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Tips for Jordan's 6 Must-See Places - Where to Go and What to See
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Tips for Jordan's 6 Must-See Places: Where to Go and What to See

Jordan has it all: vibrant cities, otherworldly landscapes, perfectly zen seaside resorts, and ancient ruins around every corner. You could spend a lifetime exploring everything this country has to offer, so we've compiled a definitive list of highlights that no traveler should miss.

24 Hours in Amman
24 Hours in Amman

Amman is a perfect pairing of Jordan's ancient history and modern culture, providing endless viewpoints, fantastic Levantine cuisine, and one of the best art scenes in the Middle East. It's a dynamic place to spend a day—follow this itinerary to make the most of your 24 hours.

Explore Amman, Jordan with the whole family
Family Travel Guide to Amman

Hospitality and family are key components of Jordanian culture—so it should come as no surprise that families traveling in Amman experience a warm welcome. Looking for ways to enjoy the city with your loved ones? Here are a few of the many fun, family-friendly adventures available in Jordan’s capital city.

Amman Old and New
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Tips for Visiting Jordan's Capital - Ancient and Modern Amman

Jordan may be best known for its remnants of ancient civilization, but the vibrant scene you'll find in the modern-day capital city of Amman should not be overlooked. With incredible food, a legitimate arts scene, and a number of time-worn ruins of its own, Amman provides a perfect snapshot of Jordanian culture and hospitality.

8 Best Viewpoints in Amman
8 Best Viewpoints in Amman

Amman was built upon hills—so naturally, there are plenty of great vantage points where you can take in the rolling cityscape of Jordan's capital. Here are some of the best spots to watch a sunset, sip a cocktail, or simply enjoy the scenery.

Best Cafés in Amman
Best Cafés in Amman

In a buzzing city built on hills, you’ll need a good caffeine kick to keep you well-fueled for exploring. Lucky for you, Amman’s café culture is alive and well. This list will lead you to some of the best spots in Jordan’s capital city to tip back a tasty cup of coffee—with epic views, free wifi, and more.

7 Best Art Galleries in Amman
7 Best Art Galleries in Amman

Amman is a major Middle Eastern art hub, filled with ever-evolving collections of traditional Islamic and contemporary works. You'll find many of the city's galleries in the central Jabal Amman or hip Weibdeh neighborhoods—head to these inspiring hot spots to see new exhibits, attend events, pick up a souvenir, or even create a masterpiece of your own.

Tips for Visiting Jerash: Jordan's Archeological Treasure Trove
Map of Tips for Visiting Jerash: Jordan's Archeological Treasure Trove
Tips for Visiting Jerash: Jordan's Archeological Treasure Trove

One of Jordan's busiest and most powerful outposts in ancient times, Jerash is now renowned for its beautifully preserved sense of history. It may look small on a map, but it's packed with archeological wonders and authentic local charm. Read on for our expert take on how to experience Jerash.

Amman Itineraries

Petra
Map of Explore Jordan, Israel, and the West Bank - 5 Days
Explore Jordan, Israel, and the West Bank - 5 Days

On this trip, you'll explore the ancient city of Petra deep among red-sandstone mountains of southern Jordan. You'll wander through 4,000 years of history in the Old City of Jerusalem, and even cross from Israel into the West Bank to visit Bethlehem and the site of Jesus' birth.

Wadi Rum Desert
Map of Jordan & Egypt: Cairo, Amman, Petra, and Wadi Rum - 10 Days
Jordan & Egypt: Cairo, Amman, Petra, and Wadi Rum - 10 Days

This 10-day itinerary covers the highlights of Jordan and Egypt, with a mix of fun cultural activities and guided tours. Visit the Great Pyramids of Giza and say hello to the legendary Sphinx, camp with the Bedouins in the dunes of Wadi Rum, and explore the ancient city of Petra in a single trip filled with once-in-a-lifetime experiences.

The ancient city of Petra
Map of Classic Highlights of Jordan: Jerash, Petra, Wadi Rum & Dead Sea - 8 Days
Classic Highlights of Jordan: Jerash, Petra, Wadi Rum & Dead Sea - 8 Days

Visit Jordan's most iconic destinations on this eight-day tour. You'll visit ancient Roman ruins in Amman and Jerash, then spend a full day wandering through the red city of Petra. The journey continues to the desert wilderness of Wadi Rum, where you'll gaze at the stars from a Bedouin camp. From here, you'll travel to Aqaba to swim and snorkel on the sunny Red Sea coast, ending the adventure with a float on the Dead Sea.

Petra
Map of Jordan Adventure: Amman, Petra and Wadi Rum - 3 Days
Jordan Adventure: Amman, Petra and Wadi Rum - 3 Days

From exploring Roman ruins outside Amman to sleeping under desert stars in a Bedouin camp, three days touring the highlights of Jordan and Israel is just enough time to fall in love with this part of the Middle East. You'll also wander through the bazaars of Jerusalem, peer into one of the Wonders of the World at Petra, and discover the incredible Wadi Rum by Jeep.

Snorkel off the coast of Aqaba in the Gulf of Aqaba
Map of Discover Jordan: Petra, Wadi Rum, Dead Sea  - 7 Days
Discover Jordan: Petra, Wadi Rum, Dead Sea - 7 Days

Enjoy one week exploring Jordan's cherished landmarks as you take in the country's rich heritage. You'll begin and end in the bustling capital of Amman where you'll cover some major ground, from the lowest point on earth, the Dead Sea, to the Crusader castle in Karak and the Church of Moses on top of biblical Mount Nebo. You'll swim in the Red Sea, sleep under the stars in a Bedouin-style tent, and marvel at the ancient tombs and temples of Petra.

Spend a day at UNESCO-listed Petra
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Highlights of Jordan: Petra, Wadi Rum, & Dead Sea - 7 Days

This exciting Middle Eastern adventure gets to the heart of hospitable Jordan in just one week. Starting in the capital of Amman, you'll visit ancient Roman ruins, experience the UNESCO-listed sites of Petra and Wadi Rum, and see Byzantine mosaics in Madaba Archaeological Park. You'll also have two days to enjoy the Red Sea and Dead Sea, respectively, and spend a night in a luxury Bedouin Camp for stargazing.

Go on a Jeep safari into the vast Wadi Rum desert
Map of Experience Jordan: Amman, Petra, & Wadi Rum - 7 Days
Experience Jordan: Amman, Petra, & Wadi Rum - 7 Days

Experience a week of Jordanian hospitality, ancient and natural wonders, and rural life on this curated adventure of Jordan's main attractions. Walk amid ancient Roman ruins in Amman and Jerash, overlook the Judean Desert from the peak of Mount Nebo, and immerse yourself in the Nabataean city of Petra in between. You'll also sleep in a Bedouin camp in Wadi Rum, snorkel with the fish in the Gulf of Aqaba, and relax in the buoyant and calm Dead Sea waters.

Enjoy views of Jerusalem's Dome of the Rock from Temple Mount
Map of Highlights of Jordan & Israel: Petra, Wadi Rum, Jerusalem, Nazareth & More - 10 Days
Highlights of Jordan & Israel: Petra, Wadi Rum, Jerusalem, Nazareth & More - 10 Days

This classic 10-day tour covers the highlights of Jordan and Israel. Begin in Amman and set out to discover Crusader castles and ancient ruins in Jerash and Ajloun, drive south to explore the "Lost City" of Petra, and sleep in a Bedouin-style tent in Wadi Rum. Cross the border into Israel and tour historic sites straight out of the Bible, Torah, and Quran in Jerusalem, Nazareth, Bethlehem, and Jericho—the world's oldest city.

Petra from a different perspective
Jordan Highlights: Amman, Petra, Wadi Rum & Dead Sea - 7 Days

This 7-day itinerary of Jordan whisks you through the country's highlights, including the unmissable Petra, Wadi Rum, Roman ruins, Byzantine mosaics, and Crusader castles. You'll have lots of time to float in the famous Dead Sea, and can take advantage of opportunities to personalize your trip with a smattering of unique options!

Looking up at Petra
Map of Highlights of Jordan - 10 Days
Highlights of Jordan - 10 Days

Travel for 10 days through the highlights of Jordanian history, both popular and lesser-known. See the famous UNESCO site at Petra and Wadi Rum, stroll through Roman ruins, scope out Byzantine mosaics, and climb through desert castles, with some seaside time alongside.

Section of the King's Highway
Map of Highlights of Jordan by Bike - 8 Days
Highlights of Jordan by Bike - 8 Days

Explore the deserts and seasides of Jordan via bike on this eight-day trip. You'll start with the city of Amman, then tour the ruins at Jerash and archaeological sites at Madaba on the shores of the Red Sea. Follow the King's Highway to Kerak Castle, cycle through the Wadi Araba desert and camp under the stars, and see the famous monuments of Petra and sand dunes of Wadi Rum, all under your own steam.

Petra, one of the Seven Modern Wonders of the World.
Map of Jordan: Amman, Petra and Wadi Rum - 4 Days
Jordan: Amman, Petra and Wadi Rum - 4 Days

Have limited time, and want to see Jordan's highlights in a few days? Experience a perfect snapshot of Jordan's history and natural beauty on this 4-day, 3-night journey. This efficient itinerary packs a punch, balancing exploration of ancient Petra with a mellow evening camping in the desert of Wadi Rum.

Jerusalem
Map of Jordan and Holy Land Tour - 14 Days
Jordan and Holy Land Tour - 14 Days

Explore the most religiously significant area in the world and its most breathtaking historic and natural sights, from Wadi Rum to the Sea of Galilee, the heart of Jerusalem to the distant ruins of Umm Qais. This two-week-long tour takes you across Jordan, Israel, and the West Bank to uncover a rich historical legacy as well as understand the multiple cultures that call the Holy Land home.

Sunrise over the Dead Sea
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Highlights of Jordan: The Dead Sea, Petra, Wadi Rum, Amman, & Jerash - 5 Days

On this five-day tour, experience the best highlights of Jordan. Arrive in Amman and head to the Dead Sea for some post-travel relaxation. Then, ride to Petra to explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site and its beautiful canyons and rock formations. Next, take a day trip to the sand dunes of Wadi Rum, before heading back to Amman to do some sightseeing in the capital, along with a sendoff tour of the Jerash ruins.

The river canyon at Wadi Mujib
Map of Jordan Adventure: Amman, Wadi Rum, Petra, & The Dead Sea - 8 Days
Jordan Adventure: Amman, Wadi Rum, Petra, & The Dead Sea - 8 Days

After arriving in Amman, you'll have some time to explore this historic city as well as visit the nearby Jerash ruins and hike in the Zubia forest, before heading to the Wadi Rum desert. You'll have two nights in Wadi Rum, which includes desert drives to rock formations and ancient inscriptions as well as a hike up Jebel Hash, and you'll then travel to Petra. You'll visit Little Petra which is accessed through a narrow opening—and you'll then have a full day to explore Petra—before departing for the Dead Sea with a short stop at Mujib Canyon.

The Monastery in Petra
Map of Historical Highlights of Jordan & Egypt: Dead Sea, Petra, Cairo - 6 Days
Historical Highlights of Jordan & Egypt: Dead Sea, Petra, Cairo - 6 Days

Travel through history as you embark on this tour of Jordan and Egypt. Start with a relaxing trip to the Dead Sea before heading to the pink stones and red sands of Petra and Wadi Rum. End your trip in Egypt, where you can experience thousands of years of ancient civilization and its wonders. Walk the streets of the stone city of Petra, float in the Dead Sea, stand in awe of the Egyptian Pyramids and Sphinx, and more on this six-day itinerary.

A sunset over the Dead Sea
Map of Highlights of Jordan: Amman, The Dead Sea, Petra, & Aqaba - 8 Days
Highlights of Jordan: Amman, The Dead Sea, Petra, & Aqaba - 8 Days

Your first three nights will be in Amman—which offers the perfect blend of modern life among ancient ruins—and you'll discover Amman's ancient temples and Mosques, visit the Seven Sleepers Cave, and take a day trip through Jordan's Eastern Desert to Azraq. You'll then visit the Sahabbab Shrines on your way to the Dead Sea where you'll spend one night. The next two nights will be spent in Petra, where you'll visit the famous temples made of red-colored rock and then take a tour through the Wadi Rum Desert before spending your final night in Aqaba.

The Dead Sea
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Best of Jordan: Amman, Petra, Wadi Rum, & the Dead Sea - 8 Days

You'll start your itinerary with two nights in Amman, which includes a day trip to Azraq through the desert, before departing for Petra. Explore Petra's ancient temples and spend a night at a Bedouin camp in the desert of Wadi Rum before heading to the salty waters of the Dead Sea, where you'll spend the night, and then travel back to Amman. On the way back to Amman, you'll visit Bethany on the Jordan River, and the following day you'll enjoy a day trip to the ruins of Jerash, the Decapolis city Um Qais, and to Aljoun.

The Holy Land
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Biblical Jordan and Israel: Tel Aviv, Tiberias, Jerusalem, Amman & More - 14 Days

This 14-day tour of the Holy Land starts off in Israel and takes you to Bethlehem, the Galilee, and other Biblical sites, before continuing in Jordan, with stops at Bethany Beyond the Jordan, Mount Nebo, and Elijah's Hill. Combine these holy sites with visits to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Petra, a night in the Wadi Rum desert, and a chance to float on the Dead Sea.

Petra
Map of Best of Jordan: Amman, Petra, Wadi Rum, & The Dead Sea - 6 Days
Best of Jordan: Amman, Petra, Wadi Rum, & The Dead Sea - 6 Days

This six-day trip through Jordan covers all the major highlights. With a mix of touring and free time, you can cater the trip to your personal preferences. Begin in Amman, where you can relax or go to a cook-and-dine experience to learn about the local cuisine. Then, head to Petra to explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site, including the Royal Tombs, the Monastery, and more. Next, venture to Wadi Rum to explore—and camp in—the desert, before a relaxing finale at the Dead Sea.

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

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.

The Old Town in Jerusalem in the evening
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Jordan & Palestine Highlights: Amman, Wadi Rum, Petra, The Dead Sea, Jerusalem, Tel Aviv - 8 Days

After arriving in Amman, you'll have some time to explore this historic city before departing for Wadi Rum desert where you'll spend a night in a Bedouin Camp and then visit the ancient rose-colored buildings in the UNESCO heritage site of Petra. Your final destination in Jordan is the Dead Sea—where you'll spend one night—and then travel to the King Hussein Border. You'll have two days in Jerusalem including a tour through the city and to Bethlehem before heading to your final destination, Tel Aviv, where you'll also enjoy a group tour around this ancient Roman capital port.

Explore the Dana Biosphere Reserve and visit the stone village of Dana
Map of Highlights of Jordan: Petra, Wadi Rum, Dead Sea, & More - 14 Days
Highlights of Jordan: Petra, Wadi Rum, Dead Sea, & More - 14 Days

This two-week tour of Jordan covers cultural highlights and lesser-known attractions. Start in Amman and travel the length of the country from the hills of Umm Qais down to Aqaba on the Red Sea. Along the way, you'll discover the ancient city of Petra, camp in Wadi Rum, and float in the Dead Sea. You'll also tour Crusader-era castles, hike in the Dana Biosphere Reserve, and visit the Byzantine mosaics of Madaba.

Bedouin camels rest outside the Treasury at Petra
Map of Family Trip to Jordan:  Petra, Dead Sea, Wadi Rum, & More – 8 Days
Family Trip to Jordan: Petra, Dead Sea, Wadi Rum, & More – 8 Days

This well-rounded tour is designed to suit families and has something for everyone. Visit the ruins of Gerasa and stay in a Bedouin camp in the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Wadi Rum. See the holy Byzantine and Umayyad mosaics at Madaba and frolic on the beach at Aqaba. Add to this Petra and the Dead Sea and you have the complete highlights of Jordan.

Wander amid the ruins of the former Roman Empire at the Amman Citadel
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Experience Jordan: Jerash, Petra, Wadi Rum, & More - 10 Days

Experience the best of Jordan from the northwestern tip in Umm Qais down to Aqaba at the Red Sea. Enjoy ten days visiting main attractions like the "Lost City" of Petra, the bustling capital of Amman, the salty Dead Sea, and the wilds of Wadi Rum. Along the way, you'll wander amid ancient Roman ruins in Jerash, discover the historic Ajloun Crusader castle, and look out onto the Judean Desert from atop biblical Mount Nebo.

Peer out from the fortress of Madaba onto the Dead Sea and the Judean Desert from Madaba Fortress
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Highlights of Jordan & Israel: Petra, Wadi Rum, Jerusalem, Dead Sea, & More - 10 days

This complete 10-day tour covers Jordan and Israel and their main historic and cultural attractions. Begin in Jordan and explore the ancient Roman ruins in Jerash, sleep in a Bedouin camp in Wadi Rum, and discover the centuries-old tombs in Petra. Cross the river Jordan for four nights in Jerusalem, trek through the Judean Desert, swim in the Dead Sea, visit Bethlehem, and drive along the Mediterranean coast from Tel Aviv to Northern Israel.

Catch a sunset over the Dana Biosphere Reserve from the Feynan Ecolodge
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Holy Land Off the Beaten Path: Israel & Jordan - 10 Days

Go off the beaten path on this 10-day itinerary covering Israel and Jordan's Holy Land. Explore the eclectic artist's colony of Old Jaffa in Tel Aviv, discover the remains of an ancient Roman stronghold in Umm Qais, and stay the night at the Feynan Ecolodge in the remote mountains of the Dana Biosphere Reserve. You'll also experience popular attractions of the region, including the Dead Sea, both "Little Petra" and Petra, and Wadi Rum.

Biblical Jordan
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Biblical Jordan: Amman, Petra, Wadi Rum, and the Dead Sea - 10 Days

Travel back to Biblical times with this 10-day tour of Jordan that includes the country's most ancient and sacred sites. You'll visit the place where Jesus was baptized, see the ruins of the hilltop fortress where John the Baptist was imprisoned and executed, follow the steps of the Israels through Wadi Mujib, and even visit Lot's Cave.

Wadi Rum
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Highlights of Jordan and Israel: Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Petra, Wadi Rum and More - 14 Days

This 14-day itinerary through Jordan and Israel gives visitors a chance to combine the highlights of Jordan with all of Israel's major attractions, including stops in Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Haifa, and the Galilee. Explore the red dunes of Wadi Rum, go snorkeling in the Gulf of Aqaba, float on the surface of the Dead Sea and more in this complete tour perfect for travelers who want to make the most of their two-week vacation. 

Dana Nature Reserve
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Off the Beaten Path in Egypt & Jordan: Cairo, Luxor, Petra, and More- 14 Days

This 14-day itinerary through Egypt and Jordan takes you to places off the beaten path. Explore Siwa, an ancient and isolated urban oasis on the border of the Sahara, hike through the Dana Biosphere Reserve to one the world's best eco-lodges, and stroll through ancient alleyways in the village of Salt. Of course, there'll be plenty of time dedicated to visiting cultural and historical attractions like Cairo and Luxor, the Dead Sea, Petra, and Wadi Rum.

Yoga in Petra
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Desert Yoga Escape in Jordan: Wadi Rum & Little Petra - 9 Days

On this nine-day retreat to Jordan, you’ll connect with the elements with outdoor yoga and equine therapy. Take in the desert surroundings in Wadi Rum and Little Petra, a beautiful backdrop for your daily yoga practice. Bedouin camps will provide a home to chant, meditate, participate in fire gatherings, and sleep under the stars. Take a camel ride, explore the iconic Monastery in Petra, and take a therapeutic float in the Dead Sea to end this enlightening trip.

The Treasury at Petra
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Historical Jordan and Israel Tour - Petra, Jerusalem, Bethlehem - 6 Days

This 6-day itinerary will take you on a trip through the past in Jordan and Israel as you will visit several of the most stunning and significant sites of the ancient world. Wander through the rose-colored stones of Petra, take a dip in the Dead Sea, explore the archaeological sites around the Sea of Galilee, and much more.

Other popular travel destinations in Jordan
Petra · Wadi Rum · The Dead Sea · Aqaba