Best 9-Day Trip to Jordan
Jordan is a beautiful country and so much fun to explore. Even though the ancient city of Petra is the first place that comes to mind, Jordan offers so much more. Our top tip for all visitors to Jordan: get the Jordan pass – this will help save you money by including the cost of your visa, entrances to Petra, Wadi Rum and several other attractions (including Jerash, Qasr Al-Azraq and Karak castle). The price of your Jordan pass starts at 70 JD (99 USD).
We often get questions on whether it is safe to travel in Jordan - we felt safe the whole time we were here.
How to get around Jordan
You have the option of starting in the north (Amman), or south (Aqaba). The 2 are connected by a short one hour flight – but this tends to be pricey.
We recommend hiring a car if you plan to travel through the whole of Jordan. You’ll have the freedom to choose where and when you want to go. Driving in Jordan is manageable, even in the city.
Cost of car hire for a week: 240 (depending on type of care booked)
We did not feel a 4 wheel drive was necessary for the trip.
We met a few people who had not rented a car and were getting around this way. From talking to them, we don’t recommend it sounded quite inconvenient.
Day 1: Arrive in Amman
Arrive in Amman and unwind. It is a busy bustling city with friendly locals and makes for a good start to your trip in Jordan.
Visit the Amman Citadel, set high up on a hill – well known for the Hercules temple. There are guides available for you to learn more from! The entrance fee is included in your Jordan pass.
Also check out the roman theatre – a hillside amphitheatre that is walkable from the citadel
Day 2: Dead Sea
Drive down south from Amman towards the dead sea, the lowest point on earth – this takes 1.5 hours. The dead sea has a strange oily texture to it but is good for your skin. There is nothing like floating in the dead sea watching the sun go down over the horizon.
We stayed at Mujib chalets mainly because it is right outside Wadi Mujib.
Day 3: Wadi Al Mujib
We highly recommend spending some time at Wadi Mujib – it is along The King’s Highway. Hike through the Wadi Mujib gorge, which flows into the dead sea. The most popular trail is the Siq trail which you can do without a guide – this leads you to a base of a beautiful waterfall. Allow 2-3 hours to get to the waterfall and back. Our favourite part: floating down the river on your way back!
Go prepared for the hike with water shoes and no valuables, as you will have to swim and get completely wet in many sections of the trail. We recommend going early to avoid the crowds as this makes it much more enjoyable.
There is an entrance fee of 21 JD. If you don't have watershoes, you can buy a pair for 5 JD.
Drive down towards Petra after spending the morning at Wadi Mujib.
Days 4-5: Time to explore Petra
The Jordan pass you purchase will include either a 1 or 2 day pass to Petra. We chose the 2 day pass. Petra is pretty large and involves a lot of walking. It is best to get there very early – we got there at 6 am on both days. It gets too hot in the afternoon to walk long distances.
It takes 30-40 minutes to get to The Treasury from the entrance, and 2-3 hours to get to the Monastery (it is a steep walk up to the Monastery and this is best done in the morning).
For a different Petra experience, Petra by night is a magical way to see The Treasury. Petra by night runs every Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, from 20.30. This is a separate charge (17 JD), but is free for children under the age of 10.
Day 6: Experience the Wadi Rum desert
Stay overnight in Wadi Rum – there are many camps to choose from. We loved staying at a Bedouin camp, eating their local food that is cooked underground, and then sitting around a camp fire when the sun had set listening to their songs.
Day 7: One more night in Wadi Rum
Spend another night in the desert, at the Bubble Luxotel which is a luxurious bubble hotel in Wadi Rum that is out of this world. Your roof is a clear bubble that you can look out of at night and watch the stars!
Day 8: Last stop in Jordan - Aqaba
Aqaba is the only coastal city in Jordan and is well known for its diving and snorkelling spots – the wreck of Cedar Pride is thought to be one of the most photogenic wrecks of the Red Sea.
Bernice Beach Club seems to be popular in Aqaba – it costs 10 JD per entry and they provide towels. For an extra 5 JD, you can rent snorkelling equipment.
We loved Hyatt Regency Aqaba, and is one of the most luxurious places to stay in Aqaba. Experience their amazing spa, infinity pool, live music at night and delicious food! It is situated on Ayla island which is also popular among golfers with its new golf course.
Day 9: Journey home
Back to Amman before going home. It is possible to fly out of Aqaba, but it was cheaper for us to book a return flight from Amman.
9 days is a pretty long time, and you can cut down this itinerary to suit your schedule - if you've got a week, just 1 day in Petra and 1 night in Wadi Rum would also be fantastic.