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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 things to do 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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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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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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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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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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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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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
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Mt. Nebo

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
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Amman Roman Theater

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
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Ajloun Castle

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
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Yardenit (Jordan River Baptismal Site)

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
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King’s Highway

King’s Highway

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Winding through some of Jordan’s most stunning scenery, this ancient trading road runs south from historic Madaba to Wadi Musa, your base for exploring Petra. While faster routes exist, the King’s Highway offers majestic crusader castles at Karak and Shobak, the spectacular Wadi al-Mujib canyon, the Dana Nature Reserve, and more.More

Top activities in Jordan

Private Day Trip of Jerusalem and Bethlehem from Amman
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3-Night Jordan Private Tour: Petra, Wadi Rum, and the Dead Sea
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Full-Day Trip To Petra And Wadi Rum

Full-Day Trip To Petra And Wadi Rum

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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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Private Tour: Petra and Little Petra Day Trip from Aqaba
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Petra & Wadi Rum (1 Day Private tour)

Petra & Wadi Rum (1 Day Private tour)

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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 Dead Sea Overnight

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Best of Jordan in 7 Days (customizable)

Best of Jordan in 7 Days (customizable)

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Recent reviews from experiences in Jordan

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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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Alex is a great tour...
SHANE_L, Aug 2022
Half-Day Private Tour to Jerash from Amman
Alex is a great tour guide A very knowledgeable guide Jerash was an amazing place to visit I would recommend this tour to anyone It's a must do on a visit to 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 experience
Manuel_d, May 2022
2-Day Tour: Petra, Wadi Rum, and Dead Sea from Amman
Our driver, khaled, was very friendly and professional and he always suggested us the best activities to do in each place that we visited.
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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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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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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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Amazing tour, Ahmad was the Best!!
Amber_A, Jun 2022
3-Day Private Tour from Amman: Petra, Wadi Rum, Dana, Aqaba, and Dead Sea
The tour itself was jam packed and we were able to see so much but it didn't feel too rushed.
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Amazing experience! Looking forward to go back again
eranda_m, Jun 2022
3-Day Private Tour from Amman: Petra, Wadi Rum, Dana, Aqaba, and Dead Sea
If you are in Jordan and don’t have a lot of time, this is the best tour you can do as it has all the main spots you would want to see once there.
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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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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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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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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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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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All about Jordan

Currency
Jordanian Dinar (JOD)
Time Zone
EEST (UTC +2)
Country Code
+962
Language(s)
Arabic
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