Rich in archaeological heritage, Jordan has been at the centre of history-altering civilisations even before the ancient Nabateans founded their now famous sandstone-carved capital and the Romans built marvellous cities on the edge of their empire. Few experiences in the world come close to the pure awe of seeing Petra’s Treasury for the first time, as it becomes visible through a narrow slit in the canyon. Further east, bouncing through the otherworldly deserts of Wadi Rum in the back of a pickup truck makes you feel like you’ve stepped onto another planet — and perhaps you have: the Valley of the Moon has moonlighted as the red planet in The Martian.

Often unfairly lumped together with its troubled neighbours, Jordan remains stable and ever-welcoming. The country’s culture is deeply underpinned by Bedouin traditions, with the memory of Jordanians’ generosity and lively spirit one of the best souvenirs you can take home.

Petra and beyond

How to explore Jordan's archaeological highlights

Despite Jordan’s small size, its climate is divided into three distinct zones. The largest is the desert zone to the south, which covers 80% of the country. Jordan’s cities and archaeological sites are mainly found in the western mountain heights, while the Jordan Valley – found 300m below sea level has an entirely different more

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Petra and Wadi Rum

Arabian adventures in Jordan
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Highlights of Jordan

Hidden cities and red desert dunes
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Archaeology beyond Petra

Shipwrecks, salt baths and ruins
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  • Amman


    Straddling seven hills, Jordan’s capital is both a modern metropolis and a testament to the region’s rich history...
  • Petra


    Take in the key architectural features of Petra — Jordan’s hidden city carved into stone - with a short but steep trek along the Al Khubtha trail, which provides stunning views of the amazing ancient metropolis, culminating with a view of the Treasury — one of the city’s most elaborate temples...
  • Dead Sea

    Dead Sea

    Soak up all the natural goodness of a salt bath in the Dead Sea...
  • Wadi Rum

    Wadi Rum

    Spend a day exploring the rose-red desert sands and meandering through the sandstone and granite siqs (canyons) of the Wadi Rum in a pickup truck...
  • Jerash


    The Roman city of Jerash, with its border marked by the imposing Hadrian’s Arch, gives a remarkable insight into life in an ancient civilisation...
  • Dana Biosphere Reserve

    Dana Biosphere Reserve

    Dana Biosphere Reserve in south-central Jordan is the country’s largest nature reserve and is home to the remote valley of Wadi Dana...
  • Aqaba


    A dive into the Red Sea from Jordan’s only coastal city, Aqaba, will give you the chance to see the colourful marine life it’s famous for, including incredible coral reefs and exotic fish, as well as spooky sunken shipwrecks, the most famous being the 74 metre-long Cedar Pride...
  • Umm Qais

    Umm Qais

    In the hills above the Jordan Valley lies Umm Qais, the home of the ancient Roman ruins of Gadara...

Places to go in Jordan

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