Jordan is a relatively new county that has been the crossroads of civilizations for centuries. It’s where Moses first saw the Holy Land, and Jesus was baptized. In Jordan, you can explore the most expensive Roman ruins outside of Italy and discover lost cities of nomadic kings. You will delight in Jordan’s biodiversity, from green mountain tops to red desert canyons and crystal white salt pillars to warm blue seas. Most of all, you can spend time with warm, welcoming people embracing their past while charting their future.

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Price point levels scaled for a 7-day visit for a couple and anchored on research and personal experiences.

$ - up to $1500
$$ - $1500 - $3000
$$$ - $3000 -$5000
$$$$ - $5000+
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Arabic with widespread English


Jordanian Dinar

Reported for the US traveler with foreign countries rankings based on the US State Department's travel advisories.
Exercise Increased Caution

Reported for three representative cities within the destination via Weather Spark.

Climate (°F)
Summer Winter
Ibrid 89 42
Aqaba 72 29
Aqaba 103 50

Fun Facts

  • The lowest point on Earth is in Jordan
  • Jerash is known as ‘Pompeii of the East’ and ‘The city of 1000 columns’
  • Petra is home to over 800 carved tombs
  • The Dead Sea is 10X saltier than the ocean
  • In Jordan, you shake your coffee cup from side to side to show the host that you don’t need a refill
  • There are an estimated 100,000 archaeological sites in Jordan alone, but only 0.02% of them have been recorded
  • It’s considered rude to eat with your left hand in Jordan (or to point the soles of your feet at people)

Bucket-List Activities

Natural Wonders

  • Wadi Rum (an otherworldly landscape in the Valley of the Moon)
  • Wadi Mujib (a water-filled slot canyon)
  • Dead Sea (10x saltier than the ocean)
  • Dana Biosphere Reserve (the largest protected area in Jordan)
  • Aqaba Marine Park (home to over 100 species of coral)
  • Ajloun Forest Reserve (Jordan’s most forested park)
  • Azraq Wetland Reserve (a desert oasis critical to migratory birds)

Major Attractions

Native Foods

  • Mansaf (lamb shank cooked with fermented yogurt)
  • Shrak (Jordanian flatbread)
  • Jameed (dried yogurt)
  • Falafel (Spiced balls of ground chickpea)
  • Kunafa (a dessert made with spun pastry)
  • Zaarb (marinated meat and vegetables baked in a pit of hot coals)
  • Makmoura (aka Jordanian Lasagna -dough with chicken and onions slow baked to a golden brown)

General Travel Tips

Common Phrases

  • Ahlan wa sahlan! – Welcome!
  • Afwan – You’re welcome
  • Salaam Alaikum – Hello
  • Assalamu-‘alaikum – Peace be upon you.
  • In’shallah – God willing
  • Al Gharkan ma bhemo el balal – a person who’s drowning won’t care about getting wet
  • Min Fadlak (masculine) Min Fadlik(Feminine) – Please
  • Shukran – Thank you
  • Alhamam – Bathroom
  • Tabib – Doctor

Enplanements scaled by the number of commercial passenger boardings that occurred at the airport in calendar year per Wikipedia

🛩 - Limited commercial air service

✈ - 25,000  - 100,000

✈✈ - 100,000 - 500,000

✈✈✈ - 500,000 - 1,000,000

✈✈✈✈ - 1,000,000+

Major Cities / Airports

  • Amman/ Queen Alia International Airport  (AMM ✈✈✈✈) – The capital city and start to most Jordan trips
  • Aqaba/ King Hussein International Airport (AQJ ✈✈) – Jordan’s beach city in the south
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