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Our guide to our Jordan Holidays hopefully answers some of the more frequently asked questions about travelling to this amazing country. If you need any questions answered about Jordan, do not hesitate to call or email us.
Jordan is located at the crossroads of the Middle East and historically has been one of the most politically stable and safest places to visit in the region.
Jordan is located at the crossroads of the Middle East and historically has been one of the most politically stable and safest places to visit in the region. What makes Jordan remarkable is the diversity on offer. On a short week-long trip, you can experience some of the best Roman ruins, the bustling culture of Amman, the iconic lost city of Petra, the vast desert of Wadi Rum and conclude on the beach either on the Red Sea, or the Dead Sea.
Jordan’s scenery is phonemically outstanding – with some of the best walking and trekking in the Middle East.
When is the best time to visit Jordan?
The best time for a holiday to Jordan is in the Spring and Autumn, when temperatures are in their high 20°Cs. The weather is not too warm for seeing the remarkable sites such as Jerash or Petra, where you are out in the sun for most of the day. You can easily enjoy the various hikes around nature reserves such as Dana Biosphere Reserve.
This means we usually advise making your plans for a holiday to Jordan in March, April, May, October or November.
The summer is not a good time to visit Jordan, with temperatures rising into the 40s. It is a dry heat, so some people consider it, given you have the main sites to yourself without any other tourists.
The winter months, from early December to the end of February is cold, very cold. Jordan usually sees snow, and it is the wettest months statistically. This means we usually advise pushing making your plans for a holiday to Jordan in March, April, May, October or November.
What are the main highlights in Jordan?
You usually fly into Jordan’s capital, Amman. We suggest at least two nights here, so you can head north to visit the amazing Roman ruins of Jerash and also see Amman’s ruins of the Roman Temple of Hercules and a spectacular 6,000 seat ancient theatre. You can also explore the vibrant souqs and see a little of Amman’s modern side.
For those who have a few extra days will be rewarded with a visit to Dana Nature Reserve for some off-the-beaten track walking.
The historic King’s Highway takes you south towards Petra. En route, there are many historic stopping off points such as Madaba, Mt Nebo, Kerak and Shobak Castle. For those who have a few extra days will be rewarded with a visit to Dana Nature Reserve for some off-the-beaten-track walking.
Petra is, of course, the absolute highlight of Jordan. This 2000-year old Nabatean city was carved into the red-rose rock. We suggest at the very least two nights here, allowing a full day in the site. Those who can stay for three nights, with two full days exploring the site, are rewarded. We suggest seeing Petra by Candlelight and also trying your hand at Arabic cuisine at Petra Kitchen. Do see our detailed guide on seeing Petra.
Those who can stay for three nights in Petra, with two full days exploring the site, are rewarded.
Wadi Rum, about 45 minutes south of Petra, is another must-see destination in Jordan. This vast desert played host to Lawrence of Arabia in World War 1. Explore red rust dunes and time-old weathered sandstone formations. At night, the night sky is incredible, as you stay in an authentic Bedouin camp.
The two beach options in Jordan are the Red Sea, located south of Wadi Rum and has superb kaleidoscopic reefs and a range of excellent luxury beach resorts such as the Kempinski. The Dead Sea obviously doesn’t offer diving or snorkelling, but the sunsets over the West Bank are incredible. The hotels here are all superb, as too their spa facilities on offer.
Walking holidays in Jordan
Jordan is one of the best places for a walking holiday in the Middle East. The best place to trek in Jordan is in the Dana Nature Reserve, walking from Dana to Feynan Eco Lodge. This walk takes about five hours, and passes through three different bio-geological zones – from limestone to sandstone and finally granite. As you walk down the wadi, the flora and fauna changes at almost every turn. We have created a dedicated example of the best walking holiday in Jordan, and can tweak and change it to all levels of fitness.
The best place to trek in Jordan is in the Dana Nature Reserve, walking from Dana to Feynan Eco Lodge.
Here are our best walks in Jordan:
- Dana to Feynan Walk
- Wadi Farasa Trail
- Jebel Haroun Hike
- Petra’s Secret Back Door
- Makharas Canyon Hike
- Ascent of Jebel Umm Ad Dami
Family holidays in Jordan
Jordan has always been one of the most popular destinations for a family adventure. Jordan is only a five hour flight from London and is perfect to visit in October Half Term, Easter and May Half Term. What is even more perfect is that you can complete a Jordan Family Holiday in 8 days, meaning you can leave on Saturday and return the following Saturday, giving you a day to prepare for the return to school.
They will adore the stories of gladiators and chariots in the Roman ruins of Jerash.
What makes Jordan so wonderful for children is the sheer variety on offer. They will adore the stories of gladiators and chariots in the Roman ruins of Jerash. The drives are fairly short, and you will be whisked down to Petra. Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade is perfect pre-holiday viewing. All the family will love a night under the stars in the vast and dramatic desert of Wadi Rum. Finish on either the Red Sea or more unusually the Dead Sea where the children can experience floating in the sea.
Is it safe to travel to Jordan?
Jordan has been politically stable for decades with a respect constitutional monarchy lead by King Abdullah III. The Jordanian Government takes tourism seriously, and all Jordanians want to keep the country safe. The only places to avoid are the border areas close to Syria and Iraq – and the main attractions in Jordan are nowhere near these areas.
Jordan has been politically stable for decades with a respect constitutional monarchy lead by King Abdullah III.
How do you get to Jordan?
Jordan is a five hour flight from London, and there are also a host of direct flights to most major European capitals. There are connections with Middle Eastern carriers through Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Doha, Muscat to most major hubs in the world. Royal Jordanian also fly some longer haul routes to Bangkok, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur and New York (JFK).
Combinations with other countries
Jordan makes for a perfect combination with Egypt (two week trip), Oman (two week trip), Lebanon (10 day trip), Israel (10 day trip) or UAE/Dubai (10 day trip).
Do you need a visa for Jordan?
Visas are issued on arrival, getting a single entry visa valid for 1 month on arrival at the airports or the Sheikh Hussein/North Border crossing at the Jordan/Israel border. The visa costs 40 JD ($56.50 USD). Your passport should be valid for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of entry into Jordan