Jordan is a remarkably easy and sophisticated country to visit. From the moment you arrive at Amman airport, the system works smoothly and effortlessly. Excellent hotels, good roads and charming guides all go to make any holiday in Jordan a memorable experience.
Jordanian food is delicious and there are enough attractions and sites to visit to make each day a new adventure for adults and children alike. What’s more, it is easily accessible from London.
What to expect on your Jordan holiday
Jordan's small size sometimes takes people by surprise. From north to south it is just 150 miles long and so with the good motorway, it is easy to cover the distance quickly. However, like all motorways, its very existence can spoil the opportunity to truly experience all that Jordan has to offer. It is a good idea to take the slow road, known as the Kings Highway, in at least one direction so that you can really take the time to explore some of the crusader castles and biblical sites along the way.
A highlight of any holiday to Jordan is the rose pink Nabataean city of Petra. Although no longer the lost city that was rediscovered by Johann Burckhardt but an incredibly busy site, it is still magnificent and there are ways to avoid the crowds.
Further south lies the desert wilderness of Wadi Rum, home to Bedouin families and ancient rock art before reaching the southernmost city of Aqaba, gateway to the Red Sea and some wonderful diving opportunities.
Some ideas for a Jordan holiday
- Spend a couple of days being pampered in a spa beside the Dead Sea, benefitting from the mineral-rich mud.
- Jerash is a much underestimated impressive Roman site.
- Rise early and visit Petra just as the sun comes up. Beautiful, and you will miss the crowds.
- Camp out in Wadi Rum beside T. E. Lawrence’s Seven Pillars.
- Drive along the King’s Highway dropping down into Wadi Mujib — Jordan’s Grand Canyon.
- Do some trekking in the Dana Valley ending up at the charming Feynan Eco Lodge.
- Dive, snorkel or windsurf in the waters around Aqaba.
Advice from our Jordan Experts
"To avoid the crowds in Petra, take the lesser walked hike from Little Petra via the back door. It is much quieter and means you get to see the treasury in the afternoon when the crowds have gone"