May marks the end of spring. For many, it is the last chance to visit Jordan in good weather before summer heat takes over.
May is also relatively dry in Jordan with the exception of the northern areas which can receive occasional showers. The travelers who would like to avoid the holy month of Ramadan but seek the merciful weather of spring would be visiting Jordan in May, which is already a busy month. Have your plans ready and prepare ahead to make the most of your trip in May.
Weather of Jordan's Major Cities in May:
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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
We recently spent 4 days with Alvin hosting us throughout Huangshan, Tunxi and Hongcun. The scenery was spectacular, hotels quirky, food excellent and knowledge and passion from Alvin was so invaluable and also fun! Would highly recommend.More
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
Best Places to Visit in Jordan in May
1) Wadi Rum
Make the most of the declining cold weather and invest your time in outdoor activities. Wadi Rum is a perfect option for those who want to explore it in its full glory. From camel rides to star gazing to hot air balloon rides, Wadi Rum can prove to be the perfect place to avail the favorable weather conditions of spring.
Wadi Rum has great rock-climbing courses to offer to those who are fond of rock climbing, the routes are suitable for both skilled and unskilled rock climbers. If you don't have your own rock-climbing equipment you can rent it locally. May, can be the best month to explore this hobby with the weather on your side.
After enjoying the landscape of Wadi Rum on land you can push it a step further and go for a hot air balloon ride to enjoy it from the sky and capture the vastness of the flower studded desert.
Petra offers several hiking opportunities, including the popular trek to the Monastery. The moderate May temperatures provide favorable conditions for hiking. Taking the hiking trails to explore Petra can be a challenging but rewarding experience. The trails range from easy to difficult so hiring a local guide to help with navigation is recommended.
Depending on the difficulty level, some trails can be quieter and less-crowded than the others, such as, The Al-Madras Trail which takes you through some less-visited parts of Petra, offering a more relaxed and secluded experience. You can explore various rock formations and tombs along the way.
The panoramic views of the sublime landscape of Petra from the hiking trails are timeless and unforgettable, the balanced weather of May can help you take advantage of your visit to Petra right before the scorching heat of summer sets in.
But don't be fooled by spring. It can get quite hot in the sun, remember to wear proper hiking shoes and stay hydrated. Begin your journey in the early hours of the day so that you can take several short breaks to catch your breath and soak the unreal beauty of Petra in.
Ajloun, located in northern Jordan, is known for its historical sites, natural beauty, and cultural experiences. May is a pleasant time to visit Ajloun, as the weather is generally mild and conducive to outdoor exploration.
It is surrounded by a lush green forest, and the Ajloun Forest Reserve is an excellent place for nature enthusiasts. Hike along its rich trails that are known for wildlife spotting, you may also want to visit the Ajloun Nature Museum to learn more about the local flora and fauna as it provides an insightful display of the biodiverse area.
You may also want to visit the famous Ajloun Castle, an iconic 12th-century fortress built during the Crusader period. You can explore its well-preserved rooms and towers, and enjoy the amazing views of the surrounding countryside from its vantage points.
Ajloun can provide a perfect escape from the crowds that rush to all popular sites of Jordan during high season, while still giving you an opportunity to experience the diverse world of Jordan in terms of art, culture, beautiful landscapes and food.
The city of Mosaics; Madaba is a fascinating city with a rich history, it possesses the treasure of ancient mosaic art. The city is a unique amalgam of Roman and Ottoman culture and art beautifully preserved in time.
From the shrine of the beheading of Saint John the Baptist, to the Orthodox St. George Church to the King Hussein Mosque, Madaba is a geographical testament of the diverse culture and rich history of Jordan.
The church of St. George is the most famous attraction in Madaba, known for its extraordinary mosaic map of the Holy Land, dating back to the 6th century. The map covers the floor of the church and offers intricate details of ancient cities and biblical sites.
Located near the church is the Madaba Archaeological Park which possesses several ancient mosaic floors, including those from Byzantine churches. May can be the perfect time to visit Madaba for a cultural tour if you want to escape the high season crowds on the major tourist attractions of Jordan.
It also serves as a convenient base for day trips to other attractions in Jordan, including the Dead Sea, Amman, and Petra.
Jordan Festivals in May
Jordan celebrates its Independence Day on May 25th every year. The holiday is celebrated with patriotic enthusiasm and fervor. As the day approaches, the buildings, streets and public spaces throughout the country are decorated with national symbols and colors, the community gathers on the day to celebrate the auspicious occasion. Flag-raising ceremonies, parades and fireworks are conducted nationwide.
Another major festival; Medaina Festival, is set to launch in May 2024. It is gaining popularity among tourists and music lovers all around the world, the festival will start from May 22 and continue till May 27, 2024, opening at Jordan's archaeological city of Petra before migrating to Wadi Rum on the third day.
Nicknamed Mars on Earth due to its otherworldly scenery, the event will span several days, with an international line-up of techno musicians and DJs to drown Jordan's historical sites in thumping electronic beats.
Costs and Crowds in May
May being the last month of spring is considered as part of the peak tourist season in Jordan, big crowds are expected on all famous sites, planning and booking at least 3-6 months ahead can help you secure better prices.
What to Pack in May?
Packing for Jordan in May requires careful consideration of the weather and the activities you plan to engage in. May is generally a pleasant time to visit Jordan, with mild to warm temperatures.
Pack breathable lightweight clothing suitable for warm daytime temperatures and a light, warm jacket for nighttime, comfortable shoes for hiking and exploring and modest swimwear if you plan to indulge in water activities.
While it is still spring in Jordan in May, the temperatures can get high during the day and it can get hot in the sun, starting your day early and carrying proper sun protection gear can come in handy. If you want to avoid heat altogether, consider visiting Jordan in March or Spring.
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