Jordan

Travel Guide
Wadi Musa showing night scenes, heritage architecture and a gorge or canyon

Discover ancient UNESCO-listed cities, mesmerizing historic monuments, pink mountains and sunny seaside resorts in this famously hospitable Middle Eastern country.

The perfect destination for adventure seekers and culture lovers, Jordan is full of exhilarating experiences. It has been depicted time and again in novels and films due to its stunning historical monuments and well-preserved ancient cities. Mingle with its famously friendly locals and go diving in the gorgeous coral reefs off the coastline.

Visit the “Rose City” of Petra, Jordan’s most popular tourist attraction. Wander through the old city, which is carved into towering red cliffs. Marvel at Al-Kazneh (the Treasury), an intricate tomb façade carved into the rock race in the 1st century and made famous in the film Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.

Tour the ruins of the ancient city of Jerash, wandering past hilltop temples, plazas, fountains and city walls. Take a pilgrimage to Bethany Beyond the Jordan, on the east bank of the Jordan River, where Jesus was said to have been baptized.

Wander around the capital of Amman, where ancient ruins stand alongside modern buildings. Marvel at the Bronze Age tombs on the Citadel and learn more about the region and its history in the Jordan Archaeological Museum and the Folklore Museum.

Head out to Jordan’s desert castles, such as Quseir Amra, Qasr Al-Mushatta and Qasr A-Kharrana. All of these have been lovingly preserved and are beautiful examples of Islamic art and architecture.

Trek through the dramatic sandstone mountains of the Wadi Rum desert, exploring the canyons and water holes. Fly over the landscape in a hot air balloon or microlight, and enjoy a camel ride across the sand.

Go scuba diving in Aqaba, an area known for its wonderful marine life. Spot turtles, dolphins, manatees, crab and lobster in the underwater coral reefs. Other popular seaside destinations include the salty waters of the Dead Sea, where bathers can float unaided.

Fly into Queen Alia International Airport in Amman. Rent a car to explore the more remote parts of the region and to reach the Dead Sea. Visit during spring (March to June) for the most temperate weather and to see blooming wildflowers across the region.

Whatever your reason for visiting Jordan, you will never forget your experience.

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Popular cities in Jordan

Amman which includes a city, night scenes and landscape views
Amman
Jordan’s capital features a great climate, burgeoning creative and café scenes, and some of the most significant ancient ruins in the Middle East.

Reasons to visit

  • Rainbow Street
  • Amman Roman Theater
  • Abdoun Bridge
Wadi Musa showing night scenes, heritage architecture and a gorge or canyon
Wadi Musa
As the stepping stone to the famous Old City of Petra, the “Valley of Moses” has all you need to prepare yourself for one the world’s most wondrous sights.

Reasons to visit

  • Petra
  • Petra Visitor Center
  • Little Petra
Aqaba which includes a fountain as well as an individual male
Aqaba
Set on the Red Sea, this coastal resort town is one of the world’s best snorkeling destinations and an idyllic beach getaway.

Reasons to visit

  • Sharif Hussein bin Ali Mosque
  • Aqaba Fort
  • The Great Arab Revolt Plaza
Jerash which includes a ruin and heritage architecture as well as a small group of people
Jerash
Walk amid a citadel of Roman ruins, watch chariot races and shop in a bustling souk in this ancient Jordanian city.

Reasons to visit

  • Oval Forum
  • Hippodrome
  • Hadrian's Arch
Wadi Rum featuring a gorge or canyon, landscape views and desert views
Wadi Rum
With its spectacular vistas of red sand and blue skies and incredible camping sites, this desert is an essential stop on any journey through Jordan. 

Reasons to visit

  • Wadi Rum Protected Area
Irbid
Irbid
Get away to Irbid! Enjoy the university life, archaeology, and history.

Popular places to visit in Jordan

Jordan

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