Jordan is one of the Middle Eastern hidden gems. It is a relatively small country. However, it is very versatile, rich with history, culture, and full of stunning natural landscapes.This classic Jordan itinerary will show you all the most beloved spots in Jordan. Your experience can be all about sightseeing of the world’s renowned historical and religious sites, to enjoying the stylish lifestyle of the capital Amman. Or simply by spending time in nature, stargazing in the desert to completely detach.
Day 1: Exploring the capital of Jordan Amman
Once you arrive, you will find our driver waiting for you at the airport to transfer you to your hotel in Amman.
Depending on your time of arrival, you may have some time to explore this lively city. You can visit some historical places like The Citadel with Temple of Hercules which offers a 360-degree view over Amman. It is best to be there during prayer time, as you’ll hear the calls to prayers from the various mosques, creating a surreal echo. After that, you can continue to the Roman Theater and then head through the bustling downtown souks.
You could also walk around in Jabal Weibdeh, which is the oldest neighbourhood in Amman. There are lots of small side streets, shops offering local goods and art to be explored, as well as many cafes and restaurants. Close to Jabal Weibdeh is the King Abdullah II Mosque which welcomes visitors.
Or head to Rainbow Street in Jabal Amman, which is lined with shops, restaurants, and shisha cafes. You can explore the side roads, and you’ll have great views over the surrounding “white hills”.
If you are into museums, you might visit the Jordan Museum located in Ras Al-Ein. It’s the largest museum in Jordan and hosts the country’s most important archaeological findings and some of the Dead Sea Scrolls are on display.
Day 2: Exploring the historical sights
Your classic Jordan trip should include a visit to the north of Jordan to visit the wonderful Roman city of Jerash – walk along the colonnaded way, visit the Temples of Artemis & Zeus and take a seat in the enormous Hippodrome where Chariot races used to be held. There are also great BBQ restaurants in Jerash, where you could have lunch.
In the afternoon, your trip continues a little further north to Ajloun to visit the 12th-century Ayyubid Castle, if you are a fan hiking then you can go to the lush Zubia forest instead and explore the beautiful nature there.
Before your day comes to an end and our driver takes you back to Amman for the overnight stay, we can arrange for your dinner with a local family near Amman to try delicious Jordanian home-cooked food!
Day 3: Exploring churches, castles, breathtaking views
Today, you will drive south along the King’s Highway, an ancient trade route. Your first stop will be in Madaba to visit the famous Byzantine mosaics and churches. Don’t miss out climbing up the bell tower of St. John’s Church, from the top you will have a great view over Madaba! Then you will stop at Mt Nebo, where Moses saw the Promised Land.
After, you will continue south to the crusader castle in Karak, which is one of the largest crusader castles in the Middle East. Here you have an option to explore it by yourself or book a guide if you like to learn more about its history. A classic Jordan experience must include the National dish. So, after exploring the castle you can try the Mansaf, a dish made of lamb cooked in a sauce of dried yogurt called Jameed served with rice.
Then continue onto the Dana Nature Reserve, where you can explore the old Ottoman village, and enjoy a breathtaking view of the Great Rift Valley.
At the end of the day, you will reach the town of Petra, where you can settle into your hotel to get some rest, book a Turkish Bath at Al Yakhour, or a cooking workshop at Petra Kitchen, or have a magical experience at the Petra by Night show, which starts by walking the entire Siq to the Treasury lit with over 1,500 candles. This show runs every Mon/Wed/Thu only.
Day 4: Discovering The Lost City
Today you have a full day to visit the classic Jordan tourist attraction, world heritage, and UNESCO site: Petra. This lost city is hidden in the mountains of Wadi Musa and carved into the sheer rock face by the Nabateans who settled here more than 2000 years ago. Start by walking through the mystic Siq, with its carvings and temples along the way. You will find the impressive Treasury at the end of the canyon and then the rest of this enormous city opens up – visit the Royal Tombs, explore the Roman theater and colonnaded street or climb to the High Place of Sacrifice.
Day 5: Discovering the Valley of the Moon
After breakfast, a local Bedouin guide will pick you up from your hotel and take you to the beginning of a beautiful hiking trail. From here, you will hike through “Petra’s backdoor” and end up at the Monastery, the largest monument of the UNESCO site.
In the afternoon you’ll head south to the beautiful Wadi Rum desert, where you will go on a 3-hour jeep tour to discover the highlights: red sand dunes, rock bridges, canyons, and bizarre rock formations. Spend the night under the stars at a Bedouin camp, have a delicious traditional Bedouin dinner called Zarb.
Day 6: A day in the Gulf of Aqaba
After breakfast, you will be taken back to the village of Wadi Rum, where your driver will be waiting for you. He will take you further south to the seaside town of Aqaba. Here you can spend a free afternoon and evening: head to the beach, go swimming, snorkeling or diving. Or eat some great seafood in a restaurant, there are many to choose from; Al Shami (near the mosque) is one of them.
You can also explore the quirky little city center and its markets. Check our article to find out more things to do in Aqaba.
Day 7: Exploring the beauty of the Red Sea
Today you have a full day to relax in the cozy coastal town of Aqaba. Go for a stroll downtown, watch the locals at the public beach underneath the big flag, or discover yet another world: the Red Sea with diving or snorkeling.
Day 8: Revive yourself in the Dead Sea
A classic Jordan itinerary must include a relaxing day at the lowest point on earth: the Dead Sea. Float in the mineral-rich waters, enjoy a mud treatment or simply soak up the sunshine. In the evening, you can enjoy the sunset over the mountains on the other side of the Dead Sea.
Day 9: A day in the eastern desert of Jordan
After breakfast, your driver will pick you up from your hotel and take you into the eastern desert of Jordan! On the way to Azraq, you will see the desert castles of Kharanna, Amra, and Azraq. In the past, these were used as weekend retreats and hunting lodges by the Ummayad kings. Once you reach Azraq, you can also visit the Wetlands oasis there, where you can go on a boardwalk (approx. half an hour). For your overnight stay, you have an option to stay in Azraq Lodge; it’s a refurbished military hospital, which is now used as tourist accommodation offering cozy rooms and delicious, local food. Or we can return you to Amman.
Day 10: Returning to home
This is your last day. If you depart later in the day, you can also visit the UNESCO nominated village of Salt. Or head to Bethany beyond the Jordan, where Jesus was baptized. Then It’s time to say goodbye! In time, your driver will take you back to the airport for departure.