Start in Jordan’s capital city of Amman with a step back into an ancient world at its formidable Roman Amphitheatre. From Amman, head south to the canyons of the Wadi Dana. Here you can tackle a section of the Jordan Trail with breathtaking views as your reward. Continue south to the red-rose sands of the Wadi Rum where an overnight camp is the perfect spot for unspoilt desert stargazing. As you head back north, schedule at least a couple of days to see the incredible stone-carved structures at Petra, before finishing as you began, with a step into the incredibly well-preserved Roman city of Jerash.

Key information

Destinations Destinations Amman, Petra, Wadi Rum, Jerash, Dana Biosphere Reserve
Activity Activity Nature & Wildlife, Culture
Physical Level Physical Level Easy
Season Season January - December

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Amman

Day 1–2

Straddling seven hills, Jordan’s capital is both a modern metropolis and a testament to the region’s rich history. Visitors can find a restored 2nd-century Roman stone theatre dug into one of the many hillsides of Amman’s downtown, while the Citadel, a sprawling archeological site, looms from the city’s highest hill. Alongside the Citadel’s most impressive sight, the Temple of Hercules, which dates back to 162AD, the city also boasts newer sights, such as the mosques, souqs and coffee shops which are central to contemporary Jordanian culture.

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Get a taste of Jordan at Amman’s famous falafel stands and kunafa stalls

Get a taste of Jordan at Amman’s famous falafel stands and kunafa stalls

Work up an appetite with a sight-seeing stroll around Jordan’s capital of Amman before sampling some of the city’s mouthwatering street food. The many falafel stands and stalls selling the traditional Middle Eastern dessert kunafa are great places to try delicious, safe and authentic Jordanian dishes.

Day hike with a Bedouin shepherd in Wadi Dana

Day hike with a Bedouin shepherd in Wadi Dana

Day 3 in 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. Join a Bedouin shepherd for a hike through its chiselled sandstone cliffs to experience the area the way the locals do.

Fly through Wadi Rum on a pickup truck safari

Fly through Wadi Rum on a pickup truck safari

Day 4 in 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. If you can, spend the night in a desert camp for an unforgettable experience.

Hike the Al Khubtha trail for views of Petra

Hike the Al Khubtha trail for views of Petra

Day 5–6 in 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.

Wander the chariot-rutted streets of Jerash

Wander the chariot-rutted streets of Jerash

Day 7 in 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. The ruins here are well-preserved and archaeological treasures plentiful, including an incredible oval plaza lined with 56 limestone columns.

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