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.
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Mi esposo y yo, tuvimos la oportunidad de visitar la hermosa ciudad de Xian, la muralla de la ciudad, los guerreros de terracota, el barrio musulmán, todo esto con la mejor guia del mundo mundial!!! Susana, quien aparte de ser super simpática, tiene un gran conocimiento de la ciudad, la historia de los lugares y monumentos y aparte está siempre al pendiente de cualquier cosa que necesites y va más allá par hacerte tener una experiencia excelente, nos quedamos con ganas de regresar. Gracias x todo!!More
Betty A, Feb 2024
Shanghai is an amazing mix of modern and historical China. Our guide Kris was great and very flexible when it came to completing the itinerary which was helpful considering the poor weather + visibility on the first day when we were supposed to visit Shanghai tower. Walking along the river front (bund) area was a big highlight for us.More
Explore49612084715, Feb 2024
We traveled to Shanghai in Jan/Feb 2024 with China Highlights. Shanghai is an amazing mix of modern and historical China. Our guide Kris was great and very flexible when it came to completing the itinerary which was helpful considering the poor weather + visibility on the first day when we were supposed to visit Shanghai tower. Walking along the river front (bund) area was a big highlight for us.More
Lydia, Feb 2024
Shanghai trip for Mihail
Me and my wife had a trip to China and part of it we spent in Shanghai. Our private tour guide was Kris Lee and I have to say he was very much up for the task. His knowledge of China's history was quite comprehensive and more than I could have expected. If only I could have that kind of memory. His level of English exceeded my expectations and that of course served us very well not only in understanding the Chinese culture, traditions, way of life, etc, but also allowed us to order meals, drinks, make purchases, ask whatever questions coming to mind, making us comfortable to experience the place without the inherent language issues we could have had otherwise. All in all Kris Lee is certainly an asset for any travel agency from ChinaMore
Mihail D, Feb 2024
Mi esposo y yo, tuvimos la oportunidad de visitar la hermosa ciudad de Xian, la muralla de la ciudad, los guerreros de terracota, el barrio musulmán, todo esto con la mejor guia del mundo mundial!!! Susana, quien aparte de ser super simpática, tiene un gran conocimiento de la ciudad, la historia de los lugares y monumentos y aparte está siempre al pendiente de cualquier cosa que necesites y va más allá par hacerte tener una experiencia excelente, nos quedamos con ganas de regresar. Gracias x todo!!
Daisy was our guide for 3 days in Dali. She was the best guide we have had in China. She was very warm. Just like a close friend. She was extremely knowledgeable about the culture and history of the area. She took many pictures of us even without our asking her to.Her English was excellent!More
David, Feb 2024
Daisy was an amazing guide
Daisy was an amazing guide. She took us to the old town, on a boat ride, and to Sha xi. She was very warm. She explained everything in detail and answered all of our questions. She made us feel very welcome.More
文 文, Feb 2024
1 Day in Beijing
Nice views, Not too much people, Jessi (guide ) so friendly and she have a great service & she knows the answer of all your questionsMore
Fernando J, Feb 2024
Zhangjiajie/ Spectacular scenery and great taste of local culture.
Zhangjiajie immediately went to the top of our list of natural attractions in the world. The landscapes are fascinating and unique. We really valued the guidance by China Highlights. Roger was good accommodating to our needs during the planning phase. In the actual trip Linda provided us with knowledgeable and passionate guidance. She was very personable and respectful at the same time. Her advice was critical to be able to see so much - as in every park or area there are multiple buses to move around. She showed us the best spots at the best time.Local restaurant selection was good. One piece of advice- make sure to specify how much spice you enjoy in your food. Local food can be quite spicy.More
Raul C Mexico city, Jan 2024
Private trip in Beijing and Luoyang
We spent 3 days in Beijing with Helen as our guide. We went to TianAnMen, Forbidden City and MuTianYu Great Wall to name a few. Helen took great care of us and is very attentive as I travel with my 60+ years old parents, from asking whether we need restroom breaks to making sure that our lunch were all according to our dietary needsMore
Iriana Iriana, Jan 2024
An excellent day with Linda
Linda (Ling ling)is a great tour guide,provide a lot of knowledge and history of the great wall,and took us to taste very delicious food too,we had a very good time with her!highly recommend her!More
Angeline Lim, Jan 2024
Great time in Beijing with Bruce
We stayed in Beijing for three days altogether. We went to the summer palace. the Tian'an'men square, the Forbidden City,the Temple of heaven and the Great Wall. Our tour guide Bruce is very friendly and speaks English fluently. He explained every scenic spot to us patiently and humorously. my family are very satisfied with his service.More
Mayra C, Jan 2024
Profesional and detail oriented
My last stop was Shanghai. I was greeted by Martin. It is pretty much a 1 day itinerary there. Martin took me to all the stops and introduced me to a cool tea house not on the agenda. With the extra time we had we also stopped Starbuck’s Reserve which is the largest in the world. Martin also helped me make reservations at the Old Jazz Club at the Fairmont Hotel.More
Megan Sandbothe, Jan 2024
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Joanne, Jan 2024
Great couple days in Shanghai. Thanks to my guide Martin for showing me best of Shanghai. Great work by China team - trip very well organised.More
Steve P, Jan 2024
Amazing experience !!!
Great tour! Very flexible and our tour guide Chris was so amazing that he adjusted to our last time request there! I totally recommend this tour !!More
Victor A, Jan 2024
Private trip in Beijing and Luoyang
We spent 3 days in Beijing with Helen as our guide. We went to TianAnMen, Forbidden City and MuTianYu Great Wall to name a few. Helen took great care of us and is very attentive as I travel with my 60+ years old parents, from asking whether we need restroom breaks to making sure that our lunch were all according to our dietary needs. We had great 3 days in Beijing.We also visited Luoyang. Our travel advisor arranged a Business class seat for our high speed train to Luoyang. We were picked up at the station by our guide in Luoyang, Lisa. We then visited Dengfeng to see Songyang academy, shaolin temple, Luoyang grottoes. She also took care of us very well and very knowledgeable about the history.More
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2 days in the mountains
Alvin was attentive and good company. He went to the extra effort to show us things we were interested in viewing and provided detailed information.More
Robert Fleming, Jan 2024
Amazing trip in China
Guides were Mark in Beijing, Jenny in Xi’an, Frank in Guilin/Yangshuo and Kris and Peter in Shanghai. I can’t say enough how wonderful each of them were to us. They worked very hard to give us a five star tour. The drivers were five star as well. Our hotels were very clean and wonderful with a great breakfast buffet each morning. Our guides would take us to a great locals place for lunch each day and then dinner we were on our own, but each guide would give us fantastic places to go. I know without a doubt our trip was exceptional due to booking with Liberman at China Highlights Tour Company.More
Mary Ann Brady, Jan 2024
China Highlights is Excellent
Jenny was the tour guide in Xian, showed us the terracota warriors found in 1974 by a farmer behind a mountain masoleum, with projected ongoing excavations for next 100 years. Made clay model terracota warriors.Jenny is very enthusiastic and bubbly, helped us all the way, from picking up us from train station to dropping us off at the airport.More
Brahma P, Jan 2024
Datong, China's best kept secret!
I've had multiple guides for different locations with China highlights but Joy was exceptional. She was easy to talk to, super knowledgeable and also amazingly organised. When visiting the Yungang grottoes not only did I get wonderful explanations of the symbolism of the cave carvings and history of the art styles but Joy even prepared a notepad for the commemorative stamps available there so that I had a souvenir to tax home with me.More
Kris, Jan 2024
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.
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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
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