Jordan may be a small country, but the Hashemite Kingdom sure packs a punch. The Middle Eastern country is home to some of the best preserved Roman ruins in the world, ancient cities, citadels, wildlife sanctuaries and a sprawling desert valley.
Scroll down for a collection of destination guides: best places to visit in Jordan, an easy 1-week itinerary and essential travel tips!
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW BEFORE YOU VISIT JORDAN
Jordan is a small Middle Eastern country that occupies under 100,000 square kilometers including the Dead Sea, which makes it similar in size to Portugal and Austria. However, what will really surprise you (among many things) about Jordan is the array of climates and landscapes, as well as the country's rich history all the way back to the Paleolithic period and spanning through the Hellenistic period, Ottoman rule and eventual establishment of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. Though Jordan's location doesn't make it the most obvious...Read more
1 WEEK JORDAN ITINERARY
Jordan may be a small country, but the Hashemite Kingdom sure packs a punch. The Middle Eastern country is home to some of the best preserved Roman ruins in the world, ancient cities, citadels and castles, fortresses, one of the new Wonders of the World, wildlife sanctuaries and a sprawling desert valley. Most first-time visitors opt to spend 1 week in Jordan, taking in the country's wondrous sights. I fell in love with Jordan when we visited earlier this year - I wasn't sure what to...Read more
JORDAN DESTINATION GUIDES
What's the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Jordan? Most people, myself included, don't know much about Jordan beyond Petra (and The Treasury in particular). But as we found out, Amman is more than just a gateway city to the rest of Jordan, and has incredible archaeological wonders of its own to offer. If you're visiting Jordan for the first time, make sure you set...Read more
Who would have thought that one of the best preserved Roman archaeological ruins in the world would be found in the Middle East? Though most of the city was destroyed by an earthquake in 749 AD, Jerash (or Gerasa as it was once known) in Jordan is a sprawling open-air museum of advanced engineering dating back to the 3rd century BC with impeccable temples, plazas, amphitheaters, gates and agoras....Read more
The ruins of Petra is Jordan's most-visited tourist attraction and also one of the best preserved archaeological sites in the world. Though it's not known precisely when the city was built, it's thought to have prospered around the 1st century B.C. when Petra was known to the Nabataeans as "Raqmu". The city was a major trading hub for frankincense, myrrh and spices in the region, and was later annexed...Read more
The Wadi Rum Protected Area is located about 4 hours away from Amman, Jordan's capital city. The sprawling 74,000 hectare area was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2011 and features a desert landscape consisting of narrow gorges, sandstone arches, towering cliffs, caverns, inscriptions, rock carvings and archaeological remains. Its unique terrain has been used as a backdrop for a whole host of Hollywood movies including Lawrence...Read more