Jordan: more than Petra and the Dead Sea

Super good news for the summer: the travel advice for Jordan has been changed to ‘yellow’ today. That means you can travel to this beautiful country again! So grab your chance now to be one of the first tourists to discover Jordan again. Jordan is an amazing destination for an adventurous tour. Travel to Jordan means traveling through time. The enchanting land has been the crossroads of Eastern and Western civilization for centuries. We take you on a journey along all the highlights and more undiscovered areas of Jordan!

Ahlan Wa Sahlan, welcome to Jordan!

As soon as you arrive in Jordan you will hear the words: ‘Ahlan Wa Sahlan’. Welcome to the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan! The friendly, hospitable locals are proud of their country and are only too happy to welcome visitors. Young and old, rich and poor, military and police, everyone will greet you with a big smile on their face. This immediately set the tone for the rest of a tour through this hospitable country full of friendly and helpful people.

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Most beautiful places in Jordan

Most travelers will mention Petra, the Wadi Rum and the Dead Sea as Jordan’s highlights. But Jordan is so much more. Although the country mainly attracts organized tour groups, it is also recommended for backpackers and independent travelers! Still not sure if Jordan is your next destination? Let yourself be convinced by the highlights below and we are sure that you will want to travel to Jordan in no time!

Petra

As mentioned, most people know Petra. It is not for nothing that this is the absolute highlight of Jordan. The famous city was carved out of rock by the Nabateans about 2000 years ago. The mysterious rock city had been hidden for years behind a gorge, the Siq. Not very long ago there were still many people living in Petra. A few years ago, the government decided to build a village a short distance from Petra where the residents of Petra could move. At the moment there are still twenty families living in the rocks of Petra. Check out our tips for a visit to Petra here.

Jordan Petra

The famous rock city of Petra is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and featured in the movie Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.

Al-Beidha

Nearby Al-Beidha, nicknamed Little Petra, is a ruined city about 9,000 years old. Just like in Petra, a narrow gorge, about 325 meters, serves as the entrance to the village. The buildings are not as richly decorated as in Petra, but since hardly any tourists come here, it is wonderful to wander around.

Wadi Rum desert

Jordan’s most impressive nature reserve is located in the south of Jordan, about a two-hour drive from Petra. Wadi Rum is one of the largest sandy deserts in the world with 720 square kilometers. Today this is a protected nature reserve. Do you want to visit Wadi Rum yourself? A bus leaves from Petra. And did you know that you can easily drive around in Jordan with a rental car?

Wadi Rum

The beauty of the Wadi Rum desert in Jordan is indescribable. The vast Wadi Rum is simply one gigantic highlight. Not surprisingly, the Wadi Rum is on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

The dead Sea

Another highlight of Jordan is the Dead Sea. One of the most special natural phenomena in the Middle East. At more than 420 meters below sea level, this is the lowest point on earth, in the middle of the desert. Because of the constant drying up (because more water evaporates than comes in) the sea is one of the saltiest water on earth. And because of those towering concentrations of minerals, no fish or other animals live in the water. And miraculously it is impossible to sink. This allows you to float on the water without effort.

Floating in the Dead Sea

jerash

In the green north of Jordan, about 50 kilometers from Amman, is the city of Jerash. Jerash was one of the most important Greco-Roman cities in the Middle East. The city is also known as the ‘Pompeii of the Middle East’ due to the size of the city and the condition of the excavated ruins. Jerash was hidden under a thick layer of sand for centuries until the city was discovered by a German archaeologist in 1806.

Jerash in Jordan

Jerash is one of the largest and best preserved Roman ruins outside of Italy.

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King’s Highway

The King’s Highway (At-Tariq as-Sultani) is a highway that connects many of Jordan’s historic sites. The road crosses the country in a north-south direction and was once one of the most important trade routes in the area. The ancient trade route started in Egypt and continued to Aqaba.

Jordan King's Highway

Major stops along the King’s Highway include Petra, the historic city of Madaba, the castles at Kerak and Shobak, and the spectacular Dana Biosphere Reserve.

Dana Biosphere Reserve

The Dana Biosphere Reserve (also known as Dana Nature Reserve) is located in southern Jordan, 200 kilometers from the capital Amman. With 308 square kilometers, the beautiful Dana nature reserve is the largest nature reserve in Jordan. More than 700 plant species, 180 bird species and 40 mammal species fill the vast area. Of these, 25 are known as endangered species, including the gray wolf, lesser kestrel and desert cat.

Dana Biosphere Reserve

Dana in Jordan is the largest nature reserve in the country at 320 km².

Traveling to Jordan yourself?

Jordan can be visited all year round. From June to September it can get very hot with temperatures reaching over 40 degrees. In winter it can be cold in the desert at night. If you want to travel to Jordan in the winter, it is wise to bring warm clothes.

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