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Jordan Holidays

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For well over a century, a steady stream of visitors has arrived in Jordan, attracted by the sweeping desert landscapes, crumbling architecture and friendly locals. Unlike a lot of its Middle Eastern neighbours, this authentic country has managed to retain its traditional charm. Its vast collection of beaches, ancient landmarks and sweeping sands make it a fascinating place to visit. Add to this the fact that it’s one of the safest countries in the region, and a Jordan holiday makes a fantastic choice for both couples and families.

The country’s most treasured attraction is ancient UNESCO-protected Petra. Made up of mysterious tombs, intricate stone carvings and golden sandstone cliffs, this blush-coloured city was named one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. With so much to explore, this place is sure to be a highlight of your trip to Jordan.

But the Lost City isn’t the only reason people choose to visit Jordan. Its rich history can be seen everywhere, from the strikingly incongruous desert castles, to the ancient Roman outposts and traditional mosaics. Thanks to the Red Sea-brushed shoreline and vast desert, Jordan is also a land of adventure. You’ll have the chance to discover spectacular underwater seascapes while scuba diving and snorkelling along the Gulf of Aqaba, or float in the otherworldly Dead Sea. And you can explore the red dunes and soaring mountains of Wadi Rum on an exhilarating 4x4 desert safari. Or, for a more relaxed day out seek out the beaches of Amman, Berenice and Aqaba, boasting warm waters, hip food shacks and luxury resorts.

Beyond the world-class attractions and enviable natural beauty, Jordan lays claim to a characteristically warm population. The people here are always ready to meet their curious arrivals with genuine smiles and good will. Jordanian hospitality particularly shines through traditions surrounding food and drink, from the offering of traditional Bedouin specialities, to the regular consumption of cardamon-flavoured Arabic coffee.

Whether you’re looking to stay in a plush hotel and enjoy a few day trips, or go on an exciting tour of all the famous landmarks, our experts will help you plan your perfect holiday to Jordan.

Things to do

Wadi Rum

Watersports

Best time to go

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Things to do in Jordan

Diverse, hospitable and steeped in history, Jordan is a fantastic all-round holiday destination. It appeals to beach lovers and adrenaline junkies, history buffs and culture vultures, foodie fanatics and outdoor enthusiasts.

While Greece and Rome may be considered the behemoths of historical ruins in Europe, Jordan dominates the Middle East with its collection of crumbling temples, impressive churches and ancient cities. Uncover the country’s rich cultural heritage as you tick off Jordan’s time-stamped attractions.

 

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Discover the 6,000-seat Roman theatre and 8th-century palace in the age-old Amman Citadel. And, of course, no holiday to Jordan would be complete without visiting rose-hued Petra. Hidden among desert canyons, this 2,000-year-old city is an architectural wonder.

After a deep dive into the country’s history, it’s time to escape the desert heat and see Jordan’s natural beauty. Float in the seemingly-impossible Dead Sea, or unwind in the mineral-rich waters of Ma’in hot springs.

 

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Wadi Rum

First made famous by its appearance in Lawrence of Arabia in 1962, before once again lighting up the silver screen in The Martian in 2015, Jordan’s Wadi Rum desert has become a star in its own right.

Famed for its dramatic sandstone cliffs and burnt-orange dunes, Wadi Rum offers a glimpse into Jordan’s timeless desert. Plus, you can enjoy some truly unique experiences. If you have enough time, we’d recommend spending a night in a traditional Bedouin camp. You’ll gain insight into desert life, tuck into a delicious traditional meal around the campfire fire, and settle down for a night underneath the starlit sky.

 

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Alternatively, a desert safari is another great way of exploring this Mars-like landscape. Setting off from Aqaba, you’ll leave the hustle and bustle of the city and beaches behind, as you head out into the rust-coloured dunes.

 

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Watersports

At Aqaba – Jordan’s only port to the Red Sea – you can try out a whole host of watersports, from laidback snorkelling to adrenaline-pumping jet-skiing. With year-round sunshine and warm temperatures even in the middle of winter, this spot is the perfect setting for adventures on the water.

 

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What’s more, the Red Sea is home to some of the world’s most spectacular underwater life and seascapes. The area remains relatively untouched, so you can look forward to pristine reefs, vibrant coral gardens and diverse marine life, including turtles, seahorses and damselfish. Diving centres are scattered throughout Aqaba, so you’ll have plenty of choice for booking lessons, renting gear and hiring scuba guides.

For slightly more thrilling activities, why not try some watersports? Kite-boarding and wakeboarding are both very popular, while water-skiing and kayaking are also on offer.

 

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Best time to visit Jordan

If you want to travel across the country, it’s best plan your Jordan holiday between March and May or September and November. Daytime temperatures are pleasant for sightseeing at this time of year, while the nights are cool and comfortable. Plus, in April, the north of the country becomes blanketed in gorgeous wildflowers, making for a stunning display. As you would expect, desert-surrounded Petra and Wadi Rum are much hotter than the capital of Amman. Depending on where you are, spring temperatures range between 17°C and 29°C, while warmer autumn sees the mercury hover between 20°C and 32°C.

 

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But, if you’re purely looking to visit Aqaba and relax by the Red Sea, plan your trip between September and March. While the rest of Jordan cools down, this part of the country sees glorious weather. Even in the depths of January, daytime temperatures rarely drop below 20°C, making it a great choice for a winter sun holiday.

The scorching summer months – June to August – are best avoided, as temperatures often reach 40°C.

 

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Essential info

Visa: You’ll need to buy a visa on arrival, which allows you to stay for up to 30 days
Language: The official language is Arabic, but English is widely spoken
Currency: Jordanian Dinar (JOD)
Time difference: GMT +3 hours
Flight duration from London: Five hours
Capital city: Amman

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Things to do

Things to do in Jordan

Diverse, hospitable and steeped in history, Jordan is a fantastic all-round holiday destination. It appeals to beach lovers and adrenaline junkies, history buffs and culture vultures, foodie fanatics and outdoor enthusiasts.

While Greece and Rome may be considered the behemoths of historical ruins in Europe, Jordan dominates the Middle East with its collection of crumbling temples, impressive churches and ancient cities. Uncover the country’s rich cultural heritage as you tick off Jordan’s time-stamped attractions.

 

Show More
Show Less

Discover the 6,000-seat Roman theatre and 8th-century palace in the age-old Amman Citadel. And, of course, no holiday to Jordan would be complete without visiting rose-hued Petra. Hidden among desert canyons, this 2,000-year-old city is an architectural wonder.

After a deep dive into the country’s history, it’s time to escape the desert heat and see Jordan’s natural beauty. Float in the seemingly-impossible Dead Sea, or unwind in the mineral-rich waters of Ma’in hot springs.

 

Show More
Show Less

Wadi Rum

Wadi Rum

First made famous by its appearance in Lawrence of Arabia in 1962, before once again lighting up the silver screen in The Martian in 2015, Jordan’s Wadi Rum desert has become a star in its own right.

Famed for its dramatic sandstone cliffs and burnt-orange dunes, Wadi Rum offers a glimpse into Jordan’s timeless desert. Plus, you can enjoy some truly unique experiences. If you have enough time, we’d recommend spending a night in a traditional Bedouin camp. You’ll gain insight into desert life, tuck into a delicious traditional meal around the campfire fire, and settle down for a night underneath the starlit sky.

 

Show More
Show Less

Alternatively, a desert safari is another great way of exploring this Mars-like landscape. Setting off from Aqaba, you’ll leave the hustle and bustle of the city and beaches behind, as you head out into the rust-coloured dunes.

 

Show More
Show Less

Watersports

Watersports

At Aqaba – Jordan’s only port to the Red Sea – you can try out a whole host of watersports, from laidback snorkelling to adrenaline-pumping jet-skiing. With year-round sunshine and warm temperatures even in the middle of winter, this spot is the perfect setting for adventures on the water.

 

Show More
Show Less

What’s more, the Red Sea is home to some of the world’s most spectacular underwater life and seascapes. The area remains relatively untouched, so you can look forward to pristine reefs, vibrant coral gardens and diverse marine life, including turtles, seahorses and damselfish. Diving centres are scattered throughout Aqaba, so you’ll have plenty of choice for booking lessons, renting gear and hiring scuba guides.

For slightly more thrilling activities, why not try some watersports? Kite-boarding and wakeboarding are both very popular, while water-skiing and kayaking are also on offer.

 

Show More
Show Less

Best time to go

Best time to visit Jordan

If you want to travel across the country, it’s best plan your Jordan holiday between March and May or September and November. Daytime temperatures are pleasant for sightseeing at this time of year, while the nights are cool and comfortable. Plus, in April, the north of the country becomes blanketed in gorgeous wildflowers, making for a stunning display. As you would expect, desert-surrounded Petra and Wadi Rum are much hotter than the capital of Amman. Depending on where you are, spring temperatures range between 17°C and 29°C, while warmer autumn sees the mercury hover between 20°C and 32°C.

 

Show More
Show Less

But, if you’re purely looking to visit Aqaba and relax by the Red Sea, plan your trip between September and March. While the rest of Jordan cools down, this part of the country sees glorious weather. Even in the depths of January, daytime temperatures rarely drop below 20°C, making it a great choice for a winter sun holiday.

The scorching summer months – June to August – are best avoided, as temperatures often reach 40°C.

 

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Essential info

Essential info

Visa: You’ll need to buy a visa on arrival, which allows you to stay for up to 30 days
Language: The official language is Arabic, but English is widely spoken
Currency: Jordanian Dinar (JOD)
Time difference: GMT +3 hours
Flight duration from London: Five hours
Capital city: Amman

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