*This Jordan Itinerary has been updated on 25th April 2019 to match the most recent information!
Jordan is an amazing country located in the Middle East. It is amazingly welcoming to tourists and Jordan is safe to visit, trust us! It has some quite infamous neighbors such as Syria and Iraq and some other beautiful Middle East countries such as Israel and Lebanon. The people of Jordan are open-hearted, the food is amazing and the deserts will leave you speechless. Let’s have a look at the best Jordan itinerary and places to visit in Jordan.
- What to Know Before You Go to Jordan?
- Jordan Visa and Jordan Pass
- Culture in Jordan
- How Much Time to Spend in Jordan?
- Best Jordan Itinerary – 7 Day Trip to Jordan
What to Know Before You Go to Jordan?
Jordan Visa and Jordan Pass
You have to get the Jordan Pass! It is the single best thing that makes your visit to Jordan hassle free. It waives your visa fee of 40 JD ($56) and it includes entrance in Petra for 1-3 days (50 – 60 JD). Jordan Pass also includes 40 other Jordan tourist spots that you can visit for free. Jordan Pass costs 70 – 80 JD (~$100) depending on how many days you want to spend in Petra. Therefore, you can already see that by purchasing Jordan Pass for 70 JD you will save 20 JD. The only rule is that you have to stay in Jordan for at least 3 nights! So if you are visiting Jordan from Israel for a day trip, it will not work. However, Jordan is worth visiting for more than 1 day, we promise!
Culture in Jordan
Jordan is a Muslim country thus, there are some cultural norms to be followed. Women should not wear shorts, skirts and other similar clothing that shows too much skin. Men should dress politely as well. We observed, that the rules were not so strict around Petra and other very touristic areas. Yet, if you happened to be in smaller towns or blend with the locals, make sure to dress modestly to respect the beautiful Jordanian culture.
Also, if you travel during Ramadan (check Ramadan Calendar to know what time it is each year) be ready that all the eateries and cafes will be closed during the day and you should not eat or drink in public. You can freely eat in your hotel and order meals there. However, on the streets and public places, it is considered a bit disrespectful. Petra and Wadi Rum are exceptions because it would be impossible to last without water, so do not worry about those places!
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How Much Time to Spend in Jordan?
The perfect Jordan Itinerary would be 7 days long. It is the perfect amount of time to do all the most important sightseeing in Jordan and do not rush it. If you are visiting Jordan only to see Petra, then 3 days would be enough. However, we highly recommend not to miss Wadi Rum as well! It is the most spectacular place we have ever been to! Also, it was the highlight of our trip to Jordan. You could spend 10 days in Jordan as well and have a day extra around Petra and a day extra in Wadi Rum. It would make your trip to Jordan very relaxed and without any rush at all.
Best Jordan Itinerary – 7 Day Trip to Jordan
Amman – 1 1/2 – 2 Days
Amman is most likely the first stop on your Jordan Itinerary if you are arriving by air. It is a beautiful city and there are some interesting things to do! Depending on the time you arrive you should spend at least 1 full day in Amman or preferably 1 day and a half.
Amman Citadel is the most spectacular sight in Amman and should not be missed. You can easily spend a few hours exploring the Amman Citadel and its surroundings. You will surely learn many new facts about Amman and how the Citadel came to be. With Jordan Pass the entrance is free, without Jordan Pass it is 3 JD ($5).
Downtown Amman is amazing both by day and night. It is a vibrant place where everyone comes together to have a feast every evening. Restaurants are packed and the streets are bustling. During the day you can explore the many narrow and steep streets that have so much character and soul.
Central Market is a place to go shopping for fresh fruit, juices, cheeses, hummus, pancakes and see feel the Arab market vibe. You can purchase spices and teas to bring back home as well as some nice souvenirs.
Rainbow Street is where you will find the nicest rooftop restaurants and pubs. Rainbow street is a great photography spot and a place to enjoy your morning coffee.
Where to Stay in Amman?
An amazing newly built hotel in Amman that offers incredible luxury at a great price. The service and staff’s hospitality is outstanding as well as their Suites. It is located a short walk away from Amman Downtown and offers breathtaking views from the rooftop. They have all the amenities you need and the wifi is as fast as lightning. The House Boutique Suites would be our first choice!
This is a great budget option for only $25 a night! The Hotel is located in Downtown Amman and has a sun terrace and breakfast included in the price. A really great option if you are looking for something affordable but charming at the same time. The narrow streets leading to the hotel and passing up and down give you a feel you are somewhere in the 19th century Italy.
Petra – 2 Days
Petra is the most famous sight in Jordan and the reason most of the tourists visit Jordan. We didn’t know what to expect before we arrived. Our impression was that Petra will consist only of the Treasury Building and we could not understand why someone would need 3 days to explore Petra. Oh, we were wrong! Petra is huge, gorgeous and so unique. You can easily spend 2 days wandering around Petra and Little Petra and grasping all the sights. If you have only 7 days you should explore Petra and Little Petra for 2 days at least.
Petra is roughly 3-4 hours away from Amman so if you take the 6:30 am Jett bus from Amman you will reach Petra and be ready for your first exploration day by 10:30 am. So a day trip from Petra to Amman is possible. However, we would recommend staying in Wadi Musa, rather than going back to Amman. It is worth staying more than 1 day in Petra, we cannot stress it enough!
After a long day rest at your hotel and get ready for another full day of sightseeing in Petra. Spend half a day in Petra, go for lunch and head to Little Petra as it is often overlooked, but also worth a visit. After your second day you will be exhausted, and enjoy a lazy evening sampling some great Jordanian foods and relaxing your feet.
How to Get From Petra to Wadi Rum
To make it to Wadi Rum, however, you will have to wake up early again. There is only one minivan to Wadi Rum which leaves at 6 am and the only other option is hiring a car if you are traveling with someone. Renting a car and going on your own is also an option, however, more expensive. Yet the minivan will be the cheapest option setting you back only 7 JD ($11). The ride takes only 2 hours.
How to Get From Amman to Wadi Rum (not recommended)
You can also get from Amman to Wadi Rum but it is quite a hassle. First, you have to get from Amman to Aqaba with the FIRST MORNING BUS. From Aqaba, you have to catch a midday bus to Wadi Rum. Thus, you will reach the Visitors’ Centre entrance only by late midday. Thus we recommend planning the Jordan trip by first visiting Petra, then Wadi Rum from Petra.
Important Note: Be careful of the scams in Petra. If you are a solo female traveler, do not fall for dinner invitations and other charmers. There have been many reported cases of scamming these woman into paying them money and having intimate contact. Also, do not take the carriage to the Treasury building in the morning when you arrive, it is a 5min ride and it will cost you $30. It is a beautiful walk through a high sandstone alley.
Where to Stay in Petra?
Hayat Zaman is an amazing place to stay in Petra. It is a 5-star hotel with rates starting from $85 for a room, that is a bargain! Breakfast included, of course! Hayat provides a real, authentic Jordan vibe. They also have a pool to chill at after a long day of exploring Petra.
Seven Wonders provides similar luxury only with a 3-star ranking and the price of $55 per night. They offer a beautiful breakfast buffet and a swimming pool as well. A classic hotel in Petra with everything you could need!
Wadi Rum – 2 Days
Wadi Rum is spectacular. It is like something out of a movie. It makes you feel small and the desert feels powerful. There are many jeep tours you can take during your stay in Wadi Rum all around the desert. One day can be easily spent touring around with a jeep. Make sure to return for a sunset camel ride as the heat has gone down and you can enjoy the breathtaking views with no rush.
While in Wadi Rum make sure to go out in the night and stargaze. It will be unforgettable. We could not remember the last time we saw so many stars! It might be the most beautiful thing we have done in a long time and also very, very romantic.
We would recommend staying 2 nights in Wadi Rum. Thus, you can easily explore the desert, choose some of the best 4×4 tours and most importantly – hang around Beduins, learn about their way of life and listen to some amazing stories. You can smoke shisha in the Desert Camp, watch evening dance shows and experience Beduin traditional way of outdoor cooking. Wadi Rum is a must-visit place in Jordan.
Where to Stay in Wadi Rum?
Rahayeb Desert Camp and Wadi Rum were truly our favorite experiences, mostly because of the amazing people that work at Rahayeb. We had so much fun and we spent a great time together. RDC organizes 4×4 tours and camel rides and you can choose either breakfast only, half-board or a full-board stay. You can choose out of shared rooms with shared bathroom to private rooms with private bathroom and even mini-suites. We befriended the manager of the site so in case you want to inquire about the prices or great offers, do not hesitate to ask us for his contacts! We definitely can hook you up with a discount!
Aqaba – 1/2 Day
After visiting Wadi Rum you will have to head to Aqaba to either catch a Jett Bus back to Amman or arrange a minivan you took to Wadi Rum to take you back the next day or the day after. If you decide to take the Jett Bus from Aqaba rest assured that the buses for Amman leave 6 times a day. (Direction 7th Circle or Abdali in Amman). If you have some time to kill you can walk around Aqaba and visit the Red Sea. Aqaba is a very touristy and very modern city, so it might be worth a short visit. In Aqaba, you will find many fancy restaurants and clothing stores! It’s a great place to spend some money, haha! We would not highly recommend including Aqaba in your Jordan Itinerary, but if you happen to be there – enjoy it!
Jerash Trip from Amman – 1/2 Day
Depending on what time you arrive back in Amman plan a day trip on the same day to both of the places or divide it into two days if you arrive late and can only make it to one place. Jerash and the Dead Sea both are roughly 45 minutes away from Amman. You can also arrive in Amman from Aqaba, spend the evening in Amman and plan the day trip for the next day.
Jerash is an ancient Roman city. It boasts an amazing oval forum, like one of those you would expect to find in Rome . There is also a stunning colonnaded street to walk through and be in awe of the history of Jordan. Many people consider Jerash their Jordan itinerary highlight, but we are more of the landscape type.
The Dead Sea – 1/2 Day
The Dead Sea is an experience you cannot miss. It is a very unique place, where water is like salty syrup that instantly burns your eyes. It is the deepest hypersaline lake in the world. The salt percent in the Dead Sea is around 35%, which is 10 times saltier than in the ocean. We gave the Dead Sea a nickname “cheese fondue” as it felt like swimming in cheese, that’s how syrup-like it is. And, yes, you float. And, yes, it is extremely fun.
We came with the skepticism that we will not enjoy the classic tourist activity but we were laughing our lungs out playing Jesus (walking on water). The mud bath was an interesting experience as well. Be warned that if you get the salt water in any open cuts or wounds or even on freshly shaved skin, you will be in pain! I had a bruise on my leg and it was a disaster, but absolutely worth it! Make sure to include The Dead Sea in your Jordan Itinerary!
How to Get to the Dead Sea from Amman?
Must do: Do not miss the legendary Hashem Restaurant in Amman (coordinates) for your last dinner in Jordan. It is a world famous vegetarian restaurant and their hummus and falafels are to die for. And we were not hummus lovers until we tried the hummus in Jordan. The prices are very cheap and a meal for two will set you back 7 JD ($10). This might be the most important tip and why it makes our Jordan itinerary special! Up until now, this place has been a local secret! Go enjoy!
Watch our Youtube Vlogs on our experiences in Jordan, including a visit to Hashem Restaurant:
Jordan Itinerary – Bonus Tips
Jett Bus is the cheapest way to get around Jordan. It takes you to all the major sights such as Jerash, the Dead Sea, Petra, Aqaba, Wadi Rum, etc. Usually, the ride will cost you no more than $12. However, the most convenient way to get around would be to hire a driver with a car to take you anywhere you want. This would cost a minimum of $100 a day.
You can also rent your own car and drive yourself, this would be cheaper than having a driver. Last option is getting a taxi between cities. Usually, you can get a taxi from Amman to Petra for 50 JD if you negotiate well. Thus, if you are travelling with several people the split price would be close to the bus price, yet you have the comfort of a car. So, getting around Jordan is pretty easy, you just need to pick your favorite mode of transportation!
We were worried about safety, our families were worried too. Our social media followers were curious. Jordan is safe, we have been there and experienced it to approve the statement. People are friendlier than you would meet in Europe. The fact that 20% of the population is Syrian refugees does not make the country unsafe. People live in harmony and try to avoid conflict and any relations with conflicting regions. Security is present at all the tourist places and such thing as petty theft is very rare. Everyone greets you with a smile and offers you some of their food. Do not worry, the shaky situation of the region does not determine the situation within the borders of Jordan.
We hope our Jordan Itinerary helps you plan your trip to Jordan! It is an amazing country, undervalued and yet to be discovered by many travelers. Jordan packs in a small country so many places to visit and so much culture! And don’t get us started about the Jordanian cuisine. Make sure to include Jordan in your list of the best countries to visit in the Middle East! With the best Jordan itinerary in hands, go and explore the amazing country!