Jordan Holidays

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"

Jordan FAQs

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Do I need a visa to travel to Jordan?
Yes, but for most nationalities, this is easily arranged on arrival at Amman airport and is free of charge. For no UK passport holders please ask for further information.
When is the best time to travel to Jordan?
The best time to travel to Jordan is from March to June and September to November. The summer months can be extremely hot and believe it or not, the winter months can be very cold with snowfall quite common in higher regions. The Dead Sea and Aqaba, due to their low altitude, maintain a year-round warm climate, so it can be quite a strange experience in the winter coming from temperatures of around 8 degrees centigrade in Amman to up to 20 degrees centigrade on the Dead Sea.
What is the food like in Jordan?

Expect traditional middle eastern food using lots of meat and poultry. Mansaf is the national dish of Jordan which is a lamb dish with a sauce of fermented dried yogurt (sounds unappetising but is delicious!) Ordering a mezze (a selection of small dishes) is a good way to try out a variety of things and these include common appetisers such as hummous and tabbouleh. Desserts tend to be a choice of fresh fruit or the wonderfully rich and sweet pastries such as baklava, made from layers of filo pastry, chopped nuts and honey.

Can I stay in boutique hotels in Jordan?

There are not many true boutique hotels in Jordan and the choice of accommodation is generally between a 5* international standard hotel or a 3-4* more local option. There are also one or two lovely eco-lodges which can really enhance any holiday to Jordan.

Should I spend a night in the desert at Wadi Rum?
We would normally recommend a day trip to Wadi Rum. There are a selection of camps to choose from where it is possible to overnight; however, there are lots of them and they can be quite touristy with inconsistent service. If you really wish to experience the desert at night, we can arrange to stay in a private camp which is a much more special experience but can be quite an expensive addition to a holiday to Jordan. 
What activities can I do in Wadi Rum?
Hiking, camel trekking and rock climbing are all possible in Wadi Rum or it is also possible to see this beautiful landscape from the air by hot air balloon or light aircraft.
Are there opportunities for hiking in Jordan?

Definitely. There are some wonderful treks available in and around Petra and within the Dana and Feynan Valleys. There are walks for all abilities ranging from a few hours to a full day and it is a really wonderful way to explore less visited parts of the country.

When is is possible to visit Petra at night?
It is possible to visit Petra at night on a Monday, Wednesday and Thursday evening.
Is it possible to combine a holiday to Jordan and Israel?
Jordan and Israel make a lovely combination. The border crossing at Allenby bridge, located between Amman and the Dead Sea, connects the West Bank with Jordan.  


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Allenby Bridge Border Crossing

With extended opening hours between 08:00 and 22:00 most days, it is now even easier to combine a visit to Jordan with a few days in neighbouring Jerusalem. 
Restricted opening hours apply on Fridays and Saturdays and Jewish Holidays with the border only opening for three hours between 08:00 and 11:00. The entire border process can take anywhere between two and five hours with the crossing from Israel to Jordan generally being quicker.
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The uber-modern and bold designs of the W brand have opened a hotel in Jordan's capital city of Amman.  
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Client Reviews

Spice Shop, Amman, Jordan
"Everything went very smoothly. Our driver/guide George was great. Helpful hints about the places we visited and stayed and excellent commentary about the landscapes and towns we drove through plus he was very happy to talk about life in Jordan. Excellent company for the drives.
We had three nights at the Kempinski on the Dead Sea which was lovely although the restaurants are quite pricey"

Mrs Heather White

Local Bedouin Women and children, Petra, Jordan
"Our driver Mohammed was excellent - very friendly, accommodating and punctual"

Mr Robert Pearlman

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