BEST JORDAN ROAD TRIP

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HOW TO PLAN A PERFECT JORDAN ROAD TRIP

Here is why a Jordan road trip is a must!

Jordan is not only beautiful it is also one of the best places for a fun and easy road trip.

Even as a solo female traveler in Jordan I had a blast and congratulated myself for making the decision to discover Jordan by car.

This country…the people, the sights, the nature, the food – it was an absolute amazing experience and luckily, Jordan is also a very safe destination to visit with and conditions are great for road tripping.

I came to Jordan right after spending time in Lebanon and I admit, I was worried that Jordanians would drive like Lebanese people – luckily, they do not. I did not drive myself in Lebanon and I could nit have driven in Jordan if this had been the case. Actually, this Jordan road trip was so relaxed and fun, so I have to recommend it to anyone.

Joran road trip

DRIVING TIPS FOR YOUR JORDAN ROAD TRIP

Here is some information about driving in Jordan for your Jordan road trip. While I think that driving in Jordan was quite easy and straightforward (and the streets, overall, were in very good condition), you should probably be aware of these things before starting your road trip.

Driving tips for Jordan

Rules

  • Drive on the right side.
  • You have to wear a seat belt.
  • Driving age: 18; if you want to rent a car: 25 years old.
  • Bring a driver‘s license when renting a car and a credit card (a deposit is charged most times, but you will get refunded if everything is okay).
  • You are not allowed to throw things out of a car – and compared to many other countries in the Middle East, it actually is quite clean.
  • GPS – I had Google Maps and Here We Go. However, sometimes they did not get me where I wanted to go. Since there are some new streets, both apps had problems guiding me. Overall, they worked well, but not perfectly. Make sure to download an offline map before your trip.
  • Signs are in Arabic and English, so you should be fine understanding directions.
  • For the Jordan road trip, you will most likely need to rent a car and not driving with your own one. When you rent a car, you will get a paper – and if the police give you a fine, it has to be written on that paper, which you have to hand in to the rental company when you drop off the car.
  • There are a lot of police stops throughout the country – so, you could be pulled over at any time, but normally it is fine and you just have to present your papers.
  • P.S. I was pulled over and, apparently, one paper was missing. The rental company did not give it to me. The police charged a fine – I did not have to pay on spot  – and wrote a note on the paper. When I handed that over to the rental company, they said that it would not be a problem and they would pay for it… Apparently, they do not always hand over that particular certificate and so they accept the consequences.
  • Just double-check all the papers when you pick up the car, so you avoid any – unnecessary – problems.
  • Speed limits: There are many speed signs that will tell you the exact speed limit, but in general: 60 km in cities, 80 km in rural areas, and 120 km on highways.
  • There are speed humps. A lot of them. I mean really a lot of them. They are everywhere. So, always watch out for them because they sometimes even appear out of nowhere – and even if you stick to the speed limit, you very quickly have to sharply reduce your speed if you don’t want your car to be damaged.While speeding in Jordan is less of a problem than in other countries, they sometimes even cause some danger. Anyhow, don’t be surprised by allllll the speed humps.
  • Sometimes, animals are on the street. And sometimes humans. In the town center near Petra, people sat on the curb (with their legs and feet in the street)… smoking shisha. Also, some people in groups don’t like to walk behind each other, but would rather walk next to each other – even if that means that people walk in the street. So, always watch out.
  • Compared to other countries in the Middle East, driving in Jordan was easy – people mostly stick to their side of the lane. However, never believe that drivers will follow all the rules and drive carefully.
  • Don‘t drink and drive. Unfortunately, this isn’t a global rule (some countries do allow drivers to have a few drinks), but in Jordan, you can’t drive if you have had a drink.
  • I saw plenty of petrol/gas stations – however, this does not mean you will find one every 50km. So, whenever you have a longer distance to drive, make sure you refuel your petrol/gas. There is always service and you can wait in the car while it gets refuelled – you have to pay in cash. 
  • Petrol/gas prices are quite affordable – and unlike in Germany, where prices change many times over the course of the day, the prices are more stable here and cost about 1€ for 1 liter.
  • One of the reasons I loved Jordan was because of the friendly locals.When I drove through villages and towns, many kids waved at me and were smiling – however, some teenage boys did throw stones at me and my car. My tip: ignore and continue driving.
  • If you drive at night, double-check your lights as there aren’t many street lights.
  • The King’s Highway: In ancient times, the King’s Highway was a trade route that linked Africa with Mesopotamia. It ran from Egypt to Aqaba, then to Damascus and the Euphrates River. Today, you can still travel along this ancient 280-kilometer-long roadway, passing through tiny villages and mountain towns. Popular attractions include St. George’s Church, the ruins of Mukawir, the site of Umm ar-Rasas, the Crusader castle of Kerak, and Shobak Castle, among many others. This road will also take you from Amman and pass through other popular destinations in Jordan, like Wadi Mujib, Dana National Park, and Petra.
  • Jordan Pass: Most nationalities have to pay for a visa: The Jordan Pass is a pass, that you can buy (online or when you arrive in Jordan) and which includes the visa and also entry to most attractions in the country. Financially, it makes sense to buy the Jordan Pass if you stay in Jordan for a few days and visit places like Petra or Jerash.
  • Jordan is a very safe country and as a solo female traveler in Jordan I never had to worry about my security – just exercise common sense whether you travel alone or not.

10-Day Jordan road trip

How to Rent a Car in Jordan

Renting a car in Jordan is quite straight forward. I used RentalCars to find a car – I picked the smaller car available and it was fine. I realised, later in the mountains, that it was challenging for the car to drive up the mountains but it did a good job after all. BUT, with what I know now, I suggest not taking the smaller car but probably a medium-sized car.

Unless you have a lot of luggage or you are a group of 5 people you will not need a big car. Street conditions are good – and a medium-sized car should be fine. A 4wheel car is not needed – for a trip to the desert, I highly suggest, to book a tour.

When renting a car, make sure all damages are well recorded when you pick up the car so that you don’t get blamed for damages you did not cause.

TIP: Get full insurance. I always do that – it is a bit more expensive, but it is less stressful in case anything happens to your car (whether it is your fault or not) and make sure all papers are complete when picking up the car.

With the above driving tips, you should be fine to drive in Jordan. 

Where to Stay in Jordan When Road Tripping

While I have hotel recommendations under each stop, you can also check out my Jordan accommodation guide to find the best areas and hotels in Jordan.

Find more general travel tips for Jordan here.

JORDAN ROAD TRIP ITINERARY

So, for this Jordan road trip itinerary, you will need a minimum of 5 days – however, 7 or 10 days in Jordan would be much better as you could actually see all places mentioned here. If you plan a two-week Jordan road trip, you will actually have enough time to also rest and relax and spend time at the beach (or in the desert). So, if you can visit Jordan for 2 weeks, then go for it.

But you can even discover Jordan on a 7 or 10-day road trip. And with a 5-day road trip you have to skip two or three places mentioned here. Anyway, here we go, here are places not to miss when road tripping Jordan.

Jordan Road Trip

Stop 1: Amman

Personally, I really enjoyed my time in Amman and I do think, it is one of the best things to do in Jordan – especially for every Jordan road trip. Amman is the capital of Jordan and a very busy and exciting place to visit. It is one of the oldest continually inhabited cities in the world, and also well populated as half of the people in Jordan live here.

View from Citadel in Amman

While the city is very old, there is a mix of both ancient and modern architecture.

Amman is teeming with shops, restaurants, and an active nightlife, and has a hectic feel as everything always feels like it’s in motion. There are a number of attractions offered within the city, such as the Roman Ampitheater, downtown Amman and the souks, and the views from the Citadel. 

Entry to most attractions are free with your Jordan Pass.

Tip: I recommend spending one or two days in Amman – and discover the city WITHOUT a car. Unless you enjoy driving in busy places. Then Amman is a good place to drive. But for all others: Make Amman your starting point of the road trip and pick up the car after your time in Amman (or make it the end point of the trip).

You can get around on foot or take a bus or an Uber if needed in Amman.

WHERE TO STAY IN AMMAN

I stayed in Nomads Hostel Hotel (and another place that isn’t worth mentioning). It was very conveniently located near Rainbow Street and made it easy for me to connect with other female travelers. The hostel was fun, modern, and clean, with a great location. Check it out here because it surely is a perfect budget accommodation.

For a midrange hotel option, I suggest Albasem Hotel, because it is well-rated and centrally located. Check out rates and availibilities here.

For a luxury hotel, try The House Boutique Suites, which is also near Rainbow Street (which is probably one of the best places to stay) and offers lots of amenities.  Find out more about the hotel here.

Stop 2: Jerash

Dating back almost 6,500 years, Jerash is located just north of the capital, Amman, and in the northwest part of Jordan. I think, there is no way to skip Jerash when you do this Jordan road trip.

Jerash Theater in Jordan

It is one of the best preserved cities from under the rule of the Roman Empire and is really amazing. It was rediscovered about 70 years ago and restored. You can explore a lot of attractions in Jerash, including the 2nd-century Hadrian’s Arch (aka Triumphal Arch), the South Gate, the forum, the hippodrome, the Corinthian columns of the Temple of Artemis, and the Temple of Zeus, among others.

The Jerash Archaeological Museum also exhibits their finds for viewing.

Tip: I recommend renting a car now, and getting there after your time in Amman and plan in half a day (max. one day if you are really into history) and then head to the Dead Sea. Entry is free with your Jordan Pass.

You can leave early in the morning and – after a few hours or a full day – head to the Dead Sea which is a 1,5 – 2 hours drive.

Stop 3: Dead Sea

The Dead Sea is located along the western border of Jordan and is the lowest point on the planet – and it surely is a must-see for any Jordan road trip.

Dead Sea, Mövenpick pool with a view

It is more than 400 meters below sea level. It is so salty that you cannot swim in it because you only float. But it is a destination for many because the mud from the Dead Sea can be used to soften skin – even Cleopatra was known to do it. So, the minerals in the mud make it a natural spa destination and the beaches are also popular.

Most are owned by the resorts in the area, but there is a public beach to enjoy as well.

Tip: Many people visit the Dead Sea on their way back to Amman – because this is the place to chill and relax. I did not wait until the end – I was ready for a day in a luxury accommodation and wanted to get pampered.

If you plan a 5-day road trip, I would probably just visit for a few hours but if you road tip Jordan in 7 days, stay a night here and chill before you get to experience some adventure. I would continue my journey around 10 am and visit a real highlight in Jordan which is quite close.

BEST PLACES TO STAY AT DEAD SEA

I stayed at the Mövenpick Resort & Spa. My room was nice, but a little outdated, especially in the bathroom, but Stthe bed was comfortable (I had an amazing sleep) and staff is very friendly. The hotel was done in the Arabic style, and breakfast and dinner were included. Butt you can also book it without any dinner/breakfast/lunch. I would say it was definitely worth the money and my first choice for staying at the Dead Sea. Check out rates here.

The Ma’in Hot Springs Resort & Spa is also a good place to stay, situated among beautiful mountain landscapes and offering relaxing spa amenities. It is a bit more expensive than Mövenpick Hotel – find out more about this luxury hotel here.

For a budget option, try the Dead Sea Spa Hotel, which is a well-rated 4-star hotel with great amenities and private beach access. Find the rates here.

Stop 4: Wadi Mujib

Wadi Mujib is a river canyon, where the Mujib River empties out into the Dead Sea, making the area the lowest nature reserve in the world at 420 meters below sea level.

Wadi Mujib in Jordan is one of the fun places to go in Jordan

The Wadi Mujib Gorge is a stunning place, and a fun and exciting destination while in Jordan. You can hike the area, climbing stairs under waterfalls, crossing through the water, and floating in between the gorge. The water is filled with the little fish often used for “pedicures.”

This is a very adventurous place to visit and was one of the highlights during my Jordan road trip.

Tip: It is closed in the winter months (exact times depend on the actual weather conditions but it might close mid-October for a few months). You can get there from your way from the Dead Sea to Dana and it will take a few hours (or up to a day, depending which tour you want to do).

There is an entrance fee (not covered by the Jordan Pass) that is about 25€ – you can only pay in cash – and then you can rent a guide. I did hire a personal guide for another 25€ and it was absolutely amazing. I did the shortest – yet not easiest – hike through the gorge and it was just better than expected.

I am an active person though not very sporty and it was not always easy but definitely doable with the help of a guide (and if you are active and fit you can do it yourself!). Bring suitable shoes with you! I would try to leave Wadi Mujib at around 3 pm so you can experience the sunset at this gorgeous place that I am talking about now.

Stop 5: Dana

Located between Petra and the Dead Sea, Dana is a lesser-known stop and many dont add it to a Jordan road trip, but features stunning sights.

Dana Nature Reserve at sunset

The Dana Nature Reserve encompasses about 300km around Dana Village and Wadi Dana.

It is inhabited by the Al Atata Tribe, who have been living there for 6,000 years. Popular among hikers, Dana offers many hiking trails. Wadi Dana, a canyon, is also visited for its natural beauty and views. The town of Dana is about 500 years old and you can see many aspects from the 19th century well-preserved and still present today. 

Tip: This place is a bit more off-the-beaten path – but if you are into hiking or hidden gems, you should not miss out. I am not a hiking fan but did a short hike but most of all, I loved the sunset in Dana. Accommodation here is mostly very basic yet it is a great place for any road trip itinerary.

WHERE TO STAY IN DANA

I stayed at Al Nawatef Bedouin Camp – it is a very basic camp. You have shared toilets and mattresses were not great. However, I still recommend it because the views are great (and sunset from here is top!), and the food was great.  They also offer guided hiking tours (from a few hours to a 2-day hiking trip).

So, I definitely recommend staying here (plus it is very budget-friendly). Check out their rates here.

If you are looking for a bit more comfort you will probably find it at Mount Dana Hotel. You can check out their rates and amenities.

Stop 6: Petra

Petra is perhaps the most visited place in Jordan and one of the best stops for your Jordan road trip. Located in the southwestern part of the country, it was the prosperous capital of the Nabatean kingdom around 1 BC.

Petra, Treasury_

It flourished under Roman rule, but was then destroyed by an earthquake in 4 AD.

Only the Bedouins remained after that, until a Swiss explorer discovered it in the 19th century. Some attractions in Petra are the Siq, the Theater, the Treasury (Al Khazna), the Monastery (Ad Deir), the Royal Tombs, and the Colonnade Street. You can also visit a nearby Nabatean site that was built around the same time as Petra.

Tip: Petra is huge…I am serious. You can’t see it in a few hours. You will be able to the Siq and the Treasury but you won’t be able to see the main attractions. You would need more than a day for all that. I booked a 3-day pass with my Jordan Pass, but I only visited on two days because I somehow felt it gets repetitive (apps, yes, I said it) and some places looked similar.

There is a lot of walking and some hiking included – wear comfy shoes and never, never ride a donkey.

There are terribly treated (what I saw) and if you need a ride, you can take an electric mini bus for some parts. Even though they don’t take you up all the way to mountain peaks, I guess, it is not an option to ride a donkey, so bring enough drinks and snacks (though there are stalls where you can buy all that) and prepare for some nice walks.

Petra By Night was a little disappointment – too many people, too loud and too short. It wasn’t worth the money in my opinion (and it is not covered with the Jordan Pass).

WHERE TO STAY IN PETRA

The Mövenpick Resort is a very nice luxury hotel located just next to Petra (so perfectly located). But it is very popular and fills up fast, so if you want to stay there, then I suggest you book early. Check out rates here.

Another beautiful place to stay near Petra is the Hyat Zaman – while it is rated as a 3-star hotel, it actually is a beautiful luxury hotel about 15 minutes drive from Petra. It was my favorite place to stay in Jordan and definitely recommend staying there. It is a great choice if you don’t have to watch your budget closely. Check out the hotel here.

For a cheaper option, you can stay in Wadi Musa at the Cleopatra Hotel, which is only 2 km away from Petra. It is a simple place to stay but was fine for the 2 nights I stayed there as it is close to min attractions. Read more about the hotel here.

Stop 7: Wadi Rum

There is absolutely no way to skip Wadi Rum on your Jordan road trip. Wadi Rum, also known as Valley of the Moon, was named a UNESCO World Heritage site for its cultural and natural significance.

Wadi Rum on Jordan itinerary

Inhabited by the Nabataeans in prehistoric times, this area has a unique landscape and stunning views. It is also the largest wadi in Jordan. It is famous for its red-pink desert sands, natural arches, mountains, and prehistoric rock engravings.

Wadi Rum also became well-known as a filming location for movies, such as Lawrence of Arabia. Other attractions include the Burdah Rock Bridge, Al Hasany Dunes, and the Khazali Siq.

Tip: I suggest, staying at least one night in Wadi Rum. Most other visitors only come for a day (for few hours) but they miss out on a magical night. There are several camps (unfortunately, the one I stayed is closed atm) and it was amazing. Basically all camps offer tours for the day – and do have dinner/breakfast and lunch if you stay with them overnight and book a tour.

You should not drive with your own car in the desert – the desert is huge and you would need a 4 wheel drive and should have at least some experience driving in sand. So, you can leave your car at the visitor center and will then be picked up by the company you booked the tour / accommodation with. Sounds complicated but is quite easy if you book in advance.

WHERE TO STAY IN WADI RUM

I stayed in a very good camp but it seems the owner has some troubles with the police and it was closed?! I am not sure but you cannot book it anymore and the last review looked like this. Anyhow, you should not worry.

Make sure that you ask about the tours once you have your accommodation booked. This camp looks pretty similar to the camp I stayed at and they also offer tours, so once you have your night booked then email them and ask about tours.

Check out this luxury camp that offers beautiful rooms with great views.

Stop 8: Aqaba

Located in the southern part of Jordan, Aqaba is the only coastal city in the country. This port city is situated off the Gulf of Aqaba in the Red Sea.

It is a popular destination for those who enjoy diving, wind surfing, snorkeling, and other water sports. It also has a rich history, dating back to 4,000 BC when it was first inhabited. Some attractions to see here are the Yamanieh coral reef and the Aqaba Fort. There are many beach resorts here as well, but this city generally attracts lovers of water sports.

Since I, personally, had not added Aqaba to my Jordan road trip, I actually can’t say much as I am not into diving and am also not a beach person. However, it is very popular with the people who like to dive. Aqaba is probably one of the best places to chill and rest – so, if you road trip Jordan for more than 7 days, then you will have time to do so here.

WHERE TO STAY IN AQABA

For accommodations, you can stay at Al Manara Hotel in Aqaba, which is a luxury resort that is highly rated for its location, service, and amenities.

A more mid-range hotel would be the Lacosta Hotel, which is close to the beach and other attractions, and often includes breakfast.

A budget option would be the Amir Palace Hotel, which is a charming boutique hotel in the city center.

Tip: This could be your last stop – and from here you could head back to Amman or continue your journey (many visit Israel afterwards).

Stop 9: Amman

Aqaba – or Wadi Rum – is quite far from Amman. If you flight is from Amman it is time to head back north. It takes time so make sure to leave early – or better, book your last night in Amman so you don’t have to stress.

As great as driving in Jordan is, it always can happen that something happens with your car or streets are closed so plan in enough time for the drive back.

PLACES TO STAY IN AMMAN

Though I mentioned i above, here are three places that are probably the great fits for all budgets.

Nomads Hostel Hotel: Check it out here because it surely is a perfect budget accommodation.

Albasem Hotel, is well-rated and centrally located. Check out rates and availibilities here.

The House Boutique Suites,  is also near Rainbow Street (which is probably one of the best places to stay) and offers lots of amenities.  Find out more about the hotel here.

CONCLUSION: JORDAN ROAD TRIP

Jordan is such an amazing country – as public transportation is not great, a Jordan road trip is actually the best way to explore the country. As mentioned, I traveled through Jordan as a solo female traveler and I loved it! So, whether you plan a road trip in Jordan by yourself, with friends or family or alone – do it (here are more tips for solo female travelers in Jordan):

Jordanians are very relaxed, friendly and always happy to help, Whether you do a Jordan road trip by yourself, with friends or family or your partner – I am sure, you will have a great time!

Stay safe and great travels!

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Safe Travels, Arzo

Where to Stay in Jordan for an Amazing Trip

BEST PLACES TO STAY IN JORDAN FOR ALL BUDGETS

Are you planning your Jordan trip and wondering about where to stay in Jordan? Then this post is for you – find out about the best places to stay in Jordan, the best areas and best hotels for all budgets.

The country of Jordan is absolutely amazing. It has become a very popular tourist destination, and for good reason. This is one of the most beautiful places in not only the Middle East, but in the world. Jordan has so much to offer, from stunning scenery to small cute villages and fun cities.

It is a great place to visit for anyone, whether you are an adventurer, a family, or a solo female traveler. Jordan is very safe. And let’s not forget Jordan’s generous hospitality.

This post will let you know where to stay in Jordan and the best accommodations in all price ranges, from budget to midrange to luxury. There will also be travel tips to make your own trip to Jordan even better.

Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links which mean I might earn a small commission when you buy a product (at no extra cost to you) after clicking on my link. More about it here.

Amman

Amman is the capital of Jordan, so of course you must make a stop here. This conservative and traditional Arabic city is full of fun and activity. It is very modern, and with about 4 million people living here, also very hectic and busy.

Amman citadel is one of the best places to see in Jordan

This city is the perfect place to either start or end your Jordan trip. It’s also in a convenient location, making it easy to take a day trip to Jerash, which is only 48 km north of the capital. 

I would suggest staying for 2 nights if you are planning to be in Jordan for at least 7 days.

Where to Stay in Amman

I stayed in Nomads Hostel Hotel while I was here. It was very conveniently located near Rainbow Street and made it easy for me to connect with other female travelers. The hostel was fun, modern, and clean, with a great location. Check it out here.

For a midrange hotel option, I suggest Albasem Hotel, which is well-rated and centrally located. Check out rates and availibilities here.

For a luxury hotel, try The House Boutique Suites, which is also near Rainbow Street and offers lots of amenities.  Find out more about the hotel here.

Dead Sea

The Dead Sea is located along the western shores of Jordan and is a great place to visit in Jordan. This salt lake is situated at the lowest land elevation in the world. If you are visiting this fun locale, one night is enough to experience it. 

Dead Sea, Mövenpick pool with a view

You should know that there are only luxury hotels here, which are quite expensive.

But staying at one is great if you are looking to relax at the hotel’s private beach or lay out by the pool after a few busy days in Jordan – or if you need a place to refuel before the real adventure begins.

Best places to Stay at Dead Sea

I stayed at the Mövenpick Resort & Spa. The staff was really nice and very polite. My room was nice, but a little outdated, especially in the bathroom, but the bed was comfortable. The hotel was done in the Arabic style, and breakfast and dinner were included. I would say it was definitely worth the money. Check out rates here.

The Ma’in Hot Springs Resort & Spa is also a good place to stay, situated among beautiful mountain landscapes and offering relaxing spa amenities. Find out more about this luxury hotel here.

The Kempinski Hotel is another luxury accommodation here, which sits at the edge of this famous salt lake. Find out about the rates here.

For a budget option, try the Dead Sea Spa Hotel, which is a well-rated 4-star hotel with great amenities and private beach access. Find the rates here.

Petra

The next great place to stay is the most famous and most popular place in Jordan. This is not just because Indiana Jones was filmed here, though that does increase its popularity.

No, it is also because Petra has been declared one of the new Seven Wonders of the World. 

It is just amazing. You must stay in Petra during your time in Jordan. There is so much to do and it is so huge that you will not be able to see everything in one day. You will need to stay over at least one night. 

Best places to Stay in Petra / Wadi Musa

The Mövenpick Resort is a very nice luxury hotel located just next to Petra. But it is very popular and fills up fast, so if you want to stay there, then I suggest you book early. It really is the perfect location. Check out rates here.

Another beautiful place to stay near Petra is the Hyat Zaman – while it is rated as a 3-star hotel, it actually is a beautiful luxury hotel about 15 minutes drive from Petra. It was my favorite place to stay in Jordan. Great if you don’t have to watch your budget closely. Check out the hotel here.

For a cheaper option, you can stay in Wadi Musa at the Cleopatra Hotel, which is only 2 km away from Petra. It is a simple place to stay but was fine for 2 nights as it is close to min attractions. Read more about the hotel here.

Wadi Rum

Wadi Rum is a must see place in Jordan. You should not miss it. Known as the Valley of the Moon, it is the largest wadi in Jordan and so it doesn’t surprise that it is one of the best places to stay in Jordan.

There are several options to stay in Wadi Rum.

My tip: stay in a beduin camp. Though they are made to appeal to tourists and visitors from around the world, they feel authentic and so they have been adapted for this purpose. There are quite a number of camps ranging from simple to luxurious, and most of them offer also desert tours.

I advise that you stay overnight so that you can watch the sun set over the wadi. Though it can rain, the experience is worth it.

My suggestions is to arrive in the evening, end your day in the camp  and have dinner at the fire camp (and watch the sunset) and then do a full day tour the next morning. If you do a full day tour it ends around 5 or 6 pm so you can then spend another night in the camp and then depart in the early morning.

The Bedouin camps will normally breakfast to guests – and you can also have dinner on request. If you do a full-day safari tour, lunch is included with a tour.

While there, I stayed in a simple, but nice, camp that I booked through Booking.com., however, that camp is – for unknown reasons closed now.

Where to Stay in Wadi Rum

Make sure that you ask about the tours once you have your accommodation booked. This camp looks pretty similar to the camp I stayed at and they also offer tours, so once you have your night booked then email them and ask about tours.

Check out this luxury camp that offers beautiful rooms with great views.

Aqaba

Aquaba is a port city in Jordan that is located on the Red Sea’s Gulf of Aquaba. It is a top destination for water sports lovers.

I didn’t go here because I don’t dive or snorkel and with only a bit more than 7 days in Jordan I had to set priorities about the places to visit but Aqaba is very popular among visitors and a great place if you like windsurfing, scuba diving, etc.  

The Yamanieh coral reef found at the Aqaba Marine Park is a favored dive site and if you are into this, then Aqaba is a great place to stay in Jordan.

Best places to Stay in Aqaba

For accommodations, you can stay at Al Manara Hotel in Aqaba, which is a luxury resort that is highly rated for its location, service, and amenities.

A more mid-range hotel would be the Lacosta Hotel, which is close to the beach and other attractions, and often includes breakfast.

A budget option would be the Amir Palace Hotel, which is a charming boutique hotel in the city center.

Dana Reservation Camp

On the way from the Dead Sea to Petra, you will find the less popular and famous Dana Nature Reserve. Despite not being as well-known as other places in Jordan, Dana is absolutely beautiful.

Dana Nature Reserve at sunset

Everything here is quite simple, but it is the place for seeing great sunsets and hiking. Normally, all hotels and Bedouin camps offer hiking tours, which you can join for a fee. 

Whether you are staying a full day, two days, or even longer, this is a great place to visit in Jordan. It is a little different than the other spots you will see in the country, but that is part of its appeal. Once you have booked your accommodations, ask about the tours.

Jordan is an amazing country with so many places to see. Picking the right accommodation can help you really enjoy the experience in each city you visit and make it easier for you to explore the country’s landmarks.

Whether it is a 5-star luxury hotel (which does not really exist in Dana) or a tent in a Bedouin camp, you will get to see and experience the true beauty of Jordan if you pick the right activities and the perfect accommodation for you.

Where to Stay in Dana

I stayed at Al Nawatef Bedouin Camp – it is a very basic camp. You have shared toilets and mattresses were not great. However, I still recommend it because the views are great (and sunset from here is top!), and the food was great. 

So, I definitely recommend staying here (plus it is very budget-friendly). Check out their rates here.

If you are looking for a bit more comfort you will probably find it at Mount Dana Hotel. You can check out their rates and amenities.

CONCLUSION: WHERE TO STAY IN JORDAN

As stunning as Jordan is, staying in one place and only do day trips is not the best idea. So, traveling around – and changing hotels – is the best way to see the country. 

I hope, these tips will also help you creating your Jordan itinerary  but of course, I also hope, you have found the answer to your question on where to stay in Jordan and now know which hotels and areas to choose when planning your Jordan trip (whether you do a road trip or do day trips .

READ MORE: Solo female travel in Jordan

Safe Travels, Arzo

Things to do in Amman in 2 Days (or 1 Day)

Best things to do in Amman, Jordan in 2 days

BEST THINGS TO DO IN AMMAN, JORDAN

Are you planning your 2-day Amman itinerary and are wondering about the best things to do in Amman in 2 days? Then read on and find out about the best activities and attractions plus travel tips.

Amman is a crazy, hectic, busy city – which is typical for an Arabian city, but it is still different.

Jordan’s capital is a good starting or end point if you are doing a Jordan trip. While some people don’t spend much time here or skip it altogether, you should spend at least one day here, if you can arrange it. It probably is not the highlight in the country but still worth a visit.

It is a great historic city with a lot to offer – lots of authentic places and ancient sights. It is also quite modern with nightlife and modern buildings outside the downtown area. Since it is in a hilly area, you have great views and can catch some beautiful sunsets.

And let’s not forget the numerous restaurants and take-aways that serve great (and affordable) food! Yes, there are many reasons to add Amman to your Jordan itinerary visit Amman and here are some places to see and things to experience.

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Best things to do in Amman in 2 days – an itinerary

AMMAN TRAVEL TIPS

Before talking about the 2-day Amman itinerary here are a few travel tips for Amman.

Best time to visit Amman

March until May is the busiest time in Jordan and thus Amman.  The weather is quite moderate at that time, and warm (it can get quite hot in the summer months and chilly in the winter).

I visited in October, which is also a good time – the weather was pleasant most of the time and there was little rain, also November is a good time to visit. However, if you are looking for a less busy season then consider visiting in December or in the hot summer months.

How to Arrive

Most likely, you will arrive in Amman. From there, you can take an official airport taxi. Prices are fixed (about $28 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. From there, it is about $2-4 to get to your hotel in/near downtown.

Uber works in Amman, but apparently, they are not allowed to pick you up from the Amman airport.

Getting Around in Amman

In Amman you can easily get around my buses, shared or regular taxis, Uber, or guided tours/personal drivers.

Though, I loved my road trip in Jordan, I was happy I did not drive in Amman myself. Personally, I am happy that I did not get a rental car for my time in Amman as it can be busy and driving in an Arabic capital can often feel crazy – and so it does in Amman.

Many sights are located in Downtown (also those mentioned in the Amman itinerary) but you might want to grab a taxi here or there – in this case, discuss the price beforehand (and $2 gets you a few kilometres). 

Here are more travel tips for Jordan.

Where to stay in Amman

I am normally not a big hostel fan – but stayed at Nomad Hostel for one night and loved it. Especially for solo travelers this is a good choice – good location, nice hostel, friendly staff and clean rooms.

Check out the hostel and its rates here.

I also stayed at another simple apartment for two night but do not really recommend it as it was a few kilometres from the main attractions.

Jordan Pass

If you go to Jordan, you will likely have to pay for a visa. It is $56 for a tourist visa upon arrival. What does this have to do with Amman?

Well,, I truly recommend getting a Jordan Pass if you are staying more than 4 days. 

The cheapest version is around $100, and with it, you also gain entrance to Petra (which is quite expensive and is $70 for a day pass), entrance to Jerash, but also access to attractions in Amman, and entrance into many more museums. So, if you visit Amman with a Jordan Pass, you don’t have to think about entrance fees for tourist attractions in Amman. 

You can buy it in person or online.

WHAT TO DO IN AMMAN

Okay, here are the top places to visit and top things to do. Whether you stay 2 days in Amman, or shorter or longer, use this Amman itinerary as foundation for your trip and see how much you can fit in.

Grand Husseini Mosque

Start your day in Amman Downtown and visiting this mosque is one of the best things to do: the Grand Husseini Mosque.

Mosque in Amman

Built in 1932 by the late King Abdullah I, it is one of the oldest mosques in the city. I must admit, I almost passed it because it looks – compared to other mosques in the Middle East – quite humble from the outside.

As a foreigner, you can visit the inside if you dress appropriately.

Since I didn’t have a scarf with me, I skipped going inside. Make sure you bring one, since there was no one passing out scarves as you sometimes see at other places. 

Roman Theater

Then head to the Roman Theater which was probably built around 138 AD and it is another top Amman activity.

Back then, it could hold about 6,000 people and is still really impressive today. It was restored in 1970 and is now used for civic activities, concerts, and graduations, and is one of the main places to visit in Amman.

Jordan Pass holders have free entrance.

Falafel & Fresh Juice

You should definitely have a lot of food in Amman. It is quite cheap and affordable to eat here, especially takeaway food. So, falafel for the win.

Hashim is a popular place where I went for food, and it was very affordable. For 2€, I had falafel, a drink, bread, and a salad. So, make sure to eat your weight in falafel because it was just amazing and tastes different than in other countries.

Only downside: They use A LOT of plastic which led a bad taste in my mouth (not figuratively).

However, you can get also small falafel sandwiches for less than 1€ and they are amazing at one of the takeaway shops.

And then have fresh juice afterwards – you will see a couple of shops selling fresh juices. And as a fresh juice lover, I can say that they are amazing. I always have my water bottle with me and just asked them to pour my juice into that – no need for more plastic use in Amman. Prices were about 1,30€ for around for almost half a litre.

Al Balad (Downtown Amman)

There are lots of restaurants, souvenir shops, and all kinds of stores and shops, and it is all kinds of crazy here. So, make sure to be prepared for that and enjoy. I am not a big shopper but I got some souvenirs for my little nephews from here.

Shopping in Amman

So, if you are looking for presents, souvenirs for yourself or Arabian clothes, then Al Balad is the place to visit. And if you are not into shopping, then it is still a fun place to visit in Amman and strolling the area is actually one of the best things to do in Amman.

I liked it more in the evening than during the day time and as in Arabic countries common, shops are open until late so you can combine your evening stroll here with some shopping, eating and more.

The Citadel

From Al Balad head to the Citadel.

Amman citadel

One of the highlights of Amman is the Citadel. You can also kill two birds with one stone when you visit it. First of all, you have amazing views because the Citadel is located on Citadel Hill, known as Jabal al-Qal’a, and this is amazing for watching the sun set and even staying after it has set.

Also, the Citadel is one of the most ancient places to visit in Amman and you can visit the museum and learn all about the history of the city.

Opening hours vary, so check them out before your visit.

Free with the Jordan Pass.

Rainbow Street

In the evening, check out Rainbow Street. During the day, it was a little less spectacular, but in the night, this is where you want to be.

Rainbow Street is one of the best places to visit in Amman, Jordan in 2 days

Have dinner, drinks – there are so many bars. Also, check out the side streets for beautiful cafes, restaurants, and street art. I personally really enjoyed it in the evening, so come here to end your day (you can head to Rainbow Street after your visit from the Citadel).

My favorite side street was the Ahmad Bin Toloon Street with the prettiest street art, cafes and restaurants and also decoration.

Street Art

There is quite a lot of street art in the downtown area. I made the mistake of walking all the way from the Boulevard to Al Balad, thinking there would be a lot going on. Funnily, there wasn’t.

However, there was a lot of street art that you should check out, and it is probably not what you would expect in a city like this – often with a political message.

Above mentioned places/activities can be done one one day in Amman – if you have more time you can do some of the following activities in/near Amman.

For day 2 in Amman add the following attractions to your itinerary.

Jordan Museum

Even if you are not really into museums, the Jordan Museum is a must. It has a lot of interesting artifacts that date back to before Christ, and some are considered to be the oldest statues in the world. 

Unfortunately, it is located not in near all the other sights – however, it is easy to reach and worth a visit.

Go to Jerash

Jerash, which is about an hour’s drive from Amman, is a must-see place. So, don’t miss out on this half-day trip to visit one of the best-preserved and largest Roman towns in the world.

Hopefully, this post has helped you find the best places to visit and things to do while in Amman. It is a vibrant city with a lot to offer, so enjoy!  

Hamam

You could end your two days in Amman with some time at a haman.

Normally, I always take time out to experience a hamam, a Turkish bath. Quite a few of the hamans in Amman had bad reviews and I then stopped looking. However, but there are a few that are supposedly very good. So, if you have some time off and want to relax, then go to a hamam.

CONCLUSION: THINGS TO DO IN AMMAN IN 1 or 2 DAYS

Traveling to Jordan as a solo female traveler? Then check out my solo female travel guide for Jordan.

Yes, visiting Amman is one of the best things to do in Jordan. With two days in Amman you can manage to see the main highlights but as always, you just scratch the surface of an exiting city that has much more to offer than just the things mentioned above but even with one day in Amman you will get a good glimpse of the city and what it has to offer.

However, hopefully this post has helped you plan your Amman itinerary and figuring out about the best things to do in Amman.

Safe Travels, Arzo

Best Things to do in Jordan

best things to do in Jordan

TOP THINGS TO DO IN JORDAN

You might have heard about Jordan´s beauty and what an amazing country it is to visit?! Rightfully, it has become more and popular these days and I am pretty sure, Jordan will not disappoint you. However, you might be wondering about the best things to do in Jordan and its main attractions?! If so, read on and find out what to do and see.

Yes, Jordan is is a quite small country but there are still lots of things to do. To be honest, I would need to visit Jordan again and again to find out about all good things to do. And while I do not even claim to have experienced all the fun things, I compiled a list my favourite Jordan activities as well as more great things to see and do in Jordan.

So, let’s keep it short and simple: Here are the best things to do in Joran!

Visit Petra

Petra is probably the most famous place in Jordan and a must-see. You cannot visit Jordan without visiting Petra. 

Whether you see the monastery or the treasury, or any of the other ancient buildings and sights that were created more than 2,000 years ago, you have to explore this city. It was actually very prosperous back at that time, but it eventually died out.

However, it was rediscovered “recently“ and has become the main tourist attraction. It was also used as a filing location for Indiana Jones – in case you needed more reasons to visit this UNESCO World Heritage Site. 

Make sure to plan in enough time to see the “Rose City“ as it is home to many sights and people underestimate its size. 

Petra is rather big and it involves a lot of hiking, so plan in at least one and a half days so that you can do a few different kinds of hikes and see sights like the Treasury, the Monastery or the Tombs (just to name a few).

Price: The entrance fee for Petra is quite high. If you have a Jordan Pass (highly recommended) you have the fees included.

READ MORE: Solo female travel tips for Jordan

Enjoy Petra by Night

Petra by Night is a big event that takes place three times a week. 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. For some, it is a must-do in Jordan and a highlight – for me, it was a disappointment.

However, I have an alternative that you can do and see Petra by night – without extra costs and with the crowds.

Go to Little Petra, just a few kilometres near Petra, and have a tea at one of the Bedouin camps. It is extremely beautiful and romantic and a better experience than the official Petra by Night. The caves are lit by a lot of candles (they are electric, but you can’t tell from afar) and this is what a romantic and “authentic“ place looks like.

Explore Jerash

Jerash dates back several thousand years and is the best preserved and largest Roman site outside of Italy and without a doubt, visiting Jerash is one of the best things to do in Jordan.

It actually impressed me more than any of the Italian Roman sites. The place is so huge and one of the main attractions in Jordan and definitely a must. 

It has become the main Roman site in Jordan with attractions like the Hadrian´s Arch (Triumphal Arch), the hippodrome, the South Gate and more.

It is a half day trip from Amman – you can drive there yourself or get there by taxi/Uber or even a public bus (leaving from North Station for around 1,10€). There is no entrance fee if you have a Jordan Pass.

Cycle Through Jordan

This is for you guys (not so for me) – cycling in Jordan seems like an amazing idea for  the really active ones amongst you.

Of course you could bike anywhere but Jordan does have a specific Bike Trail. It is a 730 kilometre trail from the south to the north – passing the main attractions like Petra, the Dead Sea and Aqaba. Surely, this is not for everyone and you have to be fit and an experienced cyclists but even for someone like me – who just cycle a few kilometres – this sounds absolutely amazing and intriguing. 

So, surely exploring Jordan by bike surely is something to consider if you are into being active.

Float in the Dead Sea

Floating in the Dead Sea is a bucket list experience and in Jordan you can treat yourself with some time at the Dead Sea (which also makes the lowest point of Earth).

Mud at the Dead Sea, Jordan

This body of water is partly located in Jordan. Don’t expect to swim or float here for hours though – normally, most people are only in it for a few minutes. 

It is known for its healing effects and is good for your skin because the water is so rich in salt and other minerals that it is said, that even Cleaopatra used to have her beauty spa sessions here. But be aware that you will feel every hole and pore in your skin while in the water.

Also, make sure to wrap yourself from head to toe with the mud here and try to find some salt to mix with it. Leave it on for 15-20 minutes before you wash it away – it will have an amazing effect on your skin and while it will not last days, my skin has hardly felt better.

So, taking a mud bath and floating in the Dead Sea is another must-do in Jordan. 

Wadi Rum Desert Safari

Wadi Rum is a desert valley in the south of Jordan, and visiting it is one of the best things you can do and a must for any Jordan itinerary.

It is also well-known because Lawrence of Arabia was filmed here and this is where he actually began his journey through the desert. 

But there is more to it than being a “pretty“ filling location – this UNESCO World Heritage Site was also inhabited by the Nabataeans in prehistoric times (like Petra) and now, it is a place where Bedouins live and tourists visit for half a day, a full day or even longer. 

You will see beautiful rock formations in this part of Jordan. You can do some really fun desert tours, and they are well worth both the money and the time.

Spend a Few Hours at Wadi Mujib

My favorite sporty, adventurous activity was canoeing in Wadi Mujib. The Mujib Bisosphere Reserve is the lowest nature reserve in the world. This is a gorge with water in the base which makes a fun activity to walk through (or biplane through, float etc.).

Wadi Mujib in Jordan is one of the fun places to go in Jordan

You will have to pay an entrance fee to get in here and I booked a personal guide who helped me with the canoeing, sliding, climbing, and paddling but you can also do unguided tours. I did the shortest route, which took about 2 hours (3 hours in total with getting changed etc), but it was fun and you can do even longer hikes, if you want to. 

Unfortunately, you cannot do these activities year round as it closed in the winter, so make sure you check the opening times.

So, yes this is one of the most fun things to do in Jordan and I would love to do it again!

Stay in a Bedouin camp

I stayed at several Bedouin camps during my time in Jordan and staying there was unique and amazing.

Dana Nature Reserve at sunset

Friendly hosts, a stunning scenery (depending on where you stay), good food – some of the perks when staying in a bedouin camp in Jordan.

Also, most bedouin camps are affordable, but they are also very basic and not the most luxurious. However, it proves once more, than there is no need for a luxury hotel to experience happiness. It’s an amazing experience, so don’t miss out on it during your Jordan visit.

Hike at Dana Nature Reserve

Hiking in Jordan is another great thing to do. Probably not in the summer months but when the weather allows it.

The Dana Nature Reserve is one of Jordan’s most popular hiking spots. There are a number of different trails that you can do – from a couple of hours to several days.

To be honest, I had a love-hate relationship with my hiking in Jordan (and I just did a 3-hour hike) – but at the end, it was a fun activity and others I met along the way LOVED hiking there.

Enjoy Views From Mount Nebo

Mount Nebo is another very interesting thing to do and is especially interesting from a religious point of view. Apparently, Moses climbed up to the top of the mountain and saw the Promised Land before he died. You have great views from here. It is close to Amman and the Dead Sea, so you could easily visit it while staying in Amman.

Visit Amman

Some people skip Amman but you seriously cannot miss out on Amman. Half of Jordan’s population lives in the Amman area, so it is quite busy and chaotic. But still charming and fun. 

Amman citadel is one of the best places to see in Jordan

You have to visit the capital of Jordan and stay for at least a day so that you can check out the downtown area with the ancient sights like the Amphitheater.  You can hike up to the Citadel – another ancient sight – and enjoy the best city views from there. 

Watch the Sunset

Jordan has some amazing spots to see the sun set. One of the places to enjoy beautiful sunsets is sown in the Dana Nature Reserve, the Dead Sea or in Wadi Rum.

Dead Sea, Mövenpick pool with a view

 You can also see great ones from the Citadel in Amman. Either way, make sure to not spend your time indoors when the sun sets but to enjoy this free activity in Jordan.

Dive in Aqaba

Jordan has only one coastal city – Aqaba and this is a popular diving and snorkeling location off the Red Sea.  Personally, I don’t dive or snorkel as I’m not very interested in these things, but for many, diving in Aqaba is one of the fun staff to do.

For all those who love to be underwater, Aquba is the place to be. Or for those, who want to relax at the beach after so much traveling in Jordan (as fun as it is, it can be really exhausting).

Road-Trip Jordan

The best way to get around Jordan is road-tripping. I am trying to be environmentally friendly as possible but I do make exceptions with flying and driving (sometimes) but Jordan is a country where road tripping makes the most sense as getting around Jordan with – solely- public transportation is not the easiest thing. 

But driving in Jordan is an experience in itself. I tend to be chicken about driving in some (especially Arabic) countries, but in Jordan, it was actually quite easy and doable.

The streets are okay (some are actually pretty good) and there are not many cars on the street which makes driving in Jordan quite stress-free.I have a detailed post about a Jordan road tip – but in a sentence:Road tripping in Jordan was just amazing!

Enjoy the Food

Last but not least, eat a lot in Jordan because food is great there. I am aware that I do not often recommend “eating” as an activity but one of the very best things to do in Jordan is to eat. Eat a lot.

Especially the falafel (chickpea balls fried in oil), which are really amazing most everywhere in Jordan, should be part of your diet in Jordan.  They also have some meat dishes, but you will not find many places where the vegetarian food is as delicious as it is in Jordan. 

Eat your weight in falafel with delicious bread, veggies, and hummus. And the best: You don’t have to stay in expensive hotels to have that great food – actually, smaller B&B or restaurants often have better and more authentic food so you can have all that great food for little money!

For more Jordan travel tips click here.

CONCLUSION: BEST THINGS TO DO IN JORDAN

Jordan is such a diverse and interesting place to visit and these are some of the best things to do in Jordan. Make sure you plan some (or all) of these into your own Jordan itinerary to have the best trip possible. Since prices are lower than in many western European cities (or the US), most activities mentioned here are actually quite affordable – or even free – and they do not cost a fortune which makes it even more fun!

Safe Travels, Arzo

Solo Female Travel in Jordan

Solo Travel Tips For Females

Traveling to Jordan as a solo female traveler? Well, some might think it is scary to go to Jordan alone but believe me, there is nothing scary about it.

And if you are wondering about “solo female travel tips” this post can help you plan your trip and find out about the best things to do, about main things to keep in mind when traveling to Jordan alone and more solo tips.

Things to do in Jordan alone, solo travel tips

I do believe that women should travel (solo) and also visit countries different to their own country.

Yes, Jordan is a conservative, Muslim country, and this alone might scare some people away, especially solo female travelers.

But I personally think that Jordan is an amazing country to travel by yourself.

In general, I love a lot of places in the Middle East as a sole female traveler because despite the perception we have, I feel safe in most of these countries. No, I do not recommend all countries in the Middle East for solo travelers but Jordan, in particular, is an amazing place to travel solo.

Petra, Treasury_

Solo Female Travel Tips for Jordan

If you were wondering about security, what to wear as a solo female, things to know, and dos and don’ts, here are my tips. If you want to know what things to do if you come to Jordan alone, keep reading as this post is for you.

Is Jordan safe?

Jordan is a safe country, and one of the safest in the Middle East. This region is problematic, but Jordan doesn’t face any war in the near future that we are aware of. Crime toward tourists is quite low.

I can say that Jordan is a very safe country to visit. Of course, there are some tourist scams, but much less than in other countries that I have visited. And none of them felt scary or frightening.

Just be aware of your surroundings, especially if you are in Amman or in more conservative places. Don’t walk out at night in dodgy places. But overall, as a female traveler, people might look at you, but I never felt unsafe.

Jordan, Wadi Rum solo travel

Welcome to Jordan!

This is probably the thing you will hear the most from the airport staff, the hotel staff, and the restaurant workers.

They will ask where you are from and then welcome you to Jordan. I found that Jordanians were friendlier but also more reserved, and not as loud or pushy as people in other Arabian countries, especially when you go to the shops. Which felt totally pleasant (some exceptions in busy Amman Downtown)

Of course, they will try to sell you something, but it is not as extreme as in other places. People are extremely friendly.

Taxi drivers are known for trying to charge more for shorter rides, but I had some great experiences with the drivers in Jordan. In general, people are friendly here.

You will not see many women. But the ones you do see will smile at you and were in general very friendly.

Children will wave at you as you drive by when they realize that you are a foreigner – this is probably one of the sweetest memories I have from Jordan. The cute and friendly kids. Okay, there were a few boys who threw stones at my car as I passed them, but apart from that, even the children are overly friendly.

What to wear

Jordan is quite conservative. Outside of Amman, you will not see many women (if you see any at all) who are not wearing scarves. But you don’t have to wear one. You can wear shorts and tank tops.

You don’t have to cover your arms, legs, or head. At the beach at the Dead Sea, you can wear a bikini, as well as at the hotel pools. But keep in mind that you will stand out, negatively, if you show too much skin. So, dress moderately and be respectful.

In general, I advise wearing comfortable shoes because Jordan is a mountainous country and Amman is hilly. You will likely do a lot of walking. For Amman, dress more for comfort than fashion – you can save your fancier clothes for when you go out.

Bring a scarf with you in case you want to visit a mosque, or in case you wanted to cover up your bare arms in certain situations.

Things not to do

My plan is always to not attract too much attention in a negative way. It’s always nice to learn a few words when going to a new place, like “shukraan,” which means “thank you,” and other Arabic words.

Familiarize yourself with local customs and traditions. You will be offered tea a lot and people will talk to you.

Don’t drink alcohol on the streets. Don’t curse loudly. Don’t cause negative tension.

And if you road trip, don’t drive too fast because there will be a lot of speed bumps!

Where to stay

Here’s the thing: As a solo female traveler, I felt a little uncomfortable about staying in the Bedouin camps before I arrived because I wasn’t sure if they would be safe enough. 

Once, I booked the “fancier” but still basic, accommodation and there was no locker that closed properly. You could also more or less see through the window, which made me a little uncomfortable.

But it was fine. I was fine. I was told that I didn’t have to worry as a woman. But that can happen if you stay in a Bedouin camp.  I still recommend them though, even if you are travelling by yourself. I just offer the tip to be aware, no matter where you go. 

There are some hostels where you can stay. Female and male dorms are normally separate. I stayed in a hostel in Amman. There are some in Petra and Wadi Musa, too. If you want to meet people, this is a great place to do it.

Otherwise, there are many different luxury hotels, basic hotels, and apartments, but if you want to socialize, then I advise staying at Bedouin camps in Wadi Rum and Dana Nature Reserve or staying in a  hostel.

How to get around

Whenever possible, I use public transportation but public transportation in Jordan is not perfect if you want to see a lot of places. If you stay in Amman and want to do a few day trips, public transportation is fine.

Public transportation is, in general, very cheap. It brings you to many main attractions, but it doesn’t run very often. But you can feel safe when you travel alone using it.

If you are by yourself, I would definitely advise getting around by car. It is the most comfortable and easiest way, even though it can get expensive – though petrol is very cheap in Jordan.

If you want to get around on a budget, you could always get a shared taxi – you would have to ask the taxi to pick up other people to share. In a hostel, you can ask others to share a taxi or Uber.

Things to do in Jordan Alone

I have a more comprehensive post on things to do in Jordan, but if you are wondering about the best things to do alone in Jordan, you can pretty much do everything. I went to Jordan alone and made some friends. But I was only with them one or two nights or days, depending on when I met them, but then continued on my journey alone. 

Amman

In Amman, you can definitely explore the downtown area by yourself.

However, there are a lot of international people if you want to connect with them. If you stay in a hostel it will be even easier to meet other people and explore the city with others.

But the locals will also talk with you – I most often do talk more to locals when I am by myself.

It feels quite safe to go out in this crazy place by yourself and explore the ancient sights and busy downtown.

Wadi Rum

Wadi Rum is a place where you will most likely meet people – if you want to.

I met some really cute Dutch girls at a Bedouin Camp and who I got along with very well. We had dinner together the first night in the Bedouin camp and spend some time together on the desert safari.

Most likely, unless you want to have a private tour, you will meet people. It is really difficult to explore Wadi Rum on your own – not impossible, but hard – so you will most likely land up booking a tour. Whether you do Wadi Rum by yourself or with others in a group – this is a fun activity not to miss out.

Dead Sea

The Dead Sea is another fun place you can do by yourself. The hotels are full of international visitors but I enjoyed the time by myself and did not feel the need to make friends.

Mud at the Dead Sea, Jordan

If you prefer some time to relax and chill, then the a beach/pool day at the Dead Sea is a good idea.

Only downside: The Dead Sea is about beauty treatments and rubbing mud all over your body (your skin will thank you).

So, there was a moment I wished, I had not been alone and someone had helped me with putting mud on my back since that can get tricky. But other than that: another fun solo activity.

Petra

Petra is an amazing place to go by yourself. It is the main tourist attraction and so people from all over the world flock here. This makes it easy to meet people and I met solo travelers with whom to talk to, and I also had chats with the Bedouins, so I never felt alone.

Treasury view from above

I actually wish I had had time by myself because you can enjoy this magical place even better when you are alone.

Road-tripping

I am an experienced driver but am a chicken sometimes – but driving in Jordan is quite easy and safe. The streets are often in a good condition and there are not many cars around which makes driving in Jordan quite stress free (except for Amman). 

Jordan Road Trip

And if you are alone in Jordan, you can also road trip by yourself. It is easy, safe, and secure, so you do not have to worry or have somebody by your side to explore the beauty of the country.

Jerash

Jerash is an easy day trip (or half a day trip from Amman).  

You can go to Jerash by yourself – whether you use public transportation or drive yourself. Using public transportation alone is not scary at all – the buses are small and you pay the driver once you get onto the bus.

While public transportation in Lebanon is crazy, it was quite stress-free here – just hop on a bus at the Northern Station and enjoy a cheap ride to Jerash. However, it is also possible to drive there by car.

 I met a Polish girl there and we shared a taxi ride back to Amman.

Dana Nature Reserve

Dana Nature Reserve is another great place to go to when traveling Jordan solo – you should stay overnight and once at the camp ask about hiking tours. 

Most camps offer hiking tours (ask via email in advance if you are unsure the camp offers some) and you will meet other travelers from around the world.

I met 2 more Dutch girls (apparently, Jordan is full of female Dutch travelers) and we did a guided walking hike with around 7-8 people.

This is something I would not recommend doing by yourself because (at least on the hike I did) the signage is not very good and it was not clear where we were headed. So, unless you have a good sense of direction or have a compass, I would advise taking a guided tour. 

Wadi Mujib

Wadi Mujib is a must- I am by no means overly sporty or adventurous, but that 3-hour trip was fun and one of the best things I did in Jordan. 

Wadi Mujib in Jordan is one of the fun places to go in Jordan

I did not really do it by myself though as I am not the sportiest person out there. And so I have to admit, that I would have sucked in doing the Wadi Mujib hike by myself. 

I hired a private hike and he helped me with the hike – helped me paddling, floating, climbing through the Wadi Mujib Gorge.

However, I saw other solo travelers doing the hikes by themselves so it might be a fun thing to do alone. Check out opening hours though as it is closed in the winter months.

These are my tips for solo female travelers in Jordan. Just follow these and you should have a fun, safe, and amazing experience in Jordan.

Check out my more detailed 7-day Jordan itinerary.

 

 

Safe Travels, Arzo

Best Jordan Travel Tips

best travel tips for Jordan

BEST TRAVEL TIPS  – WHAT TO KNOW BEFORE VISITING JORDAN

If you are planning – or even only considering – a trip to Jordan, you might be wondering about many thing. Is it safe, where to go and what to see, how to get around and more. So if this is the case, I have compiled a list with the best Jordan travel tips.

Jordan has become an extremely popular travel destination, but if you ask me, I can totally understand why. It is one of the best places to visit at the moment.

The people are amazing, the sights and attractions are stunning, the food is great, it feels safe, and there are many other great things about Jordan. So, here are my favorite travel tips for Jordan.

Visa

You will most likely need a visa and you will most likely need to pay for it. Even as a German/European as the visa is not free. Many nationalities can get it upon arrival and it is quite easy for most nationalities.

Single Entry visas valid for one month: 40 JOD (around $56).

Jordan Pass

One of the best Jordan travel tips I can give you, is to get a Jordan Pass. If you go to Jordan, you will likely have to pay for a visa. It is $56 for a tourist visa upon arrival. However, I truly recommend getting a Jordan Pass if you are staying more than 4 days. You can buy it in person or online.

The cheapest version is around $100, and with it, you also gain entrance to Petra (which is quite expensive and is $70 for a day pass), entrance to Jerash, access to attractions in Amman, and entrance into many more museums.

It is worth it to buy the pass in advance. The only downside is that you have to think about how many days you want to stay in Petra because the price depends on whether you need a 1, 2, or 3-day pass to Petra.

Best Time to Visit

Another important Jordan travel tips is about the time of your visit. There are a few months that you should not visit Jordan unless you love the heat. Typically, from March to May is very popular and the busy season. At this time, it is pleasantly warm and a little hottish, but bearable.

October and November are also pleasant. The summer months, though, are too hot. And winter months, like December and January, are too cold.

Wadi Mujib is a must in Jordan in 7 days

Some places, like Wadi Mujib, are closed during the winter. This is the shoulder season, and it is better than visiting in the summer. 

Getting Around Jordan

Jordan is quite small, but to have the best experience, I don’t recommend staying in Amman and just doing day trips.

You need to move somehow though. You could get around by buses and public transportation – which works, but they don’t run very frequently and are sometimes inflexible.

While I love public transportation in general, my tip is either to use guided tours or taxis (discuss prices beforehand), use Uber (not available everywhere, but they are at the main attractions), or rent a car.  Check out my Jordan road trip itinerary with many tips on driving in Jordan.

Driving in Jordan

Jordan is probably one of the few Middle Eastern countries where I dare to drive.

Jordan Road Trip

There are not many cars here, so it is easy to drive. The roads are in good condition for the most part – and the views are, often, great. Petrol is cheap – you pay less than $1 per liter for Gasoline 90.

GPS sometimes tricked me because there is a lot of construction and new streets; however, I found it quite easy to drive outside of Amman.

Also, beware of the many speed bumps here.

How Long to Stay

I advise staying 7-14 days. With less than 7 days, e.g. 5 days, you would still be able to see many beautiful places but 7 days is actually the minimum I recommend.

Security

The Middle East is an explosive region, but Jordan is a fairly safe country. Despite its proximity to Syria it never felt unsafe or problematic.

But also crime is quite low and as a foreigner you can feel quite safe if you avoid dodgy areas in the dark.

What to Wear

If you visit an Islamic (or any conservative) country, the dress code is always very important and so, these are more very important travel tips for Jordan. Bring trainers and sports clothes because Jordan is a place where you are active. So, prepare for longer or shorter hikes during your visit. Do not forget a scarf/hat as it can be very sunny. 

Since Jordan is an Islamic country, I recommend dressing moderately. There is no need to wear a scarf though about 90% of the local women I met did wear one.

Just don’t wear the shortest dress you own. However, you don’t have to cover up, and you will be fine wearing shorts and short sleeves. Just be aware of where you are going because it is a conservative country.

You can wear bikinis at the beach but in general, you will attract negative attention if you show too much skin.

Solo female travel

I visited Jordan by myself and I never felt insecure or scared. However, outside of Amman there are not many women out on the street at all. It is mostly men. 

Petra, Treasury_

Even in the tourism sector, it is male dominated, with only a few females in the hotels. While I was aware of that the whole time, I did not feel uncomfortable. People are, even the few women you meet, extremely friendly and talkative.

Is solo female traveling to Jordan a good idea? Yes, it is! Check out my travel tips for solo female travelers.

People

The people in Jordan are very friendly and probably some of the nicest and most hospitable people in the world.

One of the things that you will hear often is “welcome.” Jordanians will always ask where you are from and then say, “Welcome, Germany!” (in my case). Compared to other Arabic people, they seem quieter and less pushy.

Language

Arabic is the main language, but I found it easy to get around using English. Most people speak English (whether basis or good English), though not everyone, but at the end I did not have many problems to communicate.

Many signs (especially road signs) are in Arabic and English.

Costs / Money

The currency of Jordan is the dinar, but many places also accept euros and dollars. Credit cards are not accepted everywhere, and hotels in particular may charge 2-3% in credit card fees if you use one. So always have some cash on you. Dollars are widely accepted and also Euros were accepted in many places. However, I also recommend to exchange some money and have some Dinar on you.

Jordan is quite affordable compared to Western Europe or many cities in the US. However, it is not as cheap as many destinations in Southeast Asia e.g. 

Hostel rooms start from around $10 and a room at the Dead Sea (in one of the luxury hotels) is about $200.

Dead Sea, Mövenpick pool with a view

You can find great (but smallish) falafel sandwiches for less than $1 (to go) and if you sit down in one of the restaurants you might pay $5-15 and more for a dish.  Of course, dining in a fancy restaurant is more expensive. 

Amman, the Dead Sea and Petra are probably the most expensive tourist destinations.

Petrol is very cheap – and is less than $1 a liter for Gasoline 90. And thus, taxi and Uber rides are quite affordable (haggle with the taxi drivers BEFORE!). Uber cost less than $3 for several kilometres. Public transportation is also very cheap – from Amman to Jerash you have to pay less than $2. 

However, the visa is pricey and so is the entrance to Petra. But since you most likely will have a Jordan Pass, you will not have to pay for most museums or other entrance fees.

Accommodation 

You will find all kinds of accommodation – from basic bedouin camps to hostel rooms to mid-range accommodation and of course, you also have all kind of luxury hotels (especially around Amman the Dead Sea and Petra).

Dana Nature Reserve at sunset

Petra, Amman and the Dead Sea are quite expensive but there are also hostels and cheaper hotels in Petra and Amman (not so much at the Dead Sea).

Tip: I loved my stays in bedouin camps – the experiences were amazing. However, as far as I can tell, the blankets do not have sheets. So, if you are a bit picky (as I am), I suggest taking a sleeping bag or so.

Food

They have amazing food in Jordan. Even as a vegetarian or vegan, you will find a lot of options. The falafel, I thought, had even more rice than what I had while in Lebanon. They might eat a little more meat in Jordan, but in general, hummus, falafel, and salads are great here.

But I missed great fruits, and found myself a little disappointed in the fruit options available.

Smoking

Smoking is allowed in many places and the people in Arabia generally smoke a lot. 

Alcohol

This is also allowed and not forbidden. But it is not offered everywhere. Also, if you are in a very conservative area, it is probably best not to drink.

Electricity

They use the C, D, F, G, and J plaques in Jordan. The standard frequency is 50 hz, and it is 230 volts. 

Bidets

One thing you will find in Jordan is bidets. These are water pipes that are used to clean your behind properly. Also, particularly in the smaller hotels, you will find the request to not throw toilet paper in the bin. 

Water

Jordan is one of the countries with the least amount of water per capita in the world, so be a responsible traveler and don’t misuse or overuse the water. 

Attractions

Some of Jordan’s main attractions are listed above – for more tips on things to do in Jordan just check out my post with fun things to do.

Jordan, Wadi Rum solo travel

Hopefully, this post with the best Jordan travel tips will help ou plan your trip, so you can have a wonderful and safe trip to this amazing country. Jordan is s full in attractions and places to visit that you should definitely add it to your bucket list. And if you are looking for a Jordan itinerary, check out my post on how to spend 7 days in Jordan.

 

 

Safe Travels, Arzo

Best One-Week in Jordan Itinerary for an Amazing Trip

How to spend 7 days in Jordan. An Itinerary

HOW TO SPEND ONE WEEK IN JORDAN

Are you planning your Jordan itinerary and wondering how to spend on week in Jordan (or a bit less or longer)? Then read on as you’ll find my travel tips for 7 days in Jordan – filled with adventures and a lot of fun.

When I finally visited Jordan, my expectations were high – and I was not disappointed. This country offers so much, and actually, my expectations were even exceeded.

What a beautiful and fun country Jordan is. However, you might need to do some preparation before visiting, so your Jordan trip does not turn out disappointing. Here are tips on the best things to do in Jordan in one week (and up to 10 days), but also many travel tips for your trip – including tips on where to stay, how to get around, and more.

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TRAVEL TIPS FOR YOUR 7 DAYS IN JORDAN TRIP

Before talking about the best places to visit in one week in Jordan, here are some essential travel tips so you know what to expect when visiting for 7 days.

Best Time to Visit for One Week in 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 at that time, and warm (it can get quite hot in the summer months and chilly in the winter).

I visited in October, which is also a good time – the weather was pleasant most of the time (despite a heat wave at the Dead Sea) and there was little rain. 

All activities I planned were still available. However, if you prefer a less busy month, then November (or even December) could be a good time to visit, too.

How to Arrive

Most likely, you will arrive in Amman. From there, you can take an airport taxi. Prices are fixed (about $28 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 cancelled.

Getting Around Jordan in 7 Days

In Amman and Jerash, you can easily get around my buses, shared or regular taxis, Uber, or guided tours/personal drivers.

Personally, I am happy that I did not get a rental car for my time in Amman as it can be busy and 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 Jordan for Your One Week in Jordan

Jordan is not the place to chill – it is a great country to visit if you are an active traveler/tourist. So, pack your trainers, sweatpants, and sport clothes. But also take your swimsuits.

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. No need for scarves or long sleeves, but you might not want to pack the shortest shorts you own or the smallest crop-top.

Solo Female Travel

I visited Jordan by myself and felt totally fine – I tend to be careful and I never got the feeling 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.

Petra, Treasury_

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 suer to check out my solo travel guide for Jordan, too.

Jordan Pass for Your 7 Days in Jordan

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 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 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

Here are some of the best places and best things to do for your one-week Jordan itinerary.

Amman

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. 

Amman citadel is one of the best places to see in Jordan

It is also one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world, and 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.

You’ll find many old shops that sell all kinds of products, and all kinds of restaurant. It is also known for its good nightlife, though I have not experienced it firsthand.

It is busy and crazy as so many busy Arabian cities are – chaotic, but still lovely with many sights along the way.

A few must-see places in Amman include the Roman Amphitheatre, the souks in downtown Amman, and the Citadel.  Situated in a hilly area, it not only offers great views, but also makes walking a bit of an workout. 

Watch the sunset from Citadel Hill before ending your day in one of the numerous cafes and restaurants on Rainbow Street. They also boast museums and you do not have to pay an entry fee if you have a Jordan Pass.

Where to stay in Amman:

I am normally not a big hostel fan – but stayed at Nomad Hostel for one night and loved it. Especially for solo travelers this is a good choice – good location, nice hostel, friendly staff and clean rooms.

Check out the hostel and its rates here.

Jerash

Jerash, located north of Amman, is an ancient city – dating back more than 6,500 years – and it had its golden age during the Roman rule and is one of the must-sees on any Jordan itinerary.

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 go with a guide, but in retrospect, some more background information would have been nice.

I took a mini bus to get to Jerash (direct connection from the North Station) – ticket is less than $1.50 one-way – but you can also easily get there by car or taxi (look out for a shared one), and it is a lovely and scenic drive. 

For the whole trip, ideally plan in a half a day.

Dead Sea

You cannot explore Jordan in 7 days and skip this experience if you want to experience something extreme. 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 an extremely salty water that makes every pore of your body itch. 

Mud at the Dead Sea, Jordan

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.

Dead Sea, Mövenpick pool with a view

Tip: Do not shave shortly before your trip to the Dead Sea, but even if you don’t shave, some pain will be inevitable.

Even with only 7 days in Jordan, you should stop by at the Dead Sea for at least a short time. Most beach sections belong to the luxury resorts, but there is also a beach section open to the public.

I stayed overnight and just enjoyed the comfort of my nice hotel and caught up on sleep (I came to Jordan after being in Lebanon and Istanbul for one week).

Since accommodations here are quite pricey, or if you have less time, 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 an 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.

Wadi Mujib

Leave the Dead Sea after your breakfast and head to Wadi Mujib (short drive) – this place is often overlooked and not on every 7-day Jordan itinerary though it is so much fun.

One of my highlights in Jordan was my trip to Wadi Mujib – I am by no means overly sporty or adventurous, but that 3-hour trip was fun and one of the best things I did in Jordan.

Wadi Mujib in Jordan is one of the fun places to go in Jordan

The Mujib Bisosphere 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.

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.

Wadi Mujib is a must in Jordan in 7 days

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.

There are several trails you can choose from – I chose the shortest (but as my guide emphasised, it does not translate to be the easiest). It took several hours in total (with getting changed, organising my tour, etc. it probably took a bit more than 3 hours).

Tip: Wear shorts (or a swimsuit), a life-vest is a must, and you can rent special 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 hours we were together. You can also rent a waterproof bag, if needed.

Tip: If you are under the big waterfall, take your time and sit down.

There are many of the little fish that are also used in fish spa – I am terrible scared of fish but overcame my fear and let them eat my dead skin and I must say- my feet still feels great (weeks after that “pedicure”).

FIsh spa at Wadi Mujib

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 about their opening hours and email them if you visit in the winter months.

So, if you visit Jordan in the winter months, you have some spare time in your Jordan 7-day itinerary (however, just a few extra hours).

Dana Nature Reserve

Dana is a lesser-known destination in Jordan, but nevertheless, a stunning place that you should add to your Jordan itinerary.

Dana Nature Reserve at sunset

Dana is the largest nature reserve and located between the Dead Sea and Petra, which makes it a perfect stop when going from one main sight to the other.

It covers more than 300 square km in and around Dana village and Wadi Dana.

The native inhabitants are the Al Atata tribe that have been living there for more than 6000 years – but nowadays, there are also a few guest houses that host visitors from all around the world.

Dana is a top tourist spot, especially for hikers (and sunset lovers) and people who are looking for off-the-beaten-path places in Jordan.

I, very spontaneously, booked my accommodations and planned to go on a short hike the next day. I am not going to lie – I hated my hike. But I normally only hike in Switzerland (or Central Europe) where I am hiking  as I chase lakes. 

Here there was no lakes to chase and I was exhausted from my Wadi Mujib trip the day before. However, it is a must-see place and I recommend staying here overnight and enjoying one of the many hiking trails.

Tip: Normally, the guest houses 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

The accommodations here are – as far as I can judge – very basic. I stayed at Al Nawatef Camp and enjoyed my stay at the camp, but 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.

Petra

The city, also known as the rose-red city, is a must-see place and it does not surprise that it is THE main tourist attraction in Jordan.

Treasury view from above

Though it is not known when exactly the city was built, it began to prosper as the capital of the Nabatoean Empire after the 1st century BC. It was later annexed by the Roman Empire and flourished until it was destroyed to a large extent 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, and Instagram, it has gained more and more 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 on 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.

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 treated badly. Please use your feet to get around – even though Petra is big and you are tempted to be carried around. 

Where to stay in Petra

I stayed in Petra for three nights in total and stayed in 2 different properties.

First, I stayed two night 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

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 so that I can make a real judgement and tell you about it.

I planned my whole Jordan trip around Petra by Night – but it was a disappointment. 

Not only did I waste around $23 (this ticket is not included in the Jordan Pass), but I wasted my precious energy and time. 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 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. 

Little Petra

Little Petra is another place that you can visit if you are in Petra. It is also known as Siq al Barid and another place you can add to your 7-day Jordan itinerary.  It is located close to Petra and is also a Nabataean site, with sites that were built around the same time that Petra was built.

Apparently, it is less busy and hikes are less demanding, but it is well worth visiting. I did not visit in the daytime – and I regret it. I got to pass by it at night and it was magical. I did not visit the town center, but there are some bedouin camp sites that are so lovely to visit.

You can have tea at one of the places or even book an 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).

Wadi Rum

Wadi Rum – another 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. Lawrence of Arabia was filmed here, but also some other famous movies – and the scenery is unique.

Even if you only have 5 days, you should do a desert safari, enjoy the sunset, and admire the interesting landscape you have here.

Tip: 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 and can drive with your car to the Wadi Rum Village.

If your accommodations are in Wadi Rum directly, you most likely will be picked up from the village and then driven to your camp. I recommend staying directly in Wadi Rum and not outside of it.

I booked at Bedouin night & tours and then drove with my car to the village, where I was picked up and taken to the bedouin camp.

I recommend arriving there around 4 or 5 pm, so you can still watch the sunset, enjoy a 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.

TIP: I recommend booking a tent at Bedouin night & tours and had a great time. I now realised it is almost booked fro the whole season, so you cannot book at the moment. However, most bedouin camps have great reviews. Check out different camps here.

 

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Extra Tips:

Aqaba

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 and 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.

CONCLUSION: ONE-WEEK IN JORDAN ITINERARY

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 that 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 Jordan itinerary helps you planning your trip!

Stay safe.

Safe Travels, Arzo

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