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Jordan
Travel Guide

Wadi Musa showing night scenes, a gorge or canyon and heritage architecture

Discover ancient UNESCO-listed cities, mesmerizing historic monuments, pink mountains and sunny seaside resorts in this famously hospitable Middle Eastern country.

The Dead SeaThe Dead Sea is the centrepiece of all Jordan has to offer, a unique piece of geography and a salty lake that beckons wellness seekers from around the world with its healing waters and muds. On its Jordanian east coast you can stay in Sweimeh, a resort packed with five-star hotels and luxurious spas that make the most of the Dead Sea’s natural resources. Nearby is Mount Nebo, where tradition holds that Moses looked down on the Land of Milk and Honey, and where today’s visitor can get a simply stunning panoramic view of the Jordan Valley region. Visit the town of Madaba to see its many fine Greek Orthodox churches and monasteries, and the wonderful floor mosaic map of the ancient Middle East in St George Church .

The Palestinian West BankThe West Bank of the Jordan River and Dead Sea has a number of major attractions for visitors. The Jordan River itself is where Jesus is believed to have been baptised by John the Baptist, an ever-popular destination for the faithful and the interested traveller alike. Just to the west lies Jericho, one of the world’s oldest cities and home to Hisham’s Palace and the Mount of Temptation Monastery. Ein Gedi is a green oasis midway down the Dead Sea coast, a kibbutz and park with natural springs and a colourful range of flora and fauna. The Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered in the Qumran Caves, which today offer a fascinating blend of history and rugged scenery. And south, at the edge of the Negev Desert, stands the proud clifftop fortress of Masada, where Jewish rebels once held out against a powerful Roman force.

Petra and the SouthJordan’s desert and Dead Sea coast highways lead south to Petra, the mysterious red-rock city carved by the Nabataean people two millennia ago. You can book a hotel stay at Petra’s doorstep, the better to beat the crowds as you walk through the dramatic chasm of the Siq to find the Treasury building opening up before you like something out of a dream. Then head out to Wadi Rum with its magnificent vistas of granite and red sandstone, the very essence of desert romance. Jordan dips its toe in the Red Sea at the port and resort of Aqaba, a draw for scuba divers from around the world, and with a fine range of luxury hotels, watersports, boat tours and excursions into the desert interior.

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Popular cities in Jordan

Amman featuring landscape views, night scenes and a city
Amman
Known for Seafood, Shopping and Tour
Jordan’s capital features a great climate, burgeoning creative and café scenes, and some of the most significant ancient ruins in the Middle East.

Reasons to visit

  • Rainbow Street
  • Amman Roman Theater
  • Amman Citadel
Wadi Musa showing night scenes, a gorge or canyon and heritage architecture
Wadi Musa
Known for Tour, Trendy and Cultural Activity
As the stepping stone to the famous Old City of Petra, the “Valley of Moses” has all you need to prepare yourself for one the world’s most wondrous sights.

Reasons to visit

  • Petra
  • Petra Visitor Center
  • Little Petra
Aqaba showing a fountain as well as an individual male
Aqaba
Known for Beach View, Relaxing and Swimming
Set on the Red Sea, this coastal resort town is one of the world’s best snorkeling destinations and an idyllic beach getaway.

Reasons to visit

  • Sharif Hussein bin Ali Mosque
  • Aqaba Fort
  • Al-Hafayer Beach
Jerash Archaeological Museum showing a sunset, heritage architecture and a ruin
Jerash
Known for Swimming, Relaxing and Temple
Walk amid a citadel of Roman ruins, watch chariot races and shop in a bustling souk in this ancient Jordanian city.

Reasons to visit

  • Hadrian's Arch
  • Oval Forum
  • Hippodrome
Wadi Rum featuring landscape views, desert views and a gorge or canyon
Wadi Rum
Known for Tour, Small Town and Scenery
With its spectacular vistas of red sand and blue skies and incredible camping sites, this desert is an essential stop on any journey through Jordan. 

Reasons to visit

  • Wadi Rum Protected Area
Irbid
Irbid
Known for University, Shopping and Seafood
Get away to Irbid! Enjoy the university life, archaeology and museums.

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