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