I decided to create a breathtaking 10 Day Jordan Itinerary to help you guys with your travels in The Hashemite Kingdom. To be completely frank, although I had always dreamed of travelling to Jordan, the main reason for that was because I wanted to visit the lost city of Petra.
I had marvelled at pictures of its ornate rose rock structures since I was a child, and spent my entire life fantasising about finally walking through its grounds. Everything else in Jordan was just an “added extra” in my mind – that is, until I arrived and fell completely and utterly head over heels in love with the entire country – from the sprawling capital of Amman, to the crumbling crusader castle of Karak , all the way down to the Red Sea. I left Jordan having discovered a new favourite place, of which Petra was simply the icing on the fabulous, exotic cake.
(Read more about what made me fall in love with Jordan here)
You should note that this is an independent Jordan travel itinerary. To get around Jordan, I would strongly recommend that you hire a driver or if you’re brave enough, hire a car. Public buses run infrequently and although they run between major cities, they do not service all areas and tourist sites that are outside city limits. There are no trains in Jordan. It is prudent to establish a budget for travelling in Jordan to gain an idea of how much your trip is going to cost prior to departure, as the country can be a little expensive compared to neighboring Middle Eastern countries (but definitely worth it).
- 0.1 Jordan Itinerary: When to Travel to Jordan
- 0.2 Getting a Visa for Jordan
- 0.3 Cost of Travelling in Jordan
- 0.4 Safety Considerations in Jordan
- 0.5 Solo Travel in Jordan
- 0.6 Here’s My Breathtaking 10 Day Jordan Itinerary:
- 0.7 Jordan Itinerary Days 1-2: Explore Amman
- 0.8 Jordan Itinerary Day 3: Jerash and Aljoun
- 0.9 Jordan Itinerary Day 4: Desert Castles and the Dead Sea
- 0.10 Jordan Itinerary Day 5: Karak & Petra
- 0.11 Jordan Itinerary Day 6: Petra
- 0.12 Jordan Itinerary Day 7: Wadi Rum
- 0.13 Jordan Itinerary Day 8: Aqaba
- 0.14 Jordan Itinerary Day 9: Dana Biosphere Reserve
- 0.15 Jordan Itinerary Day 10: Amman & Home
- 0.16 10 Day Jordan Itinerary – Possible Schedule Variations
- 0.17 Find Cheap Hotel Deals For Your 10 Day Jordan Itinerary:
- 0.18 Pin This Jordan Itinerary!
Jordan Itinerary: When to Travel to Jordan
You may hear mention of Jordan and automatically associate it with being a hot country. Though Jordan absolutely is in the heart of the Middle East, temperatures here vary drastically depending on the time of year that you choose to embark on your Jordan itinerary, as well as the altitude in different regions. Jordan is 90% desert and though the summers here are scorching hot, the winters can get very cold.
Summer (June to August)
I travelled to Jordan during the summer. Though the low season has its benefits (fewer tourists and cheaper accommodation prices), it gets incredibly hot during this time. Temperatures over the summer in Jordan soar to between 35 and 40 degrees celsius. This is not the best time to plan a Jordan itinerary if you are planning on hiking at Petra, or enjoying outdoor activities during your trip.
Autumn (September to November)
The Autumn months see the heat and humidity of the Arabian summer ease up a little bit. Temperatures now loiter around the mid to late twenties in terms of degrees celsius. This is a pleasant time to organise your Jordan itinerary.
Winter (December to February)
Jordanian winters are relatively short and sweet. January is considered to be the coldest month and during this time, temperatures dip to as low as between 5 and 10 degrees in the day time. In Amman, it has been known to snow. Be sure to pack some thick jumpers of pajamas for the night time as it gets very cold (into the minuses) in the desert during this season.
Spring (March to May)
Spring is a lovely time to plan your Jordan itinerary. The temperatures are in the high teens and early twenties, and beautiful fragrant wildflowers bloom across the valleys.
Getting a Visa for Jordan
Check your local government’s travel advice on visas before travelling to Jordan. Many nationalities (including British and American citizens) can receive a visa on arrival at Jordan. The visa prices vary depending upon your intended length of stay and your point of entry (for example, the Jordan-Israel border). When I arrived in Jordan, a Chinese lady in front of me got denied entry because she didn’t have a visa. Don’t be that person!
Cost of Travelling in Jordan
Jordan is not a budget travel destination. Even as compared to its neighboring countries in the Middle East it felt pretty pricey to me. I mean, don’t get me wrong. You can see Jordan on a budget if you are smart about it and do your research, but be prepared that you should have a little extra kept aside just in case.
The Jordanian dinar is a strong currency. 1 JOD equates to approximately £1.10 or $1.41 USD. (Yes I almost cried when I first discovered that too!)
Transport Costs in Jordan
The biggest cost factor when travelling in Jordan is the transport factor. Since there are virtually no public transport routes to a lot of destinations, your best option for enjoying a thorough Jordan itinerary is to hire a driver or rent a car. Car rentals cost 20 JOD per day from the cheapest operators. Private drivers in Jordan can cost anywhere between 40 and 80 JOD per day depending on factors such as trip duration, etc (always haggle and try to get the price down by 10-15%).
In terms of public transport, intercity buses cost between 10 and 15 JOD depending on the destination. Cabs and shared taxis can be taken around Amman for relatively cheap. Though driving in Jordan can seem daunting, the roads are modern, well-built and sign posted in English as well as Arabic.
Accommodation Costs in Jordan
It is easy to find comfortable, mid-range accommodation in Jordan that you don’t have to sell a kidney to pay for. Rooms can cost anywhere between £40 – £200 a night depending on how lavish you want to go. As a solo female traveller, I felt more comfortable with staying in a mid range hotel.
If you are a budget backpacker, you can feel rest assured that you will find hostels in the major cities and tourist hubs with dorm beds priced at around £10 a night on average. Outside of the main areas, these are difficult to find, though Bedouin camps and homestays are also an option for cutting out some costs.
Food Prices in Jordan
Expect wild fluctuations on food prices in Jordan. In Amman, you can grab street food or a fast snack at a local eatery for a couple of pounds. Restaurants in touristic areas like Petra or the Dead Sea are pretty pricey considering what you are getting. A lot of these restaurants are buffet style and cost anywhere from £7-£10 a head. Of course, luxury resorts are going to be much more expensive.
Alcohol in Jordan
Remember that Jordan is a 90% Muslim country. Alcohol is only available at western hotels, a few restaurants, and a handful of bars in Amman. Drinking can be expensive with beers often costing as much as £6-7. Jordan houses its own vineyards, so opting to try the local wine can save you a little.
Activity Costs in Jordan
The cost of visiting touristic sites during your Jordan itinerary and participating in activities is where you are going to find yourself spending more money. A day pass to Petra alone costs around $70. Those hoping to travel Jordan on a budget can offset some of these expenses by buying the Jordan pass for their trip. This includes admission to a number of historical and cultural sites around the country and works out much cheaper than buying lots of individual admissions.
Safety Considerations in Jordan
Jordan is a very safe country and crime against tourists or terrorism are both exceptionally rare. It is unfortunate that people hear mention of the middle east and automatically assume “danger”. Jordan consistently ranks on the world safety indexes as being one of the safest places to travel to in the region.
Of course, Middle Eastern culture is somewhat different to what you may be accustomed to. It is important to educate yourself on local customs and culture before touching down in Amman. As Jordan is a predominantly Muslim country, you should ensure to dress conservatively and respectfully while here. As with travelling anywhere, use basic common sense while on your Jordan itinerary. That means not wandering off alone at night or trusting strangers. The tourist police can be found at several major attractions, including Petra. It is reassuring to have them around should you encounter anything concerning.
Solo Travel in Jordan
I travelled to Jordan as a solo female and had a wonderful experience. The people were warm and hospitable and I never felt unsafe. I chose to hire a private driver for most of my trip rather than getting public transport. Sure it cost more, but I figured that you cannot put a price on your safety. I wrote a pretty comprehensive guide on solo travel in Jordan here.
Here’s My Breathtaking 10 Day Jordan Itinerary:
Jordan Itinerary Days 1-2:
After your plane touches down on the dusty runways of Queen Alia airport, make your way into the Jordanian capital of Amman. The city has plenty of history, since it existed under Nabataean, Roman, and Persian rule before becoming the capital of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan.
Be sure to check out the citadel, and the Amphitheatre – both excellently preserved Roman ruins which are over 2,000 years old and located conveniently side by side. Though it’s become something of a hang out spot for local youths during the day, the Amphitheatre does still hold evening and weekend performances. From the hilltop citadel, right in the centre, you have a perfect Giant’s-eye (that’s a phrase, right?) view of Amman from all angles. To be sitting up here looking out at the Jordanian flags waving in the distance as the Islamic call to prayer echoes through the city is an almost magical feeling.
The stunningly beautiful King Abdullah Mosque is one of the few Islamic places of worship that allow non Muslims to enter (outside of prayer time). Built as a memorial by King Hussein to his grandfather, the dazzling blue dome is a sight to behold whatever your religion.
As you wander the streets of Amman, there really is a sensation that you have stumbled across one of the Middle East’s best kept secrets. Head over to Jabbal Amman, downtown Amman to fulfil your Arabian nights fantasies – explore a labyrinth of souks selling Palestinian pastries, fragrant Arabian spices, and vibrant Middle Eastern fabrics. Souk Jara, open during the summer months is almost European in its atmosphere and features local vendors selling handmade arts and crafts in a pleasant open setting.
Rainbow Street and Upper Jabbal Amman is a community that you may not expect to find in this part of the world – this is Jordan’s creative district, home to quirky coffee bars, picturesque antique stores, art galleries, and bars.
Jordan Itinerary Day 3:
Jerash and Aljoun
One of the most well-preserved Greco-Roman ruins in Jordan, Jerash is a highlight of any Jordan itinerary. You can reach Jerash from Amman in less than an hour, and the expansive ruins feature many monuments, and temple structures. The town is so brilliantly preserved that it’s easy to envisage what life was like in ancient Jerash under the rule of a Roman emperor
Heading North from Jerash, you can reach Aljoun within around 45 minutes and the beauty of this nature park, with its lush greenery and peaceful plains seems almost out of place in arid Jordan.
Hiking up to the Qala’At Ar-Rabad castle can be challenging in the heat, but the views provided from this former Crusader defence castle are certainly nothing short of spectacular.
From Aljoun, you can opt to head further North to Um Qais which although it may seem like a bit of a trek, is well worth the journey. Another ancient Greco Roman ruin, though smaller in size than Jerash, Um Qais is well preserved and its hilltop location enables you to look out to neighbouring Syria and Israel’s Sea of Galilee below.
Find Hotels in Aljoun Here.
Jordan Itinerary Day 4:
Desert Castles and the Dead Sea
Headed south this morning, we will move past Amman to the castles of the Jordanian desert.
Though they are commonly referred to as “castles”, the ruins of Qasr Kharana, Qasr Amra and Qasr Azraq are actually early Islamic structures which, despite their elaborate facades, had somewhat humble purposes serving as hunting lodges, or trade centres.
In the middle of the harsh Jordanian desert, the structures are impressive sights to behold and the ancient Islamic graffiti and frescoes are fascinating. The three can easily be seen on a whistle stop half-day drive before enjoying lunch, and continuing on to the Dead Sea.
Make a brief stop at Mount Nebo on your journey to the Dead Sea. No doubt you will be blown away by the general scenery of Jordan as you travel through the country anyway, but this lookout point is the place where Moses saw the Holy Land and where he is apparently buried. The nearby Byzantine church features a collection of ancient mosaics, and the views over the Dead Sea from up here are to die for. (I’m sure there’s a pun in there somewhere?)
When you finally arrive at the Dead Sea, you can relax and enjoy a little R&R in the midst of your busy Jordan itinerary. The Dead Sea is shared by Jordan and Israel and is the lowest point on Earth. The sea is so salty that you will float – something which almost feels like voodoo. Dead Sea mud is famed across the globe for its skin restoration and beauty properties, however now unfortunately you are prohibited to take any (without paying a fee) since beauty companies scooping it all up have left the sea in extremely short supply.
Have fun here but respect the local rules. The Dead Sea is a beautiful place.
Jordan Itinerary Day 5:
Karak & Petra
Built in 1142, the crusader castle of Karak is one of the largest of Jordan’s desert castles. It has an interesting history through which it has witnessed numerous battles involving medieval crusaders fighting the armies of Salah Adid, and have seen Karak pass hands in ownership several times. The site is seldom crowded, and wandering its empty stone walkways can have an almost spooky sensation.
After this brief stop, we progress to the ancient city of Petra – UNESCO protected, and listed as one of the seven wonders of the world, surely Petra needs no introduction.
It is worth organising your trip so that it falls upon one of the twice weekly “Petra by night” celebrations which sees the entire site illuminated by candlelight. It’s worth spending two days at Petra (the site is incredibly large) so that you can take a relaxed pace on one of the days, and then spend a day completing some of the more ambitious and challenging hiking routes. (For information on the best Petra hikes, click here)
Stay overnight in nearby Wadi Musa to allow easy access to Petra. I recommend the Movenpick hotel (affordable five star luxury right on Petra’s doorstep).
Find alternative hotels in Wadi Musa (Petra) Here
Jordan Itinerary Day 6:
Wake up early to avoid the crowds and start hiking in Petra before the intense midday heat starts to kick in. “The Monastery” and “Place of High Sacrifice” hikes are challenging, but certainly worth it for those postcard perfect views.
Jordan Itinerary Day 7:
Exploring the desert at Wadi Rum makes one feel like a modern day Lawrence of Arabia. Pass through the towering granite siqs on camel back as Bedouin desert traders have done before you for hundreds of years, or kick up dust in an adrenaline pumping off-road 4×4 ride.
Nomadic Bedouins still inhabit this land, and several campsites dotted throughout this vast gorge provide the traveller with a perfect opportunity to learn about a completely new way of life as they sip Arabic mint tea and share meze with the desert dwellers.
Find accommodation in Wadi Rum here
Jordan Itinerary Day 8:
After a week of hiking, climbing, camel riding, and just generally partaking in activities which are completely exhausting in nature, Aqaba is a welcome opportunity to relax and unwind. The Red Sea resort town doesn’t boast a lot of history or archaeological sites to see, but it certainly makes up for it with its translucent turquoise waters, white sandy beaches and luxury resorts.
Certified divers will find plenty of opportunities to scuba here, and discover shipwrecks and ruins beneath the water’s surface.
Find hotels in Aqaba here
Jordan Itinerary Day 9:
Dana Biosphere Reserve
Dana Biosphere Reserve is a melting pot of various landscapes and animal species. The reserve is the largest of its kind in Jordan and is home to both scorching sand dunes, and sprawling mountain ranges. Dana is the perfect place to enjoy hiking, observing the many rare species of wildlife that inhabit the park, or simply relaxing.
Recommended Hotel: The Dana Guesthouse hotel is perched on a cliff’s edge within the park (literally!) and as such offers incredible views that extend for miles. The guesthouse was originally built to house researchers working in the park and has a rustic, homely vibe.
Find alternative hotels in Dana here
Jordan Itinerary Day 10:
Amman & Home
The return journey from Dana Nature reserve back up to Amman will take approximately 2 and a half hours. As with any international flight, you should aim to arrive at Queen Alia International at least 2 hours before your departure time (3 is recommended!).
If you’re travelling long term, or you’re hungry for more Middle Eastern adventures, consider crossing the border to Israel. I visited Israel and Jordan on the same trip and it made a nice travel pairing.
10 Day Jordan Itinerary – Possible Schedule Variations
Based on your personal preferences and the things that make you “tick” when you travel, you may want to make some amendments to this 10 Day Jordan Itinerary and that’s okay – there is never a “one size fits all” approach to travelling. Whether you are interested in history, hiking, or simply taking more time to relax, I’ve provided some additional suggestions below:
- The Aljoun nature reserve is vast and offers plenty of scenic hiking trails. If you are the outdoorsy type, you may want to spend an additional day here.
- In between the Dead Sea and Petra is also the small town of Madaba which is well known for its 6th century mosaics depicting Jerusalem and The Holy Land. Madaba is certainly worth a short stop over.
- If you want more time to relax, consider adding an extra day on to The Dead Sea portion of your trip. Nearby Ma’In hot springs is a lovely natural spa. There are also many high quality luxury spas in the area offering pampering treatments that utilise Dead Sea mud.
- As with Aljoun, there are plenty of possible hiking routes in Dana Nature Reserve so if that’s your cup of tea, you could add an extra day at Dana in place of visiting Aqaba.
I will soon be adding a “Jordan Travel Guide” article which I will share here and will provide more practical advice for your 10 day Jordan itinerary along with other relevant content as and when it is produced.
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Have you been to Jordan? What were your highlights? If you have any questions about my 10 day Jordan itinerary, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me in the comments below.
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