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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mt. Nebo

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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

Ajloun Castle

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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

Amman Roman Theater

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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

Yardenit (Jordan River Baptismal Site)

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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

Rainbow Street

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Probably Amman’s best-known road, Rainbow Street runs along the top of Jebel Amman hill. Despite the name, it’s not especially colorful, but the mass of cafés, eateries, and stores make up for it, while jewel-like villas and atmospheric stairways nestle down side streets.More

Top activities in Jordan

Petra & Wadi Rum (1 Day Private tour)

Petra & Wadi Rum (1 Day Private tour)

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3-Night Jordan Private Tour: Petra, Wadi Rum, and the Dead Sea
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Amman Petra Full-Day Trip

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Day Trip: Jerash, Ajloun, Umm Qais

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3-Night Private Jordan Golden Triangle Tour: Petra, Wadi Rum, and Aqaba
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Recent reviews from experiences in Jordan

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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.
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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.
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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.
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Full-Day Private Ancient and Modern Amman Tour was worth it!
Coleen_H, Sep 2022
Full-Day Private Ancient and Modern Amman Tour
Having a private, air-conditioned car in the summer months is a must!
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Amazing tour to see Jordan!
Suhayl_H, Aug 2022
3-Day Private Tour from Amman: Petra, Wadi Rum, Dana, Aqaba, and Dead Sea
This tour was an amazing way to see the best that Jordan has to offer.
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Excellent trip to Petra and Wadi Rum
William_C, Aug 2022
Petra & Wadi Rum (1 Day Private tour)
His English is strong, allowing us to learn more about Jordan.
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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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Our Dream Tour with the Human Touch
AnneJ_C, Nov 2022
6-Night Best of Jordan Tour from Amman: Jerash, Dead Sea, Petra, and Wadi Rum
As for the historic sites, well, do not hesitate to visit these most amazing places.
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A long drive but so worth it!
Susan_B, Nov 2022
Private Full Day Trip to Wadi Rum Valley of Moon Martian Desert from Amman
His English was very good and easy to understand.
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Amazing whirlwind tour
Carmela_C, Oct 2022
2-Day Tour: Petra, Wadi Rum, and Dead Sea from Amman
The tour itself is perfectly packed to see all the best sites of Jordan in under 48hrs.
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Excellent option to see Petra and Wadi Rum in one day.
Emily_A, Sep 2022
Petra & Wadi Rum (1 Day Private tour)
Highly recommend this tour package if you are short on time but want to see both Petra and Wadi Rum!
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Fab!! But with 2 areas for improvement.
Gary_H, Sep 2022
Private Street Food and Walking Tour Amman Downtown
Mohammad and a guide Freddie were warm and friendly and spoke excellent English.
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Unearthing the rich history and culture of Jordan
Marc_H, Aug 2022
Desert Castles Day Tour from Amman
So we stowed our luggage in the car and set off east of Amman to see two of the “desert castles.
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Outstanding day trip to Petra from Amman
Marc_H, Aug 2022
Amman Petra Full-Day Trip
Driver spoke good English and was happy to share what his life is like in Jordan.
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Touring flexibility and the human touch
Marc_H, Jul 2022
Private Day Trip to Jerash, Umm Qais and Ajloun Castle from Amman
The driver spoke excellent English and told us about life in Jordan and was happy to answer all of our questions.
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Jerash and Nothern Jordan - superb day trip
Teresa_F, Jun 2022
Full-Day Tour: Umm Qais, Jerash, and Ajloun from Amman
His English is excellent, as we speak no Arabic!
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Fun must-see, must-do multiday tour in Jordan :)
Michelle_P, Jun 2022
2-Day Tour: Petra, Wadi Rum, and Dead Sea from Amman
Overall, it was a jampacked 2-day tour which covered the major tourist attractions of Jordan.
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Bethany Beyond the Jordan...
Dwain_N, Jun 2022
Bethany Baptism Jordan River Site Visit from Amman
Bethany Beyond the Jordan was awesome to see where Jesus was baptized.
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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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Fantastic tour for those...
Peter_S, Sep 2021
Jordan Pass 2- Night Private Secret Escape Tour Petra, Wadi Rum, & the Dead Sea
Fantastic tour for those who have limited time in Jordan but want to see the highlights.
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All about Jordan

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).

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