Jordan is a country in the Middle East that's defined by ancient monuments, seaside resorts and nature-rich reserves. It's home to the magnificent archeological site of Petra, the Nabatean capital dating to around 300 B.C. But Jordan is not just about the past. Sky-high modern buildings blend perfectly with ancient culture in Amman, a major hub of urban delights. Overall, Jordan is a gorgeous mix of natural beauty, cultural heritage and timeless traditions.
Amman is replete with buzzing restaurants and cafes, impressive art galleries and swanky shopping. This capital city of Jordan is also home to fascinating ruins. Roman Amphitheatre, Nymphaeum, Odeon are few of the prime attractions. Also visit Souk, an open-air marketplace, to buy Jordanian handicrafts, jewelry, carpets, rugs etc. Jerash is one of the world's best preserved ancient Roman cities. Jerash ruins will transport you back in time with its colonnaded avenues and temples. Aqaba offers a seaside respite from the hot and dry Middle East. This beachtown is home to the stunning coastline of the Red Sea. You can enjoy swimming, diving, snorkeling or exotic cruises to make some cherishable memories in Jordan.
Dead Sea, located near Amman, is famous for its mineral rich water. It's believed that the water has healing properties for the skin. Its intense shade of aquamarine strikes a perfect contrast to barren red mountains and salt-encrusted rock ledges. Wadi Rum, also known as Valley of the Moon, is a protected area which offers spectacular landscapes. It's dotted with towering cliffs, sandstone and granite rock formations, swirling archways, caverns and massive dunes. You can indulge in ATV rides, hiking, rock climbing, stargazing, glamping, camel and Arabian horse rides. Wadi Mujib is a river canyon home to a plethora of wildlife, including Nubean ibex, Syrian Wolf, Egyptian Vultures and striped Hyenas. Wadi Mujib gorge offers an amazing hiking experience. Dana Biosphere Reserve is one of the top spots in Jordan for scenery and hiking. Its rugged canyons, valleys and breathtaking landscapes offer plenty of exceptional photography opportunities. Mount Nebo and Mujib Reserve Biosphere are also worth exploring for their fascinating landscapes.
Bethany-Beyond-the-Jordan is one of the most important pilgrimage sites for Christian visitors to Jordan. It is believed that this is the site where Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist. Church of St. John the Baptist, located at this site, is the modern Greek orthodox Church. Its architectural excellence will leave you spellbound.
Prominent places of Jordan can be covered in 5 to 8 days. Starting off in Amman, spend a day exploring the historical sites and museums. Take a day trip to Jerash to explore its archeological ruins. Go to Madaba to check out its renowned archeological parks, mosaics and Mount Nebo. After so much excursion, relax at the Dead Sea for a day and also explore the nearby historical attractions. For some exhilarating hiking and nature take a short day trip to Dana Biosphere Reserve before you go to Wadi Musa in order to reach Petra. During daytime explore the prominent sites in Petra then take a ride to Wadi Rum. Enjoy camping and stargazing at Wadi Rum and explore its landscapes the next day before you leave for Aqaba. Spend a day in this port city trying different water sports and exploring its markets.