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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 15 attractions in Jordan

Wadi Rum

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


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

Dead Sea

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

Coral Beach Nature Reserve

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

Little Petra (Siq al-Barid)

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

Monastery (Ad Deir)

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

Treasury (al-Khazneh)

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


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

Mt. Nebo

Standing at around 2,680 feet (817 meters) above sea level, Mt. Nebo is an important Judeo-Christian pilgrimage site. Moses first saw the Holy Land from the summit and may have later died here. While it's of particular interest to history buffs, it's also great for its views—on clear days it's possible to see the Dead Sea from here.More

Jerash (Gerasa)

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

Mosaic Map (Madaba Map)

Situated in the Greek Orthodox Church of St. George in Madaba in Jordan, the Madaba Map dates from 542-570 AD and is the world’s oldest cartographic depiction of the Holy Land. While some of this richly detailed map is lost, it’s still more than worth seeing for its depiction of 6th-century Jerusalem and the wider Holy Land.More

Amman Citadel (Jabal al-Qalaa)

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

Amman Roman Theater

Spectacularly restored, Amman Roman Theater once held an audience of 6,000, and in summer, it’s still used for shows and concerts. Dating to the second century AD, it nestles towards the base of Amman Citadel. The 3-tier seating structure reflects Roman society: rulers sat at the front, army in the middle, and ordinary folk above.More

Ajloun Castle

Built atop the ruins of a monastery between 1184 and 1188, Ajloun Castle (Qala’At Ar-Rabad in Arabic) sits on Jabal Auf hill overlooking the countryside in the north of Jordan. Arab general Azz ad-Din Usama, Saladin’s nephew, oversaw its construction in part to protect the region from Crusader expansion and to safeguard iron mines in the nearby hills. The fort was enlarged in 1214 but largely destroyed by Mongols in 1260. It was rebuilt almost immediately, and while earthquakes have twice caused significant damage, ongoing restorations have kept the castle in much the same condition as it stood in the 13th century.During the Crusades, the hilltop fort was one in a series of beacon and pigeon posts that allowed messages to be transmitted from Damascus to Cairo in a single day. During the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, the fort served as a garrison for Ottoman troops, and in 1812, when it was “discovered” by Swiss explorer Johann Ludwig Burckhardt, the vasy castle was occupied by a single, 40-member family.Today Ajloun Castle houses a small museum with artifacts from its long history. Visitors can climb to the top of several towers for sweeping views of the Jordan Valley all the way to the Dead Sea.More

Yardenit (Jordan River Baptismal Site)

Located where the Jordan River flows from the Sea of Galilee into the Dead Sea, Yardenit (Jordan River Baptismal Site) is one of the world’s most important places of Christian pilgrimage. It's believed to be where John the Baptist baptized Jesus Christ.More

Top activities in Jordan

Private Tour: Petra and Little Petra Day Trip from Aqaba
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Private Day Trip of Jerusalem and Bethlehem from Amman
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Amman Petra Full-Day Trip

Amman Petra Full-Day Trip

3-Night Jordan Private Tour: Petra, Wadi Rum, and the Dead Sea
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Petra & Wadi Rum (1 Day Private tour)

Petra & Wadi Rum (1 Day Private tour)

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Petra & Wadi Rum - One day tour

Petra & Wadi Rum - One day tour

7-Night Best of Jordan Tour: Jerash, Dead Sea, Petra, and Wadi Rum Overnight
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Recent reviews from experiences in Jordan

Worth the Trip If You Have the Time
John_M, Mar 2023
Bethany Baptism Jordan River Site Visit from Amman
The guide was very good, spoke English well, and was very informative.
Reliable and friendly service.
Ramona_D, Mar 2023
Private Departure Transfer: Dead Sea Hotels to Amman Airport
He gave us great information about Jordan en route as he spoke English very well.
How to get the best out of your stay in Jordan
Mark_R, Mar 2023
3 Days Tour Petra, Wadi Rum, Aqaba starts from Amman, Dead Sea or Airport
Lovely staff well organized trip with great communication and service and a lot of facultative activities (extra fee).
See a snapshot of Amman
James_M, Feb 2023
Amazing Panoramic Amman City Tour
Built on seven hills, it makes a lot of sense to be able to be driven to the key sites and a nice way to spend a morning in the city and feel like you got a good idea of the main places to visit.
Jordan, the most peaceful place in the Mideast!
Michio_T, Feb 2023
Amman Airport Transfer to any Amman Hotel
The driver was very informative, and spoke the perfect American English.
Our driver Saadah was...
SallyW_T, Dec 2022
Private Jerash and Amman City Tour
Our driver Saadah was nice, polite and speak good English.
Unforgettable experience
Jessica_W, Nov 2022
5 Day Tour: Amman Petra Jerash Mount Nebo Shobak Castle Wadi Rum Red & Dead Sea
Safe and stressfree way to see sights of Jordan.
Great guides
Naveed_N, Nov 2022
Aqaba Private Diving and Snorkeling Trip with pick up
Hammerhead Dive Center has great guides and are great way to see the amazing dive sites in Aqaba, Jordan.
Amazing tour!
Diane_K, Nov 2022
Amazing Panoramic Amman City Tour
It was so much easier to be dropped off to see the sights as he waited for us.
A great and informative way to see and taste Aqaba
Gordon_D, Mar 2023
Aqaba walking and food tasting tour
It is a great way to see Aqaba and from a resident’s perspective.
Great Tour and Great Company
John_M, Mar 2023
Private Full Day Tour to Umm Qais and Ajloun from Amman
We actually signed up for this tour and a separate day tour to see Pella.
An unforgettable experience!
CARMELO_D, Feb 2023
Full-Day Tour: Umm Qais, Jerash, and Ajloun from Amman
The visits were exceptional and all three sites are a must if one is to visit Jordan.
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Raymond_G, Feb 2023
Private Tour Madaba, Mount Nebo, Bethany Baptism Site & Dead Sea from Amman
Basel picked us up on time, and was actually early, which was good because there are a lot of places to visit.
Bucket List being fulfilled with Petra and Wadi Rum
Raymond_G, Feb 2023
Private Full Day Petra and Wadi Rum Tour from Amman
Once we arrived at Wadi Rum, we transferred to a local vehicle, which took us off roading through the desert to see the various views, and drink some tea with some Bedouins.
Best Travel Experience Ever
Michael_S, Feb 2023
4-Night Private Jordan Wonders Tour from Amman Hotel: Petra, Wadi Rum & Dead Sea
He arranged our jeep tour for us ( recommend a late afternoon/evening tour to see the sunset).
Great Two Day Trip
Jason_H, Feb 2023
2-Day Tour: Petra, Wadi Rum, and Dead Sea from Amman
This was a good day to see some of the famous sites in Jordan.
1 day only in Jordan
Ebony_L, Jan 2023
Private Petra Day Trip Including Little Petra from Amman
I took this trip alone as I was only briefly visiting Jordan on my way to visit friends in Qatar.
Let's Do It Again
Gabriela_V, Dec 2022
Wadi Hora and Wadi Bin Hammad Private Canyoning Adventure
For the nature lovers, it is breathtaking, pristine hot and cold springs, plats inherent to the Wadi, waterfalls, and the tiny inhabitants of the streams, the crabs.
Great Tour!! Incredible service by Hassan (our driver) in a difficult day
David_C, Dec 2022
Private Full Day Petra and Wadi Rum Tour from Amman
The tour is fantastic if you only have 1 day and you want to see Petra and Wadi Rum.
Most amazing trip I’ve ever been on!
Teresa_T, Dec 2022
3-Day Private Tour from Amman: Petra, Wadi Rum, Dana, Aqaba, and Dead Sea
I had a trip of a lifetime and Jordan has now become my favourite country I’ve ever visited (and this is coming from someone that has lived in 9 countries and travelled to 90+) I have more pics on Instagram if anyone wants to see more @lifeofawanderlustt Just a small tip: please don’t haggle that much with locals that offer to bring you up to famous photography spots at Petra (or any local services for that matter), if you can afford the trip you can afford to pay them a bit more to help them out 😊 (I paid 15 Jordanian dinar (most only pay 5-10 after haggling) and went with a young teen named Mohammed.
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When to visit

Jordan is most popular in the spring and fall, when days are sunny and warm and evenings are pleasantly cool. Temperatures hover around 77°F (25°C) during these seasons, offering ideal conditions for exploring archaeological sites (including Petra) and nature reserves. Big annual events such as the Aqaba Traditional Arts Festival in February—a celebration of Bedouin culture and crafts—also attract visitors.

Getting around

Jordan’s public transportation is pretty limited. In Amman, use the metered green-and-yellow cabs or ride-sharing apps. To travel between cities, you can take public buses—which leave when they’re full—or shared service taxis. Alternatively, book a seat with a private bus company like JETT buses, which also offers long-distance routes around the country. For a more comfortable trip (and more flexibility), you can rent a car or—if you’re a nervous driver—hire a driver or book private tours. If you’re traveling between Amman and Aqaba, you can also take a domestic flight.

Traveler tips

If you’re taking a cab anywhere in Jordan, be aware that women shouldn’t sit in the passenger front seat next to a male driver—it’s considered impolite. Also, try to avoid cab trips (or any driving) during the morning or evening rush hours. Congestion at these times can be nightmarish and chaotic, and you’ll likely encounter long delays with the meter ticking and lot of stress (whether you’re riding in a cab or driving a rental car).

People Also Ask

What is Jordan famous for?

Jordan is most famous for its natural heritage, from the otherworldly canyons and sand dunes of Wadi Rum to the Red Sea coastline and the salt-filled Dead Sea. Added to that, you’ll find one of the world’s most interesting archaeological sites, the rock-cut, rose-colored city of Petra.

What is the most visited place in Jordan?

Designated as one of the new seven wonders of the world, the ancient Nabataean capital of Petra—carved from rose-colored canyons in the desert—remains Jordan’s most popular destination. It’s a sprawling site that takes time to cover; some people rent mules or horses. Admission tickets grant visitors access over two days.

How many days are enough for Jordan?

If you’re looking to make a speedy trip to Petra or Wadi Rum, then a few days is enough. That said, anyone who spends a week or more traveling around Jordan gets to spend more time off the beaten track and interacting with local communities.

What should I not miss Jordan?

Visitors flock to Petra, Wadi Rum, and the Dead Sea, but that means the verdant and historical north—filled with lush nature preserves, ancient archaeological sites, and welcoming local communities— is left off most itineraries. Hiking opportunities abound, while attractions include the Greco-Roman ruins of Jerash and panoramic 12th-century Ajloun Castle.

What are the do’s and don’ts in Jordan?

When in Jordan, follow the same guidance as you would in any Muslim or conservative-leaning country by wearing loose-fitting clothing and not showing much skin. Be respectful of local cultures, especially during prayer times and the holy month of Ramadan, when it’s best not to eat or drink in public.

Is Jordan safe for tourists?

Jordan is one of the safest countries to visit in the Middle East. The rate of violent crime is low and locals are famous for their friendly and welcoming dispositions. You’ll even find plenty of solo female travelers. That said, it’s always a good idea to exercise basic precautions.


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