10 Days in Jordan: 4 Top Itineraries, Perfect for First-Timers

By Carper | Updated Aug. 28, 2023

Do you have a 10-day vacation and want to explore how to spend it in Jordan? Read on for some expert suggestions…

Jordan is a small country that offers multiple experiences, which are not limited to history, culture, natural beauty, and outdoor adventures. 

Ten days is an ample time frame to explore Jordan's prominent attractions, including Petra, the Dead Sea, and Amman. There's no need to rush from one site to another, allowing you to savor your vacation experience. 

Read on to find your favorite Jordan itinerary ideas, and then we could make your own unique vacation plan.

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Itinerary 1: 10-Day Classic Jordan from Amman in the North to Aqaba in the South Tour

The Wadi Rum Desert, JordanThe Wadi Rum Desert, Jordan

For first-timers, this 10-day itinerary could allow you to fully experience Jordan from the most authentic perspective, traveling from the capital city, Amman, to the magical Dead Sea and the world-renowned Petra city.

10-Day Classic Jordan from Amman in the North to Aqaba in the South Tour

Here is the suggested itinerary:

  • Days 1–2: Amman, the bustling capital and largest city of Jordan
  • Day 3: The Dead Sea, the extreme salinity provides magical buoyancy
  • Days 4–5: Petra, the Rose City built by the Nabateans 2,000 years ago
  • Day 6: Wadi Rum, the desert with a unique moon-like landscape
  • Days 7–9: Aqaba, the largest gulf city in Jordan
  • Day 10: Return to Amman to depart from Jordan

As a first-time visitor to Jordan, we would introduce you to a foodie adventure while walking down the streets and alleys in Amman and witnessing the authentic lifestyle of the locals.

If you don't want to spend all of your time in Amman, we could arrange a day trip to Jerash for the most well-preserved Roman ruins in the world, and Ajloun for Ajloun Castle, which was built to defend against Crusader attacks.

Next, you would spend 1 day at the Dead Sea, which is famous for being the lowest point on Earth and offers a weightless floating experience. There would be no need to worry about squeezing into a space on the crowded public beaches as you could enjoy a private beach service there and decent freshwater shower facilities.

Subsequently, you would visit Petra, one of Jordan's UNESCO World Heritage sites, to witness the beautiful rose-colored sandstone city. What's more, the special event called Petra by Night would give you a pleasant surprise, when you would see the candlelight and starlight complement each other as Arabic songs are sung.

After taking a day trip to Wadi Rum to see the marvelous moon-like desert, you would end up in the largest gulf city of Jordan, Aqaba, where you could enjoy the clear warm seawater and tasty seafood.

This itinerary also includes experiences that a first-timer should not miss, such as enjoying a desert-style afternoon teatime in Wadi Rum, joining a cooking class in Petra to learn how to make Bedouin food, and trying snorkeling in Aqaba.

If you are interested in this itinerary or want to make some adjustments, please feel free to contact us to personalize your private tour with our professional travel consultants.

Itinerary 2: 10-Day Jordan Romantic Experiences Tour for an Anniversary

The Monastery in Petra, JordanThe Monastery in Petra, Jordan

This 10-day tour would show you the best of Jordan through various experiences and special activities, including nature's beauty, adventures, and relaxation. 

With a couple of free days, this itinerary is perfect for couples and families as you could explore the surroundings and bond with your loved ones.

10-Day Jordan Romantic Experiences Tour for an Anniversary

Here is the suggested itinerary:

  • Days 1–3: The Dead Sea, watch the sunset at the lowest point on Earth
  • Day 4: Petra, a hike through the city that has existed for centuries
  • Days 5–6: Wadi Rum, cuddle under the starry night sky
  • Days 7–9: Aqaba, dive into the clearest seawater in the Red Sea
  • Day 10: Return to Amman for a city tour, then depart from Jordan

You would start your trip at the Dead Sea, where you could enjoy the amazing experience of weightless floating and mineral-rich mud spas. Imagine you and your loved ones strolling along the salt beach, holding hands and watching the purple sun dip below the horizon.

Next, you would go to Petra to appreciate the whole ancient city, which was carved out of rose-colored sandstone 23 centuries ago. As you take a camel ride, you can feel as though you were traveling in ancient times when Petra was a commercial center and the Nabataeans thrived.

In addition, you would camp in Wadi Rum for 2 days to fully immerse yourself in this vast and beautiful moon-like desert. Sleeping in a half-transparent tent, it would seem as though the stars are close enough to touch. You would then bathe in the morning light in a hot-air balloon to embrace the morning in the desert, and take a jeep tour to visit the local Bedouin tribes.

Finally, you would go to a seaside city, Aqaba, to soothe your nerves and body by enjoying some watery fun and beach time with your loved ones. Kite-surfing, snorkeling, scuba diving...so many choices would await you!

Aqaba is also a great place to have a Middle Eastern foodie tour, enjoying everything from grilled shrimp to Rocca salad. You shouldn't hesitate to try some exotic food that may amaze you after a bite.

This itinerary is popular with our couples clients, and as a private tour, it can be customized to meet all of your needs. Just contact us now to start your journey in Jordan.

Itinerary 3: 10-Day Adventures Off-the-Beaten-Path in Jordan (Hiking, Camping, and Hot Springs) Tour

The Wadi Rum Desert, JordanThe Wadi Rum Desert, Jordan

Ten days in Jordan could be your once-in-a-lifetime outdoorsy trip to explore the Middle East...

In this itinerary, we want to impress you with Jordan's natural beauty, which is rarely seen, and exciting off-the-beaten-path adventures, which are perfect for couples who love outdoor activities and families with teenagers.

10-Day Adventures Off-the-Beaten-Path in Jordan Tour

Here is the suggested itinerary:

  • Days 1–2: Amman, a base for your day trip to Umm Qais
  • Days 3–5: Petra, hike in the Dana Biosphere Reserve to discover well-preserved scenery that's only seen by a few
  • Days 6–7: Wadi Rum, camp in the vast desert to live the Bedouin lifestyle
  • Days 8–9: The Dead Sea, offers magical floating and natural hot water springs
  • Day 10: Return to Amman to depart from Jordan

One of the highlights of this itinerary is visiting the ruins of the Decapolis city of Gadara, now located in the city called Umm Qais. Umm Qais is known as an ancient cultural and historical center, situated atop a mountain. From there, you could enjoy a panoramic view of Lebanon, Syria, and Palestine simultaneously.

The second highlight is a 2-hour hike in the Dana Biosphere Reserve. During your hike, you would witness the changing landscape, transitioning from desert to grassland, culminating in a breathtaking view of the spectacular Dana Valley. This experience is perfect for nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts.

The highlight you should not miss is the opportunity to enjoy a natural hot spring. The mineral-rich hot water springs, known as Ma'in Hot Springs, emerge from the ground at temperatures ranging from 45–60°C (113–140°F). After all the adventures and activities, this relaxing experience would help you to unwind and remove any tiredness.

If you find this itinerary interesting or would like to customize your own private tour, please let us know. We will respond within 24 hours to assist you with your travel planning. For family trips during Christmas and the New Year, departing before December 20th is beneficial for obtaining cheaper international flight tickets.

Itinerary 4: 10-Day Best of Jordan and Israel Itinerary 

The Western Wall in Jerusalem, IsraelThe Western Wall in Jerusalem, Israel

Ten days are also enough to make a cross-border trip that combines Jordan and Israel to enjoy the best they can offer.

In this itinerary, you would start your trip from Jerusalem, which is honored as one of the holiest cities in the world, then transfer across Allenby Bridge to the Dead Sea for some magical weightless floating. You would then see Petra's stunning rose-colored sandstone city and depart from Amman, which is the largest and busiest city in Jordan.

10-Day Best of Jordan and Israel Itinerary

Here is the suggested itinerary:

  • Days 1–3: Jerusalem, holy to Judaism, Christianity, and Islam
  • Days 4–5: The Dead Sea, the extreme salinity provides magical buoyancy
  • Days 6–7: Petra, the Rose City built by the Nabateans 2,000 years ago
  • Day 8: Wadi Rum, the desert with a unique moon-like landscape
  • Days 9–10: Return to Amman for a city tour, then depart from Jordan

You would start your trip by landing in Tel Aviv. Your private guide would welcome you and you would have a private transfer, lasting for about an hour, to Jerusalem.

Jerusalem boasts a variety of wonders, ranging from religious heritage to modern light shows. During your 3 days in Jerusalem, each day would be different and you would encounter historical churches, stunning gardens, and bustling local markets.

Then you would be transferred across Allenby Bridge to Jordan where you would take 2 days to immerse yourself in Dead Sea experiences for relaxation and watery fun. In addition, you could explore hidden gems, such as waterfalls, or visit the Dead Sea Museum by strolling along the surrounding beaches.

Afterward, you would spend 2 days in the enchanting ancient city of Petra, a UNESCO World Heritage site. You would have the chance to marvel at the beautiful rose-colored sandstone architecture, explore the unique wilderness scenery, and admire the mystical fresco relief that depicts this fascinating ancient city.

The Wadi Rum desert is something you couldn't see on Earth other than in Jordan, and it's known for its awe-inspiring, moon-like landscape. You could experience camping in the desert and try the Bedouin-style amenities, exploring the desert during the day, and sleeping under the stars at night.

Finally, you would visit the capital city of Jordan, Amman, for a city tour and foodie adventure. You would explore the Amman Citadel and the ancient Roman Theater while indulging in local Arabic food.

Contact us, and we'll make a personalized private tour for you.

And if you have more days to spend and want to include Egypt in your trip, check out this itinerary: 15-Day Best of Israel, Jordan, and Egypt Family Tour.

How Much Does 10 Days in Jordan Cost?

Typically, the cost for a private Jordan tour starts from 250 USD per person per day. The price is based on a group of 2–4 people, including a private guide, private car, full-day itinerary, tickets for attractions, and 4-star hotels.

This means that your 10-day private tour in Jordan would cost from 2,500–4,000 USD per person without international airfares.

However, prices would vary depending on the time of year, with peak seasons from March to May and September to November being more expensive by about 20% for both accommodation and flights.

Booking your trip at least 6 months in advance is highly recommended. You would always be welcome to reach out to us at Global Highlights for a hassle-free itinerary based on your interests and requirements.

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