Walking through the history of Lawrence of Arabia in the Wadi Rum desert. Finding yourself in a tortuous canyon that leads to the millenarian and stone-carved city of Petra. And bathing in the salty waters of the Dead Sea. Jordan is an entire world to discover: a journey that you’ll never forget.
Anyone who decides to go to the Middle Eastern country of Jordan has a wide variety of places to visit, especially if traveling during the months of May-June or September-October, when temperatures are not too high and nights are accompanied by a nice breeze.
If you want to get to Jordan by airplane: there are different air flight companies traveling to the Amman’s airport of Al-Alia, such as Royal Jordanian and Alitalia. Once arrived at the airport, there are many taxis that bring you in 30 minutes to Amman (prices around 25 JDs- 30 EUR). Bear in mind that at the airport you need to pay 40 JDs (60EUR) for the VISA(exchange shops can be found at the airport).
Do you want to visit Jordan starting from the capital? Find here our complete guide of Amman.
THROUGH THE WONDWadi Rum
Wadi Rum is everything you could expect of a quintessential desert: extremely hot in summer and cold in winter. The views are nothing but breathtaking, with the sun slicing through well-defined siqs (canyons) at dawn or dissolving the division between rock and sand at dusk. Home of Bedouins, Wadi Rum is something magical and perfect for a camping experience. The desert offers different kinds of camping experiences so to satisfy any traveller – from boy-scout-like adventurers to all-comfort lovers. If you want to live sumptuous desert nights, Luxury Camping could be exactly what you’re looking for. While, for the most adventurous ones, there are many guides that can drive you in the desert for an unforgettable sleep under a sky full of stars.
Giant red and pink mountains and serpentine canyons. Although much has been written about Petra, nothing really prepares you for this beautiful ancient city, carved into the rock. Once an important junction for silk, spices and other trade routes linking China to Rome, to enter this 2000-year-old world you walk through a narrow gorge, flanked on both sides by high cliffs. Almost at the end of this path, the siq offers the first glimpse of Al-Khazaneh (Treasury). The Treasury is the first of the many wonders of Petra, with its valley inhabited by outstanding architectural jewels: rock-cut tombs with intricate carvings, a Roman-style theatre, obelisks, temples, colonnaded streets, and high above, overlooking the valley, the impressive Ad-Deir (the Monastery, with a flight of 800 rock cut steps to reach it).
It is possible to reach Petra by bus, taxi or car. The entrance fee is 50 JOD (EUR 65).
Have ever wondered where the lowest point on the face of the earth is? The Dead Sea is the right answer. Being at over 400m below sea level. The Dead Sea is flanked by mountains to the east and Jerusalem’s hills to the west. The Dead Sea is famous for its warm and super salty water. The best way to visit the Dead Sea is to stay at one of the luxury resorts. Such as the Kempinski Hotel Ishtar (Dead Sea Road | Dead Sea, Sweimah 11194, Jordan. +962 5 356 8888). With exclusive access to the shores.
The Dead Sea can be reached either from Amman or Madaba.
Just 30km far from Amman, Madaba is known as the City of Mosaics. The town is home of the famous 6th century Mosaic Map of Jerusalem and the Holy Land: it covers the floor of the Greek Orthodox Church of St. George. The Archaeological Park and Museum offers then an interesting visit to the remains of several Byzantine churches.
If you feel hungry while being in Madaba, try Haret Jdoudna (Adel Jumean Street, Madaba, Jordan. +962-5 324 86 50): an enchanted place, with live music and an inner courtyard where to taste delicious Jordanian dishes.
For some proper relax time, Aqaba is the right place to be. Surrounded by picturesque mountains, blue sea and white sandy beaches. Aqaba offers beautiful resorts, diving and snorkeling activities. To explore the coral reefs of the Red Sea, home to hundreds of different types of corals and sponges.