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

By Carper | Updated Jun. 5, 2023

Located in the Middle East, Jordan is well-known for its unique moon-like landscapes and historical hiking routes.

In addition to the vast desert expanse, Jordan boasts iconic attractions such as the wondrous Dead Sea and the crystal-clear Red Sea, both of which have world-renowned resorts.

Moreover, Jordan is also recognized as a safe, foreigner-friendly, and hospitable destination. Planning your first trip to a completely new country can be stressful, continue reading for more essential journey-forming information.

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1. Do I Need a Visa to Visit Jordan?

Most of the world needs a visa to travel to Jordan, including America, the United Kingdom, Australia, and Canada.

You can obtain a visa by applying through your local Jordanian embassy or consulate, or through the official Jordan e-Visa website by taking a couple of minutes to fill out the application form.

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2. Best Times to Visit Jordan

Deciding when you will pay a visit is very important.

Jordan is a year-round destination, offering benefits in every season.

The Monastery in Petra, JordanThe Monastery in Petra, Jordan
  • For the most comfortable weather experience, the autumn months of September to November are the best times to visit Jordan.

The weather is mild at around 23°C (73°F) on average in the daytime and dry, which is good for outdoor activities.

You can enjoy visiting historic sites, such as Petra, and take hiking tours in the desert comfortably.

Dead Sea mud spa, JordanDead Sea Mud Spa, Jordan
  • For the lowest prices and fewest crowds, visit Jordan during the summer months of June to August.

Most people won't choose this period to travel to Jordan due to the high temperature, which may exceed 40°C (104°F)!

On the bright side, brave the heat and you will benefit from great deals on hotels and flights due to the low demand during this period.

On the shore of the Dead Sea, JordanOn the shore of the Dead Sea, Jordan
  • For the cool weather and spring scenery, travel to Jordan during the spring months of March to May.

Spring is cooler than autumn, averaging around 21°C (70°F) in the daytime, and wetter, with occasional brief rainfall, which won't have much effect on activities.

Visiting some attractions during spring would let you witness the beautiful blooms of wildflowers and greenery that transform landscapes into stunning sights, such as in the Jordan Valley, Azraq Wetland Reserve, and Dana Nature Reserve.

Families floating on the Dead Sea, JordanFamilies floating on the Dead Sea, Jordan
  • For experiencing festivities and cultural events, the winter months of December to February are recommended.

Occasional chilly at approximately 11°C (52°F) in the morning/evening, rains can make hiking or trekking unpleasant. For family trips during Christmas and the New Year, departing before December 20th is beneficial for obtaining cheaper international flight tickets.

If you stick to the cities and take in the festive atmosphere of locals celebrating New Year and Christmas, you can enjoy the country's attractions without the usual crowds.

For Jordan travel guide by month and more weather details, see Best Times (and Worst Times) to Visit Jordan>>>

In conclusion, it is always advisable to check for any weather-related developments before visiting Jordan. Alternatively, you can trust Global Highlights for a smooth and hassle-free tour as we are experienced at adapting to the weather.

3. The Top 5 Places to Visit in Jordan

Jordan is known for its rich history and profound culture, attracting thousands visiting for its lost city, natural beauty, and unique landscapes. For the best experiences Jordan has to offer, we suggest the top five areas to visit in Jordan as below.

1) Amman - The Bustling Capital

As the capital city of Jordan, Amman occupies only one international airport, Queen Alia International Airport, which usually serves as your first point of entry into Jordan.

Upon arrival, choosing to spend one day on a city tour is the most popular choice. You can witness the stunning sunset from the summit of the Amman Citadel, marvel at the ancient Roman Theater which is still functioning as a concert field, and become a foodie across the alleys and streets.

To get a deeper experience, you can take a day trip to Jerash and Ajloun for the ancient architecture and history remains from Amman about one hour drive away, which will enrich your understanding of this country.

2) Petra — The Rose City

Petra at Night, JordanPetra at Night, Jordan

Petra is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Jordan, and it's recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage site.

The city is carved into the rose-red rocks of the Jordanian desert, where you can explore the temples, tombs, and amphitheaters that remain from a civilization that existed over 2,000 years ago. Its sandstone-carved structure, Al-Khazneh, also known as "The Treasury", is popular in Hollywood films.

You could also witness a magical event called "Petra by Night", where Arabic songs are sung, hundreds of lanterns light the porch of The Treasury, and the stars shine both in the night sky and in your unforgettable memories.

3) Wadi Rum — Valley of the Moon

The Wadi Rum Desert, JordanThe Wadi Rum Desert, Jordan

Wadi Rum is a desert valley in southern Jordan, often referred to as the "Valley of the Moon" due to its moon-like surface. Many movies have been filmed there such as Dune, Star Wars, and The Martian.

You can jump on a Jeep and rush through the desert to see some of the world's most beautiful and unique natural rock formations. Additionally, witness the life and traditions of the Bedouin people and sleep under the clear starry sky.

4) The Dead Sea — Float Easily on Its Waters

Floating in the Dead SeaFloating in the Dead Sea

The Dead Sea, which is an inland lake, is the lowest point on earth and is renowned for its high salt concentration.

You do not need to be a swimmer to float effortlessly in the Dead Sea due to its extreme salt concentration, and you can enjoy a relaxing health treatment with unique Dead Sea mud and salts.

Imagine yourself floating carefree on the sea surface, surrounded by blue water, with sunlight sparkling all around. This once-in-a-lifetime experience has to be a must for anyone traveling to Jordan.

5) Aqaba - The Only Red Sea Coastal City in Jordan

Having fun in the Red SeaHaving fun in the Red Sea

Located at the southernmost tip of Jordan, Aqaba is a haven for relaxation and sunbathing with its clean sandy beaches and crystal-clear waters.

If you are beach lovers, you can bask in the sun, take refreshing dips in the Red Sea, or indulge in water sports such as snorkeling and diving to observe vibrant marine life. What's more, you can also taste fresh seafood and delicious authentic Arabic traditional food at a reasonable cost.

Suggested reading: How to Plan a Trip to Egypt and Jordan>>>

4. How Long to Stay in Jordan

The Aqaba city, JordanThe Aqaba City, Jordan

For first-timers, we highly recommend you spend at least 5 days in Jordan to see a spectrum of the highlights in the top places.

  • 1–2 days in Petra
  • 1 day in Wadi Rum
  • 1–2 days at the Dead Sea
  • 1 day in Amman

However, if you desire to take a deeper journey into Jordan's rich history or have more fun, visiting cities like Aqaba and Jerash would require additional days to tick things off your bucket list. Aqaba offers fabulous watery activities and Jerash boasts the most well-preserved Roman ruins in the world.

Check this sample package for more inspiration: 7-Day Jordan Highlights Tour.

If you have a vacation that exceeds two weeks, you could consider combining Jordan with one or two other countries such as Israel and Egypt, which are the most popular choices. Find out more options in 2-Week Jordan and Israel Itineraries.

What's more, public transportation is not the best option when trying to see all of Jordan's landmarks due to safety concerns, long travel times, and variable pricing. Other options to make the most of your stay in Jordan include renting a car or booking a tour with a travel agency for 5 days, 7 days, 10 days, 12 days, and 2 weeks...

For more inspiration about itineraries, check out: How Long to Spend in Jordan: Itineraries from 5 Days>>>

You could reach out to us for a tailor-made private tour that fulfills all your specific requirements.

5. How Much Does It Cost in Jordan

Temple of Artemis in Jerash, JordanTemple of Artemis in Jerash, Jordan

Overall, from US$250 per person per day is the typical cost for a private tour based on a group of 2–4 people. This includes a private guide, private car, full-day itinerary, tickets for attractions, and 4-star hotels.

However, prices vary depending on the time of year, with peak seasons from March to May and September to November being more expensive and crowded.

Compared with other popular Middle East destinations like Egypt or Israel, you can expect to spend around US$200 per person per day in Egypt and US$600 per person per day in Israel for private touring.

To reduce costs, it's recommended to book accommodations and flights at least 6 months in advance.

For more detailed information, read: How Much Does It Cost to Visit Jordan>>>

6. Is It Safe to Travel to Jordan

Overall, Jordan is a safe country for you to visit.

The Jordanian government is welcoming to tourists, and they put in a lot of effort and money to ensure the security and safety of its citizens and visitors.

This has led to crime rates in Jordan significantly decreasing, and airports and borders have strict security measures to prevent illegal activities, which makes Jordan an ideal and safe destination for travelers.

Travel to Jordan with Global Highlights

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