Jordan, located at the crossroads of the Middle East, is an enchanting realm filled with ancient wonders, jaw-dropping landscapes, and unparalleled hospitality. Trekking the Jordan Trail, venturing into the Wadi Rum desert and floating in the Dead Sea are just a few of the many reasons to visit!
Jordan is a destination that melds history with modernity. This gem of an adventure destination is far too often overlooked. Skyhook has partnered with top local operators and curated trips that bring you the best places to visit in Jordan.
Here's a taste of what you can expect:
Trek part of the famous Jordan Trail to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Petra, often referred to as the 'Rose City' due to its rose-hued stone facades.
Petra is an ancient archaeological site that was carved into the cliffs of southern Jordan over 2,000 years ago by the Nabateans. When you explore the city and some of the most renowned Petra hiking trails today, you will still find magnificent structures such as the iconic Treasury and the Monastery.
4x4 through the Wadi Rum desert, also known as the 'Valley of the Moon'. This mesmerizing desert landscape is a haven for adventurers. Its crimson dunes, prehistoric petroglyphs, and otherworldly rock formations have served as backdrops for many films, including "The Martian".
No trip to Jordan is complete without a trip to float effortlessly in the hypersaline waters of the Dead Sea, the lowest point on Earth. The mineral-rich mud here is renowned for its therapeutic properties. Be sure to check out our guide on swimming in the Dead Sea for more information.
The capital city, Amman offers vibrant markets, historic citadels, theatres and chic cafes. Dive into Jordanian delicacies such as mansaf (a traditional dish of lamb cooked in yogurt), falafel, hummus, and sweet treats like knafeh.
One thing you are sure to notice while travelling here is that the Jordanian culture is deeply rooted in hospitality. Warm greetings, shared meals, and genuine interest in visitors are all par for the course!
The Jordanian Dinar (often represented as JOD) is the official currency.
English is widely understood and spoken in tourist areas, hotels, and restaurants. However, in remote areas, Arabic would be the primary language, but locals are always eager to help. The guides of our Jordan trips generally speak good English.
Jordan is a predominantly Muslim country, so dressing modestly is recommended.
Women should consider wearing long skirts or pants and covering their shoulders. While visiting religious sites, a headscarf might be necessary. Men should avoid wearing shorts.
The best time to visit Jordan is during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) when the weather is mild, and the landscapes are at their most beautiful. Summers can be very hot, especially in areas like Petra and Wadi Rum.
You can also check out our guide on the weather in Wadi Rum.
If you're wondering, 'Is Jordan safe to travel to?', Jordan is considered safe for tourists in general. Locals are welcoming, helpful and attentive to tourists.
However, like any travel destination, it's essential to stay informed about current events and always practice common-sense precautions if you're travelling in a group or doing a solo travel trip in Jordan.
Many nationalities can obtain a visa upon arrival at Jordanian airports, but it's advisable to check the latest visa requirements based on your nationality before travelling.
The "Jordan Pass" is popular among tourists as it includes visa fees and entry to many tourist attractions, including Petra. Don't forget to also take out good travel insurance for Jordan for your trip.
Here are some of our best Jordan travel tips. Always use your right hand for eating and greeting, as the left hand is considered unclean. When entering someone's home, it's customary to remove your shoes.
Having said this, most locals are very understanding of foreigners and do not expect them to uphold local customs.