Jordan is one of the Middle East's most enchanting countries. Its star attraction is the ancient city of Petra, a cultural treasure set amid craggy mountains and striking desert terrain, which forms the focal point of tailor-made holidays in the country. [See Jordan itinerary ideas]
But Jordan has much more to tempt visitors. Its impressive landscape contains the lowest point on earth, the Dead Sea, and the moonlike terrain of Wadi Rum - well known for its connections with Lawrence of Arabia. Then there's the genial modern capital, Amman, with its upmarket hotels, smart restaurants and art galleries.
After canyons, deserts and citadels, the Red Sea coast provides a distinct change of pace. Its beaches fringe warm waters that are home to unspoiled coral reefs that are well suited for snorkelling and diving holidays.
Jordan travel combines four-wheel-drive adventures and camel treks amid shifting Arabian sands and wild wadis. Climbing, hiking and horse riding are other popular activities that can be incorporated into a luxury all-inclusive tour of the Hashemite kingdom.
Our in depth guide packed with background information, sample itineraries designed by our experts and hand-picked suggestions for what to see and do, where to stay and when best to go.
We’ve rounded up our list of recommended sites and things to do. Click on the map to enlarge it and see what we suggest or follow the links in the list to discover how to get the best out of your holiday.
Click on a place name below to find out more. Alternatively, to start planning where to go in Jordan, talk to one of our destination specialists on 020 7590 0621.
Jordan's modern and multicultural capital, Amman, often comes as a bit of a surprise to travellers who've been traversing the country's wilderness areas and historic sites, such as the world-famous ‘lost city' of Petra. Instead they find tree-lined residential …
The Dead Sea marks the lowest point on earth, at 420 metres below sea level. The River Jordan, where Jesus was baptised at Bethany Beyond the Jordan, is one of several rivers that flow into this large and highly saline lake.
The ancient city of Jerash has been occupied continuously for 6,500 years and comes a close second to Petra as a top Jordan attraction. It was conquered by Emperor Pompey in 63 BC and became one of the ten great Roman cities of the Decapolis League.
Petra is Jordan's most celebrated attraction and an essential Jordan travel experience. This spectacular ancient city was hewn out of the craggy mountains by the Nabateans and added to by the Romans. In its heyday it was an important trading post for silk and spices.
Activities on Jordan's Red Sea coast are centred on the popular beach resort of Aqaba, at the southern tip of the country. It's an excellent base from which to tour nearby Wadi Rum, or simply to relax in the sunshine by the gently lapping sea.
Wadi Rum is among the most beguiling places for Jordan travel. Towering rock faces rise up from the red desert, weathered over centuries into ridges and domes. These peaks are a dramatic sight amid the surrounding dunes and flat desert terrain.
Itinerary ideas 
The itinerary ideas listed below are designed to give you a flavour of the things to do in Jordan. We can adjust any element and tailor-make your trip though, to suit your individual needs and available time. To start planning your trip, talk to one of our destination specialists on 020 7590 0621.
For many, the spectacular ‘lost city’ of Petra, carved into the red canyon walls by the ancient Nabateans, simply is Jordan, but there is plenty more to …
Jordan Family Adventure
The worst part of resort vacations? Trying to find a spot to lay out your blanket on a crowded beach. Solution: Visit Jordan instead! The beach never ends here …
Jordan Active Adventure
Jordan is famed for its ancient past, but its present is pretty darn compelling, too. The natural and man-made wonders of Petra and Wadi Rum have been drawing …
Highlights of Jordan
Explore ancient sights and lost cities, overnight in a Bedouin tent and dine with the locals amidst the dramatic desert scenery of Wadi Rum. Take in Petra's …
Explore Petra and Wadi Rum
Hit the highlights of Jordan in this action-packed four days. View spectacular Wadi Rum by 4x4 before spending a night in the desert in the company of a local …
Places to stay 
The places to stay listed below only represent a handful of the accommodation options available in Jordan. We can also recommend and arrange accommodation to suit your personal tastes and budget. To start planning where to stay in Jordan, talk to one of our destination specialists on 020 7590 0621.
Evason Ma’In Hot Springs, Jordan
Evason Ma’In Hot Springs is a stunning oasis spa in the Jordanian desert situated in a dramatic rocky terrain beside a thermal waterfall, with views over the …
InterContinental Amman is located in this fascinating city of contrasts-showcasing a unique blend of old and new atop one of Amman’s seven hills. The hotel is …
Holiday types 
The types of holiday listed below are just a flavour of the experiences available in Jordan. We can also suggest and plan alternative types of holiday to take into account your individual interests. To start planning what to do whilst away, talk to one of our destination specialists on 020 7590 0621.
Luxury spa breaks are the ultimate in indulgence, whether you choose an island resort in the Indian Ocean, Thailand or Malaysia, a boutique hotel on South Africa’s Garden Route or a long weekend relaxing closer to home.
History and culture
From the Pyramids to the Parthenon, the Silk and Spice Routes to the Suez Canal, local history and culture add a rich flavour to any travel experience. Whether you want to explore the great opera houses of Sydney and Beijing, or the Palaeolithic cave paintings of France …