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Welcome to Jordan

Jordan is renowned for its strong tradition of hospitality, as well as awe-inspiring monuments and landmarks that tell the story of its ancient history. Widely known as one of the safest destinations in the Middle East, the country offers an appealing mix of traditional and modern. In the capital, Amman, you'll find ancient ruins alongside upscale malls and a bustling nightlife scene. It makes a convenient base for tours to see the antiquities for which the country is famous. Head a few hours north to the ancient city of Jerash, or a few hours south to the ultra-popular Petra, where you can explore the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of the Siq and the Treasury. You'll also want to spend some time in Wadi Rum, a protected desert landscape (and the ancestral home of the Bedouin people) that's filled with red dunes and sandstone escarpments. Other highlights include the Mujib Nature Reserve on the Dead Sea—where travelers can bob about in the salty, mineral-rich water—and the Gulf of Aqaba on the Red Sea, home to lovely beaches, popular scuba diving sites, and the port where cruise ships dock. For stunning valley views head to the top Mount Nebo, or join a tour to Madaba to get your fix of biblical history.

Top 10 attractions in Jordan

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Petra

Petra

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The stone city of Petra was carved into Jordan’s red rock cliffs more than 2,000 years ago. Once a Roman trading stop and stronghold of the Nabataean Arab kingdom, Petra is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the world’s most iconic archaeological destinations.More
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Wadi Rum

Wadi Rum

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The brilliantly colored sands and stark rock formations of Jordan’s Wadi Rum, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, make this desert wilderness a must-visit for most travelers to Jordan. Signature sights, typically visited by 4WD, include the Burdah Rock Bridge, a natural arch; the Khazali Siq, a narrow canyon; and the scarlet Al Hasany Dunes.More
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Amman Roman Theater

Amman Roman Theater

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Dating back 18,000 years to the reign of Antoninus Pius, Amman Roman Theater is a popular visit on any trip to Jordan’s capital. Carved into the northern side of a hill that held the city’s necropolis, its position was designed to shield spectators from the sun.Big enough to fit an audience of 6,000, as you wander the huge arena you’ll notice that the seating is split into three tiers, or diazomata: the lowest seats, closest to the action, would have been reserved for the ruling class. The middle seats were for the military, and the top seating, known as “The Gods,” would have been reserved for the general public. Head down to the stage and you’ll see how easily your voice carries. The top tiers would have heard everything!In summer, you can see Amman Roman Theater come back to life with regular sporting and cultural events in July and August especially. You can also visit the Jordanian Museum of Popular Traditions on the right side of the amphitheater, which displays items related to traditional Jordanian life such as Bedouin tents and looms. Just to the left of the theater is the Amman Folklore Museum, where you can see displays of traditional costumes, jewelry, and facemasks.More
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Amman Citadel (Jabal al-Qalaa)

Amman Citadel (Jabal al-Qalaa)

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Ancient history sits high above downtown streets at the Amman Citadel (Jabal al-Qalaa), a compact hill topped with Roman ruins, a palace, and the National Archeological Museum. Whether you’re exploring the sites or just enjoying panoramic views across Amman, the Citadel is an essential stop.More
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Dead Sea

Dead Sea

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The Dead Sea, home to the lowest point in the world at 1,269 feet (383 meters) below sea level, also ranks as one of the world’s saltiest bodies of water. This hyper-salinity that is so unique to the Dead Sea attracts visitors from all over the world who come to experience the unusual buoyancy, as well as access the nutrient-rich mud on its banks.More
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Jerash (Gerasa)

Jerash (Gerasa)

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Second only to Petra in terms of archaeological importance, Jerash (Gerasa) is one of Jordan’s most significant Roman sites. The area has been inhabited for over 6,500 years, but its high point was under Roman rule, beginning in 63 BC. Today it’s known for beautifully preserved ancient architecture, including temples and an amphitheater.More
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Yardenit (Jordan River Baptismal Site)

Yardenit (Jordan River Baptismal Site)

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Located where the Jordan River flows from the Sea of Galilee into the Dead Sea, Yardenit (Jordan River Baptismal Site) is one of the world’s most important places of Christian pilgrimage. It's believed to be where John the Baptist baptized Jesus Christ.More
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Ajloun Castle

Ajloun Castle

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Built atop the ruins of a monastery between 1184 and 1188, Ajloun Castle (Qala’At Ar-Rabad in Arabic) sits on Jabal Auf hill overlooking the countryside in the north of Jordan. Arab general Azz ad-Din Usama, Saladin’s nephew, oversaw its construction in part to protect the region from Crusader expansion and to safeguard iron mines in the nearby hills. The fort was enlarged in 1214 but largely destroyed by Mongols in 1260. It was rebuilt almost immediately, and while earthquakes have twice caused significant damage, ongoing restorations have kept the castle in much the same condition as it stood in the 13th century.During the Crusades, the hilltop fort was one in a series of beacon and pigeon posts that allowed messages to be transmitted from Damascus to Cairo in a single day. During the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, the fort served as a garrison for Ottoman troops, and in 1812, when it was “discovered” by Swiss explorer Johann Ludwig Burckhardt, the vasy castle was occupied by a single, 40-member family.Today Ajloun Castle houses a small museum with artifacts from its long history. Visitors can climb to the top of several towers for sweeping views of the Jordan Valley all the way to the Dead Sea.More
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Mt. Nebo

Mt. Nebo

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Standing at around 2,680 feet (817 meters) above sea level, Mt. Nebo is an important Judeo-Christian pilgrimage site. Moses first saw the Holy Land from the summit and may have later died here. While it's of particular interest to history buffs, it's also great for its views—on clear days it's possible to see the Dead Sea from here.More
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Treasury (al-Khazneh)

Treasury (al-Khazneh)

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First approached by way of a deep, narrow gorge known as the Siq, the Treasury (al-Khazneh) is one of the most dramatic and iconic monuments in the ancient city of Petra. At 131 feet (40 meters) tall, this towering ancient tomb has lost none of its power since Nabatean times.More

Top activities in Jordan

Recent reviews from experiences in Jordan

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Fantastic tour for those...
Peter_S, Sep 2021
Jordan Pass 2- Night Private Secret Escape Tour Petra, Wadi Rum, & the Dead Sea
Fantastic tour for those who have limited time in Jordan but want to see the highlights.
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Highly recommended
Jakub_K, Sep 2021
2-Day Tour: Petra, Wadi Rum, and Dead Sea from Amman
You get to see all the most important landmarks in a comfortably paced 2-day trip.
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Greeted with a smile and excellent English
Lmnieman, Dec 2021
Amman Airport Transfer to any Amman Hotel
His English is superb and he introduced us to his country as he answered our various questions about Amman and Jordan along the way.
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Incredible Place, Great Driver
Michael_c, Dec 2021
One Day Trip to Jerash & Ajloun Castle
He listened to our interests and suggested a few other stops on the route for a real taste of Jordan, including some fresh (and delicious) pomegranate juice and a stop to see the olive oil processing which was definitely interesting to see.
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All Inclusive Experience of a Lifetime!
Hussnain_D, Nov 2021
Wadi Rum Full Experience - Lunch, Dinner, Full Day Jeep Tour & Overnight Camping
You are guaranteed to fall in love with the people and culture.
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Amazing experience to sites with Hassan
Matthew_W, Oct 2021
Full-Day Tour: Umm Qais, Jerash, and Ajloun from Amman
The trip itself was exceptional and I was able to see numerous landscapes and views of Jordan between destinations.
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Feast for you eyes!!
Diana_U, Oct 2021
2-Day Tour: Petra, Wadi Rum, and Dead Sea from Amman
we were expecting "an English speaking driver" but instead we got "Omar Asha" from We Guide Travels.
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Ahmad from Jordan Private...
Mary_M, Sep 2021
3-Day Private Tour from Amman: Petra, Wadi Rum, Dana, Aqaba, and Dead Sea
His English is excellent and he’s very accommodating.
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The Best Tour Company I experienced!
Bobby_D, Jun 2021
Petra Day Tour Transfers Only from Amman
Also, Muhammad was the best English speaker in Amman, no doubt about it.
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Made Incredible Memories in a Land full of History
ScottLee_S, May 2021
3-Night Jordan Private Tour: Petra, Wadi Rum, and the Dead Sea
It was the perfect amount of time to see the top sights in Jordan.
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Great way to learn about Amman
Scott_M, Mar 2020
Private Walking Tour in Amman With Local
Great way to see Amman.
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A local perspective
Zaitonah_Z, Mar 2020
Amman City Tour & Food Tour Combo
It was a very interesting tour as you get to see Amman in particular and Jordan in general from the perspective of a local Jordanian.
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Excellent and Friendly Driver
Evalyn_G, Feb 2020
Amman Airport Transfer to any Amman Hotel
Our driver was punctual, very polite, spoke clear English and gave us lots of insite and tips on Jordan, since it was our first time in the country.
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Top notch
Kristoffer_K, Jan 2020
2-Day Tour: Petra, Wadi Rum, and Dead Sea from Amman
Excellent trip where you’ll get to see the highlights of Jordan.
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Excellent tour
Jacqueline_B, Dec 2019
2-Day Petra, Wadi Rum and Dead Sea Tour from Amman
He was very helpful and also recommended dos and don’ts when visiting certain attractions.
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Great tour if you have just a couple days in Jordan!
Heather_M, Feb 2019
2-Day Petra, Wadi Rum and Dead Sea Tour from Amman
This tour was a great way to see some of Jordan’s main attractions in a very short amount of time.
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This was a great way to experience...
Daniel T, Apr 2018
3-Day Private Tour from Amman: Petra, Wadi Rum, Dana, Aqaba, and Dead Sea
We were able to see and learn a lot in that time.
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Amazing Tour... I could not...
Eloise_T, Apr 2017
3-Night Jordan Private Tour: Petra, Wadi Rum, and the Dead Sea
I could not recommend this highly enough, was an amazing way to see Jordan and our driver was incredible!
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Petra was a wonderful place and our...
Gary T, May 2016
Aqaba Shore Excursion: Private Petra Sightseeing Tour with Lunch
Our only complaint was that our driver didn't speak English very well so he couldn't answer many questions about life in Jordan.
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Best trip ever. Consider our tour...
Gerald S, Jan 2016
6-Night Best of Jordan Tour from Amman: Jerash, Dead Sea, Petra, and Wadi Rum
If you want to see Jordan this is the tour for you.
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