Jordan - Best Tours & Trips 2019

206 Jordan tours from 58 tour companies. 1,156 reviews. 4.8/5 avg rating.
Jordan is a stable country in the Middle East that enjoys a peaceful border with Israel -- the Israeli resort city of Eilat on the Red Sea is literally within walking distance of the Jordanian city of Aqaba. The cultural differences, of course, are immense. A few hours' away drive away is Jordan's top attraction, the ancient rock city of Petra, where temples, treasuries and houses are carved out of sheer rock faces -- Indiana Jone ... Read More
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Travel Style Travel Style Relaxed A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers.
Full on For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included.
Mixed You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included.

Trip Type Trip Type Group Tour Groups are between 25-60 people, typically ~30-40. Usually there will be many opportunities to split off and enjoy meals and excursions in smaller groups. This is the most economical way to travel, saving up to 40% versus booking the same itinerary yourself.
Small Group Tour Small groups are usually defined as between 10 and 24 travelers, often less. If you're the kind of person who enjoys more intimate experiences and personal service this is a good choice. All else being equal you will pay a premium for this style vs a larger group tour.
River Cruise These vessels are smaller than most ocean cruisers, limiting which amenties are available. Passenger counts can vary. One of the biggest advantages of a river cruise is the ability to dock at smaller ports and local villages.
Small Ship Cruise Small ship cruises usually have a max passenger count of 500. The primary purpose of these trips is to spend time off the vessel in local ports (e.g. Mediterranean) or experiencing nature (e.g Galapagos or Antarctica). Cabins can vary from budget to luxury.
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Vacation / Holiday Package Similar to a self guided tour, this usually involves a home base, such as a hotel or resort, with packaged activities and day tours as a part of the stay.
Large Ship Cruise This is the "floating city" experience, with multiple ways to enjoy your vacation aboard the ship as much as on land. Ships are multiple floors, provide several activities, culinary, and shopping options. They often make fewer stops and have less time available for shore excursions.

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Value - 3 star Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Premium - 4 star 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards.
Luxury - 5 star The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays.

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Egypt, Jordan & Israel Discovery

16 days
$ 500 / day
$ 7,998
From : $ 9,838
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
Highlights
  • Explore Cairo and see the exciting Pyramids of Giza, Saqqara, & Memphis, Solar Boat Museum, Pyramid of Zoser, Sunset Camel Ride, Egyptian Museum
  • Discover Luxor,  Temples of Luxor and Karnak, Avenue of Sphinx, Karnak Open Air Museum, Valley of the Kings, Valley of the Queens, King Tut’s Tomb, Nefertari Tomb
  • Experience tour to Amman,Jerash City Tour
  • Explore Petra, tThe Treasury,  Rock-Cut Tombs,  Nabatean-Built Theatre, Ad-Deir Monastery
  • Visit Wadi Rum, enjoy Jeep Tour, Canyons, Water Holes, Lawrence Spring, Khazalee mountain
  • Take an awesome visit to Dead Sea , Madaba City, Mt. Nebo, Bethany Tour
  • Discover Jerusalem, Old City, Nazareth & Galilee, Ein Gedi, Qumran, Masada, Dead Sea, New City, Bethlehem
Visits:
Amman, Bethlehem, Cairo, Dead Sea, Galilee, Jerusalem, Luxor Temple, Memphis, Nazareth, Petra, Pyramid of Giza, Sphinx, Tel Aviv, Temple of Karnak, Valley of the Kings, Valley of the Queens, Wadi Rum, Egypt, Israel, Jordan
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Into The Promised Land

15 days
$ 193 / day
$ 2,895
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays. Luxury - 5 star
Highlights
  • Ride a camel near the Pyramids
  • See the famous statue of the Sphinx
  • Discover the fascinating Egyptian Museum of Cairo
  • Climb Mount Sinai
  • Stand in awe at the incredible carved entrance of the city of Petra
  • Visit Mt. Nebo and Madaba
  • Visit Old Jaffa at night, where Peter stayed at the house of Simon the Tanner
  • Visit the impressive Caesarea Maritima, built in honor of Augustus Caesar by Herod the Great (Acts 10 & 25)
  • Visit Mount Carmel, where Elijah issued his challenge to the False Prophets
  • Explore Megiddo and the Valley of Armageddon (Revelation 16)
  • Enjoy breath-taking panoramic view of Nazareth from the top of Mt. Precipice
  • Drive by Cana of Galilee, where Jesus performed his first miracle- the turning of water into wine at a wedding feast (John 2: 1-11)
  • Sail on the Sea of Galilee in a wooden boat as the disciples did 2,000 years ago
  • Visit the “Ancient Jesus Boat” at Kibbutz Nof Geonsar
  • Visit Yardenit- the baptismal site on the Jordan River
  • Enjoy a relaxing afternoon at our Dead Sea Resort hotel, where you can enjoy the famous Dead Sea Spa treatments
  • Visit Bethlehem, the Church of the Nativity, and Shepherd’s Field
  • Visit the newly renovated Holocaust Museum- “Yad Vashem”
  • Visit the Church of the Holy Sepulcher and the Garden Tomb
Visits:
Amman, Cairo, Galilee, Jaffa, Jordan Valley, Petra, Sphinx, Tel Aviv, Egypt, Israel
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Jordan Highlights

Indus Travels
Premier
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
4 days
$ 175 / day
$ 699
From : $ 975
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • See the ancient and impressive Crusader Castles around Amman
  • Explore the world-famous ‘rose red’ city of Petra
  • Enjoy a 4x4 ride through the spectacular desert at Wadi Rum
Visits:
Amman, Petra, Jordan
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Israel Catholic Heritage Tour

7 days
$ 376 / day
$ 2,635
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Walk among 1,000-year-old trees in the Garden of Gethsemane.
  • Take in the magnificent views from Stella Maris Monastery in Haifa.
  • Renew your wedding vows in the village where Jesus performed his first miracle.
  • Tour the site of the first baptism on the Jordan River!
  • Visit St. Anne's Church, the home of the Virgin Mary and her parents, Saints Joachim and Anne.
Visits:
Bethlehem, Dead Sea, Galilee, Haifa, Jericho, Jerusalem, Nazareth, Tel Aviv, Israel, Jordan
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Jordan - Petra Extension 2020

3 days
$ 367 / day
$ 1,100
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Palestine Sunbird
  • Sinai Rosefinch
  • Syrian Woodpecker
  • Fan-tailed Raven
  • Sooty Falcon
  • Sand Partridge
  • Mourning Wheatear
  • Scrub Warbler
  • Rock Sparrow
  • Syrian Serin and House Bunting
Visits:
Jordan
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Christian Pilgrimage To Israel And Jordan

Indus Travels
Premier
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
11 days
$ 209 / day
$ 2,599
From : $ 3,374
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • See St. Joseph’s workshop and Mary’s Well in Nazareth
  • Tour the old city of Jerusalem and see the Tomb of King David on Mount Zion
  • Visit the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem*, at the site where Jesus was born
  • Explore the red rock city of Petra, the ancient capital of the Nabateans
  • See Mount Nebo, from where Moses viewed the Holy Land
Visits:
Amman, Galilee, Jerusalem, Petra, Tel Aviv, Israel, Jordan
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Jordan Crusaders

Indus Travels
Premier
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
3 days
$ 183 / day
$ 550
From : $ 750
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Visit the burial site of Moses overlooking the Dead Sea
  • See the historical Crusader Castle at Kerak
  • Explore the rose-red city of Petra and learn about the city’s fascinating past
  • Enjoy an exhilarating jeep ride through the incredible Wadi Rum desert
Visits:
Petra, Jordan
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Highlights of Jordan

7 days
$ 257 / day
$ 1,802
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays. Luxury - 5 star
Highlights
  • Carved into red sandstone, Petra is truly one of the wonders of the world.
  • Explore Wadi Rum, a majestic desert where countless movies like Lawrence of Arabia were filmed.
  • Head up to Mount Nebo where Moses showed his people the Promised Land.
  • Float away in the Dead Sea and cover yourself in mineral-rich mud!
  • From Roman ruins to hooka lounges, the capital Amman has something for everyone.
Visits:
Amman, Dead Sea, Petra, Wadi Rum, Jordan
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Israel Jewish Heritage Tour

10 days
$ 281 / day
$ 2,810
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Ride a cable car into an underwater grotto in Rosh Hanikra.
  • Take in the sights of Safed's idyllic artists' quarter.
  • Pay your respects at the Gadot overlook in Golan Heights.
  • Take a dip in the Dead Sea!
  • Soak in the warm spring water pools of Gan Hashlosha National Park.
Visits:
Dead Sea, Haifa, Jerusalem, Jordan Valley, Tel Aviv, Israel, Jordan
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Highlights of Egypt and Jordan

Indus Travels
Premier
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
11 days
$ 164 / day
$ 1,999
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Visit essential Egyptian sites like the Great Pyramids, the Sphinx, the Egyptian Museum, and many more
  • Learn about Egypt’s history and artifacts from a certified Egyptologist
  • See the beautiful banks of the Nile River on a comfortable cruise
  • Explore the UNESCO World Heritage site, the ‘rose red’ city of Petra
  • Enjoy a 4 x 4 ride through the spectacular desert at Wadi Rum
Visits:
Amman, Cairo, Petra, Egypt, Jordan
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Jordan - Lawrence

Indus Travels
Premier
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
7 days
$ 128 / day
$ 895
From : $ 1,395
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Visit the lowest point on earth and float in the waters of the Dead Sea
  • Tour Jerash, one of the best-preserved Roman cities in the world
  • Admire the ancient crusader Castle of Kerak
  • Explore the ancient Nabatean city of Petra, a UNESCO World Heritage site
  • Travel in Lawrence of Arabia’s footsteps as you explore the incredible landscape of the Wadi Rum desert
Visits:
Amman, Petra, Jordan
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Jerusalem with the Dead Sea, Western Galilee & ...

6 days
$ 338 / day
$ 2,026
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Walk the ruins of Jerusalem Archeological Park.
  • Rejuvenate with a Dead Sea mud mask!
  • Snap a selfie in the Bahai Gardens of Haifa.
  • Find handmade souvenirs in Tel Aviv's Nahalat Benyamin neighborhood.
  • Walk along the Via Dolorosa in Jerusalem.
Visits:
Dead Sea, Galilee, Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Israel, Jordan
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Jordan Discovery

Indus Travels
Premier
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
8 days
$ 119 / day
$ 950
From : $ 1,495
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Float in the waters of the Dead Sea, one of the lowest places on earth
  • See the 12th century Crusader Castle at Ajloun
  • Visit the place where Moses was buried, overlooking the Dead Sea
  • Explore one of the most revered sites in the Middle East, the incredible ancient city of Petra
  • Enjoy a ride through the moon-like landscape of the Wadi Rum desert
Visits:
Amman, Petra, Jordan
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Israel Holyland Tour

8 days
$ 303 / day
$ 2,427
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Visit the underground Crusader City and crypt of Acre.
  • Float in the Dead Sea!
  • Visit the Wedding Church in Cana where Jesus performed his first miracle.
  • Snap a panoramic photo of Jerusalem from the Mount of Olives.
  • Tour King Herod's mountain fortress in Masada.
Visits:
Dead Sea, Galilee, Jerusalem, Jordan Valley, Nazareth, Tel Aviv, Israel, Jordan
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Jordan Experience with Dead Sea Extension Summer 2019

Trafalgar
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Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
7 days
$ 278 / day
$ 1,945
From : $ 2,392
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
Highlights
  • CITY TOUR in Amman
  • VISIT the Greco-Roman city at Jerash, the unique ancient city at Petra and the Crusader Fortress at Shobak and Wadi Rum
  • VIEW the Roman amphitheatre and Citadel in Amman, Moses' Promised Land on Mount Nebo and the mosaic map of the Holy Land at Madaba
Visits:
Amman, Dead Sea, Petra, Jordan
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Top Jordan Experiences and Attractions

Top Jordan Experiences

Standing before the candle-lit Treasury at night in Petra, one of the new Seven Wonders of the World.

Exploring the Roman ruins and temples in the historic city of Jerash.

Learning the ‘other side’ of the history of the Crusades while exploring Ajloun Castle.

Wandering the labyrinthine streets of old Amman while you sample local street foods and window shop.

Admiring the intricate Byzantine mosaics and learning their history in the town of Madaba.

Hike through the Holy Land following in Abraham, Moses, Noah, and Jesus’ steps from the Sea of Galilee and the Golan Heights to the riches of the Jordan Valley

Looking out toward the ‘Promised Land’ from Mount Nebo, where Moses is rumored to be buried.

Hiking in the refreshing clear waters of Wadi Mujeb while canyon walls tower all around you.

Stargazing from the rooftops of the historic town of Dana.

Learning the edible plants and enjoying a tea ceremony while hiking through the Dana Bio Reserve.

Exploring the massive Nabatean city of Petra beyond the famous Treasury and Monastery ruins.

Scale castles from the Crusades and see the most intact Romans cities outside of Rome from Amman to Jerash and Pella in the Jordan Valley

Dipping your toes in the Red Sea after a day shopping in Aqaba.

Enjoying a traditional Bedouin dinner before camping out in Wadi Rum.

Ride a camel on the red sands of the Wadi Rum that inspired Lawrence of Arabia

Floating peacefully in the Dead Sea.

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Jordan Trip Reviews

1,156 Jordan Tour Reviews - Summary 100% Recommend

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4.8
Transportation
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They gave us truly memorable days i

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

Best tour operator ever! Mohammad and his team were so nice to us, considerate, flexible and always welcoming. They gave us truly memorable days in Jordan! Every day of our journey was planned to perfection and carefully adapted to our needs and wishes.
Thanks to the entire team and huge thanks to our driver Saleh!

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Operator Why Jordan Tours

Fantastic small tour

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

Fantastic small tour with Max. The desing of the tour as well as the care for the participant is great and Max the guide did really go the extra mile for us. Really recommended!!!!

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Operator SpiceRoads Cycling

Great company makes a great trip!

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

Our experience with American Israel Tours was awesome. The tour guide Yeshay was was informative, flexible with our desires, and kind. The bus driver was also funny and got us exactly where we needed to go in good time. The structure of the tour was also perfect because it was not too exhausting per day and ending the tour in Jerusalem really is perfect. Couldn't have asked for a better experience.

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Operator America Israel Tours

Simply outstanding

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

Simply outstanding. I took my 4 grown children on the Classic Tanzania trip the end of May 2017. We saw every animal over and over and babies everywhere. Lion World through Costco were outstanding to work with. I travel 100,000 plus miles a year and when I say there was not one thing I would change about this trip, I am sincere. Keep in mind all the tour companies go to the same areas where the animals are most likely to be and I guarantee folks paid twice as much as Lion World charges for the same sights. The hotels were outstanding along with the food. 27 countries later, this was our favorite trip as a family. I paid, we showed up and they did the rest.
Thank you Lion World, Cheryl you rock

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Operator Lion World Travel

MoMo really took time to get to know everyone in the group

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

He always added in his own suggestions or tips on food for us to get a true and authentic experience. His knowledge and care was outstanding. An amazing trip and made even better by outstanding experience and consideration from MoMo. Thank you!

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Operator On The Go Tours

Jordan Experience

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

A fleeting visit to a fascinating country with a guide who revealed the highlights in an efficient, flexible program, with lots of well-informed background information as we went.

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Operator Trafalgar

Jordan Tours and Travel Guide

Jordan Attractions & Landmarks Guide

Jordan is a stable country in the Middle East that enjoys a peaceful border with Israel -- the Israeli resort city of Eilat on the Red Sea is literally within walking distance of the Jordanian city of Aqaba.

Often overlooked due to its geographic location in the tumultuous Middle East region, Jordan is a haven for international travelers. Prevalent cultural experiences, outdoor activities, and world-class hospitality help welcome visitors to Jordan each year, despite regional safety concerns and distorted perceptions of traveling and daily life in Jordan.  

If you’re looking to whet your appetite for the Middle East, learn both old and modern history, and come home with once-in-a-lifetime memories from some of the world’s most impressive sights, Jordan is a destination worth exploring.

Why Visit Jordan on a Guided Tour?

Traveling independently or solo has its charms, such as freedom to roam and the flexibility to traverse through a destination at your own pace, but traveling in a group has its own benefits and charm too.

Traveling one a private or small group tour or a large group tour, everything is taken care of allowing you to soak in more of the details of the destination rather than fussing with maps, translation apps, crossed communication due to language differences, and anything and everything else that can go terribly or pleasantly wrong. It is no longer your problem to solve when you are on a group tour.

Traveling is an adventure and what better way to travel than making new friends? It’s a great way to share and make those memories that will stay with you for a lifetime.

It’s safer, especially in areas that are experiencing some economic and political turmoil, to travel in groups with a trusted guide. The guide has your back, spotting safety concerns and divert the group to a safe place.

See a world you otherwise wouldn’t have seen before. The guide can also or provide access to parts of the country or communities where it would be much more challenging to gain entrance being a foreigner.

Jordan Travel Overview

Jordan provides a friendly introduction into Middle Eastern culture with a western bent. The mostly Muslim country bordered by Saudi Arabia in the south and east, Iraq in the northeast, Syria in the north, and Israel and Palestine in the west was once influenced by trading merchants, religious wars, and the Romans who have all left their mark over the millennia.

Recently Jordan, which was at the center of the Nabatean merchants trading route between Damascus and Egypt in the Iron Age during the first centuries B.C., revived the 400-mile stretch, once known as the King’s Highway renamed as the Jordan Trail. The Nabatean’s were a nomadic Arabian tribe that eventually settled in Jordan as well as the Naqab desert and Palestine over a period of time during the sixth century B.C.

They built the famous ancient city Petra – Indiana Jones fans will recognize the “Rose City” immediately. For hikers and history buffs (amateurs to the well-trekked) the trail, which opened in 2016, is the best way to truly get to know the small and often overlooked country in an off-the-beaten-path way. The trail winds and twists its way through many if not all of Jordan’s historic sites and natural wonders as well as 52 villages and towns.

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There are, of course, easier ways that take less time than nearly 45-days of hiking (depending on how fast you trek) to get to know Jordanians and the country nearly as rich in biblical history as Israel with the Dead Sea parting the two countries. However, the countries are worlds apart. This can simply be experienced walking between the resort cities that reside within walking distance of each other on the edge of the Red Sea: Aqaba in Jordan and Eilat in Israel.

Close to Aqaba is Wadi Rum (Valley of the Moon), a popular spot for climbing mountains and hiking or camel riding through the desert rock formations. Jordan also borders the Dead Sea and contains numerous biblical sites

Jordan's top attraction is the ancient rock city of Petra, where temples, treasuries and houses are carved out of sheer rock faces. The UNESCO site is only a few hours' drive away from the resort city, but don’t overlook the journey to Petra in the "siq", translated it means canyon, but its more accurately a gorge, filled with spiritual monuments and carvings along its narrow walls along the pathway to the ancient Nabataean city.

Al-Karak, also known as Karak or Kerak, is home Kerak Castle, a Crusader Castle, which is one of three of the region’s largest castles, resides between Petra and Madaba. The castle was built and utilized by Crusaders but later it was used by the Islamic armies of Saladin and even Islamic terrorists in more recent years.

Jordan’s mosaic city Madaba is home to the country’s largest Christian communities. The city is one of Jordan’s most traveler-friendly cities hosting visitors for millennia through the Byzantine, Hellenistic, Islamic, and Roman ears that traveled the King’s Highway, the main trading route that was restored in 2016.

Travelers can relax at the more well-known Dead Sea or escape the crowds at nearby Ma’in Hot Springs where cold and hot springs rush over the rocks in cascading waterfalls into pools above the cliffs of a wadi, translated riverbed, into the Zarqa river.

Other hot springs in Jordan include the Al Hemma hot springs, popular with the Roman dignitaries and vacationers, located north of Umm Qais and about a 45-minute drive from Jerash.

Rich in minerals and salts, the Dead Sea is renowned for its healing properties. It is also a popular destination for Israelis and Jordanians on each side of the border to cool off and simply float, smother themselves in the mineral rich mud, and float again in the salty water. It’s so worth ruining a good pair of water shoes for this once in a lifetime experience.

The youthful capital city of Jordan, Amman, is historic with the magisterial Citadel, mosques, Roman ruins and an active café scene in the city’s center. Further out, the city opens up residential treelined neighborhoods filled with art galleries, shopping, on the western side of the city and where the eastern side of the city is more somber with a more traditional vibe.

The Jordan Valley, translated into Arabic "the Ghor", is known for its rich soil and agriculture. The valley is more than the country’s “food bowl,” it also bursts with pride of its wealth of pristine excavated and unexcavated archeological sites in Pella and Umm Qais, where the Jordan Trail begins.

Above the Jordan Valley are the ancient cities of Jerash and Pella. One of the world’s best-preserved Roman ruins outside of Rome is in the Greco-Roman city of Jerash. The city ruins boast of theaters, coliseums, temples, and monuments. An hour away across the Jordan Valley, Pella has been cited as an archeological jewel with its more than 6,000 years of continuous settlement in the city unearthed in its mounds.

Cities in Jordan

Jordan has several cities of importance, but it’s capital Amman, which is the country’s largest city, and the port city of Aqaba, are the two that serve as entry points or places of rest between the wealth of historical sites the country offers for visitors to explore.

1. Amman

Jordan’s capital city was erected around ancient Roman ruins merging a modern city with its past. Residing on a hilly edge between the Jordan Valley and the desert, Amman enacts a balancing act between its roots deeply seeded in both Europe and the Middle East. The western side of the city is modern lined with homes, art galleries, and cafes and bars shaded by leafy trees. The grittier eastern side of the city is more conservative.

Usually the launching point to the sites of Jordan, most notably Petra, it’s worth spending some time in Amman to see its own sites, such as the Citadel, and particular insight to the Middle East in a western-friendly way it has to offer visitors.

2. Aqaba

The resort town on the Gulf of Aqaba from the Red Sea is a popular getaway. Aside from the Dead Sea, it offers pristine beaches, incredible snorkeling and diving, culinary delights, and of course easy access to the country’s most treasured sites.

Underwater explorers will indulge themselves of the best the warm waters of the Red Sea have to offer from spectacular coral reefs, including Picasso’s Reef, an underwater mountain off of Pharaoh’s Island, and shipwrecks.

The beaches, private and public, offer sand dwellers and sunbathers ample opportunity to enjoy the sun and water. Two of the best places are where the locals go, the free public beach Palm Beach, also known as Al-Hafayer, and the private beach club, Berenice Beach Club, where you can enjoy the pristine waters, pools, water sports and basically all of the luxury comforts.

Traveling merchants and tradesmen ended their journey in southern Jordan at the port city of Aqaba at the end of the historic trading route, the Jordan Trail. Chefs were introduced to Asian, European, and Middle Eastern ingredients.

Experimenting with the international flavors and ideas they infused traditional Bedouin cuisine with new spices, fruits, vegetables, fish, and meats creating mouthwatering dishes that entice foodies the world over. The best examples can be found in the Old Town Aqaba.

The city is also a favorite entry point to the red desert, Wadi Rum, and the ancient Nabatean city of Petra, also known as the “Rose City.” The sites are nearby as well as historic Arab ruins ready to be explored within the city.

Exploring two cities and countries by foot at once. Aqaba and its Israeli counterpart Eilat are literally steps away from each other.

3. Umm Qais

At the head of the new Jordan Trail in the northern part of the country, Umm Qais offers visitors stunning sweeping views of Jordan, Israel, Palestine and Syria from its perch on top of the Jordan Valley. The area encompasses the Golan Heights, Mount Hermon and the Sea of Galilee. On the edge of Umm Qais, resides the unexcavated ruins of one of the Roman-era Decapolis cities, Gadara, next to an abandoned Ottoman village providing visitors with an awe striking juxtaposition of history and eras long past in the once tumultuous land.

The site boasts of many interesting architectural and archaeological treasures to behold from Roman tombs to the West Theater, but one of the most striking remains is the Basilica Terrace. The terrace is carved directly into bedrock on one side. Shops below it, support it on the other side.

Exploring further, visitors discover the terrace’s main feature, a fifth or sixth century square Byzantine church with its entrance and outer circular passageway still paved with colored geometric titles leading to an alter in the central octagon. 

Just beyond the altar in the atrium, is Gadara’s main street that gives way to the breathtaking view of the Jordan Valley, the Sea of Galilee, the Yarmouk Gorge, and the Golan Heights. The view is worth the long side-trip to get to Umm Qais.

4. Jerash

Jerash, which has been inhabited since the Bronze Age, is most notably known for being the site of the most intact Greco-Roman city, Gerasa, outside of Rome. The ancient Hellenistic city’s ruins are located just outside of the northern city that is more than 2,000 years old.

The site takes visitors back to around the first and second centuries when the Roman city was constructed as they wander through Hadrian's Arch, constructed in 129 A.D.; the Corinthian columns of the Temple of Artemis, and the Forum’s oval colonnade to Roman times. The living excavated site displays artifacts found at the Jerash Archaeological Museum.

5. Madaba

The “City of Mosaics,” is known for its mid-6th century mosaic map of the Holy Land in the Church of St. George preserved in the Madaba Archaeological Park. The oldest known map of the time was created with more than a million pieces of colored stones along with five other churches and sites in the area resides in the ancient town southwest from Amman that was also along the trade route.

Just to the northwest of Madaba is the biblical hill of Mount Nebo that overlooks the Jordan Valley and the Dead Sea. Archeologists and history lovers will enjoy the wealth of artifacts dating back to Hellenistic, Roman, Byzantine and Islamic eras.

6. Karak

Monumental battles between the Crusaders and the Islamic Armies of Saladin, the first sultan of Egypt and Syria, happened in Karak, locally known as Al-Karak. Saldain eventually won the battle reclaiming the land for Islam. The fortified Kerak Castle built in the 12th century is the most intact Crusader castle in Jordan.

The castle and fortress town along the King’s Highway, the main trade route, played a central role during the Crusades and is filled with passageways, dungeons, kitchens and a chapel that encompass seven levels.

Each one of these cities features modern amenities alongside its historic past offering visitors locally operated accommodations, restaurants, museums, and other amenities.

Top Tips For Visiting Petra

There are some key things you can do to enhance your experience of visiting Jordan’s top attraction the ancient Nabataean city, Petra.

  1. Can you really get to know one of the Seven Wonders of the World in a single day? To really understand or scratch the surface of Petra (archaeologists have only uncovered 15% of the ancient city, 85% of it remains a mystery waiting to be unearthed) it’s suggested to spend two or three days to really let it sink in.

  2. Check to see if your hotel in Wadi Musa offers a free roundtrip shuttle to Petra, taxi or rent a car.

  3. Stay with a Bedouin family for a local experience and support the community.

  4. Hire a Bedouin guide. Who else knows the caves and land better than a Bedouin whose family has resided in the area for generations if not for millennia?

  5. Bargain like a Bedouin when buying their handcrafted scarves, jewelry, and other souvenirs. You will be supporting the people.

  6. To get a full experience of Petra, it’s not only about getting to the famous façade. Take your time during the journey to the ancient Nabataean city. The winding pathways through the siq, translated means canyon, but it’s more accurately a gorge, is filled with spiritual monuments placed on rocks jutting out creating natural shelves and carvings along its narrow walls along the way to the ancient Nabataean city.

  7. Plan to walk a lot. Wear comfortable shoes. Enter from the main gate, but rather than return the same way you came fighting the flow of tourists, exit on a less traveled path that continues forward away from Petra toward the Bedouin village Uum Sayhoun, where the Jordan government resettled the Bedouins who still lived in the Petra caves up until the late 1990s more than a decade after it was designated a UNESCO site.

  8. Dare to explore Little Petra, but you will need a guide for this adventure.

  9. Explore Petra at night when its lit up by the glow of the candlelight. It will provide a whole other experience of Petra.

Jordan Culture - Hospitality & Greetings

Jordanians, especially Bedouins, are warm and welcoming embracing guests inviting them into their homes and to join them for meals, especially for dinner.

Declining invitations, it’s alright to decline an invitation by someone. Simply place your right hand over year heart, smile, and repeatedly express your regret for having another engagement. Take a moment to chat candidly with them rather than rush off. If you rush off, you will be perceived as being rude. If you stay and chat and continue politely decline the invitation several times as a cultural custom and politeness.

When accepting an invitation, inform the host of any dietary restrictions or requirements, such as being vegetarian, and don’t show up empty handed. Bring a token of appreciation to your host. Hand it to them when they greet you and invite you inside and don’t bring it up again as is the custom. You can give children gifts, something simple for them like crayons, books, a ball, in front of the family.

Also, when praising the host’s home, be general, don’t eye or point out décor in the home. Custom is for the host to give it to you and for you to accept it or it will be an insult to the family’s honor.

Jordanians greet guests with a traditional offering of coffee (Turkish or Arabic-style), tea, or juice accompanied by sweets or a meal. Most Muslims don’t drink alcohol. Drink immediately, so the host can move the evening forward. If you don’t want another cup, twist your wrist back and forth with the cup in your hand to indicate you don’t want anymore.

During holidays or special occasions, it’s tradition to serve Mansaf, a flat bread of lamb cooked in dried yogurt served on a bed of rice on top of the bread.

Guests and hosts sit around a spread laid out in the center of a room in the afternoon when the biggest meal of the day is served. The women serve the guests, including female guests, and men, and disappear into their sphere of the house or tent. Everyone sits around the food tearing off a piece of bread to scoop up food.

Cultural custom forbids using the left hand to eat, use your right hand to feed yourself. Dining is a practiced dance. Let the host serve you. Don’t reach across for what you want it is considered a faux pas. Maintain an easy pace balancing accepting what the host serves you, slow the process down without stopping as you get full, leave food on your plate so you don’t appear greedy. Once the guest stops eating, everyone stops eating. Consider that the women and children eat the leftovers.

When you are done eating. Thank the host with your right hand over your heart saying, “Thank God,” or better al-hamdulillah (/alˌhamduːlɪˈlɑː/), which translated from Arabic means the same thing.

The second half of the evening happens after everyone washes their hands and adjourn to a lounge. More coffee and tea will be served during the conversing about work and children.

Dodging personal questions about why not more children, or if you don’t have any children, or traveling as an unmarried couple or single woman - there are some things to do to ease the conversation along and take you off of the hot seat: Have photos ready of family members. Unmarried couples might consider wearing inexpensive wedding bands and explain their engaged to be wed. Single women might consider wearing a wedding band to try to avoid prying questions. It also signals respect. Jordanian men don’t enquire about spouses.

Jordan People & Customs

Jordan is a combination of tradition and modernism with Bedouins, Jordanians, and Palestinians inhabiting the small country.

Bedouins, the Arab nomadic tribe that traditionally inhabited what is now known as Jordan. For centuries Bedouins roamed the Middle East, mostly around North Africa and the Arabian Peninsula inhabiting Jordan, Israel, Syria, Iraq and Egypt, traditionally herding camels and other animals. It’s only within the past few decades that Bedouins have begun to adapt to modern times become semi-nomadic settling throughout Jordan and neighboring countries.

One of the rare countries that allows Palestinians citizenship outside of Palestine, the country has seen more Palestinians, who originally resided west of the Jordan river, inhabiting Jordan. Palestinians have brought greater commerce and education to Jordan.

Jordanians are people who have resided west of the Jordan river since 1946 at the end of World War II when the Ottoman Empire was divided up by the British in accordance to the Balfour Declaration.

A Muslim country, it’s rare to see women inhabit the same public space as men. Labor is divided by gender. Women will wear different head coverings from burka, hijab or niqab. Western women aren’t expected to cover their heads as it’s not a part of their personal culture and Jordanians understand that.

Jordanians are also very forgiving if foreigners accidentally break a cultural customs rule. They are also very appreciative of any attempts to follow customs.

Friday is the holy day where the country comes to a crawl in observance of the spiritual day, so plan accordingly. The same in Israel when on Saturday, Shabbat is observed, and most places are closed, and the electricity is shut off from sunrise to sunset.

Food in Jordan

Jordanians typically don’t drink being Muslim, however, they do favor their Turkish or Arabian-style coffee, tea or juice and will happily offer you to sit and join them in a cup at a shop, cafe or at their home.

Situated at an apex of continents Asia, Europe and the Middle East, Jordan’s enjoy internationally influenced fare along with traditional Bedouin cuisine. Expect to enjoy Middle Eastern cuisine such as falafels stuffed into shells of pita bread, maqluba, mansaf, zaarb, shawarmas, fattet hummus, roasted nuts and kunafa.

Not your average hummus, fattet hummus is creamy and rich with the usual blend but pita is added to the mix and its topped off with rich olive oil.

The Middle East’s burritos, shawarmas are pockets of pita bread stuffed with a choice of lamb, beef, or chicken and topped off with a variety of ingredients from raw onions to tangy sumac.

Barbeque Middle Eastern style, zaarb, is a marinated meat baked with vegetables in a sand covered coal pit. The slow baked meat and vegetables is unearthed ready to be rolled into flavorful balls with your right hand (custom is to feed yourself with your right and not your left hand) and popped into your mouth.

A classic comfort food harking back to medieval Baghdad, maqluba is a chicken stew with rice, potatoes and vegetables slowly simmered over a long period of time on the low fire until its ready to be made into flavorful cakes filled with chunks of the meat and vegetables.

The most prized dish served is mansaf, a flat bread of lamb cooked in dried yogurt served on a bed of rice on top of the bread, on holidays and special occasions. Given that there isn’t much vegetation in the arid desert land, the cuisine is largely animal-based seeped in herbs and spices infusing the meat with flavor and accompanied by rice.

The Jordan Valley is considered the “food bowl” of the country where there might be more vegetables and fruits offered from the fertile soil and in the gulf of Aqaba opening into the Red Sea seafood is served.

Don’t forget dessert with the sticky sweet kunafa, a pastry layered with cheese or cream.

Safety and Security in Jordan

One of the first concerns most travelers have when considering a trip to Jordan is safety and security. Much of the Middle East is under U.S. Department of State travel advisories.

While Jordan is usually a rare exception, deemed a safe destination by the state department, in the region there’s a standard notable police presence and checkpoints throughout Jordan.

Since December 2018 the U.S. State Department elevated the country’s threat level to “exercise increased caution” to travelers enjoying the once long peaceful Middle Eastern country.

Common Countries Also Visited on Jordan Tours

There are many ways to travel to Jordan. You can focus your entire trip on Jordan or select from a variety of private, small group and group tours that also include the entirety of the Holy Land or focus on key countries, such as Israel .

Tours to Jordan, Israel, and the Palestine Territory

Venture through the Holy Land through Israel and Jordan, on a selection of 5-day to 26-day trips, that takes travelers through the cradle of civilization and the birthplace of three of the world’s major religions Christianity, Judaism, and Islam.

Go back to biblical times with the rise of religious beliefs and their evolution through modern day. Explore cities carved into the walls of gorges and canyons to ancient cities some thriving and others archeological relics of the past and life in the arid desert then and now from Cairo to Amman to the West Bank to Jerusalem to Tel Aviv-Yafo.

Tours to Jordan, Israel, and Egypt

Return to the time of Pharaohs and Sultans traveling through Egypt, Jordan, and Israel on a selection of 7- to 22-day guided tours. Many of these trips begin exploring the pyramids of Egypt in Cairo. The groups then journey to Jordan exploring Petra, the mosaic map of the Holy Land at the Church of Saint George in Masada and other sites before crossing over to the other side of the Dead Sea into Israel.

In Israel, these travelers explore the Holy Land in the old city of Jerusalem, which is a living archaeological site, and the cosmopolitan city of Tel Aviv-Jaffa. Some tours traverse into the West Bank in the Palestinian Territory to Bethlehem.

Tours to Jordan and Egypt

Journey through the land of Pharaohs and the Valley of Kings to the land of Nabataeans, Byzantines, Franks and Sultans on a choice of 19- to 26-day guided tours of Jordan and Egypt. Explore Pyramids of the bygone Pharaohs and civilizations into antiquity to the ruins of the Roman and Ottoman empires to Jordan’s partially and unexcavated living archeological sites.

Tours to Jordan and Oman

This Middle Eastern adventure thorough Jordan and Oman takes travelers on a journey through Jordan and the other side of Saudi Arabia to Oman on a selection of 14- or 22-day guided tours. Some itineraries include Egypt. In Oman, travelers will visit the sites starting with the ancient city of Muscat before 4-Wheeling across the desert and into the Jebel Akhdar Mountains.

Here adventurers will explore the forts of Nakhal, Al Hazm, Nizwa Fort and the Jabrin Fort and sleep in luxury tents in the desert before journeying to Jordan. In Jordan the adventure takes visitors to Petra, Masada, and the country’s capital city Amman. Throughout the trip experience the hospitality of the Jordanian and the Omani people.

Something For Every Kind of Traveler

Whether you hope to sample the best of all Jordanian tourist activities or have a particular kind of travel you enjoy – Jordan has something for everyone. Adventure travelers will enjoy hiking, camping, and cycling throughout the country; luxury travelers will appreciate the resorts along the Dead Sea and world-class shopping in Aqaba; history fans will admire the ruins spread throughout the country; and foodies or wine lovers can sample some of Jordan’s excellent traditional dishes and vintages. If you can’t find at least one thing you enjoy while traveling in Jordan, you simply haven’t done enough.

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Things to Know Before You Go

Best Time to Travel to Jordan

The best time to travel to Jordan is from March to May when temperatures are in the high 60s and low 70 degrees Fahrenheit. In June through September, temperatures in Amman reach to about 90 degrees Fahrenheit. In the south in Aqaba, the beaches get to a balmy 104 degrees Fahrenheit in July.

Will I Visit Petra On My Jordan Tour?

Yes. Petra is a must-see one of the “Seven Wonders of the World” and UNESCO designated site that is on nearly every Jordan itinerary simply because visitors can’t go to Jordan, especially on their first visit to the country, without seeing Petra.

Group Tours

Most tours to Jordan include entrance fees into Petra and other sites but be sure to read the fine print or ask an agent. Many of the tour operators who don't include the entrance fee offer it at a discounted rate.

Multi-Day Passes

Traveling on your own without a guide, entrance to Petra on a one- to three-day pass starts roughly at $70.50 (50 JOD) to $ $85 (60 JOD). You can only get this rate only if you’ve stayed overnight in Jordan before going to Petra. You can get a refund for the difference upon showing proof of staying in Jordan for more than one day otherwise you will have to pay the one-day fee.

One-Day Traveler

If you are traveling to Jordan on a day-visa the one-day cost is roughly $127 (90 JOD).

Nighttime Candlelight Petra

Petra lights up at night with hundreds of candles three times a week. To see Petra at night it’s an additional $16 (15 JOD).

Group Discounts

There are no group discounts for the entry fee to Petra.

What is the Weather Like in Jordan?

The weather fluctuates upon the season and location in Jordan. Temperatures rise to stifling hot during the summertime, June through August.

September through February temperatures range from pleasant to bitter cold and rain in the desert and mountains but are perfectly balmy and warm at the Red Sea.

March through May is when the weather is best with warm days and cool evenings. The spring weather brings out the flowers in the Jordan Valley.

Depending on the time of the year, expect to wear layers that can easily be stripped away or put on.

Protect your skin from the hot Middle Eastern sunrays with sunscreen or a special sunscreen shirt.

Dress Code for Traveling in Jordan

Jordan is a modern Muslim society, but modesty is the best practice. Exposure of skin offends men and women.

Women

  • When not in more fashionable westernized cities, Amman and Aqaba, where tighter fitting dresses and skirts are accompanied by loose leggings, it’s best to wear long skirts or loose trousers or jeans and cover your shoulders and upper arms.
  • Wear a modest swimsuit with a cover or swim in shorts and a t-shirt even at resorts and tourist spots.
  • Is your hair dry? Wet hair implies recently having sex to onlookers in public. You might want to dry your hair before you step out of your room for the day.
  • Girls not in scarves keep their hair up above their shoulders. It’s a simple fashion statement that might win you some points or unwanted attention by doing the same.

Men

  • T-shirts are alright, but a nice light buttoned shirt is even better. Men are more formal in Jordan.
  • Long trousers or jeans suffice as decent attire for men.
  • Never go topless. Jordan men simply don’t do it.
  • It’s custom to remove shoes before entering homes and places of worship, never expose to bottom of your feet as it’s considered disrespectful.

Other Cultural Customs

Women

  • Eye contact with strangers, particularly men, isn’t advised. Sunglasses help shield your gaze when speaking with someone, especially men.
  • Make sure you pack enough tampons and pads they are difficult to acquire in Jordan and the experience of having to purchase sanitary products is embarrassing.
  • Take the back seat in taxis, ride shares, and other private cars.
  • Sit next to other women when in a vehicle and be accompanied by at least one other woman when going out.
  • Brush off any advances and inappropriate gropes as a part of the experience unless a serious line is crossed. If harassment continues after politely maneuvering yourself out of the situation then firmly loudly yell, imshi, translated into English means go away, is pronounced phonetically as it’s spelled sounding like im-she. Community members will take notice and step in to assist you.
  • Always ask to take photos, especially of women, as it’s seen as an invasion of privacy, throughout the country.

Displays of Public Affection

You might take a double take, but it’s common for women to hold hands and be affectionate in public just as it is for men to do the same among each other. Being gay is also legal, but still deeply socially taboo.

However, it is not culturally appropriate for men and women to be so intimate with one another in public as the same gender. Men and women don’t touch each other in public. The exception is if a woman initiates the interaction, such as a handshake, it is appropriate.

Personal Space

What’s that? Jordanians are very friendly and someone sitting alone is an invitation that they need a friend. Space and distance to form one’s thoughts or simply enjoy the view is a Western way of being. Welcome your new friend and enjoy the moment together as not to offend.

Get into the mix, queuing up just isn’t done. If you want something you have to dive into the crowd.

Be Prepared to Drive

Jordan is not a massive country, but there are limited opportunities for non-car travel. Even bus tours are somewhat limited, based on the current number of travelers visiting Jordan. Instead, you’ll likely spend several hours every few days driving from one sight to another. Be sure to plan ahead with bottled water, snacks, and activities to pass the time.

Jordan & Beyond - Common Tour Routes

Jordan Tours From Israel

Most Israel and Jordan tours begin in Tel Aviv or Jerusalem introducing travelers to the “Land of Milk and Honey.” The route generally takes travelers to Nazareth and Haifa over to the Sea of Galilee and the Golan Heights into Jordan where travelers take in Jerash, Madaba, Wadi Rum and Petra before returning either to Amman or to Tel Aviv or Jerusalem.

A little larger than the state of New Jersey, drives in Israel can be as long as about 5½ hours from Metula in the north to Eilat in the south. Drive west to east takes about an hour and 45-minutes to get from the shores of the Mediterranean Sea in Tel Aviv to the Dead Sea. Jordan is about the size of Pennsylvania.

It takes about four hours to traverse the country by car from Umm Qais in the north to Aqaba in the south. Crossing Israel west to east it takes about an hour and 45-minutes. Much of Jordan to the east of the Jordan Valley and beyond is desert. Many of the sites are along the 400-mile long Jordan Trail running north to south.

Most tours take travelers to the must-see sites including Petra and Jerusalem as well as many of the other historic sites from the Golan Heights through the “City of Mosaics” Madaba and more.

Egypt & Jordan Tours

Journey through the land of Pharaohs and the Valley of Kings to the land of Nabataeans, Byzantines, Franks and Sultans on a choice of 19- to 26-day guided tours of Jordan and Egypt. Explore Pyramids of the bygone Pharaohs and civilizations into antiquity to the ruins of the Roman and Ottoman empires to Jordan’s partially and unexcavated living archeological sites.

A majority of these tours meet in and depart on the adventure from Cairo and Luxor after learning about the Pharaohs, seeing the Sphinx, and taking in the pyramids before heading to Jordan. A few tours depart from Amman and end in Cairo. Depending on the itinerary the journey will take travelers between countries by air and water and from destination to destination by land in a bus or rail.

Traveling through Jordan, the tour will experience Petra and Amman. Depending on the itinerary travelers might also see Madaba, Karak, Jerash, and other cultural and historical sites and interact with Bedouins and Jordanians through an immersion experience.

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