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.
- 1. Do I Need a Visa to Visit Jordan?
- 2. Best Times to Visit Jordan
- 3. The Top 5 Places to Visit in Jordan
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.
Travel with Global Highlights to create your tailor-made trip and benefit from the assistance of professional travel consultants.
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Consumer, Sep 2023
Great trip around Shanghai
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Sherry, Sep 2023
Great way to see the city
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Stephanie N, Sep 2023
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Alan Landau, Sep 2023
Mervyn is what we call a perfect tour guide!
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pdaroundthewrorld, Sep 2023
Best Great Wall experience
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LZviajera, Sep 2023
Our tour guide was Mervyn, and she was amazing! She had great knowledge of Xi'an and the silk road, and we learned so many things we didn't know before. The Muslim quarter is a must-see, with so many streets of food. Terracotta warriors were breathtaking. We did a Hanfu experience and enjoyed walking the city at night in our tang Dynasty outfits. We wish we spent more than 2 days here as there's so much to do. Definitely recommend this tour and will be visiting again!More
Laura A, Sep 2023
Unforgettable trip to Guilin
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Regis B, Sep 2023
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
We were paired with great guides on every city, very knowleadgeble and hardworking people that made our trip fabulous. Jack in Beijing was brilliant and very resourceful making sure we enjoyed the city even when he wasn't with us. In Xi'An we were paired with Crystal that was incredibly smart and made sure we felt we had not only a guide but a friend to rely on in Xi'An, we loved how she made sure we tried the best food and fruit available and helped us from arrival to departure from Xi'An. Finally, kudos to Gary (Wei Li) that worked with us in Guiling and Yangshuo. Gary is a local to Guiling and truly proud of his city and origins. We learned a lot from him and he trully went above and beyond to ensure we had a great time in Guiling adjusting the itinerary to our liking and taking time to explain everything. On our flight out of Guiling we had a bit of an issue with our tickets (booked by ourselves) and Gary promptly lent a hand to help us sort it out with the airport staff, trully a champion. If you are heading to Guiling with Chinahighlights, make sure to have Gary as your guide.More
Moises, Sep 2023
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Robin Z, Sep 2023
Stunning Yellow Mountain and beautiful Ancient Villages
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annemompt, Sep 2023
An Unforgettable Tibetan Adventure - Qinghai Train Ride Y971
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GOH-family-tours, Sep 2023
Wonderful trip to the Chinese Silk Road
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ED, Sep 2023
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Regis, Sep 2023
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Michelle A, Sep 2023
Incredible 2 day tour of Jiuzhaiguo
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Declan O, Sep 2023
Helen is the best Panda tour guide going around!
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Isaac C, Sep 2023
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Marvin K, Sep 2023
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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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 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
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
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
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
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
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
Jordan is a popular destination for family holidays, bucket-list trips, and cultural discovery tours. To make the most of your vacation in Jordan, it's crucial to put your planning in good hands.
Reach out to our experts, who'll help you create your ideal itinerary based on your interests and requirements. We also provide a super-friendly cancellation policy that 100% refund of any payments made to Global Highlights prior to 45 days before departure. Contact us now and we'll assign you a 1:1 travel consultant who will reply to you within 24 hours.
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- Unique experiences tailored to your interests: Enjoy a premium trip that goes beyond the typical tourist attractions.
- Hassle-free travel and peace of mind: Every aspect of your trip will be carefully planned and organized by your 1:1 travel consultant.
- Experienced and knowledgeable guides: Your guides will be local and love to work for travelers' smiles.
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