JORDAN

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As the world leader in travel experiences since 1947, we connect you to the real Jordan in a way like no other. From ancient cities and biblical landmarks, to the coral reefs of the Red Sea, Jordan is one of the most captivating countries in the Middle East. It’s home to thousands of archaeological sites including Crusade-era castles, the Roman theatre in Amman, and the rose-red city of Petra, carved from sandstone cliffs over 2,000 years ago. Our Jordan holidays take you on a cultural pilgrimage to Mount Nebo where Moses died, the Jordan River where Jesus was baptised, and the Old City of Jerusalem. We’ll float in the salty waters of the Dead Sea, the lowest point on earth, and explore the colour-shifting sands of Wadi Rum, where Bedouins retain their traditions in the desert. Despite Jordan’s momentous history, it’s one of the most modern countries in the Middle East, and you’ll be warmly welcomed by the locals with the phrase “Ahlan wa sahlan” - you have arrived among family.Travel with us and unlock the infinite possibilities thanks to our exclusive Triploves Highlights.

"Jordan has a long-standing tradition of hospitality and you'll be warmly welcomed to discover a land of ancient cities and stunning desert landscapes"

Travel Director

Jordan at a

glance

Currency

Jordanian dinar

Winter avg temp

14°C

Summer avg temp

37°C

Time Zone

GMT +3

Capital City

Amman

Language

Arabic

Good Morning

Sabah alkhyr

Good evening

Masa' alkhayr

From ancient cities and biblical landmarks, to the coral reefs of the Red Sea, Jordan is one of the most captivating countries in the Middle East. Join your expert Trafalgar Travel Director and see the rose-red city of Petra, the Roman theatre in Amman and the salty Dead Sea.

Our top 3 things to do in Jordan

A Jordan guided tour with Trafalgar will reveal the country’s ancient wonders, from the city of Petra and the Citadel in Amman, to the Mosaic Map in Madaba.

Visit the Iraq Al Amir Women's Centre

Make a difference at the Iraq Al Amir Women’s Co-op, a community of women who aim to preserve their heritage and provide jobs through their handicrafts. You’ll learn first-hand how they make notebooks from recycled paper and soap from olive oil. You’ll even get to try making your own before enjoying a home cooked meal prepared by the women.

Be amazed by the unique ancient city at Petra

Marvel at this archaeological wonder, with rose-red facades carved into the sheer rock face over 2,000 years ago by the Nabataean people. It was one of the world’s first cities and today is one of the Seven Wonders of the World. We’ll begin our exploration through the iconic Siq, with cliffs soaring 80 metres high.

Stroll through the Greco-Roman city at Jerash

Discover the ancient city of Jerash, once an important stop on the incense and spice trade route to the Mediterranean. It was also a favourite city of the Roman emperor Hadrian, and you can explore its towering Corinthian columns of the Temple of Artemis, 2nd-century Hadrian’s Arch and the almost intact city walls.

Best museums in Jordan

Our Jordan escorted tours reveal the country’s vast history through it’s superb museums, from Jordanian cultural artefacts, to the archaeological wonders of The Jordan Museum.

The Jordan Museum

Located in Amman, the Jordan Museum is one of the best museums in the Middle East. It houses the country’s most significant archaeological treasures, including remains of Petra, the Dead Sea Scrolls, and the ‘Ain Ghazal statues which date back to 7,500 BC and are the oldest-known human statues.

Aqaba Archaeological Museum

This official archaeological museum houses a collection of Bronze Age artefacts dating back to 4,000 BC. The relics were found near Aqaba and further cement the belief that Aqaba is one of the region’s oldest settlements. You can also find golden coins dating back to the Fatimides and a Quranic inscription from the 9th century.

Jordan Folklore Museum

The Jordan Folklore Museum showcases items from Jordanian cultural heritage including handicrafts, mosaics, looms, weapons, the rababa (a Bedouin musical instrument), and costumes like the traditional Circassian dress. You can stop in after exploring the Roman Theatre, as it’s located in the theatre’s entrance.

Best food in Jordan

When you travel Jordan with Trafalgar, we’ll reveal the country’s alluring cuisine, from warm roasted nuts, to the shawarma, one of the world’s favourite sandwiches.

Maqluba

Maqluba is a delicious savory dish made from meat, rice, eggplant and vegetables layered in a pot, which is flipped upside down on a plate when served. The name translates to ‘upside-down’ or ‘flipped over’ and this ancient dish dates back as far as the 13th century.

Shawarma

One of the world’s favourite street foods, shawarma is the ultimate Middle Eastern sandwich. It’s made of shavings of spit-roasted meats served in a wrap or pita, with pickles, tabbouleh salad and tangy sauces. Our Local Specialists will show you the best places to try this classic dish.

Roasted nuts

One of the most popular street foods in Jordan, you’ll often smell the aroma of roasting nuts as you walk through the cities. You’ll find macadamias, pistachios and many other nut varieties, which are dried, roasted, salted or coated in herbs and spices, and sold in markets across the country.

Swimsuit

Whether you’re floating in the Dead Sea, or snorkelling the coral reefs of the Red Sea, you’ll want to pack a swimsuit for your Jordan holiday.

An adaptor plug

Voltage in Wales is 230V and the sockets are of Type G, with standard British 3-pin plugs.

Comfortable shoes

Summer or winter, a pair of sunglasses is essential. If visiting in the colder months, the reflection of the sun on the white snow will give your eyes a surprising strain.

Modest clothing

When visiting Jordan, you’ll need to wear modest clothing that covers your shoulders and knees. Bring light, loose-fit clothing for the heat and warm layers for chilly desert nights.

Scarf

A scarf is a handy item for keeping the sun and sand off your face, and for covering your head or shoulders when entering religious sites.

What to pack for Jordan

Other things to know before you go

Depending on your nationality, you'll need a valid passport and may also need visas to enter. Please check this well in advance of your trip departure date here. Some countries also require passports to have 3-6 months left on them before the given expiry date, so be sure to double check this before booking your travels.

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Slide into your seat, grip the wheel, start the engine, and hit the open road. From Norway to South Africa, the tundra to the rainforest, there is no limit to what you can reach with four wheels and an adventurous spirit. The road trip is no longer a means to get from point A to point B in your country; it crosses borders into new places, allowing for pure freedom in exciting destinations. Measure your next journey in viewpoints, road signs, and the people you'll meet along the way!

Guide to Jordan Visa Application

Learn about the types of visas and the step by step process of obtaining a visa for Jordan and quarantine regulations in this comprehensive guide.

  This includes types of visa applications, what to declare, and what is prohibited.

Keep in mind these handy tips for a smart, stress-free, and on-time visa application experience! 

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