Last week I spent 1 week in Jordan and I would recommend this trip to anybody! Slightly eerie being landlocked by war torn countries, Jordan is actually one of the safest places I’ve visited and the people are incredibly hospitable and friendly. There is so much to do for everybody, from children to the elderly, so if you’re thinking about a trip to Jordan, or booking one of the many Jordan tour packages available I would definitely recommend it!
Here is my itinerary…
Arrive Amman. I took an easyJet flight that was reasonably priced but unfortunately they will be stopping the route soon due to high airport taxes- get your cheap flights while you can! Be prepared to wait an hour or two for your visa on arrival, we were there a long time! The visa cost 20JOD. Once we escaped the airport we collected our hire car. Driving in Jordan is really easy, but driving in Amman is NOT! The roads were crazy, the map didn’t match up, road names mean nothing and circles (roundabouts) are often squares…. very confusing! Eventually after getting very lost we made it to down town Amman, grabbed a quick shish kebab and set down for the night.
We head about an hour north to Jerash, a very well preserved site containing extensive Roman ruins. Well worth a visit. Here I was stalked by school children who clearly hadn’t had much contact with Westerners… I had a little taste of celebritism!
From here we head south to the Dead Sea. Opted for Amman Beach (20JOD) as opposed to one of the resorts to save money. Floated around for the afternoon- great fun!
Today we drove the Kings Highway which offers SPECTACULAR views! On route we visited the holy site of mount Nebo where Moses saw the promised land, we stopped at Madaba, home to the first known map of Persia found in a mosaic on a church floor and we visited a Crusader castle in Kerak.
Petra. Petra was absolutely FANTASTIC! We explored the Nabatean ruins and tombs and head off around lots of trails exploring the hidden gems of the area and spectacular scenery. Beware- you will be walking A LOT.
Petra and Little Petra. Little Petra is considerably smaller but also worth the visit, barely any tourists and one of the oldest known frescoes in one of the tombs- worth a visit!
We drove down to Wadi Rum and did a tour for the day and rode camels. We spent the evening at a Bedouin camp looking up the night sky- the stars looked AMAZING! We also saw many famous sites from the days of Lawrence of Arabia and ancient Nabatean inscriptions.
Relax time! We head over to Aqaba and chilled in the Intercontinental resort for the day. It was great 🙂 35JOD to enter. In the evening we drove back up to Amman.
For our last day in Jordan we explored some of the desert castles surrounding Amman. We saw the fort that Lawrence of Arabia was based at, saw some ironic frescoes of naked women (against Islamic culture) in a small temple which has now been given UNESCO world heritage status and we visited a large Crusader castle (although this was no where near as good as Kerak!) There were hardly any tourists at these sites which was nice and I probably came the closest I ever will to Iraq! In the evening we flew home.
Only got a week in Jordan? Its plenty of time! But if you want a bit more relaxation time then maybe go for a couple of days extra. You can also combine your trip with a tour of Israel and Palestine too. I would definitely recommend it!
Have you been to Jordan? What’s your advice for future travelers?