The spectacular Jordan offers plenty of charms. Located on the east bank of the Jordan River, this Arab nation is defined by ancient monuments and ruins, and jaw-dropping natural landscapes. Tempted to explore this extraordinary country but don’t know where to begin? We’ve highlighted some of Jordan’s best attractions for your 8D7N trip to this land of treasures! Checkout Jordan Muslim friendly itinerary here.
Amman (1.5 days)
Let’s start out Jordan Muslim friendly itinerary to Amman. Amman is a fascinating city of contrasts where modern buildings blend with ancient ruins. The capital of Jordan features spectacular Roman ruins, international-standard museums and art galleries, magnificent mosques, modern malls, traditional souks, coffee shops and so many more.
Amman’s 2nd century Roman Theatre is one of Jordan’s most famous landmarks. The theatre which could seat about 6,000 people dates back to the Roman period. Besides, it is divided into three distinct sections from which spectators watched plays in the past and present ones listen to concerts.
Temple of Hercules
Built between 162-166 AD, the historic Temple of Hercules which towers over Amman’s modern skyline is thought to be the most significant Roman structure in the city. Located at the peak of a hillside in one of Amman’s oldest quadrants. Thus, tourists travel from all over the world to witness the mysterious three gigantic fingers, one elbow, and a scattering of coins excavated here.
Umayyad Palace is a large palatial complex from the Umayyad period which sits at the top of a hill, Jabal al-Qal’a (Citadel Hill) with a panoramic view of Amman. Built-in the 8th century, the Umayyad Palace gives visitors a glimpse into what life was like during the Umayyad period in what is now Jordan.
Jerash (0.5 day)
The ruined city of Jerash located 48 km from Amman in northern Jordan, and it’s without a doubt worth a day trip! In ancient times, it was one of the most prosperous and cosmopolitan cities in the ancient Near East. Jerash is home to one of the best-preserved Greco-Roman cities, with ruins of settlements dating all the way back to the Neolithic Age.
Madaba (1 day)
The City of Mosaics is best known for Byzantine and Umayyad mosaics. Madaba got its name from the Aramaic word ‘Medaba’, which means calm running water. So, that gives you enough idea of how tranquil the city is.
St George Church
Madaba is home to one of Jordan’s largest Christian communities and a number of monumental churches. One of them is St George Church, built at the end of the 19th century. This church is particularly the famous Byzantine-era mosaic map of the Holy Land which sits on the floor of the church and covers modern-day Jordan, Israel, the Palestinian Territories, and Egypt’s Sinai.
Mount Nebo has a significant meaning in not just Islam, but also Christianity and Judaism. According to Islamic history, the top of Mount Nebo is where Prophet Musa a.s. looked over the Jordan River towards the direction of Palestine. But, it’s also generally acknowledged that Mount Nebo is where Prophet Musa a.s. was buried, even though there’s no tomb to mark the place.
The spectacular Wadi al-Mujib is possibly the most popular attraction in Jordan. Nicknamed “the Grand Canyon of Jordan”, Wadi al-Mujib is actually a river canyon that stretches 70 km long from the Desert Hwy all the way to the Dead Sea. It’s believed that Prophet Musa a.s. had walked through Wadi al-Mujib in the past, which was then known as Arnon Valley.
Petra (2 days)
Petra, or the “Rose City”, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is best known as the city that’s half-built, half-carved into the rock and surrounded by mountains riddled with passages and gorges. Due to its location in between the Red Sea and Dead Sea, Petra used to be a major caravan centre for the incense of Arabia, the silks of China and the spices of India.
Siq al-Barid (Cold Canyon) is colloquially known as Little Petra and situated 5 km away from Petra. This archaeological site is also a Nabataean site, with buildings carved into the walls of the sandstone canyons.
Wadi Rum Protected Area is famous for its stunning desert landscape, spectacular sandstone mountains, dramatic red-rock desert valleys, canyons, dunes, arches. Also known as Valley of the Moon, the otherworldly Wadi Rum is the closest you’ll ever come to camping on Mars.
Aqaba (1 day)
Aqaba is Jordan’s only coastal city. Located on the Red Sea’s Gulf of Aqaba in the extreme south of the country, 4 hours from Amman, this sunkissed city offers a mix of culture and relaxation in the best way with historic ruins, mosques and idyllic beaches.
Sharif al-Hussein bin Ali Mosque
It was built-in 1975. Got the name after the leader of Arab Revolt of 1916 and the great-grandfather of the present king. With its stark white exterior and distinct Islamic architecture, the beautiful Sharif al-Hussein bin Ali Mosque is the most remarkable place of worship in the city.
The Aqaba Fortress or also known as Mamluk Castle. It built by the Mamluk Sultanate. It is the site of one of World War I’s most famous battles. This 16th-century castle was used as a ‘khan’ (traveller’s inn) that hosted Hajj pilgrims on their way to Mecca.
Dead Sea (1 day)
Located at the lowest point on Earth at 434m below sea level, the Dead Sea borders Jordan to the east and Israel and the West Bank to the west. The Dead Sea is actually a landlocked salt lake that is not connected to the ocean. It contains unique properties and mineral richness. Thus, don’t be surprised to find many visitors covering themselves in mud from the shores.
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