With beautiful desert scenery, fascinating archeological sites, delicious food, and almost guaranteed sunshine – Jordan is one of the top destinations in the Middle East.

While you can hit up the main spots over a few days, I recommend taking your time in Jordan. It will give you enough time to discover a few hidden gems and take in all the ancient history.

Ready to explore? Here’s my 10-day itinerary for Jordan!

Jordan Itinerary Overview

  • Day 1-2: Amman

  • Day 3: Jerash & Ajloun

  • Day 4: Dead Sea

  • Day 5: Wadi Rum

  • Day 6: Aqaba

  • Day 7-8: Petra

  • Day 9: Dana Biosphere Reserve

  • Day 10: Wadi Mujib

 

ruins in amman

Day 1 -2: Amman

Fly into Queen Alia International Airport

Fly into the capital city of Amman, the heart and soul of the country. Spend your first night taking it easy and going to bed early to catch up on your jet lag.

If you have the energy, go out for dinner at Fakhr El-Din. It’s one of my favorite restaurants and has an excellent range of local wine.

After a good night’s rest, it’s time to start exploring the vibrant city of Amman! Start your morning with a trip to the Citadel, perched on the highest hill of Amman.

If you don’t want to walk up the steep trail, you can hire a taxi to take you to the top.

Once there, you can discover the ruins of Jordan’s past. Wander past a Roman Hercules Temple, a Byzantine church, and a Umayyad palace.

Before heading back to your hotel, watch the sunset at King King Abdullah II’s mosque. It’s one of the best things to do in Amman, and it’s only 10-minutes away from Sufra Restaurant.

Located on the bustling Rainbow Street, it’s a place with authentic Middle Eastern cuisine, excellent service, and homey decor.

Read More: The Ultimate Amman Travel Guide

ruins in Jordan

Day 3: Jerash & Ajloun

Day trip from Amman to Jerash & Ajloun

Grab an early breakfast and make your way to the town of Jerash. Located 50-minutes north of Amman, you’ll need to hire a car for the day or go with an organized tour.

Once there, you can spend hours exploring the ancient Roman ruins. Walk past temples and amphitheaters considered some of the best examples of Greco-Roman architecture.

On your way back to Amman, stop by Ajloun Castle. Built on top of Mt ‘Auf in 1184, the castle has beautiful views of the Jordan Valley below, making it an important strategic stronghold against the Crusaders.

It’s an interesting visit for history lovers who want to learn more about Jordan’s tumultuous past.

Read More: The Best Time to Travel to Jordan

 

resort by the Red Sea in Jordan

Day 4: The Dead Sea

Amman to The Dead Sea by Car (Approx 1 h 30 min)

Pack your bags and head to one of Jordan’s top attractions – The Dead Sea. It’s the lowest point on Earth, sitting at over 400 meters below sea level.

The sea’s high salinity levels make the water incredibly dense and helps you float effortlessly.

On your way to the coast, you can stop by Mount Nebo. It’s a biblical pilgrimage site where Moses stood and viewed the Promised Land of Canaan.

Once you get to the Dead Sea, go have a mineral mud bath. Cover yourself  head to toe and reap all it’s skincare benefits.

A Dead Sea mud mask is known to prove the elasticity of skin and minimize pores, wrinkles, and lines.

Read More: Floating in the Dead Sea

Wadi Rum in Jordan

Day 5: Wadi Rum

Transfer from The Dead Sea to Wadi Rum (Approx 4 Hours)

The Wadi Rum desert looks like a scene out of the movie The Martian. The arid red rock is the crown jewel of the country’s ancient desert and is the perfect place for adventurous travelers.

One of the best ways to explore the massive landscape is with a jeep tour. Starting at 9 am and finishing at 4 pm, you’ll drive past top attractions like the Lawrence Springs, Khazali Canyon, the Red Sand Dunes, Burdah Arch, Um Frouth Arch and more!

End off your day by staying in a luxurious Bedouin tent. You’ll camp right in the heart of the desert and dine on authentic Jordanian “Zarb,” a barbeque cooked in an underground oven.

Read More: Red Desert Dreams in Wadi Rum

diving in Jordan

Day 6: Aqaba

Drive from Wadi Rum to Aqaba (Approx 1 Hour)

Before traveling further inland, drive to the coastal town of Aqaba for one final aqua adventure. Aqaba is known for its world-class diving sites and gorgeous coral reefs that are teeming with wildlife.

If you want to escape the crowds, plan your diving trip around the South Red Sea. The reefs are in pristine condition and at sites like Marsa Alam. Elphinstone Reef and Abu Dadaab you’ll see sharks, turtles, and abundance of colorful marine life.

Read More: Diving in the Red Sea

ultimate guide to petra

Day 7 & 8: Petra

Drive from Aqaba to Petra (Approx 2 Hours)

Stretching over 60 miles, you’ll need two days to explore The Lost City of Petra. It will give you enough time to see all the highlights and a few of its hidden gems.

The best time to visit Petra is in the early morning or late afternoon. You’ll avoid the crowds and beat the scorching mid-day heat.

Petra at Night

For a truly magical experience, spend your first night in Petra. Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, you can buy a ticket to visit the Treasury at night– so time your trip accordingly! You’ll walk through the candlelit gorge until you reach the Treasury.

It’s lit up with over 1,500 candles turning the ruins into a spellbinding sight.

mountain in Dana Biosphere Reserve in jordan

Day 9: Dana Biosphere Reserve

Drive from Petra to Dana Biosphere Reserve (Approx 1h 40 min)

After five days exploring the Jordanian desert, it’s time to take it easy. After enjoying a big breakfast at your hotel, pack your bags and make your way to the Dana Biosphere Reserve.

Often called the Yosemite of Jordan, it’s home to over 700 plant species, 190 bird species, 37 mammals and 36 different kinds of reptiles.

Spend your afternoon hiking through the wilderness. You can hire a guide from one of the local Bedouin tribes if you want to learn more about the history and ecology of the reserve.

End off your day sitting around a campfire and stargazing. With little light pollution, it’s the perfect place to test your astrophotography skills!

Day 10: Wadi Mujib

Wadi Mujib in Jordan

Transfer from Dana Biosphere Reserve to Wadi Mujib (Approx 3 hr 30 min)

Wake up early and head to the beautiful Wadi Mujib. The nature reserve is one of the top attractions in Jordan and draws in tourists from all over the world.

You need to arrive before the crowds if you want to get access to the biosphere for canyoning. No reservations are allowed, and the reserve works on a first come first serve basis.

Once you arrive, grab a life jacket and get ready for a full day of adventure. Guides will help you through the maze of towering rocks, waterfalls and fast-moving water.

Don’t forget to pack essentials like your GoPro and a dry bag for anything that isn’t waterproof.

Read More: What to Pack for a Trip to a Conservative Country

Jordan is an incredible country and one of my top travel destinations! It’s full of incredible natural wonders, a rich history, and a delicious food scene.

Follow my 10-day itinerary for Jordan and explore the best the country has to offer!

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