Best of Petra

Top itineraries and travel advice in and around Petra
Tucked in southern Jordan, the ancient city of Petra is one of the world’s most famous archaeological sites. In the 3rd century BCE, the master stonemasons of the Nabataeans carved temples, tombs and even stables from the area’s soft stone cliffs. An earthquake in the 4th century CE led to Petra’s decline, though some of its most striking buildings survived. Scenic trails offer fine vantage points over Petra, while a new interactive museum (opened in 2019) displays hundreds of relics and artworks unearthed over the centuries.

There are a surprising number of ways to experience Petra, and it’s worth planning at least two days here to make the most of your time. You can follow the Siq, or canyon, with its vertical walls as it winds its way toward the hidden city, and watch the dramatic play of light on the Royal Tombs. After making a few of the memorable hikes in the area, and immersing yourself in Petra’s architectural highlights, you can learn culinary secrets from a Jordanian chef during a cooking class, or see the historic city under moonlight for Petra by Night, an evening light show where you can listen to melodies on a traditional flute and hear the story of Petra’s creation.    
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Tips for Jordan's 6 Must-See Places - Where to Go and What to See
Map of Tips for Jordan's 6 Must-See Places: Where to Go and What to See
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.

Snow at the Monastery, Petra
Petra in January: Travel Tips, Weather, and More

For a tourist-free experience in Petra, button-up and visit in January. Petra is in the midst of its cold, somewhat wet—and occasionally snowy—winter. But you can explore Petra without the crowds, rainy days are relatively few, and the infrequent and short-lived snows add a dramatic element.

Camels at the Treasury, Petra
Petra in February: Travel Tips, Weather, and More

As with January, Petra in February is still in the midst of its cold, somewhat wet—and occasionally, yet rarely, snowy—winter. Although temperatures and visitor numbers are rising, Jordan’s most popular attraction is still far less crowded than in spring and autumn. And while cold, most days are bright and sunny.

The Treasury, Petra
Petra in March: Travel Tips, Weather, and More

Spring is in the air, with plenty of warming sunshine. Temperatures are gradually rising and the winter rainfall is now but a rare trickle. The wadis are seamed with the first bloom of wildflowers—spears of flowering aloes, bursts of pick oleander, and masses of purple-black iris. But by the end of the month, Jordan’s high tourist season is well underway and you’ll have to share Petra with plenty of other tourists.

Spring greenery enlivens the Monastery, Petra
Petra in April: Travel Tips, Weather, and More

By April spring has arrived and with it, high season as visitors flock to experience Petra at the best time of year weather-wise. The Goldilocks temperatures are just right—neither too hot nor too cold. And the landscapes are briefly lush and ablaze with wildflowers. The down side is that Jordan’s most popular attraction is, well… Jordan’s most popular attraction!

The Monastery, Petra
Petra in May: Travel Tips, Weather, and More

The transition month from spring to summer means warm (even very warm) temperatures. And rains? Not in May! The desert landscapes are still lush and ablaze with the last gasp of wildflowers--including the exquisite Jordanian black iris (the national flower). But Jordan’s number one attraction is still crowded, especially in the early part of the month.

The Monastery, Petra
Petra in June: Travel Tips, Weather, and More

The hot, dry summer has arrived. Daily temperatures will continue to rise into August, the hottest (and very hot!) month, so June is a great time to visit Jordan’s most popular attraction before the broiling heat of mid-summer. By now, the gorgeous colors begin to get bleached out of the landscape by the hazy light. But you’ll be able to explore Petra in solitude.

Petra candlelit at night
Petra in July: Travel Tips, Weather, and More

The hot, dry summer is at its peak, with July being one of the two hottest—and very hot!—months. The spring wildflowers long ago faded, and colors get bleached out of the landscape by the hazy light. But you’ll be able to explore sun-soaked Petra in virtually tourist-free solitude, as visitors to Jordan thin to avoid the searing heat. And this is one of only two months to view the sensational Perseids Meteor Shower.

View of monuments from ruins of ancient church, Petra
Petra in August: Travel Tips, Weather, and More

The hot, dry summer is at its peak, with August being the hottest--and very hot!--month, when colors get bleached out of the landscape. But don’t let this put you off. You get to explore Petra in virtual solitude, as the tourist hordes shun the heat. Plus, the dark desert nights provide a pitch-black canvas for watching the annual Perseid meteor shower.

Al Kazneh Temple in Petra
Petra in September: Travel Tips, Weather, and More

The short-lived autumn arrives in September—a lovely time to visit Petra as temperatures fall, rain remains totally absent, and you can still take advantage of off-season prices. The end of the month is especially kind for hikers, with neither too hot nor too cold Goldilocks temperatures. But visitors numbers begin to surge.

The Monastery, Petra
Petra in October: Travel Tips, Weather, and More

October weather is as agreeable as any time of the year in Petra, with mild temperatures, although you may want to put a warm jacket back in your bag for cool evenings. And the first light rains of autumn often add a splash of much-needed green. Savvy travelers also know to come now, and the trails can crowded. But there are still fewer visitors than in springtime.

The Treasury, Petra
Petra in November: Travel Tips, Weather, and More

November marks the arrival of winter, with relatively high-elevation Petra now distinctly chilly, especially at night. The rainy season also begins at the end of November and continues through March, although chances of it raining on any given day are still slim. But the "Pink City" still holds plenty of charms, with great hiking to keep you warm, and a last chance to hike certain routes before increasing rains make them off-limits.

The Monastery, Petra
Petra in December: Travel Tips, Weather, and More

By December, there’s no doubt that winter has arrived. Jordan is at its coldest, the rainy season has begun, and even the first flurries of snow can blanket the land. However, on most days the sun shines brightly in a deep-blue crystal-clear sky. And this is the quiet low season, making a visit to Jordan’s most popular attraction all the more personal.

View of Wadi Musa
5 Best Places to Stay Near Petra

Seeing the ancient city of Petra tops the must-do list for most of Jordan's visitors. Luckily, the nearby town, hills, and desert offer lodging options to accommodate every taste and budget. Whether you value convenient location, local culture, or a room with a view, this list of excellent places to stay (and a few alternatives) has you covered.

Petra Itineraries

Discover Petra
Petra: Best Itinerary Ideas

Travelers to Jordan typically plan a trip for 5 to 6 days when combining Petra with Amman, Wadi Rum, and the Dead Sea. If you're not interested in those extensions, 2 to 3 days is enough for your Petra trip. Read on for the best itineraries including Petra and beyond.

Enjoy sweeping vistas from the ramparts of the Crusader castle in Karak
Map of Discover Jordan From Tel Aviv - 7 Days
Discover Jordan From Tel Aviv - 7 Days

Discover Jordan's leading cultural and historical attractions on this complete seven-day itinerary, a perfect extension following a tour of Israel. Begin in Tel Aviv and cross the border into Jordan to float in the salty Dead Sea, drive north to explore the Roman ruins of Jerash and Amman before turning south to find Byzantine mosaics in Madaba, Crusader castles in Karak, and ancient Nabataean ruins in Petra. End your stay with a Jeep tour of Wadi Rum followed by some time spent in the Red Sea port of Aqaba.

The red sands of the Wadi Rum
Trek the Jordan Trail: Feynan to Petra & Wadi Rum - 7 Days

Crisscrossing the country from north to south, the famous Jordan Trail is considered one of the world's greatest hikes. On this week-long adventure, you'll complete one of its most spectacular portions, trekking from the wilds of the Dana Biosphere Reserve to the Neolithic ruins of "Little Petra." Leave the trail to discover the archaeological wonders of Petra, then finish your journey with a night spent in the "Valley of the Moon"—camping with the Bedouin and exploring the red desert by Jeep.

Views over the Dana Biosphere Reserve
Jordan Trekking: Dana to Petra & the Dead Sea - 10 Days

Trek your way through some of Jordan's most breathtaking landscapes on this adventurous 10-day itinerary. Experience the pristine nature of Dana Biosphere Reserve, then set out into the rugged countryside for five days of trekking towards Petra. A dramatic final climb takes you to the sandstone city's hidden entrance, where you'll have plenty of time to explore its carved temples and tombs before transferring to the Dead Sea for some well-earned rest.

Petra (© Tala Dabain)
Map of Jordan: Petra & the Dead Sea - 3 Days
Jordan: Petra & the Dead Sea - 3 Days

Curated for travelers with limited time, this itinerary prioritizes quality over quantity with a 3 day, 2 night tour of Jordan. Visit the landmarks that Jordan is famous for, like the beautiful Dead Sea and the rock-carved metropolis of Petra. You'll also immerse yourself in local culture with an authentic cooking class. Short but sweet, your travels will focus on the country's most popular highlights, providing a satisfying glimpse of its rich history and vibrant heritage.

The Monastery in Petra
Map of Active Adventure in Jordan: Wadi Mujib, Petra, Wadi Rum, Aqaba - 5 Days
Active Adventure in Jordan: Wadi Mujib, Petra, Wadi Rum, Aqaba - 5 Days

On this outdoor-focused itinerary,  you'll spend five days exploring Jordan's dramatic landscapes, from windblown deserts and living canyons to ancient cultures and Red Sea reefs. Go canyoning in Wadi Mujib, hike your way through Petra, and enjoy world-class snorkeling and diving off the shores of Aqaba. Spend two of your evenings gazing at the stars from traditional Bedouin camps in Little Petra and Wadi Rum.

Trek along the Jordan Trail towards Petra
Trek the Jordan Trail: Dana to Petra & Wadi Rum - 13 Days

Check one of the world's greatest trekking routes off your bucket list with this 13-day adventure along the Jordan Trail. Setting out from the lush valleys of the Dana Biosphere Reserve, you'll hike your way along the scenic route to Petra—spending your evenings surrounded by nature in comfortable Bedouin-style tents. After an epic climb to the hidden back entrance of the sandstone city, transfer into the red sands of Wadi Rum to end your adventure with an unforgettable desert experience—camping, hiking, and riding camels across the "Valley of the Moon."

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.

Sunset over the desert surrounding Petra
Journey Through Jordan & Israel: Amman to Jerusalem - 9 Days

Ancient sites and natural wonders abound on this whirlwind 9-day journey through Jordan and Israel. Starting in Jordan, you'll travel south along the historic King's Highway to visit the otherworldly shores of the Dead Sea and wander the magnificent canyons of Petra. After an unforgettable night of camping in the "Valley of the Moon," it's on to Israel, where you'll explore desert fortresses and ancient caves before touring the many historic and holy sites of Jerusalem.

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.

Wadi Rum desert - Abu Khashaba canyon
Map of Jordan from Israel: Petra & Wadi Rum - 4 Days
Jordan from Israel: Petra & Wadi Rum - 4 Days

A short trip to Jordan to visit Petra and Wadi Rum is a great extension to a holiday in Israel. This trip gives you a good impression of the rich cultural heritage of Petra and natural beauty of Wadi Rum in just a few days.

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

Petra: one of the Seven Wonders of the World
Relaxed Jordan: Amman, the Dead Sea, Petra, Wadi Rum & Aqaba - 7 Days

Explore the best of Jordan in this relaxed tour through the country's landmarks and highlights: visit the capital city of Amman, float in the Dead Sea, and spend two nights at the UNESCO Heritage Site of Petra, discovering its back roads. You'll also spend the night in Wadi Rum and stop at a number of incredible historical gems as you travel through this incredibly rich country in the Middle East.

Glimpses of Petra from the Siq
Jordan's Golden Triangle: Amman, Petra, Wadi Rum & the Dead Sea - 6 Days

This 6-day itinerary takes you on a journey through the highlights of Jordan's Golden Triangle—home to some of the country's most famous archaeological and natural wonders. From the hidden temples of Petra to the red deserts of Wadi Rum, you'll explore diverse landscapes and cultural landmarks before heading north to end your adventure strolling through the Red Sea port of Aqaba and relaxing in the tranquil waters of the Dead Sea.

Trek your way to the lost city of Petra
Hike the Jordan Trail: Amman, Dana, Petra & the Dead Sea - 11 Days

This 11-day adventure takes you trekking along a breathtaking portion of the famed Jordan Trail. Beginning at the Dana Biosphere Reserve and ending at the ancient carved canyons of Petra, you'll cross rugged desert landscapes by day and camp under the stars by night. As the hiking portion of your trip draws to a close, transfer to the shores of the Dead Sea for some well-earned downtime before ending your stay in the lively capital of Amman.

Amman's Temple of Hercules
Highlights of Egypt & Jordan: Cairo, Amman, Petra & the Dead Sea - 8 Days

This 8-day itinerary showcases the cultural and natural wonders of Egypt and Jordan, from the Great Pyramids to the shores of the Dead Sea. Starting in Cairo, explore bustling bazaars and see the antiquities of the Egyptian Museum before flying to Jordan to discover Greco-Roman ruins alongside modern city life in Amman. Tour the hidden city of Petra, take a Jeep safari into the Wadi Rum desert, and end your adventure soaking in the soothing waters of the Dead Sea.

Blue skies over Petra's Treasury
Journey Through Egypt & Jordan: Cairo, Amman, Petra, Wadi Rum & the Dead Sea - 10 Days

Ancient wonders beckon on this immersive 10-day tour of Egypt and Jordan. Start in Cairo, where you'll marvel at King Tut's treasure in the Egyptian Museum and walk among the Great Pyramids of Giza. Fly to Jordan to continue your adventure with a journey down the historic Kings Highway, from the capital of Amman to the soaring canyons of Petra. After a night spent in the wilds of the Wadi Rum desert, you'll finish up with some relaxing downtime on the shores of the Dead Sea.

The Roman ruins of Jerash
Best of Jordan & Egypt: Cities, Deserts & Nile River Cruise - 11 Days

Explore ancient cultures and stunning landscapes on this action-packed, 11-day journey through Jordan and Egypt. Striking out from Amman, you'll tour the magnificent canyons of Petra, go for a swim in the Dead Sea, and camp with Bedouin in the "Valley of the Moon." Hop over to Cairo to visit iconic landmarks like the Great Pyramids and the Sphinx, then head to Luxor to discover the Valley of the Kings and cruise up the Nile River to Aswan.

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.

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.

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.

Views over Jerusalem from the Mount of Olives
Jordan & Israel Panorama - 14 Days

This comprehensive two-week itinerary takes you on an unforgettable journey through the history and holy lands of the Middle East. Spend your first week immersed in the antiquities and archaeology of Jordan, from the ancient capital of Amman to the sandstone city of Petra, the red deserts of Wadi Rum to the shores of the Dead Sea. Then it's on to Israel to discover Biblical and cultural landmarks between Tiberias, Tel Aviv, and Jerusalem.

Cycle through Jordan's otherwordly landscapes
Jordan Cycling Adventure: Madaba to Wadi Rum - 8 Days

Cycle through some of Jordan's most spectacular desert landscapes on this active 8-day itinerary. Setting out from historic Madaba, you'll make your way south along the Dead Sea coast, visiting ancient landmarks like Shobak Castle and the lost city of Petra. Cross shifting sands and rugged mountains to end your adventure among the red dunes of Wadi Rum, where you'll sleep under the stars in a Bedouin camp.

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.

Petra
Map of Highlights of Jordan & Israel - 9 Days
Highlights of Jordan & Israel - 9 Days

From the Rose City of Petra to the shores of the Dead Sea, enjoy nine days of exploration in Jordan and Israel on this comprehensive tour. With a curated focus on the area's most fascinating highlights, you'll hit all of the cultural sights and natural wonders that make this region a timeless and sought-after destination.

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.

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.

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.

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

Palms along the Red Sea beaches of Aqaba
Classic Jordan: Aqaba, Wadi Rum, Petra & Amman - 5 Days

This quick, 5-day getaway is the perfect introduction to Jordan's Golden Triangle—a region rich with stunning scenery and ancient wonders. Start at the Red Sea port of Aqaba for some laid-back beach time and watersports, then transfer deep into Wadi Rum for an off-road adventure among the desert dunes. After a day exploring the mysteries of Petra, head north along the historic King's Highway to end your trip in the vibrant capital of Amman.

 The Cappadocian fortress of Uçhisar
Highlights of Turkey & Jordan - 8 Days

This jam-packed 8-day getaway starts in vibrant Istanbul, where you'll cruise down the Bosphorous and visit the iconic Hagia Sophia before flying southeast to discover the otherworldly landscapes of Cappadocia. Then it's on to Jordan to tick off the country's must-see highlights—strolling through the sandstone city of Petra, camping in the red desert of Wadi Rum, and floating in the tranquil waters of the Dead Sea.

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

Camels await their passengers in the Wadi Rum
Self-Drive Jordan: Amman to the Dead Sea - 9 Days

Get off the beaten path on this 9-day road trip through Jordan's cultural highlights and natural wonders. Striking out from the capital of Amman, you'll explore the Roman ruins of Jerash, hike through the breathtaking nature reserves of Aljoun and Dana, and admire the rock-cut temples of Petra. After an unforgettable night of desert camping in the Wadi Rum, end your trip floating in the healing waters of the Dead Sea.

Explore the vast Wadi Rum by Jeep
Essential Jordan: Dead Sea, Petra, Wadi Rum & Amman - 5 Days

Check off the highlights on this whirlwind, 5-day journey through Jordan. Beginning and ending in Amman, you'll float in the tranquil Dead Sea, get lost in the sandstone city of Petra, and travel deep into the desert to camp with Bedouin in the Wadi Rum. Head back to the capital for a final day touring the ancient Amman Citadel and browsing for souvenirs in the bustling souks.

The otherwordly shores of the Dead Sea
Ancient Jordan & the Golden Triangle - 9 Days

Culture and adventure meet beach vacation on this 9-day journey through Jordan. Striking out from the capital of Amman, you'll make your way south along the historic King's Highway towards Petra—visiting museums, mountains & castles along the way. After plenty of time to discover the temples and canyons of the "Rose City," venture deep into the desert of Wadi Rum for off-road explorations and Bedouin-style camping. Transfer to nearby Aqaba to soak up some sun on the Red Sea, then head north to the Dead Sea to end your trip floating in its blissful (and salty) waters.

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

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.

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

The beautiful river canyon of Wadi Mujib
Hike Jordan's Valleys & Canyons: Amman, Dana, Petra, Wadi Rum & Dead Sea

Get off the beaten path and into some of Jordan's most spectacular scenery on this adventurous 11-day itinerary. Scramble along the sandstone cliffs of Wadi Numeira, explore the ecosystems of the Dana Biosphere Reserve, trek the back route to the lost city of Petra, and climb desert dunes to watch the sunrise over the Wadi Rum. After some soothing soaks in the Dead Sea, you'll be ready to hit the trails one last time with an unforgettable hike through the soaring river canyon of Wadi Mujib.

Trek through the river canyons of Wadi Mujib
Jordan's Natural Wonders: Amman, Dana, Petra, Wadi Rum, Aqaba & Dead Sea - 11 Days

Outdoor adventures abound on this 11-day exploration of Jordan's most spectacular deserts, forests, and canyons. Go birdwatching in the wetlands of Azraq, hike through the unique ecosystems of Dana and Aljoun, camp on the red sands of Wadi Rum, and trek along the magnificent river canyon of Wadi Mujib. In between active excursions, you'll tour iconic cultural sites like Petra, Jerash, and Umm Qais—then relax and unwind on the beaches of the Red and Dead Seas.

The red desert of Wadi Rum
Glimpses of Jordan: Amman, Petra & Wadi Rum - 6 Days

See the best of Jordan in under a week with this whirlwind, 6-day itinerary. Striking out from the storied capital of Amman, you'll tour ancient ruins, fortified castles, and iconic cultural sites. Discover the lost city of Petra, then head to the Wadi Rum for a desert adventure—exploring the rugged red sands by Jeep and sleeping under the stars in a Bedouin-style camp.

Sandstone canyons and carved temples in Petra
From Jordan With Love: Amman, Dead Sea, Petra & Wadi Rum - 6 Days

From the temples of Petra to the shores of the Dead Sea, this 6-day itinerary showcases the best of Jordan's cultural highlights and spectacular scenery. Discover the ancient capital of Amman, tour Greco-Roman ruins and Crusader castles, and relax in the salty waters of the Dead Sea. After an unforgettable visit to the carved canyons of Petra, you'll head to the desert for Bedouin-style camping in the Wadi Rum.

Views across the Red Sea at Aqaba
Ancient Jordan & the Golden Triangle - 11 Days

Discover Jordan from north to south on this eventful, 11-day itinerary. Start in Amman to tour ancient cities and desert fortresses, then head south into the Golden Triangle, where cultural antiquities and breathtaking landscapes abound. Stroll through the hidden wonders of Petra and take an off-road adventure into the Wadi Rum, then switch gears for some relaxing downtime on the shores of the Red and Dead Seas.

Explore the ancient Nabataean city of Petra
Jordan & Israel Panorama - 9 Days

This 9-day tour starts in Jordan, where modern meets ancient in the capital of Amman. Visit Greco-Roman ruins and medieval castles, then make your way south to Petra to wander the carved canyons of the "Rose City." After a day of downtime on the tranquil Dead Sea, hop over to Israel to explore Biblical sites like Nazareth and Tiberias, see the magnificent Hanging Gardens above Haifa, and explore the cultural and religious highlights of Jerusalem's Old City.

Jordan's Red Sea port of Aqaba
Ultimate Jordan: Amman to the Red Sea - 12 Days

This 12-day tour of Jordan features a perfect blend of culture, adventure, and relaxation. Starting in the country's north, you'll admire the evocative ruins of Amman and Jerash, visit towering castles and ancient mosaics, and go for a dip in the salty waters of the Dead Sea. Continue south down the legendary Kings Highway to explore the lost city of Petra, camp on the red sands of Wadi Rum, and enjoy the beaches and crystal-clear waters of the Red 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 Monastery in Petra
Map of Best of Jordan & Egypt: Petra, Wadi Rum, Cairo, & Luxor - 7 Days
Best of Jordan & Egypt: Petra, Wadi Rum, Cairo, & Luxor - 7 Days

This seven-day itinerary includes the highlights of Jordan and Egypt in a single, action-packed adventure. Visit Petra, the Dead Sea, and Wadi Rum, before hopping on a flight to Cairo to see the pyramids and finally finishing off your trip with a visit to the Valley of the Kings in Luxor.

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.

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

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

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.

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. 

Sunrise over the Wadi Rum
Jordan's Natural Wonders: Amman, Dana, Petra & Wadi Rum - 7 Days

Perfect for nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts, this week-long active itinerary immerses you in Jordan's contrasting natural landscapes. Starting in the capital of Amman, you'll explore the lush forests of Aljoun and stroll the boardwalks of Azraq's biodiverse wetlands, then head south to hike through the breathtaking Dana Biosphere Reserve. Continue to Petra to explore its ancient carved canyons, and venture into the "Valley of the Moon" to camp under desert skies and watch the sunrise over shifting sands.

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!

Sunset over Amman's Temple of Hercules
Jordan & Jerusalem - 8 Days

Combine two countries and countless ancient wonders on this 8-day exploration of Jordan & Israel. Stroll the bustling markets of Amman, explore the rose-colored canyons of Petra, camp among the shifting sands of Wadi Rum, and go for a dip in the salty waters of the Dead Sea. After checking off Jordan's greatest hits, you'll hop over to Jerusalem to visit iconic cultural and religious sites like the Garden of Gethsemane, Temple Mount, and the Wailing Wall.

Women walking along the ancient amphitheater of Amman
Jordan History & Heritage: Amman, Petra & Wadi Rum - 7 Days

From the earliest human settlements to thriving modern cities, you'll delve deep into the cultural history of Jordan on this fascinating, week-long itinerary. Tour Roman ruins and modernist mosques in Amman, then head south to explore the archaeological wonders of Petra. After a night of Bedouin hospitality in the rugged deserts of Wadi Rum, you'll make your way back to the capital—stopping off for a quick dip in the Dead Sea along the way.

Visit the cliff-hanging St. George Monastery in Israel's Wadi Qelt
Map of Highlights of the Holy Land: Israel, Jordan & Egypt - 14 Days
Highlights of the Holy Land: Israel, Jordan & Egypt - 14 Days

This complete two-week itinerary features Israel's Holy Land in addition to significant historical and religious sites in Jordan and Egypt. Follow in the footsteps of Jesus Christ as you explore Jerusalem, Nazareth, and Bethlehem, dive into the Crusader past and wander ancient Caesarea, Acre, and Haifa, cross the border into Jordan and explore the "Lost City" of Petra, and ride a ferry across the Gulf of Aqaba to Egypt to hike Mount Sinai. You'll float in the Dead Sea, sleep in a Bedouin camp in Wadi Rum, and discover the beautiful Byzantine mosaics in Madaba.

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.

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.

The "Blue Mosque" overlooking the city of Amman
Islamic Jordan: Amman, Petra & Wadi Rum - 8 Days

Take a journey through Jordan's Islamic history on this spiritual 8-day itinerary. Start in the capital of Amman, where you'll tour the city's grand mosques, see the Cave of the Seven Sleepers, and take day trips to important sites like the Al-Sahaba Tombs and the shrine of Shoaib. Then set out down the King's Highway towards Petra, where you'll explore the ancient city before traveling into the red sands of Wadi Rum for a night of Bedouin-style camping.

Ancient Roman ruins in Jerash
Jordan's Golden Triangle: Amman, Petra, Wadi Rum & the Dead Sea - 8 Days

Take an unforgettable journey through Jordan's ancient history on this far-reaching 8-day itinerary. Starting from the capital of Amman, you'll discover dramatic desert castles and ruined Roman cities before heading south into the famed Golden Triangle. Here you'll explore the wonders of Petra, ride camels across the deserts of Wadi Rum, stroll through the Red Sea port of Aqaba, and end your trip on the otherworldly shores of the Dead Sea.

Climb to the Monastery in Petra
Ancient Jordan & the Golden Triangle: Cities, Deserts & Seas - 15 Days

From Amman to the Dead Sea, this 15-day grand tour immerses you in the incredible culture, history, and hospitality of Jordan. Tour the ancient cities of Jerash and Umm Qais, climb through sandstone canyons to Petra's Monastery, and watch the sunrise over the desert from a Bedouin camp. After some free time on the beaches of Aqaba, you'll head back to the capital via the otherworldly shores of the Dead Sea.

The Golden Gate at Jerusalem's Temple Mount
Jordan & Israel Panorama - 13 Days

Explore some of the most important cultural and religious sites of the Middle East on this 13-day journey through Jordan and Israel. After checking off Jordanian highlights like Amman, Petra, and the Dead Sea, you'll cross the border into Israel to gaze across the Sea of Galilee in Tiberias, stroll through ancient olive groves in the Garden of Gethsemane, and discover historic and holy landmarks throughout Jerusalem's Old City.

Hike the ancient steps towards Petra
Jordan Trekking Adventure: Dana, Petra, Wadi Mujib, Aljoun & the Dead Sea - 9 Days

Trek through some of Jordan's most dramatic and diverse scenery on this active 9-day itinerary. Explore the unspoiled ecosystems of the Dana Biosphere, embark on an epic hike to the lost city of Petra, and camp with the Bedouin in the deserts of Wadi Rum. After some downtime to float in the salty waters of the Dead Sea, more adventure beckons with treks through Jordan's "Grand Canyon" and the Aljoun Forest.

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

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.

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.

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

Other popular travel destinations in Jordan
Amman · Wadi Rum · The Dead Sea · Aqaba · Dana · Madaba · Feynan · Ajloun · Little Petra · Umm Qais