city, Amman is full of cultural activities. Begin your day with a walking tour of the Old City, stopping periodically to marvel at ancient attractions like the Citadel building and the Roman Theater. Explore the sprawling marketplace, where you can find everything from handmade crafts to traditional sweets and pastries.

Spend your afternoon in Jerash, one of the best-preserved Roman cities in the Middle East. Wander among the ancient ruins, stopping at noteworthy sites like Hadrian's Arch, which once acted as the city's southern entrance, and the classic Temple of Artemis. You can also catch a show at the Hippodrome, where actors portray gladiator fights and chariot races.

Day 3: Madaba + Mount Nebo + Bethany

Abu Badd rolling stone at Mount Nebo
Abu Badd rolling stone at Mount Nebo

Depart from your hotel and head to the town of Madaba, where you'll find the Madaba Map - the oldest preserved mosaic map of the Holy Land - and other Byzantine artwork. Be sure to climb the bell tower at the Shrine of the Beheading of Saint John the Baptist; once you've reached the top, you’ll be rewarded with a stunning view.

Journey south to Mount Nebo, the holy place where Moses once looked out across the Promised Land for the first time. Have fun identifying sights like the Dead Sea before eventually making your way down to the Memorial Church of Moses, which houses excavated relics from the region. You'll also visit the nearby La Storia Tourism Complex, established to showcase the history of Jordan from both a cultural and religious viewpoint.

The last stop of the day is Bethany, the site where John the Baptist baptized Jesus Christ on the eastern bank of the Jordan River. Located in a wadi kharrar, or reeded valley, the area is dotted with plenty of centuries-old churches and manmade pools to explore.

Day 4: Petra + Wadi Rum 

The epic desert of Wadi Rum
The amazing desert of Wadi Rum

Start your fourth day in Jordan with a hearty breakfast at your hotel in the village of Wadi Musa, the gateway to Petra. It's easy to see how this fascinating city, widely said to be "half as old as time itself," earned its designation as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Spend the day wandering through Petra's expanse of temples and other ornately decorated structures after entering through the dazzling gorge known as the Siq. Take a stroll down the Street of Facades, a row of forty houses and tombs with intricately carved exteriors. You might also want to hike to The Monastery, a hilltop temple and one of the largest buildings in Petra, or head to the equally impressive High Place of Sacrifice for a look at the ceremonial platform. 

After getting your fill of Petra, continue south to the wilderness of Wadi Rum, a sweeping expanse of rolling desert known for the prominent basalt slabs at its center. Enjoy an evening of Bedouin hospitality at your campsite before falling asleep under the stars.

Day 5: Wadi Rum + Aqaba

Sand beach in Aqaba
Sand beach in Aqaba

Wake up refreshed in the great outdoors, and take in the panoramic desert views from your campsite before heading out for a two-hour Jeep tour of the area. You'll explore the canyons and rock bridges of Wadi Rum, stopping periodically for photos with the awe-inspiring natural backdrop. Return to camp for a traditional lunch before bidding farewell to the desert.

Your afternoon and evening will be spent at the Gulf of Aqaba, Jordan's own access point to the warm waters of the Red Sea. Take advantage of the abundant marine life in the Gulf's large coral reef with a snorkel or scuba outing, or spend time relaxing poolside at your resort. You can also pay a visit to some of the area's cultural landmarks, like the Sharif Hussein Bin Ali Mosque, a stunning example of 20th century Islamic architecture, or the Aqaba Archeological Museum. 

Day 6: Dead Sea

Floating in the Dead Sea
Floating in the Dead Sea

From Aqaba, you'll be driven to your beachfront hotel at the Dead Sea. Activities are plentiful, and this sunny locale at the world's lowest elevation truly offers something to suit every interest. Go for a swim or soak up the sun from a sandy beach. Alternatively, pay a visit to the Hammamat Ma'in, a group of natural hot springs and waterfalls funneled into man-made pools and baths, or explore the nearby Mujib Nature Preserve. You might also indulge in a mineral-rich mud wrap or another of the regional spa specialties known for their healing properties. 

Day 7: Departure from Amman

Take advantage of your last morning in Jordan with one more dip in the calm and salty waters of the beautiful Dead Sea, before returning to Amman for some last-minute shopping and sightseeing. 

You'll then head to QAIA to check in for your departing flight. Thank you for joining us for a week of adventure!

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Map of Jordan in 7 Days - Amman, Jerash, Mt Nebo, Petra, Wadi Rum, Aqaba and the Dead Sea
Map of Jordan in 7 Days - Amman, Jerash, Mt Nebo, Petra, Wadi Rum, Aqaba and the Dead Sea

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