PLAN A PERFECT JORDAN ITINERARY FOR 7 DAYS
Are you planning your Jordan itinerary and wondering how to spend one week in Jordan? Then read on – I happily share my tips on what places to visit in 7 days in Jordan along with many more travel tips for an epic Jordan itinerary.
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Jordan is surely an amazing and stunning country! However, you might need to do some preparation before visiting, so your Jordan trip does not turn out disappointing. Here are tips on how to spend 7 days in Jordan (and up to 10 days) and many travel tips for your Jordan itinerary – including tips on where to stay, how to get around, and more.
TRAVEL TIPS FOR ONE WEEK IN JORDAN
Before talking about the best places to visit in Jordan in one week, here are some essential travel tips, so you know what to expect.
One Week in Jordan – Best Time to Visit
Weather-wise, spring or fall are the best times to visit Jordan.
- March until May is the busiest time in Jordan. Visitors from all around the world flock to Jordan to experience an amazing time. The weather is quite moderate and warm (it can get quite hot in the summer months and chilly in the winter). Prices for accommodation normally increase during this time, though.
- I visited in mid-October, which is also a good time. The weather was pleasant most of the time (despite a heatwave at the Dead Sea), and there was little rain. All activities I planned were still available. Also, prices for accommodation were not at a peak.
- However, if you prefer a less busy month, then November (or even December) could be a good time to visit, too or February.
How to Arrive in Jordan
Most likely, you will arrive in Amman. From Amman Airport, you have several options.
- You can take an airport taxi. Prices are fixed (about $30 to downtown Amman), and you get a receipt/voucher outside the terminal to take to the taxi.
- There is also a bus running once or twice an hour that costs about $4 (buy tickets at the ticket office outside the terminal). You can get off the North Station and then either take a cab or an Uber (I had free wifi at the station and got my Uber, but many taxis are waiting). From there, it is about $2-3 to get to your hotel in/near downtown.
- Uber works in Amman, but apparently, they are not allowed to pick you up from the airport. You have free wifi in the airport and can try ordering an Uber, but rides will normally be canceled.
- You can also pick up your rental car from the airport. There are several companies, and getting from the airport to the other parts of Jordan is quite easy.
Getting Around Jordan For One Week
- In Amman and Jerash, you can easily get around by buses, shared or regular taxis, Uber, or guided tours/personal drivers.
- Rental cars could be another option – but maybe only outside of Amman.
- Personally, I am happy I did not get a rental car for my time in Amman as it can be busy. Driving in an Arabic capital can often feel crazy – and so it does in Amman.
- However, outside of Amman, driving was quite easy. Even if not all the streets are in top condition, it was fun to drive because there were not many cars. Window views were often great as the scenery is frequently stunning.
Just be aware of the speed bumps, and you’ll be fine. I have a more detailed post about road tripping in Jordan, which you can check out here.
What to Pack For One Week in Jordan
- Jordan is a great country to visit if you are an active traveler/tourist. So, pack your trainers and sweatpants. But also take your swimsuits, because there are times you might be in the water.
- One of the things you will probably end up buying is a typical scarf that you can use as a head cover – to protect yourself from the heat, but also from sand, or if you want to visit a mosque.
- Jordan is an Islamic country, after all – so dress moderately. There is no need for scarves or long sleeves, but you might not want to pack the shortest shorts you own or the smallest crop-top.
7 Day in Jordan as a Solo Female Traveler
I visited Jordan by myself and felt totally fine. I tend to be careful in general, and I never felt that I needed to be extra cautious or more careful.
Jordanians are friendly, and compared to other Arabs, it felt like they were more humble and quieter. However, you will not see many women outside of Amman. Actually, I hardly saw any local women outside the town centers or big hotel chains. Regardless, I still felt safe and never worried about my safety. Just ignore the taxi drivers that can be pushy at times. For more general solo travel tips, click here but make sure to check out my solo travel guide for Jordan, too.
Jordan Pass for Your 7 Days
You most likely will have to pay for your visa. As a visitor from the EU (Germany), the visa cost is about $56. If you stay for at least 3 nights in Jordan, you can buy the Jordan Pass (online or on arrival). The price for a Jordan Pass is around $100-113.
With the Jordan Pass, you will get entry to over 40 attractions in Jordan – including Petra, Jerash, and more. However, you must decide whether you want a 1, 2, or 3-day Pass for Petra and can’t change that later.
I only had to pay extra entry fees at Wadi Mujib and Petra by Night- everything else was covered with the Jordan Pass. Since Petra is quite expensive, a Jordan Pass almost always makes sense. Check out prices here.
Here are more Jordan travel tips.
BEST PLACES TO VISIT IN JORDAN IN ONE WEEK
Let´s get started with places to visit in one week in Jordan.
Amman (1 Day)
You most likely will fly into Jordan, and I suggest spending at least one full day in Amman – whether as the first or last stop of your trip. Jordan´s capital is a fun and busy place and should not be missed on your Jordan itinerary. Half of Jordan’s population lives in the Amman area, making it a busy and hectic place. It is also one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world. Downtown Amman, in particular, has quite a few ancient attractions. But you’ll also find modern buildings, and it is an interesting city full of contrasts. Amman is busy and crazy as so many busy Arabian cities are – chaotic, but still lovely with many sights along the way.
THINGS TO DO IN AMMAN
- Check out the shops that sell all kinds of products and all kinds of restaurants.
- Amman is also known for its good nightlife, though I have not experienced it firsthand.
- A few must-see places in Amman include the Roman Amphitheatre and the souks in downtown Amman.
- Situated in a hilly area, the Citadel offers great views and makes walking a bit of a workout. Watch the sunset from Citadel Hill.
- End your day in one of the numerous cafes and restaurants on Rainbow Street.
- Amman also boasts museums, and you do not have to pay an entry fee if you have a Jordan Pass.
WHERE TO STAY IN AMMAN
Amman offers accommodation for all kinds of travelers – you will find everything from luxury hotels to hostels and Airbnb.
- I am normally not a big hostel fan – but I stayed at Nomad Hostel for one night and loved it. This is a good choice for solo travelers – a good location, a nice hostel, friendly staff, and clean rooms. Check out the hostel and its rates here.
From Amman to Jerash, your next destination, it takes about 1 hour (30miles/50km).
Jerash (0,5 Day)
Jerash, located north of Amman, is an ancient city – dating back more than 6,500 years – and it had its golden age during Roman rule. And Jerash is impressive. After all, it is one of the best-preserved Roman provincial towns and also one of the biggest. It was only rediscovered “recently” and has been restored over the last 70 years. It has become the main Roman site in the country with attractions like the Hadrian´s Arch (Triumphal Arch), the hippodrome, the South Gate, the forum, and the Temple of Zeus, just to name a few.
I did not visit Jerash with a guide, and in hindsight, I regret it. Some more background information – given during a tour – would have been nice in retrospect – to learn more about the places and also understand ancient life better and appreciate Jerash even more.
HOW TO GET TO JERASH WITHOUT A CAR
I went to Jerash and then back to Amman and then picked up my rental car the next day. However, if you leave Amman and do not plan to get back, I suggest picking up your rental car and drive to Jerash yourself. In case you have other plans, you can also get there without your own car.
- I took a minibus to get to Jerash (direct connection from the North Station) – a ticket is less around $1.50 one-way.
- You can also easily get there by taxi (look out for a shared taxi to save money) and it is a lovely and scenic drive.
For the whole trip, ideally plan in half a day or a full day.
From Jerash to the Dead Sea, your next destination, it takes about 90 minutes (60miles/95km).
Dead Sea (1 Day)
With 7 days in Jordan, you should visit the Dead Sea, where you’ll be at the lowest point on Earth – more than 400 meters below sea level.
You cannot really swim in the Dead Sea. It would be like floating in extremely salty water that makes every pore of your body itch. Apparently, even Cleopatra came here to enjoy her beauty sessions. So, we should do as Cleopatra did (at least in this case) and enjoy the “largest natural spa in the world.“
Yes, the water contains a lot of salt, magnesium, sodium, and oozier chlorides, which you might not enjoy much at first. And yes, it is true: putting mud – with all the minerals – from the Dead Sea all over your body will give you extremely soft skin.
So, the results are worth it.
TIPS FOR DEAD SEA
- Do not shave shortly before your trip to the Dead Sea. The minerals in the water will cause some pain – if you have or have open wounds, it will be even worse.
- Even with only 7 days, you should stop by at the Dead Sea for at least a short time. Most beach sections belong to luxury resorts. There is a beach section open to the public.
- Since accommodations here are quite pricey, spending a few hours at the Dead Sea is fine, too.
WHERE TO STAY AT DEAD SEA
The region is home to several luxury hotels.
- I stayed a the 5* Mövenpick hotel with its own beach area and a pool with a view. Though it was not as luxurious as some other 5-star hotels, I enjoyed my stay and would book it again. Check out rates here.
From the Dead Sea to Wadi Mujib, your next destination, it takes about 30 minutes (18miles/25km). While Wadi Mujib is at the Dead Sea, this estimation is based on the premise you are staying at/near Mövenpick Hotel.
Wadi Mujib (0,5 Day)
Leave the Dead Sea after your breakfast and head to Wadi Mujib. This place is often overlooked though it is so much fun. Wadi Mujib was actually one of the highlights of my 7-day Jordan trip. I am not overly sporty or adventurous, but that 3-hour trip was so much fun. The Mujib Biosphere Reserve is the lowest nature reserve in the world. The Wadi Mujib Gorge, which enters the Dead Sea at 410 meters below sea level, is a stunning place that took my breath away. With the help of my guide, I waddled like a penguin through the gorge, climbed stairs under waterfalls, floated in between the gorge, and just had an amazing time overall.
TIPS FOR WADI MUJIB GORGE
- The starting point of all the adventures and activities (except the Al Hidan trail) is at Mujib Adventure Center. There are parking slots for free and toilets.
- You need to pay for tickets, which are around $27 (only cash accepted), and I was not sure whether I could get through the gorge without any guidance, so I booked a guide for a total of $50 (including entry fees), and it was worth it.
- There are several trails you can choose from. I chose the shortest (but as my guide emphasized, it does not translate to be the easiest). It took several hours in total (with getting changed, organizing my tour, etc., it probably took a bit more than 3 hours).
- Wear shorts (or a swimsuit), a life vest is a must, and you can rent special “water shoes” there for a few dollars. Don’t wear sunglasses (you are in the shade the whole time), and if you take a GoPro, etc., be careful, as my guide found 2 sunglasses and 1 GoPro in the water in the 2,5 hours we were together. You can also rent a waterproof bag if needed.
- Unfortunately, Wadi Mujib is closed in the winter. The exact date is not fixed, but normally, the winter season is from mid/end of October, so double-check their opening hours and email them if you visit in the winter months.
If you are under the big waterfall, take your time and sit down. There are many little fish that are also used in the fish spa. I am terribly scared of fish but overcame my fear and let them eat my dead skin, and I must say- my feet still feel great (weeks after that “pedicure”).
From Wadi Mujib to Dana Natur Reserve, your next destination, it takes about 2 hours (72miles/116km).
Dana Nature Reserve (1 Day)
Dana is a lesser-known destination in Jordan but a stunning place that you should add to your Jordan itinerary.
Dana is a top tourist spot, especially for hikers (and sunset lovers) and people looking for off-the-beaten-path places in Jordan – a very tranquil place. Dana is the largest nature reserve and located between the Dead Sea and Petra, making it a perfect stop when going from one main site to the other.
It covers more than 300 square km in and around Dana village and Wadi Dana. The native inhabitants, the Al Atata tribe, has been living there for more than 6000 years. Nowadays, there are also a few guesthouses that host visitors from all around the world.
I spontaneously booked my accommodations and planned to go on a short hike the next day. I am not going to lie – I did not do well with the hike. It was hot, and I was exhausted from my Wadi Mujib trip the day before. However, it is a beautiful place to hike.
TIPS FOR DANA
- I recommend staying here overnight and enjoying one of the many hiking trails.
- Normally, the guesthouses offer guided hiking tours (guided tours surely make sense here), and you can book them on the spot once you arrive.
WHERE TO STAY IN DANA
As far as I can judge, the accommodations here are very basic. Dana is not about luxury but more about authentic Jordanian life.
- I stayed at Al Nawatef Camp and enjoyed my stay at the camp. However, I wished I had brought a sleeping bag, as in Bedouin camps, sheets are not used (you get a wool blanket without any sheet). The dinner was great and the view amazing. I recommend getting to the camp before the sun sets, as, on a clear day, sunsets here are amazing! Check out prices here.
From the Dana to Petra, your next destination, it takes about 60 minutes (34miles/55km).
Petra (1-2 Days)
Petra, also known as the rose-red city, is THE main tourist attraction in Jordan.
Though it is not known when exactly the city was built, it began to prosper as the capital of the Nabataean Empire after the 1st century BC. It was later annexed by the Roman Empire and flourished until it was destroyed largely by an earthquake in the 4th century AD.
Bedouins inhabited it after that, but in the 19th century, it was “rediscovered“ by a Swiss explorer and has since become a more famous ancient city. With the Indiana Jones movie, Petra has gained popularity, so now it is often crowded – but believe me, it is still worth it.
When you get a Jordan Pass, you need to decide how many days you want to spend in Petra and buy the exact Jordan Pass you need (if you do not want to pay extra if you want to stay longer). I bought a 3-day pass for Petra, but with only 7 days in Jordan, 2 days in Petra is probably a good amount to spend there. There are several hiking trails, and I could not do the main one in one day. If you are super fit, you can probably do three or so, but I suggest doing two hikes a day.
TIPS FOR PETRA
- Some of the top things to see in Petra: The Siq, the Theater, the Treasury (Al Khazna), the Monastery (Ad Deir), the Colonnaded Street, and the Royal Tombs.
- PLEASE, do NOT USE any donkeys when you get around in Petra. The Bedouins were very friendly, but animals used for visitors are maltreated. Please use your feet to get around – even though Petra is big and you are tempted to be carried around. I saw some electric carriages – if you are not fit, rather use them.
WHERE TO STAY IN PETRA
I stayed in Petra for three nights in total and stayed in 2 different properties.
- First, I stayed two nights in Wadi Musa – about 15 minutes walk from Petra and it was a basic place to stay (with a curfew at midnight which I was not aware of when I booked the hotel). However, it is a decent place to stay if you are on a budget. Check out Hotel Cleopatra.
- Then I stayed at a luxury property a bit further from Petra (15 minutes drive). The place is registered as a 3star hotel at Booking but it is definitely a much, much better place and actually, I liked it better than the 5-star Mövenpick hotel. It is a perfect place to stay if you do not want to stay in Petra directly and escape the tourist crowds. Check out this unique and pretty place near Petra.
Petra By Night (3 Hours)
Three times a week, Petra By Night takes place (Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays). The Siq gets illuminated by candles, and in front of the Treasury, you’ll hear the sound of a Bedouin shepherd´s flute.
I read mixed reviews, but as a blogger, I felt I needed to see it with my own eyes to make a real judgment and tell you about it. I planned my whole Jordan trip around Petra by Night – but it was a disappointment.
- I wasted around $24 (this ticket is not included in the Jordan Pass).
- It was crowded.
- People were loud in the Siq (which totally killed the mood – seriously guys, sometimes you need to shut up!)
- And it ended by 9:15 pm already, and people yelled, “Finish, finish.“
This was the biggest and only disappointment in Jordan. But of course, it is up to you if you want to experience it yourself.
You can book your tickets at the Petra Visitor Centre, and it starts at 8:30 pm.
Little Petra (Few Hours)
Little Petra – known as Siq al Barid – is another place to add to your one-week in Jordan itinerary. It is located close to Petra and is also a Nabataean site, with sites built around the same time Petra was built.
Apparently, it is less busy, and hikes are less demanding, but it is worth visiting. I did not visit in the daytime – and I regret it. I visited by night, and it was magical. I did not visit the town center, but some bedouin campsites are so lovely to visit once it gets dark.
You can have tea at one of the places or even book accommodation – the caves were illuminated, and it looked stunning. It is a great place to visit at night – definitely more magical than Petra by night. To check out the Seven Bedouin Camp by night, click here (and my tip: stay there a night, too).
From Petra to Wadi Rum, your next destination, it takes about 90 minutes (65miles/105km).
Wadi Rum (1-2 Days)
Wadi Rum is another fantastic highlight in Jordan. Wadi Rum is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site – in the natural and cultural significance categories.
As with Petra, Wadi Rum was inhabited by the Nabataeans in prehistoric times – and now it is one of the best places to visit in Jordan in one week. Lawrence of Arabia was filmed here, and some other famous movies – and the scenery is unique. Do a desert safari, enjoy the sunset, and admire the interesting landscape you have here.
TIPS FOR VISITING WADI RUM
- You need to sign up at the Visitor´s Center – if you have a Jordan Pass, you will not need to pay the entry fee.
- I recommend arriving there around 4 or 5 pm, so you can still watch the sunset, enjoy dinner at the camp, and book your tour for the next day. I seriously recommend doing a full-day trip, not just a trip for 4-5 hours. Then you have the chance to see more of the vast desert before enjoying another sunset and having your dinner.
- Leave early the next day after breakfast and head back towards Amman.
WHERE TO STAY IN WADI RUM
I recommend staying directly in Wadi Rum and not outside of it. If your accommodation is in Wadi Rum directly (and not in Wadi Rum Village), you most likely will be picked up from the village and then driven to your camp. Your car will most likely stay in the Wadi Rum village, but safety is normally not a big issue.
- I recommend booking a tent at Bedouin night & tours, but apparently, it closed after my visit (I had a great time, though!). However, most bedouin camps have great reviews. Check out different camps here.
From the Dana to Petra, your next destination, it takes about 4 hours (200miles/310km).
What if you have more than one week in Jordan? If that is the case, I have an extra tip for you.
Aqaba (1-2 Days)
In the south of Jordan, you will find the only coastal city – Aqaba. If you are into diving and snorkeling, then Aqaba might be a good place to spend a day or two. I am not a fan of being underwater, so it was easy for me to skip it. However, with only 7 days in Jordan, you would need to skip one of the other places mentioned above or do everything faster so you can enjoy some diving in Aqaba, too.
FINAL THOUGHTS ON CREATING A FUN 7-DAY JORDAN TRIP
Jordan has become one of my most favorite travel destinations of all time. It is such a magical place, and even though places like Petra or the Dead Sea have become quite popular, it did not feel like Jordan is overrun by visitors.
Driving in Jordan felt amazing – with all the empty streets – and the sights and people made the trip perfect. So, whenever you plan your one week in Jordan, I hope you will have as much fun as I had, and this itinerary helps you plan your trip!
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