How to Plan a Family Trip to Jordan in 2024/2025

By Carper | Updated Jun. 19, 2023

Jordan, the safest country in the Middle East, offers multiple experiences that cater to various groups of people, making it an ideal destination for a family vacation.

You can witness one of the New Seven Wonders of the World — Petra — the rose-red city carved from the rock, hop on a jeep with your kids and cross the sandy desert with ease, or enjoy a relaxing seaside vacation on the beaches of the Red Sea.

Planning a family trip to Jordan can be an exciting experience. Follow the tips and suggestions provided in this guide to help make your trip a success.

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1. Things to See and Do in Jordan (for Families)

Jordan can be divided into two areas for travelers: North and South.

  • The northern Jordan area, centered on Amman, mainly offers historical and cultural sightseeing.
  • The southern Jordan area, centered on Petra, mainly offers outdoor and seaside activities.

For a first-time family trip to Jordan, we recommend visiting Petra, the Dead Sea, Wadi Rum, and one or two historical sites. You can also consider visiting Jerash (for Roman ruins) or Aqaba (on the Red Sea) if you have more time.

In Northern Jordan

The Amman city, JordanThe Amman city, Jordan

From Amman, you can visit these places within 2 hours by car.

  • Either on foot or by car, you can easily visit Amman Citadel with your family. Located on the top of Amman's highest hill, the Citadel includes the ruins of the Temple of Hercules, a Byzantine church, and Umayyad Palace, where you could marvel at timeless artistry.
  • You could show your kids some incredible architecture dating back to the 1st century AD. Jerash features Roman ruins, including a hippodrome, a theater, and multiple temples and arches — it's also known as "Pompeii of the East".
  • By visiting the city of mosaics, Madaba, you and your family can explore the hidden history behind the apostles' church by viewing the Madaba Map, an intricate mosaic map representation of the Holy Land.
  • The Dead Sea's high salt content makes it effortless for you to experience weightlessness floating on the water or taking a salty mud bath. You can also explore nearby nature reserves and historical sites with your family.

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In Southern Jordan

Riding camels in Petra, JordanRiding camels in Petra, Jordan

From Petra, you can visit these sites within 2 hours by car.

  • Hiking through the winding valley called The Siq, you can witness the marvelous ancient architecture of The Rose City — Petra, a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the New Seven Wonders of the World, which is carved out of red sandstone cliffs.
  • Fully immerse yourself and your kids in a Wadi Rum desert experience by going on a sand safari, riding camels, and camping under the starry night sky. This vast desert is famous for its Mars-like landscape and is popularly used in many Hollywood movies, such as Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.
  • In Aqaba, you and your family can swim or scuba dive in the crystal-clear waters of the Red Sea or build sandcastles on the beach. Jordan's singular coastal city boasts pleasant weather all year round.

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2. How Long to Stay in Jordan

The Monastery in Petra, JordanThe Monastery in Petra, Jordan

An itinerary of 5 days can easily cover the main attractions in Jordan.

However, for a relaxing and flexible journey, with no need to frequently change hotels, we highly recommend you spend 7–10 days in Jordan.

Here is an 8-day itinerary for inspiration that is popular for family vacations:

  • Day 1: Arrive in Amman (a flexible day for beating the jet lag or exploring the city by yourself).
  • Day 2: Explore the Citadel in Amman's old city, then transfer to your Dead Sea resort.
  • Day 3: Take a walk in Jerash to appreciate the Roman ruins, then head back to the Dead Sea for some family time by the salty sea.
  • Day 4: Going to Petra, you would visit attractions along the road, including Mount Nebo, Madaba City, and Karak Castle.
  • Day 5: Spend a whole day hiking in Petra, going through the winding valley, and ascending to see the panorama of this incredible ancient city.
  • Day 6: On this rest day in Petra, you could explore the ancient city with your family.
  • Day 7: Head to Wadi Rum for desert adventures, then return to Petra at dusk.
  • Day 8: Return to Amman for your departure flight.

Our itineraries can always be customized according to your needs and preferences. Feel free to contact us and we'll create your tailor-made tour.

While traveling in the Middle East area, Egypt and Israel are popular directions for extending your family holiday based on our customer feedback. Find out more itinerary options in 2-Week Jordan and Israel Itineraries or check out this tour package: 12-Day Journey Through Egypt and Jordan's Ancient Lands

3. Best Times to Visit Jordan

Petra, JordanPetra, Jordan

Jordan has a desert climate, which means it can be extremely hot during the summer months from June to August.

  • The best times to visit Jordan for the weather are during the spring months of March to May and the autumn months of September to November, when the weather is mild and pleasant at around 15–25°C (59–77°F). Going hiking in the nature reserves or camping in the desert is most pleasant: these times are great weather for outdoor sightseeing and activities.
  • The winter season from December to February is cool, averaging 10–15°C (50–59°F), and hiking can be challenging depending on the weather. You can enjoy hot springs and spas with your family at the Dead Sea, and attend cultural festivals in cities such as Jordan and Aqaba to enjoy the festive atmosphere.
  • Summer in Jordan is hot and dry, averaging 25–35°C (77–95°F), which means this is the low season, but travelers can get great deals on flights and accommodations. You could go swimming in the Dead Sea and diving in the Red Sea to keep cool or participate in activities in air-conditioned indoor spaces.

It is always advisable to check for any weather-related developments before your visit. No matter when you choose to travel to Jordan, you'll be able to appreciate some of its many attractions and various experiences in conducive conditions.

If you want to get more information about the weather, check this article for details: Best Times (and Worst Times) to Visit Jordan

4. How Much Does a Family Holiday in Jordan Cost?

Typically, a private tour costs from US$250 per person per day for a group of 2–4 people. This includes a private English-speaking guide, a private car, a full-day itinerary, and 4-star hotels.

Prices may vary depending on the time of year. During peak seasons from March to May and September to November or during important festivals like Christmas in Jordan, it can be 30–200% more expensive and crowded. Departing before December 20th will also get a better price.

If you plan to visit during popular periods, it's advisable to book your tours and flights six months in advance. Travel with Global Highlights and our professional consultants would tailor-make your trip and make sure it is hassle-free.

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5. How to Get around in Jordan with Kids?

Jordan is a small-to-medium-sized country with its major destinations spread out over fairly long distances by road. With poor train coverage and limited airports, driving a small car or private transport can help you travel at your own pace and avoid the hassles of public transportation, providing a comfortable mode of transportation.

However, finding your way around in Jordan can be challenging, even when driving. We understand that you will want to avoid stress as much as possible when traveling with kids. Consider traveling with Global Highlights to benefit from hassle-free arrangements and a private guide-driver for your personalized tour.

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