Jordan is surely an amazing and stunning country! However, you might need to do some preparation before visiting, so your Jordan trip does not turn out disappointing. Here are tips on how to spend one week in Jordan (and up to 10 days), but also 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 YOUR 7 DAYS IN JORDAN
Before talking about the best places to visit, here are some essential travel tips so you know what to expect.
Best Time to Visit
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.
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
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.
Regardless, I still felt safe and never worried about my safety.
Jordan Pass for Your 7 Days
You most likely will have to pay for your visa – as a visitor from the EU (Germany) the visa cost is about $56 – if you stay for at least 3 nights 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
Let´s get started with places to visit.
Amman (1 Day)
You most likely will fly into Jordan and I suggest spending at least one full day in Amman – whether as the first or last stop of your trip. Jordan´s capital is a fun and busy place and should not be missed on your Jordan itinerary. Half of Jordan’s population lives in the Amman area.
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 (0,5 Day)
Jerash, located north of Amman, is an ancient city – dating back more than 6,500 years – and it had its golden age during the Roman rule. And Jerash is impressive – after all, it is one of the best preserved Roman provincial towns and also one of the biggest.
It was only rediscovered “recently” and has been restored over the last 70 years. It has become the main Roman site in the country with attractions like the Hadrian´s Arch (Triumphal Arch), the hippodrome, the South Gate, the forum, and the Temple of Zeus, just to name a few.
I did not 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 (1 Day)
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.
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.
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, 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 (0,5 Day)
Leave the Dead Sea after your breakfast and head to Wadi Mujib (short drive) – this place is often overlooked 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 a highlight 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.
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 2,5 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”).
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.
Dana Nature Reserve (1 Day)
Dana is a lesser-known destination in Jordan, but nevertheless, a stunning place that you should add to your itinerary.
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. 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 (1-2 Days)
The city, 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 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 (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 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 (Few Hours)
Little Petra – known as Siq al Barid – is another place that you can visit if you are in Petra. 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 (1-2 Days)
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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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 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.
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 itinerary helps you planning your trip!