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Welcome to Jordan

Jordan is renowned for its strong tradition of hospitality, as well as awe-inspiring monuments and landmarks that tell the story of its ancient history. Widely known as one of the safest destinations in the Middle East, the country offers an appealing mix of traditional and modern. In the capital, Amman, you'll find ancient ruins alongside upscale malls and a bustling nightlife scene. It makes a convenient base for tours to see the antiquities for which the country is famous. Head a few hours north to the ancient city of Jerash, or a few hours south to the ultra-popular Petra, where you can explore the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of the Siq and the Treasury. You'll also want to spend some time in Wadi Rum, a protected desert landscape (and the ancestral home of the Bedouin people) that's filled with red dunes and sandstone escarpments. Other highlights include the Mujib Nature Reserve on the Dead Sea—where travelers can bob about in the salty, mineral-rich water—and the Gulf of Aqaba on the Red Sea, home to lovely beaches, popular scuba diving sites, and the port where cruise ships dock. For stunning valley views head to the top Mount Nebo, or join a tour to Madaba to get your fix of biblical history.

Top 10 attractions in Jordan

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Petra

Petra

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The stone city of Petra was carved into Jordan’s red rock cliffs more than 2,000 years ago. Once a Roman trading stop and stronghold of the Nabataean Arab kingdom, Petra is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the world’s most iconic archaeological destinations.More
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Wadi Rum

Wadi Rum

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The brilliantly colored sands and stark rock formations of Jordan’s Wadi Rum, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, make this desert wilderness a must-visit for most travelers to Jordan. Signature sights, typically visited by 4WD, include the Burdah Rock Bridge, a natural arch; the Khazali Siq, a narrow canyon; and the scarlet Al Hasany Dunes.More
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Dead Sea

Dead Sea

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The Dead Sea, home to the lowest point in the world at 1,269 feet (383 meters) below sea level, also ranks as one of the world’s saltiest bodies of water. This hyper-salinity that is so unique to the Dead Sea attracts visitors from all over the world who come to experience the unusual buoyancy, as well as access the nutrient-rich mud on its banks.More
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Coral Beach Nature Reserve

Coral Beach Nature Reserve

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Home to some of the world’s most northerly tropical coral reefs, Coral Beach Nature Reserve offers Eilat’s—and likely Israel’s—best snorkeling. Seagrass patches draw hawksbill turtles, seahorses, and more; hundreds of different coral species lure aquarium favorites including lionfish, angelfish, and clownfish.More
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Little Petra (Siq al-Barid)

Little Petra (Siq al-Barid)

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A northern satellite of Petra, Little Petra centers on a narrow canyon known as Siq al-Barid. With its water cisterns, carved houses, and rock-cut stairs, it has more of a lived-in feel than Petra proper. Its signature site, the Painted House, is home to one of the only surviving Nabatean painted interiors, which features jaw-dropping frescoes.More
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Treasury (al-Khazneh)

Treasury (al-Khazneh)

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First approached by way of a deep, narrow gorge known as the Siq, the Treasury (al-Khazneh) is one of the most dramatic and iconic monuments in the ancient city of Petra. At 131 feet (40 meters) tall, this towering ancient tomb has lost none of its power since Nabatean times.More
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Siq

Siq

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The signature sight of Petra, Jordan’s signature sight, the Siq is a geological wonder: a stark rift in the land, smoothed by time into a scenic swirl of sandstone. The walls reach more than 500 feet (150 meters), while the path narrows to just 7 feet (2 meters), and the view of the Treasury at the end is one of the world’s great reveals.More
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Jerash (Gerasa)

Jerash (Gerasa)

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Second only to Petra in terms of archaeological importance, Jerash (Gerasa) is one of Jordan’s most significant Roman sites. The area has been inhabited for over 6,500 years, but its high point was under Roman rule, beginning in 63 BC. Today it’s known for beautifully preserved ancient architecture, including temples and an amphitheater.More
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Monastery (Ad Deir)

Monastery (Ad Deir)

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Set in the hills above Petra, the Monastery (also known as Ad Deir or al-Deir) is this ancient city’s most recognizable monument after the Treasury. Carved out of sandstone during the 3rd century BC, the Monastery was built as a Nabatean tomb, but takes its name from the crosses etched into its walls during Byzantine times. It’s 148 feet (45 meters) high.More
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Amman Citadel (Jabal al-Qalaa)

Amman Citadel (Jabal al-Qalaa)

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Ancient history sits high above downtown streets at the Amman Citadel (Jabal al-Qalaa), a compact hill topped with Roman ruins, a palace, and the National Archeological Museum. Whether you’re exploring the sites or just enjoying panoramic views across Amman, the Citadel is an essential stop.More

Top activities in Jordan

Private Petra Day Trip Including Little Petra from Amman
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Amman Petra Full-Day Trip

Amman Petra Full-Day Trip

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Petra & Wadi Rum (1 Day Private tour)

Petra & Wadi Rum (1 Day Private tour)

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Private Half Day Tour to Jerash from Amman
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Private Full-Day Aqaba Shore Excursion to Petra and Little Petra
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3-Night Private Jordan Golden Triangle Tour: Petra, Wadi Rum, and Aqaba
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8-Night Best of Jordan Tour: Jerash, Petra with Wadi Rum and Aqaba Overnight
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Private Half-Day Tour to the Dead Sea from Amman 
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Private Day Trip of Jerusalem and Bethlehem from Amman
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7-Night Best of Jordan Tour: Jerash, Dead Sea, Petra, and Wadi Rum Overnight
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Recent reviews from experiences in Jordan

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The tour was perfect,...
Ivan_A, Apr 2022
2-Day Tour: Petra, Wadi Rum, and Dead Sea from Amman
The tour was perfect, enough time to visit place without any hurry.
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Soo worth it! Truly recommended.
Michaela_O, Apr 2022
2-Day Tour: Petra, Wadi Rum, and Dead Sea from Amman
March/ April is most likely the best time, temperature-wise, otherwise could be scorching hot in the summer.
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Best Tour of Amman
Cynthia_N, Mar 2022
Amman Special City Tour with Professional Guide
I would absolutely recommend this tour as the best way to see Amman.
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Great trip
Lea_N, Mar 2022
Jordan Pass 2- Night Private Secret Escape Tour Petra, Wadi Rum, & the Dead Sea
This is a great way to visit Jordan with a guide/driver, our driver Ahmad was very helpful and patient.
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Stephanie_I, May 2022
Private Day Trip to Jerash, Umm Qais and Ajloun Castle from Amman
When researching places to visit in Jordan Umm Qais and Aljoun Castle never came up.
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Loved this trip to the north of Jordan
AnaMaria_S, May 2022
Day Trip: Jerash, Ajloun, Umm Qais
Not only because he was very understanding with our needs of eating and drinking ( bear in mind that we choose to visit Jordan during Ramadan), but also for sharing with us the culture and customs of Jordan whilst providing excellent service.
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Must do for a weekend in Jordan
alex_l, Mar 2022
2-Day Tour: Petra, Wadi Rum, and Dead Sea from Amman
Excellent two day tour to see all the highlights of Jordan.
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Amazing cant miss experience in Jordan!
arnab, Apr 2022
3 Day Trip - Petra, Wadi Rum and Dead Sea from Amman
I would I like to recommend him strongly for people who are planning to visit Jordan and enjoy the unbeatable beauty of the country.
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A religious focus tour with all sites tickets excluded from Jordan Pass
Derrick_Q, Apr 2022
Private Trip: Madaba, Mt. Nebo, Al-Mujib Siq Trail and Dead Sea Trip from Amman
I was hoping to visit Al Mujib Siq but it was closed.
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Best tour in Jordan
Derrick_Q, Apr 2022
3-Day Private Tour from Amman: Petra, Wadi Rum, Dana, Aqaba, and Dead Sea
This tour is perfect for people who wanted to visit the best part of Jordan without compromising the quality and time.
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Great experience. thank you Atala!
Stefan_B, Apr 2022
Wadi Rum Full Day Jeep Tour - Overnight in Panoramic Tent - Traditional Food
We didn’t turn on the mobile data and the tent we slept in had no wifi, so it was a journey without outside connection, which was refreshing (despite the heat ;) Only downside was the cloudy weather, which didn’t allow us to see the stars at night, but that isn’t something anyone can control.
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Great Tour!
Heather_B, Apr 2022
Full-Day Private Tour to Black Desert, Azraq Oasis and Desert Castles
The oasis offers a chance to see some birds and learn about water management/environmental challenges in Jordan.
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Great trip to a stunning location
Ryan_H, Apr 2022
Amman Petra Full-Day Trip
Ahmad pointed out important landmarks and attractions as we drove and I felt very well taken care of.
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Beyond Expectations
Terry_L, Mar 2022
4-Night Private Jordan Wonders Tour: Petra, Wadi Rum, Aqaba, and Dead Sea
He provided us with excellent recommendations for places to eat, tour add-ons, sequencing of activities, etc.
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A wonderful day of history, scenery, and Jordan with Mohammad!
Steph_S, Mar 2022
Full-Day Trip To Petra And Wadi Rum
I look forward to returning to Jordan to see more sites, try Aqaba, and bring my friends and family.
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Perfect food & history tour of Amman!
Julianne_C, Mar 2022
Private Street Food and Walking Tour Amman Downtown
It was the perfect way to see the main sites in Amman, learn about the history of the city, and enjoy all their delicious food.
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Good to see the good work going on in environmental and wildlife conservation in Jordan
JOY_D, Mar 2022
Shaumari Reserve and Azraq Wetland Private Full Day Tour from Amman
Sad to see that water is still being drained from Azraq despite the work of the RSCN and the Government's undertaking to reduce illegal pumping and replenish.
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Fantastic tour with wonderful service
Fiona_E, Feb 2022
Private Petra Day Trip Including Little Petra from Amman
Overall, we were walking for around 4 hours and managed to see so much.
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Greeted with a smile and excellent English
Lmnieman, Dec 2021
Amman Airport Transfer to any Amman Hotel
His English is superb and he introduced us to his country as he answered our various questions about Amman and Jordan along the way.
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Incredible Place, Great Driver
Michael_c, Dec 2021
One Day Trip to Jerash & Ajloun Castle
He listened to our interests and suggested a few other stops on the route for a real taste of Jordan, including some fresh (and delicious) pomegranate juice and a stop to see the olive oil processing which was definitely interesting to see.
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