Visit Jordan: our 6 best things to do and see for your trip + all our tips

We went to Jordan this summer! When we said this sentence, our relatives were generally astonished by this choice of travel.

Honestly we didn’t have this destination in our list of countries to visit. We left to find my sister. She worked in Amman, the capital, for two years in a French company.

We loved our stay, we were pleasantly surprised by the number of places to visit and the beauty of the different sites.

We also appreciated the contact with the local population who always helped us when we needed it.

Below, we detail our 6 must-sees and must-do’s in Jordan (and it wasn’t an easy selection!), as well as our 2-week itinerary.

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Is Jordan a dangerous country?

When we have a destination in mind, we systematically consult the diplomatie.gouv website. For Jordan, we didn’t deviate from the rule, even though my sister, who had already been living there for 6 months, had assured us that the country was stable.

The government website gives general recommendations on the country and specifies the areas to avoid (the borders with Syria and Iraq) on a map.

These recommendations were helpful in planning our trip. The sites we wanted to visit were not in the discouraged areas! We never felt unsafe during our stay.

As the country suffers from an unattractive geographical location. You will cross few  tourists on the various places.

For example, visitation to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Petra has dropped considerably since the outbreak of war in Syria. We were almost alone in the world, it’s the first time it happens to us in such a famous place!

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When to go visit Jordan?

You are probably wondering, what is the best time to go to Jordan?

Jordan is a sunny country with little rainfall and mild temperatures all year round! Nevertheless, the period from April to November is the best in terms of temperature (minimum 15 and maximum 40 degrees).

If you are afraid of being too hot, avoid the months of July and August as temperatures can reach 40 degrees. We were there in August and it was indeed a bit hot in the desert of wadi rum. However, the month ofAugust is recommended by tourist guides because there are few tourists.

One last piece of advice, find out the date of Ramadan before you leave because during this period many shops and restaurants will be closed at the time of the young.

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What to do in Jordan : our 6 must-sees!

1. The incredible city of Petra – ❤❤❤


The city of Petra is our favorite of the trip. We loved our 3 days discovering all the corners of the city.

The site is grandiose and magnificent, as mentioned above we were often alone in the world. Yet it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and considered one of the seven wonders of the world. It’s time to visit this wonderful city!

You will walk a lot during your visit and you will be hot. If you are there like us in the middle of August, but you really won’t regret it.

To arrive on the site, you will borrow daily a splendid canyon named the Siq. When you leave the latter, you will be amazed by the famous and well known Khazneh (the treasure). Then you can wander around the site according to the different places you want to see. Do not miss the Deir, theroyal tombs, thelower city, the Byzantine church, the Blue Chapel and the High place of the Sacrifice which will offer you a magnificent point of view on all the site of Petra!

Conseil Pourquoi pas nous: une visite guidée de Pétra avec transfert depuis Amman

Si vous ne souhaitez pas conduire en Jordanie vous pouvez réserver une excursion au départ d’Amman. Votre chauffeur vous conduira jusqu’à Pétra puis vous aurez une visite guidée de Pétra, pour en apprendre davantage sur l’histoire incroyable du lieu. Vous devrez rajouter le billet d’entrée pour Pétra.

Où dormir ?

➡️Notre coup de coeur avec piscine : Le Petra Moon hôtel, est une excellente option, situé à 5 minutes de l’entrée et comprenant une piscine pour se détendre après une longue matinée de visite. Les chambres sont agréables et propres.

➡️Si c’est complet nous vous conseillons le Petra Corner Hôtel, situé également à 5 minutes de l’entrée de Pétra et les chambres sont très confortables.

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2. Floating in the dead sea: a unique experience – ❤❤❤

The Dead Sea is a very salty lake, shared between Israel, Jordan and Palestine. It’s the lowest place in the world – 400 metres below sea level.

Bathing in the Dead Sea is a unique experience. You float there like a cork! Your swim will be short because the water will tingle after a few minutes.

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When you get out of the pool, rinse yourself off and apply mud to your skin to keep it soft.

If you go swimming outside the hotels, remember to bring a few liters of water to rinse off afterwards. Be careful not to get water in your eyes. 

You can drive along part of the Dead Sea to enjoy the beautiful views

Conseil Pourquoi pas nous: une excursion à la mer morte + Madaba avec transfert depuis Amman

De nouveau, pour ceux qui préfère se laisser conduire et admirer les paysages, vous pouvez réserver une excursion au départ d’Amman. Votre chauffeur vous conduira jusqu’à la jolie ville de Madaba puis sur une plage à la mer morte où vous pourrez vous baigner et surtout flotter !

Où dormir ?

Hébergement à la mer morte avec piscine et plage privée : Nous avons séjourné au Mövenpick Resort & Spa Dead Sea, nous n’avons pas l’habitude de séjourner dans les chaines d’hôtels, encore moins dans un hôtel 5 étoiles. Figurez vous que nous avons été agréablement surpris !

C’est un endroit parfait pour se reposer et profiter des différentes infrastructures.

Les deux piscines sont agréables offrant une vue sur la mer morte. Il y a une plage pour accéder à la mer morte et de la boue à votre disposition pour vous enduire après votre baignade. Le petit déjeuner sous forme de buffet est gargantuesque. Nous n’avons pas eu besoin de manger le midi. Nous avons même profité de la salle de sport alors que nous n’y allons jamais en France, nous avons vraiment tout testé pour vous 😉

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3. Venturing into the desert of wadi rum – ❤❤❤

We have excellent memories of our two nights and three days in this enchanting place. You will take the opportunity to disconnect completely, surrounded by breathtaking scenery.

On board our pick-up and with the help of our guide, we start by discovering sand dunes with multiple colors and incredible rock formations.

While moving away from civilization, we take the opportunity to explore on foot the canyons, climb the arches, surf on the dunes and discover the carved caves. As you can imagine, we did not meet many travelers during our stay.

In the evening we enjoy unforgettable sunsets andexcellent meals prepared by our guide, a desert Bedouin. 

This magical place, was the place of shooting of many films, Lawrence of Arabia, Alone on Mars, Aladdin, Stars War ….

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Nos conseils pour choisir votre tour

Tour organisé : Wadi rum bedouin friends propose un tour en itinérance sans camp fixe. C’est pour ça que nous avons sélectionné ce tour. Ma sœur nous l’avez également conseillé.

Le prix était de 45 JOD (57€) par jour car nous avions pris 3 jours. Cela comprend tous les repas et les excursions dans le désert. Nous avons eu un très bon guide et un excellent cuisinier !

4. Explore the ancient cities of Jerash and Amman – ❤❤

Both cities are splendid, we loved to walk inside these old stones. The one inAmman will give you an incredible view of the new city.

We have a preference for Jerash located at 1 hour from Amman. The latter is extremely well preserved.

During your walk among the ruins, you will discover three emblematic sites in excellent condition: the hippodrome, the theater and the forum. Count on about 3 hours of visit to take the time to explore all the corners.

–> Practical information: The cities of Jerash and Amman are included in the Jordan Pass

Où dormir à Amman ?

Hébergement à Amman avec parking : nous pouvons vous conseiller un hôtel charmant La Locanda Boutique Hotel, hôtel dans lequel ma famille à séjourné.

Ils ont apprécié la propreté des lieux et la localisation géographique environ 2km de l’amphithéâtre et de la citadelle . Un parking privé est disponible sur place.

Nous avons logé chez ma sœur, car l’un de ses colocataires nous a gentiment prêté sa chambre.

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5. Canyoning in Wadi Mujib – ❤❤

The Wadi (river) Mujib is the largest canyon in Jordan, located next to the Dead Sea.

Equipped with your life jacket (lent on the spot) and your old sneakers (to take along), you will be able to start the course with your feet in the water, surrounded by huge walls.

Soon you will be up to your knees and then up to your neck in water. Ropes installed on the walls will facilitate your progression against the current .

Once you reach the end, you can rest for a few minutes in a small pool and admire a beautiful waterfall. The return journey will require less effort. You can sit on your back and admire the beautiful landscape.

We had a great time even if we came out of this adventure exhausted!

Nos conseils

Informations pratiques: le tarif est de 21 JOD (27€), il inclut une veste de sauvetage et le parking gratuit. Vous pourrez déposer vos clés à l’accueil. Renseignez vous sur les horaires d’ouvertures car le wadi n’est pas ouvert toute l’année.

Pour y accéder, indiquer “Wadi Mujib Adventure Center” dans votre GPS. Le site est situé en face de la mer morte.

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6. Snorkeling or diving in the coral gardens in Aqaba – ❤

We were pleasantly surprised to discover the beautiful seabed of the Red Sea. 

We advise you to stay at Tala Bay, south ofAqaba, you can snorkel from the beach of your hotel. 

We booked a half day on a boat to relax and explore the corals and fish with our mask and snorkel. We observed beautiful multicolored fish in 3 different places.


Nos conseils

Tour : Ma sœur nous a conseillé de passer par Omar Madain. Pour 4h de snorkling et le bbq du midi nous avons dépensé 35 JOD (44€). Pour la plongée, il faudra débourser 70 JOD (88€).

Nous étions un groupe de dix personnes, nous étions les seuls à faire du snorkling donc nous étions tranquilles sur les différents spots.

Le bateau est grand avec un étage pour admirer la mer et un des matelas à l’avant pour se détendre après l’effort 🙂

Excursion depuis Aqaba au Wadi Rum

Le Wadi Rum est situé à 1h seulement d’Aqaba. La ville d’Aqaba est une bonne option pour rayonner sur le sud de la Jordanie. Vous pouvez réserver votre excursion tout inclus (transfert ,transport et entrée) au Wadi Rum directement depuis Aqaba.

Où dormir ?

Hébergement à Aqaba avec piscine et plage privée : Nous avons de nouveau renouveler l’expérience Movenpick, Mövenpick Resort & Spa Tala Bay Aqaba, nous n’avons une fois de plus pas été déçus !

Nous avons profité de l’immense piscine accessible tardivement, nous nous sommes baignés de nuit. Vous pouvez faire du snorkling depuis la plage de l’hôtel ou vous détendre sur les nombreux transats.

Nous avons été upgradés car il restait des places dans de meilleurs chambres en plein mois d’août.

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Tourism in Jordan: Our 2 weeks itinerary

We stayed 15 days in Jordan, we took our time because we wanted to spend time with my little sister.

If you have ten days, you can take out a day in Madaba, a day at the dead sea, a day in the Dana valley, a day in the wadi rum desert and a day in Aqaba.

If you have a week focus on Petra, the dead sea, Jerash and wadi rum.

Idée d’itinéraire supplémentaire : demandez un devis gratuit et sans engagement !

L‘organisme Evaneos propose des circuits organisés de grande qualité, 100% personnalisables.

Nous vous conseillons de contacter un expert local pour demander un devis gratuit et sans engagement, afin de gagner du temps dans la préparation de votre voyage et vous donner plein d’idées !

The different tours to visit the jewels of Jordan

To visit the different points of interest in Jordan(Amman, Petra, Dead Sea…) you can book your tour in advance via internet. We advise you to take a look at the website getyourguide which offers various activities at attractive prices.

Les meilleures excursions

Nous vous avons sélectionné 3 activités, les plus intéressantes selon nous, ci-dessous. N’oubliez pas de bien lire le descriptif afin de savoir ce qui est vraiment inclus afin de profiter pleinement de votre excursion.

Do I need a visa to visit Jordan? (Jordan Pass)

This is the first time in our travels that the Ministry of Tourism offers a financially interesting pass including the entry visa and the entrance to the main sites of the country. 

You must purchase the Jordan Pass online before your departure. Then simply print it and present it upon arrival and at the sites you visit. 

We took the Jordan Expert for 80JOD (100€), including our entry visa, 3 days in Petra, entrance to Jerash, wadi rum and the citadel ofAmman.

Taking the visa upon arrival at the airport and the entrance tickets to each site we would have to pay 60 JOD + 60 JOD + 8 JOD + 5 JOD + 3 JOD = 133 JOD (170€). Great savings with the Jordan Pass!

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Do I need travel health insurance?

It is now essential to travel to Jordan with a travel insurance with COVID fees included. Some bank cards will be able to provide you with a certificate, make sure that the mention COVID 19 appears on it. Don’t panic if your bank card doesn’t cover this, you can take out travel health insurance that does.

We still advise you to subscribe to a travel health insurancein order to leave with a light spirit on vacation or on a trip, because theinsurance included with your credit card offers very low levels of coverage, with lower ceilings than traditional travel health insurance, and does not cover all activities abroad, such as diving (which you can do in Aqaba, for example).

For our vacations and our two long trips (around the world in a backpack and around Europe in a camping car), we went through the Chapka organization. For vacations the most appropriate contract is Cap Assistance 24h/24.

We advise you to enquire about the terms and conditions of this insurance or to obtain a free quote. If you subscribe via the link below, you can take advantage of an immediate -5% discount by clicking on the link below (when you click on quote / subscribe, the discount is automatically applied).

Practical information (flight, travel and accommodation)

How to get to Jordan?

From Paris, without a stopover, it takes about 3.5 hours to fly to Amman, the capital. We travelled with the very good company Royal Jordanian.

We recommend the Skyscanner website, which we usually use, to compare prices of different airlines and find your flight at the best price.

Flight prices vary enormously depending on the number of stopovers and the day of departure and return . From France, you can find flights from 350€. If you live in the south of France, don’t hesitate to compare prices from Barcelona in Spain.

As always we advise you to compare prices between several days. If necessary and if possible, you can slightly shift your vacations to get a really good price.

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How to get around Jordan?

The best option for getting around Jordan is to rent a car. You will be free to move around and you can stop to take photo breaks whenever you want.

We had no difficulty driving in Jordan. As in many countries, this will just require you to be a little more careful.

Outside the capital, the roads are not very busy. We still advise you not to ride at night!

Nos conseils pour le transport

Taxi: Nous vous conseillons de télécharger l’application Careem, le Uber local. Vous êtes géolocalisé et le tarif est fixé à l’avance.

Location de voiture: Pour comparer les prix des locations nous vous conseillons le site RentalCars afin de trouver le meilleur tarif. En août, nous avons trouvé une voiture pour environ 33€ par jour en réservant quelques semaines à l’avance.

Le loueur Sixt proposait le meilleur tarif. Vous pouvez récupérer puis déposer votre voiture à l’aéroport. Nous n’avons eu aucun souci avec ce loueur.

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Where to sleep in Jordan?

We were surprised by the high price of accommodation in Jordan, especially in tourist sites such as Petra, the Dead Sea and Aqaba. We advise you to book in advance to ensure maximum choice.

For the last two places, we recommend booking hotels with private beaches. At the Dead Sea, it’s really comfortable to rinse off after your swim.

In Aqaba, on some public beaches you may not be comfortable swimming in a bathing suit

◊ Notre top hôtel ◊

➡️1. Hôtel à la mer morte avec piscine et plage privée : Mövenpick Resort & Spa Dead Sea,

➡️2. Hôtel à Pétra à 2 pas de l’entrée : Le Petra Moon hotel 

➡️3. Hôtel à Aqaba avec piscine et plage privée : Mövenpick Resort & Spa Tala Bay Aqaba

➡️4. Hébergement charmant à Amman : La Locanda Boutique Hotel

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Mövenpick Resort & Spa Tala Bay Aqaba

As you can see from this article, we loved our stay in Jordan

It is a beautiful country preserved from mass tourism, which is really nice!

We thank my sister again for making us discover this beautiful country.

Don’t hesitate to leave us a little note or  5stars below, to let us know if you’re planning this trip, to ask any questions you may have, here or on Instagram, we’ll get back to you with great pleasure. 

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We are Floriane and Matthieu, a French couple with a passion for travel. After working for a few years in our beautiful capital, we decided to leave everything behind to travel around the world. of 2016-2017. Today, travel is still a part of our lives. Here we share all our traveltips and useful information. Find out more about us.
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