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Welcome to Jordan

Jordan is renowned for its strong tradition of hospitality, as well as awe-inspiring monuments and landmarks that tell the story of its ancient history. Widely known as one of the safest destinations in the Middle East, the country offers an appealing mix of traditional and modern. In the capital, Amman, you'll find ancient ruins alongside upscale malls and a bustling nightlife scene. It makes a convenient base for tours to see the antiquities for which the country is famous. Head a few hours north to the ancient city of Jerash, or a few hours south to the ultra-popular Petra, where you can explore the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of the Siq and the Treasury. You'll also want to spend some time in Wadi Rum, a protected desert landscape (and the ancestral home of the Bedouin people) that's filled with red dunes and sandstone escarpments. Other highlights include the Mujib Nature Reserve on the Dead Sea—where travelers can bob about in the salty, mineral-rich water—and the Gulf of Aqaba on the Red Sea, home to lovely beaches, popular scuba diving sites, and the port where cruise ships dock. For stunning valley views head to the top Mount Nebo, or join a tour to Madaba to get your fix of biblical history.

Top 10 attractions in Jordan

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Little Petra (Siq al-Barid)

Little Petra (Siq al-Barid)

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A northern satellite of Petra, Little Petra centers on a narrow canyon known as Siq al-Barid. With its water cisterns, carved houses, and rock-cut stairs, it has more of a lived-in feel than Petra proper. Its signature site, the Painted House, is home to one of the only surviving Nabatean painted interiors, which features jaw-dropping frescoes.More
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Mosaic Map (Madaba Map)

Mosaic Map (Madaba Map)

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Located in Madaba, the 19th-century Greek Orthodox St. George's Church is home to the famous Mosaic Map (Madaba Map). This sixth-century Byzantine map is believed to have been created in 542 AD, making it one of the world’s oldest biblical maps. It features imagery of the Holy Land depicted in ornate tiles and was originally made to encompass about 51 feet by 19.5 feet.The Mosaic Map features more than 150 Greek inscriptions and shows locations like Jericho, the Dead Sea, Palestine, the Nile Delta, Karak and the focus of the map, Jerusalem. Today it’s about one-third its original size, although it is still in excellent condition and worth a visit. It’s said that Muslims once damaged the maps in places where Islam was portrayed as an apostate religion due to offense taken by the fact that the map depicts Jesus as God’s son. The map was unearthed in 1894 AD, and St. George's Church was then built over it to act as its protector. Today visitors can see what remains of this beautiful piece of art and history up close. Since its rebirth, the map has not only enthralled church visitors, but has also helped scientists and researchers discover new landmarks and better understand historical topography.More
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Petra

Petra

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The stone city of Petra was carved into Jordan’s red rock cliffs more than 2,000 years ago. Once a Roman trading stop and stronghold of the Nabataean Arab kingdom, Petra is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the world’s most iconic archaeological destinations.More
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Coral Beach Nature Reserve

Coral Beach Nature Reserve

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The Coral Beach Nature Reserve in Eilat is home to a unique coral reef with more than 100 types of coral and 650 species of fish, making it a popular spot for snorkelers. It is the only coral reef in Israel, and one of the most densely populated in the world.Running parallel to the beach, the reef is over a kilometer in length and can be accessed right from the beach via a pier. Once underwater, trails are marked by buoys, and spectacular underwater gardens created by unique and colorful coral are immediately revealed. Along the way, snorkelers will spot a variety of fascinating tropical fish, including the parrot fish, butterfly fish, nocturnal fish, and many more besides.More
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Treasury (al-Khazneh)

Treasury (al-Khazneh)

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First approached by way of a deep, narrow gorge known as the Siq, the Treasury (al-Khazneh) is one of the most dramatic and iconic monuments in the ancient city of Petra. At 131 feet (40 meters) tall, this towering ancient tomb has lost none of its power since Nabatean times.More
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Dead Sea

Dead Sea

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The Dead Sea, home to the lowest point in the world at 1,269 feet (383 meters) below sea level, also ranks as one of the world’s saltiest bodies of water. This hyper-salinity that is so unique to the Dead Sea attracts visitors from all over the world who come to experience the unusual buoyancy, as well as access the nutrient-rich mud on its banks.More
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Mt. Nebo

Mt. Nebo

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Standing at around 2,680 feet (817 meters) above sea level, Mt. Nebo is an important Judeo-Christian pilgrimage site. Moses first saw the Holy Land from the summit and may have later died here. While it's of particular interest to history buffs, it's also great for its views—on clear days it's possible to see the Dead Sea from here.More
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Yardenit (Jordan River Baptismal Site)

Yardenit (Jordan River Baptismal Site)

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Located where the Jordan River flows from the Sea of Galilee into the Dead Sea, Yardenit (Jordan River Baptismal Site) is one of the world’s most important places of Christian pilgrimage. It's believed to be where John the Baptist baptized Jesus Christ.More
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Wadi Rum

Wadi Rum

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The brilliantly colored sands and stark rock formations of Jordan’s Wadi Rum, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, make this desert wilderness a must-visit for most travelers to Jordan. Signature sights, typically visited by 4WD, include the Burdah Rock Bridge, a natural arch; the Khazali Siq, a narrow canyon; and the scarlet Al Hasany Dunes.More
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Siq

Siq

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The signature sight of Petra, Jordan’s signature sight, the Siq is a geological wonder: a stark rift in the land, smoothed by time into a scenic swirl of sandstone. The walls reach more than 500 feet (150 meters), while the path narrows to just 7 feet (2 meters), and the view of the Treasury at the end is one of the world’s great reveals.More

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Recent reviews from experiences in Jordan

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The Best Tour Company I experienced!
Bobby_D, Jun 2021
Petra Day Tour Transfers Only from Amman
Also, Muhammad was the best English speaker in Amman, no doubt about it.
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Made Incredible Memories in a Land full of History
Scott_S, May 2021
3-Night Jordan Private Tour: Petra, Wadi Rum, and the Dead Sea
It was the perfect amount of time to see the top sights in Jordan.
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Don't miss out on this!
JR_Pomerantz, Jul 2021
Half-Day Desert Tours | Wadi Rum Desert
I almost didn't book this tour: I was apprehensive about going into the desert in the summer, and even after I decided on that, I wasn't sure about camping.
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Great experience!
Daniel_L, Jun 2021
2-Day Tour: Petra, Wadi Rum, and Dead Sea from Amman
All must see, all Covid friendly activities.
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Excellent trip
JoaoFlavio_B, Apr 2021
Classic 6 Days Jordan Tour without Hotels
He is punctual, speaks very good English and knows impressively his country.
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Great way to learn about Amman
Scott_M, Mar 2020
Private Walking Tour in Amman With Local
Great way to see Amman.
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A local perspective
Zai, Mar 2020
Amman City Tour & Food Tour Combo
It was a very interesting tour as you get to see Amman in particular and Jordan in general from the perspective of a local Jordanian.
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Excellent and Friendly Driver
tailwagger71, Feb 2020
Amman Airport Transfer to any Amman Hotel
Our driver was punctual, very polite, spoke clear English and gave us lots of insite and tips on Jordan, since it was our first time in the country.
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Top notch
Flyandexplore00, Jan 2020
2-Day Tour: Petra, Wadi Rum, and Dead Sea from Amman
Excellent trip where you’ll get to see the highlights of Jordan.
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Excellent tour
jacqui2310, Dec 2019
2-Day Petra, Wadi Rum and Dead Sea Tour from Amman
He was very helpful and also recommended dos and don’ts when visiting certain attractions.
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Great tour if you have just a couple days in Jordan!
Tour53914692883, Feb 2019
2-Day Petra, Wadi Rum and Dead Sea Tour from Amman
This tour was a great way to see some of Jordan’s main attractions in a very short amount of time.
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This was a great way to experience...
Daniel T, Apr 2018
3-Day Private Tour from Amman: Petra, Wadi Rum, Dana, Aqaba, and Dead Sea
We were able to see and learn a lot in that time.
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This tour was excellent. Hassle free...
Lawrence R, Dec 2016
3-Night Jordan Private Tour: Petra, Wadi Rum, and the Dead Sea
Hassle free and easy way to see the big sights in Jordan.
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Petra was a wonderful place and our...
Gary T, May 2016
Aqaba Shore Excursion: Private Petra Sightseeing Tour with Lunch
Our only complaint was that our driver didn't speak English very well so he couldn't answer many questions about life in Jordan.
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Best trip ever. Consider our tour...
Gerald S, Jan 2016
6-Night Best of Jordan Tour from Amman: Jerash, Dead Sea, Petra, and Wadi Rum
If you want to see Jordan this is the tour for you.
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The Amman City part of this tour was...
Adam T, Jan 2014
Private Full Day Jerash and Amman City Sightseeing Tour
One of the better things to see in Jordan.
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Had a fantastic time,great way as...
john g, Mar 2014
6-Night Best of Jordan Tour from Amman: Jerash, Dead Sea, Petra, and Wadi Rum
Had a fantastic time,great way as the title says to see the best of Jordan,Zaid travel were so organised,can't fault it as it exceeded my expectations for the "unknown",Viator organised my extra nights at Amman hotel,good food,great guide,fantastic holiday,hi lights Petra,Dead Sea and Jerash,recommend
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Very interesting. The castles...
Giovanni S, Jun 2008
Private Tour Desert Castles Eastern Jordan with Shaumari Wildlife &Azraq Wetland
We got to see the beautiful panorama of Jordan.
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Madaba, Mount Nebo, Baptismal Site & Dead Sea......in good hands
Phillip_C, Mar 2020
From Amman to West ( Madaba, Mt Nebo, baptism site and dead sea)
Yousef was an excellent English speaker and driver.
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Fantastic Food and City tour in Amman Jordan
Scott_M, Mar 2020
Amman City Tour & Food Tour Combo
A great way to see Amman and I would recommend to anyone.
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