Jordan

Modern cities filled with worldly citizens, mountainous regions dotted with small villages, and deserts inhabited by the nomadic Bedouin - Jordan has all this diversity and more. With the cosmopolitan cafes of Amman, the peace of hilltop Dana and the historic treasures of Madaba, you may come to Jordan to see the ruins of Petra, but you’ll leave having encountered so much more.

Jordan Tours & Travel

Top deals in Jordan

Departing Days Price USD
28 Dec 2014 Jordan Family - Journey to the Lost City 8 $1295
7 Feb 2015 Road to Jordan 10 $1530
28 Feb 2015 Explore Jordan 8 $1065
21 Mar 2015 Explore Jordan 8 $1105
18 Apr 2015 Road to Jordan 10 $1670

All our Jordan trips

Jordan & Egypt Express

9 days from
USD $1,060
CAD $1,095
AUD $1,075
EUR €920
GBP £620
NZD $1,200
ZAR R10,735
CHF FR1,115

Follow in the footsteps of prophets on an adventure tour through Jordan and Egypt. Visit Amman and Petra, dive into...

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Explore Jordan

8 days from
USD $1,065
CAD $1,100
AUD $1,080
EUR €740
GBP £625
NZD $1,200
ZAR R10,765
CHF FR900

Travel to Jordan and tour Amman, Madaba and the inspiring landscape of Wadi Rum. Take a trip to the Dead Sea and...

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Road to Jordan

10 days from
USD $1,530
CAD $1,580
AUD $1,550
EUR €1,165
GBP £900
NZD $1,725
ZAR R15,495
CHF FR1,410

From the chaos of Cairo to the calm of the Red Sea coast, discover the unique delights of the road to Jordan. Explore...

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Pyramids to Petra

17 days from

Take an adventure holiday through Egypt and Jordan. Visit Cairo, the Pyramids of Giza, Luxor, the Nile River, Petra,...

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Pyramids, Beaches & Desert

17 days from
USD $2,570
CAD $2,655
AUD $2,600
EUR €1,795
GBP £1,505
NZD $2,895
ZAR R26,020
CHF FR2,170

Take an adventure holiday through Egypt and Jordan. Visit Cairo, the Pyramids of Giza, Luxor, the Nile River, Petra,...

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Jordan & Egypt Uncovered

22 days from
USD $2,520
CAD $2,595
AUD $2,550
EUR €1,755
GBP £1,475
NZD $2,840
ZAR R25,525
CHF FR2,125

Embark on an unforgettable small group adventure through the majestic lands of Jordan and Egypt. Visit Petra, cruise...

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Middle East Discovery

27 days from
USD $3,680
CAD $3,915
AUD $4,070
EUR €2,975
GBP £2,435
NZD $4,825
ZAR R37,010
CHF FR3,670

Travel from Egypt to Turkey on this magical Middle East Discovery tour. See the pyramids and the Great Sphinx, float...

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Jordan Family - Journey to the Lost City

8 days from
USD $1,295
CAD $1,310
AUD $1,360
EUR €950
GBP £815
NZD $1,615
ZAR R12,350
CHF FR1,165

Discover lost cities on a family adventure in Jordan. From the capital Amman to the ancient city of Jerash, rose...

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Petra Uncovered

3 days from
USD $707
CAD $730
AUD $715
EUR €492
GBP £412
NZD $795
ZAR R7,157
CHF FR595

Travel to Jordan and visit Petra, the ancient 'lost city'. Be awed by ancient architecture, float in the salty Dead...

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Discover Egypt, Jordan & Israel

23 days from
USD $6,365
CAD $6,565
AUD $6,435
EUR €4,430
GBP £3,725
NZD $7,170
ZAR R64,415
CHF FR5,360

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Classical Egypt & Jordan

17 days from
USD $3,650
CAD $3,765
AUD $3,690
EUR €2,540
GBP £2,135
NZD $4,110
ZAR R36,940
CHF FR3,075

Explore Egypt and Jordan to see the pyramids and Petra, sail down the Nile, spend a night in the Wadi Rum desert and...

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Egypt, Jordan & Israel

22 days from
USD $6,420
CAD $6,620
AUD $6,490
EUR €4,465
GBP £3,750
NZD $7,230
ZAR R64,990
CHF FR5,405

Set out on a Middle Eastern journey that takes in the famous landmark attractions of Egypt, the gracious hospitality...

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Jordan Explorer Independent Journey

8 days from
USD $2,090
CAD $2,157
AUD $2,115
EUR €1,455
GBP £1,222
NZD $2,355
ZAR R21,170
CHF FR1,762

Travel from the Jordanian capital, Amman, through the desert of Wadi Rum, the ancient temples of Petra and the holy...

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Egypt & Jordan Experience

17 days from

Travel through Egypt and Jordan on an adventure that departs from Cairo. See the Pyramids of Giza, head out on a Nile...

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Jordan Discovery

8 days from
USD $1,510
CAD $1,560
AUD $1,530
EUR €1,165
GBP £885
NZD $1,700
ZAR R15,270
CHF FR1,410

Travel from the Jordanian capital, Amman, to the seaside town of Aqaba, through the desert of Wadi Rum and discover...

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Jordan trip reviews

Our Jordan trips score an average of 4.75 out of 5 based on 28 reviews in the last year.

Explore Jordan, June 2014

Explore Jordan, June 2014

Articles on Jordan

How to dress for respect

Posted on Wed, 11 Jun 2014

Follow these tips on how to respect the local culture in the way you dress and you are more likely to feel comfortable and be welcomed into communities.

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Focus on Jordan

Posted on Thu, 9 Jan 2014

What is it about Jordan that has world-renowned photographer Steve Davey eager to return, again and again? Seems like the answer is simple, it’s a complex country with a bewildering [...]

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Photography tips: bringing it back home

Posted on Tue, 19 Nov 2013

Steve Davey has travelled to almost 90 countries around the world, so this renowned travel photographer and author has a lot of experience in keeping his gear and pictures safe. [...]

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Finding Aqaba’s best feast

Posted on Wed, 5 Dec 2012

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Transport

Intrepid believes half the fun of experiencing a new country is getting there, and getting around once there! Where possible, Intrepid uses local transport options and traditional modes of transport - which usually carry less of an environmental impact, support small local operators and are heaps more fun.

Depending on which trip you're on while in Jordan, you may find yourself travelling by:

Accommodation

Travelling with Intrepid is a little bit different. We endeavour to provide travellers with an authentic experience to remember, so we try to keep accommodation as unique and traditional as possible.

When travelling with us in Jordan you may find yourself staying in a:

About Jordan

At a glance

Trips Available: 5
Capital city: Amman (population 960,000)
Population: 6.5 million
Language: Arabic
Currency: JOD
Time zone: (GMT+02:00) Amman
Electricity: Type B (American 3-pin) Type C (European 2-pin) Type D (Old British 3-pin) Type F (German 2-pin, side clip earth) Type G (Irish/British 3-pin) Type J (Swiss 3-pin)
Dialing code: +962

Best time to visit Jordan

The weather in Jordan can get quite extreme. Overall, it tends to be hot during the day and cold at night (in desert areas, expect it to be extremely hot during the day and freezing at night). Yet during winter it can get bitterly cold, with snowfall occurring in some parts of the country.

Travelling during the summer months (June, July and August) can be challenging for those not accustomed to the heat, so visiting Jordan during spring and autumn is recommended for those who wish to escape the hotter temperatures.

As a Muslim country, Jordan observes Ramadan. If you are planning to travel during Ramadan, it's important to consider that many restaurants and shops will either be closed or operating on reduced hours during this time.

Amman weather chart

Culture and customs

Jordanian woman Jordanian father and son
As a Muslim country, Jordan’s culture is quite conservative, although not as conservative as some other Middle Eastern countries. Western influences (particularly in Amman and other large cities) have infiltrated Jordanian society so Jordan now possesses a mix of Arabian customs amid modern ways of life. Due to immigration, Jordan now has a significant Palestinian and Iraqi population, adding to the cultural diversity of the country.

Despite the outside influences, Islamic traditions are strong in Jordan with spectacular mosques signalling the call to prayer five times a day, Ramadan being observed each year and some segregation of the sexes occurring.

The desert-dwelling Bedouin have a distinct culture of their own, drawing on traditions that have been passed down for centuries. Living a largely nomadic lifestyle, the Bedouin rely on the herding of animals and the creation of handicrafts in the absence of a fertile environment to farm. With a strong musical heritage, traditional instruments are played and time-honored traditions are continued.

Hospitality is a crucial element of Jordanian culture. Most visitors will be humbled by the kindness, sincerity and genuine care showed by Jordanians. Being welcomed into peoples’ homes is common, and can probably be attributed to the custom of welcoming strangers and sharing food when travelling in the unforgiving desert.

Eating and drinking

Baklava

Intrepid believes that one of the best ways to experience a country is by eating! Whether you're sampling street food, savoring a cheap eat or indulging in a banquet, there are endless options to choose from wherever you are in the world.

Featuring typical Middle Eastern ingredients like lamb, chickpeas, garlic and a range of aromatic herbs and spices, Jordanian cuisine is delicious.

Things to try in Jordan

1. Meze

Like many other Middle Eastern countries, a plate of shared breads and dips is a great way to begin a feast.

2. Mansaf

This traditional Bedouin dish of lamb and yoghurt is usually served with rice and bread. This is the national dish of Jordan, so definitely try it before you leave.

3. Baklava

These small, sweet pastries made with honey and nuts will have you going back for more.

4. Coffee

The coffee in Jordan is strong. Often spiced with a hint of cardamom, coffee is strongly linked to the famed Jordanian hospitality, so drink up – it would be rude not to!

Geography and environment

Colourful fish Jordanian desert
Jordan is made up of a staggeringly diverse range of natural environments. From stark deserts to towering mountains, fertile wetlands, coastal reefs and urban cities, journeying through Jordan provides changing scenery and varying conditions.

Sharing borders with Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Syria and Israel and the Palestinian Territories, Jordan mixes modern architecture with heritage-filled buildings, well-manicured streets with historic alleyways and impressive mansions with simple homes.

Modern, developed cities like Amman and Aqaba feature unique architecture, spectacular mosques, five-star hotels and resorts. Small villages with rustic housing populate the less-built-up rural areas and Bedouin tents made of goat hair can be found in desert areas.

History and government

Oval plaza, Jerash Roman chariot racing re-enactment

Early History

The country now known as Jordan was originally inhabited by the Nabataeans thousands of years ago. Over the centuries, Jordan has been a place conquered and inhabited by many different people including the Romans, Greeks, Assyrians, Ottoman Turks, Egyptians and Mamluks (people of Kurdish origins). All these influences can still be seen today in Jordan's ancient ruins, architecture, crafts and arts. Many battles were fought in Ancient Jordan, including the Christian crusaders who clashed with Islamic Forces in Jordan during the 11th and 12th centuries. The first Muslim Dynasty began with the Umayyad Empire in 661.

Recent History

In 1950, Jordan was renamed the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan and in 1951, King Abdullah I was assassinated while visiting a mosque. His eldest son became king but was removed from his duties in 1952 due to mental illness. In 1953, his teenage son Hussein Ibn Talal became king, and continued to rule for over 40 years. In the 1960s, Jordan saw many immigrants arrive and settle – mainly Palestinians escaping the conflict in their homeland.

In 1999, King Abdullah II succeeded his father King Hussein and continues to rule Jordan now. His reign has been characterised by liberal policies, economic reforms and technological advances. His wife, Queen Rania of Jordan, has a visible public profile, is active in many social causes and is regarded internationally as a highly influential woman.

Top Picks

The Treasury at Patra

Top 10 Ways To Experience Jordan

1. Locate a Lost City

Spend a day exploring the astonishing lost city of Petra. Discover temples, tombs, a monastery and an amphitheater in this fascinating, world-renowned archaeological site.

2. Take a Dip

Dive into the Dead Sea and relax in the famous waters thought to have therapeutical properties. The high salinity makes floating effortless so it’s easy to lie back and enjoy the view. This experience is a must-do for any visitor to Jordan.

3. Kick Back in a Cafe

The cafes of Amman are the perfect place to get acquainted with modern Jordan. From elegant, urban cafes serving international fare to earthy, family-run cafes offering traditional food and coffee, see both sides of modern Jordan when you eat.

4. Delve Into the Desert

Travel across hot, desert sands and spend the night camping under the stars with Bedouin hosts. Stargazing, eating traditional food and learning about the Bedouin way of life is an authentic experience to remember.

5. Admire Ancient Art

The city of Madaba is known for its amazing collection of ancient mosaics. Take a stroll around the city to scout out these handcrafted pieces of the past that are scattered throughout Madaba’s churches, museums and homes.

6. View an Icon

Behold the sight of legendary Mt Nebo. A revered holy site, Mt Nebo is home to the ruins of a church and monastery, and is an interesting place for believers and non-believers alike.

7. Meet Mother Nature

A hike through the changing landscapes of the Dana Nature Reserve offers wildlife encounters, quaint villages and majestic mountain views. Get back to nature and see Jordan’s natural treasures here.

8. Relax in a Resort

See a different side of Jordan in the laidback resort town of Aqaba. Chill out on the beach, feast on fresh seafood, soak up the sunshine and enjoy the change of pace in this piece of coastal bliss.

9. Uncover a Bit of History

Explore the fortified town and castle of Karak to gain insight into the fascinating history of this region. Walk through a network of tunnels and walkways and imagine what life was like centuries ago.

10. Discover Roman Ruins

Travel to Jerash to see some of the biggest and most preserved Roman ruins outside of Italy. Baths, theaters, temples and forums feature within the colonnaded streets and still-standing city walls.

Shopping

Jewellery

From atmospheric souqs to modern malls and designer boutiques, Jordan has a shopping experience to suit everyone. While not particularly cheap, the quality is generally excellent and the service friendly.

It's a good idea to check with your local customs officials to ensure that you are able to bring certain items back into your home country. Australia and New Zealand generally have strict quarantine laws.

Things to buy in Jordan

1. Traditional Handicrafts

Mosaics, ceramics, rugs and carpets can be found everywhere in Jordan, but the variety and quality found in Madaba is a standout.

2. Bedouin Crafts

Silver jewellery and embroidered scarves make great souvenirs and can be purchased from souqs and independent vendors around Jordan.

3. Gold Jewellery

Traditional souvenirs and stunning gold jewellery can be found in the souqs of downtown Amman.

Festivals and Events in Jordan

Ramadan and Eid

During the ninth and holiest month in the Islamic calendar, Ramadan is observed by most in Jordan and is thought to be a time of spiritual rejuvenation. For this month, Muslims fast from sunrise to sunset - refraining from eating and drinking during daylight hours. Eid marks the end of fasting with three days of feasting and celebration.

Jerash Festival of Culture & Arts

See the best of local and international performing arts with theatre, music, poetry and dance taking over the ancient Roman city of Jerash, much to the delight of locals and visitors alike.

FAQs on Jordan

Jordan:
We arrive into Jordan via a ferry into Aqaba, which currently requires no payment for visas. You are not required to obtain your visa in advance.
Tipping is up to the individual in Jordan. Hotels and up-market restaurants typically add a surcharge that is included in bills, which is usually 10%. Rounding up bills and leaving spare change is a good idea when dining in smaller restaurants and when using taxis.
Internet access is growing rapidly in Jordan. Internet can usually be accessed from hotels and internet cafes in major cities. Expect little to no access in small towns, villages and other rural areas.
Mobile phone coverage is good in Jordan’s major cities and built-up areas like Amman and Aqaba. Expect limited to no phone coverage in more isolated areas like the desert. Ensure you have global roaming activated on your phone before leaving home.
Western-style toilets are common in modern hotels, malls and at popular tourist areas. Squat toilets are the standard throughout the rest of the country. Sometimes, you may need to pay and bring your own toilet paper when visiting public rest rooms.
Street snack = 3 JOD
Can of soft drink = 1 JOD
Dinner at a restaurant = 10 JOD
Embroidered shawl = 20-30 JOD
Drinking water from taps in Jordan can be safe, depending on where you are. It's considered safe to drink water from modern hotels that have filtered water but perhaps not so from smaller establishments and in rural areas. For environmental reasons, try to use a refillable water bottle rather than buying bottled water. Peel fruit before eating and avoid ice in drinks.
Major credit cards are widely accepted by stores in Jordan. Smaller cafes and shops may not accept credit cards so ensure you carry enough cash to cover small purchases.
ATMs are common in Jordan’s main cities so finding one won't be a problem. Rural and remote areas typically will have less ATMs so be sure to carry enough cash for purchases when away from the city.
Absolutely. All passengers travelling with Intrepid are required to purchase travel insurance before the start of their trip. Your travel insurance details will be recorded by your leader on the first day of the trip. Due to the varying nature, availability and cost of health care around the world, travel insurance is very much an essential and necessary part of every journey.

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Jan 1 New Year’s Day
Jan 24 Mawlid al-Nabi (Birth of the Prophet)
Mar 29 Good Friday
Apr 1 Easter Monday
May 1 Labour Day
May 25 Independence Day
Jun 5 Lailat al Miraj (Night of Ascension)
Jun 10 Army Day
Jul 9 Start of Ramadan
Aug 8 Eid al-Fitr (end of Ramadan)
Oct 15 Eid al-Adha (Feast of the Sacrifice)
Nov 4 Islamic New Year
Dec 25 Christmas Day

Please note these dates are for 2013. For a current list of public holidays in Jordan go to: http://www.worldtravelguide.net/jordan/public-holidays

Health and Safety

Intrepid takes the health and safety of its travellers seriously, and takes every measure to ensure that trips are safe, fun and enjoyable for everyone. We recommend that all travellers check with their government or national travel advisory organisation for the latest information before departure:

From Australia?

Go to: http://www.smartraveller.gov.au/

From New Zealand?

Go to: http://www.safetravel.govt.nz/

From Canada?

Go to: http://www.voyage.gc.ca/

From US?

Go to: http://travel.state.gov/

From UK?

Go to: http://www.fco.gov.uk/en/

The World Health Organisation

also provides useful health information:
Go to: http://www.who.int/en/

Responsible Travel

Jordan Travel Tips

Intrepid is committed to travelling in a way that is respectful of local people, their culture, local economies and the environment. It's important to remember that what may be acceptable behaviour, dress and language in your own country, may not be appropriate in another. Please keep this in mind while travelling.

Top responsible travel tips for Jordan

1. Be considerate of Jordan’s customs, traditions, religion and culture.

2. Please ask and receive permission before taking photos of people, including children.

3. For environmental reasons, try to avoid buying bottled water. Fill a reusable water bottle or canteen with filtered water instead.

4. Ramadan is the fasting month for all Muslims. During this month no food, drink or smoking is permitted during daylight hours. While non-Muslims aren't expected to fast, it's recommended to try to avoid eating, drinking or smoking in public during daylight hours.

5. Refrain from touching or interfering with ancient monuments, relics or historic sites.

6. Learn some local language and don't be afraid to use it. Simple greetings will help break the ice.

7. Shop for locally made products. Supporting local artisans helps keep traditional crafts alive.

8. Ask permission and remove your shoes before entering a place of worship.

9. Dress modestly and respectfully. Shoulders to knees should be covered, especially when entering places of worship.

10. Always dispose of litter thoughtfully, including cigarette butts.

Further reading

Recommended reading

Title Author
Live from Jordan: Letters Home from My Journey through the Middle EastBenjamin Orbach
Married to a BedouinMarguerite van Geldermalsen
The Making of JordanYoav Alon